Harvey Cedars Thinking Pink in May

By ERIC ENGLUND | Apr 24, 2019
Courtesy of: Harvey Cedars Police Department Harvey Cedars Department of Public Works during last year’s "Paint the Town Pink."

Harvey Cedars — During the month of May, Harvey Cedars will partner with Hackensack Meridian Health to “Paint the Town Pink.”

The initiative is a community-wide effort presented by Hackensack Meridian Health to raise awareness of the importance of annual mammography and women’s wellness. It encourages women ages 40 and older to have their annual mammogram and to remind women to continue to put wellness first in their lives.

Harvey Cedars first participated in the statewide campaign last year, which Meridian launched in 2007. Last year, approximately 90 communities participated, including local municipalities such as Barnegat Township, Barnegat Light, Little Egg Harbor Township, Stafford Township, Ship Bottom and Surf City.

The borough invites all Harvey Cedars business owners to decorate their establishments with pink decorations.

“Their participation serves as a visual reminder for women to ‘think pink’ as they make their way through town,” said Police Chief Robert Burnaford. “We hope our local businesses get creative and show their support in ways that reflect their personality in our community.”

Burnaford said anyone with questions about the Think Pink campaign can contact Harvey Cedars Patrolman Kevin Snow at ksnow@hcpolice.org.

“Kevin was the one who suggested we do this last year,” said Burnaford. “He approached the borough commission and they approved it.”

Borough Clerk Daina Dale said pink decorations will be adorning the municipal building.

“Some employees will probably participate,” said Dale. “Guys in the public works have pink work shirts. Last year, the lifeguards had a pink flag outside their garage. I think we can all come up wth some creative, colorful ideas.”

Burnaford noted that last fall, the police department participated in the “No-Shave November” campaign, where it raised close to $10,000 for cancer research, education and prevention.

“Anything to promote cancer awareness and prevention is a good cause,” he said. “With cancer, either you are directly affected like myself or you know someone who is.” The chief lost his  mother to cancer.  —E.E.



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