Thursday, September 20, 2018

Save the Harbor and Boston Consulting Group Work Together to Clean Tenean Beach!

On Thursday September 20th Save the Harbor/Save the Bay staff teamed up with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as part of BCG's Service Day 2018 for a clean-up at the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Tenean Beach and Finnegan Park in Dorchester.


Tenean Beach, in the Port Norfolk neighborhood, is a swimming beach with a playground and tennis courts located at the mouth of the Neponset River where it opens into Dorchester Bay. Finnegan Park, a short walk away, is a relatively new DCR park having been converted from industrial to recreational use in 2017 after undergoing rehabilitation.


On Thursday the group of 50 employees from Boston Consulting Group helped to make both of these properties cleaner and more accessible by removing two tons of debris, weeds, and wash up over the course of the day. Volunteers working on Tenean Beach scoured the sand, green areas, and parking lot to pick up debris, and raked storm wash up from the beach. Another team removed weeds from the seawall and sidewalk. In the afternoon volunteers swept sand that had blown onto the sidewalks back onto the playground.


The group at Finnegan Park spent the day removing phragmites, an invasive sea grass, from the shoreline and cutting a strangling vine that was overtaking the local flora. Volunteers also combed the park removing plastic trash and debris from the green spaces.


“It was a very productive day on the beach, thanks to our partners at Boston Consulting Group,” said Chris Mancini Vice President for Programs and Operations at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. “In just a few hours we removed two tons of waste, something that might take a week of regular staff time during the fall season, freeing up DCR staff to take on other projects on beaches and parks around the area.”


This day of service was part of Save the Harbor's stewardship program, a collaboration with DCR and our corporate partners to help preserve, maintain, and improve the region's spectacular waterfront resources. This summer, in addition to Boston Consulting Group, we've also partnered with Boston 25 News at Carson Beach, Boston Properties at Victory Road Park and Hines at Squantum Point Park. Particularly after the winter's wicked strong storms, these beaches and waterfront parks saw an increased need to remove debris, rebuild pathways, and restore sand. Save the Harbor is proud to work with our partners as we prepare these beaches for the fall and winter season.

"Clamity" on Revere Beach, as thousands of juvenile surf clams wash ashore.

Late this summer beach lovers in Revere discovered first thousands and then tens of thousands of dead juvenile surf clams decaying on the southern portion of America's oldest public beach.


By September, there were hundreds of thousands of dead clams south of the Markey Bridge, and on hot days with easterly winds, the smell of the sea was replaced by the stench of decay.



"The smell was awful," said Rep. RoseLee Vincent of Revere, who Co-Chairs the Metropolitan Beaches Commission for the Legislature. Vincent contacted the Department of Conservation and Recreation, who buried the clams in trenches to mitigate the smell.  However, despite their efforts, the dead clams keep coming.

According to Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's spokesman Bruce Berman, there appears to be a "surfeit of surf clams" in the shallows on the southern portion of Revere Beach this year. While there are tens of thousands of dead clams washed up on the beach at the high tide line, there are tens of thousands of clams still in the sand which appear to be thriving.

According  to Berman, Atlantic surf clams can grow to eight inches, and are delicious in chowders, though clamming is prohibited on Revere Beach. This species of clam is particularly sensitive to water temperature and salinity, which may explain the situation. "We had a very stormy summer, with several sustained heat waves with temperature of nearly 100 degrees," said Berman. "It is likely that strong surf from north east winds pushed the quarter sized clams into the shallows, where some of them were stressed by high temperatures and fresh water from the torrential storms causing this clam kill, though there are other possible causes as well. We hope to know more about this event soon, and will continue to keep the public informed."

This week state scientists gathered samples of the clams for analysis, and DCR's crews returned to the beach to bury yet anther wave of dead clams.



The Commonwealth's parks and environmental agencies have been very responsive, working to both understand the problem and mitigate the impacts on residents and beach goers. "This has been a great example of inter-agency cooperation and coordination," said Berman. "It is a frustrating situation for beach goers and residents, but DCR staff have been a big help."



