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Volunteers sought for first ‘Clean Sweep’ event

(Nov. 1, 2013)  The Ocean City Development Corporation is hosting its first Ocean City Clean Sweep tomorrow, Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers will sweep the streets from the inlet to 17th Street, picking up trash left behind after the summer rush to help the city with its end-of-season cleanup.

“It’ll really help because off the Boardwalk, there is some trash to be picked up,” OCDC Executive Director Glenn Irwin said. “It should be a fun event.”

The OCDC is sponsoring the event, but reaching out to groups including the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, the Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association and the Chamber of Commerce to spread the word.

The city is providing gloves and trash bags for volunteers, and local businesses have donated prizes to be awarded for the most trash culled and the most unusual litter collected, Irwin said. The Candy Kitchen is giving a box of candy to the person who fills a bucket with cigarette butts.

The OCDC is hoping to draw around 50 volunteers to the inaugural Clean Sweep, Irwin said.

There is a “need to follow up now that the season is completed,” he said, “particularly in the inner blocks of downtown Ocean City.”

He added that the Clean Sweep is a vehicle brining awareness of the impacts of trash and littering.

Business and property owners can also pitch in by cleaning up their properties.

There will be gloves and trash bags for volunteers at the Ocean City Clean Sweep. Volunteers get a free lunch after the cleanup and the first 50 will receive free shirts.

To volunteer, call the OCDC at 410-289-7739 or email kds@ocdc.org. Volunteers will meet at 108 Dorchester Street at 9 a.m. Saturday for the Clean Sweep.

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