Volunteers help create a new sense of beauty in Newhall

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Even with the scorching summer heat on Saturday, 83 volunteers showed up for the Preserving Newhall Community Day to beautify the areas of Newhall that needed it most.

“The goal today is really to help revitalize this area of ​​East Newhall in some way,” said Michael Villegas, the town’s community preservation officer.

Newhall couple Mac and Tamara Manes volunteer to repaint a fence during the Preserving Newhall Community Day clean-up event at the Newhall Community Center on Saturday August 20, 2022. Chris Torres/The Signal

The beautification process included mulching Pine Street and Market Street, painting walls, buildings and areas of need along the lanes, sweeping the streets, collecting rubbish and providing bins for that residents can dispose of their garbage and recyclables.

Villegas said 93 volunteers had signed up to help with the process and 83 had already shown up at 9 a.m. The community day went on until noon.

Georgia Mayenschein, 13, transfers a pile of mulch to the street during the Preserving Newhall Community Day clean-up event at the Newhall Community Center on Saturday August 20, 2022.
Georgia Mayenschein, 13, transfers a pile of mulch to the street during the Preserving Newhall Community Day clean-up event at the Newhall Community Center on Saturday August 20, 2022. Chris Torres/The Signal

Isabelle Williams, 17, was one of the volunteers present and helped by picking up litter along the street.

“It’s really important to us to take care of our planet,” Williams said. “The community does so much for us, so I think we should give back. When you do this you feel so good about yourself and even though you are doing small things you know you are making an impact in the world.

Volunteer Gary Tusumi moves a bin full of mulch during the Preserving Newhall Community Day cleanup event at the Newhall Community Center on Saturday August 20, 2022.
Volunteer Gary Tusumi moves a bin full of mulch during the Preserving Newhall Community Day clean-up event at the Newhall Community Center on Saturday August 20, 2022. Chris Torres/The Signal

Villegas, Williams and fellow volunteer Iras Pilar all agreed that litter in Newhall was one of the biggest issues they needed to focus on on Saturday.

“A lot of people throw trash here,” Pilar said.

Volunteer Pedro Campa, 13, sweeps the street during the Preserving Newhall Community Day clean-up event at the Newhall Community Center on Saturday August 20, 2022.
Volunteer Pedro Campa, 13, sweeps the street during the Preserving Newhall Community Day clean-up event at the Newhall Community Center on Saturday August 20, 2022. Chris Torres/The Signal

Volunteers were scattered through the streets carrying out a variety of different tasks, all with a common goal in mind – to revitalize Newhall to maintain its historic integrity.

“I think it’s really important that we do our part as a city to make sure we maintain public rights of way,” Villegas said.

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