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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

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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