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Citizens Against Litter

April 2009 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Spring Redd Up update; Redd Ups in 150 communities; Need gloves and bags?; Making a difference in Stanton Heights; Brookline takes the 5th; Steward Mixer big success; Redd Up "Bob Awards"; Award recipient's take; State of the City Report available; Pitt Make A Difference Day set; "I Litter" awards; Garbagevilles; Special garbageville; Super Bowlers community service; St. Patrick's community service; Human street cleaner; Important phone numbers; Trash talkers, join us

Our mission

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

Spring Redd Up update

The official date of the Great PA Cleanup is Saturday, April 25. Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22. For Pittsburgh's three-day Redd Up weekend, Stash the Trash for school youngsters is Friday, April 24. Most neighborhood volunteers will clean up Saturday, April 25. Other neighborhoods have scheduled their cleanups before and after.

Redd Ups in 150 communities

The number of communities and groups that will participate in the spring Redd Up continues to grow. Citizens Against Litter has heard positively from over 150, including 84 city neighborhoods. Allegheny West, Allentown, Arlington, Beautify Banksville Road, Bedford Dwellings, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Bloomfield, Bluff, Bon Air, Brightwood, Brighton Heights, Brookline, Carrick, California-Kirkbride, Central Northside, Chartiers, Crafton Heights, Crawford Square, Downtown, Duquesne Heights, Duquesne University Evergreen, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, East Hills, East Liberty, Elliott, Esplen, Explorers Club, Fineview, Friendship, Friends of the Riverfront (Jail Trail), Friends of Route 28, Garfield, Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Hays, Hazelwood, Highland Park, Homewood, Larimer, Lawrenceville, Lincoln-Larimer, Lower Hill, Lincoln Place, Knoxville, Manchester, Mount Oliver, Mt. Washington, Mexican War Streets, Middle Hill District, Morningside, New Homestead, Nine-Mile Run Watershed, Northview Heights, Oakland, Oakwood, Observatory Hill, Overbrook (Fairhaven Greenway), Park Place, Perry Hilltop, Pittsburgh Cares, Pittsburgh Job Corps, Polish Hill, Regent Square, Renew Pittsburgh, Ridgemont, Schenley Heights, Shadyside, Sheraden, South Side, South Side Slopes, South Point Breeze, Spring Garden, Spring Hill, Squirrel Hill, St. Clair, Stanton Heights, Summer Hill, Swisshelm Park, Troy Hill, Uptown, West End, Westwood and Windgap.

Allegheny County communities:

Aspinwall, Avalon, Bethel Park, Carnegie, Chalfant, Crescent, Dormont, Dravosburg, Duquesne, Edgewood, Elizabeth, Etna, Findlay, Fox Chapel, Franklin Park, Glassport, Hampton, Harrison, Heidelberg, Homestead, Indiana, Leetsdale, Lincoln, Marshall, Mount Oliver, McCandless, McKees Rocks, Millvale, Mount Lebanon, Monroeville, Moon, Munhall, North Fayette, O'Hara, Oakdale, Oakmont, Ohio, Penn Hills, Pine, Pitcairn, Pleasant Hills, Reserve, Richland, Robinson, Ross, Scott, Shaler, South Fayette, South Park, Stowe, Tarentum, Upper St. Clair, Verona, West Homestead, West View, White Oak, Wilkins, and Wilkinsburg.

Beaver County:

Ambridge, Beaver, Brighton, Center, Darlington, New Brighton, Ohioville, South Beaver, North Sewickley, and Vanport.

Butler County:

Butler (city), Butler Twp. and Summit.

Washington County: Charleroi, Cross Creek, Fallowfield, Nottingham, Robinson, Washington City, and West Pike Run.

Westmoreland County: Arnold City, Delmont, Derry, Donegal, Penn, Rostraver, Unity, Ligonier, Loyalhanna, Jeanette, Smithton, West Newton and Youngwood.

Need gloves and bags?

Allegheny CleanWays invites groups in city neighborhoods, boroughs and townships to contact them for gloves, bags and safety vests for their Redd Ups volunteers this month. E-mail myrnan@alleghenycleanways.org or call 412-381-1301.

Making a difference in Stanton Heights

"During a nine-day 'staycation' last week, I resolved that every day that the weather cooperated, I'd pick up a bag of litter in Stanton Heights. (As you know, this usually doesn't take very long -- but I wanted to ensure that I didn't hurt my back from too much bending.) It rained just once, overnight, and I picked up at least 10 or 11 bags. The city cooperated by dispatching street cleaners to "redd up" Stanton Heights, too, and I'm not sure that my part of the neighborhood has ever looked so clean. (Still, I'm just one person, and I couldn't clean the entire neighborhood by myself.)

"I'm hopeful that the new Stanton Heights community group can help promote a cleaner neighborhood."

Stanton Heights resident

Brookline takes the 5th

South Pittsburgh Development Corp. is rallying volunteers for its 5th annual Earth Day clean up. The clean-up date is Saturday, April 18 at 9 a.m. Volunteers will meet at Brookline United Presbyterian Church, 1036 Brookline Boulevard. There will be gloves and supplies for volunteers, as well as a pizza lunch at Antonio's Pizza.

Sponsors believe Brookline rivals most neighborhoods for most volunteers and most litter and trash collected and are anxious to stay on top of the heap. New volunteers should contact Keith Knecht at 412-391-6036 or 412-561-4482 to sign or report littered sites.

