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Winners Announced in Ninth Annual Gingerbread Homes and Habitats Contest

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (right) congratulates Montclair Cooperative School students Jack Correia from Cedar Grove and William Devine from Montclair for receiving first place in the Group/Family Category of the Essex County Environmental Center's NinthAnnual Essex County Gingerbread Homes and Habitats Contest. With them are Essex County Parks Director Dan Salvante and Essex County Freeholder Vice President Patricia Sebold.  Credits: Glen Frieson
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (at right) congratulates (from left) Sue Mazur, Brittany Hill and Gregory Hill from Fairfield for receiving third place in the Group/Family Category of the Essex County Environmental Center's Ninth Annual Essex County Gingerbread Homes and Habitats Contest.  Credits: Glen Frieson
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.  congratulates Lena Fine from Montclair for receiving third place in the Individual Child Category of the Essex County Environmental Center's Ninth Annual Essex County Gingerbread Homes and Habitats Contest.  Credits: Glen Frieson
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.  congratulates Duane Hendershot from the Knowles Family Restaurants in West Orange for receiving third place in the Adult Professional Category of the Essex County Environmental Center's Ninth Annual Essex County Gingerbread Homes and Habitats Contest.  Credits: Glen Frieson


WEST ORANGE, NJ - Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo announced the winners of the Ninth Annual Gingerbread Homes and Habitats contest on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland.  The homes are currently on display at the center, located at 621 B Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland, through December.

Residents from Bloomfield, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Lyndhurst, Maplewood, Montclair, Oradell, Parsippany, Ridgefield Park and West Orange were all named winners in four categories:
  • Individual Child Category for children ages 14 or younger who worked independently on all aspects of their entry
     
  • Group/Family Category for children 14 and younger who worked as a group or had adult assistance on any aspect of their entry
     
  • Adult Non-Professional Category for individuals or groups of people ages 15 and older who are students of the culinary arts or are not professional chefs
     
  • Adult Professional Category for individuals or groups of people ages 15 and older who are professional chefs or are working in the culinary arts.

Entries were judged on distinctiveness, creative use of nature theme, use of sustainable building design techniques and skill in decoration. 

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