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 LIVINGSTON, N.J., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Undaunted by the rain, more than 250 New Jersey residents -- members of the Telephone Pioneers of America -- with their neighbors, families, and friends joined forces for a beach-front cleanup in Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, N.J., on Saturday, Sept. 18. The yield: 57 bags of trash, ranging in content from 1,187 plastic food bags and wrappers, 9,562 cigarette butts, 110 wooden items, 11 unused firecrackers, to a Donald Duck button, a child's ring, and $2.50 in cash.
 The project -- a joint venture between Bellcore and New Jersey Bell chapters of the Telephone Pioneers of America (TPA) and the Washington, D.C.-based international Center for Marine Conservation (CMC) -- was part of a worldwide, annual initiative.
 As planned, the participants covered a 2-1/2 mile stretch of carefully markered Jersey shoreline, collecting debris, and submitting it to the CMC for analysis and cataloging. Debris collected in past CMC cleanups ranged from hundreds of thousands of cigarette butts to large household furnishings.
 Pioneers, sponsored by New Jersey Bell and Bellcore, are spearheading the drive to combat the problem of marine debris, which increasingly pollutes New Jersey's waterways. Pioneer volunteers in other states targeted lakes and beaches on the same day as part of an international Coastal Cleanup involving volunteers from 32 countries.
 The Telephone Pioneers of America, with more than 800,000 members in the United States and Canada, is the world's largest industry-related volunteer organization. Its membership includes active and retired telecommunications workers from throughout North America.
 In New Jersey, Bellcore's Chapter 99 of the Pioneers represents more than 2,400 volunteers, who contributed more than 90,000 hours of community service in 1992. New Jersey Bell Pioneers are represented by the H.G. McCully Downstate Chapter (serving central and southern New Jersey), and the H.G. McCully Upstate Pioneer Chapter, serving northern New Jersey. New Jersey Bell Pioneers represent more than 20,000 members who contributed more than 800,000 hours of volunteer community service annually.
 Bellcore provides research and other technical support to the communications companies of Ameritech, Bell Atlantic, NYNEX, Pacific Telesis, Southwestern Bell Corp., and U S WEST, as well as Cincinnati Bell, Inc. and the Southern New England Telephone Company. New Jersey Bell is an operating telephone company owned by Bell Atlantic, which is also an owner-client of Bellcore.
 Bell Atlantic Corporation, based in Philadelphia, is the parent company of New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone (Delaware), and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. companies that provide a full array of telecommunications services in the mid- Atlantic region.
 The Center for Marine Conservation first began organizing beach cleanups in 1986 as part of CoastWeeks, the annual fall celebration of the beauty and value of our coasts.
 A listing of debris collected by the Pioneers follows.
 Summary of Items Collected at Seaside Heights/Seaside Park
 Coastal Cleanup Sept. 18
 Participants: 261 total, from Telephone Pioneers of America
 H.G. McCully Upstate and Downstate
 Bellcore Chapter No. 99
 Total Bags Of Trash/Recyclables Collected: 57
 Food Bags/Wrappers 1,187
 Caps/Lids 198 -- WOOD
 Cigarette Butts 9,562 Lumber Pieces 65
 Trash Bags 8 Other 110
 Cups/Utensils 193
 Straws 651 -- METAL
 Pieces 616 Caps 113
 Bottles 94 Wire 12
 Fishing Line 10 Pull Tabs 4
 Sheeting 20 Cans 112
 Milk Jugs 5 Pieces 27
 Cigarette Lighters 13 Aerosol cans 3
 Strapping 6 Other 29
 Vegetable Sacks 1
 Fish nets 15 -- PAPER
 Lures 10 Newspaper/Magazine 28
 Rope 22 Cardboard 31
 6-pack holders 10 Bags 45
 Tampon Applicators 55 Cartons 19
 Toys 30 Cups 184
 Disposable Diapers 31 Plates 80
 Other 123 Pieces 696
 Pieces 327 Clothing Pieces 42
 Packaging 11
 Egg Cartons 6 Firecrackers (11 unused)
 Plate 6 Child's ring
 Fast Food Cartons 17 Underwear
 Buoys 4 Shoes
 Donald Duck Button
 -- RUBBER Tape Cassette
 Balloons 52 Superball
 Condoms 6 $2.25
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 /CONTACT: Barbara Roche of New Jersey Bell, 201-649-4646, or Thom O'Connor of Bellcore, 201-740-6112/

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