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Volunteers needed for Sunday Commack Road cleanup

Commack’s 7 Cents Club is looking for volunteers to help clean up part of Commack Road this Sunday.

A section of sidewalk near the Motor Parkway and the Bonwit Inn is “completely covered in silt and dirt,” 7 Cents founder Ed Mikell said in a phone interview. Pedestrians “have to go in the road to get down this stretch.”

Mikell, a retired businessman, started cleaning up roads on his own in 2014, driven to action by the appearance of the Crooked Hill Road bus stop, which was then littered with abandoned truck tires and hubcaps. He found 7 cents in loose change on his cleanup, and when he asked neighbors to join his cause, his club had a name.

Members have now done 17 cleanups, pitching in in areas where Mikell said official highway departments are stretched too thin. Many of the cleanups took place on other parts of Crooked Hill Road as part of Suffolk County’s Adopt a Highway program, and on parts of Commack Road. Anywhere from five to 25 people usually turn out, he said.

“You get a little comradery,” Mikell said. “You feel good and you get something taken care of.”

Mikell will supply all of the needed equipment, including gloves, traffic cones and reflective safety vests. The team will meet at 9 a.m. Park in the Bonwit Inn parking lot. For more information, email


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