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By Wesley Brown

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

With the help of two student fraternities, the new University Neighborhood Association hosted its first monthly cleanup to demonstrate how local residents “Take Pride in the Grid,” a section of homes along the Tar River.

The saying is more than a slogan. It is the motto of the growing neighborhood association, chartered last year to take action, said Robert Montaquila, who coordinated the group’s inaugural sweep through the riverside community.

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“Everybody keeps pushing the city to do more, but our philosophy is we need to do more as a neighborhood organization to make this a better community for everybody,” Montaquila said. “We want people to take pride in the area and the first step in accomplishing that is to clean it up for all to see.”

Montaquila said nearly 100 people met at the former City Market on Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon to fan out across the grid in teams patrolling for garbage and debris. Most items were collected in a trailer, sorted and recycled through the City of Greenville.

Two East Carolina University fraternities, Chi Phi and Pi Kappa Alpha, helped with the sweep.

“It may have been a small start, but we really made an impact on the community,” said Jesse Breaux, community service chairman of Pi Kappa Alpha. “We made the area look more aesthetically pleasing and improved local housing to help students feel safe and at home.”

Aaron Grant, philanthropy chairman of Chi Phi, agreed.

“I thought it was really nice everyone could come together and clean up the neighborhood like that,” Grant said. “Our guys felt really proud to do something for the community.”

Montaquila said the UNA also is working with Greenville police, city management and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at ECU to start a crime watch, as well as install a recycling station in the area.

The next Take Pride in the Grid cleanup will be in March. A specific date has not been set.

Contact Wesley Brown at 252-329-9579 or wbrown@reflector.com. Follow him on Twitter @CityWatchdog.

via The Daily Reflector.

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