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BLOG: My Clean Malden Initiative

I'm willing to do what I can to help by offering to volunteer to trim the weeds and grass back from the sidewalks of those residents of Ward 6, who are very elderly and/or impaired.

The mayor has . 

I'm willing to do what I can to help by offering to volunteer to trim the weeds and grass back from the sidewalks of those residents of Ward 6, who are very elderly and/or impaired. 

Drop me a line and we can schedule a time for me to come by on a weekend and help with the sidewalk in front your home. I have a portable electric edge trimmer and a coupe of batteries for it.  I'll do as much as I can till the batteries wear out.

P.S. A glass of lemonade would make it more enjoyable.

Contact: Joe Gray, at gutclencher@hotmail.com

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Jen Pawlowski September 08, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I think this is a great idea! My husband and I are glad to see other residents who care about keeping Malden clean and helping neighbors. We live in Ward 3 and could offer services to rake peoples' lawns in the fall. We are renters so we do not have weed whackers, etc. We do share a snow removal service with our next door neighbor who is elderly, but I don't know of other local residents in need. Does anybody in Ward 3 work with senior citizen groups? I will speak with another Maldonian who does work with seniors through her church. Maybe we can contact the Senior Citizen Center on Pleasant Street to offer our services? I would love to see initiatives like "Adopt a Sidewalk", "Adopt a Street", "Adopt a Park", or other ideas take off in the city.
Joe Gray September 10, 2012 at 04:49 PM
The mayor's office deserves some credit for this initiative of mine. The article about Malden's walk-ability prompted me to ask the mayor's office to say something to encourage the residents to clean the sidewalks. The mayor's staff gently pushed back and suggested that I get involved in existing programs in my ward to clean streets. Since I had only heard of the street cleaning events happening in ward 5, I didn't know what to do, so I decided to volunteer any free time on weekends to help those most in need. I haven't gotten any feedback yet and not sure what can be done to expand this, but I hope that if I keep getting the word out, that some will ask for help cleaning their sidewalks. Some sidewalks are unusable in front of some homes and I'm not sure what to do about that yet. I don't want to trespass or anything. I like the "Adopt a Sidewalk" idea a lot.
Et Sada September 11, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Hi if anyone wants to help Olive Ave Ext is becoming a dumping ground so if you want please respond and we can schedule one Saturday morning. Thanks in advance
Joe Gray September 12, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Please clarify. What is happening on Olive Ave Ext? The entire street or a certain area is being used as a dump? Please describe. Are people tossing a large amount of trash on the street?

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