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The History of Pennington Day

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Pennington Day is held in downtown Pennington Boro along Main Street and adjacent roads intersecting Main Street

or almost 4 decades Pennington Day has been a popular street fair for the residents, organizations and businesses of Pennington and Hopewell Valley. Pennington Day’s origins date back to January 1980 when a huge fire consumed Pennington School’s four-story O’Hanlon Hall. The blaze brought 19 fire companies to the scene to fight the fire. In its aftermath, the borough and its residents came together to decide what they could do to help the school recover from this tragedy. From the ashes of O’Hanlon Hall sprang the first Pennington Day later that year, the proceeds of which helped the school recover from its disaster.

Since that time, Pennington Day has become one of the most exciting and fun dates on the borough and Hopewell Valley’s annual calendars. Pennington Day’s mission is to celebrate and strengthen the community we love. The event also provides an opportunity for community groups, civic organizations and businesses to inform the community about their work. With the money raised from sponsors and participants, Pennington Day makes grants to non-profit organizations, civic organizations, schools and municipalities, for specific projects that will serve Pennington and Hopewell Valley. Pennington Day Inc. is a 501(c)(3) company.

Index Pennington Day Quilt Show 2019......... 4 Pennington Day Sponsors/Vendors...... 8 Pennington Day Event Map.................. 9 Live Event Schedule............................ 11 Grants to Local Organizations.............12 Go Green Tips....................................14


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Pennington Day Quilt Show 2019

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opewell Valley Quilters are planning their annual Pennington Day show to be held on May 18, 2019, from 10 am to 4 pm in the Toll Gate Grammar School cafeteria. The quilts on display will reflect a great variety of styles, from recently made quilts based on traditional patterns to contemporary works of fiber art. This year’s show will include three special exhibits. The quilters challenged themselves to make small quilts with “It’s Not Easy Being Green” as a theme. The challenge quilts incorporate this theme in creative and diverse ways. There will also be a display of antique quilts featuring the color green as well as creative interpretations of the show theme. A third special exhibit will show other hand crafted things quilters like to make with needles and thread. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite quilt in the show. The Viewers’ Choice Prize has been donated by Pennington Quilt Works. Admission to the show is only $1.00, and proceeds benefit Pennington Day 2019. Hopewell Valley Quilters is an informal group that has been meeting for over 35 years. The group meets both in the daytime and in the evening in the Hopewell Township branch of Mercer County Library. All are welcome. More information about the quilt group will be available at the show. Toll Gate Grammar School is located on the corner of S. Main Street and E. Curlis Avenue. Entry to the show is on the north side of the school building. Handicapped parking will be available. For more information about the show, contact quilt show Chairperson Nancy Breland either by e-mail (nbreland@tcnj. edu) or by phone (609) 737–2527.

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Saturday • May 18th, 2019

10AM – 4PM • Main Street, Pennington, NJ On Pennington Day, the Information Tent (i on the map) will have a banner with information on the zone in which vendors and organizations are located.

2018 Pennington Day Sponsors Event Sponsors

The Pennington School Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty Capital Health Dr. Mark McDonough - Orthodontist First Bank

Main Street Sponsors

DeSimone Orthodontics Greenleaf Lawn and Landscape Hopewell Valley Golf and Country Club Long Motor Company/Volvo Cars Princeton Northfield Bank Pennington Quality Market Stellitano Heating & Air Conditioning

Community Sponsors

Activcore Physical Therapy and Performance Dandelion Wishes Douglas R. Schotland Architect, LLC Law Office of Alisandra B. Carnevale, LLC Motion Sports Academy Pennington Montessori School Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart Princeton Community Church

2018 Pennington Day - Participating Vendors and Organizations Food and Beverages Toll Gate Food Court

Antimo’s Italian Kitchen (A) Aunt Martha’s Funnel Cakes (A) Buzzetta’s Festival Foods (A) Carlitos Taco Wagon (A) Mister Softee (D, Behind Toll Gate) Pennington Fire Company (A) Sumo Sushi (A) Sweet Concessions (A)

