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Beach cleanup in Asharoken Saturday
Volunteers will gather Saturday at Asharoken’s Village Hall to help clean up nine local beaches.
The village is sponsoring the Northeast chapter of the American Littoral Society’s 27th annual coastal cleanup. Beach captains will be at Village Hall, 1 Asharoken Ave., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers can arrive anytime within these hours and will be given data cards, pencils, bags and rubber gloves.
Last year, volunteers removed more than 2 tons of trash from local beaches and shores. The collection/recording of shoreline trash data is sent to the Littoral Society and subsequently submitted to the Ocean Conservancy’s national database.
“This trash trend data provides actual information as to what kinds of trash are washing up and/or being dumped onto our beaches and shores,” the cleanup’s organizers said in a statement.
“The Coastal Clean-up provides a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages, to come and participate in the cleanup and data collection.”
Above: Local businessman Michael Maroni, owner of Maroni's in Northport, reads his paper on Steer Beach in Asharoken. (Sept. 14, 2012)