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SP Environmental Advisory Committee

March 17, 2017

Dear Friends,

The “Seaside Park Butterflies by the Bay” Monarch Waystation is flourishing.  As you may remember the number of Monarch Butterflies has dwindled since Superstorm Sandy.  To help the butterflies return to Seaside, a garden was planted at the 14th Avenue pier, 14th and Bayview Avenues.  We would like the children and residents of Seaside to again be a part of our town project.  We will purchase a butterfly kit or the caterpillar refills (for those that kept their kits from last year) for those that are interested.  The families will raise the butterflies from the caterpillar stage to adult butterfly.  On Sunday, June 4th, before the Fish Hat Parade, we ask that you join us at the butterfly garden with your butterflies in the net house and as a group we will set them free.  Families can keep the kits for their own personal use.

If you are interested in raising the butterflies, please contact me by Monday, March 27th, at with your name, email address and phone number. Let me know if you need the butterfly kit or only the caterpillar refill.  The refills contain the caterpillars and their food.   Our plan is one butterfly project per household.  There will be 4 – 5 caterpillars per kit/refill with instructions. We expect the butterfly kits/refills to arrive early May and will contact you with pick up time and place.   
We hope this will be a great way to start the Fish Hat Parade celebration and encourage residents to come visit “Seaside Park Butterflies by the Bay” Monarch Waystation.  Please spread the word to other Seaside residents that might be interested. 

 Thank you for your support! 
Maureen O’Haire & Lynda Roberts
Seaside Park Advisory Environmental Committee

732 250 4954

Example: Name/Phone Number/Email address
                  My family is interested in the Seaside Park Butterfly Project.
                  We need the butterfly kit.
                  We have the butterfly netting and need the caterpillar refill only.

I will reply to your email to confirm receipt.
If you do not hear from me, please email again or call. Thanks.

Educational Seminars offered by Friends of Island Beach State Park

All talks will be held at the IBSP Interpretive Center, A-16 from 2-4 pm. for more information:


 Sunday, March 26 – American Littoral Society
Helen Henderson, the Ocean Planning Manager for the Mid-Atlantic region of the American Littoral Society will delve into ocean planning and the Barnegat Bay. The way we use the ocean is expanding rapidly. Offshore shipping traffic is increasing, plans for offshore energy projects are becoming a reality, and agencies are planning long-term beach replenishment projects that could negatively impact resources by sand mining from important places that serve as prime fishing areas of habitat for developing fish. She will also discuss the recent successes the society has had implementing storm water non-point source pollution improvement projects to improve the health of the ocean’s backyard – the Barnegat Bay. Register for the American Littoral Society program here. Register

 Sunday, April 2 – The Birds of Island Beach State Park
Join Becky LaBoy to learn about the birds of Island Beach State Park and then go on a birding hike. According to Birding in Ocean County, Island Beach State Park is the best place in Ocean County to go birding. A total of 328 species have been seen on the 10-mile-long strip of land by this birding community.

 Sunday, April 9 – ReClam the Bay- Sea, Touch & Learn
ReClam the Bay is a local non-profit that promotes environmental involvement and education by growing and maintaining millions of baby clams and oysters at upwellers located along the Barnegat Bay.

 Sunday, April 16 – Easter Trail Hike, History, and Adventure
Join the Friends of Island Beach for a hike, history talk, and photography adventure. Area photographers will be on hand to give some tips on photographing wildlife and scenery, so bring along your camera. The ospreys will be back by then and will be visible at the nearby Pete McLain Osprey Cam Nest.

Science Saturdays

The Foundation of Arts and Science on LBI is hosting a series of educational talks called “Science Saturdays.” For event information visit the LBIF Science Saturday event page.

2017 Annual Notice of Meetings

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq., that the Borough of Seaside Park Environmental Advisory Committee has established the following schedule (beginning at 7:00 p.m.) for their Regular Committee Meetings for the Year 2017:

Wednesday, January 11th
Wednesday, February 8th
Wednesday, March 8th
Wednesday, April 12th
Wednesday, May 10th
Wednesday, June 14th
Wednesday, July 12th
Wednesday, August 9th
Wednesday, September 13th
Wednesday, October 11th
Wednesday, November 8th
Wednesday, December 13th

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that these meetings will be held in the Borough Council Chambers located at Sixth and Central Avenues, Seaside Park.

Karen Barna
Borough Clerk

January 13, 2017

  • Filed in the Office of the Seaside Park Borough Clerk
  • Posted in the Seaside Park Borough Hall
  • Posted on the Borough of Seaside Park’s official website
  • Asbury Park Press

2017 Members

Chair Term
Ann Hayes (3 yr. 1/17 – 12/2019)
Vice Chair
Edie Klink (2 yr. 1/17 – 12/2018)
Maureen O’Haire (2 yr. 1/16 – 12/2017)
Jane Mason (2 yr., 1/17 – 12/2018)
Lynda Roberts (3 yr., 1/16 – 12/2018)
Sherry Villano (2 yr. 1/16 – 12/2017)
Gregory Penn (2 yr. 1/17 – 12/2018)
Denise Koury (2 yr. 1/16 – 12/2017)
Maureen O’Haire (3 yr., 1/15 – 12/2017)
Liaison (Council Member)
Ray Amabile (1 yr. 1/17 – 12/2017)

Environmental Advisory Committee

Seaside Park’s Environmental Advisory Committee has openings for interested citizens who want to join the committee and the town’s Green Team. The mission of this group is “to define the community’s responsibility to the environment and through educating the public to turn Seaside Park into a model community for Environmental Stewardship.”

Any resident interested in serving on the Green Team must first complete the following Citizen Leadership Form (PDF) and submit it to Borough Clerk Karen Barna for consideration of any future vacancies.

Mission Statement and Goals

The Seaside Park Environmental Advisory Committee (SPEAC) is a volunteer resident group, which is appointed yearly by the Mayor and Council at its Reorganization Meeting. SPEAC is committed to working with Borough Officials to promote environmental sustainability and to support green projects, which will make Seaside Park a greener place to live, work and play.

Long Term Goals:

  1. To promote Sustainable Environmental Practices
  2. To define the Community’s responsibility to the environment
  3. To educate the public about the environment and turn Seaside Park into a model for environmental Stewardship

Short Term Goals 2015:

  1. To promote and support in the Dune Grass plantings on the ocean beach front
  2. To be participant in the development of environmentally sound water drainage projects and garden plantings in conjunction with the Route 35 redesign
  3. To continue to offer a series of Environmental Lectures and Presentations to the citizens of the Borough
  4. To work with the Borough’s web master to help design and update the SPEAC link on the Borough’s website and newsletter
  5. To facilitate the remediation of the bayside vegetation
  6. To work in cooperation with Mayor and Council to promote the Environmentally sustainable projects
  7. To continue the development of the Seaside Park Butterflies by the Bay garden
  8. To identify areas of the town that could benefit from native plantings

Energy Conservation

The Borough of Seaside Park has recently made great strides in the area of Environmental Stewardship. As one of the newest EnergyStar Paratners, Seaside Park will have access greater access to the resources and skills necessary to drive the community to the forefront of environmental stewardship.

We have joined the national effort of Environmental Sustainability through EnergyStar and Sustainable NJ. If you want more information about these programs please visit or

Through these programs we have developed a community Green Team whose role is to define the community’s responsibility to the environment and through educating the publc will turn Seaside Park into the model community for Environmental Stewardship!

We look forward to working with our community and our new partners to developing the best programs that will respect the environment, save money, jobs and most importantly improve the area where we live.

Please contact us at if you have any questions or comments.