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Michael Irving Elected Southampton Village Mayor Friday Night; Hattrick, McGann Keep Their Seats

Valerie smith didn't win ?" Jun 17, 17 6:04 AM

Valerie smith didn't win ?" Jun 17, 17 6:05 AM

Zeldin Introduces Bill To Lower Insurance Premiums For Flood Insurance Holders

If there is such a thing as renewable energy why do those companies keep getting government subsidies? And go out of business anyway.

Finally, there is no such thing as ''Flood Insurance''.

''Flood Insurance'' is protection through a federal program....ALL ''flood insurance'' is subsidized. " Jun 18, 17 3:04 PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo Announces $2 Million To Improve Water Quality On Long Island

Who cares if that self impressed drummer likes Zeldin or not. " Jun 19, 17 7:55 AM

Michael Irving Elected Southampton Village Mayor Friday Night; Hattrick, McGann Keep Their Seats

Same problem here as in D.C. All we have left is old re-treads with zero original ideas and a lot of shady relationships." Jun 19, 17 7:56 AM

MS-13 Has Presence On South Fork, Police Officials Say

The Obama administration knowingly let in at least 16 admitted MS-13 gang members who arrived at the U.S. as illegal immigrant teenagers in 2014, a top senator said Wednesday, citing internal documents that showed the teens were shipped to juvenile homes throughout the country.

Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said a whistleblower turned over Customs and Border Protection documents from 2014 detailing the 16 people who were caught crossing the border.
“CBP apprehended them, knew they were MS-13 gang members, and they processed and disbursed them into our communities,” Mr. Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said.

The gang members were part of the surge of UAC, or “unaccompanied alien children,” as the government labels them, who overwhelmed the Obama administration in 2014, leaving Homeland Security struggling to staunch the flow from Central America.

Officials at the time said the children should be treated as refugees fleeing horrific conditions back home — though security analysts said the children were prime recruiting territory for gangs already in the U.S.

The image of UAC as little children is misleading. Out of nearly 200,000 UAC apprehended between from 2012 to 2016, 68 percent were ages 15, 16 or 17 — meaning older teens. The majority were also male, making them targets for gang recruiting." Jun 21, 17 12:56 PM

Yo Mr. Angry,

There is gang violence in Hampton Bays and the people responsible enough for addressing the problem with the hopes of fixing it are not clowns. The old you get, the more you will realize you actually do NOT know it all and have a lot to learn. That will only come with maturity." Jun 21, 17 1:55 PM

SH Town should put out a brochure about dealing with MS-13 and other Latino gang bangers. It could look like the hurricane preparedness one and include helpful information like how to say "please don't stab me" in Spanish. " Jun 22, 17 8:04 AM

The graffiti you see in Hampton Bays is all gang related. When some tags are crossed out with spray paint that is a signal which means there is a claim on a rival's territory and that a challenge for it is set to begin. Steer clear of that zone until the shooting is over.

If you see any graffiti on a street sign it means that the gang has claimed your neighborhood.

These items could be in the brochure. " Jun 23, 17 7:02 AM

One can also tell if gangs are present by the graffiti they create. It can sometimes be found on the back of business buildings, in alleyways, on the back of street signs, on sidewalks, on large and small metal trash containers, and on utility-type poles. If the gang thinks it dominates an area, the graffiti may be more conspicuously placed such as on the front of a building at a major intersection or on the corner mailbox. There are as many places to post graffiti as there are flat surfaces.

Physical Signs

bullet Tattoos or branding of the body with distinctive designs, logos, or names.

bullet Changes in hair or dress style and/or having a group of friends who have the same hair or dress style.

bullet Changes in dress with a preference for clothes of a certain color and to the exclusion of another color (i.e., prefers blue and will not wear red).

bullet Wearing clothes with certain team logos or names (i.e., "BK" stands for British Knights, a popular line of clothing, but it also stands for "Blood Killer"). Your local police, juvenile officer, or probation/parole officer can tell you what various brand and team logos mean in gang lexicon.

bullet Wearing a hat tilted to one side or the other, rolling up one cuff more than the other or wearing a belt buckle to one side or the other. Historically, Bloods and Crips wore their hats, belts, etc., to one side or the other.

bullet The presence of firearms, ammunition, or other deadly weapons.

bullet Signs of initiation, including shaved heads, new tattoos, bruises, cuts, and lacerations.

bullet Photographs of your child and others displaying gang hand signs, weapons, cash, drugs, or gang-type clothing.

bullet Graffiti on or around your residence, especially in a child's room such as on walls, furniture, clothing, notebooks, etc. This may also include drawings and "doodling" of gang-related figures, themes of violence, or gang symbols.

bullet Possessing money and other belongings in excess of what you know he or she can afford.

bullet Drawing gang symbols and using gang handwriting (usually graffiti-like, hard to decipher, and characterized by crossed out or upside-down letters).
Behavioral Signs

bullet A significant change in personality and behavior in a relatively short period of time.

bullet Defying authority and breaking the rules of the house (staying out after being told to be home, breaking curfew, associating with peers and going to places which are "off limits").

bullet Changes in normal routines such as not coming home after school or staying out late at night with no explanation.

