As we approach the one-year anniversary of the now-famous Facebook post, I wanted to share everything the #CleanItUpJoe mission has achieved with the support of our amazing city by the sea! To begin, I have established an on-call clean-up crew from Sparks Property Maintenance to respond to texts and posts from the public regarding overflowing trash seven days a week.
There are a few ways patrons can report overflowing trash:
– Text me directly any time at (401) 835-2045
– Sent a picture to the Fitzpatrick Team Instagram account.
The trash is then picked up and brought to a dumpster on Halsey Ave donated by Sean Napolitano from A1 Roofing and Construction.
The Fitzpatrick Team has teamed up with Clean Ocean Access, to further establish their Adopt a Block Program. The Fitzpatrick Team will donate $100 to COA for every family or small group that ‘Adopts a Block’. We are encouraging families or small groups to adopt the block they currently live on.
In early April, the #CleanItUpJoe funded the purchased 12 cigarette depositories and placed them on Broadway between Equality Park and Washington Sq. They were emptied every Friday and removed 1000’s of cigarette butts off the streets. Unfortunately, we ultimately had to recall the depositories as they were constantly being opened or destroyed. This failed attempt to keep Broadway cigarette free has crippled our permission to install them throughout the entire city. We are actively looking into other options.
The #CleanItUpJoe team has continued to power-wash every garbage and recycling barrel in Newport, and this will be repeated quarterly. The Adopt a Barrel Program was implemented by the city of Newport and offers the ability to have a barrel installed (usually in front of your business). The business owner takes responsibility for emptying and maintaining the barrel. If you are interested in adopting your own barrel and want to make a difference, you can reach out to me or visit the city website for more info. Two more barrels have been adopted, both located on Broadway. One is at the bottom of Everett St. and the other is at the bottom of Calvert St. Those barrels are emptied every week and remain clean.
Thanks again for your support, and feel free to reach out directly to me anytime if you have any questions or want to know more about the #cleanitupJoe campaign for a litter-free Newport.