Eatontown Cleanup volunteers suprassed all expectations Sunday when they turned out 70 strong to rid the roadsides of litter. Civic groups, church volunteers, members of both the Eatontown Democratic Club and the Republican Club and individual citizens showed up on a beautiful afternoon to pick up trash.
The Pride in Eatontown Committee, who organized the annual event, will be out throughout the summer doing “mini-cleanups” of the local roadsides missed on Sunday.
Combined with the 19 scouts and several parents who braved the rain the previous Sunday to clean 80 Acres Park and the 14 Boy Scouts and Scoutmaster Jeff Phelon of Troop 49 who scoured the Arboretum border before their meeting Tuesday night, plus committee volunteers who planned and directed the event, a total of more than 110 residents and friends took part.
Pride members Helga Schuette and Louis Kane organized a delegation of 14 volunteers from the Eatontown Industrial Park. That group included staff of the Sheraton Hotel, Bank of America and Ron Wollner of CDS.
Jason Morrell, teacher and football coach at Monmouth Regional High School brought a delegation of cheerleaders and football players who assisted Ed Dlugosz of the Environmental Commission in removing litter from the Cranberry Brook watershed.
Pastor Danny Delgado of the Jersey Life Church brought a group of 17 teenagers who pitched in, cleaning property along route 35.
Police Chief Michael Goldfarb was there, in “civilian clothes” picking up trash, as was mayor Gerry Tarantolo.
As Chair of the Pride Committee, Judy Bretzger would also like to thank Borough Administrator George Jackson, DPW Director Frank Cannella, DPW workers Doug Buchan, Tom Partenfelder, and Ronnie Woods and Police Sergeant William Lucia.
Anyone interested in helping out with the mini-cleanups or any other Pride activities may contact the committee at email@example.com.