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Special Recognition Edition, December 18, 2017
HCCC Staff & Leadership wish you all a merry and peaceful Holiday Season! We hope the news about the following very special people in our community will inspire you for the New Year to come.
The 2017 Volunteer Recognition Dinner was held October 26 at Phoebus High School! Many, many thanks to Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Roads Hotel, Spa & Convention Center and Phoebus High School for supporting the event. Although funding was at low ebb, the spirit was warm and celebratory.
Thanks to Cris Ausink and Cynthia Harris for planning and organizing the Volunteer Recognition Dinner this year! Their efforts were greatly appreciated!
Thank you to Councilwoman Teresa Schmidt, Wendy Iles, Gayle Mooney, Jim Williams, Jamie Osso, Jackie Cannan, Will Kotheimer, John & Vickie Moyer, Earl Nebritt, Rachael Faunce, Sally Lewis, Loye Spencer, Shirley Boyd, Marty Tennille, and Pat Parker for helping to get the space set up and taken down. Thanks also to Hampton City Schools Food & Nutrition Services Catering for providing the delicious food. We hope a good time was had by all!
Environmental Excellence Awards
The Environmental Excellence Awards are presented to people who have made extraordinary efforts in keeping Hampton clean and beautiful. Congratulations to our 2017 Award winners!
The Bert Carr Environmental Excellence Award for Litter Prevention is awarded to individuals who have participated in the Adopt-A-Spot program for more than five years and have extended their participation beyond cleaning up! It is named in honor of long-time HCCC Chair, Bert Carr, who was a strong advocate for litter prevention and the Adopt-A-Spot Program.
Sharon Fladger, the 2017 Bert Carr Award winner, has cleaned up two spots in Hampton over the decade she has participated in the program! She engaged her family in cleanups on Beach Road and in the Elizabeth Lake Estates neighborhood. She is an advocate for litter prevention in her daily life as well.
The Harriet Storm Environmental Excellence Award for Education and Organization is awarded to an individual who has made tremendous contributions to educating the public or improving the Hampton Clean City Commission’s effectiveness. Harriet Storm was Chair, board member, advisor, and friend of HCCC for more than a decade.
Mara Yoko, the 2017 Harriet Storm Award winner, has accomplished both goals of the award. She led the development and implementation of a Trash to Art Exhibit and Fundraiser that both educated a segment of the public not usually reached by HCCC efforts and raised money to fund water quality monitoring and other endeavors of the Hampton Waterways Restoration Project, a committee of the Hampton Clean City Commission. Harriet would have been particularly pleased with this award, because in addition to being an advocate for the Hampton Clean City Commission and the mental health community, she was also a strong supporter of the arts and would have loved the exhibit.
The Mary Jo Hogge Environmental Excellence Award for Water Quality Awareness is awarded to an individual who has made tremendous contributions to educating the public about the beauty, value, and importance of our waterways and coastal environment. It is named for Mary Jo Hogge, a long-time HCCC board member who focused her energy on coastal awareness and advocacy.
Rhonda Graves, the 2017 Mary Jo Hogge Award winner, is a VCE Hampton Master Gardener, and participates in water quality monitoring. Through her work as a Master Gardener, she encourages Hampton citizens to use plants to improve water quality in addition to making our city more beautiful. She is also a Hampton Tree Steward (through VCE Master Gardeners), and devotes time to tree surveys, tree tours, and other means of raising awareness of the importance of trees in improving water quality.
Clean City Awards
The Clean City Awards are presented to people and organizations who have made outstanding efforts in keeping Hampton clean and beautiful in five categories: Beautification & Community Improvement, Environmental Education, Litter Prevention, Recycling & Solid Waste Awareness, and Waterways Awareness. Congratulations to our 2017 Award winners!
Buckroe Improvement League, a 2017 Beautification & Community Improvement Award winner, has for many years been the guardian of the Buckroe area in terms of keeping it clean and beautiful. BIL members clean up litter, participate in various HCCC programs, and actively care for their community.
