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APRIL 17 - In celebration of Earth Day
2010, the boys and girls of Brookline came together for the 6th
annual PA Cleanways "Let's Pick It Up, PA" project.
One team worked their way through Brookline Park and along Breining Street,
while another went west to tidy up Moore Park, located on Pioneer Avenue.
When all was finished, these hardy youngsters had collected quite an assortment
of garbage, downed tree limbs and discarded construction debris.
The Cleanways Project here in
Brookline was coordinated by Keith Knecht of the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC), a local community action group.
The city-wide effort was directed
by coordinators from the Pennsylvania Resources Council. PA
statewide effort to help eliminate illegal dumping and littering in
Pennsylvania. Every year on Earth Day weekend, nearly 200,000 residents
throughout the state join in the pickup.
Aside from the work done in Brookline's
two parks, several other teams, each led by members of SPDC, concentrated
on different areas of the community. These groups also collected several
truckloads of trash. The areas cleaned were Brookline Boulevard, Pioneer
Avenue, Trelona Way (boulevard service alley), Creedmoor Avenue, Capital
Avenue and Fitch Way.
So much is said about the conflicts
around the globe, but right here at home, we are also engaged in a conflict
of sorts. It's called the "War on Litter." Just take a walk along Brookline
Boulevard on any given day. Despite the presence of numerous trash containers,
the abundance of loose trash is astounding. "Where does it all come
Special thanks to all the boys and
girls of Brookline Park, the Cub Scouts and parents of Pack#601 from
Resurrection Church and the other concerned citizens of our community,
who came out on a cold Spring morning to help make a difference in our
neighborhood. Brookline is a better, and cleaner, place because of them.
Finally, thanks as always to Keith Knecht and the other members of SPDC,
Antonio's Pizzeria, Cannon Coffee and our partners in Citiparks for
their continued support of the PA
Cleanways project and
our efforts here at Brookline Park.
Thanks to the following individuals
for coming out to help us rid Brookline and Moore Parks of trash: Fred Metting,
Michelle Metting, Jerry Metting, Mike Metting, Angela Esch, Zachary Esch, Dante Klein,
Tom Klein, Mary Ann McCarthy, Shane McCarthy, Jim Sippey, Nathan Sippey, Patty Trettel,
Zach Miller, Chris Miller, Kathy Yates, Liam Yates, Luke Ritchie, Hunter Ritchie,
Candace Moses, Kara LaPorte, Antonio LaPorte, Tori LaPorte, Santiano LaPorte,
Franchesca LaPorte, Michael Elwood, Kristin Pendzich, Hannah Nassif, Brittany Corbett,
Joe Szymanski, Joe Cirigliano, Clint Burton, Milan Tyler, Rocky Powell, Rodney Powell,
James Perry and Michelle Underwood.