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Clean City

Posted on: August 18, 2017

[ARCHIVED] HCCC News, August 19 - 25



Nominate a Clean City Award winner today! Awards will be presented on October 26 at the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner. Won’t you take a moment to nominate someone you know who has made a difference in Hampton’s environment?

Here’s the information you need to nominate:

· The name of the individual or group

· The email address of the individual or a group representative

· What did your nominee do to improve the physical environment of Hampton?

· Is there a particular place in Hampton that has benefited from this nominee’s work? (Doesn’t have to be a specific place)

· When did the actions of the nominee take place? (years, months, weeks, or days, doesn’t matter)

Simple Rules:

· The action(s) taken by the group or individual must directly benefit the physical environment of Hampton, but the nominees are not required to live in Hampton

· We need your email address so we can contact you with questions if needed

· You are welcome to nominate your group or yourself


That’s it. Simple, quick. But important! People work so hard to make our city clean and beautiful, and we need to thank them and recognize their efforts.

Here’s the nomination link:

We can’t wait to hear from you! Questions? Contact Debbie at or 757-727-1199.

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Visit a Hampton Waterways Restoration Project Oyster Gardening Demonstration at one or both of two local marinas! The schedule is designed to make it easy for you to come whenever you can! Register for a tour or to help oyster garden at Small groups are welcome!

Schedule for Sunset Creek, 4337 Kecoughtan Rd: 

Thurs. Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m.

Sat. Sept. 23, 11:30 a.m.

Schedule for Dandy Haven, 374 Dandy Haven Rd:

SAT. Aug. 19, 8:30 a.m.

MON. Sept. 4, 8:30 a.m. (Labor Day)

MON. Sept. 18, 8:30 a.m.


Sign up for the International Coastal Cleanup in Hampton! There will be at least nine cleanups in September and October, and all of them need you to volunteer!

9/9, 9/23, 9/30, 10/14, and 10/28 you can cleanup on foot!

9/2, 9/16, 9/30, and 10/7 you can cleanup by boat!

Register at or 727-1158.


Are you good at fundraising? Join the HCCC Fundraising Committee! Due to a tight budget situation, we need to raise money to keep our programs going. We’d welcome your help! If you’re interested, email Debbie at


Would you like to help a local school with beautification efforts? Tucker-Capps Elementary School is looking for volunteers who would be willing to partner with them throughout the year to give the school grounds some tender loving care. Contact Erika Burkholder at for more information or to sign up!


Recycle all your plastic food, beverage, and household containers!! Yay TFC Recycling for including all plastic household containers in their list of recyclables! Take advantage of the opportunity! Yogurt cups – check! Applesauce cups – check Syrup bottles - check! ! Just remember – NO foamed plastic (“styrofoam”)! If you’d like some guidance, visit the Round Robin episode on recycling plastics:


Nominate a Yard for the YARDS Contest: The beautiful yards you know of can’t win Yard of the Month unless you nominate them! Judging occurs monthly through September, so nominate by August 30! Nominate a yard today! What are you looking for? Beautiful yard, nice plants. The YARDS Judges take care of the rest.


Planning some fun summer outdoor expeditions? Remember to take trash bags with you! You want to keep Hampton’s great outdoors great and clean! Use one bag for trash, one for recyclables, and make sure you leave no trace of the fun you had! We’ll all appreciate your efforts!


Are you thinking of a fall garden? There are still community garden plots – FREE – sign up before they’re all gone! They’re organic sites, so you can’t beat the price.


Take the kids in your life to Wonderful Wednesdays at Bluebird Gap Farm! Monthly, family friendly event where kids get the opportunity to get outdoors and build their own nature craft with the VCE Hampton Master Gardeners. Held every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10:00 am—12:00 pm at Bluebird Gap Farm.


Check out the website! Celebrating the beginning of a new life together doesn’t have to mean litter and the suffering of wild animals. This web site is loaded with ideas for clean celebrations that don’t hurt our environment! Well worth a look!


Share information about our upcoming events!


Community Cleanup on Shell Road – The Litter & Recycling Awareness Committee’s Community Cleanup was held Friday, August 18, and resulted in the removal of 10 bags of trash from Shell Road between LaSalle Avenue and Hampton Roads Avenue. Volunteers from the Navy’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) and the League of Conservation Voters made up most of the volunteers this time around. Special thanks to Cheryl Johnson, I'esha Wynn, Ryan Adams, Lester Gutierrez, Amber Swartz, Zachary Trogdon, Jonah Pike, Carl Smith, Jervone Bowers, and Andrew Aultman for coming out on a hot, humid morning to make Shell Road a cleaner street!