Donald Dixon, a 2017 Beautification & Community Improvement Award winner, installed the first disc golf course in Hampton at the Aquatics Center on Butler Farm Road. He designed a park called the Hampton 9 Disc Golf Course for Hampton families to play disc golf. He designed the course, organized volunteers, and worked to preserve trees while building the course. This effort required cleaning up the litter and landscaping the previously neglected land to create the beautiful park that it is today. Clearing the area for the course opened the view and made for a cleaner, safer environment. Mr. Dixon's tireless efforts and countless hours of volunteer work have greatly impacted the Hampton 9 Disc Golf Course /Matteson Trail system in an amazing way. He has donated his own time/ money to help the upgrades at the park. He also recruited and organized community involvement to aid.
YARDS Judging Team, a 2017 Beautification & Community Improvement Award winner, has spent their summers since 1986 or so judging residences that had been nominated for the Yards Are Really Distinctive Showplaces Contest. During that time, they have selected more than 400 Yards of the Month winners and nearly 20 Yard of the Year winners. The team has changed over the years, but their mission has not – they celebrate residential efforts to keep Hampton beautiful.
Moton Early Childhood Center, the 2017 Environmental Education Award winner, organized and implemented the environmental curriculum for Moton Early Childhood Center students. These included school wide seed plantings, crafts made of reused and recycled materials, a school parade carrying the recycle crafts, earth day pledges, classroom posters, and awareness-raising among city and school board guests invited to attend parade. Moton also participated in the Spring Hampton Home Repair Blitz (May 2017) and partnered with the Neighborhood office and Habitat for Humanity, painting halls and the cafeteria with the help of some city council members, School Board Chair Dr. Samuels, and others from the city of Hampton.
Coyote Mountain Ridge Academy, a 2017 Litter Prevention Award winner, helped plant flowers at park and monitored recycling and waste disposal to be more efficient and environmentally friendly. They provided environmental education in their neighborhood, performed litter reduction activities and encouraged litter prevention, and removed debris from areas around storm drains before and after storms.
The Fladger Family, a 2017 Litter Prevention Award winner, has been a sponsor of HCCC's Adopt-A-Spot Program for a decade (since July 2007), first performing litter prevention and abatement in the Beach Road area, and now in the area of Elizabeth Lake Drive. The efforts of this family are sincerely appreciated.
VersAbility Resources, the 2017 Recycling & Waste Reduction Award winner, has operated their e-Recycling program for many years. The program keeps tons of harmful materials out of local landfills. Businesses and individuals can bring their old electronics to VersAbility and people with disabilities disassemble the equipment. This year, VersAbility worked to increase community awareness of the program. The operation has been featured many times on HCCC’s Tour de Trash.
George Curran, a 2017 Water Quality Award winner, participates in almost every project Hampton Waterways Restoration Project conducts - outreach events, oyster shell recycling, cleanups, water quality testing, and tree maintenance. With all this he finds time to help the Community Cleanup team at various locations in Hampton and is a steadfast participant in Buckroe Improvement League cleanups.
Hampton Waterways Restoration Project, a 2017 Water Quality Award winner, has planned and implemented a number of innovative projects. The group conducts outreach events, oyster gardening, oyster shell recycling, cleanups, water quality testing, and tree maintenance, among other activities. Members work hard to educate the community about the importance of our waterways.
We LoveU Foundation, a 2017 Water Quality Award winner, has been carrying out Clean World Movement in the city of Hampton through beach and neighborhood cleanup activities at Grandview Nature Preserve, Old Northampton, and North Phoebus. In both initiatives over 50 volunteers gathered together and cleaned the area of trash and debris.
Yard of the Year Award
The Yard of the Year Award is presented to one resident who has a home landscape that exhibits the best of sustainability and beauty. From May through September each year, YARDS judges select three Yard of the Month winners with the Yard of the Year winner chosen from these. Congratulations to our 2017 Yard of the Year Award winner!
