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Carrick named Clean Pittsburgh's Neighborhood of the Year


Volunteers, community groups and neighborhoods were honored last week at the 2016 Clean Pittsburgh Commission’s (CPC) Meet and Greet Mixer with the annual “Bob Awards” for their efforts to beautify city neighborhoods.

The Bob Awards, a tribute to the late Mayor Bob O’Connor and his dedication to cleaning up the city, were created to recognize local efforts to clean-up, prevent and eliminate litter in city neighborhoods were presented by Councilman Corey O’Connor and Judy O’Connor.

The CPC presented the Bob Award for Neighborhood of the Year to Carrick. This award is given to a neighborhood that routinely works on clean and green initiatives.  For this award, the commission looks at collaboration among community organizations and residents, active clean and green initiatives in the community, and work with other local environmental organizations.

Carrick has shown a commitment to keeping it’s neighborhood clean.  In addition to a large scale clean up in October with students from the University of Pittsburgh, clean ups are organized and carried out the last Wednesday of every month.  During these clean ups, community members gather to tackle locations deemed by the residents as the dirtiest spots.

Carrick also holds a large-scale Earth Day clean-up effort and hits every street in the neighborhood. 

The winner of this year’s Volunteer of the Year is Ed Gergerich. The Volunteer of the Year is given to one volunteer each year whose service is exemplary in cleaning and greening.  It encompasses not only the actual work done, but also the volunteer’s ability to mobilize their community, incorporate city resources, and in general raise the profile of clean and green work done in their community. 

Mr. Gergerich is a long time resident of Brighton Heights who volunteers up to 20 hours per week to keep this neighborhood clean and its gardens looking beautiful. 

The “Bob Awards” are a highlight of the CPC’s annual event honoring local neighborhood leaders who go above and beyond to make their neighborhoods a better place to live.

The CPC will also highlight their efforts in the Commission’s current Neighborhoods of Focus Beltzhoover, Allentown, and Knoxville. 

The event is also a time for the commission to highlight its work over the past year first through presenting of the CPS’s 2015 Annual Report which details the activities involving litter prevention, illegal dumping, graffiti, and recycling from the previous year. The report will be accessible online at


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