Friends of the Blue Hills http://friendsofthebluehills.org Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:09:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 First Strive for 35 Finisher: You Can Still Join the Fun! http://friendsofthebluehills.org/hikebluehills/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/hikebluehills/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:31:08 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6434 David Gouthro of Braintree was the first person to complete the Friends of the Blue Hills’ Strive for 35 Challenge — but he wont be the last!  If you register for the Strive for 35 Challenge you’ll automatically be entered into a raffle for a basket of FBH memorabilia, including a t-shirt, poster and hat!

If you complete the Challenge, like David, you will also be entered into a raffle for the grand prize which includes a weekend stay at the AMC Ponkapoag cabins and a $250 gift certificate to LL Bean.   David is shown above with Amanda Popp,  Department Manager of [...]]]> David Gouthro of Braintree was the first person to complete the Friends of the Blue Hills’ Strive for 35 Challenge — but he wont be the last!  If you register for the Strive for 35 Challenge you’ll automatically be entered into a raffle for a basket of FBH memorabilia, including a t-shirt, poster and hat!

If you complete the Challenge, like David, you will also be entered into a raffle for the grand prize which includes a weekend stay at the AMC Ponkapoag cabins and a $250 gift certificate to LL Bean.   David is shown above with Amanda Popp,  Department Manager of LL Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School in Dedham, in front of one of the cabins. 

We introduced the Strive for 35 Challenge in January to commemorate our 35th year.  We hope you participate and see and do 35 things — or more! — in the Blue Hills Reservation.  The Challenge concludes on December 31. 

Learn more about the Strive for 35 Challenge at http://friendsofthebluehills.org/challenge/.

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Green Up the Blue Hills http://friendsofthebluehills.org/volunteerbluehillsreservation/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/volunteerbluehillsreservation/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:09:56 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6423 Team Up with Friends of the Blue Hills to Green Up the Blue Hills! Sunday, June 8, from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Ponkapoag AMC Cabins Park at Temple Beth David, 1060 Randolph Street, Canton.

You are invited to join the Friends of the Blue Hills for a spring festival of stewardship and fun.   You will enjoy music, face painting, crafts and a scavenger hunt while helping with an essential task: pulling up invasive weeds that threaten the Blue Hills.  It is a short, scenic walk from the parking lot to the cabins.  The [...]]]> Team Up with Friends of the Blue Hills to Green Up the Blue Hills!
Sunday, June 8, from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Ponkapoag AMC Cabins
Park at Temple Beth David, 1060 Randolph Street, Canton.

You are invited to join the Friends of the Blue Hills for a spring festival of stewardship and fun.   You will enjoy music, face painting, crafts and a scavenger hunt while helping with an essential task: pulling up invasive weeds that threaten the Blue Hills.  It is a short, scenic walk from the parking lot to the cabins.  The event is rain or shine, and while some gloves will be available for weeding, you certainly can bring your own gardening gloves if you have them.  Please RSVP to Anne Comber at Greenup@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org or 617-696-8248.

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Rockin’ In The Park http://friendsofthebluehills.org/rockin-in-the-park/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/rockin-in-the-park/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:48:01 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6416 Saturday, April 27th, 1:00 pm. Join Les Tyrala, a registered geologist, on this co-sponsored walk between DCR and the Friends of the Blue Hills as we explore the bedrock and glacial features of Great Blue Hill. Learn the secrets of stone on this moderately strenuous hike over rocky terrain. Sturdy footgear required. Space is limited. For ages 12 and up. 2 hours. Space is limited; registration is required.

Email raymond.f.mckinnon@state.ma.us for meeting place and directions.

 

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Saturday, April 27th, 1:00 pm. Join Les Tyrala, a registered geologist, on this co-sponsored walk between DCR and the Friends of the Blue Hills as we explore the bedrock and glacial features of Great Blue Hill. Learn the secrets of stone on this moderately strenuous hike over rocky terrain. Sturdy footgear required. Space is limited. For ages 12 and up. 2 hours. Space is limited; registration is required.

Email raymond.f.mckinnon@state.ma.us for meeting place and directions.

 

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Thank you for Calling Your Reps! http://friendsofthebluehills.org/bluehillsdcrfunding/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/bluehillsdcrfunding/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:08:11 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6414 Thank you for making calls to your Representatives in support of budget amendments to support DCR, the state agency that manages the Blue Hills and all our state parks.  You’re calls paid off!

