Photo of the Week 20130930 – The First Edition

"Blue Dock Poles" fantastic light!  taken 9/6/2013 on iPhone 5 at Ted's Fishing Station

“Blue Dock Poles” fantastic light! taken 9/6/2013 on iPhone 5 at Ted’s Fishing Station

I briefly  touched on the subject that I’m not posting all the photography I thought I would be.

To rectify that, starting here I begin a “photo of the week” which for now will happen every Monday.  Maybe a little something nice or interesting to help start your inbox off on the right foot for week.  This will be in addition to any other posts I publish.

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I’m no pro, but I definitely know what I think looks good…to me anyway!   It really helps that we are blessed with such beautiful surroundings here in town, too!

I will be uploading much higher resolution photos for these (the ones on all the posts are optimized way down for the size of the post.)   You can click on the image to go to the hi-res form.

I envision the posts to be almost no text, other than a caption.  i guess we’ll figure it out together.

Starting a few weeks ago, I began posting some photos from around town on Instagram. That is a lot of fun!

Instagram is a social media smartphone app  that lets you post pictures (and even tweak them with effects) directly from your smartphone.  Others can like or comment on your post and follow you, as you can follow anyone whose pictures you like.

You can check that all out at my Instagram ID: makingmypointny.  A couple dozen pictures are up there.

Thanks to those of you who already found me there and are following!

Well here’s the first.  I hope you like them!

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Point Lookout Leaves for Tunnel To Towers

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142 people from the Point Lookout area left this morning to join the 9-11 memorial Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers run.
Find out more at :
http://tunnel2towers.org

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Organized by Steve Merola, above checking in participants, The Point Lookout – Lido Fire Dept has organized and participated since 2008.

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Rob Prince and Chas Thompson get their numbers on.

Chas Thompson tells me they have currently raised the 7th largest amount of all the groups.

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I was thinking if you haven’t already, maybe we could show a little more town pride and help bump them up!

You can still make a donation to the Point Lookout Team effort at this link:
http://t2trun.org/campaign/display/profile.do?campaignId=16318

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The event is covered on TV today on CBS 2 from 10:30-11:30am.

Good luck to all!

Residents Seek New Plan At Fire Commissioners Meeting

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On Wednesday, September 18, 2013 the board of fire commissioners regular meeting, usually ignored by everybody, was attended by about two dozen area residents.

The question on everybody’s mind: what is the “Plan B” to the failed budget vote.

After hearing what a typical board (bored?) meeting is like, there was a scheduled speaker, Don Kelly from Point Lookout Property Owners. He made a brief statement of constructive dialogue and had questions pertaining to insurance matters and monies involved that they received.

The fire department has received over $700,000 in insurance money and has only spent 500,000. They have earmarked the balance to be spent on buildings etc. once the new plan is in place. Their stance was explained by Commissioner Steven Weitz : “It makes sense not to go and spend money on individual products or projects, until we have the complete plan. To go and spend money with without a well-thought-out plan would be irresponsible and… this board will not do that”

The commissioners also explained that outside money is not coming from anywhere. After hundreds of hours of work put in by Stephen Weitz and Chas Thompson, on the FEMA paperwork and follow up, the district has received about $28,000 total.

On the 3 million CRZ grants:
“The CRZ has nothing whatsoever to do with fire districts. The fire district was not approached and has received no correspondence about the CRZ plan.” He said.

Commissioner Andrew Richter moved that there would be a special night to discuss the subject of the bond vote, rather than at the regular board meetings.

He asked the community to “give us little leeway (to) do it in 4 to 6 weeks (from now).
“Let us line our ducks up getting on the same page and move forward together” he said.

The issue of nonresidents voting came up again.

Commissioner Steven Weitz answered:
“I did some research. The law is that you must be registered to vote in the fire district.
The old-timers who were here in 1974 may remember property owners being allowed to vote (at that bond issue).
In 1975, the Appellate Division held that (non-registered resident voting) was unconstitutional. The current law says you have to be a resident to vote.”

