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No 'Leaf Day' from the ciity? Well, why not just sweep, rake, and get rid of the leaves ourselves...?

RITA A. LEONARD - Among the October 30 Brooklyn neighborhood Leaf Relief crewmembers were these we found at S.E. Haig Street and Milwaukie Avenue. From left: Cheryl Crowe (group leader), Hans Albing, canine Obi Wan, Kat Halpenny, and John Karabaic. Typically, following the gorgeous autumn display of colored leaves, leaves fall. While it can be fun to shuffle through them, wet leaves can be slippery, and many people don't have time to clean them up. Streets, sidewalks and storm drains become clogged with them and attendant small branches, causing unsafe conditions for foot and vehicle traffic. Removing the leaves can sometimes result in finding lost treasures, or even money.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has "leaf days" in some sections of Inner Southeast Portland on which it comes and cleans leaves from the streets – but the Brooklyn neighborhood is not one of those areas.

So this fall, the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association organized two "Leaf Relief Days" – October 30, and November 20 – on which residents gathered to do the job themselves, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Group leaders had leaf maps showing the areas most needing leaf cleanup, and set up spots to which the leaf bags were to be brought. Local restaurant "Kuchenhaus" at 3131 S.E. 12th Avenue, announced that they'd help with disposal by taking ten bags to their farm.

Volunteers met near Brooklyn School Park, and also near PP&R's Brooklyn Park, toting rakes, gloves, leaf bags, and their own good cheer to help the volunteers keep the streets and sidewalks safe for all. The October event was intended to free up the area for Hallowe'en Trick-or-Treaters, and the November leaf cleanup was scheduled on Saturday, November 20, just before Thanksgiving.

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