Monday, April 22, 2019

Earth Day Clean Up with National Grid

On Earth Day 2019 Save the Harbor/Save the Bay staff teamed up with National Grid for a clean-up at the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Malibu/Savin Hill Beach in Dorchester.


Malibu/Savin Hill is a swimming beach along the Dorchester Bay Basin near UMass Boston. This popular neighborhood beach includes great walking paths, green space, and a playground.

On Monday the group of 12 employees from NGRID helped to make this property cleaner and more accessible by removing two tons of debris, weeds, and wash up over the course of the day. Volunteers scoured the sand, green areas, and parking lot to pick up debris, and raked storm wash up from the beach. Another team removed phragmites, an invasive sea grass, from the sidewalk and boardwalk.




“It was a very productive day on the beach, thanks to our partners at National Gird,” said Tani Marinovich, President of 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 spring 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, and National Grid's #GridGoesGreen Earth Day initiative. Save the Harbor is proud to work with our partners as we prepare these beaches for everyone to enjoy this spring and of course the coming summer season.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Marine Mammal Safaris Kicked Off a Beautiful Weekend in Boston

With a light sprinkle in the morning air and the promise of afternoon sun, 850 people from across the region joined Save the Harbor/Save the Bay on Saturday’s three Marine Mammal Safaris as a part of the Share the Harbor program. The overwhelming response and turnout topped any of the previous 15 trips, not to mention the copious amount of seals and porpoises spotted on each cruise.


Aboard Massachusetts Bay Lines’ boat Freedom, families, neighborhood groups, and individuals from Boston’s communities and beyond were eager to see what the clean water of the Boston Harbor had in store for them. As the rain subsided, the guests of the first and second cruises were able to see three seals out by the Fish Pier, and even caught a glimpse of the fin of a porpoise gliding sneakily by the Charlestown Navy Yard.

The last cruise of the day embarked onto the harbor with 75 degree sunny weather – a great turnaround from the projected overcast skies. Although the charismatic macrofauna were a bit more hesitant to appear for the passengers, as we motored over to East Boston, a plethora of seals and even a few porpoises made an appearance.


In the moments where there were no sightings of aquatic mammals, Save the Harbor staff donned their pirate hats and sang the sea chanty Haul Away Together to remind those around them that if they work together, just as the pirates did as they hoisted the sails, they can accomplish big things.

Those aboard were thrilled to be on the harbor for the first set of Share the Harbor cruises of 2019. In continuing our mission of sharing the harbor for the public to enjoy, Save the Harbor is hosting 7 more free cruises to Spectacle Island and Boston Light throughout the summer and fall months. Check out the remaining Share the Harbor cruise dates on our blog, which includes registration links.



Save the Harbor/Save the Bay would like to thank Massachusetts Bay Lines for their generosity in hosting us aboard Freedom and making it possible to venture out onto the harbor for each safari, while also giving guests great information about their surroundings through historical narration.

For more info on Save the Harbor check out our blog, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date on future events! See you all out on the harbor!

Save the Harbor's free Share the Harbor Cruises are made possible with Leadership Grants from the Cronin Group, LLC, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Bay State Cruise Company, and Massachusetts Bay Lines

Save the Harbor is also grateful for Leadership Grants from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Boston Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and Yawkey Foundation

Save the Harbor is grateful for Partnership Grants from Boston Properties – Atlantic Wharf, The Daily Catch Seaport, Davis Family Charitable Foundation, Eastern Salt Company, Inc., Engie, Fan Pier - The Fallon Company, John Hancock Financial Services, The HYM Investment Group, LLC, The Llewellyn Foundation, Massachusetts Environmental Trust, Massachusetts Port Authority, Mass Humanities, National Grid Foundation, P & G Gillette, Lawrence J. and Anne Rubenstein Charitable Foundation, William E. Schrafft & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, and Vertex.

Save the Harbor also appreciates Stewardship Grants from Anonymous, Forrest Berkeley &, Marcie Tyre Berkley, Camp Harbor View Foundation, Circle Furniture , Comcast, Copeland Family Foundation, The Cricket Foundation, Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, Davis Family Charitable Foundation, Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Trust, Enbridge, Tom & Lucinda Foley, Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation, Kershaw, Liberty Bay Credit Union, Lovett Woodsum Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Nicholson Foundation, RMR Real Estate Services, Rockland Trust Pavilion, Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust, Skanska, and Tishman Speyer

Save the Harbor would also like to thank our Program Funders Andus Baker & Rowan Murphy Family Fund, MA Attorney General’s Office Healthy Summer and Youths Jobs Program, The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation, Beacon Capital Partners, LLC, Cell Signaling Technology, East Boston Savings Bank, Highland Street Foundation/West End House, Legal Sea Foods, Miss Wallace M. Leonard Foundation, George Lewis - Haven Trust, Pabis Foundation, South Boston Community Development Foundation, Abbot & Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation, and TD Charitable Foundation.