"The gulls are doing their part in the cleanup," said Berman. "I expect that the next wave of high tides will wash the remaining dead clams out to sea. Fortunately the event is confined to the southern portion of the beach, so beach goers can enjoy the last days of summer on this great public beach."

According to Berman, this is not the first time that large storms have tossed clams onto Revere Beach. "During the wicked winter of 2015 we saw waves of hard shell clams of all sizes tossed onto the beach by the stormy seas," said Berman. "But they were alive and healthy when they hit the shore, though they eventually froze solid in the bitter cold."


For more information about this event, or to learn more about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work they do to restore, protect and share Boston Harbor, Mass Bay, the Boston Harbor Islands and the region's Metropolitan Beaches from Nahant to Nantasket, visit their website at www.savetheharbor.org or follow savetheharbor on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


Free Fall "Share the Harbor" Cruises

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay will be hosting free “Share the Harbor Cruises” this fall to Spectacle Island, Georges Island, and Boston Light for kids and families from across the city and around the region.

“These free trips have introduced a whole new audience to Boston Harbor’s storied past,” said Bruce Berman, Director of Strategy & Communications at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. “They give all Bostonians and the region’s residents the chance to enjoy the recreational and educational opportunities that come with clean water and the success of the Boston Harbor Islands State and National Park.”

Though these cruises are free and open to the public, reservations are required.

The first is a “Treasures of Spectacle Island” excursion on Saturday September 29th, featuring performing pirates, a treasure hunt and songs and stories of the sea. This cruise is currently accepting standby reservations here.

The “Treasures of Spectacle Island” include sea glass, pottery and historic artifacts which help illustrate the story of the transformation of the island from the city dump to the most popular destination in the Boston Harbor Islands State and National Park.

Save the Harbor is also accepting reservations for a sunset cruise to Boston Light, site of the first lighthouse in the country, on Monday October 1st. During the cruise, author Eric Jay Dolin will lead a wheelhouse narration based on his best selling book “Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse”!


Reserve your space on this sunset cruise today here.


Save the Harbor’s “Share the Harbor” cruises are funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Save the Harbor's free youth environmental education and family programs are made possible with Leadership Grants from Bay State Cruise Company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Boston Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and Distrigas/ENGIE.

Save the Harbor is grateful for Partnership Grants from Boston Properties - Atlantic Wharf, Eastern Salt Company, Inc., Fan Pier - The Fallon Company, John Hancock Financial Services, The HYM Investment Group, LLC, The Llewellyn Foundation, Massachusetts Bay Lines, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Massachusetts Port Authority, National Grid Foundation, P&G Gillette, Lawrence J. and Anne Rubenstein Charitable Foundation, William E. & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, Vertex, and The Yawkey Foundation.

Save the Harbor also appreciates Stewardship Grants from The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation, Forrest Berkley & Marcie Tyre Berkley, Blue Hills Bank Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Camp Harbor View Foundation, Circle Furniture, Comcast, Copeland Family Foundation, Inc., The Cricket Foundation, Cronin Group, LLC, Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, The Daily Catch Seaport, Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Trust, Enbridge, Tom & Lucinda Foley, Foundation for Sustainability & Innovation, Liberty Bay Credit Union, Lovett-Woodsum Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General's Healthy Summer Youth Jobs Program, Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Nicholson Foundation, RMR Real Estate Services, Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust, Skanska, South Boston, Community Development Foundation, Abbot & Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation, and Tishman Speyer.

Save the Harbor would also like to thank our Program Funders 3A Marine Service, Andus Baker & Rowan Murphy Family Fund, The Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Beacon Capital Partners, LLC, Boston Bruins Foundation, Andrew J. Calamare & Marianne Connolly, CannonDesign, Circle Furniture, Kevin & Dee Colcord, Dark Horse Capital Partners, Diversified Automotive, Eversource, Tom & Lucinda Foley, Fort Point Framers, Goulston & Storrs PC, Highland Street Foundation, Legal Sea Foods, Miss Wallace M. Leonard Foundation, George Lewis - Haven Trust, Liberty Bay Credit Union, Mass Bay Credit Union, Massachusetts Marine Educational Trust, National Park Service, Randy Peeler & Kate Kellogg, SKW Partners, Inc., Abbot & Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation, Storm Duds, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, UDR, Kyle & Sara Warwick, West End House, A.O. Wilson Foundation and Winthrop Parks and Recreation.

