Last Saturday marked the 5th Brigantine Green Fest, an opportunity for the community to learn how to live life sustainably while having fun. Vendors, local businesses and sponsors helped to turn Haneman Park into a festive, fun and educational outdoor marketplace.

Thank you to Surfrider Foundation which was our Spotlight on the Community. These environmental activists work to protect the beaches and to keep the ocean clean. Their initiatives include beach access for the public, recycling, ocean friendly gardens, and plastic bag bans. They have worked on legislation for beach communities from Brigantine to Cape May to prohibit the mass release of helium balloons.

Representing the Green Team were Diana from the AtlantiCare Regional Center, who provided nutritional and healthy eating information, and John Butler, Pennsylvania Resources Council, Inc. 

Diana shared her expertise regarding sustainable eating, shopping smart as well as healthy recipes.

John Butler, PRC, provided a recycling game loved by both children and adults. The PRC provides recycling education, school programs, composting classes and storm management workshops.

American Electric Cycle, represented by Eric Nabrzeski and Jake Bleyht, sells and rents electric bicycles which help people go further and faster than regular bikes normally do, thus they are good for a community in the city. One may rent an eBike for $25 an hour. They recently opened in Brigantine at 3201 W. Brigantine Avenue.

Brigantine Clean Communities was out in full force with a huge display of reusable bags to give away. Members work to keep our beaches clean and free of trash. Chairman Joe Campitelli, Jeri Cali, Jim Cali, Treasurer, John Doring of Public Works and Tom Milhous, President of the Lion’s Club, all shared the comprehensive work that they do.

In addition, Clean Communities, had a handsome male mallard duck. A lovely young lady, Megan Baldwin, explained the life cycle of the mallard duck and how we need to keep waterways clean. She further explained with her poster board that storm drains must be kept clean because the water goes out into the bay.

Gabe Staino from the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation was part of the Clean Communities group as well. He was imparting information about healthy bones and said that Bacharach Rehab was known for neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation and that their new stroke, brain and spinal chord facility will open as the James Klinghoffer Neurological Recovery Center.

Clean Communities honored long-time Brigantine resident, Ann Phelps for her many years of service as Gulliver, the seagull.

The Atlantic County Master Gardeners Program consists of trained volunteers who assist Rutgers Cooperative Extension in delivering horticultural programs and information to the general public. Master Gardeners receive in-depth training in horticulture from Rutgers University faculty and professional staff. They perform gardening demonstrations, helpline and plant clinics, horticultural therapy, harvesting and packing crops for food banks, and community and youth gardening.

The kids stole the “Trash N Show” which turned out to be Johanne and Craig Milnes’ family affair with several clever capes from four grandchildren. Orlando Milnes, son of singer, David, won for his awesome space age cape. Johanne Milnes wore a swinging affair made with pink netting and golf balls. Her daughter, Linda, made a cape of cotton underwear.

Cathy Lavin had a short cape of plastic bags secured with pop tops, and Cheryl Mascioli modeled the winner, a pleated newspaper cape made by Fran Paullin. Orlando won a $25 Mad Dog Morgans’ card, and Fran a $25 Laguna card.

The windsocks were a colorful hit at the Children’s Tent, made of recycled cardboard rolls.

Eighty-three contestants participated in the trivia contest with two perfect entries. Julie Brown of Brigantine was the winner, selected by Kelsey, with an honorable mention for Kiana Malta. Julie won a $25 Wawa gift card. We hope to see many participants on Saturday for championship trivia. The winner will receive a $50 TD gift card.

Funwave engaged the audience with their lively toe tappin’ dance tunes.

Get ready for Saturday, Aug. 26 and the fruit fiesta. There will be a kids watermelon eating contest at 11 a.m.

Chefs Josh Gamble and Salvatore Giambrone will be the featured chefs.

You will be thrilled by our Local Business Spotlight- Lillie Rose. Come and see the variety of beautiful fashions that Cheryl is bringing to the market.

Learn about all of the community work done by St. Thomas Women’s Club, our Community Spotlight.

Bring a chair or blanket and settle in listening to the Devin Lyn & Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a three- piece country band originating from the pines barrens of New Jersey.

Our new Green Team website is: brigantinegreenteam.com. Follow our market@ BrigantineFarmersMarket.

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