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Posted on: October 13, 2017

[ARCHIVED] HCCC News, October 14 - 20

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GOOD TO DO!

Sign up for the HCCC Painting with a Twist Fundraiser, October 20, 7pm – 9pm, 1230 Merchant Ln, Hampton. Paint a tree with us! There are only 28 seats available so sign up as soon as the link opens: https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/hampton-va/event/1322394! Painting With A Twist will also have art for sale that night, and all proceeds in the form of checks and cash go directly to HCCC!!! Information at hccc@hampton.gov.

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Volunteer for the Schools Appearance Index, October 28, 9am – 5pm, ten volunteers are needed to conduct the annual Schools Index, and we only have six! Volunteers will be trained in using the index instrument, then be driven by van to all school sites. Lunch is included in this event. Sign up at hccc@hampton.gov.

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Please Volunteer for the HCCC Display and Litter-Free Event Activities at the Bluebird Gap Farm Fall Festival, October 28, 10am – 5pm, four volunteers are needed to staff two shifts (two per shift) at the display (conducting a simple children’s activity and passing out information), and another 4 to staff two shifts (two per shift) for the cleanup activities (walking around and cleaning up). Sign up at hccc@hampton.gov.

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Aberdeen Elementary School needs volunteers to transport their collected plastic bags to a Farm Fresh store throughout the school year. They want to win a plastic bench made from recycled plastic bags and film products! To lend a helping hand, contact Patricia Duncan at pduncan@hampton.k12.va.us. She and the rest of the Aberdeen Lions will appreciate your support!

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Sign your group up for some very special, very much needed cleanups! We’ve been asked to recruit volunteers to clean up some highly littered areas on a one-time basis, or, if you really like the spot, an Adopt-A-Spot basis. These sites are all adults only, require the use of safety vests, exercising extreme caution, and working facing the traffic. They also require early morning cleanups, preferably on weekends.

Here are the sites, along with information about them:

  • Armistead Intersection at Hampton Roads Center Parkway: This site would work for a smaller group (approximately 10). The work would involve cleaning the roadsides of the intersection as noted in the attached map. We will provide safety signs for approaching traffic. Volunteers would be asked to minimize crossing the streets and crossing only at the intersection.
  • Big Bethel Road Intersection at Hampton Roads Center Parkway: This site would work for a smaller group (approximately 10). The work would involve cleaning the roadsides of the intersection as noted in the attached map. We will provide safety signs for approaching traffic. Volunteers would be asked to minimize crossing the streets and crossing only at the intersection.
  • Mercury at LaSalle Interchange: Because of the high volume, high-speed traffic and the blind curves at this site, we need to coordinate with Public Works to be protected by crash trucks. Despite the additional coordination, this site is the worst of the three and desperately needs cleaning. Ideally, we would have 20 – 40 volunteers at this site.

If you and your group are interested in claiming one of these sites for cleanup, please contact Debbie at hccc@hampton.gov.

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Visit a Hampton Waterways Restoration Project Oyster Gardening Demonstration at one or both of two local marinas! The schedule is designed to make it easy for you to come whenever you can! Register for a tour or to help oyster garden at causink@hampton.gov. Small groups are welcome!

Schedule for Sunset Creek, 4337 Kecoughtan Rd: 

Sat. Oct. 21, 9:30am

Schedule for Dandy Haven, 374 Dandy Haven Rd:

Sat. Nov. 4, 8:30am

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Sign up for the International Coastal Cleanup in Hampton! There are two more cleanups in October, and they both need you to volunteer - 10/14 and 10/28!!

Register at causink@hampton.gov or 727-1158.

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Are you good at fundraising? Join the HCCC Fundraising Committee! Due to a tight budget situation, we need to raise money to keep our programs going. We’d welcome your help! If you’re interested, email Debbie at hccc@hampton.gov.

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Are you thinking of a fall garden? There are still community garden plots – FREE – sign up before they’re all gone! They’re organic sites, so you can’t beat the price. There are sites available at North Phoebus Community Garden, Buckroe Community Garden, and Phoebus Community Garden! And wouldn’t it be nice to garden when it’s not so hot? Sign up and more information at http://www.hampton.gov/2798/Community-Gardens.

