Friday, 14 February 2014 10:09
My wife and I are 80-year (!) residents of Plainview (full disclosure: that’s 40 for me, plus 40 for her); and we tried to attend the eight-hour Town of Oyster Bay hearing about the proposed Country Pointe Plainview development. That’s “tried” because there was so much traffic trying to get into the Matlin Middle School parking lot that we were turned away.
But that’s the kind of thing that worries us about the after-effects if this development is built — because “If you build it, they will come.” We’re afraid that the addition of 890 families (along with their 1,000 to 2,000 cars) will produce similar traffic problems for our roads, and already-overcrowded parking lots in front of the Morton Village, Fairway, and Town Bagel shopping centers, plus the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library. The builder’s president, Michael Dubb, has acknowledged the inevitable traffic increase but has assured the Town that his Beechwood Organization would pay for “mitigation measures.”
However, “mitigation” means “alleviating, relieving, lessening the severity of, and making more bearable” a negative condition — and, unfortunately, no amount of money can make all the additional traffic “go away.”
But that’s not my only objection to Country Pointe. On a less serious note, I also “object” to the pretentious letter “E” appended to the end of the perfectly-good word “point.”
For one thing, Plainview people are not all French; nor are most of us ballet dancers. Most of us probably could never do “pointe ballet dancing performed on the tips of one’s toes.” (Although, if we could, would we get a 50 percent discount off the price of our new Country PointE home?)
My final “objection” is that the six-page color brochure promoting Country Pointe Plainview tells us that “Beechwood recently ranked 58th on Professional Builder Magazine’s “Giants Listing of the Top 400 Builders in the U.S.” and 87th on the Builder Magazine “Builder 100” list. As a proud Plainview-ite I ask: “Doesn’t Plainview at least deserve a “Top 10” builder?”
Richard Siegelman, Plainview
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Famous American painter Georgia O’Keeffe was the topic of discussion at the Plainview Old-Bethpage Public Library on Feb. 20.
Members of the audience were given an in-depth look into the life and artwork of O’Keeffe through a self-made and researched lecture and slideshow by art appraiser Louise Cella Caruso.
O’Keeffe lived for 98 years. Within her lifetime, she was granted the Medal of Arts by Ronald Regan, and in 1938, she was selected as one of the 12 most outstanding women of the previous 50 years. When she passed away she was accorded the honor of a first page obituary in the New York Times.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and the Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the Town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.