Sunday, March 10, 2019

Splashing in the Snow to Support Public Beaches

On March 10, 2019, nearly 200 beach lovers braved not only the chilly winter waters but also snowy weather and plunged into Boston Harbor at the BCYF Curley Community Center in South Boston as part of the 9th annual Harpoon Shamrock Splash to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Better Beaches Program.


  On Sunday, nearly 200 costumed splashers plunged into the cold waters of Boston Harbor. Photo by Matt Phillips.

This year, the “pledge and plunge” fundraiser raised more than $50,000 for the Better Beaches Program, which provides grants to community organizations that host free events and programs on the region's public beaches. Each year the program supports free concerts and beach festivals, sand-sculpting competitions, and youth programs on public beaches in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull. You can find the exact tally on the event website at www.shamrocksplash.org.

“Thirty years ago nobody wanted to go swimming at the region's beaches and today, they are some of the cleanest urban beaches in the country,” said Save the Harbor President Tani Marinovich. “It’s amazing to see the community that supports this event and supports our beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.”

Splashers line up on the beach ready to take the plunge at the 2018 Harpoon Shamrock Splash. Photo by Katy Rogers.

Before the sprint into the ocean, Boston 25 Meteorologist Vicki Graf was on hand to deliver a real-time weather report -- although the air temperature was 34 degrees, the water itself was a balmy 40 degrees!

Even though everyone was already wet from the snow and rain before splashing into the Harbor, 2019’s Harpoon Shamrock Splash was the best one yet, with splashers enjoying delicious brunch burritos from Baja Taco Truck and fresh, hot chowder from Daily Catch while Mix 104.1 played hit music on the beach. Harpoon beers invigorated participants after their plunge.

"I love when it snows on Splash day," said Bruce Berman, Director of Strategy and Communications for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, who has splashed every year since the event began. "We're hearty here in New England and the only thing we love more than snow is the beach."


(Left to right) Kennedy Elsey of Mix 104.1, Donnie Todd of JetBlue, Joe Skahan (dressed as Beaker), Elaine Howley (dressed as a Banana Minion), Nick Russo (dresses as Aladdin), Jane Kepros (dresses as a goldfish), and Charlie Storey of Harpoon. Skahan and Howley took first place at the Harpoon Shamrock Splash’s costume contest. Both contestants won a round trip JetBlue flight. Russo and Kepros won second place and received items from the Harvey Traveler Collection. Photo by Matt Phillips. 

“All of us at Harpoon look forward to taking a quick dip into the icy water after our Harpoon St. Patrick’s festival to support a great cause and warm up with a refreshing Harpoon, brunch burrito, and clam chowder on the beach with our friends from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay,” said Harpoon Brewery President Charlie Storey. “Sure it was cold in the water, but the warm feeling you get from giving back to your community stays with you for a long time.”


(Left to Right): Vicki Graf of Boston 25, Chris Mancini of Save the Harbor, Tani Marinovich of Save the Harbor, Donnie Todd of JetBlue, Bruce Berman of Save the Harbor, Michelle Palermino of Harpoon, Jessie Cox of Harpoon, and Charlie Storey of Harpoon. Photo by Katy Rogers.

Participants won JetBlue flights and great Harpoon swag for reaching fundraising goals. Mary Cole from East Boston, who raised $1,530 and had the most donations to her splash -- who followed through on her promise to her donors to dye her hair green if she met her goal! -- and Trevor Etheridge from Jamaica Plain, who raised $1,655 were the top two fundraisers. They each won round trip JetBlue flights for their efforts.

Left to right: Kennedy Elsey of Mix 104.1, Donnie Todd of JetBlue, Joe Skahan of Lynn dressed as Beaker from the Muppets, Elaine Howley of Waltham dressed as the Banana Minion, Nick Russo of South Boston dressed as Aladdin, Jane Kepros of East Boston dressed as a goldfish, and Charlie Storey of Harpoon.