Steward Mixer big success

Approximately 150 people attended the second Meet n' Greet Mixer for Clean Pittsburgh Stewards on March 19. Sixty of the city's 89 neighborhoods were represented. (Below is the list of neighborhoods, groups and volunteers who were recognized with "Bob Awards", named for the late Mayor Bob O'Connor.) The Clean Pittsburgh Commission, sponsor of the event, used the occasion to issue its 2008 State of the City Report. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl spoke. Judy O'Connor, widow of the late mayor, attended and thanked volunteers for their Redd Up activities. PNC was the corporate sponsor. Other sponsors were Coors Beer and Starbucks. Stewards and guests found long-handled litter gatherers in their "goody bags", compliments of PA Resources Council.

Redd Up "Bob Awards"

The Clean Pittsburgh Commission handed out its first "Bob Awards". The Redd Up Coalition of Homewood/Squirrel Hill/Point Breeze was singled out as Most Connected Neighborhood, Carrick as Most Improved and Larimer as Best Newcomer.

Twelve volunteers received "Bobbies": Angelique Bradford (Beltzhoover), Beverly Baggio (South Side Slopes), Ed Brandt (Brightwood), Elmer Clark (Elliott), Candy Cybator (Strip District), Ken Hale (Brightwood), Pat Hassett (Greenfield), Deb Joswik (Polish Hill), Sam Palombini (Sheraden), Josie Ramsey (Polish Hill), Ann Rose (Squirrel Hill) and Mary Savage (Homewood).

Other awardees were: Pittsburgh Public Schools for Stash the Trash, Pitt for Make A Difference Day, Duquesne University Evergreen for its annual cleanups, Allegheny CleanWays, PA Resources Council, Public Works and Citizens Against Litter. Judy O'Connor also received a "Bobby".

Award recipient's take

"Thank you for the amazing award. I will cherish it forever. I have been passionate about keeping the environment clean my whole life. I was taught to leave a place in better condition than how I found it, and I have lived by that rule. I never expected to be acknowledged for this and to accept this most precious 'Bob Award' has been over the top emotionally for me. I am overjoyed, humbled and know that I did not earn it alone. This was a community effort, my community, and I am very proud of the people in Carrick because they are worthy of such accolades. We are honored to be a part of your "Citizens Against Litter". Together we have made a difference and it's catching."

Dawn Harder, Clean Pittsburgh Steward in Carrick

State of the City Report available

Clean Pittsburgh Commission issued its 2008 State of the City Report. The report details activities involving litter, illegal dumping, vacant lots and buildings, abandoned cars, graffiti, greening, fines and enforcement. You can access the report online at http://www.prc.org.

Pitt Make A Difference Day set

It's a firm date. "Pitt Make A Difference Day" will be Saturday, October 17, coinciding with the dates of the Fall Redd Up, October 16-18. As many as 2,400 Pitt students may be involved. Citizens Against Litter is coordinating the Pitt effort with Terry Milani, Director of Student Volunteer Outreach.

"I Litter" awards

Advertising flyers become litter in Shadyside and elsewhere. These businesses are responsible and put their business on Shadyside streets.

Garbagevilles

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

Special Garbageville

Hat's off this month to a very special Garbageville -- the Bloomfield Post Office. It gets the prize. There's a lot of litter at the front of the building, in the bushes and especially in the parking lot. It's bad enough that the public has to tolerate the mess and ugliness on a daily basis but what does it say for the pride of the station's employees and the post office supervisor? The Postal Service in Pittsburgh will not permit community groups from removing graffiti from mail boxes but what's the excuse for not removing litter from its property?

Super Bowlers community service

About two dozen misguided Super Bowl celebrants will perform a total of 1,250 hours of community service in Oakland picking up litter and other cleanup projects.

St. Patrick's community service

Meanwhile on the South Side, 50 volunteers, organized by Judge Gene Ricciardi, participated in a special cleanup from the St. Patrick's Day celebration following the after-downtown parade festivities.

Human street cleaner

There should be more apartment managers like the one at the four-story 5420 Ellsworth Ave. building at Copeland. The sun was out recently and so was this manager sweeping the street gutters around his building. He filled two large bags with litter, tree droppings and dirt. You just don't see that too often. Imagine -- a human street cleaner.

Important phone numbers

Need to contact the city about something that's 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.

Trash talkers, join us

In his unflattering Letter to the Editor (Post-Gazette, March 11) on "City Litter", Bob Gold of Mt. Lebanon says "there must be some way to allocate some small measure of our limited and meager resources to cleaning up this mess."

There is and there isn't. Trash talkers like Mr. Gold would be welcomed with open arms (with gloves and trash bags) by thousands of Citizen Against Litter volunteers who Redd Up everyday litter when they can.

Maybe Public Works could fund removing litter from heavily-traveled roads like Bigelow Boulevard and the Highland Park Bridge interchange where it's too dangerous for volunteers.

We're all embarrassed by litter for ourselves and visitors. Many Pittsburghers are doing something about it. I suggest trash talkers join one of our community Redd Ups April 24-26 when 15,000 volunteers will pick up several hundred tons of litter in 150-200 city neighborhoods and area communities.

Boris Weinstein, Citizens Against Litter

Recent Litter-ature

A complete list of past Litterature is available in our archives.


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