THE BRONX - Activists thanked Mother Nature today by cleaning up Allerton Avenue.

The organization hopes to encourage others to keep the neighborhood clean.

Allerton International Merchants Association and volunteers cleaned tree beds, picked up garbage from overflowing cans and painted over graffiti along the busy shopping area. They hope to encourage others to keep the neighborhood clean.

Gene DeFrancis of Allerton International Merchants Association says, "Cleanup is not a punishment, it's a responsibility that we all have to take part in."