billie_brooks_web.jpgRIVIERA BEACH — Riviera Beach City Council Chairwoman Billie E. Brooks is partnering for a sixth time with Neighbors United to do a neighborhood cleanup. But this time, it’s different.

This time, volunteers will work from Cunningham Park, not Monroe Heights, and instead of focusing on the interior of a neighborhood, they will focus on the perimeter, along major streets.

The cleanup  will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, Sept. 22 as part of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), organized locally by Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Inc.

Volunteers will meet at Cunningham Park, located on S Avenue at 30th Street. To register or for information, contact Mrs. Wooten at 561-309-3370 or

The event is one of dozens of cleanups planned across Palm Beach County as part of the ICC, sponsored worldwide by The Ocean Conservancy. While the focus is on cleaning up waterways, the Conservancy supports neighborhood cleanups in an effort to remove trash before it gets into bodies of water.

Instead of picking up trash throughout the Monroe Heights and Datura Park neighborhoods that abut the park, volunteers will clean along S Avenue north to 37th Street, east to Old Dixie Highway, south to Blue Heron Boulevard and back to S Avenue.

All cleanup supplies will be provided, and volunteers will receive a free commemorative T-shirt and lunch.

Volunteers can register on-site. Those under age 17 need a parent’s signed permission in order to participate. Students will earn four community service hours.

“We have been very successful inside Monroe Heights, which had been our focus all these years,” said event site coordinator Bernice Wooten, a Neighbors United member. “But we were concerned that around the neighborhoods, the perimeter, didn’t reflect our efforts. There was more work to do!”