New in the Flyway Gallery


Four puppies sleeping, by Lucille Scurti, Rutherford.

The Art Association of Rutherford is holding its 67th Annual Juried Exhibition at the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s (NJMC) Flyway Gallery through Friday, Nov. 28.

An awards reception for the environmentally themed show is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 12,  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Flyway Gallery is located in the NJMC’s Meadowlands Environment Center.

More than two dozen artworks will be judged in four categories: watercolor, photography, computer manipulated art, and other media, which includes drawing, pastels, and mixed media.

The Art Association of Rutherford was founded in 1947 and is dedicated to supporting local artists and promoting the visual arts in the region. While members of the Association live throughout Northern New Jersey, more than 75 percent are from the Meadowlands and consider the area a source of inspiration.

The Association is open to all experience levels, from beginner to professional. For more information, call John Hardin at 201-939-1736 or email him at

The Flyway Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding holidays.  Directions to DeKorte Park can be found in the “About the NJMC” section of the Commission’s website,, or by calling 201-777-2431.

Good News, Bad News @ Losen Slote

DSCN0007The good news is that thanks to an Eagle Scout project by Thomas Holland, the entrance to Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry has a new butterfly garden (above).

The bad news is that illegal all-terrain vehicle riders are using the park  — a  prized natural area — as their playground. They are ripping up wide swaths of vegetation and turning it into a dirt track (below). Local officials are working with Bergen County Audubon Society to address the problem.


Dog Found in DeKorte Park

dk_IMG_9362On Sunday, a dog without a collar was found at DeKorte Park; it is now at the Bergen County Animal Shelter.

The dog is an adult male black-and-brown hound mix, according to the shelter.

Mike Maddaloni, who helped rescue the dog, writes:

“What a great dog … Took a little while to gain his trust, but after giving him water and pasta, he warmed up to us, sat near our cars, and tried to get in our cars to go ‘home.’

“Just really sad but it gives us hope that he will find a new home …He’s a very healthy dog, meaty, between 4-5′ long, big, strong, shiny coat, I don’t think the photos do him justice.

“Good temperament, responds to commands, no wounds, etc, and most important is a bird watcher he snapped his head around at every bird that flew overhead or by us)!”

If you know anything about this dog and possible owner, please call the shelter at (201) 229-4600. The shelter is located at 100 United Lane, Teterboro.  (Thanks, Mike!)


Record Story on Wildlife in North Jersey

wild suburbia

Photo montage by The Record.

Jim O’Neill of The Record has a major story in today’s editions about how some animals in suburbia thrive — and create huge problems — while others barely hang on. The NJMC’s Mike Newhouse is quoted. Here’s a sample:

For a variety of reasons, suburbia is growing more wild. Some species are learning to thrive in this human-engineered landscape, leading experts to warn that the number of conflicts between people and wildlife will only increase.

The issue is forcing officials to assess how best to manage these species in places where traditional methods of wildlife management – hunting and trapping – are unpalatable or impractical.

At the same time, as suburbia expands its footprint, other species – those that need specific habitat to survive – struggle to hang on. The bobwhite quail, once common, is virtually extinct in New Jersey, as its grassland habitat disappears. Another bird, the piping plover, crowded out by beachgoers, now numbers about 120 nesting pairs in the state.

The link is here.

Take the (Simple) Butterfly ID Challenge

Regina Geoghan shared some butterfly pix she took at DeKorte last Tuesday. Can you ID them?  (Thanks, Regina!)