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CouchHenge

Care to take a walk?  Let’s visit CouchHenge.

This wooded, dirt path runs between Old Town Road and Great Neck Road.

Who does this?

How long has it been like this?

Maybe it’s a survival shelter?

Are you gagging?  I’m gagging!  This is toxic, toxic, toxic.

How long before all that’s left is foam; for eternity?

This is an enormous job!  But, WE can do it!  We will need masks and protective gear.

Please, people, THINK, before you litter; and then don’t.

Maybe there is an envelope, in there, with a name and address!  Look out, litter bugs.

In the year 2525, that tire will still be alive.  Let’s make a date and do this!

~Linda

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Main Street

Yesterday, while out, Litter Mobbing, a bit of green, with it’s promise of spring, warmed our frosty spirits, fingers and toes; urging us forward.  Hurry, the temperature is noticeably dropping!  Hurry, there are tiny green leaves, poking through the debris. 

 

Hurry, this parking lot looks like a dumpster exploded; well, actually two or three dumpsters.  Hurry, it’s snowing!

 

Although the snow and quickly freezing temps put a damper on litter collecting, a bit of work did get done, along Main St, before the squall.  We can and will finish the job, next Saturday.  And it was a grand pleasure to see fellow Mobsters and Garlic Mustard, Alliaria petiolata,

and Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale., coming up. 

 

Many thanks to Marion Murphy, Sandy Slavin, Mary Bruce, Mike Russell, Bruce & Sue Westgate, and Morgynne & Dougie Saatos for your work and dedication.

 Thanks to all the folks who came out, in spite of the weather.  If I missed you, please let me know how you did out there.

Today, I will go foraging for tonight’s greens, Dandelion crowns and tender young leaves, before they become too tough and bitter; and a few new Garlic Mustard leaves, for flavor, before they become overpowering.  All the while, I’ll be dreaming of Garlic Mustard shoots, fresh Dandelion tea; and a cleaner Wareham.

 See You Next Time ~Linda

Main Street Appreciation

 

The Wareham Area Litter Mob will hit Main St, tomorrow morning at 10:00.  Please drive slowly, or consider an alternate route; between 10 am and noon, to help keep our Mobsters safe.  Better yet, stop and say hello, greet your neighbors, support our local merchants and lend a hand.  Even if all you can spare is 10 minutes, you will be amazed at just how much trash you can pick up in 10 minutes.

We wish to thank the following, for the kindness of displaying our Storm Notice in their place of business:

The Wareham Fire Department

The Wareham Free Library

Irene’s Florist

Looks Unlimited

M & D Cape Cod Bait

Heather’s

Minerva’s Pizza

Gateway Printing

Gone Hollywood

Vertical Dimensions

“Jacks” Are Wild Pet Grooming

Gourmet & Gourmand

Gateway Pawn & Gold

Beauty Nail

Brennan’s Smoke Shop

Oceanside Insurance

Cumberland Farms

Please stop by and thank them for their help in making Wareham a cleaner, healthier place to live, work, play and grow.

In fairness, I ran out of flyers and steam, before I ran out of Main Street businesses, to visit.  Please support all of Main Street’s businesses; except for Hess.

Hess was the only business to refuse to post our Storm Notice.  Because their dumpster is a constant, overflowing disaster, their property is a trashy eyesore, and they refuse to cooperate, The Wareham Area Litter Mob strongly urges everyone to boycott Hess; until they clean up their act.

The forecast is now predicting a 30% chance of snow showers.  Let’s get out there, anyway!

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

The Main Street Mess

Let’s face it, folks, Main Street is a mess.  In spite of the diligent efforts of many Main St. merchants, there is litter, everywhere.  In fact, when you walk along Main, it is very apparent who cleans and who doesn’t.

The above two photos are from the CVS – Dunkin Donuts parking lot (taken yesterday); in my opinion, the worst spot along Main St.  If only I had a nickel for every Dunkys cup I’ve collected; just to add insult to injury!  (sorry, 2 clichés in one sentence, it was too fitting and way too hard to resist!)

When out litter collecting, it is easy to wonder, “What possesses people?”  I believe that we are so used to seeing litter, that we don’t really notice it, much.  It’s just kind of, ‘the way it is”.

It doesn’t have to be like this.  It really shouldn’t have gone this far.  For that I hold myself personally responsible.  I love Wareham; and I want others to love it, too.  Don’t you?

Main St is about first impressions, reliable, local merchants, old friends, walking to school, our Swan River, parades, a new haircut and many lifetimes of good memories.  No one should trash that.

Please come out and join us in eliminating litter on Main St. 

 Maybe, we’ll get used to seeing it clean, and keep it that way.

Wareham Area Litter Mob Declares War

on the garbage swiftly engulfing the town of  Wareham.

 We will Storm Main Street from the Narrows Bridge to 495 (the Methodist Church); on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 10:00 am; clearing all litter and debris.  Pick a spot, anywhere, along Main Street.  I will concentrate my efforts on the CVS/Dunkin Donuts parking lot.  Anyone who has a favored spot, please let me know.

Come with a song in your heart, a pair of gloves and a garbage bag or a barrel.  Come empty-handed.  Bring water.  Bring a friend.  Bring a rake.  Come with a pick up truck, willing to take away bags of litter.  Donate a pair of good, Kevlar gloves, or a box of heavy trash bags.  Just come.  Please be prepared to take away a bag of litter, a happy heart and a sense of accomplishment. Please keep in mind there may be few public bathrooms available.

 Right here, right now WE can make a difference and set a better example.

