Drinking Water Status and Sustainability Presentation


The Beach to Bay Central Council of Civics bring a presentation on problems the Long Beach Barrier Island’s drinking water currently faces. 

Thursday, June 23,2016 7:30pm

Long Beach Public Library Auditorium (2nd Floor)

Almost 4 years ago, when we published our post “Long Beach Drinking Water Meeting“(https://makingmypoint.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/long-beach-drinking-water-meeting/) this issue was being noticed. 

At the time,  Assemblyman Weisenberg said this was “the most serious problem in the city’s history.” Two weeks later,  disaster in the form of Sandy struck, and there were more immediate items that we needed to attend to.  

Can you imagine, our only source of nearly-free drinking water is neither protected nor managed to assure it remains clean, safe, and available- even into the near future?  

Please attend to find out more. 

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Rally Against the LNG Port Saturday 1/3/15 In Long Beach

 

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Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Port: the project no one wants didn’t go away. it’s back on the docket.

 

Title: “Stand Together Defend Our Shore from LNG!”

Groups: Sane Energy Project, No LNG Coalition + others

Date: Saturday January 3, 2015 10AM

Where: Long Beach Public Library

AD: 111 Park Ave. Long Beach, NY 11561

https://www.facebook.com/events/781677688565860/

 

This event on 1/3/15 is to enable people to take action, draw wider attention to the issue, help people to share the information, garner more attendees to the hearing.
The ONLY New York hearing is Wednesday, January 7, in Jamaica, NY- an hour away from front-line towns of Long Beach, Lido Beach, Point Lookout and Atlantic Beach
The 30-day notice of public hearing and public comment period fell during the holidays, obscuring public awareness and scrutiny.  We will draw attention to the issue, help people share the information, and facilitate residents to act, comment, organize and then attend the sole hearing on 1/7/15.

Speakers Include Assemblyman-elect, Todd Kaminsky, Members of Surfrider Foundation, Sierra Club, Long Beach City Council, and more.”

 

 

9/26/14 COMPASSION FATIGUE: SANDY RECOVERY WORKSHOP

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Friday, September 26th from 2 to 4 p.m.

Long Beach Public Library

111 W Park Ave, Long Beach, NY 11561

 

Sponsored by:

Long Beach Community Organizations Active in Disasters (LBCOAD)

http://www.lbcoad.org

lbcoad@lbcoad.org

 

As we approach the 2nd anniversary of Super Storm Sandy sweeping across our shores, our community continues to be remarkable in its Resiliency and Strength. Our continued recovery and care for family, friends and City, is accompanied by the impact of both our emotional and personal investments.

The more we care and the more we help, the more we are open to feeling emotionally fatigued and burned out, two prominent aspects of Compassion Fatigue.

Compassion fatigue need not be limited to professional helpers. Any of us who are empathetic to the traumas and pain of others can experience symptoms of Compassion Fatigue.

The good news is that we can pack our own “Self-care Go Bag” and develop strategies for minimizing the impact of Compassion Fatigue. We can continue our work helping our neighbors and our City both in our present Recovery and in future events.

 

If you have a disability and require accommodation/s to fully participate in this activity please contact Liz Treston for information 516-304-6452.

 

 

Presenter: Dr. Kimberly Johnson

 

Dr. Johnson recently completed certification as a Compassion Fatigue Therapist and Educator, joined the Green Cross Academy of Traumalogy,  Dr. Johnson is a member of the Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps and is on the Board of the Long Beach Community Organizations Active in Disasters.

 

 

February 2014 notice of upcoming community events

Upcoming events you may want to know about….

Saturday February 8, 2014

Morning Sun Bake Sale. Saturday February 8, 2014.   9am-1PM.  Raffles, Goodies and more.  at the Point Lookout Community Church

Morning Sun Bake Sale. Saturday February 8, 2014. 9am-1PM. Raffles, Goodies and more. at the Point Lookout Community Church

 

 

Saturday February 8, 2014

Solutions to Climate Change discussion. Saturday February 8, 2014 1PM-4PM at Long Beach Public Library

Solutions to Climate Change discussion. Saturday February 8, 2014 1PM-4PM at Long Beach Public Library. Speakers from Empower Solar, Sierra Club and more.

