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F. <br /> G1 <br /> w PEACE a <br /> r <br /> 1965 <br /> Office of the Mayor <br /> NEWS RELEASE <br /> Thursday,April 20, 2006 <br /> Contact: Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications& Special Projects,235-5855 <br /> Catherine Toppel, Director of Code Enforcement, 235-9486 <br /> Rebekah Go, Community Organizer, Near Northwest Neighborhood, 232-9182 <br /> Near Northwest Neighborhood Kicks Off Adont-A-Block <br /> In celebration of Earth Day, and as part the of the City of South Bend's Clean <br /> City Initiative, the Near Northwest Neighborhood Inc. (NNN)will kick off its Adopt-a- <br /> Block program on Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 8:00 a.m. at the NNN Center, at 1007 <br /> Portage Avenue. Adopt-A-Block organizers are expecting over 100 volunteers to help <br /> clean litter and debris from over 35 blocks in the neighborhood! In addition,Notre Dame <br /> Students for Environmental Action (SEA) has again made a generous donation of trees <br /> that they will help residents plant in the neighborhood. Members of the So. Bend Police <br /> Department's Neighborhood Enforcement Services Team (NEST)will provide walking <br /> and car patrols during the kick-off to support work zone safety. <br /> This marks the fourth year of the NNN's involvement in the Adopt-A-Block <br /> program. "The NNN has been a cornerstone in the success of the Adopt-A-Block <br /> program," stated Catherine Toppel, Director of Code Enforcement. "Other <br /> neighborhoods are beginning programs because of the impact they have seen in this part <br /> of the city." The Westside Neighborhood began its own program last year and will kick <br /> off its 2nd Annual Adopt-A-Block on Saturday,May 20. Residents of the LaSalle area, <br /> La Casa de Amistad, and Rum Village have also started programs in their areas. <br />