Cemetery Cleanups Exceed Expectation
From left, Robin Wittwer, Sharon Lawler, Ramon Alferos, Carrie Votta, and Ben Votta at the historic cemetery next to Chef-a-Roni on South County Trail.
By Jason Beaumier
The East Greenwich Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission is pleased to announce another successful round of cleanups. In fact, our cleanups on June 21 were the most successful to date, as we were originally only planning to address three cemeteries but thanks to the outstanding efforts of our volunteers we were able to clean and rehabilitate five area cemeteries: Cemetery 30 on Meadowbrook Road; Cemeteries 21, 31, and 33, on South County Trail; and Cemetery 28 on Franklin Road. Since the formation of the commission we now have cleaned eight area cemeteries, including the adoption of a handful more by the community.
The commission would like to thank the volunteers for their efforts: Robin Wittwer, Sharon Lawler, Ramon Alferos, Alan Clarke, Michelle Place, Carrie Votta, and Ben Votta. We could not have done this without your help, and we are extremely thankful for your efforts and dedication.
Volunteer Michelle Place cleans off a gravestone.
Despite the successful efforts of the group, we still have a lot of work ahead of. The next cleanup date(s) are yet to be decided, but in the meantime if you or someone you know would like to take part in a future cleanup, need community service hours, or want to “adopt” a cemetery, contact Vice Chair and Volunteer Coordinator ML Formisano at [email protected] for details or if you would just like general info about us and our efforts you may contact Lea Anthony in the town Planning Department at (401) 886-8643.
Pictured in photo, from left: Alan Clarke, Robin Wittwer, Carrie Votta, Michelle Place, Ben Votta, Ramon Alferos, Chairman Deron Murphy, and Sharon Lawler.
The East Greenwich Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission was formed in December 2013 and is tasked with restoring and rehabilitating the 91 area historic cemeteries, among other duties, including raising public awareness. Consisting of five members appointed by the Town Council, we are happy to serve the town and look forward to future cleanups and to continue the process of getting these cemeteries back into the condition they belong in.
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