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The neighborhood cleanup in Brooklyn not only keeps the neighborhood clean, but also raises funds

RITA A. LEONARD - Displaying some of the scrap metal and Styrofoam collected at the Brooklyn Clean-Up were Tim Dittler, Daryl Phillippi, Melaney Dittler, Mark Romanaggi, and Eric Wieland. The Brooklyn Neighborhood's yearly "Cleanup and Haul-Away", held on Saturday, May 4, this year, continues to grow. More neighbors are bringing more items to discard. In addition, reusable items are offered free for the taking at an adjacent table set up nearby.

This year, a new program was added: A recyclable bottle and can donation site, run by Ben Tarne to benefit the Friends of Brooklyn Park, the former summer Parks Department program that is now entirely financed by the neighborhood.

Brooklyn Action Corps member Marie Phillippi told THE BEE that fifteen volunteers worked hard at the collection location, S.E. 16th and Center Street, in two-hour shifts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., helping unload vehicles and sort through the contents. "This year, we'll also receive funds from recycling metal – which we will do at a site out near the Airport," she said. "Marc Romanoggi will bring the discarded metal out there in a rented U-Haul. The pile of Styrofoam will have to be taken to Tigard.

"This year," she continued, "unbeknownst to us, 'Comcast Cares Day' coincidentally scheduled their own SOLVE litter pickup event at the other end of Brooklyn School Park, at S.E. 15th and Center Street. Volunteers there gathered trash in a pile of white SOLVE bags. However, they were not associated with our event, at which all Board Members from the Brooklyn Action Corps participated."

Comcast volunteer Samantha Brightman reported, "We picked up tons of cigarette butts, bags of trash, and even a car bumper."

Meantime, the BAC neighborhood Clean-Up and Haul-Away was also sponsored by Metro, Southeast Uplift, and the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.


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