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March 26, 2017

South Country Library Trustee Election

The upcoming election on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, offers the opportunity to elect three (3) candidates as Trustees for the South Country Library. It is important to elect Trustees who value the South Country Library and its potential while, at the same time, acting in a fiscally responsible manner to benefit residents and taxpayers in the South Country Library district.

Fortunately, we have three (3) candidates who can serve as responsible representatives of our interests: Sheryl ("Sherry") Binnington, Annelies Kamran, and Cameron Trent. Sherry has been a tireless advocate for Bellport throughout her lifetime and in her previous role as Village Trustee. She can use her experience to monitor the budget of the Library while promoting programs to benefit our residents. Annelies, a current Library Trustee, has consistently recognized the importance of maintaining and enhancing Library resources and being fiscally responsible. Cameron brings a new perspective to the Library Board: Encourage students and young adults to use the Library, thereby increasing the number of residents dedicated to learning, researching, communicating and giving back to our community.

My vote will be cast for these three (3) candidates on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at South Country Library between the hours 9:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. I urge all registered voters in our South Country Library District to vote for these candidates, either in person at the polls at South Country Library, Station Road, Bellport on April 4, 2017 or, prior to that, by absentee ballot available at the Clerk, South Country School District, Dunton Avenue, East Patchogue.

E. Anne Hayes
Bellport, NY



March 15, 2017

State of Emergency

Upon receiving Mayor Fell’s State of Emergency proclamation Monday evening, I was aghast at his statement that “....all vehicles must be off Village streets from midnight on March 14, until noon on March 15”. I initially took that to mean NO vehicles can be driven on any public road in the Village during that time period. After thinking about it for a bit, I decided that he probably meant no vehicles can be parked or otherwise left on Village streets for that period. Hopefully the Mayor will make that a bit clearer next time. Assuming of course that my interpretation was correct!

Otherwise kudos to the Highway Dept for another great job of clearing our roads during the storm!

Bob Sherwood
Bellport Village



February 26, 2017

Woodland Park Water Service

After two years of prodding and visits by SCWA including digging up our water service, the SCWA has scheduled a fix of our water service. They tested and say our water pressure is good but or volume is insufficient for fire protection. The solution is a new main on our street. The highway department has already received their request for permits to open the street. Looking forward to better water volume. My thanks to resident Herman Miller for his essential assistance in moving the SCWA along. Overall they were helpful and cooperative.

Greg Thorvaldsen
Bellport Village