Beach Woods Bulletin, Edition Number 003, August 2019

 

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You may reach me, the presently self-appointed editor, at 321-768-0766 or garyhouchens@hotmail.com. If you have ideas or info for the Bulletin, let me know.

 

Lagoon Fish Survey

Biologists in the picture below said they were researching the fish population. A long net was cast and the results were amazing. Notice the fish in the center of the counters. Big redfish, lady fish, catfish, skates, snook. Some were measured and thrown back. It was heartening to see so many fish just a few feet from our seawall. Thanks to Marilyn McCarthy for the lowdown on those lagoon researchers.

 

Living Dock/Oyster Mats Taking Hold on Dock Pilings

A video of our environmental handiwork was sent to the FIT scientist with whom BW residents worked on a project to enhance cleaning the IR lagoon. (Refer to prior BW bulletins.) This is the scientist's quoted response to the video: “There is a lot of growth on the shells – that is wonderful! I was able to see barnacles, tubeworms, green algae, and either bryozoans or hydroids (that is better ID’d in person). Thanks for sharing the video!” And our thanks to Bob Hinckley and Wendy Woodrum for making a digital record.


Road Repair/Resurface

River Woods Drive resurfacing is completed, and the driving/parking inconvenience to our patient residents is over. Concrete curbing is being added now to critical junctions subject to damage by heavy vehicles.

 

No Couch Potatoes, But.....

Last bulletin gave the spring activities that had continued in spite of snow bird loses. Our residents are not all couch potatoes, but neither do we want anyone to become sun-roasted potatoes. Now the pickleball schedule is no longer firm. It seems bocci ball has kept going, and water aerobics continues as usual.

 

Think Green, Think Clean

Recall where have you seen that slogan? How about the sides of those green Waste Management (WM) monsters which pick up our Wednesday (trash/recycle/yard waste) and Saturday (trash only) refuse. Here are a few trash and recycle reminders. (Apologies for the article length.)

 

First of all, at curbside please space trash and recycle containers a foot or two apart to avoid the truck loader arms from knocking them over.

 

The “Think Clean” slogan refers to WM's low emission natural gas vehicles. But “Think Clean” also could apply to the type of material they want to see – clean stuff, not garbage – in the yellow lid containers.

 

Getting the right material in the appropriate bins may not seem important, but doing it wrong eventually can reach into our collective wallets. China is becoming more selective in the recycled material the U.S. sends there, and they are rejecting shiploads of recyclable material contaminated with trash. In turn, if too much of WM's pick up from our curb is not recyclable, their inspectors can reject whole truckloads of supposed recyclables. Also, their sorting lines use machines that can be jammed and broken by plastic newspaper wraps and shopping bags, small bottle caps, etc., so they are sensitive to these items. Obviously not all plastic and metal is suitable.

 

How does improperly recycled material effect your bank account? Brevard County is growing its landfills to accommodate our current and new communities or housing developments. Brevard's governments are looking into expanding a part of the Melbourne (Sarno Road) landfill and starting a new one west of I-95. You can be assured that those resulting landfills (competing to become the highest mountains in Central and South Florida) will increase fees built into you property tax bill. So do your best to fill your recycle container with “clean” recyclables, and even better re-purposing or reusing items makes the most ecological sense.

 

Have you ever been confused about what residents may toss into our yellow-topped recycle containers? The general rules and hints below are from the WM's web site, container tops, and telephone conversations about what does and does not belong.

·      No yard waste in plastic bags. The WM crew will pick up yard waste in a garbage can or lying on the ground if in sections (branches) not over 4 feet long.

·      No plastic shopping bags. Publix and other groceries have bins for these.

·      No styrofoam cups or packing materials such as egg cartoons. Some packing and shipping stores may accept clean styrofoam beans or packing.

·      No recyclables in plastic bags as they will jam up the system.

·      No food waste, diaper bag and pet waste bags that can turn the whole recycle load into a trash haul.

·      No textiles and clothing and large plastic items and motor items. Use common sense.

·      Appliances and furniture: First, check other options for reuse such as thrift stores like Habitat for Humanity. Appliances and furniture (TVs, mattresses, etc.) can be picked up in BW at no personal cost. To be sure these items are taken, call (866) 807-2266 to schedule a pick-up. But no construction material.

·      Fluorescent light tubes and compact bulbs may be recycled at Lowes.

