ROSELLE, NJ - Residents of every age, the ACHS Jr. R.O.T.C., members of the Princes Foundation, Roselle Police PBA and other community groups, came out to celebrate “Earth Day” on Saturday morning to help make the borough sparkle. 

The event, organized by the Roselle Recreation Department under the supervision of Director Donald Shaw and Council Members, gets bigger every year with more residents rolling up their sleeves to help pull weeds and plant flowers and vegetables. 

Roselle DPW crews were on hand to help and to supply gloves, dirt, tools and lots of plants. Everyone joined in to plant flowers at Borough Hall, the island on St. Georges Ave. at the “Welcome to Roselle” sign, the community garden at the Amafle Center and other areas in the town. 

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Long time resident Sharon West has championed this event for the last five years as the Gardener Extraordinaire, teaching everyone about plants and how to plant them. An example, when asked why she was putting Marigolds (a yellow/orange type plant) in with the vegetables? West explained, “they help to keep the mosquitoes away because of the smell.”

While showing the officers who came out to help, where and how to plant, with a big smile on her face, you could tell West was in charge and not the officers. “It’s like therapy for me,” said West. “It’s better than just sitting at home on the couch.”

Highlights from the event can be viewed below.