05/28/13 10:41am
05/28/2013 10:41 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | The town may soon have a say on dogs on the beach, such as this one taking a dip at Goose Creek in Southold.

To the Editor:

Thanks for keeping us up to date on this important issue.

Your web post article “Closing in on leash law compromise” fails to mention that dog owners should be reminded of their responsibility, under current town code, to pick up and properly dispose of their dog’s waste on the beach or, for that matter, anywhere except on their own private property.

The historical failure of dog owners to pick up their pets’ poop has been one of the main issues with allowing dogs on the beach at all. Responsible dog owners understand this requirement and set good examples for all by their public behavior. Irresponsible dog owners miss the point (and ignore the legal requirement) and somehow pass the responsibility off, often by blaming their dog for any bad behaviors.

Owning a pet requires one to accept certain public health and safety responsibilities if one is going to go out in public spaces with their animals. These used to be common sense actions, but now it seems we have to legislate them for our community’s own good.

The people who complain about “overregulation” and “too much government in their lives” are creating this situation by their own actions. I hope all dog owners will help each other by setting good examples for others to follow, because we all have so much in common, including the love of our dogs and our wish for a good life for our pets.

Jim Baker, New Suffolk

05/13/13 11:13am
05/13/2013 11:13 AM

To the editor:

Welcome to the bucolic, quiet North Fork. It is 7:30 on Sunday night, May 12, Mother’s Day. We have endured four hours of non-stop noise at our home in Cutchogue.

Of course there were a few helicopters early on, but this is over the top.

It started this afternoon, next door, with a commercial grade chipper accompanied by saws to cut up the trees downed by Sandy. These were accompanied by mega blowers to guide the debris into the maw of the gigantic chipper. We reluctantly closed our doors on the idyllic spring day, trying, in vain, to shut out the all-encompassing racket.

We thanked our lucky stars that we had not planned a family gathering this year. The noise continued unabated for two hours. The noise level diminished slightly, a welcome relief from the overwhelming roar of the chipper. Checking to see what was going on, we were stunned to see a large vacuum going back and forth across the neighbor’s yard as if it was a living room rug.

It was now 6:30 p.m. and we needed to eat our supper. Instead of a romantic dinner with music playing softly in the background to celebrate our 55 years of marriage and the very special children who make up our family, we were serenaded by more blowers as these tireless workers did the last cleanup of every tiny leaf.

Bob, finally, in exasperation, walked over to talk to the crew leader, who put him in touch with the boss, a local landscaper, who said the crew could work any hours they pleased. He was less than sympathetic.

Meanwhile, I had called Southold police and was told that the noise ordinance had not passed.

Finally, peace. The silence is deafening. It is now 8 p.m. We don’t realize how tense we have been until we are, suddenly, relaxed, together in the blessed quiet of our home.

Barbara and Bob Ringewald, Cutchogue

04/14/13 2:00pm
04/14/2013 2:00 PM
Organic lawn care on North Fork

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Master gardener Nancy Gilbert cuts back last year’s leaves on a Hellebore in bloom in her yard in Jamesport. Witch Hazel and Snowdrops are very early blooming plants next to the Hellebores.

To the editor:

Carrie Miller’s recent article on lawn care was excellent, but readers may have gotten the impression that “organic” lawns require more time and money. I disagree.

The most important tips I got from experts at Cornell take no time, require no products and cost nothing (they actually save money):

1. Raise the mower. Cutting grass to a minimum height of 3” yields a healthier lawn.

2. Mulch the clippings. Paying to have cuttings removed costs more in labor and more in fuel and creates a waste problem. Most important, it removes nutrients from the property. Steps 1 and 2 significantly reduce the need for fertilizer, whether organic or regular.

3. Water less. One or two deep watering sessions per week builds deeper roots and a stronger lawn than running sprinklers for short periods every day or two.

Many pros agree that these are the best first steps toward a natural, sustainable lawn. I’ve found the results have been striking in terms of lawn quality and maintenance costs. The one caveat is that some landscapers view mulching as a nuisance, as they need to change blades and habits. If more customers request mulching, it will become routine.

As for the comment that “there’s no organic thing to spray” on a dandelion, Burn-Out Weed Killer is very effective; it’s a convenient spray bottle and the main ingredients are citric acid and clove oil. There are plenty of similar options.

Larry Simms, South Jamesport

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04/01/13 8:41am
04/01/2013 8:41 AM

To the editor:

With so many of our politicians concerned for the health and well-being of their constituents, with their laws on banning large sugary drinks, hiding cigarettes behind the counters as well as banning “energy drinks” from teenagers, I have to wonder why not one of these elected officials has ever proposed a bill to ban the sale of all tobacco products as well?

With the various diseases and physical problems that tobacco causes, along with the billions of dollars in associated treatment costs, there is a compelling reason to stop the use of tobacco. Yet these same “concerned” public officials continue playing to the news media instead of just saying: “No more tobacco will be sold here!”

Thomas W. Smith, Jamesport

03/10/13 8:36am
03/10/2013 8:36 AM
TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO  |  Deputy Town Clerk Linda Cooper administering the oath of office to new Councilman Jim Dinizio last month.

TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | Deputy Town Clerk Linda Cooper administering the oath of office to new Councilman Jim Dinizio last month.

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to Troy Gustavson’s opinion piece in last week’s issue of The Suffolk Times.  I would have thought that Troy’s working so closely with Jim Dinizio on Greenport’s “Let There Be Light” project would have given him some insight into the type of person Jim is.

