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147 Comments by M. O'Connor

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Fairway Restaurant Poised For Return To Poxabogue

It's about time! Welcome back, Fairway!
" Mar 22, 11 7:26 PM

Plane Blown Off East Hampton Airport Runway

Crosswind? This illustrates the necessity for repairing and reopening Runway 4-22 for use by light planes." May 2, 11 9:14 AM

The school's being built off the end of an airport runway is not an ideal situation by any stretch of the imagination. Those familiar with the history of the airport know that the Town of East Hampton gave away quite a bit of airport real estate over a number of years to get around federal regulations (the airport was built in the '30's via a Federal WPA program) stipulating that airport land should only be used for aviation purposes. Airport opponents often cite the existence of the school in their arguments against airport operations; of course, during the school's planning phases they were supportive of this choice in location as they thought it would help lead to the closure of the runway (if not the entire airport) in the future." May 12, 11 8:59 AM

Montauk Doctor Dies From Rare Virus

Is there no one working at the Southampton Press who remembers that there were at least two other cases of Hantavirus on the East End several years ago? I distinctly recall a resident of a house on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton dying of hantavirus, and a case on Shelter Island. Rare, only 4 cases (ever? really?) in NY State does not fit with my recollection of the previous cases, identified as Hantavirus here in our area. Maybe a subscriber (I am not a subscriber) can search the archives of the press 1990-2000 and come up with the articles, there were many of them.
" Jun 24, 11 8:29 AM

A quick Google search of the topic: "Hantavirus, Bridgehampton" brings up several news reports from 1994 and 1995. I wonder what was inapropriate about that?

Condolence and deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Dr. Harstein." Jun 25, 11 7:18 PM

UPDATE: Storm Lessens In Intensity; Should Make Landfall At 10 a.m.

Masking tape, it's masking tape on the windows. Keeps the glass pieces from shattering as badly if they blow in; if they don't it's easily removed from the window afterwards. Duct tape, not so easily, and removing it could on its own break some older windows." Aug 25, 11 6:31 AM

Power Outage Meant Lost Lives At Fish Farm

If they were a hospital, they'd surely have bigger generators, that would start automatically?

I guess it's a judgement call whether it's worthwhile to invest in a system that large?" Sep 20, 11 10:59 AM

Southampton Ambulance Districts Eager To Look At Third-Party Billing

Sounds like a good idea on the surface, but look a little more closely at the premise.

Problem to me is that the ambulance companies have to be up and running whether or not they have any calls to respond to, and cash flow will be unpredictable if dependent on third party reimbursements, particularly as not every call will involve insured individuals for whom there is a third party to bill.

" Sep 28, 11 10:10 AM

Southampton Hospital ER Cleaned Up After Attempted Chemical Suicide

I doubt someone bent on committing suicide is thinking clearly or logically. But wait...maybe he was driven to it by medical bills. We just got a bill from the ER docs, 24-7 Emergency Care PC: anyone want to guess how much THREE stitches cost from this ER?" Nov 19, 11 9:13 AM

BruceB, you are right--that's what the stitches were itemized at, $200 per stitch. But there was also a $200 ER doc fee, plus a surcharge for after hours, so the grand total is more like $360.00 per stitch. Definitely enough to warrant going off the deep end." Nov 19, 11 9:19 PM

Anti-Noise Group Fails In Bid To Stop East Hampton Town From Seeking Airport Grant

Airport opponents have cost the Town of East Hampton millions over the years after failing to grasp the 'nuance' involved in thoroughly researching their real estate purchases. Alternatively, perhaps they actually were able to recognize that locating in close proximity to an airport would result in their being unhappy about the inherent noise. This possibility does make it more plausible that their ultimate goal is actually to achieve closure of the airport, since it is unlikely that any municipality would be able to adequately fund airport operations and safety without the aid of federal matching grants. There's nuance involved, alright. By all means, let's examine it more closely.
" Dec 8, 11 10:11 PM

Southampton Town Board Holds Off On Plastic Bag Ban

I don't think we need a high priced "study" or "educational" campaign to show us how this works. We aren't that stupid, are we?

How many shop at BJ's or Costco? No bags there, and we get along just fine. It is really not hard to collect lightweight bags and keep them in the car, and it's really nice not to have a heap of trash in your kitchen when you finish unpacking the groceries.

Just cut to the chase, ban the bags, and get on with other more important things.

