07/19/11 3:37pm
07/19/2011 3:37 PM

‘It was the best day of our lives’ — words every parent lives to hear on their child’s wedding day! Days before their wedding, Annie Stype and Wes Baker arrived at Sue and John’s home, along with Wes’ mom, Maureen, brother Patrick and friend Olivia. The house was a flutter of activity with preparations for the big day. The stress of a wedding can make or break a family, but the Stype and Baker families showed what they were made of through newly formed team-building skills. The groom’s dad, Joe, and younger brother Kevin arrived via a “fun-loving coach bus” filled with family and friends from Pittsburgh. It was a fairy tale wedding at Our Lady of Ostrabrama. Annie looked like Cinderella and Wes like her Prince Charming in his Army uniform. The mass was celebrated by three priests — all Baker and Stype family friends. Then it was off to East Wind to eat and dance the night away. Wishing Annie and Wes a life full of health and happiness!

Shortly after his gig as father of the bride, John answered the call to join longtime friend and former Red Coach band member as drummer for Attractive Nuisance, which was scheduled to play at the “Banding Together 2011” fundraiser in Washington, D.C. Loving it, Sue played groupie and tagged along to the event, where 12 law firm bands raised $140,000 for the homeless!

Happy birthday to Bill Burns on July 25.

This week’s Peconic Land Trust Connections activities include goats and ponies at Catapano Dairy on Wednesday, July 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Children can learn about the care and keeping of goats, try milking a goat and taste goat’s milk cheese and fudge made on-site by Karen and Michael Catapano. All children receive a child-sized bar of goat’s milk soap. $8 single, $15 duo, $20 family of three. Rain cancels. Kids can also help Tipi Ted build a tepee at Downs Farm Preserve on Main Road, Cutchogue, Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. to noon. They will connect to the past through games, activities and crafts, and trails will be open. All ages welcome. $5 single, $10 family. Heavy rains cancels. For information and registration call 283-3195, ext. 19.

The Friends annual book sale at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library is just around the corner, on Friday, Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles in good condition may be brought in anytime during library hours. Volunteers are needed for sorting donations from now until Aug. 3 and for the sale day. Sign up in advance at the information desk.

Speaking of the library, film offerings for Friday, July 22, are “Gulliver’s Travels” (PG) at 4 p.m. and “The King’s Speech” (PG-13), at 7 p.m. Children’s Book Donation Week is Monday, July 25, to Saturday, July 30. Receive a book coupon for every five books contributed.

Also at the library, Mark Gugliotti and Nancy Simington will present a program on arthritis Monday, July 25, at 2 p.m. Children in grades 3 to 6 can learn Mexican Tin Art, Wednesday, July 27, at 11 a.m. A Zumba fitness series begins Wednesday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m. and continues weekly through Oct. 5. $60 for 10 classes. Registration required for all, call 734-6360.

Have a good week!

07/11/11 4:30pm
07/11/2011 4:30 PM

Could Nassau Point become an island? It’s happened before and residents say it could happen again.

In fact it’s happened twice. During Hurricane Carol in 1954 and Hurricane Gloria in 1985 the bay at the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Park District Beach overflowed the causeway, separating the Nassau Point peninsula from the rest of Cutchogue.

Members of the Nassau Farms Civic Association believe a repeat is likely — and soon. They say an area marked off to protect nesting piping plovers on the beach is below water at high tides during nor’easters. They also maintain that because dredging now occurs in December instead of April, winter flounder in Little Creek, critical to the ecology of the area, aren’t being protected. The flounder population is diminishing and is in danger of being eradicated, according to civic association president Adelaide Amend.

Ms. Amend points to a 2008 study by Dowling College’s department of earth and marine sciences, commissioned by the civic association for $40,000. It concludes that the changed dredging date is failing to protect those winter flounder.

Cutchogue-New Suffolk Park District commissioner Eric Izzo said he has no objection to protecting the flounder and the piping plovers. But without dredging in April, high tides wash away the flounders’ eggs and the piping plovers’ nesting area. The piping plover area remains restricted, but there’s not a bird to be seen, he said.

“You would find more piping plovers at the landfill,” Mr. Izzo said.

Mr. Izzo would like to see a return to the April dredging that would then allow sand to be spread over the eroding beach front as soon as the piping plovers nesting season ends.

“We need the sand; we’ll do anything we can to get the sand,” he said. “But no two departments seem to work together, so nothing ends up getting done. This is an example of bureaucracy at its best.”

Today Causeway Beach, as it’s known to area residents, is “in deep trouble,” Ms. Amend said. It’s not getting replenished with sand, making the once pristine white, sandy beach a shadow of its former beauty, she said.

“There’s a tremendous amount of erosion that has been going on for years,” she said. “It’s so neglected, it’s impossible.”

What went wrong with a system that worked for years? Town trustee David Bergen offers a partial explanation.

Historically, Little Creek was dredged in the early spring and the spoils from the dredge were delivered to the beach to replenish sand eroded by winter storms. The only delay then was to wait until the end of the piping plover nesting season and that worked well, he said.

