Earth Day cleanup in Warren Saturday

A volunteer from National Grid cleans up a wooded area near the East Bay Bike Path this past Monday. More than 50 volunteers from the utility cleaned selected spots in Warren and Bristol; Warren's official town cleanup is Saturday. A volunteer from National Grid cleans up a wooded area near the East Bay Bike Path this past Monday. More than 50 volunteers from the utility cleaned selected spots in Warren and Bristol; Warren's official town cleanup is Saturday.

A volunteer from National Grid cleans up a wooded area near the East Bay Bike Path this past Monday. More than 50 volunteers from the utility cleaned selected spots in Warren and Bristol; Warren's official town cleanup is Saturday.

A volunteer from National Grid cleans up a wooded area near the East Bay Bike Path this past Monday. More than 50 volunteers from the utility cleaned selected spots in Warren and Bristol; Warren’s official town cleanup is Saturday.

There are some big things in store for this Saturday’s Earth Day Cleanup in Warren.

The annual event, traditionally held the week after the official celebration of Earth Day, is run every year from a staging area at the Pete Sepe Pavilion, and that will be the case this year as well. Dozens of volunteers are needed to clean trash from town beaches, parks, roadsides and wooded areas. In return, they’ll get a sense of satisfaction, a “Thank You” from organizers and just as good, a free T-Shirt and food.

This year’s shirts were designed by Warren artist Richard Kaiser. To get yours, show up at the Pete Sepe Pavilion at 9 a.m., sign in, grab some coffee and pick up clean-up bags. From there, get your assignment (or specify where you’d like to clean) and head out. There will also be a hot dog roast at the pavilion at noon. Don’t forget to wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind dirtying, and bring a pair of tough work gloves.

This year, members of the Conservation Commission, Economic Development Board, Warren Preservation Society and Discover Warren hope volunteers head downtown after they pick up their supplies at the pavilion. They’ve put out the word to business owners and residents downtown to “think local” and concentrate on cleaning areas around their homes or places of business. A little bit at a time, they said, volunteers can make downtown Warren shine.

Saturday’s clean-up won’t be the first this Spring, or even this week. Employees from National Grid who volunteered for the day spent the better part of Monday scouring areas along the bike path and Child Street of junk, cleaning up Warren in a cooperative effort that also saw volunteers clean up parts of Bristol. In all, more than 50 National Grid employees helped in the Bristol and Warren cleanup.

For more information on this year’s cleanup, e-mail Jane Harrison at janeharrison@fullchannel.net.

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