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Our litter clean-up partner, the Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission (BHEC), filmed our jointly-sponsored litter clean-up on Locust Avenue on August 24, 2019. This video is now in the running to win a $500 - $1,000 cash prize from Sustainable Jersey in a contest among all other Green Teams and environmental commissions state-wide and is a finalist among videos from six other towns in New Jersey! It's the ONLY video from a Union County town to make the final seven! The video features members of Sustainable Berkeley Heights, the BHEC, Val's Valiants, the Berkeley Heights Township Council, and Girl Scout Troop 40822. Moreover, it showcases the raw spirit of Berkeley Heights - kids and adults coming together and lending a hand to make our community the beautiful small town that it is. We need your support to win! Polls close at midnight on 10/24.

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Bags of Recycleables and Trash, As Well As Paint Cans and Other Items, Rest in Front of the Group that Cleaned Locust Avenue during our co-sponsored clean-up on August 24, 2019.

To read more about this clean up, please read the articles at the following links:

TAPinto Article: Environmental Commission's Video of Locust Avenue Litter Clean Up Selected As State Contest Finalist

BH/New Providence Patch Article: Video of Locust Avenue Litter Clean-Up Is State Finalist

Vegan Fest Provides Food, Activities, and Education for All

Day 1 - Evening Yoga

Lee Ann Gerrato and Crystal Maldonado inspired the crowd, each leading an hour-long yoga session to the sound of a flowing waterfall in the background. The evening was beautiful, and the grounds provided a perfect setting for mindful reflection. People of all ages and athletic abilities participated.

Day 2 - Educational Panels and Children's Energized Dance

In Lower Columbia Park, Jenn Eisenberg and her team from Bold Arts led young children of all ages in creative dance routines. Props that promoted creativity and imagination added to the dancers' engagement.

Members of the Health-Focused Panel and the Planet-Focused Panel Informed the Crowd About the Health and Environmental Benefits a Plant-Based Diet Provides. There was also a display demonstrating which items are recyclable in Berkeley Heights.

Day 3 - Vegan Cook-Off

A crowd of over 160 people congregated in Lower Columbia Park to sample delicious vegan cuisine and discover just how delicious healthy, plant-based dishes can be. Contestants and some lucky attendees took home prizes, too.

To read more about what happened at each of the Vegan Fest events, and to see additional pictures, please click on the article links below.

TAPinto Article: Vegan Fest Success! Cook-Off Winners Announced

BH/New Providence Patch Article #1: BH Vegan Fest Evening Yoga Offers Relaxation, Mindful Learning

BH/New Providence Patch Article #2: Vegan Fest's Dance, Educational Panels Ignite Lower Columbia Park

BH/New Providence Patch Article #3: Vegan Cook-Off Provides Delicious Dishes, Prizes to Attendees

Vegan Fest begins in two days! Join us for yoga, educational panels, a children's creative dance session, and a fabulous vegan cook-off on Sept. 20 , 21, and 22 - the weather is supposed to be beautiful on all three days!

TAPinto Article: Second Annual Berkeley Heighs Vegan Fest Begins This Week

TAPinto Press Release: Vegan Fest 2019: Three Days of Learning, Exercise, Food and Prizes, Sept. 20 - 22

On August 24, during our clean-up of Locust Avenue, we collected a staggering number of alcoholic beverage bottles (glass bottles and aluminum cans), as well as multiple paint cans . . . most of which were still full! We also collected 73 more pairs of shoes during our shoe drive, bringing our running total number of pairs of shoes collected and donated to Soles4Souls, Inc. to 212.

We braved the heat on Sunday, June 30 and helped make Springfield Avenue cleaner - 1,158 cigarettes, 152 food and candy wrappers, and approx. 500 pieces of glass, plastic, and paper are no longer polluting our town! Girl Scouts from Troop 40822 who are earning their Silver Award gave a special presentation about why we should not litter. Plus, during our shoe drive, we collected 139 pairs of shoes that we donated to Soles4Souls, Inc., for re-use by people in need domestically and abroad.

Thanks to everyone who came out to help!

TAPinto Article: Springfield-avenue-clean-up-raises-community-litter-awareness-collects-over-100-shoes-for-re-use

Patch Article: Springfield Avenue Clean up Raises Community Litter Awareness

Berkeley Heights News Article (Renna Media):

"Sustainable Berkeley Heights Receives Volunteer Award

New Providence-Berkeley Heights Patch Article:

"Sustainable Berkeley Heights Receives 2019 NJCCC Volunteer Award"