Monday, April 28, 2014

Arbor Day 2014

 City officials and 100 Evergreen School students took part in tree-planting ceremonies at Library Park Friday to celebrate Arbor Day.
 Public Works Superintendent John Louise greets the students, teachers and Principal Wilson Aponte.
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp welcomes all and salutes the work of the Shade Tree Commission.
The Plainfield High School ROTC Color Guard presents the colors for the salute to the flag.
Planning Director William Nierstedt presents the fifth consecutive Tree City USA award to Mayor Mapp.
The city's Tree City USA flag, displayed by Shade Tree Commissioner Jan Massey and STC Chairman Peter Simone, will fly on the flagpole near City Hall.

Shade Tree Commission Chairman Peter Simone describes the 2014 Specimen Tree, a Copper Beech on Hillside Avenue.
Shade Tree Commission Secretary Mary Burgwinkle spoke about Arbor Day and read a poem about trees for the children.
Students choose buckets to help with the planting of five new trees in Library Park.
Two Kousa Dogwood and three Japanese Snowbell trees were planted.
Students take part in planting the trees.
Each student contributed some soil to the planting sites.
Chief of Staff John Stewart, Commissioners Mary Burgwinkle and Jan Massey, Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, Public Works Superintendent John Louise, Planning Director William Nierstedt and Shade Tree Commission Chairman Peter Simone helped plant a tree.

The`Shade Tree Commission is responsible for the planting of more than 1,000 trees since it was established. Other members are David Frost, Tim Kirby, and Oscar Riba. Carmen Louise is the mayor's designee to the commission and Cory Storch and Rebecca Williams are the City Council liaisons.


  1. I love the job the STC does in Plainfield... my only wish is they would stop trying to plant a tree in front of the neighboring house... there is either a small gas leak that kills the tree they repeatedly try putting there or the tenants or owner put oil or some other substance in soil to kill it.. I've seen 2 trees die there in the same spot. We'll see if the 3rd one takes this spring...still nothing. I would have suggested a feet over on my landlords property.

  2. Thanks for these pictures, Bernice. And it was nice seeing you in the Shakespeare Garden on Saturday. And I find your redbud tree from seed impressive.

    Rob, let us know the address of the tree and we'll keep an eye on it.

    Tim Kirby

    1. thank you Tim.. I'll post the information later

  3. That looks like it was a spectacular event! Love the way the children were actively involved - great P.R. and great role-setting for the future. Congratulations to all, and especially to the Shade Tree Commission and the City for the Tree City USA award! Keep up the good work.

  4. But let us take care of the trees we got ! I see trees with support wires cutting into its bark all over town!