Main Street

Beverly Mills Strawberry Shortcakes (B) Pennington Presbyterian Church - Cotton Candy (B) Pennington Quality Market (B)

Howe Commons Food Court AMA Gelato (C)

Cafe Du Pain Bakery (C) D & D Catering (C) Nomad Pizza (C) Northeast Kettle Korn (C) Tomatello’s Latin Cuisine (C)

Vendors and Organizations

Age-Out Angels (A) Ammu Henna Art (C) Anew Life Yoga (A) Animal Allies (B) Au Pair In America (B) Bath Fitter (C) Bearded Goat Fine Foods (C) Beltway (B) Bethel AME Church (B) Beverly’s Jewelry (A) Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty (B) Cambridge School (B) Capital Health (B) Capital Health Auxiliary (B) Capital Health Mobile Stroke Unit (A) Capitol Lawn Care (B) CASA for Children of Mercer & Burlington Counties (B) Chickadee Creek Farm (C) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (C) Coalition for Medical Marijuana - NJ, Inc. (B) Cub Scout Pack 44 of Pennington (D) Damsel in Defense (B) dandelion wishes (C) DeSimone Orthodontics (B) Dr. Mark McDonough - Orthodontist (B) Eastern Service Workers Association (C) Edye’s Naturals (C) Encouraging Kids Family Resource Center (C) Exact Solar (C) Fellowship of Christian Athletes Mercer County (D) First Bank (B) Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (C) Friends of the Hopewell Township Library Branch (B) Friends of the Pennington Public Library (B) Fun House Productions (C) GEICO Mercer (B)

Geoscape Solar (C) Girl Scout Troop 70021 (D) Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate (A) Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (D) Great Clips (D) Greenleaf Lawn and Landscape (B) Har Sinai Temple (C) Harts Cyclery (C) Home Repair and Care, LLC (C) Honor Yoga Pennington (C) Hopewell Valley Chorus (B) Hopewell Valley Democratic Club (C) Hopewell Valley Education Support Professionals Association (B) Hopewell Valley Golf and Country Club (B) Hopewell Valley Green Team (C) Hopewell Valley Heritage Weekend (C) Hopewell Valley Historical Society (C) Hopewell Valley Junior Bulldogs (D) Hopewell Valley League of Women Voters (C) Hoppin’ Good (B) House of Music (D) HTS Tree Care Professionals (A) HV Timberlane Middle School Builder’s Club (D) HVCHS CHATS Club (B) HVCHS Gridiron Club (D) HVCHS Robotics Team SPIKE (D) HVRSD STRIVE PTO (B) Integrated Fitness (A) ishred4u, LLC (C) It’s a Print Shop, LLC (D) Jo-Lyn’s Bibs (C) JW actors studio, LLC (D) Keller Williams Real Estate - the Dave Marcolla group (A) Kids’ MusicRound (C) Lawrence Family Chiropractic (A) Lawrence Hopewell Trail (C) Lawrenceville Home Improvement (B) LeafFilter North of Pennsylvania, LLC (C) Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (B) LifeTies, Inc. (C) Long Motor Company/Volvo Cars Princeton (B) LuLaRoe Heather Mott (A) Main Street Private Advisors (C) Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf (D) Martial Arts Plus (B) Maui Mobile Dog Spa (A) Mercer County Park Commission/REI (C) Mercer Home Health Care (B) Montgomery Twp Health Dep/Pennington Borough Board of Health (B) Motion Sports Academy (B) Neora (A) NJ Hemp Industries Assocociation (C) NJveg (C) Northfield Bank (B) O’ Savon (C) Old Glory Detailing (B) OrangeTheory Fitness Princeton/HIIT Studio (B) Painted Oak Nature School (D) PEAC Health & Fitness (A) Penn Medicine Princeton Health (B) Pennington Adult Living Services (B) Pennington African Cemetery Association (A) PenningtonAG Church (B)

