Managing Aggressively Spreading Plants

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John F. Abate is the sole owner of multiple companies, including Marketforce, Wintrack, and Success Publishers, LLC. Outside of his professional life, John F. Abate enjoys gardening.

One thing every gardener eventually deals with is aggressively growing plants. If left too long, an aggressive species can begin to choke out the other plants in your garden. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to help prevent this from happening to your garden.

Plants spread in one of two ways, through seeds or through their root system. The type of propagation your plant utilizes will dictate the method you use to prevent spreading.

For plants that spread through seeding, deadheading the flowers before the plants go to seed will prevent the process entirely. To deadhead a plant, wait until the flower is starting to die and cut it off. The plant will focus its energy on growing the flower again instead of growing seeds.

For plants that spread through their root system, your best defense is to plant them in a pot. Bury the pot partially in the ground after drilling or cutting a hole in the bottom for drainage. The hole will also allow your plant’s roots to grow further down into the soil without letting them spread.

Two IEEE Life Fellows Earn 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics


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A graduate of Monmouth University’s MBA program, John F. Abate owns several New Jersey-based businesses, including Wintrack, Marketforce, and Success Publishers, LLC. In addition, John F. Abate belongs to the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Dating back to 1884, IEEE is the world’s largest technical organization. Its mission is to advance technology and foster technological innovation.

In October 2018, the IEEE announced that two of its life fellows, Dr. Arthur Ashkin and Dr. Gerard Mourou, received the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics. They, along with Dr. Donna Strickland of the University of Waterloo, were recognized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for their work with the photonics community and laser physics.

Dr. Arthur Ashkin of Bell Laboratories received half of the Nobel Prize for his work with optical tweezers and their use in biological systems. His work transformed optical manipulation of matter.

Dr. Gerard Mourou of Ecole Polytechnique and the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and Dr. Strickland were jointly awarded half for their work in generating high-intensity optical pulses, advancing the medical, manufacturing, and research fields.

United Presbyterian Church of Millstone Encourages Members to Use Apps


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United Presbyterian Church of Millstone

A successful business owner in Perrineville, New Jersey, John F. Abate owns Wintrack, Marketforce, and Success Publishers, LLC. Involved in his community, John F. Abate is a former session elder for the United Presbyterian Church of Millstone.

Dating back to 1777, the United Presbyterian Church of Millstone is the fourth-oldest Presbyterian church in the United States.

Today, in addition to weekly worship services, the church hosts monthly game nights. To encourage members to stay connected to the church and each other outside of the monthly gatherings, the church asks members to download the following apps:

* Remind – School Communication. Used for sports and other activities, this app can be used by church members for monthly reminders about upcoming game nights.

* SuperBook Kid’s Bible, Videos, and Games. This app, geared toward children enrolled in third through eighth grade, is a Christian app with puzzles, games, and videos. Once a week, the church will send out a message via the app asking kids to complete the week’s quest, which includes a few games and a Bible verse.

* Bible App for Kids. This app is for younger kids, usually those in pre-kindergarten through second grade. The children watch a short video and then play a game.

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