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Sedlak cleanup day in Monroeville, recycling events scheduled for April 20

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The following spring cleaning events will be held April 20.

• The Jack Sedlak Cleanup day is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. in neighborhoods throughout Monroeville. To register, contact the Monroeville Recreation and Parks Department at 412-856-1006, or see www.monroeville.pa.us.

• The electronics recycling collection is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at Monroeville Community Park West. The public works department is accepting TVs, computers and computer monitors, micowaves, VCRs, stereos, telephones, video game consoles and small kitchen appliances. Items will be transported to e-loop in Plum for recycling.

• Shred it Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at Monroeville Community Park West. The municipality will partner with the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce to accept residents' paper documents for shredding and recycling. The first 75 pounds of paper are free.

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By Kyle Lawson
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Monroeville officials are making life easier for residents thinking green this spring.

The Jack Sedlak Memorial Cleanup Day is scheduled April 20 on the same day as a community-wide recycling initiative.

Volunteers who sign up for the Sedlak memorial cleanup will be assigned to neighborhoods throughout the municipality, while both recycling programs will be offered at Monroeville Community Park West from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Residents might as well take advantage of everything,” Monroeville Manager Lynette McKinney said.

The event was first organized in remembrance of former Monroeville Councilman Jack Sedlak, who pioneered community cleanup days before his death in the mid 1990s.

Sedlak's son, Joe, has worked for the municipality for more than 20 years and helped carry on the tradition in his father's name. With the help of current and former municipal officials, the number of volunteers each year has grown to about 500, Joe Sedlak said.

Joe Sedlak's brother Jay also works for the municipality while a third brother, Jack, moved to Florida where he carries on the tradition on the same day, Joe Sedlak said.

“People really have rallied behind it,” Joe Sedlak said. “Hopefully we're doing our part every year.”

A picnic is scheduled after the cleanup at Monroeville Community Park West.

McKinney said community events such as these accentuate the small-town feel in Monroeville.

“It kind of tells you a little bit of what Monroeville is about,” McKinney said.

“It still has a warm family feeling underneath it all.”

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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