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

Old South & Lovers’ Lane this weekend

A very successful weekend:
    1.  7 in Town and 12 at Nobadeer Farm/Milestone area on Saturday.
    2.  20 at Nobadeer Beach on Sunday and two hardy volunteers in Town.
The Beach was pristine at 9:00 a.m., but due to many, many hands from our DPW, local residents, Lifeguards and two men (from Myles Reis) in massive construction dumpsters separating recyclables  from trash.  Not a pretty sight!  Have we raised a generation of pure slobs?
T-Shirts are selling well.  We thank Peter K. for buying the most expensive T-Shirt ever!  Thank you, Peter.
This Saturday at 8:00 a.m.:
    1.  Back to Town.  Stop & Shop lot; and
    2.  Corner of Old South Road and Lovers’ Lane.  Be sure to wear gloves.
Thanks to all.  And farewell to KK and her boys.  See them all (hard workers) in 2016.
Bill Connell

Surfside Beach Tomorrow!

I have some terrific news to report.  We had 28 volunteers out last weekend.  Yes, the turnout in Town was light.  The bulk of our group was at The Muse (no surprise there).  They cleaned the areas around the Ice Rink, the Skateboard Parks, Bartlett Road, Surfside Road, etc.
My reports are that Town was looking pretty good despite the presence of Youth en masse.
So, we really have come back with a vengeance!  I love to get these reports and I look forward to actually participating.  My back is in the best shape since my pee-wee football days.  I am loaded for bear, in other words.  Can’t wait to join you.
Here is where you will be this weekend at 8:00 a.m. for one hour:
    A.  In Town: meet at the Stop & Shop Parking Lot; and
    B.  At Surfside Beach.  We must take back the dunes!  And the beach, and the parking lot, and the roads, and everything else.  I’m expecting 35 of you to be there.  And if you’re not, I’m going to come to your Sugar Shacks and drag you out myself.
Big Bill Connell