Participation Doubles At Fall Town Cleanup Day
Oct 08, 2014 09:57AM
By Bill Gilman
Shawsheen Tech students Kathleen Silk (left) and Ryleigh Hoffmann, work to clean up Shawsheen Street as part of Tewksbury's Fall Town Clean Up Day.
Despite a rainy and misty day, close to seventy residents came out for the Fall session of Tewksbury’s Clean Up Day.
More than doubling participation from the May 2014 event, and with twenty-five percent of the participants as walk-ons, the Beautification Committee estimates that one thousand pounds of trash were collected. Chairperson Jackie Stone noted that “Main Street looks a whole lot better right now” and that residents made a great impact on 13 miles of roads in the town.
The focus for Saturday’s event was Main Street, Shawsheen, Route 133 and Bridge Street. Tewksbury Congregational Church, Lowell Catholic High School, Girl Scout Troop 60245 and members of the Garden Club were just some of the teams that worked on specific sections of road, while others just came on their own.
The Tewksbury Country Club again hosted the sign in tent. Raffles were generously donated by Market Basket, Altitude of Billerica, MVP of Tewksbury, and the Tewksbury Country Club. Volunteers signed up in advance, but impromptu participants were certainly welcomed on the day of the event. Gloves, bags, cones and safety vests are provided by the Beautification Committee, along with a contact card and a map.
Once a location is cleaned, the volunteer sends a text message to the pick-up person. The Committee picks up the trash and items and disposes of the bags in cooperation with the Tewksbury Department of Public Works.
The Committee is hoping for an even larger turn out for its Clean Up event in the Spring. Residents are always encouraged to watch for litter and do what they can to keep Tewksbury clean. To stay connected with the Beautification Committee, residents and business owners can email email@example.com. The Committee will post an online sign up once a date is secured.