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Birthday girl Victoria Gershik with "The King." Click to enlarge. Source: Facebook

No, it’s not Plumb Beach’s birthday. I don’t think any of us know the exact date and year the universe spit Plumb Beach out of its womb.

It’s local resident Victoria Gershik’s birthday and, to celebrate, she is calling upon friends, neighbors, neat freaks, environmentalists, and anyone who wishes to lend a helping hand, to assist her with a cleanup of the beach this Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Gershik, whose birthday is actually March 1, wrote on Facebook that she likes to run and spend time with nature at Plumb Beach as much as she can and is using her birthday “as an excuse to do something that I’ve been wanting to do, which is spend an hour or so ‘cleaning’ the beach and sharing the beauty of the beach with others.”

There are many items on the beach that I think I’d like to remove though it must be said that the unwanted items that do end up on the beach become part of this beach landscape and create it’s [sic] own reality, sometimes beautiful, haunting, frustrating, inspiring, or ugly. Items like Dayquil bottles have their own charm but I guess I’d still like to remove some of these items from the beach to see what effect it’ll have.

According to Gershik, there will be an “opening circle” at around 9:30 a.m. and then a “closing circle” at 10:30 a.m. for those who wish to participate. This writer is unsure of what opening and closing circles are, but so long as no one gets hurt, that is all that matters.

The birthday girl will be on the beach wearing a pink hat so you can easily spot her. She suggests that you feel free to “start picking up items you think you don’t want to be on the beach and choose whatever spot you’d like to work on.” She also asks that you might consider bringing your own garbage bags and gloves to pick trash. Also: “It can get very windy so wear hats, scarves, and warm jackets.”

For more info, check out her Facebook events post.

Dozens of volunteers gathered at Plumb Beach today to help clean up debris and garbage that accumulated in the wake of Hurricane Irene last month. Some of the trash was also left behind by inconsiderate beachgoers and others on the stretch of beach near the Belt Parkway rest stop, east of Knapp Street.

Keep reading and view a photo gallery of the cleanup.

Plumb Beach as of August 25, pre-Irene. Photo by Erica Sherman

The New York City Audubon Society posted this September 17 event to the day after Hurricane Irene was downgraded to tropical storm status:

As part of the International Coastal Cleanup 2011, we will be cleaning Brooklyn’s Plum Beach on Saturday, September 17th. This event not only removes garbage and debris from this important site for wildlife and people, but helps raise awareness about coastal conservation. The cleanup goes from 10 am – 2 pm and we will provide all the tools and equipment you need. Plus, we will provide bus transportation to and from the NYC Audubon offices in Manhattan to make it easy for folks that don’t have their own transport. Please join us!

And in related news, Sheepshead Bites’ venerable editor, Ned Berke, is feverishly twitching because they spelled “Plum” without the “b” at the end. Ah, well… you can’t win every battle, old chap.

You must RSVP for the coastal cleanup by going to the link.

A fisherman in Coney Island. Photo by Erica Sherman

Tell the truth — What section of Brooklyn has greater bragging rights, in matters littoral? I’ll give you a hint: It’s not Williamsburg, Park Slope, Dyker Heights, or Kensington. We’ve got the beach and boardwalk at world famous Brighton Beach and Coney Island, and is Sheepshead Bay not Brooklyn’s answer to the French Riviera?

I rest my case.

To that end, Sheepshead Bites is asking you — “[s]hore lovers, beach walkers, surfers, fishermen, divers and others” — to share your undying love of All Things Shore by helping the American Littoral Society celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special request: Participate in the coastal conservation group’s August 20th Share the Shore event by showing the world how and why we love the shore, and also by promoting new efforts to protect our ocean and coastline.

In other words, not to point fingers or anything, but let’s try and put an end to our fabled Coney Island Whitefish population, mmmkay?

From a press release we received about Share the Shore:

This is a free event open to all who care to show their support for the ocean, coastal wildlife and their habitats. Share the Shore is actually the theme for numerous micro-events that are participant-created and planned to happen all along the New York and New Jersey coast. In addition, event goers will be capturing their love for the coast in photos, videos and other imaginative ways — the Littoral Society will link them together to create a virtual tour of the coast and a powerful message about caring for the coast to share through social media and its website.

From Montauk to Delaware Bay, coast lovers will share their “sure thing for the shore” by getting together with their environmental group, club, family, friends and neighbors to do their favorite “shore thing” at the stretch of shore they love the most. Any and all activities are welcome; however folks like to express their admiration and respect for the shore.

Tell Sheepshead Bites about your Share the Shore event — we’d be happy to promote it for you. To register for an event in our area or create an event of your own, go to