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April 7, 2013

ACRP plans neighborhood cleanups

JOHNSTOWN — The spring thaw has left behind piles of road cinders and garbage that had been buried under snow for weeks.

Soon, though, Alternative Community Resource Program and other local organizations will team together to remove some of the debris from streets, sidewalks and lawns.

ACRP has four cleanup days already scheduled:

• May 4: Old Conemaugh Borough, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers to meet at Hudson Street School.

• May 18: Woodvale, 9 a.m.  to 2 p.m. Volunteers to meet at bottom of Dellwood Street Bridge.

• May 19: Downtown, 10 a.m.  to 4 p.m. Volunteers to meet at Central Park.

• June 1: West End, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers to meet at Greater Johnstown Middle School.

“Everybody does spring cleaning,” said Curt Davis, an ACRP grant writer and trainer. “This is kind of a spring cleaning for the neighborhoods.”

Any individual or organization interested in participating – or any community that would like to hold its own cleanup day – can contact ACRP’s Kary Roberts at 536-6141 or kroberts@acrpkids.org.

Waste Management, a trash removal company, and the city have already committed to participate.

“We also have church groups and student groups wanting to work with us,” Davis said.

Most funding for the cleanup days is made possible from a $187,000 Community Foundation for the Alleghenies grant that ACRP received for projects dealing with urban blight, vacant properties and community gardens.

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