River Cleanup – 2009


Other River Cleanups: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2002

2009 Berkshire County River CleanupsThree River Cleanups:  June 6, June 13, September 26

September 26, 2009 Cleanup

Cleanup Poster

The cleanup was great! One of the former Mayoral candidates helped out all day, and the current Mayor stopped by toward the end when we had big piles of trash.

We had about 16 volunteers who helped drag out 18 bags of trash, about 13 shopping carts, a couch, a file cabinet, a futon, two mattresses, a big wheels, parts of TVs, computers, and an air conditioner – and two bicycles in very good condition.

Thank you to all our volunteers! And thank you to all the businesses, organizations, and City Departments that helped make this possible.

This event has been a joint effort on the part of several entities and has been made possible with support and contributions from:

Berkshire Environmental Action Team

Kelly’s Diner – thank you for the great coffee!

Mike Panek & Phoenix Realty Management

City of Pittsfield Conservation Commission

City of Pittsfield Public Works & Utilities

City of Pittsfield Conservation Agent

City of Pittsfield Buildings and Maintenance

Covanta Energy

Housatonic Environmental Action League

Housatonic River Museum

The Trustees of Reservations

Berkshire Regional Activist and Volunteer Organization

Housatonic River Cleanups – June 6 & 13
My name is Jeffrey Schneider, and I am writing in regard to a Housatonic River Cleanup taking place on June 6, 2009, and a second cleanup occurring on June 13, 2009. You are receiving this email because you signed up to be notified about the cleanup, or are an acquaintance of mine that might be interested in knowing about this event and other similar functions in the future. The cleanups are being organized by Berkshire Regional Activist and Volunteer Organization (BRAVO) in collaboration with Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT). Details about each event are below, followed by additional volunteer opportunities associated with the cleanups if anyone is interested.1) Saturday, June 6, 2009 @ 366 Newell Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Parking is available at Belanger Athletic Field, across the street from our rendevous point on Newell Street. The event begins at 10:00 AM and will go until approximately 5:00 PM, but you may arrive and leave anytime. We will be cleaning up the section of river along Parkside Avenue and nearby area.There will be donuts and coffee compliments of Dunkin Donuts for those who will be present in the morning, and pizza compliments of East Side Cafe for those present at the end of the day.2) Saturday, June 13, 2009 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (but as with the 6th, you may come and go whenever you’d like). Currently we do not have a rendevous point or a suitable location for serving the donated donuts & coffee and pizza. I asked Harry’s Supermarket to use part of their parking lot, but was told that would not be allowed. I am in the process of contacting other suitable locations in the area. If anyone has any suggestions or perhaps has a house or knows someone with one in the vicinity, please contact me. We will be cleaning up the section of river in the vicinity of Elm Street, along Deming Street and the surrounding area.As for the other volunteer opportunities for anyone interested, there are as follows:

  • to pick up donated supplies
  • hand out and hang up flyers
  • drop off flyers and notification letters to immediate neighborhood
  • compose and send thank you notes to sponsoring and donating businesses
  • secure a rendezvous point for June 13 cleanup
  • create a sign to be placed roadside at cleanup
  • carpool to pick up those wishing to volunteer with no transportation
  • miscellaneous phone calls to volunteers, etc.

If you are interested in assisting with any of these items, please contact me by either replying to this email or calling me at (413) 464-6806. If you have any other questions or concerns, by all means, contact me for other such reasons as well. Thank you for your time and consideration, and I hope that you all will find the time to stop by and help out at some point during the day on June 6 or 13.


Jeffrey Schneider


To all of the people who helped in the clean-ups. We couldn’t do it without you.


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