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Giving the Alewife a Leg Up

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By Claire Walla

Alewives are not the most striking variety of fish. Small, narrow and silver-like herring, they are most often pickled before they’re consumed.

But their relevance here on the South Fork is more poignant than simply their role as cuisine.

As Southampton Town Trustee Fred Havemeyer explained, alewives are part of the local food chain, providing nourishment for local raccoons and birds, as well as some of the larger aquatic creatures that form the backbone of the fishing industry here on the East End.

An oddity among local fish species, alewives travel through creeks and brooks to get from salt water to fresh water to spawn. But, Havemeyer said, several impediments have made it difficult for the fish to complete this life cycle. So, the Southampton Town Trustees and other environmental organizations are taking steps to help them survive.

Most recently, the trustees’ efforts led to the creation of a “fish ladder” in Alewife Creek, which runs under Noyac Road and into Big Fresh Pond in North Sea.

The project was put together “on a shoe-string budget,” using 60 rocks, purchased for $150, and cement parking blocks the town obtained from an abandoned building site, Havemeyer explained. To create the “ladder” effect, a crew of about a dozen people — including trustees Eric Schultz and Ed Warner, in addition to Chuck Bowman, a consultant from Land Use — placed the rocks in two lines across the creek with small openings in the center, essentially damning up the creek to increase water flow.

Havemeyer added that the design also gives the fish two pools of water in which to rest during their laborious journey upstream.

“It’s been hard for them to get through,” Havemeyer continued, pointing out that in years past water levels have been low.

He went on to explain that many alewives seemed to find it difficult to overcome the lip near the entrance to the tunnel that runs under Noyac Road, and many were also getting stuck behind embankments on either side of the mouth of the tunnel.

Now, Havemeyer said that after only an hour of having the “fish ladder” in place, the water level in the creek had already risen.

“We’re thrilled with the way it turned out,” he said.

Here in Sag Harbor, plans to restore Ligonee Brook will provide similar benefits for the alewife population which travels every spring from Sag Harbor Cove to Long Pond.

Although, as opposed to the North Sea project, which Havemeyer described as the “down-home, grassroots, simple way of doing it,” the Ligonee Brook restoration project is being funded as part of a much larger grant issued by Suffolk County in conjunction with the state and federal governments.

The project was actually approved last January 2011, although project manager Will Bowman of Land Use Ecological Services, Inc. said the details of the project were just recently approved by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. He said he expects to begin the initial phases of the restoration project in the second week of April.

North Sea Poet Laureate

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Last week, Carol Ann Duffy was chosen as the first female poet laureate of the United Kingdom, and next week, Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan is likely to become the first female poet laureate of Suffolk County. The county post, established in 2003, derives from the centuries-old British position held by such figures as Alfred Tennyson and William Wordsworth.

Mrs. Nuzzo-Morgan, of Southampton, is founder and director of the North Sea Poetry Scene which offers poetry readings and publishes poetry. She is widely published. And she also holds down a job that some might consider unusual for an active poet: she is an accountant and certified tax consultant.

“I don’t see it as a conflict. I’m trying to utilize both sides of my brain,” she said with a laugh last week. 

Mrs. Nuzzo-Morgan is also a student in the Stony Brook Southampton Masters of Fine Arts Program in Writing and Literature. She teaches poetry through BOCES in schools in Suffolk and at the county jail. After receiving a degree from the Stony Brook Southampton graduate program, she intends to expand her teaching of poetry.

The Suffolk County Legislature is likely to vote on Mrs. Nuzzo-Morgan’s two-year appointment at a meeting Tuesday in Hauppauge. She was chosen by a new panel comprised of former Suffolk poet laureates. It was set up after complaints about the former process of picking a poet laureate, especially from Shelter Islander Dr. Daniel Thomas Moran, who became county poet laureate in 2005. He was outraged by how his successor was selected and, disgusted with Suffolk County legislative politics, didn’t participate on the new panel.

Nevertheless, Brendan Stanton, an aide to Suffolk Legislator Wayne Horsley of Lindenhurst, who has overseen the poet laureate selection process, the selection of Mrs. Nuzzo-Morgan “went very smoothly.”

