NEWTON, NJ – Neighbors Helping Neighbors is more than just a slogan for Newton. On Saturday, Oct 17 the community is invited to participate in the fifth annual town wide Community Service Cleanup day. Volunteers are encouraged to gather at 8:30 at the municipal building as the day begins with an appreciation continental breakfast of bagels, juice and coffee. The first 100 participants will also get a free t-shirt, according to Town Manager Thomas S Russo Jr.
“It is our goal to have as much participation as possible,” stated Thomas S. Russo, Jr., Town Manager. “By working together we can help keep our town clean for all to enjoy.”
Assignments will be distributed according to the age of participant. Garbage bags, rakes and gloves will be provided. The goal of the day is to have residents, businesses and groups volunteer to help clean up parks, school streets and parking lots of litter and recyclables.
A unique feature of the Newton cleanup day is that volunteers will also go to the homes of “senior citizens, veterans or disabled residents who are physically unable to manage small maintenance and clean up,” said Russo. Such projects could include grass mowing and clipping, leaf raking, planting, weeding, recycling, painting, garbage and debris pickup and removal.
In addition to the clean-up activities, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. the Town of Newton will be sponsoring a shredding event for residents to have unwanted personal documents destroyed. The mobile paper shredding unit from IntelliShred of Frenchtown, will be at the Recycling Center on South Park Drive.
Cleanup volunteers will be treated to pizza and refreshments at Memory Park at noon.
A tree will also be planted at the park by the Newton Shade Tree Commission in recognition of Arbor Day. “This will provide us with an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the day, discuss ways to improve the event for next year, as well as an opportunity to meet and greet new friends and neighbors from around town,” said newton Mayor Daniel G Flynn.
Pastor Frank Leone and Christ Community Church will once again be co-sponsoring the event. “Other community groups that have participated in this event in the past have been the Rotary, scouts, DPW and area houses of worship, with 50-100 participants,” said Russo.
Russo said, “Anyone interested in participating as a volunteer or if you are a resident who needs help and would like to be considered, please contact my office.” Russo’s phone number is 973-383-3521 x 224.
In a statement from the manager’s office requests for home assistance will be evaluated on a case by case basis and the final determination as to the appropriateness and feasibility of same shall remain with the Town Manager of his designee.