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Schenectady cleanup aims to reconnect ‘wonderful neighborhood’

Habitat planning fresh paint, neat shrubs, camaraderie

From far left to right, Habitat for Humanity volunteers, Joe Aragona, Richard Baertsch, and Jim Ryan use fill dirt on a  front porch footing at 1694 Foster Ave. on Wednesday.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
From far left to right, Habitat for Humanity volunteers, Joe Aragona, Richard Baertsch, and Jim Ryan use fill dirt on a front porch footing at 1694 Foster Ave. on Wednesday.
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Northside used to be connected by the bonds of family and nationality, an enclave of Italian immigrants who looked after each other. Now many of the buildings are rented to newcomers, and that sense of camaraderie is not as strong as it was when whole families filled a block of houses. But that might change July 20. Habitat for Humanity is organizing the neighborhood to finally paint over long-standing graffiti, brighten up houses with a ...

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