Pennington Borough Environmental Commission (C) Pennington Borough Shade Tree Committee (C) Pennington Business & Professional Association (C) Pennington Family Chiropractic (B) Pennington Farmers Market (C) Pennington Jazzercise (C) Pennington Montessori School (B) Pennington Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, LLC (C) Pennington Presbyterian Church (B) Pennington Quality Market (B) Pixie Salon (C) Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart (B) Princeton Air (B) Princeton AoPS Academy (D) Princeton Community Church (B) Princeton Fitness and Wellness (B) Princeton School of Rock (D) Princeton Van Service Moving & Storage (A) Purple Sheep Boutique (B) Rambling Pines Day Camp (D) Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County (C) Santander Bank (C) Schafer Sports Center (D) Shirley Sews (B) Sista Soccer Fundraiser: Kids Bracelet Making (D) Sourland Conservancy (C) Sourland Electric Bikes (B) St. Matthews Episcopal Church (A) Stellitano Heating & Air Conditioning (B) Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (B) Strong Landscape Contractors (A) Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart (D) That’s Crafttastic (B) The Bank of Princeton (B) The Friends of Howell Living History Farm (D) The Learning Experience (C) The MAX Challenge of Lawrenceville/ Pennington (B) The New Jersey Institute For Neurofeedback (B) The Newgrange School of Princeton, Inc/ The Laurel School (D) The Pennington School (B) The Pennington Studio for Dance & Creative Arts (A) The Watershed Institute (C) The Wilberforce School (A) Toadshade Wildflower Farm (C) Trenton-Cyrus Lodge #5 (C) Twirl Toy Shop (C) Union Fire Company and Rescue Squad (A) Union Fire Company and Rescue Squad Auxiliary (A) Vector Security Inc. (C) Victory Taekwondo (D) Voices Chorale NJ (C) Weidel Real Estate (B) Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (A) YingHua International School (A) YSU AAU Basketball Fundraiser (D)


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Community + Arts + Sustainability Saturday • May 18, 2019 10am–4pm • Main Street Pennington, NJ

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Pennington Day Live Event Schedule Crossroads Stage (Curlis and Main) 10-10:30 Timberlane Jazz Band 10:30-11 HVCHS Jazz Band 11-11:30 Dance Works 11:30-12 Martial Arts: Gracie Barra and Victory Tae Kwon Do 12-12:05 Speeches Pennington Day Grants 12:05-12:40 SOR 12:40-1:05 Pennington Dance 1:05-1:45 New Colony 1:45-2:30 Essie and The Big Chill 2:30-3:15 Box O’ Rox 3:15-4:00 Rockcital

North Stage (Howe Commons) 10:00-10:45 Honor Yoga 11:00-12:00 Toby Brown 12-1:00 Rockcital 1:00-2:00 The Hive 2:00-3:00 Echo Lake 3:00-4:00 X Husbands

