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November 5, 2013 > Make A Difference Day in Union City

Make A Difference Day in Union City

Submitted By Nelson Kirk

On Oct. 26, national Make a Difference Day, volunteers from César Chávez Middle School, James Logan High School, U.C. LionÕs Club, Seven Hills Improvement Group, Boy Scouts of America Troop# 110, 176, and 273, Union City Citizens, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tri-City AME Church, Great X Change Church of Fremont, Eastbay Regional Parks District, Conservationist Amy Evans from Alameda County Resource Conservation District, and Union City Public Works joined forces in another successful Make a Difference Day in Union City.

At Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park, volunteers pick up debris, spread compost, and planted native trees and shrubs. On Appian Way, the Seven Hills Improvement Group and the Boy Scouts of America Troop #110 and 273 planted 26 trees and 60 flowering shrubs on three median strips and finished installing a water conserving drip system. At the Railroad corridor between H St. and Decoto Road, volunteers planted trees and picked up dumped debris, garbage, and litter. Helpers also repaired the water conserving irrigation bubbler system.

At William Cann Civic Park, César Chávez Middle School teachers Fernando Buchner, David Goldt, and Conservationist Amy Evans, led 54 student volunteers in picking up litter in the park and along the creek. After the trash was cleared, they spread mulch around native plants to conserve moisture and prevent erosion. The students also planted 23 new varieties of trees. Volunteers at Union City Blvd. and Jean Dr. planted trees, flowering shrubs, and spread mulch to help improve the entrance into the Ponderosa Landing Community.

Generous donations were received from Cal West Lighting & Signal, Cresco Equipment Rental, Bellecci & Associates, Ruggeri-Jensen-Azar and Associates, West Coast Arborists, Inc., and Western Truck Fab. Public Works Director Mintze Cheng and UC Major Carol Dutra-Vernaci visited each work site and thanked volunteers for their great work.

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