, Newburyport, MA


April 17, 2014

So much trash around Amesbury Middle School

To the editor:

I am a senior citizen, have lived in Amesbury for over 16 years and have an art school just a half block from Amesbury Middle School. I walk my dog in the neighborhood daily, which includes a trot around the stadium and onto the baseball/soccer fields when they are not in use, Route 110 and Main Street. Many neighborhood dog walkers do the same.

In addition to picking up after my dog, I always carry extra bags to pick up trash, which includes numerous snack wrappers, soft drink and beer cans, small vodka bottles and, to my surprise recently, three hypodermic needles. Two were found in the old CVS parking lot and one in front of the Amesbury Middle School.

But that issue, trash and empty heroin bags in the Amesbury Town Park is for another letter.

Many days I fill two bags. The ground around Amesbury Middle School and Main Street is particularly alarming, as the trash is increasing daily. Not only on the field but the barrels at the side entrance of the school where buses arrive were overflowing throughout the winter with numerous items which found their way to the sidewalk. In other words, debris surrounds education.

It took many months for the ground crew to empty them. The ground’s employees have also dumped leaves and debris including cans, bottles and plastic wrap next to Landry Stadium. I believe that dumping here is illegal.

I have taken this up with the proper school administrators but to no avail.

One in particular said that it was just a few students doing this. This statement did not solve the problem of teaching good citizenship and respect for the environment or tell me why just a “few students” were able to fill two bags on a daily basis.

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