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ut of the ashes of the Old North Main fire on the Pennington School campus The Hopewell Public Library is the cultural heart of the community. Through its colsprung Pennington Day. Originally conceived to help the faculty members lections, programs and services, the Library is a welcoming center for information, diswho lost everything in the fire, Pennington Day continues to help the com- covery, enrichment and life-long learning for people of all ages. The Library will use its munity by making grants to local non-profit groups serving Hopewell Valley. $250 grant to underwrite its summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories.” This program is designed to encourage elementary-aged children to keep reading during Each year, we receive 20 to 30 applications for projects and programs that address a summer vacation and will offer programs with themes centered around outer space and variety of needs in the Hopewell Valley and beyond. A group of local community lead- diversity. For more information about the summer reading program or to volunteer at ers carefully review the applications and select the winners. As you can imagine, every the Hopewell Public Library, please contact Anne Zeman (609)466-1625 or azeman@ year this group has to make difficult choices for how Pennington Day can best support redlibrary.org. the The Hopewell Township Health Department provides health education and related Arm in Arm is a first-time grant recipient. Formerly known as The Crisis Minis- activities to protect and improve health of Hopewell Valley community. With the deer try, Arm in Arm works with Mercer County neighbors to address the immediate food, overpopulation problem that is plaguing our area comes an increase in the number of housing, and employment needs in our community, while promoting longer-term sta- ticks carrying Lyme’s disease. The Health Department will use its $250 grant from Penbility. With integrated services in Hunger Prevention and Food Security, Homeless- nington Day to purchase Lyme’s disease educational material/pocket cards to educate ness Prevention and Housing Stability, and Workforce Development, it connects people the community at health fairs, schools, churches, business etc. Look for their booth at with solutions that help neighbors thrive. It has partnered locally with The Pennington this year’s Pennington Day. School and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church for financial support, volunteer recruitment and ongoing food drives. Pennington Day is pleased to support Arm in Arm with a The Hopewell Valley Arts Council stampeded into our community in 2014 with the $250 grant that will increase the amount of fresh fruits and produce available this sum- Year of the Ox. Since then, they have partnered with Pennington Day to make Howe mer at their three food pantries. If you are interested in learning more about Arm in Commons a showcase for local artists. We are excited to continue this partnership again Arm, you can contact Andrea Melton at (609)392-0922 or programs@arminarm.org. this year and support the Arts Council with a $250 grant. The funds will support “Out of the Ashes: Art from Fallen Trees,” an ongoing program that commemorates the near Bethel A.M.E. Church has been a part of the Pennington community for over 200 complete loss of the North American Ash tree to the Emerald Ash Borer. Impacted years. In addition to serving the spiritual needs of the community, the church is a safe trees will be harvested and then carved into totem pole like structures by local artists. haven for those in need. Over the years, the church has provided food, clothes and other Join the Arts Council on Howe Commons to see art in progress. For more information resources to members of our local and the greater community. With a grant of $500, visit www.hvartscouncil.org. Pennington Day will support Bethel A.M.E’s ongoing efforts to support those in need. If you are interested in learning more about Bethel A.M.E. Church, you can contact Shana The Hopewell Valley Lions Club was founded almost 60 years ago and continues to Williams at (609)851-1151 or bethelamepennington@gmail.com. work diligently on improving the lives of the sight impaired. The chapter works locally to collect eyeglasses for recycling and to connect local individuals in need of eye exams Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space seeks to conserve the character of Hopewell but who cannot afford them with local eye doctors. They also support local youth and Valley through preserving land, protecting natural resources, and inspiring the next senior programs and provide scholarships to graduating Hopewell Valley high school generation of conservationist through regularly organized events. In addition, FO- seniors. The Lions Club will use its $275 grant from Pennington Day to repair the Yellow VHOS maintains open hiking trails at 14 of its 31 preserved properties in the Valley and Mailbox at the Pennington Quality Market which serves at their primary eyeglass colhas partnered with the school district to create outdoor learning spaces at each of the lection box. If you would like more information about the Hopewell Valley Lions Club, elementary schools. With this $300 grant, FOVHOS will purchase and plant materials you may contact Lion Paul Morin at (609)751-7569 or xpmorin@comcast.net. for a rain garden at Toll Gate Grammar School. If you want to learn more about how you can get involved with Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space, you may contact Logan Hopewell Valley Senior Services provides programming and support to Hopewell Horvath at (609)730-1560 or lhorvath@fohvos.org. Valley Seniors. The Hopewell Valley Rides transportation program was started in 2008 and gave seniors and the disabled an economic way to get around town. Due to The Friends of Howell Living History Farm lends support and assistance to the Mer- Hopewell Valley’s rural nature public transportation is at a minimum and not available cer County Park Commission in its operation of the Farm as a public park and edu- to many in the community. Hopewell Valley Rides gave seniors their freedom and indecational facility. They offer the Farm program support, funding for research and res- pendence back and allowed them to participate in everyday life activities including ones toration projects, and volunteer services. With this $500 grant from Pennington Da, put on by Senior Services at the Hopewell Valley Senior Center. The $1,000 grant from The Friends will underwrite transportation costs for children participating this summer Pennington Day will underwrite the program and make more rides available for our in our barn restoration and other hands-on learning programs. If you want to learn seniors. If you would like to know more about Hopewell Valley Rides and other senior more about the Friends of Howell Living History Farm, you may contact Katie Lucas at services, please contact Randi Knechel at rknechel@hopewelltwp.org or 609-537-0236. (609)737-3299 or klucas@howellfarm.org. Let Me Run is wellness program for boys in grades 3-8. Through training for a 5K,


