More Than 100 Volunteers Beautify Town with Cleanup Efforts

May 10, 2023

Bedford Auto Parts is a venerable business, located at 200 The Great Rd. for more than 50 years.

Who knew they had a competitor a half-mile down the street? 

Well, not anymore – not after the efforts of volunteers in the third annual townwide cleanup on Sunday.

“We removed several vehicle batteries found along the Shawsheen River, as well as a truck door, a carriage, and vehicle tires,” reported Dan Carroll, CEO of Revise energy services, overall sponsor of the cleanup day.

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The banks of the river near the Great Road Shopping Center were among several areas targeted by the organizers. Others included the Reformatory Branch Trail at its eastern intersection with Concord Road; the Davis Road boardwalk area; and parts of Hartwell Road.

A cleanup crew near the Shawsheen River. Courtesy photo

“Bedford is more beautiful this spring thanks to the hard work of residents who spent Sunday cleaning up the town,” Carroll said.

He provided some numbers that summarized the response to and outcome of the cleanup day:

  • More than 30 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts participated;
  • An additional 84 volunteers from many walks of life stepped up to help;
  • More than 100 filled trash and recyclable bags were removed.

Carroll thanked everyone who took part, along with Director of Public Works Director David Manugian for supplying safety vests, trash bags, and recycle bags.

Also, he said, everyone appreciated the efforts of Police Chief John Fisher, Lt. Richard Vitale, Sgts. Ronald Undzis and Robert Abajian, and Officer Matt Piccirillo “for providing oversight and safety along the busy roadways being cleaned.”

Carroll also was grateful to Bedford Farms for providing gift cards to each volunteer and Ken’s New York Deli for providing gift cards and pizza for all volunteers.

“We all worked hard, had fun, helped one another, and enjoyed music and food at the end of a hard day’s work,” Carroll said. “The day allowed us all to give back to the community we all love so much.”

Discarded vehicle parts and other trash ready for pickup. Courtesy photo
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