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Clean Pittsburgh Commission announces "Bob Awards" recipients

A total of 12 volunteers, seven community groups and five neighborhoods were honored on March 19 with the newly-created "Bob Awards" for their efforts to Redd-Up city neighborhoods at the Clean Pittsburgh Commission's 2009 Meet & Greet Event.

The Awards, a tribute to the late Mayor Bob O'Connor and his dedication to cleaning up the city, were created to recognize local efforts to clean-up, prevent and eliminate litter in City neighborhoods.

Awards went to five neighborhoods. The Redd Up Coalition of Homewood, Squirrel Hill and Point Breeze, started in 2006, was singled out as Most Connected. Carrick was recognized as Most Improved and Larimer as Best Newcomer.

Twelve neighborhood volunteers, who were recommended by Public Works division managers, received awards. Awardees are: 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 Jozwik (Polish Hill), Sam Palombini (Sheraden), Josie Ramsey (Polish Hill), Ann Rose (Squirrel Hill), and Mary Savage (Homewood).

The Pittsburgh Public Schools were recognized for supporting and expanding the spring and fall Stash the Trash program that involved more than 8,000 students in 2008.

Pitt's "Make A Difference Day" community service event that brought 1,500 students to 33 city and area communities earned an Award as did Duquesne University's Evergreen and Spiritan Campus Ministry. For several years, 500 Duquesne students have joined residents and business owners in Uptown, the Hill District and South Side neighborhoods in their spring cleanups.

Other groups, recognized for their ongoing support of clean-up efforts, included Allegheny CleanWays, Citizens Against Litter, PA Resources Council and the city's Public Works Department.

The "Bob Awards" were a highlight of the Clean Pittsburgh Commission's second annual Meet n' Greet Mixer honoring neighborhood leaders called Clean Pittsburgh Stewards.

The Clean Pittsburgh Commission also took the opportunity to present its 2008 State of the City Report. The annual report details activities involving litter prevention, illegal dumping, vacant lots and buildings, abandoned cars, graffiti, greening, fines and enforcement. The report can be accessed online at

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