WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- Over 100 residents came out to help clean up Wood-Ridge in the 20th annual Keep Wood-Ridge Beautiful Day on Sunday. Volunteers cleaned and planted at various locations throughout the borough.
"This event has grown so much over the years," Councilman Ezio Altamura, event chairman said. "20 years ago, we had a lot of garbage. Two dumpsters full in 2000."
He said there's been "a lot of awareness" over the years, noting it's a good community service project.
An organizational meeting was held by Altamura after all the volunteers had checked in. The turnout in the Civic Center included groups from Girl and Boy Scouts, Knights of Columbus, Fire Department and EMS, Teterboro Airport, the Wood-Ridge Police and Auxiliary Police, and Transformation Life Church, and the Wood-Ridge HIgh School Environmental Club, among other residents.
Altamura thanked members of the Council were who present as well as event co-chair Ed Marino, and the entire Keep Wood-Ridge Beautiful Committee. Altamura thanked the volunteeers in the kitchen serving food and ice, and Deputy Borough Clerk Cathy Calabro for putting the event together.
Sandy O'Byrne, the Girl Scout Service Unit Manager for the town, announced the winner of the t-shirt artwork contest. Anurag Matthews, who received $50 prize.
Altamura 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. Groups headed to Valley Boulevard and Hackensack Street, Doyle School, Wesmont Station, the Senior Center, Civic Center, Wood-Ridge Memorial Library, and Veteran's Park.
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