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WORCESTER - It probably wasn't a heck of a lot of fun.
But with the sweltering swel·ter·ing
1. Oppressively hot and humid; sultry.
2. Suffering from oppressive heat.
swel August sun beating down on them and the heavy humidity sapping their strength, teenagers from the Phohien Temple on Dewey Street this week were nonetheless pulling up sidewalk weeds, picking up litter, and generally spiffing spiff Informal
tr.v. spiffed, spiff·ing, spiffs
To make attractive, stylish, or up-to-date: spiffed up the old storefront.
n. up their Chandler Street-Park Avenue neighborhood.
The teens have put in about six hours a day on weekdays all summer long doing their volunteer cleanup chores.
"We don't mind helping out," said 18-year-old Chien Nguyen.
Over the years, a number of Asian families have quietly moved to Dewey and other nearby streets, centering their lives around the Buddhist house of worship Noun 1. house of worship - any building where congregations gather for prayer
house of God, house of prayer, place of worship
bethel - a house of worship (especially one for sailors) .
Because of cultural differences, they generally kept to themselves until they were recently wooed into becoming more active by individuals and businesses working to better the area through the pilot Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area program.
In 2006, the city designated five low-income neighborhoods, which are home to about 25 percent of the city's population, as recipients of $2 million worth of federal Community Block Grant money, which was to be used in revitalization efforts.
The initiative aims to renovate storefronts, fix up properties, create affordable housing units, and jumpstart after-school and job development programs, among other things. It's dependent on a partnership that includes residents, nonprofit agencies, city officials, and
Yesterday evening, the City Council's Public Health and Human Services Noun 1. Health and Human Services - the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with health and welfare; created in 1979
Department of Health and Human Services, HHS Committee took its show on the road to assess the impact of the program on the Chandler Street-Park Avenue neighborhood. After touring some of the affected area, the committee took testimony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Business Empowerment Center from individuals and groups involved with the program.
By all accounts, the committee appeared to be impressed with the results.
"It's good to see all this enthusiasm in this neighborhood for the program," said Councilor-at-Large Gary S. Rosen, who chairs the committee.
City officials said the NRSA NRSA National Research Service Award (US National Institutes of Health)
NRSA National Remote Sensing Agency (India)
NRSA Non-Revenue Space Available (airline travel) program in the Chandler Street-Park Avenue neighborhood has been the most successful.
"The success and accomplishments of the Chandler NRSA, to date, is the result of the commitments and leadership of all stakeholders Stakeholders
All parties that have an interest, financial or otherwise, in a firm-stockholders, creditors, bondholders, employees, customers, management, the community, and the government. in the project area, including residents, businesses and community organizations," said William Randall William Randall may refer to:
Successes have included storefront improvements to four businesses; major roof, porch, and siding repairs to five residences; tree plantings; and bench and trash bin installations.
With some of the money, surveillance cameras have been purchased and placed on some buildings to deter crime.
Andrew Serrato, owner of Serrato Signs on Dewey Street, said the project has also injected enthusiasm into the neighborhood, instilled civic pride, and, pointing to the work of the teens from the temple, encouraged people to be more active.
"This project is nudging people to re-invest," he said.
Dennis Hennessey, the city director of neighborhood and housing development, said 80 percent of the residents of the five NRSA neighborhoods are at or below the median income level. Besides Chandler Street-Park Avenue, the other neighborhoods getting NRSA funding are: Beacon Street Beacon Street is a major thoroughfare in Boston, Massachusetts and several of its western suburbs. Beacon Street in Boston, Brookline, Brighton, and Newton is not to be confused with Beacon Street in nearby Somerville. in Main South; Grafton Street; lower Lincoln Street; and South Worcester.
"These are some of our most distressed neighborhoods," he said.
Mr. Hennessey said about $900,000 of the $2 million has been spent and expects the remaining money to be gobbled up quickly, now that news of the program is beginning to spread.
"We're kind of at a midpoint mid·point
1. Mathematics The point of a line segment or curvilinear arc that divides it into two parts of the same length.
2. A position midway between two extremes. in the program and we're looking to get some feedback," said Mr. Hennessey. "We want to see what has worked and what hasn't."
A comprehensive report on the overall program is expected to be provided to the council this fall.
Stephen T. Patton, executive director of Worcester Common Ground, said the program is so successful that his agency, a partner in the initiative, has stopped taking applications for grant money.
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