South Side clean up this Saturday


August 12, 2008

The South Side is going to get a few extra set of hands to help beautify the neighborhood on August 23.

The South Side Community Council's Graffiti Watch will continue its efforts to prevent and remove graffiti on Saturday, Aug. 23 when they will hold their third paint-out event. Coinciding with the paint-out will be Duquesne University's annual Freshman Orientation cleanup on the South Side.

As part of its Freshman Orientation Program, Duquesne University is once again teaming up with the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC); to conduct a litter pick up on the South Side. An estimated 200 students are expected to descent on the South Side to contribute to the ongoing beautification efforts of the community.

The idea of the project is to get the young students of Duquesne to recognize the importance of service to others and the community in which they live. Community members are encouraged to participate in the cleanup by being team leaders for the students. The team leaders will be taking the students to their designated areas and will work side by side with them to beautify the neighborhood.

Another group working side by side with the students will be the Graffiti Watch group, who will be holding their third paint-out of the South Side in the past year. Those who would like to volunteer for the event should contact Steve Root at or by phone at 412-496-2272. Participants in the paint out should meet at 9 a.m. in the 18th and East Carson Street parking lot. Volunteers will be removing graffiti from homes and businesses in all parts of the South Side neighborhood.

The Graffiti Watch group is working with Westmorland Supply whose donation of paint and paint supplies has made this paint out possible.

The South Side Community Council (SSCC) established the Graffiti Watch group in July of 2007. The Graffiti Watch group consists of community members, local government representatives, and representatives from the South Side Local Development Company (SSLDC), the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA), and the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC). All came together with the same goal – eliminating graffiti in the South Side community.

To learn more about how the Graffiti Watch group can remove graffiti from your property or to volunteer to be a team leader for the Duquesne cleanup, contact PRC at 412.488.7490 ext. 236 or email


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