Monday, April 14, 2014

Save the Harbor's Marine Mammal Safaris - Renewed Porpoise and Seal of Approval!

On Saturday, April 26th, Save the Harbor will celebrate Spring with two free Marine Mammal Safaris that will depart from Rowes Wharf on Mass Bay Lines to Calf Bay and the Brewsters to look for the harbor seals and harbor porpoises who share the harbor with us in the spring.

Seals at Calf Island from our first Marine Mammal Safari in 1998

These FREE cruises are open to school groups, community groups, youth organizations, families, and friends of Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay. The morning cruise boards at 9:30 am, departs at 10:00 and returns by 12:30 pm; the afternoon cruise boards at 12:30 pm, departs at 1:00 and returns by 3:30.  

 Harbor porpoise off Constitution Marina in Boston Harbor.

The trips will be narrated by Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Bay Watcher, Bruce Berman. Though we can't promise that we will see them this year (though we usually do!), we can promise you a great time sharing songs and stories on the water, and taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the harbor and the bay. 

Harbor Seals off Georges Island - 2013

Both trips depart from and return to the Massachusetts Bay Lines dock at Rowes Wharf (behind the Boston Harbor Hotel).  You can find directions at http://www.massbaylines.com/directions/

Tickets are free but space is limited, so RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!

To make a reservation for your organization, family, or friends, please contact Amy Gaylord at (617) 451-2860 x1008  or gaylord@savetheharbor.org.  Please specify which cruise you would like to go on!

 We spotted this harbor seal just off Boston's Fish Pier!

  


Feel free to bring your binoculars to help us find the seals and porpoises!  Dress in warm layers as the weather is often cooler and windier on the water.  Snacks and beverages may be purchased aboard the boat, but you are also welcome to bring your own brown bag lunch.

For more information please visit www.savetheharbor.org, like us on Facebook  follow us on Twitter, send us an email us at info@savetheharbor.org or give us a call at (617) 451-2860.

Thanks to all of our Youth and Family Program Funders,
Mass Humanities and Massachusetts Bay Lines for their generous support of this event!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Destination Boston Harbor 2014

On Wednesday evening, April 2nd Save the Harbor/Save the Bay will host our annual corporate fundraiser Destination Boston Harbor, which brings together 350 of our corporate and community partners and political and policy pals.

At our 25th Anniversary in 2011, Save the Harbor began a tradition of honoring Boston Harbor Heroes for their work to transform Boston Harbor from a liability into an asset for our residents and our communities.

This year the Leadership and Board of Directors of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is proud to honor:


 Here's a preview of the video we will premier at the event,
produced by our youth environmental education program staff



There are still a few tickets available to Destination Boston Harbor, and some unique auction items including the chance to throw out the First Pitch at a Red Sx Game at Fenway Park thanks to our friends at JetBlue Airways.

For more information call us today at 617-451-2860.

 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Harpoon Helped Cupid Splash in 2014!



-->Nearly 200 brave souls from the across the region plunged into the chilly waters of Boston Harbor on Saturday, March 29th and raised $31, 565 dollars from more than 300 contributors to support free beach programs at the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash at the BCYF Curley Community Center at M Street Beach in South Boston. Several dozen participants also splashed at Revere Beach, and raised $4,235 dollars for America’s oldest beach.

Funds raised at the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash will be awarded to beach friends and community groups in the region’s waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities to support free beach events in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull this summer.


“Harpoon is always happy to help Save the Harbor and our community,” said Charlie Storey, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Harpoon Brewery. “A quick dip followed by burgers and chowder and of course a refreshing Harpoon Beer on the beach. Its a great way to spend the first nice Saturday of spring!”


“What a terrific turnout” said Ronda Ivy McLeod, Manager Regional Marketing, Northeast at JetBlue Airways, on hand to support a team from JetBlue that raised $2,654 at this year’s splash. “We are always happy to partner with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay for this event. Core to our mission is inspiring humanity, and whether it’s in the air or on the ground, we’re committed to bettering the lives of our customers, crewmembers and communities – and inspiring others to do the same.”


“It was a great way to have some fun on one of the cleanest urban beaches in America and raise money to support free events on the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket this summer” said Bruce Berman, spokesman for Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay who helped organize the event. “Thanks to all of the participants and donors, and thanks to event sponsors Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue Airways, Russo Marine, Mix 104.1, the Boston Center for Youth And Families, NationalGrid, P&G Gillette, Comcast Massachusetts, Tasty Burger, Legal Sea Foods, the YMCA of Greater Boston and DCR for their support.”


Kennedy Elsey of Mix 104.1 and Donny Todd of Jet Blue choose the winners for best costumes. This year’s winners were Garrett Bergey, who splashed for Dorchester’s Beaches dressed as Donatello the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, and Julia Vose, who splashed for South Boston’s beaches as a stunning jellyfish. They each received a round trip JetBlue Airways ticket as well.

