Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Earth Day News: The Ocean Cleanup Bags 10,000,000 kg of Trash!


Yes, you read that right! Last week, on Earth Day, we achieved a significant milestone: surpassing the 10,000,000 kg*

(≈ 22,046,200 lbs) mark of trash extracted from oceans and rivers worldwide! As we prepare for a global scale-up, this groundbreaking achievement reflects the hard work and progress of our team since we removed our first million kilograms of trash in 2022. 

*Approximately the same weight as the Eiffel Tower! Read more about this achievement in our latest press release. 

10,000,000 kg of trash has been removed from oceans and rivers | Our biggest catch in Guatemala | New Podcast Episode: Relationship Building | Global Plastics Treaty: the stakes of legacy plastic 
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An excavator is loading trash into a truck to clean a river

Yes, you read that right! Last week, on Earth Day, we achieved a significant milestone: surpassing the 10,000,000 kg* (≈ 22,046,200 lbs) mark of trash extracted from oceans and rivers worldwide! As we prepare for a global scale-up, this groundbreaking achievement reflects the hard work and progress of our team since we removed our first million kilograms of trash in 2022. 

*Approximately the same weight as the Eiffel Tower! 

Read more about this achievement in our latest press release
Another achievement was accomplished recently: Interceptor 006 captured our biggest river catch ever – allowing us to cross the threshold of 10,000,000 kg. Our 2-boom Interceptor Barricade in Guatemala prevented 1,400,000 kg (≈ 3,100,000 lbs) of trash from flowing into the Caribbean Sea in one single evening.  

You can watch the impressive footage of the trash flood right here: 
Youtube thumbnail of a river in Guatemala filled with trash
You can also learn more about Interceptor 006’s catch in this article
Charlotte smiling at the camera next to Interceptor 019
Charlotte de Jong, Business Development Manager at The Ocean Cleanup shares the challenges she faced, working on the deployment of Interceptor 019 in Thailand (deployed in March). 
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Government officials from around the world gathered in Canada last week to continue discussing the UN Global Plastics Treaty, aimed at defining solutions to plastic pollution. We at The Ocean Cleanup fully support this effort and offer data, expertise, and insights for an ambitious treaty that tackles not only plastic production but the whole lifecycle of plastic. 

Read our blogpost to discover why cleaning up ocean plastic is an essential part in solving plastic pollution.
Thank you for your continued interest in our mission to rid the world's oceans of plastic. Stay tuned for more updates on our progress.


The Ocean Cleanup Crew

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Oddfellows Playhouse presents "The Storm in the Barn"


Oddfellows Playhouse Maplewood Senior Troupe is staging Matt Phelan’s novel The Storm in                 the Barn May 2 through 4. The production will be presented at 7 pm nightly at Oddfellows                         Playhouse, located at 128 Washington Street in Middletown. 

The Storm in the Barn is a tale of a farming family struggling to survive the Dust Bowl and

the Great Depression. Jack, our young hero, discovers that the disappearance of the rain may not be of normal circumstances, but something much more sinister and supernatural. He must face his fears and find confidence within himself to save not only his family, but perhaps the world. This production of The Storm in the Barn             is brought to life by a cast of 7 young actors, ages 11 -16. 

Directed by Allegra Green and Jakeis Jenkins, The Storm in the Barn                         features scenic design by Dan Schmidt,             costume design by Christian Milik, lighting design by Aaron Westcott, sound design by

Trey Moore, properties design by Pam Lang, and technical direction by Myke Halpin.

The dramatic adaptation was written by Eric Coble.

The Storm in the Barn is produced by special arrangement with


Performances will be at 7 pm on May 2  - 4. Tickets for The Storm in the Barn are

$5 for students and $10 for adults. “Big Heart” tickets for $25 are available for anyone

wanting to support Oddfellows’ work with young people, the arts and social justice.             Tickets may be purchased at


Additional information is available at www.oddfellows.org or by emailing info@oddfellows.org             or calling (860) 347-6143. 

The Storm in the Barn               is made possible thanks to generous support from the City of Middletown,

Thomas J. Atkins Memorial Trust Fund, George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation,

American Savings Foundation, Connecticut Office of the Arts/DECD,

Middletown Commission on the Arts, Middlesex County Community Foundation,

The Fund for Greater Hartford, Liberty Bank Foundation, Middletown Youth Services Bureau,

State of Connecticut Judicial Branch (Youth Violence Prevention), Middlesex United Way,

many generous individual donors, and you, supporting youth arts in Connecticut by

purchasing a ticket for this performance.

ZOOM Genealogy Club - Saturday, April 27, 2024


Presenter:  Pam Vestal

Topic:  Tracking Down Your Eastern European Ancestors, Part II

Time:  1:30 PM

Pam gave the first part of this presentation in March.  There is still plenty you can learn from this session, even if you don’t have any Eastern European ancestors!

Pam comes to us from Oregon, thanks to the wonders of Zoom.  Here is her description of her presentation:

In spite of the many wars, boundary changes, and political and natural catastrophes, an astonishing number of records exist for our Eastern European ancestors, both here and abroad. We'll explore strategies for finding their places of origin, uncovering their original names, finding and requesting records, extracting and understanding their information, and dealing with foreign languages.

Please register by 4:00 PM Friday, April 26.  The invite will be sent out on that Friday.

Godfrey Premium members can register for free at the following email: zoomregistration@godfrey.org

If you are not a Godfrey Premium member and want to attend the presentation, you can pay $10 via PayPal (https://www.paypal.com/us/home) with the payment sent to Godfrey Memorial Library.  Then register using the above email.


Live Stream Link—Bach's Mass in B Minor on Saturday, from Yale's Institute of Sacred Music

Live Stream Bach's Mass in B Minor from Woolsey Hall,  
Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

For more information see

Friday, April 19, 2024

Jugalbandhi - North & South Indian Classical Music by Raga Club

Raga Club of Connecticut invites you to a special North & South Indian Classical Music Jugalbandhi concert with four master musicians: 

K.J. Dileep - Carnatic violin

Shadaj Godkhindi - Hindustani Flute

V.S. Raghavan - Mridangam

Anubrata Chatterjee - Tabla

4pm Sunday, April 21, 2024
CVHTS Narayana Auditorium
11 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06457

Annual membership and information about events hosted by Raga Club: http://www.ragact.org/
Tickets for non-members are $30 at the door or here: https://www.zeffy.com/en-US/ticketing/b56cea94-43fd-4470-bbd9-a588dbf19731

Thursday, April 4, 2024

PEACE Resource Project: Symbols, Prayers, & Invocations in Rainbow Colors

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Ruins of a Holy Land, Photography Exhibit.

 "Ruins of a Holy Land," a photography exhibit by Joy Bush will be on display at City Gallery at 994 State Street in New Haven from April 5-28. 

A reception for the artist, Joy Bush, will be held on
April 13 at 2pm.

Ruins of a Holy Land, Photos by Joy Bush

Monday, April 1, 2024

Reduce Food Waste

Food Waste Solutions Workshop, April 9, 6pm at Russell Library.

Learn how to reduce food waste, save money and take action to battle the trash disposal crisis.

Registration here: https://russelllibrary.libcal.com/event/11991929

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