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Greenwich Groups Clean Up Byram Beach As Part Of Sandy Recovery

Volunteers plant new flowers and shrubs at Byram Park Beach as part of a beautification effort and recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
Volunteers plant new flowers and shrubs at Byram Park Beach as part of a beautification effort and recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Junior League of Greenwich
Volunteers clean up dead ivy at Byram Park Beach as part of a beautification effort and recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
Volunteers clean up dead ivy at Byram Park Beach as part of a beautification effort and recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Junior League of Greenwich

GREENWICH, Conn. -- More than 50 Greenwich residents gathered at Byram Beach recently to beautify the area for the summer and to help continuing cleanup from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, according to a news release from the Junior League of Greenwich.

In partnership with the Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation and Greenwich Green and Clean , the residents planted beach grass and flowers along the fence at the parking lot facing Long Island Sound.

Several planters were filled with bright flowers at the entrance to the beach. The group also spread new mulch in the playground area.

A large part of the afternoon was spent on clearing the beach of rocks, dead ivy and other debris. The beach debris and the ivy filled an entire Town of Greenwich flatbed.

In addition to the Junior League's Greenwich Pool and Byram Park Project committee, the planting and clean-up project drew other League members as well as Joe Siciliano, director of Parks and Recreation, Bill Burgess, operations manager for Parks and Trees, Anthony Chiappetta, Byram Park Foreman, Mary Hull, executive director of Green & Clean, Steve Walko, State Representative for the 150th district, along with his wife Alex, daughter Nicole and son Christopher, and Mike Bocchino, chair of the Byram Neighborhood Association. Other groups represented included Greenwich Police Explorers, New Lebanon PTA, Greenwich PTA Council Green Schools, Town of Greenwich Conservation Commission, Representative Town Meeting, Greenwich Land Trust and students from Greenwich High School, Western Middle School and Hamilton Avenue and New Lebanon Elementary Schools.

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