Cleanup, community, and P.R.I.D.E. start with Rex

The Historic Rex Village Restoration Association, Commissioner Sonna Singleton, Keep Clayton Beautiful and Clayton County Economic Development join forces for the annual kick-off of The Great American Cleanup on April 17, beginning with a 10 AM parade at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center.

“On this day all neighborhoods in the county are urged to participate,” says Singleton. “[We] felt this is a great time to clean up Rex Village, bring more attention to the area and get more residents involved in the revitalization project.”

About 300 kids will participate from all eight high school ROTC units alongside boy scouts, girl scouts, citizens, churches and seniors. The parade ends at Historic Rex Village and neighborhood cleanup runs from noon until 2 PM.  Food/drinks will be provided.

In addition, Edie Yongue, Executive Director of Keep Clayton Beautiful, aptly describes how and why residents should participate and feel a sense of P.R.I.D.E. about their neighborhoods:

Property value enhancement
 Recycling is good for a community
 Image building
 Demonstrate unity
 Everyone is essential.”

Participants may use their own tools and supplies, but donations are still needed for the cleanup effort, such as: pruners, sling blades, wheel barrels, flat front shovels, work gloves, garbage bags, push brooms and rakes (a release will need to be signed when using certain borrowed tools). Bottled water, hot dogs and buns, condiments, napkins, etc. are also needed. Bring donations the day of, or contact Yvonne Abraham (historicrexvillagega@gmail.com) to deliver beforehand.

Remember to wear boots or proper shoes and clothing appropriate for cleaning up outdoors!

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Hopefully this event will also lead to awareness of Rex’s rich history. It was recently discovered that First Lady Michelle Obama has Rex ties via her great-great-great grandmother. Her great-great-great grandfather’s burial site has also been found, as well as a possible familial tie to the Rev.  Dr. Martin Luther King. The Restoration Association is working towards the First Lady making an appearance here in the near future.

“We hope to draw attention to the impact of what is needed to restore Rex Village, and to preserve a part of history that we all can be proud of,” says Historic Rex Village Restoration Chairman Paul Abraham.

Add Rex Mill and/or Paul Abraham Jr. as a “friend” on Facebook to view historic photos and keep up with progress.  All donations to Historic Rex Village are accepted and appreciated (contact Yvonne Abraham).

Several Clayton cities are participating in the Great American Cleanup which runs through June 19. I will pass on information as I receive it and bloggers are encouraged to do the same.

Sat., May 15: Forest Park citywide cleanup (organized by Forest Park Ministers Association and Keep Clayton Beautiful)

45 comments Add your comment

Straight No Chaser

April 12th, 2010
11:39 am

Great idea!!! Nice try at a campaign boost Sonna. I would think that the 3 Musketeers would implement this in all of their districts. NOT!!!

ann price

April 12th, 2010
11:49 am

I have seen Commissioner Singleton actively supporting the community of Clayton County on many occasions. To me, this clearly shows that she is not merely a person holding office with words only but deeds. Bravo Commissioner Singleton.

Whatever ...

April 12th, 2010
12:14 pm

Why you all talking about Sonna? Isn’t this about cleaning up communities? This is where Clayton starts to have problems because we get off track with other stuff. all commissioners should be involved when this cleanup thing goes to their district. I’ll clean up when this tour comes to my side of town, but hope Rex does good on Saturday.

Rosa

April 12th, 2010
1:01 pm

Sonna is just trying to get more votes. We have been complaining about trash and grafitti for years and now in a eelection year she wanna help GIVE ME A BREK!

bigdogears

April 12th, 2010
1:53 pm

I wish the cleanup crew the best but if the community participation from my neighborhood is any example she’s gonna be pretty lonely. If people do show up it’ll be the same people that volunteers for everything and the abundance of slackers will either drive by and wave or look the other way.

Proven

April 12th, 2010
2:23 pm

Rosa,
Commissioner Singleton has proven herself in our district. We will vote for what we know. Obviously, you have not been active in our district or you would know that. There is proof of her work and the voters will send her back. In the meantime all you haters show up Saturday for the community clean up or shout THU!

