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Sustainable Saybrook sponsors Green Up Day!

posted Mar 20, 2013, 2:02 PM by Sustainable Saybrook   [ updated Apr 3, 2013, 11:27 AM ]

Join the first annual town wide Old Saybrook Green Up Day Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m. to noon. This is a great opportunity to get out and see friends and neighbors, help spruce up the town for the season, and remove the trash left by the recent storms and litterbugs.

For added social networking, start your trash journey with the Green Up send-off celebration, 8 a.m. on the green and disperse from there to clean up the roadside litter. Whether starting from the green, or working in your own neighborhood, bring filled garbage bags to one of several designated drop-off locations: the Green, Clark Memorial Park (Town Park) or the Town Beach Parking Lot. Free garbage bags will be available at those locations as well. Public works will collect bags left by the side of the road on Monday, April 29, but to reduce their workload, bringing them to one of the designated areas is preferred.
There are many community activities taking place April 27, why not bring along a bag or two and look for trash on your way to baseball, the fishing derby, the Seaside Shuffle or the Fire Department/SSKP food drive? Every can, bottle, bag and fast food container picked up is one less item that will end up in Long Island Sound, and eventually in the great floating plastic island in the middle of the ocean. 
For more information about how and where you can help “green up” the town:

Connecticut DEEP Announces Participation in Website to Promote Materials Reuse

posted Nov 28, 2012, 7:08 AM by Sustainable Saybrook   [ updated Nov 28, 2012, 8:03 AM ]

PRESS RELEASE: DEEP is pleased to announce our participation in the newly launched Reuse Marketplace - a web-based resource to Capture Value, Exchange Reusable Items, Save Money & Reduce Waste.  The Reuse Marketplace is a free regional website that businesses, municipalities, institutions and organizations can use for posting or obtaining reusable or surplus materials that would otherwise be disposed as trash.  It's is a quick and efficient way to manage surplus or gently used goods, which saves money and reduces waste disposal throughout Connecticut and the northeast region.   Anyone can browse the website and obtain materials, but only businesses, municipalities, institutions and organizations in the states of CT, DE, MA, NJ, NY, RI, and VT can become members and offer items for reuse.  The Reuse Marketplace is being administered by the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and sponsored by several government agencies and private companies doing business in Connecticut.  
Questions can be directed to  K.C. Alexander of the Connecticut Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection at 860-424-3239 or Lynn Rubinstein of NERC at 802-254-3636.

Old Saybrook Social Services Offers Programs and Events

posted Nov 28, 2012, 6:48 AM by Sustainable Saybrook   [ updated Nov 28, 2012, 7:19 AM ]


Several events are scheduled for December to help Old Saybrook residents with a variety of needs:

* Employment Workshops and Job Networking
* "Social Services Help Day" including Dental Clinic and Hearing Clinic
* Connecticut Food Bank Truck
* Warm the Children, Holiday Giving, Energy Assistance

Employment Workshops and Job Networking

With Acton Library and CT Works, Social Services has formed Shoreline Works providing free career counseling, placement and training opportunities at Acton Public Library on Mondays.

This month's special events are:
* December 10th workshop - Marketing Your Transferable Skill Sets, presented by Lew Slotnick 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
* December 17th group - How to Present Your Skills on Your Resume and in an Interview 10:15 am - 12:15 pm


Social Service Help Day
December 20th at Grace Episcopal Church, 336 Main Street

Call or email Susan Consoli, MA, LPC for an appointment (see contact info at bottom):

* CT Dept of Social Services will process applications for SNAP, HUSKY Insurance, and Medicaid, etc on site in the DSS Bus from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
* CHC Dental Clinic will provide cleanings and screenings from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.  There is a $30 co-pay but services will be free for those in need.
* Hearing Clinic will provide free screenings from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
* Feed the Children replacement food for victims of Storm Sandy who applied for this assistance will be distributed from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Connecticut Food Bank Truck
December 27th at Grace Episcopal Church, 336 Main Street

No applications needed, just bring your bags for the distribution from 1:30 - 2:30 pm


Warm the Children, Holiday Giving, Energy Assistance
Energy Assistance application appointments are ongoing. To schedule an appointment, contact Susan Consoli, MS, LPC (see contact info at bottom).
Applications for help with children's clothing and gifts for the holidays are available at Youth and Family Services.


Contact Susan Consoli, MA, LPC
Social Service Coordinator
sconsoli@town.old-saybrook.ct.us [mailto:sconsoli@town.old-saybrook.ct.us]

OSLT Puts on Annual Thanksgiving Hike

posted Nov 12, 2012, 10:57 AM by Sustainable Saybrook

Please join the Old Saybrook Land Trust for their annual Old Saybrook Land Trust Thanksgiving Hike.  The hike will be held on Sunday, November 25, from 12:30 to 3:30.  This year the OSLT hikers will be visiting the Pleasant Valley Preserve, in the town of Lyme.  Managed by the Lyme Land Conservation Trust for The Nature Conservancy, this 235-acre site is wonderfully diverse, featuring a stretch of the Wild and Scenic Eightmile River, open fields, early successional woodland, and vernal pools.  This preserve was also inspiration for the work of 20th century impressionist painters Oscar Fehrer, Eugene Higgins and Robert Vonnoh.  

