“Water Problem” article you should read.



A really good read.

Great article addressing mostly SURFACE issues. Click on the link below:

Long Island’s Water Problem


(yes, this article does appear in printed form!)

Unfortunately, the two outstanding groups leading the charge to me, seem to be divided on these grounds: surface and underground.

The “surface” / anti-pollution coalition is getting some things done because they are well funded and have 20+ years experience.  Its very easy to understand that pollution isn’t good.

The other group wants a comprehensive plan for all drinking water with plans that would keep costs of it to near zero.  Unfortunately, this will require legislation AND public support.  Some private corporations make their money by pumping water, not by managing the resource to make sure it is sustained.  The more they pump, the more they make. Hard to change.

Some people use a lot of water thinking if they can afford it, thats their right.  They’re not paying the costs to REPLACE what they take that you can no longer use, just the cost to deliver it.    Hard to change.

In our area, a broken sewage plant and runoff affects the bays on the surface.  In other areas it’s industrial pollution and in others it is nitrogen from septic tanks.

Uncontrolled overuse and overpavement of areas that blocks the replenishment of our supply from rainwater and causes pollutants and saltwater contamination to be pulled into our drinking water is our problem, below the surface.

Nassau County is generally ignoring it, and has been for 15+ years. Very easy to avoid raising taxes this way.

You don’t have to fix a problem you won’t acknowledge.

The only agreement: all will have to be dealt with, near- simultaneously, island-wide, to fix it.

The longer we wait, the harder it will be.



Suffolk County Executive Bellone just made this his #1 Priority, but its a huge undertaking. Kudos to him for acknowledging it.

Get some knowledge.  YOU will be part of the solution, whatever it is.




📷 Photo of the Week : 2014-05

"Thru the Looking Sand" taken January 17, 2014 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5.

“Thru the Looking Sand” taken January 17, 2014 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5.

A great wash on the beach drained back and left the sand wet, yet without water, until the reflection became almost perfect… and more interesting for its differences. Like an alternate, deeper but softer, vivid but unclear version of reality.  Almost.

Long Beach Animal Shelter is Back

Long Beach Municipal Animal Shelter
770 Park Place
Long Beach NY
(516) 431 4359

M-F 10-5
Sat & Sun 11-4

follow on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/longbeachnyanimalshelter

The Long Beach Animal Shelter crew

the crew on duty: (clockwise from top left) Brian Biller, Peggy Maier, Debbie Ferry, Valerie Duffy and Nikko

A few days ago it came to my attention that the Long Beach Animal Shelter is back. Coincidentally I had to pass by today, had a few minutes, and stopped in to see what’s going on.

Now under the control of Long Beach City Animal Control officers, it looks to me like the place is being well-run, well-kept, clean and the animals are well cared for.

There are 2 animal control officers, a lieutenant, two employees plus many volunteers who do numerous duties from feeding and walking the dogs to training.

I spoke with animal control officer Brian Biller.

He hopes for “the residents to come in and see what their shelter is doing… since it’s being city-run again. ”

“The residents are very supportive. Long Beach is a big animal lover community.” He says the shelter has “really come a long way – in a positive way”

“The biggest challenge that we’re facing is that people don’t know that we are reopened. There are so many great adult cats and dogs that really need homes. People don’t realize it’s easier to adopt” rather than buy.

Franklin welcomed me before he left for his walk. At long Beach Animal Shelter.

Franklin welcomed me before he left for his walk. At long Beach Animal Shelter.

He explains because of what they do at the shelter the animals are usually housebroken and socialized with some training to make the adoption process much smoother.

The extensive veterinary care that the animals receive for any problems that arise, also includes shots, neutering and spaying. Full medical histories are available on the animals.  Also they have staggered work hours so the animals are not left for long periods of time unattended.

When people are looking to adopt, just come down and fill out an adoption application. “We try and find a dog that suits them. We know these dogs very well” he says “we always try to find the right fit”.

The prices are all set by the City Clerks office. He says “an eight month old male …is only $60, and that comes with being neutered, rabies vaccinations” and certificate that he’s all healthy.

“Why pay thousands of dollars ..for a dog when you can get one for $60-$70 that’s trained and housebroken and has all it’s shots?”

