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Published: Tuesday, 8/5/2008

East Toledo neighborhood selected for cleanup effort

Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner yesterday announced the city's selection of an East Toledo neighborhood for its fourth Model Block cleanup effort this year.

Under the program, city employees clean streets and alleys, trim trees, enforce nuisance laws, and serve criminal warrants.

The latest Model Block area is bounded by Greenwood and Spring Grove avenues, Idaho and White streets, and Navarre Avenue. The cleanup campaign began yesterday and will continue through next week.

The mayor made the announcement in front of the construction site for the new Raymer Elementary at the corner of Raymer and Nevada streets.

City Councilman Mike Craig praised the area's Block Watch leaders for their efforts with the program. "Without these people, the Model Block program really can't succeed," he said, citing Jackie Kropaczewski and Robin Sopko, co-leaders of Block 422A.

Mr. Finkbeiner said participants in the three previous Model Block campaigns collected about 14,000 pounds of debris.

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