Joe Divack, a retired resident of Squirrel Hill who relishes cleaning up illegal dumpsites all over the city, was selected "Volunteer of the Year" by the Clean Pittsburgh Commission.
Mr. Divack along with five neighborhoods and five organizations were presented "Bob Awards," named for the late Mayor Bob O'Connor, on Thurs., March 25 at the third annual Meet n' Greet Mixer saluting the city's Clean Pittsburgh Stewards in 90 neighborhoods.
Judy O'Connor, the Bob's widow, and son Corey presented the Most Connected Neighborhoods Award to Crafton Heights, Ridgemont and Westwood; Knoxville received the Most Improved Neighborhood Award; and Esplen for Best Newcomer.
Stash the Trash, a volunteer group that focuses on illegal dumpsite cleanups, also was recognized. Three groups—The Academy System, Pittsburgh Job Corps and Allegheny Courts Day Adult Probation—were recognized for providing their clients for many neighborhood Redd Ups. The Pittsburgh Pirates received a special award for hosting hundreds of school kids at this year's Stash the Trash Recognition Day at PNC Park May 12 (Pirates-Reds game).
Other volunteers nominated for the Volunteer of the Year Award were Terra McBride (South Side), Max Hurwitz (Beechview), Keith Knecht (Brookline) and Carol Knox (Mt. Lebanon).
The Clean Pittsburgh Commission issued its third State of the City Report detailing litter prevention/cleanups, illegal dumping, vacant lots and buildings, abandoned cars, graffiti, recycling and greening initiatives.