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This black swallowtail butterfly has found its home in the Meadowlands. Photo courtesy of the Meadowlands Commission.
This black swallowtail butterfly has found its home in the Meadowlands. Photo courtesy of the Meadowlands Commission.
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New home for ‘exotic’ animals necessary

A man keeping farm animals on a Secaucus Road lot was told by town officials that he needed to move them by this weekend, according to a report on NJ.com.

A 56-year-old Union City resident was notified that “exotic animals” needed to be gone from the site by Saturday, May 18. The alleged collection of ducks, hens, roosters, and turkeys spurred someone to contact Secaucus officials, resulting in the visit to the 210 Secaucus Road site, according to Vincent Prieto, town zoning officer.

Eugenio Oramas kept his collection of animals on the lot while he operated a company there, and continued to do so even after the business failed. He said he didn’t know where he’d send them. A town ordinance prohibits the breeding and keeping of these animals.

Town employees walk to promote healthy living

In an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle, town employees are invited to participate in an optional “Walk at Work Day” on Wed., May 29. Mayor Mike Gonnelli said the program, fostered by the Bergen-Hudson Chronic Disease Coalition and Bergen County Department of Health Services, could be the first step in being more active. The selected route for the half hour lunchtime walk would be in the neighborhood of the facility each employee works. To sign up, call Christine Smith of the Secaucus Health Department at (201) 330-2031, or ext. 3088.

The Secaucus High School/Middle School teachers and students are also participating in the program. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, and have sunscreen and sunglasses. The Health Department reminds residents that physical activity may help lower stress, increase well-being and self-esteem, improve physical fitness and reduce weight.

Bird and fowl walk this week at Meadowlands

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society are sponsoring their “Third-Tuesday-of-the Month Walk” on May 21. This free, two-hour walk of Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus features raptors, waterfowl, and late spring migrants. Attendees should meet at the marsh entrance at 10 a.m. (Directions are on meadowblog.net in the left-hand column. Also check there for last-minute weather updates.) Participants are requested to sign a standard liability release good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To RSVP, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol.com.

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