July Schedule

We have an exciting schedule for the balance of July.  I will give further details in the weekly reports, but let me just summarize where we will be.  Always at 8:00 a.m. ending at 9:00 a.m. sharp!
Every week, we will have one group meet in Town at the Stop & Shop parking lot while another group cleans at a new Nantucket locale.  Here is the schedule:
    July 2:  Meet at the very end of Russell’s Way.  We will clean the dirt roads there and the beach toward the airport and in the other direction, toward Tom Nevers.
    July 5:  This is our special event.  We will meet at Nobadeer Beach and join with Town Friends and New Friends from Cisco Brewers to pick up any debris left over by our young, enthusiastic Revelers.  We shall not judge them (even though we want to beat them over the head with one of their empty tequila bottles).  Forgive me for showing my true colors.
    July 9:  Meet on Upper Polpis Road near the entrance to the Sankaty Golf Club.
    July 16:  Meet on Milestone Road near the entrance to the Nantucket Golf Club.
    July 23:  Meet at the landfill entrance on Madaket Road.
    July 30:  Let’s go Uptown!  Meet on Wauwinet Road near the entrance to the Nantucket Island School of Design (NISDA).
As you can see, we have miles to go before we sleep!  Lots of debris out there.

Sankaty Beach Club – the end of Hoicks Hollow this Saturday

Special thanks to Gene Mahon and his Newsletter for his/its consistent support of The Clean Team.  Also great to note a DPW person in Town picking up litter, even cigarette butts.  Truth is, our once a week efforts are not enough.  DPW not only cut but (brilliant move) picked up Milestone Road.  It remains almost (well, sort of) perfect.  Looks like the Natchez Trace Parkway winding its way to the railyards in Nashville from the cotton fields in Mississippi.  Stunning.
Twenty three of us out last Saturday; eight in Town.  Terrific effort.
This Saturday at 8:00 a.m., we meet in Town at the Stop & Shop parking lot and:
    – Sankaty Lighthouse to complete our mission from early August.
We will meet at 8:00 a.m. in two locations:
    – Sarah and Grant will meet you at Sankaty Beach Club – the end of Hoicks Hollow Road – to trek up to the Lighthouse Area;
    – I will start the same trek from Sconset’s Codfish Park lifeguard stand.  But, because of the distance, I will leave at 8:01 a.m.
Please come as we have NEVER tried to clean that stretch of shoreline.
Bill Connell

Surfside Beach/Road/Dunes

The roadside litter comes back so quickly!  We had 25 people on Milestone last Saturday, ten in Town and another eight at Jetties Beach – Race Week Party Clean Up – on Monday.
Superb effort.  Left all places spotless; for a short time.
This Saturday, please:
  1.  Town at 8:00 a.m. – Stop & Shop Parking Lot; and
  2. Surfside Beach/Road/Dunes, also at 8:00 a.m.  Meet in the Beach Parking Lot.
Thanks to all.
Bill Connell

Milestone Road on Saturday


We were a triple threat last weekend: about 40 hours of work (by 35 people) at Dionis Beach, 40th Pole Beach and Jetties Beach.  And did those areas need picking up!  But not super-bad.  Left them perfect.

Town Manager and Chief of DPW (Both Clean Teamers) please note: Post Pops Pick Up: this year, unlike years past, the DPW started its mechanized raking by tractor at 8:30 a.m. Clean Teamers started on Jetties Beach at 7:50 a.m.  Friends: let the Clean Team get the bulk of the debris.  Bring the tractor in at 9:00 a.m.  Less debris pressed deep down into the sand.  Fair deal?

The fireworks casings (heavy cardboard) were and are all over the dunes and beach shoreline.  Shall we go back?  Another 15-20 hours of work?  Yes.  Keep reading.  And just one editorial comment: fireworks debris are staggering!  We normally do not see them.  They land in the Ocean.  Out of sight.  Not out of mind.  Could someone get to the “Gruccis” (whomever) and design a better, environmentally sensitive system?  How about a “virtual” fireworks display?

