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Mirror Lake Clean-Up

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From Reverend Mishra of UUC of St. Petersburg: “I wanted to bring to your attention an opportunity for us to rally together as a community this Saturday, January 10th — the Annual Mirror Lake Clean-Up morning. Please join us for whatever length of time you are able to between 9am-12noon to help demonstrate our commitment to the neighborhood our religious community resides in. In the midst of these difficult (even at times depressing) economic times, this is a way to give of ourselves and support our church by means other than financial. This is also a great opportunity to help teach our children about environmental and communal responsibility. Please do bring your kids, if you are able.”
Update: I just got back from this clean-up effort and it was a resounding success. More than sixty people showed up and I’ll dare say Mirror Lake never looked so good. It’s a shame that not enough residents take advantage of visiting Mirror Lake, which I think has a lot to do with the overwhelming homeless presence at the park.

One quick political anecdote that speaks volumes about both people in the story: as I was walking around Mirror Lake picking up debris as part of the clean-up effort, I bumped into Karl Nurse, who himself was knee-high in the weeds with a bagful of garbage. He and I had discussed several projects he is working on. After Karl and I went our own ways, I saw that Bill Foster arrived, (of course, after all the hard work was finished). For at least twenty minutes, he stood around talking to people, never once picking up any debris or garbage. Let’s not forget, Bill, this was a clean-up project afer all — at least make an effort. The obvious difference between Karl Nurse and Bill Foster couldn’t be more apparent. The former is a hard worker who is also a politician; the latter is a politician who hardly works.

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