The Nostrand Avenue Improvement Association has had the good fortune recently to take on three new interns. They are Christopher Dukes, Raymond Pullum and Ronald Despinosse. Christopher was introduced to me by another intern, and when we met I found out he works as a super at a building on Park Place. I took him on and soon learned he is an excellent worker – punctual, responsible and hard working. He has been especially working on cleaning up the six blocks that make up the area of the Lincoln Civic Block Association. Having seen him in action, I have felt no reluctance in letting him lead a clean up team. He also proved useful in setting up the NAIA Photography Show. His skills as a supper make him adept in many different situations.
Christopher introduced me to his childhood friend Raymond who lives in East New York. Raymond too has been an exceptional worker. Alongside Christopher they make a great team. When I clean up the Lincoln Place area with another intern, it takes about two hours. For Raymond and Christopher the time is just over an hour, and they are not only fast by thorough as well. Raymond switched over to hanging pictures without missing a beat.
The third new intern is Ronald. I met him when I was doing a profile of Shiloh SDA Church. He told me that he is friends with Jimmy Burton who is my favorite person on Lincoln Place. Ronald said he had some time free so I took him on too. Ronald always arrives early. I try to get to the place we start work five to ten minutes early. Ronald is always there ahead of me. He is notable for using the broom and dust pan in a very detailed way. He get the smallest scraps. Ronald has also been invaluable in setting up the photo show.
So we now have a very effective group of interns, able to do many different jobs. They are adaptable and hardworking.
Abdul and Trevor
The Improvement Association has taken on two new interns to pick up litter three days a week. They are Abdul and Trevor. Trevor started on Saturday, December 22, and while picking up litter on the following Monday, we met Abdul who did his first day of work on Thursday, December 27. Welcome to these two hard-working, engaged interns. Nostrand Avenue will be cleaner with their efforts and as of this last Thursday we added three more blocks to the area we cover. We now have adopted two litter baskets and cover twelve blocks to from Park Place to Empire Boulevard and a side street, St. Johns from Nostrand to New York. This expanded area that we cover justifies an application to adopt another trash basket. That will make a total of three.
Every Saturday at 8am Methinee puts in an hour picking up litter. As we have just adopted a new trash basket we have decided to call it the Artami Trash Can. The photo shows Methinee standing next to the basket named after her. We feel sure this is the first step up a staircase that will result in a statue of Ms. Artami in Grand Army Plaza. Along with Generals Warren and and Slocum, President Lincoln and Gen. Grant, John Kennedy and Alexander Skene, Methinee is fighting another kind of battle, a battle to make Crown Heights and beautiful and healthy place for all it diverse citizens. She will be a leader in this battle just as the others led us in war, politics and medicine.