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Grants help fund free activities at public beaches

The Revere Beach Partnership recently received a grant from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay during the Better Beaches Awards Breakfast.

The Revere Beach Partnership recently received a grant from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay during the Better Beaches Awards Breakfast.

BETTER BEACHES: Five local advocacy groups have received Better Beaches grants from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.

Among a total of 14 community groups sharing $30,000 in awards were the Friends of Lynn & Nahant Beach, Friends of Lynn Heritage State Park, Revere Beach Partnership, Friends of Bell Isle Marsh in Winthrop, and Friends of Winthrop Beach.

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The largest local grant, $6,000, was awarded to the Revere Beach Partnership to support its National Sand Sculpting Competition, held each July on the beach.

The Friends of Lynn & Nahant Beach received $2,500 for its Red Rock Park Summer Concert Series.

Grants of $1,000 each went to the Friends of Heritage Park for the World Folk Festival; the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh for educational activities; and the Friends of Winthrop Beach for family activities.

“The Boston Harbor region’s public beaches are important assets to the region’s residents and visitors alike,” said Patricia A. Foley, president of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. “We are proud to support our partners in the city’s waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities as they work to share their beaches and the harbor with the region’s kids and families.”

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay launched the Better Beaches grants program in 2008 to help local communities offer free events and activities on public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket, with the support of the Boston Foundation.

Today, the funds to sustain the program come from the annual “Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash,” a fund-raising swim; this year’s event, held in March, netted more than $30,000.

The program also has funding partners, including Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue Airways, National Grid, Comcast Massachusetts, the Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust, Russo Marine, and Legal Sea Foods.

Over the past five years, community partners have received $143,500 in small grants from Save the Harbor, and $503,500 in cash and in-kind donations from local government and small businesses, with the combined funds supporting more than 150 free events and programs.

This year, in addition to the grants, Save the Harbor gave each group 22 1-inch-diameter blue and white marbles to scatter on their respective beaches. Anyone who finds one of these marbles between July Fourth and the end of the summer will be entered into a drawing to win round-trip airline tickets from JetBlue.

Founded in 1986, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is the region’s leading advocate for clean water and the restoration and protection of Boston Harbor, the waterfront, the region’s public beaches, the Boston Harbor Islands, and the marine environment.

For more information about the environmental group, visit www.savetheharbor.org.

PLAYGROUND PARTNERS: Students at Roosevelt Elementary School in Melrose recently joined principal Grace Basile to showcase the new brick patio area outside the school’s main entrance.

The engraved bricks honor Roosevelt educators, its PTO, and families who were part of yearlong fund-raising campaign for the school’s playground renovation.

Other playground partners recognized with a brick include the city, the Zinck family, local and state officials, and local businesses that held fund-raisers for the project.

The patio was designed and installed by Roosevelt parents Eppy and Joanne Perperian.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: David Stotzer has been elected president of the Cape Ann Symphony’s board of directors. He has been on the board seven years, serving on the artistic, marketing, and development committees. Stotzer is a photographer and owner of Cape Ann Photography. Also, Pamela Burton is the board’s new vice president of marketing, and Thomas Mannie is taking on the role of vice president of development. John B. Bjorlie continues as secretary. New members of the symphony’s board of directors are Jennifer Ober, Kathleen Purdy, and Thomas Queeney. Last fall, the symphony moved to a new venue for its performances, Manchester Essex Regional High School, on Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea. . . Mary Patchett of Newburyport, a nurse at Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston for 19 years, has received the organization’s Kathleen Schroot Memorial Award. Patchett was recognized for her compassion, grace, commitment to collaboration, and acceptance of others.

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