Saturday, April 28, is Green Up Day in Weston, and the town’s residents are invited to join the Kiwanis Club and many other local organizations in cleaning up the town by picking up trash from the sides of roads and public spaces.
Before taking to the streets to beautify the town, the Kiwanis Club will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Norfield Parish Hall to pay tribute to the winner of this year’s Millie Best Environmental Award, Alice Barreca.
On Green Up Day, the Kiwanis Club of Weston gives the 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.
Past recipients have included Bruce Ando, Tom Failla, George Guidera, Robert Turner, Margaret Wirtenberg, Cory Attra and Claudia Hahn.
Breakfast will be served and members of the public are welcome to come and recognize Ms. Barreca’s work for Weston.
Ms. Barreca is a Weston Garden Club past president and longtime member. She set up and maintains the Aspectuck Land Trust’s Benjamin Wildflower Preserve on Old Stagecoach Road, as well as contributing to many other town beautification projects.
The preserve provides Weston residents with a pleasant 10-minute walk through a four-acre preserve, with an opportunity to view native wildflowers and a stand of beech trees as they hike.
“Alice has worked tirelessly to establish and maintain the wildflower garden. In conjunction with the Aspetuck Land Trust, the Weston Garden Club, Weston Kiwanis and the Weston Boy Scouts, she has battled invasive plants species, cleared trails and planted native wildflowers,” said Pat Glass, Weston Garden Club president.
“A true gardener, she would continually check on the garden through the four seasons and note the state of its health. Alice could often be found working in the garden by herself or with her husband Chris at her side. Her dedication and commitment to this preserve and the native wildflowers that grow there, make her truly deserving of this award,” she added.
“There is no more worthy recipient for the Millie Best Environmental Award than Alice Barreca,” said David Brant, executive director of the Aspetuck Land Trust.
Following Saturday’s breakfast meeting, Westonites will have an opportunity to join the Kiwanis Club of Weston and hundreds of volunteers from local organizations as they remove trash from the sides of roadways on Saturday morning.
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.
At this year’s Green Up Day, April 28, teams of volunteers will pick up trash along Weston’s main roads and town-owned property. Collected in large disposable paper bags, the trash will be transported to the transfer station by other volunteers.
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. In addition, residents are encouraged to “green up” their own neighborhoods.
Volunteers will be handing out trash bags at the carriage barn at Norfield Church at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday. Kiwanis can designate an area for residents to clean up, or they can choose to pick up in their own neighborhood.
Those working in the town’s public areas should bring their cell phones, and when the bags are full, call the number they will be given to have them picked up and brought to the transfer station.
Kiwanis is asking people to complete picking up trash by about noon, so that volunteers can take it to the transfer station before it closes.
Among the participating organizations are Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Weston High School Key Club, Weston Garden Club and, of course, the Kiwanis Club of Weston.
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.
For more information, visit westonkiwanis.org.