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East Side Neighborhood Cleanup targets 11 sites

Published: Sat, May 2, 2009 @ 7:45 p.m.

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.

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1aeparish(669 comments)posted 7 years, 2 months ago

I think this is a wonderful idea and I commend those who gave up their time to help keep what's left of their neighborhoods nice.

However, with that said, I think it's a shame that these people have to clean up after other people who are too lazy and disrespectful to properly discard of garbage. It should not be their responsibility, but it's good to see that there are at least some people who still care about keeping the city clean.

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2gmann415(268 comments)posted 7 years, 2 months ago

this is a good step in keeping the city nice. however why doesnt the courts make those who owe fines do this.

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3Ytownboy(142 comments)posted 7 years, 2 months ago

It's sad that the 2010 plan effectively abandons the east side to its own devices. In a couple of decades the east side will be totally gone.

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4yguins4(18 comments)posted 7 years, 2 months ago

I have to take a hour every time i cut the grass to clean up the trash that is thrown in my front yard and the vacent lots next my property that i take care of. Many tims as i am cleaning people throw stuff into the yard right in front of me. I take pride in my house and the property around it and have plans to do more to clean it up but untill this city stop destroying itself my efforts are worthless

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5Ciara2223(16 comments)posted 7 years, 2 months ago

We need more trash cans outside in this city and the city needs more people or need to get on the ball with getting it cleaned up. It doesn't make any sense how many dead rodents/ regular family pets like cats/dogs. But anyway you see them laying out on the street dead for weeks/months until their bodies just tear away from the weather and cars hitting them.

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