Woodbridge To Honor Environmentalist Saturday

WOODBRIDGE — The founder of Woodbridge River Watch will be honored on Saturday when local officials unveil a sign dedicating the Pin Oak Forest environmental conservation area in Avenel to him.

The new sign, at the Omar Avenue entrance to the forest, will welcome visitors and recognize former state Assemblyman and Township Council member Ernest L. “Ernie” Oros.

In 1998, Oros organized the Woodbridge River Watch – an environmental association of state, county, and municipal residents and environmentalists dedicated to the preservation of Woodbridge waterways. The Woodbridge River Watch has worked to preserve more than 200 acres of Woodbridge-area wetlands and wooded areas as open space and wildlife sanctuaries over the past decade. Over the past two years, more 2,400 tree seedlings have been planted in the Pin Oak Forest area as part of the continuing effort to reclaim and preserve the 97-acre forest and wetlands area as an environmental resource.

Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac is scheduled to join Oros, members of Woodbridge River Watch and representatives from other township environmental groups for the sign dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18.

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