WESTFIELD, NJ—On October 2, two aspiring Eagle Scouts presented plans before Westfield’s town council to beautify and enhance public spaces in town.
Brendan Law, a high school junior and member of Boy Scout Troop 72, told the council that he would like to add a bench, a concrete pathway and landscaping to a town-owned piece of land at North Avenue and East Dudley.
“The goal is to try to beautify this area and make it useful,” said Law. He is asking local businesses for donations of supplies and money to make the project possible. He is hoping to begin work in the spring.
High school senior Aidan Hughes, also a member of Troop 72, detailed his plan to enhance and beautify the town’s Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial. Hughes hopes to expand the walkway that leads to the memorial, construct a brick wall enclosing the back and add shrubs, flowers and ferns.
Hughes said he also wants to add two benches—one to the left and one to the right of the memorial—“so that people can sit and reflect on a day of remembrance, if they wish to do so.” Hughes is asking local businesses for donations and discounts to help make the project possible. He hopes to finish the project before the town’s annual Martin Luther King Day Parade, which begins at the site.