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BY: Catherine Miller | February 13, 2013

SOUTH BUFFALO - “Concerned Residents Engaged in Work” [CREW] are once again gearing up for their spring cleaning in the South Buffalo area. This spring you will find members of CREW, such as Peter Clancy, Joan Aeschbach, and Nancy Ogorek volunteering their time painting the South Buffalo Community Table on Southside Avenue and sprucing up the area streets.

March 6, CREW will also be “Cash Mobbing” the Dog Ears Bookstore and would like all South Buffalo residents to join them. Whether you stay for the CREW meeting that night, or just stop in to buy a book or a cup of coffee and say hello, you are sure to enjoy the fun.

A cash mob is a group of people who assemble at a local business to make purchases. The purpose of these mobs is to support both the local businesses and the overall community. Dog Ears Bookstore on March 6 will be the first of CREW’s Cash Mob events, and is designed to support the not-for-profit bookstore in their expansion efforts. Stop by 688 Abbott Road anytime that day to participate. The meeting for CREW will start at 7pm.

CREW is welcoming new volunteers for their 2013 efforts.

They would like to welcome anyone that has a love of the outdoors, gardening, or simply improving the area they live in. Teens that are in need of community service hours can have fun and reach their volunteer goals by assisting in the spring clean-up effort. There will be multiple locations to assist at, making it convenient for all South Buffalo residents.

Last season CREW worked on cleaning up most major roadways in the South Buffalo area, and awarded area businesses that took part in their mission to beautify the area around their businesses.

Pete and Paul’s Restaurant on South Park Ave, Green Valley Restaurant on Seneca, and Kupkates Bakery on Abbott Rd were just some of the businesses acknowledged by CREW as business that worked to improve the aesthetics of our neighborhood in 2012.

Past efforts by CREW have included distributing their Neighborhood Promotion Packets enticing new residents to join our community, store window art projects, the Seneca Street Garden, and clean-up projects throughout the neighborhoods.

CREW is welcoming new ideas and feedback for their upcoming season, and is looking for ideas on how to improve the quality of life in South Buffalo.

Wherever you live in South Buffalo you can, within minutes, enjoy a number of parks, Cazenovia Creek, the lakeside, the Small Boar Harbor, Gallagher Beach, or the nature preserves.

You can grocery shop or find a fine restaurant without ever getting in your car. South Buffalo is walkable, bikeable, and boatable. With low taxes and great real estate pricing South Buffalo is one of the most affordable areas for new home owners, and anyone that wants to be in close proximity of a number of major thoroughfares.

With everything that South Buffalo has to offer, it’s no wonder that the members of CREW eagerly volunteer their efforts to beautify and maintain the area.

For more information on dates and how you can be a part of this growing collaboration of people putting a positive spin in the South Buffalo area visit them on Facebook or call 380-6675 or stop in to the Dog Ears Bookstore on March 6 for the CREW meeting and cash mob excursion.

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