📷 Photo of the Week : 2014-13

"Tiny Flock" taken 2/10/14 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5

“Tiny Flock” taken 2/10/14 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5

These plovers had started accepting me as part of the environment after so many sunsets together and were not upset I was only about 8 feet away. I like that they’re so tiny it looks like it was taken much further away.

Another one where I think it kind of looks fake: the colors, the glow, and the mistaken distance due to the actual size of the birds- plus they look like a bad photoshop job put them in the picture makes me laugh. I like when these shots get away from reality like that.


We Need a Hospital, Barrier Island Residents Declare

we need a full service hospital, not a "Triage only" glorified doctors office.

we need a full service hospital, not a “Triage only” glorified doctors office.


Please note : The original story published has been changed to reflect a discrepancy in the quote from Jill Backlin, President of North East Bay and Canal Civics, to say that in relation to elected State officials she is  “appalled by the lack of advocacy on behalf of our city.”  Not “from our City”.



On Monday, March 24, 2014 well over 300 residents attended the forum on the fate of Long Beach hospital.

Lindell Blvd School auditorium rang with the words of speakers who called on the community, politicians and agencies to come together to bring the hospital back to Long Beach.

Currently there are plans on the table to subsidize bringing in a company, with a minimum of $6 million and up to $100 million possibly available or more.

Meanwhile it was revealed the property is on the market for a developer to purchase and possibly demolish and eliminate the hospital.

Long Beach real estate speaker Tom Tripodi confirmed it is on the market to developers, which he hopes doesn’t happen.

A “Huge blow to the Economy”

Barbara DuBow Bernardino, of Beach to Bay Central Council spoke. She said it is estimated that nearly 4500 direct and indirect jobs from the hospital are gone, the area now short of that financial economy.

Kerry Gustavson of Westholme Civic Association said “This was a tremendous blow to our economy. LBMC was a major employer in this town.” She explained the four nursing homes in town employ up to 250 people each. Without a local hospital, they have no one to work with.
“What happens when 4 nursing homes can no longer pay their bills?
We need to support a brand new, well run, community hospital for our businesses and the people.”

It was also explained that without a hospital, doctors offices in Long Beach are closing because the doctors don’t have a hospital to work out of.

The ripple effect of this is that those offices go empty, the employees – many of whom live, own, rent, shop and eat in the area are let go, and all money that they spent is gone from our economy.

First Responders Alarmed

Chas Thompson, Fire Commissioner from Lido Point Lookout Fire District spoke about how a five minute trip and half hour return from the hospital has now become 20 to 40 minutes to the hospital and two to three-hour return. When a second call comes in during that time, it has to be handled from a different company further delaying response.

“Point Lookout responded to 108 calls in Long Beach.” He explained that if Long Beach is unavailable, and you have to call Point Lookout it takes 5-8 minutes for members to get to the firehouse and get dressed, plus 5-8 minutes to Long Beach, “it can be close to an hour before reaching the hospital now” in those circumstances.

Island Park Fire Chief Ed Madden explained what it has been like. “Long Beach called today in mutual aid”. He explained that at the same time they had a gas emergency, and then an auto accident came in that an ambulance “eventually got to”. He also explained the pressures this is all putting on the members saying many “work in the private sector. Companies are very unforgiving when you’re 3 hours late” these days, because you responded to a call. Previously you may not have been late at all.

Jill Backlin, President of North East Bay and Canal Civics spoke about elected State officials:  “I am appalled by the lack of advocacy on behalf of our city and lack of support for the safety of our residents.”

Jackie Odom from Concerned Neighbors of North Park said “New York State Department of Health, without notice, shut down LB hospital. We need a free standing emergency room and full scale hospital.”

State the problem

Cliff Skudin said this “clearly comes from the state level.  Hopefully we can gain the momentum to get this done”.

Phyllis Libutti Co-Coordinator of Beach To Bay Central Council, said of the person who closed LBMC: “Dr. Shah from the NY State Health Department serves at the pleasure of the governor. The financial difficulties cited as the reason for closing the hospital requires a new administration, not closure of the hospital.

The real reason you are depriving our community of this asset is unclear,” she said.

(Editors note -I think this is the crux of the situation right there!)

“What you do from here will determine whether we have a hospital”, said Gerry Myerson of Lido Dunes Civic Association.
“There was a hospital before and there has to be a hospital again.”


What you can do:

Sign the petition by clicking here

Call Governor Cuomo (518)474-8390
Call Senator Skelos (518)455-3171
Call Assemblyman Weisenberg (518)455-3028
Get the name of who you spoke to so the call is logged properly!

Alert your friends and family to do so by sharing this information.

The Mailing from Senator Skelos asking what you think.  PLEASE- let him know

The Mailing from Senator Skelos asking what you think. PLEASE- let him know we need a full hospital.

