SOMERS, N.Y. -- Somers residents are going to clean up the town starting Friday with the Annual Roadside and Neighborhood Clean-Up.
As part of a celebration that will include World Circus Day on April 20 and end on Earth Day on April 22, the Somers Litter Task Force and the Town of Somers are joining together to clean up roads, parks, school yards and other areas around the town with the annual clean-up beginning Friday. Free orange trash bags and gloves are available at the Town Supervisor’s office at 335 Route 202 and The Somers Library located in Reis Park on the east side of Route 139.
"Our Somers Litter Task Force has some awesome people who clean the roads for no other reason than to keep Somers clean,” said SLTF Coordinator Suzy Marovick in an email to The Daily Voice. “If only we had a hundred or more people like the SLTF, the town would be so clean.”
The Somers Women's Club have committed to cleaning Route 202 from Route 118 to Lake Road, other residents have signed up and committed to cleaning areas near their homes, City Carting will help clean Route 100 from the Somers Town Hall to Route 35 and local boy scouts have dedicated themselves to cleaning parks, schools, churches and historical sites.
"We plan to make our SLTF into a bonafide club in Town and recruit volunteers over the summer," Moravick said in an email. "The SLTF knows this is not a pretty job, and actually it can be downright nasty, but someone has to do it, or we will end up looking like a city in a third world country."
Moravick said she is already expecting this year's clean-up to be bigger than years' past.
"Maybe it is because of the exposure that the SLTF has received, or maybe people are just getting sick and tired of seeing garbage on the roads," she said in an email. "We need help, the Town needs a good cleaning and we cannot do it alone."
Moravick helped organize the committee after gaining support from the Town of Somers Board last February.
“If each business and resident cleaned up their own property, we could have this town cleaned up in no time,” Moravick said in February 2012. “There’s not a lot of empty space left. Everything is owned by somebody.”
Residents interested in joining the clean-up are asked to sign up at the Town of Somers website to ensure the Highway Department collects the filled trash bags. For more information or questions on the clean-up, residents are asked to contact the Somers Litter Task Force at (914) 486-0355. To learn more about SLTF, residents are asked to visit the group's Facebook page.
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