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SafeLawns Foundation to Open Rhode Island Office

We’re excited to announce that the SafeLawns Foundation will be opening a second base of operation in Newport, R.I., within the next few months.

Since founding on Feb. 27, 2006, our non-profit organization has been based in either Maine or Washington, D.C. The D.C. office closed last year when a long-time colleague moved away from that area.

SafeLawns’ expansion to Rhode Island will correspond with a personal move as well. My wife, Katie, recently accepted the position of Assistant Director of Development and Membership at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport. Between now and mid June, when my son graduates from high school, Katie will commute between Newport and Maine. After that time, our family is planning to make Rhode Island our base.

Maine, however, will always be home — for both the family and our Foundation. After 50 years of living in one place, it’s exciting to contemplate a change, but Maine and its people, with many lifelong friends and family, will continue to be part of our daily lives through email, the Internet and frequent visits. This isn’t goodbye to one place, it’s just hello to another.

We timed the commute last weekend. From 1-95 to 1-93 to 1-24 and RI 138 it’s about three hours door to door — depending on traffic. I guess we’ll get used to the best times to avoid the snarls.

The move will also present new opportunities to spread the SafeLawns message of toxic chemical reduction. Newport is part of a large island, surrounded on all sides by sensitive rivers and bays, and those legendarily large estate lawns are the ideal places to showcase environmental stewardship. We’ve already been asked to present a SafeLawns lecture at the Newport Flower Show in late June, so we know at least some Rhode Island folks are open to the idea of lawn chemical reduction.

Meanwhile, my wife is scouring the area for the best schools, daycares, babysitters and neighborhoods. Any advice is welcomed!

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Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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