Friday, October 24, 2014

A Journey with Save the Harbor

It has been a long journey with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. On my first day back in January, I knew nothing about beach water quality, about flagging accuracy. And now I am confident to say that, under Bruce's direction and guidance, our water quality team knows every bit about it, and is actively making continuous effort to make us heard in policy making process. It is very lucky for me to have the opportunity to be present at meetings discussing outfalls monitoring prospect, beach water quality standards, and alternatives to meet EPA beach guidance for grants, hearing government agencies sharing their perspectives. It is both challenging and fun. Sometimes we need to take other people's standpoint and think from their perspective, then we can stop complaining, be patient, and that's when we actually start to help.

As I am from China, I started a project to study the difference between the two countries in the subject of beach testing and notification for the sake of public health. Since I live inland China and rarely go to coastal beaches, I almost had no knowledge of Chinese beaches. The project provided a great chance for me to get to know my country better. Interestingly, I find physical safety (reef, tides, wind, water depth, etc.) receives better attention in China, and marine bathing beaches still use fecal coliform as microbial indicator while many US states made a switch from fecal coliform to enterococcus in beach testing decades ago as EPA believes enterococcus is a more effective indicator for human illness in marine waters. To study the contamination source of marine beaches, I researched waste water treatment situation and sewer systems in both countries. I was surprised to know lots of waste water treatment plants in small cities/towns could not afford maintenance costs in China, or don't have enough sewage to treat while untreated sewage keep pouring into rivers. The owner and workers of the plant even grew vegetables to make money so that they could keep the plant running while having enough to support them. It is generous but sad. And the awkward situation happened because the construction of waste water plant was way ahead of the installation of collection system. After all, it was poor planning.

Working at STH as an intern has not only broadened my beach knowledge, but also brought me into the marine science and monitoring world, which I feel could remain one of my interests for a long time if not for ever. Thanks for Bruce and Patty's generous support, I enjoyed working with everyone here. Smart Jingwei, cheerful Amy, cute Kelly, knowledgeable Ian, helpful Lindsay, professional Sue, talented Charlie, insightful Ben and dedicated Rachel, I will miss all of you.

Never say goodbye, cause I will see you soon!

Yudan Jiang



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay Hosts its Second Free Cruise to Spectacle Island on Saturday, October 25th!

All of us at Save the Harbor invite you to join us on a free cruise to Spectacle Island on Saturday, October 25th to enjoy a beautiful fall day on Boston Harbor and discover the "Treasures of Spectacle Island."


Nearly 400 people joined us on our September trip, so reserve your space now and read about it here

The trip will board the Provincetown II at 9:30 AM and depart at 10:00 AM from the Bay State Cruise Company's dock at the World Trade Center in South Boston, and return to the dock at 2:30 PM. It is easy to get to the boat by car or the MBTA's Silver Line. 

There will be plenty of time for exploring, hiking, and treasure hunting on the island, though we gently remind you to leave sea glass and artifacts on the beach where you found them. 

Though the snack bar on Spectacle Island is closed for the season, there will be refreshments available for sale on the boat. We suggest you pack a picnic lunch to bring with you on the trip, as well as a bag for your trash. 

Also keep in mind that the weather is often cooler on the water and the islands, so dress in warm layers!


We will be teaching everyone our favorite sea shanty, "Haul Away Joe", then encouraging all guests to come up with an original verse of their own. Sing your verse for a Save the Harbor staff member, or take a video of you singing your verse and share it with us on our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/savetheharbor or sent it to us by email at info@savetheharbor.org

We'll pick our favorite renditions of "Haul Away Joe" from the trip and post them on our blog, "Sea, Sand and Sky" at www.blog.savetheharbor.org.

Any brave soul that enters the contest will receive a blue beach glass marble and a chance to win a round trip ticket to any non-stop domestic destination from JetBlue Airways as part of our "Simply Marble-ous" treasure hunt, which runs through Halloween.

Reservations are required. 
Though there is plenty of room on the boat, space is still limited, so please RSVP to gaylord@savetheharbor.org or call Amy at (617) 451-2860 x1008 to reserve your place! Please give us an accurate headcount so that we can accommodate as many guests as possible. 

