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Barnegat Bay Blitz

May 9, 2012 - The support and cooperation from the Borough of Bay Head, the Bay Head Fire Company, Bay Head Elementary School, Point Pleasant Beach High School, residents of Bay Head, employees of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Waste Management (Sponsor) was exceptional and greatly appreciated.

We kicked off the clean-up effort at the Bay Head Firehouse where we were honored to have Bay Head Borough Councilwoman D'Arcy Rohan-Green, Mayor Bill Curtis and Deputy Counselor to the Commissioner Catherine Tormey provide words of thanks and encouragement to all participants. There was also music (thanks to local DJ, Trish), light refreshments and a short power-point presentation to educate the children about the importance of protecting the Barnegat Bay as well as providing every day tips to help prevent pollution from entering the Bay.

While the dark skies and heavy rain made its appearance again, it did not dampen the spirits of the Bay Head volunteers.

We focused our efforts around Twilight Lake and Scow Ditch, which feed directly into Barnegat Bay. This year a boat crew, led by George Nicholas (Co-Captain), was added to our clean-up efforts in order to clean the shoreline of Twilight Lake from the water. Over 19 bags of trash and debris were collected, as well as a bicycle which was retrieved from the lake by the boat crew. It was a great event that highlighted the need for all of us to be stewards of the Barnegat Bay. It was also very gratifying to see the excitement and determination of the students during the clean-up. They were pleasant, well behaved and worked hard. They never complained about the rain and really made a difference in our clean-up efforts. They are our future leaders and their enthusiasm was inspiring.

We are all looking forward to the next Barnegat Bay Blitz!



October 19, 2011 Blitz Recap:

The support and cooperation from the Borough of Bay Head, the Bay Head Fire Company, Bay Head Elementary School, Point Pleasant Beach High School and the residents of Bay Head was exceptional and greatly appreciated.

We kicked off the clean-up effort at the Bay Head Firehouse where we were honored to have Bay Head Borough Councilwoman D’Arcy Rohan-Green, Mayor Bill Curtis and Commissioner Bob Martin provide words of thanks and encouragement to all participants.

While the heavy rain and wind certainly made the day challenging, it did not dampen the spirits of the Bay Head volunteers and Commissioner Bob Martin led them out of the firehouse and into the rain to start the clean-up.

We focused our efforts around Twilight Lake and Scow Ditch, which feed directly into Barnegat Bay. Over 15 bags of trash and debris were collected, as well as a large blue trash can that Commissioner Martin retrieved from the marsh. It was a great event that highlighted the need for all of us to be stewards of the Barnegat Bay. It was also very gratifying to see the excitement and determination of the students during the clean-up. They were pleasant, well behaved and worked hard. They never complained about the rain and wind and really made a difference in our clean-up efforts. They are our future leaders and their enthusiam was inspiring. We are all looking forward to next year’s event.

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