Volunteers pitch in to clean up Pennypack

The Friends of Pennypack Park cleanup com­mit­tee wrapped up its 2013 sched­ule by re­mov­ing 21 trash bags of debris, plus many large items from the woods in the area of Rhawn Street and Lex­ing­ton Av­en­ue on Nov. 23.

Thirty-sev­en vo­lun­teers braved the 40-de­gree tem­per­at­ure to can­vas the park along por­tions of Lex­ing­ton Av­en­ue, Rhawn Street, Hol­me­hurst Av­en­ue and Winchester Av­en­ue, as well as the park’s bike and dirt paths in the area and the Little City sec­tion.

Mem­bers of Girl Scout Brownies Troop 9135 and Ca­dets Troop 9744 helped the ef­fort, in­clud­ing Ju­li­anne Lopez, Liz Lopez, Camryn Ry­an and Salma San­tos, with their par­ents Dani­elle Lopez, Car­mela San­tos and Jen Ry­an, along with their dog mas­cot Gracie. Fath­er Judge High School stu­dents Vin­cent Dar­mohray, Justin Dar­mohray, Joseph Tiernan, Daniel Tiernan and Gav­in Young were joined by par­ents Joe Tiernan and Sandy Young. The St. Hubert High School group in­cluded Kate Dar­mohray and Hol­ly­ann Grem­mel, while Haley Heiler rep­res­en­ted Arch­bish­op Ry­an, along with her dad, Scott Heiler.

A former Fair­mount Park ranger, Barry Bick­el, joined the ef­fort, as did the FOPP’s own lineup of vo­lun­teers, in­clud­ing Ro­land Wil­li­ams, Leo Magazzu III, Kath­leen Mul­hol­land, Kar­en Kaczorek, Audrey Walms­ley, Robert McMunn, Rich Glaser, Cindy Masiejczyk, Jim Ry­an, An­drew Puzdrak, Kev­in Sweetra, Bill Hende­r­son, Joyce Fer­raro, Florence Brod­man and Nance Kerns. The Com­munity Life Im­prove­ment Pro­gram, Fair­mount Park rangers and 8th Po­lice Dis­trict provided sup­port to the vo­lun­teers.

In ad­di­tion to 21 bags of gen­er­al trash, vo­lun­teers col­lec­ted two bags of alu­min­um cans, a bottle of mar­gar­ita mix, three tires, sofa and lounge chair cush­ions, lawn fur­niture, of­fice fur­niture, two shovels, a wel­come mat, a flash­light, a crushed re­cyc­ling buck­et, broken win­dows, two shot glasses, Christ­mas lights, an um­brella, a di­git­al TV con­vert­er box, spray paint, paint sup­plies, a fleece blanket, a pair of bas­ket­ball shorts, his and hers un­der­wear, a Snug­gie, a car muffler, a tent, a broken toy rifle, a Wiffle ball bat, a base­ball, an FOP medal­lion, a pile of North­east Times, a safe (that was re­turned to po­lice) and five numbered rub­ber turtles.

The FOPP’s monthly park cleanup pro­gram will be on hi­atus for the winter and re­sume on Sat­urday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., weath­er per­mit­ting. Vo­lun­teers will meet at the ball­field on Holme Av­en­ue be­hind Naz­areth Hos­pit­al. Call 215-934-PARK or email to FOPPMonthly­CU@aol.com for in­form­a­tion. ••

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