The board was asked to publicize their meetings better, which they since have started doing. They gave anyone present a copy of the meeting schedule and have since run a notification that came through the Point Lookout Civic Association. They also announced they are moving to allow absentee ballots.

There were complaints about the difficulty navigating the fire district’s website http://pllfd.org/
They said they know and are working on it.

The Commisioners reminded everyone that budgets and meeting minutes are available on their website.

Just click on the website at http://www.pllfd.org/PublicFiles.php

About community input:

The board was told by a speaker “You will have the support if you first come up with the community what you need and why, and then come up with the numbers. ”

Andrew Richter said “we’re looking at the same thing from a different point of view. We can write down a list of what we need and put that up quickly.
I think the first time I show you… “this is what we need”, Someone’s hand is going to go up and say “how much”? This is where we have to get an estimate.”

My takeaway:

To me a few things were clear.

People in this town want to be better informed about this. They want to have a say and input on whatever plan is hatched.

By the same token, the fire commissioners have seemed pretty open to explaining things and providing answers, paperwork and information to people who came to them as far as I have seen.

It’s time to work together.

I would suggest that if you want to have a CONSTRUCTIVE say, click on and read or print out the budgets for the original plan for your own KNOWLEDGE.

You can find them here http://www.pllfd.org/PublicFiles.php?uSI=1335288608

Lets familiarize ourselves with the particulars. What are objectionable needs or items you would like more information on?

If you have doubts about the stated estimated costs, that can be hashed out later. It’s an estimate. Over and over residents at this meeting said they wanted to know about the needs and why first, before being told what it’s going to cost. At least three speakers said that.

Maybe knowing about the particulars would help you contribute to making this a success for everyone involved by doing some research if you FOUND a way to save them money.

Maybe you could show the fire commissioners the particular viable grant applications, Sandy money or other government funds you have researched that they’re entitled to that they are missing.

What are your concerns?
What do YOU want?
Any positive suggestions?

2013 September 11 Memorial Service

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Some sights from this year’s September 11th Memorial Service
09/11/2013

Town Park Point Lookout, Lido Blvd., Point Lookout
7:30 AM

The Town of Hempstead Hosts the12th annual pilgrimage to the picturesque and pristine ocean shoreline, for Long Island’s largest 9-11 memorial ceremony beginning at 7:30 AM at Point Lookout Beach.

This year’s memorial features a stunning 35-foot tall “Tribute to our Heroes” replica of the World Trade Center raised above the ceremony platform emblazoned with the words “9-11, we will never forget.”

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Guests are invited to pen inspiring messages or the names of beloved victims upon the three dimensional tower walls.

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The ceremony proceedings include a casting of carnations upon a tribute fountain, placement of memorial flags at the foot of the trade center monument, a dove release and a walk-over bridge that traverses an actual World Trade Center Beam.

One Year of Making My Point

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Just kidding-more than half of you are from out of town! you are welcome here!

Well here it is. One year ago today I started this … Thing.

I don’t really even know what to call it. It’s not really so personal or opinionated as to be what most people think of as a blog, although some things I refuse to keep quiet about!

I want to say, Thank You for sharing this time with me.

It has challenged me in many ways.

I am challenged everyday to make this so much more personal, and everyday find lots of real reasons not to.

Credibility. Fairness. Newsworthiness.
My and others’ privacy.
Do I really have the time?

It has challenged my perceptions of other people’s privacy. For example, I’m constantly confronted whether to take and publish and cite photos of the kids around town in newsworthy-like situations. (Others do it all the time)
You may notice a lack of it, it’s on purpose. It’s probably just my old-fashioned sense of privacy no one seems to have anymore. Just one example. I have erred on the side of caution. And that has definitely made things harder than other people seem to have to deal with.

I had intended this to be a little different than it has turned out, so far. Not that that’s bad. I thought it would be much less than it has become- also for good or for bad. Then Sandy happened and people were looking for information no one else had.

