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(CBS) – A Chicago man’s lifelong love of gardening is helping to brighten up a neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

Joe Capobianco is someone you should know, CBS 2’s Harry Portefield reports.

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Often with shovel in hand, he has become a visible and frequent figure in the Galewood community.

The 80-year-old is retired from the Social Security Administration, where he worked for 30 years.

He has been taking care of gardens in the Galewood neighborhood as a volunteer for 33 years, since the early 1980s. Currently, he works to maintain eight gardens in the area.

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He created one of them at the intersection of Palmer and Newland streets in 1990. It’s credited with helping sell a property next door.

His green thumb began as a kid, working on a victory garden during World War II. Since then, he says, it has always been a labor of love.

 

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