Garwood’s Green Team Works Together To Beautify the Community

I am very proud to serve on Garwood’s Green Team and to support for re-election in 2019 councilpersons Jennifer Blumenstock, Marc Lazarow, and Russ Graham who created and serve on the Green Team.

When Jennifer Blumenstock and Marc Lazarow were elected to Council in 2016, one of their pledges was to create a beautification committee. They followed through in a timely manner creating Garwood’s Green Team — a group that is non-partisan, self funded at no taxpayer cost, attracts dozens of volunteers, makes Garwood qualified to receive grants, and promotes many initiatives to make Garwood more sustainable, beautiful, and healthier both environmentally and socially. 

Garwood’s Green Team is one of many reasons to re-elect Jennifer Blumenstock, Marc Lazarow, and Russ Graham in 2019. As a resident who has been paying close attention to Garwood’s progress, it is an easy choice for me.

Not long after a 2017 a resolution was adopted by Garwood’s governing body establishing a Green Team Advisory Committee. In May, the team held their first meeting, and it was only just a little over a year in October of 2018 that the Green Team received the town’s first ever bronze certification from Sustainable Jersey, an organization providing tools, training, and financial incentives to support communities who pursue sustainability.

But their devotion did not stop there. In the beginning of 2019 the Green Team worked in conjunction with local businesses to install two new dog waste disposal stations at our Recreation Complex. Garwood was then named the recipient of a $2,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey and PSE&G to create a rain garden at the Recreation Complex. The rain garden will limit unwanted waste from flowing into the Garwood Brook and the Rahway River while reducing flooding on the baseball field. 

Another initiative in July had the Green Team participate in the TREX challenge to collect 500 pounds of plastic bags.  TREX, which uses these bags to produce their recyclable wood, will be donating a bench to Garwood next year as we were able to surpass the 500 pounds well before the deadline.

Garwood’s Green Team is a participant in NJ’s annual Clean Communities Day where team members walk every street to pick up litter. We also coordinate the beautifying Georgiana Memorial Park, the Recreation Complex, and JFK Plaza with members alternating weeks planting flowers, pulling weeds, trimming hedges, and picking up litter at these properties.

Under the leadership of Jen Blumenstock, Garwood businesses have had the opportunity to Adopt-A-Pot every year for the holidays. The name of their business appears on a sign in a large concrete flower pot with seasonal plantings which the Green Team decorates. These pots not only celebrate the holiday season, but they embrace the pride we have in our small town businesses.

In addition to organizing and promoting meetings and events, our Garwood councilmembers can be seen participating in all the activities mentioned. The Green Team is a way for local businesses to grow, to build pride in our community, to maintain a sustainable infrastructure, to preserve our environment, and to bring Garwood together.   Garwood’s Green Team is one of many reasons to re-elect Jennifer Blumenstock, Marc Lazarow, and Russ Graham in 2019. As a resident who has been paying close attention to Garwood’s progress, it is an easy choice for me.

Rob Schilare
Garwood Resident