Homeowners near Yantacaw Brook Park in Montclair are getting a sneak peak at future Toyota television commercials starring New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, the reigning Super Bowl MVP. Neighbor Phil Byrd, whose house was scouted but ultimately rejected (the producers were looking for not-so-tall trees), reports that residents were told the production would go on until early evening. Crews and production personnel are all over the nearby streets and some driveways, though Bryd, who says many commercials are shot in the area, says everyone has been pleasant and courteous. Manning has been spied running and getting in and out of Toyota vehicles. Baristaville is known to crush on the Giants, so Manning is likely feeling at home here.

5 replies on “Giants’ Eli Manning Filming TV Spots at Montclair’s Yantacaw Today”

  1. Hopefully Eli Manning is as adept at dodging goose poop as he is at avoiding oncoming rushers. We were at the park this past weekend and walking down the path was like playing hopscotch. Almost impossible to find a patch of grass or pavement that isn’t littered with goose droppings. The pond is also a mess. We filled an entire garbage bag with floating cans, wrappers and and old socks that were floating on the banks of the pond. I wonder who’s in charge of maintaining that park?

  2. Boy complainerpuss, you sure know how to take a fun post about a great little park and turn it into something else.

    But your question is deserves an answer– no pond should be as you describe. The geese? Like deer, I say kill them all!

  3. I’m quite certain from those pictures that’s just a guy wearing an Eli Manning Jersey, not Eli Manning

  4. Complainerpuss- have you volunteered for GeesePeace in Montclair?

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Teresa Ruiz
    March 10, 2006 973-621-4404
    Anthony Puglisi

    Environmental Group Teaches County Employees and Others about
    Humane Methods to Reduce Geese Flocks

    Roseland, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that the County is encouraging the utilization of GeesePeace’s integrated strategy to control the Canada Geese population that is increasing throughout the County. On Wednesday, March 8th, the County Executive welcomed community volunteers and County and municipal parks, public works and health officers to a training session led by GeesePeace at the Essex County Environmental Center.

    “The growing population of Canada Geese has overtaken our parks and negatively affected our residents’ quality of life. Canada geese are more than just a nuisance, they have created a public health hazard,” DiVincenzo said. “We are supporting with GeesePeace strategies to control the Canada Geese population in a humane way,” he added.

    The County Executive encouraged municipalities and community volunteers to get involved. “For this to be effective, the County, municipalities and residents must work collaboratively and have a successful partnership with GeesePeace. This is a problem we are all facing, and we are going to deal with it in the right way,” DiVincenzo noted.

    During the training session, participants were taught how spread oil on geese eggs to prevent them from hatching (a process called addling), and introduced to GeesePeace’s integrated strategy of using natural methods and landscaping to discourage geese from taking over open space areas.

    “We help communities solve their problems with geese,” said David Feld, National Program Director for GeesePeace. “Geese do not know municipal or county boundaries. We understand the biology of geese and implement effective strategies so they are not in areas where they will become a problem,” such as parks, golf courses and athletic fields, he added.

    Feld complimented DiVincenzo and Essex County for taking the lead to address the geese problem. “The County Executive has recognized a coordinated, area-wide program is needed in order to be effective. Mr. DiVincenzo took the steps for the County to get the necessary permits and has made it easy for towns and volunteers to get involved because they don’t have to complete all the paperwork. All it takes is good leadership to get this started,” Feld said. He added that after receiving training from GeesePeace, County and municipal employees and volunteers will be certified to carry out GeesePeace’s program.

    According to the GeesePeace web site Canada geese were almost extinct 30 years ago. The geese have made a remarkable comeback that “included a population of geese that did not migrate. These geese became residents and unfortunately, a growing nuisance to many,” the web site states.

    DiVincenzo noted that three residents were instrumental in introducing GeesePeace and its methods to the County: Sandy Reynolds of Montclair, Del DeMaio of West Orange and Janet Piszar of Millburn.

    “People in my community were complaining about the geese and their solution was to kill the birds. I’m interested in animals and the best solution does not have to be killing geese,” Reynolds said. “GeesePeace has a low-cost and effective program that the community can unite behind. I am hopeful that the enthusiasm from this training session will encourage more people to get involved,” she added.

    GeesePeace, a non-profit organization, works with local governments, businesses and community leaders to resolve wildlife conflicts humanely. The group recommends an integrated approach to control geese populations by addling or oiling eggs to humanely reduce the population, using border collies to chase geese from unwanted areas, reserving specific areas where geese can forage, using landscaping to discourage geese from settling in specific areas, and adopting no feeding policies.

    For more information or to become a volunteer, please call Tara Casella, Coordinator of Environmental Affairs at the Essex County Environmental Center, at 973-228-8776.

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