 

Tuesday February 11, 2014

Lido- Point Lookout Fire District 2nd Public outreach meeting on facility upgrades.  Tuesday February 11, 2014 7:30PM

Lido and Point Lookout Fire District 2nd Public outreach meeting on facility upgrades. Tuesday February 11, 2014 7:30PM

 

 

NOW February 26, 2014

 

Point Lookout, NY 11569.  not really sure about a public input meeting a few days before the final report is due..

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 – 7:00pm
Community:Lido Beach and Point Lookout
Location:Bishop Molloy Recreation Center
15 Parkside Ave Point Lookout, NY 11569. 

NY Rising – Lido/Point Lookout Public Engagement Meeting new date published as of now…

the third published date of this meeting-last was Thursday February 13, 2014- has been changed again.

a public engagement meeting delayed 2 months to a few days before the final report is due?

check back on this one, its a slippery devil.

Point Lookout Civic Meeting, December 2012

Residents get some answers to Post-Sandy questions from members of the Civic Board.

Residents get some answers to Post-Sandy questions from members of the Civic Board.

Announcements

Civic has a snazzy new website www.PointLookoutCivic.Org  (can you guys get a redirect to send those from the old website that’s still hanging out there to this one???)
  
Residents are asked to volunteer to help Clean up at the ballfield
Saturday, December 15 at 9 AM please bring gloves, rakes, and your neighbors
 
Point Lookout library branch – Wednesday, December 19 @ 8 PM Long Beach high school
Long Beach library system 2nd meeting to discuss future of our library branch
 
 

The Meeting

A very well attended meeting with over 120 people attending. Our first chance to see the newly repaired Rec hall.
 
Pres. Sheila Meyer spoke briefly, explained Civic has been meeting to discuss the post Sandy effects. Kate Murray came down earlier in the day to call for the Long Beach barrier island and storm damage  protection plan project be revisited.
 
Discussed Long Beach library and possible closing of point Lookout library branch. Paul Gomez has stepped up and fixed the flood damage but the library wants to “approve” the repairs.
 
Treas. Chuck Hansen spoke about making donations to various Sandy relief organizations.
Frank (Beanie) Houlihan left the civic $20,000. The board is proposing donating half to Sandy relief projects.
 
The only named one so far will be Long Beach Christmas Angel Incorporated , to give them a $2000 donation. The other $8000 would go to various causes in Point Lookout- none more than $2000.
Please email your ideas of what worthy group (not individual) in town “with a broad effect on the town”, would best need the help.
Names loosely thrown around were the Fire Dept, Morning Sun Nursery School, The Litttle League…
Please email who you would like to nominate to civic email address: pointupdates@gmail.com
 
There was brief chatter about what businesses are and are not able to operate in town. Some bay front favorites plan to be back in March or April.  Others on Lido Blvd are on, or getting on their feet.  
Dozens from the well attended meeting stayed after to catch up with neighbors, news and storm stories.

Dozens from the well attended meeting stayed after to catch up with neighbors, news and storm stories.

Environmental chair Gerald Ottavino spoke about the reactivation of the Long Beach Island storm damage project (see our previous post “Town Officals Visit Point Lookout to Talk Beach Protection”.)
Basically we’re waiting for Long Beach to reenergize their end of the story- if they want to mitigate ocean damage or not. So far they have begun the process by “revisiting” the project. When Long Beach decides that they’re on board the Army Corps of Engineers is ready to go.
 
He reminded us that this project effectively has us first in line to be helped by the Army Corps of Engineers. If Long Beach delays, we can quickly go to the end of the line while the Army Corps take care of New Jersey, Staten Island and the Rockaways.
 
Additionally the vast majority of politicians from the town, to the county, to the state, to federal representatives are mostly on board and ready to have the project move forward.
 
