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"Trash-out" day in Brentwood-Darlington scores all types of refuse

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Many hands make the work light at the BDNA Clean-Up. Again this year, the first Saturday in May marked the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA)’s annual “Neighborhood Clean-up”, across from Lane Middle School.

Along S.E. 60th Avenue, cars and trucks lined up on the morning of May 3 to drop off all kinds of refuse, trash, and unused items, with the many volunteers helping out in parking lot of the Learning Gardens Lab.

“I took over organizing the Clean-up from Dick Hazeltine about a dozen years ago,” said Malcolm Hancock. “That’s unloading a lot of trash over the years!”

It does more than clean up the community; it’s a fundraiser for the neighborhood association, Hancock said. “And, this annual event brings many of us together. When people come together, it’s a good thing for the neighborhood.”

There was a good turnout of neighborhood volunteers this year, Hancock said. “It’s good that more neighbors are participating in our association. We’re glad to see younger neighborhood volunteers.”

The BDNA meets at 7 pm on the first Thursday of each month at the Brentwood Darlington Community Center, 7211 S.E. 62nd Avenue, and the public is always welcome.