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The East Hampton Star. (East Hampton, N.Y.) 1885-current, September 14, 1961, Image 9

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Editorial THE*sg^sx\R Page CONSOLIDATION AGAIN Consoirdation of Long Island school districts is in the wind again. James E. Allen, Jr., the State Education Commissioner, whooped on by a West End tabloid, has urged completion of “the master plan for school district reorganization.” The notion that merging districts, towns, o r anything else in sight into what Mr. Allen called “efficient and economical admin­ istrative units” is a common one, not restricted to Albany. In Riverhead, it underlies a good deal of County Executive H. Lee Dennison’s thinking. This is not creeping Socialism, but good old-fashioned empire building. It is an insult to local administrators, school and political; it is an insult to their boards; and finally it is an insult to the tax­ payers. Such sweeping changes in the administration o f schools or political subdivisions must come from the bottom, in response to the wishes o f the public, not from the few at the top. PLENTY OF ROOM Some members of the New York City Planning Commission, apparently affected by the heat, spent part of August computing just how many people could be jammed on Coney Island’s two-and- one-half miles of beach. After allowing for trash baskets, lifeguard stands, and other impediments, they decided that 217,796 people would fit on the beach at high tide. Their figure was based on an average beach width of 257 feet. Firing up our computer, we estimated that East Hampton Town had 17'/' miles of usable ocean beach, just seven times as much as Coney Island. Our beach is probably wider; to allow a little more elbow room, we can use their width of 257 feet. This gives us an ocean beach capacity of 1,524,202 people for' East Hampton Town. The bay beaches, though narrower, would give us room for probably as many again, for a total capacity of 3,048,404 people. At three people to an automobile, we would need parking room for just over a million cars. Our computer, winding up on a cheer­ ful note, has informed us that East Hampton Town’s 45,000 acres will comfortably accommodate 15,075,000 cars. Cutting that figure in half, to allow for thfe land already occupied by the bathers and to leave room for gasoline stations, police stations, and comfort stations, we still would have room for more than 7,500,000 cars. A million o f these would belong to the bathers; the other 6,500,000 would hold 19,500,000 sightseers. Who said the metropolitan area was running out o f space? Before . . . And After \ Looking Them Over Twenty-five Years Ago 1S3B Letters To The Editor LINK W ITH INDIA East Hampton, September 5, Editor, Star Dear Everett: So often at gatherings, the conver­ sation turns to ways of fighting the people don’t DO anything about it. Mr. Henry Mayers, Box 3196, Los Angeles 28, Cal., has done something. He initiated a plan for us to send our read them. I joined this plan, and am now corresponding with an In­ dian, I quote from his letter: that I do not find words to express the gratitude of mine. “I will go through every page sent by you and hope that it will 'W H A T 'S THE USE?' September 1, 1961 Dear Mrs. Rattray: I enjoy the “Star” so much—and read it from cover to cover—especi­ ally the Sea Spray ads, but may I say to Mr. Bay ley: \What’s the use of a country ifi you don't have any people alive in p from all angles. en's Republican Club of East Hamp- The racing season of the Three Mile Harbor snipe.sailing fleet ended last Sunday' with a series of three races to pick the winner of the pen­ nant series. The results of the races, gave first place to Fred Barnes’ Driftwood with Edward Fitzgerald’s Tice second: Bill folium's Black Hawk third; Victor Amann's Hi- Yella fourth, and Edward Osborne’s Blue Shadow last. Donald Halsey sailing the Emmy, won the special Acting Secretary of War Malin J. Craig informed Governor Lehman on Tuesday that he had ordered the I Army Air Corps to cease bombing . practice over Old Fort Tyler off - Gardiner's Island. W h a t's N ew l'n New York which • the National Park Servict she had been showing too terest in visitors to Yellow: tional Park, and it was fe her familiarity might res _ mng well and Zoo by are very interesting to watch as they because swjm ancj p]ay together, jne Na- The Aquarium recently received ed that some queer-shaped and brightly might result in a colored tropical fish and two unusu- So now she is shar- al typcs of marine, plants. Dr. Ray another grizzly fe- he!P.ed coUect some of them duri\8 ■ - nino-Hav ctr\y m Bermuda. The Fifty Years A g o ................... 1911 Pike's P eek at Capitol ——— — - By Congressman Otis Pik« —— ^ Bulletin and she looks vory harmless and friendly. One of the recent babies bom in May is a pigmy hippopotamus. In thriving. The most attractive of the newcomers is a baby Lkma which has white forelegs and has been named \Socks.” This will be spared for the Children’s Zoo. Perhaps the most unusual babies are the three baby walruses and the smallest seal in the Aquarium at Coney Island. I have written about ‘Ookie” who is still thriving. Carle- i Ray, assistant to the director of • Aquarium, tells about the cap- -ing and their return trip by ines from the Arctic to New York. Che matter of feeding young wal- Last February one of the rarest J cranes' in the world, the so-called , sacred crane of Japan, and a ps white-necked cranes were.pres< to the Bronx Zoo as a gift, from the ' Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. It was the first ^ animal exchange under the New York-Tokyo Sister City Affiliation (|jseaso ( Program worked out last year on the at once’ j suggestion of Japanese officials. ease ma, A number of Japanese visiting properties New York under an exchange plan Alongside the editorial have come to the Zoo to see the ture of an old Main Stre cranes froin Japan. In July the the caption: “Is This A Bronx Zoo made a return shipment Doomed?\ to the Ueno Zoo. It included two your editor had no idc Cape hunting dogs, wood ducks, jng that this particular snow geese, ashy-headed geese. Cape fested with Dutch elm disease. What teal and black-necked swan. All had he meant was a general question- been bred here. are all of our beloved elms, which Whenever you plan a trip to the have been cared for by the L.VJ.S. Zoo or Aquarium, I’m sure you’ll so tenderly for 65 years, doomed? In Chapter 840 of the Laws of 1911, all motorboats are to be equip­ ped with an underwater exhaust or muffler, so as to muffle in a reason­ able manner the noise of the explo­ sion of gas, gasoline, or naptha or similar explosive. O CCUM DISAPPOINTED: Dartmouth Was Long Island's Loss, New Hampshire's Gain i the Presbyterian Church Most East Hampton people are familiar with the fact that an Indian, Samson Occum, (or Occom) who taught an Indian school at Montauk for a dozen years and married one s the Seventy-Five Years Ago . From The Sfar. Sept. 18. 1886 Capt. Wm. H. Squires of Bridge Hampton is master of the three- masted 1,000-ton schooner John R. Bergen, as fine a merchant vessel as sails from New York. The regatta on Tuosday at Sag Harbor is the exciting topic of con- JEANNETTE E. RATTRAY, Publisher Official Neivspaper Town East Hampton East Hampton V illage of his pupils, Mar founder of Dartr Hanover, N. H. Samuel Buell, who lived at the cor­ ner of Buell Lane and Main Street, East Hampton. He was ordained as a minister in East Hampton on Aug. 29, 1759 by the Long Island Presby­ tery. In 1765 he went to England and conducted many religious meetings. He returned in May,. 1768, having raised large sums of money in Eng­ land for the education of Indian

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