|Don't let litter take over your community.|
The Mason District Council (MDC) of Community Associations is urging everyone to take pride in their community and join one of the many clean-up activities scheduled over the next few months.
A recent MDC neighborhood survey found 86 percent of respondents are extremely or somewhat concerned with litter in the Mason District. According to the National Association of Homebuilders, the presence of litter in a neighborhood tends to reduce property values by an average of 7.4 percent, said MDC Chair Mollie Loeffler said. “Litter attracts more litter and also discourages investor interest.”
Several local cleanups are being held in conjunction with the 25th annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, sponsored by the Alice Ferguson Foundation. The Sleepy Hollow Civic Association and Bel Air Civic Association are holding stream cleanups tomorrow, March 16, 8-11 a.m., at three locations: Tripps Run at Sleepy Hollow Road (meet at the overpass near the Congressional School); Tripps Run at Holmes Run Road (meet at 3100 Holmes Run Road; and Tripps Run at Annandale Road.
Volunteers should wear gloves and boots. Sleepy Hollow volunteers should contact Jeanine Manley. email@example.com. Bel Air volunteers should contact Jean McComish, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Barcroft Square neighborhood plans to clean up areas along Lincolnia Road on March 23 (rain date April 6). For details, contact Lauren Grossman, email@example.com.
The Annandale Hometown Clean-Up, sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, will take place Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers should meet at the George Mason Library, where there will be donuts and coffee, as well as cleanup supplies. Contact Helen Winter, 703/256.9620.
The Lincolnia Park Civic Association’s Beautification Committee has scheduled a stream cleanup for Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. Meet at the Lincolnia Park Recreation Club, 6501 Montrose Court, Alexandria. Contact: Tatjana Fernandez, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A large communitywide event is the biannual Culmore Cleanup, Saturday, April 20, along Route 7 and throughout the Bailey’s Crossroads area. Meet at the Woodrow Wilson Library at 9 a.m. Sponsors are providing a light breakfast and lunch, as well as supplies. Contact Pricilla Weck, email@example.com.
Residents of The Pinecrest in Alexandria are having a cleanup April 20, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Lisa Stivers, La.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accotink Watershed Cleanups are scheduled for several locations:April 28—Accotink Creek at Little River Turnpike in the Mill Creek neighborhood, noon-2 p.m.
May 4—Accotink Creek at Woodburn Road by the Winterset neighborhood, noon-2 p.m,
May 4—Accotink Creek at King Arthur Road in Camelot, 9-11 a.m.
The contact for all those events is Philip Latasa, 703/400-1492, email@example.com.
Both the Indian Run Homeowner Association (contact Sharon Sellers, firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Raymondale community (contact Whitney Redding, email@example.com) plan to schedule cleanups but haven’t finalized the details yet. The Glasgow Middle School Honor Society and Environmental Committee are planning a cleanup for kids only.
For more information on community cleanups, visit the Districtwide Cleanup section on the Mason District Council website. If your community group or HOA event isn’t listed, contact MDC Chair Mollie Loeffler. You can also download free anti-litter advertisements from the MDC. Cleanup organizers can get free supplies from the Clean Fairfax Council, but the council needs two weeks’ notice, if possible.
“All the cleanup event organizers need help,” says Loeffler. “Please consider helping out in any way you can and teach your children a valuable lesson.”