Barnegat Bay Blitz
Yes, finally !!! The sun is shining!!
Starting bright & early, Hugh J. Boyd Jr. Elementary School students walked over to the bayfront from school, several classes at a time, all day long. We start picking up garbage in the playground & on the bay beach. A big thanks to all the teachers and aids and to the Principal, Mr. Raichle.
Once again, Stewart's Root Beer was open & the coffee was on. We want to thank owner Frank Elboukili for being so kind to us, especially allowing us use his restaurant as home base.
So many DEP employees joined in, both on the mainland and on the sedge islands. Captain, Lieutenant Clint Dravis, once again safely brought over Blitz volunteers to the Forsythe Refuge islands. Lt. Dravis and his boat, courtesy of the DEP Fish & Wildlife Marine Unit shuttled volunteers and all the garbage they collected back and forth for many hours. He also gave demonstrations to many of the students (and adults) about the boat and his job with Fish& Wildlife.
A big thank you to the town of Seaside Heights, particularly Borough Works Supervisor Billy Rumbolo & Councilman Anthony (Tony) Vaz for providing a dumpster, bags and many public works staff to help us throughout the day.
When we finished, the dumpster was almost full. We collected tires, a seat from boat, crab traps, signs and tons of wood from the Refuge islands.
Thank you to everyone who participated. See you May 2013!!
Seaside Heights May 2012
When we arrived on the rainy, dark morning, much to our surprise the Stewart's Root Beer was open & the coffee was on. We want to thank owner Frank Elboukili, and staff - Katie Gallaher, Annette Hall & Jose Perez for being so kind & for making us their wonderful chili.
Over 20 volunteers showed up, including many DEP employees. Of course my fearless kayak crew was there- Erin, Rachel, Alice & Howie. You guys rock.
We even had a DEP boat courtesy of the F&W Marine Unit. The boat Captain, Lieutenant Clint Dravis safely brought over Blitz volunteers to the Forsythe Refuge islands. Lt. Dravis shuttled volunteers and all the garbage they collected back and forth for hours, in the pouring rain.
Hugh J. Boyd Jr. Elementary School came out in full force. Brian Thompson from NBC News was there and interviewed several of the students & they got to see themselves that night on TV! A special thank you to Principal Gemma McCarrick, you were such a positive force for the school.
A big thank you to the town of Seaside Heights, particularly Borough Works Supervisor Billy Rumbolo & Councilman Anthony (Tony) Vaz for providing a dumpster, bags and many public works staff to help us throughout the day
When we finished, the dumpster was almost three quarters of the way full. About 7 bags of recycling, 8 tires (from the Refuge islands) and many interesting & odd items that blew across the bay were collected and disposed of by the end of the day.
October 19, 2011 Blitz Recap:
The Seaside Heights Crew tackled the northern bayfront in town. On land covering most of the bayfront beach we had Watershed Ambassadors Alice Riordon and Erin Walsh, Seaside residents Bobbie, Cindy Lou and Joanne and the DEP Deputy Chief of Staff David Glass. Howie Nebling (DEP) and Rachel Cesaro (Watershed Ambassador) braved the winds and rain in kayaks and headed to the sedges for a very wet and wild clean up.
We collected 7 bags of garbage, 5 bags of recycling, 2 broken metal chairs, old crab traps and assorted pieces of construction debris.
Thanks to Seaside Heights Public Works, Councilman Anthony Vaz and DEP photographer Jeff Cantor.
Even though the Hugh J. Boyd Jr. Elementary School had to cancel due to weather, they did conduct a clean up in their playground area and the school will definitely be a part of the Spring 2012 Blitz.