IF YOU ENJOY an oyster from the Jersey Shore in the near future, you may want to thank the Dave Matthews Band.
The band has given $16,000, through its Bama Works Fund, to the NY/NJ Baykeeper group, which will use it to restore oyster colonies that were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.
Meredith Comi, director of Baykeeper's pilot project at the Earle Naval Weapons Station, said that many nets holding the oysters were ripped from the pier during the storm.
"It's a shame that what we had out there was damaged, but we really got what we needed from them," she said about the project research.
The next phase involves establishing colonies in other parts of Raritan Bay. But before that can happen, New Jersey environmental authorities must approve.
Since Tattle knows that many of you read the column to bone up on bivalves, keep in mind that an oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day. The idea is to re-establish colonies of the once-plentiful mollusk in the Raritan Bay to help improve its water quality.
In 2010, the state Department of Environmental Protection ordered Baykeeper to destroy a thriving research colony in Keyport because of fears that poachers could steal oysters from the polluted waters and sell them, possibly introducing contamination into the marketplace and damage New Jersey's $790 million shellfish industry.
So, the group turned to the Navy, which allowed them to place the oysters at its station in Middletown, where a rigorously enforced security perimeter prevents any possibility of poaching.
"There's a man approaching our oyster tanks with a small fork and some horseradish, captain, what should I do?"
"Man the torpedoes! Man the torpedoes!"
No 'Glee' in rehab
Cory Monteith is heading to rehab.
In a statement, Monteith's rep confirmed that the actor has "voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction.
"He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps toward recovery."
Monteith, who plays Finn Hudson on "Glee," dates his co-star, Lea Michele. She told People that she loves and supports Monteith and is proud that he's going to rehab.
* Staying out of the Jay Leno/Jimmy Fallon fray, TBS says that it's extending Conan O'Brien's late-night show through November 2015.
Although "Conan" averages just 900,000 viewers nightly, TBS says that it leads the late-night pack in social-media engagement and online activity.
And that translates into money how?
* In other late-night news, Lindsay Lohan will be a guest on "Late Show with David Letterman" next Tuesday. It will be her first "Late Show" appearance in six years.
Lindsey is promoting her guest appearance on the FX sitcom "Anger Management," which will air two days later; her role in "Scary Movie 5," which is opening this month; and her return to rehab at the start of next month.
Expect Dave to get a little bit parental toward her.
* In other Lindsay news, numerous Internet reports say that a provision of her agreeing to rehab was that she would continue to be able to take the ADHD drug Adderall.
Her lawyer denied this to the New York Daily News, saying that Adderall use was not part of the deal.
* An 1877 Steinway grand piano used by Motown greats during the label's 1960s heyday, and restored thanks to Paul McCartney, is back home in Detroit, officials announced Monday.
Steinway technicians delivered the 9-foot Victorian rosewood to the "Hitsville, U.S.A." building midday Monday, and workers set it up in a former recording studio in what's now the Motown Historical Museum.
To celebrate the piano's return, museum officials are inviting the public to visit Hitsville with free admission during Esther Gordy Edwards Community Day, on April 25. Edwards was Motown founder Berry Gordy's older sister.
* The Cure will make its first Lollapalooza appearance in the festival's more than 20-year history this summer, joining fellow headliners Mumford and Sons, the Killers and Nine Inch Nails, Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell announced Monday.
"It is so exciting to have the Cure at Lollapalooza for the first time, because I love the Cure and we've never had them," Farrell, also the lead singer of Jane's Addiction, said. "It's always frustrated me and made me feel incomplete, and now I can feel complete and die."
Hmm . . . usually the Cure stops that.
* Hypercritical, hypercomical "Fashion Police" host Joan Rivers has downgraded Adele from "fat" to "chubby" (and "beautiful") after taking heat for criticizing the popular British singer's weight.
Speaking with the Huffington Post, Rivers said: "It's not mean. She's a chubby lady who's very, very rich, and she should just calm down - or lose weight! She wanted an apology, so I took an ad out on her ass. I said, 'You are not fat.'
"And then I had room for a lot of other ads."
- Daily News wire services
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