There has been much buzz about the "weeds" growing in Devon. I'm pleased to report that Alderman Gasper has arranged for a brownie troop to finish weeding the clock tower and maintain it.
With the Village of Devon Farmer's Market opening on July 1st, we wanted to "clean up" Bridgeport Ave. and really show off the best of the street scape.
We planted drought tolerant plants at the "Clock Tower Park". A friend and I went down Bridgeport Avenue and weeded most of the landscaping in front of businesses last Saturday. In doing all of this, it occurred to me that we as a whole have become complacent and complainers.
As a mater of fact, several doors down from my home, is a vacant property that is owned by an out of state person and the grass was almost 2' high. The neighbors called me to complain. I have a lawn service so I don't own a mower but from now on, when I find something that needs to be tended, I will take the initiative and do it myself.
It's easy to say that "the business should maintain it or the homeowner", yes that is true but it doesn't always happen for one reason or another. Instead of living next to an unkempt lawn, why not "go over the line", with permission, and help a neighbor out - who knows, the feeling of pride, giving and caring just might catch on!
I'd also like to take a moment to thank Ross from Meineke Muffler. He is the new owner of the old Alarcon and when I called him to tell him the lawn in front needed tending he was grateful. Although he was out of state, he called me back immediately to let me know that it was clean.
I don't mean to sound like a property hound, it is simply my hope that the pride that I feel, and the pride that those volunteers that have been weeding and planting other properties feel will catch on.