the boys learn teamwork, build relationship skills, create friendships, grow emotionally, amplify their self-esteem, empower themselves and others, and live an active lifestyle. Since coming to the Valley, Let me Run has had more than 700 local boys participate in our program, many of them have continued running on the Timberlane and Central High School cross country and track teams. The $500 grant from Pennington Day will underwrite Let Me Run’s SpringFest 5K and allow it to offer scholarships to boys next season. If you are want to learn more about Let Me Run or volunteer as a coach, please contact Laura Smelas at laurasj@letmerun.org. Pennington Day is proud to once again support the Pennington Fire Company. This year the Fire Company will receive a $500 grant to help pay for a new stove at the fire house. While typically Pennington Day has underwritten the cost of new fire-fighting equipment or training, this year’s grant supports the community of fire-fighters and their auxiliary. These remarkable neighbors literally answer the call around the clock 24 hours a day. And when not responding to emergencies, they are giving up their nights and weekends for meetings and training. The new stove will make the firehouse kitchen a little more functional and the volunteers time there a little more comfortable. If you would like to learn more about volunteering for the Pennington Fire Company, please contact Mike Ackerson at mackerson182@gmail.com.

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New Jersey through conservation, advocacy, science, and education. The Watershed Reserve is a favorite destination for central New Jersey residents. In addition to our trails, there is an environmental center with exhibits and live animals, and a Butterfly House in season. We receive more than 20,000 visitors a year. The trail system is an integral part of the Watershed Institute and we want to encourage people to enjoy our trails and the outdoors. New Jersey was pummeled with more precipitation in 2018 than in any other year since record keeping began in 1895, according to the New Jersey state climatologist. As a result, large portions of the Watershed’s trail where we have placed boardwalks over wetlands and maintained interpretive structures have been severely damaged or they have washed away. The $500 grant from Pennington Day will be used to repair boardwalks that were damaged by the record amount of rain that New Jersey received in 2018.

Our organization is a New Jersey non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. Goals of Unicorn include providing equine-assisted activities to children and adults with a wide range of capabilities. Our population includes children and adults with physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities. We strive to teach our students equestrian skills which will allow them to be as independent as possible. Benefits of therapeutic riding are many and include: improved balance, posture, coordination and mobility; muscle strengthening, improved range of motion; increased attention span, following directions, communication skills; and improved self-esteem and self confidence. The The Pennington Public Library celebrates reading in all formats and provides a warm, Pennington Day grant of $500 will be used to sponsor less economically advantaged welcoming place where community members of all ages can interact, engage in public children within the Pennington community. For more information, contact Erin Hurdiscourse, and pursue lifelong learning for personal growth and entertainment. Our ley at erin@unicornriding.com. library offers a variety of quality programming, a caring, responsive and knowledgeable staff, dedicated, committed and competent volunteers, and a comfortable physical environment. We are especially dedicated to honoring Pennington’s past while building its future. The library will use its $500 grant to expand our graphic novel collection for children. Graphic novels are a very popular format for our young readers and are often ideal for reluctant readers and fluent readers alike. Many graphic novels contain higherlevel vocabulary words than print-only books for readers in the same age range and are great for introducing kids to new words. Graphic novels are also ideal for visual learners. Reading graphic novels requires the ability to decipher the interplay between text and images and helps to develop inference skills. Lastly, modern literacy no longer involves simply the ability to read and write, but also the ability to interpret and evaluate the world around us, a world increasingly surrounded by images and changing technologies. Graphic novels prepare readers to understand a variety of multimedia messages increasingly found in our culture. Stop by and see what the Pennington Library has to offer or visit us at penningtonlibrary.org. The mission of the Hopewell Museum is to preserve and display the artifacts that serve as an expression of village life in New Jersey and tell the story of Hopewell-area history from its pre-colonial beginnings to the present. Many of the outstanding items on display were used by the ancestors of today’s residents. The history and traditions of a quiet industrious community and its people are presented in review. The Pennington Day grant of $1,000 will be used to underwrite programs for The Hopewell Valley Heritage Weekend which will be May 23-27, 2019. For a complete listing of the events, please visit www.thehopewellmuseum.org. At the Watershed Institute, keeping water clean, safe and healthy is the heart of our mission. We work to protect and restore our water and natural environment in central


