New Jersey Meadowlands Commission announces Summer Senior Programs
The season kicks off with a DeKorte Park Plant Walk on Sunday, June 8, at 10 a.m. The two-hour walk will be led by botanist Edith Wallace and Bergen County Audubon Society (BCAS) President Don Torino. The walk is also open to the general public.
Residents can also enjoy Meadowlands District parks and natural areas on foot by joining one of the NJMC’s twice-monthly guided nature and bird walks. The two-hour walks, and a bonus birding boat tour, begin at 10 a.m. at the following dates and locations:
June 1: DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst (followed by a noon reception for the Flyway Gallery show, “The Nature of the Meadowlands,” featuring images from the NJMC’s acclaimed coffee-table book).
June 17: Laurel Hill Park, Secaucus.
Visitors can enjoy an entire summer of stargazing at the NJMC’s William D. McDowell Observatory. The observatory is open to the public every Monday and Wednesday night year-long, weather permitting and excluding holidays. The observatory features a research-grade telescope housed within a six-meter retractable dome. Observatory staff ensure that you get the best views and explain all you need to know about what you’re seeing. Summer hours are 9 to 10:30 p.m. in June and July, and 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. in August. The observatory also hosts “Let’s Talk Astronomy” learning sessions on most Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. The sessions are $5; MEC members free. Visitors must be able to climb 25 steps to reach the observatory.
Christie: Super Bowl could return to region
Last week, Gov. Chris Christie stated that he wasn’t ruling out the idea of the Super Bowl making a return visit to the area. He was speaking on the “Boomer and Carton” sports radio show on WFAN 66-AM on May 23.
This year was the first time that the biggest game in sports took place in the New York-New Jersey area, when the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands. The event brought masses of fans to the region, with celebrations spread over several states.
Prior to the event there were concerns about winter weather affecting the game. Transportation was also a concern, with significant backups in mass transportation encountered on the day of the event.
Still, Christie said that the NFL officials loved the area and that a return visit was possible.