Group planning Muir cleanup seeking help

By Robert S. Hong, Staff Writer

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After months of planning and discussion, community activists will collaborate with city and school officials next weekend and attack a blanket of litter that often veils the neighborhood around the campus.

To do this, members of the Altadena- Pasadena Block by Block Coalition are calling on the public to come help out at a cleanup day on Jan. 13.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Lincoln Avenue in front of the campus.

“I look at this as a quasi `extreme makeover’ project,” said Dave Roberts, who spearheaded the effort along with the Altadena Seventh-day Adventist Church.

He hopes to garner support from neighbors in the community, students at Muir and residents from around the city to help make the school a prouder place.

“This school has a proud history, and we want to bring that back,” Roberts said.

Roberts met with city officials at the campus on Thursday afternoon under heavy rain clouds and discussed what was plausible for the event.

With city officials’ help, group members plan to dispose of trash and other debris that lines the Lincoln Avenue sidewalks from the freeway to Wyoming Street. They might also place mulch in the dirt beds of trees lining the walkways.

What will be done Jan. 13. is largely dependent on the number of people who show up, officials said.

City officials said they would

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have to control traffic in the area while the volunteers – many of whom will be youths – are working.They also discussed how much of Lincoln could feasibly be cleaned in four hours, noting that this could be an ongoing project with several phases.

“I don’t think it’s just a one-time shot,” said Pasadena city engineer Dan Rix.

Roberts agreed and hoped that the effort would have a visible, lasting impact on the neighborhood.

Altadena Town Councilman Bobby Thompson is also getting involved with the project, since his district is just up the street from the school.

“It’s like a gateway to Altadena from the freeway,” he said of Lincoln Avenue. “Hopefully as people leave the freeway they can see a progression of cleanliness.”

For information on volunteering, call (626) 794-3953 or show up at the event.

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