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Waterford Woman Gives Back by Picking Up

Dorene Wadsworth of Waterford spent Monday morning cleaning up the trash alongside Gardiners Wood Road in a hope to make Waterford beautiful again.

Dorene Wadsworth had enough, and after months and months of letting it go, on Monday she finally did something.

Monday morning, from 10 to 12:30, Wadsworth picked up trash alongside Gardiners Wood Road. She was tired of seeing all the litter people were presumably throwing out of their cars and into the woods and committed herself to doing something about it.

“It makes me feel like I live in the slums somewhere,” Wadsworth said. “And it breaks my heart.”

The 52-year-old Waterford resident said she was raised to honor nature and to “make America beautiful.” She said the trash alongside the road has bothered her for a long time, but this weekend she committed herself to cleaning it up.

“I said on Monday, I’m going to utilize my morning to pick up the trash,” Wadsworth said. “It bugs me. I think (this weekend), it just bugged me enough.”

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Wadsworth grew up in East Lyme and was laid off from Pfizer earlier this year. She said looking for a job can be "discouraging and depressing" and cleaning the trash Monday provided her with a break from applying for jobs, a chance to help out the community and even some exercise.

She said people used to be more prideful in their communities and would not throw their trash out of their car windows or dump it into the woods. She said she hoped the community could come together and focus on not littering and keeping the area they live in clean.

“What I would love to see is people stop littering,” Wadsworth said. “That’s the message I would like to get out.”

In a few hours, she filled up seven bags of garbage after cleaning just half of the road. She said she was going to come back again and finish the road, because that’s the way she was raised.

“My father always said that either you do something right or you don’t do it at all,” Wadsworth said. “So I’m going to come back and finish it, because I really want to do a good job.”