Mrs. Nuzzo-Morgan is thrilled with the prospects of becoming the Suffolk poet laureate. She says, “I want to make my tenure an act of service.” She would like to stress Suffolk’s rich history of poetry. This is the county where Walt Whitman was born (in West Hills) and where he worked for years including founding and being editor of the Long Islander, a still-published weekly newspaper in Huntington. Jupiter Hammon, a slave who was born and lived on Lloyd’s Neck in Huntington, is credited with being the first black American poet.

A major project of Mrs. Nuzzo-Morgan has been collecting writings, audio recordings and videos of poets here with the dream of someday creating a Long Island Poetry Archive.

“I have over 1,000 books and audio and video in storage,” she notes. She envisions making this collection its base. The North Sea Poetry Scene has launched a capital campaign drive and has been writing grant proposals to set up such “an arts/archival” center “hopefully” within Southampton. 

Mrs. Nuzzo-Morgan, originally from Patchogue, is married to contractor Joseph Morgan, a Southampton native—indeed, they live in what had been his grandmother’s house on Woods Lane. They have two children, Vincent and Elizajo. A third, then 17-year-old son Michael, was tragically killed 13 years ago, mowed down by a car while walking across a street in Southampton near their home.

She graduated as an accounting and business administration major from Southampton College and received her Masters of Business Administration in banking/finance and management from Long Island University.

Books that Mrs. Nuzzo-Morgan has authored include One Woman’s Voice; For Michael; The Bitter, The Sweet; Let Me Tell You Something; Fleeting; and Would You Hug A Porcupine? Her poetry has been published in journals including Blue Sand Magazine, Proteus Anthology, Gertrude Magazine, Dream International, Writing to Heal, the Agulia Expression, The Write Way, The Rio Grande Press, Long Island Quarterly, Performing Poets Association Literary Review and Dream Long Island.

Although the poet laureate tradition began in the United Kingdom, there is a United States poet laureate and many states have poet laureates including New York. George Wallace of Huntington was Suffolk’s first poet laureate. He commented upon his appointment that “in a sense, artists—poets in particular, but artists more generally—might be seen as the Fifth Estate, providing a kind of psychic, spiritual reportage.”

North Sea Home Gutted In Blaze

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In the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, November 1 Southampton Town Police received a number of calls that a Maple Avenue, North Sea residence was on fire with residents of the abode trying to escape and possibly injured.

According to police, the North Sea Fire Department and patrol officers from Southampton Town arrived and discovered a fully involved fire at a two-story residence at 3 Maple Avenue, just off Water Mill Towd Road. All occupants of the house had been able to escape the blaze prior to the arrival of emergency responders, with at least one occupant reportedly jumping from a window to escape the flames. Southampton Ambulance responded to the scene and transported one person to Southampton Hospital for treatment of injuries from the fire. Additionally, two other occupants were transported to the hospital in a private vehicle seeking medical attention. The extent of the injuries was unknown as of press time.

Southampton Town and Bridgehampton fire departments provided mutual aid to the North Sea Fire Department to help extinguish the blaze. No firefighters were reported injured, although damage to the residence was reported as severe, gutting the house. The Southampton Town Fire Marshall’s Office is conducting the investigation into the cause of the fire.

Melvin I Araya, 20, of Noyac was arrested by Southampton Town Police on Sunday, November 2 on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor, after police said they observed him acting suspiciously in a parked vehicle on Montauk Highway West in Hampton Bays and discovered he was allegedly in possession of cocaine.

On Saturday, November 1 Southampton Town Police arrested Irwin Javier Soto, 19, of East Hampton on a felony count charge of driving while intoxicated, as well as a number of traffic violations after police said they observed him failing to maintain his lane of traffic on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton and found he was intoxicated. Due to a prior DWI conviction, police said the charge was upgraded to a felony county and the vehicle Soto was operating was seized.

Sag Harbor Village Police reported one driving while intoxicated arrest this week. Benjamin Angel Gonzalea-Reynosa, 33, of Sag Harbor was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, all misdemeanors, as well as for two traffic violations on Saturday, November 1 at 3:20 a.m. Police said they pulled him over on Bayview Avenue after they observed him allegedly swerving on Long Island Avenue. Following his arrest, Gonzalea-Reynosa was held for his arraignment later that morning at Southampton Town Justice Court where he was released on $300 cash bail.

