Sometimes we wonder what good we can do in our community. And sometimes the answer is as simple as saying something to the right people.
A few weeks ago, Jack Shauf, a Ward 5 resident who lives on West Grace, contacted me about something that concerned him. It was the fact that a stretch of Mapledale had turned into a drive-by dump. I walked over to look as he was absolutely right. There were junk tires and trash strewn everywhere.
Because this problem was brought to my attention, I could then talk to a few people to see what could be done. We decided that having the area cleaned up by people who need to do Community Service was the best option. And so, last week that is exactly what happened.
“See something, say something” does not just apply to potential terrorists and mass shooters. It applies to what you see in your everyday community. If you see something in your community, say something to someone who might be able to help fix it. You may even want to stop and ask yourself if there is something you can do to help fix it.
If you see mass amounts of litter near your home, let me know and I can have someone look at fixing it. Also think about what you can do to help fix the issue too. Stop and pick up just one or two pieces of trash as you walk around your neighborhood. Yes, it is just a small gesture, but if everyone did it, there would be no more litter on the ground. In other words, be the change that you want to see.
A big shout out and THANK YOU to Mr. Shauf for taking a few minutes out of his day to let me know how we could make Bedford better. If you see something that concerns you, please do not hesitate to call me at 440-227-3620 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Image of Community Service provided by Josh Hallaran.