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Earth Day Cleanup

On Saturday, the Village of Massapequa Park was transformed into a portrait straight out of an illustrated Earth Day handbook, as more than 500 people—more than the usual number—registered to help pick up papers and other trash throughout the municipality just before Earth Day 2013 arrived on Tuesday, April 22.

Scouts, civic groups and other civic-minded residents of the area took part in the cleanup. Village administrator Peggy Caltabiano said this was “more than the usual number” who take part in the annual event. Earth Day, which began four decades ago, has been gaining momentum in recent years as concerns have spread over global warming and other environmental issues.

The clean-up crews met at 9 a.m. at Brady Park at Lake Shore Drive and Front Street, where they were given their assignments, and a bag for the trash they found. Caltabiano said there were between 15 to 20 spots village officials wanted cleaned up. Most of the cleanup work was focused on picking up papers and other trash. No rakes or shovels were needed.

Deputy Mayor Jeffrey Pravato, village board members and other village officials, were on hand for the cleanup.

The cleanup crews were invited back to Brady Park for a free lunch of hot dogs, chips and soft drinks. Needless to say, the debris from the lunch was part of the cleanup activities.