MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Garbage and debris, some left by Superstorm Sandy, was cleared from various areas of the Village and Town of Mamaroneck over the weekend.
Approximately 80 village residents bagged an estimated three tons of garbage from Columbus Park, Warren Avenue Park, Bub Walker Park and Harbor Island Park during the fifth annual Village Clean-Up Day Saturday, Norman Rosenblum, mayor of the Village of Mamaroneck, said.
"It went as well as the weather; it was perfect," he said. "People are participating more, i think they realize what the environment means to them, particularly in light of things like Hurricane Sandy."
In addition to many bottles, cans, plastic bags, branches and brush, some of the more unusual items cleared from the village's rivers, beaches and streams were:
- A heavily-rusted bicycle
- A half-intact lawnmower
- A garage door spring mechanism
- A bag of solidified concrete
- An electric motor that weighed about 50 pounds
- Two microwave ovens
In addition to the cleanup, the Marine Education Center, spear headed by Kathy and Jim Desmond and Sara Evans, held its grand opening Saturday. The center will be open every Saturday at the entrance to Harbor Island near the east basin village docks. Kids and adults may learn more about the Long Island Sound and the ecosystem through active exhibits and tanks holding live fish and other animals like crabs, starfish and jellyfish.
"The main goal is to let the kids and adults be aware of their own environment, which is specifically Harbor Island," said Rosenblum, who added he would like to coordinate it with the village's summer camps.
On Sunday, the town also held a cleanup at the Hommocks Conservation Area, past the middle school, for Earth Day. Groups from the Rotary Club of Larchmont, the League of Women Voters and members of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity of Iona College pitched in to help remove a boardwalk and bridge that were both damaged during Superstorm Sandy, said Liz Paul, environmental planner with the town conservation department.
"The structures were damaged beyond repair by Hurricane Sandy and they were helping us get rid of them so now we can rebuild," she said.
Nancy Seligson, supervisor of the Town of Mamaroneck, said the boardwalk and bridge will be rebuilt this summer to return the area to normal.
Volunteers also picked up trash that had washed up on the property from Long Island Sound, as well as liter, which Paul said is often tossed from cars driving by. The town also held a cleanup at the Premium Marsh Conservation Area, which Paul said was also devastated by Superstorm Sandy, on April 14.
"They’re kind of hidden treasures, and I’m hoping that with the cleanup people will be more interested and figure out where they are," Seligson said.