The top three eligible fundraisers, who each won a round trip ticket on JetBlue Airways, were John Coyne, who splashed for South Boston, Carol Haney, who splashed for Revere, and Bridget Ryan, who splashed for Quincy.
 
The top ten fundraisers, who each won a Harpoon Hoodie were Bruce Berman, Joe Newman, John Coyne, Carol Haney, Mark Chrisos, Donnie Todd, Bridget Ryan, Robert Tucker, Mary Clare McGraw, and
Kelly Thompson.

South Boston and Revere topped the list for funds raised by beach again this year, followed by Lynn & Nahant and East Boston.
South Boston      $ 7,099
Revere               $ 4,235
Lynn and Nahant   $ 3,911
Constitution       $ 3,660
Dorchester          $ 2,050
Winthrop           $ 1,556
Wollaston          $ 1,204
Nantasket           $ 840


You can see a slideshow of this year’s Splash at https://tinyurl.com/2014splashslideshow

You can find a complete list of all prize winners on Save the Harbor’s blog “Sea, Sand & Sky” at www.blog.savetheharbor.org, or on their Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/savetheharbor

Thursday, March 27, 2014

So, why are we Splashing on Saturday?

As you all know by now, this Saturday, March 29th Save the Harbor/Save the Bay expects two hundred people to join us at the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash.



So why do we do it?

We splash in the cold water of Boston Harbor in the early spring to raise money to support free events on the region's public beaches in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull. In 2013, we awarded the $30,500 we raised at the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash to 14 groups in 9 beachfront communities and waterfront neighborhoods to support more than 30 free concerts, beach festivals and sand sculpting competitions.

One of our favorites is our annual Youth Beach Bash and Splash, which this year brought 788 kids to the beach to celebrate clean water. As you can see, they made a pretty big splash of their own!



 788 kids took part in the 3rd Annual Youth Beach Bash and Splash
at the BCYF Curley Community Center in South Boston


Over the past 6 years, our community partners from have leveraged the $173,500 we raised at the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash with $603,500 in cash and in-kind donations from local government and small businesses for a total investment of $774,000 in more than 180 free events and programs for the region’s residents and visitors alike.

The Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash is a lots of fun, with great prizes thanks to JetBlue Airways and terrific refreshments including Tasty Burgers, Legal Sea Foods chowder, and refreshing Harpoon Beer.

We hope that you will join us on the beach - and in the water - on Saturday.

We will all be a little cold for a few minutes - but the warm feeling you will get from taking part in this great event will last all summer long.

To register or make a contribution today, visit www.cupidsplash.com

Thanks!

Your Friends at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

P.S. You don't have to splash to take part in the party. Just register as a "Chicken" and join us on the beach!


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Director of Strategy, Communications, and Programs
Save the Harbor / Save the Bay
212 Northern Avenue, Suite 304 West
Boston, MA 02210
1-617-782-7561

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Open arms - Welcome back.


That's me, Leon McKoy
at the start of an awesome summer in 2012

 As I approach the wharf, I start to become filled with a warm nostalgic feeling. The dominant sounds of the gulls swarming the harbor and the intense but welcoming smell of today's catch, I knew I was home.
I was welcomed back to the Save the Harbor/Save the Bay family with open arms. Its been 2 years since my last blog post and man what a 2 years it has been. I've learned a lot and there has been ups and downs but I've remained focused and working towards better. With my previous experiences through Save the Harbor I've come to realize that hard work does indeed pay off (with a little added help from Facebook).
I recently have been employed, but not a single one of those companies felt right for me. I've grown to realize a save the harbor smile is one that can not be replicated. Gazing out the office window and seeing a water taxi pick up it passengers and head off to there destinations is obviously not comparable to slaving over a hot grill flipping burgers. I can happily and easily say, being back with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay family is a honor on its own. Working here as a Junior Program Assistant was one of the greatest experiences in my life and I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity to further my experiences along with learning more about myself. I've regained a feeling  I thought I lost along the way and I'm back in action. I'm Leon McKoy and I'm now an intern.

That's me, Leon McKoy with 2 lobsters at Mcdonough sailing center
See you on Boston  Harbor!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Good News for the Metropolitan Region's Public Beaches!

The “Environmental Bond Bill”, House No. 3332, contains some very good news for the metropolitan region’s public beaches.



The bill, which was favorably reported out of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture today, contains $20 million to improve water quality and $40 million for capital projects on the metropolitan region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket. These funds will support investments which will protect the environment and improve the quality of life for residents of the region's coastal communities.

Save the Harbor would like to thank the Metropolitan Beaches Commission and our many friends and allies in the Massachusetts Legislature for their commitment to continued public investment to restore and protect Boston Harbor and these remarkable coastal resources.

