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Adopt-A-Spot

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


FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH RENEWS ADOPT-A-SPOT CONTRACT

 (South Plainfield, May 1.)  Pastor Jesse Nietzer of the First Baptist Church of South Plainfield has renewed the congregation’s Adopt-A-Spot agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association for the coming year.  A crew of about ten people will continue to remove litter from the roadsides near the church, one Sunday per month.  The adopted spot covers the entire length of Church Street from Hamilton Boulevard to Veterans Park, and Hamilton Boulevard from the Church to the dead end at the Bound Brook.

This Adopt-A-Spot is part of a network of adoptions in South Plainfield’s downtown and civic center.  CBA President Joe Diegnan notes that if many groups each take responsibility for a small piece of the Borough, the town stays a clean, attractive place to live and work with minimal effort by each organization.

The First Baptist Church is part of the bedrock of South Plainfield history.  Originally founded in 1792, it moved to 201 Hamilton Boulevard after fire destroyed the building on New Market Avenue. Pastor Nietzer is bringing the congregation more actively into the larger community.  In addition to this Adopt-A-Spot, congregation members participated in last month’s Volunteer Litter Cleanup Week, working on the Sampton Avenue vacant lots.

The CBA is looking for more adopters for roadsides and open space locations.  The length of Metuchen Road from Harmich Road to the Edison border is 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


SOUTH PLAINFIELD LIONS CLUB ADOPTS PART OF HAMILTON BOULEVARD

Michael Zushma, president of the South Plainfield Lions Club, has signed an agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association to adopt a portion of Hamilton Boulevard. Four to ten people will collect litter at least quarterly from the road where it runs along Route I287.

This stretch of road is across from The Home Depot and litter blows out of the parking lot.  The road carries a high volume of traffic, including trucks.  Trash can drop out of improperly covered trucks and litter is tossed out of car windows by inconsiderate drivers. It is all trapped against the fence that separates the highway right-of-way from Hamilton Boulevard.

The International Lions Club was founded in 1917.  The organization is best known for fighting blindness, but clubs also engage in many kinds of community projects, including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.  South Plainfield Lions members have donated food to the FISH food pantry in Piscataway, helped raise funds for Wheels for Britt, and have participated in the annual Volunteer Litter Cleanup Week.

 CBA President Joe Diegnan is happy finally to have found a group to adopt this spot, which is a hazardous area due to the high volume of traffic. If many groups each take responsibility for a small segment of the Borough, the town stays a clean, attractive place to live and work with minimal effort for each organization.

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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