For Immediate Release
April 19, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today encouraged Boston residents to “step up and sweep up” for the City’s 10th Annual Boston Shines: Citywide Neighborhood Clean Up and Community Service Volunteer Program, to be held on the weekend of April 27-28. Yesterday, Mayor Menino got into the cleanup spirit by sweeping outside City Hall Plaza and releasing a video encouraging residents to join him to help ready Boston for spring. http://bit.ly/ImiKQT
“Boston Shines is a true community event as thousands of volunteers and residents gather each year to help clean up our city and show pride in their neighborhoods,” said Mayor Menino. “This is the 10th anniversary of the program, which has become a mark of spring in all of our neighborhoods. I encourage everyone to sign up and join us as we make Boston shine brighter than ever this year.”
The annual event fosters neighborhood pride, providing volunteers with tools and materials to clean parks, recreational spaces and business districts to beautify Boston for the spring and summer. So far, more than 5,000 residents have signed up for neighborhood cleanup projects across the City. Mayor Menino is asking residents to sign up to join a cleanup team in their area. Individuals are also encouraged to take the Boston Shines weekend as an opportunity to clean their own sidewalks, tree pits, and yards. For information on how to participate, residents can visit http://www.cityofboston.gov/ons/bostonshines/.
The Boston Transportation Department is also offering free towing of junk vehicles from private property as part of Boston Shines. The Mayor’s 24-hour Hotline is coordinating the effort to collect a list of junk vehicles to be removed in advance of Boston Shines weekend. Residents and property owners should pass on information regarding the location of these vehicles to this office at 617-635-4500 as soon as possible. This two day program to rid driveways and backyards of junk vehicles is an extension of the Boston Transportation Department’s Abandoned Vehicle Program.
“In addition to being an eyesore, junk vehicles also pose serious public safety problems and should not be left for any length of time in our residential neighborhoods,” said Mayor Menino. “I strongly encourage anyone who owns one of these vehicles, or has one of these vehicles abandoned on their property in Boston, to take advantage of this opportunity contact us and we will make sure that the vehicle is towed out of the City, crushed and recycled as scrap metal.”
In previous years, volunteers have painted community centers, planted flowers in business district rotaries, swept storefront sidewalks, raked parks and picked up trash throughout communities to make Boston’s neighborhoods beautiful. Organized by the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, there are events and volunteer opportunities in each neighborhood of Boston.
For more information and to sign up for Boston Shines, visit http://www.cityofboston.gov/ons/bostonshines/.