Kayakers and councilwoman clean local beach

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North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio (third from right) joins with a group of North Shore Kayak Club members in bagging about 50 pounds of trash at Leeds Pond Beach. (Photo courtesy of the North Shore Kayak Club)

Over its 15 years, giving back to the community has always been an important principle for the North Shore Kayak Club.

This was again in evidence when the club combined its 2019 season kickoff paddle with a local beach cleanup, on Saturday, June 1st.

Joined by Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman, Dina DeGiorgio, club members removed approximately 50 lbs of man-made refuse from Leeds Pond Beach. 

Among the trash picked up and bagged was Styrofoam, bottles and cans, construction material and assorted packaging debris.  Most of the refuse probably washed up on the beach, while some, it seems, was likely discarded there.

Club members launched their kayaks from the Port Washington North Bay Walk Park and paddled the 5-mile round trip to the beach. 

North Shore Kayak Club officer, Jane Weiler, commenting on the club’s kickoff outing, said, “We started the season with a short, easy paddle, but one with an important mission attached to it. Cleaning up our waterways and restoring their health needs to be a priority for us all”.  

This beach cleanup is just one of a number of efforts that the North Shore Kayak Club does each year to be good citizens.  The club is open to all adult, experienced paddlers. Only sit-in kayaks, at least 12 feet in length, are permitted on club paddles. Learn more about the club on Meetup.com.

Submitted by Alan Bergman

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