… And the news from the front lines of the battle against litter: As part of a new city-wide initiative, the Eliot Livability Team recently led the local effort of “Pick it Up, Portland!” On a clear and warm Thursday morning at the end of August, 26 volunteers gathered to collect 40 bags of litter from Eliot’s streets and sidewalks.
Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers who came from near and far to help clean up our neighborhood. Special thanks to Widmer Brothers Brewery, who donated beer and cider as well as sending volunteers for the event, and to New Seasons Market, whose staff volunteered their time and provided tasty refreshments.
Many thanks as well to the newest members of Eliot’s Adopt-a-Block program. We are now going strong with 17 blocks adopted, and a cash-prize lottery to reward residents who have committed to keeping their blocks free of trash and litter. If your block has not yet been adopted, please consider joining us. If interested email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our first recipient of the cash-prize random drawing is Carlene St. Thomas. Thanks for making a difference, Carlene, and thanks to all the adoptees who help make Eliot a great neighborhood to live, work and play.
By Lauren Mullen