Monday, September 26, 2016

Queen City Pride Campaign Expands

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Plainfielders heard the call to clean up the main train station, with participation growing from an initial four volunteers to "30 hands" on Sunday.
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The group reported a total of "42 bags of broken bottles, plastic bags and plain old trash," all collected within two hours on two Sunday mornings.

"One of the highlights of yesterday was a father that brought his three children out to help," an organizer noted, citing it as an example of teaching the youngsters respect and civic awareness.

Councilman Cory Storch stopped by correction - I didn't stop by.  I was there from beginning to end cleaning up with the rest of the group.and saw for himself the need for more trash cans and greater attention to the state of the train station. Members of the Shade Tree Commission pitched in by trimming overgrown trees and shrubs around the station.

At 8 a.m. on Oct. 2, Queen City Pride welcomes volunteers again the the main train station on North Avenue for another cleanup.

Queen City Pride calls attention to another effort, Councilman Barry Goode's Oct. 1 "Clean the Queen" event, from 9 a.m. to noon, starting at West Front Street and Clinton Avenue.

The group also suggests helping elderly and or handicapped neighbors who may not be able to trim their shrubs or cut their grass.

"We will help our neighbors as a community in all wards, all you have to do is ask or if you know someone that does not have access, we will be there for you as good neighbors. Many hands make the work easy," a spokesman said.

There are laws on the books against allowing property to become overrun with weeds and trash. City inspectors can issue notices with a given time for remediation. If an owner refuses or neglects to comply, the city will clean up and place a lien on the property for the cost. Queen City Pride urges compliance to make the city a place of which all can be proud. 


  1. THANK You Bernice, we are honored that you are spreading the word of a few concerned residents to have others join our efforts

  2. This is a great thing to see people taking pride in Plainfield. Who do people contact who want to help but church is their morning priority on a Sunday? Thanks for the good news about Plainfield and the people who have pride in their home.

  3. The first step is to not litter at all. And if you see someone throwing trash on the ground, and polite "I think you dropped something" may do wonders.

    Thank you Bernice for putting this on your blog. Plainfield deserves to be pretty.