Greg Riebe, resident on Threechopt Road, is the 2017 Yard of the Year Award winner. The Riebe yard is a show stopper! In the front yard, there were beauty berries, beautiful crape myrtles, and splashes of purple, red, and yellow. The judges were greeted by milkweed plants, goldenrod, a Rose of Sharon tree, azaleas, seagrass, dogwoods, and black-eyed Susan flowers. Butterflies were busy feasting on the butterfly bush. The yard included a welcoming bench in the front yard so everyone could sit and enjoy the surroundings. Tomato plants and oregano were part of the landscape! A brick walkway and trellis lead to the incredible backyard. We were happy to see an environmentally friendly rain barrel in the back as well as a gazebo for relaxing. The backyard was also a kaleidoscope of color with violet petunias, marigolds, salmon-colored azalea bushes, and emerald green ferns. The Riebes did not forget about our feathered friends. The landscape included plenty of birdhouses and bird feeders, so there was no waiting in line! This fabulous yard is proof that Yards Are Really Distinctive Showplaces!
The 2017 Yard of the Month Award winners were:
Green School Awards
The School Awards are presented to five schools that exemplify the best of environmental education and action in our schools. In addition, those who made serious efforts to be the best are also recognized. Congratulations to our 2017 Green School Award winners!
Asbury Elementary School holds litter cleanups regularly. They recycle paper and cardboard and also regularly participate in the Trex Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge. Last year they collected 1,202 pounds of plastic bags. The Beautification Committee Flower Fairies cleaned up the front flower beds, thinned daffodil bulbs, weeded, trimmed, planted, and swept. The committee is comprised of 8 to 10 staff members. Hampton City Schools encourages energy conservation and Asbury was recognized for the school’s efforts. The third grade had HCCC come several times for various environmental education programs. The third grade teachers met with HCCC before the school year began and set up a series of programs that included recycling; Tour de Trash, Garbage Pizza, Greeting Card Boxes, and Preventable Journey. While the school doesn’t have a formal outdoor classroom, it does have benches and tables that provide a infrastructure for outdoor classes, and the teachers use the outdoors frequently.
Kecoughtan High School is an active participant in Green School efforts. Sandra Hooper and Sally Lewis are regular participants in the School Pride in Action Committee. Sally is Chair of the committee. The Ecology Club cleans up the school grounds monthly, and participated in the HCCC Walk Hampton Clean event. In addition, they have the support of the Men of 78 (Gerald R Ford), who clean up the grounds regularly. The school has a recycling dumpster and recycles regularly. In addition, the school participated in the Trex Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge. The Ecology Club members undertook some major beautification projects, including restoration of the butterfly garden, library courtyard plant rescue, and school perimeter plantings with the rescued plants. The Ecology Club also undertook energy conservation education announcements throughout Earth Week. At least eight teachers in the school led their classes in participating in the oyster gardening conservation project with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other partners. The Independent Living classes had HCCC talk about volunteerism, speakers about water quality came to the Ecology Club meetings, several science teachers had NASA speakers, the students participated in a variety of oyster education activities, Warrior Park and the butterfly garden are used for outdoor classes.
Langley Elementary School’s Michele Lee regularly participates in the School Pride In Action Committee. The students at the school volunteers for the Litter Patrol during recess several times each year, keeping the playground area clean. The school recycles throughout the year. The Green Team (ecology club) students pick up the recyclables from the classroom and fill the gray toters with the recyclables, so they are always full. Langley also participated in the Trex Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge. Langley, too, shared energy conservation reminders with staff and students on a weekly basis, and with parents on a monthly basis. The school participated in the Water Wishes activity conducted by Hampton Waterway Restoration Project, providing water awareness education to the community at large. The Green team kids performed periodic skits on the morning newscast. In addition, they visited primary classrooms and explained the plastic bag recycling program while wearing plastic bag superhero capes.
Phenix School’s Dawn Gerbing was a regular participant in the School Pride In Action Committee and worked on Green Cafeteria efforts for the school system. Students at the school participated in litter cleanups and had help from Guinevere Franklin #1051, a community organization. The school recycles regularly and also participated in the Trex Plastic Bag Challenge, collecting 392 pounds and winning the Mid-Atlantic competition for schools in their size category! The received a plastic bench for their efforts. The school has a rain garden and regularly conducts habitat cleanups to keep the school beautiful. Students and staff engage in energy conservation efforts that include education. The CHROME Club participated in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s oyster gardening project with Hampton City Schools. Les Femmes Social & Civic Society read Earth Day Stories to elementary schools. The entire school was encouraged to participate in Meatless Mondays, with the Green Team leading the way. Teachers use the outdoors as a classroom as often as possible.