Hope T December 04, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Thank you Dorene for caring enough to go this project alone. Gardeners Wood is such a beautiful stretch often littered by garbage that is discouraging. You set a good example for kids and adults alike, and hopefully more people will get the message and just stop being reckless.
Dot Concascia December 04, 2012 at 12:34 PM
We certainly need more Doreen's in this world. Great job and such a good role model. We need to get the word out there and praise the ones who do good. That is what I love about The Patch because it reports all the good things done in the town and recognizes the people that are doing good in our community. Thank you Doreen.
Casey December 04, 2012 at 02:13 PM
This story is about two ends of a spectrum - on one end you have Doreen who cares and is willing to give up time to make things better and on the other end you have the disgusting people who don't seem to care about anything. Throwing garbage out of a car window speaks volumes about the type of person you are. It is very discouraging to know how many people there are that simply don't care. At the same time it is good to know that there are still a few Doreen's out there......................... Thank you Doreen.
Waterford Rez December 04, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Doreen, thanks and good luck in your job hunt. Actually, I have an idea. Doreen can supervise some of the thousands of prisoners in CT sitting around on the taxpayer's dime watching TV and getting 3 meals a day as they pick up trash. It' works down south just fine. Or, she can supervise some of the thousands of welfare recipients who are 100% capable of giving back a few hour a week to the state (i.e. taxpayers) who are helping them out financially. Finally, with the absolute insane amount of taxes CT residents pay every year (state and local), we shouldn't have to read articles like this because the litter should be picked up by our DOT and public works employees. Funny, I didn't read about any unions filling a grievance against Doreen for "taking work away" from them. I'm sure the union lawyers will be sending a "cease and desist" letter to her soon. Thanks again Doreen-I hope a potential employer can see you would be a great asset to their company!
DAWNIA PARISEK December 04, 2012 at 03:08 PM
AWESOME JOB. I LIVE IN PLAINFIELD AND WE HAVE A FEW PEOPLE THAT DO THIS ON A REGULAR BASIS. I GREW UP IN WATERFORD AND IT BREAKS MY HEART THAT PEOPLE THESE DAYS ALL OVER SEEM TO HAVE NO RESPECT.
Ron December 04, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Nice Doreen. Thank you. Please DO NOT let Governor Molloy know you are doing this as he will hire more staff to supervise,oversee, monitor, measure, graph, what you are going as an actual worker, and then make you slow down, pick up less, restrict the areas you can pick from, make you unionize, require permits and paperwork, tax your efforts by the pound, require you to take all Federal and State holidays, require you to hire minorities, provide medical benefits for all staff, offer daycare and around the clock security, have an HP department, carry flood insurance, and make you retire with full benefits so tou can be rehired as a consultant. Also you will be required to have a State Union Suggestion Box that will save the State $ 350,000,000. Thus please keep a low profile and stay private for as long as possible.
Beachmom December 04, 2012 at 05:16 PM
@Waterford Rez...In case you are unaware, our TOW public works employees are still trying to finish picking the brush from Storm Sandy. Perhaps if the TAXPAYERS didn't abuse the system ie...cutting down trees that weren't damaged during the storm just to get a freebie pickup, maybe they could get out and pick up after the other TAXPAYERS that littered. Right after they go to another TAXPAYER;S house to pick up the trash the TAXPAYER didn't have out in time, etc. Kudos to you Doreen!!! I saw you out there again today in the rain. You are dedicated! And please know that you are appreciated!!
Waterford Rez December 04, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Beachmom, Yes, because there was never trash before the storm.
Beachmom December 04, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Waterford Rez, Clearly you missed the point. Let me spell it out for you. The storm (and the trash pick up) were EXAMPLES of the taxpayer's taking advantage of our town's services. If debris from the storm only were put out, and if people would put their toters out in time (again examples) etc, perhaps there would be time and manpower to do other tasks around the town. Get it?
Waterford Rez December 04, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Beachmom, No, I don't get how thee to are connected. Sorry. Trash along the roads has always been a problem and it shouldn't take someone like Doreen to solve it. As far as taxpayer abuse, well, what is your solution?
Beachmom December 04, 2012 at 08:22 PM
No point Waterford Rez. You probably wouldn't get it :)
Beachmom December 04, 2012 at 08:24 PM
And by the way, Doreen didn't solve the trash issue, but I commend her for helping to clean it up!
Casey December 04, 2012 at 09:06 PM
It is a shame the good deeds done by Doreen have turned into a peeing contest between Beechmom and Waterford Rez. This discussion should be less about who should pick up the trash and more about the fact that we have become a society where dumping trash on the side of the road is acceptable to so many.
Dorene Wadsworth December 04, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Thank you Dot! I am hoping everyone will be mindful of keeping litter off the streets.
Dorene Wadsworth December 04, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Me too!
Dorene Wadsworth December 04, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Amen! Casey you are most welcome! Today I filled 6 bags, the garbage was endless, at one point I wanted to cry, I felt like I was standing in the middle of a dump! Very, very sad!
Dorene Wadsworth December 04, 2012 at 09:34 PM
This has been one of a few of my thoughts . . . I was also thinking about community service, or a parent getting their child away from any electronics for a few hours, it would do htem good to get some fresh air! You are most welcome Waterford Rez. Thank you for your well wishes. Oh also, the house couldn't afford my rate. :-)
Dorene Wadsworth December 04, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Thank you. I am just minding my own business doing a good thing. As far as Molloy goes . . .
Dorene Wadsworth December 04, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Trash has been not only on Gardners Wood for several years now but in other towns as well, look around, you will see.
Dorene Wadsworth December 04, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Everyone can help "solve" by picking up the trash/litter and STOP throwing it roadside. It can be that simple.
Dorene Wadsworth December 04, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Casey, Thank you!
Dorene Wadsworth December 04, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Thank you everyone for your comments, I certainly appreciate them. I only hope everyone will take time out of their day/week to help clean it all up and those that litter will stop! Who would throw a bathroom sink on the side of the road!? I think we need to start fining those that litter, sounds reasonable to me.
Beachmom December 04, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Touche Casey. You are right. My apologies.
Casey December 05, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Thank you Beachmom - Very few people react constructively to criticism. You are a pleasant surprise:)
Daniella Ruiz December 06, 2012 at 12:11 PM
add in all the trucks and open windows that let garbage fly around and out too! take a spin down Miner Lane, Clark Lane, Fog Plain, or even RT 1 near Cross Road for a refresher in litter distribution. personally, each time i haul my blue trash bin to the curb, i do a short walk up and down my street and put what i find in my bin.

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