Ewing Green Team Publishes New Ewing Township Welcome Booklet

Discover more about what Ewing has to offer.  A Ewing Township Welcome Guide was published by the Neighborhood Committee of the Sustainable Ewing Green Team in August 2018.

Introduction

by Caroline Ayres Steward

When my parents moved into Ferry Road Manor in the fall of 1952 they received a “Know Your Township Booklet” that had been prepared by the League of Women Voters in 1951. This booklet was developed to inform the new residents of services and opportunities their new community had to offer. Ewing was in a state of growth. In that year a $1,000.000 High School was being built, the Ewing Lawrence Sewage Authority (ELSA) was being created, the General Motors plant was in operation and the Navy Department was spending $22,000,000 on building a jet engine testing laboratory on Parkway Ave.  The booklet proudly displays the population change from 1910 (3,475) to 1950 census of 16,840, and describes a total township budget of $1,052,397 (which included the schools). Churches, civic associations, local businesses, as well as police and fire services are all listed. Russell P. Dey, (described as a long term resident of Ewing) wrote the section on the Early History of Ewing in this booklet. He completes his section with “Always known for their pride and zeal for “EWING,” its residents believe in their future and are willing to work and plan that their dreams may come true. Ewing starts the last half of its third century with high hope for the future.”

It is now 2018 and I think Russell P. Dey would be very proud to see how far Ewing has come.  Many of the dreams and plans he might have imagined have been realized. Ewing remains a community made up of neighborhoods working together for a common good. The people of Ewing still dream about a better life and continue to plan and work towards the future. This Welcome Booklet only begins to describe the progress made. As you look through this booklet you will be amazed at how successful we as a community have been. Who knows what another 67 years will bring?

It has been my pleasure to help create this new edition of Welcome to Ewing Booklet.  It is available in a downloadable format found on both the Ewing Township (CLICK HERE) website and our own Green Team website (CLICK HERE).

As you look thru the information I am sure you will be reminded of what they said in 1951- Ewing is a great place to live.

Enjoy

About this project

In 2015 the Ewing Green Team conducted a Community Visioning and finalized a Strategic Plan, laying out a clear vision and mission for the coming years. As a result of the participation of engaged and interested Ewing residents, the Green Team’s plan reflects the concerns of a broad swath of Ewing and was tailored to address the priorities of all of Ewing.

Welcoming new residents and helping current residents realize the richness of resources available in our community was identified as a way to build community engagement among all residents and the Team was charged by participants with helping to build those community connections.  The Ewing Township Welcome Booklet is the product of that charge and we are delighted to offer this guide that highlights the reasons why we all choose to live in Ewing. 

Thanks to Neighborhood Committee Chair Caroline Steward and all of the members of her team and the community who worked with her on this substantial project.

Project team members include:
  • Kevin Baxter
  • Lisa Feldman
  • Heidi Furman
  • Don Garay
  • Theresa Hullings
  • Kathleen Jordan
  • Chuck Latini
  • Joanne Mullowney
  • Jeff Prieschel
  • Caroline Steward
  • Sarah Steward
  • Photographs were donated by various organizations, Mark Wetherbee and other Green Team members.

Neighborhood Association Meeting

Announcement: Ewing Township Neighborhood Association Meeting

The Green Team remains focused on making Ewing an even better place to live than it is now.  Neighborhoods are the basis of a strong community.  Come join us and share your ideas on how we can continue to support and build stronger neighborhoods.

Date: June 16th
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Ewing Senior and Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Thurs, Mar 17th | 7 – 9 pm | ESCC, Community Room

Block parties, clean ups, neighborhood watches and  yard sales are just a few examples of things that can happen when you join together and speak with one voice.  These are just the tip of the iceberg of what a Neighborhood Association can do for you.

In the community visioning meetings held in 2014 by the Green Team, Ewing was described as a community of neighborhoods. People proudly shared information about what was unique in each of their neighborhoods. As people learned about the various activities and issues going on around them it became evident that the community of Ewing would benefit from a more organized way to share this sort of information. As the result of these meetings,  helping to grow, maintain, and create neighborhood organizations has become one of the initiatives of the Green Team.

We have scheduled a meeting to discuss and plan how to do this. Your input is crucial. Come join us and learn about how your neighborhood could benefit from having it’s own association.  In the immortal words of Mr. Rogers, we ask “Please won’t you be my neighbor?”