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Hometown Heroes – Brittany Woods Community Action Group

Thursday, July 5th, CBS This Morning highlighted two Gloucester Township community leaders who recently organized a neighborhood clean-up in Brittany Woods. Carolyn Grace and Shirley Johnson launched their community organization 2.5 years ago and this year they led a group of volunteers for their second annual clean-up day.

“It’s a good community. It’s a community that needs people to care about it,” said Carolyn Grace.

With trash bags, rakes and spray-paint, the group was out to change the image of their neighborhood where 35 out of 30 homes were abandoned just 3 years ago.

“This particular development was one of the shining stars in Gloucester Township back in its hay day, but through the 80’s a lot of absentee landlords bought properties here so the neighborhood went through a decline, “ says Mayor Mayer.

Getting things done often takes cooperation with local government; and since 2.5 years ago, the roads have been paved, home improvements have taken off, and the new playground is now in place.

“It’s really about civic reengagement. I believe in local government because that’s where we have to solve problems. I don’t know what they are doing in Washington, but we are solving problems here… locally, “ said Mayor Mayer.

Improving police relationship has also been a priority for the past decade with the efforts to reinforce commitment to the children of Brittany Woods.

All the efforts have paid off and from 35 abandon homes three years ago, the neighborhood is down to just 2! We thank Shirley and Carolyn from Brittany Woods Community Action Group and all of the volunteers who helped in the transformation of the Brittany Woods neighborhood!

We thank Shirley and Carolyn from Brittany Woods Community Action Group and all of the volunteers who helped in the transformation of the Brittany Woods neighborhood!

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