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Mayor's Team Up Clean Up begins in East Chicago

2013-04-26T00:00:00Z Mayor's Team Up Clean Up begins in East ChicagoBy Steve Segura Times Columnist
April 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland’s Team Up and Clean Up kicked off Saturday with a citywide Adopt-a-Block program in collaboration with various churches, organizations, residents and schools. The first area to jump-start this effort was the Freedom Church at 4802 Olcott St.

Pastor Bill Swindle, of Freedom Church, contacted the city to join in the Team Up Clean Up Adopt-a-Block program and has made a commitment to keep the church area clean. The targeted area included the alleys and the public right of ways in the 4800, 4900 and 5000 blocks of Olcott Street and Indianapolis Boulevard.

Each adopted area will receive a new Adopt-a-Block sign with the organization, church or business name on it recognizing the efforts.

“It is great to see the community get take pride in our city," Mayor Copeland said. "This is what it takes to make East Chicago a better place to live. Together, we can Team Up to Clean Up East Chicago.”

There are several other Team Up Clean Up efforts underway in East Chicago, including the District by District Spring Clean Up, Adopt-a-Block program, Blighted Structure Survey, Weekend Inspections and a Citywide Clean Up Day planned for May 15.

T-shirts will be provided for volunteer workers for cleanup events, followed by a recognition ceremony in the fall for all the participants and volunteers.

The next Adopt-a-Block cleanup will be hosted by Concerned Citizens of Calumet from 151st Street down to Chicago Avenue along Alexander Avenue in the Calumet area of East Chicago. Come out and volunteer at 10 a.m. May 4.

If you or your organization, business, or congregation is interested in teaming up with mayor’s vision to keep our city clean, and volunteering at least one or two hours, call me at (219) 391-8206.

Help clean up our city!

In other news, Mayor Copeland is inviting the public to participate at the second Waterfront Revitalization Initiative Public Meeting on May 7 at the East Chicago Public Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting starts at 6.

East Chicago and SEH of Indiana will gather public opinion on the proposed Waterfront Revitalization Initiative. This revitalization effort in East Chicago was initiated with the help of a grant from the Regional Development Authority. The $7 million grant was used in part to leverage private sector investment for North Harbor projects.

For information, questions or special requests regarding this meeting, contact East Chicago Department of Redevelopment Executive Director Maria C. Becerra at 400 E. Chicago Ave. or (219) 391-8513, ext. 251.

Steve Segura is the East Chicago multimedia director. The opinions expressed are his own. He can be reached at

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