Spring Spruce Up

By Janice Sims, simsjanice@hotmail.com

 Marilyn Bennett, Erik Warga, dwane Starlin, Ann Carper, Janice Sims, Theon O'ConnoR (Community director/burleith, GU Office of Neighborhood Life), and his Mom, Winsome o'connor. Photo by Linda Brooks.

Marilyn Bennett, Erik Warga, dwane Starlin, Ann Carper, Janice Sims, Theon O'ConnoR (Community director/burleith, GU Office of Neighborhood Life), and his Mom, Winsome o'connor. Photo by Linda Brooks.

Burleith residents owe a debt of gratitude to the dozen or so volunteers who spent a very hot Saturday morning, May 30, collecting litter and trash from yards, streets, and alleyways.

The alleys were already in pretty good shape thanks to Georgetown University's month-long bulk trash collection and move-out drive in May. But two GU trucks made repeated passes through the neighborhood on Saturday to collect remaining items. Volunteers focused primarily on the small stuff—miscellaneous litter and trash, sodden newspapers, plastic bottles and caps, cigarette butts (are more people smoking these days?), and a surprising number of plastic dental floss holders

 candace pallandre, stu Mathews, and linda brooks. photo by Janice sims.

candace pallandre, stu Mathews, and linda brooks. photo by Janice sims.

Special thanks go to Georgetown University for providing bulk and trash collection, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital for financial support, and DC’s Helping Hands program for trash bags, brooms, and rakes.

Please join us for the fall clean-up in October. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors. In the meantime, please do what you can to keep the neighborhood looking good by keeping your front/back yards and tree boxes picked up and mowed. Cleaning up spilled trash, recycled items, and broken glass after the regular collections would help, too.