'Love Where You Live,' 'Don't Trash Mass'

Kudos to Nauset Disposal, which has launched a Capewide litter cleanup initiative.

Called "Love Where You Live," the program invites customers as well as noncustomers to pick up free trash bags at one of several locations listed on its website (NausetDisposal.com/littercleanup) and collect litter. Nauset Disposal will then arrange a free pickup of the collected trash.

We challenge other Cape waste disposal companies to organize similar litter pickup programs.

And speaking of other disposal companies, we were impressed this week when we spotted a truck driver for Republic Services retrieving litter. As his front-end loader picked up a Dumpster in Sandwich, several pieces of trash did not make it into the truck's bin. The driver then got out of the truck and picked up the litter.

And have you noticed the new anti-litter electronic sign on Route 6 westbound in Barnstable? The sign, posted by the Mass. Department of Transportation, reads "Don't Trash Mass."

Impatient motorists endanger bicyclists

Did you bike to work today? After all, May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, and today is "Bike to Work Day."

Unfortunately, there are still too many motorists who fail to properly yield to bicyclists on our roads. Remember, bicyclists have as much right to be on our roads as cars and trucks. Too often, it appears motorists think they own the roads. We have witnessed countless near-accidents caused by motorists trying to pass bicyclists on narrow, winding roads without having a clear vision of oncoming traffic.

If you approach a cyclist near a curve on a road, slow to a crawl, wait to make sure another car is not coming from the opposite direction, and then swing wide around the bicyclist. Several motorists, especially those driving large SUVs with sideview mirrors that protrude more than six inches from the vehicle, do not take into account the total width of their vehicles as they pass bikers.

Anything’s possible with Cinderella Celtics

In case you have not noticed, especially those of us spoiled by the New England Patriots, there's a young, scrappy Celtics team on the verge of making the Super Bowl of professional basketball.

Now facing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second year in a row, the Celts have already defeated Philadelphia and Milwaukee in the first two playoff rounds.

What has made this year’s Celtics playoff run astonishing is that it was done with a roster of players that was completely overturned in the offseason. Only four players are back, and they traded what was widely considered their two best players.

Then, just minutes into the first game of the season, Boston’s big, new free agent, Gordon Hayward, was felled with a horrific ankle fracture. Nevertheless, led by their other new star, point guard Kyrie Irving, the Celts ran off 16 straight wins. And then, in the weeks before the start of the playoffs, Irving’s “minor” follow-up procedure for an old knee injury morphed into a season-ending surgery.

The remaining kids, understudies at the start of the season, were thrust into the spotlight and have dazzled. Forward Jayson Tatum, a rookie who is only 20; Jaylen Brown, at 21 in only his second year; and Terry Rozier, a backup point guard in his third season have all blossomed into stars. Add to that veteran Al Horford, Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes and you have a remarkable Cinderella story.

Holding together the team’s composed and cohesive play is Brad Stevens, the best coach in the NBA who somehow didn’t get a single vote from his peers for the National Basketball Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year Award, with a calm sideline demeanor no matter the score and a brilliant sense of the game. His players swear by their coach. And his "next-man-up, just-do-your-job" approach has been Belichickian.

Above all is Danny Ainge, the general manager who is fearless and shrewd in Auerbachean fashion. Five years ago, he turned over the team’s roster, hired Stevens and through trades and draft choices has pulled together this latest edition. Arnold “Red” Auerbach pulled together dynastic teams with the same sort of wizardry.

The only question now is how far this team will go. We’ve still got at least one more series to enthrall us. After that? With this group, nothing will surprise us.