We are grateful to all the legislators who sponsored and co-sponsored these amendments, including Rep Bruce Ayers, Rep William Galvin, Rep Walter Timilty and Rep Claire Cronin.   Thanks to your calls, a number of Representatives signed on as co-sponsors to the amendment.  The approximate current number of co-sponsors are: 

  • DCR Seasonal Staff (34)
  • DCR Parks & Rec (29)
  • DEP Admin (15)
  • [...]]]> Thank you for making calls to your Representatives in support of budget amendments to support DCR, the state agency that manages the Blue Hills and all our state parks.  You’re calls paid off!

    We are grateful to all the legislators who sponsored and co-sponsored these amendments, including Rep Bruce Ayers, Rep William Galvin, Rep Walter Timilty and Rep Claire Cronin.   Thanks to your calls, a number of Representatives signed on as co-sponsors to the amendment.  The approximate current number of co-sponsors are: 

    • DCR Seasonal Staff (34)
    • DCR Parks & Rec (29)
    • DEP Admin (15)

    THANK YOU for reaching out to your representatives!  Legislators can still sign on as co-sponsors after today until the budget is debated in late April, but it was necessary to do a big push for today, because co-sponsors who signed on before today’s deadline will have their names on the amendment when the amendments are published online next week.  And the more co-sponsors there are for a given amendment, the more support it indicates.

    Thanks to the Environmental League of Massachusetts for working with us and other environmental groups throughout the state to make sure these agencies have adequate funds.  See the action alert for background on the amendments.

    Photo: Linda Young (Taunton) “Ponkapoag Boardwalk Bog Trail”

     

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    http://friendsofthebluehills.org/bluehillsdcrfunding/feed/ 0 STATE BUDGET ACTION ALERT – Contact your Rep today! http://friendsofthebluehills.org/bluehillsactionalert/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/bluehillsactionalert/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:14:58 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6413 The House Committee on Ways & Means released its budget for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15).   Tomorrow is the deadline for Representatives to file amendments. Later this month, the House will take the budget up for a vote, and then the Senate will go through the same process in May.

    The House Ways & Means budget, unfortunately, does not provide adequate funding for environmental protection programs.

    We’re part of the Mass. Environmental Collaborative, run by the Environmental League of Massachusetts, and are working in coalition to encourage legislators to support several amendments that would make sure the agency that manages [...]]]> The House Committee on Ways & Means released its budget for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15).   Tomorrow is the deadline for Representatives to file amendments. Later this month, the House will take the budget up for a vote, and then the Senate will go through the same process in May.

    The House Ways & Means budget, unfortunately, does not provide adequate funding for environmental protection programs.

    We’re part of the Mass. Environmental Collaborative, run by the Environmental League of Massachusetts, and are working in coalition to encourage legislators to support several amendments that would make sure the agency that manages the Blue Hills has sufficient funds for the year.

    Please take action:

    BY NOON TOMORROW, please email or call your State Representative and ask him/her to contact the lead sponsor to sign on as a co-sponsor for the following top 3 budget amendments:

    ·        DCR State Parks & Recreation – Lead sponsor: Representative Anne Gobi

    ·        DCR Seasonal Staffing – Lead sponsor: Representative Bruce Ayers

    ·        DEP Administration – Lead sponsor: Representative David Rogers

    Look up your Representative’s contact information here.

    Background information:

    DCR State Parks & Recreation: Severe budget cuts have led to closed and poorly maintained facilities.  In order to provide more quality outdoor experiences to Massachusetts residents and visitors, it is essential that DCR staffing levels be increased. For every $1M DCR receives, it can hire 20 full-time employees.  In FY2014, this line-item’s funding was 21% below the FY2008 amount, and as you can see from the table below, the House Ways & Means budget would cut DCR State Parks & Recreation by $1.7M.

    DCR Seasonal Staffing: Seasonal staff play a significant role in supporting DCR’s parks operations and comprise a considerable portion of the staff needed to keep open critical recreational amenities such as swimming pools, campgrounds, and skating rinks. Since FY2009 this line-item has been cut approximately $3.2M (20%), forcing DCR to reduce its seasonal workforce.

    DEP Administration: The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for implementing the Commonwealth’s environmental laws and protecting our air, water, land, and health from environmental threats. To support effective implementation of DEP’s core programs, it is vital to fully fund DEP’s operating account.

