Wednesday, June 13, 2018

From City to Sea

Hello All!

My name is Winston Daley and I am the new Director of Youth and Beach Programs at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. I will oversee our Youth Environmental Education Program.

My family immigrated to Boston from Jamaica when I was 10 years old and I have been in the city most of my life. I have my Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies from Suffolk University and spent over a dozen years working in finance.


Two years ago I left my career to work in youth development, advocacy and community leadership. Since then I’ve earned a Master’s degree from Northeastern University, worked in schools as a tutor, coach and assistant athletic director, and became a national facilitator and speaker for violence prevention programs.    

I am passionate about expanding the opportunities available to kids in the city because I was once where they are now and know the value of having people to champion you. So what does all of that have to do with environmental advocacy and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay? I am here at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay because of the goal to “Share the Harbor”. Here I have the opportunity to introduce more Boston youth to the Harbor and expand their idea of community all while having some fun and singing sea chanteys.

When I am not at work I am spending time with my family, playing catch with my daughter, and attending piano and dance recitals.

I am excited for summer and while I may not be a marine scientist yet, just give me some time. You can reach me at Daley@savetheharbor.org

Monday, June 11, 2018

Better Beaches 2018

On Saturday, June 9, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) awarded more than $200,000 in Better Beaches Program grants to 37 organizations in 9 communities to fund nearly 150 free events on the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket in 2018.

This year’s grants will support free concerts and kayaking, family beach festivals and movie nights, youth beach parties, songs and stories by the sea, and art on the shore in the region’s beachfront communities of Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull, bringing more than 1 million people back to the beach.



“One of the best ways to “Save the Harbor” is to “Share the Harbor” with the region’s kids and families,” said Bruce Berman, Director of Strategy & Communications at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. “These events create excitement and new stewards for our region’s public beaches, who understand the value of these extraordinary urban natural resources to all of us and our communities.”

With the support of The Boston Circus Guild, this year’s line-up also includes 10 free Life’s A Beach Festivals, featuring trapeze artists, acrobats and jugglers, as well costumed storytellers, performing pirates, a community art project by environmental artist Robin Reed and mandalas in the sand by intertidal artists Andres Amador.



Save the Harbor/Save the Bay would like to thank the Baker- Polito Administration and Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chairs Representative RoseLee Vincent and Senator Brendan Crighton and the legislative and community members of the Commission, as well as and our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation for making this great program possible.

Save the Harbor also thanks our Better Beaches Program sponsors, Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue, and the Boston Circus Guild, and the hundreds of participants and donors to the Harpoon Shamrock Splash, which has raised more than $250,000 to support free beach events since it began in 2011.

"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 in this year’s splash. "More than 3,000 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."

We would also like to thank our policy and program partners at The Boston Foundation, the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation, P&G Gillette, National Grid, Comcast, Beacon Capital Partners, New England Picture, Mix 104.1, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, The YMCA of Greater Boston, The Daily Catch Seaport, Baja Taco Truck, and the Blue Sky Collaborative for their support.
For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay visit their website at www.savetheharbor.org You can find out more about this year’s Better Beaches program on their youth and beach blog, Sea, Sand & Sky at http://blog.savetheharbor.org and by following savetheharbor on social media.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Announcing 10 Free Share the Harbor Cruises in 2018

At Save the Harbor/Save the Bay we have learned that one of the best way's to Save the Harbor is to Share the Harbor with the public with free events, excursions and programs that connect kids and families to the harbor, the beach and the islands we have worked so hard to restore and protect

This summer, Save the Harbor is launching our new Share the Harbor initiative, which includes 10 free harbor cruises throughout the spring, summer and fall!

The program for these cruises is based on the songs and stories of the sea that we developed with a team of historians, authors, storytellers and song leaders in order to share the diverse maritime history of Boston and America. The schedule includes trips to Georges and Spectacle Island, Boston Light, the site of the first lighthouse in America, and more. This summer, both youth and adults will have the chance to connect to the sea by learning about its history as well as the opportunities and challenges we face at present and our role in addressing them.

2017's Cruise to Boston Light was a hit!

Save the Harbor has always believed that part of our mission to save the harbor is to share the harbor. This spectacular urban natural resources belongs to all of the region’s residents, but for a variety of reasons not everyone has felt that connection to the water. That is why Save the Harbor first created its Haul Away Together curriculum, and why we are even more excited to announce this expansion of the program in 2018.

In addition to taking people on the water, Save the Harbor will host three landside talks in communities along Boston Harbor. Historian and Author Eric J. Dolin, Ph.D who collaborated on the creation of the Haul Away Together curriculum, and who will be speaking at some of the events, is eager to share this history with the community. “Introducing the region’s residents to Boston’s rich maritime history will not only excite them and increase their love of history, but it will also give them a visceral connection to the past – a past in which people like them played a significant role,” he said. “And best of all, when they gaze out upon the harbor, and think about all the untold number of ships and mariners that have sailed into and out of Boston over the centuries, they will feel more connected to them and the history that they represent.”



Cruises will take place from June to September, and are free and open to the public. “We have seen an ever increasing demand for affordable access to the harbor and the harbor islands over the years,” said Bruce Berman, Director of Strategy and Communications for Save the Harbor. “That’s why we are so excited about this new initiative. Not only will we be able to bring more adults to the water than ever before, we’ll be telling the story of the Harbor in a whole new way.”

The first Share the Harbor cruise is the trip to Boston Light, and will take place on June 25th. Eric Dolin will join Save the Harbor's resident pirates and storytellers to offer wheelhouse narration based on his book “Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse”. This after work cruise begins boarding at Bay State Cruise Company's World Trade Center dock in the Seaport (200 Seaport Blvd.) at 5:30 for a 6pm cruise. You can reserve your spot here.

Dates for later cruises and landside talks will be announced in the coming weeks. Check back here for sign up information, or follow Save the Harbor on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Justin Michelson -- Start of the Summer at Save the Bay!

Hello Everyone!

My name is Justin Michelson and I am from Needham, Massachusetts. I am extremely excited to work with the Save the Harbor Save the Bay team for the summer of 2018 as an Environmental Policy Intern! Boston is an incredible city, partly due to its beautiful ocean views, and it is an honor to be a part of the team that makes it all possible.


I am about to enter my senior year at Providence College, majoring in Economics. While the major is at times perceived as boring and strictly about business, I would argue it gives avenues to all kinds of fields, and helps society understand the impacts of peoples’ actions not only to themselves but to the community as well. With my degree and work experience, I hope to specialize in topics of environmental science, sustainability, and policy work. This past year I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark to learn more about the innovative approaches the city is taking in both sustainable development and urban planning. I hope to continue this great exposure through working in the non-profit sector, and help with environmental advocacy and policy research.

When I am not working or studying, I love to hang out with friends, play or watch sports, travel, and go to the beach! It has always been a dream of mine to work in Boston, and it is amazing to see it is actually happening! I am really looking forward to this opportunity to work for such a great organization, and help make the world a better place!