Town officials perform tons of thankless tasks.
They read mind-numbing reports. They sit through mind-numbing meetings. They put up with a lot garbage.
Today, they had enough of that trash.
In the wee hours of Westport’s Green Day, RTM member Andrew Colabella and his friend Franco Zaffina — a 2003 Staples graduate — headed to Grace Salmon Park.
The popular pocket park off Imperial Avenue attracts tons of visitors. Sometimes, some forget (ahem) to pick up after themselves.
By 9 a.m. Westport Rotarians, residents of Gault Park and Marvin Road, Homes With Hope founder/RTM rep Jeff Wieser, Parks and Recreation director Jen Fava, 1st selectman Jim Marpe, assistant town attorney Eileen Lavigne Flug and the Westport Garden Club were there too.
Clad in gloves and boots, armed with trash pickers, and roaming the high tide line and marshlands, they filled over 25 garbage bags.
Among the loot: styrofoam cups, bottles, cigarette butts, and — mostly — dog droppings.
It took 2 hours to clean the entire park.
But Garden Club members were not done. They hauled out shovels and edgers. Magically, their green thumbs beautified the garden beds.
That’s just one of the many spots benefiting from today’s Green Day. All across town, other groups, families and individuals did their part to Make Westport Green Again.
Colabella could think of no better way to celebrate his 29th birthday.
“Westport is my home — along with 27,000 other residents,” he says.
“There’s about 34 square miles of land and water. We are responsible for every inch of our environment. Please clean up after yourselves — and your dog — and dispose of waste properly.
“There are garbage cans at every park. Don’t throw trash into the marsh, where animals live.”