Village Gardeners Decorate for Holidays 2013

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This past week The Village Gardeners decorated Point Lookout for the 2013 holiday season.

Dana Conklin from The Village Gardeners decorates planters on Lido Blvd for the holiday season.

Dana Conklin of The Village Gardeners decorates planters on Lido Blvd for the holiday season.

They’ve got Santa in the Plaza to greet you as you enter town, plus so many planters down Lido Blvd.

Just wanted to acknowledge that Village Gardeners do a beautiful job- Thank you!

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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!

Rant on Brants

Brant Geese... where the heck did they come form?

Brant Geese… where the heck did they come from?

Maybe it’s just me not noticing them in years past, but this year we seem to have a huge flock of what someone told me are Brant geese in the area.

Brant geese between on and off ramp traffic at the Loop Parkway entrance

Brant geese between on and off ramp traffic at the Loop Parkway entrance

They’re different from the Canadian geese I’m so used to seeing. They have a shorter, fatter neck. They’re stockier, yet smaller than the Canada version.

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Brant geese at the Loop Parkway entrance walked right in front of my car

Brant geese at the Loop Parkway entrance walked right in front of my car

The reason I’ve noticed them is I cannot believe the numbers of them getting hit by cars on Lido Blvd outside town, and on the Loop Pkwy. It’s more than just a few that I’ve seen these past few weeks, at least 10, probably more.

There were 2 more dead just on the Loop Parkway yesterday.  This is just a slaughter. 

Ive seen a large number grazing the plazas on Park Ave in the east end of Long Beach… where theres been some hit as well.

I was wondering if they’re displaced by or disoriented from Sandy somehow.

They do seem to have taken over the west side of the Loop Parkway from the drawbridge on, where the regular Canada geese used to be and especially at the Loop Parkway entrance.
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They just seem oblivious to danger from cars and seem to congregate close to the road (though they flew off when I got out and tried to get these pictures). I couldn’t get close enough to get the pictures I wanted without being near or in traffic on Lido Blvd, which is exactly the problem!

Brant geese at Nickerson Beach

Brant geese at Nickerson Beach

Like the Canadian geese crossing the road in a line, I’ve seen them doing this solo and in small numbers.
Anyone know about them?
Are they displaced or have I just not noticed them before?

Maybe we can keep an eye out to avoid hitting them on the road if they’re just further Sandy victims, just passing through?