Unlimit Yourself

April 12th, 2010
3:05 pm

Proven,
How nice it is to see that your a Commissioner Singleton Supporter. People have the right to support “WHO” they want to. Its great that you feel that she has been doing a great job in District 1.. But, that’s just your Opinion. As a Morrow resident for over 40 years, I have not seen Commissioner Singleton involve in my Community. It is Election Year! It’s only Obvious that we are going to see her more this year. What about in 2008, 2009?? Where was Commissioner Singleton?? Hmmm!! Anyhow, (Something to think about). I do plan on getting more involve in this years elections. We need to Support and VOTE for people who really want to work all year round and really want to make a difference in our Communities. Does anyone know who is running for District 1 this year??

James

April 12th, 2010
3:27 pm

I live in that district and will be there to participate in the clean up effort. However, I agree that Ms. Singleton does not respond to her constituents’ concerns in a timely fashion, especially with code enforcement, grafitti, trash. I have reported several basketball goals on streets (which is against county code) and they still remain on the street.

Jodi

April 12th, 2010
4:34 pm

I would have to agree with Mr. James. Ms. Singleton has not been involve. Yes, I’ve seen her in the Community maybe 1, 2 3 times out of the year. That is not enough. We need to Vote people who are going to be more visual and working everyday to make our Communities Safe and Beautiful.
Its time for CHANGE. My grand kids and I will be participating on Saturday to help clean up Rex. That would be a start, but it shouldn’t end there.

No surprise!

April 12th, 2010
8:22 pm

Cleanup is great, but teaching not to make the mess in the first place, has better long term results. Sadly a majority of residents in this county have never been taught that, and there kids are following in there footsteps.

DoubleAction

April 12th, 2010
8:22 pm

“Is It Better To Close Your Eyes and Do Nothing”

SingleAction

April 12th, 2010
11:23 pm

These old original Clayton residents are “NOT” going to come out and support any cleanup effort! They are afraid to mingle with the “Majority” of the residents! They’re Afrraaiiddd!

ASimpleTruth

April 12th, 2010
11:23 pm

Why are these type of events only heavily promoted during election years?

Ditto David Scott’s Job Fair.
Ditto Mike Glanton’s Cutural Event.
Ditto Roberta Salaam and her C-TRAN media blitz.
Ditto BOE taking extra steps with the budget, even cutting their pay @4%.
Ditto BOC community economic development meetings as of late.

MorrowDude

April 13th, 2010
6:31 am

I agree with James- Ms. Singleton needs to do more to help and encourage county code enforcement to do their jobs. I have reported several violations in my neighborhood (which is in Singleton’s district)and nothing is done. I have also contacted her office directly. Meanwhile, our property values continue to drop.

DoubleAction

April 13th, 2010
10:11 am

One person cannot be blame for what has happen to this county. The finger pointing can best be done on those who sold their house to people could not afford in the houses first place, in order to get their money and run.

A Home is not a place that you stay, its a place where you live.

ann price

April 13th, 2010
11:28 am

I like Commissioner Singleton. For years, as a resident of Clayton, I have seen her be actively involved in the community – the Rex Clean-up is merely one of her efforts and for those who think otherwise, I would suggest that you do your homework before throwing stones at her. Commissioner Singleton, keep up the good work!

cracker

April 13th, 2010
1:46 pm

i cant imagine why anybody would be afraid of the upstanding and law abiding in clay co.i really dont.

Concerned Citizen

April 13th, 2010
6:04 pm

This is an event to bring the northeast part of Clayton County together like it once was. I have lived in Clayton Co. for 39 years and wish that it was like it was when I grew up here. Sadly it is not. I am going to participate in this event to help the Historic Rex Village Preservation Association get a start on wonderful endeavor – to preserve a very historically important part of Clayton County’s history. My hope is that many other concerned citizens will do as I am and support this event this Sat. !

Whoa

April 13th, 2010
6:32 pm

The commisioners are trying to stack the deck again in Clayton. Now they are trying to make it so the Starr students can appoint anyone into any committee – whether there is representation fron the affected district or not. Bad government policy.

FrustratedinClayton

April 13th, 2010
7:25 pm

FYI…
Marten Transport Ltd., which provides regional truckload carrier services, plans to relocate within metro Atlanta from Forest Park (Clayton County) to Stone Mountain (DeKalb County). The company plans to add up to 100 jobs at the new truck terminal.

http://www.marten.com/index.php?/contact_us/

Stop the mess

April 13th, 2010
9:23 pm

Get it clean and keep it clean! It really isn’t that hard to take pride in your homes and your neighborhood!

