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Patriots sweep up Mattapan Square in preparation for Boston Shines

Posted by Patrick Rosso  April 24, 2012 05:04 PM

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Anne Wilcox, a liaison with the Bosotn Police Department, showing Nyah Apperwhite, Sydney Smith, and Timmy Smith the art of sweeping gutters in Mattapan Square over the weekend.

As Mattapan residents get ready to get down and dirty next weekend during the city’s annual Boston Shines city-wide cleanup, the neighborhood's youth football team, the Patriots, were out in Mattapan Square getting a little extra practice last weekend.

About 25 of the team’s players and supporters were sweeping the square early Saturday morning, clearing cigarette butts from the gutters and cans and other rubbish from the sidewalks.

“Community service is a large part of what the Mattapan Patriots do,” said Donald Caisey, president of the Mattapan Patriots. “The only way a community will change is from the youth. We need to teach them the right way. If you see trash on the ground pick it up, don’t wait for someone else to fix the problem.”

Ownership of the square and a vested interest in the community were the two lesson being driven home Saturday, as the Patriots cleaned up the square. Residents passing through thanked the youngsters for their hard work.

“You can see that there is trash all over the public square and that’s no way for a public space to operate,” said Corey Allen, presidents of the Cummins Valley Neighborhood Association and Patriots supporter. “I can remember comparing this square to Downtown Crossing when I was growing up. Seeing it in this condition makes me uneasy, and I don’t feel proud of it. We want to bring it back.”

Next weekend, the players will be tackling Almont Park, the team's home field. While the park may soon be getting some much needed renovations that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a nice cleaning.

The event is open to all who would like to make their neighborhood park shine. The cleanup begins at 9:30 a.m. and will run till 1:00 p.m. For more information contact Corey Allen at mr.cjallen@gmail.com

There will also be a separate cleanup Saturday at the Tech Boston Academy on Peacevale Road. Players from the Patriots, along with students from the school and parents, will be lending a hand planting new flowers and raking leaves. The event begins at 9 a.m. and runs until noon. For more information contact Michele Cooper at mdcooper25@gmail.com
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Robert Souto, a coach for the Patriots, lending a hand Saturday sweeping the sidewalks in Mattapan Square

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