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Litterbusters in the News

KNAB’s Litterbusters recently cleaned a stretch of both sides of Landry Avenue. 

“We picked up masks, plastic water bottles, beer and soda cans, liquor bottles and nips, pieces of restaurant take-out containers, two loaded diapers, used condoms, and various other types of pieces of litter,” said KNAB’s Executive Director Marsha Goldstein. 

Pictured left to right are:  Marsha Goldstein, Executive Director of Keep North Attleborough Beautiful, Litter Busters volunteers Grace Fairchild, Dan Voisinet, Karen Ross, and Litter Busters Coordinator Margaret Vigorito. 

Litter Busters is a KNAB program in which volunteers choose an area to monitor and clean up all year as needed.  All supplies are provided including a red Litter Busters t-shirt and North Attleborough Town trash bags. 

Anyone interested in becoming a Litter Buster should contact Margaret Vigorito at knablitterbusters@gmail.com

Read more in the Sun Chronicle

Pizzeria Romana Gets Noticed!

KNAB annually recognizes a local business that has attractive and well maintained exterior landscaping with our annual award, “We Noticed.”  

This year the award went to Pizzeria Romana on Route One.

Left to right…Dan Cardella, manager of the restaurant, Luciano Canova, local restaurateur, KNAB Board Member, Jay Elias, and KNAB Executive Director, Marsha Goldstein.

Dan and Luciano received a beautiful framed “We Noticed” certificate created by another KNAB Board Member which will be displayed on the wall in Pizzeria Romana. Our purpose is to not only recognize a business that has exceptional exterior landscaping but also to encourage other businesses to do the same.  In this way we can maintain the beauty of our town!

Read more in the Sun Chronicle

KNAB Announces Art Contest Winners

The Keep North Attleborough Beautiful contest to help us turn some of our town’s gray utility boxes into colorful works of art is now closed. We were genuinely impressed with all of the many entries. Thank you to everyone who submitted artwork. This contest was so much fun yet so very difficult! Regrettably, we could select only nine of the entries.  We wish every submission could have been used….they were all that wonderful. 

Congratulations to our winning artists:Karen Chandran, Kyle Donahue, Kaylee Finch, Lindsay Nygaard, Vivian Racine, Madelyn Steel, Abigail Whitney, Kimberly Whitty, Faith Wilder. Scroll through these pictures to view their winning work.

KNAB and Animal Shelter Collaboration

Keep North Attleborough Beautiful and The North Attleboro Animal Shelter are excited to announce an important collaboration. By bringing Massachusetts redeemable cans and bottles to the shelter, funds can be raised to care for the animals. Also, we will help to keep our environment free from discarded cans and bottles. Note that some places do not accept cans and bottles due to COVID.

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Planet Robotics KNAB-Inspired Project

FLL is an international LEGO Robotics competition, teams all across the globe have to solve a real world problems, build and program robots to do tasks on a field mat, and most importantly work together as a team.

The theme for FIRST LEGO League(FLL) challenge this season is City Shaper. All teams have to do a research project in the broad area of ‘problems related to public spaces‘. Planet Robotics team has participated in Keep North Attleboro Beautiful for last 2 years and know first hand about the amount of trash that collects in public spaces such as parks and ponds and downtown.
Planet Robotics team was fortunate to be mentored by Ms. Marsha Goldstein, founder of KNAB. We learned from her about the her motivation behind KNAB, various programs by KNAB, trash management, how and where does trash collect, preventive strategies by effective government policy, challenging goal of changing habits of a generation.

Planet Robotics noticed that sometimes trash cans are overflowing with trash (think weekend, 4th of July, Labor Day, summer). Everyone wants to make the right choices but they don’t know where to dispose of trash when the trash can is full. So the team is working on designing a smart trash can that detect when it is 80% full and pings an alerts to a Waste Management professional about its status and location on a smart phone app, that way they can address it with priority. Its easier to keep public spaces clean if the litter is in the can. The design is based on Ultrasonic sensor, micro controller based Arduino, WiFi module sending alerts to app with GPS location and status. A typical message will read ‘trash can at location 14 is almost full (red), please refresh cans’.

Patriot Subaru Donations Fund New Shade Tree Plantings

Four shade trees were planted in North Attleborough through Patriot Subaru’s Earth Day donations—two outside the Woodcock Administration Building and two outside the fire station on Allen Avenue. See more in the North Star Reporter… https://www.northstarreporter.com/2019/10/10/happenings-around-town-10-10-19/

Letter to the editor: A big thank you to all who help keep North Attleborough Beautiful

Read the letter to the editor in The Sun Chronicle from May 22, 2019 >>

Keep North Attleboro Beautiful wishes to thank the wonderful 600+ volunteers who participated in the seventh annual Great American Cleanup held on Saturday, May 4.

Participants who turned out in the damp weather included Scout groups, church groups, athletic teams, business groups, families, and individuals.

Waste Management hauled away two and a half tons of filled litter bags. One ton of illegally dumped materials were brought to the transfer station. They included: scrap metal, a mattress, a couch, part of a wooden fence, tires, and two TV’s. To legally dispose of recyclable items please call the Solid Waste Department at (508) 699-0105.

Special thanks and appreciation go to all of our past loyal sponsors in addition to new sponsors:  […]

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