18 Dec ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO PRESENTS AWARDS IN 14th ANNUAL SUSTAINABLE HOMES AND HABITATS GINGERBREAD CONTEST Holiday Contest Helps Raise Awareness about Nature and the Environment

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Roseland, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. presented awards to the children and families who participated in the Essex County Environmental Center’s 14th Annual Sustainable Homes and Habitats Gingerbread Contest on Monday, December 17th.  There were 35 entries in this year’s contest.

“Our Sustainable Homes and Habitats Gingerbread Contest is a wonderful project that incorporates our mission to raise awareness about nature with a holiday theme. This hands-on, family-oriented contest lets people of all ages learn about the environment in a fun way,” DiVincenzo said. “I am amazed at the creativeness and ingenuity of the entries each winter. Everyone who participated in this contest was a winner,” he noted.

The public was invited to participate in four categories: Individual Child Category for children ages 14 or younger who worked independently on all aspects of their entry; Group/Family Category for children 14 and younger who worked as a group or had adult assistance on any aspect of their entry; Adult Non-Professional Category for individuals or groups of people ages 15 and older who are students of the culinary arts or are not professional chefs; and Adult Professional Category for individuals or groups of people ages 15 and older who are professional chefs or are working in the culinary arts. A list of the award winners is as follows:

Group/Family Category: First Place: JJ and Brody Rella and Brandon and Ryan Sivori from Roseland. Second Place: Ella, Ashlyn, Avery, Hayden and Patrick McAdams from Montclair. Third Place: Eva, Ella and Kyla from Girl Scout Troop 96185 from East Hanover.