So bring a camera, a picnic lunch and your friends and family and enjoy a great day in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park with Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay!

We hope to see you on Boston Harbor on the 25th! 



Save the Harbor's free youth environmental education and family programs are made possible with Leadership Grants from Bay State Cruise Company, Distrigas/GDF SUEZ, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Ludcke Foundation, and the Yawkey Foundation II.

Save the Harbor is grateful for Partnership Grants from Forrest Berkley & Marcie Tyre Berkley, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Chiofaro Company, The Fallon Company, Hampshire House Corporation – Cheers for Children, John Hancock Financial Services, Inc., Massachusetts Bay Lines, Massachusetts Port Authority, National Grid Foundation, P&G Gillette, William E & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, and the Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust.

Save the Harbor also appreciates funding support from Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation, Baystate Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, BCYF Curley Community Center, Blue Hills Bank Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, BOMA, Boston Bruins Foundation, Boston Center for Youth and Families, Breckinridge Capital Advisors, Carnival Foundation, Clippership Foundation, Circle Furniture, Community-Suffolk, Inc., Department of Conversation and Recreation, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation,Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, Goulston & Storrs, HYM Investment Group Inc., Lovett Woodsum Family Foundation, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, National Park Service, Rowan Murphy & Andus Baker, P&G Gillette, Reebok Foundation, Santander Bank Foundation, South Boston Community Development Foundation, Thomas & Lucinda Foley, Red Sox Foundation, Lawrence J. & Anne Rubenstein Foundation, Senior Housing Property Trust, TD Charitable Foundation, YMCA of Greater Boston, and hundreds of individual donors.

We would also like to thank our Better Beaches Program funding partners for their support, including the more than 500 participants in the 2014 Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash and: 

Comcast Massachusetts
Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust
Harpoon Brewery
JetBlue Airways
Mass Bay Credit Union
National Grid
P&G Gillette
Russo Marine
UBER

For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay,
visit our website at www.savetheharbor.org, join savetheharbor on Facebook or follow savetheharbor on Twitter

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

400 Join Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay for our 1st Free Fall Cruise to Spectacle Island

On Saturday, September 29th, 400 people from across the city and around the region joined Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay for a free cruise to discover the Treasures of Spectacle Island.



It was warm and sunny as the day began at Bay State Cruise Company's dock at the World Trade Center in South Boston. On the short trip to the island participants heard from Save the Harbor's Bay Watcher Bruce Berman about the history of the harbor, the Boston Harbor clean up and the transformation of Spectacle Island from a dumpsite into one of the most popular destinations in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park.

Daniela and Stephanie from EnerNOC enjoy some time in the sun
Onboard the Provincetown II, Save the Harbor shared their favorite sea shanty, Haul Away Joe, with the crowd. "This song teaches us a timeless lesson. When we all pull in the same direction we can get almost anything done." said Berman.

 A few brave souls wrote and sang their own verses to the song. Everyone who wrote a verse and shared their song received a blue marble and the chance to win a round trip ticket from JetBlue Airways to any nonstop destination they serve from Logan airport as part of the "Simply Marble-ous Treasure Hunt" which runs through Halloween. (You can find out more about the contest here)

James Nicoleau from Allston, who works on the Fish Pier,  joined us for a day of fun with his family! 

Once on the island, DCR Rangers led groups on a tour of the island, where they had a chance to learn about the fascinating history of Spectacle Island and local wildlife. Amy, Ian and Rachel from Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay spent their day along the shore helping beachcombers discover and interpret the many treasures and artifacts found on the beach.


Lungowe, Grace, and Chawanzi Muwina from
Chelsea enjoyed searching for beach glass during their day on Spectacle Island 

Amy Gaylord, Staff Assistant at Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay, played a large part in getting the 400 kids and families out to Spectacle Island for the free cruise. "It was a beautiful day to share the harbor with teens and families from all over Greater Boston. First-time visitors and frequenters of Spectacle Island enjoyed hunting on the beach for artifacts, hiking to the top of the North Drumlin for views of the city, and even swimming at the beach in the 80 degree weather!"  



