Rotary Club awards grant to Spring Lake Shade Tree Committee

    Pictured, from left: Spring Lake Shade Tree Committee member Mike Laracy and chair Tom Burrus; Councilwoman Syd Whalley; 2020-21 Rotary Club President Norman Gray; Rotary member Steve Simeoni; and Shade Tree Committee member Rob Slifer. COURTESY OF MICHAEL SCOTTO

    SPRING LAKE — The Spring Lake-Brielle Rotary Club recently awarded the Spring Lake Shade Tree Committee a $2,000 grant to plant trees in Divine Park.

    The grant enabled the shade tree committee to plant five serviceberry trees in Divine Park “to assist with the understory vegetation following last year’s rehabilitation of the park,” according to  Councilwoman Syd Whalley.

    She noted that “serviceberry trees are considered one the best native understory trees because of their appeal to birds and butterflies with their flowers and berries” and that the plantings along the lake consist of all native plants.”

    “I was really happy to do something for Spring Lake,” Norman Gray, 2020-2021 president of the Spring Lake-Brielle Rotary Club, said.

    As a resident of Spring Lake who also serves on the borough’s environmental commission, Mr. Gray said he knew the borough was in need of more trees, so the club applied for the grant and was approved.

    “Due to COVID, the [Rotary] district decided to give out special grants this year for $1,000 and then the local club had to put up the other $1,000,” he added.

    Mr. Gray said protecting and helping the environment is one of many causes supported by Rotary International, which the local club is a part of.

    “Rotary will be doing more and more work regarding the environment,” Mr. Gray said. “We hope we can continue to do something for all the towns that we serve regarding the environment, so I’m excited about that.”

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