Parks & Recreation

Earth Day Celebration

• Perfect Weather For 4th Annual Project Earth Day

 – Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci and the Department of Parks and Recreation welcomed the perfect weather on Saturday, April 30, 2011, as the Fourth Annual "Project Earth Day" kicked off.

The event began in the early morning hours and continued until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Volunteers were all supplied with Earth Day tote bags compliments of the many sponsors of the event including Nutley Park ShopRite, Applegate Farms, Nutley Chamber of Commerce, Nutley Elks and Roche.

Hundreds of Nutley residents, young and old, joined together at over 11 locations for an Earth Day cleanup that will have a tremendous impact on the community.

"The public turnout for this event was tremendous, exceeding all of our expectations" stated Commissioner Tucci.
Teams were scheduled at all of the school locations as well as the township parks.

Individual teams picked up litter, bagged leaves, cleaned brooks, raked school and park areas, planted flowers, landscaped school areas with mulch and removed debris.

"I would like to commend the hard work and efforts of all the volunteers that the need and made it happen" stated Commissioner Tucci. Without the 350 plus community members and township staff this project would not have been possible. The Parks Department staff supplied dump trucks, loaders, chain saws, chippers, hand tools, litter bags, wood chips and top soil to ensure the volunteers could complete specific projects and utilize the necessary materials to advance the projects to the best of their ability.

"This was a project that needed to be done and the townspeople responded" stated Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci. Through a combination of efforts, we achieved our goals and made a real difference for years to come. "I would like to thank the Department of Public Works for their cooperation and assistance in making this
project a success" stated Tucci.

The day's hard work closed with a ceremony held in Kingsland Park at which time, a tree was planted to commemorate the townships efforts for our Fourth Earth Day Clean up. Volunteers also enjoyed hot dogs, drinks and refreshments following the closing ceremonies. As an extra incentive for youngsters homework passes were distributed
as a thank you for their hard work and efforts.

"These youngsters set an example for all of us" explained Commissioner Tucci; "They sacrificed a Saturday to volunteer
for this worthy cause and proved the old adage that many hands make light work".

Poster Contest Winners

The big winners of the Earth Day Poster Contest were Rebecca Wechter, Grade 1 Radcliffe School, Mary Manchovich, Grade 3 Yantacaw School and Julianna DiPaolo, Grade 6, Lincoln School. Congratulations to our winners and all the children who
submitted their creative artwork.

Earth Day is an American celebration that has spread globally. On the first Earth Day, in 1970, an estimated 20 million Americans attended festivities out of which came the largest grassroots environmental movement in U.S. history. By
the twentieth anniversary of that event, April 22, 1990, more than 200 million
people in 141 countries participated in Earth Day celebrations.

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