·      Rechargeable batteries may be recycled at Lowes.

·      Large corrugated cardboard such as from appliance boxes, may be dropped in dumpsters behind the Melb. Beach Govt. building. The dumpsters are enclosed in wooden fences/gates - one bin for trash, one for corrugated cardboard.

RECYCLE

DON'T DO IT!!

All empty plastic jars, jugs, tubs, bottles

No small caps (jam up); scrape containers

All empty tin, steel, alum. cans

 

All empty (scraped out) glass; lids OK

 

Paper, newspapers, magazines

If paper wet or soiled, put in trash

Flattened cardboard and paperboard

If wet or soiled, put in trash

Milk, juice, food cartons OK

No small caps (they jam the equipment)

Cardboard pizza delivery boxes

No food remnants and liners

 

No styrofoam (clean, to shipping stores)

 

No textiles, clothing, large plastic items

 

Bottom line: use common sense to help control the costs of collecting your castoffs and refuse. Don't contaminate the recycle process. When in doubt, throw it out. Go to https://recycleoftenrecycleright.com for more details and updates.

 

Coyote seen in BW last year. One reason to maintain control of your pet.

 

Fly Me to the Moon was the name of the final Summer Not-In-The-Park Melbourne Municipal Band concert (free). Did you miss this great performance honoring the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing? But other ways are available to spend a cool Sunday afternoon or a delightful evening. Try one of our local theaters:

·      Melbourne Civic Theatre is showing Putting It Together, a tale of sophisticated relationships, woven through a review filled with Stephen Sondheim tunes. (August 2nd - September 8th)

·      Henegar Center for the Arts presents Beauty and the Beast September 6th – 22nd. The original 13-year Broadway production was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Gary Houchens

321-768-0766

 

Please do not reply to this e-mail! Let's avoid someone's computer or device contaminating the BW Bulletin contact list.

 

 

 

Living Dock/Oyster Mats Taking Hold on Dock Pilings

A video of our environmental handiwork was sent to the FIT scientist with whom BW residents worked on a project to enhance cleaning the IR lagoon. (Refer to prior BW bulletins.) This is the scientist's quoted response to the video: “There is a lot of growth on the shells – that is wonderful! I was able to see barnacles, tubeworms, green algae, and either bryozoans or hydroids (that is better ID’d in person). Thanks for sharing the video!” And our thanks to Bob Hinckley and Wendy Woodrum for making a digital record.


Road Repair/Resurface

River Woods Drive resurfacing is completed, and the driving/parking inconvenience to our patient residents is over. Concrete curbing is being added now to critical junctions subject to damage by heavy vehicles.

 

No Couch Potatoes, But.....

Last bulletin gave the spring activities that had continued in spite of snow bird loses. Our residents are not all couch potatoes, but neither do we want anyone to become sun-roasted potatoes. Now the pickleball schedule is no longer firm. It seems bocci ball has kept going, and water aerobics continues as usual.

 

Think Green, Think Clean

Recall where have you seen that slogan? How about the sides of those green Waste Management (WM) monsters which pick up our Wednesday (trash/recycle/yard waste) and Saturday (trash only) refuse. Here are a few trash and recycle reminders. (Apologies for the article length.)

 

First of all, at curbside please space trash and recycle containers a foot or two apart to avoid the truck loader arms from knocking them over.

 

The “Think Clean” slogan refers to WM's low emission natural gas vehicles. But “Think Clean” also could apply to the type of material they want to see – clean stuff, not garbage – in the yellow lid containers.

 

Getting the right material in the appropriate bins may not seem important, but doing it wrong eventually can reach into our collective wallets. China is becoming more selective in the recycled material the U.S. sends there, and they are rejecting shiploads of recyclable material contaminated with trash. In turn, if too much of WM's pick up from our curb is not recyclable, their inspectors can reject whole truckloads of supposed recyclables. Also, their sorting lines use machines that can be jammed and broken by plastic newspaper wraps and shopping bags, small bottle caps, etc., so they are sensitive to these items. Obviously not all plastic and metal is suitable.

 

How does improperly recycled material effect your bank account? Brevard County is growing its landfills to accommodate our current and new communities or housing developments. Brevard's governments are looking into expanding a part of the Melbourne (Sarno Road) landfill and starting a new one west of I-95. You can be assured that those resulting landfills (competing to become the highest mountains in Central and South Florida) will increase fees built into you property tax bill. So do your best to fill your recycle container with “clean” recyclables, and even better re-purposing or reusing items makes the most ecological sense.

