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Larchmont Residents Complain About Wendt Ave Trash

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – Village resident Syrette Dym and her husband, Frank Grant say they're tired of picking up garbage on Wendt Avenue caused by customers of the Palmer Avenue business area.

“I think the streetscape is significant and important for the village. It will help many of the stores which are vacant in the business district,” Dym told the Larchmont village Board of Trustees. “But I think there is another piece to having a healthy business district, and I think that piece has not been addressed. I have spoken to the mayor about it. I would say for the last 30 years, in some sense, we have been the personal clean-up crew for an on-going basis for all of those years.”

The board responded positively to Dym's requests for help and agreed that the trash gives Larchmont a negative image.

“I did go over the weekend and look and took pictures of some of the debris and did present this to the board to consider it part of phase two to our Palmer Ave streetscape project,” Mayor Anne McAndrews said. “It’s all just sitting right there. It’s ugly as sin and it’s really a disgrace for our village.”

Grant, who is in advertising and public relations, offered some of his services to the village to try and decrease the amount of trash on his street. As an example, he recalled a time he alone picked 50 cups off the ground and returned them to Red Mango on Palmer Avenue.

“I am happy to work with anyone to create a campaign to see if that will help,” he said. “It is the store, but a lot of it is the people who are the customers of the store and you really have to change their mindset.”

The board discussed a few ideas, including the possibility of adding a cleaning day on Palmer Avenue and Wendt Avenue. But Dym said she wanted more from the village than a cleaning day.

“This is an ongoing thing,” she said raising her voice. “This happens all the time. You send somebody in there and they pick it up. That’s what I do. It’s not really tough, I mean you bend down and you pick it up.”

The board promised Dym and Grant that they would continue to look into solutions.

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