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Riverkeeper Offers Eco Programs: Cruises, Paddles, Cleanups, Birdwalks

March 27, 2013

Guest Post by Captain Hugh Carola

Hackensack Riverkeeper is happy to announce the release of its 2013 Eco-Programs schedule. Once again the clean water advocacy group is poised to provide thousands of people with an up-close and personal experience of the river, its watershed and wildlife. Eco-Cruises, Guided Paddles, River Cleanups and Bird-Walks combine hands-on environmental education with public service and fun – and have since 1997. The 2013 Eco-Program season runs from Earth Day weekend (April 20-21) through the end of October.

“We were very fortunate in that Hurricane Sandy caused us very little damage,” said Captain Bill Sheehan. “We hauled and secured our pontoon boats before the storm hit; and our Paddling Center made it through alright. Captain Hugh and I are very anxious to get out on the water and see what changes – if any – there are on the river and in the Meadowlands.”

Hackensack Riverkeeper offers four unique and distinct Eco-Programs:

ECO-CRUISES This is Hackensack Riverkeeper’s signature environmental education program. Thirty-eight Open Eco-Cruises are scheduled from May 4 through October 13 aboard the pontoon cruisers Edward Abbey and Robert H. Boyle. Open trips are great for individuals, couples and families and can be had for a donation of $25 per person for adults / $10 for kids 4-12. Three distinct Eco-Cruise itineraries are offered: Meadowlands Discovery, which explores the wetlands & creeks of the river’s estuary; Boating through Bergen, which runs upriver to the center of Hackensack and the museum ship USS Ling; and Excursion Around the Bay, a maritime history tour to Staten Island and back past the port facilities of Newark and Elizabeth.

Charter Eco-Cruises can be arranged for groups of up to 26 people for any available date/time May 1 through October 28. Hackensack Riverkeeper asks a donation of $300 per boat for Adult Charter Eco-Cruises and $250 for Youth Charters. Half-day Combo Programs are also available for schools. Those interested can call Program Director Captain Hugh Carola at 201-968-0808 for more info or to book a trip. Open Eco-Cruise dates/times are not available for charters.

PADDLING CENTER Hackensack Riverkeeper’s Paddling Center, located on the river at Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus, NJ will be open weekends April 20 through October 28 weather permitting. The Center offers canoe & kayak rentals ($25 per paddler w/ a 2-paddler minimum) as well as Guided Paddles conducted by manager John Sailer and his team. Twenty-two tours are scheduled including five popular Full Moon paddles. Costs: $30 per paddler / $15 per paddler for those their own boat(s). Private Group Paddle tours at reasonable rates can be arranged by calling Capt. Hugh at 201-968-0808 or e-mailing

In addition to Paddling Center events, Hackensack Riverkeeper’s 5th Annual Reservoir Challenge takes place Saturday, June 1 at Oradell Reservoir; the 3rd Annual Lake Tappan Paddle Day is set for Saturday, August 10; and the 3rd Annual SPLASH event takes to the water at Overpeck Park in Teaneck on September 7. Call 201-968-0808 for details or go to:

RIVER CLEANUPS These active conservation events, which give people the opportunity to give back to the environment, take on additional meaning this year in our post-Sandy world. River Cleanups are scheduled at eight different waterside locations within the Hackensack River Watershed from April 13 through October 20. Hackensack Riverkeeper provides cleanup tools and supplies as well as refreshments for all volunteers. All they ask is that everyone pitch in and help rid local waterways of litter and other debris. For more information about River Cleanups including group participation and the organization’s Corporate River Stewardship Program, call Events and Outreach Coordinator Sarah Menchise at 201-968-0808 or e-mail her at

BIRD-WALKS For groups interested in birding and bird study, Captain Hugh Carola is available to lead Bird-Walks or hawk watches at local birding hotspots within the Hackensack River Watershed region. For more information, including itinerary options, call 201-968-0808. Costs: $150-$200 depending on location and duration of trip; for up to 12 people.

INDOOR PRESENTATIONS Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola are available to conduct multimedia presentations to groups of any size at any date and time. They have a wealth of materials including PowerPoint slideshows and video screenings that are appropriate for all age groups. Presenters will be sure to bring informational literature for all attendees. Costs: $150 if presented within the Bergen, Hudson, southern Rockland, eastern Passaic or greater Newark areas; $200 – $300 if presented further afield. Call 201-968-0808 for more information.

“All of us at Hackensack Riverkeeper are looking forward to a great new season on and about the water,” said Program Director Captain Hugh Carola. “You can do, you can learn, you can work out, or you can just sit back and let the boat and your captain do all the work; but whatever you prefer, we know that you’ll go home with a new appreciation of your Hackensack River.”

