Water in Focus

Rockland Lake_Eugene_Lagana2Keep Rockland Beautiful has two events coming up in the fall dedicated to the county’s precious system.

Fall Waterways Cleanup
Volunteers will be clearing trash and debris from local streams to help prepare them for the winter and ensuing spring run-off. This includes the Naraushaun, the Pascack, and several other critical arteries. Last year, a huge bouncy castle and entire shelving system were part of one day’s haul alone! Left untouched, debris blocks run-off and pollutes our reservoirs. Help is needed throughout October and November. To join in and find exact times/dates: www.keeprocklandbeautiful.org.

Save the Date – Annual Awards Gala
Keep Rockland Beautiful’s Annual Awards Gala will be from 7 – 10 p.m. on November 1, 2014 at Rockland Country Club in Sparkill. As a tribute to clean water, guests will enjoy “upcycled” art by local artists Hildee Ryan, Doris Laughton Smith and Dannielle Colandrea along with a dance performance by Anna de la Paz. This year’s Honorees are:

Adopt-a-Spot Award: Raymond W. DeMeola Memorial VFW Post 1615 – Walkway of Heroes Park, Tappan
Beautification Award: Rockland County Highway Department – New Hempstead Road Project
Business Partner Award: Stop & Shop
Cleanup Leadership Awards: Daniel Caprara – New City Community Cleanup and Cathy Mills, – Suffern Community Cleanup
Education Award: Janet Fenton – Pearl River Teacher & Master Gardener
Enforcement Award: Joel Epstein – Code & Zoning Enforcement Officer, Clarkstown.

For tickets and journal ads: www.keeprocklandbeautiful.org