A warm welcome under chilly gray skies was provided to participants in the 8th Barnegat Bay Blitz held on June 7 at the Ocean County Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices off Bandon Road in Toms River. Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari and Freeholder Virginia E. Haines joined with state Department of Environmental Commissioner Bob Martin, Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher, and a host of students from the Silver Bay Elementary School, Toms River, the Ocean County Vo-Tech MATES Academy and numerous volunteers to kick off the event that focuses on cleaning litter from Barnegat Bay and surrounding area in an effort to protect and preserve the waterway. Freeholders Vicari and Haines also recognized Commissioner Martin for being an environmental steward of the bay and for raising awareness to the importance of protecting and preserving the watershed. To date, more than 27,000 participants have removed nearly 4,200 cubic yards of trash and recyclables from the watershed.
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