HELMETTA, NJ - Saturday, April 22 will mark the 47th annual Earth Day commemoration. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970. It is the brainchild of former Wisconsin senator, Gaylord Nelson. Nelson initiated the day-long event to honor the planet because of his growing concern over America's rate of industrialism and callousness regarding the environment. Today, Earth Day events often stretch into a week's worth of environment-centered activities and is held in more than 200 countries around the globe.

Helmetta will be marking Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 with a Community Clean Up Day from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Residents will meet at the Maple Street Pavilion to celebrate both the spirit of Earth Day along with the beauty and charm of the borough by giving it a spring cleaning.