Milford Beautification Day Continues to Attract Volunteers of All Ages!

Milford pride was on full display this past week as the community enthusiastically came together to beautify Milford in the ninth annual clean-up event!

Citizens for Milford and the Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail extend their sincerest gratitude to the dozens of individuals, families, groups, businesses, and government entities that worked together to make the 2024 Milford Beautification Day a tremendous success. Over 200 volunteers helped to make a clean sweep of the Milford Upper Charles Trail and Milford’s parks, streets, and parking lots in this year’s effort to pick up trash on multiple days the week of April 21. The event culminated with a community-wide pick up on Saturday, April 27.

Volunteers picked up a variety of garbage, a lot of which we see every year, such as empty drink containers, candy wrappers, nip bottles, and tires. Volunteers in three different pick-up trucks, as well as Milford Highway Department employees in a town dump truck, picked up the bags and garbage that were collected and made numerous trips to the transfer station, dropping off not only bags of trash, but also construction debris, full-sized basketball hoop, 50” TV, broken grocery cart, frame of a reclining chair, large signs, and a rusted firepit.

In advance of Beautification Day, volunteers from Milford Federal Bank worked to pick up the downtown area, volunteers from Milford’s Doubletree by Hilton Hotel tackled Beaver Street, members of the Senior Center’s Chi Walking Group cleaned up the section of the Upper Charles River Trail near the Senior Center, and members of the Nueva Jerusalem Church picked up downtown parking lots on Earth Day. In addition, a crew from the Massachusetts Department of Correction in Norfolk worked to pick up along busier roads in town, including East Main Street.

Members of the Greenleaf Garden Club filled all the planters around town with blooming daffodils the week ahead of Beautification Day then worked to clean out community gardens the day of the event.

Volunteers from many different groups also assisted in the clean-up efforts on April 27, including 18 young people from the Milford Youth Center and 50 students from the Milford High School National Honor Society. Many scouts also participated, including young people and leaders from Daisy Troop 65354; Brownie Troop 65217; Girl Scout Troops 30570, 65017, 30016; and Boy Scout Troop 4.

Several town and state officials also contributed their time to clean up Milford, including Town Administrator Richard Villani, Select Board members Paul Mazzuchelli and Michael Walsh, Town Moderator Michelangelo Bon Tempo, and State Representative Brian W. Murray.

Organizers were pleased to welcome the participation of volunteers from two local businesses—Doubletree Hotel and Planet Aid—working in the clean-up efforts for the first time.

After completing their clean-up routes on Saturday, volunteers were treated to hamburgers and hot dogs courtesy of the Milford Lions Club and—new this year!—New City Microcreamery ice cream served by Milford’s The Rail Trail Flatbread Company.

Trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and water were provided to all clean-up volunteers courtesy of Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail, Milford Highway Department, and Citizens for Milford.

Citizens for Milford is thrilled to see participation in Milford’s Beautification Day continue to grow. The enthusiastic support and hard work contributed by so many different people and organizations ensured the success of this year’s event. We deeply appreciate everyone’s efforts and would like to remind all residents and businesses to be careful with your trash and to consider taking the time to pick it up when you see it. THANK YOU ALL!

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