Each year for the last five years, Southside Hospital has worked with Keep Islip Clean for a collaborative community cleanup.

This year, on Friday, May 11, the groups had their most successful clean-up to date.

“This was our biggest cleanup,” said Northwell Health’s vice president of community relations, Eddie Fraser,  “We collected about 66 bags of garbage.”

That trash included everything from mattresses to credit cards, said Fraser.

Volunteers began their cleaning at the corner of Illinois Avenue and Spur Drive South in Bay Shore around 10 a.m. For the next two and half hours, they went up and down the streets between Brentwood Road and Fifth Avenue.

Fraser, who spearheads the program, said the cleanups typically happen around Earth Day, but this year he wanted to incorporate Mother’s Day.

“We wanted to get the kids out there with their moms,” he said. “It was a great turn out.”

Top: Volunteers cleaning up garbage throughout Bay Shore. (Courtesy photo)