     

    Agency Description Line # FY14 Final FY15 House Ways & Means Amendment Amount
    DCR State Parks & Recreation 2810-0100

    $   42,554,957

     $   40,846,881

     $ 45,554,957

    DCR DCR Seasonal Staffing 2800-0501

    $   12,651,578

     $   13,365,377

     $ 14,651,578

    DEP Administration 2200-0100

    $   28,354,269

     $   28,498,668

     $ 33,696,542

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    New Series: Peek a Blue Hikes for You and Your Tots http://friendsofthebluehills.org/new-series-peek-a-blue-hikes-for-you-and-your-tots-17/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/new-series-peek-a-blue-hikes-for-you-and-your-tots-17/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:08:55 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6403 Weekday hikes for parents and children. Tuesday, November 4, 2014 11 a.m. – noon. Meet at Houghton’s Pond, 695 Hillside Street, Milton.

    Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to enjoy the outdoors with your children during our NEW bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series.  These hikes will occur every other week starting Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00 am.  The hikes are part of the organization’s 35th year celebration and are made possible by a startup grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club.

    You can choose between two hikes: one for parents with babies in backpacks and one for parents with toddlers.  [...]]]> Weekday hikes for parents and children.
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 11 a.m. – noon.
    Meet at Houghton’s Pond, 695 Hillside Street, Milton.

    Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to enjoy the outdoors with your children during our NEW bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series.  These hikes will occur every other week starting Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00 am.  The hikes are part of the organization’s 35th year celebration and are made possible by a startup grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club.

    You can choose between two hikes: one for parents with babies in backpacks and one for parents with toddlers.  The former will be more challenging for adults, while the latter will be more tailored to “new walkers” and will focus on nature exploration.

    The hikes will be offered every other Tuesday (weather permitting) from 11 a.m.-noon and will start at Houghton’s Pond main parking lot.  Healthy snacks, juice and water will be provided. Everyone is invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at Houghton’s Pond after the hike concludes.

    Want to lead the hikes (for a small stipend)?  Learn more!

    Hike dates for 2014:
    May 6
    May 20
    June 3
    June 17
    July 1
    July 15
    July 29
    August 12
    August 26
    September 9
    September 23
    October 7
    October 21
    November 4
    November 18
    December 2
    December 16

    Weather permitting: email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org, call 781-1805 or check our Facebook page and Twitter account (@FriendBlueHills) if inclement weather).  For more information: email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.

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    New Series: Peek a Blue Hikes for You and Your Tots http://friendsofthebluehills.org/new-series-peek-a-blue-hikes-for-you-and-your-tots-16/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/new-series-peek-a-blue-hikes-for-you-and-your-tots-16/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:08:33 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6406 Weekday hikes for parents and children. Tuesday, December 16, 2014 11 a.m. – noon. Meet at Houghton’s Pond, 695 Hillside Street, Milton.

    Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to enjoy the outdoors with your children during our NEW bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series.  These hikes will occur every other week starting Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00 am.  The hikes are part of the organization’s 35th year celebration and are made possible by a startup grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club.

    You can choose between two hikes: one for parents with babies in backpacks and one for parents with toddlers.  The [...]]]> Weekday hikes for parents and children. Tuesday, December 16, 2014 11 a.m. – noon. Meet at Houghton’s Pond, 695 Hillside Street, Milton.

    Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to enjoy the outdoors with your children during our NEW bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series.  These hikes will occur every other week starting Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00 am.  The hikes are part of the organization’s 35th year celebration and are made possible by a startup grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club.

    You can choose between two hikes: one for parents with babies in backpacks and one for parents with toddlers.  The former will be more challenging for adults, while the latter will be more tailored to “new walkers” and will focus on nature exploration.  The hikes will be offered every other Tuesday (weather permitting) from 11 a.m.-noon and will start at Houghton’s Pond main parking lot.  Healthy snacks, juice and water will be provided. Everyone is invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at Houghton’s Pond after the hike concludes. (Weather permitting: email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org, call 781-1805 or check our Facebook page and Twitter account (@FriendBlueHills) if inclement weather).  For more information: email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.

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    New Series: Peek a Blue Hikes for You and Your Tots http://friendsofthebluehills.org/new-series-peek-a-blue-hikes-for-you-and-your-tots-15/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/new-series-peek-a-blue-hikes-for-you-and-your-tots-15/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:07:06 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6405 Weekday hikes for parents and children. Tuesday, December 2, 2014 11 a.m. – noon. Meet at Houghton’s Pond, 695 Hillside Street, Milton.

    Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to enjoy the outdoors with your children during our NEW bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series.  These hikes will occur every other week starting Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00 am.  The hikes are part of the organization’s 35th year celebration and are made possible by a startup grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club.

    You can choose between two hikes: one for parents with babies in backpacks and one for parents with toddlers.  The [...]]]> Weekday hikes for parents and children. Tuesday, December 2, 2014 11 a.m. – noon. Meet at Houghton’s Pond, 695 Hillside Street, Milton.

    Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to enjoy the outdoors with your children during our NEW bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series.  These hikes will occur every other week starting Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00 am.  The hikes are part of the organization’s 35th year celebration and are made possible by a startup grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club.

    You can choose between two hikes: one for parents with babies in backpacks and one for parents with toddlers.  The former will be more challenging for adults, while the latter will be more tailored to “new walkers” and will focus on nature exploration.  The hikes will be offered every other Tuesday (weather permitting) from 11 a.m.-noon and will start at Houghton’s Pond main parking lot.  Healthy snacks, juice and water will be provided. Everyone is invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at Houghton’s Pond after the hike concludes. (Weather permitting: email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org, call 781-1805 or check our Facebook page and Twitter account (@FriendBlueHills) if inclement weather).  For more information: email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.

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    New Series: Peek a Blue Hikes for You and Your Tots http://friendsofthebluehills.org/new-series-peek-a-blue-hikes-for-you-and-your-tots-14/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/new-series-peek-a-blue-hikes-for-you-and-your-tots-14/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:05:20 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6404 Weekday hikes for parents and children. Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11 a.m. – noon. Meet at Houghton’s Pond, 695 Hillside Street, Milton.

    Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to enjoy the outdoors with your children during our NEW bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series.  These hikes will occur every other week starting Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00 am.  The hikes are part of the organization’s 35th year celebration and are made possible by a startup grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club.

    You can choose between two hikes: one for parents with babies in backpacks and one for parents with toddlers.  The [...]]]> Weekday hikes for parents and children. Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11 a.m. – noon. Meet at Houghton’s Pond, 695 Hillside Street, Milton.

    Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to enjoy the outdoors with your children during our NEW bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series.  These hikes will occur every other week starting Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00 am.  The hikes are part of the organization’s 35th year celebration and are made possible by a startup grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club.

    You can choose between two hikes: one for parents with babies in backpacks and one for parents with toddlers.  The former will be more challenging for adults, while the latter will be more tailored to “new walkers” and will focus on nature exploration.  The hikes will be offered every other Tuesday (weather permitting) from 11 a.m.-noon and will start at Houghton’s Pond main parking lot.  Healthy snacks, juice and water will be provided. Everyone is invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at Houghton’s Pond after the hike concludes. (Weather permitting: email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org, call 781-1805 or check our Facebook page and Twitter account (@FriendBlueHills) if inclement weather).  For more information: email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.

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    New Series: Peek a Blue Hikes for You and Your Tots http://friendsofthebluehills.org/new-series-peek-a-blue-hikes-for-you-and-your-tots-13/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/new-series-peek-a-blue-hikes-for-you-and-your-tots-13/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:01:18 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6402 Weekday hikes for parents and children. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11 a.m. – noon. Meet at Houghton’s Pond, 695 Hillside Street, Milton.

    Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to enjoy the outdoors with your children during our NEW bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series.  These hikes will occur every other week starting Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00 am.  The hikes are part of the organization’s 35th year celebration and are made possible by a startup grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club.

    You can choose between two hikes: one for parents with babies in backpacks and one for parents with toddlers.  The [...]]]> Weekday hikes for parents and children. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11 a.m. – noon. Meet at Houghton’s Pond, 695 Hillside Street, Milton.

    Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to enjoy the outdoors with your children during our NEW bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series.  These hikes will occur every other week starting Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00 am.  The hikes are part of the organization’s 35th year celebration and are made possible by a startup grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club.

    You can choose between two hikes: one for parents with babies in backpacks and one for parents with toddlers.  The former will be more challenging for adults, while the latter will be more tailored to “new walkers” and will focus on nature exploration.  The hikes will be offered every other Tuesday (weather permitting) from 11 a.m.-noon and will start at Houghton’s Pond main parking lot.  Healthy snacks, juice and water will be provided. Everyone is invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at Houghton’s Pond after the hike concludes. (Weather permitting: email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org, call 781-1805 or check our Facebook page and Twitter account (@FriendBlueHills) if inclement weather).  For more information: email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.

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