Spratley Gifted Center’s Ecology Club at Spratley is actively involved in educating the other students at the school. They were Golden Litter Stick winners this year, having cleaned up their school grounds 27 times throughout the school year, removing 56 bags of litter during the cleanups. Students at Spratley also had an opportunity to participate in the annual 15-Minute Litter Challenge, during which they could clean up their neighborhood or another location for 15 minutes during the challenge period. The entire school participates in the recycling program, and they collected plastic bags as part of the Trex Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge as well. The third, fourth, and fifth-grade students participate in vegetable gardening in the schoolyard habitat, and conduct beautification cleanups in the outdoor classroom regularly. The school has a rain garden, thanks to a Chesapeake Bay Foundation program. Students and staff participate in energy awareness and conservation activities. Students contributed to the Hampton Waterways Restoration Project Water Wishes program to help educate Hampton citizens about the importance of clean water. The fourth-grade students raised trout throughout the school year that were released in a mountain stream in the spring. They also participate in water quality monitoring activities. Their curriculum was enriched by participation in a Tour de Trash to the landfill, use of the outdoor classroom, participating in several environmental field trips, including going to Bluebird Gap Farm, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Brock Center, Sandy Bottom Nature Park, and Wood's Orchard.
Honorable Mention Green Schools were:
Other Hampton schools who participated in green school activities were:
Golden Litter Stick Adopt-A-Spot Awards
The Golden Litter Stick Awards recognize those Adopt-A-Spot Program participants who cleaned up 20 or more times throughout the year. Congratulations to our 2017 Golden Litter Stick Adopt-A-Spot Award winners!
Bellgrade Good Neighbors cleaned up 40 times, removing 73 bags of trash and 3,934 cigarette butts from Middle Road and Commander Shepard Boulevard.
Marilyn Burney cleaned up more than 90 times, removing 16 bags of trash from Hall Road.
Jackie Cannan cleaned up 32 times, removing 85 bags of trash and 1,835 cigarette butts from Village Drive.
Elizabeth Lake Estates Morning Walkers cleaned up 93 times, removing 164 bags of trash and 13,345 cigarette butts from Woodland Road from Mercury Boulevard to Pembroke Avenue.
Hampton Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority cleaned up 21 times, removing 42 bags of trash and 3,421 cigarette butts from Armistead Avenue from Pembroke Avenue to Lincoln Street.
Hampton Citizens Police Academy Alumni Volunteers cleaned up 125 times, removing 106 bags of trash and 19,359 cigarette butts from Syms Street, King Street, Lincoln Street, Thomas Street, and Holiday Drive.
Hampton Roads Alumni Association, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity cleaned up 21 times, removing 69 bags of trash and 3,998 cigarette butts from Aberdeen Road between 56th and 60th Streets .
Spratley Gifted Center Ecology Club cleaned up 27 times, removing 56 bags of trash and 251 cigarette butts from Spratley Gifted Center grounds.
Tidemill Machen Community Association cleaned up 24 times, removing 20 bags of trash and 1,942 cigarette butts from the Tidemill neighborhood and Machen Elementary School.
Wesley United Methodist Church cleaned up 21 times, removing 36 bags of trash and 6,390 cigarette butts from the corners of Armistead Avenue and Tidemill Lane.
Extra Mile Adopt-A-Spot Awards
The Extra Mile Awards recognize those Adopt-A-Spot Program participants who cleaned up 10 to 19 times throughout the year. Congratulations to our 2017 Extra Mile Award Adopt-A-Spot Award winners!
Jim and Margaret Bartlett cleaned up 18 times, removing 25 bags of trash and 665 cigarette butts from Salt Ponds Road.
Boy Scout Troop 151 cleaned up 12 times, removing 52 bags of trash and 1,028 cigarette butts from Hall Road.
Buckroe Improvement League cleaned up 10 times, removing 58 bags of trash and 1,011 cigarette butts from sites throughout Buckroe, particularly 5th Street at Long Creek.
Downtown Hampton Exchange Club cleaned up 10 times, removing 22 bags of trash and 5,505 cigarette butts from Armistead Avenue from Pembroke Avenue to the Old Harbor View lot.
