Story by Lourice Angie
In an effort to help keep Warwick beautiful, various groups, clubs, and organizations came together on Sat., Apr. 27 for the annual Operation Clean Sweep event, coordinated by the Warwick Valley Chamber of commerce and organized by Warwick Valley Middle School student and Girl Scout Cadet, Elizabeth Verboys.
The event was held in the parking lot adjacent to the Chamber Caboose located on South St., in Warwick, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
All participants who pre-registered their roads received free garbage bags. Once filled, the bags were picked up by the Town Dept. of Public Works (DPW).
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence was on board collecting used cell phones and the Warwick Valley Prevention Coalition hosted an unused prescription pill drop-off in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
The Warwick Lions Club hosted an old eyeglass and hearing aid collection in addition to providing a shredding truck that was parked towards the back of the lot. Several other programs were offered off-site including; electronics recycling at The Computer Guy and motor oil collection and recycling at Leo Kaytes Ford,
Girl Scout Cadet Elizabeth Verboys, organizer of the event, distributed garbage bags and gloves to all registrants. In addition, coffee, baked goods and water were offered.
Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton stopped in during the event and was glad to see the community coming together for a great cause.
Executive Director of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce Michael Johndrow said: “We are thankful to everyone for coming out and helping keep Warwick beautiful.”