We also want to take a moment to thank our many friends and supporters in the region’s waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities for their steadfast support.

We recognize that it is early in the process, but we are encouraged by the support that these items have received.

Here are the relevant sections of the bill.

HOUSE  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  No. 3332
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
_______________
In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen
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An Act providing for the preservation and improvement of land, parks,
and clean energy in the Commonwealth


2000-7064 For the development and support of local efforts to improve water quality on the metropolitan region’s public beaches owned by the commonwealth under the care, custody and control of the department of conservation and recreation, including, but not limited to, convening the public to enhance awareness of and participation in planning, regulatory, and permitting decisions; site specific research and analysis; feasibility and other assessments; plans for water, sewer, storm water, and other infrastructure investments; site specific plans, including, construction documents and architectural blueprints, the development of municipal storm water management plans, the design, construction, restoration, enhancement, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of storm water and sewage system infrastructure; and for outreach, communications, education, and planning to improve water quality in communities that include, but are not limited to, Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull   ................$20,000,000

2000-7065. For the design, construction, restoration, enhancement, reconstruction, rehabilitation, replacement or removal of infrastructure on the metropolitan region’s public beaches owned by the commonwealth and under the care, custody and control of the department of conservation and recreation, including, but not limited to buildings, roads, trails and paths; provided, that costs payable from this item may include, but not be limited to, the costs of engineering, restoration, construction and other technical assistance services essential to these projects rendered by the department of conservation and recreation, maintenance employees or by consultants. Projects shall include, but are not limited to, those recommended by the Metropolitan Beaches Commission    ……$40,000,0000

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Just One Question from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay



Here is a copy of the letter we recently sent to candidates running for constitutional office in Massachusetts, inviting them to the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash:


Save the Harbor / Save the Bay’s 5000 members and supporters want to know: “How important are Boston Harbor, the marine environment and the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket to you as a candidate for public office in 2014?”

There are lots of ways to answer that question.  Rather than ask you to fill out a questionnaire or take part in a debate or forum, this March we would like to invite you and your campaign to demonstrate your commitment to clean water and the environment in an exciting new way.

We would like to invite you, your staff, volunteers and supporters to join us on March 29 at the BCYF Curley Community Center at M Street Beach in South Boston for the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash.

This annual plunge into the cool (actually cold!) clear water on one of the cleanest urban beaches in America will give you and your supporters a chance to show the residents of the region’s beachfront communities and waterfront neighborhoods that you care about the marine environment in a fun and dramatic way.

All the funds we raise at the event go to support free beach and youth programs on the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.  Last year nearly 500 people raised more than $30,000 to support sand sculpting competitions, concerts and beach festivals in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull. You can find out more about our free beach and youth programs on our website at www.savetheharbor.org

It is easy to register or set up a team at www.cupidsplash.com

Registered participants are eligible to win great prizes including free tickets from JetBlue Airways. There will be a party on the beach after the splash, with hot coffee and chowder, delicious Tasty Burgers and refreshing Harpoon Beer. Each participant is also welcome to bring a sign with them to the event, which we will display on the beach.

If you share our commitment to clean water, join us on March 29 and meet hundreds of others who share the same passion for better beaches, the marine environment and our coastal communities.

All the best,

Bruce Berman, Director
Strategy Communications and Programs
Save the Harbor / Save the Bay


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We hope the candidates will take this opportunity to celebrate clean water and support public programming on Greater Boston’s urban beaches.  The Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash is a great opportunity to support a great cause while having a lot of fun-- but we don't necessarily expect any of the candidates to win the costume contest.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Show Your Love for Boston Harbor: Join the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash!


Calling all beach-lovers:
Looking for a way to show your love for Boston Harbor this Valentines Day?
Register for the 2014 Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash, which takes place on Saturday, March 29th at the BCYF Curley Community Center at M Street Beach in South Boston.


This year’s cold-weather plunge and pledge fundraiser marks the fourth annual Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's Better Beaches Program and we are hoping to make it a record-breaking event this year.

Once again, Harpoon Brewery will be providing refreshing beer on the beach after the big splash, and Tasty Burger will be serving up delicious burgers.  Registration is open and fundraising has begun—so get signed up now to support your local beach and start working your way towards some great prizes!
“We’re really lucky to have great beaches, and great partners like Harpoon Brewery and JetBlue Airways, who share our commitment to our community and our love for these beaches” said Bruce Berman, Save the Harbor’s Director of Strategy, Communications, and Programs.


This year there are four ways to win a round trip ticket on JetBlue Airways!  The top three overall fundraisers automatically win tickets, the best costume winners (male and female) each win tickets, everyone who makes a contribution (registration fee or pledge) is entered into a raffle to win a round-trip ticket, and everyone who raises $1000 or more wins a Harpoon Hoodie and is entered into a raffle to win a round-trip ticket.  Participants who reach fundraising goals of $100, $250, $500, or more will be eligible for additional raffle prizes.  Check out the Cupid Splash website for more details!