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Thinking of making candles in preparation for the coming holidays? An HCCC volunteer has several that could be melted and made into new candles. If you’re interested, let Debbie know at

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Do you have an extra VERY large aquarium or vivarium? Boy Scout Troop 151 leaders are looking for a cage or an aquarium for a Boy Scout’s bearded dragon. If you know of someone that has one they could give to a needy Scout, it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Debbie at to be connected.

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Litter & Recycling Awareness Newsletter – The Litter & Recycling Awareness Committee wants to issue a newsletter, perhaps monthly, that specifically focuses on “trash” topics related to litter and recycling. The plan is to have the first issue toward the end of September. If you would like to contribute information, articles, or even questions that need to be answered, please send them to Pat Parker,

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How Can We Tame the Rain? – Come tour the rain gardens recently installed at one of three locations in Hampton, thanks to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s grant to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Learn how rain gardens (and other simple practices) can help reduce flooding, prevent pollution, and beautify your yard and community! Enter a raffle to win your own rain barrel! Speakers at the workshops will show you how to manage rainwater that floods your yard and street. These practices are cheap and easy to install. Come learn from the experts! One more workshop – don’t miss it!!

  • Tuesday, August 29, 5:45-7:45 p.m., Air Power Park, 413 W. Mercury Boulevard, Hampton, 23666

Cost: FREE, includes snacks

Register: Contact Charlene Ihrig,, 757/809-2901


HCCC History! For those of you who follow us on social media, you may be puzzled about a series of posts that start off with HCCC History! Mystery solved – June 28, 2018 will be HCCC’s 40th anniversary, and we’re highlighting volunteers and achievements from the past to the best of our ability. If YOU have photos, stories, experiences, or mementos that you would like to share with us, we’d love them! In the regard to the mementos, please send photos of them. J The following are two stories we posted this week, with a little extra information:

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HCCC History! Sailors from the USS George HW Bush participated in schools summer spruce ups at Aberdeen, Cooper, and Spratley Schools on August 17, 2010. They planted, weeded, mulched, washed, moved, painted, and lugged so much, and made these schools look so much better for the incoming students!

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HCCC History! Planning Retreat, August 16, 2011- Among the volunteers in this photo are Bob Segar, Shirley Boyd, Tom Tinsley, Corlease Sills, Pat Parker, Marian Currier, Megan Tierney, John Golden, and Kendyl Crawford! The location was Sandy Bottom Nature Park, our favorite retreat haven!

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Drop-off Recycling Information – if you live in an apartment or condominium and don’t have recycling provided by your management, or if you have a lot of extra recyclables for some reason, you can use one of Hampton’s three drop-off containers! They’re located at the Hampton Yard Waste Site, 100 North Park Lane (just off Big Bethel Road); Briarfield Park, 1540 Briarfield Road; and Gosnold’s Hope Park, 900 Little Back River Road. All these sites accept the same materials that are accepted in the curbside recycling program! Including the cartons and plastics!

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If you see a good Clean City deed being done, send us the information and we’ll give kudos to the good-deed-doer!


Throughout the year: Dandy Haven Oyster Gardening, Dandy Haven Marina, flexible times. The Dandy Haven Oyster Garden is one of two demonstration gardens the Hampton Waterways Restoration Project is hosting to encourage people to engage in oyster gardening and to allow those who don’t have access to water the opportunity to oyster garden. Volunteers will help tend the garden, cleaning, removing “critters”, and making sure the baby oysters are happy. Contact Cris at for information and to sign up.

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International Coastal Cleanup, varying sites, September 2 – October 28, volunteers are needed to lead cleanup sites and participate in cleanups. Contact to sign up.

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Buckroe Arts in the Park Display, Buckroe Beach, September 9, 10am – 6pm, volunteers needed to help with a display and possibly litter cleanup. Contact to sign up.

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River Days Exhibit, Hampton Yacht Club, September 9, 9am – 5pm, volunteers needed to help with a booth about oyster projects. Contact to sign up.

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Community Cleanup, Franktown Road and Surrounding Area, September 15, 9am – 10am, volunteers needed to help clean up the area. Contact to sign up. The more volunteers we have, the more we can clean up!

