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Letter: Let’s Bury The Power Lines

I was reading a recent copy of the Oyster Bay Enterprise-Pilot and came across your article covering the massive utility poles that have gone up in Port Washington. Having a vested interest as an Oyster Bay Cove resident, I am clearly concerned that we express our strong desire to not have PSEG-LI put up any of these utility poles in our village. Furthermore, as a recently appointed director on the board of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association, I feel any such developments would undermine our mission to revitalize and redevelop our downtown. I believe it to be my civic duty to reach out to PSEG-LI and start discussions to figure out how best to approach the topic of utility poles in general in the Hamlet of Oyster Bay.

As you may well know, our downtown is already marred with innumerable above-ground electric, cable and telephone wires. This problem is especially an eyesore at the intersection of South Street and West Main Street. This, of course, is just the tip of the problem, but I also wish to discuss potential solutions with PSEG-LI and see if there is any way for us residents to encourage the electric utility to go the route of burying our power lines instead of putting reinforced utility poles up in our neighborhoods. I would surely think that our residents would love for the Hamlet of Oyster Bay to be a test case for proving out whether to pursue a larger project to bury power lines all over Long Island.

I would love to open the forum for discussion as soon as possible through the right channels at both PSEG-LI and the Town of Oyster Bay officials who would interface with them.

Alex Urdea

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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