“For Sale” signs have recently gone up in front of three houses on Pequot Avenue in Manhasset Isle. Each of the homes is in close proximity to the cell tower that was recently erected, in spite of community objection and attempts by Manorhaven Village to open a dialogue with the developer, AG Towers.
Often during recent village board meetings, local residents voiced concerns about the possible health risks posed by the cell tower, and the esthetic blight of living in the shadow of a 250-foot monopole, which looms over the modest one and two family homes adjacent to the tower site.
The first public meeting of the North Hempstead Temporary Committee on Redistricting took place in an almost empty boardroom at Town Hall on Monday, May 7. There were fewer than 20 people in attendance.
At the first opportunity, the few community members present, including two representatives of the League of Women Voters, took the town to task for not properly notifying town residents and blamed the town for the “poor turnout” on such an important topic.
On May 3, Long Island environmental groups not only called on Governor Cuomo to ban hydro-fracking (fracking), a drilling technique that allows producers to extract gas from underground shale reserves, in New York State, but they clearly spelled it out. Participants in this demonstration held up signs with different letters to provide the following message: “Governor Cuomo: Ban Fracking Now.”
Sponsored by New Yorkers Against Fracking, a coalition of more than 80 organizations working to ban fracking in New York, this event was a part of a statewide day of action.
On Saturday, May 19, Port Washington will be celebrating and commemorating the coming out of a local “debutante,” Stannard’s Brook Park. Stannard’s Brook Park has a long, and in some cases sordid, history. After years of disregard and neglect the park fell into a feral state. However, with the loving dedication of the Port Washington Parks Conservancy (PWPC), who procured numerous grants and gracious donations, the park has been transformed into the “Belle” of Port Washington.
The Stannard’s Brook Park was once part of a larger tract of land owned by John Mitchell. Around 1760, he built a large homestead known as “Mitchell Hall.” He later sold the land to Captain Stannard in 1887 and “Mitchell Hall” was renamed “The Anchorage.” Then in 1907, following Captain Stannard’s passing, it was rented to Mrs. R. A. Haskell who ran it as a boarding house for 20 years. After that, it lay fallow for two decades, and after falling into disrepair, it was torn down to make way for a housing development in 1956.
The first order of business for the Manorhaven village trustees during the April 26 meeting was to appoint Deputy Mayor John DiLeo as mayor of Manorhaven to fill the remainder of Michael Meehan’s term, which expires July 2. Meehan resigned his position March 17 citing family and business obligations as the reasons. DiLeo has been the acting mayor since. In a three-page press release devoted to DiLeo’s qualifications for the job it was also noted that he intends to “seek election to a full term in the annual village election on June 19.”
Residents of the village waited patiently for the public comments portion of the meeting, when they once again took up the issue of the cell tower on Pequot Avenue in Manhasset Isle.
There was a special meeting of the Port Washington Police District Board of Commissioners on Monday, April 30. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the responses to the Request For Proposal (RFP) issued by the district to secure a telecommunications expert to assist the district in navigating a new lease with a carrier for the monopole behind police headquarters and the possibility of moving the monopole to another site. There was only one response to the RFP and it was submitted by Craig Sands, a Port Washington resident who has been in the telecommunications industry for the past 15 years.
Mr. Sand’s proposal asked for a monthly retainer of $2,200, guaranteeing a minimum of ten hours of work each month. The RFP had incorrectly been advertised as a three-year agreement and that term was stipulated in the response. Commissioner James Duncan said the commissioners want a month-to-month lease and the change in terms would be a matter for negotiation with Mr. Sands.
On April 19, Nassau County’s Special Victims Squad reported that a Sands Point doctor was arrested for a rape that allegedly occurred on Tuesday, April 3 at 8 p.m.
Detectives said the defendant, Marshall Hubsher, 62, a licensed medical doctor specializing in psychiatry, engaged in “oral and vaginal sexual relations” with the victim, a 32-year-old female patient. According to the special victims squad, the incident took place during a treatment session inside Hubsher’s place of business, which is located on Northern Boulevard in Flower Hill.
More than a year after the Town of North Hempstead Housing Authority withdrew its proposal for affordable senior housing on the 1.5 acre site known to the community as Alvan Petrus Park and more than nine months after the town council authorized funds for an engineering study of the site as a first step in restoring the park to the community, Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio presented a compromise measure to the housing authority during a meeting on April 23.
Since taking office in January, the councilwoman has been researching the situation and meeting with all parties involved to re-open the dialogue about restoring Alvan Petrus Park, the 1.5 acre property adjacent to Harbor Homes that was fenced in by the housing authority more than two years ago.
Nancy and Tom Schmidt represented the Independent Oil and Gas Association (IOGA) of New York on the panel discussion about hydrofracking organized by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Port Washington/Manhasset on March 22 at the Manhasset Public Library. The Schmidts believe hydrofracking is safe and necessary.
Victor Girgenti, local businessman and pilot, recently assisted in the rescue of nine dogs who were brought from a high-kill shelter in the south to an animal sanctuary in New Hampshire. This life-saving flight was done through the work of Animal Rescue Flights, of which Girgenti is a volunteer pilot.
Animal Rescue Flights (ARF) is a non-profit, charitable organization that was developed about five years ago by pilots and other volunteers who pooled together their skills and resources to save animals from precarious situations. According to ARF, they work to promote, plan and perform the transportation of animals from overcrowded shelters where they face certain death to other parts of the country where qualified families are waiting to adopt them. There are more than 800 volunteers within this organization throughout the country.
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