Monday, May 20, 2013

Meet Lester...

This is Lester. He helps keep the downtown clean and tidy; part of the Clean, Green and Safe Program.
Say "hi" if you see him around town... He's not smiling in this picture because he's camera shy, but believe me, he's friendly.  Thanks for all you do Lester!

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About Clean, Green and Safe….

The Stamford Downtown Special Services District creates, manages and promotes a quality downtown environment to enhance its economic vitality.  The DSSD fosters economic growth through a retail recruitment and retention program, special events and marketing programs and by providing enhanced operational services which improve the downtown's physical environment.  These programs promote a clean, green and safe downtown.

Clean:  The Clean Team has been keeping Stamford’s downtown “spic and span” since September 1993.  On duty seven days a week, the Clean Team’s efforts include vacuuming and sweeping the sidewalks, removing graffiti, and maintaining Stamford’s downtown parks.  The hard work of the Clean Team results in of 23+ tons of garbage collected each year!

Green:  The Streetscape Program was established in 1994 by a group of dedicated volunteers determined to enhance the downtown environment.  Their mission was to create an enhanced, pedestrian-oriented environment conducive to strolling and enjoyment.  Bold, massed plantings in the parks and tubs of greenery bursting with flowers, inspire people to visit and enjoy the downtown.  Many groups are partners with the DSSD in a quest to create a visually inviting streetscape.

Safe:  The Stamford Downtown Ambassador Program was founded in 1997 to provide the Stamford Downtown community with many valuable services.  All Ambassadors are trained in security-related matters, first aid, and CPR.  In addition, they are directly linked to each other, as well as, the police, fire department, rescue team and the DSSD office via two-way radio.  They are also specially trained to know everything there is to know about the Stamford Downtown making them an ideal source for providing directions, recommending a restaurant, or even suggesting a show.

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