The Valley Breeze
Blackstone Valley Beautiful joins national effort
PAWTUCKET - Keep Blackstone
Valley Beautiful, a partnership effort of the Blackstone Valley
Tourism Council and Keep America Beautiful, has been certified
as the state's only Keep America Beautiful affiliate. KAB has
close to 1,000 community affiliates nationwide.
"As part of our Keep America
Beautiful Network, the Blackstone Valley has pledged to act as a
catalyst for positive community change, with the goal of
improving the quality of life for every resident," said Matt
McKenna, KAB president.
"Clean, livable communities are
the foundation for strong local economies," said McKenna. "Today
many of our affiliates are spearheading the revitalization of
entire regions and undertaking large-scale renewal projects in
partnership with concerned citizens, businesses, government,
civic and religious organizations."
Keep Blackstone Valley
Beautiful is the environmental education program of the
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council.
"As Rhode Island's only Keep
America Beautiful affiliate, Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful
demonstrates the Blackstone River Valley's commitment to
preserving the environment and enhancing the quality of life for
residents and visitors," said Emily Soergel, Keep Blackstone
Valley Beautiful coordinator and AmeriCorps Vista member. The
local program provides serviced including monthly electronics
collections, cleanups and community beautification programs.
Visit www.keepblackstonevalleybeautiful.com for a full listing
of events or to volunteer.
Cumberland Mayor McKee, Pawtucket Mayor Doyle, and officials
from Keep America Beautiful and the Blackstone Valley Tourism
Council attended the certification ceremony, which took place
Sept. 11 at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland.
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