W Rockland Street’s ongoing community projects continue to be featured in the news. Thanks for the love! Block resident Emaleigh Doley and Deputy Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams, City of Philadelphia Department of Streets, talk about the City’s UnLitter Us program with veteran newscaster Ukee Washington on CBS-3’s Talk Philly.
Ukee Washington, Emaleigh Doley and Deputy Streets
Commissioner Carlton Williams on Talk Philly
Broadcast May 20, 2010
Today, W Rockland Street took the UnLitter Us Pledge and completed the online application to become an official Litter Free Zone! I have been really excited about this program since I read the first press release about the launch. To me, UnLitter Us is a great campaign because it is about long-term solutions to litter. It really starts (and ends) with transforming people’s thought process and how they actually think about and address litter. It’s about changing a person’s mindset.
With W Rockland Street, it is a constant struggle but we have seen a decline in litter overall through our efforts. We are looking forward to seeing how the Litter Free Zone can help us continue to move forward.
Here’s my favorite UnLitter Us TV-spot: The City Has A Heartbeat
Find out more about the program on the Streets Department website!
Kids at the Philly Spring Cleanup
On Saturday, April 10th, W Rockland Street joined Mayor Michael Nutter and thousands of volunteers in neighborhoods across Philadelphia for the 3rd Annual Philly Spring Cleanup. This year was a big success. We had much more participation from block residents than last year which felt pretty awesome. Kids and adults of all ages including longtime residents and homeowners to new neighbors and renters worked alongside each other throughout the day with many neighbors helping one another out. I have to say that I was honestly very surprised by the turnout. It really was an amazing day.
Block residents cleaned alleyways and vacant lots, beautified homes and gardens, and removed trash from the sidewalks and streets. Neighbors also used the cleanup as an opportunity for home improvement projects. Basements were cleared out, an old deck was torn down and more. The trash piles were HUGE!
A growing trash collection site during the cleanup
We were also once again joined by volunteers who came all the way from New York City to help out! Last year, a big group of fraternity brothers from Drexel University helped us clean the worst vacant lot on our block (remember this, ugh). This year, block residents worked alongside our wonderful student volunteers from St. John’s University, brought to us by organizers at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. The church is also home to W Rockland Street – located at the bottom of W Rockland Street between Logan and Green Streets. When we saw the students in their matching t-shirts come marching through the school yard with one of the priests from the church we were beyond excited. We could not have accomplished our project to such a degree without the volunteers!
Thanks also to the Philadelphia Department of Streets and sanitation crew for the special trash pick-up and to the Philly Spring Cleanup for once again providing much needed supplies. We were able to give residents recycling bins, brooms (best corn brooms ever by the way), trash bags and work gloves. We also had rakes and shovels for the bigger projects.
Next up for W Rockland Street is the first block meeting of 2010 on April 17. Looking forward to it.
View more photos from the cleanup on Flickr.
Let’s Keep Up the Sweep Up!
St. John's University volunteers with kids and block residents
At our first block meeting of 2009, the neighbors decided that one of the first orders of business would be to host a block cleanup on April 4, as part of the big Philly Spring Cleanup. W Rockland Street has a big litter problem, in addition to a pretty awful vacant lot at the bottom of the block. Our goal for the cleanup is to get the neighbors involved, cleanup our homes and yards and the sidewalk and street, in addition to tackling a few of our major problem zones.
Goals for W Rockland Street Spring Cleanup
- Think Big: Join together to cleanup the vacant lot at the bottom of the block and the lots at the top of the block!
- Cleanup and beautify your own homes and yards
- Cleanup the street and sidewalk areas near your home
- Work with your neighbors to cleanup in front of vacant houses
- And don’t forget the back of your house, keep the alleys clean and clear of debris for emergency situations
- Say no to litter and illegal dumping! Respect your neighbors. Make Rockland Street a beautiful, trash free and safe place to live for you and your family!
Exciting news! W Rockland Street is gearing up to participate in the big cleanup. We hope that being part of a more official cleanup will help us to make some headway on the block.
MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES 2ND PHILLY SPRING CLEANUP
MAYOR’S OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Philadelphia, March 10 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the 2009 Philly Spring Cleanup will take place on Saturday April 4th from 9am to 2pm. The theme of this year’s event will be Building Sustainable Communities.
“Every day since last year’s event people have been asking me if we would be doing it again and today I am happy to say yes, it’s on,” said Mayor Nutter. “Last year friends, families, and neighbors came together to clean up their neighborhoods and to take care of their city. This year, in these tough times, it is more important than ever that we come together once again, roll up our sleeves, and continue our progress towards a cleaner, safer Philadelphia.”
Mayor Nutter made the announcement at Athletic Recreation Center at 26th and Master – a designated rec center site for the 2009 Cleanup where volunteers will fix up the baseball field, remove debris and paint the fence line. Also at the announcement were City Year – who led a morning work-out – and the hip-rock band Bunjii who performed a song composed specially for the Cleanup – We Can Keep Philadelphia Beautiful.
The 2008 Philly Spring Cleanup was a huge success, recognized by Keep America Beautiful as the largest single day, citywide clean-up on record in the United States:
- 15,000 volunteers cleaned over 3,500 blocks
- 2.5 million pounds of trash were collected
- 71 commercial corridors were cleaned
- 28 Rec Centers and 27 Fairmount Park sites were cleaned