Save the Harbor would also like to extend our gratitude to our Supporters 3A Marine Service, The Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Andrew Calamare & Marianne Connolly, Cresset Group, Diversified Automotive, Goulston & Storrs PC, Mass Bay Credit Union, Massachusetts Marine Educational Trust, Randy Peeler & Kate Kellogg, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, UDR, and Kyle & Sara Warwick


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. 


Monday, April 8, 2019

Ten Free Share the Harbor Cruises in 2019

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is continuing to Share the Harbor with the public in 2019 with free events, excursions and programs that connect kids and families to the harbor, the beaches, and the islands that we have worked so hard to restore and protect.

Building upon the success of the inaugural year of our Share the Harbor cruises, we are bringing the program back for a second year with 10 free harbor cruises throughout the spring, summer and fall!


Marine Mammal Safaris:
(leaving from Rowes Wharf with Massachusetts Bay Lines)
Saturday April 13th @ 9:30, 11:30, 1:30

Boston Lighthouse Sunset Cruises:
(leaving from World Trade Center dock with Bay State Cruise Company)
Monday July 22nd @5:30 PM
Monday August 5th @5:30 PM
Monday September 16th @5:30 PM

Spectacle Island Trips:
(leaving from World Trade Center dock with Bay State Cruise Company)
Sunday June 9th @11 AM
Tuesday-Thursday August 27-29th @11 AM
Sunday September 29th @11 AM
October date TBD

The program for these cruises is based on environmental education and 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 Spectacle Island and Boston Light. This spring, summer and fall, 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.

All smiles on a cruise to Boston Light

Save the Harbor has always believed that part of our mission to save the harbor is to share the harbor with the region's youth and families. 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, to demonstrate the teamwork needed to make a difference.


Songs and stories of the sea by Save the Harbor pirates.
Sign up links for the Boston Light and Spectacle Island cruises will be posted here in the coming weeks. Check back here for sign up information, or follow Save the Harbor on Facebook and Twitter.


Save the Harbor's free Share the Harbor Cruises are made possible with Leadership Grants from the Cronin Group, LLC, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, MADEP, and Bay State Cruise Company.

Save the Harbor is also grateful for Leadership Grants from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Boston Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and Yawkey Foundation

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

Save the Harbor also appreciates Stewardship Grants from Anonymous, Forrest Berkeley &, Marcie Tyre Berkley, Camp Harbor View Foundation, Circle Furniture , Comcast, Copeland Family Foundation, The Cricket Foundation, Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, Davis Family Charitable Foundation, Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Trust, Enbridge, Tom & Lucinda Foley, Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation, Kershaw, Liberty Bay Credit Union, Lovett Woodsum Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Nicholson Foundation, RMR Real Estate Services, Rockland Trust Pavilion, Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust, Skanska, and Tishman Speyer

Save the Harbor would also like to thank our Program Funders Andus Baker & Rowan Murphy Family Fund, MA Attorney General’s Office Healthy Summer and Youths Jobs Program, The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation, Beacon Capital Partners, LLC, Cell Signaling Technology, East Boston Savings Bank, Highland Street Foundation/West End House, Legal Sea Foods, Miss Wallace M. Leonard Foundation, George Lewis - Haven Trust, Pabis Foundation, South Boston Community Development Foundation, Abbot & Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation, and TD Charitable Foundation.

Save the Harbor would also like to extend our gratitude to our Supporters 3A Marine Service, The Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Andrew Calamare & Marianne Connolly, Cresset Group, Diversified Automotive, Goulston & Storrs PC, Mass Bay Credit Union, Massachusetts Marine Educational Trust, Randy Peeler & Kate Kellogg, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, UDR, and Kyle & Sara Warwick

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.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Beaches Commission Hearing in East Boston April 9th

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 hearing for East Boston will be held on Tuesday, April 9th from 6-8pm at the Orient Heights Yacht Club. 



“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.”

