Thursday, September 24, 2015
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – St. John the Baptist Parish officials, residents, community groups and businesses worked together to combat litter during the 2015 Fall Clean Sweep organized by St. John Officials and the “Keep St. John Beautiful” Committee on Saturday, September 19, 2015. More than 100 volunteers picked up over 250 bags of trash Parish wide in an effort to promote community beautification and anti-littering.
Parish President Natalie Robottom and the Keep St. John Beautiful Committee Chairman Greg “ZA” Maurin greeted volunteers as they gathered at the Thomas F. Daley Memorial Park at 8:30 a.m. to kick off the day and obtain supplies. All participants received garbage bags, gloves, masks and trash clamps to assist with clean-up. The Clean Sweep committee assigned volunteers to major thoroughfares throughout the parish and encouraged businesses and volunteer groups to clean in their neighborhoods.
To celebrate a successful clean-up, volunteers returned to the park for jambalaya, drinks and relaxation. “Support of our beautification efforts by residents, business owners and industry partners is important year round,” said Parish President Robottom. “Litter and debris affects our drainage systems and roadways and diminishes community pride. We must continue the fight for a cleaner community.”
The 37th Annual Andouille Run, held on Sunday, October 18, 2015 starting at 8:00 a.m. at Thomas F. Daley Memorial Park in LaPlace, will benefit the “Keep St. John Beautiful” initiative. Anyone interested in participating should download a registration form at www.andouillefestival.com.
Also, please mark your calendar for the annual Spring Clean Sweep to be held Saturday, March 19, 2016. For anti-littering tips and efforts, please visit the “Keep America Beautiful” website at www.kab.org.