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Earth Day City Tree Project Begins

Mayor Erin Stewart planted the first of 80 trees Tuesday that will be placed around the City following a $24,000 Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Grant.

The first tree – a Princeton Elm – was placed on the island near Okay Industries on Columbus Boulevard as part of the celebration the City had for Earth Day.

“We took a survey and found the City is in desperate need of new trees,” said Bill DeMaio, parks and recreation director. “We sent to DEEP for a grant and got $12,000 in cash and $12,000 in-kind.”

There are 13 different kinds of trees and they will be planted throughout the City including Walnut Hill Park, A.W. Stanley Park and Eddy Glover Boulevard in the Belvidere section of the City.

“The trees were frozen in New York. They just dug them out and we got our first delivery yesterday (Monday),” said DeMaio. “We expect another truck load tomorrow.”

According to DEEP regulations all trees must be planted by June 30.

The tree planting was just one part of what Mayor Stewart called “a day to think green!”

“We have recycling bins all over the City,” said Stewart. “We are encouraging everybody to get rid of their waste, tidy up their desks and empty out their closets. Recycle, recycle, recycle.”

City Hall employees were told to dress down and pick up trash. They cleaned up the building filling an entire recycling bin.

“It is a community effort and we encourage residents to pick up trash as they see it,” Stewart added. “Pick up more than one and do your part to help beautify our City.”

City Hall employees also helped clean up Central Park on Tuesday.

This Saturday, April 26, 50 students from Central Connecticut State University will be cleaning up the Stanley Nature Trail as well as Stanley Quarter Pond.

“They will walk around with garbage bags and gloves and do a spring cleaning,” said DeMaio. “Residents should be proud of their community and help clean up.”

“This spring cleaning is good for the environment, but cleaning out the clutter in your workspace also helps be more efficient, reduces your stress, and overall makes you feel good,” added Stewart.