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Volunteers turn out to clean up beaches

The pier at Gold Star Battalion Beach.

The pier at Gold Star Battalion Beach. (Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

The annual “Keep Huntington Beautiful” campaign is in full swing. Volunteers descended upon Crab Meadow Beach in Northport and Gold Star Battalion Beach in Huntington on two recent Saturdays to plant flowers and clean up the beaches.

At Crab Meadow Beach more than 100 volunteers from the town’s “Young Leaders” group, comprised of high school students from the Huntington and South Huntington school districts and St. Anthony’s High School, came out to plant flowers such as yellow and orange marigolds and dianthus.

At Gold Star Battalion Beach, 20 volunteers planted yellow and orange marigolds and ageratum in several planters as well as at the World War II Veteran’s Gold Star Battalion Memorial. The volunteers also picked up trash and debris from the beaches.

“I really enjoy our ‘Keep Huntington Beautiful’ events,” said town board member Susan A. Berland, who sponsored the events. “We had a wonderful time planting flowers on a simply beautiful day.”

Still to come is Clean Beaches Day on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will clean up and beautify six Huntington beaches: Crab Meadow, Gold Star Battalion, Centerport, Scudder, Asharoken/Steers and Hobart. There will be a bus for volunteers working at Hobart, Asharoken/Steers and Scudder beaches. To volunteer, call Berland’s office at 631-351-3018.

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