Archive | June, 2013

Southampton 400+ Sustainability Debated at Bridgehampton CAC

Posted on 26 June 2013

Residents of Southampton raised concerns over a new sustainability proposal at the Bridgehampton Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting Monday, June 24.
The document, Southampton 400+ Sustainability Element, is a proposed update to the Southampton Town Comprehensive Plan. It was developed by the Sustainable Southampton Advisory Committee and submitted to the Southampton Town Board for consideration in December 2012.

Meat Allergy Emerges as Newest Threat in Tick Borne Illness

Posted on 26 June 2013

Donna Fischer knows exactly what it feels like when an allergic reaction is coming on.
It begins with hives. They multiply and travel across her body, growing larger and larger as they morph into welts. Her skin itches to the point where it is no longer bearable, her ears start ringing, her eyes swell shut, and her heart races. Sometimes, using an EpiPen is the only option for Fischer to avoid going into anaphylactic shock, and she often ends up in the hospital either way.
For Fischer, these reactions are fairly recent, a condition she acquired within the past three years after being bitten by a lone star tick, a brown tick about a third of an inch long that is marked with a white spot if it is a female or scattered spots if it is a male. The allergic reaction that follows the tick bite is triggered by the consumption of red meat, and more specifically caused by the presence of antibodies to a certain sugar known as alpha-gal.

As Tick Population Increases, the Debate of the 4-Poster Program Continues

Posted on 26 June 2013

As residents continue to report tick populations rising at alarming rates, communities across the East End are searching for sustainable methods of vector control.
Several publications, including Veterinary Practice News, predicted that tick populations would explode during the 2013 season. Speculated reasons for the influx include warmer winters, a rise in the white-tailed deer and wild turkey populations and increased suburbanization bringing people, wildlife (and ticks) closer together.

Chronic Lyme Debate Comes to the South Fork

Posted on 26 June 2013

Robbie Vorhaus has a passion for gardening at his North Haven home, cultivating organic produce with his wife, Candace. But these days, preparing for this pastoral tradition is almost like preparing for battle. Dressing for the garden now entails a full-body spray of tick repellent before dressing in long pants, long sleeve shirts, closed toed shoes, gloves and even a bandana.
Afterwards, he tosses his clothing immediately into a dyer and takes a shower. Even then, there is usually one or two ectoparasites that have somehow found their way through his layers of protection.
Sometimes he wonders if he should be gardening at all.
Officially diagnosed with Lyme disease, Vorhaus said so far this season he has picked over 100 ticks off himself. Last season, he counted 100 in total, the year before 25. In 2010, he only counted 10 ticks.
This was what brought Vorhaus to Mara Williams, a nurse practitioner, author of “Nature’s Dirty Needle” – a book dedicated to Chronic Lyme Disease (CLD) – and founder of Inanna House, a not-for-profit healing center for CLD in California.
And through Vorhaus, Williams has come twice to Sag Harbor to talk about CLD, the challenges she believes those who face tick borne illnesses face and why she believes there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Outdoor Dining Space for Sag Harbor Restaurant Questioned

Posted on 26 June 2013

Gwen Waddington, co-owner of the Wharf Shop, Sag Harbor’s iconic toy store, and her mother, Nada, have always considered themselves supporters of the local business community.
Over the years they’ve developed relationships with neighboring property owners like Jay Hamel of Murph’s Backstreet Tavern and Gerald Wawryk of Page at 63 Main. Waddington has worked with Hamel to try and curtail some of the patron runoff onto the Wharf Shop complex property during the late night hours, and Hamel, she said does his best to aid in that effort.
It’s not always successful, she admitted during a Sag Harbor Planning Board meeting Tuesday night.

John Jermain Memorial Library House Tour Offers Glimpse into Sag Harbor History

Posted on 26 June 2013

Each year, several local residents open their homes to the public to share their little slice of Sag Harbor’s identity for the benefit of the John Jermain Memorial Library (JJML). The JJML House Tour is put together by the Friends of the Library, an independent non-profit whose goal is to support the functions of JJML.

State Legislation Links Higher Education with Agriculture & Biotech Industry

Posted on 26 June 2013

New York State Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. announced this week the New York State Senate gave final passage to legislation that establishes the SUNY Tax-Free Area to Revitalize and Transform Upstate (START-UP NY). The program creates tax free areas around state colleges, universities and other designated areas. Senator LaValle said [...]

Sag Harbor’s John Jermain Memorial Library Earns State Grant for Construction Project

Posted on 26 June 2013

A rendering of the completed renovation an addition of the John Jermain Memorial Library on Main Street in Sag Harbor.  By Kathryn G. Menu New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. announced that East Hampton Library, John Jermain Memorial Library, Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, and Shelter Island Public Library are recipients of $724,655 in New [...]

East Hampton Town Airport Air Traffic Control Tower Goes Online for 2013 and Beyond

Posted on 26 June 2013

The East Hampton Airport’s seasonal air traffic control tower went live on Wednesday morning, according to East Hampton Town Councilman and airport liaison Dominick Stanzione.
According to Stanzione, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted the town environmental approval to move forward with a permanent air traffic control tower at the airport during the first week of June. This followed a mandatory federal assessment of the environmental impacts placing a permanent — yet seasonal — air traffic control tower at the airport would have on residents.

East Hampton Town Adopts Deer Management Plan

Posted on 26 June 2013

The East Hampton Town Board adopted a comprehensive deer management plan last Friday that Councilman Dominick Stanzione said this week will look at reducing the white-tailed deer population with an emphasis on a deer cull, while also exploring non-lethal methods of deer control.
The passage of the deer management plan comes just weeks after an aerial survey of the deer population showed just 877 deer in East Hampton, compared to 3,293 deer in a roadside sampling count performed on behalf of the town in 2006.