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Kingston Greenways Association


With sadness, we share the news that South Brunswick Township Mayor Frank Gambatese died on March 25th, 2017. He was a fine person, a tireless, dedicated civil servant, and a very good friend to Kingston. He played an instrumental role in the preservation of the Princeton Nursery Lands, as well as providing enthusiasm and support to our village and its organizations--Kingston Greenways, the Kingston Village Advisory Committee, Kingston Volunteer Fire Company, Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands, and Kingston Historical Society. We will be forever grateful for his affection and his commitment to our needs and dreams.



KGA ACTIVITIES AND OTHER EVENTS


KVFC ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 8 AM to 1 PM

Members of Kingston Volunteer Fire Company #1 will be serving pancakes, sausages, orange juice, and coffee/tea at the Kingston Fire House, 6 Heathcote Road. You can also purchase delicious goods from the Kingston Ladies Auxiliary Bake Sale.

Come have breakfast, meet your neighbors, and learn about our village's oldest volunteer organizations! $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under. All proceeds go to helping maintain the Fire Department and its operations that keep our community safe.

EARTH DAY CLEANUP
Sunday, April 23, 2017--2 to 4 PM



2016 Earth Day Volunteers--photo by BreeAnne Lemmerling

We’ll tidy up the areas adjacent to Railroad and Greenwood Avenues, Division Street, Mapleton Road and Ridge Road in Kingston. In addition to the inevitable tossed and blown litter, we will be removing some larger trash that is not only unsightly, but could also pose hazards to wildlife.

Parking for the event is along Railroad Avenue off Ridge Road. Grabbers, gloves, orange vests, and bags will be provided. For more information, please call 609-683-0483.

KGA ANNUAL MEETING AND PROGRAM--
"SPRING ACTIVITIES OF THE INDIANS AND THEIR VILLAGES IN KINGSTON, NEW JERSEY"


Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 7:30 PM at the Kingston Firehouse

Following a brief business meeting, Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum, will discuss the significance and importance of the Indian way of life during the spring season. Emphasis will focus on the activities of community fish gathering, crop planting, gathering, hunting, and village life.



This presentation will also examine the local Indian villages that once existed in the Kingston region, and particular names of the Lenape people who once lived in the surrounding area. The program will include a short slide presentation and actual New Jersey Indian stone artifacts will be on display. The meeting is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.


RECENT EVENTS


CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
December 18, 2016

Karen Linder led the count, and made this report:

"We were light on counters this year so only managed to cover part of the territory that we usually do, but all in all, it was a fun day, and a fairly productive one. All told, we recorded 40 species, and 1364 birds - the usual suspects, with no new species recorded for the territory. Surprisingly, we had absolutely no yellow-rumped warblers, a bird that is normally pretty prevalent in our count, and relatively few white-throated sparrows. The fish crows were a single mob. American crows were really light this year. The eagle was a lone adult, flying close to and towards its nest. Glad to see that our pair are back for another year."

"Highlights of the count included a flurry of robins gorging on the bright red berries of bush honeysuckle, the very noisy mob of fish crows, a soggy but very prominently perched Coopers hawk, and a small flock of bluebirds, glistening turquoise in the morning sun. Later in the week, two KGA members had a lovely sighting of a Great Horned Owl. They heard it calling, went outside and as they watched, it flew from the denser trees to perch on a branch where it was beautifully silhouetted. It preened, stretched and looked around for about 15 minutes before it took off to catch supper."

Thank you to those who participated in this annual event!

KINGSTON FEST
Sunday, August 7, 2016

This gathering gave the public a chance to tour the newly renovated Laurel Avenue School, for which so many have advocated and worked to preserve beginning in 1998. The Kingston Laurel Avenue School has been beautifully restored and rehabilitated by Princeton International Properties (PIP) and is the new home of the Yinghua International School. As part of this arrangement with Franklin Township and PIP, a Kingston Community Room has been provided for the exclusive use of all village organizations.

Read about the building's history, the restoration and funding partners, and the Yinghua School here: Kingston's Historic Laurel Ave School to Get a New Life

ANNUAL MEETING AND TALK ON SNOWY OWLS

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Jean-François Therrien Ph.D, a Senior Research Biologist at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Orwigsburg, PA, has been studying snowy owls in the Arctic for more than a decade with a team of scientists from Laval Université, Québec. He explained how satellite telemetry has provided some insight into the lives of these unusual creatures.



Jean-François Therrien with snowy owl—photo by A. Robillard

Some of the things we learned:
~Snowy owls are a top predator in the Arctic. They have a wingspan of 4-5 feet, weigh up to 5 pounds, and are one of the few owls that hunt during the day.
~Lemmings make up a major part of their diet, especially during the breeding season, but they will also prey on seabirds.
~Unlike other migrating birds, snowy owls are not predictable. They do not travel together, nor do they fly to fixed endpoints. This is the reason for Therrien's description of them as "nomads of the north."
~Snowy mothers may lay an average of seven eggs over a period of fourteen days, which hatch sequentially.
~Some years, some of these large owls move south, a phenomenon known as an irruption. In recent winters, snowy owls have been observed across New Jersey in fields, marshes and beaches devoid of trees, landscapes that resemble the Arctic tundra to which they are accustomed.

For more information, please visit the web sites below:
Hawk Mountain
Project Snowstorm

EARTH DAY CLEANUP

Saturday, April 23, 2016


We offer sincerest thanks to the many volunteers who celebrated Earth Day by beautifying and making safer our public lands and roadways!

During the morning session, eight volunteers collected fifteen bags of unsightly trash along Laurel Avenue in front of Rockingham. We are grateful to team leader John Butcher and his crew for tidying the environs of this historic site.

The afternoon session on the South Brunswick side was also a great success. We are grateful to BreeAnne Lemmerling for rallying her neighbors for a massive cleanup of the Railroad/Greenwood Avenue area and adjacent Nursery lands.











Items collected included illegally dumped construction debris, nursery detritus, and ordinary trash, windblown or deliberately discarded. Several volunteers also worked Ridge Road, Heathcote, and Division and nearby wooded areas.







One notable haul was this newspaper vending box that had been in Heathcote Brook since at least 2008.



It had deteriorated into a very dangerous state. The neighbors waited until the water was low, then dug it out, loaded it into this wheelbarrow, and transported it to one of the piles that will be carted away by South Brunswick Township.





Another special cache of debris was the remains of a 1990's vintage television that fell off the back of a truck and literally exploded a few months ago. Hundreds of two-inch thick pieces of glass, circuitry, and other parts were collected from along Ridge Road.





NATURE GALLERY

Does a tree grow in Kingston that you would like to honor? Now you can nominate it to KGA's brand new Kingston Tree Registry.

Tree Nomination Form