Baxter’s Pond Foundation and Residents Forward install ‘DIY Clean-Up Station’ to encourage litter pickup

Baxter’s Pond Foundation and Residents Forward install ‘DIY Clean-Up Station’ to encourage litter pickup
Residents Forward co-president Dawn Serignese, Marlene Friedberg, and Residents co-president Melissa Vissicchio with John and Kim Keiserman, co-presidents of the Baxter’s Pond Foundation

Baxter’s Pond now sports a “DIY Clean-Up Station” thanks to a partnership between the Baxter’s Pond Foundation and Residents Forward. This marks the fourth such station installed by Residents Forward in a Port Washington park or beachfront area (the others are in Sunset Park and along Bay Walk Park).

Anyone can grab a bag and gloves from inside a station and perform their own litter clean-up.  If you do so, you are encouraged to post your picture online with the hashtag #givealitterbit.

“Litter remains a significant problem in Port, especially in parks such as Baxter’s Pond where debris can end up in the water and then travel out to Manhasset Bay,” said Kim Keiserman, co-president of BPF.  “We are so pleased to partner with Residents Forward to provide people with the supplies to pick up litter as they encounter it.”

This project is the brainchild of sponsor Marlene Friedberg and is in memory of her son Brett, who attended Hobart and William Smith College and double majored in economics and environmental studies.

Brett loved to sail and was passionate about climate change and lowering CO2 emissions. The attractive artwork for the stations was created by local artist Michelle Shain. Those who wish to sponsor Residents’ DIY Clean-Up Station program should call 516-767-9151.

Baxter’s Pond Foundation is the nonprofit environmental steward of Baxter’s Pond and the surrounding Barbara Johnson Park & Preserve, which are owned by Nassau County.

The next park clean-up at Baxter’s Pond is Sunday, May 5 at 10 a.m. and all volunteers are welcome. And don’t miss the Butterfly and Pollinator Workshop with ReWild Long Island on Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m. (for adults and children age 8 and older). Visit for more information. BPF can also be found on Facebook and Instagram

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