Tuesday, April 15, 2014
St. John the Baptist Parish – St. John the Baptist Parish officials and the “Keep St. John Beautiful” committee hosted successful clean-up events last weekend to honor Keep St. John Beautiful month.
Parish President Natalie Robottom, District Attorney Tom Daley, Judge Sterling Snowdy and numerous community leaders led the anti-littering efforts with the Leaders Against Litter Golden Litter Grab Friday morning. Sponsored by Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, the group picked up 50 bags of litter on Airline Hwy. in LaPlace from the River Region Chamber of Commerce Building to the Percy Hebert Building.
On Saturday, clean-up efforts continued as over 300 volunteers from government agencies, churches, schools, community and neighborhood organizations, council members and Parish employees participated in the Spring “Clean Sweep”. This group vigorously scoured the Parish picking up trash and other litter in an effort to promote the beautification of the community. In coordination with the committee, each group was assigned specific areas to clean which included major thoroughfares throughout the parish and heavily littered areas. To end the day and celebrate a great clean-up effort, volunteers returned to the Hwy. 51 Park for food, music and drinks.
“This weekend was an example of what can be done when Government and the community partner with a purpose. I am extremely pleased with the energy and effort displayed during the clean-up Saturday and thank all who participated,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “I encourage all of our residents to help change the culture in our Parish and keep it clean all year long.” Dana Milioto, Clean Sweep Coordinator, asks residents to mark their calendars for a Fall Clean Sweep with a tentative date of September 20, 2014. “Participants are encouraged to be on the lookout for more information and to sign up early. Don’t forget to get your family, friends and neighbors involved,” said Milioto.
Residents can continue beautification efforts by adopting their storefronts, subdivision entrances, faith-based facilities and parish roadways through the Adopt-A-Spot and Adopt-A-Road programs. To Adopt-A-Road please visit http://www.dotd.state.la.us. The Litter Enforcement Agency manages the Adopt-A-Spot program; however, those who are interested are asked to contact Dana Milioto at 985-652-9569. Visit sjbparish.com for more information.