Green groups were active in the RiverDell community this May. The Beautification Committees in Oradell and River Edge spruced up public spaces with new plantings. The River Edge Recreation Commission made plans for River Edge parks while the borough's Shade Tree Commission managed trees that line the streets and fill the parks.
The Oradell Beautification Committee took care of the flower pots in the commercial areas of Oradell. They relocated some of the pots, topped them off with fresh soil, and replaced the old vegetation with fresh plantings.
The River Edge Beautification Committee planted flowerbeds at the borough Town Hall, the Cultural Center, the Library, and the corner of Main Street and Kinderkamack Road. Local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts helped the committee fill planters by the old VFW building and the Cultural Center.
The River Edge Recreation Commission allocated its open space funds with $5,000 going towards salaries and $5,000 going towards other expenses. The commissioners evaluated the successful River Edge Run and decided to move the funds remaining from that event to the River Edge Alliance Against Drugs. Then they discussed the new tennis courts and insurance for sports events. Next came preparations for the summer camp. The meeting ended with a presentation on defibrillators that the town might purchase for the sports fields.
The River Edge Shade Tree Commission met in their office near the River Edge Train Station. The commission allocated its $6,000 budget with $1,000 going towards training and $5,000 going towards stump removal. The commissioners expect all the remaining stumps in town to be removed this year, but they do not have the funds to plant any new trees along the sides of the roads. The tagging of trees in the park for easy identification continued in May. Finally, there was a report on a special tree that the Shade Tree Commission planted. This tree germinated from seeds that NASA sent into space on a shuttle flight.
River Edge and Oradell have many green groups that maintain the towns. If you know of other green happenings in May, feel free to add them to the comments section.