Record Turnout for 19th Annual Keep Wood-Ridge Beautiful Clean Up Day

A record number of volunteers turned out for the annual Keep Wood-Ridge Beautiful clean up on Sunday. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Event chair, Councilman Ezio Altamura, held a brief organizational meeting. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Some of the plants before being distributed. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Volunteers had a choice of rakes, brooms, shovels, and pick up sticks. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
The winning artwork featured on this year's t-shirt. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Artwork contest winner Brina Trivedi (center) along with Sandy O'Byrne and Councilman Ezio Altamura. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Girls pose with "Wendy" before heading out. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Cleaning and planting were the order of the day. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- Overcast skies didn’t stop over 150 residents from coming out to help clean up Wood-Ridge in the 19th annual Keep Wood-Ridge Beautiful Day on Sunday. Volunteers cleaned and planted at various locations throughout the borough.

According to event chair, Councilman Ezio Altamura, the event normally draws over 100 volunteers. But this year, there were over 150 volunteers, “the biggest turnout yet.”

An organizational meeting was held by Altamura after all the volunteers had checked in. The capacity turnout in the Civic Center included groups from Girl and Boy Scouts, Knights of Columbus, Fire Department and EMS, Teterboro Airport, and Transformation Life Church, among others.

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Altamura also announced the winner of the artwork contest. Brina Trivedi, an eighth grader, won the art contest, received $50 prize and had her design featured on this year’s t-shirt.

He explained that the borough receives ten thousand dollars in funding from the Clean Communities Council, which pays for the t-shirts. Every volunteer received a pair of work gloves. The tools, including shovels, spades, brooms, rakes, pick up sticks, bags, and plants, and food were all donated.

He also noted the Bergen County Health Department holds a litter control and recycling education program for the second graders.

Once the meeting concluded, residents broken into their teams and headed to the assigned areas. Locales included Wood-Ridge Memorial Library, the Civic Center, Doyle School, public parking lots, Hackensack Street and Valley Boulevard, and the north- and southbound ramps on Route 17.


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