OCEAN TOWNSHIP: The township Clean Sweep project saw 80 excited, energetic and community-minded youngsters hard at work on April 2 for the semiannual clean up run by the Clean Communities Committee by Tom Caruso and his super staffers, with the aid of community volunteers. The town was sectioned off by Wayside, Wanamassa and Oakhurst areas to assure adequate coverage.
The action started at 11 a.m. and wrapped up around 2 p.m. as teams competed their work in the assigned sections that totaled 650 pounds of trash (37 bags or 550 pounds, and 150 pounds of recyclables) and four car tires. Add to those numbers some bulk items of about 50 pounds in auto parts, signs and metal posts abandoned on the ground.
Mayor Chris Siciliano and Councilman Rich Long made the event lending encouragement and support and thank the youngsters for their valuable contributions. The Police Department also added safety [patrols to those areas where little kids worked and where traffic was busy.
Of the 80, 25 were form Ocean High School; 10 form the Middle School and 2 from the Elementary school; plus a Wanamassa volunteer, 7 from other schools and 35 freelance volunteers, including youngsters from Deal at the Dave Dahrouge Park.
Cubs Scouts from Pack 73 in Freehold got the word as did Troop 76 BSA from Wayside. Girl Scout Troop 153, Deal also leant a great effort.
Parents and grandparents were there along with big brothers and sisters. At Dahrouge Park, retired school teacher, meals deliverer and community service minded "Miss Jessie" Blair helped the youngsters with safety colored jackets, gloves and a smile they all recognized.