After months of planning, Sheryl Adamoff's District Community Service saw the fruits of their labor. About 30 Rotarians and friends dug in and literally got their feet wet! They chose the North Arlington Riverside County Park for the initial clean up site . Aided by the Passaic Valley River Restoration staff who supplied plastic bags, rakes wader boots and a means of disposing of the detritus, they managed to amass a huge pile which held tennis balls, soccer balls, plastic bottles and much more including a plastic hand.
Many clubs were represented and I am proud to say that the recently formed Paramus Sunrise Club was represented by President Anthony Iacono, Treasurer Gary Spivak and his twin daughters, Sara and Kristen as well as Mel Fabrikant. Paramus Rotary, 100 members strong, had Emil Geering, Kevin Behnke, Steve Farrell and his son Kyle as well as Glenda Campaniola.
District Governor Dominic Jengo and wife Nancy welcomed the working group along with Past District Governor Joe Laureni who pitched in and pitched out the debris. Tom Shea, president Sunset-Central Bergen, Mary Ann Copp, Ridgewood AM and her husband plus Eileen Paisano were among the Rotarians who hauled bag after bag of flotsam and jetsam.
Sandra Bosque, President Elect of Paterson Rotary brought along two members of the Paterson sponsored Rotaract Club, Stephanie Golen, Vice President and Robert Ward, Past President. Sheryl was there even though her husband had taken ill. Bonnie Sirower put waders on and went right into the water to garner debris.
Betsey Thomason of Pascack Valley and an outdoorswoman was another helper as were Arlene Mesonero Rodriguez of the Fort Lee Club along with her daughter Christina. The afternoon was well spent and the Rotarians were sad that they ran out of time because there was so much more trash to haul out.
I might add that our DG, Dominic, was puffing away on a nice thick cigar. With his build, one might think he was auditioning for The Sopranos.