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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

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.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


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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