The Exchange Club of Wythe cleaned up 11 times, removing 51 bags of trash and 11,880 cigarette butts from Hampton Roads Center Parkway.
The Fladger Family cleaned up 11 times, removing 13 bags of trash and 252 cigarette butts from the southern end of Elizabeth Lake Drive.
Hampton Waterways Restoration Project cleaned up 11 times, removing 28 bags of trash and 749 cigarette butts from various waterways in Hampton.
The Litter & Recycling Awareness Community Cleanup Team cleaned up 10 times, removing 82 bags of trash and 2,829 cigarette butts from ten sites in Hampton.
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc cleaned up 12 times, removing 52 bags of trash and 1,028 cigarette butts from Big Bethel Road from Custer Court to Mercury Boulevard.
Jack Rezabek & Corlease Sills cleaned up 11 times, removing 18 bags of trash and 2,256 cigarette butts from Machen Elementary School.
Northampton Community Center Staff cleaned up 11 times, removing 107 bags of trash and 480 cigarette butts from Northampton Community Center.
The Schultz Family cleaned up 16 times, removing 16 bags of trash and 2,230 cigarette butts from the in the area of Eastmoreland Drive, Fleming Drive, St Albans Drive, Curle Road, Kingsway Court, and Westley Court
The Smith Family of Baker’s Farm cleaned up 13 times, removing 48 bags of trash and 3,485 cigarette butts from Semple Farm Road.
The Chain Gang cleaned up 11 times, removing 12 bags of trash from the Hampton 9 Disc Golf Course on Butler Farm Road.
Honorable Mention Adopt-A-Spot Awards
The Honorable Mention Awards recognize those Adopt-A-Spot Program participants who cleaned up 5 to 9 times throughout the year, exceeding the number of times they promised to clean up when they adopted their spot. Congratulations to our 2017 Honorable Mention Adopt-A-Spot Award winners!
Hampton Mercury Lions Club cleaned up 5 times, removing 15 bags of trash and 950 cigarette butts from Power Plant Parkway from Mercury Boulevard to Pine Chapel Road.
The Hampton Roads Networking Exchange Club cleaned up 6 times, removing 23 bags of trash and 879 cigarette butts from Bluebird Gap Farm.
The McLean Family cleaned up 5 times, removing 6 bags of trash and 318 cigarette butts from West Lewis Road and Martha Lee Drive.
Men of 78 (USS Gerald R Ford) cleaned up 6 times, removing 13 bags of trash and 37 cigarette butts from Kecoughtan and Phoebus High Schols and the North Phoebus Community Center.
One Love CommUnity cleaned up 5 times, removing 14 bags of trash and 430 cigarette butts from River Street Park.
Peninsula Networking Exchange Club cleaned up 7 times, removing 35 bags of trash and 657 cigarette butts from Nickerson Storm Pond.
Phoebus United Methodist Men cleaned up 8 times, removing 22 bags of trash and 751 cigarette butts from Willard Avenue from I-64 to Mercury Boulevard.
Science Systems & Applications, Inc cleaned up 6 times, removing 52 bags of trash and 3,000 cigarette butts from Commander Shepard Boulevard to NASA.
Tau Beta Chapter, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc cleaned up 7 times, removing 14 bags of trash and 551 cigarette butts from Woodland Road from County Road to Mercury Boulevard.
Tyler/Seldendale Community Improvement Task Force cleaned up 6 times, removing 19 bags of trash and 475 cigarette butts from the Tyler/Seldendale neighborhood.
United Christian Brotherhood cleaned up 6 times, removing 15 bags of trash and 736 cigarette butts from Big Bethel Road from Custer Court to Briarfield Road.
Zeta Omicron Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc cleaned up 6 times, removing 16 bags of trash and 76 cigarette butts on Marcella Road from Armistead Avenue to Cooper Elementary School.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Rho Alpha Chapter cleaned up 5 times, removing 29 bags of trash and 2,554 cigarette butts from the area of S Mallory Street and Howard Street.
