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Letters to the Editor 11/24/11

Posted on 25 November 2011

Airport Meeting Not to be Missed

Dear Editor,

I read with interest the article by Kathryn Menu regarding an upcoming meeting at East Hampton Town Hall on December 1st to discuss FAA funding for EH Airport. It is not often one writes East Hampton Airport and good news in the same sentence, but, in this case, there might be good news if Sag Harbor and Southampton residents — and those farther afield troubled by airport noise — attend that meeting in large numbers.

Those of us unfortunate enough to live under the favored western flight path of aircraft heading to the city, Westchester and Dutchess counties rarely have the opportunity to be heard on the noise issue, despite the fact that so much of the noise and pollution generated by East Hampton airport is borne by Southampton and North Fork residents.

This public meeting on December 1st in East Hampton will therefore provide the disenfranchised residents of Bridgehampton, Noyac, Sagaponack, Sag Harbor, North Sea, Shelter Island and the North Fork with what appears to be the last chance to voice their opinion on whether or not East Hampton should take F.A.A. funds and in doing so, set into motion already F.A.A-approved expansion plans for the airport. It appears clear now that, if East Hampton accepts F.A.A. money, then increased volumes of air traffic — over and above the conservative forecast of 9% increase per year — will likely blight our days and nights for years to come. For 20 years in fact, through 2034.

Given that horrendous possibility, the 7:00 p.m. meeting on Thursday December 1st at the new East Hampton Town Hall on Pantigo Road is a date not to be missed. Let’s hope that Southampton Town Board members and other officials from the North and South Fork will attend this meeting to support long suffering residents.

Patricia Currie

Sag Harbor

Thanks for Support

Dear Bryan,

On behalf of Birthright of Peconic I would like to thank the Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton communities for their support of our annual Walk of Life festival, held on October 8, 2011 at Indian Island Park. The event was a huge success and a win-win for the community as well as a beautiful display of charity, love and support for pregnant women who rely on our support services to assist them in their effort to complete the gift of life in the pregnancy cycle.

Birthright is operated solely by volunteers. There is no charge for its services. It is non-political and inter-denominational. It does not take part in lobbying activities. It is not affiliated with or under the umbrella of any other organization. No federal, state or local government funds are requested or received.

In addition, Birthright is non-judgmental and non-controversial, we have and will continue to support those who seek our aid in recovering from the traumatic experience of having opted for an abortion. The following is a list of organizations and local business establishments who have supported our Walk of Life in the Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton area.

Sag Harbor Liquors, Emporium True Value, Sag Harbor Garden Center, Espresso Market, Alter Ecosystems, Columbiettes of Sag Harbor, George J. Heine Realty, Whalebone General Store, Cromer’s Country Market, Jimmy Jim’s Deli, Schiavoni’s Market, Eleven Madison, Bagel Buoy, M.J. Dowling’s Steakhouse & Tavern, Cavaniola’s Gourmet, Page at 63 Main Restaurant, Conca Dora Restaurant, Noyac Civil Council, De Petris Liquor Store, Dodds & Eder Fine Outdoor Furnishings & Home Décor, Sag Harbor Florist, Estia’s Little Kitchen, Country Gardens, Mickey B’s Deli.

We also solicit the support of the press and I would appreciate it if you could let your readers know about the tremendous support of your community for the mothers and babies we serve. We welcome any inquiry into our motives of charity and love to support the decision of expectant mothers to complete this precious gift of life effort. A detailed objective study by your newspaper, our organization and its practices could be very helpful in bringing public understandings and awareness about our ministry of love. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future to pursue a goal of total enlightenment to the public.


Mary Terry

Directory, Birthright of Peconic

Giving Meaning to Veterans Day

Dear Editor,

It has become tradition at the Sag Harbor Elementary School for veterans to join us at Morning Program for a Veterans Day celebration. On November 10th, we proudly welcomed 18 gentlemen who stood with honor and gave reality to what Veterans Day is truly all about. Too often the meaning of the day gets lost in store sale circulars, and it is with much gratitude that we thank the veterans who were able to attend and be part of the lesson for both our students and the adults.

Veterans in attendance were Donald Schreiber, John Reidy, Vincent Starace, Don Kelly, Ralph Dispigna, Ralph Ficorelli, Walter Stewart, John Burns, Christopher Stone, Carl Browngardt, Robert Browngardt, Al Grover, John Boruckey, Jim Renner, Marty Knab, Joe Edler, Edward Burke and Donald E. Peck, Sr.

With best regards,

Michelle Grant

School Counselor

Sag Harbor Elementary School

Memorial Magnolia

Dear Editor:

Nancy Boyd Willey loved her family and her home in Sag Harbor. She lived here for much of her 96 years until her death in 1998, when she willed her 18th century house to the Sag Harbor Historical Society. She particularly appreciated and valued her unique and talented mother, Annie Cooper Boyd. It was because of this that Nancy saved Annie’s paintings of the views of Sag Harbor painted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Nancy was a saver. She saved papers, books, and little scraps of notes. She saved clothes, meeting minutes, and she saved the environment. She worked to save what we now call the Long Pond Greenbelt, and the beautiful Linda Gronlund Memorial Nature Preserve at Barcelona Neck in Sag Harbor. She worked all of her life in saving the good and beautiful. The little park at the gateway to Sag Harbor, now in its 15th year since its dedication in 1996, is a visible acknowledgement of Nancy’s life long work of saving our small world here in Sag Harbor.

In November this year, Marders Nursery acknowledged Nancy by planting a beautiful magnolia tree as a memorial to her commitment for environmental and historical preservation.

Priscilla Ciccariello and Doris Schiavoni

Sag Harbor

Value of a Nickel

Dear Editor,

The other day I watched a woman dumping many dollars’ worth of cans which could have been recycled and the money used for some worthy enterprise.

Could some club, charity or other civic minded individuals convince the dump supervisors to have a separate bin for such a project, with the beneficiaries responsible for collecting the cans, perhaps on a rotation basis? Why should the manufacturers pocket the 5 cents which they were willing to give back by our not claiming it? Or are nickels no yet worth paying attention to?

The Bridgehampton Bank may have heard and understood the “occupiers” message and tries to do its thing by “selling apples” and matching the donations. Hope the money gets to the right place.

Ellen Gillespie

Sag Harbor

Old Levers

Dear Editor,

I read your editorial recently about the voting system we now have. Like you, I am very disappointed with it and feel like there is no privacy.

I watched last year as voters wandered across the room with oversized paper ballots in their hands for anybody to see how they were voting. Some people got the cardboard covers, others didn’t and there seemed to be no real reason why some had them and others didn’t. Maybe just the luck of the draw.

This voting system is not private and it seems like it’s open to all sorts of corruption and privacy violation. They should go back to the privacy of a voting booth and the old lever system we all grew up with.

Beverly Dawson

Sag Harbor

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