Special cleanup activities are a Plainfield tradition.
Here then-councilman Adrian Mapp and helpers Vivi and Gigi
work at a Library cleanup sponsored by Councilor Rebecca Williams in 2011.
Keeping the Queen City clean is an enormous chore.
The daily mountain of refuse, garbage, illegally dumped items, grass clippings and yard debris keep the city's Division of Public Works and the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority (PMUA) busy every day but Sunday.
Plainfield is a much cleaner place than it was before the PMUA came on the scene.
For all that, there are still issues with appearance. Some because it is hardly possible to keep up with those who simply toss bottles and fast food containers aside (or out their car windows), and some because property owners don't (or won't) keep up appearances.
A case in point is the area around the Plainfield train station, which NJ Transit owns but does not well maintain.
A group of volunteers styling themselves Queen City Pride has begun to clean up the grounds of the main station and is looking for others to join their efforts.
In one Sunday morning push, four volunteers gathered 20 large trash bags full from the grounds on the 4th Street side of the station. They wll be back this Sunday morning (September 25) at 8:00 AM, and will be glad to have any others join them. Rakes, gloves and trash bags will be provided.
Also, mark you calendars for the "Clean The Queen" cleanup day being sponsored by Councilor Barry Goode set for next Saturday (October 1) from 9:00 AM to Noon. That event will get under way at Clinton Avenue and West Front Street (near the Dunkin' Donuts).
-- Dan Damon [follow]