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Event: Brighten the Bay Clean Up

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Saturday 11/5/16 at 10am

Brighten the Bay: Bay Front Clean Up

Riverside Blvd at the Bay- Under the water tower.
800 Riverside Blvd, Long Beach, NY for google maps

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**Protective boots and gloves strongly recommended for waterline area, with plenty of other nearby cleanup needed for those without.

Join your neighbors and friends. Make a difference for our bayfront, our residents, and our wildlife; and contribute the results to science. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation will join All Our Energy, Surfrider Foundation – Central LI, The City of Long Beach and the BYO Bag LB team to collect and document the trash we remove. Be part of it- All materials supplied, all ages welcome with an adult.

Long Beach Bag Ordinance Passed

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Thanks to YOU and your voices, an amazing team who did so much work, with some smart officials, and the support of the business community, The City of Long Beach unanimously passed their checkout bag law Tuesday October 18, 2016!

Thanks are in order!

First, I want to thank the Long Beach City Council who listened, were forward-thinking and who took action to be the leaders on this issue as the first municipality in Nassau to do so.
Thank You to Vice President Anthony Eramo, whose early declaration made it a priority this year and who helped bring our campaign into the city, Eileen Goggin, who helped host more events, Council President Len Torres, Council Members Scott Mandel and Anissa Moore for your attention and perseverance to get this done. Thank you all for your leadership!! The community really came together and you are the reason.

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Thanks also to City Manager Jack Schnirman and staff Ryan Mc Tiernan who was instrumental in all of this.

Thank you to All Our Energy’s campaign partners Surfrider Foundation Central LI Chapter and Sierra Club Long Island Group whose financial, technical, and moral support pushed this campaign through to victory.
I thank the other members of the BYO Bag LB leadership team- Amanda Moore, Scott Bochner and Tara Bono for the amazing efforts you have delivered to help this succeed, and my wife, Barbara Hackett, who lived with this campaign 24-7 and helped more than anyone could know. Thank you!

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We had some incredible volunteers working on this, and none gave more than Stacy Russo, Joanne Moore, Joan Monahan, Robin Csabon, Jo Eisman, and James Mangels, with help and support from All Our Energy team leader Matt Kearns.
We were inspired with artwork from Laura Swan and Stewards of the Sea throughout this process that made it vibrant and heartwarming. Thank You.
Thanks to the youth team, especially Fin Ashmead, Mia Mangels, Noele Micheman, and Lucy Tomicick.
Thank you, to the Long Beach Chamber and so many members who have been instrumental in helping the business community come together.

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Some individuals who helped make a big difference- Sam Pinto, Bernadette Martin, Georgia Meckes, Joey Naham, Kelly Sullivan, Liz Treston, Mary Velosovitch, Nancy Schulman, Dieter Von Lehsten, and many others, I’m sorry if you’ve been left out!

I want to thank the other businesses and organizations that have been so supportive – Sunpower by Empower Solar who have hosted so many meetings and sponsored events. Thanks to event partners Gentle Brew Coffee, Cybernet, East Park Chiropractic, Lift, Bridgeworks, Long Beach International Film Festival who all supported the campaign and we really appreciate it!

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We got so much support from organizations, too- Sane Energy Project, Long Island Progressive Coalition, Arts in the Plaza, Long Beach Farmers Market, Long Beach Martin Luther King Center, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Long Beach Parks and Recreation, St James of Jerusalem Episcopal Church, Key Food East, and Key Food West.

This is FAR from everyone, so simply by reading this, know I thank you for your support and involvement!

 

So now what?

Well, this work is far from done.

We have 1000 low income residents that need -a full set of reusable bags- and our help to get them.

We have many people who still have no idea about this.

We have merchants still unaware or with concerns.

We will be here to help the transition happen so it STICKS and becomes part of our culture. Hopefully at the same time it will raise consciousness of all plastic, waste, energy, air and water and many other environmental issues and help people address those issues as well.
For now, its enough to say- we did it- all of us, I’m glad we took the journey together.

