SOMERVILLE, NJ - Jason Kraska hopes to accomplish in one day what it took 18 weekends to accomplish last summer and fall, and he needs a legion of volunteers to step up and hit the streets March 13 for a thorough clean-up of the borough's residential side streets and thoroughfares - assuming the accumulated snow continues to melt and Mother Nature focuses on warmer weather.
"As the snow melts we will start to be reminded of the mess that is under since before the snow, and added to since," Kraska said in a Facebook post. "Assuming the weather holds and the ground is not completely snow-covered, looking to do March 13 for a town wide clean up. Let me know if you can help and if you have a specific area you want. I will provide garbage bags and pickup.
Many hands make light work! Let's keep Somerville Beautiful."
Kraska, a lifelong Somerville resident and graduate of Somerville High School is a former Borough Councilman; he attempted to get elected again last year, and promoted a town wide clean-up last summer and fall in conjunction with his campaign.
He was unsuccessful, but continues to serve on the borough's Recreation Commission.
He mapped out neighborhoods throughout te 2.5-mile borough, and gathered volunteers each week beginning June 28 through the week preceding Election Day, fanning out to pick up litter and trim weeds.
Kraska will supply trash bags, latex gloves for safety and water to keep everyone hydrated. He will also provide rakes, shovels and other tools if necessary, but expects that most of the garbage will consist of discarded cans, bottles, rotting newspaper and advertising circulars in plastic bags and cigarette butts. He anticipates spending 2-3 hours in each neighborhood. Volunteers just need to show up and be willing to work, he said.
Kraska will take care of the recycling and refuse; the snow is receding, and revealing discarded cans, bottles, food wrappers and rotting newspapers and advertising circulars.
For further information, link to Kraska's Facebook page using his first and last name in the "search" box.