The Village of Newark’s 10th Annual Community Pride Day clean up is set for May 21, 2016. This year’s theme is once again “Color our Community with Pride.” Volunteers are needed to help beautify our community by planting flowers, pulling weeds and cleaning up litter.Community volunteers will assemble in the parking lot on the south side of T. Spencer Knight Park between Pontillo’s and Nesbitt & William’s office (in the municipal parking lot on Route 31) where volunteers will receive their assignments. The village clean up and flower planting will take place between 9:30 AM to Noon. The work crews will clean the canal banks, parks, canal trails, area around old locks 58 and 59, parking lots, village streets, and wherever debris removal is necessary. Volunteers will also plant flowers around the village in designated areas. Last year, many volunteers did a terrific job of coloring our community with hundreds of beautiful flowers! We believe it can be a catalyst to showcase incredible volunteer spirit as it instills civic pride in our community. This year, Community Pride Day will again include a village-wide floral planting effort! Residents, schools and village businesses are invited to join the effort. We encourage you to get out and help make our community sparkle by cleaning up trash and planting colorful flowers around your own home yards and business store fronts this spring. In support of the effort to help beautify our community, the following retail businesses are offering discounts for Village of Newark residents: HEP Sales/North Main Lumber/Builder’s Bargain Outlet: 10% off any exterior product purchased from HEP Builder’s Bargain Outlet (May 15th to June 15th), Plassche Lumber: 20% off all house paint and painting accessories (May 21st to June 6th), Q’s Landscape Enterprise, Inc.: Free six-pack of Stihl synthetic oil, 50:1 mix with every Stihl equipment purchase. Free delivery with purchase of mulch, topsoil or stone. Free pick-up and delivery on any service repair (May 21st to June 6th), Secor Hardware and Home Center: Paint, lawn and garden, and plant specials.A prize of $200 will be awarded to the most colorful Newark business exterior and $200 will be awarded to the most colorful Newark resident’s front yard. To enter your business or home, call Robbin Bremer at (315) 331-4770, ext. 108. Entries must be received by Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 1PM. Judging will take place May 23, 2016. Let’s show each other that we are proud to live here and do business in Newark.The 2016 Newark “Color our Community Pride Day” is sponsored by Wal-Mart, Secor Hardware and Home Center, Lyons National Bank, HEP Sales/North Main Lumber/Builder’s Bargain Outlet, Newark Rotary Club, Newark Garden Club, the Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce, and the Village of Newark. For any questions or to sign up to as a volunteer, call Robbin Bremer at 315-331-4770, ext. 108.