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Scrub the Hub during Boston Shines - Entreaty from Mayor Walsh

Boston Shines' new three-weekend format is Mayor Walsh's approach to underscoring the importance of the Boston Spring cleanup.  Spreading the effort over three time periods ensures a better cleanup and more opportunities for residents, youth, universities and residents to participate.  The Office of Neighborhood Services will be coordinating the efforts.  'Scrub the Hub' is the entreaty from City Hall and Mayor Walsh. 

City of Boston InsigniaMayor Martin J. Walsh is asking Boston residents’ help to beautify the city for Spring.

“It was a long, tough winter,” Mayor Walsh said. “But the days are getting longer and it’s time for Spring cleaning. Boston belongs to all of us, and I’m encouraging residents in all our neighborhoods to come out and volunteer to ‘Scrub the Hub’ and help make Boston even more beautiful."

"I’m looking forward to working with my neighbors to make Boston shine. When we work together across the city," he added, "we improve the quality of life for all Boston residents."

Boston Shines in its Twelfth Year

This year marks the twelfth year of Boston Shines, the City’s annual volunteer Spring clean-up. This year, the event has been extended across three weekends, and will bring together more than 5,000 volunteers, including businesses, community groups, and residents to clean up after this year's harsh winter.

Through Boston Shines, Mayor Walsh seeks to increase volunteerism and civic engagement across the city, improve the quality of life for all Boston residents, and help demonstrate the City’s solidarity working together to make one Boston.   The City of Boston will be expanding Boston Shines volunteer opportunities while focusing on four service areas:
  • physical service
  • university engagement
  • youth development
  • creating opportunities to help unite neighbors and communities

Office of Neighborhood Services

Representatives from the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services will call upon constituents to help each other bring vibrancy back to the parks, sidewalks, school yards, and streets. Brooms, shovels, and other tools will be provided by the City and distributed at one of the hundreds of sites that have been identified for cleaning.

April 25-26 West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Allston and Brighton
May 2-3 Hyde Park, Roslindale, Dorchester and Mattapan
May 9-10 Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Mission Hill, Fenway, South End, Bay Village,
North End, West End, Downtown, Charlestown, Chinatown, East Boston and South Boston

How to Participate

Individuals, Groups, and Organizations can sign up now at the following link: http://www.cityofboston.gov/ons/bostonshines/register.asp.

For more information, participants can call the Office of Neighborhood Services at 617-635-3485, or the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline (617-635-4500) on weekends and after-hours.

Posted: April 14, 2014     Nancy J Conrad

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