Clean up time!

By Sue Moynagh

On Saturday, April 18, 2009, the City Manager’s “Keep Worcester Clean Team,” in a joint effort with Oak Hill CDC, held a clean up of the Vernon Hill neighborhood. Numerous volunteers from area colleges, Worcester Academy and other sections of the city joined area residents in this effort. People began to gather at the Worcester Senior Center on Providence Street by 8:30 A M. and picked up bags, gloves and T- shirts. Teams were formed and sent out into the Union and Vernon Hill streets and sidewalks, collecting approximately 3, 640 pounds of trash by 11:00 A.M. It was great seeing so many people pitching in to help clean up all the trash that has accumulated over the winter and early spring! Unfortunately, some private lots remain litter- filled, but the Department of Public Works compiled a list of “nuisance properties” that will be dealt with in the near future. Kudos to the volunteers for their hard work, the Department of Public Works for quickly removing the trash collected, and to City Manager Mike O’Brien for his campaign to clean up Worcester communities.

This was the 7th clean up effort coordinated by the City Manager’s “Clean Team,” which was initiated in October, 2007. Approximately 30,930 pounds of trash have been collected to date. More clean ups are scheduled and volunteers are welcome to sign up, either by calling the City Manager’s office at 508- 799-1175, or visiting the City of Worcester website. The next neighborhood clean up will be on Saturday, May 9, in the Main South area. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Girls and Boys Club at 65 Tainter Street. The clean up, also sponsored by the Main South CDC, starts at 8:30 A.M., and ends at 11:00 A.M. Be there and help make a difference! This was the 7th clean up effort coordinated by the City Manager’s “Clean Team,” which was initiated in October, 2007. Approximately 30,930 pounds of trash have been collected to date.

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