Monday, August 18, 2008

Urban Structure and Design, and Green Living Featured in Trenton

The photo directly above is a "Fire Bowl" crafted from recycled elevator rope! Peter Abrams of Modern Metal Work (pictured at right), will showcase many of his functional and sustainably-designed sculpture works at BOOST's and Simply Natural Living's Lawn and Garden party on Saturday, September 13 from 3PM until dusk at 2320 Stuyvesant Avenue in Trenton's scenic west ward.

(Trenton, NJ) It is a collaboration featuring sustainable, healthy, environmentally friendly living ideas, as Modern Metal Work, WESKetch Architecture + Interiors, Inc., Simply Natural Living, We Are Building Open Opportunity Structures Together (We Are BOOST) , and the U.S. Green Building Council, New Jersey Chapter, invites everyone to our Lawn and Garden Party Saturday, September 13th, from 3pm until dusk, at 2320 Stuyvesant Avenue in Trenton's scenic West Ward. There will be presentations by featured guests and representatives from the sponsoring organizations, great food, and music. This event is a family affair, and the sponsors encourage parents to bring their children along.

The festivities will feature presentations by architect and indoor air quality expert Anastasia Harrison, AIA, LEED-AP, IAQA, Barbara Stange, owner of Simply Natural Living, and Tim Razzaq, founder and executive director of BOOST. Sculptor Peter Abrams, of Modern Metal Work, will unveil his latest work, made entirely of recycled materials. The Dominique DeFranco Trio will perform, providing a jazz-filled backdrop in which visitors can meet and talk with the presenters and sample vegetarian cuisine prepared by GreenLight 2-Day.

The past few months have been an exciting time for Stange, who recently moved her Simply Natural Living operation out of its retail space in a Ewing, NJ strip mall to operate exclusively online at "Facing all the various nuisances, acknowledging that change is constant, we are moving with grace," said Stange about the transition. She will share valuable insight on how individuals and families can assess and improve their personal and family health by understanding the importance of that balance between mind, body, and spirit.

Anastasia Harrison is the first LEED-AP architect in New Jersey to earn an indoor air quality certification from the Indoor Air Quality Association. She will present an overview of a ten-part workshop series she has developed exclusively for BOOST, outlining such topics as "Living Healthier Starting Today", "From Recycling to FreeCycling", "Babies: What You Put on Goes In" and "Green Renovations and Fix-ups".

Peter Abrams' Modern Metal Work is a Trenton-Based company creating art out of recycled items such as elevator cable wire and various metals. Modern Metal Work also hosts an apprentice program in which Abrams teaches students the finer points of architecture and metalworking.

Since 2007, BOOST has planned, promoted, and coordinated over 50 forums, primarily in the Trenton-Mercer County region. It has concrete plans to hold meetings throughout the entire Tri State region, educating local groups and building relationships. They have developed a speakers' bureau that includes academics, architects, business owners and entrepreneurs as well as professionals and practitioners. Within this bureau, speakers have expertise in areas ranging from green building and sustainable community design to personal and organizational leadership capacity building.

The cost for this event is $12 for adults and $7 for children, age five to 12. Special group rates are available upon request. Please RSVP for this event before Friday, September 5th. To register, and find out more about this enlightening event, call (206) 202-2883, or visit www.gss-set,com/weareboost to obtain a printable registration form or email

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