Because of the COVID-19 pandemic we have suspended our large-group activities for the 2020 summer season.
The Annual LLCOA Members Meeting — The annual meeting, usually held in June will be held this year in October.
The Annual Dinner Dance is held in the summer, at an off-site restaurant. We begin the evening with a cocktail hour and appetizers, followed by a buffet dinner with a DJ and lots of dancing. If possible the party will be held in October this year.
The Annual Movie — We were not sure if we’d be able to make a movie this year but by jumping through some hoops we got it done! Many thanks to the stalwart folks who volunteered.
Annual Picnic — This is a late summer event. There’s catered food pretty much all day long and late night pizza too. Activities include children’s games, an adult Horse Shoe Tournament, the egg toss, and a band for music into the night. The picnic has always taken place in August. With great regret we’re postponing the picnic until 2021.
The Habitat Improvement Plan is designed to improve the natural habitat on our property for various birds and other wildlife, including the golden winged warbler, other songbirds, and game birds, such as the American woodcock and the wild turkey. The proposed Plan identifies two “target areas” on our property, designated as Target Area 1 and Target Area 2.
Tree Farm — The LLCOA operates a tree farm on about 600 of our 660 acres. This allows us to keep this acreage in a more-or-less wild state while lowering our property tax liability dramatically, compared to what we would be paying if it were assessed as residential or commercial property. We have to show “active devotion to agriculture.” This means we can’t just leave the woods alone to grow, but must do things a farmer would do, including harvesting and weeding.
Dam Stewardship — Longwood Lake exists because a dam was built blocking the Rockaway River, around 1900. Compared to many dams in New Jersey, it’s very solid, since it’s locked between two outcroppings of bedrock. We don’t own the dam – it’s not on LLCOA property. Rather, Jersey City owns it, as a result of condemnations years ago aimed at ensuring their water supply. They have done almost no maintenance in the past thirty years, but have funded several engineering reports on what should be done to maintain the dam. The LLCOA has a deep interest in ensuring that the dam is repaired and that the lake level stays where it is. One way to accomplish this would be to take ownership of the dam, but that could be hazardous, since the NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection has issued orders to make repairs several times and we could find ourselves responsible for them. Another option is to work more closely with Jersey City than we have been able to in the past. The Dam Committee is studying these and other possibilities and will keep Association members informed.