Saturday, April 26, 2008

Arbor Day Celebrated

Arbor Day was duly celebrated Friday with tree plantings and ceremonies.

(Disclaimer: I am a member of the Shade Tree Commission.)

Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs led the celebration at First-Park Baptist Church, where three Japanese Tree Lilacs from Four Seasons Nursery & Landscape Company of Englishtown were planted on the Central Avenue curbside of the property. The church, which is celebrating its 190th anniversary, also received two Cleveland Callery Pears and one Redbud from Home Depot for its grounds, as well as a Crabapple from Union County and annuals from Williams Nursery in Westfield. New Jersey Youth Corps members assisted with the planting.

Children from New Covenant Christian Academy took part in the ceremony, reciting Joyce Kilmer’s poem, “Trees” for the audience that included a contingent of members of the Plainfield Senior Center.

The Shade Tree Commission noted two specimen trees for 2008, a Northern Red Oak believed to be 150 years old, located on Fernwood Avenue and a Pin Oak estimated at 100 years old on Watson Avenue.

The Arbor Day 2008 tree plantings also included eight flowering Yoshino Cherry trees on West Third Street at Rushmore Avenue and six flowering Kwanzan Cherry trees at West Third Street and Muhlenberg Place.

The mayor also noted the planting this month of 50 trees on Leland Avenue.

Both the Courier News and Channel 74 covered the event.

The Shade Tree Commission meets monthly on fourth Wednesdays in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Ave. Chairman Gregory Palermo, past member Barbara Sandford, member Jan Jasper and I were present for the event. There is currently one vacancy for a five-year term, succeeding Mrs. Sandford. Applicants may download a form from the city web site and send it to the mayor at City Hall.

--Bernice Paglia


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