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Posted on: June 1, 2018

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HCCC News: June 1, 2018

The Walk Hampton Clean Edition



Here’s the Report You’ve Been Waiting For! 

Walk Hampton Clean had another very successful year! Would you believe 690 volunteers Walked Hampton Clean??? They included individuals, families, friends, clubs, churches, civic associations, homeowners and neighborhood associations, Greek organizations, schools, neighborhood watch groups, and committees! Altogether they walked 94 miles in about 279 hours, and picked up 376 bags of trash and 14,000 cigarette butts! Congratulations to all and a special thank you to Cris Ausink for coordinating the effort. To send comments and congratulations, or to sign up now for NEXT year, contact Cris at

Participants (in alphabetical order):

  • A:   Armstrong School for the Arts SCA and K-kids;  Ausink Family, HCCC; Avon Estates Homeowners Association
  • B:   Bauri Family; Bastian Family; Bay Days Foundation; Linda Boone; Bowman Family; Shirley Boyd, Peninsula Master Naturalist; Jane H Bryan Elementary School; Buckroe Improvement League; Bunn Family
  • C:   Coliseum Central BID; Crypto Currency
  • D:   Deane Family; Downtown Hampton Exchange Club
  • E:   Elizabeth Lake Morning Walkers; Emmanuel Episcopal Church; Exchange Club of Wythe
  • F:   Friends of Eleanor Weston Brown
  • G:  Gamma Omega Chapter, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.; Girl Scout Troop 1268; Guinevere Franklin #1051
  • H:  Hampton Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc; Hampton Health Department; Hampton High School Key Club; Hampton Omega Foundation; Hampton Roads Networking Exchange Club (HRNEC); Hampton Roads Seventh Adventist Church; Hampton Waterways Restoration Project, HCCC; Becky Holliday, Peninsula Master Naturalist
  • K:  Kecoughtan High School Ecology Club; Kecoughtan High School National Honor Society
  • L:  LaCrosse Presbyterian Church; The Lady Knights Social Club; Aaron Lamb Family; Langley Elementary After-School Program
  • M:  Magruder Commons III Homeowners Association; McAllister Family; McKinney Family; Mill Point Homeowners Association; Moyer Family
  • N:  New Covenant Church
  • O:  Olde Wythe Historic Home Owners Association; Olde Wythe Neighborhood Association; Osso Family
  • P:  Parker Family; Peninsula Pathfinders, Volks March; Diane Peters, Peninsula Master Naturalist; Phoebus Women's Club; Pickin Family
  • R:  Rho Alpha Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Romero Family; Rosalee Gardens Neighborhood Watch & Rosalee Gardens Neighborhood Association
  • S:  Jason Samuels’ Family       ; Teresa Schmidt Family; Smok’n Jewlz Motorcycle Club; Spratley Gifted Center Fifth Grade; Loye Spencer, Peninsula Master Naturalist
  • T:  Tarrant School Patriot Operations Center; Tennille Family & Neighbors
  • W:  Wesley United Methodist Church; Westview Lakes Neighborhood Watch; Jim  & Lydia Williams, HCCC Clean & Green Workplaces Committee
  • Z:  Zareo Family

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YARDS Contest Nominations NEEDED

We need some great nominations! If you have a little extra time on a weekend, drive around your neighborhood and collect beautiful yards addresses to nominate. If you notice a beautiful yard as you’re driving home, keep the YARDS Contest in mind. Whenever and wherever you see a beautiful yard, or if you know of someone who landscapes organically or has a wildlife habitat on their property, please send a nomination via our web link at, email at, or by phone at 727-1130. All we need is the Hampton street address; we’ll take care of the rest. For more information, contact

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HU Promise Participants Cleanup! 

The participants in the HU Promise Program held a very special year-end celebration and service day on May 26. They cleaned up the YH Thomas Community Center grounds and the neighborhood surrounding it as part of the event. Thank you Promise participants! For more information about the program, contact Jabari Colon at

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UPDATE: Just in case you didn’t hear! 

The Daily Press reported on May 16th: “The state has re-opened the Back River in Hampton to shell fishing, effective immediately.

The Virginia Department of Health said Friday that an emergency closure on May 16 is now rescinded, meaning that shellfish harvesting can resume.

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World Environment Day, June 5

“Beat Plastic Pollution” is the theme for World Environment Day 2018. It’s a day to think about one of the great environmental challenges of our time. “The theme invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health.” How will you celebrate World Environment Day? One thing you could do is make sure you pick up at least one piece of plastic litter!

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Litter & Recycling Awareness Committee, June 7, 11:30am, Mama Rosa’s Restaurant, 617 E Mercury Blvd. For more information,

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RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 9! Be a Rock Star! Build Your Own Rock!

If you have ever wondered, considered or pondered how to build a rock, then look no further.

