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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 Attleboro 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:  […]

KNAB Brings Recycling Program to Local Elementary Schools

One of Keep North Attleborough Beautiful’s most important goals is to educate about proper recycling, litter, and  reducing use of plastics. Marsha Goldstein, KNAB’s Executive Director, presented programs on these and related environmental topics to all Kindergarten and Grade 5 classes in the North Attleborough schools in March and April, 2019.  She utilized a Power Point and brought items for sorting into baskets labeled trash, recycling, and reusing-donating. Marsha was pleased to note that students were attentive and some already had knowledge of proper recycling. The expectation is that they will bring what they learned to adults at home in order to improve environmental habits.

– 5th Grade Teacher, Roosevelt Avenue School

KNAB Delivers “We Noticed” Award to Madonna Manor

On October 1st, Keep North Attleborough Beautiful gave a “We Noticed” award to Madonna Manor Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitative Care for maintaining an attractive exterior landscape citing its flowers bordering the top of the facility’s front wall. Pictured (L to R) Marsha Goldstein, executive director of KNAB, Mary-Ellen Murphy, administrator of Madonna Manor, KNAB board members Diane Hermenau, Jay Elias, Anne Thompson, Madonna Manor Staffers Shannon Shepardson, and Sue Wanamaker, and Madonna Manor residents, Shirley Darling, Mildred Rossi, and Jackie Doyle.

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