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Greg Spataro of West Sayville puts wood on (Credit: Fran Berkman)

Greg Spataro of West Sayville puts wood on a pile where it waits to be loaded onto a transport barge at the Great South Bay Society's annual cleanup event. (Sept. 29, 2012)

Great South Bay cleanup

About 100 people, mostly from Amityville and Massapequa, took park in the cleanup, an annual event organized by the Great South Bay Society.

Ana Brice, 35, of Amityville sells T-shirts and
(Credit: Fran Berkman)

Ana Brice, 35, of Amityville sells T-shirts and raffle tickets at the Great South Bay Society's cleanup event. Brice's husband, Todd Brice, founded the organization in 2007. (Sept. 29, 2012)

Joe Lagano, left, of Massapequa, teams up with
(Credit: Fran Berkman)

Joe Lagano, left, of Massapequa, teams up with Hal Schad, center, and Village Trustee Ed Johnson, right, both of Amityville, to move wood debris at the Great South Bay Society's cleanup. (Sept. 29, 2012)

Volunteers ventured into tall grass and bushes to
(Credit: Fran Berkman)

Volunteers ventured into tall grass and bushes to pull out tires, wood and other trash during the Great South Bay Society's cleanup event. (Sept. 29, 2012)

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Nicole Brown, 17, a senior at Centereach High
(Credit: Fran Berkman)

Nicole Brown, 17, a senior at Centereach High School, peers at a live crab that another volunteer found while collecting garbage during the Great South Bay Society's cleanup. (Sept. 29, 2012)

Ray Spina of Manhattan drags a can of
(Credit: Fran Berkman)

Ray Spina of Manhattan drags a can of garbage with one hand while carrying a basketball in the other during the Great South Bay Society's cleanup. Spina was pitching in because he has friends in Amityville and Massapequa, with whom he frequently enjoys boating on the bay. (Sept. 29, 2012)

A barge transports trash found on Great South
(Credit: Fran Berkman)

A barge transports trash found on Great South Bay islands to a marina in Amityville during the Great South Bay Society's cleanup. (Sept. 29, 2012)

Greg Spataro of West Sayville puts wood on
(Credit: Fran Berkman)

Greg Spataro of West Sayville puts wood on a pile where it waits to be loaded onto a transport barge at the Great South Bay Society's annual cleanup event. (Sept. 29, 2012)

Volunteers carry pieces of debris from the center
(Credit: Fran Berkman)

Volunteers carry pieces of debris from the center of an island to the shore where it is loaded onto barges, and towed back to the marina during the Great South Bay Society's cleanup. (Sept. 29, 2012)

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Great South Bay Society co-founders Todd Brice, 36,
(Credit: Fran Berkman)

Great South Bay Society co-founders Todd Brice, 36, left, Dave Hager, 52, and Mike Babich, 56, stand in front of the two filled trash bins during their organization's cleanup event. Brice and Babich are residents of Amityville; and Hager lives in East Massapequa. (Sept. 29, 2012)

After several hours of clearing trash from islands,
(Credit: Fran Berkman)

After several hours of clearing trash from islands, volunteers filled two 30-yard bins during the Great South Bay Society's annual cleanup. (Sept. 29, 2012)

One of the two 30-yard bins is empty
(Credit: Fran Berkman)

One of the two 30-yard bins is empty at the beginning of the Great South Bay Society's annual cleanup, but by the end of the day both bins were filled with garbage. (Sept. 29, 2012)

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