Build A Sustainable Gingerbread House


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The Dowd family's winning entry last year.

Last year, Verona’s Samantha, Patricia and Molli Dowd won first place in Essex County’s Sustainable Homes Gingerbread Contest. Maybe this year will be your chance.

To win, you’ll have create a gingerbread house with natural accents and green building design features like skylights, solar panels and rain barrels. There are categories for adult professional and non-professional bakers, kids and groups or families.

If you’re interested, you’ve got to register by November 29 by calling the Essex County Environmental Center at 973-228-8776. All entries must be submitted by Monday, December 6. The homes will be on display at the center from December 6 through Saturday, December 18.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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