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Earth Day Community Clean-up On High Street

The blue plastic chairs were carefully placed in a long line on the cement walkway; the blue rectangular “rest time” mats were strewn haphazardly about the lawn. Both were about to undergo a scrubbing, having paired with the Earth Day Community Clean-up sponsored by the Town of North Hempstead on Saturday, April 20. Family service worker Betsy Panameno was delighted the classrooms were undergoing a spring cleaning.

Ms. Chennel Davis, assistant teacher to Ms. Gladys who instructs fourth and fifth-graders, at the EOC, came up with the idea of using the remains of the downed tree as a seating area. It will be more inviting when the tree stump is removed, Panameno said, and she said they are hoping someone with the proper equipment will volunteer to remove it.

While the furniture at the summit of High Street got a facelift, more volunteers were busy at the foot of the street clearing twigs and debris, giving the area a clean sweep.

Evette Davis said the children were excited to be bagging the debris and she said the project was both to remove the litter and to encourage the children not to litter in the future.

Conversation among the volunteers turned to the fact that there are no garbage cans at the bus stop by the corner of Northern Boulevard near Biener Audi. The dealership plants flowers and they look nice, they commented, but the area gets full of trash without a nearby wastebasket. The bus stop at the foot of High Street, it was said, has no garbage can either.