All Hackensack Riverkeeper Eco-Program info including schedules is available at

Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working on Hackensack River issues. A founding member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, the group engages in a four-point clean water strategy (Action, Advocacy, Education and Litigation) in its ongoing work to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River. Eco-Programs focus on environmental action and education.

For schedules and details, call 201-968-0808


The Conscience of Television:

February 12, 2012

Media trendsetter speaks on

Lauren Zalaznick, who overhauled Bravo, masterminded Project Runway, Top Chef and Real Housewives, began her TED talk with this comment:

“I actually believe that television directly reflects the moral, political, social and emotional need states of our nation — that television is how we actually disseminate our entire value system. So all these things are uniquely human, and they all add up to our idea of conscience.”

Zalaznick’s overview of TV programs begins in 1960 when shows that inspired viewers were popular. By 1969, she says, there are competing themes. Comfort, irreverence, and social commentary battled it out in society and on TV.

In the 1970s, irreverence and social commentary reigned. Zalaznick mentions shows such as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and M*A*S*H. The popular shows of 1980s and 1990s focused on control and power, such as Dallas, and Fantasy Island. Another type of show focused on what Zalaznick calls “bubbles of humor”: Friends, Cheers, and Seinfeld.

Over the past 10 years, Zalaznick says, shows focus on judgment and interactivity where viewers can vote people off an island, keep people dancing, and choose the next American idol.

Zalaznick’s presentation wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the powerful role of women on TV. She applauded June Cleever, Lucille Ball, Maude, Alexis Carrington, Murphy Brown, and Bree Van de Kamp.

Watch Zalaznick’s talk on TED at Search on Conscience of Television.

The WebAndOffice group takes a break to watch a cyber performance

May 2, 2010

“A choir as big as the Internet”

We want to share this experience with you. Eric Whitacre conducts “Lux Aurumque”, a virtual choir of 185 voices from 12 countries. Watch it on

Learn how Whitacre did it on his blog. While there, learn how you can participate in his next project.

Whitacre hopes this is just the beginning. “My ultimate goal” he says, “is to write an original piece for the Virtual Choir and have it receive its world premiere in cyber-space, hundreds (maybe thousands) of people singing alone, together.”

Coffee, Coffee Everywhere, and Many a Cup to Drink

April 18, 2010

Independently owned coffee shops are thriving in the greater Princeton area. They all serve excellent coffee and each has something uniquely its own to offer.

Expect creative blends and flavors served at a university town shop at Small World Coffee. Savor coffee roasted on the premises while keeping an eye out for Martians at Grover’s Mill Coffee Roasters. Enjoy authentic Latin cuisine with your Columbian coffee in historic Bordentown at Beanwood Coffee. …
Read article on Associated Content

Multitasking for a good cause with Good Search

January 26, 2010

Internet users can contribute to a better world one search at a time. Many individuals are just now discovering, a company that contributes money to causes when people use its search engine. Goodsearch promises to donate at least 50 percent of its generated revenue from qualified searches.

Disaster relief, protecting the environment, finding cures, and supporting schools are among the top causes users support.

Read the complete article on

If you have a favorite search site, let us know.

Internet Radio and Podcasts worth a listen

January 18, 2010

Do you enjoy listening to Internet Radio and audio podcasts? If so, you can find several websites that provide these services. A search on Audio Podcasts or Internet Radio will yield several results. I’ve listed some of my favorites in an article titled  Finding Topics that Matter to You Internet Radio. Check it out. Let me know what you think of my picks.

Online Find: Green words defined, dictionary of sustainable management

August 10, 2009

Online Find:  Green words defined

Want help greening your office?

A recent Google search on “greening your office” gave me over 10,500 results. One website that caught my eye is the dictionary of sustainable management.

As I write this, I’m thinking of my action items list for Monday. So, with Monday on my mind, I checked out the letter M.  Within a second, found a term that nudged my curiosity:  Monstrous Hybrid. …. A material that combines both technical and organic nutrients (such a s recyclable paper and poly-vinyl-chloride) in a way that cannot be easily separated ….. Most monstrous hybrids can only be thrown out and contribute to the waste stream and cannot be reused.

Visit the dictionary for the complete definition of this term, as well as Industrial Nutrient, and a complete list of words from A through Z.  What’s more, if you would like to submit a new term for consideration, click on the Contact Us link.

Welcome to Web and Office

August 4, 2009

This blog is dedicated to small business owners as well as freelancers who work with or on the web.

Here, you’ll find tips, reviews, and links to make your work day easier.

Today’s tip: Tune into Blog Talk Radio
Where Business Talks.

On the Blog Talk website you’ll find over 450 audio shows on Business. New programs are added daily. Visit the site; click on Categories; use the drop down menu and choose Business. Click on the program of your choice. That’s it.