Thank you all.

Rally to say Bye Bye Bags and Hearing on a Bag Ordinance

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Tuesday 10/18/16
Rally @ 6pm, Hearing at 7pm
Long Beach City Hall
1 West Chester St, Long Beach, NY 11561

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On Tuesday October 18 at 6pm, we will rally outside Long Beach City Hall, then we will go in to the City Council hearing to make sure the City of Long Beach passes their reusable bag ordinance!

WE NEED YOU THERE and hope you can attend both!!! Be a part of making this a reality. Bring everyone you know!

Report: Nothing But Footprints Beach Clean Up

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Great work this weekend from the BYO Bag LB team with Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, the City of Long Beach.

The volunteer team removed over 70 lbs of trash, debris and recyclables and sent them to their proper disposal.

Thanks to our partners at Surfrider Foundation Central LI for the help and the reusable collection bags that avoid further unnecessary plastic pollution.

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Our Letter Published in Newsday

Newsday published my (highly abbreviated) letter about Suffolk County’s single use plastic bag proposal this week.

http://www.newsday.com/opinion/letters/letter-newsday-uses-plastic-bags-too-1.11576235

newsdaybagsWe are pushing for similar action in Long Beach, to eliminate single use plastic bag pollution. Thank you for your support.

Can you display that support with one of our bumper stickers??  this show of support will help your neighbors and everyone become aware and transform Long Beach to a reusable bag culture, saving our waterways from tens of thousands of plastic bag assaults and helping keep our streets clean.

Please save the date for our next showing of Bag It at Bridgeworks on April 1!

“Bag It” with us TONIGHT 3/4/16

Tonight, Friday Night March 4, 2016 at 7pm, join All Our Energy, the BYO Bag LB Campaign along with the City Of Long Beach, The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Surfrider Foundation Central LI Chapter, with pizza and refreshments sponsored by Cybernet (http://www.cybernetny.com/) and EmPower Solar (www.empower-solar.com/) for family Friendly Friday night movie showing of “Bag It” at Long Beach City Hall.
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Please bring your friends, kids, everyone… and share with everyone you know. invite them right now at the event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1741239379440120/
 
Many thanks to Councilman Anthony Eramo for his help to bring the campaign to the public through official city channels!
Now we need your help to expand and show the widespread public support (that’s YOU)  that there is for eliminating single use plastic bag pollution.  Let’s make this a dinner table topic and transition Long Beach to a reusable bag culture!
If you haven’t already, Please like and share the campaign’s Facebook page

huge news in our plastic bag campaign!

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As of this week…THE CITY OF LONG BEACH IS HELPING SUPPORT THIS CAMPAIGN!  

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Thanks to Councilman Anthony Eramo, who has stepped up to bring our campaign to the public through official city channels, this campaign has just catapulted ahead dramatically!
The City of Long Beach will host a family-friendly screening of “Bag It” on the big screen at Long Beach CITY HALL Friday, March 4 at 7pm.   The City will promote it through their extensive channels.
Additionally, we thank The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, who are also backing and promoting this event and lending their help. 
Here’s how YOU can help: Join us as we RAMP UP all our outreach and host multiple events to coincide with this development and use this momentum to push this issue through to success.  

We must expand and show the widespread public support (that’s YOU)  that there is for this, and make this a dinner table topic to transition Long Beach to a reusable bag culture!Can you show your support and to help advocate with us?

For this date and others upcoming, we will need volunteers, and happy moviegoers alike. Please bring your friends, kids, everyone and tell and share with everyone you know. invite them right now at the event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1741239379440120/Please reply to this email if you would like to join the volunteer team.

We have bumper/window stickers on the way and we hope you will display them to help raise awareness of the issue and let everyone know that you support this movement!  Can you display one?  Come to one of our upcoming events and get one!!! 

If you haven’t already, Please like and share the campaign’s Facebook page

With your help, we will be unstoppable!!