Par: Organizes Volunteer Cleanup Of Problem Tracks

PAR Police Officials Led a 50-Strong Volunteer Force, Aided by City Service Departments to Remove Trash Along Tracks Through City Center. Similar Events to take Place in Other Town and Cities.

08 May, Manchester NH – PAR collaborated with Manchester City authorities, local businesses, and community organizations to remove trash assembled to remove trash along tracks running through central Manchester. PAR Railway Police Officer R.J. Murphy worked closely with the city’s Public Works Department and city police to organize the more than 50 volunteers.

The Manchester clean-up could provide a blueprint for working with other municipalities. “Manchester isn’t alone in this issue,” said Scarano. “Officer Murphy is hoping to use this model in other cities.”

Murphy met with volunteers from 8 a.m. along the tracks behind Firestone Tires and went over safety issues before splintering off into crews.

“I thought it went really well. There was a lot of community support and we got a lot accomplished. We had a bunch of people coming throughout the day,” Murphy said. “It was a really good day, and everyone had a positive attitude coming together for the community.”

Manchester Department of Public Works provided city equipment to haul the trash away and recycle whatever could be recycled. MDPW Director Kevin Sheppard hopes to expand on the positive working relationship with Pan Am to keep the railroad tracks clean.

Local civic groups and businesses that assisted in the clean-up effort include:

  • Neighbor Works/Southern NH All Hands In
  • Harmony Homes
  • Hope Tabernacle
  • Main Street Mission
  • Brady Sullivan Properties
  • Boxes of Love for the homeless
  • Portland Pie Co Manchester Police Department
  • Manchester Department of Public Works

{Carol Robidoux, Manchester InkLink, 09.May.2019}