Those interested should meet at the commuter lot off 95, Exit 70, in Old Lyme to carpool (parking is limited).  This is an easy walk over somewhat uneven terrain. Dress appropriately for protection against ticks (long pants). Please, no dogs.

Community Workshop to be held on November 5

posted Oct 25, 2012, 8:02 AM by Sustainable Saybrook   [ updated Oct 25, 2012, 8:06 AM ]

Old Saybrook Youth and Family Services and Healthy Communities-Healthy Youth cordially invite town residents to a community workshop: "Building Developmental Assets in Our Community". 
The workshop will be facilitated by Tim Duffey of Vision Training Associates. Tim is a nationally recognized expert on developmental assets and their practical applications for individuals and organizations working with and for youth. Tim is also very familiar with Old Saybrook having facilitated community workshops, professional development workshops and small group conversations for Old Saybrook Healthy Communities Healthy Youth in the past. Whether you are new to the concept of developmental assets and asset building for youth, or are very familiar with it - you will personally benefit from attending this Community Workshop...AND your community will too.
Where: Old Saybrook Middle School, 60 Sheffield Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
When: Monday, November 5, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
THERE IS NO COST TO ATTEND, but you do need to pre-register in order to maximize the experience and content for all. You may also reserve free on-site child care if needed when you register. To register, please follow this link.
If you have any questions about the workshop or how to register, please don't hesitate to contact Youth and Family Services.
Phone: 860-395-3190
Fax: 860-395-3189

OS Land Trust Working to Clean Up Donated Land

posted Oct 17, 2012, 12:23 PM by Sustainable Saybrook

What’s happening in the parking lot behind the old CVS building (now a Middlesex Hospital Primary Care facility)?  Can you see the water?   Hopefully, you noticed the vista is improving with the removal of phragmities and the clearing of some debris and invasive plants.

This land was donated by Mrs. Lou Rae Beers to the Old Saybrook Land Trust in 2010.   The stewardship committee evaluated the potential of removing years of accumulation natural and otherwise.  The town public works personnel trucked off a couch, chairs and other odd discards.  Then the team went to work removing the vines, fallen trees, and the dreaded invasive knotweed plants.   Intermingled with the natural environment were large amounts of plastic bags, paper cups and  other assorted trash that may have blown in or been discarded there.  We invite you to join us Saturday October 20th at 8:30 to join in this effort.
Our dream for the site is to have a downtown park-like setting with benches where people could enjoy the view, be de-stressed by watching the animal life and bird patterns, or taking a break from working, shopping, or exercising.   Please like us on facebook or contact us by e-mail OSLT.org if you want to be involved.

OSHS Ecology Club Cleans Up at the Beach!

posted Oct 5, 2012, 12:00 PM by Sustainable Saybrook   [ updated Oct 5, 2012, 1:14 PM ]

On the twenty-ninth of September at nine am, the Old Saybrook high school Ecology club (led by Mrs. Karen Carlone) participated in a beach clean up. Those in attendance included OSHS students: Erik Nguyen, Matt Graneiro, Melanie Brodeur, Erin FitzGerald, Zachary Chupak, Luke D’ambrosi, Nick Dibble, Josh Scherber, Samantha Lennon, Sean McAvoy, Lily Hontz, Sara Fitzpatrick, and Grant Patterson. The club began their clean up at Harvey’s beach and then proceeded to Town Beach. A significant amount of trash and recyclables were recovered. Mostly small items like cigarette butts and debris were found. Also, the team separated recyclables from the trash. The crew did not limit their clean up to the beach. They ventured out into the surrounding marsh and shrubbery, as well. Larger items were found there like water bottles and chip bags. In all, the club filled two garbage bags of environmentally harmful waste. The team spent two hours on their clean up and persevered through the cold drizzle with a positive attitude. It was a successful event; the club definitely left the beaches better than they found them!
Article by: Erik Nguyen

A "Thank You" and an Apology...

posted Sep 26, 2012, 9:07 AM by Sustainable Saybrook   [ updated Oct 17, 2012, 12:45 PM ]

Thank you to everyone that stopped by the Sustainable Saybrook table at the 2012 Old Saybrook Family Day on Saturday, September 22nd!  It was a great event and we're hoping to see some of those Sustainable Saybrook T-shirts around town!  Please feel free to contact us via the "Stay in Touch" link on our website or by attending one of our 2 monthly meetings (see our Calendar of Events)! 
We've just begun adding all of the email addresses that we collected at the event to our database in preparation for the next Sustainable Saybrook email "blast".  If you were busy on Saturday and didn't get a chance to sign up, it's not too late!  Follow this link to sign up now!  Stay tuned for more from Sustainable Saybrook!
And lastly, Sustainable Saybrook would like to extend an apology to the Old Saybrook Garden Club.  Anyone who received a bookmark from us at the Family Day event or at the Farmers' Market should know that the Street Garden Recognition Program was put on by the Old Saybrook Garden Club and not by the Chamber of Commerce.  We deeply regret this error and truly appreciate all that the Garden Club does to brighten up our wonderful town. 

