Lakewood Shade Tree Commission Beautifies First Energy Park at 2021 Arbor Day Ceremony

Posted on May 5, 2021 By

To commemorate Arbor Day, the Lakewood Township Committee and the Lakewood Shade Tree Commission held its annual Arbor Day Planting on the lawn near the parking lot of First Energy Park, home of the Jersey Shore BlueClaws, Friday, April 30. At the ceremony, Lakewood Parks Department officials planted three Watermelon Crape Myrtle Trees.

Arbor Day, first celebrated in 1872 in the United States, encourages individuals and groups to plant trees because of their environmental importance. Shade Tree Commission members hold Arbor Day celebrations the last Friday in April each year and have planted hundreds of trees throughout the town. Lakewood has been awarded “Tree City USA” for the past 37 years for its outstanding urban forestry.

Shade Tree Commission members include Chairman Moshe Raitzik, Vice Chairman Craig Theibault, Tzvi Gordon, Raphael Miller, Harrison Pfeffer, and Secretary Mary Kay Malec.
Lakewood Deputy Mayor Menashe Miller is the Commission’s liaison to the Township Committee. The Township Committee appoints members to the Shade Tree Commission.

For more information, contact either Moshe Raitzik at or Craig Theibault at 908-278-4165.