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Teens team up on greenbelt cleanup

Youth to the rescue!

Two organizations at Comsewogue High School in Port Jefferson Station — The Greenagers club and the program, Leading and Empowering to Achieve Your Potential — joined Brookhaven Town Councilman Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld last week to help clean up part of the Terryville Greenbelt conservation area near the high school.

“The Terryville Greenbelt is a critical watershed which helps to replenish our underground drinking water aquifer. I’ve continued to advocate for acquisition of the various parcels which make up this ecosystem and critical remnant of the Terryville Outwash Plain,” Fiore-Rosenfeld said in a release. “It was always the vision to incorporate the obvious connections of Comsewogue High School and its student body and faculty hoping to some day have them use the town’s open space holdings as an outdoor learning laboratory for biological and ecological studies.”

The group, led by biology and environmental science teacher Shane Goldberg, had been planning the cleanup since September.

“[The] cleanup of the Terryville Greenbelt (or “Warrior Woods” as some of our students are informally calling it) was a successful first step in fostering a sense of pride and stewardship for the students of Comsewogue High School,” Goldberg said in the release.

The town’s Department of Waste Management picked up the debris collected by the students. The Terryville Greenbelt is 60 acres of land mostly owned by Brookhaven Town.

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