When the dredge permit expired in 2007, a renewed 10-year permit changed the dredge window so it now ends by Dec. 15 instead of the following April 15, he said. That was in line with Southold Town’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, he said.

Three years ago, Mr. Bergen went to bat with the Town Board on behalf of area residents who wanted the dredge window reopened. The Town Board acted recently to amend its LWRP to allow the dredge window to remain open until April 15. But their action must be approved by the New York State Department of State to recognize the amendment.

Mr. Bergen hasn’t seen the Dowling College report. But he said from what he has been told, he agrees with its conclusions and that’s why he worked to get the Town Board to amend its LWRP.

The DOS argues against the Dowling College report and refuses to accept the amendment, Mr. Bergen said.

“Our hands are tied now,” he said. “I share in [the neighbors’] frustration, I really do,” he said. But now it’s in the hands of the Department of State, he said.

If the DOS reversed its stand and allowed the amendment, then the DEC and Army Corps of Engineers would be able to work with the town and Suffolk County to establish a later dredging schedule for Little Creek, Mr. Bergen said.

The DOS did not respond to requests for comment on this story.

As for the sand replenishment on the beach, the usual practice would be to place it to the north of the beach where erosion occurred, Mr. Bergen said. However, in past years, it has been considered a public benefit to make the spoils available for the park district’s beach and he assumes that would again be the case.

Just a few years ago, the spoils were so plentiful that when spread, they were too high to meet a ramp intended for use by handicapped individuals to reach the beach, Mr. Bergen said. The sand had to be regraded so the ramp’s end met the top of the sand, he said. Today that ramp is about a foot or more above the beach, negating the park district’s ability to use its special wheelchair to allow handicapped individuals beach access.

As for the problem with flooding of the causeway, Mr. Bergen said no matter when the dredging and sand spreading occurs, that could still be a problem if the area is hit by a major storm.

For Ms. Amend, the memory of fire emergency vehicles having to rescue a Nassau Point resident who needed medical treatment, but not being able to reach the mainland after Hurricane Carol in 1954, remains a concern. She still sees the lack of sufficient sand as a contributor to flooding and wants a return to the later dredging.

“Everybody hears the argument,” Ms. Amend said. But still, there are delays for reasons she and her members don’t understand.

Meanwhile, sand is dumped at the far end of the beach that’s open to Southold Town residents. It fails to accomplish anything there, but leaves the main part of the beach devoid of the sand needed to replenish what had been eroded, she said.

“What the [Dowling College] report says is don’t play with the environment,” Ms. Amend said.

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10/11/10 9:21pm
10/11/2010 9:21 PM

National Bullying Prevention Month unites communities nationwide to raise awareness. According to a study by the National Center for Education statistics, just under a third of students ages 12-18 reported being bullied in school, predominantly in the form of “being made fun of” and “being the subject of rumors.” To help address this issue, the town’s Youth Bureau sponsored anti-bias training in the Mattituck-Cutchogue, Southold and Greenport school districts. Last week, 70 high school students, faculty and town representatives gathered in the Mattituck High School library to learn how to become an “up stander” — a good person who does something. Holocaust survivor Werner Reich shared his experience, using the Holocaust to illustrate for students about what happens when “good people do nothing” and emphasize that we need to remember that in the United States, we all come from immigrant families. Moving forward the participants will share what they learned with their school communities.
Annie Stype trained for three months before running in the 13.1 Atlanta, finishing in 1:53:23. She placed 626th out of 2,887 runners and 28th in the woman’s 20-24 division. Annie shared that she wasn’t the only MHS graduate on the run this month. Laura Young also ran a marathon this past weekend that Annie said was “a much bigger deal.” Way to go, girls!
It was a proud-parent moment for Nora Libretto. With pride and joy she attended a ceremony in North Carolina at which she had the pleasure of watching her son, Mike, be promoted to major! Congratulations and G-d bless.
What’s cooking? Brigitte Gibbons, on behalf of the New Suffolk School Enrichment Fund, is happy to announce that the “New Suffolk Little Red School House Cook Book” will arrive Dec. 1. With over 300 recipes from New Suffolk residents and local restaurants, it has something for everyone. Orders are now being taken at $16 per copy. It will make a great holiday gift! Place you order with Brigitte at [email protected] or 298-9676.
‘Empire Rising’ by Thomas Kelly will be the subject of this month’s book discussion at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library on Monday, Oct. 18, 10-11 a.m. All are welcome. You can stop by and register for these programs also: “So You Want to be a Ghost Hunter,” Friday, Oct. 15, 6:30p.m.; “Senior Housing Options; Living Independently,” Monday, Oct. 18, 2 p.m.; “Tracing Your Roots: An introduction on how to begin tracing your family history,” Tuesday, Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m.; and the AARP Driver Safety program, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 21-22, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fee: $12 for AARP members; $14 for others. For teens, there’s “Beat the Clock,” a fun program of games on Friday, Oct. 15, 5-6:30 p.m.
North Fork Reform Synagogue invites you to a “Let’s Get Acquainted” wine and cheese party on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. at a member’s home. Come and learn about this small but warm congregation and its members. For more information, contact Kay at 722-5712.
Have a good week!