 

Have you ever been confused about what residents may toss into our yellow-topped recycle containers? The general rules and hints below are from the WM's web site, container tops, and telephone conversations about what does and does not belong.

·      No yard waste in plastic bags. The WM crew will pick up yard waste in a garbage can or lying on the ground if in sections (branches) not over 4 feet long.

·      No plastic shopping bags. Publix and other groceries have bins for these.

·      No styrofoam cups or packing materials such as egg cartoons. Some packing and shipping stores may accept clean styrofoam beans or packing.

·      No recyclables in plastic bags as they will jam up the system.

·      No food waste, diaper bag and pet waste bags that can turn the whole recycle load into a trash haul.

·      No textiles and clothing and large plastic items and motor items. Use common sense.

·      Appliances and furniture: First, check other options for reuse such as thrift stores like Habitat for Humanity. Appliances and furniture (TVs, mattresses, etc.) can be picked up in BW at no personal cost. To be sure these items are taken, call (866) 807-2266 to schedule a pick-up. But no construction material.

·      Fluorescent light tubes and compact bulbs may be recycled at Lowes.

·      Rechargeable batteries may be recycled at Lowes.

·      Large corrugated cardboard such as from appliance boxes, may be dropped in dumpsters behind the Melb. Beach Govt. building. The dumpsters are enclosed in wooden fences/gates - one bin for trash, one for corrugated cardboard.

RECYCLE

DON'T DO IT!!

All empty plastic jars, jugs, tubs, bottles

No small caps (jam up); scrape containers

All empty tin, steel, alum. cans

 

All empty (scraped out) glass; lids OK

 

Paper, newspapers, magazines

If paper wet or soiled, put in trash

Flattened cardboard and paperboard

If wet or soiled, put in trash

Milk, juice, food cartons OK

No small caps (they jam the equipment)

Cardboard pizza delivery boxes

No food remnants and liners

 

No styrofoam (clean, to shipping stores)

 

No textiles, clothing, large plastic items

 

Bottom line: use common sense to help control the costs of collecting your castoffs and refuse. Don't contaminate the recycle process. When in doubt, throw it out. Go to https://recycleoftenrecycleright.com for more details and updates.

 

Coyote seen in BW last year. One reason to maintain control of your pet.

 

Fly Me to the Moon was the name of the final Summer Not-In-The-Park Melbourne Municipal Band concert (free). Did you miss this great performance honoring the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing? But other ways are available to spend a cool Sunday afternoon or a delightful evening. Try one of our local theaters:

·      Melbourne Civic Theatre is showing Putting It Together, a tale of sophisticated relationships, woven through a review filled with Stephen Sondheim tunes. (August 2nd - September 8th)

·      Henegar Center for the Arts presents Beauty and the Beast September 6th – 22nd. The original 13-year Broadway production was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Gary Houchens

321-768-0766

 

Please do not reply to this e-mail! Let's avoid someone's computer or device contaminating the BW Bulletin contact list.

 

 

 

Living Dock/Oyster Mats Taking Hold on Dock Pilings

A video of our environmental handiwork was sent to the FIT scientist with whom BW residents worked on a project to enhance cleaning the IR lagoon. (Refer to prior BW bulletins.) This is the scientist's quoted response to the video: “There is a lot of growth on the shells – that is wonderful! I was able to see barnacles, tubeworms, green algae, and either bryozoans or hydroids (that is better ID’d in person). Thanks for sharing the video!” And our thanks to Bob Hinckley and Wendy Woodrum for making a digital record.


Road Repair/Resurface

River Woods Drive resurfacing is completed, and the driving/parking inconvenience to our patient residents is over. Concrete curbing is being added now to critical junctions subject to damage by heavy vehicles.

 

No Couch Potatoes, But.....

Last bulletin gave the spring activities that had continued in spite of snow bird loses. Our residents are not all couch potatoes, but neither do we want anyone to become sun-roasted potatoes. Now the pickleball schedule is no longer firm. It seems bocci ball has kept going, and water aerobics continues as usual.

 

Think Green, Think Clean

Recall where have you seen that slogan? How about the sides of those green Waste Management (WM) monsters which pick up our Wednesday (trash/recycle/yard waste) and Saturday (trash only) refuse. Here are a few trash and recycle reminders. (Apologies for the article length.)