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Several Tips to Help Go Green

Stop Idling

Why are idling vehicles a problem? 1. Vehicle exhaust is hazardous to human health, especially children’s. Studies have linked pollution from vehicles to increased rates of cancer, heart and lung disease, asthma and allergies. 2. Idling wastes gas and costs money. Idling uses more gas every 10 seconds than restarting your car. And excessive idling is hard on your car’s engine. 3. Idling pollutes. An idling vehicle emits 20 times more pollutants than one traveling at 30 miles per hour. Learn more at: www.nj.gov/dep/stopthesoot/idling_ whats_the_problem.pdf

Reduce Food Waste at Home Most people don’t realize how much food they throw away every day - from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce. About 95 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. In 2014, we disposed of more than 38 million tons of food waste! In your home, you can avoid wasting food by planning meals before shopping and by taking stock of what you already have and whether you will have the time or inclination to cook. Make a detailed grocery list and stick to it, avoiding impulse buys. When cooking and baking, use perishable ingredients before they spoil, and save (and eat) those leftovers!

Hopewell Valley Solar! The Hopewell Township Environmental Commission & Hopewell Valley Green Team have partnered with the Energy Sage online marketplace to help bring solar power to Hopewell Valley. You can find out if a solar system is an option for your property and the financial cost and benefits if installed. The Energy Sage marketplace will get you online quotes from multiple, pre-screened local installers and help you compare their offers. Energy Sage services are free and there is no obligation to make a purchase. Help reduce Hopewell Valley’s fossil fuel dependency and save money along the way! Find out more at: www.energysage.com/p/hopewell

Go Green at Work

• Rethink what you print. Read and file electronically. If printing is necessary, print double-sided. Reducing the font to the smallest readable size may also save paper. • Locate and use recycling buckets. • Bring your own mug. • Bring your own reusable water bottle. • If you drive to an off-site lunch or other meeting, carpool with your co-workers whenever possible. • Turn off your computer monitor if you’ll be away from your desk for long periods of time. • Turn off your computer, monitor, and printer at the end of the work day!

Buy Local Food Local foods travel a short distance from farm to table. Local foods may taste better and be more nutritious, since they likely haven’t been sitting around in a warehouse. The dollars you spend on them bolster local producers, while helping to preserve valuable farmland and open space. And buying locally often supports smaller growers - the type whose scale and crop diversity allow them to use fewer pesticides and fertilizers than the typical large, single-crop farm. Visit farmers markets and/or check out CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs in your area!

Keep Cool and Save Money on Air Conditioning 1. Replace your old air conditioner (AC). Paying more upfront to get the most efficient unit may make sense since the initial investment will be paid back in energy savings. 2. Clean or change AC filters as needed (dirty filters slow airflow and make the system work extra hard). 3. Fix leaks in AC ducting (use special foil tape to seal joints). 4. Tune and clean your AC regularly. 5. Install a programmable thermostat and use it to set your cooling system higher when you are away. 6. Keep cool with shade. Block out the sun with window shades. Carefully positioned trees on the east and west sides can reduce a home’s energy consumption as well. 7. Use (ceiling) fans. You may be able to raise the thermostat setting for your AC a few de-

grees with no reduction in comfort. Note: If your home does not have enough insulation, or leaks too much air, even the most efficient AC unit will waste energy. Lean more about residential energy efficiency in this video of the NJ Clean Energy Learning Center: www.njcelc.com/captivate/homeownerjourney