The two costume contest winners, Elaine Howley of Waltham, dressed as the Banana Minion, and Joe Skahan from Lynn, dressed as Beaker from the Mupets, won JetBlue flights as well for their creativity and enthusiasm. Second place costumed splashers were Jane Kepros of East Boston, as a Goldfish and Nick Russo of South Boston, as Aladdin. They won swag from The Harvey Traveler Collection. Special thanks to Kennedy Elsey of Mix 104.1 for once again serving as contest judge! Every splasher and contributor also had the opportunity to win prizes in two post-splash JetBlue flight raffles.


Martha Laposata of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Trevor Etheridge of Save the Harbor, and Carlos Fuentes of the East Boston YMCA strike a pose before splashing. Etheridge raised $1,655 and was one of the top two fundraisers at the 2019 Harpoon Shamrock Splash. Photo by Matt Phillips.

Photo by Katy Rogers. 

"At JetBlue, we are committed to our community and fun is one of our core values,” said Donnie Todd, Corporate Responsibility Liaison for JetBlue, who led a team of 30 participants. "More than 3,500 JetBlue crewmembers call Boston home, we cherish our harbor and proudly support Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work they do on the region's public beaches."

Members of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s leadership team were also key fundraisers, but were ineligible to win JetBlue flights. Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Chair of the Board, Joe Newman from Arlington, raised $3,401. Bruce Berman, Director of Strategy and Communications from Brighton, raised $3,115. Save the Harbor’s Vice President of Programs and Operations, Chris Mancini from Somerville, raised $2,577.

The top five teams also raised significant funds at this year’s Harpoon Shamrock Splash. Save the Harbor/Save the Bay topped the list with $13,373, followed by JetBlue with $10,990 and the Piers Park Sub-Aqua Warriors with $4,950. Team YES raised $3,162 and Team Harpoon! raised $2,720.


Bridget Ryan of South Boston and Kristen Barry of Cambridge return with their Harpoon beers after splashing. Photo by Katy Rogers.


Participants could direct their fundraising to their favorite local beach. South Boston led with $6,547 followed by Constitution with $5,845 and Winthrop was third with $4,985. Participants raised $4,561 for Lynn & Nahant, $1,815 for Revere Beach, $1,540 for Wollaston. In addition, Dorchester beaches received $1,290 and Nantasket Beach received $1,060.

“Save the Harbor would like to thank event sponsors at Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue, Mix 104.1, Baja Taco, The Daily Catch, The Harvey Traveler Collection, Unreal Candy, Stony Brook WholeHeartedFoods, and the Blue Sky Collaborative,” said Marinovich. “as well as our Better Beaches Program Funding Partners at The Boston Foundation, Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation, P&G Gillette, National Grid, Comcast, Beacon Capital Partners, and New England Picture.”

We would also like to thank the Massachusetts Legislature, the Baker-Polito Administration and the Metropolitan Beaches Commission for their support for our beaches, and our program partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Boston Centers for Youth and Families and the Greater Boston YMCA for their support.

About Save the Harbor/Save the Bay 
As the region's leading voice for clean water and continued public investment in Boston Harbor, the region's public beaches, and the Boston Harbor Islands, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's mission is to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay and the marine environment and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy.

For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work they do, please visit their website at www.savehtheharbor.org, their blog "Sea, Sand & Sky" at blog.savetheharbor.org, or follow savetheharbor on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

You can download a copy of the most recent Better Beaches program report at http://savetheharbor.org/Content/2018_Beaches_Report.pdf

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Getting the Hull Story: The Metropolitan Beaches Commission Hearing on Nantasket Beach

On Tuesday March 5th Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chairs Senator Brendan Crighton of Lynn and Representative RoseLee Vincent of Revere convened a public hearing in Hull on the state of the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Nantasket Beach. More than 30 people gathered at the Nantasket Beach Resort in Hull to participant in this important discussion. This was the first of nine public hearings slated for the spring for the MBC and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay to receive input on the region’s public beaches from those who live near and who use the beaches.

