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Cumberland Times-News Editorial

May 3, 2011

Mayor challenges residents to clean up city

Spring is a time for cleaning and fixing up, so it was good timing the other day for Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim to issue a challenge to local residents band together to spiff up the city.

Grim has named his effort to clean up Cumberland the Mayor’s Challenge, asking citizens to “get your hands dirty cleaning up Cumberland.” He issued the challenge for the period May 1 through Aug. 30, asking everybody who lives, works or goes to school in Cumberland to volunteer 25 hours during the summer months on beautification projects in the city.

“The city of Cumberland is crying out for citizens to step up, take the lead and make a difference. And that’s precisely what I’m challenging every citizen to do,” said Grim.

One excellent opportunity to help is the annual Day of Caring and Sharing, set this year for May 20 under the sponsorship of the Allegany County United Way. Volunteers will participate in organized cleanup and beautification projects in every Cumberland neighborhood.

“I’m asking every Cumberland business to take this challenge by participating in the Day of Caring and Sharing by giving your employees the morning off, with pay, to join in this citywide effort,” said Grim. To register, call the United Way office at 301-722-2700.

But the mayor’s effort will continue throughout the summer. Volunteers who answer the call will be entitled to a free T-shirt. The person who volunteers the most hours in the four-month period will receive a special recognition. Details about supporting the campaign are available online at www.briankgrim.com.

Helping to rid the city of trash, debris and blight makes Cumberland a more pleasant place to live and provides volunteers with an opportunity to make a difference in the community. We commend the mayor for spearheading this worthwhile effort.