Lincoln Middle School students, Kearny DPW plant tree (belatedly) in honor of Arbor Day

Earlier today, students from Lincoln Middle School and the Kearny Department of Public Works planted a new tree in front of the school on Kearny Avenue. Yes, Arbor Day was April 29, but the new tree supply — like almost everything else these days — was at a premium, so it had to wait to May 25. Town Administrator Steve Marks and DPW Superintendent Kevin Murphy tell The Observer one of the hurricanes last year took out a total of 100 existing trees, so in a sign of excellent corporate partnership, Amazon agreed to donate 100 new trees to replace the ones that were ruined. This was the first to be planted — the others are expected to arrive and be planted soon, Murphy says. There was absolutely no cost to Kearny taxpayers, Marks reminded us. On hand for the planting were the aforementioned Marks and Murphy, Mayor Alberto G. Santos, Superintendent of Schools Patricia Blood, other school officials and Amazon representatives.

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