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The Long Island traveler-watchman. (Southold, Long Island, N.Y.) 1975-1990, July 10, 1975, Image 1

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0 . J . FORMAN Kc:;V 3 FILE liON;«OUTH , 6X 4 6 2 DEPT. ILL. An Official Newspaper Of Southold Town Complete Coverage - Riverhead To Orient, An Official Newspaper Of Riverhead Town Long Island Traveler Est. 1871 Vol. 104 No. 39 TRUTH WITHOUT FEAR Watchman, Ett. 1826 Subeeri|>tion $6.00 Per Year SOUTHOLD, LONG ISLAND, N.Y., THURSDAY, JULY 10, 1975 Single Copies 20 Cents Southold Planning Meeting Attracts An S.R.O. Crowd A standing room only crowd a t ­ tended last M o n d a y night's m e e ting of the Southold Planning Board. There w e re three item s on the agenda but the draw ing card w a s the public hearing on a prelim inary m a p of a cluster developm e n t Icnown as “ O rient Village” . T h e r e w e re two reasons that the overw h e lm ing majority of the thirty plus who w e re there opposed this housing p roject. The first is the nam e itself. The Orient Historical Society is attem p ting to get the Village of Orient d e c lared a n historic site by the state authorities. They fear t h a t the nam e would be usurped if it was attached to a housing developm e n t, particularly one such as this which would be located j u s t east of Village Lane in Orient. In response to this the attorney for the ow n e r of this devel­ opm e n t, William Schrieverof Orient, said flatly “ we w o n ’t use the nam e ‘O rient Village’. ” The second problem is t h e possible linking up of o n e of t h e roads within the development to Village Lane. Many of the local residents f e a r that this would cause a significant in­ crease in the volume of traffic that Village Lane would be forced to handle. Schriever a t tem p ted to c o u n ter this belief with a display of charts that com p a red the p r e s e n t r a t e o f traffic to the p rojected rate of traffic if the road was pushed through. The purpose of this presentation was to prove that there would be only a sliglit increase at some p o ints in the road and none a t all along the r e s t o f t h e thoroughfare. However, no one in the audience appeared to h a v e been s w a y e d by the argum e n t and the issue rem a ins a bone of contention. There is also a question of ow n e r ­ ship that pertains to part of the developm e n t but t h a t is in the courts and does not fall under the authority of the planning board. The chairm a n of the planning board, John W ickham, stated that a ' (Continued on Page 7) Duryea Announces New School Aid Formula An increase of $1,999,035 in state aid to education for the 33 school districts in the First A ssem b ly District on the E a s t End o f Suffolk County was announced Tuesday by Assembly Minority Leader Perry B. Duryea. The new aid-to-education legisla­ tion, effective for the school y e a r that began July 1, was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Carey. It w a s part of an ag r e e m e n t w o r k e d o u t b e tw e e n legis­ lative leaders and the Governor that included authorization for New York City to raise $330 million in new taxes and $28 million in additional aid divided am o n g t h e cities of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers. D u ryea said he w a s “ extremely pleased' t h a t 26 of the 33 school districts in the five East End towns and the section of Brookhaven t h a t make up the First A ssem b ly District are receiving more state aid in this new school year than they did last year.” He explained that under a “ save harm less” provision of the legisla­ tion, the other seven school districts will receive the sam e am o u n t as they received last year. \N o new taxes are required to finance this additional school aid,” Duryea em p h a s ized. Duryea also pointed out that the new school aid formula provides $2,920,312 more in s t a te aid to the 33 school d istricts in t h e First Assembly (ContinuedonPageV ) Two Car Crash Kills Man A head-on, two-car auto crash in North Sea late T u e s d a y night took the life of one m a n , who w a s burned to death after his car exploded, and injured two teenagers in the other car. Southam p ton Town Police and Seventh Squad D e tectives W e d n e s ­ day w e re still trying to identify the dead m a n , and have tentatively identified h im a s Vincent E. B rennan, a 