Raleigh, NC – The Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch, building a safe and informed family community, held Street Sweep 2009 on April 25, 2009, their annual neighborhood clean-up event. The group had volunteers, starting at 4-years old, deployed throughout the neighborhood logging over 20 service hours before temperatures started to creep into the low 90′s. The organization estimates that over 200 pounds of trash was collected. Several volunteers joked about items collected such as, various car parts (headlight, side mirror, and body parts), old, soggy newspapers, and lots of beer cans and bottles.
“The amount of cigarette butts seemed to be down this year,” said Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch President, Tabitha Groelle, “I’m surprised at how many people leave the Garner-Clayton paper in their driveway, unread, and decomposing – creating an eye sore for our community.”
The event organizer, Jason Hibbets, Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch Vice President was pleased with the outcome and hosted an afternoon cookout for the volunteers. “Not many people want to get up early on a Saturday morning to go pick up trash, but when it’s your neighborhood and no one else is going do it, you have some ownership and you feel good when it’s done.” (more…)