THANK YOU to everyone that is planning on attending GSNEO’s Girl Scouts Forever Green Beach Clean Up at Edgewater Park on Saturday, June 8th.
PLEASE NOTE that there are major road closures and detours in the area due to the filming of Captain America (how cool is that?!?!). Check the local news and internet sources for the most current closure and detour information – be sure to have your GPS or map handy – and allow for extra travel time!
Below are some details on the closure information currently available:
The primary suggested alternate route during the closure is Detroit Avenue or I-90.
Throughout the duration of the closure, Edgewater Park and the marinas north of the Shoreway will be accessed via West 49th Street.
May 30 - June 13: W. 3rd Street between Alfred Lerner Way and St. Clair Avenue. Alternate route: E. 9th Street.
May 31 - June 14: West Shoreway between Lake Avenue and E. 9th is closed. Alternate route: Detroit Avenue. Note: Edgewater Park and the marinas north of the Shoreway will be accessed via W. 49th Street.
June 3 - June 13: W. 3rd Street between Lakeside Avenue and St. Clair. There will be intermittent traffic control.
June 3 - June 13: Lakeside Avenue between W. 6th Street and Ontario. Intermittent traffic control.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Macedonia, OH –Girl Scouts have made it their mission to clean up the beaches along Lake Erie and the waters surrounding Iceland, a European country located in the North Atlantic Ocean. Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (9th-12th grades) from northeast Ohio meet monthly with a W.A.G.G.G.S (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) group in Iceland via Skype. The scouts are participating in a twinning project funded by Alcoa Foundation.
Alcoa Foundation provided a two-year grant to expand the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary Take Action Project Girl Scouts Forever Green globally to 20 countries. This grant enables U.S. and international councils to work together and lead their families, schools and communities in improving the environment and protecting natural resources. This partnership directly aligns with Alcoa Foundation's environment theme to reduce, recycle and replenish.
In the first of two beach cleanups, about 61 girls and volunteers from northeast Ohio collected 150 pounds of trash and debris from Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 18. They worked for four hours, sifting through the sand to remove:
215 fish314 cigarette filters146 cigarettes1,125 pieces of plastic, glass, metal, Styrofoam and paper78 straws or stir sticks75 food wrappers and containers
The northeast Ohio Forever Green group prepared themselves to lead the cleanup and document these items, monitor the wind and water, and to determine environmental trends by participating in the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach program team leader training.
They also created educational displays to share with beach cleanup volunteers, demonstrating the impact our waste has on marine life and the environment.
The next beach cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 at Edgewater Beach. All are welcome to participate! Free patches are available for all youth who participate. They will also get the opportunity to meet the group from Iceland. Alcoa Foundation has made it possible for the Iceland scouts to travel to northeast Ohio to participate in the cleanup and meet their twinning group face-to-face.
Saturday, June 8, 2013 Edgewater Beach Cleveland Lakefront State Park 6700 Memorial Shoreway Cleveland Session one: 9:30 – 11:30 AM Session two: Noon – 2pm
Refreshments will be provided. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. Dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes for safety. Don’t forget your sunscreen! Look for Girl Scout signs to direct you to the location at the beach.