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Tree-Lovers – the next Remarkable Trees of Hampton Tour will feature the Trees of Hampton University, Saturday November 4 from 9am – Noon! If you love trees, especially big historic trees, it can’t get much better than this! Need we mention “Emancipation Oak”? But there are so many others! To sign up, email Debbie at hccc@hampton.gov. And did you see that we’re painting a tree to raise money for HCCC?

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Is educating about recycling your passion? We need groups of volunteers to distribute recycling information in four areas of the city in the next couple of months or so – Buckroe, Phoebus, Wythe, and Old Northampton. Contact Debbie at hccc@hampton.gov.

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Recycle all your plastic food, beverage, and household containers!! Yay TFC Recycling for including all plastic household containers in their list of recyclables! Take advantage of the opportunity! Yogurt cups – check! Applesauce cups – check! Syrup bottles - check! ! Just remember – NO foamed plastic (“styrofoam”)! If you’d like some guidance, visit the Round Robin episode on recycling plastics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbsuPXIFBiQ&list=PL3761D4B106784B15&index=7.

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Pick up some acorns for the Virginia Department of Forestry! The Forestry Department uses acorns collected by citizens to grow new trees for forestry efforts around the state. Instead of sweeping up all those acorns and putting them in a bag for composting, with a little extra effort, you can help Virginia’s trees of the future! For more information: http://www.dof.virginia.gov/tree/acorn-collect.htm. While Hampton doesn’t have a forestry office, some communities around us do. Here’s the list: http://dof.virginia.gov/locations/index.htm.

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If you have some sheets and blankets that are too good to throw away or recycle, but not really good enough to give to a charity, the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is the perfect place for them! Drop them at 5843 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, 8am-5pm 7 days a week, or call 757-933-8900 for information.

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Share information about our upcoming events!


GOOD TO KNOW!

The next Community Cleanup will be Aberdeen Road and Wingfield Drive on October 20 at 3pm. Sign up at hccc@hampton.gov TODAY!

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2017 HWRP "Seize the Bay" Trash to Art Show and Fundraiser is coming up November 4 –12! 66 Ingalls Road (the old Arsenal Building), Fort Monroe. What will artists create that raises awareness of the pollution and plight of our waterways and watershed? Take a look and put a bid in on original artwork created by local artists. Funds raised will help support Hampton Waterways Restoration Project’s mission of making our waterways more swimmable and fishable. For more information about the show, contact Cris Ausink at causink@hampton.gov.

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Gain Tips to Use in Your Yard at Two Convenient Workshops

Hampton Roads residents have two chances in October to attend a free fall workshop presented by Bay Star Homes. On October 16 and 17, Bay Star Homes will host workshops on fall tips for native tree selection and care and a variety of pollution prevention topics to help keep our region clean and beautiful. Each attendee will receive a FREE TREE just for attending and two lucky attendees will each take home a FREE RAIN BARREL.

Registration is FREE and open to anyone, but space is limited, so sign up today by clicking on the links below.

Bay Star Homes Fall Workshop - Peninsula

Fall Gardening and Tree Care Basics: Planting, Pruning and Selection & Preventing Pollution: One Bay Star Home at a Time

Monday, October 16, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Denbigh Community Center, 15198 Warwick Blvd, Newport News

Register here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07een7f6128c6f535c&llr=f87jftcab&utm_campaign=BSH+October+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Oct+04+2017+Attend+Bay+Star+Homes+Workshops

Bay Star Homes Fall Workshop - Southside

Fall Tips for Native Tree Selection and Care & Keeping Hampton Roads Beautiful & Stormwater Basics

Tuesday, October 17, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake

Register here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eenisuod7f29357d&llr=f87jftcab&utm_campaign=BSH+October+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Oct+04+2017+Attend+Bay+Star+Homes+Workshops

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Tame the Rain Workshop

Tuesday, October 24th, 5:45–7:45pm @ Armstrong Elementary School (3401 Matoaka Rd, Hampton, VA 23661).

In these workshops, we will learn about easy and effective ways to enhance your residential or business property, manage rainwater onsite and help improve local water quality. These practices are designed to be affordable and easy to maintain – if not easier than your existing property features!

We will also be raffling off 5 rain barrels at this event. This will be the final workshop in this series. This event is FREE and open to the public, but please RSVP as space is limited. Please register by contacting Charlene Ihrig at rsvp@cbf.org or 757.644.4114.

