Clean-up Squad Concept Identifies Needs and Helps to Organize Kingston Youth. It’s Really That Simple.

By Rebecca Martin

Talk about putting your money where your mouth is. Here is a fine and welcomed example of it.

I am so impressed with the recent effort made by Ward 9 Alderman Hayes Clement and Ward 4 Alderwoman Shirley Whitlock. With the support and guidance of Kingston Cares (A program of Family of Woodstock)  up to 25  youth have been organized to perform public service work while in return, having a hand in making their neighborhood more beautiful, making a positive impact in the community overall  and earning a most valuable $50 gift card for back to school supplies.

It’s that simple. Correctly identifying what is needed coupled with little bit of common sense and organization goes a very long way in the short and long term.

Below are photos taken from Kingston Care’s website – and the PRESS RELEASE  announcing the effort.

The Clean-up Squad works on Van Buren Park.
Graffiti and grit no more.

What's next?

Midtown Kingston Urban Farm Opens Farm Stand.


By Rebecca Martin

As many know, the South Pine Street City Farm located at 27 South Pine Street off of Greenkill Avenue in Midtown Kingston has transformed a city lot into a farm to help feed the community local, organic vegetables. As of yesterday, Farmer Jesica Clark is offering a ‘farm stand’ where neighbors can purchase fresh from the garden vegetables right at the farm. Her stand should be in place by Friday – and you can bet that come fall, the Kingston Land Trust will do a big push in helping to make it known.

It doesn’t get any better than that for a city like ours. Unless, of course, you’re growing your own food yourself.

Special thanks to Hugh Cummings of Hugh Name It Builders who donated his time and materials in building the Midtown stand.