Something for Everyone at Family Day 2012!

posted Sep 20, 2012, 11:03 AM by Sustainable Saybrook

Sustainable Saybrook will be participating in the Old Saybrook Family Day event, this year.  Family Day is a FREE community event for all ages.  The event will take place from 1-4pm on Saturday, September 22.  (Rain date: Sunday, September 23rd)  Please stop by our table at the event to see us.  Sign up for our monthly sustainability tips email list and get a FREE gift! 

OSGC Announces Winners in Street Garden Competition

posted Aug 18, 2012, 1:22 PM by Sustainable Saybrook   [ updated Aug 18, 2012, 1:25 PM ]

Headlines Salon Co-owners Janet Downie (far left) and Pat Lucchesi

Fifteen, 28, 41.
The winning Lotto number? No, the number of businesses who entered the Old Saybrook Garden Club's Street Garden Recognition Program in its first, second, and third years, respectively. The program was launched by club member, Jean Hester, in 2010 to encourage town businesses to embark on beautification projects. Since then the number of entries has nearly tripled, thanks to the dedicated efforts of Ms. Hester (who continues to guide the program) and her committee--this year consisting of June Willson, Paula Luby, and Carole Sabia. Kudos also go to the many Old Saybrook businesses who take pride in their streetscapes and use plantings to enhance their places of business.
Committee members judged the 41 entries in early July, choosing four winners and one, well, super winner. Of the four winners, two featured planters and two were whole landscapes. Headlines Salon, at 7 Sheffield Street, won for the gorgeous and beautifully maintained flower box under the shop's picture window. Co-owners of Headlines, Pat Lucchesi and Janet Downie, have participated in the program for two years now; it is Ms. Lucchesi who planned, planted, and tends this beautiful planter. Linda Michalezyk of the Old Saybrook Flower Shop, 140 Main Street, got the nod for the three large matching pots she planted and tends at the curb in front of the Dudley building. The sweet-potato vines and hot-pink petunias she chose make a striking combination.
Liberty Bank, at 90 Main Street, features a whole landscape of red, white, and blue flowers that looks the very essence of a New England summer. Assistant Manager, Douglas Prevost, oversees this effort; Sue and Bob Wickland of Just Gardens, LLC, are the worker bees behind this winning landscape. At 129 Main Street, Alberte Cocomo of Lighthouse Home Care has created a lovely landscape featuring red roses, red geraniums, daisies, coreopsis, day lilies, hydrangeas, and more. Building owner, Margaret Taylor, sponsored this impressive, award-winning project. Finally, the super winner--"for ongoing excellence"--is Esty's LLC, the lamp (and more) shop at 292 Main Street owned by Susan Esty, which has received top scores all three years of the competition. Here, a narrow but outstanding perennial garden borders the drive between Esty's and the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center; two beautifully planted pots frame the store's entry; and flowers in a tree pit at the curb complete a very impressive display. Ms. Esty's brother, Richard Esty, is the primary force behind this beautiful garden.
A photo display of all gardens entered (with winners noted) is on exhibit at the Acton Library in Old Saybrook.
Here are the other entries, in alphabetical order: Anytime Fitness, 50 Main St; Artisan's Harbor, 188 Main St; Atlantic Seafood, 1400 Boston Post Rd.; Cafe Toscana, 25 Main St.; Coldwell Banker Realty, 48 Main St.; Carisma Car Wash, 277 Boston Post Rd.; De Mar Hair Studio, 96 Lynde St.; Denvir Tire Shop, 828 Boston Post Rd.; Design Essence, 100 Main St.; Essence for Beauty and Wellness, 121 Main St.; Essex Golf and Sportswear, 118 Main St.; Essex Savings Bank, 155 Main St.; First Niagara Bank, 20 Main St.; Fromage Fine Foods & Coffees, 873 Boston Post Rd.; Genovali Realty, 103 Main St.; Harbor Light Realty, 101 Main St.; Liv's Oyster Bar, 166 Main St.; Main Street Realty, 238--270 Main St.; Maximus Antiques, 143 Main St.; Middlesex Cardiology Assoc., 51 Main St.; Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce, One Main St.; Old Saybrook Dairy Queen, 1370 Boston Post Rd.; Pampered Pets, 775 Boston Post Rd.; Paperback Cafe, 210 Main St.; Penny Lane Pub, 150 Main St.; Saybrook Family Dental Care, 56 Main St.; Saybrook Soup & Sandwich Company, 745 Boston Post Rd.; Seaside Wine & Spirits, 118 Main St.; Southern Exposure and Cartier Optical, 264 Main St.; Swag, 117 Main St.; The Paint Shop, 59 Main St.; TJ's Restaurant, 735 Boston Post Rd.; Total Design Source, 180 Main St.; United States Postal Service, 36 Main St. (plantings are provided by The Wednesday Weed Whackers); Van Wilgen's Seasonal Mart, 1654 Boston Post Rd.; Walt's Market, 178 Main St.

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