The Corner Forum
Monday, April 14, 2003
Issue #27

Neighborhood Cleanup: Saturday!

By Marc Borbely, 536 13th St. NE

Join your neighbors this coming Saturday morning for a Spring Cleanup!

David Cromartie (532 13th St. NE) proposed this idea in his article "Want to Get Together for a Spring Cleaning?" in the Feb. 2 issue of the Corner Forum.

"After the winter comes spring, a time for doing outdoor activities that include washing cars and cleaning," Mr. Cromartie wrote. "Springtime brings a sense of newness. So I am proposing a neighborhood cleanup. ... We will decide on a date and on that date everyone can get out of the house and clean up the neighborhood. We'll get heavy-duty trash bags and arrange for the city to come and pick up the trash. The cleanup will not only help to beautify the neighborhood but it will also give neighbors a chance to get out and meet and greet one another."

He asked for thoughts on a good date.

In the next issue, on Feb. 8, Tammi Cioffi (536 13th St. NE) said she liked Mr. Cromartie's idea and suggested picking a Saturday at the end of March or beginning of April.

"Hopefully it will be warmer by then!" she wrote.

Sharon Cochran (1300 block of Emerald Street) then made arrangements with the city to borrow rakes, brooms and shovels for an April 19 cleanup. She described the arrangements in the March 23 issue of the Corner Forum.

In the March 30 issue, Evelyn Washington (1316 Emerald St. NE) volunteered to help anyone plant flowers (seeds or plants) in their yards on Cleanup Day. Ms. Cochran (399-0715) volunteered to drive anyone to a hardware store to buy any planting supplies they might need.

In the same issue, Stephen Smith (1311 E St. NE) volunteered to be in charge of the supplies and materials for the 1300 block of E Street.

So now it's up to us!

Please let your neighbors know, and come on out so we can all meet each other, pick up some trash and maybe plant some flowers.

When: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 19.

Where: Outside! We'll meet at the corner of 13th and E at 10 a.m. for juice and donuts, and then we'll start cleaning! §