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  • Saturday, December 12, 2020 5:08 PM | Gail Walker (Administrator)


    As this very challenging year winds down, volunteers came together for one last 'Sconset clean-up. It was a great success as can be seen in the photo above.  Six Clean Team members (listed below) filled over 15 trash bags with discarded bottles, soda cans and endless bits of plastic -- all from the area between Ocean Avenue and 'Sconset beach, from Gully Road to the Summer House Bistro.                                         

    If you want to be notified about our monthly Sconset clean-ups starting again next Spring, please send an email to and we'll add you to the list. 

    Hope to see you then! 

    December 12 Clean Team Volunteers
    Tim Cashman
    Anne Dougherty -- Team Lead
    Cynthia Gallagher
    Karel Greenberg
    Marth Polachi
    Gail Walker

  • Saturday, November 28, 2020 3:28 PM | Gail Walker (Administrator)

    A great group turned out today for the Sconset Beach clean-up organized by the Sconset Civic Association.

    Fueled by Downyflake donuts, 21 volunteers (listed below) spread out and collected trash on the beach from Low Beach up to Wade Cottages, and then in the Codfish Park area.

    They picked up an incredible amount of cans, bottles, mylar balloons, plastic gloves, plastic cups, heaps of tangled fishing lines -- and even an old TV!! 

    Thanks to this effort, our beautiful beach and Codfish Park are a lot cleaner today.

    If you are on island through the winter months and would like to be included in our next clean-up, we'd love your help.  Please send an email to and we'll add you to the list.

    November 28 Clean Team Volunteers

    Mark Burlingham
    Paul and Mary Collins
    Nina and Ross Bermingham
    Lisa Camesano
    Anne Dougherty -- Team Leader
    Amy Graham
    Karel Greenberg
    Kate Heller O'Reilly
    Nina Hellman
    Glenn Hinderstein
    Ann Johnson
    Virginia Laytham
    Kit Murphy
    Elizabeth Nolan
    Alexa and Ethan Rosen-Gozani -- our youngest volunteers!
    Gail Walker
    Dan Weber
    Mary Will -- finder of the TV

  • Monday, September 21, 2020 3:26 PM | Gail Walker (Administrator)


    A hearty group of volunteers turned out for the September Sconset clean-up.

    They spread out to tackle trash in all parts of the village, from Ocean Avenue to Morey Lane, from Larsen Park through Codfish Park, as well as on our beautiful beach.

    We picked up trash of all kinds including bags, bottles and cans even finding a dried up Christmas tree complete with a stand and lights still attached. It's a good feeling knowing that Sconset is a little bit cleaner now. Thanks to those listed below for getting it done!

    But alas, our work continues. If you are on island through the Fall and Winter months and want to be included in our off-season clean-ups, please send an email to

    September 19 Clean Team Volunteers:

    • Esther Brown
    • Anne Dougherty (Team Lead)
    • Janet Eyre
    • Lynn Filipski
    • Robert Franklin
    • Ray Grubbs
    • Miles Hankin
    • Drew Lancaster
    • Charles Mappin
    • Poppi Massey
    • Cindy & Rolf Nelson (plus two guests)
    • Josh Nims
    • Noreen Poulson
    • Gail Walker
    • Emma Ward
  • Monday, August 24, 2020 10:15 AM | Gail Walker (Administrator)

    Below please find a recent letter sent to the Select Board of Nantucket following a vote by the Civic Association Board to do so. It encourages the Town to honor the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Town and the Sconset Beach Preservation Fund that allows for expansion of the geotubes. The issue of erosion affects our entire community and we all benefit from the ability to walk or bike the scenic road to Sankaty Head Lighthouse. 

    August 17, 2020

    Dear Select Board of Nantucket:

    The Board of the Siasconset Civic Association voted to support the expansion of the geotube project on the bluff off Baxter Road as was agreed in a 2013 Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Board of Selectmen. The Siasconset Beach Preservation Fund has successfully shown over the past seven years that it is possible to stop erosion in protected areas with no negative impact as regular monitoring has shown.

    Hundreds of residents and visitors walk, run or bike to Sankaty Lighthouse every day and protecting the road for residents is very important. This is a historic portion of ‘Sconset and includes the cliff walk that parallels the shoreline. The beach below is being nourished with sand in an environmentally responsible plan that is privately funded.

    Many parts of Nantucket’s coastline are facing erosion and we think there is much to learn from this project that could help other parts of Nantucket as well as other communities in Massachusetts.

    The Board of the Siasconset Civic Association supports the efforts of the ‘Sconset Beach Preservation Fund to stabilize the bank above the beach on Baxter Road and hopes that the Select Board will conclude that the continuing legal challenges are not in the best interest of the town or the community.


    Lynn Filipski
    President, Siasconset Civic Association

  • Saturday, August 15, 2020 1:23 PM | Gail Walker (Administrator)

    From Ocean Ave west to Morley Lane, from Pochick Ave north to King Street and all the way down Gully Road, the Sconset Clean Team picked up everything from plastic bags, bottles and cans to an old sun hat, a pair of flip flops and several deflated balloons. 

