2011-04-21 / Letters to the Editor

Shoreline Cleanup was a success

The Jamestown Conservation Commission would like to express our appreciation for all those who made our annual Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup a success this past Saturday. We collected 3,700 pounds of trash.

Earth Day this year was a collaborative effort. We would like to thank Bill Piva and the town for allowing us to use the recreation center as a rallying point and Slice of Heaven for getting us started with coffee and muffi ns.

With the help of Coordinator Bonnie Jamison and the Youth Litter and Conservation Team, volunteers planted 6,000 shoots of dune grass at Mackerel Cove and cleaned up the beach.

Town Engineer Mike Grey and his crew from the Public Works Department did the heavy lifting by restoring large sections of the dune in preparation for replanting. Potter Cove required a crew of 30 to haul out the litter. The Jamestown Shores Association focused on Heads Beach with the striper club, who also spent their time under the Jamestown Bridge.

Later, the anglers moved in on the grill to help Jim Turenne of the Conanicut Island Land Trust serve a gourmet lunch. The food — hamburgers, Italian sausage and hot dogs — were generously donated by Heather and Don Minto of Watson Farm, George and Martha Neale of Windmist Farm and Patrick McNiff of Pat’s Pastured.

We enjoyed Del’s Lemonade with our repast courtesy of Bruce Long. We would like to thank the core group of volunteers who spent the morning stuffing paper bags, which came from Jamestown

Hardware, and those who used their personal vehicles for hauling the bagged litter to the dumpster that was donated by Island Rubbish.

Finally, we thank the Jamestown Arts Center for their colorful Earth Day poster boards featured around town and the Jamestown Press for getting the word out. It is our hope that all Jamestown residents and visitors alike will enjoy our public shoreline access areas in the upcoming months and not find trash everywhere they look, at least for a while. Thank you.

Michael Brown

Maureen Coleman

Patrick Driscoll

Jamestown Conservation

Commission

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