Perry P. Schaefer, 45, of Sag Harbor was arrested on charges of grand larceny in the fourth degree and criminal possession of stolen property on Monday, November 3 after Sag Harbor Village Police said they questioned him in reference to a possible connection to a stolen boat trailer, and said that during an interview Schaefer gave an incriminating statement. He was released on $250 cash bail.

Southampton Town Police arrested Marvin A. Garcia, 27, of Southampton on Sunday, November 2 for allegedly driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, for speeding and for being an unlicensed driver, both traffic infractions after police said they pulled him over at County Road 39 and Hill Station Road in Southampton and found that he was intoxicated.

On Tuesday, October 28 Southampton Town police arrested Felix W. Estrada, 20, of Bridgehampton for criminal mischief in the fourth degree on the Sag Harbor Turnpike after police said he was involved in a domestic dispute with his father and damaged property.

Juan Soledad, 26, of Southampton was arrested by Southampton Town Police on Wednesday, October 29 on the Sag Harbor Turnpike at Huntington Station in Bridgehampton for alleged forgery in the second degree, criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and for speeding. Police said they pulled him over for speeding for allegedly driving 50 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone and upon examining his license noticed an expiration date appeared to be allegedly altered. Using equipment, police said they confirmed the license had a forgery on it. When asked about the change, police said Soledad responded, “Yea, I was just messing with it I changed it from a 6 to an 8.”

Sag Harbor Village Police reported two arrests this week for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor crime. On Wednesday, October 29 they arrested Carol L. Tintle, 69, of Sagaponack on the charge after police said they pulled her over on Madison Street after she allegedly failed to make a full stop at the intersection of Madison and Union streets and found her license was suspended in 2007 for failure to answer a summons. On Thursday, October 30 Verna Eggleston, 52, of Brooklyn was arrested on the same charge after police said they pulled him over on Hampton Street for talking on his cell phone while driving and found his license was suspended this summer for failure to pay a fine. Both were released on traffic tickets.

On Friday, October 31 Southampton Town Police received a report from a Manhattan resident who reported that someone stole a Samsung 52 inch LCD television, valued at $4,000 and a flat screen television with unknown value from his Mid Ocean, Sagaponack home. The victim said the last time the residence was secured was roughly three weeks earlier, and that the house is under major construction.

A clothing business off Main Street, Sag Harbor reported that a number of items appeared to have been taken from the premises, according to a report filed with Sag Harbor Village Police on Thursday, October 30.

On Saturday, November 1 an East Hampton resident shopping at a Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton business called Southampton Town Police to report that during a 20-minute period someone removed her wallet, which was in her purse, in a shopping cart. In addition to $200, the wallet contained several credit cards and a driver’s license.

A Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike business owner contacted Southampton Town Police on Wednesday, October 29 to report that two subjects tried to cash checks from the business on two separate occasions and places. The checks, according to the police report, were both washed and altered. An investigation is ongoing.

Ninety dollars were reported stolen from a not-for-profit thrift store on Division Street in Sag Harbor, according to a report filed with village police on Tuesday, October 28.

Several mailboxes on Suffolk Street were knocked over sometime between October 29 and October 30, according to a report filed with Sag Harbor Village Police.

On Saturday, November 1 a Noyac Road, Noyac resident called Southampton Town Police to report that an unknown object hit her windshield cracking and shattering it while she was driving eastbound on Noyac Road. She does not know where the object came from. 

East End Digest – September 11

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North Sea: Bocce Ball Finals

Councilman Chris Nuzzi, Trustee Brian Tymann and other members of the Southampton Bocce League played the final game of the season at North Sea Community Park on September 2. The Pollino Crushers were victorious over the Founders in the championship game.

New York State: Thiele Asks Paterson To Sign Gas Bill

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. released a copy of a letter last week that he sent to Governor David Paterson requesting the governor sign two pieces of legislation. The two bills aim to reduce gasoline prices – one allowing gasoline distributors and retailers to purchase and sell unbranded motor fuels and another that would prohibit the marketing technique known as “zone pricing.”

