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November 15, 2017

Response to Latest Editorial

To my ear, there was unanimous agreement that the primary objective of the Board was the maintenance of Bellport Village as a residential community. Paying property taxes does not provide a license to disrupt, “the sense of neighborhood”, we all respect and enjoy. I believe you made this same point at the meeting.

Bellport Village Trustee
Mike Ferrigno

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



October 19, 2017

Patricia Trainor

The passing of Patricia is a loss for the entire community of Bellport. She was a beacon of elegance and decency. I will never forget the evening we closed on our house. We asked for a recommendation for a restaurant to celebrate. Harriet and I decided The Bellport seemed like a logical place to go to. We were welcomed and a few moments after we were seated Patricia came to the table and greeted us so warmly and made us feel so very welcomed. She knew our name and the home we purchased. This fact was more incredible to us as she was not the broker but it reflected her deep linkage in our community and concern that we felt embraced. Minutes later she introduced us to a Village trustee who was dining in the restaurant and ensured that our introduction to Bellport began like her life with a warm and a gracious spirit. Our memories will always be of her energy, and aura of commitment to all of us. Heartfelt condolences go to Taylor and the entire family. May God bless her with eternal peace.

Stuart & Harriet Levine
Bellport, NY



September 26, 2017

Street Signs Editorial

Absolutely excellent editorial Larry. Just last week Jim and I had a similar experience at Patchogue Shores, a H.O.A. in East Patchogue (starting at that little shopping center on the left.) The hosts’ house was all the way down to the east end at the shore. Patchogue Shores is deeply split by an inlet and sizable Marina, so there are many short street and to get to the end where we were going we had to turn several turns. They also, like Mastic Beach in your editorial’s example, use those tall white vinyl posts with vertical writing. When we left our hosts’ home after a long dinner, about 10:30, it was totally dark, and I got lost, going back and forth trying to find the 4 streets I needed. I too, like you, had to strop and tilt my head sideways to try to read the vertical road signs, regretting several times I was on the wrong street. So as your timely editorial points out, those are very difficult signs to read at night when you don’t know by heart the street names. Imagine an ambulance driver or your relatives from out of town; they’d probably give up and go home.

Will Struyk
Bellport Village

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



September 25, 2017

Street Signs

I grew up in Massapequa in a neighborhood called Harbor Green. We had very pretty street signs that were horizontal, white with black letters in a pretty font. These were made out of wood back then, but could be made with an Azak type material today. Anyone heading that way? Harbor Green is south of Merrick Rd.- between Cedar Shore Drive and Bay Drive.

Susan Salamack
Bellport, NY

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



September 23, 2017

Street Signs

I was driving west on South Country Road and noticed the new white post which I found very hard to read. Then I saw several of the white-on-black Bellport signs which were somewhat easier to read. When I left the Village the signs turned to white-on-green with large letters which were vastly easier to read than either the post or the current Bellport signs.

If you want the signs to be useful to drivers the lettering should be as large as possible and the signs as uncluttered as possible. There are times and places where decorative is appropriate but street signs are not among them.

Frances Bernstein
Bellport Village

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



September 22, 2017

Signs in Bellport

SignsThank you for a well thought out and objective view on the proposed new signs for Bellport.

I am in complete agreement. Driving 30MPH, if anyone does entering or leaving Bellport it would be impossible to read a vertical street sign quickly. Forget it a night.

An information sign is a very legibly printed and very noticeable placard that informs people of the purpose of an object, or gives them instruction on the use of something. An example is a traffic sign such as a stop sign.

Information signs have been growing in visibility due to the explosion of sign technologies. For hundreds, if not thousands, of years signs were crafted out of wood. Words and images were then hand-painted on the sign. The other traditional way of creating signs dealt with individual constructed letters carved from wood, molded or wrought from metal, which were then individually placed in the appropriate sequence.

While both of these methods are still employed, technology has moved in around them.

Woodworking machinery can now be controlled by computers, leading to much greater consistency. Molded signage has changed dramatically with the advent of plastics, which are far more flexible than metal as well as significantly cheaper to produce. Additionally, altogether new sign technologies have come into being, such as computer-cut vinyl signage..wikipedia

You need a simple font, like Helvetica in upper & lower case and made of plastic as we all know the humidity on Long Island and its effect on wood. As you can see from the enclosed website, signs are not necessarily that expensive. Double sided with 10 year warranty. Anything is better than the mocked up vertical reading wood signs being tried out. Why not mock up a standard size & finish as shown and compare pricing, installation, and longevity.

Michael Siems
Bellport, NY

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



September 19, 2017

Street Sign Editorial Comments

The white post street-name signs you saw are in the soon-not-to-be village of Mastic Beach. It will be interesting to see if Brookhaven Town replaces them when they regain maintenance of the roads there. Brookhaven stopped using white post signs decades ago, and now, for the past several years, has been replacing their street signs town-wide with lower-case lettering, easy to read, reflective signs mandated by the Federal Highway Administration since 2010. Noticing signs outside of the limits of Bellport Village, it appears that more than half of Brookhaven’s signs have already been changed. Everywhere you travel in the U. S. since 2010, you see these new signs appearing, including in New York City, where they expressed concern about costs when the mandate was announced in 2010. Supposedly, the federal mandate is to be carried out by 2018, but no enforcement plan has been included. It does appear that virtually all municipalities in the country are complying for all new signs and all replacement signs (but not Bellport, Mastic Beach, nor Babylon villages).

You are 100% correct regarding the flaws with the post-signs. Our eyes are trained for horizontal, not vertical reading. And as your photo from Mastic Beach and the test-posts in Bellport show, many street names would have to be read from the very top of the post, just-about down to the ground. All road signs should be designed to be read by a driver with a quick glance, not something that might add even a two-second distraction.

Norm Pearlmutter
Bellport, NY

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



September 16, 2017

Proposed Replacement Street Signs

Street SignWe do question the VFP proposal to change the street signs. Although many corners (our corner of Academy and Gerard) do not carry the "new" (less than ten years old) signs , the current design looks fine to us.

The proposed vertical signage design we know well from many years at Davis Park where coming upon them while walking the boardwalk was an easy read, driving by them in Bellport would not be so. We think the Baycrest Ave photo as a sample supports our argument.

Thank you for considering it.
Barbara Knowles, Bellport Village



September 10, 2017

Proposed Street Name Signs

On July 13th I sent the attached letter to Mayor Fell and the Board regarding the proposed street name signs. Granted I'm not a Bellport Village resident, however, as a retired traffic engineer I am a citizens advocate who strives to improve awareness about public safety and economic efficiency within the workings of our local government.

When I spoke at the July 29th Village Board meeting, I raised concerns about the type of signs that are being considered. Recently driving along South Country Rd. I saw several of these signs installed for the purpose of receiving input from village residents. Attractive and historically charming as they are, they present a problem of being visible due to the vertical alignment, and being filled with snow in the routed out letters during winter storms. We are no longer living in the 1920's when these signs were used. Time's have changed, cars are no longer driving 15 MPH, and our population has significantly increased.

Will Struyk's editorial also questioned the costs, however, this potential cost expenditure is not transparent. Have the furnish and installed prices been made available for the entire proposed street name sign replacement? Has Dave Moran, Village Attorney, conducted his due diligence on the public safety aspect of these proposed signs based on Federal and NYS Uniform Manual of Traffic Control Devices?

I urge the residents of Bellport's lovely community to make your voices heard. Hopefully, this goal can be achieved by using Town or County contracts to purchase decorative signing to save tax money, and improve visibility for safety purposes.

Pauline M Hazard
East Patchogue, NY