47-year-old steam f itter, of 69 W a t e r s E d g e Road, North Sea. Police said the body w a s burned beyond recognition and had been tu r n e d over to the county m o rgue. Detectives W e d n e s d a y w e r e trying to obtain dental charts of B rennan to com p a re them with t h e dead m a n ’s teeth. However, the car, a 1965 Corvair, is registered to B rennan, and police say there is no one at hom e at the small one-family house in North Sea. B r e n n a n is divorced from his wife, Vivian, who lives at 28-30 34th St., Astoria, with their three children, detectives said. B rennan w a s in Astoria with the Corvair Tuesday visiting the children, according to detectives. Detectives said B r e n n a n ’s car was north bound on North Sea Road, at about 11 p.m . Tuesday when it swerved into the path of a n oncom ing car. The Corvair, with a r e a r e n g ine, and gas tank on the left front side, burst into flam e s im m e d iately, police said. The driver o f the other c a r, Ronald M a s s a b , 18, of 146 98th St., Brook­ lyn, his p a s s e n g e r , Kevin K ing, 17, of Noyack Road, Southam p ton, al­ though injuted, tried unsuccessfully to pull the victim from the burning car. A p a s s e rby, K e n t M cDonald, 26, of 101 C e d a r St., East H a m p ton, suffered burns o n his hands w h e n he also attem p ted to rescue the trapped driver. McDonald was treated and re­ leased, but the y o u ths in t h e other c a r w e re hospitalized at Southam p ton Hospital with injuries from the acci­ dent and burns on t h e ir arm s . Both were in satisfactory, c ondition at the hospital W e d n e s d a y . (Continued on Page 8 ) Biy S^ll Enters Fonrfli Week Recalling the six-week drought of last sum m e r . E a s t e r n Long Island farm e r s w e re h o p ing t h a t the w e a ther would not p u t o n a r e p e a t p e rform a n c e as the current dry spell entered its fourth week. Pum p ing and pipe moving has been a daily chore since July 1, a s g row e rs d o their b e s t to k eep their 24,000 a c re potato planting and perishable v e g e t a b le c rops green and growing. According to p recipitation c h a rts a t the L.I. V e g e table R e s e a rch Farm in Baiting Hollow, the last rain of any consequence fell o n J u n e 13 w h e n 1.35 inches w e re recorded. Dr. K e n n e th Rykbost, who is the Cornell s tation’s irrigation expert, has been worrying Wetlands Decision Overturned The question of w h e re, legally, w e tlands u n d e r the jurisdiction of the Southampton Town Board of T rustees, m e e t private property, which was answ e red by State Su­ prem e Court Justice William R. Geiler in J a n u a r y of 1972, is up in the air once more. Last week. Justice G e iler’s deci­ sion was overturned, in part at least, by the state Court of A p p e a ls, New York’s highest court. In legal action brought b y the Town of Southam p ton against Dolphin Lane Associates in the late 1960’s, claiming t h a t Dolphin Lane h a d illegally filled land which it claimed it owned, opposite Round Dune, on the southerly shore of Shinnecock Bay in East Ouogue, Justice Geiler had ruled that the boundary betw e e n Dolphin Lane pro­ perty and the town t r u s t e e s ’ w e tlands was established by the type of vege­ tation growing there. In so doing, he accepted the position of the town that a marsh grass called sgartina alterna flora grows only w h e re land is flooded twice a day by the tides, and that therefore all lands, w h e re this grass grows naturally are w e tlands, owned by the town for the benefit of all its residents and property owners. 'This position, argued in court by the New York law firm of M u d g e , Rose, Guthrie and A lexander, was • later upheld by the a p p e llate division of the state suprem e court in Brook­ lyn. At the tim e , it w a s c o n sidered a n Ihe town and for ’al. who believed it would put an end to ecologically h a rm ful filling of m a r s h ­ lands. Dolphin Lane, however, through its attorneys Rathkopf and Rathkopf of Brooklyn, appealed the decision to the State Court of A p p e a ls, and (Continued on Page 7) Building Activity Is On Rise Here Building activity is on the rise in Southold Township, a lthough the rate of increase has been slow and steady rather than sharp and spectacular. Generally considered one o f the more reliable indicators of the economic climate, c o n struction a u thorized dur­ ing the first six m