Registration Is Now Open for the 5th Annual Bike Tour of Ewing

Mayor Bert Steinmann, the Ewing Green Team and the Ewing Recreation Department invite you to enjoy a fun and healthy start to your 2019 Community Fest experience  by joining your friends and neighbors in the 5th Annual Ewing Fall Spin bike tour. Our annual bike ride will be held this year on Saturday, September 21st from 8:15 am to 11:00 am. The ride will start and end at Campus Town at The College of New Jersey. All proceeds from this year’s Fall Spin will be donated to HomeFront.

Individuals or teams, ages 18 years and older are encouraged to register early as there is a maximum number of 50 riders allowed. “We would love participants to sign up as individuals or come as a team of friends, family members or co-workers,” says EGT Member and Bike Ride Coordinator, Garry Keel. The Fall Spin registration fee is $20 prior to September 14th and $25 thereafter. All persons registering by September 14th will receive a T-shirt. Day-of-event registration will begin at 7:45 am.

The bike ride will be a 12.3-mile, police escorted leisurely pace tour through Ewing Township with 3 rest stops approximately 3 miles apart.  Details about this year’s ride route, as well as selected highlights along the way, will be available shortly

Don’t forget to head over to Ewing’s Community Fest when you have completed your ride, where you can meet your neighbors and enjoy one of the Township’s biggest community celebrations.

For more information on the Ewing Fall Spin, including registration options, please visit https://ewinggreenteam.org/ewingfallspin, email ewinggreenteam@gmail.com or call Garry M. Keel at 609-902-8722.

Ewing 3rd Annual Fall Spin a “Great Ride”

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, residents from Ewing and other Mercer County townships enjoyed glorious weather and a great ride during the Ewing Green Team’s 3rd Annual Fall Spin. Nearly 50 riders, including a team from the Ewing Police Department, participated in the bike event that began and ended at Campus Town.  Mayor Bert Steinmann kicked off the ride at the college’s Campus Town. Bikers had the option of a short 8-mile tour of Ewing neighborhoods, or a longer, 18-mile tour. Upon completion of the ride, bikers were invited over to Community Fest to join in with the fun and festivities that were already underway.

The theme for this year’s ride, “Bike Riding for a Healthier You” was organized in part, to highlight September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and all proceeds from the event were donated to the American Cancer Society’s Run for Dad event in support of prostate cancer awareness and research.

According to EGT Member and Bike Ride Coordinator, Garry Keel, “Each year we continue to refine the event so that participants enjoy the day, get a little exercise and meet new folks. Feedback from this year’s participants indicated that the most enjoyable part was meeting their neighbors and seeing different parts of the township.  We are grateful to our business sponsors: RJ’s Café, Philly Pretzel Factory, and Knapp’s Cyclery, as well as the Ewing Recreation Department, for their support of this year’s event. And we’ve already begun planning for next year. We welcome anyone interested in helping us plan the 2018 Fall Spin.”

Many thanks to EGT member Mark Wetherbee for the photos.

A Green September to Remember

It’s going to busy month in town this September for those who wish to join in with the EGT to green their lifestyles just a bit.   Three events are running which will help you to do so, the 3rd Annual Through the Garden Gate Tour, the Ewing Fall Spin (being run in collaboration with the Township’s Community Fest celebration), and a new offering from our Environmental Insights Series, our educational series that discuss the critical environmental issues of our time, “Principles of Ecology: What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know.”

Through the Garden Gate Tour

The Ewing Green Team looks forward to welcoming you to our Through the Garden Gate Tour of great gardens in Ewing and its environs.  This year’s tour, will be held the weekend of September 16th and 17th and will give the gardeners a chance to show off their gardens in late summer – a completely different look and one that can be a bit more challenging!  The Tour is a self-guided ticketed event and runs from 10am – 2pm.  Some gardens will be open on Saturday only, while others will be open both days. Buy your ticket ($10) at the Ewing Historic Preservation Society, 27 Federal City Road, which features their kitchen garden.

Come early and celebrate with us as the winners of our first Annual Garden Contest are announced.  Winners will be announced and receive their prizes beginning at 9:30am before the tour begins.

This third garden tour of Ewing is being run in partnership with the West Trenton Garden Club and Ewing Girl Scout Troop 70138 to promote our mutual causes of beautification, sustainability, and youth development. It is our belief that showcasing some of Ewing’s noteworthy gardens is a great way to help us engage more people in beautifying our town. A beautiful town elicits pride among its residents and helps to build community. We believe that it can all begin with one garden at a time.

Date: Sat and Sun, Sept 16th and 17th
Time: 10am – 2pm
Start Up: Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society, 27 Federal City Road
Cost: $10


Ewing Fall Spin

The Ewing Fall Spin, Ewing’s third Bike Tour organized to promote a more bikeable Ewing, will start and end at Campus Town at the College of New Jersey at 8am on Saturday September 23rd. Participants will ride out promptly at 8:30 to complete either an eight mile route for the casual rider or an 18 mile journey for the more experienced rider. Riders will have a police escort.   The Ride registration fee is $20 until September 16th and $25 thereafter. All persons registering by September 16th will receive a T-shirt. Day-of-event registration will begin at 8:00am.  Registration is limited to individuals or teams ages 18 or older.

The theme for this year’s ride is, “Bike Riding for a Healthier You.” September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and all proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Run for Dad event in support of prostate cancer awareness and research.

Date: Saturday, September 23rd
Time: 8:30am – 11am
Location: Campus Town at TCNJ
Cost: $20 by Sept 16th $25 thereafter


Environmental Insights

Everyone thinks that they have a feel for what ecology is but few actually exactly know.  Our newest Environmental Insights presentation, Principles of Ecology: What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know, on Wed., September 27th will give the non-scientists among us a basic, easy to digest explanation of the biology of ecology, what it is and what it is not. We will explore the fundamentals of ecosystems and the relationships of the organism that live in those ecosystems and the importance to mankind.

This is essential to a better understanding of the ecological damage that has been done to nature over the centuries and the continuing acceleration of this process.  We will further explore this issue at our October Green Team meeting and learn how dedicated and heroic efforts are being made to reverse the damage and hopefully eventually learn to live in harmony with nature or suffer the consequences.

This series is being presented by Joseph-Mark Mirabella, retired Central Regional Supervisor for the NJDEP Hazardous Waste Enforcement program.  He is a former Environmental Science Teacher and has taught and lectured on environmental issues at NJ Colleges for the last 35 years.  He is currently Chair of the Ewing Environmental Commission.

Date: Wednesday, September 25th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: ESCC, Community Room, 999 Lower Ferry Road
Cost: Free and open to the public


We finish with a reminder not to forget that our 4th Annual Scarecrow Contest is once again scheduled for this October.   This is your opportunity to demonstrate your recycling smarts and creativity and will ca$h while doing so. The judging and awarding of cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 will be during Ewing’s Trunk or Treat Festival on Saturday, October 28th.  For more information and to register, go to https://ewinggreenteam.org/scarecrow-contest/.

Date: Saturday, October 28th
Time:  judging at 4 p.m.
Location: Ewing Senior and Community Center [ESCC]
Cost: free and open to all Ewing individuals, school groups, families, youth groups, service clubs and business groups

So join us at one or all events – at our Garden Tour to marvel at the efforts of your fellow citizens to beautify our town, for a healthy outing on our Bike Tour while raising money to support prostate cancer awareness and research, and our Environmental Insights program on ecology for a primer on the science of ecology to obtain a better understanding of the ecological damage that has been done to nature over the centuries and why and what we must do to reverse the damage.

Sustainably yours,

The Ewing Green Team