The dedicated Laurelton residents of Operation Clean Up came out in full force for their second organizing clean up action for Merrick Blvd., June 3, 2017. The event attracted many new participants as well as returning community based organizations and civic associations. All volunteers were organized into teams and the focus for the second clean up was pulling up the weeds and making sure the curbs and sidewalks were clean. The NYPD Explorers were given the responsibility to remove posters from commercial fences and also paint on the fences ,”Post No Bills”, since it is illegal.
Despite a downpour of rain, the project had over 30 volunteers present to clean up and beautify Merrick Blvd. Ajuba Granville, a long time resident of Laurelton felt called to show up and volunteer. “This is an extension of who we are, proud, loving and caring and we want the best of our neighborhood and we want to continue the legacy with our children.” Tami Graves, a Laurelton resident who recently moved back to the community in the last few years stated that the Laurelton Operation Project promotes unity and increases a sense of pride. The event also attracted volunteers outside of the community like Peter Sisitsky and his children, Summer and Kyle. Participating in volunteer projects helps develop in children a sense of altruism.
Xenia Rivera and Stefan Alexander of the P.S 132 News Team were at the event to interview participants about organizing effort for Laurelton.nyc:
The next event for the Laurelton Operation Clean will be July 8th, 2017 and Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman will be sponsoring a street fair during the next clean to engage more community residents in this effort.
For more information regarding the Laurelton Operation Clean Up and to get involved please contact: laureltonoperationcleanup@gmail