Need Safe Plan
I am writing in response to the editorial entitled “Get Moving” from February 14. This editorial seems to say that people in Noyac are opposed to finding a solution to the traffic problem by the Whalebone/Cromers Market area. That is NOT the case! What we DO have a problem with is the latest proposal from Alex Gregor.
Pine Neck is a small residential community with very narrow streets. Lots of children play in that area and love walking to Circle Beach and to the stores. How can it be safe for the residents, most importantly the children, if you divert the traffic — large delivery trucks, landscaping trucks with wagons attached, and every other type of vehicle — through the Pine Neck area? I’m sorry, but that sounds ridiculous to me.
I thought the whole idea was supposed to be “Traffic Calming” in front of The Whalebone/Cromers Market. Traffic needs to be slowed down on Noyac Road, not diverted through this small community.
It’s true that people do not follow the speed limit on Noyac Road and that is a major problem. But the problem exists for all of Noyac Road and not just in front of The Whalebone and Cromers. I must say that at least in that parking area, visually, you have a better fighting chance backing your car onto Noyac Road. Why isn’t anything said about the speeding traffic in front of MJ Dowlings, Cappeletti’s, The Peconic Marina and any of the other businesses along Noyac Road where you also have to back your car out directly onto Noyac Road taking your life into your own hands. When parked in front of these businesses, you have no choice but to back your car out onto Noyac Road blindly, hoping cars will slow down when they see you. By the way, it’s also dangerous for pedestrians and people riding their bikes past these areas.
I agree with your statement that traffic needs to be slowed down ALL along Noyac Road from North Sea to Long Beach, but until someone can come up with a good plan that doesn’t destroy the small community of Pine Neck and put peoples lives in danger, the $450,000 of our tax payers money needs to just sit tight. Rumble strips and less aggressive ideas? It certainly couldn’t hurt until a good and safe plan arises.
Redesign for Cromer’s
We’ve lived in Noyac/North Sea for almost 13 years and have driven by Cromer’s Market and the Whalebone Store literally thousands of times on our way to and from Sag Harbor and East Hampton and have never seen — or even heard about — an accident in front of Cromer’s. We do see drivers slowing down because they know they are approaching a busy spot. Even summer visitors figure this out very quickly. We do see customers leaving Cromer’s taking every precaution — nobody rushes out of that space into oncoming traffic.
Here are some of our recommendations for remedying this long-standing problem:
1) Put up signs announcing a business district ahead particularly in the east to west direction.
2) Put in a flashing speed sign eastbound just west of Cromer’s and past Dowling’s Restaurant.
3) Design and put in a bike path that goes down Pine Neck Road where bikers can have a safe and scenic route among the many charming streets in this area. The bike path could exit from the parking lot behind Cromer’s and continue on Noyac Road to Long Beach Road.
4) Explore why customers cannot park in the lot behind Cromer’s. If the 20 or so cars parked there belong to employees, then have the employees park in the front where their cars would be there for the day, and have customers park behind. Also explore an exit out of this lot onto Bay Street. This would eliminate backing out onto the apron and make exiting and entering much safer.
5) Fix up the Cromer’s parking area with clear lines and good pavement.
We live in a rural area and strip mall islands do not belong here. We think that Alex Gregor is doing a great job but surely the town has much more important things to spend $450,000 on than one parking area.
Judi and Howard Roth
A Teacher Honored
I was saddened to read about the death of Tony Mangano in last week’s Express. I attended Pierson High School in the 50s, 60s and early 70s when there was only one building. Downstairs was the grade school and upstairs was the high school.
It’s funny how you think you really hate school when you are growing up. There are just so many demands and responsibilities to get in the way of being a kid and wanting none of it. Then as you get older and reality kicks in you realize that those were the best days of your life.
Tony wasn’t much older than any of us in the late 60’s and he was tough. He didn’t put up with any nonsense in his class. He was respected and feared. I flunked English in the 11th grade and was forced to have him tutor me over the summer. It was then that I really got to know him as a person and not as a larger than life teacher and authority figure.
I found that his cocky demeanor disguised a very caring individual and one on one over the course of a few weeks that summer he taught me all that I couldn’t seem to grasp over the entire school year. I never thanked him because you don’t ever think to thank those who teach. They are just there doing their job and you are just there because you are required to be.
I can recall only three high school teachers who had that impact on me, Ms. Helen Gregory, Mr. Stephen Petras and Mr. Tony Mangano. It’s too late to personally thank two of them but if Steve is reading this I want him to know that I appreciate his devotion to his work. He and the others made a huge difference and imparted more than they will ever know to everyone who was fortunate enough to have known them.
The Lucky Ones
To the Editor:
Pride and prestige are embedded in our culture. We’re number one, our claim to fame. But we were born into a lottery with no control. It could have been in Iraq, Pakistan or Afghanistan. We were the lucky ones.