Savin Hill group wins Better Beaches grant

Above, left to right: DCR Commissioner Jack Murray, Paul Nutting, Maureen McQuillen, Save the Harbor’s President Patty Foley and Joe Newman at Saturday’s Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Better Beaches Awards Breakfast on the Boston Fish Pier.

On Saturday, June 15, Save the Harbor / Save the Bay awarded $30,000 in Better Beaches grants to 14 groups to support dozens of free public events in nine beachfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket this summer. Among the groups selected was the Friends of Savin Hill Shores, which was awarded $2,000 to support the Beach Festival Family Movie Night.

This summer Save the Harbor will once again host two Better Beaches events at the BCYF Curley Community Center at M Street Beach in South Boston. These include the Youth Beach Bash and Splash, which will bring500 kids to the beach to celebrate clean water, and the Swim for Boston Harbor, a one mile, chip-timed competitive swim on one of the cleanest urban beaches in America.

In addition to the grants, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay also gave each group 22 one-inch diameter blue and white marbles to scatter on their respective beaches. Anyone who finds one of these marbles between July 4th and the end of the summer will be entered into a drawing to win round trip airline tickets from JetBlue Airways. “Like” Save the Harbor on Facebook or follow them on Twitter to learn more about this "Simply Marble-ous" summer treasure hunt.