MBC Commissioners and Save the Harbor staff. Left to right: Susan Hamilton, DCR, Doug Gutro, Quincy Resident, Jason McCann, Hull Resident, Tani Marinovich, Save the Harbor President, Co-Chair Senator Brendan Crighton of Lynn, Co-Chair Representative RoseLee Vincent of Revere, Senator Patrick O'Connor of Hull, Bruce Berman, Save the Harbor, Carol Haney, Revere Resident, Representative Joan Meschino of Hull, John Reilly, Hull Selectman, Joe Newman, Chairman of the Board at Save the Harbor.

The Hull hearing began with opening remarks from the MBC's Hull Commissioners, State Representative Joan Meschino, State Senator Patrick O'Connor, and local resident Jason McCann, who thanked everyone in the room for attending the hearing.

Representative Meschino emphasized how Nantasket Beach is a "priceless treasure and a gem on the South Shore" not only as a recreational asset but also as an economic driver for the region. She encouraged everyone to engage fully in the discussion because the feedback that this Commission receives has been "invaluable" and it helps the Commissioners to "advocate on Beacon Hill for the assets we need to preserve and protect this resource."


Senator O'Connor noted how important hearings like this are in order to build "support for initiatives at the state level and the local level, right here in Hull that are going to lead to dramatic improvement for our beaches."


Commissioner McCann noted that at 26 acres and 1.3 miles long, Nantasket Beach Reservation is "a large part of our town and it's always been a large part of our history." He noted how many community discussions about the future of the beach are on-going, and encouraged people to think about everything from trash pick up to climate change during the breakout groups.


Next Save the Harbor's Bruce Berman gave an update on the state of Nantasket Beach, highlighting Nantasket Beach’s superb water quality ratings and the variety of free programming that takes place on the beach each year. Several popular events are supported by the Better Beaches Program, a partnership between Save the Harbor and DCR, including Hull Illumination and Endless Summer.

Attendees then broke into discussion groups where everyone was able to voice their opinions and add suggestions for Nantasket. Many points were discussed in the small groups, which were then shared with the entire room, and topics ranged from the desire to see more winter activities at the beach to the number of shaded areas on the board walk. Some of the other themes of the discussion include accessibility, parking, climate change, and how much participants love Nantasket Beach!



Better handicap access to the beach was a discussion point brought up by multiple groups. Suggestions included clearing rocks from the access ramps more often and all year-round, better advertising for beach wheel chairs, and having more wheelchairs available to rent. Folks would also like to see accessibility improvements at the bathhouses.

Many groups also discussed issues surrounding beach parking, including concerns over limited public and inexpensive parking spaces and the price of parking being too high for short term visits. Some participants recommended implementing parking and charging stations for electric vehicles.


Climate change was also a theme in the discussion, as folks reflected on the changes they've seen over the years, particularly due to erosion.

Overall the groups were quite positive about all that is working well at Nantasket including high quality life guards, the great work from DCR staff keeping the beach and the bathhouse clean, and the wide variety of summer activities that take place each year. It's clear that people in Hull love their beach!


Anyone who wishes to provide input, but was unable to attend Tuesday night’s hearing can fill out Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the MBC's beach survey at tinyurl.com/BeachesSurvey. The survey is also available in Spanish at tinyurl.com/BeachesSurveyEspanol and in Chinese at tinyurl.com/BeachesSurveyChinese. Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the entire Metropolitan Beaches Commission is would like to thank the folks who came out to participate in this hearing, to the Nantasket Beach Resort for hosting us, and to everyone submitting feedback in the course of this process. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Do You Have a Great Idea for a Free Beach Program or Event in 2019?

Summers are meant to be spent on the beach, and with help from the Better Beaches Program those days and nights can be full of fun and entertainment from a range of activities.

If you or your group has a great idea for a free event or program on your favorite beach this year, here’s some very good news:

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) have released a Request for Proposals for Better Beaches Program Grants to fund free events and programs on the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket in 2019!


We are seeking proposals from organizations to generate excitement by hosting an array of beach related activities. All ideas are welcome, but grants are intended to reach a goal of uniting neighbors and sharing what each unique beach has to offer. Nearly $250,000 will be invested in the Better Beaches Program with each organization receiving between $500-$5,000 and exceptional cases receiving larger amounts. Grants will support events in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.

