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Volunteers clean up Jose Higuera Adobe Park in an effort to beautify Milpitas

Last weekend, about 50 volunteers came together for a Park and Creek Clean-up at Jose Higuera Adobe Park, located at Wessex Place and Park Victoria in Milpitas. 

After many months of social distancing amidst the pandemic, members of the community got a refreshing chance to actually work alongside one another — picking up trash, sweeping pathways, and sanitizing the surfaces of garbage cans. 



“It’s important to keep our park clean,” said one Milpitas resident, who has lived just down the block from the park for over 40 years. “If we don’t do it, who else will?” 

Members of the Milpitas Fire Department stopped by to take part in the clean-up effort. And a group of students from Milpitas High School even came by to help out. Vice Mayor Carmen Montano and Councilmembers Anthony Phan, Karina Dominguez, and Evelyn Chua also rolled up their sleeves to help pick up trash. 

Vice Mayor Montano told The Beat that she had brought up the idea for the clean-up at a recent Council meeting. In the last year, the Vice Mayor has worked on similar efforts with fellow Councilmember Chua, who has been involved in clean-ups around the community since before the pandemic, teaming up with students from the Environmental Society of Milpitas High School. 

Milpitas’ Recreation and Community Services Director Renee Lorentzen told the Beat that the City will be planning more clean-ups in the near future:

“We’re not sure the frequency yet but we’re looking to make these a regular thing,” said Lorentzen. “We’re happy to offer a safe outdoor activity to allow the community to come back out and enjoy the park system — and also contribute to keeping our City beautiful.” 


Left to right: Councilmember Anthony Phan, Vice Mayor Carmen Montano, Councilmember Evelyn Chua, and Councilmember Karina Dominguez


Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro is the winner of a 2022 Golden Quill Award for her Education journalism. She works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works mostly with nonprofit organizations and educational entities to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also the author of “Fierce Woman: Wake up your Badass Self” and “Magic Within: Womb-Centered Wisdom to Realize the Power of Your Sacred Feminine Self.” Her YouTube channel features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief.


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