Parkway Residents Make Boston Shine

From West Roxbury Transcript
April 29, 2010
by Joe McGonegal

Roslindale Village’s Adams Park looks a little brighter and well kept this week, thanks to a community-wide effort last Saturday to clean up and beautify the park and the areas around the square.

Just down the road in West Roxbury, the West Roxbury Saves Energy organization planted flowers along Centre Street, beautifying the area, too.

Boston Shines campaign effortsBut ask any of the volunteers or organizers who attended any of the events throughout part of Mayor Menino’s Boston Shines campaign, and they were quick to point out Roslindale and West Roxbury’s year-round efforts at environmental awareness.

Whether that be through Roslindale Main Street, the Roslindale Litter Posse or Roslindale Green and Clean, the borough’s parks, green spaces and municipal areas are well taken care of and advocated for all year long.

“We truly care about Roslindale and want to keep it clean,” said Adrianna Cillo, founder of the Litter Posse, who greeted volunteers in Adams Park on Saturday morning with Marna Persechini.

“We used to call this the ‘Roslindale Clean Up,’ and now we call it Boston Shines. But we’ve done this every year,” said Persechini.

Boston Shines campaignPart of Boston Shines’ focus in Roslindale this year was Adams Park, the caretaking of which has recently fallen back to the city.

Boston Shines“We’ve talked this year about making some long-term improvements to the park,” said Jody Burr, executive director of Roslindale Village Main Street. “The idea this year was to do more maintenance and pruning — simple things that all the neighbors could get involved in.”

Nearby, a neighbor, Diane Carter-Duggan, was pruning the lilacs, which were crowding each other out and behind many of the city’s lilacs in growth. “These should be blooming, and you should smell them [by now],” she said.

Jamie Basto was helping Roslindale Village Main Street board member Tom Donahue clean up the municipal lot behind Citizens Bank, along with fellow volunteers Bill Hogan, Sam Warren and Betsy Hinkle.

“We’ve been doing this every year, trying to reduce the volume of trash,” said Basto. “It’s a little work we can contribute that will help make big strides for the neighborhood.”

Cynthia Donnelly, who helped found Roslindale Green and Clean after the 2004 House and Garden Tour, was also in Adams Park Saturday to help organize volunteers. “For the last five years, we’ve had a ‘green garden exchange,’ to provide local things that residents can do to help sustain their community,” Donnelly said.

As a result of its efforts, Green and Clean were named winners of the 2010 American Horticultural Society Urban Beautification Award.

“It’s great to see these three organizations working together on this, trying to educate people in terms of cleaning up their neighborhoods,” said Donnelly.