The Scarecrows are Coming This October with the 3rd Annual All Around Town Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt

Mayor Bert Steinmann, and the members of the Ewing Green Team, Ewing Arts Commission and Art Has No Boundaries are spreading the word to warn all Ewing residents to be on the lookout for some scary invaders coming to our town this October.

Yes, it’s almost that time again… this October 2021 will be the 3rd All Around Town Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt. We believe it’s going to even be bigger and better than last year’s event which had 49 amazing Scarecrows scattered around town waiting to be found lurking, or creeping in bushes, hiding in corners, sneaking behind fences, or in front of one of Ewing’s very own local hotspots.

Again, this year we welcome Ewing businesses, civic groups, organizations, schools, and residents to join in the fun and host their very own cute or creepy, cuddly or scary scarecrow.  It’s up to you …there are no limitations on your wild imagination. We have been so impressed with the amazing creativity of our neighbors and friends. The only thing to remember is they just need to be family-friendly.

And just because you are hosting your own scarecrow doesn’t mean you can’t join in the hunt as well. To host a scarecrow, you must complete our registration form (deadline September 11th) so go to ewinggreenteam.org/scarecrow and register to create and display your very own scarecrow!  You can complete your registration online or print and mail it in to the Ewing Township Municipal Building at 2 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing Township, NJ 08628. Please make sure you get a confirmation email from the Green Team that confirms that you are registered!

And to make things more fun – you can win cash prizes!! We’re keeping many of the prizes from last year and adding some new surprises. You still get to vote for your 2 (two) favorite scarecrows – a favorite residential winner and a favorite business/organization will each get $ prizes. And the Green Team will still select the one scarecrow that best ‘upcycles’ and/or uses recycled materials. And we will still have a raffle winner from all the hunters’ entries. The more scarecrows you find, the more entries you get into the raffle. And the grand prize is $200!

New this year is Ewing’s very own scarecrow version of ‘Elf-on-the-Shelf.’ Debuting in Ewing this fall is Ewing’s very own ‘Stan Bymee.’ Look around town for a scarecrow that looks like the one you see on our flyers. He is going to be at 4 different Ewing locations. Each week in October, on Sunday, check the ewinggreenteam.org Facebook page for a new clue for ‘Where’s Stan? Once you find him at his new location; take a selfie of someone in your ‘hunting party’ and email to ewinggreenteam@gmail.com. We’ll put all entries into ANOTHER RAFFLE and have additional prizes for keeping up with ‘Stan.’  

The All-Around Town Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt begins on Friday, October 1st and ends on Thursday, October 28th at 4:30 pm, giving you plenty of time to hunt them all down.  This year’s clues will be a combination of fun ‘Ewing-centric’ clues and riddles and will test how well you know your hometown. Contest rules and ballots with these fun and challenging clues can be found online at https://ewinggreenteam.org/scarecrow-scavenger-hunt-rules/.

Paper ballots can also be picked up at the Ewing Community and Senior Center (ESCC) at 999 Lower Ferry Road or Hollowbrook Community Center at 320 Hollowbrook Drive. The winner will be announced on October 30th during the Ewing Recreation Department’s Annual Trunk-or-Treat festivities. For further details please go to ewinggreenteam.org/scarecrow.

Volunteers Needed for Sept. 18th NJ Delaware River Cleanup

In an effort to help cleanup the Delaware River, a coalition of volunteer organizations and Clean Communities programs in Hunterdon and Mercer Counties, together with New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Parks, announced the 4th Annual Delaware River Cleanup for the morning of Saturday, September 18th from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  

The Delaware River gives so much to our community- drinking water, habitat for hundreds of different flora and fauna, and numerous recreational opportunities. Let’s give back to the Delaware by working together to clean its banks.

Donna Morgan, the Ewing Green Team Representative helping with the event.

The NJ State Park Service, Delaware Canal State Park (PA), Hunterdon County, Delaware River Greenway Partnership, many Clean Communities programs including Delaware Township, West Amwell Township, Lambertville, Kingwood, Stockton, Holland Township, Frenchtown Borough, Hamilton Township, as well as the Trenton Kiwanis, and Friends of the Marsh, are all co-sponsoring the event.

Last year the cleanup attracted over 100 volunteers. Collecting over 100 bags of trash and recycling along with 30 tires and large pieces of debris, this event was recognized as a 2021 National Scenic Byway Foundation Community Award Winner. “Sleepy communities saw thousands of more visitors than in years past, so the cleanup made a huge difference to maintain the Byways’ appearance,” according to the Foundation. The Delaware River Cleanup was one of only eight winners selected from across the country.

This year with expanded locations in Mercer County, there are more opportunities for additional volunteers. There are currently 14 volunteers signed up and it would be wonderful to fill the event.  There are no COVID restrictions, but the organizers reserve the right to impose requirements if health conditions change.

Registered volunteers should bring a signed waiver, insect repellent, and water to the event. Comfortable clothing, long pants, closed-toe shoes, and masks are mandatory. Participants will be provided with trash bags and gloves. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and light refreshments as a thank you for their time.