 

First of all, at curbside please space trash and recycle containers a foot or two apart to avoid the truck loader arms from knocking them over.

 

The “Think Clean” slogan refers to WM's low emission natural gas vehicles. But “Think Clean” also could apply to the type of material they want to see – clean stuff, not garbage – in the yellow lid containers.

 

Getting the right material in the appropriate bins may not seem important, but doing it wrong eventually can reach into our collective wallets. China is becoming more selective in the recycled material the U.S. sends there, and they are rejecting shiploads of recyclable material contaminated with trash. In turn, if too much of WM's pick up from our curb is not recyclable, their inspectors can reject whole truckloads of supposed recyclables. Also, their sorting lines use machines that can be jammed and broken by plastic newspaper wraps and shopping bags, small bottle caps, etc., so they are sensitive to these items. Obviously not all plastic and metal is suitable.

 

How does improperly recycled material effect your bank account? Brevard County is growing its landfills to accommodate our current and new communities or housing developments. Brevard's governments are looking into expanding a part of the Melbourne (Sarno Road) landfill and starting a new one west of I-95. You can be assured that those resulting landfills (competing to become the highest mountains in Central and South Florida) will increase fees built into you property tax bill. So do your best to fill your recycle container with “clean” recyclables, and even better re-purposing or reusing items makes the most ecological sense.

 

Have you ever been confused about what residents may toss into our yellow-topped recycle containers? The general rules and hints below are from the WM's web site, container tops, and telephone conversations about what does and does not belong.

·      No yard waste in plastic bags. The WM crew will pick up yard waste in a garbage can or lying on the ground if in sections (branches) not over 4 feet long.

·      No plastic shopping bags. Publix and other groceries have bins for these.

·      No styrofoam cups or packing materials such as egg cartoons. Some packing and shipping stores may accept clean styrofoam beans or packing.

·      No recyclables in plastic bags as they will jam up the system.

·      No food waste, diaper bag and pet waste bags that can turn the whole recycle load into a trash haul.

·      No textiles and clothing and large plastic items and motor items. Use common sense.

·      Appliances and furniture: First, check other options for reuse such as thrift stores like Habitat for Humanity. Appliances and furniture (TVs, mattresses, etc.) can be picked up in BW at no personal cost. To be sure these items are taken, call (866) 807-2266 to schedule a pick-up. But no construction material.

·      Fluorescent light tubes and compact bulbs may be recycled at Lowes.

·      Rechargeable batteries may be recycled at Lowes.

·      Large corrugated cardboard such as from appliance boxes, may be dropped in dumpsters behind the Melb. Beach Govt. building. The dumpsters are enclosed in wooden fences/gates - one bin for trash, one for corrugated cardboard.

RECYCLE

DON'T DO IT!!

All empty plastic jars, jugs, tubs, bottles

No small caps (jam up); scrape containers

All empty tin, steel, alum. cans

 

All empty (scraped out) glass; lids OK

 

Paper, newspapers, magazines

If paper wet or soiled, put in trash

Flattened cardboard and paperboard

If wet or soiled, put in trash

Milk, juice, food cartons OK

No small caps (they jam the equipment)

Cardboard pizza delivery boxes

No food remnants and liners

 

No styrofoam (clean, to shipping stores)

 

No textiles, clothing, large plastic items

 

Bottom line: use common sense to help control the costs of collecting your castoffs and refuse. Don't contaminate the recycle process. When in doubt, throw it out. Go to https://recycleoftenrecycleright.com for more details and updates.

 

Coyote seen in BW last year. One reason to maintain control of your pet.

 

Fly Me to the Moon was the name of the final Summer Not-In-The-Park Melbourne Municipal Band concert (free). Did you miss this great performance honoring the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing? But other ways are available to spend a cool Sunday afternoon or a delightful evening. Try one of our local theaters:

·      Melbourne Civic Theatre is showing Putting It Together, a tale of sophisticated relationships, woven through a review filled with Stephen Sondheim tunes. (August 2nd - September 8th)

·      Henegar Center for the Arts presents Beauty and the Beast September 6th – 22nd. The original 13-year Broadway production was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Gary Houchens

321-768-0766

 

Please do not reply to this e-mail! Let's avoid someone's computer or device contaminating the BW Bulletin contact list.