ELIZABETH, NJ - There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home and there’s no place like Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays, according to Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP).

The EAP unveiled its latest project working with local schools in Elizabeth to create their “Scarecrows on the Square” project. Fifteen Schools participated after the EAP delivered wood to the Edison Tech Wood Shop which had students cut out 15 wooden figures to be painted and decorated by students and teachers in the Elizabeth Public School System. 

This is the third project of its kind in the past year, the first being the Wooden Toy Soldiers last December and then the Traffic Box Mural Art this past May and even more projects are in store for the upcoming year.

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“We have had an amazing year collaborating with the EPS Art Departments in helping us decorate and beautify our downtown here on Elizabeth Avenue,” said EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak. “The detail and creativity of these Scarecrows are truly unbelievable and unique in their own way.”

Assistant Art and Music Director for the Elizabeth Public Schools, Tracy Monteiro stated - As the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz wisely put, “Courage~ What makes the flag on the mast to wave? What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape” in apricot?”

“Our courageous students, like Oz’s Scarecrow, are so proud to have taken on the challenge of transforming Elizabeth Avenue into a wonderful, presentation of friendly straw figures.  As this is our second year in a row turning our plain sheets of wood into ornamental figures to decorate our community, the students are excited not only to see our schools represented but to lend a hand in bringing these statues to life. The Elizabeth Public Schools are proud of our young artists and have seen first hand; how we can help in transforming a downtown City into a focal point for all other towns to strive to accomplish. We thank the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and City Officials for allowing us to branch out into our community through their support of the arts. We are very proud of all of our accomplishments and look forward to the next project.” 

EAP Board Members, City Officials, and School Administrators gathered for an unveiling ceremony last Tuesday to showcase the “Scarecrows on the Square” presentation to celebrate the Fall season on Elizabeth Avenue with Halloween and Thanksgiving just around the corner. The EAP plans another special surprise project for the holiday season in time for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, November 27, at Union Square Plaza from 5-7 p.m.

The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) is a non-profit organization, designated by the City of Elizabeth to manage the Elizabeth Avenue Special Improvement District (SID). Since 1999, the EAP’s mission has been to revitalize and enhance all aspects of the shopping district. By focusing on the following areas; aesthetics, safety and security, parking and quality business development, the Elizabeth Avenue Shopping district continues to become a more attractive and safer place for fun shopping, fine dining, and first-rate merchandise.

*The Photo shows from Left to Right: David Strochak, Executive Director of the EAP, Dana Felix Lemanova (EAP Board Member), Angel L. Rodriguez of State Farm Insurance (Chairman of the EAP), Christine Chamara, ArtTeacher of School #15, Council President Manny Grova, Jr., Sandra Nunes, Art Director for EPS,Mario Rodrigues, Purchasing Agent for EPS and Rafael Cortes, Assistant Superintendent EPS.

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