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Letter: Clearing Up The Facts

Friends of the Bay regrets that readers of the Enterprise-Pilot may have been misled by Frances Leone’s letter to the editor in the August 13, 2014 edition. The author of that letter does not represent nor speak for this organization.

There were a number of inaccuracies in the letter, as well as assertions not supported by data.

Friends of the Bay has taken no position with regard to the allegation that mechanical harvesters used by the Frank M. Flower & Sons shellfish farm cause widespread harm to marine life.

There is no consensus on this question in the scientific community; Friends of the Bay has reviewed scientific papers and literature reviews encompassing more than 200 papers on the subject and continues to seek impartial, data-based, peer-reviewed scientific assessments. Our website provides links to these documents.

It should be noted that recent testing carried out by the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation has found “ no public health significance or concern for metal contaminants in oysters and hard clams” in local shellfish. Re-suspension of metals is alleged to be a consequence of the shellfish farm’s practices.

It must be borne in mind that we the public are witnessing a commercial dispute between competitors in the shellfish business. The North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association’s stated goal is to put the Flower Shellfish Farm out of business. Their lawsuit against the farm and the Town is currently working its way through the state courts.

Friends of the Bay encourages and remains ready and eager to support meaningful discussions among all stakeholders and experts to find a balanced and constructive resolution to this dispute. It is our belief that both the shellfish farm and the baymen can prosper while we sustain an environmentally healthy and productive Bay.

The Board of Directors of Friends of the Bay

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



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