Groups, residents spruce up Y'town today for Great American Cleanup


A one-block stretch of Thorn Street that soon will be transformed into a lush garden resembles little more than a large, narrow patch of dirt with a smattering of yellow perennials.

Also noticeable is what’s not in or around it: litter.

“We have at least three cleanups during the year. We just try to keep up in the neighborhood,” said Elnora Sipp, president of the Four Square Block Watch group, which covers Earle Avenue and several other streets between Glenwood and Oak Hill avenues on the South Side.

The lack of trash, along with an immaculately manicured piece of greenspace across the street, is courtesy of block watch members who took part in today’s all-day Great American Cleanup of Youngstown, which is part of the larger nationwide Great American Cleanup effort.

Sponsoring the local citywide project was Green Youngstown.

The site near Thorn Street and Parkwood Avenue was one of more than 20 locations throughout the city from which groups and individuals removed litter and debris in an effort to beautify neighborhoods. Such work also helps make the areas safer and more attractive to businesses, noted Jen Jones, coordinator of Green Youngstown, which focuses on litter prevention and offers recycling programs in the city.

Read more about the day's events in Sunday's Vindicator or on

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