BY BARRY WARNER
On Friday, May 31, 2013 a Great American Cleanup Wrapup Party and Awards Ceremony was held at Germonds Park to celebrate the success of this year’s Keep Rockland Beautiful program. Keep Rockland Beautiful is a nonprofit organization that leads efforts to cleanup, beautify and protect Rockland’s environment.
Executive Director Sonia Cairo said, “We look forward to the opportunity to recognize the many people who volunteered and supported The Great American Cleanup in Rockland. Nearly 3,000 individuals participated in 14 area cleanups, where the teams met each other, shared stories and built a sense of community. They collected over 2,500 bags of trash and more than 500 bags of recyclables that made their way to the county’s recycling facility. The Stony Point cleanup was the oldest and largest team effort that involved the Town Supervisor, leader Paula Klein and the Lions Club members, who donated time and goods for the picnic at Lowland Park. Blauvelt, ‘the new kid on the block’ was our newest cleanup area where there was an amazing collaboration between the Lions, Leos, Knights of Columbus, the Blauvelt library and the Volunteer Fire Company. FedEx came out as a team and filled up a lot of bags of trash from the rail-trail on a ‘feel-good day’. The corporate entity of Stop and Shop got together a cleanup team from the New City and Nanuet Supermarkets, provided food for the volunteers and spread the word about the awareness of the environment. Partnerships with towns and villages, highway departments and the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority all played a critical role in the success of the cleanup campaign.”
The volunteers and sponsors received the following KiRBy award certificates: ‘Tireless Volunteer’- Matt Ceplo, Donna Drygas, Blauvelt Leos; Town of Ramapo-Gerald Turner; ‘Trash Titans’-John VanZetta and crew; ‘Searched Hardest for mascot KiRBy’-Girl Scout Troop #40189; ‘Neat Neighborhood’-Townsend family, Harris family, Carbone family and Shaw family; ‘Committed Cleanup Clan’- Cambey West; ‘Devoted Cleanup Crew’- The Inglesia del Reino Group; ‘Team Spirit’- Anton McGuire’s Restaurant; ‘Creative Team’- Michael B. Useloff; ‘Golden Duo’- Ken and Camille Conklin; ‘Fabulous Cleanup Clan’- Jordan family; ‘Dynamic Duo’- Davonna Waring and Angeline Johnson: ‘Sweet and Petite Volunteer’- Sophia Escobar; ‘Devoted Business’- Add-Ventures; ‘Tremendous Teen’- Allison Dash, Nikki Connell, Kaitlyn Murawski, Jaclyn Connell and Ethan Jaynes; ‘Brave Volunteer’- Maddy Muller; ‘Determined Dynamos’- John Raquet and Joanne McNally; ‘Spirited Volunteer’-Anthony Johnson; ‘Newest Green Team’- FedEx; ‘Endless Effort’- Bert Singer; ‘Dedicated Volunteer’- Andrea Burdick; ‘Youthful Zeal’- Summit School; ‘Intriguing Find’- Max Soloman; ‘Seasoned Volunteer’- Tom Kyle.
The visible and measurable benefits of the Keep Rockland Beautiful cleanup program included building team spirit, community awareness and environmental enhancement of Rockland County.