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September 20, 2011

CUA/Brookland Crew Cleans up Taylor Street Sidewalk

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  CUA freshmen (from left) Mariah Kelly of Yardley, Pa., and Claire Wagner of Cleveland pick up trash along Taylor Street.
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A cleanup crew that included members of the Catholic University community as well as Brookland residents picked up trash, trimmed bushes, and cut back weeds along Taylor Street at the north end of campus this weekend.

The efforts yielded “a wonderful improvement that makes the sidewalk much more attractive,” said Kevin Petersen, director of facilities maintenance and operations. “It’s much easier and safer to walk along the south side of Taylor Street now.”

Suggested by representatives of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 5C, the cleanup took place Saturday, Sept. 17, along the sidewalk on both sides of Taylor Street and under the bridge between Harewood and John McCormack roads.

“This kind of project brings the local community and Catholic University together to help make our neighborhood look better,” Petersen noted. “It also enables the University to meet its goals of improving our surroundings visually and making them more functional.”

The cleanup crew included 12 members of the CUA grounds crew, several Brookland residents, and about 15 CUA students, primarily freshmen who helped as part of the University’s Freshman Service Day.

The volunteers met at 6 a.m. by the Metrorail bus stop across Taylor Street from the 7-11 store. The grounds staff organized the volunteers into groups to help with the cleanup.

The project ended around noon with a cookout of hot dogs, hamburgers, fish and turkey patties, and spicy chicken sausage at the University grounds shop around the corner from Taylor Street.

In addition to ANC 5C, the District of Columbia Department of Transportation collaborated on the project.

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