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Citizens Against Litter

March 2008 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; "Earth Against Litter" April 18-20; Volunteer after-party; Stash the Trash at schools; Exporting our Redd Up; Route 28 clean up gang; East Hills in the fold; Shadyside Citizens active; Seattle Kids Against Litter; Citizen speaks out; Illegal dump survey; Save our trees; "I Litter" awards; Garbagevilles; Important phone numbers; We want you; Twirl; To a litterer

Our mission

To inspire people throughout the city and region to collect litter and connect neighborhoods.

"Earth Against Litter" April 18-20

This year's Earth Day in Pittsburgh and the area is shaping up to be some kind of a "Trashapalooza," as PG columnist Brian O'Neill likes to say. So far 156 neighborhoods, boros and townships from the city, Allegheny and Beaver counties will participate.

Response has been terrific. Citizens Against Litter has made hundreds of phone calls, sent hundreds of e-mails, and talked to neighborhood leaders, managers and administrative staffers since last October.

Not a single community has said "No" to our request to join the April 18-20 Redd Up, a wonderful tribute to the late Mayor Bob O'Connor and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl who made getting rid of everyday litter by residents a priority.

Additionally, Allegheny County officials and the eight Councils of County Governments have been very cooperative, making it possible for Redd Up to move beyond the City.

More than 10,000 adults and young people are expected to take to the streets with gloves, litter bags, nifty nabbers, brooms, weed whackers, lawn mowers, racks, and hedge cutters. Their haul could exceed 40 tons of litter and trash that will be hauled away by employees of Public Works, Parks and Conservation departments, and PennDOT in the city, boros and townships.

Right behind them, holding training workshops and supplying gloves, bags and other tools of our trade, is PennDOT, Allegheny CleanWays and PA Resources Council.

A special thanks to the city's 80 plus Clean Pittsburgh Stewards and residents and officials in over 60 communities in Allegheny County and 13 in Beaver County. Over 30 communities are still considering. It doesn't get done without all of them. Here are the real stars -- ordinary people from these communities.

City:

Allegheny West, Allentown, Banksville, Banksville Road Corridor, Bedford Dwelling, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Belmar Gardens, Bloomfield, Bluff, Bon Air, Brighton Heights, Brightwood, Brookline, Carrick, California-Kirkbride, Central North Side, Chartiers (City), Crafton Heights, Crawford Square, Downtown Pittsburgh, Duquesne Heights, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, East Hills, East Liberty, Elliott, Fairywood, Friendship, Garfield, Greenfield, Hazelwood, Highland Park, Larimer, Lincoln, Lawrenceville, Lower Hill, Manchester, Morningside, Mount Washington, Mount Oliver (city), Mexican War Streets, Northview Heights, Oakland, Observatory Hill, Overbrook (Fairhaven Greenery), Perry Hilltop, Polish Hill, Ridgemont, Regent Square, Schenley Heights, Sheridan, Shadyside, South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, Spring Garden, Spring Hill, St. Clair, Stanton Heights, Strip District, Swisshelm Park, Troy Hill, Uptown, West End, Westwood and Windgap.

The Redd Up Coalition neighborhoods of Homewood, Squirrel Hill North Point Breeze, South Point Breeze and Park Place have scheduled their Redd Up for May 2, 3 & 4 because of a conflict with the Jewish Passover in April.

Allegheny County:

FIRM: Aleppo, Aspinwall, Avalon, Bell Acres, Bellevue, Bethel Park, Brackenridge, Bradford Woods, Carnegie, Castle Shannon, Chalfant, Collier, Coraopolis, Crafton, Cranberry, Dormont, Dravosburg, East Deer, Edgewood, Edgeworth, Emsworth, Etna, Findlay, Forest Hills, Fox Chapel, Frazer, Franklin Park, Gibsonia, Hampton, Harrison, Heidelberg, Homestead, Indiana, Leetsdale, Marshall, McCandless, Millvale, Mount Lebanon, Mount Oliver, Monroeville, Moon, North Fayette, North Versailles, Oakmont, O'Hara, Ohio, Penn Hills, Pine, Pitcairn, Reserve, Richland, Ross, Scott, Shaler, Sharpsburg, South Fayette, Stowe, Tarentum, Turtle Creek, Upper St. Clair, Verona, West Deer, West View, Whitehall, Wilkins, and Wilkinsburg.

CONSIDERING: Baldwin Township, Brentwood, Crescent, Cheswick, Churchill, East McKeesport, East Pittsburgh, Fawn, Harmar, Ingram, Jefferson Hills, Leets, Neville, McKees Rocks, North Braddock, Oakdale, Osborne, Pleasant Hills, Plum, Rankin, Robinson, Rosslyn Farms, Sewickley, South Park, Springdale, Swissvale, Thornburg, Wall, West Homestead, and Wilmerding.

Beaver County:

Ambridge, Beaver, Brighton, Bridgewater, Center, Chippewa, Freedom, Harmony, Midland, Monaca, New Brighton, Rochester and Vanport.