In 2018, Save the Harbor and DCR awarded more than $200,000 in Better Beaches Program grants to 36 organizations in nine waterfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket. Last year’s grants supported 163 free events that included concerts, movie nights, kayak lessons, sand-sculpting competitions, and circus performances on the beach, as well as Storytelling by the Sea, Art on the Shore, and much more.



 “The Better Beaches Program funds and supports free events and programs that are as different as the beachfront communities and waterfront neighborhoods that host them,” said Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s President Tani Marinovich. “But one thing they all have in common is that they bring kids and families together to enjoy our region’s great public beaches.”

"The Baker-Polito Administration is proud to work collaboratively with organizations like Save the Harbor/Save the Bay in an effort to ensure the Commonwealth's state beaches and other parks and reservations remain popular destinations for residents and tourists alike," said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. "The Better Beaches Program serves as a great example of a strong partnership that will directly impact visitors of some of the state's most popular beaches."

This year, funds to support the program will include the proceeds of the Harpoon Shamrock Splash which will be held on Sunday, March 10th at the BCYF Curley Community Center at M Street Beach in South Boston. You can register or make a donation online at www.shamrocksplash.org

“These free programs are extremely important to our region’s residents and visitors alike,” said Representative RoseLee Vincent, Co-Chair Metropolitan Beaches Commission, Revere and Saugus. “Thanks to Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and DCR for working together to strengthen our beachfront communities and waterfront neighborhoods.”

“When everyone pulls together, life can really be a beach,” said Bruce Berman, Director of Strategy and Communications for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. “All of us at Save the Harbor would like to thank our program partners and event sponsors, Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue, Mix 104.1, The Daily Catch, Baja Taco Truck, and the Blue Sky Collaborative, The Boston Foundation, the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation, Beacon Capital Partners, P&G Gillette, National Grid, and Comcast for their support.”

“We would also like to thank Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chairs Representative RoseLee Vincent and Senator Brendan Crighton, the legislative and community members of the Commission, the Baker-Polito Administration, our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Boston Centers for Youth & Families, and The YMCA of Greater Boston, and the hundreds of people who take part in the Harpoon Shamrock Splash for making this great program possible.”

To find out more about the Better Beaches Program, download Save the Harbor’s 2018 Better Beaches Program Report here.



For more information on how to apply for a 2019 Better Beaches Program grant, visit Save the Harbor’s blog, Sea, Sand & Sky at http://blog.savetheharbor.org/ or send an email to patton@savetheharbor.org.

Applications are due by Monday April 22, 2019.

Grants will be awarded on Saturday, June 8th at Boston’s Fish Pier.

Monday, February 4, 2019

RESCHEDULED: Metropolitan Beaches Commission to Hold Public Hearing

The Metropolitan Beaches Commission (MBC) will hold nine public hearings in the winter and spring of 2019 in waterfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket to receive public input about the state of the beaches. The first hearing, which was rescheduled due to snow, will be held in Hull on Tuesday March 5th, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Nantasket Beach Resort and Hotel at 45 Hull Shore Road. 


“The region’s public beaches are important recreational, economic, and educational assets,” said State Senator Brendan Crighton, Senate Co-Chair of the MBC. “Working together we have made our beaches cleaner, safer and more accessible, and I am looking forward to continuing our work together this year.”

The Metropolitan Beaches Commission was created in 2006 by the Massachusetts Legislature to make findings and recommendations on ways to strengthen the Boston metropolitan region's 15 public beaches in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, and Hull which are managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The Commission is comprised of elected officials and community, civic, nonprofit, and business leaders from Boston and the metropolitan region's waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities.


“Nantasket Beach is not only an incredible space for recreation in our community, but an economic driver as well,” said State Representative Joan Meschino. “The Metropolitan Beaches Commission has done important work to ensure that we have the resources we need to maintain and improve the area. I look forward to seeing neighbors, residents, and anyone who visits and loves Nantasket Beach at the hearing on the 12th so that we can hear from you.”

