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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

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com