Stop the mess

April 13th, 2010
9:26 pm

Keep the entire community clean. Stop throwing chicken bones out in the parking lots, return your carts to the return or store, and DEPOSIT your TRASH in the trash can! It is easy! Oh yeah stop pitching your trash out at the entrance and exit ramps of 675!

SingleAction

April 13th, 2010
9:46 pm

A clean up is such an excellent idea! However, it will be short lived. This summer this recession will have the crazies out in masses! Law enforcement must be the cleanser or we are in hell in highwater!

ann price

April 14th, 2010
7:37 am

GOOD MORNING ALL..
So far, 28 comments have been made on this blog – HOPE TO SEE ALL OF YOU PASSIONATE COMMUNITY CITIZENS ON SATURDAY AT “THE MILL” :)

Proven

April 14th, 2010
9:56 am

Thank you Ann Price. I will look for you at the Mill on Saturday. Thank you commissioner Singleton for working to bring our community together. The other Districts could take a lesson from you. You are visible, active and accessible. My family will be there on Saturday and we support your reelection!

SEE THUR

April 14th, 2010
6:58 pm

Commissioner Singleton is like any other politician starting an re-election bid after the first quarter of the year! Vote her out! Only want “FACETIME” with voters! Out with her!

bigdogears

April 14th, 2010
9:46 pm

You have to give Commissioner Singleton some kudos for her efforts and those that participate. You have to remember that our commissioners only get $20K per year and, contrary to popular belief, that is not full-time pay. Most of our commissioners have other jobs that actually pay there bills and families that they would prefer to be with than whining constituents. I also applaud the commission’s position on C-Tran but I’m concerned about the recent vote on appointing members to various boards and the influence some may have on the commission.

Since code enforcement is part of the police department. Why doesn’t the police department help them cite offenders? Also, since county employees were given authority to ticket litterers last year. How many tickets have they written? I suspect most county employees are not county residents and could care less if someone throws trash in the street. Give me a ticket book and I’ll balance the budget in a week!

Big Pappi

April 15th, 2010
8:31 am

Never forget, Singleton was Victor’s PUPPET. He was the master of the feel good, non-sustainable p.r. event. The day would be much better spent if everyone would just clean up there own property for a change. Oh I forgot, you’re on sect. 8…thats the landords problem

Oscar Knight of Clayton County

April 15th, 2010
6:51 pm

I will surely be there and on time. We need to bring this idea to all of the people in this County. This is time to do a little spring cleaning in our county and take more pride in living here.

Shannon, M.Div.

April 15th, 2010
7:26 pm

Question–for years, the local chapter of Keep America Beautiful was named Keep Clayton County Beautiful, because the city of Clayton in Rabun County had Keep Clayton Beautiful as their name. (If I recall correctly, it was Clayton Clean and Beautiful before that, but the national organization wanted everyone to have the same format of name–which was Keep XX Beautiful).

Is it now Keep Clayton Beautiful, or is it still Keep Clayton County Beautiful?

Whoa

April 16th, 2010
9:22 am

Lee Scott and the CLayton high school Freaknik. No business license since 2005. Lee – you let me down – I thought you were smarter than that. Better stop pinching that penny.

Oscar Knight of Clayton County

April 16th, 2010
9:54 am

“Since code enforcement is part of the police department. Why doesn’t the police department help them cite offenders?”

Offenders are given a certain length of time to correct the problem; unlike being on public streets while they are committing offenses.

kallen

April 16th, 2010
11:13 am

Arts Clayton is pleased to announce its upcoming partnership with the Tubman Museum in Macon, GA.

In April-May 2010, the Arts Clayton Gallery will present “Black Artists of Georgia – Selections from the Tubman Museum”.

