Dennis Appreciation Day was a tremendous success!J! Although we had a cloudy drizzly day, more than 75 individuals participated in this town wide clean- up effort. The actual participation count exceeded 100 people when Including registration volunteers and a packer crew from the DPW to pick up the trash.
Stan Kaczynski of West Dennis should be commended for spearheading this collaborative community wide event, that took place this year on Earth Day.
Participants included members of the BOS, Dennis Conservation Trust, CONCOM, Planning Board, Girl Scout Groups, Dennis/ Harwich Lions and Rotary clubs, Parents w/ children, many concerned citizens from Town, neighboring communities and local businesses (Stop & Shop).
Sponsors included Dennis Tourism Community, Charitable Redemption Trust, Ace Hardware, Tru Value, Buncey’s, Mid-Cape Home Center, Stop & Shop, Ring Brothers Market, and Dunkin Donuts. Adam Joy from the DPW was successful in borrowing litter pick-up tools from Yarmouth DPW.
At registration participants were greeted w/ coffee and donuts, were given maps of their designated clean-up location, bright yellow trash bags, litter pick up tools (until we ran out), special instructions, and safety vests. After the event participants received a T-Shirt, Community Service Award Certificate (made by Sara McDonald of the Town Clerk’s office), and lunch.
DPW picked up 2,600 pounds or 128 bags of trash and 800 pounds of miscellaneous construction and demolition debris including metal, tires , mattresses, etc. In addition some residents dropped off their collected trash directly to the Transfer Station.
Again much thanks to Stan Kaczynski for being the leader and organizer extraordinaire.
Some of the Town Organizations involved include but not limited to: Town Clerk’s Office; Terri Bunce and Sara McDonald, DPD; Kenneth Gelnett, GIS; Alicia Messier, DPW; Adam Joy, Becky Smith, Joe Greer, Arthur Hall and Jack Calisti, Dennis Port Revitalization Committee, Dennis Conservation Trust; Kat Garofoli, Dennis Women’s Club, and Ms. Barbara Gale.
Due to the success of this event there already has been mention from several participants and volunteers to make this an annual event. Kudos to all in the community that helped make this a great success.
Happy Earth Day Town of Dennis!!!