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Bees and Their Queen Arrive at Chatham Community Beehive

By Ed Barmakian

Saturday, April 12, 2014 • 10:10pm

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce Harris, beekeeper Albert Tomaro and members of the Chatham Community Bee Club were as busy as "you know what" on Saturday.

Eight packages of Italian bees arrived from Georgia and the Chatham Community Bee Club members set them up in their hives, located in a vacant lot on St. James Street, right off River Road in the borough.

Beekeeper Albert Tomaro talks about Chatham Community Beehive in video below

Each package has 3,000 bees and one queen bee. The queen will produce 2,000 eggs per day, so each hive can house up to 50,000 bees, according to Tomaro.

Mayor Harris had the idea because the bee population is dying. Bees play a part in producing 1/3 of the food we eat. Tomaro will help Chatham Community Bee members care for the hives and help educate the public about how important bees are for our food supply.

 

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