BAYONNE, NJ - Though the social distancing guidelines that have become a "new normal" in our lives have thwarted efforts that would have resulted in hundreds of Bayonne residents out in the city's parks, along the waterfront, and across neighborhoods helping to make the city cleaner, Mayor Jimmy Davis is not going to let Earth Day go unnoticed.

On Wednesday, Davis took to YouTube to announce a more coronavirus friendly initiative.

"We need to talk about the fact that our town needs a little clean up," Davis started, adding that due to the public health crisis the city has suspended several parking regulations, including those requiring owners to move their cars for street cleaning. "Even though you won't get a ticket, I'm asking you to please help out and move your car on sweeper days." 

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"Take your car out for a spin, put your windows down, and enjoy some time out of the house," he suggested. "This will help us in keeping our streets clean."

Davis followed this suggestion by renewing a previous call he made to residents to dispose of the gloves and masks that seem to have become a part of everyone's wardrobe properly. "Throwing these items on the ground is not only unsightly, it is also unsafe."

Finally, acknowledging that the city cannot host their normal Earth Day activities, Davis proposed an "alternate plan," asking every resident to step outside for a few minutes on April 25 and clean the area in front of their home. 

"It doesn't matter if you own or rent, we are asking that all of Bayonne help to keep our city looking good." If your neighbor isn't able to do it, Davis asked others to do it for them. 

"We all love this city, and I can't think of a better way to get out fo the house, breathe in some fresh spring air, and help in keeping our beautiful city clean," Davis said, concluding that "we will emerge from these days soon and when we do we need our city looking its absolute best."



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