Spring Cleaning Under Bridge in Stroudsburg

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STROUDSBURG -- It's a little cleaner under the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Stroudsburg all thanks to a crew of workers.

The spring cleaning effort was a way for Jesus Quiones to give back to his community.

"It was always an eyesore to me. Definitely during the winter, seeing a lot of squatters and such, so as the weather got better, I thought, hey, we should come out here and get this area cleaned up," said Quiones.

Quiones belongs to the Monroe County Young Democrats. He, along with several other members of the group, picked up everything from bottles and cigarette butts to mattresses and wooden pallets.

"I think that this shows that we have a community, definitely a community of young people, that are ready to help our community," said Quiones.

The idea actually came when one of the organizers saw how much garbage was underneath the bridge when he was walking along the levee.

"It is not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I thought there was going to be some nasty, nasty stuff down here, but it is just a lot of random garbage," said James Kooistra, Stroudsburg.

Stroudsburg Mayor Tarah Probst and borough council member Boyd Weiss also came out to help. They say it's nice to see young people invested in their community.

"I think it's a great idea and I am so proud that young people are actually doing the work," said Mayor Probst.

"It's absolutely great to see a neglected part of Stroudsburg that we don't really think about, and here they are spending time cleaning the place up," said Weiss.

Organizers say this is the first cleanup of many they hope to schedule during the summer here in Stroudsburg.

1 Comment

  • RicU.

    Veterans and “squatters” under the Veteran’s Bridge is a perennial event. We will waive the flag on Memorial Day, give speeches and then leave Veterans to continue to vend for themselves. At least now, the bridge will be ready for the Memorial Day festivities.

    While we are at it, what is the condition of the health of the “residents” under the bridge? When asked in February, Mayor Probst had no idea or program to find out. I offered to head up the program of testing and was told my note was on her refrigerator at home. I don’t want to scare anyone but exposure to the element during the winter does weaken the body’s natural defenses.

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