MILLTOWN, NJ - June 10 wasn't an ordinary Saturday of errands, soccer games and baseball for many Milltown and area residents. Thirty-two volunteers gave up part of their weekend to participate in Milltown's first NJ Clean Communities Cleanup Day. The cleanup was organized by Milltown Borough's DPW Supervisor, Ralph Jaisonowski and targeted the following areas in town that included open space on Washington Avenue, Bradford Park, Michelin Field Park, the trestle behind the post office, Janet Court, East Joffre Avenue Park, Ariella Hopkins Park at Herbert Avenue as well as stretches of Main Street. Each group was assigned a specific section to spruce up. Gloves and bags were provided and the volunteers got right to work with the job at hand, picking up garbage, recyclables and other unsightly liter that people leave behind instead of throwing away.
Scout leader, George Murray and a team of fellow scout leaders led 13 scouts toward Home Depot. The industrious group cleaned the path leading to the Albert Avenue Park as well as the borough property located on 120 Kuhlthau Avenue. Milltown resident, Stacy Sullivan and her son joined a group of 4H volunteers who worked very hard to brighten up the open space by the train station and county property by the Lawrence Brook watershed. In addition to Milltown residents, out of town volunteers like Nadine Wilkins came by to lend a hand as well.
Councilwoman Doriann Kerber, the chair of the DPW Department committee, led the charge to get Milltown and area residents to pitch in with the inaugural Milltown NJ Clean Communities Cleanup Day. Jaisonowski coordinated the supplies as well as the lunch and pick up of the debris bags. A refreshing afternoon meal was served to all the participants courtesy of a NJ Clean Communities grant.
In all, the volunteers filled 37 bags of both garbage and recyclables and picked up five tires with rims and one yard of wood. Each participant received a certificate for their act of community service. Both Jaisonowski and Kerber voiced their profound gratitude for the folks that sacrificed a part of their weekend to pitch in with the cleanup. They hope to see these hard-working and civic-minded residents return for future NJ Clean Communities events in Milltown.
New Jersey Clean Communities events are made possible by the Clean Communities Act, which was passed in 1986. The act is an all-inclusive, liter reduction program that is aimed at cleaning up towns throughout the state. It is administered by the Clean Communities Council that also overseas other statewide cleanup endeavors like the Adopt-a-Beach and Adopt-a-Highway programs.