"We are excited to support our friends at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.  We have been brewing on Boston’s waterfront for more than 25 years, and we believe in their mission,” said Charlie Storey, Senior VP of the Harpoon Brewery, whose philanthropic program, Harpoon Helps, is co-producing this year's Splash in South Boston. "The Cupid Splash is a great way to spend one of the first Saturdays of Spring; a quick dip into the icy water to get the blood flowing, followed by a cold Harpoon with your friends - all to support a great cause!"


Last year about 200 splashers raised over $30,000 to support free events and programs on the public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.  This year we are hoping to make an even bigger splash to provide the funds for increased public programming on our beaches, organized by friends groups and other great local organizations.

To register online for the Cupid Splash, visit www.cupidsplash.com.  Registration is easy and provides each participant with an individualized page to set a fundraising goal and track progress, as well as a link to send to friends and family to encourage them to donate.   

This year there is even an option to register as a “chicken” and raise money without the actually plunging into the harbor!  Funds raised go to support free events and programs on the public beaches in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, and Hull.

For more details about the 2014 Cupid Splash, visit www.cupidsplash.com or email Susan Woods at woods@savetheharbor.org.

Its not too late!

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Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's Bruce Berman speaking with the South Boston beach representatives
Last Saturday, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission held a public meeting to share our preliminary findings and recommendations for the harbor beaches from Nahant to Nantasket. The meeting was made possible through the dedicated public involvement of the beachfront community members and leaders, who attended the 10 public hearings that were held in each of the waterfront communities in the summer and fall of 2013 and those who participated in the MBC survey. At these hearings and in the survey we were able to hear each community’s hopes, dreams, and concerns for the future of our beaches. Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Metropolitan Beaches Commission used what we learned from the public hearings and survey to create a plan that will help us move our beaches from good towards great. However, before the Commission issues the plan later this year we organized this meeting so that we could circle back with the community to make sure we got it right.

The meeting began with a PowerPoint presentation given by Save the Harbor/Save the Bay director of strategy, communications, and programming Bruce Berman and board member David Spillane. The presentation began by explaining where we have come from since 2007: the success we’ve had and the problems that still need to be addressed. Bruce and David addressed a number of topics ranging from DCR maintenance and beach amenities to the controversial dog and plover issues. Bruce and David concluded the presentation by addressing each beach’s unique successes, challenges, needs, and opportunities.
After the presentation, everyone who attended the meeting separated into breakout groups by according to their beach. In these groups participants were given the opportunity for their voice to be heard via the sticky note system .On the sticky notes, participants wrote their desires and concerns for the future of their beach.  This was a chance for every single person who attended the meeting to have influence on the MBC final report. At the meeting, you could really see how these communities truly value their beaches, and that they share our mission to protect and restore them. It was a rewarding experience for us at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay to create the opportunity for waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities to influence the policies that will be set forth by the Metropolitan Beaches Commission final report.
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If you still want to express your desires for the future of your beach, it’s not too late! You can voice your thoughts in the MBC online survey at http://tinyurl.com/MBC2013SURVEY

Friday, February 7, 2014

Metropolitan Beaches Commission Public Meeting Draws Nearly 200




Nearly 200 beach lovers joined the Metropolitan Beaches Commission and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay at UMass Boston on Saturday, February 1, for the final public meeting to hear the preliminary findings and recommendations that will be reflected in the report to be released later this spring.  It was a chance for interested individuals to give feedback and share opinions regarding the findings and recommendations concerning their beaches. 



Attendees heard opening remarks from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay President Patricia Foley, Chancellor Ed Lambert of UMass Boston,  MBC Co-Chair Tom McGee, and DCR Commissioner Jack Murray.

To commence the meeting, attendees watched a Google earth video flyover of the metropolitan beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.  The video, which provides a stunning visual of how our communities are connected by our beaches and coastline, can be viewed here.



Bruce Berman and David Spillane then presented the PowerPoint detailing the progress that’s been made since the 2007 report, the Commission’s findings from community hearings this summer and fall, and the recommendations that will appear in the report.  The PowerPoint is available here for download.

The PowerPoint presentation gave overviews of the findings and recommendations specific to the individual beaches, but to give more attention to the individual beaches, the meeting concluded with attendees breaking into groups by community.  Two-pagers detailing successes, challenges, and needs and opportunities specific to each beach community were available at the meeting, and can also be accessed online here.  Attendees wrote positive and negative comments on sticky notes and discussed, with each other and with SHSB staff, the specific needs of their beaches. 
 



The Commission will be accepting public comments until March 1.  If you missed the meeting, or would like to add more feedback, you can make your opinions known by taking our survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8TH82CG or sending an email to info@savetheharbor.org.