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Annual Brentwood-Darlington cleanup: Tons of trash

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - With drop boxes nearly filled, Dick Hazeltine, Gail Kiely, Jacob Sherman, Quinn Olson, Eric Wikoff, Margo Potampa, and Coordinator Malcolm Hancock, take a break in the shade during the annual Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood cleanup on May 4th.A neighborhood event on May 4, at which participants left behind a mountain of trash, was actually a good thing, in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. It was sponsored by the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA).

“It’s important to hold these ‘neighborhood cleanups’,” remarked its perennial coordinator, Malcolm Hancock. “It helps make this a better place to live.”

It’s entirely run by volunteers, Hancock pointed out. “A neighbor picked up an abandoned sofa – he found it in front of an abandoned house – and brought it in today.”

In a modest way, it’s also a fundraiser for the neighborhood association, he added. “The donations we receive go back into neighborhood projects,” Hancock said.

Ten neighborhood residents contributed time and effort, as the cleanup took in trash from some fifty Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood households. “And, it wasn't for the Community Service crew from Multnomah County Corrections, we would not be able to do this. They really do help out.”