September 2006 News Letter
P.O. Box 623, Miller Place, NY 11764
A Message From the President
It’s been a slow summer for our involvement with local issues but rest assured that we are keeping current on all land use development proposals and pending applications. The DeLea developers are working on a final plan based on input from their Environmental Impact study. Jim Moran is committed to ensuring that open space is allocated to the MPSD. Appleby’s is finally well on its way to completion and although some residents have complained about “another” new building, most I’ve spoken to are looking forward to an additional choice in local dining for their families. The landscaping already done in that shopping center has matured nicely from last year and plans for this phase are just as lovely. Time to clean our own properties is almost here-be sure to check the Brookhaven schedule for leaf & brush pick-up and rules. Kathy Rousseau
September 2006 IT’S TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Acquisition and Protection of Properties
Although we haven’t seen a benefit to our hamlet as a result of the bond issues that were passed several years ago in Brookhaven Township and Suffolk county, acquisitions are published as they occur. Some recent county ones: Pinelli property-a 20 acre parcel located within the Overton Preserve area, north of Mill Road, where the county has other park holdings of 150 acres; Catholic Near East property-small(0.1acre) located on the west side of the Forge River north of Montauk highway and south of Sunrise highway in Moriches; South Country School property-six separate parcels totaling 16.5 acres, which sit at the headwaters of Mud Creek in East Patchogue; East Hampton- over seven acres of environmentally sensitive land adjacent to Montauk Downs State Park.
We’ve been reporting to you that nothing has been happening regarding a potential merger. Unfortunately an article recently ran in one of our local papers that has caused confusion because of inaccurate information written. We are still waiting for the State Assembly to pass the legislation recently passed by the State Senate which will allow us to firm up the facts and hold a vote to create the Special Library District, if approved by the residents of Miller Place and Comsewogue (and perhaps Mount Sinai). Miller Place never intended to seek our own library, as much as many of us would love to see that become a reality at some point in the future. It was clear from the onset of investigating the possibilities that the only fiscally responsible approach would be to seek a merger with the existing system in Comsewogue and/or Port Jefferson. Port Jefferson Free Library decided not to pursue the establishment of this special district encompassing all four districts, but Comsewogue welcomed the possibility. Even if we did chose to pursue our own library, a merger with an existing library would have been the initial step. For new residents– this is not a new idea. There has been a committee in place for six years and information can be found on our web site millerplacecivic.org.
15TH ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL
Suffolk County Parks, in conjunction with the St. James Chamber of Commerce will host the 15th Annual Fall Festival, on Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, at Deepwells Farm County Park in St. James.
Highlights of this year’s festival include: craft vendors, face painting, a magic show, hay and pony rides, pumpkin decorating, live entertainment, old-fashioned children’s games, storytellers, a live petting farm from Cornell Cooperative Extension, festival food and the always popular hay bale fun jump! You can also purchase a wide variety of foods and merchandise from the St. James General Store.
Deepwells, a Greek Revival style estate built by Joel L. Smith is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dedicated to the Suffolk County Historic Trust. Among the notable residents was William Gaynor, Mayor of NY City from 1910 until his death in 1913. Tours of Deepwells Farm will be available throughout the day. Admission to the festival is $5.00 for adults, $1.00 for seniors and children under 12. Parking is free and available in the field opposite the St. James General Store. Deepwells Farm is located at the intersection of Moriches Road and Route 25A in St. James. For further information, call (631) 854-0903.
. Garden Club Organizational Meeting
The Heritage Trust is sponsoring an organizational meeting to determine the interest in a local garden club for gardeners of the Port Jefferson Station to Rocky Point area. Sharing plants, information and the jobs on community projects are common ingredients to garden clubs. If you care to help initiate an area garden club the meeting is on Tuesday, October 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Comsewogue Library. Call Fred Drewes 473-6776 for information.
A garden club with affiliations with local civic organizations, scout troops, Master Gardeners of the County Extension and other groups could help focus on the joys of gardening, of plants and the many different beatification efforts performed by volunteers. Many people are interested in these things and a local gardening club might help do all this in a more organized fashion. People of all ages enjoy looking at plants in gardens and learning about gardening and plants. The area of Port Jefferson Station to Rocky Point does not have a garden club but has many people interested in gardening.