Early on Saturday, June 1, volunteers dressed in work clothes and headed for Essex Park in the Foster-Powell neighborhood – to participate in a cleanup called "Paint the Town Green", sponsored by Southeast Uplift, Metro, the City of Portland Graffiti Abatement Program, SOLVE, and KINK radio.
"We started the litter pick-up and graffiti removal at the north end of the neighborhood at the S.E. Powell and 82nd intersection, and worked south along 82nd Avenue," said Foster Powell Neighborhood Association Chair Eric Furlong.
"We had 22 preregistered, and about twice that number show up today," Furlong told THE BEE. "Having twice the amount of volunteers allows us to do twice the amount of good; now we're also able to do both sides of Powell Boulevard as well!"
A little after noon, the official end of the cleanup, the group gathered again at the park and were treated to lunch, while talking trash – that is, sharing stories of their experiences with neighbors from surrounding areas.
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