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Many thanks to the Members of the Hampton Waterways Restoration Project who do so much to clean up our waterways and raise awareness of the importance of clean waterways! You can help, too, you know. J They clean up waterways by foot and by boat. They monitor water quality. They educate themselves and others through various means, including special speakers and the upcoming education and fundraiser, the Seize the Bay Trash to Art Exhibit and Auction. They go into classrooms to educate kids! They plant and maintain riparian (creek and river bank) tree buffers. It is much appreciated! Join them!

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HCCC History! For those of you who follow us on social media, you may be puzzled about a series of posts that start off with HCCC History! Mystery solved – June 28, 2018 will be HCCC’s 40th anniversary, and we’re highlighting volunteers and achievements from the past to the best of our ability. If YOU have photos, stories, experiences, or mementos that you would like to share with us, we’d love them! In the regard to the mementos, please send photos of them. J The following are two stories we posted this week, with a little extra information:

HCCC History! Mary Peake Center hosted an assembly presented by the Wildlife Center of Virginia and funded by the regional clean community organization HR CLEAN - "Critters Don't Need Litter!" on October 13, 2001. Wildlife Center staff brought various unreleasable wild animals to talk with students about how litter hurts wild animals.

HCCC History! Community Cleanup volunteers picked up trash in Phoebus on October 12, 2012 - Jack Rezabek, Sam Endicott, and Tammy Trietch. Sam and Tammy have both served as Chairs of HCCC and Jack is a long-time member of the Litter & Recycling Awareness Committee.

HCCC History! HCCC Full Commission, October 11, 2011. Front row, left to right, Megan Tierney, Shirley Boyd, Jamie Osso, Pat Parker. Back row, left to right, John Golden, Tom Tinsley, Jim Williams, John Moyer, Sam Endicott (Chair).

HCCC History! On October 11, 2008, Hampton was one of two electronics collections offered in the region thanks to a cooperative effort spearheaded by WVEC and the regional environmental education group HR CLEAN. HCCC volunteers were in the middle of it carrying and stowing electronics for transport to a recycler. Ft Monroe Clean Base Coordinator Becky Holland was one of the coordinators and participants! Langley Air Force Base volunteers also helped tremendously! 

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Round Robin recorded a segment about HCCC - it's 40th anniversary and its fundraising efforts! HCCC Chair Wendy Iles and Coordinator Debbie Blanton appeared on a segment of Round Robin that reviewed HCCC’s nearly 40-year history and its effort to raise money for programs and supplies. Follow this link to view it:

https://youtu.be/EafmEWH-ncM

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Drop-off Recycling Information – if you live in an apartment or condominium and don’t have recycling provided by your management, or if you have a lot of extra recyclables for some reason, you can use one of Hampton’s three drop-off containers! They’re located at:

  • Hampton Yard Waste Site, 100 North Park Lane (just off Big Bethel Road)
  • Briarfield Park, 1540 Briarfield Road
  • Gosnold’s Hope Park, 900 Little Back River Road

All these sites accept the same materials that are accepted in the curbside recycling program! Including the cartons and plastics!

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Did you know?… Fall is the best time to plant trees in our area – if you think you’d like to increase your greenness with some trees, check with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office in Hampton for expert help in planning, selecting, and planting your personal forest. You’ll be glad to have those trees shading you next summer!

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GOOD DEED

If you see a good Clean City deed being done, send us the information and we’ll give kudos to the good-deed-doer!


GOOD TO SHARE! 

Thinking of making candles in preparation for the coming holidays? An HCCC volunteer has several that could be melted and made into new candles. If you’re interested, let Debbie know at hccc@hampton.gov.

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Free plants to give to GOOD HOMES! An HCCC volunteer has Louisiana Irises - Black Game Cock and mauve-colored – to give away. Both prefer moist conditions or need to be watered at least three times a week, and can be grown in boggy areas. They need at least four hours of sun or blooming will decrease. Also available are two kinds of daylilies - dark yellow and triple-flowering historic day lilies hybridized in 1867. The new plant parents can dig them up in late September. Contact Melanie at Myfren@yahoo.com.


NEED VOLUNTEERS!

Throughout the year: Dandy Haven Oyster Gardening, Dandy Haven Marina, flexible times. The Dandy Haven Oyster Garden is one of two demonstration gardens the Hampton Waterways Restoration Project is hosting to encourage people to engage in oyster gardening and to allow those who don’t have access to water the opportunity to oyster garden. Volunteers will help tend the garden, cleaning, removing “critters”, and making sure the baby oysters are happy. Contact Cris at causink@hampton.gov for information and to sign up.

