Approximately 1,273 properties were honored with a property award for making Brigantine look beautiful this summer. Thanks to the volunteers who spent hours walking the neighborhoods looking for properties who earned the award. They are: Rita Battaglini, Donna Cowhey, Teresa Di Siro, Cynthia Edwards, Holly Friel, Louise Groeber, Joan Finlay, Kathy Hipple, Johanne Milnes, Steve and Connie Marrone, Linda Pastore, Anne Phillips, Kathy Skimmons, and Fran Streeper. Your work was greatly appreciated.

Speaking of appreciation, many thanks going to the Beach Clean up crew: Brigitte Reid, Debbie Pucci, Linda Mantello, Doris Bolton, Joan Finlay, Fran Streeper, Linda Wolko, and Bill Wolko.

Because of Labor Day, our next general meeting will be 7 p.m. Sept. 11  at the Community Center Senior dining room. Our guest speaker will be Joe Neidinger, proprietor of The Secret Garden Florist in Linwood. He will be demonstrating flower arranging. His arrangement will be used as a door prize. All are welcome; you do not have to be a member to attend. Join us for this interesting presentation.

Nominations will be accepted for the one open two-year board member position that is available. Voting will be at the Oct. meeting.

Leaves are available for the bronze memorial tree in the library. Pick up your application and send to P.O. Box 53, Brigantine, NJ.

Visit us on Facebook. Call our voicemail at 609-266-3685. Email us at brigantinegardenclub@aol.com .

Contact your bed tender coordinator if you have not yet received your invitation to The Gathering on Sept. 17 at St. George's Pub from 1 to 3 p.m. Please RSVP no later than the Sept. 11 meeting. Someone who works diligently for the welfare of the club will receive The President's Cup for 2017. Who will it be? Join us to find out!

Voting is now closed for The Blue Ribbon Property Awards. Stay tuned to learn which businesses have won this prestigious award that is voted on by the public.

Sunflowers are now being measured. Call 266-3685 or email brigantinegardenclub@aol.com and leave your name, address, and phone number. Someone will come to measure height and diameter to determine who has the biggest sunflower. Good luck! Thanks for participating.

Garden tip: Did you know that basil repels aphids, mosquitoes, flies, and mites? Plant it around your tomatoes to repel hornworms. Basil also has fungicidal properties.

Welcome to Brigantine, NJ: home of the Brigantine Garden Club, keeping the island blooming all summer long, and a way station for Monarch butterflies. Thanks for joining us in our quest for beauty.

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