SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange River Day was on Sunday, a less than perfect day for an outdoor event with gray and cloudy skies, rain, and temperatures that barely made it to 50 degrees. However, despite this less than ideal spring weather, the community still turned out to clean-up the Rahway River in South Orange.
Live music, some of the vendors, and many of the exhibits from South Orange Middle School seventh-graders that were originally planned for the day were cancelled, but several vendors and sponsors still came out, including sponsor Stop & Shop which provided water and snacks for the volunteers.
At River Day were many members of the South Orange Environmental Commission and the South Orange Department of Public Works, who facilitated the removal of trash from the Rahway River and is riverbanks.
South Orange Environmental Commission members who attended included South Orange Trustee Walter Clarke, Jim McGowan, Chairman of the South Orange Environmental Commission. and David Kraiker, Secretary of the South Orange Environmental Commission.
Andrew Kit, a South Orange resident, attended River Day last year but participated in removing litter from the river for the first time this year. Kit spent several hours removing trash from the river, and estimated he collected "three or four bags of trash," as well as some unusual finds that included "a chunk of old fence, and a hubcap."
Asked how he found the experience, Kit said he would definitely be back next year, "but next time 'll be wearing waders - like Walter Clarke's!"
Organizers thanked all who attended on the South Orange River Day & Green Team Facebook page, stating "the weather did not cooperate with us for RiverDay 2016... but that did not dampen the spirit of the Green Team and the intrepid volunteers who enthusiastically weighed in to clean up despite adverse conditions. By the end of the day, this small group of 100 committed volunteers had filled 2 truckloads with trash pulled from the river."