Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that he and the City Council Members are inviting community members and groups to take part in a citywide clean-up throughout Bayonne on Saturday, April 22. Mayor Davis said, “Earth Day 2017 will provide residents a great opportunity to volunteer to clean up and beautify our community. It’s a day when we can work together building community spirit and a cleaner city.”
City officials are inviting individuals, community organizations, and other groups of volunteers to sign up to clean a specific area of the community on April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Interested organizations and individuals are invited to register a team. Organizations such as Scout troops, sports teams, schools, and community groups have already committed to volunteering that day.
Interested groups or individuals are encouraged to register as soon as possible, in order to get a designated clean-up area. To register, please contact Alicia Losonczy by phone at 201-858-6109, or by e-mail at ALosonczy@baynj.org. Any businesses and organizations that would like to co-sponsor the clean-up should contact Alicia.
After taking part in the clean-up, all participating teams and individuals are invited to an Earth Day celebration at the lower level of DiDomenico-16th Street Park from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. The celebration will include a band concert at the amphitheater, hot dogs, and ice cream. At the celebration, the Bayonne Department of Public Works will distribute information about recycling, stressing the need for a clean community throughout the year. Public Works Director Gary Chmielewski stated that “recycling not only helps the planet, but reduces costs and saves space in landfills.” The Hudson County Improvement Authority (HCIA) will distribute bags with recycled crayons, recycling brochures, calendars, and other items. The HCIA will offer educational, temporary tattoos. There will also be two Dr. Pepper-Snapple recycling bins on hand to receive recyclables that have been collected in the clean-up.
Teams will be asked to take photos of the number of garbage bags collected. The team with the highest number of filled garbage bags will be rewarded with a special prize, lunch with Mayor Davis.
In addition to neighborhood clean-ups, the City will offer window cleanings for storefronts in the Special Improvement District on Broadway from 17th Street to 30th Street. The Special Improvement District/Urban Enterprise Zone (SID/UEZ) will bring in a professional window-cleaning firm to lead the storefront cleaning effort. Community volunteers can assist the window-cleaning project. Any interested store on Broadway between 17th Street and 30th Street should contact Dee Dee Bottino by phone at 201-858-6357 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another feature of Earth Day 2017 in Bayonne will be plantings of trees and flowers along with mulch applications at various locations in Bayonne. Members of the Bayonne Fire and Police Departments will volunteer their time and supervise plantings, along with any interested volunteers.