Restoring Montclair’s Anderson Park After Sandy

BY  |  Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 9:53am

Hurricane Sandy did a number of Anderson Park, downing 10 trees (three of which had passed the 100 year mark) along with snapped branches, damaged plants and debris. Yesterday’s Storm Cleanup Day, organized by Friends of Anderson Park, attracted some 50 volunteers to the beloved park — Girl Scouts, Montclair High Key Club members, Glenfield Middle School students, park neighbors and other community members (including Baristanet’s own Tara Williams and her son).

FOAP founder/president Scott Kevelson and volunteer Amina Troup

“We are grateful for the great turnout of volunteers today,” says FOAP president Scott Kevelson.

In addition to working the grounds, raking leaves, collecting debris and pruning trees, volunteers also planted 560 tulips, including 300 of the Golden Parade variety, which were donated by the May in Montclair Committee.

Volunteers Rachel Pereira and Rhys Williams

The 15-acre Essex County Park was designed more than a century ago by the nationally renowned Olmsted Brothers.

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Stopped by on opening day to take out a dozen empanadas. Very welcoming space, especially with the storefront glass open on a warm spring day and sidewalk tables available; and, the staff were warm and engaged. The empanadas are soft and pastry-like, rather than the harder crisper type. They got a thumbs up from the Morales family, who loves them a good empanada!

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