Chatham Borough Preps for Some Serious Spring Cleaning, Saturday, May 7

The volunteers filled the flower boxes on Main Street during the 2015 Spring Clean Credits: TAP Chatham
Janice Piccolo, director of community services, and Helen Gardener organize plants for central business district during 2015 Spring Clean Credits: TAP Chatham
Mayor Bruce Harris with volunteers from 2015 Chatham Spring Clean event Credits: TAP Chatham
Susan Finn, Diane Walsh, Susan Li, Jenna Rogalin and Roger Rogalin joined to spruce up the front yard of the Library of the Chathams during 2015 Spring Clean Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham is asking for volunteers to grab a rake, don some work gloves and join the borough's fourth annual "Spring Clean."

The rain-or-shine environmental spruce up, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., kicks off at Reasoner Park next to the Chatham Borough Firehouse, where volunteers will meet at the gazebo, sign in, gather their garden tools and set off around downtown in an effort to beautify Chatham's business district green spaces.

"What started as a small, grass-roots effort by a handful of volunteers, including members of the Town & Country Garden Club, has blossomed into a really fun day, highlighting Chatham's community pride and environmental responsibility," Roubie Stavropoulos, chairperson of MyChathamNJ, which oversees the event, said. "Everyone pitches in to make Chatham look great."

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The effort is expected to attract scores of helpers, who should stand out to shoppers and passersby, since each pre-registered volunteer will be decked out in a Spring Clean 2016 T-shirt. Chris Gates, a student in Kiera Spadaro's design class at Chatham High School, designed this year's shirt.

Workers will be doing what they would typically find themselves doing on a spring Saturday in their own yards: spreading mulch, pulling weeds, reinvigorating flower gardens and cleaning up any trash and recycling items.

And in the process, they'll be aided by several Chatham Borough businesses. Village Hardware is donating rakes, shovels and three wheelbarrows; Dreyer's Lumber & Hardware is giving 200 pairs of protective work gloves, and Arminio's Italian Corner will provide pizza and refreshments.

"Chatham is home," Vicki Fife, Borough of Chatham Council member, said. "Spring Clean 2016 is a great opportunity for all to help keep our town clean and beautiful."

For more information, contact Janice Piccolo, director of community services, 54 Fairmount Ave., Chatham 07928. 973-635-0675, ext. 200.



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