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Norwalk Volunteers Clean Up Wall Street

NORWALK, Conn. – Armed with trowels, shovels and hoes, seven Norwalk residents took the time to clean up Wall Street on Saturday (no, not that Wall Street) as part of an effort that began five years ago.

Led by resident Peter Viteretto, volunteers tackled weeds and spread fresh mulch in the 22 tree wells along the street in a move toward urban gardening rather than just trash pickup.

“With a little enthusiasm, pride and support, we can all make a significant difference to improve our town," said Steven Wallerstein, a volunteer.

The spring cleanup is part of the citywide effort promoted by Keep Norwalk Beautiful , a chapter of the national Keep America Beautiful program.

Organization of the annual event was provided by Norwalk 2.0 - a community development organization. Funding for the mulch came from the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency.

Last month, Tulip Tree Landscape Design contributed a professional crew to weed and remove debris along the slope of East Wall Street along Smith Street. A focus of previous neighborhood cleanups, the site of the former jailhouse has been an eyesore because of illegal dumping.

The Smith Street roadway is part of the Harbor Loop Trail, a riverfront path that is used by local dog walkers and bikers. Tulip Tree Design principal and zoning commissioner Michael Mushak has been advocating for completion of the trail.

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