For the past month, Frank Spolsino has spent his lunch hour volunteering for East Boston Main Streets, sweeping the sidewalks around Maverick Square. When asked about his motivation, Frank observes, “I live here, and it’s nicer when it’s clean!”
Litter in East Boston’s business district has been an issue for many years and, over the years, numerous programs and initiatives have tried to address the challenges of keeping our streets and sidewalks clean, with mixed results. Boston Shines, an annual community clean-up event coordinated by EBMS and the City of Boston attracts over 100 volunteers, and other, community based clean-ups are also regularly attended by residents of East Boston.
“I do not believe that there is a silver bullet to address the litter issue in East Boston,” says Max Gruner, executive Director of EBMS, “our streets and sidewalks will be clean once a critical mass of residents and business owners take direct and consistent ownership of their space and show the independent initiative to clean up, every day, clean up.”
Frank Spolsino embodies this community spirit. A life-long resident of East Boston, Frank is a regular volunteer at community events and clean-ups. Realizing that more needed to be done, Frank takes it upon himself, every week, to do his part to help East Boston shine.
Janet Knott, Chief of Staff for Councilor Sal LaMattina has known Frank for a long time, “Frank Spolsino is a dedicated community volunteer and kind neighbor. He can often be found cleaning litter from the street or working along the Greenway, always with a smile on his face.”
For more details or questions about how to join Frank or how to create your own community volunteer group, please contact Max Gruner at [email protected] or at 617-561-1044.