Come help us celebrate Earth Day as we join together to clean up Bellingham!
Celebrate Earth Day-April 22nd
Volunteers must be 12 or older
Meet at Town Hall at 9:00 am
Transportation to sites is available
Water, Refreshments, Gloves & Volunteer Apparel Provided
Questions or more information contact Laura at the BOH at 508-657-2852
Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, across the nation and the town of Bellingham plans on celebrating in a big way.
Health Agent Mike Catalano is coordinating a major clean-up effort, focusing on five areas in town. So far, 22 volunteers have signed up and Catalano is hoping that number will increase to 50. Anyone wishing to assist should call 508 657-2852.
Volunteers will meet at the Municipal Center at 9 a.m. and vans, supplied by the Senior Center, will provide transportation to the clean-up sites. Volunteers will be given trash bags, gloves, insect spray, volunteer apparel and water. The clean-up will conclude at 12:30 p.m. and volunteers will return to the Municipal Center where they will be treated to pizza and soda.
The areas designated for clean-up include: North Main Street (at the Mobil Station) to Depot Street; Hartford Avenue East at the Irving Gas Station to Cumberland Farms on Hartford Avenue; Maple Street at Hartford Avenue to Route 140; South Maple Street starting at Rapid Refill to Lake Street; and Harpin Street to South Main Street.
Catalano indicated that if residents can’t volunteer for the designated areas but would like to clean up their neighborhood, the town will provide trash bags at the Municipal Center on April 22. Residents can leave the bags at their neighborhood curbside, call the Board of Health and pick-up will be done by the Parks and Recreation Department.
Right now we’ve got 22 volunteers but we’re aiming for 50,’’ Catalano said. “Scout troops have been notified along with high school students. If students want credit for community service, they can get it from this program.’’
The idea for a town-wide clean-up was sparked by Catalano after speaking with Board of Health member Kelly McGovern. They were discussing the need for a clean-up at the Rte. 495 ramps. “I knew Earth Day was coming and it was a Saturday,’’ Catalano said. “That’s what gave us the concept of a clean-up day. If you ever wanted to volunteer for something, this is the moment.’’