Having a Ghoulish good time cleaning Suffolk

Published 5:47 pm Tuesday, October 24, 2023

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The litter didn’t scare these cleaners away as Suffolk Litter Control held their Suffolk Halloween Clean Up on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 212 E Washington St. Getting into the spooky spirit early, residents came by to join in keeping the streets of Suffolk free of trash as well as pesky ghosts and goblins. Despite the small group, Keep Suffolk Beautiful Commission Member Bill Farrell was happy to help keep his city clean.

“We have maybe about a dozen, you always hope for more, but you do what you can,” Farrell said. “We’re lucky it’s a beautiful day, so it’s wonderful to be outside and to do something good for the community.”

Two Suffolk Public Defender’s Office members also joined in the fun: Litigation Specialist Patrick Carroll and Paralegal Jennifer Goodwin came out to help keep their city clean. Reflecting on his 20-plus military service and traveling worldwide, Carroll expressed his love for Suffolk and his desire to give back.

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“After retirement, I settled in Suffolk, and by far, this is the best place I’ve ever lived … and I like to do nice things for folks in Suffolk,” Carroll said.

Goodwin also expressed her love for the city, noting how it’s always been a part of her life.

“I grew up in Suffolk, and serving Suffolk has been a huge honor for me in working with the public defender’s office,” Goodwin said. “This is just part of that service.”

Carroll expressed his hopes for people seeing them during the cleanup while encouraging them to participate.

“It doesn’t cost anything, it’s free, and you reap the benefits and rewards of seeing a beautiful Suffolk,” he said. 

Goodwin likewise agreed with Carroll on inspiring others to take part in keeping Suffolk beautiful.

“Some happy encouragement to keep the place clean,” she said.