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Adopt-A-Spot

 

 

​CUB SCOUT PACT 207 ADOPTS THE HIGHLAND WOODS

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESERVE

Brian Wilson, Den Leader in Cub Scout Pack 207, Franklin School, has signed an agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association to adopt the Nature Center at the Highland Woods Nature Reserve.  The Pack, which has 55 members to draw on, will remove all litter from around the Nature Center, to keep the entranceway inviting.

Between ten and thirty cub scouts and adults will walk the trails on the last Saturday of each month. They will remove any litter and trash and clear the trails of fallen branches.  They intend to keep the wooden footbridges in repair as well, to ensure the trails are safe for hiking and nature study.

 The Nature Reserve is a wooded area nestled behind the residential neighborhood from Carmine Avenue to Highland Avenue off New Market, and the industrial properties on South Clinton Avenue. Two streams flow through it and a trail system offers visitors a chance to see wildflowers and wildlife in a variety of forest habitats.  Many studies have shown that litter can be very harmful to animals.  They may become entangled, may be injured on sharp objects, and some may mistake various plastic items for food.  As one of the few natural areas left in South Plainfield, the Nature Reserve needs to be maintained as a safe refuge for wildlife as well as for the human members of the community.

 

MOORE AND PENDER FAMILIES RENEW ADOPT-A-SPOT CONTRACT

 (South Plainfield, November 23.)  The Pender and Moore Families are renewing their Adopt-A-Spot contract with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association to remove litter from Willow Park for the next two years.  The agreement was suspended last year when the former Skate Park was dismantled to make way for an expanded municipal complex parking lot.  The entire parking lot was reconstructed after the public library renovation was finished. Park redevelopment was completed this year with the installation of a tot lot.  Ms. Diane Pender immediately contacted the CBA and asked if her family could again begin their litter control efforts in the park, including the new parking lot.

As many as eight family members will pick up litter three times a month.  Ms. Pender also intends to monitor the site regularly. She believes it is important to stay on top of the litter problem in these heavily used areas.  She and her family feel a great deal of pride in being South Plainfielders, and appreciate the opportunity to give back to the community.

The CBA is looking for more adopters for parks.  Cotton Street Park, Putnam Park and Walnut Street Park are available for adoption.

  For more information about the Adopt-A-Spot program, contact the Clean Communities Coordinator at (908) 226-7621 or e-mail atempel@southplainfieldnj.com

 


 

INVESTORS BANK RENEWS ADOPT-A-SPOT CONTRACT

FOR METUCHEN ROAD

 (South Plainfield, September 1.)  Miguel Carvalho, Branch Manager of Investors Bank at 2449 Plainfield Avenue, has renewed the branch’s Adopt-A-Spot agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association.  A crew of six or more employees will continue to do quarterly litter cleanups along Metuchen Road from Belmont Avenue to Oak Tree Avenue.  An employee drives by every week to check on conditions and maintain the area between cleanups.  

Metuchen Road has been legendary in the Borough as an illegal dumping ground.  Dumping decreased after the road was completely paved to the Edison border, but extra traffic brings extra litter.  The stretch between Oak Tree and Belmont Avenues is particularly busy, and litter accumulates quickly.

Investors Bank first adopted this roadside in 2013.  Under Mr. Carvalho’s leadership, the branch has been an active participant in community organizations such as the South Plainfield Business Association and the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce as well as the SP Clean Business Association, and participates in the Mayor’s Health Fairs and other Borough events.

The CBA is looking for more roadside adopters.  The rest of Metuchen Road and the length of South Clinton Avenue are available for adoption.

  For more information about the Adopt-A-Spot program, contact the Clean Communities Coordinator at (908) 226-7621 or e-mail atempel@southplainfieldnj.com

 

 


MCCRISKIN-GUSTAFSON HOME FOR FUNERALS RENEWS ADOPT-A-SPOT

 CONTRACT FOR MONUMENT PARK

 (South Plainfield, July 1.) Rick McCriskin and Jim Gustafson of the McCriskin-Gustafson Home for Funerals, have renewed the funeral home’s Adopt-A-Spot agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association.  The partners have agreed to maintain Monument Park for another two years.  This is the third renewal since 2010, when they organized a major volunteer cleanup at the park.  Weeds were removed and fresh plantings and mulch were installed. They then contracted with several local landscaping companies to take turns cutting the grass, trimming the hedges and removing weeds and litter.

This arrangement has worked very well to keep the park looking green and manicured.  It is a fitting setting for the monuments honoring the men and women who have served their county and community in uniform.  Last year, weekly maintenance was handled on a rotating basis by Lawn Contractor, John Gaster Landscaping, Nu-Scape, New Image, Bolesta Landscaping and Charlie George Landscaping.

The CBA is looking for more park adopters.  Cotton Street Park, Putnam Park and Walnut Street Park are available.  For more information about the Adopt-A-Spot program, contact the Clean Communities Coordinator at (908) 226-7621 or e-mail a tempel@southplainfieldnj.com

RICHKUS FAMILY RENEWS ADOPT-A-SPOT CONTRACT

 (South Plainfield, June 15.)  Mr. Robert Richkus has renewed his family’s Adopt-A-Spot agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association for the coming year. They will continue to do monthly litter cleanups in Shadyside Park.

The Richkus Family first joined the CBA’s Adopt-A-Spot program in 2012.  In applying to renew the contract, Mr. Richkus told the CBA that their monthly cleanup has become not only a family event but a neighborhood project, as other park visitors have joined in the effort to keep the park clean.  The work used to be a challenge, but now it goes quickly.  Park visitors are using the litter cans on site and there is not as much trash to pick up.

The family initially thought of adopting the park because as residents on Famularo Drive they used the park frequently and wanted it to be a clean, pleasant place to visit.  Although they have recently relocated to another part of town, they intend to continue to maintain the park litter-free.  Mr. Richkus notes that their monthly cleanup day will be a fun family excursion.

The CBA is looking for more adopters for parks and open spaces. Walnut Street Park and Putnam Park are available for adoption.  For more information about the Adopt-A-Spot program, contact the Clean Communities Coordinator at (908) 226-7621 or e-mail  atempel@southplainfieldnj.com .

 

 

KEYSTONE VOCATIONAL PROGRAM RENEWS ADOPT-A-SPOT AGREEMENT FOR FRONT STREET

(South Plainfield, June 16.) Mary Ann Williams, Program Director of the Keystone Vocational Program, has renewed Keystone’s Adopt-A-Spot agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association for the next two years.  She has been in charge of this program since the Keystone Community Residence first adopted Front Street in 1997. The new contract will carry Keystone into its twentieth year of keeping the street clear of litter. A crew eight to ten residents plus supervisors will continue their weekly work to pick up litter, sweep the sidewalk and pull weeds from the curb.

In a separate contract with the CBA, Keystone provides litter removal services at the Borough parks and municipal building spring through fall.

This Adopt-A-Spot is important to the downtown area.  Studies have shown that people prefer to shop in a litter-free environment.  The CBA is looking for more businesses to adopt spots in the commercial districts. Hamilton Boulevard, South Plainfield Avenue and Oak Tree Avenue all attract litter. 

For more information about the Adopt-A-Spot program, contact the Clean Communities Coordinator at (908) 226-7621 or e-mail  atempel@southplainfieldnj.com

 

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