Poison Ivy Makes Its Seasonal Debut

Plumb Beach is named as it is because of the beach plumbs that grow there, ripening in August. But we’re wondering if it should be named after another kind of vegetation growing wild there. Just check out the photo (one of several), taken by a reader walking along the paths:

Last year, reader complaints hit such a fever pitch that we wrote a feature on city programs to remove poison ivy. Well, it’s that time of year again, and we’re hoping to head off problems as the three-leafed menace starts taking root in public places.

So remember: if you see three-leafed vines growing in public parks, on school property, on trees along the sidewalk – call 311 and inform your city councilman. Poison ivy is more than a nuisance, it can cause serious injury and potentially death.