In 2013, the Commission reconvened to examine the impacts of the reforms and recommendations made in its first report and issue additional findings and recommendations to better leverage these resources for residents in the future. The MBC was made permanent in 2015. Each year the Commission holds public hearings at the State House and in waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket, and issues an annual report of its findings and recommendations to the Legislature and to DCR.

“As the Commissioner from Revere Beach, the nation’s first public beach, I know how important these resources are,” said State Representative RoseLee Vincent, House Co-Chair of the MBC. “Beaches like Revere Beach are premier destinations for millions of visitors from across the Commonwealth and the country, and enhance the lives of the community members who live along their shores.”

The Commission will release its third report on the state of the metropolitan beaches in late spring after the hearings are completed. During the last round of hearings more than a thousand people participated, helping the Commission understand what’s working and what could use improvement.

“One of the most important lessons we have learned is that the region’s residents really love their beaches, and have great ideas about how to make them better,” said Bruce Berman, Director of Strategy and Communications at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, which has helped to lead and manage the Commission since its inception. “We look forward to hearing from the residents of Hull and all

Each hearing will give community members and beach goers the chance to share their thoughts on the state of their beach, and share their ideas and recommendations to make them even better. The Commission will hold a hearing in late May to review its draft findings with the public before releasing their final report in June. The Commission will hold hearings in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, and Hull between February and May 2019. The MBC held a hearing in Quincy in August of 2018, and the feedback received will also be included in the Commission’s report.

The 2019 Metropolitan Beaches Commission hearings will be held on the following dates:
  • Tuesday February 12th – Hull 
  • Tuesday March 19th – Lynn and Nahant 
  • Saturday March 30th – Dorchester 
  •  Tuesday April 9th – East Boston 
  • Tuesday April 30th – Revere 
  •  Tuesday May 14th – Winthrop 
  •  Saturday May 18th – Regional Review 
  • Tuesday June 4th – Report Release at State House 
If you love your beach, but can't attend the MBC Hearing, you can share your thoughts by taking part in the MBC online survey at https://tinyurl.com/BeachesSurvey
those who love Nantasket Beach.”

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Announces New Chief Executive Officer




On Tuesday, January 22, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay announced the appointment Tani Marinovich as its new CEO. Tani succeeds long-time President Patty Foley, who is retiring after 20 years of leading the organization. The organization will honor Foley for her service at their annual Destination Boston Harbor gala on March 28th at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.\


Marinovich has a demonstrated track record of success in the environmental arena, having served as Executive Director of the Esplanade Association and more recently as Director of Philanthropy with The Charles River Watershed Association. Her deep passion for environmental stewardship, youth programming and community building make her uniquely qualified to lead Save the Harbor/Save the Bay to new heights.


“We are glad to have found a new leader who is cares so deeply about our mission,” said Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Board Chair Joseph Newman, Director of Government Affairs for Massachusetts at National Grid. “Tani is an experienced non-profit leader. The Board and I are confident she will continue to ensure that our policy and programs continue to be thoughtful and strong as we work with the next generation of Harbor stewards and environmental advocates.”


“It’s an honor to have been chosen to lead an organization that aligns with my passion for clean water, public access and free youth environmental education programs,” said Marinovich. “I am thrilled to work with such a talented staff, committed board, and dedicated civic, corporate, government and community partners. I look forward to building on Patty’s legacy, and expanding the depth and breadth of the critical work of this organization.”


“This is an exciting time for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay,” said Foley. “With Tani at the helm and a great board and leadership team in place, I am confident that the future is bright for Boston Harbor and the region’s waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities. I look forward to doing everything I can to support her and the organization I love so much during this transition.”


“Tani cares about Boston Harbor, the Harbor Islands and our region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket,” said longtime Save the Harbor Director of Strategy Bruce Berman. “She also cares about clean water and public access for children and famiies. I look forward to working with her as Save the Harbor continues to “Share the Harbor” we have worked so hard to restore and protect with the region’s kids and families.”


Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is a nonprofit public interest Boston Harbor advocacy organization. The organization is made up of thousands of citizens, as well as scientists, and civic, corporate, cultural and community leaders whose shared mission is to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, and the marine environment and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy.


Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is best known as the driving force for the successful transformation of Boston Harbor from a national disgrace to a source of recreational and economic opportunity and civic pride for all Bostonians and the region’s residents, with the cleanest urban beaches in the nation.

In 2018, their free youth environmental educations connected more than 30,000 underserved and low-income young people and their families to Boston Harbor, the harbor islands and the region’s public beaches in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Take The Plunge! 2019 Harpoon Shamrock Splash

Join us on Sunday, March 10, for the Harpoon Shamrock Splash plunge and pledge fundraiser and beach party at the BCYF Curley Community Center at M Street Beach in South Boston.


Brave participants will splash into the clean, cold water to raise funds for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)’s Better Beaches Program. This program funds free events on the region’s beaches in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.
Brave participants at the 2018 Harpoon Shamrock Splash prepare to splash into the water at M Street Beach to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and DCR's Better Beaches Program. 

Last year, more than 150 participants made the splash and raised more than $50,000 for the Better Beaches Program. The success of the Splash allowed Save the Harbor and DCR to award Better Beaches grants to 36 community groups who held more than 150 free events on the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.

“For me, the beach season begins in March with a quick dip into the cool clean water of Boston Harbor on the cleanest urban beach in the country at the Harpoon Shamrock Splash” said Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Director of Strategy and Communications Bruce Berman. “Clean water, cold beer, hot chowder and the chance to win great prizes while raising funds for a great cause with good friends. Sometimes, life truly is a beach.”

This year’s Harpoon Shamrock Splash begins with registration and check-in 11 a.m. and the signature splash at 12:00 p.m. The day includes a costume contest, awards ceremony, and beach party. Participants are encouraged to dress in their best shamrock attire.

The Life’s a Beach Festival at Carson Beach featured performers from the Boston Circus Guild, storytelling pirates,
beach games, and swimming and kayaking lessons. 

Early registration is just $20, while same day registration is $25, and includes a refreshing beer from Harpoon Brewery, hot chowder from the Daily Catch and refreshments on the beach. Those who raise more than $250 will get a Harpoon pint glass, and those who raise more than $500 will receive Harpoon apparel.

“For 32 years, it has been important to the Employee Owners of Harpoon to be a good neighbors,” said Harpoon Brewery President Charlie Storey, who has taken part in the event since the beginning. “That starts with our neighborhood, right here on Boston Harbor and on our public beaches. We’re honored to support Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and can’t wait to brave the cold water on March 10th— and to drink some great beers afterwards!”

Splashers braved the cold water during the 2018 Shamrock Splash. 

There are plenty of chances to win round-trip flights from splash sponsor JetBlue as well. The top two fundraisers, the winners of the costume contest and the person who receives the most donations will each win a pair of round-trip tickets from JetBlue to any non-stop destination they fly to in the continental United States from Logan Airport. All registered participants will be entered into a raffle for a pair of tickets as well. Those that raise more than $500 will be entered into a separate elite raffle as well.

“At JetBlue, we’re proud to support the local causes and organizations our crewmembers and customers are most passionate about,” said Ronda McLeod, regional marketing manager, JetBlue. “With more than 3,000 crewmembers in Boston, we’re committed to the community and are thrilled to be a part of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work they’re doing to the region’s public beaches.”

You can register for this year’s Harpoon Shamrock Splash at www.shamrocksplash.org

Monday, January 21, 2019

Harpoon Shamrock Splash Fundraising Toolbox


Dear ___________,

On Sunday March 10th, I will be plunging into the cold water of Boston Harbor at the Harpoon Shamrock Splash to raise money for free and fun programs and events like circuses, camps and concerts for over one million kids and families on Boston's public beaches!