Volunteer after-party

It's now an Earth Day tradition. As in previous years the Great PA Cleanup Volunteer Recognition Party will be held on Saturday, April 19, at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion in Schenley Park from noon to 3 p.m.

The event is a project of the Clean Pittsburgh Commission. Sponsoring organizations include Waste Management, Giant Eagle, Eat 'n Park, Coors, and the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP).

In appreciation for their hard work and cleanup efforts volunteers will be treated to a free lunch, live entertainment, games and prizes. Awards and raffle begin at 1:30.

Neighborhood groups can RSVP and get more information by contacting Laura Ludwig at 412-621-7863, ext. 12, or lludwig@opdc.org.

Stash the Trash at schools

Another project of the Clean Pittsburgh Commission is Stash the Trash. Pittsburgh Public Schools is supporting two events this year, one on Friday, April 18 and the other in the fall. PPS sent letters to principals in 70 schools. Last year more than 35 schools and 3,000 students took part. We're asking Clean Pittsburgh Stewards to contact schools in their neighborhoods and return sign up forms to PA Resources Council by April 4 for supplies. Contact Sarah Alessio at PRC, 412-488-7490, ext. 236.

Exporting our Redd Up

A news crew from the new independent nation of Kosovo will be in Pittsburgh next month to make a two-hour documentary featuring Pittsburghers redding up their neighborhoods. The trip here is sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Four neighborhoods' clean up efforts will be highlighted. They are Greenfield, Central North Side, and Uptown-Hill District. Explorer Club members will redd up the Mount Washington hillside. Other clean up and beautification activities will be spotlighted. The visit is planned during the April 18-20 Redd Up in our area. Three other U.S. cities will be visited. Kosovo has severe litter and pollution problems.

Route 28 clean up gang

Friends and family of the late Paul "PJ" Shepherd who was killed last year in an accident on Route 28 will again redd up in his memory on Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will target Route 28 from the Heinz plant to the 31st Bridge.

East Hills in the fold

There are now Clean Pittsburgh Stewards in all 89 city neighborhoods. Claudia Wells of Second East Hills Tenant Council accepted the leadership position for East Hills. She is organizing volunteers for an April 19 Redd Up. Thank you Claudia.

Shadyside Citizens active

Citizens Against Litter started in Shadyside. Volunteer groups are stepping up for the April Redd Up. So far, there's Liberty School, Kentucky Avenue School, Pitt Law Students, Trib Against Litter, Walnut Street merchants, Chamber of Commerce and Citizens Against Litter.

Seattle Kids Against Litter

Nine-year old Cole Weinstein thinks it's awesome to collect litter. He and his grandfather are starting a Kids Against Litter group in Cole's Seattle school. The Kentucky Avenue School in Shadyside was the first. In nice weather, Kentucky kids pick up litter on Friday walks to Mellon Park.

Citizen speaks out

Boris Weinstein will speak at three neighborhood meetings in March. He'll be in Center Township, Beaver County March 9; at the Carrick Community Council meeting March 19, and with residents in Banksville March 27.

Illegal dump survey

PA CleanWays and its affiliate Allegheny CleanWays will be surveying Pittsburgh for illegal dumpsites this spring. The survey will be a follow up to one done in 2002 that identified 200 dumpsites with an estimated 344 tons of trash. Results of the new survey will be available this summer. The results will be shared with Clean Pittsburgh Stewards for their neighborhoods.

Save our trees

The next meeting about Squirrel Hill trees will be Monday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Children's Institute. The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition's Board of Directors has approved the formation of a committee to ensure that the community makes a long-term commitment to reforming the city's tree policies and also to begin attempts to replant on the streets that were devastated by the recent removals. Danielle Crumrine, Executive Director of Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest, has committed her organization to continue working with Squirrel Hill. The Urban Coalition is also joining forces with other community groups who are already very active concerning the city's tree issues.

"I Litter" awards

The list is smaller. It may change when the weather breaks. Advertising flyers become litter. Their names are on the street.

Garbagevilles

Garbagevilles are houses, buildings, streets, alleys and places that look awful because of litter, garbage, upswept leaves and other stuff. Here are some.

Important phone numbers

Need to contact the city about something that has been bothering you, like potholes and graffiti? Call the 311 Response line (alternate number is 412-255-2621). Your request will be logged and sent to the proper department. Want to contact someone directly? The following list may help.

We want you

Volunteers are wanted. The work is light. Hours are your own. No meetings. No dues. No money. Payoff: clean streets and community pride. Please contact boris.weinstein@verizon.net or call 412-688-9120.

Twirl

As we near another citywide Redd Up and with Gena Turner, a Clean Pittsburgh Steward, bouncing back from another heart surgery, it might be too much to expect that Gena will repeat the spaghetti dinner treat for volunteers she had last October. Speedy recovery Gena.

To a litterer

On the street where I
live I saw a woman,
parked in her car, roll her window
down and, actually, throw out
candy wrappers on the
driveway. What was she thinking?
I beg you. Consider. No more.

Leone P. Paradise
Citizens Against Litter volunteer

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