Operation Clean-up brought out nearly 100 folks from the North End community on Saturday morning to make the neighborhood shine. Sponsored by the North End Chamber of Commerce (NECC), the cleanup event was themed, “This is My North End” with participation from dozens of businesses, residents and students from Suffolk University.

Lead organizer, Toni Gilardi, created a clean-up zone map covering the streets of the North End handing out the assignments to all the volunteers. In addition to “people power,” contributions also included pizza and drinks from Artu, pasta salad from Prezza, muffins and juices from the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel, sandwiches from Bricco and DePasquale Ventures, balloons from Elite Boston Landmark Realty and cookies from State Rep. Aaron Michelwitz and State Sen. Anthony Petruccelli. Helping coordinate the logistics were Nicole Leo from the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Public Works and the North End Beautification Committee. The City of Boston brought the brooms, shovels, bags and gloves with trucks to haul away all the trash at the end of the cleanup. Custom t-shirts for the event were provided to all volunteers by the North End Chamber of Commerce.

Photos by Matt Conti.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I love it! If everyone chipped in and helped like this once a month, it would put a serious dent in the problems a lot of residents complain about. And it will set a good example for new residents.

    Let’s focus on solving the problems the neighborhood has and not complaining about them. Complaints made without proposed solutions to them are counterproductive. If you have a complaint about the neighborhood, propose a reasonable solution. I bet there are a lot of great ideas out there that aren’t being verbalized out of frustration.

  2. Loved being a part of it all !!!! Every one involved was in earnest ~~~ I hope it becomes contagious !! It was very positive to see the wide range of volunteers !! Individuals from Residents and Friends of, to Landowners, to Businesses in the Area, to Students from Suffolk University, to Politicians, to chefs, Not to forget the City Employees and Boston Public Works Employees and Supplies, and The Chamber of Commerce !!!! Don’t let me forget The Press and Photographers ! GREAT JOB ! ! ! Even Mother Nature Co-operated !
    This is what we call a Community Venture !! Individuals gathering in “DOING SOMETHING THAT MATTERS IN A POSITIVE WAY !! Thank You One and All !!!

  3. Thank you all so much for all the hard work and sacrificing your time! It looks terrific. This neighborhood is so fragmented, it shows what cooperation could do for us!

  4. Wow, what a day! I am so proud to be part of this community. A big thanks to all who volunteered and donated to our clean-up efforts. Great job everyone. xxoo

  5. A big thanks to Toni Gilardi for organizing a great community event. I really enjoyed helping and had the pleasure of working with some great people.

    The neighborhood looks great and I hope people appreciate the hard work we did and think twice before throwing there litter in the streets.

  6. Absolutely outstanding. Business owners, lifelong residents, newcomers, and students all working as one. I wish everyday in the neighborhood could be like this. A big THANK YOU to all of you.

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