The Big Recycle: Stockton School Rummage Sale Is March 15 – 16

???????????????????????????????With snow on the ground and temps still in the teens, it’s hard to believe that one of Stockton, NJ’s harbingers of spring – the Rummage – is right around the corner. But weather aside, it’s time to clear out our homes, donate to a worthy cause and participate in one of our community’s biggest and most entertaining recycling opportunities.

What: The Stockton Borough School’s Annual Rummage Sale

When: Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Sunday, March 16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Details: Saturday: Items are full price but the good stuff goes quickly! Sunday: Items are 1/2 price and the bag sale runs from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your own bag!

Where: Prallsville Mill, Rt. 29, Stockton, NJ (directions at http://drms-stockton.org/directions.html

Why: Proceeds benefit the students of a terrific school that also happens to be NJ’s smallest and oldest elementary school.

Donate Starting This Sunday

Donating to a worthy cause is a great way to recycle the many items that clutter our homes long after we’ve stopped using them. Donated items will be sold to the public at very affordable prices during the two-day sale. All unsold items will go to a variety of charitable organizations — so they won’t end up in landfill. Donations are tax-deductible. Volunteers at the mill will give you a form.

You can donate any of the following gently used items:

  • Clothing
  • Books (except textbooks, travel guides, catalogs and magazines)
  • Music (except videotapes)
  • Electronics (except televisions and computers)
  • Household items (except mattresses and stuffed furniture)
  • Linens
  • Jewelry
  • Toys

Drop off times: Sunday, March 9 through Thursday, March 13, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Frenchtown Green Fair Set for September 28

Want to learn more about making your lifestyle green and sustainable? One opportunity coming up soon is the Frenchtown Green Fair. The event will bring together a variety of speakers and vendors promoting choices that are both healthy and environmentally responsible.

Green/sustainable local vendors will showcase a diverse range of products and services, including:

  • Alternative vehicles.
  • Green building and landscaping services.
  • Organic body-care products.
  • Health foods.
  • Green apparel. Read on!

‘Localism’ at Work: Friday Night Fireworks Spark New Hope-Lambertville Economy

[photo from www.bcptheater.org]

The New Hope-Lambertville Friday Night Fireworks drew thousands to its phenomenal finale on August 31. It was a great finish to the third consecutive year of top-notch fireworks on the Delaware.

Like any successful community gathering, this one has brought us together with friends, neighbors and visitors to enjoy not just the main event (which is always stunning), but also layers of local entertainment, from live bands and informal jam sessions to an “indie” film montage and the SPLASH steamboat cruise. Beyond offering a great way to kick off our summer weekends, Friday Night Fireworks also has been working hard on our behalf, providing a much-needed local “stimulus” to the economies of both river towns.

Revitalizing the local economy was exactly the point for the event’s co-founders: New Hope borough council member Bill Scandone, New Hope Chamber of Commerce president Glen Stephan and Nick Gialias, a council member and owner of the Logan Inn. “With the economic downturn taking a toll locally, we were seeking a way to sustainably revitalize the business communities of both New Hope and Lambertville,” explains Scandone, recalling the conversations that lead to the event’s creation. Since both towns are geared toward weekend tourism, with business generally strongest on Saturdays, it was clear that the best opportunity to boost weekly revenues was to create a succesful Friday night event.

Local economic impact

So, with three glorious seasons completed, has Friday Night Fireworks achieved it’s goal? While there’s no formal economic data, event organizers and businesses enthusiastically agree that the fireworks has had the desired effect. The impact falls into a few distinct categories:

  • Friday-night receipts. With a weekly turnout of about 5,000 additional visitors, the fireworks has significantly increased business at local restaurants and eateries as well as those retailers that stay open late to cater to the Friday night crowd.
  • Return business. Perhaps even more important, the event introduces (or reintroduces) visitors to the unique shops and galleries, excellent restaurants and colorful watering holes and music venues that have long distinguished both Lambertville and New Hope. Return visits, whether day trips or overnight stays at local hotels and B&Bs, may represent an impressive “multiplier effect,” ensuring both towns can maximize the tourism income so important to the local economy.
  • Community fundraising. This year, a “Bucket Brigade” of teens spread out across both towns to help raise money for the fireworks. In addition to supporting the event, 50% of the donations went to organizations including local high schools and soccer teams.

A Lambertville Chamber member pointed out that the event also has become a popular business networking scene, offering an informal but effective way to make valuable new connections.

Community builder

Of course, at heart, this is a community event and a chance to enjoy the spectacular work of the well-known Garden State Fireworks. From a locals’ perspective, Friday Night Fireworks also has achieved something harder to quantify, but vital to the community: It’s helped reinforce our enthusiasm for both river towns and strengthen the ties between them.

The 2013 fireworks season may be a long way off, but we can all help keep the local stimulus ball rolling by spending more of our dollars in New Hope, Lambertville and the other river towns – during the upcoming holiday season and beyond.

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Local Herb Sale at Holcombe-Jimison Farm, May 19-20

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Herbs for sale 009 (Photo credit: tomylees)

Fresh herbs harvested from the backyard garden can make a big difference in the flavor of everything you cook. Whether you’re just starting an herb garden or expanding an existing one, consider marking your calendar for next weekend’s Herb Plant Sale, an annual event held by the Delaware Valley Unit of the Herb Society of America. The sale is an opportunity to purchase a variety of culinary and non-culinary herb plants directly from the knowledgeable local gardeners who cultivated them. In fact, if you have questions about a particular herb, the grower is likely to be on hand to provide answers. – Read more

Donate or Dine: Two Ways to Support Stockton School’s Pasta Dinner & Art Auction, May 6th

Stockton Inn in the sun...(Feb 10th 4:16PM)

Stockton Inn in the sun…(Feb 10th 4:16PM) (Photo credit: road_less_trvled)

The 10th annual ‘Spaghetti & Art’ benefit for the Stockton Borough School (Stockton, NJ) will take place Sunday, May 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stockton Inn. This enjoyable yearly gathering of artists, parents and other locals supports New Jersey’s oldest and smallest public elementary school, a four-room schoolhouse that has served the community for well over a century. – Read more

Delaware Valley Celebrates This Year’s Earth Day

Environmentalism Buttons

Environmentalism Buttons (Photo credit: Ryan Somma)

It’s been 42 years since the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970. Organized by then U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, Earth Day inspired some 20 million Americans to rally at events across the nation for a cleaner, healthier environment. Generally credited with kicking off the modern-day Environmental Movement, the event not only ignited organized political activity around environmental issues but also helped raise the ecological consciousness of everyday Americans. – Read more