Fill out and sign Sen. Dean Skelos’ questionnaire that was mailed to every household/voter in the district. Make sure you put on there that we want a full service hospital in addition to the walk-in emergency doctors office he has secured $21.6 million for. If you do not have it, print the picture of it here out, fill it out and mail it to this address:
Senator Dean Skelos
55 Front St
Rockville Centre NY. 11570


Event: Long Beach Hospital Forum

A Reminder that Monday 3/24/14 at 7PM, there will be a public forum held by Beach To Bay Central Council of Civic Associations at Lindell Blvd School Long Beach.

the flyer for the Beach to Bay Central Council forum

the flyer for the Beach to Bay Central Council forum

They are urging everyone to come and share their concerns and ideas.

📷 Photo of the Week : 2014-11

 "red overhead" taken 11/25/13 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5

“red overhead” taken 11/25/13 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5

For my 200th post, Im glad to share this one from such a spectacular night.

This entire scene is now about 6 feet under the newly replenished sand and about 100 feet from the new shoreline!

Nassau County Urged to Restore Water Test Funds

Or: what you don’t know can’t end up on your tax bill… until the next generation has to figure out what they’re going to drink.

From Water for Long Island:

(Oyster Bay, NY) – A group of organizations and concerned citizens known as Water for Long Island gathered at Friends of the Bay to publicly call for Nassau County to finally reinstate funding for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) monitoring of the County’s water resources.

In 2010, the County terminated its contractual partnership with the USGS and a continuous historical record of 60 years or more, for some sites, was broken.

In September 2013, the County announced it would partner with local water suppliers for a one-year restoration of funding for 2014. The USGS has yet to receive the funds.

“Without the scientific data provided by the US Geological Survey, there is no way to make the necessary decisions and take the necessary actions for protecting the very precious, vital, vulnerable water we rely on. Renewal of the Nassau County-USGS partnership is a no-brainer. It is essential if we are to assure adequate water quality and quantity in the years ahead,” said Paula Blum on behalf of Nancy Rosenthal and Jane Thomas, Co-Presidents of the League of Women Voters of Nassau County.

“Nassau County is jeopardizing its ability to protect our groundwater with ongoing scientific and comprehensive data collection by not partnering with the USGS,” said Rea Schnittman, concerned citizen.

“Looking at what people are willing to pay for gives us a good idea of what they value. Using this indicator, it would appear that Nassau County can’t think very highly of the need to monitor its water resources. For the second time in a decade, Nassau County terminated its partnership with the USGS allowing a hole in the annual groundwater data collected for the county to grow larger and larger. Now, time is running out to get the USGS in the field for 2014 in order to collect some of the important water data that is obtained only once a year. Since high quality information and good science are essential for good policy, action is needed now to fix this critical problem,” said Sarah Meyland, Director, Center for Water Resources Management at NYIT.

“The USGS monitoring helps provide a picture of how Long Island’s dynamic aquifer system is functioning,” said Bill Stegemann, Conservation Chair of Sierra Club’s LI Group. “That information forms the foundation for protecting the groundwater supply. Nassau County needs to follow through with funding.”

Gerald A. Ottavino, Co-chair of Point Lookout Civic Association’s Environmental Committee was adamant saying, “Nassau County’s ‘No Data – No Problem’ approach to water management is imprudent. Further delays and excuses are totally unacceptable, and must end now. The partnership between Nassau and the U.S. Geological Survey must be renewed at once so the status of our groundwater and aquifer system may be assessed scientifically and publicly reported.”

Sandra D’Arcangelo of the Coalition of Nassau Civic Associations (CONCA) cautioned, “The Water Wars could start soon. New York City is redeveloping their groundwater wells in Queens without much public discussion or environmental impact studies. Without a renewed partnership with the US Geological Survey to monitor its groundwater and assess the state of its aquifer system, Nassau will not have the scientific data necessary to protect its already dwindling water supply.”

Nassau’s 1.3 million residents are totally dependent upon groundwater for their drinking water. The absence of monthly and yearly water information collection will affect the accuracy of water modeling, and other types of evaluations such as annual water table maps, stream flow and discharge volumes, recharge, water quality and many other parameters that are critical to evaluate the status of the water resources of the region and to help plan for the future.

The annual funding cycle for the USGS began October 1, 2013. Funding should have been in place so that the USGS could resume its full-scale operations, essential for our understanding of local and regional water conditions.

Water for Long Island urges Nassau County and its partners to reestablish the annual comprehensive water monitoring program with the USGS.  An appropriation of approximately $150,000 will reinstate this essential program. The County and its water industry partners – the Long Island Water Conference and Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners Association – should finalize the contracts with the USGS immediately so monitoring, testing and assessment may recommence at once.

About Water for Long Island:
Water for Long Island is a grassroots organization dedicated to working with water suppliers, government, community, environmental groups, academic institutions, and individuals to advance effective groundwater and water supply management on Long Island. Groups and individuals involved include the following: Center for Water Resources Management at NYIT; Conservation Board of the Village of Lloyd Harbor; Friends of the Bay; Coalition of Nassau Civic Associations; East Norwich Civic Association; League of Women Voters (Nassau County, East Nassau, Suffolk County, Huntington); LI Drinking Water Coalition; North Country Garden Club; North Shore Land  Alliance; Point Lookout Civic Assoc.; South Shore Audubon; The Sierra Club, LI Group; and Laurie Farber, Barbara Sullivan Parry, and Rea Schnittman as individuals.