Barnegat Bay Blitz
The Central Regional High School OCEAN and SCIENCE Clubs came out in full force to participate in the May 9, 2012 Berkeley Township Barnegat Bay Cleanup. What a great job they did. Almost 30 students came out on that rainy day to pick up litter from a section in Berkeley that is infamous for illegal dumping. A total amount of 30 bags were filled including a television that was found discarded in the bay adjacent to Magnolia Street.
An additional 20 volunteers from NJDEP worked enthusiastically at Berkeley Island State Park to fill over 20 bags over litter including foam waste from boats, a garbage bin that was discarded in the bay, and a common item, fishing equipment. By the end of the day, everyone was soaked with rain but this did not deter these two teams from participating in such an important event. Thanks also to Berkeley Clean Communities Coordinator, Mark Vannella, who provided support and supplies for all of the volunteers.
October 19, 2011 Blitz Recap:
The Township of Berkeley has been very active in conducting cleanups for over a decade. Over 20 cleanups are conducted each year in Berkeley which are coordinated by the Clean Communities Coordinator, Mark Vannella. Various groups including firefighters, boy scouts, girl scouts, high schools, homeowner associations, church groups, and non profit organizations participate in the cleanups.
On November 5, 2011, the Central Regional High School girls basketball team and the girls soccer team, known as the Berkeley Cheetahs, conducted a cleanup on Serpentine Road from Route 9 to Butler Boulevard. Approximately 600 pounds of litter were cleaned up, which filled over 30 trash bags. The cleanup covered approximately 4 miles. The Berkeley Township Department of Public Works assisted in the cleanup as well which included 37 tires, building materials, batteries, and appliances. The Clean Communities Coordinator for Berkeley, Mark Vannella, plays a critical role in both watching areas that typically are used for illegal dumping and coordinating cleanups throughout the year.