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A Cleaner Flushing
From World Journal

November 9, 2002

Three sanitation workers hired by Chinese businesses showed up on the streets of Flushing for the first time yesterday to sweep the streets and change garbage bags in an effort to improve the environment in the area.

It was the first day for the Doe Fund, Inc. to dispatch workers to clean the streets of Flushing. "This is indeed one of the dirtiest neighborhoods in New York City," said Andrew Jackson, one of the workers. "But we will do our best to make it better." Many residents and business owners are satisfied with the results and said the efforts gave Flushing a new look.

Initiated by City Councilman John Liu, Destination Flushing, Inc., funded by a group of Chinese business owners in Flushing, signed a contract with the Doe Fund, Inc. last month. The company will send three workers to clean the streets of Flushing from 11 a.m. to seven p.m. every day until the Flushing Business Improvement District is officially established.

According to Ernest Ogden, a senior supervisor from Doe, the section that they are responsible for includes Main Street (between northern Boulevard and Sanford Boulevard), Kessina Boulevard (between Main Street and Buckley Boulevard), Roosevelt Avenue (between Union Street and Prince Street), Lippman Plaza, 40th Rd, and the areas around it.

The Doe Fund, Inc. also provides similar service to the Upper East Side, and other districts in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, Ogden said.

Kenneth Kelly, another worker, was cleaning along Main Street. Freddie Williams, the third worker, was responsible for changing the garbage bags and collecting the garbage around the garbage cans. "The workload is really heavy. There is a lot of garbage here," he said.

The founders of Destination Flushing, Inc. are 11 Chinese business owners in Flushing, including Chen Tsuo-chou, Chang Yung-liang, Ku Ya-ming, Chuang Shin-hsiung, Chuang Chen-huei and Liang Yi-min.

So far they have raised $60,000 to pay for the service in the first year. The first day ended with satisfying results and a positive response from the community.

Translated from Chinese by Larry Tung.

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