In the short time I was there speaking with him, multiple dogs were being walked – one after the other after the next.

“The socialization factor here is really great” for the animals he says.

He also says they have a volunteer trainer who has saved numerous dogs from being turned into the shelter in the first place, or being returned by helping the family and dog learn to work together before surrendering the dogs. That trainer has only asked for donations to the shelter in lieu of payment.

They need volunteers.

Some, like Peggy, come in and walk the dogs. Some socialize the cats, some clean, some help give the medications. There’s much to do.

Volunteers are needed. Call 431-4359 and they’ll help you fill out a volunteer application.

Taking the tour.

Brian was (rightfully) proud to show me all areas were clean. Some were obviously already clean and were now being sanitized as well. This was already happening before I got there so it wasn’t just for show. Back rooms, storage and outside play areas were all neat, organized, and clean.

Every cat wanted to know what my pants felt like if they rubbed up on them.

Every cat wanted to know what my pants felt like if they rubbed up on them- at Long Beach Animal Shelter.

In our travels he brought me into their “cage-free” cat room, which looked more like a free-range playroom for cats with lots of cat beds, and things meant to be climbed. There were 5 or 6 litter boxes – all clean.   The cats were extremely social and friendly-my feet were surrounded by an inquisitive furry squad – in a good way.

In the kennel area the dogs had special trampoline-like beds. Brian explained these beds keep them off the floor and provide  better comfort and protection. They are easy to keep clean and in fact were a donation and more are pledged to be donated soon.

“I would love for people to come in here just to see (the place) and adopt. There are so many great dogs that we have here.”

He wants everyone to know you can get these great cats and dogs at an affordable price. “And you are doing such a good deed by taking (them), especially after Sandy. A lot of these animals are still here from Sandy.”

Donations are always welcome especially wet cat food and litter seem to go faster than the rest.

So, go down and see them.  Like them on Facebook at the link above to stay posted from them.

If you can, give a new friend a forever home, too.
Either way, let everyone know the Long Beach Animal Shelter is back.

Close That School – I Want My 38 Bucks!


to accompany tonight’s school consolidation/ repurposing meeting

Guest Post by “Falter Ego”….

Long Beach schools are facing declining enrollment ~ another outlet just showed the current “repurposing” plans will save the average homeowner $38 a year!  Cut taxes?  Count me in!!!

We must slash the very services young families need most, so those young families can afford to live here!   What makes you poorer makes me richer, oppression is freedom… and all that!

It is not lost on me many of you young parents believe in this already!  Solidarity? Unity? um, er … lets get together..um let’s prove it’s every man for himself! What a great plan:

Making a family’s different children go to different schools and change to a different one almost every year is good!

  • eliminates an hour a day of learning, family, or homework time! Good!
  • graduations soar from grade to grade and school to school! All the graduation cards and gifts will drive our economy!
  • every kid must adjust, every year.  Learn isolation, submit and shut up, worry about the future at all times.  Good!
  • perfect to destabilize them to fail all the tests we’re demanding, to prove schools and teachers are no good.

It’s about time we make all those spoiled, do-nothing stay-at-home parents (im not sexist-that includes you slacker dads, too!) have to pick up and drop off their taker kids at two or three different schools simultaneously. Remind them what it’s like in corporate America!  Dumb idea from the top? Execute!  All so someone who won’t have to sacrifice at all, can enhance their six (or seven) figure income,  and put the consequences on you. This will keep them in touch with the workforce if they decide to return.

But maybe the most valuable life lessons will be for students

  • once you’ve got yours on the public dime you need to turn around make sure no one else has a chance at the same! Thats your right! You deserved it, they’re just takers!
  • if you can get a job, you will change jobs every year or two in order get ahead or a small raise to keep up with costs.  Lucky    “Deserving” ones won’t face downsizing and layoffs before finding the next job.
  • I got my pension from 25 years of 8 hour days completing 30% of the work you will do every day!  Just because you youngsters will make less now for 12 hour days with no pension, no retirement and probably no social security or medicare that I will have, as you will continue to pay for mine,  that’s your fault!   Don’t worry young parents, I’m looking out to make sure you “save” $38 dollars a year to keep you in your house!
  • Demand CUTS and ACCOUNTABILITY of everyone… but me!

