They’re not quite Hansel and Gretel, but students at two local educational institutions have been leaving quite a trail behind them as they walk to and from school.
At the October meeting of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association (MMHCA), which was held at the King’s Chapel, 2702 Quentin Road, complaints were voiced about the detritus on the sidewalk along both Avenue R and Quentin Road, as students traverse those thoroughfares on the way to and from James Madison High School, at Quentin Road and Bedford Avenue, and Marine Park Intermediate School, 1925 Stuart Street.
“Garbage is all over the place,” asserted Joe Setaro, of the area around Avenue R and Nostrand Avenue.
“The other day, there were students walking, throwing tin foil wrappers, whatever they had, all over the street,” Setaro, who works on sanitation issues for the group, went on.
“You can’t blame the store owners,” he stressed.
“There’s the same problem on Quentin Road, from Nostrand Avenue to Madison,” Setaro added, suggesting that the city’s Department of Sanitation (DOS) take the do-not-litter message to the schools by sending speakers to them.
Kings Chapel has gotten more than its share of the students’ trash, noted Pastor Ron Weinbaum. “They throw it right over to the church,” he told his listeners, though he disagreed with the approach offered by Setaro.
“Just to have Sanitation speak is almost a waste of resources,” Weinbaum offered. “Maybe Sanitation or somebody should start issuing some citations. When kids realize there’s a price to payfor it,” he opined, that might change their behavior.
“People are really impacted,” Weinbaum added, telling the group that he sees residents outside sweeping up their sidewalks on a regular basis. “I don’t mind them going and speaking to the students. I just think you have to put a little teeth in it.”
Nonetheless, while the problem vexes those who live near Madison and Marine Park, “It’s not just Madison. It’s not just Marine Park,” noted Ed Jaworski, MMHCA’s vice president. “It’s every place in the city. Sometimes it’s accidentally. Sometimes it’s on purpose.”