Will you sponsor my Splash and help me raise money for this great cause? When you donate, you are entered to win a round trip flight on JetBlue.

www.shamrocksplash.org/(YOUR PAGE HERE)

If you want to get in on the fun, join me on March 10th for a cold beer, hot chowder and chances to win great prizes from Harpoon and JetBlue.

Donate or sign up at www.shamrocksplash.org

Thank you, and hope to see you on the beach.


2018 Splashers taking the plunge


2018 Splash Costume Contest


About Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

The Harpoon Shamrock Splash benefits Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Better Beaches Program. Since 2008, the Better Beaches Program has brought millions of people to the region's public beaches by funding nearly 650 free events and programs including the Revere Sandcastle Competition, the Boston Circus Guild, Olliepalooza, and dozens of other free concerts, camps, family fun nights, and block parties. In addition, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is the region’s leading voice for clean water and continued public investment in Boston Harbor, the region's public beaches, and the Boston Harbor Islands, and the Boston Harbor Connection for the region’s youth, teens and families, serving another 30,000 people a year with their free Youth Environmental Education Programs and cruises to the Boston Harbor Islands.
Boston Circus Guild at a Better Beaches Event

Youth group learning the art of sand raking from Andres Amador 

Boston Circus Guild performing at a Better Beaches Event



Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Alberto Bernard - Marketing and Design Intern


Hola,

My Name is Alberto Bernard and I will be your new Marketing and Design Intern. I am from Providence, Rhode Island and my family hails from the small island of the Dominican Republic. As the first member of my family to graduate from college, I strive to do great and to be great. After graduating from the New England Institute of Art, I took time off from my career to take care of my family, taking odd jobs here and there. I have no regrets, but I feel like it's time that I focused on my career and take the next step forward in my life.

I am here to make something I'm proud of. It's my sole reason for making art and my sole reason for working as hard as I do. I am here to design and help grow the aesthetic elements for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. My efforts shall be focused on social media growth, event promoting, and modernizing the the overall look of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. In my time here I am sure I can work with everyone to make good work.

In my youth I benefited from after school programs; I saw first hand how important and impactful a program of that nature can be, and I found myself working along side them. In some regards, this led to all my work experience in child care and social outreach: from Jr. Staff in middle school, to substitute teaching at a preschool during college. My current job is that of an after school art teacher.

At Save the Harbor,  I understand how these programs are funded and what it takes to get them running. Save the Harbor does good work and I feel that working with them, I can be proud of what I do.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

New Intern - Eve Liberatore

Hello there!

My name is Eve Liberatore and I'm so excited to start my new journey as Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's 2019 Environmental Policy intern! I'm currently in grad school at Umass Dartmouth in the Environmental Policy program, and it's such a privilege to be able to learn and glean real-world experience at the same time. I've always been an environmentally minded individual, but in the last few years I've really been honing in on exactly what that means. Sure, I can say that I recycle and try to keep a sustainable diet, but that just isn't good enough anymore - I realized that I needed to become involved on a higher level, and that's where SHSB comes in!

While I love sunbathing and boogie boarding as much as the next gal (which is to say, a lot!), that's not why I chose to work with an organization dedicated to the ocean specifically; it'll sound a bit corny, but the reason I feel so strongly that preserving and protecting the oceans is because, to me, the ocean is the great elemental force driving our planet. Shore to shore, the oceans belong to everyone and no one (which is of course metaphorical, because as a policy major I can tell you that that is super not true, but anyway...) For me, the ocean is the ultimate reminder that we are all connected. And so, it's in the interest of this connection, of preserving the health of the planet we all call home, that I am so honored to join up with SHSB.



I've lived just outside Boston all my life, and in a city with such fierce civic pride, the harbor truly is the beating heart of the city. From walks along the North End (on the way to Mike's Pastry, obviously) to the fresh seafood at any of Boston's many fine restaurants, there are opportunities to appreciate the ocean here every day. It is my hope, that by working with SHSB, I can use my skills to help bring this sense of appreciation to the public that they serve!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Releases this Year’s List of Seven Sustainable Fish to Serve at the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve



Thursday night brought the 7 Artists & 7 Fishes Event to Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Pop-Up Museum in the North End to celebrate both the sea and sustainable seafood with local artists and chefs. Visitors came from Boston communities near and far to celebrate the gallery opening set up by Save the Harbor’s artist in residence Robyn Reed, and to try out the tasty recipes prepared by chef Basil Freddura of The Daily Catch restaurant.
Group Photo of guests, artists, chefs, and Save the Harbor Staff.

