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Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Cleaning Up Newton

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Thomas S. Russo Jr. announces the day's events to the volunteers. Credits: Danielle Francisco
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Mayor Daniel Flynn says a few words about safety to the volunteers. Credits: Danielle Francisco
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EMT and EMS volunteers help plant flowers at Memory Park. Credits: Danielle Francisco
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Volunteers clean-up garbage from Summit Ave. Park. Credits: Danielle Francisco
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Volunteers clean-up garbage from Summit Ave. Park. Credits: Danielle Francisco
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Volunteers clean-up garbage from Memory Park. Credits: Danielle Francisco
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Volunteers clean-up garbage from the roller hockey rink back behind the recycling center. Credits: Danielle Francisco
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NEWTON, NJ—The Town of Newton held its fifth annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors town wide Community Service Clean-up event on Saturday, October 17.

The event began at 8:30 a.m. at the Municipal Building with a free breakfast of bagels, donuts, coffee, and juice. All volunteers received a free shirt in colors of bright blue, pink, yellow, and orange, to name a few.

At 9 a.m., Thomas S. Russo Jr. announced the plans for the day’s events. Each group, consisting of about six volunteers, would receive a card of their choosing. On each card was a different place that had been picked to be cleaned-up.

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Some of the places included: Summit Avenue Park, Adam’s Lot, Merriam Ave School, Halsted Middle School, Newton High School, Pine Street Park, the recycling center, the roller hockey rink, and Memory Park. There were other cards that had places on them that did not get picked by volunteers.

“The DPW will work as a group cleaning up those areas that were not chosen today by the volunteers”, said one of the town’s workers that was helping coordinate the event with Russo.

Garbage bags, gloves, and trash grabbers were given to each of the volunteers. DPW workers went around to each location making sure that all the volunteers had enough supplies.

Deputy Mayor Sandra Diglio and Mayor Daniel Flynn were at the event and volunteered to clean Adam’s Lot across the street from the Municipal Building, as well as the lot next to it that held the old Shelby’s store.  

At noon, the volunteers met at Memory Park for refreshments and complimentary pizza. The Newton Shade Tree Commission, with the help of girl scouts and their families, planted 15 large root plants, as well as a tree at Memory Park in honor of Arbor Day.

More pictures of the day’s events can be seen on TAP into Newton’s Facebook page.

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