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Mayor Rizzo Announces Fourth Annual Revere Shines Citywide Clean-Up and National Take Back Day

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Hundreds of Revere residents will participate in the yearly community clean-up

For the past three years, the City of Revere has hosted Revere Shines, a citywide clean-up effort that occurs on the last Saturday of April. This year Revere Shines will take place on Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Residents and local business partners are being asked to meet at 8:45 a.m. at the American Legion Building at 249 Broadway, from where they will then be dispersed into the community o begin their clean-up efforts.

After a few hours, all are invited back to the American Legion Building  at noon for a BBQ and music to celebrate their hard work.

Last year “Revere Shines” drew over 500 residents, businesses, community groups, and other organizations that participated in the clean-up. Together these volunteers were able to effectively clean and remove trash and debris from over 60 locations across Revere. Mayor Dan Rizzo is hoping to continue to build momentum around the event, thereby making this year’s event an even bigger success. One example of this is this year’s plan to add our new mobile application, SEECLICKFIX, to take photographs and track the progress of the clean-up. Anyone interested in sending us photographs of areas that need to be cleaned, please download this free application to your mobile phone.

In addition to cleaning up our parks and neighborhoods, we are also encouraging residents to “clean out their medicine cabinets.” The city is teaming up with the Revere CARES Coalition on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Task Force to organize a Medicine Disposal Take Back Initiative. Residents will be able to drop off unused medicines at a marked table in front of the American Legion Building from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. during the event. The purpose of the take back event is to allow residents to dispose of unwanted and expired medicines in a safe, legal and environmentally-friendly way.

Residents may dispose of prescription medications and non-prescription pills such as vitamins. Medicines may be disposed in original bottles or separate plastic bags. If medicines are being disposed in original containers, remove or cover any personal identifying information. Please keep liquid medicines in original containers to avoid spills. Proper medicine disposal reduces the risk of prescription drugs being consumed inappropriately – either by accident or through illegal sales. The rate of prescription drug abuse is alarmingly high; over half of all teens abusing medicines obtain them directly from a family member or friend – including from the home medicine cabinet – and often without their knowledge.

Rizzo and his planning team, which is made up of members from the Beachmont Improvement Committee, the Revere Beautification Committee, and the Neighborhood Developers, as well as other community groups and city officials, are already in active discussions on how to maximize efforts for maximum results. Businesses, community groups, public school children, along with other community stakeholders, are being asked to take part in the clean-up through donations and/or volunteering. Groups are being asked to take responsibility for specific clean-up locations around the city. Individual volunteers are welcomed and encouraged. Student volunteers will receive community service hours for their participation.

If you would like to learn more or become involved with Revere Shines, please call the Mayor’s Office at 781-286-8111 or email revere_mayor@revere.org.

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