Forest Hills Officials, Civic Groups, Continue Autumn Community Cleanup Series

Forest Hills, NY – Elected officials and civic groups representing Forest Hills announced on Monday that the next installation in a series of community cleanups would take place this coming Sunday, October 23 at 10am on Metropolitan Ave on Forest Hills.

The idea for this event was initially raised at a community meeting organized by Metro Village of Forest Hills, and will follow a trend in which volunteers, in addition to cleaning, will distribute informational flyers to businesses advising how they may avoid fines from Department of Sanitation by keeping sidewalks maintained.

The groups came together for another cleanup on Austin St in Forest Hills in September, in which more than 15 community members participated. This response prompted the cleanup for Sunday, with additional events being planned for November in Middle Village and Rego Park.

Students who participate may claim volunteer service hours for their efforts – the organizers noted that all necessary supplies would be provided to each volunteer along with coffee, doughnuts, and water. Those interested in volunteering can contact Assemblyman Hevesi’s office at (718) 263-5595 or for information.

“These cleanups give neighbors a chance to play their part, create a sense of community, and help direct city resources to where they are needed. It’s incredibly encouraging to see how many friends and partners are committed to the work, and we’re looking forward to seeing where this series goes.” said Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (28th Assembly District).

“Metro Village of Forest Hills was created to bring FH business owners and residents together in order to help preserve and strengthen the community. This clean-up initiative will allow us to join our efforts as a united community. We are incredibly grateful for the support of our local electeds working tirelessly to improve the neighborhoods in which we live and work.” said Rachel Kellner, Owner of Aigner Chocolates & Co-founder of Metro Village of Forest Hills.

“I enjoy participating in community cleanups because they give us as elected officials the opportunity to get into our communities and make a real difference,” State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. said. “We work hand-in-hand with our partners in government, community leaders and organizations, as well as the people of the community during these events to clean up the neighborhood and help install a sense of pride in the local area. I want to thank all the partners of this great event and I look forward to doing more of these throughout my district.”

“Our communities shine the brightest when we come together for a common cause,” said District 29 Council Member Lynn Schulman. “Cleanups are a great example of this, giving opportunities for students to get volunteer service hours and for community members to combine their efforts for the greater good of their neighborhood. I thank Assemblyman Hevesi and all our elected partners for their diligence in keeping our communities looking their best.”