The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey is providing grants of as much as $35,000 for development of living shorelines to combat erosion and other coastal hazards in the state.

Nonprofit organizations, community and homeowner associations, academic institutions, local governments and consulting firms can apply. Applications must be received by May 4.

Living shorelines use native vegetation and natural materials to stabilize coastal areas, according to the conservancy.

Potential applicants can view a webinar online and participate in a workshop April 12th at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in Tuckerton. Visit

Bike to School Day is May 9: Registration is open for this year’s Bike to School Day on May 9, organized by the National Center for Safe Routes to School.

The center has been working to make communities safe for walking and bicycling, “starting with children and the trip to school,” according to its website. It asks communities to hold special events that day to encourage more kids to walk or bike to school year-round.

The first National Walk to School Day, called Walk Our Children to School Day, took place in 1997.

More than 3,000 schools across the country participated last year, according to the center. To register, or for more information, visit

Second annual March for Science: The second annual New Jersey March for Science is set for 10 a.m. April 14 on the steps of the War Memorial in Trenton, organizers said.

It is intended to “peacefully show support for science and its critical role in understanding and addressing important issues facing our state and nation.”

Register in advance via Eventbrite.

There will also be a march in Washington, D.C., on the same day and at an estimated 70 other locations around the world.

Last April, more than 1 million people worldwide — including about 6,000 people across New Jersey — participated in Marches for Science, organizers said.

Woodbine breaks ground on eco-park: There will be a groundbreaking ceremony 1 p.m. March 20 for Woodbine’s Cape May County Open Space Eco-Park in back of the Woodbine Elementary School at 800 Monroe Street.

Funding came from the Cape May County Freeholders under the Open Space Program, said Mayor William Pikolycky.

The borough will preserve a 25-acre wooded tract next to the school and develop active and passive recreation there, including environmental and fitness stations, walking trails, a pavilion, bike racks, and a rain garden, Pikolycky said.

The park includes a bikeway extension along Webster Avenue, funded by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, he said. It is part of a proposed county bikeway system from Belleplain State Forest to the County Park and Zoo.

Attorney General opposes plan to expand offshore drilling: New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal joined a multi-state coalition of Attorneys General last week in new comments opposing the federal government’s proposed expansion of offshore drilling to New Jersey and other coastal states.

The group sent a letter to Kelly Hammerle, manager of the U.S. Interior Depart-ment’s National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program, and called on the department to honor its past practice of not imposing drilling on states that don’t want it.

Participating states have threatened litigation, saying offshore drilling would endanger public safety and harm coastal resources.

New Jersey’s 130-mile coastline generated more than $44 billion in coastal tourism revenue in 2016, supporting more than 838,000 jobs and generating $5.6 billion in federal taxes, Grewal said.

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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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