If this date is inconvenient for you, for whatever reason, please feel free to visit, anywhere in Wareham, anytime; you will certainly find litter to pick up.

* Weather updates will be posted here and in The Wareham Village Soup.  If there is a storm expected, we will reschedule our STORM *

Saturday’s forecast, from Yahoo: Saturday: Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 40s and lows in the low 30s.

  SEE YOU THERE!

The Wareham Area Litter Mob is not responsible for any injuries or illnesses, resulting from a Wareham Area Litter Mob STORM.  You and you alone are responsible for your safety.  Please be mindful in your STORM participation; in regards to your safety and the safety of those around you.  Children under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Kevlar gloves and/or surgical gloves are highly recommended.

Wareham Area Business Invitation

Dear Wareham Area Business Owners and Managers,

 We, the members of The Wareham Area Litter Mob, invite you and your business to join our cause of eliminating litter in the area.  When you meet with any of our challenges we will feature you and your business in an article on our blog and a post in the Wareham VillageSoup.  When you meet ALL of our challenges we will add a link to your business on our blog and award you with Official Litter Mob Business Status.

 The Challenges:

1) Participate in any Litter Mob Event.

2) Eliminate litter on your business property; and keep it litter free.

3) Visibly post anti-litter messages, in your place of business.

4) Print anti-litter messages on your products.

5) Donate supplies to the Litter Mob.

 We look forward to working with you, as a community, to make Wareham a cleaner, healthier, more inviting place to be.

~Wareham Area Litter Mob

 

Litter Mob STORMS

Wareham Area Litter Mob

Declares War

on the garbage swiftly engulfing the town of  Wareham.

 We will Storm Main Street (from the Narrows Bridge to 495 (the Methodist Church); on Saturday March 10, 2012, at 10:00 am; clearing all litter and debris.  Pick a spot, anywhere, along Main Street.  I will concentrate my efforts on the CVS/Dunkin Donuts parking lot.  Anyone who has a favored spot, please let me know.

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We will storm Minot Ave. on Sunday, March 25, 2012; clearing all litter and debris.  Meet up in the Minot Forest Elementary School parking lot at 10:00 am.

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

We will Storm Redbrook Rd, on Saturday, April 7, 2012; clearing all litter and debris.  Meet up in the 711 parking lot at 10:00am.

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

We will Storm Onset Ave, on Sunday, April 22, 2012; clearing all litter and debris.  Meet up at the beach, at 10:00am.

Come with a song in your heart, a pair of gloves and a garbage bag or a barrel.  Come empty-handed.  Bring a friend.  Bring a rake.  Come with a pick up truck, willing to take away bags of litter.  Donate a pair of good, Kevlar gloves, or a box of heavy trash bags.  Just come.  Please be prepared to take away a bag of litter, a happy heart and a sense of accomplishment. Please keep in mind there may be few public bathrooms available.

 Right here, right now WE can make a difference and set a better example.

If these dates are inconvenient for you, for whatever reason, please feel free to visit, anywhere in Wareham, anytime; you will certainly find litter to pick up.

* Weather updates will be posted here and in The Wareham Village Soup.  If there is a storm expected, we will reschedule our STORM *

  SEE YOU THERE!

The Wareham Area Litter Mob is not responsible for any injuries or illnesses, resulting from a Wareham Area Litter Mob STORM.  You and you alone are responsible for your safety.  Please be mindful in your STORM participation; in regards to your safety and the safety of those around you.  Children under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Kevlar gloves and/or surgical gloves are highly recommended.

Winter-Spring Planning Meeting, Do-overs!

Wareham Area Litter Mob’s Winter – Spring, Planning Meeting

Where Do We Go From Here?

 Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012

 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. In the Meeting Room of

 The Wareham Public Library, 59 Marion Rd, Wareham, MA 02571

Come share your thoughts, concerns and ideas.

 Right here, right now WE can make a difference and set a better example.

If this date is inconvenient for you, for whatever reason, please feel free to visit our blog, or Wareham Weekly’s VillageSoup and comment on any of the Mob posts; or email warehamarealittermob@yahoo.com.  Your comments will be brought to the table. 

  SEE YOU THERE!

Winter – Spring, Planning Meeting  AGENDA:

A) Our Mission Statement: let’s write this, together.

B) Litter Mob Needs:

            1) PR volunteers: media contacts, area business support contacts, area non-profit contacts, district school contacts, town contacts, etc.

            2) Supplies:  2 standing sandwich boards, stating: Litter Mob at work, please drive slow (or something to that effect), recycle bins, and a recycling caretaker, Kevlar gloves, a sharps-safe, rakes, brooms, etc. and a place to store our supplies.

            3) Refreshment: donations of drinks and nibbles for our Mobsters would be most helpful and greatly appreciated.

4) A LOGO! . . .and T-shirts!  Also, wash-able canvas bags to pick up litter with.  This would eliminate a lot of plastic going into the landfill.

C) Where Do We Go From Here? 

Areas, dates and times for future Mob Scenes will be considered.

D)  Shall we raise funds for public trash receptacles, their installation and regular maintenance?  For example, this little beauty is $446, with the lid and liner; and the estimated freight is $48.54:

http://www.themunicipalcatalog.com/wood-trash-receptacles/22-gal-treated-yellow-pine-receptacle-with-liner/166-1087

Other cans start at $36 and go to over a grand.  And there are discounts for multiples.

For about $5,000 we could buy and install 10 (of these) bins.  We’ve discussed anchoring the pedestal in cement to prevent toppling and theft.  The real challenge seems to be, trash pick up and removal.