More than 70 civic-minded Town of Huntington residents, donning blue t-shirts spent a recent sunny Saturday morning, participated in the recent 9th Annual Clean Beaches Day.
They were joining Huntington Town Councilwoman Susan A. Berland, former Village of Northport Trustee Tom Kehoe and Mayor George Doll.
Volunteers picked up debris at Gold Star Battalion Beach and Centerport Beach. The event featured the Clean Beaches Bus Tour, which took volunteers to Crab Meadow Beach, Hobart Beach and Steers Beach in Asharoken.
The Village of Northport also had cleanups at Scudder Park Beach, Bird Island and Northport Beach.
Participants included Town of Huntington and Village of Northport residents and members of the Huntington “Young Leaders.” Following the cleanup, attendees enjoyed a luncheon under the pavilion at Centerport Beach.
“It was a pleasure to host the 9th Annual Clean Beaches Day with former Village of Northport Trustee Kehoe and Mayor George Doll,” Berland said.
“The Town of Huntington and villages within Huntington have beautiful beaches and coastlines and it is vital that we continue to care for and nurture them so they are here for generations to come," she added.
Berland thanked all the volunteers and sponsors, including the Northport Chamber of Commerce, The Paramount, Huntington Coach Corp., K&B Seafood, the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society, the Harbor Boating Club and the Cold Spring Harbor Seafarers Club for supporting this event.
“I’m proud to have been involved with Clean Beaches Day since its inception nine years ago,” Kehoe said.
“Former Councilman Stu Besen and I began this program. Upon his retirement, my good friend Susan picked it up and has done a spectacular job," he added. "We have been able to use this event as a teaching tool for the young people of our Town and people of all ages come out to help us. This year was one of our best. I want to thank the Town of Huntington, the Village of Northport and all the volunteers for their hard work.”
“This cleanup was the best ever,” Northport Mayor George Doll.
“We had volunteers from the community, PSEG, the Northport Fire Department and local Boy Scout troops. Our volunteers really enjoyed it and I’m proud to be a part of such a great event,” he added.