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Cleaning up the neighborhood

Rep. Jared Solomon last week presented $100,000 in state funding to the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association to acquire Bigbelly trash cans along commercial corridors.

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The presentation took place at 6434 Castor Ave., former home of The Exchange at Oxford Circle thrift shop.

Solomon said studies have shown that clean neighborhoods help lead to a reduction in crime.

The new Bigbelly cans will feature a pedal that people can press with their foot to open the lid to place trash. No longer will they have to put their hands on a dirty handle.

Solomon said the trash cans have been supplemented by street cleaning by TWB Cleaning Contractors, banners and anchor properties such as the Toben Center education and jobs hub and the new locations of People Acting To Help (PATH) and the 2nd Police District.

In addition, Solomon will be moving his office to 6434 Castor Ave., where he’ll be joined by several other community partners for a one-stop shop that will add to the community pride.

“We’ve come a long way,” he said.

Solomon was joined by Shante Antrom and Magaly Hernandez, executive director and economic development director, respectively, of the OCCCDA; Trina Benjamin, president of TWB Cleaning Contractors; and state Rep. Anthony Bellmon. ••

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