Dear Neighbors and Friends, I am so very thankful for the turnout we had this year for our annual Green Up Day and Great American Clean Up. I am also very thankful to our Cincinnati Park employees that were with us to assist us with safety tips, spreading mulch, pruning, planting trees and edging – is there something I missed? I also thank Hamilton County Juvenile Court Work Detail for assisting on Asmann Avenue and Burton Avenue doing litter pick up. The North Avondale Montessori School for giving/printing our neighborhood clean-up day twice in their newsletter. We as a neighborhood had access to other resources: The Tool Bank being one and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful the other. Both were free. The Tool Bank was free rental due to a generous donation from PNC Bank. So, thank you PNC Bank for your generosity. Mike Caporale, thank you for the litter grabbers and the gloves. What a perfect find it was that they were free and very handy to have. Mary Piper and Jim Corwin – you two went down a 90 degree slanted ravine at Victory Parkway and the Dana Triangle and retrieved 13 tires and a mountain of trash! Hats off to the both of you.

Sally and Steve Poehner thank you for opening the restrooms in the Belvedere, informing the Belvedere residents of our neighborhood event and for the volunteers. Sarah Harten Kouchy, thank you for setting up the dozens of bagels from and thank you to Brueggers Bagels for your generous and kind donation. This year I made arrangements with both the Urban League/Sickle Cell Anemia of Southwest Ohio and the Zion Temple for access to park in their parking lots -thank you. Charlene Morse and Bridget McComas, thank you for getting this information out to other groups of volunteers. We had responses and they still made it in the rain. Thank you to Fatimah Southall from Councilman Wendall Young’s office for showing your support for our community. Thank you to my cheerful father in law R. Dave Harten and the gaggle of family (Allison, Chris, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Lauren, Maura, Miles, Olivia & Sarah) for helping me and always showing support. Thank you Jan Banks, Cindy Crown, Edie Gaudio, Ursula Hassel, Mary Winn, Ann Wong, and Maura Wolf for every moment that you have given in keeping our neighborhood a great place to live. You never say no when it’s time for clean-up – no matter where it is. I often wonder how many pounds of litter we have picked up.

I was so happy to see families participate in the yearly clean up. Families keep neighborhoods together with civic events such as this one. So thank you to the parents for their precious time and setting a good example for their families. We had a great turnout from North Avondale and all the way south into Kentucky and north to maybe Middletown.

My point is, what a range of volunteers. I was so giddy at one point in the morning, I had to pinch myself. Next year we are going to have more volunteers. I already put in a request for a sunny temperate morning. Thank you everyone for helping on April 25th with the clean-up and to those I have not yet mentioned but equally appreciate: Robert Banks ◘ Nina Caporale ◘ Fred Fegan ◘ Dave Flashpohler ◘ Travis Gysegem ◘ Kaufman Family ◘ Hanne Loken Larsen ◘ Bridget & Phillip McComas ◘ Liza & Mariana McNair ◘ Marvin Masterson ◘ Shybria Pleasant with 6 youth from juvenile court ◘ Brett Price ◘ Karen Pryor ◘ Mr. & Mrs. Reid ◘ Reynolds Family ◘ Ross Family ◘ Cynthia Scanio ◘ Thompson Family ◘ Dave Wachs ◘ Jordan Wilson and others who didn’t sing in! See you in the neighborhood (view pictures on page 6)

Emily Harten

Editors note: From someone who has done this event, a huge thank you to Emily who did just an outstanding job!


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