Special thanks as well to the hundreds of individual donors for their generosity and to our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, the Boston Centers for Youth and Families and the YMCA of Greater Boston for their support.
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Welcoming new Policy Intern Donna!

Hello everyone! My name is Donna, and I will be working at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay as an environmental policy intern for the Fall. I come all the way from Los Angeles, California, and I am a senior at Boston University studying for my B.S. in Health Science. While growing up along the Pacific Coast, I have constantly been surrounded by the ocean and its neighboring natural beauties. I have witnessed the increase in pollution in the ocean and beaches, and I have participated in various clean-ups surrounding the coast.



After moving to Boston for school, I began to dive deeper into problems and solutions surrounding environmental policy and health. My experience varies from my research on the water quality of the Charles River to campaign organization at the Environmental Voter Project, also located in Boston. After graduation, I hope to pursue graduate school for Environmental Health and Policy. I look forward to familiarizing myself with the various communities and beaches surrounding Boston while also participating in projects held by Save the Harbor!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Welcoming new intern Mike!

Hello Everyone!

My name's Mike, the new business development intern. I will be working with Trevor Etheridge to find new potential supporters. I am originally from Sandwich Massachusetts, a small town at the start of Cape Cod. I spent my childhood at some of the many beaches that Cape has to offer. Whether it was surfing, skim boarding or just swimming with friends, I was always the first one in and the last one out. I moved to Boston four years ago for school and had a hard time with the transition. When I first got here I struggled finding a beach to spend my time at, I really didn't think I'd find one. I finally found Nantasket beach where I continue to spend some weekends. This internship provides me with the perfect opportunity to give back and to hopefully help families find some of the great beaches that Boston has to offer.  I am currently a senior at Emmanuel College pursuing a degree in Economics with a concentration in Environmental and a minor in photography. Economics is a very broad subject to study and when I took my first environmental economics course I knew that it was a match. I am so excited to start this internship with Save the Bay / Save the Harbor and I look forward to seeing some of you around!

Monday, September 10, 2018

New Intern- Ansley Vardeman

Hello readers! I am Ansley, a new environmental policy intern working with Chris Mancini: Director of Operations and Programs. Not only am I new to Save the Harbor, I am new to Boston! I was born and raised in a two stoplight town nestled in  the north Georgia Mountains. Fun fact: the Appalachian Trail starts in my hometown! My childhood was spent constantly outside whether it was exploring the woods, hiking, or enjoying being on the water of Lake Chatuge. These experiences developed in me a value of nature, which has led me to a passion for stewardship of our environment. I saw first hand how experiencing nature can lead to knowledge and a sense of responsibility for the natural world. When I founded a school wide recycling program my senior year of high school, I knew I wanted to pursue a career that impacts the community and environment for the better. I went to college at the University of Georgia and received a B.S.F.R. in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism from UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Some of my favorite courses from earning this degree were Environmental Law, Renewable Resources Policy, and Sustainable Tourism.

            You may be wondering how a southerner got all the way to New England. I accomplished my life long goal of becoming an NBA dancer for the Boston Celtics and will be on the court this season! I have trained in all styles of dance since the age of 3 and continued to dance at the collegiate level (Go dawgs!) I was very thankful for the opportunity to pursue my dance dreams along with experience living in an influential city and different part of the United States. When looking for a path to continue learning and gaining experience about my passion for connection of people to nature, Save the Harbor internships were the perfect fit. I hope to learn and experience as much as possible about how a non-profit operates and can impact its community, and walk away with a clearer idea of what step to take next in my career or education. I look forward to exploring Boston and perfecting a northern accent. That being said, “Y’all keep an eye out for me around these parts, ya hear?”

