With so many people focused on safety and care of loved ones during the storm and business being brought to a virtual halt I was amazed at the response of the Village of Sag Harbor to its loyal citizens in terms of understanding the disruption to our lives and imposing penalties for paying Village taxes one day late due to the storm.
Sag Harbor Village taxes are due November 1st. I pay my taxes from a special bank account. On Thursday November 1st I wanted to check with the bank and be sure I had the correct balance in that account. Due to the storm I could not get that information as the bank was not operational. When I went into Village Hall on Friday November 2nd I was met with a young woman, seemingly very irritated with me. She said there is a five percent penalty. I was so surprised and said, “I can’t believe that after all we’ve been through you are telling me there is a five percent penalty. Can we check with the people here?” She again answered with the same attitude, “It’s not our fault.” I said, “This is simply wrong. I will have to go home and pick up another check.” She shoved my check with the paper back and said, “I can’t accept this.”
I went home and wrote another check for the five percent interest. When I went back I handed her both checks and my tax statement. She took them and stamped the statement paid. Again I said, “This is wrong,” and left.
I wonder what will happen to others who have been caught up in this storm. When even impersonal corporations are making allowances for disruption in people’s lives and waving late fees it is amazing that our neighborly Village of Sag Harbor does not extend the same understanding.
November is National Hospice Month! Since 1991, East End Hospice’s team of skilled professionals and volunteers has cared for more than 9,000 of your friends and neighbors and provided bereavement care to thousands more including the children who have attended Camp Good Grief over the past 16 summers.
East End Hospice is the only New York State certified hospice on the East End and provides an individualized plan of care that encompasses not only the patient but the entire family. Our comprehensive, team orientated approach to care ensures that we offer every possible service to ease the burden for the entire family.
Exciting new projects are ahead, including the Good Grief Family Bereavement Center launched in October and an eight-bed free standing hospice inpatient facility, the ground breaking is scheduled for the spring. Both projects will allow us to provide a higher level of care and comfort to those in need.
In communities like ours across the country, hospices are honoring patients and families who are coping with a life limiting illness and the professional and volunteers who so ably and respectfully help provide much needed care and comfort.
With gratitude for the opportunity to have served the Sag Harbor community for so many years,
Priscilla A. Ruffin, RN, MS, NPP
President & CEO
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Pierson’s “Hurry Up and Wait!” All the students were convincing and threw themselves into their respective roles, which made a pleasant evening for the audience. All the actors and actresses did a magnificent job with a difficult play. Acting in a comedy is always more difficult than a drama, but the cast tackled this challenging play with gusto. Bravo to these aspiring thespians.