Clean & Green Businesses Awards
Throughout the year, Clean & Green Business Awards are presented to up to four workplaces that that exemplify sustainability through waste handling, landscaping, litter prevention, and community involvement. Congratulations to our 2017 Clean & Green Business Award winners!
Dandy Haven Marina is an outstanding steward of our waterways, with proactive and innovative business practices as well as strong community support for waterway awareness education.
Countryside Gardens focuses on doing good while doing business, with community education outreach as well as organic products and support of community environmental projects.
Wawa at Mercury and Aberdeen is a good community neighbor, keeping its grounds clean and landscaped as well as offering recycling in its store.
Hampton University maintains beautiful grounds and preserves historic trees as well as encouraging its students to participate in community environmental projects.
Hampton Clean City Commission
Throughout the year, the Hampton Clean City Commission members, advisors, and staff work to facilitate programs that make Hampton cleaner and more beautiful, recognize the many volunteers who do so much for our community, and support volunteer efforts!
Barb Abraham, Ryan Adams, Jackie Cannan (Vice Chair), Wendy Iles (Chair), Will Kotheimer, Gayle Mooney, Jamie Osso
Barb Abraham (Clean & Green Workplaces Committee), Sally Lewis (School Pride In Action Committee), Claire Neubert (Hampton Waterways Restoration Project Chair), Pat Parker (Litter Awareness Committee ), Jim Williams (Clean & Green Workplaces Committee)
Advisors, Sponsors, and Staff:
Cris Ausink (HCCC), Debbie Blanton (HCCC), Cynthia Harris (HCCC), Deborah Jackson (VCE Hampton Master Gardeners), Gaylynn Johnson (Hampton Virginia Cooperative Extension), Veronica Meade (City Attorney’s Office), Jason Mitchell (Public Works Department), Teresa Schmidt (City Council Liaison), Kay Trotter (Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services)
Beautification Committee Members: Anne Tucker, Barbara Krumpen, Carol King, Deborah Jackson, Diane Peters, Gary Holloway, Jamie Osso, Lana Brin, Loye Spencer, Marty Tennille, Nancy Williams, Rhonda Graves, Shirley Boyd, Susan Lundin
Clean & Green Workplaces Committee: Barb Abraham, Claire Geary, Claire Neubert, Irene Ferrainolo, Ryan Adams, Wallace Green
Hampton Waterways Restoration Project: Andy Gurkin, Andy Mycroft, Angela Bettis, Arthur Ritter, Ashley Haines, Becky Holliday, Beverley Nunnally, Brooke Anderson, Carl Smith, Cecile Trevathan, Chip Quinn, Clyde Williams, Daina Henry, David Singletary, Dawn Christian, Derek Louder, Diane Peters, Don Neubert, George Curran, Jamie Osso, Jane Gibson, Jeanette LeDuc Nichols, Jervone Bowens, Jim Branstetter, Joshua Hamm, Kyle Anderson, Leonard Schmidt, Linda Boone, Linda Hamm, Lisa Ulmer, Loye Spencer, Mara Yoko, Maria Lopez, Melany Libby, Melody Avery, Michele Ferrel, Rebecca Corcoran, Rory Hendricks, Shirley Boyd, Sylvia Babineaux, Tania Taloute, Teresa Schmidt, Troy Bonavita
Litter & Recycling Awareness Committee: Ann Andrews, Corlease Sills, Leslie Crandol, Loye Spencer, Marian Currier, Mary Parker, Melanie Paul, Patrick Crandol, Shirley Boyd
School Pride In Action Committee: Aimee Ryder, Alexis Tharpe, Ann Munana, Betsy McAllister, Claire Neubert, Claire Parent, Dawn Gerbing, Deanna McNeil, Jamie Osso, Jane Rogers, Janet Hojje, Jodi Funkhauser, Karen Sealey, Kathleen Edmondson, Kathy Dermanis, Kathy Kilgore, Kelley Crawford, Lynn Taplin, Marci Miles, Mary Kelley, Michele Ferrel, Michele Lee, Missy Powell-Riedl, Patricia Duncan, Paula Spady, Shari Mair, Sheryl McLaughlin, Shirley Sypolt, Shirlyne Heard, Sondra Rowe, Susan Booth, Terry DeBusk, Tirzah Sarro, Troy Thompson