You won’t want to miss this one day class that will teach you the how-to in design, construction, and carving your very own rock!

In just 8 hours on June 9, 2018, we will take you through the basic steps of free forming, construction, and painting. You will learn about the different types of materials needed, what is available, and the techniques and methods used to build your rock.

When: June 9, 2018 - 9am

Where: 11 Wallace Road in Hampton

What You Will need: Work gloves, safety glasses, linesman pliers and a sense of humor.

What You Will leave with: Your work gloves, safety glasses, linesman pliers, a free formed wire covered rock, blisters and a lot of silly pictures! In addition, a materials list will be provided that will cover the basic items needed to build a rock.

Cost: $110 if registered by May 1, $120 afterward. Lunch, snacks, and water included. Preregistration is required, class limited to 10 participants. Payment by cash or check only.

Note: A $50 donation will be made to the Hampton Clean City Commission for every participant to help HCCC continue their work to make our city a better place for all of us!

Contact: Wendy Iles 757-775-5610 or

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YARDS Contest Judging, June 11, 8:30am, HCCC Office, 1296 Thomas Street. For more information,

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Full Commission Meeting, June 12, 3:30pm, Goodwill Employment Center, 1911 Saville Rowe. A behind-the-scenes tour will be given after the meeting. For more information,

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Water Quality Monitoring, June 13, 1pm, Back River and Elizabeth Lake. Contact Cris at or 727-5811, or Claire Neubert at  

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Milford/Bright/Westwood Drives Community Cleanup, June 15, 9am!

Please come out to help us on Friday, June 15, 9am at this family-friendly cleanup. The more volunteers we have the more we can clean up! Sign up at

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Aberdeen Park Needs to be Adopted!  

Aberdeen Park in historic Aberdeen Gardens is having a litter problem, and it needs your help! Unfortunately, some of the visitors to the park are littering, and some visitors are not cleaning up after the litterbugs. We need someone with a caring heart and dedication to the park to clean it up and keep it clean. Is that someone you? Contact Debbie at to sign up for this important spot.

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Volunteer Recognition Event Survey!  

You may have received an email with a link to the Volunteer Recognition Event Survey. If you didn’t, there’s still time to reply. Here’s the link: Responses are due no later than Monday, June 4, at 8am. Your response will help us plan the event and perhaps provide information about people we need to contact regarding their service to HCCC. Thank you!

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Hampton Community Gardens Needs Four Strong Volunteers for about 5 Minutes – Will You Help?  

Each garden is getting (or has gotten) a strawberry bed this year. KUDOS to Sonia at Phoebus Community Garden for clearing a space to locate theirs! Soon the bed will be moved into place - we need 4 really strong folks to move it. Anyone want to help? It's already at PCG, just needs to be placed, on your time and schedule, only a couple of exceptions! Email Wendy Iles at to volunteer!

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Bluebird Gap Farm Cleanup Report from HRNEC!  

From HRNEC: “Another great Adopt-A-Spot cleanup at Bluebird Gap Farm by members of Hampton Roads Networking Exchange Club resulted in the removal of six bags of trash and 280 cigarette butts. There was lots of large trash in the parking lot, along with hundreds of cigarette butts. Inside there were more small trash pieces. There are more than enough trash cans ....use them! Thanks to Marie, Margaret, Bob, Dr. Egan and Jodie...along with the Veneris family...Greg, Lori, Madison, and Carol. It’s always nice to see the families taking advantage of this free facility.”

Thank you Hampton Roads Networking Exchange Club! Your dedicated care for Bluebird Gap Farm is much appreciated by all! Please everyone, let’s use those trash and recycling containers!

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Virginia Peninsula Clean Business Forum!  

The second Virginia Peninsula Clean Business Forum of 2018 will be held at Thursday, June 14th, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. at Angelo’s Restaurant, 755 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News Virginia 23601. Pre-register by Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 757-886-7612 or via email to

The topic for the morning will be “Collaborations in Community Stewardship”, highlighting local conservation efforts to keep Newport News clean and beautiful. Speakers will be Jen Jones, Sustainability Coordinator at Christopher Newport University, and Darrell Baskin, Community Maintenance and Adopt a Program Coordinator, City of Newport News.

Please make check/money order for $12.00 per person payable to City of Newport News. Cash, check, money order payments are accepted the day of the event.

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Calling All Old Photos and Other Historical Mementos Related to Hampton Clean City Commission!  

The Volunteer Recognition Event Committee has met and is gearing up for our 40th Anniversary Celebration. If you have any old photos or other memorabilia from your time with HCCC or perhaps your parents’ or grandparents’ time with HCCC, please share them with us. We’d love digital photos that we can use for our volunteer celebration and then keep in preparation for the 50th Anniversary Celebration!


HCCC News, June 1, 2018
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