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Slow Mow May is Back !

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Ridgewood NJ, the Village of Ridgewood is once again promoting Slow Mow May .The goal of Slow Mow May is to embrace a two-week mowing regime (and forego chemicals for the entire month), which supports the greatest abundance of bees by creating habitat and food sources for early-season pollinators. It’s a small but important step toward making our yards more natural, environmentally friendly and healthier for people, pets and pollinators.

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Demarest Board of Health: helping the bees during the summer months

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Demarest NJ, by way of Assemblyman Bob Auth ,according to the Demarest Board of Health in order to help the bees during the summer months there are fewer flowers and other food sources for bees.

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“No Mow May” Does it Really Do Anything or Just More “Yard Sign Environmentalism” ?

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Ridgewood NJ, “No Mow May” is an initiative where Ridgewood residents do not mow their lawns in May in order to preserve the habitats of many insects and bees, and to promote conversations about the environment. The optimal time to leave grass uncut for the benefit of bees and other pollinators is during the month of May.

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Northwest Bergen’s Best Known Beekeeper Comes to The Rescue of Ridgewood Home

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Ridgewood NJ, Northwest Bergen’s best known beekeeper, Frank Mortimer, safely removes approximately 15,000 swarming honey bees from a tree located immediately adjacent to a public sidewalk in the 400 block of Stevens Avenue, Ridgewood, less than one (1) block away from an elementary school. To ensure pedestrian safety, Ridgewood Police Patrol Officer Christopher Mormino stood by at the scene keeping a safe distance while Frank Mortimer worked. The incident occurred early Thursday afternoon, 05/19.There were no reported injuries .

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Beekeeper Removes 15,000 Bees from Ridgewood Home

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Kids do not try this at home 

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Ridgewood NJ, Frank Mortimer is Ridgewood’s best known beekeeper an adjunct instructor at the Cornell University Master Beekeeping Program, former Vice President of the New Jersey State Beekeepers Association, and a Certified Master Beekeeper. As president of the Northeast NJ Beekeepers Association—a position he held for over a decade—he significantly grew his club’s membership, aligned the Northeast NJ Beekeepers with Ramapo College, and founded the “Honey Cup,” an annual honey tasting competition.  Frank has promoted beekeeping throughout the Northeast by speaking to everyone from school children to gardening clubs and civic organizations.  He has led beekeeping seminars across the Northeast and at The New York Botanical Garden.

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Local Author Frank Mortimer Book Signing of “Bee People and the Bugs They Love”

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Ridgewood NJ, Frank Mortimer will sign copies of his book, “Bee People and the Bugs They Love”, on the Ridgewood Public Library patio (weather permitting). Bring your copy or buy one through Bookends. Registration suggested.

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Bee People and the Bugs They Love by Frank the Beeman

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Ridgewood NJ, just in time for spring ,local beekeeper Frank Mortimer ( Frank the Beeman ) has released a new book called Bee People and the Bugs They Love . The book is an inspiring combination of humorous and feel-good stories about beekeepers intertwined with fascinating, up-to-date, and easy-to-understand information about honeybees.  The first book to answer the question: What type of person keeps bees? . The First book to spotlight the quirky, offbeat, and eccentric people that are passionately obsessed with the honey-loving bug. It is NOT a “how to” book.

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BEE Careful !

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood beekeeper Frank Mortimer was asked to return to Raymond’s Restaurant in Ridgewood on Sunday, 06/02for the second time to two days restaurant employees spotted another swarm of honey bees swarming in a small tree near the restaurant’s front door.

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What Happened to the Beepocalypse?

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In 2006 bees started disappearing. Beekeepers reported to losing up to 90% of their beehives. And no one knew why. Nearly every news outlet raised the alarm, warning of an imminent beepocalypse that would devastate our food supply. But while alarm bells rang, things turned around. And bee colonies are now at a 20 year high. How did we get the beepocalypse so… wrong?

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Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee hosts the Northeast New Jersey Beekeepers Association

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BACKYARD BEEKEEPING – HEALTHY LIFESTYLE SERIES

Saturday, February 13th; 10am to 12:30pm, The Stable, 259  North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood

Backtard Beekeepping – Presented by the Northeast New Jersey Beekeepers Association, this introductory program is for those interested in keeping honey been and wanting to learn the very basics of this hand-on hobby.   INcluded with be discussion on equipment and supplies, the care and handling of bees, clothing, colony health, costs involved and where to go for resources, support and learn more…

Sponsored by Ridgewood Environmental  Advisory Committee – REAC