A Day in the Life of the Carmans River

“It was a great day on the Carmans River! I was happy to join Mr. Suarez and his Longwood  AP science students, the DEC, and Audrey and Bob Kessler at upper or Willow Lake in Yaphank,” stated Councilwoman Connie Kepert.

The day called,  “A Day in the Life of the Carmans River,” is dedicated to celebrating and learning more about this great River.  The students were actively involved in taking samples to measure the health of the river.  Other students from Patchogue-Medford, and William Floyd High Schools were conducting the same type of sampling from the mouth of the River to its terminus at the Great South Bay.

The event is coordinated by the Central Pine Barrens Commission, Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Portal to Discovery, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge. Many environmental groups, such as Trout Unlimited, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Post Morrow Foundation, the Brook trout Coalition, and Yaphank Civic Associations, will be teamed with school classes along the Carmans River to create a day-in-the-life picture of the river from the headwaters of Middle Island to the mouth of Bellport Bay.

Five school districts and countless students will be involved at 12 sites from the headwaters to the mouth of the river. Each site gathers data on the Carmans and shares their results, gaining a better understanding of this historic and vital estuary and river system. Data, Lesson Plans, Resources and resource materials are provided here for your use in joining us on a virtual exploration of the river... and plan to join us on this September 27th, 2013 for your own dip in the Carmans River!

Editorial: A Long Island minor party

wags the dog

Originally published: September 4, 2013 4:15 PM
Updated: September 4, 2013 7:04 PM

Lori Baldassare, a Democrat, wanted to run for Brookhaven town clerk, and wanted to do so on her own party's line. She announced her candidacy, she campaigned for the spot, and she may well have persuaded voters to grant her their support.

But thanks to the festering malignancy that is cross-endorsement, her name won't be presented as an option on the ballot.

See if you can follow this: Baldassare's opponent in the town clerk race was to be Republican Donna Lent. Lent was the favored candidate of Suffolk and state Independence Party chairman Frank MacKay. MacKay didn't want Lent facing any kind of significant challenge for the job, so he called Suffolk Democratic Party chairman Richard Schaffer and told him Baldassare needed to drop out of the clerk race. And what was MacKay's leverage? If Baldassare stayed in the clerk race, he threatened to pull the Independence Party ballot line from six Democrats who might well need votes from that third party line. The Democrats control the legislature by 13 seats to five, so if the party were to lose four or more of those six seats, it could lose majority power.

Pressured by Schaffer and Democratic Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone, Baldassare, a $95,000-a-year county public works aide, dropped her candidacy in mid-July. She is now running for Brookhaven Town highway superintendent, an office deserving of its own chapter in the epic saga of Brookhaven and Suffolk multiparty political manipulation.

Brookhaven voters shouldn't have their candidate choices controlled by the manipulation of county legislative races. Democratic voters shouldn't have their party's offerings controlled by another party's leader.

And no voter should be fooled into believing that the stamp of approval of the Independence Party actually has something to do with independence from partisan tomfoolery, when it actually does so much to fuel problematic political tactics.

As long as cross-endorsing is legal and we have these faux parties, devoid of ideology and existing only to manipulate power, the voters will continue to be the losers in election after election.

Editor’s Comment:  What was not reported is that the Independence Party chair first made a deal with the Brookhaven Town Republican party to give every republican candidate the independence party nod, if the Republican party nominated Donna Lent.  Someone who certainly does not share their values.


Community News

More community news...  Councilwoman Kepert Celebrates Opening of Longwood Public Library’s Temporary Location   September 16, 2013

Farmingville, NY – On Monday, September 9, 2013, Councilwoman Kepert joined Suzanne Johnson, Director of the Longwood Public Library, and Ira Siegel, President of the Birchwood at Spring Lake Civic Association, in celebrating the grand opening of the library’s temporary location at 1241 Middle Country Road, Middle Island (King-Kullen Shopping Center). The library has moved during planned renovations and expansion of the existing building located east of CR 21 on Middle Country Road in Middle Island, which will be closed for approximately 11 months during the construction phase.

“The Longwood Library is an active community hub and I’m sure it will continue to be so during the construction of an even better community facility,” stated Councilwoman Kepert.

“We are open for business!,” said Suzanne Johnson.

Dedication of Bellport Hagerman East Patchogue Alliance Building as the

Helen Martin Building

Helen became the Director of the Bellport Senior Nutrition Program in 1975 and, in 1992, was a founding member of the INN Friendship, a soup kitchen that serves meals every Tuesday night at St. Joseph the Worker R.C. Church in East Patchogue. Helen became the first Executive Director of the Bellport Hagerman East Patchogue Alliance (BHEP) in 1983. BHEP is a not-for profit organization that serves the community by working to provide housing assistance, job counseling, and support services to homeless or at-risk of homelessness families in the Bellport/East Patchogue area. BHEP provides services for first time homeowners, food and nutrition programs, senior programs, utilities assistance, and housing rehabilitation programs. A strong and dedicated Director, Helen, a single mother, also raised six children on her own while working for the Alliance. In December of 2011, Helen officially retired fro the BHEP Alliance, but continues to be a viable force for change in her community.

“Helen Martin, is the type of selfless leader that we want young people to emulate,” stated Councilwoman Connie Kepert. “Helen Martin loves her community and knows its issues, and has worked tirelessly to identify and dedicate resources to resolve those issues.  The BHEP building is now dedicated in her honor a fitting tribute to a great leader,” stated Councilwoman Kepert. 

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