" Dec 17, 11 9:12 AM

What it boils down to is that people just don't like to be told what to do. " Dec 17, 11 9:14 AM

Pope Names Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Roman Catholic Church A Basilica

My grandfather was a master stone mason from Italy, and moved here to work on the construction of Sacred Hearts. Our dad, also a master stone mason, volunteered his time during the restoration of the church undertaken during the 80's. It is very beautiful and this recognition honors the effort of all those who have worked to maintain it over the years." Dec 23, 11 7:54 AM

Large Water Mill House Demolished In Fire

I didn't notice the owners quoted as thanking the local volunteers who were called out to the fire." Jan 27, 12 8:56 PM

Good to know that the adjuster (?!) representing the owners in their insurance claim is doing double duty as their PR spokesman. Since 99% of the locals are connected in some way to volunteers who are family and friends, the claim that thanks were expressed will not be hard to verify. It is not remarkable that this house (not a home--no one lived there in that sense, ever) was for sale. So are most houses bought on spec, for the sole purpose of making money, the more, the better." Jan 28, 12 10:36 AM

Schumer Announces New Helicopter Routes In Works

The whole town is bigger, not just the airport. Banning everything 'for profit' in the whole town won't reverse the development that has taken place here. As a matter of fact, HTO doesn't have close to the traffic that ISP has, no matter what time of year. An airport is an airport, 31 years ago, or now. Noisy, and neighbors will find the land/nearby to be cheaper than elsewhere, which is why they bought it in many cases." Feb 3, 12 10:31 AM

Southampton High School Marching Band Yearns For Uniforms

During the course of being interviewed for the article, I mentioned that my inquiry about the uniforms could also be extended to the Chorus, but since I do not have a child in the Chorus, I didn't feel I should speak for those who do.

The lack of uniforms reflects poorly on the district; but the lack of transparency about the budgeting process is something that should have everyone wondering what's going on.

Maybe the question we should all be asking is "why are there no answers?" instead of "why are there no uniforms?"

" Mar 3, 12 10:49 PM

Seven East End School Districts To Seek State Funding For Consolidation Study

Be careful what you wish for. When we lived in VA for three years, one of our daughters attended a close-by private high school. Year one, the other attended 5th grade at a local public elementary school.

The next year (6th), she spent over 3 hours per day on a bus to her "centralized" public middle school, where four academic "houses" were made to fit into a school designed to hold three houses, with a teaching staff similarly designed to accommodate three groups of students. During 6th grade, my daughter got on the bus at 7:15 am each day, for a 9 am start, and wasn't dropped off until 5:15 after 3pm dismissal, just in the course of a normal day.

This was in a very 'rich' district, where property values were high.

All those extra bonuses that came with consolidation were not as available to all students as they would have been at smaller schools. Students did not form close ties based on community-how could they? Their classmates were from areas 1.5 hours away in the opposite direction. And local control was completely ceded to a county-level school board that was highly politicized--there were no local districts there, and among other things, a strong lobby had the local elementary schools in their sights for closure, in the name of efficiency and consolidation.

It's one thing to pool resources and make better programs available to students, but another to look at consolidation as a panacea. It's not; we saw the downside firsthand, and it played a big part in our decision to return to Southampton.
" Mar 13, 12 8:55 AM

PS. We opted for homeschool during seventh grade for second daughter. A great alternative to 3 hours on a bus, with all the resources Washington DC had to offer right next door. We have been fortunate to have experienced the best of all worlds, even if we had to bear with the worst of others." Mar 13, 12 8:57 AM

There is more to providing a quality educational experience than logistics and geography. Our communities and our students deserve far more consideration than that." Mar 13, 12 8:59 AM

East Hampton Town Board Members May Reconsider Accepting FAA Funds

So East Hampton taxpayers will fund 100% of all future airport maintenance of runways, air control, navigation technologies, and lighting? Really? And the councilwoman thinks this is good fiscal management? " Mar 15, 12 8:40 PM

Eventually, the Town WILL be seeking millions....from its taxpayers. Penny wise and pound foolish fits this situation. " Mar 15, 12 8:41 PM

Many people keep planes there. The East Hampton Airport is part of the federal transportation system, and funds are available to maintain it in good working order. It is no different than expecting the Army Corps of Engineers to keep our deepwater channels maintained." Mar 18, 12 9:38 AM

East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson and Councilwoman Theresa Quigley Hesitate On Federal Funds For Airport

The trap would be sending those Federal dollars back to Washington, and leaving the town's taxpayers on the hook instead." Mar 20, 12 10:42 PM

UPDATE: Monsignor Trench of Sacred Hearts Remembered As People Person

What a great and wonderful man to have known; we were really blessed to have him among us. " Mar 21, 12 9:56 AM

Town Criticized For Reopening East Quogue Marina

I would think saving the area from development so it could continue to be enjoyed in the same way it has been, while producing revenue for the town would be a GOOD thing. Leave it to busybodies to decide that since "everyone" owns it, "no one" can use it." Apr 7, 12 5:01 PM

Brian Zahn To Replace Tim Mundell As Southampton High School Principal

It would be refreshing to see a principal treat the position as something other than a stepping stone to somewhere else. Promoting from within makes total sense." Apr 30, 12 2:10 PM

Disappearing Dune Road Beach Cottages

Why go with a real estate agent's "theory?" Do some fact checking, SH Press. The pre-1938 records about structures that existed along that road weren't swept away by the storm. " May 22, 12 7:49 AM

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