Apr 29, 2015 6:15 PM
DOVER - Diana Carpinone has brought her 8-year-old son, James, to the public library many times since he was born, often picnicking outside on the grass.
Her perception about how enjoyable those moments are has changed, since she found out a few years ago that the Garrison City uses pesticides to keep up their lawns and athletic fields.
"I was kind of oblivious to it," Carpinone said. "I just didn't even think that anyone was treating it."
Carpinone became concerned, and after doing some research, decided to reach out to local officials and members of the city council so they could look into awarding bids to companies that treat public grounds using organic methods.
Carpinone started a blog called Non-Toxic Dover, and has a petition to promote her cause.
"It angers me, it concerns me," Carpinone said, adding that Dover has had a sustainability plan for the past 10 years. "I've really had to push to get them to live up to what they have pledged to do."
Dover's plan is defined as "balancing the values of environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic viability to meet our present needs, while ensuring the ability of future generations to meet their needs."
Carpinone said stopping the use of pesticides is important to keep the city sustainable. It is also important for the health of residents.
Children and pets can be negatively affected by pesticide use, Carpinone said.
The issue is particularly important to Carpinone right now, because the city is making decisions on who will be awarded a bid to maintain city grounds. She has been checking in with city officials on a regular basis to see where they are in the selection process.
You can read Carpinone's blog by clicking here.
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