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
Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00
One local playwright and his company — The Plainview Project — seem to be headed to the big leagues.
Claude Solnik of Plainview, the Plainview Project’s writer, is married with two children. While he has a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University, after graduating he ended up going into journalism, which currently remains his day job. But in his free time he indulged in his true passion, hammering out numerous play scripts until the day they he realized that he needed to stop sitting on these works he was creating and put them in the hands of actors that could give them life.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Even as they hoped the parties would reach a last-minute settlement, commuters across Long Island were scrambling last week to devise alternate plans for getting to work if Long Island Rail Road’s 5,400 workers go on strike July 20. And they were vocal in their anger with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The strike, it seems, has roused commuter ire over a wide range of LIRR issues, from timeliness to cleanliness to costs.
“I’ll have to figure out a new way home from work,” said Marco Allicastro, a 20-year-old Queens resident waiting for a train home at the Bethpage station after a day’s work at the local King Kullen. “Long Island doesn’t really have a lot of options in terms of transportation. Maybe I should get a new job.”