Written by Edith Updike Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00
Corey Humphrey has taken over as director of the Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District, where he’s going to deploy his special brand of “unoffensive gall,” as he puts it, to “bring partners together to get things done.” He also wants to make the agency more open to the public, with active use of social media as well as traditional modes of communication.
The Soil & Water District (NCSWCD) is a quasi-government agency that works to shore up environmental understanding among the public and encourage the use of horticultural techniques to mitigate damage, through collaborative efforts with local nonprofits such as Cornell Cooperative Extension as well as county, village, town and government agencies such as the Department of Public Works.
They also work to directly educated and aid the public, through seminars and presentations as well as individual advice, and hope to begin to make those sessions accessible via webinars and YouTube.
“We’re here, we’re available,” says Humphrey. “If you’ve got septic issues, erosion problems, flooding issues, drainage issues...call us. We’ll either help you or at least give you someone who can.” And though he says “we,” as likely as not you’ll get Humphrey himself on the phone. His support staff is as yet one part-time administrator, but he will be interviewing for a technician slot or two.
Much of current priorities are still being driven by Superstorm Sandy, and involve either green infrastructure or replanting initiatives. On the South Shore, Humphrey says NCSWCD is planning a series of soil and erosion training courses for contractors, who are still busy rebuilding homes and properties damaged by the storm. That training will make a big difference in the amount of repair work that needs to be done after the next storm, Humphrey says, and contractors are more open to incorporating those ideas.
“Thirty or 40 years ago, you were either a builder or an environmentalist,” says Humphreys. “Now, they’re seen as more in balance.”
There’s also a major effort to replace trees lost to Sandy in public parks and spaces, with a program offering the chance to “sponsor” a tree in someone’s name. Humphrey is hoping tree donations will be an appealing way for families to commemorate births, graduations or other milestone events.
Another area of focus — one clearly dear to Humphrey’s heart — is developing “rain gardens” across the county. On top of providing the pleasure of lush greens and colorful flowers, rain gardens use thirsty plants to soak up water in areas prone to flooding. Humphrey says they can be very useful in cul-de-sacs or parking lots where run-off can gather. The agency is currently working with the Town of Oyster Bay to establish a demonstration rain garden at The Farm in Oyster Bay, and with some Boy Scouts on a rain garden project in Bayville.
Humphrey, who came to NCSWCD after several years with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Suffolk County, is already well familiar with the Nassau County’s “green” players. His job brings him into contact with many folks he’s gotten to know through past projects, rescuing horseshoe crabs, for example. “The people who get involved in this, 99% are altruistic,” he says. “They have a passion for conservation and preserving natural land. After all, we’re on an island and it’s not that big.”
To learn more about the NCSWCD, go to www.nassauswcd.org or ‘like’ them at www.facebook.nassauswcd (be aware, the Facebook page with the title Nassau Soil & Water Conservation District seems to be either defunct or a separate agency). For advice from Corey Humphrey or a staff expert, call 516-364-5860.
Thursday, 02 October 2014 10:19
The Long Island Flower & Home Expo is coming to the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Friday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The home and garden show will feature flowering indoor and outdoor gardens, fall landscaped vignettes, thousands of Chrysanthemums, home decor, cooking demonstrations, and home improvement contractors. Design specialists will be available all weekend, so bring your decor ideas. In addition to beautiful gardens, attendees will enjoy informative seminars, home improvement tips and tips from landscaping consultants.
Thursday, 02 October 2014 10:13
Years ago the idea of child safety was to pile kids in the back of a station wagon with blankets or if they were old enough to sit shotgun in the front seat, the safety strap was mom’s arm coming across the seat as she stopped suddenly. This turned out not to be the best plan in reducing children’s deaths in an auto crash, so in 1978 the first mandated car safety seat law was enacted in Tennessee and soon other states would follow. New York State has enacted some of the toughest laws regarding child safety transport with car seats and although it has proven that these do save lives, the problem is 90 percent of these lifesaving devices are installed incorrectly.
Thursday, 02 October 2014 10:38
The 9-year-old Farmingdale Hawks have started their 2014 season by winning their first three games, including victories against the only 2 teams to defeat them last year.
In Game 1, The Hawks edged the Franklin Square Warriors 14-13. After trailing for most of the game, the Hawks’ offensive line, anchored by Chris Bergersen, James Goodrich, Sal DelPesce, Matt Cangelosi, Ricky Folwark, Matt Robinson and Michael Ippolit, took over in the 4th qtr and opened up some running lanes for Jojo Burriesci and Dillon Mehta (2TDs). The Hawks converted both extra points—the first one on a QB bootleg by Brandon Greco, and the second on an inside dive by fullback Joey Bleck with only one minute left in the game. Defensively, the Hawks were led by Matt Kinsley, Michael Craig (interception), Tomaso Ramos, and Jovanni Gully, shutting down the Franklin Square no-huddle offense in the 2nd half.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:43
The rivalry between the Farmingdale Dalers and the Massapequa Chiefs is a big one. So big that the school districts and the Nassau County Police Department had to take extra precautions to maintain security. Not everyone who wanted to see this game at Masspequa High School were allowed access to the game. In the past, there was some unruly behavior. So, if you were from Farmingdale you parked on the right side of the school and from Massapequa you were on the left. The stands on both side were full and hundreds standing along the fence to watch this game.
The Chiefs would score first in the first quarter with a 9-yard run by Paul Dilena for a touchdown. The Dalers had some problems moving the ball down field until Daler Danny Mckeon intercepted a pass and ran it back into the Chiefs side of the field. This would set up a 6-yard run for a touchdown for Michael Outing who had 19 carries for 84 yards. With the score tied 7-7, Zach Kolodny kicked a 22-yard field goal to put the Dalers up 10-7 shortly before halftime and the heavy rain that followed.