SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – While Monday was designated as the official Earth Day, the towns of Fanwood and Scotch Plains began their efforts on the weekend.
Fanwood started early Saturday morning when teams of volunteers gathered at the Fanwood train station for the annual Clean Community Day event.
The volunteers grabbed trash bags and were assigned to various parts of town to pick up trash and recyclables. The Earth Day event is sponsored by the Fanwood Dept. of Public Works and the Clean Community Committee with the support of the Lions Club, the Fanwood Environmental Commission, Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Borough
Nicks Pizza offered a free pizza slice to the volunteer workers of Fanwood Cleanup Day. Scotch Plains Lion’s Club President Dave Trumpp, and Newsletter editor Jim Grover appeared with some of the other Lion's members at Nick’s after the hard work of cleaning up around Fanwood. Lion’s club secretary Joan Hoeckele said, “The cleanup this year wasn’t as bad as prior years – although the wind was fighting us – it was mostly a lot of soggy cardboard and empty bags. The cleanup started at 9:00am and lots of children showed up.”
Scotch Plains celebrated Earth Day on Sunday, with a special Plant-A-Tree Campaign sponsored by the Town and the Recreation Commission.
On hand for the event were more than a dozen members of local Daisy troops and their parents. The enthusiastic volunteers distributed nearly four hundred seedling trees and spoke with residents about the importance of caring for the Earth.
The Idea was first proposed by Deputy Mayor Colleen Gialanella, Council Liaison to the Recreation Commission. “Teaching our young people about ecology by offering seedlings to the community is a great first step in the process. We should be celebrating earth day everyday by recycling and cutting down on our carbon footprint by using more energy efficient cars and appliances. Also, this was a great way to begin replacing some of the trees lost during Hurricane Sandy.”
Councilman Lou Beckerman was inspired by the overwhelming response, commenting, “I participated in the very first Earth Day celebration in 1970 and I am so proud of our Scotch Plains Daisies for continuing the tradition of honoring the earth.”
The Recreation Commission was thankful for everyone that participated in the event from the volunteers, to the professional staff and they are looking forward to making this event an annual tradition.