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Greenburgh Plans Earth Day Clean-Up

Sue Mirialakis, center
Sue Mirialakis, center Photo Credit: Samantha Kramer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Woodlands High School Gardening Club, the Juniper Hill Civic Association (JHCA), and the Town of Greenburgh kicked off a new program to clean up and beautify the roadside strip along Fair Street alongside the Metropolis Golf Club fence.

Led by Samantha Simpson, president of the Woodlands Gardening Club, Mike Nestler, of the town Parks and Recreation Department and the Juniper Hill Civic Association’s executive board a plan emerged that calls for an extensive cleanup of the area, planting of low growing ornamental trees - Kousa dogwoods and red buds and a mixture of annuals and perennials around a newly refurbished “Welcome to Juniper Hill” sign - all courtesy of Parks and Recreation.

Stage one was completed on Sunday with a complement of 17 volunteers who showed up with rakes, paper pickers, shovels and the will to work. Parks and Recreation supplied gardening gloves, yellow reflective vests and garbage bags.

"This is like an archeological dig. We started raking up debris and found dozens of golf balls, countless old and broken bottles, discarded clothing, rusted tools, wiring, part of electronics equipment, etc.," said Sue Mirialakis, JHCA president. "We hope to do this every spring in honor of Earth Day and are really grateful to the Woodlands High School Gardening Club who will be on hand to plant the flowers when they arrive and to (Town Supervisor) Paul Feiner and the Town of Greenburgh for encouragement and assistance.”

The Department of Public Works did an initial clean-up of vines along the fence and picked up 40 plus bags of organic and trash debris. The Fair Street clean-up group hopes to plant grass seed on the newly raked areas to ensure weeds don’t take hold.

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