Recycle Clothes, Household Textiles and Shoes Clothes and Shoes may be: 1) accepted by local consignment stores, 2) picked up by charities (check web sites), or 3) dropped off at one of the many collection boxes in Hopewell Valley, e.g., the outdoor boxes at all six schools of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District. The HVRSD boxes accept clothing regardless of quality (items must be dry, but stains and rips are no problem), as well as sheets, blankets, curtains, towels, scrap fabric, pillows, stuffed toys, gloves, hats, handbags, belts and shoes (but no carpet). Find out more at: www.hvrsd.org/textiles

Restoring Hopewell Valley’s Natural Heritage One backyard at a time… Many Hopewell Valley residents would like to support the natural diversity of native plants and wildlife but do not know how to start. Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS) mitigates the negative impacts of threats (e.g., overabundant white-tailed deer and invasive species) to our natural lands through active stewardship that protects and restores biodiversity. Residential Community Conservation extends these efforts to Hopewell Valley homeowners. Find out more at: www.fohvos.info/residential-communityconservation/

home, and is not time-consuming. For example, it only takes a few minutes to mix water (2 cups), vinegar (1/2 cup), and dish soap (1/2 tsp) in a spray bottle and you will have a solution for cleaning windows and other surfaces. Find tips and recipes online, or, e.g., in The modern organic home: 100+ DIY cleaning products, organization tips, and household hacks, by Natalie Wise (2018), available at the Mercer County library.

Pack a Waste-Free Lunch A waste-free lunch is defined as one where you’re left with nothing to throw out afterwards. This might not seem possible. Sandwiches need to be wrapped in something, right? And, what about your drink? Did you bring something that requires utensils? Consider the following ways to reduce lunch waste: • Use a reusable lunch box. • Pack your food in reusable containers (no paper or plastic bags, no aluminum foil, avoid prepackaged foods). • Bring a refillable bottle for drinks (no single use boxes, bottles, or pouches; do not use plastic straws). • Bring a cloth napkin and silverware you can wash and reuse. • Put left over food back in your lunch box, you may want to finish it later. More information at: www.wastefreelunches.org

Save Water in your House • Turn the water off while brushing your teeth. • Update your faucets with low-flow faucets, or attach aerators to your existing ones. Update your shower with a low-flow showerhead. • Wash only full loads of clothing. • Wash only full loads of dishes. • Store drinking water in a pitcher in the refrigerator instead of running the faucet until the water is cold.

Green Cleaning

• Wash fruits and vegetables in a basin and not under running water.

You may have heard about the virtues of common items such as baking soda and vinegar for scouring and absorbing grease. Making your own cleaning products saves money (as the ingredients are often cheap), keeps toxic chemicals out of your

• Do not defrost frozen food under running water, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. • Take care of household leaks. Fix dripping faucets and constantly running toilets (Test if the flapper is leaking by putting a

few drops of food coloring in the tank. Let it sit for 25 minutes. If the color leaks into the toilet bowl, then there’s a leak). • Replace old water guzzling toilets.

Use Less Packaging Ways to cut down on packaging waste: • Fill a reusable bottle with water from the tap or a fountain, instead of buying water packaged in plastic or glass bottles. • Avoid single-serving food packages. • Bring your own reusable shopping bag to the store.

• Reduce the use of plastic bags for produce (try out reusable mesh produce sacks, e.g., the ones made by Earthwise). • Slow down and dine in (you won’t have to put that pizza box or other take-out wrappings in the trash!).

• Buy household items, like detergent and cleaning supplies, in concentrated forms so that you get more product per package.

• Buy items at a local store, if possible, instead of having them shipped to your home.

• Reduce the amount of gift wrap, and avoid non-recyclable foil or metallic paper (you can find many alternative gift wrap ideas online!).


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