PHOTOS: Lakewood Shade Tree Commission Beautified Pine Park at 2023 Arbor Day Ceremony

To commemorate Arbor Day, the Lakewood Township Committee and the Lakewood Shade Tree Commission held its annual Arbor Day Planting at front playground area of Pine Park at 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 19.  At the ceremony, Lakewood Parks Department officials planted three flowering Dogwood trees.

Arbor Day, first celebrated in 1872 in the United States, encourages individuals and groups to plant trees because of their environmental importance.  Shade Tree Commission members hold Arbor Day celebrations each year and have planted hundreds of trees throughout the town. Lakewood has been awarded “Tree City USA” for 42 years for its outstanding urban forestry.

Shade Tree Commission members include Chairman Moshe Raitzik, Vice Chairman Craig Theibault, Harrison Pfeffer, and Secretary Mary Kay Malec. Lakewood Deputy Mayor Menashe Miller is the Commission’s liaison to the Township Committee. The Township Committee appoints members to the Shade Tree Commission.

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  1. The bar is set so low to be designated a “tree city USA” if you look it up. It pertains to the public trees on public land. Meanwhile the planning board, township committee and all other involved government agencies let thousands of trees be removed each year to continue the uncontrolled and infrastructural unsound overdevelopment of our town. Celebrating by planting 3 trees in a park because of some award seems disingenuous. So go ahead and have your picture taken, pat yourselves on the back and hold up that nice little award as more and more of Lakewood gets paved over.

  2. How counterintuitive and ironic…Big celebration for 3 planted trees but no remorse for total tree clearing of residential developments…

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