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Letters November 6

Posted on 07 November 2008

Cleaning a Beach


Dear Editor:

We are eighth grade students at Pierson Middle School. We are writing this letter out of concern for our beaches, specifically Haven’s Beach. Recently we took a field trip to the beach with our local bay keeper, Kevin McAlister. He helped us understand how our ecosystem works, and how marshes are the “kidneys of the bay.” Marshes filter the water for bacteria, waste and other hazardous material. Without them our swimming beach will be filled with toxins.

Unfortunately we have learned that Havens Beach, a very popular swimming site is the dumping ground for toxic runoff. If no actions are taken immediately, these toxins can harm your body and the bodies of future generations. We are the concerned youth of Sag Harbor who enjoy swimming, fishing, sailing, jet skiing and wake boarding in our local waters. Our hope is that Havens Beach will be there for our kids to enjoy someday.

Furthermore, we learned the village had the chance to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money to restore the marsh, but they didn’t take action. It seems that the people who don’t support the project are turning a blind eye to this serious situation. Evidently local homeowners are afraid of the changes that the new marsh would bring and have fought against it. Yet the marsh would not only filter the bad bacteria that washes into the bay, but it would create an estuary for birds and fish. We feel the community is afraid to undergo alterations, but in order to save the beach, it is necessary.

Please help us in this matter by supporting future products that would help the filtration system at Havens Beach. Hopefully this letter will sp[ark the interests of others concerned with Havens Beach.

Raleigh Gordley, Chris Abt, Angela Piro, Gabe Garro and Emily Shafonda (teacher)

Sag Harbor Middle School


An Eye on Restoration


Dear Bryan,

Thank you for such complete coverage of “Fixing House’s Eyes” in the October 30th Express.

Howard Kanovitz’s Suffolk Street property is one of the few large houses in Sag Harbor which is still in use as a multi-family dwelling, offering year-round rentals to local people.  Since he purchased it six years ago, as tenants have moved out, he has completely up-graded each apartment.  At considerable expense, he created new, organized parking spaces on narrow Concord Street.  He has been restoring the historic building’s exterior as well—case in point the porch with custom made column mentioned in the article.

It was as part of that program that he petitioned the ARB to replace the deteriorating windows with double pane, energy conserving Andersen windows he selected, after considerable research, which exactly replicate the originals stylistically.  He was rejected and told that he should consider restoring the crumbling, narrow muttons individually.  Most other similar residences in Sag Harbor have evicted tenants and have been converted to single family (part-time resident) Trophy Houses! Perhaps individually piecing together original building fabric is a possibility in such cases.

I have been involved with historic preservation all my life, but other civic issues should be taken into consideration by responsible boards of review, such as maintaining a diverse community offering a range of housing possibilities, and all important energy conservation.  Kanovitz’s proposals should have been supported. He shouldn’t be asked to pay through the nose to maintain the house’s eyes.

A Sag Harbor lover,

Carolyn Oldenbusch (Kanovitz)

Sag Harbor



Time for a Parking Garage


Dear Editor:

With the summer people having summered and gone, taking the buzz with them; followed by Halloween celebration and the blocking of streets without prior notice — to the great inconvenience of residents hopelessly searching for non-existent vacant parking spots; it is time, again, to raise the issue of a Sag Harbor Village parking garage that the Sag Harbor Village Board refuses to consider. For no apparently good reason.

The building under construction at the inter section of Bay and Burke streets is exactly the type required for a parking garage on one of the existing village-owned parking lots. This should ease the parking problems for both residents and visitors from near (surrounding areas) and far. The 2-hour parking limit would continue to apply, with tickets (or fees for the garage) for overtime parking.

One wonders what it takes to get the attention of the village board for such an eminently sensible and revenue-earning project. With the summer season over and prevailing low interest rates, now is a good time to borrow money for the project, putting unemployed labor to work and giving a little kick to the sagging local and national economy.

Yours sincerely,

David Carney

Sag Harbor


Community on the Air


To the Editor:

As a WPKM programmer and volunteer I read with interest your story “New Radio Station To Hit Airwaves in ’09″ (Express, October 30). 

I’d like to point out that the new station you write about will not be the only ‘community radio’ station on the east end but will actually be the third station to originate programs from here. 

Specifically, WPKM at 88.7 FM with transmitter in Montauk has been broadcasting since 2005. Although the bulk of its unique programming originates at WPKN 89.5 FM in Bridgeport, Conn., its volunteer staff includes several programmers from Long Island and two regular programs are produced on the east end. 

These monthly local programs include  “East End Ink” with readings recorded in Sag Harbor at Canio’s Books and other nearby venues and an interview and essay program “Tidings From Hazel Kahan” which is recorded in Mattituck and edited in Southampton.

With a local broadcast studio being established by WPKN in East Hampton, the number of locally originated programs will increase as will unique news, viewpoints and music not heard elsewhere on the air.

This is because WPKN and WPKM are entirely listener-funded and do not accept advertising or grants, giving their programmers complete programming freedom,

As a WPKN/WPKM volunteer, I invite our neighbors to tell us about your programming ideas and to participate as volunteers. Please call 631-259-2482 to talk about this some more.

Anthony Ernst



YARD’s Party


Dear Bryan,

Thank you for your recent article by Annette Hinkle about Youth Advocacy and Resource Development (better known as the YARD Program). For 10 years, the young people of Sag Harbor have enjoyed summer evenings at Long Beach, high school sailing in the spring and fall, the after school Community Room program during the academic year, bus trips during school vacations, Saturday Night Rec., leadership and enrichment  because of the YARD Program. Although a large portion of the funding comes from surrounding municipalities, the county and state, we still must privately fund raise to meet our annual budget.

I would like to thank the parents, teachers, administrators, staff, custodians and the community members who recently attended YARD’s Third Silent Auction. We were treated to a fabulous evening of fun, fine food, intesting auction items and prizes. This event, hosted by the YARD Board of Directors for the children, would not have been possible without the generous contribution of food, products, music and services from the community. The Directors would like to thank the following businesses for their generous contributions: Cove Deli, Provisions, New Paradise Restaurant, Sen Spice, Il Cappucino, Conca D’oro, Sen, Spinakers, Espresso’s East Hampton Golf Club, Agave, Cromer’s Market, Golden Pear, Schiavoni’s Market and Cappeletti’s.

We would also like to extend our thanks to a number of kind individuals, Richard Udice who transformed B.Smith’s for the evening, Sandi and Kevin Kruel, Marion Cassata and Robert Schneider, Brad Beyer, Robin Piro, and Rich Moran who gave so generously of their time. We greatly appreciate your support.

The YARD Board would like to thank in particular, Barbara Smith and Dan Gasby for their hospitality and use of their wonderful facility. What a magnificent waterfront location for our special event. And finally, a big thanks to the Sag Harbor community members who so generously donated goods and services that enabled us to meet our annual fund raising goals which, in turn, will go directly back to the kids.

On Behalf of the YARD Board of Directors,

Barbara Schmitz,

Board President


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