Please see attached letter from the U.S. Board on Geographic Names accepting our proposal to make official the name, Marys Brook (apostrophes are not allowed) for the perennial stream that flows from Main Street in Acton, through the Acton Arboretum, joining with Coles Brook near Taylor Road and Route 2 (map attached).
The brook is named for Mary S. Michelman 2/14/1960 – 12/17/2010, Acton citizen, former president of Acton Citizens for Environmental Safety (ACES), founder of Acton Stream Teams, and assiduous environmental activist who fought for clean water in Acton.
Mary gave hundreds of volunteer hours researching and urging EPA and W.R. Grace to clean up the industrial pollution at the Acton W.R. Grace Superfund Cleanup site.
Mary died of cancer in 2010. The non-profit organization Green Acton has taken up the cause of environmental protection and conservation of local resources.
Marys Brook signs and a small plaque can be seen on Minot Avenue near the Conant School, and affixed to a trail boardwalk over the stream that now bears her name in the Acton Arboretum.
In addition to the creation of Charlotte’s Garden and technical review, advocacy, and raising public awareness of the federal WR Grace Superfund Site, ACES was involved in many other environmental activities, including the following: Continue reading
From John Abernethy: Continue reading
ACES: Acton Citizens for Environmental Safety
ACES (Acton Citizens for Environmental Safety) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization launched in Acton Massachusetts in 1989, by Charlotte Sagoff and Bob Eisengrein. In 2016, its name and mission was shifted to become Green Acton, Inc. Continue reading
Thanks to all these generous Individual Donors! Continue reading
Thanks to these Businesses and Community Organizations for their assistance to the Charlotte Sagoff Memorial Garden! Continue reading
The Charlotte Sagoff Memorial Garden will include a bench immediately outside the Acton Memorial Library main entrance, where library patrons and playground users can sit while awaiting a ride. Continue reading
This section describes Charlotte’s Garden, which was constructed in memory of Charlotte Sagoff, a longtime local environmental activist and a co-founder of Acton Citizens for Environmental Safety (ACES). Continue reading
Why Charlotte’s Garden? Continue reading