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Public Information » E-Newsletter » E-Newsletter Aug 11

New Era, New Span --- Bridge Commission's E-Newsletter --- August 2011


Bridge Commission Police Officers Lauded

Commendations were recently bestowed on three members of the Commission’s Police Department for leading the department on DUI arrests and lifesaving actions while off duty. Officers Joseph Covaleski and Brian Laudenslager were selected as “2010 DWI Top Guns” by New Jersey’s Division of Highway Traffic Safety for their DUI arrests during the calendar year of 2010.  Sgt. Jason Bowen was recognized for his lifesaving actions while off duty; he performed CPR skills and used an automated external defibrillator on an unconscious heart attack victim at a local shopping center until an ambulance could arrive.  Thanks to Sgt. Bowen’s heroic, quick and decisive actions during a crisis and chaotic situation, the individual survived.


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Chairman John Comegno presented all three officers with Certificates of Commendation. After emphasizing the importance of DUI patrols, Chairman Comegno thanked Officers Covaleski and Laudenslager for their good work and continued diligence in this area.  The Commission’s Director of Public Safety and Security, Patrick Reilly, praised Sgt. Bowen’s level of professionalism in the face of this crisis, adding that were it not for Sgt. Bowen’s heroic actions, the victim would not have survived.  Chairman Comegno commended all officers on their fine service, which he said reflects great credit upon themselves and the Commission’s entire police department.


PCNP Holds Distinction of Only GLOBE Partner in NJ

PCNP is one of only 130 partners in the U.S. participating in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program.  GLOBE is a worldwide hands-on, science and education program—students from around the world record measurements in investigative fields of atmosphere, hydrology, land cover/biology, and soil, and record those findings on the GLOBE website. Scientists and other students visit the GLOBE site and use that data for research and study purposes.  

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As a GLOBE partner, PCNP holds Teacher Training workshops at which teachers can become certified in GLOBE protocols. The most recent workshop took place in June with certified teacher trainer John Moore and eight teachers from schools in Pennsylvania and central and southern New Jersey. John was formerly the GLOBE director and faculty member at Burlington County Institute of Technology (BCIT) and was recently an Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow at the National Science Foundation. 

PCNP also hosts GLOBE events of interest to the general public, including GLOBE At Night in the Spring, at which participants can enter a portable planetarium and look at the night sky. It includes discussions about light pollution and the star count data already recorded on the GLOBE website by observers around the world.         

GLOBE brings together students, teachers and scientists through the GLOBE Schools Network in support of student learning and research.  Today, the international GLOBE network has grown to include representatives from 111 participating countries coordinating GLOBE activities that are integrated into their local and regional communities. Due to their efforts, there are more than 54,000 GLOBE-trained teachers representing over 24,000 schools around the world. Over 1.5 million students have participated in GLOBE, contributing more than 22 million measurements to the GLOBE database for use in their inquiry-based science projects.

For more information, contact PCNP at (856) 829-1900.


Summer Digital Photo Camp at PCNP

Only a limited number of seats remain for this unique summer camp experience to be held Monday, August 22nd through Friday, August 26th for children going into grades 6th through 8th who enjoy both photography and being outdoors. Participants will learn how to use point and shoot digital cameras as they learn about photographic techniques (e.g., filling the frame, rule of thirds, leading lines).  All equipment and supplies for the class will be provided. Hands-on learning will be emphasized as children explore the natural world around them at PCNP.

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The day will run from 10 AM to 2 PM each day with a break for lunch.  At the end of the week, there will be a gallery showcase of students’ work shot during the camp.  Cost of the camp is $100 for PCNP members and non-members, which includes equipment for the class (Nikon P5100, Apple 20” iMac computer workstations, and printers for use in the lab to print out work.)  For more information call 856-829-1900, ext. 264 or email Christian Hochenberger at hochenberger@me.com

Save the Date!

Saturday, October 1, 2011
to benefit education
programs at PCNP


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