Batsto

Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest will hold Haunting in the Pines with trick-or-treating and games at 1 p.m. Oct. 29 at the village in Washington Township, Burlington County. File photo of Batsto mansion. 

Dale Gerhard

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has extended the season for dredging of shallow bay waters, according to Ocean City officials.

A requirement for work to stop in November is being changed to March 1, an city spokesperson said last week.

“This is a big break for Ocean City and all the residents on the bay and in other shore towns,” Mayor Jay Gillian said in a written statement. “The extension of the dredge season not only benefits Ocean City but all shore communities dealing with silted waterways.”

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N.J. wildlife areas expand

There are now 350,000 acres of New Jersey Wildlife Management Areas in New Jersey, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said recently.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife, through the DEP’s Green Acres program, added 502 acres to the system in the past few months. Parcels include 28 acres to the New Sweden WMA in Lawrence Township; 204 acres to the Heislerville WMA in Maurice River Township; and 36 acres to the Peaslee WMA in Buena Vista Township.

Multiple parcels totaling 217 acres were added to the Hammonton Creek WMA and Makepeace Lake WMA, both in Mullica Township, DEP said.

WMAs were originally established for hunting, trapping and fishing, but today other nature activities predominate.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation found 794,000 people hunted and fished in New Jersey, and more than 2.4 million participated in other wildlife-oriented recreational activities, such as bird watching and photography.

PAC to spend on Murphy

The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund, a super PAC, will spend $200,000 to help elect Democrat Phil Murphy as governor from now to the election in November, the group announced last week.

It’s the first time the super PAC, which started in 2013, has invested in a New Jersey governor’s race, the group said. The total will be $335,000 when spending on the primary race is included.

The group will buy digital ads and conduct a targeted mail campaign, it said. It will focus on Murphy’s commitment to a 100 percent clean energy plan for New Jersey, protecting drinking water and holding corporate polluters responsible.

Halloween at parks

State parks and forests in the area are offering the following family events to celebrate Halloween:

• Haunting in the Pines with trick-or-treating, games and other fun for children at 1 p.m. Sunday at Batsto Village, Washington Township, Burlington County. Free. Call 609-561-0024.

• A re-enactor portrays Ichabod Crane in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Indian King Tavern Museum, 233 Kings Highway East, in Haddonfield, Camden County. The event is free as part of museum open house from 1 to 4 p.m.

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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