Giles Parker, the Superintendent of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation
 Area, with Bruce Berman, Save the Harbor's Bay Watcher 

Giles Parker, Superintendent of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, joined us for the trip and enjoyed a great hike to the top of Spectacle Island as well as a tasty striped bass salad provided by Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay’s Bay Watcher, Bruce Berman. "It's great to see all of Boston represented on this boat," Parker said. “I can’t think of a better way to spend the day than enjoying a cruise on the Boston Harbor and exploring one of Boston’s favorite Harbor Islands!” 


It was a beautiful day spent on Boston Harbor!

Everyone who took part agreed that it was a great day on Boston Harbor and Spectacle Island.

 Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay will host another free fall cruise to Spectacle Island on Saturday, October 25th to celebrate another great season on Boston Harbor. 
If you would like to join Save the Harbor/Save the Bay on the 25th, please RSVP to gaylord@savetheharbor.org.

Make a contribution here if you would like to support Save the Harbor's free events, such as this one. 

Save the Harbor's free youth environmental education and family programs are made possible with Leadership Grants from Bay State Cruise Company, Distrigas/GDF SUEZ, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Ludcke Foundation, and the Yawkey Foundation II.

Save the Harbor is grateful for Partnership Grants from Forrest Berkley & Marcie Tyre Berkley, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Chiofaro Company, The Fallon Company, Hampshire House Corporation – Cheers for Children, John Hancock Financial Services, Inc., Massachusetts Bay Lines, Massachusetts Port Authority, National Grid Foundation, P&G Gillette, William E & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, and the Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust.

Save the Harbor also appreciates funding support from Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation, Baystate Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, BCYF Curley Community Center, Blue Hills Bank Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, BOMA, Boston Bruins Foundation, Boston Center for Youth and Families, Breckinridge Capital Advisors, Carnival Foundation, Clippership Foundation, Circle Furniture, Community-Suffolk, Inc., Department of Conversation and Recreation, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation,Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, Goulston & Storrs, HYM Investment Group Inc., Lovett Woodsum Family Foundation, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, National Park Service, Rowan Murphy & Andus Baker, P&G Gillette, Reebok Foundation, Santander Bank Foundation, South Boston Community Development Foundation, Thomas & Lucinda Foley, Red Sox Foundation, Lawrence J. & Anne Rubenstein Foundation, Senior Housing Property Trust, TD Charitable Foundation, YMCA of Greater Boston, and hundreds of individual donors.

We would also like to thank our Better Beaches Program funding partners for their support, including the more than 500 participants in the 2014 Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash and: 

Comcast Massachusetts
Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust
Harpoon Brewery
JetBlue Airways
Mass Bay Credit Union
National Grid
P&G Gillette
Russo Marine
UBER

For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay,
visit our website at www.savetheharbor.org, join savetheharbor on Facebook or follow savetheharbor on Twitter

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

And The First Winner Is...


Tiffany Found Her Marble and So Can You!

In September Save the Harbor selected our first JetBlue ticket winner in our "Simply Marble-ous" Treasure Hunt -Tiffany Wallace-Buckley!! She found her blue marble on Carson Beach during the South Boston Neighborhood House Family Fun Night with her seven year old daughter, who loves to look for sea shells, beach glass, and other treasures along the shore!


"We love to go to the beach in South Boston and to the Boston Harbor Islands. Thanks to Save the Harbor and the South Boston Neighborhood House for making Boston a great place for kids and families like mine."

Tiffany will be using her round trip JetBlue ticket to visit their family in Texas! 

Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay has partnered with JetBlue Airways again this year for the 3rd Annual "Simply Marble-ous" Treasure Hunt- and it's still going on! If you find a cobalt blue marble on your favorite beach from Nahant to Nantasket by October 31st, just take a photo of yourself with your marble and post it on Save the Harbor's facebook page or e-mail it to info@savetheharbor.org


Please include your name, contact information, and which beach you found your marble on. You could win a round-trip ticket from JetBlue Airways to any domestic destination they serve from Boston's Logan Airport! 





“The Simply Marble-ous Treasure Hunt is a favorite among JetBlue’s more than 2,500 crewmembers in Boston, many of whom volunteer locally for a variety of worthy causes including Save The Harbor/Save The Bay” said Ronda Ivy McLeod, Manager of Regional Marketing, Northeast at JetBlue Airways. “The treasure hunt exemplifies our fun value, while also highlighting our commitment to the city of Boston.”

