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Bradley Beach gets a spring cleaning

Seabrook volunteers collect trash, recyclables, data

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March 20th, 2012

This month, residents and staff members from Seabrook, an Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J., will celebrate Earth Day a day early. As part of the twice-yearly Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps, volunteers will collect trash, recyclables, and data from the Fifth Avenue area of Bradley Beach, on Saturday, April 21. Clean Ocean Action coordinates beach cleanup days along the New York and New Jersey coastlines, and Ann Marie Matthews, volunteer program coordinator for Seabrook, organizes volunteers from the community. Seabrook has participated several times since the program started, usually bringing a band of 10 to 12 volunteers. Aside from cleaning littered beaches, volunteers collect data and identify sources of pollution. It s just another part of Seabrook s effort to contribute to the community at large, Matthews says. Seabrook has an enormous volunteer community. This project is a lot of fun, and everyone feels so good spending time outside cleaning up our beautiful shoreline. Ruth Gay, who lives at Seabrook and participated in the cleanup last April, says she does it to benefit not only herself, a beach lover, but also to benefit others in the community, including animals. It s very worthwhile, she says. Ruth s neighbor, Mary Lukas, has participated twice and enjoys the camaraderie and fresh air. I think we do a very good deed to clean up the beach, she says. It s fun because there s a group of us, and we pair up so one keeps a record of what we pick up, and the other picks up trash and recyclables. Clean Ocean Action provides trash bags, water, and snacks for the volunteers, along with a list of recyclables. The spring 2012 beach sweep will take place Saturday, April 21, rain or shine, along beaches of the New York and New Jersey coastlines. For more information, visit cleanoceanaction.org.

Tips for a successful sweep

Wear gloves Dress for the weather Wear sunscreen Wear closed-toed, hard-soled shoes Do not touch large drums Be careful of sharp objects Stay off of dunes Respect wildlife Do not lift anything too heavy

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