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The Environmental Commissions September Meeting has been changed to Sunday September 14, 2014 at the Farmer's Market at 11:00 am.  In the event of rain, the meeting will be moved to Flo's Market.  

 Hawthorne’s 4th Annual Green Fair to Be Held This Sunday

Hawthorne’s Green Team and Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring its 4th Annual Green Fair on Sunday, September 21st from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The Hawthorne Farmers’ Market is the backdrop for the fair, which will be at the Louis Bay 2nd Library. 

Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the live music of “Men of Horses,” a local band from Hoboken, and for younger attendees, Well Read Bookstore will host story-time with several children’s book authors.  You can purchase food and refreshments from Flo’s Market and Cuban Flavor Cafe as well as the Farmer’s Market vendors.  We encourage participants to support a local a pet pantry, Rocky’s Pet Pantry, and Hawthorne’s Food Pantry by donating pet and non-perishable food items.

You can walk around the library area and visit booths from a variety of local businesses and organizations, such as Viridian Energy, Pandora Healing, Hawthorne Recycling, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension.  Also, there will be many activities, including: gardening tips from Master Gardner and Hawthorne residents Pat Hutzelman and Jack Systma, and the Hawthorne Garden Club; rain garden and a composting demonstration; health advice and services from nutritionists and wellness organizations.   

The purpose of the fair is to educate the community about sustainability—social, economic and environmental aspects—as well as buying locally, resource conservation, and health and wellness.  To that end, we encourage all residents to be fit and conserve energy by walking or biking to the fair, and to pick up a Green Map. The Green Map is a network of safe walking and biking paths that links historical sites, parks, recreation areas, and public buildings in town. 

The rain date for the Green Fair is Sunday, October 5, 2014.  In case of rain, please visit the Hawthorne Farmers’ Market Face Book page for more information.





Hawthorne Environmental Commission seal   

The Hawthorne Environmental Commission was established in November 1998. Prior to November 1998, there was an Environmental Committee established in the late 1980's.  The Environmental Commission has been able to achieve many accomplishments by protecting and preserving the environment of the Borough of Hawthorne through the following activities: 

  • Secured grants to help fund environmental projects, such as 8 Acre Woods in Goffle Brook Park and Green Map

  • Developed an Environmental Resource Inventory that is used to guide Hawthorne on land use decisions

  • Advise municipal planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment about the impacts of development proposals on such issues as flooding and runoff, open space needs, water and air quality, plant and animal habitat and waste disposal

  • An Environmental Commissioner seat on the Planning Board to provide recommendations and advice on potential environmental impacts on proposed development

  • Monitor upcoming environmental issues and regulations and provide guidance to Municipal Council and Mayor

  • Educate and inform residents and students on ways to protect the environment

Commission Members:

Rayna Laiosa, Chairperson  12/31/2015
Michael Mariani 12/31/2015
Robert Maggio 12/31/2015
MaryLou DiMattia 12/31/2017
Patricia Hutzelman 12/31/2014
Rosanne Zagatta,
Vice Chairperson 
Lisa Szegedi 12/31/2014
Robert Meier 12/31/2014
Hazel Pinos 12/31/2014
Dominic Mele, Council Liaison 


2nd Floor Municipal Building, 7:30 pm
2nd Thursday of the month

Chapter 45 of the Code of the Borough of Hawthorne establishes Hawthorne's Environmental Commission pursuant to N.S.J.A. 40:56A-1 et seq.  The Commission consists of seven members and two alternate members appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Borough Council to three-year overlapping terms (two-year terms for alternate members).