Bruce Berman, Director of Communications at Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay said, “At Save the Harbor we’re always looking for ways to get people to take a fresh look at the Boston Harbor. JetBlue Airways’ support helps to make that possible. One of the reasons this contest is such a success is because JetBlue is such a great partner. Fun is one of their core values and you can see that in the way they treat their community partners, employees and customers.” 

The "Simply Marble-ous" Treasure Hunt began in 2012 on the beaches of South Boston with a beach clean up sponsored by JetBlue in partnership with the Massachusetts DCR. In just a few short hours, more than 100 people did 5 weeks worth of work cleaning up the beaches. At the end of the day, the participants released their marbles into the water for Boston beach-goers to find.


We will be picking one more winner on Halloween following our last cruise to the Boston Harbor Islands on October 25th to celebrate the end of the season! There are still plenty of marbles to be found around the beaches from Nahant to Nantasket so be sure to keep your eye out while you take your crisp fall walks along beautiful Boston Harbor! 

-Kelly Randall-

Blue Cross Blue Shield Service Day


On Wednesday, September 17th, 80 employees from Blue Cross Blue Shield joined Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay in South Boston for its 4th annual day of service.


The “Blue Crew” were part of a statewide corporate service day in which teams participate in various community service projects to help give back to the Massachusetts communities.

Site coordinator, Jay Stack, led the efforts of the 80 Blue Cross Blue Shield employees in South Boston at Carson Beach, M Street Beach, and K Street Beach in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay staff.  South Boston’s eight teams accomplished a great deal of work throughout the day from Pleasure Bay to the McCormack Bath House removing weeds and overgrowth, trimming hedges, painting shade shelters, and returning sand back to the beaches.

The Blue Crew sweeping sand back onto M Street Beach
Their efforts were most apparent along M Street Beach where the crews worked tirelessly to shovel, sweep, and blow the sand over the wall and back onto the beach. Additionally, at K Street Beach where invasive overgrowth along the Curley Community Center was manually removed and a large amount of debris was collected.

Laura Torino, a second-year participant, worked hard removing weeds and debris from Carson Beach. “I live in Quincy and I truly enjoy visiting Boston’s beaches in my spare time,” she said.  “I feel this was a great opportunity to give something back to the community and help keep Boston’s beaches in their beautiful state.”

Laura Torino picking up trash along Carson Beach in South Boston

By the end of the day the “Blue Crew” removed three truckloads of brush and debris, painted 19 shade shelters, and removed an immense amount of sand from outside M Street Beach.

Bruce Berman, Director of Strategy, Communications, and Programs at Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay, was impressed with what the “Blue Crew” had accomplished in such a short amount of time. “We are glad to have Blue Cross Blue Shield as a partner for their day of service,” he said. “We value their continued support and commitment to our community and mission to protect the Boston Harbor and its surrounding beaches.”

Thank you to everyone who took part in this great event on the beaches of South Boston. All of us at Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay appreciate your hard work and dedication to our mission and our community.



Monday, September 22, 2014

From Southie to Eastie

On Saturday, September 20th, the Better Beaches Program was in full swing across the Metropolitan Beaches.



South Boston's City Point Neighborhood Association hosted their annual "Beat the Summer Sizzle" event at Marine Park, where local families enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs, tossed around a football, and learned about Larry the five pound Lobster!

Representative Nick Collins came out to enjoy the sunny day in the park.


Senator Linda Dorcena Forry's office provided ice cream for the event, and local artist Dan McCole provided painting instruction for both kids and adults.



Meanwhile in East Boston, the HarborArts Festival was in full swing.  All along the shipyard, local artists set up booths to sell handmade wares, and there were food trucks and beer stands on hand.  A full lineup of bands played from the afternoon through the evening at the end of the pier.  



Local artist Liz LaManche's "Dock Tattoo" was on full display, with impressively rendered sea creatures and nautical images among many other designs.  



There were activities at the Festival to appeal to all age ranges-- it was really a great event!  

All in all it was a busy Saturday for Save the Harbor.  Now we look forward to next Saturday, when we will host a cruise to Spectacle Island.  I encourage you to get out on the Harbor to enjoy the beautiful weather!



