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Citizens Against Litter

October 2010 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Wish list; Hard to Recycle hard to miss; Dump the dumps; Fall Redd Up almost here; Alcoa volunteers are in action; Stash the Trash Friday, October 15; Community Conversation October 20; Thumbs down for street cleaning; Missy doesn't mess around; Let's hear it for the Panasiuks; Bloomfield volunteers busy; Reporting mail box graffiti easy as ABC; Stash the Trash volunteers; Graffiti Watch volunteers needed; "I Litter" awards; Garbagevilles; Important phone numbers; Nominate a pied piper of pick up; The last word

Our mission

Our mission is to inspire people throughout the city and region to collect litter and connect neighborhoods.

Wish list

When it comes to litter, Mr. Litterman's short list begins and ends this way:

"Hard to Recycle" hard to miss

Getting the word out sure helps. Dave Mazza said PA Resources came off a big weekend. Last Saturday 500 cars dropped off TVs and other stuff in 4 hours at its "Hard to Recycle" event. On Sunday, PA Resources did the recycling and composting for the 14,000 runner Great Race event.

Dump the dumps

Bob McKinley of Allegheny CleanWays reports that the number of illegal dumpsite kills is now 50 for the year. That's some record! There's still three good-weather months to go to add onto the total, including the large Fall Redd Up later this month. The Pittsburgh Trib featured Allegheny CleanWays' efforts with articles in both the September 22 and 23 papers.

Fall Redd Up almost here

Far from capturing all the cleanups in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and beyond on the weekend of October 14-17, Citizens Against Litter can account for upwards of 150 events. "There are probably more than 300 community efforts involving 15,000 to 20,000 volunteers," said Boris Weinstein.

For the third year Pitt Student Volunteer Outreach and Citizens Against Litter have partnered for "Make a Difference Day," Pitt's terrific community service day. Three thousand student volunteers will be in more than 60 neighborhoods and Allegheny County communities on Saturday, October 16. A dozen new communities were added this year. Terry Milani, Director of Student Volunteer Outreach, said students look forward to the interaction with residents as they work together to remove litter and trash. Communities involve students on everyday litter cleanup, clearing illegal dumps and planting and beautification projects.

Pittsburgh neighborhoods/groups and Allegheny County communities getting busloads of Pitt students are: Aspinwall, Allentown, Arlington, Beautify Banksville Road, Beechview, Bedford Dwellings, Beltzhoover, Bloomfield, Bon Air, Braddock, Brentwood, Brookline, California-Kirkbride, Central Northside, Crawford Square, Dormont, Etna, Elliott, Carrick, East Liberty, East Pittsburgh, Esplen, Fineview, Friendship, Eliza Furnace Trail, Garfield, Greenfield, Hays, Larimer, Lincoln Place, Hazelwood, Homestead, Homewood, Lawrenceville, Lower Hill, Manchester, McKees Rocks, Mexican War Streets, Middle Hill, Mount Oliver (city and borough), Mount Washington (Duquesne Heights), Morningside, North Oakland, New Homestead, Oakland, Oak Hill, Penn Hills, Perry Hilltop, Polish Hill, Schenley Heights, Sharpsburg, Sheraden, Shadyside, South Oakland, Stanton Heights, Strip District, South Side Flats, Spring Garden, St. Clair, Stanton Heights, Stowe, Summer Hill, Troy Hill, Turtle Creek, West End, West Homestead and Wilkinsburg.

Other neighborhoods and communities participating in the Redd Up are: Alcoa Volunteers, Ambridge, Arlington Heights, Baldwin Twp., Banksville, Bellevue, Bluff, Brighton Heights, Brightwood, Chartiers, Crafton Heights, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, East Hills, Downtown Pittsburgh, Fairywood, Fox Chapel, Glassport, Highland Park, Indiana, Lincoln-Lemington, Observatory Hill, Oakwood, Ohio River Blvd., Pine, Regent Square, Ridgemont, South Side Slopes, South Park, South Point Breeze, Spring Hill, Squirrel Hill, Swisshelm Park, Uptown, Upper St. Clair, Westwood, Windgap and Woodland School District.

Alcoa volunteers are in action

As many as 50 Alcoa employees will tackle a community service project with the Allegheny Commons Initiative at Allegheny Commons Park on Thursday, October 14. Alida Baker of the Initiative welcomes the help to mulch trees and gather litter and trash in the park. The Thursday project kicks off the Redd Up Weekend.

