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July 22, 2014
Clean crew will help Glendale, Maspeth and Ridgewood keep litter in its place

Doe Fund workers will be assigned to Myrtle Ave. for the first time. City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley secured $61,800 for a year-long cleaning program.


It's time for Glendale to get clean again.

The neighborhood once known for being meticulously neat, is getting crews from the Doe Fund to help keep the busy Myrtle Ave. corridor tidy and safe again.

The Funds’ workers, who are often formerly homeless or recently incarcerated, will pick up litter from streets and sidewalks on stretches of Myrtle Ave. from Cooper Ave. to Fresh Pond Road and Grand Ave. from 61st to 74th streets three days a week.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley secured the $61,800 in discretionary funding to make the thrice-weekly program happen.

"Residents and business owners along these commercial corridors will begin to see a big difference almost immediately,” said  Crowley.  "This program is win-win: keeping our community clean, while simultaneously providing jobs, education, and career development services for hardworking New Yorkers trying to turn their lives around and make a positive impact."

The news drew cheers from neighbors.

“Myrtle Ave. is generally a mess,” said Kathy Masi, president of the Glendale Civic Association. “The Doe Fund is a great organization. I really wish there were funds to extend their services down to 88th Street and Myrtle or even Woodhaven Blvd."

Crowley said she is hoping to expand the program in the future.

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