East Side Neighborhood Cleanup targets 11 sites

YOUNGSTOWN — If you were outdoors on the city’s East Side on Saturday, you may have been struck by what you didn’t see: overt litter along many roads and in vacant lots.

That’s because dozens of people like Gladys Tazwell and her husband, Lawrence, were out in full force.

“People drive by and pitch their trash. We’re trying to keep the neighborhood looking nice,” Gladys Tazwell said, referring to why she decided to take part in Saturday’s East Side Neighborhood Cleanup.

The three-hour effort, sponsored by the Northeast Homeowners and Concerned Citizens Association, is the first of at least three planned cleanups.

About 100 volunteers, including students and members of churches, businesses and other organizations, registered, and most met at Price Memorial AME Zion Church, 920 Dryden Ave., before spreading to 11 East Side cleanup sites. Their main duties were removing trash and raking leaves and other debris from walkways, vacant properties and streets.

Gladys Tazwell said she and her husband make the rounds in their Bennington Street neighborhood by removing discarded bottles and other trash two or three times a week. She said she’s attended Youngstown 2010 meetings, at one of which Mayor Jay Williams suggested participants who live next to vacant lots should keep them clean.

Read more in Sunday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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