Westborough ready for spring cleaning with annual ‘Earth Day’ event
By Chris Kopacko, Contributing Writer
Westborough – Spring is just around the corner, and the town of Westborough is wasting no time preparing for its own version of the yearly cleaning ritual that coincides with the welcomed change in season.
That’s because the Westborough Board of Selectmen (BOS) unanimously approved at its March 12 meeting the town’s annual town-wide Earth Day cleanup event for Saturday, April 20.
The town-wide Earth Day cleanup is sponsored each year by the Westborough Community Land Trust, and coordinated by cleanup coordinator Bruce Tretter.
“The difference is really night and day,” Tretter said, speaking of the before-and-after cleanup scenarios.
The event will be held at two different times – 6:30 a.m. at Westmeadow Plaza and Bellows Road, a place where Tretter said is “incredibly trashed,” and 9:30 a.m. at the Lake Chauncy parking lot. According to Tretter, maps will be distributed with designated sites for people to go clean up around town.
Tretter also said that he’s looking to increase business participation this year.
H & S Environmental, an environmental engineering firm, and Ted’s Montana Grill have already agreed to volunteer, as well as Good Sheppard Lutheran Church and B’nai Shalom. Explorer Post 85, the town’s Emergency Service Squad and youth auxiliary to the Westborough Fire Department, has also signed on to assist in this year’s cleanup.
“It really adds to the pride of the town, and helps an awful lot,” Tretter said, speaking of the various organizations offering support.
Before the board voted to approve of this year’s Earth Day cleanup , newly-elected BOS Chair Ian Johnson took a moment to thank Tretter for the job he has done organizing the event both this year as well as in the past.
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