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Mon-Yough communities show civic pride on Cleanup Day

| Monday, April 29, 2013, 4:06 a.m.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
Youth from the Miracle Temple Evangelistic Ministries in Duquesne clean trash along Viola Street near the church property during a Saturday cleanup in the city.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
Trevor Porter, 8, helps his dad Randy Porter, a Pleasant Hills firefighter, clear trash and other debris from the Pleasant Kingdom playground during a borough cleanup day on Saturday.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
Nighser Lavette, 8, is the center of attention as he is fitted for a safety vest with help from volunteers Kathy Ulmer, Woodie Ford and Chris Cook as Clairton starts its citywide cleanup on Saturday.

Residents in Duquesne, Pleasant Hills, Clairton and McKeesport displayed their civic pride by cleaning up their communities on Saturday.

“We have a nice day,” Duquesne Cleanup Day coordinator Kirsten Pastrick said. “We have about 25 people so far.”

Pastrick said Allegheny CleanWays donated gloves, and PennDOT supplied the volunteers who came out on a sunny Saturday morning with vests and garbage bags.

“I think they take pride in our community,” Pastrick said of the volunteers. “Litter is such a blight, and people don't understand how it affects the city. It just looks bad.

“There's a lot of young kids that are involved from the churches, and we have a really nice day.”

Churches cleaned up around their properties, with Miracle Temple Evangelistic Ministries expanding its range to Second, Third and Fourth streets and near the bridge at Duquesne Place.

Others who made donations in Duquesne were Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home, Duquesne Women's Club, Leo's Service Center, Steimer Plumbing, Spang Remodeling, Rosemary Denne, Frank and Allison Piccolino and Mayor Phil Krivacek.

William Steffen, a member of the Pleasant Hills Lions Club and the Cleanup Day chairperson, said the number of volunteers has gone down through the years, but that hasn't stopped the Lions from continuing.

“We do it for the Lions Club as a service project and we try to participate as much as we can,” Steffen said. “We try to get other people, but we haven't had much luck.”

Steffen said borough officials and firefighters always help.

Cleanup was centered around the Clover Leaf, Pleasant Kingdom and the municipal building along E. Bruceton Road.

“Its not too bad to begin with,” Steffen said. “We usually don't have very much litter around.”

Volunteers were given bags, gloves and safety vests, and Vocelli's Pizza provided lunch.

About 100 Clairton residents met at city hall around 8 a.m. to receive their cleaning supplies, city manager Howard Bednar said.

“There are a lot of people who want to help Clairton,” Bednar said. “They know the city's financial situation, that we just say, ‘If we need something, we'll go out and buy it.'

“I think it makes people feel good to think, ‘I'm doing my little bit toward cleaning up.' A lot of people bring their kids, and I think it sets a good example for them.

“We hold one of these in the spring and another in the fall. You get people that just want to help out in any way they can. Everybody likes to live in a nice clean-looking place.”

Volunteers left their garbage bags along curbs for public works crews to pick up. Nickolich Sanitation provided trash bins.

The Rev. Brent Furlong picked up some items for about 40 youths helping him clean around Century Town Homes and the community center.

U.S. Steel Corp., Koppers Inc. and Clairton Municipal Authority also participated, and other residents cleaned throughout the city, Bednar said.

Clairton City School District students and staff did some cleaning on Friday with the assistance of city police. At least 30 youths cleaned up around the school on Miller Avenue and elsewhere.

Comcast employees and their families and friends volunteered at the Salvation Army location in McKeesport as part of Comcast Cares Day, the company's signature day of service and the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteer effort.

They painted, landscaped and collected trash from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 821 Walnut Street.

The company expected more than 70,000 of its employees to participate in more than 600 projects across the country and, for the first time, winternationally with NBCUniversal sponsoring project sites in London.

Comcast expected to achieve another important milestone of three million volunteer hours and half a million volunteers since Comcast Cares Day started in 2001.

“We're honored to partner with the Salvation Army to work together to improve their facility during our 12th Comcast Cares Day,” Jim Samaha, senior vice president for Comcast's Keystone Region, said. “The hard work of the volunteers who will be donating their time to help make such a big difference in the lives of others is inspiring, and I am thankful to all of our participants who are helping to make the day a success.”

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965 or

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