2008-03-21 / Community

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance Prepares For Rockaway Earth Day

By Miriam Rosenberg

Members of the Department of Environmental Protection joined local bungalow owners and other area residents in getting the area ready for Earth Day in May. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Members of the Department of Environmental Protection joined local bungalow owners and other area residents in getting the area ready for Earth Day in May. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Area residents joined with the Department of Environmental Protection on Saturday, March 15, for what was the first of two cleanups near the boardwalk on Beach 29 Street in preparation for Rockaway Earth Day in May.

Forty organizations, working under the umbrella of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, are sponsoring the May 3 event, which will include everything from a visit by the Museum of Natural History's 'mobile museum' to games and activities for children, to help them learn about science and conservation.

"RWA has been doing an environmental art sculpture with the students from PS 43, and it will be placed in this area [that we are cleaning] for Earth Day," said Jeanne Dupont of the RWA in an e-mail.

The next clean up is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 "to finish up the planting and cleaning for the event," said Dupont.

For more information on Rockaway Earth Day go to http://www.rwalli ance.org, e-mail info@rwalliance.org, or call (718) 327-5919.

Cleaning up what others have left behind is a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Cleaning up what others have left behind is a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Jeanne Dupont, of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, picks up debris in the field opposite PS 43 on Beach 29 Street. Dupont was one of several members of RWA who gave up their Saturday to spruce up the area. Jeanne Dupont, of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, picks up debris in the field opposite PS 43 on Beach 29 Street. Dupont was one of several members of RWA who gave up their Saturday to spruce up the area. On the east side of Beach 29 Street various debris and several garbage bags were starting to pile up after just one hour of work On the east side of Beach 29 Street various debris and several garbage bags were starting to pile up after just one hour of work More garbage bags and broken tree limbs were on the west side of Beach 29 Street, as even the youngest took part in the cleanup. More garbage bags and broken tree limbs were on the west side of Beach 29 Street, as even the youngest took part in the cleanup.

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