NEWTON, NJ-- Some residents of Newton gathered at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, despite the chilly weather to help out in the sixth annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors event that the town holds each year.
Several groups came out to volunteer including a girl scout troop, a group from Halsted Middle School with Board of Education president, Stella Dunn and Town Council Deputy Mayor Wayne Levante and his daughter. Christ Community Church, the First Responders and Anthony Neggers II, who is running for a spot on Newton’s Board of Education volunteered as well.
Debbie Danielson coordinated and ran the event in the absence of town manager, Thomas Russo Jr., who was unable to attend the event. She had prepared the volunteer assignments so everyone could get right to work on Saturday.
“There are a lot more kids this year than in the past, so since we couldn’t have them cleaning up trash along the highways,” Danielson said. “We sent the girl scout troop and the Halsted group down to Memory Park, where they will be repainting the baseball dugouts with a maroon colored paint.”
The First Responders planted flowers down at Memory Park, while the Christ Community Church and a few other volunteers went to two private residences to help clean up.
A disabled veteran, Rev. Ziegried Berg, asked for assistance this year with some lawn clean up and with the help of the towns’ three DPW workers that were at the event, a few rakes and a weed-wacker, the volunteers were able to make it look great.
Another private residence that was cleaned up was the house of Marge Caffrey, who had “a ton of leaves on her lawn” as well as overgrown weeds in her flower beds. The volunteers, along with a DPW worker, were able to remove all the brush and weeds from the house.
Breakfast was offered to all the volunteers in the morning when they met at the municipal building, which included bagels, coffee, and juice, along with free t-shirts for the first 100 volunteers in bright neon colors. Lunch was also offered to the volunteers around 11:30 at the garage at Memory Park.