Large Rodents Disagree On Winter


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Here’s the deal, folks. The keepers of a groundhog in Pennsylvania, one Punxsutawney Phil, say he didn’t see his shadow early this morning, so spring is on the way. But a groundhog closer to home, Essex Ed, did see his when he ventured out around 11 a.m. So says the staff at Turtle Back Zoo, where Ed resides.

“There is no question we have had one of the worst winters ever,” said Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. in a prepared statement. “I was hoping for some better news, but Essex Ed is the expert and we all just have to toughen it out until spring arrives.”

But Joe D found a silver lining in the cloud. “Just because it may be cold for a few extra weeks, we still invite you to visit Essex County Turtle Back Zoo and see how the animals live in the winter. Our zoo remains open and is a great place for people of all ages to learn about animals,” he added.

And now you can all go back to shoveling.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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