HANSON — With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the cancellation of it’s annual Clean Up Green Up — which had been slated for Saturday, April 25 — Green Hanson is looking at another way to hold its annual town-wide spring cleaning.
Meeting remotely via Zoom conference call Monday, April 6, members Marianne DiMascio, Susan Gaspar, Melissa Valachovic, Arlene Dias and Maureen Twomey, are planning a week-long observance residents can participate in remotely.
Twomey suggested the group sponsor this year’s clean up event as an Earth Week observance, in which residents can select the day on which they want to participate between April 19 to 25. The official Earth Day observance is April 22.
Green Hanson will be confirming the proposal with Highway Director Matt Cahill before officially advertising the event. Informational flyers will then be posted at Shaw’s and other stores still doing business, the transfer station, town websites and social media groups, on WHCA-TV and in the Express.
Some Hanson residents, as well as Green Hanson members, have already been working to clean town roadsides, with Gaspar reporting she has found masks and rubber gloves thrown out on the street.
Twomey has cleaned the streets near Hanson Public Library, filling three trash bags and removing a polystyrene cooler from the underbrush.
Some people have contacted Gaspar about continuing the “hot spot” approach, where a small group of people could work at the proper physical distance.
“I like the idea of still doing it on the 25th with a possible rain date,” Valachovic said. She said she liked the idea of people cleaning up and bringing filled trash bags to Town Hall for collection by Highway Department staff, but the group decided that created sanitation concerns.
Instead, they plan to arrange a way to let the Highway Department where to find the filled trash bags along the roadsides. They will be communicating with the community via posts on the group’s Facebook page: facebook.com/groups/480117582029777 as well as other Hanson social media pages.