BX volunteers work to clean up local cemetery

Bronx residents pitched in to clean up Pelham Cemetery in City Island on Saturday.



About 20 volunteers filled dozens of bags with trash to beautify the cemetery for people who come to visit their loved ones on the holiday.



Izzi Derosa contacted the Pelham Cemetery Association about a volunteer cleanup after noticing the problem when taking a walk through the cemetery.



The cemetery, which has been in the Bronx for at least 150 years, sits right by the water so garbage floats up onto the shore.



The volunteers not only picked up bottles and cans, but also parts of boats and sea debris that dimmed the appearance of the cemetery.



They say keeping the shoreline clean is a challenge every spring since winter storms usually create a lot of debris.



Workers also say they are fixing the cemetery's fencing.


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