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

60 Vertex Employees Help Clean Up Dorchester Beaches with Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay


On September 11, 2014, 60 employees of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a global biotech company headquartered at Fan Pier in Boston, joined Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay for a cleanup at Tenean Beach and Savin Hill Beach in Dorchester as part of their annual day of service.


The first team from Vertex spent the morning at Tenean Beach in Dorchester removing debris and brush from the beach and the adjacent playground and lawn. 


Each year, Vertex offers its employees the opportunity to participate in various civic engagement and community service opportunities in the Boston community, including beach and park cleanups, tutoring in local schools, and creating care packages for the military.

Of the approximately 1,000 Vertex employees that took part in this year’s service day worldwide, 60 elected to spend the day at Tenean Beach and Savin Hill Beach in Dorchester with Save the Harbor / Save the Bay removing debris, trimming overgrown brush, and weeding the land, pathways, and sidewalks that line the beaches. In total, they removed 2.5 truckloads of debris and brush from the two beaches with the help of the Department of Conservation and Recreation and Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay staff.


Jennifer Casagrande, Kerrie Blanchette, Lauren Kuhn, Josh Leeman, and Ed Luss with the debris they collected from Tenean Beach.
 
Bruce Berman, Director of Strategy, Communications, and Programs at Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay, was impressed with what the Vertex volunteers accomplished that day. “It’s great to have Vertex as a partner for their day of service this year,” Berman said. “It’s a great way to help us to protect the public’s $4.5 billion investment in the Boston Harbor Cleanup and gives volunteers a chance to take pride in their beaches and give back to their community.”

Ankita Deshpande of Vertex helped remove weeds from Savin Hill Beach in Dorchester.
 
Ankita Deshpande, Associate Director of CF Global Marketing, was on hand for the event and excited to take part. “For me it is rewarding to be a part of Save the Harbor’s mission, to keep the water clean and our beaches well maintained so that we can strengthen Boston’s neighborhoods and connect the region’s residents to the water.”

Thank you to everyone who participated in this day of service on the Dorchester beaches. All of us at Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay appreciate your hard work and dedication to our mission and our community.
For information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay visit our website at www.savetheharbor.org and follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/savetheharbor  


Monday, September 15, 2014

Free "Treasures of Spectacle Island Cruise" on September 27th!!

On Saturday, September 27th Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay will host a free cruise to Spectacle Island to enjoy a beautiful fall day on Boston Harbor and discover the "Treasures of Spectacle Island!"


We will board the Provincetown II at Bay State Cruise Company's dock at the World Trade Center and set sail to Spectacle Island, which has been transformed from a landfill into a spectacular destination for residents and visitors alike.

Due to its long history there are many treasures to be found along the beach- including historic artifacts like sea glass, remnants of dolls and toys, and pottery. However, we gently remind you to leave sea glass and other artifacts on the beach where you found them.


Though the snack bar on the island is closed for the season, there will be refreshments available for sale on the Provincetown II. Of course you are more than welcome to pack a picnic lunch! Just remember to bring a bag for trash with you as there are no trash receptacles on the island. 
 The Massachusetts DCR encourages a 'leave no trace' policy in order to keep Boston Harbor clean! 

On the trip over to Spectacle we will be sharing our favorite sea shanty, "Haul Away Joe", and encouraging you to come up with an original verse of your own!  We'll pick our favorite renditions of "Haul Away Joe" from the trip and post them on our blog "Sea, Sand and Sky" at www.blog.savetheharbor.org.

Any brave soul that writes a new verse will receive a blue beach glass marble and a chance to win a round trip ticket to any non-stop domestic destination from JetBlue Airways as part of our "Simply Marble-ous" treasure hunt, which runs through Halloween!

Trip Details:

The trip will board the Provincetown II at 9:30 AM and depart at 10:00 AM from the Bay State Cruise Company's dock at the World Trade Center in South Boston, and return to the dock at 2:30 PM. It is easy to get to the boat by car or the MBTA’s Silver Line. You can view directions at baystatecruisecompany.com/directions.php

Reservations are required. Though there is plenty of room on the boat, space is still limited, so please RSVP to gaylord@savetheharbor.org or call Amy at (617) 451-2860 x1008 to reserve your place!  Please give us an accurate headcount so that we can accommodate as many guests as possible.