Bruce Berman, director of strategy and communications at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, kicked off the event by introducing the driving message behind the festivities. “Each year, dietary guidelines call for Americans to eat more fish. With so many species under pressure, we feel it is important to share our list of the seven sustainable, available, and delicious species of fish to serve at the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes this Christmas Eve.” The fish on the list this year includes farmed oysters, mussels, shrimp and salmon raised in the USA, Gulf of Maine or Georges Bank haddock, black sea bass caught by hand line, rod and reel or fish pots, and loligo squid – better known as calamari.
Chef Basil Freddura of the Daily Catch frying up some calamari.

The focus of the feast was on the loligo squid, as the Daily Catch prepared calamari seven different ways. Chef Basil Freddura noted that he “aims to inspire others to be creative with their cooking by taking advantage of the first certified sustainable squid fishery in the world.” His menu included calamari meatballs, fried calamari, calamari scampi, grilled calamari, marinated calamari salad, stuffed calamari, and squid ink bruchetta aglio olio. Many of the guests only were familiar with fried calamari going into the event, and the spread had them going back for more until they had tried all seven dishes.
Three of the seven offerings of loligo squid.

Surrounding the calamari feast was an array of environmental art featuring the Changing Course installation by North End artist Robyn Reed. The exhibit features fish made from painted plastic water bottles collected from the neighborhood and produced by participants in Save the Harbor’s free youth and beach programs to spark discussion about reducing the amount of plastic in the ocean.
North End artist Robyn Reed's "Changing Course" Exhibit.

In addition to Reed’s piece, the interactive exhibit included rope sculptures from Alex Buchanan, paintings by Helen Kamins, drawings, sculpture and music by Justice McDaniel, intertidal art by Andres Amador, visual art by Olga Karyakina, and the Boston Harbor Mural by Guillermo Erice. Reed reflected on the artists and their work who were in attendance Thursday night in saying that she “chose these artists because of [their] shared passion for the ocean and that they all agree on that a clean safe ocean is what they need to continue to inspire their work.” 

Artists, Chefs, and Save the Harbor staff gather before the event begins. Top Row From Left to Right: Ashley Freddura, Basil Freddura, Alex Buchanan, Robyn Reed, Helen Kamins, Justice McDaniel, Mark Rose. Bottom Row: Kristen Barry, Trevor Etheridge, Shaquan McDowell, Chris Mancini.
Save the Harbor would like to thank Robyn Reed and the artists who donated their time and work, Chef Basil Freddura and the Daily Catch, and our partners at Rockpoint Group and Rockhill Management for their enthusiastic support for this celebration of the sea and sustainable seafood. With more than 100 guests in attendance, Christine Pulsifer from Rockhill Management remarked that "the art, food and visitors brought the space to life."
Guests enjoy the art surrounding the feast.

The Boston Harbor Pop-Up brings the harbor, the islands and the beach to the heart of the city for everyone to enjoy. Kids of all ages can explore the harbor, create sand art, color murals, sing sea shanties, and pose for a picture with a big striped bass. It also includes fish prints, photographs and videos created by Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Youth Environmental Education program staff.
Christine Pulsifer from Rockhill Management and Save the Harbor Staff posing with the striped bass.
From Left to right: Christine Pulsifer, Abel Yohannes, Mark Rose, Chris Mancini.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Boston Harbor Pop-Up Museum is located at 226 Causeway Street, right next to Title Boxing Club, at the corner of North Washington Street. It is open daily from 10-4pm, and Sundays from 12-4pm.

For more information, or to arrange to bring your school or youth group to the museum, send an email to
info@savetheharbor.org or call 617-451-2860.