Advance registration is required by visiting www.delawarerivergreenwaypartnership.org. The cleanup will focus on river areas from Holland Township in Hunterdon County all the way south to the freshwater tidal area of the Delaware River in Hamilton Township. The Scudder Falls area in Ewing Township will be the focus of the Ewing Green Team’s efforts.  When registering for the cleanup, volunteers can select from 15 locations for the area most convenient for them including two boat-based cleanups, one in Upper Bucks County, PA. To see all the location options, volunteers can adjust the map on the registration site.

If you see someone dumping or involved in illegal activities at any State Park, call the NJDEP at 1-877-927-6337 (1-877-WARN DEP). 

Come Ride With Us at the 6th Annual Community Fall Spin Bike Tour Set For October 2nd

Mayor Bert Steinmann, the Ewing Green Team and the Ewing Recreation Department are pleased to announce the 6th Annual Ewing Fall Spin bike tour, to be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021, from 8:15am to 11:00am. The event will start and end at the Ewing Senior Community Center. All proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to Anchor House, Inc.  

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 Tour Chairperson, Garry Keel. The Fall Spin registration fee is $20 prior to September 25th and $25 thereafter. All persons registering by September 25th will receive a T-shirt. Day-of-event registration will begin at 7:45am.

Participants will enjoy a leisurely paced, 11-mile ride along the Canal and through Ewing Township neighborhoods. The tour will be escorted by Ewing Police, and rest stops and free bike inspections will be available. 

The Ewing Green Team (www.ewinggreenteam.org) was established in 2009 by municipal resolution under the auspices of the Ewing Environmental Commission, and is part of the statewide Sustainable Jersey effort (www.sustainablejersey.com). The Ewing Green Team envisions a township that incorporates sustainability into the actions and decision-making processes of community members and municipal offices to create and maintain sustainable ways of living; builds strong and diverse economic opportunities; and cultivates a community that welcomes people from all walks of life.

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

First 2021 Ewing Township Shred Day

This Saturday, May 15th from 9 am until 1 pm, the Township will be hosting a Shred Day at the Municipal Complex located at 2 Jake Garzio Drive.

This free event is for Township residents only and provides a safe and secure way to clean out those old checks, bills and any confidential documents that need proper disposal.

Restrictions

Materials will not be accepted from businesses and Ewing residents will be required to provide Proof of Residency.

Because this is an extremely popular program please be prepared to spend a few minutes waiting in line.

COVID Precautions

For your safety and the safety of others face masks must be worn, and all citizens will be required to stay in their cars while workers remove your shredding items from your car for you. Items to be shredded should be placed in your trunk or rear cargo area. Please do not get out of your car while waiting in line or while your items are being shredded.

County Executive Hughes Announces New Electric Car Charge Stations

Good news! Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced that Mercer County has been awarded a grant of $88,000 to install EV charging stations at close to a dozen county-owned locations. Three of the locations for the new charging stations are in Ewing. We share the announcement below:

County awarded $88K DEP Pay$ to Plug grant

Ownership of electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles is growing by the year, and with an eye toward that trend, Mercer County is committed to the inclusion of sustainable practices such as the support of EVs. To meet the growing need for vehicle charging stations, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announces that Mercer County has been awarded a grant of $88,000 to install EV charging stations at close to a dozen county-owned locations.

The funding comes through the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection’s Pay$ to Plug In Program, which was designed to expand the state’s growing network of electric vehicle infrastructure, allowing residents, businesses and government agencies to purchase and drive electric vehicles.

“Studies show that range anxiety, the fear that the car will somehow run out of power, is a fear that keeps consumers from investing in electric vehicles, and our goal is to expand the opportunities to charge a vehicle and further educate consumers on the environmental benefits of gasoline alternatives,” Mr. Hughes said.

The transportation sector accounts for 46 percent of the New Jersey’s net greenhouse gas emissions, making it the largest emissions source in the state, according to drivegreen.nj.gov. By installing EV charging stations on county property, Mercer County can help to slow climate change and reduce air pollution while providing an essential service for the growing number of EV drivers in the region, Mr. Hughes added.  Additionally, the number of EVs will likely increase due to the initiatives from the New Jersey State government to promote the purchasing of electric vehicles.

On recommendation of the Mercer County Planning Department, the new charging stations will be installed at (Ewing sites bolded and in green) :

  • Mercer County Administration Building, 640 South Broad St., Trenton
  • Mercer Office Park, 1440 Parkside Ave, Ewing
  • Hopewell Valley Golf Course, 114 Pennington-Hopewell Road, Hopewell
  • Mercer County Improvement Authority, 80 Hamilton Ave., Trenton
  • Mercer County Boathouse, 334 South Post Road, West Windsor
  • Mercer Oaks Golf Course, 725 Village Road West, West Windsor
  • Mountain View Golf Course, 850 Bear Tavern Road, Ewing
  • Princeton Country Club, Wheeler Way, West Windsor
  • Mercer Meadows (Hunt House), 197 Blackwell Road, Pennington
  • Mercer County Technical Schools Assunpink Center, 1085 Old Trenton Road, Hamilton
  • Mercer County Technical Schools Sypek Center, 129 Bull Run Road, Ewing

It Pay$ to Plug In provides grants to purchase, install and maintain EV charging stations in New Jersey.  Eligible costs include those necessary for and directly related to, the acquisition, installation, operation and maintenance of new EV charging stations.