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'Trash Mob' Hits Cleveland Heights Sunday

The Neighbor to Neighbor group in the Grant Deming Forest Hill Historic District organized the newest type of "mob" to spruce up streets on Earth Day.

Cleveland Heights has seen its fair share of mobs.

Most recently a "," organized to help support locally-owned businesses by shopping at their stores, hit Coventry. The crowd of about 50 people filled and spent $1,454 in just an hour and 15 minutes.

And we all know what happened at the end of the last June, when the term traditionally applied to positive gatherings of people — "flash mob" — acquired a very negative connotation.

Now the newest mob in Cleveland Heights will hit the streets Sunday afternoon.

Residents of the Grant Deming Forest Hill Historic District have organized a "trash mob." Armed with plastic bags, rakes and gloves, the crowd will pick up trash, branches and clean out sewer grates on, appropriately, Earth Day.

Streets slated for clean-up include Washington, Yorkshire, Berkshire, East Overkook, Edgehill, Lincoln between Lee and Coventry Roads, Cottage Grove, Woodward and Parkway."

In addition to sprucing up the streets, neighbors will use stencils to spray paint sewer grates with the words "Lake Erie Starts Here" with an arrow pointing down.

"We're just trying to show pride in our neighborhood and the positive impact we can all have by joining together and getting to know your neighbors," said resident Mike Gaynier. "Making our streets look terrific is good for all for us."

The event, organized by Neighbor to Neighbor, will start at 1 p.m. If you live in the neighborhood and would like to participate, contact Carla Rautenberg at RCarla@aol.com.

Ted Dick April 20, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Unfortunately, I will be traveling this weekend to the west coast. Otherwise I would love to join you folks. I am a product of Lady Bird Johnson's anti-litter and Keep America Beautiful campaigns. I have been trying to clean the green areas on either side of Edgehill Rd at the border between Cleveland Heights and Cleveland. Good luck and I will join you on future efforts.

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