Can Every Day be April Stools Day?

Friends of the Eastern Promenade and the MHNO pitched in on April 23 to clean up litter, dog stools and cigarette butts in neighborhoods and parks for the 24th annual April Stools Day, but what about every other day of the year?

Matthew Kennedy, president of the Friends’ board, said in an interview at Hill House on April Stools Day that the occasion was an annual opportunity for organizations to combine resources to tidy up the city, but that other measures can be taken to reduce the accumulation of litter and filth every day. Among the possibilities he mentioned:

  • Conduct a concerted educational campaign to encourage responsible pet ownership so that owners clean up after their dogs.
  • Fit recycle bins with covers so that less litter escapes to be blown around the streets and sidewalks.
  • Establish a voluntary adopt a street or adopt a block program that would give people responsibility for keeping assigned stretches of roadway free of litter.
  • Encourage people to regularly sweep sidewalks in front of their houses and shops.

Kennedy said more than 45 people had signed up for the cleanup just at Hill House, where they had access to coffee and free cleanup supplies. About a dozen other locations in Portland and South Portland served as hubs for the event.