2009-05-15 / Community

National Grid Vols Work to Preserve Rockaway's Beaches

By Miriam Rosenberg

With the ocean as a backdrop, fifty volunteers from National Grid along with Linda Plummer, Valerie West and Kevin Alexander from RDRC; Weber; Pheffer and Titus pose for a photo before work begins With the ocean as a backdrop, fifty volunteers from National Grid along with Linda Plummer, Valerie West and Kevin Alexander from RDRC; Weber; Pheffer and Titus pose for a photo before work begins Fifty volunteers from National Grid descended on Rockaway Beach last Friday to clean up the beachfront as part of the company's 'Project: Preservation of the Rockaway Beaches.' The cleanup on May 8 began on Beach 26 Street ended on Beach 17 Street as debris, general trash and weeds were removed from the area.

"This is a reflection of our community commitment as a company," said Joseph Rende, National Grid's vice president for Energy Solution Services, during a welcoming ceremony prior to the cleanup. He added that the cleanup in Rockaway, which was being repeated in more than 400 other regions the company serves, was part of a kickoff for a new program of volunteerism at National Grid.

Assemblywomen Audrey Pheffer and Michele Titus along with RDRC's Linda Plummer, Kevin Alexander and Valerie West lent their support to the event.

From the edge of the boardwalk … From the edge of the boardwalk … To the dunes … To the dunes … To the water's edge … To the water's edge … And on the street side off the boardwalk, volunteers collected all kinds of debris and trash. And on the street side off the boardwalk, volunteers collected all kinds of debris and trash. Company executives Andrew Sloey, Kevin Knapp, Bob Teetz and Rende are among those who took part in the cleanup.. Company executives Andrew Sloey, Kevin Knapp, Bob Teetz and Rende are among those who took part in the cleanup.. Joseph Rende, National Grid's vice president for Energy Solution Services, prepares to introduce Assemblywomen Audrey Pheffer and Michele Titus during a welcoming ceremony. "What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to do this type of work," said Rende. Joseph Rende, National Grid's vice president for Energy Solution Services, prepares to introduce Assemblywomen Audrey Pheffer and Michele Titus during a welcoming ceremony. "What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to do this type of work," said Rende. Jill Weber, left, the Rockaway administrator for Parks and Recreation, joins volunteers for a light breakfast before the cleanup begins. Following the cleanup, the Parks Department picked up and hauled the garbage away. Jill Weber, left, the Rockaway administrator for Parks and Recreation, joins volunteers for a light breakfast before the cleanup begins. Following the cleanup, the Parks Department picked up and hauled the garbage away.

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