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New Brunswick Landing on the Raritan River looking toward Boyd Park

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What's New: Meeting 7 PM Wednesday Mar. 19th (more)
                        Jane Tousman Passed away on Saturday, March 22.
                        News page.


Friday, June 13 at 9:00 am — Sustainable Raritan River Conference
This year's conference focuses on the intrinsic values that the Raritan brings to the communities, businesses, and residents (human and non-human alike) throughout the region by exploring the theme of Valuing Natural Capital and Ecosystems Services. More Information.

The Fall Potluck Picnic at Duke Island Park was a success. (click on picture for a larger version)
Potluck   Potluck

See also: Upcoming Events in the NJ Sierra Club Singles web page for singles events in our area
and the New Jersey Sierra Club - Meetup page meetup logo.
The Raritan Valley Group NJ Sierra Club FB logo Facebook page for items specific to our group
Potential RV group issues for 2014: See Also:
The RaritanGroupNJSC FB logo Facebook page for other issues in the state and nation.
The Raritan Valley Group NJ Sierra Club FB logo Facebook page local issues
NJ Chapter Goals and Issues
Issues Page for all issues old and current


See the New Jersey Chapter Events and Outings page.

Raritan Valley Contact Directory
Group Chair Roomi Nusrat 609-389-6036
Vice Chair Don McBride
Conservation Chair Nancy Gladfelter 908 707-8500
Conservation Advisor Jane Tousman 908-561-5504
Treasurer Vacant
Publicity Chair Vacant
Secretary Vacant
Political Chair Daphne Speck-Bartynski
Outings Chair Vacant
Environmental Education Leader Vacant
Membership Vacant
Webmaster Vacant
Other Leader Positions
Executive Committee:
Roomi Nusrat, Daphne Speck-Bartynski, and Jane Tousman.

Past Chairs: Sunil Somalwar, Steve Ember, Don McBride (2006, 2008), Sandy Lowich, Kevin Geoffroy, Roomi Nusrat

Chapter Leadership: Leaders, Issues Coordinators

Election Districts

State Senate and Assembly Legislators:
Four out of 13 state legislators named "Environmental Heros" by the NJ Environmental Federation in July, 2013 are in the Raritan Valley Group's area (Legislative Districts 16, 17, 18, 19, 23). These legislators received scores of 80 or above on their Legislative Scorecard.
They include Senator Kip Bateman (R-16-Somerville, Manville, Millstone, Hillsborough *), Senator Bob Smith (D-17-Franklin, Piscataway, New Brunswick, North Brunswick), Senator Barbara Buono (D-18 Metuchin, Edison, Highland Park, East Brunswick) and Assemblyman Peter Barnes (D-18).
Three other legislators in our area had good environmental records with scores of 65 or higher.
Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17), Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (D-18) and Senator Joseph Vitale (D-19 Woodbridge, Perth Amboy, Sayerville).

We endorsed all of the above for the November 2013 election.
In addition we endorsed Marie Cornfield, who is challenging for Assemblywomen in the 16th district, and John Wisniewski and Craig Coughlin in the 19th district. The incumbents all had environmental scores better than the state average of 48.
We also endorsed Gerard "Jerry" Bowers - 23rd District (Bridgewater, Bound Brook, and others) Senate Candidate
and Nancy Pinkin - 18th district Assembly candidate to fill Peter Barnes seat as he runs for Buono's senate seat.

Results: 8 out of 10 candidates we endorsed were elected. Challengers Marie Cornfield (16th district) and Jerry Bowers (23rd district) were defeated by the incumbents.

* Note: Communities listed here are those in the Raritan Valley Group areas (Southern Somerset and Middlesex counties). These districts go across Sierra Club group boundaries. See New Jersey Legislature - Districts by Number for a complete list.

Legislators in the News:
Senator Bateman was cited by the Raritan Valley Group of the Sierra Club for his environmental leadership and support of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). - Apr. 2012

Senator Bateman receives the Environmental Achievement Award from the Sierra Club - Nov. 2012

Senator Bateman received the 2013 Vision and Leadership award from the NJ Highlands Coalition - Oct. 2013

Federal Legislators:
The two house representatives with the highest scores in NJ, (97%) on the League of Conservation Voters Scorecard were both in our area.
Frank Pallone (Congressional District 6) and Rush Holt (Congressional District 12).
Senator Menendez has a 100% record and Senator Lautenberg had a 93% record.

Results of Special Election for Senator October 17, 2013

           Booker (D)  Lonegan (R)
Somerset Co  48.9%      50.2%
Middlesex Co 57.8       41.2
State        54.8       44.2
See also New Jersey Chapter's Political Program
Environmental Films:
Two Sierra Club groups in north jersey regularly show environmental films with a dinner.
The singles group which meets in New Brunswick and the South Highlands group which meets in Hunterdon Co.
Events are announced at:
Upcoming Events on the NJ Sierra Club Singles web page and Meetup page.

See a list of films here

New Jersey Environmental Glossary of Terms

Eagle's nest web cam:
The 2,700 acre Duke Estate in Hillsborough has a web cam pointed at an eagle's nest for streaming video.

Go to:

In January 2014 the Raritan Valley Group web pages had over 650 visits by over 500 different viewers. See detailed stats.

Sierra Club 101

There are about 1,400 Sierra Club members in the Raritan Valley Group area (Southern Somerset and Middlesex counties) in the following communities:

Num. Town
20 Bound Brook
26 Branchburg
125 Bridgewater
10 Dayton
10 Dunellen
122 East Brunswick
1 East Millstone
124 Edison
16 Fords
30 Franklin Park
17 Green Brook
1 Helmetta
205 Highland Park
197 Hillsborough
24 Jamesburg
Num. Town
3 Keasbey
25 Kendall Park
6 Manville
28 Martinsville
78 Metuchen
27 Milltown
23 Monmouth Junction
9 Monroe
122 Monroe Township
16 Neshanic Station
50 New Brunswick
50 North Brunswick
36 Old Bridge
20 Parlin
Num. Town
7 Perth Amboy
77 Piscataway
17 Raritan
1 S Bound Brook
20 Sayreville
124 Somerset
63 Somerville
11 South Amboy
4 South Bound Brook
15 South River
12 Spotswood
5 Three Bridges
2 Whitehouse
19 Woodbridge

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