When Dell Cullum made plans for a beach cleanup in East Hampton earlier this month, he started out with about a dozen volunteers. The event ended up getting canceled because there was too much snow on the beach.
So, he tried again. And he got about two dozen volunteers. And, again, the event was canceled because of last week’s snowstorm.
Now, he has 50 volunteers for the cleanup, which is scheduled for Saturday, Feb, 22 at 9 a.m., and he has a weather report that calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s.
“The funny thing is, after next Saturday, I’m having a foot procedure done, and it will keep me off my feet. If it’s not done Saturday, I won’t be joining my own event,” Cullum said.
The Shoreline Sweep — which Cullum said is the first time that volunteers have made a coordinated effort to clean all of East Hampton’s ocean beaches from Georgica Beach in the west to Montauk Point — will have volunteers gathering at four drop-off points and going in five directions, sorting litter and collectibles, and keeping a tally of what they find.
The town trustees have offered to send a crew to pick up the bagged refuse and recyclables that they collect. Cullum wants to videotape the activity as a way of promoting efforts to keep the town beaches clean year-round.
“Work is always being done on the big houses on the beaches ... and fishermen come out and they leave behind rolls of monofilament and lures ... those things are dangerous to wildlife,” Cullum said.
People interested in signing up can do so via Cullum’s email, email@example.com, or Deb Klugher’s, firstname.lastname@example.org. A map showing the four starting sites and giving details on a social gathering at the end of the cleanup is available at Cullum’s photo website, Imagination Nature.com. — MITCH FREEDMAN
Communities to get revitalization grants
The Town of North Hempstead will receive $740,264 in Federal Community Development Block Grant funds for community improvement projects, Nassau County officials said.
The projects are part of the New Cassel Urban Renewal Area and the Port Washington Model Blocks Area.
The projects are separate plans to revitalize sections of Port Washington and New Cassel, communities in the Town of North Hempstead.
The funding includes $262,164 for the New Cassel Urban Renewal Area, and $30,000 for commercial rehabilitation in both areas.
The Community Development Agency will receive $150,000 to redevelop properties; $120,000 for administration and coordination of community development activities; $50,000 for first-time home buyer down-payment assistance; $41,000 for the Unified New Cassel Community Revitalization Corp.; $40,000 for residential rehabilitation and preservation activities; $10,000 each will fund code enforcement, economic development, and street improvements and relocation costs for properties.
The Concerned Citizens for Roslyn Youth is slated to receive $7,100. -- SCOTT EIDLER
Press Club of LI creates hall of fame
A Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame to recognize trailblazing journalists, present and past — including Huntington’s Walt Whitman — has been established and will have its first inductees in June.
The Press Club of Long Island, a chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, announced it plans to create the hall of fame, and the first inductees will include all previous recipients of the annual PCLI Outstanding Long Island Journalist Award, the group’s highest honor to an individual.
“This is a great opportunity to recognize historic journalists who have contributed to journalism on Long Island,” Dominick Miserandino, PCLI president, said. “We’ll use this also as an opportunity to connect with the past, so it will be a chance for winners of the past to see each other, a reunion of sorts.”
The Outstanding Long Island Journalist Award will be replaced with induction into the Hall of Fame starting this year.
The hall of fame will also include prominent Long Island journalists of the past, starting with Whitman, one of America’s foremost poets and the founder of The Long-Islander newspaper, which still serves the Huntington area. He leads the list 23 journalists to be inducted.
The inaugural induction will take place at the PCLI Media Awards dinner, June 5, at the Woodbury Country Club, to help commemorate PCLI’s 40th anniversary.
The criteria for those being inducted requires that they be someone who has made a significant contribution to Long Island journalism, or be a Long Islander who has made contributions to journalism beyond Long Island. — DEBORAH S. MORRIS