Town Talk: mosquito spraying, wildlife education, ‘Equality Day’ party

Mosquito Spray on the South Side to Occur Friday, Aug. 19

The Middlesex County Mosquito Commission will be spraying the South Side of Highland Park and Donaldson Park on Friday morning, August 19, between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.

These methods and materials are approved and recommended by USEPA and Rutgers University and pose no unreasonable health risk. However concerned residents can take the following precautions to reduce exposure:

Plan your activities to limit time spent outside during times of possible insecticide treatments. Move your pets, their food, and water dishes inside during ULV application. Also bring clothing and children’s toys inside. Stay away from application equipment, whether in use or not.

Whenever possible, remain indoors with windows closed and with window air conditioners on non-vent (closed to the outside air) and window fans turned off during spraying.

Avoid direct contact with surfaces that are still wet from pesticide spraying.  Do not allow children to play in areas that have been sprayed until they have completely dried (approximately one hour).

If you must remain outdoors, avoid eye and skin contact with the spray.  If you get spray in your eyes or on your skin, immediately flush and rinse with water.

If residents wish further information, they can contact their local health department or call the National Pesticide Information Center at (800) 858-7378 or visit their website at the following link:  The Commission can be reached at (732) 549-0665 and operates a message machine 24 hours a day/7 days a week for individuals who cannot call during our working hours, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Live on the wild side with a wildlife celebration on Saturday, Aug. 20

Thanks to a grant from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions, Highland Park has created a Wildlife Education Program. The program, focusing on the nearly 250 species of birds, along with other wildlife in our town, will include FREE events (suited for all ages) to raise awareness of our wildlife and open spaces. The first event is an Introduction to Birding, Aug. 20, 2016, 9 a.m, Environmental Center, 20 River Road. For more information contact Daniel Larkins


HP Councilwomen celebrate “Equality Day” Tuesday, Aug. 23

Highland Park’s women elected officials – Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler, Council President Susie Welkovits-Brown and Councilwoman Elsie Foster-Dublin – are the special guest hosts at the Middlesex County Women’s Political Caucus “Equality Day Happy Hour” on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 6 p.m. at The Bridge Restaurant, 315 Raritan Ave., Highland Park. The Third Annual Women’s Equality Day Happy Hour celebrates the 96th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment grating women the right to vote. Every political persuasion is welcome – the right to vote is a non-partisan privilege of our democracy. Individual tickets are $25 per person but all sorts of sponsorship opportunities are available.


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