Besides, why are we paying for these educations, anyway?   These kids have no chance of getting jobs-there aren’t any!

Cutting three nurses to two nurses is only a 50% caseload increase, to accommodate a 12% enrollment decline. Think of the HUUUUUGE savings of that, with no liability problems!  Well,  liability problems aren’t mine, anyway.  When something bad happens, we can use that for our political ends and just blame the nurses,  teachers, or administration!  TRIFECTA!

Heck, it just mirrors society’s overworked nurses, PLUS our local reality of no hospital anyway! We need to teach these kids to just get used to that!

All you drivers have it too easy – You have to save my taxes, too!

  • I like when you get stuck driving behind the buses. I imagine with glee the buses in both directions stopping traffic, now! Other buses will stop the buses you’re already stuck behind. Block After Block After Block.
  • Think of how well you will get to know your neighbors, chatting to them in the next car during this gridlock. It can only be good for the community as they relax together on their way to work!
  • Naturally, this creates no safety problems. When a child is run over,  that’s just a shame. Because, who could’ve seen that coming? It’s not like people are already breaking laws to get around the buses, drive 50+mph through the 20 mph school zone, pass stopped buses or literally throw things in addition to epithets at the cars who actually do stop for the stopped buses!  I’ve never seen any of those things!
  • Wow, I hadnt thought of it before, but we can get rid of a part-time crossing guard, too!  cha-ching!!!  Send me the $$$$$$$avings!

Best of all, the extra fuel for all this costs nothing and that cost is only going down all the time!

Quadrupling the annual mileage on our buses doesn’t cost anything either. When the buses only last one quarter of the time they were expected to last,  we can blame the schools, and push that cost onto the next generation through capital improvement bonds, not general taxes!  Best of all, those bonds will go onto the MUST PAY portion of the school budget pushing taxes higher, but ha ha-We have a 2% cap, so they’ll have to slash even more from education then, to pay for my $38 now… plus interest and depreciation!!

Besides, our kids need to toughen up socially and emotionally especially after being displaced to “luxury hotels” by superstorm Sandy!


Wait, you mean they will have to SPEND millions to move and “repurpose” and I won’t see any savings for 2-5 years depending on the plan? But I want my 38 bucks NOW!!! Its MINE!

And there’s no guarantee construction and IT installation costs couldn’t end up higher?   That didn’t happen last time!

Please ignore the Suffolk BOCES Post-Sandy report that says that elementary enrollment will go back up 3% over the next five years and go up near 5% over the next decade. That report did not include all the new multifamily buildings that have been proposed already in 2014,  500+ units just on one of those projects, plus numerous smaller ones running through zoning appeals right now as developers snatch up distressed or damaged properties and turn them into multifamily units.

I’m sorry what? You say the schools are OUR buildings and institutions that WE THE PEOPLE own for OUR use, that help define our property SALES values (not tax rates because it is all relative to neighbors’ houses) and provide for our future security etc?

I like bad ideas just like the next guy, so when someone said “taxes” and used buzzwords like “downsizing” and “consolidation”, my brainwashing kicked in, and my knee jerked so hard my foot chipped a tooth on the way into my mouth and all calm reasoning, facts and issues went out the window.

But nevermind reality- it’s never stopped me before!

I avoid all these consequences and socialize them to everyone else AND I get $38?   Close, I mean “repurpose” that school!!

📷 Photo of the Week : 2014-04

"Orange Wash" taken December 7, 2013 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5

“Orange Wash” taken December 7, 2013 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5

Click on the picture for the full size image.

another incredible night. i love when i can actually capture the opposite colors (orange/purple here). the figure you see is another photographer setup with tripod. i wonder how his shots came out!

School facilities meeting postponed

Tonight’s meeting discussed in today’s post: “Should We Lose Our School to Save Only 1%?” has been postponed due to the snowstorm.

From Long Beach Public Schools:

Facilities Utilization Forum is canceled for tonight- Tuesday, January 21st – LBMS Auditorium – 7:00 PM and rescheduled for Tuesday, January 28th at 7:30 PM
The Facilities Utilization Forum has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 28th in place of the scheduled Board of Education Work Session