There was talk about the town building department and their mandated inspections for houses in the affected area.
Just repeating what we heard basically were told the bottom line if your house is damaged have it inspected by someone you trust -a licensed architect or engineer.
 
You may also want to have your house without damage looked over by a Licensed architect or engineer. You can then get from the town an “affidavit of no damage” which may help sell your house in the future.
 
Sheila Meyer closed the night saying “after the storm the firemen in this town were unbelievable”, to which the whole room erupted in loud applause.      
 

Nickerson Beach Garbage Mound and Other Tall Tales

Nickerson Beach Parking lot, Now a waste-transfer station

Nickerson Beach Parking lot, Now a waste-transfer station

The burning question: Point Lookout, Lido Beach, Long Beach- Rumor Busted!

holy…you know what.
Rumor has it someone was talking to an experienced disaster relief person from out of state.
When discussing the mounting garbage pile forming at Nickerson Beach, they said something like: “yeah, they did that in New Orleans with Katrina and then they burned it all in place. It burned for weeks. Of course, in New Orleans the nearby inhabitants couldn’t live near the places they were putting the trash.”

I spoke to officials from the Fire Dept: this is absolutely untrue and they would fight it if it were to be.

Nickerson Beach Parking lot, Now a waste-transfer station

The county’s temporary garbage storage at Nickerson Beach. Taken on 11/20/12 shows the pile several feet higher than the garbage truck. 15 feet, I’d guess.

you just cannot get the scope of it from these pictures but it is about as deep as it is wide, covering almost that entire lot.

Nickerson Beach.  Taken on 11/28/12 shows the pile grown dramatically from last week. well over 20 ft.

Nickerson Beach. Taken on 11/28/12 shows the pile grown dramatically from last week. well over 20 ft.

It’s bad enough :
our drinking water is teetering on the edge,
The bay is being flooded daily with untreated sewage from Bay Park in East Rockaway, worse than the “normal” amount of sewage Nassau County has been illegally dumping into the bay.
Source: Newsday- Sewage issue needs repair

Last Tuesday the north easterly wind had everyone in town’s saying : “what’s that smell” again.

Fire officials went out and checked-it’s not methane, it’s probably seaweed rotting again in the cove and elsewhere-wherever it washed up to.
That problem is being fixed… The town may be dredging and pumping sand back in as we speak in the cove area. Beach side, it looks like they’ve piled up sand in an attempt to temporarily replicate the missing dunes.

TOH fill in of dune break at Civic Beach

Fill in of a dune break at Civic Beach

From the Civic Association this week:

re: our dunes, we reiterate that it is vital people stay off of them!!
The dunes protected our town from the ocean, in part saving us from the degree of damage experienced in Long Beach. While the dunes served us well during the storm, they are fragile. Walking, playing, etc. on the dunes can easily break the roots of the plants on the dunes. Once these roots are broken and the plants die, the strength of the dune is wiped out. Dead plants equal worthless dunes.
There have been numerous, unsettling reports of people walking on the newly exposed dunes, walking dogs on them and even kids boogie boarding down them!?! How quickly some forget their importance, and the fact that until recently there were fences protecting them and signs stating to stay off them.

8-10 ft tall temporary dune has been built up along Point Lookout, NY Civic Beach to guard against winter storms

8-10 ft tall temporary dune has been built up along Point Lookout, NY Civic Beach to guard against winter storms

Looks like a big delivery arrived for the gas station…

are you getting used to going elsewhere for gas? I’m, NOT!

Point lookout NY Gas Station under repair

Visible progress being made getting the gas station cleaned up, refurbished and running.

No More Library in Point Lookout?

PLCA sent this email:

The Long Beach Library will hold a special meeting in the High School Library on Wed. Nov. 28, 2012 at 7:30pm to discuss “the future of the Point Lookout Branch”. As you are likely aware our branch remains closed.
We urge attendance by local residents to show that the branch is important to us and we care about its future.

that’s Tonight everyone!!!