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Vallone announces funds, Doe Fund to assist in Bayside, College Point

Major thoroughfares in College Point and Bayside will be cleaner this year, thanks to a $70,000 allocation through the NYC Cleanup Initiative.

On Monday, Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) met with area leaders in College Point to announce the funding he had secured to help clean College Point Boulevard in College Point and Bell Boulevard in Bayside.

“Clean sidewalks and litter-free streets are a big part of our quality of life,” Vallone said, adding that the money will go a long way to beautifying and maintaining the two commercial strips.

He was joined by George McDonald, founder and president of the Doe Fund, which will administer the program. “The ‘men in blue’ are ready, willing and able to support this community … The men who will clean these streets have made a choice to turn their lives around …”

The Doe Fund uses ex-convicts, the homeless and former drug users. The program provides them with housing and pays for the work they do in neighborhoods.

The funding will pay for four workers to sweep streets, empty litter baskets, replace basket liners and power wash sidewalks. The area covered in College Point includes the boulevard from 14th Avenue to 23rd Avenue and on Bell Boulevard from 35th Avenue to 45th Drive.

See complete story at Queens Chronicle.