East End Digest – October 30

Posted on 30 October 2008

Southampton Hospital Honors Hughes

Evelyn Hughes, a lead housekeeper in the Environmental Services Department has been chosen as the hospital’s Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2008. Hughes’ selection was celebrated at a luncheon in her honor, where Human Resources Vice President, Paul Davin, presented her with a trophy recognizing her achievement. A resident of Riverhead, Hughes has been an employee of the hospital for nearly 38 years.

Suffolk County: Cavett Property Purchase

The Suffolk Legislature last week approved the county’s $6 million share in the $18 million purchase of 76.8 acres of oceanfront land in Montauk owned by television personality Dick Cavett. The state and the Town of East Hampton will complete the purchase.

Although the final tally of the Suffolk Legislature was robust —12 to 6 — there was a close vote on having the vote.

William Lindsay of Holbrook, presiding officer of the legislature, sought to table a vote on the resolution citing the Wall Street financial crisis and what he said would be its impact on the interest rates that might be charged for money to finance the purchase.

His motion came two votes away from being passed.

The stand at a legislative meeting October 14 came against the backdrop of a critical study of Suffolk County’s open space program done by the Long Island Economic and Social Policy Institute at Dowling College in Oakdale financed by a group of real estate and pro-development groups. Lindsay and Alden attended the unveiling of the report at Dowling on October 10, four days before the legislative action on the Cavett property. The report was titled “Long Island Government Land Acquisition: Can Long Island Taxpayers and the Regional Economy Still Afford It?”

The report issued at Dowling College criticized the cost of open space acquisitions by Suffolk County. It concluded that “There has to be a serious discussion of whether we are buying too much land, with the economic impact on the regional economy factored into any decision made regarding purchasing more open space …. Inescapable is that the more land that’s preserved, the less that is available for affordable housing and the less land that is available to contribute to the tax burden of government.  Furthermore, the more open space that is purchased removes from the tax rolls a vital stream of government revenue that will ultimately have to be subsidized by the remaining taxpayers.”

The $20,000 cost of the report was paid for by a recently formed coalition called Long Island Real Estate Organizations.

“This acquisition will not increase county indebtedness by one penny since it [the funding] comes from the self-contained quarter-cent sales tax [for open space preservation] which was overwhelmingly approved by the electorate,” countered Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy. “Defeating the measure would not have changed our financial picture in any way. As for the worthiness of the acquisition, the Cavett property was one of the first parcels to be included in my comprehensive inventory of environmentally sensitive lands.”                                              Reporting by karl grossman

Southampton Hospital: Blood Drive

Southampton Hospital is sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday, November 6, to help boost blood supplies on Long Island. Donations can be made from 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the teaching center, located on the hospital’s third floor. Anyone between the ages of 17 and 76, in good health and weighing at least 110 pounds is eligible to donate.

According to Hospital organizer Gerry Minerva, “More blood donors are always needed. Right now, only about four people out of 100 who are able to donate blood do so, but blood supplies need to be replenished constantly.”

She also stressed that it is absolutely safe to donate blood as many as six times per year.

As an incentive to attract donors, the hospital will provide a voucher for a free lunch in the hospital cafeteria as well as a ‘pint for a pint’ certificate to the Southampton Publick House to all successful donors.

Walk-ins are welcome. It only takes approximately 10 to 12 minutes to donate, but participants should allow one hour to complete the sign-in and donation process. An ID with a signature and a social security number will be requested of each donor.

For those who would prefer to make an appointment, please contact Gerry Minerva at 726-8336.

East Hampton: Moran House Gifted

Guild Hall of East Hampton, Inc. has donated the Moran House property to The Thomas Moran Trust. Guild Hall presented the Deed of Gift to the Moran House which is appraised at $4 million to the trust and also delivered to the trust the full $500,000 Community Preservation Fund payment for the historic preservation easement purchased by the town and village of East Hampton and restricted for use toward the restoration of the property.

