SpruceUp 2013 Wrap-Up


Following the great success of the first SpruceUp Bay Shore, SpruceUp 2013 was just another example of the dedication of the members of the Bay Shore-Brightwaters community!  Over 200 volunteers came out to work on projects large and small on the morning of April 27th, and the impact on our public spaces was huge.  Here is a list of some of the projects completed on that day:

Friends of the Manor Garden at Sagtikos Manor did a number of improvements to the Historic Walled Garden at the Manor.

The Bay Shore Lions Club mowed, weeded and mulched the park at the intersection of Brook Ave. and Reddington.

The Bay Shore Train Station parking lots were SprucedUp by numerous volunteers, members of the Calvary Baptist Church, and the Town of Islip, by sweeping the lots, clearing the garden beds of litter and debris, and trimming overgrown plants and shrubs.  Volunteers also cleaned graffiti that was found on several surfaces around the station.

Dr. King’s Bandshell Park on Main Street was cleaned up, weeded and trimmed by numerous volunteers.  They also spread out onto Main Street and cleaned litter that had accumulated under the street trees.    Graffiti was cleaned from signs and lampposts along Main Street.

Cali O’Brien and her team of volunteers rehabilitated forgotten planters along the waterfront on Gibson Street behind the Bandshell. They not only donated their time to this project, they donated lots of beautiful flowers, soil and fertilizer to make this beautiful area really shine once again.

Jeff De Petro and the Islip Democratic Committee cleaned the garden beds, picked up litter, and planted some flowers at the Long Island GLBT Center on Park Avenue.

The Bay Shore Garden Club did spring cleaning at the beautiful Community Reflection Garden on Main Street.

National Grid hosted a huge rehabilitation event at the Bay Shore Marina, with over 100 National Grid employees coming out to make-over our Marina which had suffered so greatly during Hurricane Sandy.  Decorative nautical pilings were added around public walkways, large planting beds were built, and in ground sprinklers were installed to accommodate over 4,000 plants, shrubs and grasses planted by the volunteers.

National Grid also made improvements to its properties on Union Blvd at Fifth Avenue by setting back the fence further from the road to allow more green space.  Grass is already growing and the newly planted trees are in bloom!

A group of volunteers from AmeriCorps FEMACorps — coming from as far away as Washington State — joined us to clear away some of the litter build-up that accumulates along Sunrise Highway.

Holly Ram lead a group of Bay Shore student athletes and coaches in a litter patrol along Third Avenue.  They even raked the front yard of an elderly resident who was unable to do so herself.  Truly a great effort!

Mr. Greg D’Antoni lead the Bay Shore Middle School Young Naturalists Club in an ambitious project along Fourth Avenue, revealing the decorative brick along the roadside which had been hidden by years of weed overgrowth.  It was a lot of work, but the transformation was incredible!

Dozens of residents of South Saxon lead by Doris Kennedy cleaned up the public beach at the end of their street, which was severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy.  Their commitment and hard work is amazing, and their beach is looking fantastic.

Tina Petit of Once Upon a Garden weeded out the high-maintenance Union Blvd Medians that she rehabilitated and planted during last year’s SpruceUp.

Greg Proce and his team from Sit Back and Relax Landscaping, along with his crew-members, cleaned some severely overgrown areas along Union Blvd, and did a spring-cleaning of the Bay Shore Road Traffic Island in front of the Peter Pan Diner.

Jeffrey Peterkin continued to improve the entry to the Oakwood Park neighborhood that he began during last year’s SpruceUp event.

Residents of Abrew Street came together to continue their fight to reclaim the overgrown portions of their block.  They also did a spring cleaning of the garden beds they created and planted at the neighborhood entry during last year’s SpruceUp.

The Bay Shore Historical Society has begun a series of repairs on the front porches at the c. 1820′s Gibson-Mack-Holt House.

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