MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Springfield Avenue Partnership (SAP) has announced the launch of the Clean and Safe Committee, which will "work to identify areas of opportunity to beautify Springfield Avenue and improve its attractiveness to visitors, shoppers, diners, and business owners," according to an email from Julie Doran, SAP's District Manager.

Ivey Prusinowski, a local Maplewood resident and business owner, will chair the SAP Clean and Safe Committee, according to a statement from the SAP.

Prusinowski is hosting a kick-off event on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., which she described as providing a chance to "walk and talk about a vision and plan for the committee." The event will meet at the Indiana Street Parking lot, and then head east, identifying areas that need attention and beautification. The organizers will  provide garbage bags, plastic gloves, coffee and donuts.

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"I believe Springfield Ave Partnership can spur on well-being in our community. In my training as a social worker I learned how important public spaces, safe environments, and belonging in a community can impact our ability to obtain our full potential as individuals," said Prusinowski.

According to Prusinowski, the objective of the Clean and Safe Committee is to identify areas of opportunity and strategies to engage interest in community members to help create a clean, attractive environment to inspire business activity and to make safe areas to promote public well-being.

The Clean and Safe Committee is open to all, with Ivey adding "especially our neighbors."