Save the Harbor's free youth environmental education and family programs are made possible with Leadership Grants from Bay State Cruise Company, Distrigas/GDF SUEZ, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Ludcke Foundation, and the Yawkey Foundation II.

Save the Harbor is grateful for Partnership Grants from Forrest Berkley & Marcie Tyre Berkley, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Chiofaro Company, The Fallon Company, Hampshire House Corporation – Cheers for Children, John Hancock Financial Services, Inc., Massachusetts Bay Lines, Massachusetts Port Authority, National Grid Foundation, P&G Gillette, William E & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, and the Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust.

Save the Harbor also appreciates funding support from

Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation, Baystate Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, BCYF Curley Community Center, Blue Hills Bank Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, BOMA, Boston Bruins Foundation, Boston Center for Youth and Families, Breckinridge Capital Advisors, Carnival Foundation, Clippership Foundation, Circle Furniture, Community-Suffolk, Inc., Department of Conversation and Recreation, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation,Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, Goulston & Storrs, HYM Investment Group Inc., Lovett Woodsum Family Foundation, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, National Park Service, Rowan Murphy & Andus Baker, P&G Gillette, Reebok Foundation, Santander Bank Foundation, South Boston Community Development Foundation, Thomas & Lucinda Foley, Red Sox Foundation, Lawrence J. & Anne Rubenstein Foundation, Senior Housing Property Trust, TD Charitable Foundation, YMCA of Greater Boston, and hundreds of individual donors.

We would also like to thank our Better Beaches Program funding partners for their support,  including the more than 500 participants in the 2014 Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash and: 

Comcast Massachusetts
Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust
Harpoon Brewery
JetBlue Airways
Mass Bay Credit Union
National Grid
P&G Gillette
Russo Marine
UBER

For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, visit our website at www.savetheharbor.org, join savetheharbor on Facebook or follow savetheharbor on Twitter

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Friends of Wollaston Beach present... KidsFest!



This Saturday September 6th, fellow SHE Iris and I headed to Quincy for the Friends of Wollaston Beach KidsFest.  KidsFest is an annual public event that received support from a Better Beaches grant this year.  The stormy weather held off for the first couple hours of the well-attended event.  It was low tide on the beach, with plenty of sand space for games and activities for the crowds of kids to enjoy.  A DJ provided music and kept sack races and hula hooping contests lively.



 Iris and I brought along Larry the Lobster for a low-key touch tank.  We found some tiny crabs on the beach-- so small I wasn't sure what kind of crab they might have been.  We helped to run games and activities, and we also spread the word about the Simply Marble-ous Contest, which you can learn more about here.


The humid weather provided for a beautiful rainbow-- before the storm rolled in!

Thanks to the Friends of Wollaston Beach for orchestrating a great free event for youth and families to celebrate the end of the summer!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Bye Bye Boston Harbor!


Working with Save the Harbor Save the Bay this summer has been such an incredible experience that has surpassed all my expectations. As a photographer, I was so lucky to be able to spend time at each site throughout the course of the summer. Each site is so unique in their environments, but they all offer kids an amazing summer experience.

Each day, I was amazed by the children’s excitement, enthusiasm, and curiosity.  I have grown up around the ocean, and this summer made me realize that it has something I have most definitely taken for granted. The ocean, especially Boston Harbor, offers so much to our community. It was amazing watching children of all ages discover and learn about the environments around them. It was amazing meeting all of the kids who came to our programs this summer, and it was equally amazing getting to know the Save the Harbor staff.  It was incredible being able to come to work with such amazing people each day. I learned so much from everyone and made some amazing friends. I am so thankful to everyone I worked with but especially to Bruce, Patty, Bridget, and Amy.  This amazing summer wouldn’t have been possible without all of their guidance and support.

            Since I was mainly a photographer this summer,  I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures:



































I am so sad to see this amazing summer come to an end. I already miss being on the harbor and spending time with my phenomenal coworkers every day. Thank you so much to everyone who made this summer so memorable and extraordinary

- Hallie Fox 



Ivan, Lindsay and me at the top of Spectacle Island