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SHERIFF LEADS CLEAN-UP PROGRAM
IN FORD HEIGHTS

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010 — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is partnering with south suburban churches and community leaders for a spring clean-up in neighborhoods throughout Ford Heights.

Ford Heights CleanupOffenders with the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program have been assigned to the small village this week and are focused on cleaning areas around abandoned houses, as well as along streets and in empty lots. Last year, the cash-strapped village lost its waste-hauling contract and no longer has trash pick-up services. That has led to the accumulation of piles of debris there, including garbage piled next to a school.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 31 at the Ford Heights Community Service Organization offices, 943 E. Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30), Sheriff Dart will join community leaders in distributing turkeys and small gifts to Ford Heights families in anticipation of this weekend’s Easter holiday. All goods have been in support of the beautification and rejuvenation efforts in Ford Heights.

As the food and gifts are being distributed, SWAP workers will continue to clean up the areas around the church and neighborhood.

“Spring is a time to refresh and renew,” Dart said. “Our clean-up week activities and give-aways are one more way for us to lend a hand to the families and children of Ford Heights to make the village a better place to live.”

Since April 2008, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office has been the only law enforcement agency in Ford Heights, as it could no longer afford to pay for its own police. Since then, Dart has ordered staff to become more involved in the community and later this year, a summer camp is planned, partnering officers with kids there.

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