Intercostal Cleanup at Knapps Lake

Photos attached of our day on Knapps Lake at Brookwood Hall for the Intercostal cleanup.
I filled out the “Citizen Scientist” sheets and sent them in the provided envelope so our debris could be counted as part of a global coastal cleanup inventory.

We found stuff we couldn’t get out of the lake:

  • A picnic table floating upside down in middle of lake
  • Construction lumber near Union Blvd. culvert.
  • A Rolling desk chair
  • Cabinet door
  • 4 Tires
  • Full sized garbage can
  • Large amount of landscape fabric at shoreline of new esplanade.

We should probably go back. We weren’t able to cover a lot of ground, because the lake is so shallow in some areas, it was hard to navigate. We only did the area north of the fishing dock, along the east side.

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Vegetable Bed Cleanup Progress

We are still hoping to complete this Vegetable garden cleanup by Earth Day, so that the gardeners can get started planting vegetables. Bob and Ed Quinn have been making great progress in the community Garden. The two of them have been working alone to clear out the old wood and debris in the beds. They are trying to get it in better shape before the KIC junior commissioners come for the clean up day on Sunday April 19th. We are so happy to have these high school students adopt our spot for their community volunteer effort this spring. Two of the largest beds have been rebuilt and placed into their new positions. We are still searching for cedar to rebuild the remaining 25 beds if anyone knows of a source….

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Renovate Memorial Garden

Project Bloom is renovating a memorial garden located on the Northwest corner of the parking lot. It was placed in honor of Gail, a fellow Project Bloom gardener.  In the center of the garden, there is a Weeping Cherry Tree. There is also two stone benches and stepping stones that says “This Garden is Dedicated To Gail Pulaski Tedor, Whose Light Continues To Shine In Beauty For All of Us Who Loved Her To See.” 

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Compost Area Cleanup

KIC arranged to have compost and wood chips delivered to the site for use by the community vegetable gardeners. The area was full of tall weeds, but we were able to clear a large area for the delivery and we are very happy to have our first load of compost to start the season. Later, we will try and hide the area from view a little by planting a beautiful Forsythia hedge in front of the pile.

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Brookwood Hall Cleanup

Brookwood Hall Park Cleanup & Gardening Day!

This year on April 22nd, Keep Islip Clean (KIC) and Project Bloom Master Gardeners are hosting a cleanup at Brookwood Hall Park! Everyone is welcome, from Scout groups to local gardeners! It is from 9AM until 5PM, everyone should meet at Brookwood Hall on Irish Lane and Montauk Highway in East Islip. For more information call the Islip Arts Council at 631-224-5420 or KIC at 631-224-2627.

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