Point Boro to mark Earth Day with beach sweep, celebration

    It’s going to be an all-day celebration of Mother Nature in Point Boro Saturday.

    Kicking off the Earth Day party will be a 9 a.m. sweep along the River Avenue beach sponsored by Clean Ocean Action, a Sandy Hook-based organization that seeks to improve the water quality off New Jersey and New York. The organization’s “Beach Sweeps” is one of the longest running clean-ups in the world, with refuse identified and analyzed to identify pollution trends. 

    Then at noon, the borough’s Environmental Commission will host its 10th annual Earth Day Celebration at Riverfront Park on River Road. Until 4 p.m., guests will enjoy activities, games and rides for kids, food by local vendors, and live music. Vendors of green products and ideas, environmental organizations, and local and small businesses will be on hand.

    “We’re trying to instill environmentally responsible ideas and practices into our younger generations,” said commission member Chris Constantino. 

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    The theme for the celebration is “Point Pleasant is Wild About Nature,” highlighting wildlife, environmental conservation, and the borough’s scenic areas.

    Commission members will judge nature photos submitted by Point Boro students and award prizes to the top six. They’ll also grant a $500 scholarship to a Point Boro High School senior.

    Anyone interested in a monetary donation to the commission is asked to contact Constantino at pointboroec@gmail.com with the title “2014 Earth Day Inquiry.” All donations support the commission’s offerings, including the festival and scholarship. 

    Sunday is the rain date. 

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