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Community Appearance & Litter Index, October 4, 8:30am – 4:30pm, volunteers needed to evaluate Hampton’s appearance in terms of litter, abandoned vehicles, graffiti, illegal signs, and outdoor storage. Lunch is included, ages 16 years and older only. Contact to sign up.

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Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 358 , is looking for 25-30 volunteers to help out at Oakland Cemetery on Saturday, 26 Aug from 0800-1200. The volunteers will trim/cut grass and provide headstone beautification around all grave plots. Address: 1009 E. Pembroke Ave, Hampton. Volunteers need to bring, "if you have them": Gloves; Mowers (There will be 2 extra push mowers on site); Weedeaters (There will be 5 extra on site); Safety Glasses. If you or anyone you know would like to help out, please contact MSgt Ryan Trandell via e-mail at or at 764-2824. Thanks for your support!!.


Go Green Expo, September 9, 2017, Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, 570 McLawhorne Drive 10:00am-3pm FREE and Open to the Public! Go Green Expo, the Hampton Roads Premier Indoor Festival, is a one day event for consumers, business leaders, and families that features eco-friendly products, educational speakers, and easy ideas for eco-living, no matter what your shade of green. Go Green Expo focuses on going green, by making simple green changes for everyone. You and your family will enjoy this year’s theme, “Eat Local, Grow Local, Live Local”:

• Vendor hall with a little bit of everything

• Meet a lot of live animals

• Lunch from a local restaurant and dessert at our bake sale!

• Hands-on Demonstrations

• A fun and exciting Kid’s Zone

• Free gardening workshops,

• Rain barrel & Vermiculture workshops

• All indoor, family festival

• And sooo much more!

The day will be filled with fun and educational events for your entire family. You certainly will not want to miss any of it! For more information, visit:



Looking for Recycling Feedback: What do you need to know to be the best recycler you can be? Email

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Looking for NEWSLETTER Feedback: What do we need to do to give you a newsletter you can use? Email

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Looking for nominations for:

Littered areas to target for cleanups, - we're working toward setting up special cleanups for nominated areas based on safety and time available

Clean & Green Businesses (litter prevention, beautification, waste reduction, and environmental community service), - we award the Hampton Clean & Green Business Award quarterly, and are working toward a recognition for green businesses, let us know who they are!

Beautiful Yards, - we visit yards monthly May through September to award Yard of the Month to three winners, you have to nominate someone for them to win!

Good-Deed-Doers to feature in the HCCC News – contact Debbie at


All HCCC meetings are open to the public, and we welcome your participation!

August 25: Tree Tours Committee Meeting, HCCC Office, 1296 Thomas Street, 4pm, information at

September 5: Clean & Green Businesses Committee Meeting, HCCC Office, 1296 Thomas Street, 3:30pm, information at

September 7: Litter & Recycling Awareness Committee Meeting, HCCC Office, 1296 Thomas Street, 11:30am, information at

September 11: YARDS Judging, HCCC Office, 1296 Thomas Street, 8:30am, information at

September 12: HCCC Full Commission Meeting, Hampton City Hall, 5th Floor, Community Development Conference Room, 3:30pm, information at

September 14: HWRP Meeting, Ft Monroe Community Center Community Room, 100 Stilwell Road, 6:30pm, information at

September 18: Yard of the Year Judging, HCCC Office, 1296 Thomas Street, 8:30am, information at


Hampton Clean City Commission Board – oversees the programs and projects of the Hampton Clean City Commission and focuses on recognizing volunteers, board members are appointed by City Council. Contact for more information. Fill out a Board Bank application at We’re not actively looking now, but you never know when we will be, so sign up now through the Board Bank! You’re always welcome to attend and help out!

Beautification Committee – works on a variety of projects including the YARDS Contest, tree tours, beautification projects, and education. Contact

Clean & Green Business Committee – works on the quarterly Clean & Green Business Awards, the Virginia Peninsula Clean Business Awards breakfast, and other workplace related projects. Contact

Hampton Waterways Restoration Project – works on a variety of clean waterway projects, including shoreline cleanups, water monitoring, and education. Contact

Litter & Recycling Awareness Committee – works on cleaning up Hampton through special cleanups and the Adopt-A-Spot program, as well as encouraging litter-free events, solid waste education efforts, and trash tours. Contact

School Pride In Action Committee – educators (formal and informal) who encourage environmental lessons and activities in the classroom and on the school grounds, as well as emphasizing teacher education. Contact

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