Thiele, a longtime sponsor of legislation to lower gasoline prices, writes, “Unfortunately, my Assembly District has been unfairly subjected to this scheme for far too long. Gasoline prices on the South Fork of Long Island are often higher than any other prices found in western areas of Long Island.”

Thiele has requested the State Attorney General’s Office commence an investigation into gasoline prices on eastern Long Island. The results of that investigation are pending.

“I hope the governor realizes that although prices have begun to decrease, zone pricing continues to be a problem plaguing residents and families who work and visit the East End. In addition, allowing distributors to sell unbranded fuels will result in lower prices at the pump.”

Southampton Town: Roof Replacement

Southampton officials informed residents today that work will soon begin to replace town hall’s aging roof, and to make repairs to the building’s cupola, chimney, flashing, gutters, and similar fixtures.

“The work is necessary to fix the leaks and other problems at town hall each time it rains,” said supervisor Linda Kabot. “We expect the project to begin in mid-September, and weather permitting, will be completed by the end of November.”

In order to conduct the necessary repairs, scaffolding will be erected around town hall and remain until the work is finished. Because of the presence of trucks, dumpsters, and other equipment, certain parts of the parking lot will be closed for limited amounts of time.

However, “there will be no interruption of town functions or service,” added the supervisor, “Town hall will remain open during regular business hours.”

According to the town’s department of general services, the Southampton Village Trustees and building inspector have been made aware of the project, and letters will be sent to town employees, as well as the surrounding community — including Southampton Elementary School on Pine Street.

During the planning phase, the town learned that certain components of the roof — such as the tar flashing and one of the three layers of shingles to be removed — contain a tiny amount of asbestos. Pursuant to federal and state law, the town must undertake an abatement project to remove these materials safely. To do so, the town has hired a New York State-licensed asbestos contractor, and retained an independent consultant to oversee the efforts. According to the consultant, the asbestos-containing material is considered “non-friable,” in that its fibers are bound or locked into the product. Because of this, they will not become airborne when removed. Nevertheless, air quality testing will be conducted regularly within town hall while the abatement work is underway.

At the request of the town, Southampton Village Trustees granted permission for work to begin each weekday morning at around 6 a.m., enabling the abatement work to commence each day in advance of town hall’s opening. It most cases, it will conclude by noon. A smaller, additional amount of work around higher traffic areas such as the entrances will be done on Saturdays when the building is closed. However, to minimize noise-related disturbances, the Saturday work will be performed by hand.

“We are making every effort to ensure the work on town hall is completed in a safe, clean, professional manner, and as quickly as possible,” concluded Kabot. “We appreciate the patience of the community and its visitors while these critical repairs take place.”

Suffolk County: Beach Cleanup

Chairman of the Suffolk County Legislature’s Environment, Planning, and Agriculture Committee Jay Schneiderman announced Suffolk County will once again participate in the 23rd Annual Beach Cleanup on Saturday, September 20. The Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the study and conservation of the marine and coastal environment, coordinates New York’s involvement in the annual September International Coastal Cleanup.

Each year the American Littoral Society enlists the aid of beach captains from local businesses, civic associations, scout troops, schools, SCUBA diving clubs, environmental organizations and individuals to organize volunteers to clean up shoreline debris. The cleanup usually takes about three hours and no special skills are needed. Volunteers pick up the debris and note the kind of debris on data cards, which are sent to the Ocean Conservancy. The information is then analyzed and used to evaluate existing pollution abatement programs and to develop new national and international policies to control debris in order to protect the health and safety of humans and marine life.

“With continuing efforts and dedication from volunteers, our local beaches will remain the source of beauty, pleasure and prosperity so many generations have enjoyed,” said Schneiderman.

Clean-ups are scheduled at several sites within Suffolk County. Contact site captain Jorie Latham at 324-1267 for information on the cleanup in East Hampton, at Louse and Gerard Points on September 20. In Southampton, a beach cleanup will be held at Sagg Main Beach on September 19. Call Jean Hartnagel at 765-6450 for information.

