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Letter: Taking A Stand On Marina Site

(A copy of this letter was sent to NYSDEC, Division of Environmental Remediation in Albany last week from Friends of the Bay)

We consider the remediation of the contamination at the Mill Neck Bay Marina, as well as ensuring appropriate use of the site once it is cleaned up, to be one of our top priorities...

This site is completely inappropriate for residential development. It is our position that this site should be thoroughly cleaned and acquired for public use as a passive park and we will continue to advocate to that end, through both the clean up and, should the owner pursue development of the property, the permitting process...

Proximity to the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge is of the utmost importance. This estuary produces 90 percent of the oysters harvested in the state of New York and up to 1/3 of the hard-shell clams. The importance of this industry to the local economy cannot be overstated and must be taken into consideration when assessing the clean up needed at this site.... this objective is not listed in the remedial action objectives (RAOs) for this site....

Environmental impact should be of primary concern and no matter what the intended use, every effort should be made to ensure that these contaminants do not migrate into the bay and onto our dinner tables...Any assessment of this site that does not include a Fish and Wildlife Resources Impact Analysis (FWRIA) is incomplete and (we) request that  this analysis be performed prior to any final determination on the Remedial Action Plan...

In the end the only Remedial Action Plan that makes sense, is one that will protect this National Wildlife Refuge and remove all contaminants to the extent practicable. We will have only one opportunity to get this right and the additional costs are small when we consider the stakes.

Friends of the Bay

News

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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