2009-04-16 / Editorial

Bring the kids to help on Saturday morning


It has been a long, cold winter. Now that spring has arrived, it's easy to see that there has been a big accumulation of trash, debris, flotsam and jetsam washed ashore on our island beaches.

Time for a spring cleaning! The Jamestown Conservation Commission's annual Island Shoreline Cleanup is our local Earth Day celebration. The event was started in the early 1990s and has become a yearly tradition. The island cleanup is a simple but effective way we can make an important difference for our community and our planet.

This could be the most important thing that you'll do all year for our island.

This Saturday, April 18, volunteers of all ages will gather at 8 a.m. at the Jamestown Recreation Center on Conanicus Avenue. Coffee and muffins to get the day started will be provided for all by the good folks at Slice of Heaven.

Teams of volunteers will then be assigned by organizers to pick up the litter at one of our island's public shoreline access areas. We have quite a few.

This is a great family event. Bring the kids! Bring the neighbors. Trash collection bags will be provided. Be sure to bring work gloves and wear old clothes or work clothes. Boots are recommended. Be advised, you might get dirty.

Each year, volunteers pick up tons of litter from our island beaches. There's a wide assortment of marine-related stuff. There's even more refuse that is just plain trash that people should have been sensible enough to not leave behind in the first place.

All the debris is hauled to East Ferry by volunteers with pickup trucks. Our friends from Island Rubbish have again donated a 20-yard dumpster (as they have done every year) to haul away the garbage.

The work wraps up about noonish. Everyone returns to the Recreation Center where they will be treated to a well-deserved lunch served by the Conanicut Island Land Trust.

The weather forcast looks great. Be green and volunteer a few hours of your time this Saturday morning. We'll see you there.

— Jeff McDonough

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