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Letters November 6

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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


Space, the final frontier – Parking and Storage Issues at Pierson

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Although administrators are looking for ways to save money for the Sag Harbor school district, the newly formed long range planning committee is still meeting regularly to talk about major changes to both the high school and elementary school. This week’s topics were storage, spatial issues and parking.
The meetings take place in the library at the high school, where anyone from the community is invited to attend. The purpose of the meetings is for members to go through a facility study —completed in February 2007, which was revised in September of this year — to develop a long-range plan for both the high school and elementary school. The topics in the study can be as small as ventilation issues or as complex as a new auditorium.
At last Thursday’s meeting, the district’s architect, Larry Salvesen, said that the parking at the elementary school desperately needs to be upgraded, because there aren’t even enough spaces for the faculty. Salvesen said that there are currently 54 spaces available for parking on school grounds but there are 95 faculty members. At present faculty members are parking along Ackerly Street and other small streets near the school, which school board president Walter Wilcoxen said is a major issue.
“The village has complained that there is no containment of parking on the property of the schools,” he noted.
At one of their earlier meetings, Salvesen said that changes could be made to the lots along Clinton Street and at the bottom of Pierson hill, along Jermain Avenue. In the past, the community has expressed concern over creating parking there and on Thursday the committee took these two options off the list. The proposal for a reconfigured front parking lot at the elementary school was discussed, and it was decided that the lot should be re-designed to allow for more spaces. Salvesen said that the changes to the front parking lot at the elementary school would cost just over $350,000.
Also at the elementary school, Salvesen referred to the Atlantic Avenue parking lot as a “fender bender in the making.” He proposed extending the lot approximately 30 feet and a little into the asphalt basketball courts at the back of the elementary school. The proposed changes to the Atlantic Avenue lot, according to Salvesen, could cost the district $160,000 but committee members made no decisions on that lot last week.
At the high school, the proposed changes would include some work to the parking lot along Jermain Avenue. This lot has caused problems for the teachers recently, according to building/grounds athletic director, Bill Madsen. Madsen believes that this too should be top priority.
“We have teachers and administrators parking illegally,” Madsen said, “we have them parked on the grass, too, because there is no where for them to go.”
Wilcoxen and fellow board member Mary Ann Miller both said they believe it would cost the district less money if the board of education could apply for approval of all the parking projects at one time. The proposal for a reconfiguration for the lots on Jermain Avenue would add 17 more spaces for $375,000.
Members of the committee asked why there was such a big price tag attached to the parking projects, and Salvsen responded that it is not just a matter of re-striping, but there are drainage issues and sealing and realigning that become costly.
Wilcoxen suggested that at the next meeting, the committee could continue their conversation of parking and invite police chief Tom Fabiano to attend and give the group his input. Salvesen said that the only restrictions for parking in the village, seem to be those directly surrounding the schools.
In addition to parking, Thursday night’s agenda also included storage and spatial issues at both schools. Elementary school principal Joan Frisicano said that currently there are two portable storage sheds, which are located at the back of the elementary school. One is waiting to be sent back, because it is broken, and the other is either filled with chairs or tables. Frisicano said that there is not enough room in the storage container for both the chairs and tables at the same time. She also said that the school has to reduce the ordering of some items because there is nowhere to store the items.
“We have to split the art order and order different things a few times per year because we don’t have anywhere to store them,” Frisicano said.
Salvesen presented a proposal for a two-story addition to the right side of the elementary school that he said would possibly solve the storage problem and may help create additional classrooms. This project could cost the district $4.8 million, according to Salvesen.
At the high school, Salvesen said there were items being stored in the corridor downstairs in the woodshop and cafeteria area — when he first completed the facility study. Those items have since been moved.
“I don’t know where these things disappeared to, but they all seem to have a home now,” he said. He added there are still storage needs at the high school.
Madsen proposed that the committee do the same thing as they did with plans for a new auditorium.
“We could have one plan, the Taj Mahal, and then less expensive plans – A,B,C – that can be looked at,” he offered.
The next long range planning committee meeting will be held in the Pierson High School library on November 13.