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Excited to spend the fall with Save the Harbor!

Hi guys! My name is Casey Abel and I am so excited to start as the Environmental Policy Intern for the fall. I just graduated from Northeastern University with my B.S. in Marine Biology and I am enrolled in Northeastern’s new Environmental Science and Policy Master’s program.

I have been interested in Marine Biology for as long as I can remember. Even when I was in Kindergarten I knew that I wanted to study the ocean and the creatures that live in it!



Through Northeastern I was able to participate in the Three Seas Program, where I got to study marine life in three very different environments: Nahant, Massachusetts; San Juan Islands, Washington; and Bocas del Toro, Panama. I got to learn about many different disciplines of Marine Biology and got to go scuba diving for almost every class!


Chilling out in Panama! 

After Three Seas, I discovered that I was the most passionate about environmental policy. I have always enjoyed communicating to the public about marine biology and I want to be involved in communicating with officials to make the changes that need to be made. I learned a lot about the science aspect of environmental policy but I am really eager to learn how the science influences the policy. Save the Harbor/Save the Bay gives me the opportunity to see the entire process from analyzing data to communicating it to the public and I can’t wait to get started!



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Staff fun at EMK!

The band was amazing at Family Fun Night
Another cloudy day at Piers Park
Hey everyone! This week I went to two very memorable events: the Family Fun Night at Carson beach and the EMK Institute next to UMASS Boston. The family fun night was my final event of the summer and I have to admit that it was my favorite so far. We got to listen to good music, eat some delicious food, and participate in face painting. It went by so fast that I was shocked when it was over since I was having so much fun doing art with the kids.
I got to be a senator for the day
On Friday instead of programming all of the Save the Harbor staff went on a field trip to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute where they have an exact replica of the senate chambers. We met at castle island where were able to pick out whatever we wanted for lunch and then we drove to the institute which is behind UMASS Boston. We did a quick orientation and then split into two groups where we were assigned a tour guide. The tour was only about an hour but we got to learn a lot about the way our government works. The main issue of the day that we focused on was the election of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Friday also went by fast and before we knew it we did a mock trial of Kavanaugh’s appointment and we voted that he was not a good choice for the Supreme Court. It was a very informational and unique day because we usually program with children everyday but we were able to interact within the staff and it was a lot of fun.

That is all I have for this week and summer is unfortunately coming to an end. Wednesday, August

 22nd is my last day of work at Save the Harbor and I am going to miss it very much (especially

because I have to go back to school!) I has been a great summer and thank you for reading about my

 adventures!

Sincerely,
Maeve Fittz

Thats All Folks!

This week at Save the Harbor Save the Bay had to be my favorite one yet! From exploring the island to bonding with my coworkers its been a great summer!

To start it off, the week was great as we visited both islands this week and saw yet another almost 1000 kids in the week! With so many camps returning and not visiting us once but twice this summer, its heartwarming to know that we provide these kids with good memories that make them want to return. Wednesday was a great fishing day,  we caught a lobster within 20 minutes of our fishing session.  We connected with this female empowerment group. Not only had their kids never fished before but some of their staff never did as well. I guided the staffers who had never fished before and caught a couple of Green crabs on the line.  Although they seemed scared at first, after teaching them how to hold a crab without getting pinched they actually began to enjoy fishing. On Wednesday we also met some kids from a group called 'CITI', they all came from Cape Verde, which is an island on the coast of Africa, and schooled me on fishing as they actually ate the fish they caught back home. 

Kaya and I with the lobster caught at Spectacle!

Jasseim and I with the rods about to board the boat.
Thursday at Spectacle, we played an intense game of kickball. We had about 270 kids on the island that day and with a cool breeze, anything was possible. That anything turned out to be a game of kickball. With Damani on my team against Qalid and Deonte, we played fair and tough yet lost. Although the kids around us didn't take it as seriously as we did, we all still had fun.