Perhaps time and age have dimmed his memory and he needs a refresher course. First and foremost, Jim is no one’s puppet — never has been, never will be.  To say that “more likely he’ll be voting lock step with the GOP majority” is an outright falsehood.  The first fact you failed to mention was that it was a Democrat (Supervisor Frank Murphy) and his Town Board that brought Jim into town government as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals approximately 25 years ago.

At the meeting where Jim was appointed to the Town Board, even Democratic chairman Art Tillman didn’t have a problem with the choice the board made.  Art was even quoted as saying, “I like the guy.”  As a member of the Conservative Party, Jim has supported both Republicans and Democrats in their bids to hold elected office within the Town.  He has shown that he can work with both parties.  Jim will do what he has done for the past 25 years ­ and that’s to do what he thinks is best for Southold Town and its people.  To try to persuade your readers to think otherwise is doing them, as residents of the Town of Southold, a disservice.

Secondly, Jim is honest — extremely honest.  People sometimes may not like the answer he gives when asked a question, but they can walk away knowing it is a truthful one.

There are few, if any, within town government who know the Southold town code better than Jim. He can take the knowledge he learned as a Zoning Board member to help enhance operations at Town Hall.

How do I know so much about Jim?  I’ve been a part of his life for the past 44 years — the last thirty-six as his wife, so I’d venture to say it’s fact that I know him better than you.

There’s a quote that states, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.” Quite honestly, Troy, you should have kept silent.

Joan Dinizio, Greenport

02/21/13 6:00am
02/21/2013 6:00 AM

To the Editor:

Over the past number of years Peconic Bay has been subject to a number of brown tide events. These brown tides are examples of HABs, or harmful algal blooms. 

The brown tide is an explosion of algae that reduces the light penetration through the water and causes sea grass and other bottom-growing organisms to slow down or die off. This was a part of the scallop loss, among other things. Importantly, though, human health was not threatened. This past summer there was a new harmful algal bloom in Peconic Bay, a “rust tide” or possibly the start of a red tide. I saw this “rust” tide myself for the first time in many years of bay watching. It was rusty streaks in the water and not yet widespread over the bay.

This is an algal bloom that is very different from the brown tide. Is it preliminary to the red tide? We don’t know, but I certainly worry. The red tide can kill fish and cause floating carcasses to create a horrible smell up and down the beach as well as litter the beach with dead fish. I witnessed this mess in Sarasota, Fla.

These HABs are directly tied to pollution of our surface and groundwater. Our out-of-control septic discharge and cesspool waste are a large part of the problem. This is not nature running amok, it’s us.

It would behoove us to pay attention to these HABs and to be aware that going from our brown tide and rust tide to the very damaging red tide may not be a large leap. The old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure applies here. Let’s pay attention and act now and save the bay before it is too late.

Howard Meinke, Laurel

02/05/13 10:14am
02/05/2013 10:14 AM

To the Editor:

I would like to thank the Southold Town Police Department, the Southold Fire Department, Eastern Long Island Hospital  staff and my community members for all of their help last July 31. I apologize for not writing sooner, but I wasn’t emotionally up to the task.

My daughter, Heather Domino, had a tragic accident and within minutes of placing a call to 911, the police, the fire department and EMTs  arrived and attempted to revive my daughter.

All of the responders were professional, well trained and kind.

Officer Ginas especially went above and beyond. A caring neighbor, Susan Ward drove me to ELIH and stayed there with me.

In the emergency room, I was helped by other neighbors  whose kindness I will never forget .  Thank you Sally, Pete, and Ivy Manwaring and all the others who responded that day.

Thank you to all of my friends and neighbors who were at our house when we arrived home. I am thankful for living in such a compassionate community.

Thank you all.

Joy Domino, Southold

Heather Domino

01/17/13 5:58am
01/17/2013 5:58 AM

MATTITUCK

Appoint a Democrat

The Southold Democratic Party requests the Southold Town Board appoint a Democrat to complete the term of Democrat Councilman Al Krupski, newly elected to the Suffolk County Legislature.

Al Krupski was elected as a Democrat by the voters of Southold Town. Al’s vacancy on the Town Board will result in the entire board’s being members of one political party. In fairness to the 4,419 registered Democrats, independents and Republicans who thought it wise not to have all members of the Town Board be of one party, I ask the board to consider the fairness of our request.

Southold Democrats are able to suggest a number of well qualified individuals and we ask they be considered in the appointment for the unexpired term of Al Krupski.

Art Tillman
chairman, Southold Democratic Party

12/28/12 7:59am
12/28/2012 7:59 AM

To the Editor:

Walter vs. Krupski: What a quagmire!

What are the voters of Riverhead to do.  A vote in January for Mr. Walter kicks him upstairs and creates a movement of political chairs that would equal or dwarf the deck-chair movement on the Titanic.

Should Mr. Walter become a County Legislator after all the recent Riverhead Town Board squabbles, could he do the same within the County Legislature?

It’s quite a dilemma for Riverhead Republicans.  I, for one, would like Mr. Walter to remain in our town and not cause more chaos on the county level.

Martin Walicki, South Jamesport

12/26/12 10:19am
12/26/2012 10:19 AM

TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | Sacred Heart Parish in Cutchogue.

To the Editor:

I am very concerned about two stories in the recent edition of The Suffolk Times: the potential loss of Sacred Heart Church and the new convenience store on Cox Lane.

Both will contribute to the creeping suburbanization of the North Fork.

When will we as a community take a stand and put a stop to this ever more rapid loss of the personality of our area? Have we lost site of what a unique place the North Fork is? Have we just accepted the inevitabilty of development?

James Brady, Oceanside

Editor’s Note: The author is a part-time resident of Cutchogue.