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Earth Day Draws Cleanup Effort to the Waterfront

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Despite a steady rainfall, Dobbs Ferry resident Jerry Daly and others were out cleaning up the village on Sunday in recognition of Earth Day .

“If you’re committed to doing something, a few drops isn’t going to make a difference,” he said. “I think if we want to respect the river we should clean up our own mess, and our river means a lot to us.”

One of the largest groups of people gathered at the waterfront in Dobbs Ferry to clean up the park and the beach. Students and others were also spread across the village doing their part.

“The waterfront is our gem. It’s important,” said Dobbs Ferry Trustee Donna Cassell as she patrolled the beach picking up bottles and papers.

Cassell said her hopes for the day were to pass along environmental awareness to children in the village.

“It’s also good to teach the kids, because if you start teaching kids early about the importance of the environment and recycling, it stays with them for the rest of their lives and it does change the consciousness of the society,” she said.

Claudia Ducic, an eighth-grade English teacher at Dobbs Ferry Middle School, brought some of her students out in the rain to help clean up.

“It’s important to get the kids involved in keeping their community clean and see what work goes into keeping a neighborhood clean,” said Ducic, who is in her fifth year as the head of the school’s Ecology club.

While Ducic conceded that the raw weather did have a negative effect on the turnout she said she was still pleased with the number of people that chipped in.

“The hope is that we all come together and feel good about the work we’re doing and maybe inspire others to come down and join us,” she said. “It doesn’t just happen by itself.  It takes people making it happen.”

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