Green Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, and all town residents are invited to join the Kiwanis Club of Weston and many other local organizations in cleaning up the town by picking up trash from the sides of roads and public spaces.
Rain or shine, volunteers will be handing out bags at the carriage barn at Norfield Church starting at 8:15 a.m. to all who wish to participate. Kiwanis can designate an area for residents to clean up, or they can choose to pick up in their own neighborhood.
Before taking to the streets, the Kiwanis Club will meet at 8:30 at the Norfield Parish Hall to honor the winner of this year’s Millie Best Environmental Award, the Weston Garden Club. Residents are invited to attend and recognize the Garden Club’s work for Weston.
On Green Up Day, the Kiwanis Club of Weston gives the Millie Best Award to a Weston resident who best exemplifies the late Millie Best’s love and concern for the environment by making outstanding contributions to environmentalism, conservation, and the beautification of the town. This year is the first year the award has been given to a group. Previous winners include Alice Barreca, Bruce Ando, Tom Failla, George Guidera, Robert Turner, Margaret Wirtenberg, Cory Attra, and Claudia Hahn.
The Weston Garden Club will receive this year’s award for the group’s continued commitment to the beautification of the town. According to Club president Don Gary, “the Millie Best award has gone to a wonderful series of Westonites who have contributed to the ‘greenness’ of our town by everything from preserving open space to tending gardens. This year, by selecting the Garden Club, we have encompassed all of these characteristics and honor those who work endlessly to make Weston prettier and greener.”
Some of the club’s ongoing projects include maintaining the herb garden at the Weston Historical Society, providing the Weston Public Library with monthly floral arrangements, providing seasonal plantings and urns around town, and maintaining Gaspar’s garden at the Weston Post Office.
Green Up Day is a state-wide initiative that has its roots in Weston. Weston’s Green Up Day was established by Millie Best more than 40 years ago. In 1995, 23 years after the first Green Up Day in Weston and with the assistance of local legislators, a bill was signed by then Gov. John Rowland that established the last Saturday in April as Green Up Day for the state of Connecticut.
In the spirit of Millie Best, Kiwanis, along with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Weston High School Key Club, and Weston Garden Club will join with additional volunteers from the community to clean up Weston’s main roads and town-owned property and parks. Residents are also encouraged to “green up” their own neighborhoods.
Areas covered will include Weston Road, Newtown Turnpike, Georgetown Road, School Road, Lords Highway, and the areas surrounding the Weston schools, Weston Town Hall, the library, the Jarvis property, the onion barn, food pantry, Keene Park, and Bisceglie-Scribner Park.
Kiwanis is asking participants to complete picking up trash by about noon, so that volunteers can take it to the transfer station before it closes.
The Kiwanis Club of Weston, an organization dedicated to community service, sponsors a variety of programs and events to raise funds for local organizations whose activities benefit the community at large. For more than 35 years, its members have worked to support worthy causes in the community and surrounding areas through a combination of community service, philanthropy and assistance to youth and to citizens of all ages. The club’s membership is open to all men and women living or working in the area.
For more information, visit westonkiwanis.org.