o n ths of 1975 exceeded t h a t a p p roved in the corres­ ponding period of 1974 by about 11 percent in dollar value. The estim a ted cost of the 343 projects for which p e rm its w e re issued by the town building departm e n t in the J a n u a r y - through-June p e riod this year was $3,702,849, a gain of (Continued on Page 7) 1J.11. / - . I i . i v , - im p o rtant victory for th e e n v i r o n m e n t ^ t s in g Approve Repair Resolution Of The Greenport Dock Eastern Long Island Hospital construction progress and problems are subjects of bi-weekly job meetings. Participating hospital officials and contractors agree progress is satisfactory and probJems are minor. They are, clockwise around the conference table: Richard Flood, of IVl.J. Flood, Inc., plumbing contractor; Vice President Ralph Pezone of Tri-Mar Contractors, Inc., who is the constt;j^tion manager; Bill Fensterer, heating and ventilation contractor; ELIH President John AppeK; t ^ r H. Anderson, hospital administrator; Stanley Kantor of London, Kantor, Umland & % bensuttlng,engineers; Richard P. Dooley, president of Tri-Mar; Lewis J. Ryon, tftd Andrew Hutnikoff of Meeker Electric Co., Inc. E.L.L Hospital Expansion On Course The Eastern Long Island H o s p ital’s ambitious modernization-expansion program is on course, well headed toward the scheduled completion deadline of May 30, 1976, hospital authorities a n d c o n tractor r e p r e s e n t a ­ tives told this new s p a p e r following a work progress session Tuesday. The $4.8 million project, stalled seven months by the withdrawal of the original prime contractor and re­ sum e d in April, is now adjudged 25 percent accomplished, it was stated. The Q u e e n s Village firm of Tri-M a r Contractors, Inc., took over three months ago, a fter the h o s p ital’s Board of T rustees h a d a c c e p ted its low b id of $3,211,000 to finish the job. Work has been going forward since that time, according to the board’s president, John Appelt, and its architect, Lewis J. Ryon. ‘ ‘Construction o f this type is a team effort, m a d e up of c o n struction m a n ­ agem e n t and various sub-contrac- to r s , ” said Mr. Appelt. “ F rom the tone of our bi-weekly job m e e tings, the indicatons are that we have selected a well-organized a n d cooper- ativefeam . We a n ticipate m e e ting the obligations a n d c o m m itm e n ts we h ave made for the com m u n ity’s health care.” The initial brief delay in the resum p tion o f work a fter the a w a rding of the new c o n tract was unavoidable, Mr. Ryon indicated. “ W e have pro­ gressed a t a pretty fair r a te under the handicaps we h a d , ” he asserted. “ T h e re was som e delay, as several sub-contractors h a d to catch up to the plum b ing contractor, b u t the project is moving at a fair pace. The sub­ contractors a re working well with one another and the usual construction problems have been ironed o u t . ” This optimistic prognosis of the once ailing expansion program was supported by T ri-M a r’s president, Richard P. Dooley, who com mented: “ If p rogress c o n tinues a t the present rate, there is e v ery reason to believe the target date will be m e t . ” Mr. Dooley said there have b e e n no major changes in the plans since April, while M r. Ryon reiterated a about field e x p e r im e n ts in p r o g r e s s at the farm , the more so because it has been having difficulties with its w a tering system . The dry w e a ther is also adversely affecting lawns, hom e gardens, t r e e s and shrubbery, reported SC E x ten­ sion agent Robert Brew s ter. He counseled hom o w n e rs whose t u r f is showing brow n spots or taking on a bluish c a s t to lay d o w n at least a n inch of w a ter weekly if they wish to keep their lawns in good condition and color. T r e e s and shrubs evidencing their need for m o is ture by dropping leaves require two inches, he advised. Potatoes, now in full b loom a n d the (C o n tinuedon P a g e s ) statem e n t h e m a d e three m o n ths ago, to the effect that the program will be accomplished a t a cost of a b o u t $65 p e r square foot, well below the normal cost of hospital construction. (Continuedon Page 5) Government Car Gets Free Permit As the afterm a th to ticketing two state police officers who lacked Shelter Island Town Beach perm its while serving as bodyguards to Governor Hugh Carey, ’the Shelter Island Town passed a resolution