For a complete list of the participating sites in Suffolk County, as well as the name and phone number of the beach captains who will say where and when to meet, log on to www.alsnyc.org or call their HOTLINE 1-800-449-0790.

Last year, 9,339 volunteers cleaned and documented 142,243 pounds of debris along 677 miles of New York State’s shoreline.

New York State: Hurricane Assistance For Gustav

Governor David Paterson deployed an interagency team of New York State disaster management specialists last week to help assist Hurricane Gustav-battered parishes in Louisiana. The 24-person team began a two-week tour of duty and is staged in Hammond, Louisiana, to assist one of four battered parishes – New Orleans, Palquemines, St. Bernard or Jefferson – in recovery efforts. Team members are specialists in managing the various aspects of response and recovery including command, operations, planning and logistics.

The deployment of the disaster specialists is the latest assistance New York State is providing to hurricane victims in the Gulf Coast. The New York National Guard has sent helicopters and personnel as a part of the Gustav relief effort. Additionally, the New York City Fire Department is deploying its Incident Management Team (IMT) to aid Louisiana.

“Even when Gustav was on the horizon, New York State was prepared and ready to lend a helping hand to our fellow Americans in the Gulf Coast,” said Paterson. “Fortunately, the damage caused by this storm was not as severe as was initially feared; but there is still work to be done. New York State will always be prepared to answer the call to assist the residents here and across the country in their time of need.”

The State IMT, which departed Albany on Tuesday, September 2, came about because the state is a member of EMAC, which establishes a mutual partnership with the other 49 states, the District of Columbia and three territories to provide aid assistance in times of emergency.

As a part of the September Preparedness Month observance, New York State has unveiled its new “Aware/Prepare” website, www.nyprepare.gov — a one-stop shop for New Yorkers looking for safety information.

New York State: Mobile Home Rights

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. announced this week that a bill he co-sponsored relating to a right of first refusal for manufactured home owners has been signed by Governor David Paterson.

The bill would provide resident manufactured homeowners the opportunity to purchase their park by and through a homeowner’s association within 120 days from the time the park owner accepts an offer to purchase the park. In order to be eligible for a right of first refusal, a homeowner’s association would be required to notify the park owner of its existence and register such information with the county in which the manufactured home park is located. If such a contract were not executed within 120 days and the park owner thereafter offered the park at a price lower than the price specified in his notice to the association, then the association would have an additional 10 days to meet the price, terms and conditions.

“This legislation gives residents the chance to save their park by purchasing it, whenever the park owner seeks to sell the facility,” explained Thiele. “This will insure that existing parks can continue as an important source of affordable housing, especially for senior citizens.”

Thiele sponsored the legislation, which passed the assembly in the 2008 legislative session. The bill would allow homeowners to challenge rent increases that exceed the consumer price index and cannot be substantiated by the park owners. Under current law, manufactured home owners who rent lots have no legal remedy for unjustifiable increases.

“I am pleased this legislation passed the assembly,” said Thiele. “Unfortunately, the homeowner lacks bargaining power and pretty much renders them captive to whatever terms the park owner may choose to impose. This bill would provide the homeowner with a mechanism to legally challenge an increase. I can assure my constituents that I will reintroduce this bill in January when the 2009 legislative session commences.”

Thiele has been working with the chairman of the assembly housing committee, assemblyman Vito Lopez and Assemblyman Marc Alessi on the legislation. Thiele also participated in a public hearing in Riverhead last fall specifically on this bill.

The legislation would be subject to the creation of a local law by the county in which the manufactured home park is located.

Southampton Hospital: Mind Body Wellness

Southampton Hospital’s Mind Body Wellness Program has announced the next program in their series, the Medical Symptom Reduction Class. Classes will be on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 5 p.m. beginning September 24 through November 12 and will take place at the Hospital’s “Bridge Room” located on the second floor.

The program teaches methods on learning to reduce physical and emotional problems caused by an illness. The course is taught by mind/body/wellness certified staff, trained at Harvard Medical College and is covered by most insurance companies. Early registration is required as a medical evaluation is required and space is limited. For more information, please call 726-8620