Greenleaf Neighborhood cleanup Devon Gavarrete

Devon Gaverrete picks up trash in the Osolo Township Ditch as part of Saturday’s Greenleaf Boulevard Neighborhood Association cleanup event.

ELKHART — When neighbors start talking, good things happen. That point, a slogan of the social media network Nextdoor, was proven right in the Greenleaf Boulevard neighborhood this weekend, as neighbors who had noticed the area getting messy found each other and agreed to do something about it.

Mark Datema, who runs the Greenleaf Boulevard Neighborhood Association with his wife, Betsy, said they decided to arrange a neighborhood cleanup event as a result of walking in the area with their children and noticing a lot of trash and broken glass. One day, a piece of glass pierced the wheel of the family’s wagon.

Greenleaf neighborhood cleanup Mark Datema and Aaron Mishler 05-22-2021

Mark Datema, left, and Elkhart City Councilman Aaron Mishler, D-1, pick up trash along Greenleaf Boulevard during a neighborhood cleanup event on Saturday.

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