By Genevieve Jinson, Community Reporter
Northborough – The Northborough Board of Selectmen accepted a $1,000 donation from Alan Steiman Landscaping on behalf of the Department of Public Works (DPW) at the board July 16 meeting. The funds will be used to offset the cost of replacing trees at Ellsworth MacAfee Park that were destroyed in the October 29, 2011 nor'saster.
In addition to that donation, Bigelow Nursery gave the town a 50 percent discount on the purchase of 23 trees.? Labor to plant the trees was donated by The Veron Company, a Marlborough-based company. ?(David Veron, the company's owner, is a Northborough resident.) The laborers collaborated recently with the DPW to plant the trees at the park.
In total, the town spent $1,390 versus over $5,000 that it would have cost without the community support, officials said.
Town Administrator John Coderre complimented the outreach of the local businesses.
“We had great community spirit and wonderful participation from these three businesses and this is what you hope for when you see devastation for people to come forward and find a way to get past it,” he said.
Selectman Jeff Amberson agreed.
“This is the definition of a community, everyone working together,” he said. “It is really is appreciated.”