As the weather turned colder, residents and organizations came out to do their part for Cicero’s annual Clean-Up Day on May 11. Cicero civic, District 99, and Morton 201 High School District student groups, as well as volunteers, gathered at Cicero Community Park in the morning to collect rakes, garbage bags, and other cleaning tools before dispersing throughout the town, sweeping streets, raking lawns, and removing debris left over from the winter.
“This isn’t a party by any means, but it is an invaluable way we can show pride in our community,” said Town Assessor Emilio “Emo” Cundari, who has organized the event every year. “I am grateful to live in a town where so many students and residents come out to keep this town clean.
Cicero Clean-Up Day is part of the Keep Cicero CLEAN initiative. CLEAN stands for Community leadership, Law Enforcement, resident Assistance, and protecting Neighborhoods, a multi-point focus implemented by Town President Larry Dominick several years ago to create the New Cicero. CLEAN-Up week, the days leading to the Saturday volunteer event, features an effort by Public Works to collect unwanted large items from homes to help eliminate potential safety hazards.
“Emo continues to lead in this fantastic display of civic pride and I cannot thank him enough for what he, and so many of our kids and residents, continue to do to keep our community clean,” said Town President Larry Dominick.
Contributors included Steak ‘N Egger (26th Street, Ogden and Roosevelt Rd locations), Sam’s Club, Freddy’s Pizza, United Grill, Paisan’s Pizzeria (6226 Ogden), McDonald’s (28th and Cicero), Henry’s Hotdogs, Scatchell’s Beef & Pizza, Waldo Clooney’s Pizza, Dunkin Donuts (Cicero and Cermak), Hody’s Grill on Roosevelt, Clyde Park District, Ante Debs, Alexander’s restaurant, 7-Eleven (35th and Austin), Robinson’s Ribs of Oak Park, Copy Care, Food 4 Less, Fullers Car Wash, Crabby’s Pub, Diamond Graphics, AA Foods, Chiko’s Liquors, and Schultz Supply Co.
Additional support also from Barrett and Michelle Marlar, Fred Olik, State Rep. Lisa Hernandez and Cook County Commissioner Jeff Tobolski.