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APRIL 21 - In honor of Earth Day
2012, the boys and girls of Brookline came together for the 8th
annual Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful "Pick It Up, PA" project, part of the Great
American Cleanup. One team worked their way through Brookline Park, then along
Breining Street, Brookline Boulevard and Fitch Way, while another went west
to tidy up Moore Park. Despite a steady drizzle, when all was finished,
these hardy youngsters had collected quite an assortment of garbage and
The Cleanup 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. Across the city, Pittsburgh Citiparks
Recreation Centers also joined in their neighborhood efforts. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is statewide effort to help eliminate illegal dumping and
littering in Pennsylvania. Every year on Earth Day weekend, concerned
citizens throughout the state join in the pickup.
The Girl Scouts did a great job at
Moore Park and earned a new patch.
Aside from the work done in and
around Brookline's two public parks, several other teams of local volunteers
worked on different areas of the community. It was nice to see so many people
showing such dedication and community spirit.
Brookline is a Pittsburgh neighborhood
where it is nice to get out and take a walk. Whether it's a stroll along the
Boulevard, or a trip to the park, one thing always seems to stand out: trash.
This is a community that is, as it's motto proclaims, full of character,
charm and convenience. Brookline is home to over 13,000 residents.
Let's do what it takes to help keep it clean.
Luke Richie, Phil Tranter, Nicole
Tibbets, Connor Thompson and Richard Dunner.
A litter-free neighborhood can
make such a difference in so many ways. Home sales, commercial growth
and capital investment all increase when the quality and appearance of
a community are maintained. The quality of life in Brookline is not at
issue here. This is one of the best neighborhoods in the city to live
and prosper. It's the appearance that needs maintenance.
It's time to come together and
take a bite out of trash. There are many options available, like SPDC'S
Adopt-a-Street program. The main effort, however, has to come from the
average homeowner, pedestrian and park-goer. Please make an effort to
use the available trash receptacles, and if you see a discarded plastic
bottle lying in your path, take a moment to pick it up and drop it
in the nearest can. Together, we can all help make Brookline a better,
and cleaner, place for everyone.
The wet and weary volunteers from SPDC
finished the day at Cannon Coffee.
Thanks to the following individuals
for coming out to help us rid Brookline and Moore Park of litter: Philip Tranter,
Richard Dunner, Courtney Thompson, Luke Richie, Ciera Daniels, Connor Thompson,
Rya Henderson, Steven Trettel, Patti Trettel, Nicole Tibbets, Stephanie Snyder,
Michael Elwood, Keith Knecht, Dayle Lunn, Jenny Hoff, Clint Burton, Milan Tyler,
Keith Knecht, Michelle Underwood, Kathy Rudolph, members of the Keystone Young
Marines, and the Girl Scouts of Troop
51641: Bobbi Stewart, Delanie Staab, Emily Baum, Lexie Bouchard, Kayli Short,
Shelby Lunn, Taylor Schanck, Madison Rothermund and Marci Mazzafredley. Thanks also
to South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC), Antonio's Pizzeria, Cannon Coffee and our
partners in Citiparks for their continued support of the Keep
Pennsylvania Beautiful project and our efforts here in Brookline Park.
Photos from Past Cleanups
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Keith Knecht after unloading the
last cache of tires (left) and lots of hungry kids at the Brookline
after a hard day's morning, eating pizza courtesy of South Pittsburgh
Development and Antonio's Pizzeria.