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Caldwells Patch Staff Helps Project Main Street Keep Begonias Blooming

Team H2O volunteers water hanging baskets on Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell.

It's a soggy job, but somebody's got to do it. 

Since Project Main Street hung baskets filled with dragon-winged begonias along Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell in late spring, Team H2O has been in action to make sure the flowers survive and thrive. 

About four times a week, Team H2O volunteers walk the borough's "waterboy" up and down the avenue to soak the 35 baskets of flowers. The whole process takes about one and a half to two hours, with a stop at  for a refill.

Project Main Street volunteers, members of the governing body, local landscapers, Boy Scouts—and now Patch—have been heading out early in the morning to do the job. 

Caldwells Patch Local Editor Teresa Akersten and Advertising Sales Manager Timothy Drummond joined Team H2O this week for a Patch Give 5 Day, one of five days a year set aside for giving back to the community.

Pushing the 250 lb. tank when it's full can be tricky. And chances are you will get a little wet. But it's all worth it when you see the Bloomin' Begonias smiling back at you.

If you are interested in joining Team H2O, volunteers are still needed. Contact Tammy at tammy@outfityourhomeinteriors.com. For more information on Project Main Street, visit projectmainst.blogspot.com

Michael July 14, 2011 at 04:29 PM
How come these are not union members? we know you can't have non union workers pushing a dangerous 250lb tank of water up and down the ave. God forbid someone gets hurt, would the town be sued? oh my god this sounds like a lib lawyer fantasy. oh those flowers are so beautiful I can barely see them, but the bottom of the pots are gorgeous. I know the Store owners have realized a 30 percent increase in sales because of them. I personally go to the ave with a nice cup of coffee just to watch the morons pushing this wagon, it really is entertainment at its best. I also love watching libs piss away precious water for some plant mounted on a pole where it shouldnt be, and baking in the sun all day. I give it 3 months and $700 of Ace Hardware water before project H2O is renamed project Plastic Plants. God Help Us from the Libs.
james haas July 15, 2011 at 01:26 AM
Wow I really am sorry for you bud. These people are giving of there time and effort asking nothing in return and you scorn them. I really think your use of the term "libs" is a bit out of whack. This is not a government program, this is residents making an effort to improve their town. Instead of ridiculing these people why don't you use you incredible powers of perception to help out? It's easy to poke fun, it's hard to live usefully and walk humbly. Use your head for something more productive.
Beatrice July 15, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Cheers James!
Lara July 15, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Thank you James for your nice words. It's because of people like you and all our volunteers who give their time and efforts, asking nothing in return, that our downtown blooms. God bless all of you and Project Main street!

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