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New Jersey Green Association Welcomes New Members

he New Jersey Green Association (NJGA), a nonprofit organization

committed to improving the state’s environment, welcomes new members that support sustainability. The association operates like a green chamber of commerce, with members networking and collaborating to maximize returns on investments made in sustainable business practices. Municipalities, trade organizations, colleges and universities, as well as sustainable businesses, are all invited to join, and seminars will be announced as they are planned. The organization’s primary mission is to bring members together to sustain the Garden State’s Go Green initiative. Executive Director Allan Fliss notes that the NJGA agrees with green business visionary Paul Hawken, who says, “Business is the only mechanism on the planet today powerful enough to produce the changes necessary to reverse global environmental and social degradation.”

For more information, call 973-627-5330 or visit T

Secaucus Fountain Park Community Garden to Open

he community garden at Secaucus Fountain Park will open on Arbor

Day, April 27, during the city’s Arbor Day/Earth Day celebration. The free community event will feature plantings, clean-ups and activities and showcase 12 new six-by-four-foot beds that in-

corporate a sustainable drip system to water the plants. Examples of fencing, rain barrels and compost bins will also be shown. The garden was created by the Se- caucus Environmental Committee and Department of Public Works. All of the wood material for the project was donated by Citilogs, a sustain- able logging company based in Newark that resurrects and recycles fallen trees. The garden will be used for educational purposes and tended by community members. Mayor Mike Gonnelli states, “Prior to the development of Hudson County, Secaucus was known for its farms. We are glad to be going back to our roots with our first community garden. It is one of many to come.”

Location: Corner of Humboldt St. and Pandolfi Ave. For more information, visit

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Local Gym Goes Green

amilton Health and Fitness, downtown Jersey City’s newest gym, offers a unique workout experience in a planet- friendly setting. Previously the home of Saint Francis Hospital, the entire building is a green oasis in an urban environment that includes private housing and shops.

The gym features an indoor lap pool, a fully equipped Pilates Studio (Project Pilates), cardio equipment, free weights, sauna/ steam rooms, child care and a large selection of group fitness classes, including yoga, kettlebell, cardio kick, bootcamp, indoor cycling, Intensati, Zumba and Pilates mat/reformer/tower classes. Eric and Paul Silverman, of

Silverman Building neighborhoods, developed the building’s eco- friendly design and construction. Many of the former hospital’s brick walls still remain, as do original fixtures, including metal sinks, cab- inetry, bulletin boards, doors and doorknobs, flooring and the large letter “I” on one of the pool’s walls.

Location: 161 Erie St. For more in- formation, call 201-714-7600 or visit

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