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Register Here by November 4th:  townofrye.seamlessdocs.com/f/CommunitySignUp
Waiver must be completed after registration. Proof of completed waiver must be shown at sign-in desk.

Cleanup Time at all Locations: 9am - 11am

Post Cleanup Free Lunch & Climate Change Presentation:
Time: 11am - 1pm
Place: Rye Town Park Pavillions
Food: Pizza & beverages courtesy of the Barley Beach House
Speakers: Paul Presendieu, Outreach Manager at Sustainable Westchester, & Sylvie Binder, Sustainable Development student at Columbia University

EVENT DETAILS

In the spirit of coming together and joining forces to help the Sound Shore community, the Town of Rye SustainabilityCommittee is organizing a multi-municipality cleanup and Hurricane Ida recovery day on Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 9:00-11:00 am. 

Volunteers can choose from five different municipal locations where they will help beautify and restore their communities in the wake of Hurricane Ida by picking up trash and debris or removing invasive vines.

The five cleanup sites are:

  • BowmanAvenue (near Port Chester Middle School), Rye Brook, NY
    (Meet in Rye Ridge Shopping Center, Plaza Level)
  • Crawford Park, 122 N Ridge St, Rye Brook, NY
    (Wear long pants, long sleeves, close-toed shoes and gloves appropriate for invasive vine removal, park on-site)
  • Downtown Port Chester, Port Chester, NY
    (Meet at the Port Chester Metro North Train Station)
  • Disbrow Park, 141 Oakland Beach Avenue, Rye, NY
    (Wear close-toed, water-resistant shoes and clothes appropriate for marshland activity)
  • Mamaroneck River (meet at train station by Modern on the Rails)
    (Wear close-toed, water-resistant shoes and clothes appropriate for marshland activity)


Volunteers are asked to pre-register online and sign the waiver before November 4 at the following link: townofrye.seamlessdocs.com/f/CommunitySignUp. A limited supply of t-shirts and trash grabbers will be provided to volunteers on a first come, first served basis.

“Given the devastation wrought byHurricane Ida in our region, this cooperative effort between five deeply affected municipalities is coming at a critical time,” said Pamela Jaffee, Chair of the Rye Town Sustainability Committee and Town Councilmember. “The widespread flooding left behind tons of debris and trash that is damaging to our infrastructure, waterways and wetlands. We’re going to work together to cleanup downtowns, watersheds and public parks in Rye City, Rye Brook, Port Chester and Mamaroneck, in conjunction with a host of local municipalities and environmental organizations.” 

The event will also feature an engaging lunch-and-learn directly post-cleanup from 11:00am-1:00pm under the pavilions at Rye Town Park, 95 Dearborn Ave, Rye, NY. Paul Presendieu, Outreach Manager at Sustainable Westchester, and Sylvie Binder, Sustainable Development student at Columbia University, will speak about the impacts of climate change, climate adaptation and mitigation, as well as localized solutions to climate change. Complimentary pizza and beverages will be provided by The Barley Beach House.

Together with the Town of Rye Sustainability Committee, the municipal and community organization co-sponsors of the event include:

·      City of Rye

·      City of Rye Conservation Commission/Advisory Council

·      Disbrow Park Conservancy

·      Friends of Crawford Park

·      Friends of Rye Town Park

·      Port ChesterBeautification Commission

·      Rye BrookSustainability Committee

·      Rye SustainabilityCommittee

·      Save the Sound

·      Sustainable Westchester

·      Town of Rye

·      Town of Mamaroneck

·      Village of Mamaroneck Committee for the Environment

·      Village of Port Chester

·      Village of Rye Brook

 

The event will proceed rain or shine and is eligible for community service hours. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

COVID precautions will be taken. All participants must wear masks and bring their own gloves. After registration, participants must complete the online waiver.
Confirmation of completed online wavier must be shown at sign-up desk, phone images are acceptable.

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History

Our town nestles in a valley in the background of which lie the picturesque hills and dales of Westchester County. Our Town of Rye borders on Long Island Sound bordering on Connecticut at the gateway of New England within convenient commuting distance from New York and in the metropolitan area. While we started with the Boston Post Road running close to the sound and constituting our main highway, a toll road along which passed the horse-drawn stages, modern parkways and paved highways over which pass speedy motor vehicles now link our Town to all the cities, towns and villages of this great country of ours.

We started as a small settlement on Manursing Island, then developed Poningo Neck, which now is the business section of the City of Rye, and the Saw Pit, which now is Port Chester on the Byram River, with paths leading to various parts of the town. The Post Road, King Street, and the Grace Church Street were among some of our earliest carriage paths. Water transportation and stagecoach were the sole links the early settlers had with the outside world. The young settlement known as Saw Pit, so named from the saw pits then in use, continued as such until it outgrew this homespun name and became Port Chester by incorporating as a village in 1868 signifying a sea port which remains to this day. 

Early life in the settlement was strenuous. Attacks by Indians and severe winters were a deterrent to these early settlers. Farming, fishing, logging, and trading were the principal occupations. At Saw Pit, logs were cut for use in shipbuilding operations. Our town had no improvements in those days and homes were simple and crude. The seed sown by these early settlers was nurtured and grew to the present day when we enjoy the modern conveniences of our times.

For more information about the Town of Rye and early settlement, see Chronicles of a Border Town by Charles Washington Baird.

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