You go, Earth

Today, April 22, is Earth Day, and the all-volunteer White Plains Beautification Foundation wants us to know that despite the restrictions – the city’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival was canceled due to COVID-19 – we can still savor the beauty of earth’s renewal in spring:

“All around the city, daffodils and tulips are actually dancing…hugging one another with promise of more to come. This past fall, 31,400 new daffodil bulbs, straight from the Netherlands, were planted throughout the city, joining those already there.     

“The cherry trees have blossomed. WPBF President Mary Ann DeRosa guarantees that your doldrums will disappear if you take a drive or a hike (remembering the 6-foot rule, of course, just as the trees do) downtown to Tibbits Park, along North Broadway (Route 22) from Lake Street to Westchester Avenue….Turn on Lake Street and you’ll see (more than 100 cherry blossom trees) in Turnure Park (usually the site of the Cherry Blossom Festival). You’ll see dozens more in the Mamaroneck Avenue median leading out of the city toward Mamaroneck.  

“The memorial cherry tree planting was started by WPBF in 1969.”

WPBF’s handiwork reminds us that it can always be spring in the heart.

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– Georgette Gouveia

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