Keller-Williams Sponsors Red Day Clean-up on Main Street

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redballoon.jpegRed-shirted people along Main Street with cleaning implements were questioned by a reader about what they were up to. JoAnn Sabatino-Falkenstein wrote a letter to the Mayor explaining what she learned. Her findings show that RED DAY was actually a red letter day for our town. While we are sure that the Mayor will extend appropriate appreciation for their efforts, we, too, wish to send along our gratitude for their helpful actions on behalf of our town.

From JoAnn's note to Mayor Vahalla:

 

On this beautiful cloudless Thursday, I drove through town and noticed red balloons tied to each meter along Main Street that declared today Red Day, as well as a crowd of people with bags and brooms in red shirts. I had to know more, so I asked whether I had missed some notice of a town activity.

Here's what happened: Deborah Kerr, owner of Kerr Williams Realtors and her entire staff, spent the morning sweeping, removing trash and meeting store owners on Main Street from Route 27 to the train bridge before Woodbridge Avenue. Spurred by Smart Steps, an American Cancer Society guide to becoming more physically active, Realtor Wayne R. Loux, Jr. had the idea to support town through this effort to spruce it up. It was embraced by all the realtors.

 

I trust that you will commend their service to the community. A little elbow grease goes a very long way.

6 Comments

I wouldn't confront someone myself.

I highly commend everyone who showed up to clean Main Street. However, it is each businesses responsibility to clean up in front of their business. Yes, pedestrians are the ones who tossed the cigarette butts, wrappers, chewing gum, etc. on the sidewalk --- and they have to learn how not to be pigs. When I was a kid, each store owner swept up before closing each evening. If they didn't, a member of the sanitation department would issue a warning - and the next time - a ticket.

Metuchen's Environmental Commission works very hard to keep Metuchen clean and beautiful --- and recently cleaned up the Dismal Swamp. But we hav eto get after those who repeatedly toss their garbage not only onto Main Street, but anywhere in the neighborhood. Teaching starts when our children are as young as two and becomes a habit. And, if you see someone dropping garbage, you CAN make a citizen's arrest. I did years ago and it felt good to make an example of the pig who kept cleaning out his auto trash can in front of our garden apartment complex.

How is the town going to stop people from littering in front of your house? There's litter in front of my house every day but I don't complain to the town about it. I clean it up. I'd rather have the police patrolling for speeders and people who fail to yield to pedestrians than staking out litterbugs.

The store owners probably don't like to yell at their customers, which are probably a good percentage of people that are dumping "crap" all over the place.

Why isn't the real question, why are people slobs and irresponsible citizens? We like to jump on the property owners but they're not the ones who are dumping crap all over the street. I pick up in front of my house but if people dropped stuff out here like they do on Main Street, I'd be yelling at the town to stop them.

A great effort by Deborah and her staff. But the real question is - why aren't the Main Street tenants doing this themselves? It's their responsibility. Every property owner or occupant is responsible under the Borough Code for keeping the sidewalk in front of their property free of litter.

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