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November 17, 2019

Auto Dump Proposal

Many residents are concerned that our area is becoming a dumping ground for Brookhaven Town. If you’re one of them, please speak out!

Tomorrow the Brookhaven Town planning Board will consider a permit for a 36-acre auto dump (donated cars, damaged cars, etc.) in Yaphank, off Sills Road just east of Stop and Shop/Sunshine Mall. To make way for the dump, 23 acres of woods will be cleared and, since the property would be 85 acres in total, there’s the possibility of expansion. The cars will supposedly be on the property for about a month. There’s concern about leaking fluids, batteries, etc., which would threat our groundwater and health. According to Michael Loguercio, both he and the Water Authority oppose the proposal.

Please consider attending the meeting of the planning board Monday, Nov 18 at 4 PM Brookhaven Town Hall or call to express your opinion:

Brookhaven Planning Board: 631-451-6403
ED Romaine 631-451-9700
Michael Loguercio 631-451-6968

(Thank you Monique Armann for alerting the community!)

Sue Hornik
Bellport Village



Editor's Note: This letter is in response to our recent Editorial.

November 12, 2019

The Dock

Thanks for the update on the dock. Have you gotten any response? Your linkage with the pavilion is reasonable. Bellport needs a long range plan to deal with rising sea levels, and I just haven’t seen any evidence of integrated thinking. But I no longer live in the Village, and I may have missed something.

Anna Lou Fletcher
East Moriches



Editor's Note: This letter is in response to our recent Editorial.

November 10, 2019

Fire Eaters

I just returned from Germany after a two month stay and I can NOT believe, what I read in the letters to the Editor! I am afraid, these same people would believe that at those “fire” events, some witches might be burned.

My brother’s oldest son works as caretaker in a hospital and his other job, which in Germany is rather prestigious, as fire dancer. He has been performing at the “Documenta” in Kassel, which is a world known art event that takes place every 5 years. He was also hired by the city to perform in front of special guests in Politics and other leading positions.

We are so close to New York City, but Bellport was always “the place to be.” Why can it not attract more entertainment for Young and Old? Perhaps the Leadership needs to be more open minded?

Herge M. Jansen



October 27, 2019

Ozymandias Redux

As a former English teacher, I often used a poem of the English poet Shelley as an example of irony. It’s called “Ozymandias”. In it, the poet describes, “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone” standing in the desert in Egypt, which had an inscription on the base meant to impress people with the great buildings and civilization built under the leadership of this once powerful leader. “Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair.” But when one looked around it was only to see “the lone and level sands stretch far away.”

The sands of the desert are much like the sands of the beach, always changing and shaping the environment. A man walking on Fire Island recently thought about that. He was taking in the beauty of nature as he watched the rolling surf and the stilt-legged sandpipers, and the glistening beach. Then, he noticed a pair of splintered pilings sticking out of the sand just beyond the surf. As the waves receded, he was able to get close enough to read a plaque still attached to one: “Ho-Hum Pavilion. Residents Only” it read. Looking around, the man could see nothing but the lone and level sands and the relentless waves sweeping high onto the beach.

Rich Weissmann
Bellport, NY



Editor's Note: This letter is in response to our recent Editorial.

October 9, 2019

Village Board Fire Eaters

So sorry to hear that Larry, I have wondered who was behind keeping our village from livelier, fun, creative and younger events that brings life to our Main Street area. I guess that’s why we have to drive to Patchogue Village and Painters’ to hear local musical entertainment on an evening having dinner, or Sunday brunch. So sad, I hope that the businesses will help you to support the idea, because I and others that vote here certainly do!

Janine Roe
Bellport, NY