Low-key Labour Day for St Elizabeth

Low-key Labour Day for St Elizabeth

Monday, May 25, 2015

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Labour Day in St Elizabeth seemed at a lower key than in previous years but still much was achieved, parish and community leaders say.

With the parish project involving rehabilitation work at the Manning's Boys Home in Southfield, largely completed on the weekend, Black River Mayor Everton Fisher, colleague councillors and others turned their attention to the overgrown and neglected Logwood Cemetery in Black River, St Elizabeth's capital.

"There were over 40 of us clearing brush and shrubbery from the cemetery," Fisher told the Jamaica Observer by telephone.

Schools, police stations, and health centres were among facilities receiving a fresh coat of paint and other restorative inputs from volunteers across the parish.

At a very informal level in communities, residents pooled resources and labour to repair potholed roads and clean drains.

At the Santa Cruz Police Station, volunteers from a range of institutions, including the Kiwanis, St Elizabeth Co-op Credit Union and CIBC First Caribbean, painted the building.

And across the road, the Santa Cruz Police Youth Club and National Youth Service volunteers worked together in painting and landscaping the Santa Cruz Early Childhood Institute.

-- Garfield Myers

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