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Letter: Flower Benefits Community

I am writing to correct the inaccuracies of Frances Leone’s letter to the editor in the Enterprise-Pilot issue dated Aug. 13. Ms. Leone is correct that it is important to respect all living creatures. We can agree on that as we have the same belief. However, her accusations that Frank M. Flower’s harvesting methods are killing horseshoe crabs and other marine life is simply not true. Let me set the record straight because the numerous falsehoods that Ms. Leone, a select group of Baymen and those that are their followers are spreading only makes for an air of panic and hysteria in the community which is not based on scientific facts.

We are shellfish farmers. At our hatchery we grow millions of oyster and clam seed that are planted on the bay bottom. We also provide the town with a million clam seed annually to plant on public grounds. The Baymen benefit from our work and it seems contradictory to bite the hand that feeds you. The lands we plant are leased from the TOB; who has a legal right to lease their lands for Aquaculture. The state does not lease lands, so yes there is no mechanical harvesting on NYS public lands. However, the DEC regulates our farming operation and is well aware of our harvesting methods. Again; we farm town lands which allow for and wants Aquaculture programs that will improve the environment of the waters.

We have been using mechanical harvesting methods since 1936 with our first dredges. The water quality reports from the Friends of the Bay speak for themselves as well as the landings reports from the DEC. Oyster Bay Harbor is the most productive waters in NYS. The act of mechanical harvesting cultivates the bottom. Planting oyster and clam seeds improves the water quality and takes out a tremendous amount of the harmful nitrogen. The Baymen benefit from our work and have successfully harvested the same or more clams than us annually. The notion that we are killing marine life is just not accurate. The mechanism on the harvesters actually has a built in device that causes any fish to swim away...if a fish did get brought up on the boat we have a dedicated deckhand on all the vessels to throw back any fish alive and well. We are a sustainable farm whose Aquaculture methods also benefit the community.

Joseph Zahtila,

Co-Owner Frank M. Flower and Sons

News

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



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