Elected officials 'plant' democracy in Ridgefield

Elected officials from Ridgefield joined more than 40 volunteers on April 18 to

Elected officials from Ridgefield joined more than 40 volunteers on April 18 to “plant” democracy at Ballard Green Senior Housing in honor of Earth Day.

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RIDGEFIELD — State Sen. Will Haskell, state Rep. Aimee Berger-Girvalo and First Selectman Rudy Marconi joined more than 40 volunteers on April 18 to “plant” democracy at Ballard Green Senior Housing in honor of Earth Day. The sunshine and early spring temperatures were ideal for planting flowers in pots and boxes throughout the residential community as well as raking, cleaning and pruning of unwanted branches.

The service project gave participants the opportunity to demonstrate through their actions that democracy, and love of community, brings people together. Ridgefield Democrats underwrote the initiative, contributing colorful pots, pansies, seeds, potting soil and trash bags. Volunteers arrived with spades, gloves, rakes and other equipment, making the day enjoyable and successful.

“The ‘Plant Democracy’ project is an example of community-building and collaboration, which makes our town a better place for all of our citizens,” Marconi said. “I was happy to be part of the effort and to be able to speak to so many residents who came together to help others.”