New Year's Trash Pickup

Volunteers give a thumbs down to litter at the New Year’s street clean up in Cambridge.

CAMBRIDGE — Dozens of volunteers joined a mayor- and commissioners-elect for a New Year’s trash pick up on Saturday, Jan. 2, collecting more than 100 bags of litter from Cambridge’s street. Volunteers enjoyed some sunshine and manageable temperatures after the original event scheduled for Jan. 1 was postponed due to rain.

The event was organized by Mayor-elect Andrew Bradshaw and Choptank Riverkeeper Matt Pluta, and the volunteers included Commissioners-elect Brian Roche, Lajan Cephas and Jameson Harrington, as well as State Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore.

In a conversation that followed the pick up at the meeting point behind Chesapeake College, Bradshaw acknowledged that progress had been made but more work was needed. “When we left it looked better, but it did not look great,” he said.

“The most encouraging thing Is the amount of people — we’ve got a team here that can hit this and other things,” Bradshaw said.

Cephas said future cleanups would be a good opportunity for high schoolers to get community service hours.

Roche said the clean up was part of a message that city residents needed to send that, “This place matters.”

Bradshaw agreed, “It’s all about rebuilding hope in Cambridge.”

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