FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2014

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, Union County Freeholder Al Mirabella to Kick Off Fanwood’s 25 Anniversary Earth Day & Community Cleanup

Fanwood, NJ — The Borough of Fanwood hosts its 25th consecutive Earth Day Community Cleanup on Saturday, April 26th, 2014, with a day of free fun and green activities for all members of the family.

U.S. Representative Rush Holt and Union County Freeholder Al Mirabella will join Mayor Colleen Mahr in marking this special occasion. For 25 years, Fanwood residents have turned out in numbers to pick up trash around town and spread the word about keeping our environment safe and clean.

“This is a great tradition,” said Mayor Mahr. “And in honor of 25 years of residents working together for the town-wide cleanup, it’s time for a party! We are planning some special family-friendly activities at the North Side Train Station from 11:00 am to 2:00 in the afternoon, so be sure to stay at the Train Station. After the hard work is done, the fun will begin!”

Volunteers of all ages including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, various organizations, families and individuals are invited to assemble at 8:30 a.m. in the South Avenue parking lot of the train station where Earth Day t-shirts, work gloves, pick-up devices and plastic bags will be distributed. The event will be opened by Mayor Mahr reading a Proclamation of the Council. Fanwood Bagels & Deli has generously donated bagels, donuts and coffee for participants who will also receive a coupon for a slice from Nicks Pizza & Deli.

“As the fortunate inheritors of an extraordinary parks system established in the 1920’s, Union County residents have a strong identity with conservation and I am very proud to see my fellow Fanwoodians carry this legacy forward to a new generation,” said Freeholder Mirabella, who is a longtime resident of Fanwood.

Joanne Gemenden, Union County Recycling Coordinator, will provide participating children with some “goodies.” This year’s giveaways are T-shirts, a reusable Earth Day grocery bag, and “bare root” trees.

After the morning cleanup, a mini-fair begins at 11:00 a.m. in the North Avenue parking lot. Opening with a resolution read by Union County Freeholder Al Mirabella, the afternoon will include kids’ crafts, music, poetry readings, recycling giveaways, and instruction on composting and rain barrels. The County Public Information Van will be on hand and kids “Photos with the Earth” will be offered.

This event is generously funded through grants from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainable New Jersey with support from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Questions concerning this event can be answered by calling the Fanwood Public Works Department at 908-322-7404.

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