Stash the Trash Friday, October 15

Thousands of Pittsburgh school kids in dozens of schools from elementary to high will give litter the once-over on and around their campuses on the first big day of the Redd Up weekend. PA Resources organizes the twice yearly event with the help of Pittsburgh public and parochial schools. The Pirates pitch in with "A Day at PNC Park" and game tickets.

Community Conversation October 20

Sarah Alessio has lined up an interesting program for the Community Conversation meeting of Clean Pittsburgh Stewards for Wednesday, October 20, at the CCI Center on the South Side. The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Kathryn Hunninen of Mt.Washington CDC on Wild Art Wild Trails; Nicole Moga on Troy Hill's Summerfest. Councilwoman Theresa Smith will talk about the recent Sheraden neighborhood clean sweep mobilization. Clean Pittsburgh Commission would like participation to include more than last spring's 35 neighborhoods.

Thumbs down for street cleaning

Recent letters to the editor in the Post-Gazette have been critical of street sweeper sweeping. The feeling is if parked cars and broken equipment prevent litter, leaves and trash from being removed from street gutters, let's drop the program. What we don't need are middle-of-the street wash downs. The city will save money. Owners will not be inconvenienced moving their cars parked in street cleaning zones and owners will save a ton in needless parking fines.

Missy doesn't mess around

Missy Rosenfeld is one busy lady in Carrick. Her community work is being recognized. City Council issued a proclamation to her for starting the Stamp Out Mail Box Graffiti initiative with Pittsburgh Postmaster Rocco D'Angelo, the city's Graffiti Busters and South Side's Graffiti Watch. The initiative is in six neighborhoods and will expand.

Her other project -- the Carrick Art Escape -- is up and running. Working with 17 area artists who responded to her appeal, many vacant storefronts on Brownsville Road have been spruced up with artwork. It's quite an undertaking starting from scratch. Missy provided art supplies for the project with a $1,000 grant that she went after.

Let's hear it for the Panasiuks

Dave Panasiuk of the Oakville Housing Club is the new Clean Pittsburgh Steward in South Oakland. He does terrific work in his neighborhood removing everyday litter and cleaning illegal dumpsites. Dave and Michelle Panasiuk have been recognized for the work they do with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Outdoor Ventures as recipients of a 2010 Jefferson Award.

Bloomfield volunteers busy

Volunteers have been active all summer in Bloomfield. Eighteen of them were on Bloomfield streets Sunday, September 19 preparing for Little Italy Days. They picked up 15 bags of litter.

Reporting mail box graffiti easy as ABC

Pittsburgh Postmaster Rocco D'Angelo is asking the public for help to stamp out mail box graffiti. "Any mail box that is tagged or in need of repair should be reported to us by calling 412-359-7845." The Postal Service here is currently addressing graffiti and repairs to boxes in Carrick/Mt. Oliver, Strip District, Bloomfield/Friendship, Oakland and South Side. However, the Postmaster is interested in hearing about mail box graffiti in all city neighborhoods.

Reporting mail boxes that have been graffiti-tagged is as easy as ABC. Mr. Litterman did it. He called 412-359-7845. Told a courteous operator about two tags in Squirrel Hill. One at Wilkins and Wightman; the other at Wilkins and Dunmoyle. It took less than 10 seconds to complete the call.

Stash the Trash volunteers needed

Check out the Stash the Trash web site at http://www.StashTheTrash.org. Consider signing up to help them clean illegal dumps. Stash the Trash says, "If we would have 40 to 50 volunteers we could clean 150 of the 279 known Pittsburgh dumps within a year." I bet they could.

Graffiti Watch volunteers needed

Graffiti Watch on the South Side has provided a wonderful service for years. They remove graffiti tags. They need new volunteers. Contact Steve Root at graffitiwatch@gmail.com. Phone: 412-496-2272. Don't waste your time on the sidelines.

"I Litter" awards

Advertising flyers become litter in Shadyside and elsewhere. Businesses and sometimes non-profits are responsible and put their business on Shadyside streets. October's awards are few:

Garbagevilles

Garbagevilles are houses, buildings, streets and places that are a mess. Some because of litter; some because of unswept leaves; some because of trash and junk on their property. Some because garbage cans sit in the front of their houses. Many because of the absence of lids on garbage cans and open waste containers. Some of these Shadyside Garbagevilles are always a mess. This is an incomplete list of course.

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.

Nominate a pied piper of pick up

Help us find more "best-of-the-best" litter-gitter volunteers roaming our city neighborhood streets. They're all around us. We want to recognize their community service at the next Clean Pittsburgh Commission Meet n' Greet Mixer in March. Send their names, neighborhoods and contact information to boris.weinstein@verizon.net.

The last word

Remember. Rome wasn't redd up in a day either.

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