25 volunteers and their families participated in the 1st Annual Independence Park Beautification Event in Newark on Saturday 4/26. The event was co-sponsored by the ASQ NY/NJ Metro Section and The Spanish Tavern (our Section’s home away from home) located on McWhorter Street in the Ironbound Section of Newark. We were also joined by enthusiastic volunteers from Virgin American located in Newark Airport. The Virgin American volunteer team was led by Sherriale Garnett. All of the Virgin Atlantic team worked for the Customer Service Concierge Group. They were extremely passionate about giving back to their community in Newark and concentrated on the playground area.
Tito from The Essex County Parks System distributed pick-up sticks, gloves, and garbage bags at no cost.
Our volunteer crew concentrated on a “Micro Clean-up” and also picked up any other garbage and cans/bottles for recycling. We picked up hundreds of cigarette butts and pieces of broken glass.
The volunteers from the Spanish Tavern were like wolves digging into bushes to find trapped garbage and even a large cart from behind a bush (nice work Wilbert!). This park is in the same neighborhood as the Spanish Tavern. John, his staff, and their families from the Spanish Tavern were especially committed to giving back to their community.
Finally, the ASQ volunteers worked to organize the event and dedicated ourselves to help beautify a park in our adopted home with and for people that we truly care about. All of our volunteers worked tirelessly to help make Independence Park the most beautiful Park in all of Essex County.
The entire day was a true “Labor of Love”. We all agreed that there WILL BE a 2nd Annual Independence Park Beautification Event next year held on the weekend that coincides with Earth Day. Virgin American also was invited and agreed to be a co-sponsor for this event next year.
Our heartfelt THANKS to everyone involved in this fun “feel good” event. See you next year!
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Members from the NY/NJ Metro, Tappan Zee, Northern NJ, and Princeton Sections all attended this SOLD OUT event.
Here are some Comments from questionnaires that were left by our Membership:
· Mary Anne Fink from Integra Life Science: “Excellent! Very interesting. Very professional. Impressive.”
· J. Stuart Hunter from Princeton University: “…Overall, an excellent tour, most impressive.”
· John Sandy from NJ Transit Rail: “Great tour – for my first time, I was impressed.”
The word that stands out is IMPRESSIVE! What a great one word summary of the fun and educational evening that we enjoyed with our impressive hosts.
We would like to sincerely thank Gary Wysocki (Management System Specialist) for leading this terrific event with style and his Beer Ambassadors for sharing their expertise and terrific sense of humor.
Many of us attend section meetings to make new connections and to develop your career and expand your professional network. But sometimes you don’t have enough time to talk to everyone who attends the meeting. Here is the opportunity to quickly meet and get to know others who may be able to help you with your professional needs and goals!
Bring your business card or resume, and spend a few minutes to give a brief summary of career history and goals with one attendee, then you will meet other attendees sequentially.
After more than a decade of delay, a New NY Bridge to replace the Tappan Zee is becoming a reality. The first span of the new twin-span bridge is scheduled to open in 2016, and the new bridge should be complete in 2018. The new bridge will be designed and constructed to last 100 years without major structural maintenance.