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4/28/2017 - Hamilton Marks Arbor Day and Tree City USA Designation With Plantings to Honor Late Joey Angiolino (Joey’s Little Angels) and Navy Veteran

 

Hamilton Marks Arbor Day and Tree City USA Designation With Plantings to Honor Late Joey Angiolino (Joey’s Little Angels) and Navy Veteran

For more than a decade, Hamilton Township has been recognized as a Tree City USA community; and to mark this Arbor Day and the Township’s commitment to trees, Mayor Kelly Yaede joined with two local families who dedicated memorial tree plaques to their deceased loves ones.

This will mark the eleventh year that Hamilton has continued to enjoy the Tree City USA designation award by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with US Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters. The program recognizes communities who demonstrate a commitment to urban forest management efforts such as having a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance and investing at least $2 per capita in community forestry effort. 

Complementing the community’s ongoing forestry efforts, Hamilton allows residents to purchase memorial trees and/or plaques to honor the memories of loved ones.  As Hamilton marked this Arbor Day with the planting of new trees, Mayor Yaede joined with the Angiolino Family in dedicating a tree to their son, the late Joey Angiolino (for which they started the non-profit, Joey’s Little Angels), as well as the Quinn family for the late Navy Veteran, John Quinn.

“Our ongoing commitment to protecting our local environment through the planting of shade trees and through other forestry efforts has helped our community retain the Tree City USA designation over the past decade; and there is no better opportunity than Arbor Day to celebrate this honor,” explains Mayor Kelly Yaede.  “I am also proud that we continue our longstanding memorial program, which allows residents the ability to purchase trees and plaques to honor the memories of their loved ones.”  

In addition to Hamilton’s Planning Division leading the town’s efforts to plant new trees across the community, the Township and its volunteer Shade Tree Commission is currently pursuing grant monies to conduct a community-wide street tree inventory to address the negative affect that Emerald Ash Borer beetles have upon trees, particularly in North America (the beetle is native to northeast Asia). Through the inventory project to determine the extent of the problem across Hamilton Township, with the hopes of replacing dying street trees in the future.    

Residents who are interested in additional information about Hamilton’s Shade Tree Commission can visit HamiltonNJ.com/Trees

Those interested in learning more about opportunities to purchase memorial trees and/or plaques displayed in Hamilton’s parks may visit HamiltonNJ.com/Memorials