I had just envisioned dropping some cool amateur photos. A few short blurbs. I hoped to meet neighbors and friends along the way. This town was in need of some online representation. I saw a few had made a run of something like this and gave up. It didn’t scare me.

I’m just the type of person, when I feel something needs to be done, I do it. Oh… I may look around first to see if anyone else will step forward, but when they don’t….

A good number of events I “covered” I actually DID. I don’t just show up and take pictures. I raised the roof, I planted, I rehabilitated Habitat, I made sure everyone got (and probably still has) those FEMA MRE’s (lol)! True, I’ll still only “cover” the crazy polar bears!

I met so many great people and I look forward to meeting more of you.

As you can probably tell, I’m not in it for notoriety. My name appears nowhere here. Theres no money either. This is not my profession.

But it is a hobby that’s takes maybe too much of my time.
So yes, at the one year mark I am asking myself “why”? And I’m not sure.

It’s the time of year many take stock. Check the direction one may be headed in. I’m no different.

I’m definitely going to be doing some things differently from here on out.

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I do want to show you a couple stories I’m really proud of that for reasons of “vagaries in the Internet marketplace” , were not as widely seen as I think they should’ve been.
Many get squashed by facebook – the sole method many of you use to “follow” me. It happens often- because this is a “page” on there, they want me to advertise. So they regularly only let half of you (and slowly) see most posts. I can then buy my way to the rest and maybe 1000 more. Annoying. There is no money in this for me so there isn’t any for them either. Post to come!

Whatever the reason, here’s the ones according to my stats, that many may not have seen, and my favorite.

The Shell Shack almost didnt come back
Back In and On the Water at Ted’s Fishing Station

I gotta do more video!
dont worry, its only a TV show

NY Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg said “This is the most serious problem in (Long Beach’s) history”. 19 days later, Sandy hit.
Long Beach Drinking Water Meeting

A great day, great accomplishments with great neighbors.
Beach Grass Planting at Civic Beach

Did you take this poll?
Opinion: not having mail delivery will continue…even on Saturdays!

Apparently, many do not! maybe my 2nd favorite, and if i educate you in the process, all the better!
Do You Know What This Is?

Rumor has it : respectable news and official-type sources called the fire dept and others in town to confirm if the disaster was happening. You would think they would READ it. I kind of like that. I would never cry “fire” on a crowded parkway.
LNG: They Said It Couldn’t Happen

my favorite:

Beach Etiquette: The “Unspoken” Rules

So I’ve got questions for you :

What were your favorites?

Is this a blog (most don’t know what that is), a website, photojournal, digital toilet paper?? How would you tell someone about it?

What could be more interestingly done?

What am I not covering that everyone is clamoring for?

New School Speed Zone-20 mph

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Just waking everybody up who may not yet have noticed- starting this week there is a new school speed zone on Lido Boulevard in front of the middle school / golf course / Marvel in Lido.

It is now a 20 mile an hour school zone 7AM to 6PM ON SCHOOL DAYS.

Do you have any idea what the penalty is for just 10 miles Per hour over the limit, in a school zone?!

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I don’t argue the merits of it, I just want to let everybody know it’s a huge ticket. Huge for not keeping it under 20 miles an hour on a 6 lane road, that would be a highway in any other state, country, planet. Just saying- it’s reeeeeally easy to go over 20 mph here!

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So what’s the penalty?
According to newyorkspeedingfines.com :

10 miles above the posted speed limit and under will be assessed 3 points and a $300 fine with an $85 surcharge.

And going just 31 miles per hour (above 10 mph over the limit)

they begin to face the possibility of jail time, ranging from 15 days in jail. They can also face fines up to $600 dollars in fines with an $85 surcharge.

I assume 3 points would be the starting point for over 10.

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I know you want to keep it safe in the school zone so why get a ticket for it?

Just take it easy in that area!