In keeping with the spirit of the Norton 300th anniversary, the Norton Community Task Force is organizing a town-wide cleanup.
This task force was originally started as a drug and alcohol awareness group. Over time, it has evolved and now participates in many other ways that support the Norton community. With support from the Norton Selectmen and the DPW, they are kicking off Norton’s first Keep Norton Beautiful Town Cleanup that is slated to be an annual event.
The Keep Norton Beautiful Town Cleanup will take place May 5, 9 to 11 a.m. and will target areas of Norton in need. The goal of the first annual cleanup is to remove litter from roadsides, parks and school grounds.
So far, there are over 350 volunteers signed up and 30 sponsors have been secured for the event.
“The Keep Norton Beautiful" cleanup will be a great opportunity for Norton residents to work together with their neighbors in a joint effort to improve their own neighborhoods,” said Lisa Ledwith. “We had an amazing year here in Norton celebrating our 300th anniversary. Our feeling is that residents, businesses and other community groups will keep this positive spirit going by volunteering only two hours of their time on May 5th. This is a great way for all to show their continued pride."
There will be raffle tickets available for $1 each. Prizes include:
- Deutsche Bank tickets-for the Labor Day tournament at the TPC in Norton
- Norton Kayak ride and tour of the reservoir
- $100 basket of flowers from Annabelle's Flowers
- Emma’s Pub & Pizza gift certificate
- DeVincent’s Downtown Café gift certificate
- Hot Dogs and More gift certificate
- Great Woods Mandarin gift certificate
- McDonald's gift certificate
- Jeffrey's Pizza gift certificate
- Alberto’s Pub & Pizza gift certificate
The Keep Norton Beautiful Committee is seeking volunteers for this effort. Volunteers are asked to register online at www.keepnortonbeautiful.com by April 28. Volunteers will be contacted by email, provided with a tee shirt and trash bags and given a cleanup assignment for the morning of the event. Volunteers may also register on the day of the event beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the VFW, located at 38 Summer Street, Norton.
The Keep Norton Beautiful committee is also seeking financial donations to offset the expense of running the annual cleanup. Funds are needed to provide brightly colored tee shirts to the volunteers so that they can be easily seen on the roads by drivers and be safe. Checks should be made out to “Keep Norton Beautiful” and sent to Norton Community Task Force c/o Board of Selectmen, Norton Municipal Center, 70 E. Main St., Norton, MA 02766.
"We are looking forward to a successful first annual Keep Norton Beautiful Cleanup Day," said organizer Julie Acker. "Thank you to all sponsors and volunteers."
The online deadline for registering for Keep Norton Beautiful Town Cleanup is April 28. Volunteers can sign up at www.keepnortonbeautiful.com.
"The mission of 'Keep Norton Beautiful' is simple," Ledwith said. "We want to make Norton cleaner and greener town."
You can learn more at www.keepnortonbeautiful.com.