Tuesday morning granting any governm e n t car a free beach perm it while on duty. The Shelter Island Boai-d transfer- ed $3,370 in a move to m e e t un­ expected additional expenses that have, a risen in three departm e n ts. The transfers will come out of the Repair and M a intenance Fund ($1,000), the Snow and Ice Highway Fund ($1,000), the Police Ammuni- (Continuedfrom Page lO) The County Will Bear Half Of Cost The County Legislature at its m e e ting in H a u p p a u g e Tuesday, at the urging of County Legislator Norton W. Daniels, approved a re­ solution directing the Public Works D e p a rtm e n t to c o mplete the planning so necessary repairs can be m a d e to the dock in G reenport, near the Long Island Railroad Station property be­ tween Third and Fourth Streets in Greenport. Daniels said he was hopeful this will be the first s tep toward com p le­ tion of a $400,000 county park at the three-acre site, which would be run by Greenport Village. The county would pay approxi­ mately half of the cost and Daniels has been assured by Assembly M in­ ority Leader Perry B. Duryea of M o n tauk that the s tate would contri­ bute over $ 200 , 000 . Daniels said he hopes the entire park project can be com p leted and ready for opening by the sum m e r of 1976. In o ther action at T u e s d a y ’s m e e t ­ ing, the legislature tabled a resolu­ tion that would have rem o v e d a $750,000 bridge from the proposed $3.2 million road im p rovem e n t pro­ ject for County Route 58, north or Riverhead. The overpass was origin- .ally planned to go over the North- vilie t u r n p i k e , but pending a study by the County D e p a rtm e n t of Traffic Safety, the action to do away with the ‘ b ridge in the construction plans is being held in abeyance. ' (C o n tinuedonPage?) Our Inside Pages PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW July 5, sponsored by the Mattituck Historical Society, featured the works of, left, Dennis Comotto, a world history teacher at the Mattituck-Cutchogue High School, and William Harrison, a student. It was the first time either photographer had been formally presented in exhibition. They enjoyed comparing notes with other photo buffs who visited the show. Photo by Peter Stevens At Press Calverton 16 Churches 28 Classified 30-31 Coffee Break 5 Cutchogue Column 10 E a s t M a rion Column 7 Editorials 4 Greenport 11 Legals 28,31 Mattituck 12 Movies 11 North Fork Living 18 Obituaries 6 Riverhead Column 13 Southold Column 2 Sports 20-26 TV 27 Patricia Wood Reports S W a d ing River 15 A M rs. Ona B e rnstein, who'is president of the H a mpton Bays Board of Education, had b e e n the subject of c o n siderable criticism since last J a n u a r y because of h e r part in abolishing the district’s operation of its own school buses, in favor of c o n tracting school bus transportation, has nevertheless been reelected board president for the 1975-76 school year. Last May, three new m e m b e rs w e re elected to the H a mpton Bays School Board, running largely on a platform of returning the operation of the school buses to the district. One of t h e new m e m b e rs, however, was unable to b e present at the board’s re-organization m e e ting last Tuesday, when the only official action was the p a s s a g e of a resolution to a d journ until Thursday evening. In a s u r p rise vote on Thursday, M rs. Bernstein was reelected by a four to nothing majority, and M rs. Ann Schlientz, the other holdover m e m b e r, was nam e d vice-president, also by a four to nothing vote, with board m e m b e r Harold Good abstaining on both votes. In a n o ther s u r p rise vote, the law firm of Van Nostrand and M a rtin of Amityville, which h a s served the district ably for the past ten years, but has also been criticized for its part in the bus controversy, was reappointed unanimously, and has agreed to continue to represent the district. M rs. Elizabeth H a v e n s, district clerk for six years, was also reappointed unanimously, as w e re the H a m p ton Medical Center as the school doctors and Dr. Morris Raff as school dentist. The only new appointee was the accounting firm of Reid and Person of Port Jefferson Station as auditor, '(Continued on P a g e 14) G e r m a n F e s t i v a l - S t . P e t e r ’ s C h u r c h - J u l y 1 2 R o u t e 2 5 , G r e e n p o r t - 4 - 1 2 p . m . / /

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