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International Coastal Cleanup, varying sites, through October 28, volunteers are needed to lead cleanup sites and participate in cleanups. Contact causink@hampton.gov to sign up.

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Community Cleanup, Aberdeen Road and Surrounding Area, October 20, 3pm – 4pm, volunteers needed to help clean up the area. Contact hccc@hampton.gov to sign up. The more volunteers we have, the more we can clean up!

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Schools Index, October 28, 9am – 5pm, volunteers needed to evaluate Hampton’s public schools for their curb appeal, solid waste management, and building upkeep. Lunch is included, ages 16 years and older only. Contact hccc@hampton.gov to sign up.

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Bluebird Gap Farm Fall Festival, October 28, 10am – 5pm, volunteers needed to staff display and conduct litter-free event activities. Contact hccc@hampton.gov to sign up.

 

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES!

Join Hampton Community Gardens for a lively demonstration on Vermicomposting (aka worm composting), on October 19 at 6pm, North Phoebus Community Center, 240 W. Chamberlain Avenue. Hampton Master Gardener Les Orgain will share all the info you need to start your own worm bin! Why start one? To save all your fruit and vegetable trimmings and peelings to enrich your garden or landscape!

Register at http://hampton.gov/FormCenter/Hampton-Boards-Commissions-Committees-5/Community-Garden-Event-Registration-Form-132.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Looking for Recycling Feedback: What do you need to know to be the best recycler you can be? Email hccc@hampton.gov

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Looking for NEWSLETTER Feedback: What do we need to do to give you a newsletter you can use? Email hccc@hampton.gov

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Looking for nominations for:

UPCOMING MEETINGS!

All HCCC meetings are open to the public, and we welcome your participation!


October 17: Clean & Green Businesses Committee Meeting, HCCC Office, 1296 Thomas Street, 3:30pm, information at hccc@hampton.gov

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October 20: Tree Tours Committee Meeting, HCCC Office, 1296 Thomas Street, 2pm, information at hccc@hampton.gov

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November 2: Litter & Recycling Awareness Committee Meeting, HCCC Office, 1296 Thomas Street, 11:30am, information at hccc@hampton.gov

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November 9: HWRP Meeting, Seize the Bay Trash to Art Show location, 66 Ingalls Road, Fort Monroe. 6:30pm, please bring a folding chair if you would like to sit. Either way, you will be surrounded by pieces of art that are sure to stir your passion! Information at causink@hampton.gov.

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November 14: HCCC Full Commission Meeting, Hampton City Hall, 5th Floor, Community Development Conference Room, 3:30pm, information at hccc@hampton.gov

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November 15: School Pride In Action Committee Meeting, Google Hangout, 4:30pm, information at hccc@hampton.gov


LOOKING FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS! 

Hampton Clean City Commission Board – oversees the programs and projects of the Hampton Clean City Commission and focuses on recognizing volunteers, board members are appointed by City Council. Contact hccc@hampton.gov for more information. Fill out a Board Bank application at https://hampton.granicus.com/boards/forms/239/apply/623877?code=34def5d9-e341-4ae1-9448-a571250065f4. We’re not actively looking now, but you never know when we will be, so sign up now through the Board Bank! You’re always welcome to attend and help out!

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Beautification Committee – works on a variety of projects including the YARDS Contest, tree tours, beautification projects, and education. Contact hccc@hampton.gov

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Clean & Green Business Committee – works on the quarterly Clean & Green Business Awards, the Virginia Peninsula Clean Business Awards breakfast, and other workplace related projects. Contact hccc@hampton.gov

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Hampton Waterways Restoration Project – works on a variety of clean waterway projects, including shoreline cleanups, water monitoring, and education. Contact causink@hampton.gov

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Litter & Recycling Awareness Committee – works on cleaning up Hampton through special cleanups and the Adopt-A-Spot program, as well as encouraging litter-free events, solid waste education efforts, and trash tours. Contact hccc@hampton.gov

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School Pride In Action Committee – educators (formal and informal) who encourage environmental lessons and activities in the classroom and on the school grounds, as well as emphasizing teacher education. Contact hccc@hampton.gov

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