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Turnout Huge for Eatontown Cleanup

More than 110 Eatontown residents and friends took part in the annual Spring Cleanup.

Eatontown Cleanup volunteers suprassed all expectations Sunday when they turned out 70 strong to rid the roadsides of litter. Civic groups, church volunteers, members of both the Eatontown Democratic Club and the Republican Club and individual citizens showed up on a beautiful afternoon to pick up trash.

The Pride in Eatontown Committee, who organized the annual event, will be out throughout the summer doing “mini-cleanups” of the local roadsides missed on Sunday.  

Combined with the 19 scouts and several parents who braved the rain the previous Sunday to clean 80 Acres Park and the 14 Boy Scouts and Scoutmaster Jeff Phelon of Troop 49 who scoured the Arboretum border before their meeting Tuesday night, plus committee volunteers who planned and directed the event, a total of more than 110 residents and friends took part.

Pride members Helga Schuette and Louis Kane organized a delegation of 14 volunteers from the Eatontown Industrial Park. That group included staff of the Sheraton Hotel, Bank of America and Ron Wollner of CDS.

Jason Morrell, teacher and football coach at Monmouth Regional High School brought a delegation of cheerleaders and football players who assisted Ed Dlugosz of the Environmental Commission in removing litter from the Cranberry Brook watershed.

Pastor Danny Delgado of the Jersey Life Church brought a group of 17 teenagers who pitched in, cleaning property along route 35.

Police Chief Michael Goldfarb was there, in “civilian clothes” picking up trash, as was mayor Gerry Tarantolo.

As Chair of the Pride Committee, Judy Bretzger would also like to thank Borough Administrator George Jackson, DPW Director Frank Cannella, DPW workers Doug Buchan, Tom Partenfelder, and Ronnie Woods and Police Sergeant William Lucia.

Anyone interested in helping out with the mini-cleanups or any other Pride activities may contact the committee at prideineatontown@gmail.com.

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Bob English May 02, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Nice to see so many Borough officials turn out on Sunday. I also saw the Mayor (Gerry Tarantolo), Councilman Anthony Talerico Jr., and Business Administrator George Jackson helping out.
Gerri Hopkins May 03, 2012 at 01:41 PM
It was, indeed, a good feeling to be cleaning up our town and our environment. I met some new people and got a good dose of exercise. Thanks, Judy to you and Don and all of your committee for a job well done. I know a lot of effort went in to organizing your clean up crew volunteers.
Judy Bretzger May 03, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Thanks, Gerri. We feel good about the cleanup. Now, our next project will be to recruit a few additions to our core members to help with the mini-cleanups throughout the summer. Anyone who is interested in spending a half hour to an hour helping clean up specific spots during the summer months can contact us at prideineatontown@gmail.com.
I Deserve May 04, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Your daughter did a fabulous job supervising when you and Anne took charge of the Municipal Parking West! We truly appreciate the great job. It is unfortunate that some people prefer to throw trash in the street when there are trash receptacles available. It would be nice if the business owners were more attentive to the problem, too. Maybe the Pride should post a "Pride Wall" to give recognition to the businesses that do a good job keeping their spaces clean. And, of course, there's the Wall of Shame...
Judy Bretzger May 04, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Replying to "I Deserve," I understand you were replying to Bob English and his adorable daughter, Julia, who did a terrific job this year as they did last year. Now I know was Anne Ferraro of the Shade Tree Commission who tackled the West lot with them. A "Pride Wall" would be a good idea. Thanks.

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