BAYONNE, NJ - While the social distancing guidelines that have become a "new normal" in our lives 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 would not let Earth Day go unnoticed.

“Even though we had to alter our plans this year, I’m so happy to see many of our proud residents get outside and clean up today for Bayonne’s Earth Day," Davis said of the "alternate plan" in which he asked every resident to step outside for a few minutes on Saturday to clean the area in front of their home. 

In addition to families that joined in the effort across the city, members of the Bayonne Fire Department also answered the call. “Mayor Davis asked that all of Bayonne do their part,” Michael Monczewski, president of FMBA Local 11, the union that represents Bayonne’s rank-and-file firefighters, said. “Now, more than ever, we are seeing the importance of community, and we all want to help make our city an even better place.”

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While Saturday was the day designated for the effort Davis asked that everyone make cleaning near their home a daily task. "This is our beautiful city and we all need to do our part to help keep it clean.”

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