From The Grinch who stole the Fourth of July and the Pops.  And you think The Donald is, well, Controversial!

So, here we go this Saturday at 8:00 a.m., rain or shine:

  1. Town at the Stop & Shop Lot;
  2. Milestone Road – and all other roads if we have bodies – meeting at intersection of Milestone and Tom Nevers Road; and
  3. Special Event: Race Week Clean Up on Jetties Beach at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 17th.  A chance to get the debris we missed last Sunday.

Thanks to all.

Bill Connell

Eel Point Road this Saturday, Post Pop Pickup this Sunday

Strong effort last week: 14 at Steps Beach and four in Town.
Peggy reminds me that several of the businesses make a real effort to keep their curbs and roadsides clean.  She mentioned Young’s Cycles and Nantucket Drug Store.
The flip-side is that 90% of the businesses couldn’t care less.  Where is the Chamber of Commerce in encouraging business owners to pick up sidewalk and curbside litter?
So, off we go this Saturday:
    1.  Town at 8:00 a.m.: Stop & Shop Lot;
    2.  Eel Point Road at 8:00 a.m.: meet at the White Rock pointing to Dionis Beach; and
    3.  SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. – Jetties Beach.  Post Pops Pick-up!
Best wishes to all.
Bill Connell

Lincoln Circle on Saturday


Last Saturday was a banner day for us: 20 Volunteers in Town; 14 at Sankaty Lighthouse Area.

But bad news abounds.  Town was as littered as we have ever seen it on Sunday morning – after 20 person hours of work on Saturday.  Trash barrels were overflowing.  Disgusting.  World-Class Tourist destination?  Not by a long shot.  Chamber of Commerce, local business owners, DPW: repent!

More: despite a nine-bag haul from the Sankaty shoreline, intrepid Peter and Grandson Peter report masses of litter – need the entire Team – from base of Lighthouse toward the Geo-Tubes.  We will return, en masse, in September.

So, as the song goes: We’ll get up on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and do it again:

1.  Town at Stop & Shop Lot; and

2.  Steps Beach at Lincoln Circle.

Many thanks.  Sorry I am so out of patience.

Bill Connell

The Clean Team – News of the Week in Review


What a weekend!  We had 62 volunteers (62 hours of work!) out on our three occasions; 24 alone at Nobadeer Beach on Sunday morning.

6,000-7,000 people?  Big mistake.  Figawi and Fourth of July could earn Nantucket a reputation for drunken revelry.  Do not need that.  I rarely editorialize.  But that is one for our Town to seriously consider.

Speaking of Editorials, did you see our Team’s mention in the I and M?  I have thanked Marianne and Josh for their consistent support and kind words – and not on my behalf, on behalf of our TEAM.

The Editorial commented on the hard efforts to restore Nobadeer by many Town employees and local residents, not just our Clean Team.  The Editor wrote so clearly on why we volunteer for an essentially unpleasant task:

“It is their island.  They feel a sense of pride and responsibility in being part of the Nantucket community.”

Well said, and it echoes my favorite sentiment on why so many of us do our tasks so consistently – from Willa Cather:

“We come and go, but the land is always here. And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it — for a little while.”

But enough for resting on our (noble) laurels!  It will soon be time to get back to work:

A.  This Saturday at 8:00 a.m. in Town.  Stop & Shop Lot; and

B.  This Saturday at 8:00 a.m. for Fat Ladies Beach and as far over as we can reach to get to the Nude Beach (clothing optional this weekend).  We will meet at Fat Ladies.  Drive past the entrance to Bartlett’s Farm.  Take the dirt road about 3/4 of a mile to Fat Ladies.  We will be there!  I may be the only person who refers to that beach as “Fat Ladies”.  I hope you know where I mean.  Just follow the dirt road to a fairly large parking area and we will branch out from there.

Jackson Browne reminds us:

“When the morning light comes streaming in, we’ll get up.  And do it again.  Amen.”

See all of you there.  It is fun.  Really is.

Literary/Musical Bill Connell