Art Notes December 7

Artisans’ Festivus Market: Twelve makers making handmade, local, cool stuff for sale: find artisans Martina Donahower, Robyn Firth, Victoria Ford, Leslee Ganss, Merianne Paul Haug, Nancy Jelinski, Annie Machotka, Cricket McGehee, Steve Miller, Chuck Paul, Karen Ryerson and Dana Zeck at The Tree of Life Pilates, 1064 Main St. (Route 9), also known as The Commons at Royce Run, in West Creek on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food is provided by Nettie’s Cookin’ Now. Free admission.

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Army Corps of Engineers Announces 3-Year Study of Back Bay Flooding

If you can say “New Jersey Back Bays Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study,” you’ve said a mouthful, and if you realize that it’s meant to cover 3,400 miles of shoreline from Monmouth to Cape May counties including Ocean, Burlington and Atlantic, you wonder, how can scientists and engineers do it? Well, thanks to satellite engineering, they already have the maps, and thanks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Stevens Institute, they have the worst-case-scenario flooding lines superimposed on those maps. Now the Philadelphia District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the help of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and a host of universities (Stevens, Stockton and Rutgers among them) is prepared to assess the best strategies for protecting the coastal residents who live along the back bays.

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Ocean County Educates Residents on Recycling Properly

In recognition of America Recycles Day, Ocean County’s Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Solid Waste Management sponsored a series of brief presentations to give residents the most up to date information on what can be recycled and how. The discussions were led by Mary Jerkowicz, Solid Waste Management senior program monitor, at the Ocean County Connection in Toms River last week.

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$63M Contract Awarded to Rehab Original Route 72 Bridge

As work continues on the Route 72 Causeway’s East and West Thorofare bridges, state Department of Transportation officials are preparing for the next phase of the project: rehabilitating the original Causeway Bridge along with Hilliards Thorofare, the westernmost trestle bridge. A $63 million contract has been awarded to George Harms Construction Co. of Howell for the rehabilitation work.

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