FAIRFIELD COUNTY — The streets of the Dawkins Community aren’t paved with gold, but there is a Goldman keeping them clean.
Eight years ago, when Leonard “Lenny” Goldman and his wife, Jan, moved to the neighborhood, he noticed a problem.
“Litter was a terrible problem up here,” Goldman said.
Others took note of the problem, and soon, Goldman said, he was approached by neighbor Bruce Wadsworth, who was interested in starting a community association. Others in the community agreed they would like to see a change in their surroundings, and the Dawkins Community Association was formed.
“We have neighborhood pick-ups,” Goldman said. “The whole idea was to pick up the litter, and it’s really worked.”
Wadsworth said the cleanup has helped instill a sense of civic pride and community ownership.
“It has turned around tremendously,” Wadsworth said.
Goldman and Wadsworth said, in his neighborhood, trash became scarce.
“I think now, most of the litter we get blows out the back of pick-up trucks,” Goldman said.
Wadsworth said occasionally a scrap of paper might blow through the area, but it is nothing compared to the cans and bottles that used to be prevalent in the area.
Goldman said, in his opinion, the DCA, which also organized Yard of the Month contests and similar incentives for pleasing neighborhood aesthetics, has caused a drastic improvement.
“We still have some problems, but, heck, it’s so much better than a few years ago,” Goldman said.
Wadsworth agreed with the assessment, but said Goldman downplays how impactful he has personally been in combating litter.
“If you ride in this area at 8 o’clock, you’ll see him out there with his dog and his wife picking up litter,” Wadsworth said. “That’s every day.”
However, it was mutually agreed the community has changed for the better.
“It’s made a difference,” Goldman said. “We’ve got a lot nicer of a neighborhood now.”
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