Nature & Outdoors

Spring Cleanups in Cranston

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by Josh Wood Monday April 12, 2010

Pawtuxet Clean Up

“Rising concern about the “environmental crisis” is sweeping the nation’s campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam…a national day of observance of environmental problems, analogous to the mass demonstrations on Vietnam, is being planned for next spring, when a nationwide environmental ‘teach-in’…coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned….”1. And 40 years ago, Earth Day was born.

A note from Steve Stycos: Friends of the Pawtuxet is postponing its Saturday clean up because of potential concerns about environmental conditions after the flood. The largest item of trash is plastic bags in trees and when they are pulled from the tree, they produce a puff of dust. We are concerned this dust may be harmful, especially to children.

Under the leadership of Edgewood’s Steve Fishbach, we have joined other environmental groups to request that the EPA test sediments deposited by the flood. We think it is better to wait until we know more about the dust, and it is washed off trees by rain, before having a clean up. RI DEM is also urging caution on all Earth Day clean ups.

Pawtuxet River Cleanup

Saturday, Apr 17 9:30a
DEM Supply Depot, Cranston, RI
(401) 461-2618

Help clean up the Pawtuxet River after the biggest flood in history on April 17th at 9:30am at the DEM Supply Depot, 230 Warwick Ave. The flood waters left rolls of plastic pipe, tires and bottles strewn throughout the woods. Plastic bags, however, are the most common litter. This is a great chance to clean up a natural area and see the effects of the 100 year flood before the greenery hides it. Kids are welcome! For more information, contact: Steve at 461-2618.

Roger Williams Park Cleanup

Saturday, Apr 17 9:00a to 2:00p
Roger Williams Park Casino, Providence, RI
(401) 331-2298

Volunteer to help clean-up Roger Williams Park from 9am-2pm. Requirements: able to do lifting and bending. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather, sun and bug protection; long pants, long sleeves, sturdy closed toed shoes, waterproof boots, work gloves and bring waders if you have them. Project is best for ages 8 and up.

Oakland Cemetery Cleanup

Saturday, April 24
9am – 12pm
Oakland Cemetery
1569 Broad Street, Cranston

Bring tools and gloves if you have them. Water and snacks supplied. Organized by the Cranston Historical Society and the Cranston Historical Cemetery Commission.

Stillhouse Cove Cleanup

Saturday, April 24, 2010
10am – 2pm

Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association will be holding its annual cleanup of Stillhouse Cove in Cranston on Saturday, April 24. Come join your neighbors and help clean up the stuff that’s washed up following the great flood! The clean-up will begin at 10 and run until 2. We’ll have some gloves but feel free to bring your own. Hope to see you there. No advanced sign up required.

1. ‘Environmental Crisis’ May Eclipse Vietnam as College Issue, New York Times, 11/30/1969.

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Tuesday August 28, 2012

The Night Skies in Yosemite

Yosemite National Park offers an island of darkness perfect for viewing the revolving dome of the night sky. Photographers and astronomers are drawn to the park where the Milky Way is so bright it casts shadows.

It’s amazing how much we miss under the orange glow of the street lights.


Friday September 24, 2010

Open Space Up For Grabs

Hey, Floating Deer Head here. I just wanted to let you know that there’s an opportunity for Cranston to protect 50 acres of farmlands and forest on Natick Avenue. The proposal is up for review at this Monday’s city council meeting at 7pm in City Hall. Details on the click.


Friday August 27, 2010

The Season of Bugs

So if you live anywhere near a tree, a garden or a patch of grass, you probably hear what reminds you of a soundtrack to a jungle movie outside your window. They're bugs, and they're great. They really get rolling in the humid August weather and then crescendo towards the end of the month. You possibly also hear your neighbors. They're not in this guide. Re-posted from last year. more

Sunday June 6, 2010

Rough Weather Later Today

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says the weather could get all Wizard of Oz this afternoon. If you’re lounging in the kiddie pool or making divots on the links – respect the thunder and head to shelter. Along with the threat of wind and hail, Rhode Island is also... more

Thursday June 3, 2010

This Weekend: Kill Plants

Most nature walks demand a reverence for plants. A special nature walk this Saturday encourages you to smash them. More from Steve Stycos: Unusual Hike A little known pond full of spadderdock, Cranston’s finest graffiti, signs of the flood and a chance to smash invasive species will all be part of a... more