LINDEN, NJ- On June 10, 2022, Linden celebrated Arbor Day. The celebration included the Linden Shade Tree Commission, Linden Mayor Derek Armstead, Linden Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marnie Hazelton, School Number Five Principal Dr. Laura Scamardella, School five staff. Commission Chairman, Jeffrey A. Tandul, LLA, ASLA, M.Arch. and the Shade Tree Commission organized the event.
Traditionally, Arbor Day is Celebrated on the last Friday in April. This year the celebration was postponed until June 10, 2022, due to some supply chain issues with trees and weather. The celebration had perfect weather with clear blue skies and bright sunshine.
The Commission provided and planted a Silver Linden Tree (Tilia tomentosa ‘Sterling Silver’) and Columbia Bank donated and planted a Stellar Pink Dogwood tree. Chairman Tandul thanked Ingrid Andrade from Columbia Bank and her staff for the donation and planting of the dogwood tree by Downes Tree Service. Chairman Tandul also mentioned that a Linden tree was selected as the City of Linden was named for the Linden Tree.
School No. 5 Principal Scamardella announced another honor that was received recently by the school. “We are a 2020 Exemplary High Performing National Blue-Ribbon School. We received this recognition because of our high performing state test scores for three consecutive years. We were 1 of 9 schools in the state of New Jersey and the first in the history of Linden Public Schools.”
Linden Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Marnie Hazelton spoke about the importance of trees, their longevity and critical part of life itself on earth. They produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide.
Chairman Tandul spoke about the importance of April in regard to the environment including Arbor Day He discussed all of the events this year in particular, including Earth Day, Arbor Day, International Landscape Architecture Month and the 200th Anniversary (April 26, 2022) of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted. He is considered the “father of landscape architecture”. Olmsted was the designer of New York’s Central Park, Prospect Park, The Emerald Necklace, The US Capital Grounds/Mall, and a plan for the White House, which included a plan for preservation of trees. His firm also designed the Essex County Park System and Union County Park System. Olmsted was the leader to create democratic green spaces which were open to all to enjoy, regardless of social status.
“Trees provided many benefits including but not limited to reducing storm water runoff, reduce pollution, conserve energy and assist our physical and mental well-being. There is at least 50 years of data that show how hospital stays are reduces, pain medication reduced, and fewer complications arise in patients that view trees v. blank rooftops and parking lots.”, stated Chairman Tandul.
Chairman Tandul thanked many who have helped maintain and support our Community Forest, including Mayor Armstead, Council President Yamakaitis, The City Council, Linden Department of Public Works, and his fellow dedicated commissioners, Ron Martins, Judy England-McCarthy, Renee Banks and Gloria Montealegre.
“This year Arbor Day is particularly special. It is the 150th Anniversary of the holiday, and 50th Anniversary of the Arbor Day Foundation,” explained Chairman Jeff Tandul.
Mayor Derek Armstead took the podium to thank all present, Chairman Tandul and the Shade Tree Commission and all those involved in the celebration. He presented a proclamation naming Arbor Day as Friday, April 29, 2022 in the City of Linden. He also emphasized the importance of trees in Linden. Following that, Mayor Armstead proudly raised the Tree City USA Flag upon the school flagpole, below the American Flag. Linden is also celebrating the 16th Year of the Tree City USA designation.
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