Students from Torrington Family Kempo, who volunteered on Sept. 18. “These students are all doing a good service to the community,” parent Andrew Ouelette said. “It sets a good example for people to get out there to clean up.” Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.
Students from Torrington Family Kempo, who volunteered on Sept. 18. “These students are all doing a good service to the community,” parent Andrew Ouelette said. “It sets a good example for people to get out there to clean up.” Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.
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Doing good for the neighborhood: Torrington’s seventh annual Community Cleanup Day

TORRINGTON — The city held its seventh annual Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 18, with residents from throughout the community volunteering to pick up garbage all across the city.

The event, which was organized by the city’s Conservation Commission, was held to coincide with the Clean up the World Weekend, an event that is held globally on the third weekend in September.

Assistant City Planner and Conservation Commission member Jeremy Leifert said that Torrington’s event is a follow-up to a similar cleanup that took place in the spring that coincided with Earth Day in April.

“We have to follow up with the efforts that we had in the spring because we have a few areas in the city that we didn’t fully clean up,” Leifert said. “We’ve also had another six months of accumulation of trash. We have gotten up to 80 volunteers for our clean-up events over the years.”

Leifert said that volunteers for the Sept. 18 event concentrated on cleaning up the city’s parks.

“Littering has been a constant problem in the city,” he said. “There are some areas where dumping occurs. Some of the parks that are heavily used have a lot of trash accumulation. We are very thankful that volunteers today have put in their time and effort to improve the city. Hopefully, we make a good dent in this trash problem.”

Photos by Shaw Israel Izikson

From left: Conservation Commission Chairman Christine Altman, Assistant City Planner and Conservation Commission member Jeremy Leifert, and Commission Vice-ChairmanTom Kalinowski.
Volunteers who took part in Torrington’s Community Cleanup Day. From left: Leann Dowd, Diane Dowd, her granddaughter Kelsey McClain, and Terrance Ryan. “This is the first time we’ve done this, and we want to help the community,” Leann Dowd said. “If we improve the beauty of the community, we will improve its quality of life,” Ryan added.
Students from Torrington Family Kempo, who volunteered on Sept. 18. “These students are all doing a good service to the community,” parent Andrew Ouelette said. “It sets a good example for people to get out there to clean up.”
Volunteers Molly Thompson, Andrea Lorusso, Tyler Maietto, from Gengras Subaru.
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