“Constitution Beach is one of East Boston’s most valuable assets,” said Senator Joseph Boncore, who serves on the Metropolitan Beaches Commission. “The MBC works tirelessly to protect our natural resources to ensure they are accessible for generations to come.”

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.

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.”

“Boston Harbor, the waterfront, and Constitution Beach are important to residents across East Boston, “ said Rep. Adrian Madaro of East Boston, who serves on the Metropolitan Beaches Commission. “I look forward to hearing from stakeholders and members of our community on how to make Constitution Beach even better.” 


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 East Boston and all who love Constitution Beach.”

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.

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

Save the Harbor Honors "Harbor Heroes" at Destination Boston Harbor 2019

On Thursday, March 28, 500 corporate and civic leaders, elected officials, community partners, and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay supporters gathered at the Seaport Hotel for Destination Boston Harbor, Save the Harbor's annual fundraising gala.

This event celebrated a year of on-the-water programming that connects millions of the region's residents and visitors to Boston Harbor, the Harbor Islands, the region's public beaches, and waterfront communities, and reflected on the investments and improvements in access to clean water for all.

Save the Harbor leadership team with the 2019 Boston Harbor Heroes. Left to Right: Joe Newman (STH Board Chair), Maeve Fittz, Sam Bowman, John Sullivan, Tani Marinovich (STH President), David Spillane, Shelagh Mahoney, Kathy Lafferty, Patty Foley (Save the Harbor), Tom Crohan, Veera Mahadomrongkul, Allen Huang, Bruce Berman (Save the Harbor)

Each year, Save the Harbor recognizes men and women as Boston Harbor Heroes for their commitment to Save the Harbor's mission, the community, and the Harbor. Save the Harbor's Board Chair and National Grid’s Vice President of Government Affairs for Massachusetts, Joseph Newman, along with Save the Harbor's new President, Tani Marinovich, thanked the guests and introduced this year’s heroes:

  • The Honorable Martin J. Walsh, Mayor, City of Boston
  • Tom Crohan, John Hancock Financial Services
  • Kathy Lafferty, South Boston Neighborhood House
  • Allen Huang and Veera Mahadomrongkul, Ohana NE Dragon Boat Team
  • Shelagh Mahoney, Eastern Salt Company, Inc.
  • David Spillane, Goody Clancy, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Board Member
  • John Sullivan, Boston Water & Sewer Commission
  • Sam Bowman, Maeve Fitz, Kharliyah Ortiz, Save the Harbor’s Youth Environmental Education Program

This year's event was particularly special as it included several tributes to the contributions and hard work of Patty Foley, who has retired after 20 years as President of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. Mayor Walsh began by reflecting on his work with Foley during his time serving in Massachusetts Legislature as the Representative from Dorchester. He credited her with educating him about the challenges faced by the neighborhood beaches and being a tireless advocate for the investing resources for their improvement. Mayor Walsh also reflected on the threat posed by climate change and the need to work collaboratively with organizations such as Save the Harbor to ensure resiliency for future generations.

Left to Right: Tani Marinovich President of Save the Harbor, Bruce Berman of Save the Harbor, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Patricia A. Foley of Save the Harbor, Briana Curren of Wells Fargo, and Joe Newman of National Grid, Save the Harbor Board Chair

A video tribute included remarks from Paul Grogan of the Boston Foundation, Charlayne Murrell-Smith of the Boston Children’s Foundation, Bill Delahunt of The Delahunt Group, Ronda McCloud of JetBlue, Harold Sparrow of the Greater Hartford YMCA, Robert Travaglini of Travaglini, Eisenberg, and Kiley, Joe Newman, Tani Marinovich, and Bruce Berman of Save the Harbor and Foley's husband.

Finally, former Massachusetts Senate President Robert Travaglini and former State Senator Jack Hart reflected on their work with Foley through the Metropolitan Beaches Commission which was first created in 2006 to report on the challenges and needs of the region's state-owned beaches. Travaglini, Hart, and Susan Tracy of The Strategy Group and Save the Harbor's Board of Directors then asked attendees to consider a gift to the Patty Foley Legacy Fund.

Marinovich thanked everyone for their support, for making 2019 the most successful Destination Boston Harbor ever with more than $750,000 raised for continued advocacy for, and programming on, Boston Harbor, the harbor islands and the regions beaches.

Save the Harbor would like to thank all of our sponsors, silent auction donors, and supporters including presenting sponsor Wells Fargo for the support of the important work we to restore and preserve Boston Harbor for future generations.