Township cleanup planned Saturday

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Volunteers will be given gloves, safety vests, trash bags and maps and sent out to clean up trash in Middle Township next weekend.

The Middle Township Environmental Commission is putting together a community trash cleanup on March 16. Rain date is March 23.

“I think it’s very important to get people in the community picking up trash,” said Larissa Smith, an alternate member of the Environmental Commission.

The first community trash cleanup held in the fall of 2011 drew out about 30 people. Scheduling conflicts prompted officials to postpone a cleanup for last fall, Smith said.

Environmental Commission Chairman Steve Atzert said the hope is to have 50 people at the cleanup.

Participants will meet at the Martin Luther King Community Center in Whitesboro for registration and outfitting from 8-8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16. The cleanup will run from 8:45-11:15 a.m. and lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. at the King Center at 207 W. Main St. in Whitesboro.

People are encouraged to sign up before the event March 16.

The cleanup is planned at the Middle Township School District pedestrian bridge and path over the Garden State Parkway; Golf Club Road and Bayberry Drive from North Wildwood Boulevard north to Stone Harbor Boulevard; Railroad Avenue from Route 47 north to Satt Boulevard and north side of Satt Boulevard to the Walmart parking lot entrance in Rio Grande; 13 curves at Burleigh Road from Route 47 in Green Creek to Main Street in Whitesboro; Reading Avenue from Hand Avenue to Middle Township Elementary No. 2 in Cape May Court House; Magnolia Drive from Mechanic Street to the Acme parking lot in Cape May Court House; Old Rio Grande Boulevard from Route 9 to the radio tower in Rio Grande; Sixth Avenue next to Rite Aid from Route 47 north to Maryland Avenue in Rio Grande; Shell Bay Avenue from the gazebo back to the upland edge in Mayville; and the bus stop and area between 105 and 227 North Main St. in Cape May Court House.

Smith said more areas will be covered if more people turn out for the cleanup.

Students are expected to pitch in. A Girl Scouts troop plans to take part in the event, and Middle Township School District and Cape May Technical High School have been invited.

Public works is expected to help with the efforts by picking up the trash and possibly recyclables.

For more information, contact Environmental Commissioner members Smith at 675-4958 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Vilma Pombo at 465-3565.

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