MONTCLAIR, NJ - Record numbers arrived for the sixth annual First Ward Beautification Day, officials announce.

According to Township officials, well over one hundred residents joined forces on Saturday to pick up garbage and branches, rake leaves, paint and repair park benches and spread mulch. Volunteers worked a number of locations throughout the First Ward including Carlisle Woods, the Bonsal Preserve, Mountainside Park, Sunset Park, the Upper Montclair Business District, the Upper Montclair Train Station and Yantacaw Brook Park.

“The Township generously supplied us with gloves, paint, brushes, and garden and refuse bags,” said First Ward Councilor William Hurlock. “Residents came equipped with rakes, shovels, tools, wheelbarrows and plenty of muscle and sweat!”

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The Upper Montclair Business Association, Yantacaw Brook Park Conservancy, Neighborhood University Watch, the Friends of Sunset Park, Friends of the Bonsal Preserve, Friends of Mountainside Park and many other groups participated. Elementary, middle and high school students also took part and earned community service hours in the process.

“Thank you to all those who put in their time and hard work,” said Councilor Hurlock. “The First Ward looks wonderful – just in time for the Montclair Film Festival, May in Montclair and the Iris Festival, as well as our Township’s many other events.”