The warmer temperatures are finally here and as the daffodils bloom and the early shrubs leaf out, the time is ideal for spring cleaning. The New Canaan Garden Club and the Town of New Canaan have joined forces with the Chamber of Commerce and are merging their complimentary efforts of Clean Your Mile and Clean Sweep. Clean Your Mile has traditionally focused on neighborhood cleanups of the road sides with community service groups tackling large public spaces including parks and schools. Clean Sweep is the downtown merchants' efforts each spring to clean up the sidewalks, storage areas and parking spaces surrounding the shops and restaurants.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the newly expanded Clean Your Mile effort is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25, The New Canaan Garden Club and the Chamber of Commerce will be working in cooperation with the Town of New Canaan's departments of inland wetlands and watercourses, parks, highway and public works as well as with the other sponsors, Rotary Club of New Canaan and TD Bank. The sponsors plan to continue to grow he neighborhood effort re-initiated in 2008.

Once again the Rotary has donated garbage bags for use by all Clean Your Mile volunteers. The bags can be picked up any time after April 1 at either the Public Works Department in Town Hall, the Inland Watercourses Department at Irwin Park or TD Bank at the corner of Elm and Grove Streets.

The departments of public works, highway and inland waterways will organize the availability and placement of the dumpsters for trash collection on the designated weekend. Volunteers will be able to take trash to Waveny Park or the commuter parking lot adjacent to the train station.

In addition, Public Works can be contacted at 203-594-3054 for pickup of objects too large for volunteers to remove.

More than 250 individual volunteers and members of numerous community organizations are being asked to help give New Canaan its annual spring cleaning. Garden Club and Rotary Club members as well as TD Bank employees will call neighbors, friends and past participants to help with the effort.

Parks, parking lots, schools and public areas will be designated to youth groups and civic organizations. Individuals, families or groups who are willing to clean up the roadside trash on their street can contact Catharine Sturgess at 203-856-2679 or

The New Canaan Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of America, works to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.

The main objective of Rotary is service -- in the community, in the workplace and throughout the world.

The Inland Wetlands Department works to preserve and protect the wetlands and watercourses from random, unnecessary and unregulated uses, disturbance or destruction which is in the public interest and is essential to the health, welfare and safety of the citizens of the town.