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

2016 Autumn Festival a Treat for Ewing Families

by Lisa Feldman

A good time was had by all on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at the Ewing Community Fall Festival of Fun with the popular annual ‘Trunk-or-Treat’, the Ewing Green Team’s award-winning 3rd Annual Scarecrow Contest, pumpkin painting, build-your-own scarecrow crafting with refreshments and music.

The sun was shining, and it was unusually warm for a late October day but it didn’t stop the spirits of the hundreds of trick-or-treaters from getting in the festive mood. There were over 250 kids dressed up and ready for the collection of dentist-pleasing goodies. Once through the candy-collecting parade, it was on to the pumpkin-painting, hot-chocolate and apple cider and cookies and do-nuts.

With music playing and goodies in hand, it was time to check-out the Scarecrows being judged for cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25.00. These had to be made of 80% recycled materials in order to qualify. While the judging was going on, people could also make their own scarecrows with lots of recycled clothes and fun accessories on hand with the obligatory hay for stuffing which could also win a cash prize of $25.00.

An additional treat was the Ewing Township having a fire truck on hand for kids of all ages to check out with souvenir fire hats being given out.

Judging for the Scarecrow Contest was graciously done by local officials and artists. They were: Councilman Kevin Baxter, Members of the Ewing Arts Commission – Jennifer Winn and Lauren Weber, Artist and Local Art Teacher/Entrepreneur Bill Farruto of Art Has No Boundaries and local art student Clare Maloney.

Emceeing the event was Ewing’s Town Councilwoman Jennifer Keyes-Maloney who also participated in the ‘Trunk-or-Treat’, aka Mrs. Minion and her Minion dog.

  • 1st prize went to: Vicki Laurie and her daughter and their creation ‘Mr. Bones’
  • 2nd Prize went to: Girl Scout Troop#70137, ‘Frankenscout’
  • 3rd Prize went to: Samantha Dupee for ‘Scarlette, the Zombie Eradicator.’

The hours were from 2:00-4:00 but at 4:30 lots of people were still hanging out – a sign of a successful event!  For more photos from the day go to the EGT Facebook page.

All the Green Teams of Mercer County work together to host; March 18th 2017 Mercer Green Fest (formerly the Living Local Expo).

Autumn Family Fun at the Trunk or Treat/Scarecrow Contest

scarecrowflyerimageWe’re excited to announce that this year marks the 3rd annual Ewing Green Team Scarecrow Contest which encourages people to combine both creative skills and recycling to make a one-of-a-kind scarecrow. And, we’re very proud to announce that the Green Team was recently recognized for this creative way to encourage recycling and has been awarded a prestigious 2016 Environmental Achievement Award for its annual ‘Build a Scarecrow Contest’ from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions.

The contest is open to all Ewing individuals, school groups, families, youth groups, service clubs and business groups. The criteria being judged are on originality, artistry and the creative use of recycled materials (has to be made of at least 80% recycled items). Cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 and Certificates are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  Judging will be done by members of the Ewing Town Council, as well as Arts Commission members and local art educators.

This year we’re again offering people the fun opportunity to build their own scarecrows to take home with recycled materials supplied at the event and then can compete in a separate category for a cash prize. This year kids can also do pumpkin painting; and there will be music and refreshments to help celebrate the season and add to the festivities.

Pre-Registration for ‘Trunk-or-Treat’ call Ewing Township’s Recreation Department at 883-1776. And pre-registration for entry into the Scarecrow Contest is required. Complete the registration or download the form and mail it to:

Ewing Green Team
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing, NJ 08628

Scarecrows must be delivered to Ewing Senior Community Center at 999 Lower Ferry Road by Friday, October 28th at 3:00. There are wooden frames for the first 15 entries if requested; call Lisa at 609-620-0722 to coordinate pick-up of one of the frames.

Prizes will be announced 4:00 pm during event. We request that Scarecrows made for the contest to remain on display until after Halloween, Tuesday, November 1st for the community to enjoy. Any Scarecrows remaining after November 5th will be dismantled and materials recycled.

We hope you can join us; and please, you don’t need to have kids to enjoy the day. Everyone has a great time and it’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the season with your neighbors in the Ewing Community.

Ewing Green Team To Receive ANJEC 2016 Environmental Achievement Award

scarecrow3The Ewing Green Team is delighted to announce that its annual Build a Scarecrow Contest will receive a 2016 Environmental Achievement Award from the Association of NJ Environmental Commissions (ANJEC). The award will be presented at the organization’s 43rd Environmental Congress at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor on September 30th.  Accepting the award for the Ewing Green Team will be team member Lisa K Feldman, the contest’s creator.

The annual awards program recognizes successful projects by environmental commissions, nonprofit organizations and school groups that benefit the local environment. An awards committee comprised of ANJEC Trustees and staff members select the winners based on project impact, originality, educational value, innovation, and response to a need. ANJEC has been presenting the coveted annual awards since the mid-1970s.

Click on the Contest flyer to access our registration form

The Build a Scarecrow Contest, now in its third year, is a unique example of combining creative place-making with recycling and recycling education.  It requires that all entries be constructed of at least 80% recycled, reclaimed, and/or reused materials. According to Ms Feldman, “It’s fascinating to see how creative participants can be with old throwaway items and standard recycling plastic bags, bottles, cans, newspaper and cardboard.  Our events produce more than just scarecrows; they are a day for the arts, a day for community building, and a day to keep things out of the landfill. “

The entries were judged by Major Bert Steinmann and other Township notables at the Ewing Recreation Department’s annual Trunk or Treat event. Following the awards the scarecrows are kept on display for the many people using the Community Center to enjoy during the last days of autumn.  At the end of the display period participants pick up their scarecrows.  Those not picked up are taken apart to be recycled.

For more information about registering to participate in this year’s Build a Scarecrow Contest, go to ewinggreenteam.org/scarecrow-contest.  We hope to see you, and your scarecrow, there!

And the Winners Were…

Last Saturday, October 24th was all that you could hope a fall day to be.  It was crisp and cool, but sunny – the perfect day for a gathering of autumn devotees and trick or treaters at the Ewing Green Team’s 2nd Annual Scarecrow Contest and the Township Recreation Department’s annual Trunk or Treat event.

Thirteen scarecrows showcased the creative and recycling talents of Ewing’s cub scouts and girl scouts, high school students, seniors, and area residents. We had Zombies, a Scare (i.e. bar)-tender, Madam Von Gotcha, an Aloha Grandma, a Cowboy, Scarecrow Gothic entries and more.

The judges, consisting of township officials and members of the Arts Commission, had their work cut out for them, they were all so creative and unique.  However, the decision had to be made and in a very close event the winners were:

  • 1st Place – Aloha Grandma – $100
    By the Ewing High School Class of 2017
  • 2nd Place – Linda – $50
    By Khiya and Cora
  • 3rd Place – Scare tender – $25
    By Stephanie Prettyman

Check the photos for details of our entries.   We’re  hoping that you’ll all be back for more creative fun next year!