Clean City Program Announces Earth Day Cleanup Events

Newport residents can volunteer at one of 12 cleanup events in Newport this Earth Day.

Newport Mayor Harry F. Winthrop and the Newport Public Services Department’s Clean City Program would like to invite Newport area residents to volunteer for one of the 12 litter cleanup events happening for Newport’s 2013 Earth Day celebration, which is also part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup.Earth Day

The Clean City Program will be providing gloves, bags and a thank you gift for volunteers. City staff will also pick up the bags of litter for the Earth Day cleanups in Newport. Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation is waiving all disposal fees associated with litter collected during Earth Day cleanups and Waste Management Newport will also assist in the pickup of the litter.

“We are fortunate that Newport has such dedicated volunteers,” said Mayor Harry F. Winthrop. “The City of Newport is appreciative of any assistance you can provide in keeping our city clean.”

Earth Day is Monday, April 22. A majority of the City of Newport’s Earth Day events will take place on Saturday, April 13 and, with such, invites all residents to participate in any of the scheduled cleanups when they might be available to do so.  All April 13 cleanups have a rain date of April 20. Interested volunteers may contact the event coordinator directly or the Clean City Program at 845-5613. The Clean City Program is also available to provide assistance to those individuals who may want to start their own neighborhood cleanup as part of Earth Day activities.  Become an active part of your community by volunteering at one of the following events:

  • Saturday, April 13 – Katherine Field and Associates, Cub Scouts Pack 33 of Newport and Girl Scout Daisy Troop 2 of Newport invite you to join them in cleaning up Fort Adams from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. To volunteer, contact Petra Napolitano at 848-2750 or at pnapolitano@katherinefield.com. Volunteers should meet in the parking lot at 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 13 – The East Bay Met School, the Park Holm Saturday Club, Newport Starbucks, and the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County will be cleaning up Miantonomi Memorial Park and Sunset Hill.
  • Saturday, April 13 – The Off Broadway Neighborhood Association invites you to join their Earth Day festivities. OBNA and Girl Scout Daisy Troop 502 will be meeting at Equality Park from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Neighbors will be collecting trash along streets enroute from their home to the park. Please bring mulching/gardening tools to mulch and spring clean the park.  For bags and gloves contact Jack McVicker at (401) 829-1601.
  • Saturday, April 13 – The Point Association will meet at both Battery and Storer Parks at 9 a.m. Once gathered, work groups will blanket the Point, cleaning parks, driftways, beach areas, Hunter Park/railroad track area, and east to Arnold Park at the corner of Cross, Bridge, and Upper Thames. Contact Sue Beckers at (401) 849-1814 or suebeckers@cox.net.
  • Saturday, April 13 – Friends of the Waterfront  invites volunteers to join them in the annual Earth Day Cleanup at King Park  from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Volunteers should meet at the pavilion on King Park at 9 a.m. Contact Linda Hammer at hammernewport@cox.net
  • Saturday, April 13 – Old Colony & Newport Railway will clean up along the railway where they run scenic, narrated train trips. To volunteer, please contact Chuck Flippo ahead of time at (401) 871-0828.
  • Saturday, April 13 – Sustainable Aquidneck, Integrated Nutrition and the Newport Run & Chug Club will be cleaning up the downtown & Broadway corridor area. Volunteers should meet at Panera Bread in Brick Market Place at 9 a.m. To volunteer, contact Jeff Heimiller at 619-5217 or at newrunclub@yahoo.com.
  • Saturday, April 13 – Clean Ocean Access & Wild Things LLC will be cleaning Brenton Point State Park to the Castle Hill area and the Kings Park state fishing area from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Please wear boots or sturdy shoes and try to bring your own gloves. Meet in the parking lot across from the Jetty. Contact Dave McLaughlin at 401-465-0628 or info@cleanoceanaccess.org.
  • Saturday, April 13 – NewportRIRocks invites you to join them in cleaning up Morton Park & the surrounding areas from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. To volunteer, contact Melody Mulcahey atnewportrirocks@gmail.com. Volunteers should meet at the Morton Park playground at 9 a.m. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • Saturday, April 20 – The Newport County Saltwater Fishing Club will be cleaning up shoreline fishing access points, depending on accessibility, in Newport  & Middletown from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bring gloves & tick repellent. Volunteers must contact Dennis Zambrotta ahead of time at 849-6121.
  • Saturday, April 20 – Save The Bay & Pruitt Chiropractic invite you to help clean up Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. To volunteer, you must contact Save The Bay in advance atvolunteer@savebay.org or 272-3540 x130. Volunteers should dress for the weather and bring their own work gloves. Please bring your own water bottle, sun, and bug protection. Sturdy closed-toed shoes are required at Save The Bay Cleanups!
  • Saturday, April 27 – Friends of Ballard Park will be holding an Earth Day cleanup at 9 a.m., followed by a free guided tour of the park at 11 a.m. Volunteers should meet at the quarry meadow off Hazard Rd. at 9 a.m. To volunteer or RSVP for a tour, contact Alexa Furtado, Event & Marketing Coordinator at 619-3377 or events@ballardpark.org. Volunteers should wear sturdy footwear, as park trails can be muddy.

“Spring is a great time for cleaning and pitching in with the City of Newport’s Earth Day Celebration during Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanupä, the nation’s largest cleanup, beautification and community improvement program,” said Kristin Littlefield, Newport’s Clean City Coordinator. “The Great American Cleanupä brings 350 volunteers together to improve our Newport community, and we know that when people join together for a common cause they can do great things.”

For more information about the City of Newport’s Earth Day celebration during the Great America Cleanupä, or an updated list of participating groups, contact the Clean City Program at 845-5613.

We would like to thank the National Sponsors of the 2013 Great American Cleanup for their support:  The Dow Chemical Company; The Glad Products Company; LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc.; Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water; PepsiCo’s Pepsi-Cola and Gatorade companies; Solo Cup Company; Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment; Waste Management, WM Recycle Service; and Wrigley.

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