Carrie, Stanley and I at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute.
Friday, we had a bit of a staff day. We went to Sullivan's at Castle Island and enjoyed a lunch of chicken nuggets, fries, milkshakes and pretty much everything else on the menu! We sat outside and enjoyed each others company as it was some of our staffers last day, including my own. After eating and a walk around the beach we headed to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute! The Edward M. Kennedy Institute is by the UMass Boston campus and free of charge to enter for Boston Public School students! We toured Ted Kennedy's replica office and learned about Congress. We even attempted on passing a bill! (Sprinkles are the best toppings for Ice Cream, nothing else!) At the end of it all we had a mock debate on whether or not Judge Kavanaugh should be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. And despite everyone's opinions we managed to have a respectful conversation about our thoughts.

Everything about this week made me realize that I'll miss Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay, and the friendships that I've made here. As I embark onto my next journey I will never forget what I learned here. Until the next time we'll Haul Away Joe!

~Ariagnna

E.S W-6/ I met Johnny Depp

Hey everyone, What’s up y’all?! I’m back with another bloooog…


Before I talk to you guys about this week let’s take it back to Sunday morning to the Seafood Festival, that took place at the Fish Pier. As you guys might know, that was my first Seafood Festival ever in my entire life. I  know, I’m literally new in most of the sites and events but ( I like it like that ♫). I was so excited and curious, a lot of things came to mind as I was heading to the event. Like seafood contests, games, activities etc.. My first impression when I got there was “Wow” my eyes were shining like a kid’s first bike. Everything was passing through my mind so fast I couldn’t keep still I just wanted to see everything that was going on and keep watching. It’s weird, but at the same time it’s an amazing feeling being able to get surprised by things the way kids are.

I was even trying to hide my excitement! ☹❤
Short Story: So, I was at our section doing fish printings on paper and shirts (yes, you read that correct.. we make shirts now!). I was doing my job and everything was flowing and vibing you know, very excited for everything that was going on. Then I see this group of pirates walk past us and I was like “WOOW” (It gets better guys just wait)! So, I heard one of my coworkers saying “Guys look it’s the REAL Johnny Depp!" I was in shock! I could feel my cheeks hurting and covering my eyes due to my huge smile. I spent 2-4 minutes running back and forth from our tent to where they were. I decided to finally ask for a picture, thinking inside my head (OMG I cannot believe I just asked the REAL Johnny Depp for a picture). A half an hour passed and I was still bragging about how I met the real Johnny Depp and was telling my coworkers that I got a picture with him. Until guess what… It turns out that he wasn’t the “Real” Johnny Depp! Painful and heartbroken much? I can’t explain how sad I was because I had been fooled like that.

Horseshoe Crab!
Now this week I was all over in different sites. I started off at Blacks Creek where the kids caught a horseshoe crab by the tail. One thing I must admit is that those kids are fearless because horseshoe crabs are scary to me. I was excited for them from afar since I didn't much care for the horseshoe crab.
Cutie Pie! ❤
On my last day at Blacks Creek, I got a little bit emotional on the inside because Mya, wasn't there. She was one of the most amazing people I met at this site and I was sad because I thought I would not be able to say goodbye. But when we were almost leaving, there she was. She came to say bye! I was speechless. I couldn't believe how fast it ended. I recalled every moment we spent together since the very first day we met, when she walked up to me and said "Hi, what's your name?" Besides the horseflies and there not being a lot of shade I can honestly say that I'll miss Blacks Creek and the amazing kids that joined the program this summer. They gave me reasons to smile everyday no matter the circumstances. And at the end of the day I'll go home and think of those wonderful moments.


Trying to keep the ball up!
On, Friday I was at the Beach Bash at Carson Beach where I was in charge of Sports and the Huge Beach Ball. My coworker decided to relocate the Sport site near the water because it was super hot and she thought more people would be intrested in "water sports". We were playing baseball with our new friend JayJay. It was a great day at the beach. When the kids started chasing the ball, our staff had to help chase the ball because the kids were very strong and the wind was in their favor as well. We started a new game with the ball which consisted of not letting the ball touch the floor. Now, one thing I'll say don't ever ever try to keep up a huge ball in the air by yourself. Trust me you'll feel ready and stronger than ever but if you're a skinny person like me, that ball will smash you to the ground like it did to me!

