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April 4, 2013

City needs spring cleaning

Haverhill seeks volunteers for communitywide cleanup on Earth Day

HAVERHILL — Everyone looks forward to spring, especially with the blizzards we’ve suffered this winter, but the warmer weather brings a troubling sight.

Trash — lots of it.

All around town, litter and other debris once buried under snow is visible along sidewalks, in city parks and conservation areas, along shorelines and in other areas.

The city is asking the public to pitch in to make Haverhill look good again.

Officials are hoping residents, merchants and others celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day by participating in an annual citywide cleanup. Volunteers are asked to meet April 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center on Welcome Street for a brief kick-off and to pick up bottled water, snacks and coffee. The first 200 volunteers to register will receive free T-shirts.

The cleanup is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We’re encouraging anybody who might be thinking about getting involved to get involved this year,” said Denise Johnson, a volunteer member of Haverhill’s Brightside organization.

Brightside is coordinating the spring cleaning in conjunction with the city and the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. The Citizens Center will serve as the registration and information center for the event. Trash bags and leaf bags will be provided and refreshments will be available throughout the day. A limited number of gloves and tools will be available.

Volunteers can organize their own neighborhood or park cleanup, or can assist at another identified cleanup site. All cleanup locations are on city property.

“Even a half-hour of your time will make a difference,” Johnson said. “But it’s important for people to register so we know where all of the locations are. If you see a place such as a sidewalk that needs to be cleaned up, just let us know so we can coordinate the trash pickup with the city’s DPW.”

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