December 21, 2014
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Share the pride in Conimicut

To the Editor:

As a member of the Conimicut Village Association, I was part of a team who volunteered to help clean up, weed and, in general, beautify Conimicut Village on Monday, May 21. The CVA is the local group responsible for the hanging plants and the painstakingly planted tubs along the sidewalks in Conimicut Village every spring (along with other added improvements). We hold functions to enable us to raise the money for these projects. Many of us belong to the CVA because we share the pride of being part of a group of neighbors who see the big potential for reviving the business district and who are also willing to work at restoring the natural beauty of our bayside community. We have committed ourselves to donating some spare time and membership money to this end.
If you feel the same, please know that you are welcome to join our association, but even if you don’t want to make that commitment, I encourage you to take pride in our community and look for ways to help on your own.
On this particular day, our cleanup crew consisted of about seven CVA members who ranged in age from 60 to 80. They were armed with rakes, brooms, trash bags, weed kill and aspirin. It was so disappointing to discover during our labors that uncaring local individuals, who don’t share our sense of community (or personal) pride, somehow did manage to take the time to pull flowering plants from our newly planted containers for their own use and/or use these flower containers for their discarded trash. The village seems to consist of two types of people: Those who care nothing for their home town – or their fellow citizens – and those who are willing to go the extra mile to maintain, enhance and beautify it.
I implore all local Conimicut residents and shopkeepers to show pride in our community by taking the trouble to pick up street litter where they see it, remove dated yard sale signs and keep their properties (and sidewalks) places to be proud of. It hurts to see decent, dedicated people working hard to make Conimicut a nicer place to live while other residents make either no effort at all or literally steal the beauty and scoff at meaningful efforts.
You don’t have to join an organization to be part of this movement – just brighten the corner where you are. It would lift all our spirits.

Beverly Cottam
Conimicut Resident & CVA Board Member


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