This week was full of emotions but I prefer to stay with the moments that made me feel happy and most important, with those moments that I know for sure that the kids had an amazing time. If they were happy then there was no way I couldn't be.

Have a great day and stay tuned for my next blog! 

~ Esther 

What a week!

Pesky seagull!
Hey guys! This past week was awesome! Monday was spent at Spectacle Island surrounded by Save the Harbor staff for our staff day! Since it was pretty cold on Monday I spent my time hiking around the island and taking in the beautiful sights of the Boston skyline. It warmed up in the afternoon so a few brave people ventured into the water (but not me!). In the afternoon I ventured out to the beach and looked for sea glass and relaxed. While I was out on the beach a seagull stole the apple I was eating right out from under my nose!  Pesky seagull! Tuesday I was back with All Access but this cruise to the harbor was one that was meshed with a Share the Harbor cruise so we had camp groups as well as families. It was pretty cold on Tuesday as well so many more kids were into fishing and playing sports than swimming in the harbor. Those who swam were some of the bravest people I had ever met because I was cold just looking at them!

The Beautiful Boston Skyline from Spectacle!
     I was also able to go to Piers Park this week and celebrate their last week of camp with them! Wednesday was such a rainy day that it was difficult to get the kids excited about going onto the dock once the storms cleared! Once they were sure they would not get rained on they all eagerly came down to the dock and either fished, went sailing, kayaked, or waited to pull up the crab traps. Thursday was similar to Wednesday except it was much colder so no kids wanted to go kayaking for fear of getting wet and being cold.

Fishing at Piers Park
Friday however was so hot compared to the rest of the week. All of the kids at camp were eager to have the best end to the summer yet.. water fight on the dock! Everyone wanted to be sprayed with the hose or be out on the kayaks having their own fun in the water, even some of the Save the Harbor Staff got in on the fun! Everyone went into lunch soaked but it was such a fun way to end this camp. I'm so glad I got to be at Piers Park for their last week!

Saturday was the End of Summer Bash at Atlantic Wharf! This was a cool event to work because I hadn't yet worked at Atlantic Wharf this summer so it was great to be somewhere new. There was a great band that performed at this event and got all of the kids up and dancing in no time! The beginning of the event everyone was either getting their face painted or eating the wonderful food Boloco had provided. Then everyone wanted to check out fishing, make a fish print, and find out more about what our organization does. Overall it was a great event and I'm so happy that so many people came to participate!

Catch ya out on the harbor for my last week!

Erin 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Fog and Senate Fun!

We entered this week with some interesting weather. Both Monday and Tuesday were incredibly foggy and added a sense of mystery while hanging out on Long Island at CHV. At the end of the week, we took a trip to the Edward M Kennedy Center to learn about our legislature.
So many crabs
A couple overcast, foggy days were well needed after being hit with day after day of scorching heat. The fog had gotten so thick at times where if you were at one end of the pier, it was almost impossible to see the other end. Despite the ominous weather, we still managed to have a great time fishing! We didn’t have much luck on the poles, but we had some crabs and even got to observe a seal swimming about the pier. Later on in the week the gloom lifted and brought back some nicer weather to the harbor islands. After a day of no fish we were shocked to find dozens of crabs in the trap which captivated all of fishing club.

The crazy fog
We participated in an activity that was a little different from things we had done in past weeks. We got to tour the Edward M. Kennedy Center and learn all about the institution that EMK loved, the United States Senate. Although this wasn’t exactly intertwined with Boston Harbor, it is important that we understand the way our government works. Landmark legislation has led to many environmental successes. Environmental legislation dates back over 100 years including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many others. The institution of the Clean Water Act allowed for the cities of Boston and Quincy to sue for the clean up of Boston Harbor to turn it into the place we know today. It was a pleasure to participate in the tour of the EMK Center and I was grateful to have received a lesson on how our government works.
Next week will be full of exciting activities, from staff day on Monday to the two fishing trips scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday!

Michael