On Tuesday June 20th, Keep America Beautiful (KAB) partnered with the East Side Partnership to assist us in cleaning up our neighborhood. Over sixty volunteers from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Day Pitney, Mastercard, Plow Share Group, Oberland Marketing, and ReGenerating Solutions participated. Volunteers were divided into four groups stationed at different locations throughout the East Side.
One group painted a vibrant mural on the knee wall leading to the entrance to the Children’s Learning Center on Maple Avenue and William Street. The mural is a landscape with homes and children playing among trees and flowers. There, they also planted a weeping cherry tree. A thunder cloud plum tree was also planted next to the I-95 Lockwood Avenue Underpass.
Two other groups mulched both the sculpture garden next to the railroad underpass and the island at Exit 9. They also filled a dumpster provided by the City with dead tree limbs dragged from the sides of the railroad beds.
The fourth group painted over graffiti under the I-95 underpasses.
The East Side Partnership wants to give special thanks to KAB President and CEO Helen Lowman, Senior Vice President and Marketing and Communications Mike Rosen, Senior Director of Program Operations Jason Smith, Director of Development and Individual Giving and Foundations Sara Brody, and Board of Directors and Executive Committee member Tom Tamoney. These five individuals helped create an impactful, collaborative event to give back to the residents of the East Side. KAB contributed by supplying mulch, trees and painting materials for the event. ESP would also like to acknowledge Stamford’s Supervisor of Recycling and Sanitation Tom Colleluori for donating a dumpster.
All the hard work could not have been done without the help of our volunteers. Beautifying the neighborhood helps create a friendlier, safer environment for all residents.
Maya Ponzini East Side Partnership