SOUTHFIELD, Mich., July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Eight Mile Boulevard
Association's seventh annual Clean Team campaign will take place Saturday,
July 20 through Friday, July 26, 2002.
There are two parts to Clean Team: a corridor-long clean up, and the
selection of Beautification Award winners. During the clean up, businesses,
community groups, service organizations and governments sweep, weed, recycle,
paint and plant to improve their establishment and the overall physical
appearance of 27 miles of Eight Mile Road from I-94 (Eastpointe, Harper Woods)
to I-275 (Farmington Hills, Livonia). After the clean up, judges select the
best-kept businesses, awarding companies prizes for their efforts.
"Clean Team is an event where anyone and everyone can make a difference,"
said event chairman, Mayor Frank Accavitti, Jr., of Eastpointe. "Whether
there is one person or 100 folks with your city, company, civic club, or
neighborhood group, you can help make Eight Mile a fresher, healthier and more
vibrant place to shop, transact business and live."
Volunteers are being sought to help rid the medians and right-of-ways of
debris and litter. Businesses can participate by cutting down weeds and
removing trash from their property. Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops pursuing
their community service badges may also wish to participate.
The association will provide garbage bags for participants. Gift bags are
given to all volunteers who will also be eligible for a post-event raffle.
Participants are encouraged to wear official Clean Team T-shirts, available
for $5 dollars.
"The goal of Clean Team is to instill pride in our community by keeping a
tidy neighborhood and to encourage economic development," said Leslie
Brittain, Eight Mile Boulevard Association executive director.
This year's major sponsors are DaimlerChrysler and Management & Unions
Serving Together (MUST). Other sponsors are Standard Federal Bank, Al Long
Ford, Artistic Outdoor Services Inc., Associated Food Dealers of Michigan,
Barton Malow Rigging/Services, Co/op Optical Vision Designs, Hagopian Cleaning
Services, McKenna Associates Inc., Phoenix Theatres, and Tire Wholesalers Inc.
Joining Accavitti on this year's steering committee are: Christopher
Cavanagh, Wayne County Commissioner; Rodney Crider, Livonia Chamber of
Commerce; Steven Horstman, City of Eastpointe; Alexandra Kanakis, NOW Detroit;
Tony Konja, Artistic Outdoor Services; Megan Masson-Minock, McKenna
Associates; Carnel Mickey, Standard Federal Bank; Pam Movalson, Velmeir Co.;
Daniel Reeves, Associated Food Dealers, and Ron Tavernit, WOMC-FM.
The Eight Mile Boulevard Association is a non-profit organization created
in 1993 to revitalize and promote the Eight Mile transportation, business and
residential corridor by linking the efforts of the public and private sectors.
Major objectives of the organization include landscaping the median,
reducing litter and blight, improving bus stop facilities, coordinating police
enforcement and crime prevention activities, and helping developers and
brokers attract or expand business establishments.
Eight Mile Boulevard Association members include the Michigan Department
of Transportation (MDOT), the 16 municipalities that border Eight Mile,
businesses, civic clubs, and neighborhood groups.
For more information, call the Eight Mile Boulevard Association at
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SOURCE Eight Mile Boulevard Association