SUMMIT, NJ - Nearly 200 volunteers participated in Summit's ninth annual Earth Day Clean Up, the bucolic spring weather creating a perfect setting for residents, scouts, civic, school and faith-based groups to clean up garbage and recycling, rake and wood-chip trails, and remove invasive species at Briant Park, Martin's Brook Park, Wilson Park, Hidden Valley Park, Risk Avenue, Passaic River Park, and the Transfer Station area. 

“The Environmental Commission is thankful for everyone who participated and helped to make Summit cleaner and even more beautiful for us all to enjoy,” said Summit Environmental Commission Chairman Beth T. Lovejoy. “The community really benefits from this important effort.”

Paul Cascais, Summit's Director of Public Works, and his team delivered wood chips and tools where needed, and picked up collected debris after the event. Site managers Judy Mandelbaum, Walter and Margaret Kraft, Kelly Moughalian, Marian Glenn, Ellen and Ed Purcell, Marjorie Fox, Melissa Horn, and Patti Schneider Smith welcomed workers and directed them to the work areas.

Melissa Horn and the PEP program students did a fine job of raking, wood-chipping, and cleaning up Wilson Park; Boy Scout leaders Dan Hanson, Steve Woodall, Alan Speer, Aileen Stocks, and Gordon Stewart and their troops worked hard on grooming trails; Girl Scout leaders Wafa Esposito and Kate Speer and their girl scouts picked up trash and recycling; Octavio Miranda and the Elizabeth Timberland store volunteers picked up trash and wood-chipped trails; Leslie Jones-Wentz, and the Kent Place Eco Team cleaned up trails starting near Constantine Place.

On Sunday morning, Judy Mandelbaum and volunteer Jeff Hankinson worked with the Jewish Community Center (JCC) men's group, led by Jonathan Sacks, to install a bench and the frame for a kiosk at the Passaic River trailhead, as well as to remove invasive species and place large stepping stones into a steam along the river trail. That afternoon, Summit's GreenFaith Circle, organized by Marjorie Fox, spruced up the Hidden Valley trail.