 “This is a successful and happy event and represents a win, win, win for the community, the Thomas Moran Trust, and Guild Hall,” said Mickey Straus, Chairman, Guild Hall Board of Trustees.

The Moran House is the East Hampton historical residence and art studio of the 19th century world-renowned landscape artist, Thomas Moran. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966. Thomas Moran spent each summer from 1884 until 1926 in this home and did much of his painting in its spacious two-story studio. Architecturally, the house is a significant example of a Queen Anne artist’s studio, which is rare design.

“Obtaining ownership and the generous Community Preservation Funds are the first steps among many the Thomas Moran Trust  will be taking to restore  the Moran House and assure its place as a significant part of the nation’s and the east end’s cultural heritage.” said Peter Wolf, Chairman of the Thomas Moran Trust. “Many dedicated individuals and organizations both inside and outside of local government have worked tirelessly for several years to bring this to fruition.”

“This gift represents the joint efforts of Guild Hall and the Moran House Trust to allow the preservation and restoration of this important National Historic Landmark” said Bill McGintee, East Hampton Town Supervisor.”

In 1990, Elizabeth and David  Lamb gave The Moran House to Guild Hall, reserving a life estate, which expired upon Mrs. Lamb’s death in 2004. In the two years following, Guild Hall’s trustees formed the Moran House Committee. Moving forward, in collaboration with the village and town of East Hampton, Guild Hall, and many other civic organizations and individuals, the Thomas Moran Trust will initiate the studies, the capital campaign, and the subsequent work necessary, in order to revive this property of significant national and local importance, which, overlooking Town Pond, is the gateway to the historic district of East Hampton.

League of Women Voters: Riverhead Resorts Forum

To enable the public to learn more about Riverhead Resorts, the 755-acre multi-resort and hotel/convention facility planned for the former Grumman site in Calverton, the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons is hosting “A Public Forum on the Riverhead Resorts Plan in Calverton” on Monday, November 10 at 7 p.m.

All points of view will be presented by the panel which includes: Phil Cardinale, Supervisor of the Town of Riverhead; Robert DeLuca, President of the Group for the East End; Patricia Manzi, Pine Barrens site director for The Nature Conservancy; Mitch Pally, attorney representing Riverhead Resorts; and Brenda Prusinowski, Deputy Commissioner of Planning for the Town of Brookhaven.

The panelists will make opening and closing statements and answer questions from the audience. Maps will be available, showing the eight planned theme parks that feature a fitness/aquatics facility, a wilderness resort, equine area, spa facility, indoor ski mountain, heritage/entertainment area, water adventure resort, and a conference center, all surrounding a 90-acre lake. Details have been posted by the planners at www.riverheadresorts.com.

The forum takes place at the Southampton Town Senior Center in Hampton Bays, 25 Ponquogue Avenue, across from the Hampton Bays Post Office.

For further information, call the League’s Natural Resources committee at 283-2638. To join the League, call 324-8662.

Southampton Town: Sag Student Honored

At the beginning of each day since 1988, pupils at Sag Harbor Elementary School have gathered in the gymnasium for the “Morning Sing.” A session begins with the Pledge of Allegiance, a rousing hymn of salute to the American Flag, and continues with a number of other songs. However, today brought a celebration of citizenship and community, as well as a Southampton Town Councilman.

Speaking before children and teachers from grades Kindergarten through fifth, Councilman Dan Russo sang the praises of Noyac’s Gabriel Martaron for his “dedicated civic involvement” that led to the installation of additional signs on Whitney Road and Crescent Street.

“The Town Council decides the rules for Southampton, but your parents and grandparents get to decide on us,” Russo began. “You may not be old enough to vote, but there are a lot of other ways to get involved.”

 Martaron, who is a third grader in Mrs. Deyermond’s class, circulated a petition to the area’s residents with the help of his neighbors. The signatures were then presented to the councilman. At Russo’s urging, on September 17, the Town’s Highway Department placed “Children at Play” and “Dead End Signs” along the requested roads.

 “Gabriel wanted something changed, he got involved, and made a difference in his community,” said Russo.

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