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08/10/17 12:00pm
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The Oysterponds Historical Society and the Orient Association have been left in the lurch after the owners of Orient United Methodist Church decided to go with another buyer.

The landmarked 1836 building will be sold to John Wesley Village LLC, based in Riverhead.

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05/13/17 6:00am
05/13/2017 6:00 AM

Most of life is going about the mundane business of living. In our everyday, the vast majority of tasks and time are directed to maintaining existence. We cook to eat, to stay alive. We wash to stay clean, to stay healthy. We work to earn money to feed, clothe, house ourselves. We drive to work to etc., etc.

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04/13/17 5:55am
04/13/2017 5:55 AM

Orient groups are continuing their efforts to purchase and preserve the Orient United Methodist Church building on Village Lane and are looking for support from Southold Town.

Oysterponds Historical Society vice president Ed Caufield and Orient Association president Bob Hanlon said Tuesday that one goal is to create a coalition between Suffolk County and the town, both of which have set aside funds for land preservation, so the town won’t bear the financial burden alone.

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10/04/16 5:50am
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Orient Association president Bob Hanlon presenting the Orient Plan in May. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The “Orient Plan” is ready for public feedback.

The policy report, which was prepared by the Orient Association to complement Southold Town’s comprehensive plan, was sent to Orient residents and landowners last week with votes on the different parts of the plan scheduled this month, said civic president Robert Hanlon.  READ

03/14/15 3:15pm
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Orient Assocaition president Robert Hanlon polls the room Saturday morning, asking who opposed a proposed freight truck plan. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Orient Association president Robert Hanlon polls the room Saturday morning, asking who opposed a proposed freight truck plan. (Credit: Paul Squire)

If you were trying to find someone who supported the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council’s plan to divert tractor trailers through the North Fork, the last place you’d want to look was Saturday morning’s meeting at Poquatuck Hall in Orient.

The residents, elected officials and community leaders gathered there called it “ruinous,” “pointless,” and “an absolute disaster waiting to happen.”

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01/28/13 7:51am
01/28/2013 7:51 AM
Poquatuck Hall in Orient will be the site for a forum on wastewater issues next month.

Poquatuck Hall in Orient will be the site for a forum on wastewater issues next month.

Environmentalists on the East End are beginning to sound the cry that the septic systems under our backyards could prove to be ticking time bombs for our health and the health of the Peconic Bays.
The Orient Association and the East Marion Community Association are throwing their weight into the debate with a forum on wastewater issues Feb. 16 at Poquatuck Hall.

Orient resident Venetia Hands, who was active in the effort two years ago to keep the Suffolk County Water Authority from bringing a pipeline to Orient, is helping to organize the forum for the Orient Association.

“The genesis of this is increasing the awareness of the importance of water as a precious resource these days,” she said. “In Orient in particular, good healthy drinking water is vital, as is taking care of the aquifer there. The more we studied it, the more we realized the single most important thing for us to be taking care of is sewage and water-treatment systems.”

The group has prepared an online survey, which members hope will be filled out by as many North Fork residents as possible, in order to give them a better idea of the state of septic systems here. The survey is available by clicking here.

The survey asks basic questions about when people’s houses were built, what kind of wastewater system it has and whether it was ever cleaned. Houses that were built prior to the mid-1970s likely just have cesspools, while more modern houses have a septic tank that holds the solids while liquids drain from there into a precast concrete ring.

Architect Glynis Berry, who lives in Orient and works in Riverhead, has started a new non-profit organization called Peconic Green Growth, which is helping the group put together the survey.

Peconic Green Growth is looking for communities that would be interested in setting up new, alternative clustered septic systems that have proved effective in reducing nitrogen contamination in environmentally sensitive areas.

Those systems haven’t, however, been cost-effective to date. Ms. Berry’s organization has received several grants that they are hoping to use to help communities switch to better septic systems.

“There are huge issues around design, cost and affordability. The systems must be designed to meet the needs and budgets of the community,” said Ms. Hands. “My hope is that people will say ‘these bays are all of ours, this area is all of ours, this village is beloved by all of us. If it’s going to help all of us, all of us might want to contribute to that.’ ”

“We’re so far away from being there,” she acknowledged. “We really just want to raise the topic, encourage people to fill out the questionnaire and gather information.”

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