Monday, August 9, 2021

A Fun- filled Week!!


Green crab on spectacle!
                Hi everyone!!! Welcome to the first blog of August!! Time has been flying this summer on the harbor, and to kick off the month we did some more exploring of South Boston and the Seaport area. This week we paid attention to the accessibility of South Boston, which is something I am very interested in. Making the community more available to those without cars, at an affordable rate, is a topic often talked about, but not solved. I’m happy to be part of a group that is working to shed light on these issues and even pose solutions; we had a great conversation about a local app that provides rides in the local Seaport area that is similar to Uber but more affordable. 

Revere Beach & friends!

On Wednesday I had the pleasure of going on yet another trip out to Spectacle Island, my home away from home! I was able to see some friends that I have not seen during the regular work week, which was super exciting! We caught over 20 green, rock, and spider crabs! All of the kids were ecstatic to see all of the crabs in the trap, and even on their fishing rods. It’s always a surprise to kids when they catch crabs on the rods, because they are all used to just catching fish. While we did not catch any fish, we had a great time teaching new and returning youth how to drop cast, tell the gender of the crabs, identify which crab they caught, and our catch/release tactic. To wrap up the week we did some more research regarding the education of affordable access (or even access to education) in Boston for getting to and from local places. These include our Boston beaches like Carson and Castle Island, or even free hangout spaces like the Boston Public Library and Lawn on D. Keeping people aware of these places makes for a more accessible Boston, enjoyable for everyone with any financial or physical barriers. I ended my summer with Save the Harbor at the Revere Sand Castle event on Sunday! I had the honor to work with some of my friends to attract people to our sand raking station which was very exciting! I hope you all had a great week yourselves and I’ll SEA you soon!!

Aleena Mangham :)

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