Saturday was Port Chester Pride Day and dozens of residents got up early and hit the streets in an attempt to help beautify the community.
Clean up teams met at 9 a.m. in three different locations: the Columbus Park gazebo, the Port Chester Marina or the Port Chester train station. Among those who answered the call were the Boy Scouts and leaders of Troop 6 – .
“Scouting in Port Chester is great,” said Village board member Dan Brakewood. “This is just one of many events that the scouts participate in throughout the year. There is a real sense of pride in Port Chester in general and it’s nice to get outside on a beautiful day like this and help out.”
“An important part of this is teaching the kids to help the community with these kind of services,” said Assistant Scout Master Lidio Solano. “We are part of this community and we have to keep the community in good shape. The community always comes out to support us when we need it and we want to give back to the community.”
Volunteers were asked to show up prepared with long pants, long sleeve shirts and gloves. Trash bags, water and cups were provided for those who took the time to help out.
“Today was a beautiful day and things went very well,” said Brakewood. “We cleaned up all around the train station and part of King Street. We also cleaned around the Marina and around Columbus and Edgewood parks. The parks were in pretty good shape. The big mess was around the train station.”
All trash collected during the clean-up effort will be collected by the end of the weekend.