Wayland Cleans Up! Exceeds Expectations;
Hundreds Sign Up at Starbucks
in Project to Clean Up
and Earn Beautification Money
APRIL 21, 2008 – WAYLAND, MA – Hundreds of volunteers fanned out around Wayland to collect litter as part of Wayland Cleans Up!, a projects that the organizers hope will catch fire and become an annual ritual to rid the town of roadside trash.
More than 300 volunteer-hours were recorded at Starbucks in Wayland as part of the company’s ‘Make your Mark’ campaign. The initiative by the local baristas at Starbucks will yield $1,000 for the Wayland Beautification Committee.
“The community really came together on this and made a huge dent in the unsightly trash,” said co-organizer Cliff Kolovson. “The roads, the playgrounds and the schools all are cleaner and more pleasant to visit. We cannot thank those people enough!” he added.
Co-organizer Chris DeVany, who staffed the information and signup table at Starbucks all day said, “The enthusiasm was electric. I couldn’t believe how many people showed up to report their work. Meanwhile, Sheri Burke and the team at Starbucks Wayland could not have been more accommodating and generous,” he added.
The Kiernan family lives near the town Library and cleaned up on the roads and pathways in the area including along the railroad right-of-way.
The two cleanup activists also wanted to recognize the Wayland Landfill crew. “George Russell and his team did yeoman service,” said Kolovson. They put out five dumpsters early in the morning and collected them late in the day. “They did this on their busiest day at the landfill. We enthusiastically thank them.”
Kolovson visited several teams working throughout town. There were families, couples, and individuals out there making their mark and collecting huge bags of litter.
A group of Kolovson’s friends dug out the big pink couch dumped off Stonebridge Road in a vernal pool about 50 feet off the road. The Boudreau, McAuley and Burke families collaborated to pull it out of the pond, haul it up the hill and load it onto a truck. They also pulled out tires and old car seats dumped in the area.
The Caradonna father-and-son team cleaned up the area in north Wayland near the Alpine field, working more than five hours together and covering a huge area.
The father-and-son team of John and Tim Caradonna with their first load of litter collected in the Alpine Field area in North Wayland.
“There are dozens of stories,” Kolovson said. “I met some wonderful people who showed some terrific civic spirit.” He added that many others worked the streets the days before the event as they had to be out of town. Former Selectperson Linda Segal left Kolovson four bags collected from the roads around the Loker Conservation Area on Rte. 30. And he reports that he came home to dozens of emails of success from people all over town.
Both DeVany and Kolovson noted that there still is plenty of trash on the roads around town. Both are avid bike riders; on Sunday, they rode and found areas still needing extensive cleaning, including parts of Old Connecticut Path, Rte. 27 north by the river and River Road and Water Row.
“Unfortunately, there is no shortage of litter,” said DeVany. “We all can find 15 minutes here and 30 minutes there to build on everyone’s efforts. We encourage everyone to do what they can, on their street, in their neighborhood and in our town to continue the initiative and make Wayland that much more attractive. Many thanks to everyone for what they have done and for what we all will continue to do."