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BRIEF: Couple Cleans Up Years of Debris

Hopatcong's Jeff and Kim Hanf went the extra mile in February, hauling years worth of trash from around their neighborhood.

Cynthia Marinese couldn't believe what she saw.

Outside were more than 10 used tires, several bags of trash and even an old, rusted tractor. And Jeff Hanf was going back for more.

Hanf and his wife, Kim, spent hours in late Feburary cleaning up a large area around Frances Avenue. Jeff Hanf even hauled some debris up the hill using an all-terrain vehicle.

"What an amazing couple," said Marinese, their neighbor. "They just jump in and do while everybody else just complains."

Mary Clare March 05, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Good going Kim and Jeff! That's certainly a lot of stuff! Hope the garbage men pick some of it up for you. Keep up the good work!
Don March 05, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I jogged by this pile of trash a couple weeks ago and I thought that someone had dumped it on the side of the road. I'm very happy to hear that this was a cleanup effort. I wish more of our neighbors took this much pride and care of the land around their homes! Great job! I'm planning to take my kids out for a walk-around-clean-up one of these spring weekends. Since the kids are only 5 we'll only be picking up trash but it's never to early to instill some civic responsibility in our children.
BeachBum March 05, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Exactly my thought - If residents do clean up like this, will the town collect the garbage - Wish all of Hopatcong would donate their time to clean up
Marci B. Fischer March 05, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Way to go neighbors!!!
JenniferB March 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Beachbum, call the town and find out. Let us know. Awesome job! Love hearing stories like this. A bunch of us walk the neighborhood here and clean up stuff on the ground.
Willa Scantlebury March 05, 2012 at 05:32 PM
KUDOS! Now can we all do the same please!!! The town will TOTALLY help with collection. In fact, you can get gloves and bags at DPW or town hall. Call the town hall and tell them your plans, they are more then willing to help!
Albert Meyer-Pflug March 06, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Great job Jeff and Kim. It's great having neighbors like you. Cindy and Gary are pretty great too.
doors43 March 06, 2012 at 03:25 AM
That's wonderful! Great job, guys. We do this walking around, but because all the property around my house is private, I can't go onto them to clean up. The street, the town's woods, etc., we always pick up when we see it.
Gary Marinese March 06, 2012 at 10:34 AM
The town did pickup all of the trash at both the Frances and Janice street locations :) When my wife and I walk the dog we see other neighborhoods with the same situation :( I have asked Jeff and Kim to do a spring cleanup in my yard lol. They are great neighbors and so is Albert :)
BeachBum March 06, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Good - Hopefully all of the town residents start filling the streets with trash from empty lots and wooded areas - Spring Clean Up Hopatcong!
JenniferB March 06, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Gary, did you have to call the town. I'm assuming they were notified. Beachbum, how did you make out? Did you call the town to find out?
BeachBum March 06, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I havent, but will email the DPW
Tammy March 06, 2012 at 03:25 PM
While I applaud this couple for their efforts I can't help but think how ridiculous it is that they have to do it to begin with. What is wrong with the people in this town? Why is there no pride in their homes or their neighborhoods? Why would anybody think it is okay to dump their crap in a wooded lot that somebody else owns and is adjacent to somebody else's yard? Why is it okay that I bust my butt to keep my yard presentable and some jack*ss can come along and throw a washer in the woods behind my house for me to look at? It's not because we have to pay to have the stuff hauled away now either. I have been in this town for 40 years and even when the dump was open and you could bring anything there it was the same. Pure laziness and a complete lack of consideration for your neighbor. You don't have to have the biggest, fanciest house. You don't have to landscape and spend thousands of dollars on plants that are most likely going to be a buffet for the deer and groundhogs. If everybody would mow their lawn, rake their leaves and get rid of their trash and unwanted items in the proper manner this town would be so much more pleasant to live in. It's really not that difficult. Just takes a little time, effort and CONSIDERATION.
Gary Marinese March 06, 2012 at 10:46 PM
They were notified
Gary Marinese March 06, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Tammy, We agree it is just a bunch of slobs who do not care about the hood they live in. I notified the town about some people who did not care and was told there are slobs everywhere. Gary
T Simms March 26, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Let's all make some time to follow Jeff and Kim's example.

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