This show features work from the Tubman Museum’s permanent collection created by Georgia born or Georgia Based Artists. Forty seven works will be on display, including works on paper, photography, mixed media, fiber art and paintings.
Artists featured in the collection are Ron Adams, Amalia Amaki, Benny Andrews, Radcliffe Bailey, Trena Banks, Keith Bankston, Beverly Buchanon, Cliff Chandler, Michael Ellison, Walter Ellison, Chi Ezekwueche, Annie Greene. Kojo Griffin, Stephanie Jackson, Wadsworth Jarrell, Ana Bel Lee, Jake Mccord, Wini McQueen, Curtis Patterson, Nellie Mae Rowe, O.L. Samuels, Cedric Smith, Wilfred Stroud and Mildred Thompson.

Admission: FREE

136 S. Main Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Free Admission.
Open T-F 9-5pm. Sat 10-4pm
770-473-545710
gallery@artsclayton.org
http://www.artsclayton.org/gallery

kallen

April 16th, 2010
11:43 am

For Shannon, M.Div.: According to Edie Yongue, Director of Keep Clayton County Beautiful, Inc.

“You are correct that our name is Keep Clayton County Beautiful not to be mistaken as the city of Clayton, Keep Clayton Beautiful.”

Thanks to Edie for taking the time to respond to this question! Hope to see you all out there on Saturday for the kick off!

Pittbull

April 16th, 2010
3:57 pm

Oscar Knight of Clayton County DoubleAction

You must be kidding. Dual personality?

Single Action

April 17th, 2010
12:43 pm

I don’t see any other candidates out there. Looks like we are stuck with the same old BS

Shannon, M.Div.

April 17th, 2010
3:57 pm

Thanks, Kimberly!

Unlimit Yourself

April 18th, 2010
4:59 pm

Well…Well…Well
I wasn’t able to attend the clean up on time, but I was able to see a few students and some adults helping with the clean up on saturday. I did get a chance to speak with one of the gentlemen who was helping. We both couln’t believe our “EYES”. Our Commissioner Sonna Singleton was sitting down the whole time. I sure didn’t see her picking up any trash. Thank you Commissioner Singleton for making my dicision to vote this election year even easier.

Billy Bob

April 23rd, 2010
12:10 pm

Methinks everyone might do a little better to concern themselves with their own business moreso than their neighbor’s business. Politics is a fool’s game, and this was only a cheap ploy by a politician trying to make a name for themself in the community. Or perhaps a community activist who wanted to feel good about themselves. Frankly if someone knocked on my door and told me it was my responsibility to come clean up an area other than my own I might have to tell them to kick rocks! I am a homeowner, I pay my taxes and keep my yard up, serve jury duty when I have to. Other than that, you can leave me alone!

Focus Group

April 26th, 2010
2:21 pm

Poor Billy Bob. He is held captive by the “it’s not my job” monster. He is not a good neighbor. He is average. Let’s lift the bar and be proactive. Pop another beer, Billy Bob. I got this one.

Billy Bob

April 26th, 2010
4:25 pm

oh no you called me average? I will never be the same…It’s not my bar to lift. Have fun and dont hurt your back!

Focus Group

April 27th, 2010
7:46 am

………And there you have it.

Not PROVEN

April 27th, 2010
9:16 am

I agree with James, if we can get CODE ENFROCEMENT to step

Not PROVEN

April 27th, 2010
9:34 am

I agree with James, if we can get CODE ENFORCEMENT to step up and do there JOB with all the Neighborhood then we can bring the community back to the BEAUTIFUL community it was. We need HELP!!!!!!!HELP from Commissioners Singleton, POLICE,and CODE ENFORCEMENT and the people of the community so lets all do what we can to make it happen. Am game.

ActionJackson

May 6th, 2010
11:38 am

I would have to agree about some of the comments in regards to Commissioner Sonna Singleton. All of sudden she wants to come out into the community and try to make a difference now at election time. How typical of her. I dont see her put force any efforts in Clayton County, and it is a disagree. It is said when I go visit Gwinnett County neighborhoods how clean and safe they appear. But, Clayton wont even keep the grass cut on highway 675 but Ms. Ann Price says she is doing a great job. Maybe you dont know what a great job consist of. IN the recents event of cleaning up yes, Commissioner Sonna Singleton, was out there but she was in her car in the A/C. Who does that and their were pictures taken of her doing so. She is a lazy, not a good political figure for Clayton County (however most of that board isnt), rumor mill has it she is having an affair with a married man. Is this the type of person we want respresenting Clayton County. I think not, my dog would be Commissioner Sonna Singleton out this race.