Essex pursues pupil's appreciation of county parks and annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
Tuesday, February 26
Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. invites Essex County fourth graders to participate in the "Why My Essex County Park is Important to Me" Essay Contest as well as Essex County sixth graders to participate in the “Essex County Cherry Blossom Poster Contest.” “Our parks, reservations and recreation facilities have a significant place in our lives and the Cherry Blossom Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Branch Brook Park every spring. These contests will help us raise awareness about the treasured open spaces in our communities and highlight their importance on our quality of life,” DiVincenzo said. “The essay contest for fourth graders and poster contest for sixth graders is an opportunity for our students to …
This year's event will raise money for victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami.
Essex County will honor Japan's cherished custom, the hanami, or cherry blossom viewing party, by presenting this year's Cherry Blossom Festival in the country's honor. “We’re dedicating this festival to the people of Japan," said Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. during this week's annoucement of the 35th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The events will help raise funds for victims of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Thousands of visitors from throughout the area and around the world converge on the park every April to see the first reddish-white flowers bloom on the trees. Essex County has long sponsored events to coincide with the start of the season. “Branch Brook Park has been put on the map with its 4,300 cherry…