Monday, August 8, 2011

A Big Thank You

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the Westfield in Bloom campaign this year:

In addition to major efforts from Keller Williams and Williams Nursery, we would also like to thank Diane Genco (butterfly gardening and educational programs and efforts), The Department of Public Works has stepped up their efforts, many landscapers have done special gardens with their clients this year (namely Scapeabilities & Craig Stock Landscaping), The Westfield Y Leaders in Training Campers helped with weeding by Starbucks and on South Avenue, Westfield Newcomers Club weeded the 9-11 Memorial, spread mulch and planted other materials in June, Rake & Hoe takes care of several gardens around town including Shadowlawn Park, the garden behind the North Avenue Train Station and others, Garden Club of Westfield takes care of the seven planters on the corners of Elm & E. Broad as well as several other gardens, Union County Master Gardeners does a lot of educational programs and has many gardens around including at the Miller-Cory and at Trailside, NJ Transit has put additional focus at the train station with maintenance items, Caffrey Tree Service donated their services to trim the trees on Central Avenue underpass up to Cacciola and a few along South Avenue, many merchants purchased our flowering baskets of Dragon-Winged Begonias and variegated ivy and maintain them in front of their stores, most of the elementary schools have children’s gardens and have incorporated educational programs with their gardens), The Green Up Crew assisted with weeding and spreading mulch at the South Avenue Train Station, The staff of Eileen Fisher has been helping us with watering the flowers we placed in front of the Ferraro’s site. Sherry and Daniel Cronin have been very busy the several weeks helping with graffiti removal, weeding, watering and many other maintenance items around town.

Warren Rorden and Rudy Caprario have been outstanding volunteers who have pitched in to help with several weeding and maintenance projects. Warren along with the Rotary Club of Westfield has been instrumental in the Peddles for Progress bicycle and sewing machine collections for the past many years. The Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts have always done admirable service projects. Star Painting refurbished the benches downtown. Craig Stock Landscaping weeded and cleaned the 9/11 memorial. The Westfield Inn contributed rooms for the judges stay. The DWC committees have also been very active this year particularly with design and historic preservation projects around downtown.

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