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May 2, 2014

Citywide Earth Day cleanup is tomorrow

HAVERHILL — Volunteers are gathering their gardening gloves, rakes and shovels in preparation for tomorrow’s Earth Day citywide cleanup.

The event was originally scheduled for last Saturday, but rain forced the postponement to tomorrow.

With forecasts for a mild and at least a partly sunny day, volunteers are preparing to fan out to give the city its annual spring cleaning.

The cleanup is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will kick off with an 8 a.m. gathering at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., for opening remarks by the mayor. Participants can pick up T-shirts, trash bags and snacks and receive assignments for cleanup locations.

The Citizens Center will serve as the registration and information center for the event. Trash bags, leaf bags and refreshments will be available for the duration of the event.

Human Services Director Vincent Ouellette, who helps organize the annual citywide cleanup, said it’s an opportunity for everyone to get involved, including children.

Volunteers can organize their own neighborhood or park cleanup or can join in another cleanup site identified by the city. All of the cleanup locations are on city property, which includes roadsides. Trash should be put into plastic trash bags, leaves and other yard waste should be put into leaf bags, branches should be stacked in piles, and sand should be swept into piles and left on the street for pick up by city workers.

Mayor James Fiorentini said this annual event gives everyone an opportunity to help make the city cleaner by working together to achieve a common goal.

“I want to thank all of the sponsors who support the event, as well as the residents who participate,” Fiorentini said.

Volunteers are encouraged to register online at www.activityreg.com/selectactivity.wcs, which will bring you to the Haverhill Recreation page. Under “Register for Activities,” click on “programs” and look for “2014 City of Haverhill Earth Day Cleanup.” Follow the prompts to sign up to volunteer.

Volunteers and the city have been holding this annual event for more than 20 years. In addition to the city, major sponsors include Haverhill’s Brightside, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, Haverhill Bank, Covanta, Magellan Aerospace, Spring Hill Natural Water, Cedar’s Mediterranean Food Inc., Starbucks, Heav’nly Donuts, and Haverhill Beef Company.

More information is available from Dave LaBrode at 978-374-2388, ext. 28, or ickylabrode@verizon.net, or Vincent Ouellette at 978-374-2388, ext. 28.

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