It Truly Takes a Village

It Truly Takes a Village

Thanks to the hardworking efforts of our young community, the Spit is staying clean of unwanted trash and litter.

With so many people visiting and enjoying the Spit these past few weeks there is a great amount of trash being left behind. We are finding that visitors are not taking care of our special respite. The need for volunteers is huge.

While most of us are sleeping, Ella Szymanski, a Newton South high school sophomore and her friend, are on their kayaks heading to the Spit for an early morning clean-up. They enjoy the quiet of the Spit and are able to do a thorough clean-up since not many people are out at that time. Ella also visits the Spit at other times during the day to make sure that trash is not evident.

Sixth grade twins from Newton, Jonathan and Jessica Slopak join their mom Julia several times a week to help out. They stroll the beach with bags in hand and always find some trash to clean-up and drag home.

Part of SPB’s mission is to keep the waterways in and around Popponesset Bay safe and navigable and to protect the wildlife reserve on the Popponesset Spit and ensure water quality for generations to come. Today, it is the future generations who are truly making a difference Thanks to the help of our young neighbors, the Spit and surrounding waterways have a better chance of staying clean.

If you would like to lend a hand and volunteer, please contact Kathy Cramer –