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Service Crews Clean Beaches and Lakes
Throughout the State
Left to right: Michael
Vatalaro, aide to Representative
Robert DeLeo; Chris Cannatta, Assistant
Supervisor, Community Service; Tim
Callahan, Assistant Statewide Supervisor,
Community Service; State Representative
Robert DeLeo, D-Revere; Domenic Cirelli,
Assistant Court Services Coordinator,
Community Service; and Brian Kelley
of the Department of Conservation
Along the coast, from the
New Hampshire state line to northern Massachusetts
continuing to the Cape and Islands and as
far west as the Berkshires, Community Service
crews are clearing beach shorelines and lakefronts
of glass and other debris – saving
municipalities hundreds of thousands of dollars
in labor costs and providing local families
with clean, safe beaches to enjoy during
The clean-up efforts of offenders –ordered
to perform community service--have also been
extended to city and town swimming pools.
This across-the-state clean-up does not only
take place during the summer. It continues
into the fall season and in some locations,
throughout the year.
cities and towns benefit from the work the
Trial Court Community Service Program provides.
This work includes the clean-up of beaches,
swimming pools and bath houses throughout
the Commonwealth. It's nice to know
the reason many of these facilities are operational
is because of the hard work the Community
Service participants provide," said
Chris Cannata, an Assistant Statewide Supervisor
for the Massachusetts Trial Court Community
Crews of probationers were
dispatched to more than 30 beaches and three
Attleboro public pools (list attached), averaging
more than 5,000 hours of work this summer.
Recently, at the nation's
oldest public beach, Revere Beach, a group
of offenders toiled under the blue skies
removing wood and debris washed ashore, raked
up seaweed and pulled weeds that had sprouted
up through worn and broken concrete along
walls and walkways.
State Representative Robert
A. DeLeo, Chairman of the House, Ways and
Means Committee, D-Revere, was on hand to
view the work being
"This work makes a real
difference in the community. Cities and towns
across the state are faced with fiscal difficulty
and without community service, a lot of this
work would not be completed," said
DeLeo, who is chairman of the House, Ways
and Means Committee.
Fourteen community service
crew members are dispatched to Revere Beach
twice a month to clean up trash.
"Massachusetts has a
beautiful coastline and a number of attractive
beaches. It is great that through our program,
offenders can give back to the community
by keeping these beaches clean and accessible
to everyone," Cannata said.
Several miles from Revere
Beach, Community Service crews can be found
tidying up Winthrop Beach in Winthrop and
Constitution Beach in East Boston twice a
month during four-hour shifts during the
summer. In the fall and later in the spring,
offenders tame the weeds with a weed trimmer.
Also in Suffolk County, beach
clean-up takes place at Carson Beach, Pleasure
Bay-Castle Island, and Malibu and Savin Hill
beaches in Dorchester.
In Essex County, Salisbury,
Plum Island, Nahant, and Lynn beaches are
swept clean of debris and glass.
Wollaston Beach in Quincy
and Houghton's Pond in Milton in Norfolk
County are scoured.
The Briggs Playground Pool,
Tilda B. Stone Playground Pool, and the Lee
Pond Veterans Memorial Pool – all public
pools in Attleboro -- are also on the list
for community service clean-up. This summer,
offenders stripped, cleaned and painted the
In Barnstable County, Cannata
said, the "brunt of the work is done
in the fall and winter."
Offenders clear debris, cut
grass, and paint bathhouses at nine beaches:
Wiley in Eastham, Rock Harbor in Orleans,
Mayflower in Dennis, Corporation Beach in
Dennis, Grey's in Yarmouth, Sandy Neck in
Sandwich, Cape Cod Canal in Bourne, Old Silver
in Falmouth, and Surf Drive in Falmouth.
On Martha's Vineyard, crews
of ten offenders are dispatched to five of
the local beaches five or six times a month
for four hour shifts where they do everything
from picking up trash to planting and fertilizing
the beach grass, said Cannata.
Offenders also participated
in an effort to protect Piping Plovers—a
small, pale shorebird that is considered
an endangered species.
"They block off nesting
and feeding areas where the Piping Plovers
tend to congregate," Cannata said.