Hillsdale Environmental Commission

Natural Resource and Preservation Hillsdale, NJ

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Beechwood Clean up

Beechwood Park, Hillsdale (June 3, 2017)

Thanks to the hard work of volunteers from the Pascack Bible Church and donations from Kuiken Brothers, Beechwood Park in Hillsdale has a bright refreshed look and is ready for summer! Hillsdale residents can now enjoy hiking on the freshly cleared, mulched trails and then relax for a quiet lunch using the rebuilt picnic tables as a result of a clean up done on June 3rd.

The event, sponsored by the Hillsdale Environmental Commission, is becoming a tradition. Frank Pizzella, Hillsdale Councilman and Environmental Commission Liaison, was quick to point out that this is what makes Hillsdale unique.

“It is wonderful to see the community pull together for a project like this. It is a beautiful day with special people making our community a better place. Couldn’t be nicer!”

The volunteers from Pascack Bible Church included over 50 adult and youth congregation members, some of whom also helped with planning and preparing food for the event.

Donations of the lumber used for repairs came from the efforts of Jeff Henig at Kuiken Brothers.



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The 6th Annual Westwood Green Screen 2015 comes to downtown Westwood from March 19th to 25th, bringing new and classic environmental films, conversations with film directors, expert panel discussions and special events for all ages. The weeklong festival will take place at various venues in Westwood including Westwood Cinema, the Westwood Public Library, Rosebud Theater, and HUMC Pascack Valley Hospital.

On Thursday, March 19th, a pre-film opening night reception will be held at Bibiz Restaurant where filmgoers can sample sustainably produced wines and delicious hors d’oeuvres and meet Maxine Trump, director of the award-winning documentary, Musicwood, the festival’s kickoff selection.

Westwood Green Screen 2015 is organized by the Friends of the Westwood Public Library, Pascack Sustainability Group, 350NJ, with the generous support of media sponsor Pascack Valley Community Life and Westwood Cinema. Our generous lead sponsors include HUMC Pascack Valley and the Masters of Sustainability Studies Program at Ramapo College.

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Trust Fund for Beechwood Trails Established


The Environmental Commission would like to thank our lead partners MEVO, Gary Kuhl, John Stepe, Ed Sneickus, United Methodist Church and the Hillsdale residents who came out on our June workdays to help rebuild the Beechwood Trails. Thank you as well to the Mayor and Council for their support, as well as to our DPW supervisor. The supplies for the project were funded by a generous grant from ANJEC (Association of NJ Environmental Commissions).

The borough has established a trust fund for donations to fund future repair work. To donate please drop off or mail checks made out to the Borough of Hillsdale – Beechwood Trails.

To stay informed of future repair efforts, or other Environmental Commission initiatives, please join our email list at http://www.hillsdaleec.org. We meet at Borough Hall on the 2nd Thursday of the month, and welcome resident collaboration and partnership with local organizations.

Beechwood Trail Guide.pdf