    It's a good feeling knowing all the trash we picked up didn’t end up in the ocean. And Sconset is a little bit cleaner today as a result. 

    Thank you to those listed below for getting it done!  And a special thanks to Anne Dougherty for serving as today's team captain.

    If you are on island on Saturday September 19th, please join us for our September Clean-up by registering at under Upcoming Events.                                                                                  

    August 15 Clean Team Volunteers

    • Caitlin Boland
    • Nancy Broll
    • Scott & Tracy Biedron
    • Lynn Filipski
    • Robert Franklin & Charles Mappin
    • Emily Maletta
    • Nina Ross & Ross Berlingham
    • Gail Walker
    • Dan Weber & Anne Dougherty


  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020 9:11 AM | Gail Walker (Administrator)

    Nantucket Face Covering Orders:

  • Saturday, August 08, 2020 2:19 PM | Gail Walker (Administrator)

    Thanks to all those (dogs and teddy bears included) who helped with this project, done in July and August 2020 conjunction with the Town Health Department to spread awareness about the requirement to wear a mask in the Sconset historic district, which is bordered by Coffin Street, West Sankaty, Morey Lane and Ocean Avenue to Codfish Park.

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020 4:49 PM | Gail Walker (Administrator)

    It turns out that the steps for completing the 2020 census online for a secondary residence are a bit tricky. So, to help you out, we're providing more detailed guidance below.

    If you still run into problems, you can call 1-844-330-2020 and complete it over the phone. To complete it online, here's the link:

    Please do take a moment to complete the census for your Sconset residence. The Town of Nantucket uses the data when it applies for Federal funds as well as for determining services such as transportation and emergency services.

    STEP 1:  
    On the screen where it asks where you were living on April 1, 2020, ENTER YOUR SCONSET STREET ADDRESS EVEN IF YOU WEREN'T LIVING THERE ON APRIL 1, 2020.  (If it says it doesn't recognize the address you entered, click "Submit" again if the address you entered was correct.)

    STEP 2: 

    Then, when it asks how many people were living or staying at your Sconset house on April 1, 2020, enter ZERO.

    STEP 3:

    You will get another prompt asking you to enter another number. But don't; just click on "Next."

    STEP 4:
    The next screen will ask if you were living or staying at your Sconset residence on April 1, 2020.  Click on "No."

    STEP 5: 

    On the next screen, it will ask why no one was living or staying at that address on April 1, 2020.  That's where you can select "For seasonal, recreational, or occasional use" (or whatever reason you weren't living or staying at your Sconset residence on April 1, 2020)

    STEP 6: 

    On the next screen, you can then choose to start the process of entering census information about your primary residence (if you haven't already complete the census for that residence), by clicking on 'Yes" to the question of whether you have another Census ID for the place you were living or staying on April 1, 2020. (If you don't have a Census ID for that residence, you can still complete the questions about it).

  • Saturday, July 18, 2020 9:51 AM | Gail Walker (Administrator)

    We've received several inquiries about this so we thought all Civic Association members would benefit from knowing the answers to these questions. If you have even more questions than what's answered here, please email us at and we'll do our best to answer them.

    Is it true that we need to complete the U.S. census for our 'Sconset residence even if it is not our primary residence?

    Yes, if you have a second residence in Sconset in addition to the place that you stay most of the time, you will need to complete the census for both homes.

    What if I threw away the form that was sent to me?

    You can complete the census online at: you can call 1-844-330-2020 and complete it over the phone. 

    How do I complete the census form for a seasonal residence?

    The census refers to this scenario as having a “usual home elsewhere.”  You will answer ‘0’ to the question concerning the number of people living or staying at that address as of April 1, 2020. Then select "For seasonal, recreational, or occasional use" (if the unit is not being rented out, sold, or otherwise utilized) for the next question that asks why no one will be living at that address.

    If you previously have completed the census form for your main dwelling, you can then exit from the survey. If not, there should be a link for answering questions about your primary home.

    For more details, visit

    Why is it important to complete the census for your Sconset home?

    The Town of Nantucket can review the census data to better understand the needs of the community and determine adjustments for things such as hospitals, roads, schools, transportation, parks and emergency services. The Town also uses the data when it applies for Federal funds or grants, which are often based on population size.

    You will not be counted as a Nantucket resident for purposes of allocating representatives for Congress.

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020 10:20 PM | Gail Walker (Administrator)

    Due to COVID-19 concerns, we aren't able to have Clean Team meet-ups this summer. However, we encourage everyone who is on island to spend the third Saturday of each month, between 8:30am and 11:00am, cleaning up an area of the village on their own or with other members of their household. 

    The Civic Association will provide trash bags, gloves, and "grabbers" to those who would like them. These can be picked up at 15 Burnell Street (the "grabbers" will need to be returned afterwards). Please send an email to to arrange a pick-up time. 

    Any collected debris can be dropped of at 15 Burnell.  We'll then arrange a special pick-up by DPW of everything collected.

    Please remember to wear your mask throughout the Sconset historic district.

    Thank you in advance for helping keeping 'Sconset clean this summer!

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