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Richards launches 2011 Clean Sweep

The sixth annual “Clean Sweep” is officially under way.

Mayor Thomas S. Richards on Thursday joined city and neighborhood organization leaders at Edgerton Park to kick off “Rochester’s Clean Sweep … Showing Pride in Our City.”

“Clean Sweep is wonderful tradition that I am honored to continue,” Richards said. “Seeing so many people emerge from their homes each spring to work with city crews to clean and beautify Rochester is a truly wonderful site to behold.”

Groups and individuals are invited to join the mayor for one or more Saturday Clean Sweeps, where volunteers receive a Clean Sweep T-shirt, have coffee and donuts, get assigned to a team and then head out to beautify the streets, meeting up again at noon for a picnic lunch.

The sweeps take place rain or shine 9 a.m. to noon, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. as follows:

• April 30, Edgerton Park, 41 Backus St.

• May 7, Genesee Valley Park, 131 Elmwood Ave.

• May 14, Norton Neighborhood Service Center, 500 Norton St.

• May 21, Cobbs Hill Park, corner of Culver Road and Norris Drive.

The city is also supporting “Scout Sweep,” May 7, by providing Clean Sweep T-shirts, tools and lunch for more than 500 local Boy Scouts who will pick up litter and debris.

Details are available at