bullet Developing a whole new set of friends in a relatively short period of time.

bullet Preferring to be called by a new nickname or gang moniker.

bullet Wanting to be alone, withdrawing from involvement with family and others.

bullet Associating with peers who seem to be troublemakers and who exhibit other indicators as found on this list.

bullet Imitating gangster talk and styles of talking - trying to mimic what he or she thinks a gang member is.

bullet A new fear of police.

bullet Phone threats to the family from rival gangs (or unknown callers) directed against your child.

bullet Listening to gangsta rap or watching videos/movies and reading books with hate themes or a great deal of violence.

bullet Using alcohol and illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, crack, and methamphetamine.

bullet Showing signs of physical injury and lying about events surrounding the injury.

bullet Using strange language or slang, especially when certain letters of words are substituted (like "flue" for "blue," in Crip slang, because Crips will not use the letter "B" - it stands for their supposed enemy gang, the Bloods).

bullet Developing behavior, discipline, and performance problems in school. Declining grades, being truant, or dropping out of school.

bullet A new found sense of bravery, bragging that he/she is too tough to be "messed" with.

bullet A sudden change in attitude about school, church, or other normal activities.
While not every youth who exhibits the gang identifiers listed above is a gang member, seeing a youth who exhibits several of the identifiers should raise one's curiosity as to what's going on. If it's your child, talk to him or her first before you jump to any conclusions. Then talk with someone who can give you more information (i.e., a juvenile officer, probation/parole officer, police, your child's teacher).

Where are the Gangs?

If there is a gang in your community, where is it? If my experience in the field applies to your situation, you can pin point the

(s) in your community in which gang members live. This information should be available from juvenile officers, probation/parole officers, and police. While you may not be given names and addresses, their general location may be revealed.

By focusing on neighborhoods in which concentrations of gang youth live you can focus your solution efforts as well. That's a practical and cost effective way of approaching the problem. That's what police do when targeting gangs and gang members for surveillance or for sweeps. Why not use the same method in a treatment approach? Miller (2001) believes this is precisely what we need to do. His study of where gang members live (by city and county throughout the United States) allows us to focus on prevention, intervention, and suppression efforts where they are most needed by "identifying the 'hotspots' of gang activity." (Miller , 2001, p. 4)

Information on the whereabouts of gang members can also be deduced from conversations with schools administrators and a review of data on school suspensions for fighting. I say this because neighborhood schools having the most difficulty may have gang members living in their neighborhoods. The fights, therefore, are sometimes gang-related (i.e., settling disputes, carrying out initiations). The only exception to this rule would be if students are bused from one neighborhood to another in order to attend school. But there are still ways to trace in-school fighting incidents back to the neighborhoods in which the fighters live.

Youth-serving community-based agency personnel and juvenile officers are also able to identify particular neighborhoods in a community from which they receive most of their problem-behavior clientele.

Another way to determine if gangs may be present is through data on drug-related arrests. The drugs of concern are usually methamphetamine, crack cocaine, and marijuana. Not all gangs or gang members deal in drugs and those that do may be involved in other drugs as well. Your local police department assembles an annual report on persons arrested (which it then sends to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or Bureau of Justice Statistics). That report should reveal if drug sales are being conducted in your community as measured by drug-related arrests. In what neighborhoods are those arrests being made? Is that where the gang members live?

Most people who live in public housing projects and high-turnover immigrant housing developments are decent, law-abiding people. These areas are also hotbeds of activity for gangs. If there are large public housing projects in your community you can determine if gangs are present by talking with the project manager or the patrol officers who work that beat. You could also take a drive around the vicinity and look for signs of possible gang activity (i.e., graffiti, groups of youths loitering during school hours, open-air drug sales).

What are they doing?

We already know the kinds of crimes gangs commit. You need to know what kinds of crimes gang members in your neighborhood commit. Police patrol officer knows who the local gang members are and what they're doing. Perhaps it's time to get a few of the neighbors together and request a meeting with the patrol officer(s) in question.

You could help matters by keeping a record of criminal or suspicious activity taking place in your neighborhood. If enough neighbors do this, then present the information to the police, something positive may be done about the problem. It may be only a short-term solution (a few individuals are approached by the police and encouraged to cease and desist in their undesirable behaviors), but it may also lead to long-term solutions as a basis for conversation and action in a community forum or task force meeting.

You may even form a Neighborhood Watch group. The National Neighborhood Watch Institute provides some valuable information on their homepage. The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) has a very informative web site which provides suggestions on how to organize a Neighborhood Watch program and what it takes for such a program to be successful.

Now what?

Once you've determined there is a gang presence in your neighborhood or community you can probably assume there are several reasons why the gangs formed. In the parlance of community-based social work, the reasons for their formation are referred to as risk factors and the factors which inhibit a youth's attraction to gangs are called protective factors." Jun 23, 17 8:23 AM

Southampton Town May Consider Looser Rental Code Allowing For Airbnb, VRBO Short-Term Rentals

We don't need short term rental solutions - we need long term living affordability solutions" Jun 26, 17 7:34 AM

Schools Could Be A Target For Fast Water Quality Improvements

Clean water for in public schools? What a novel idea!" Jun 27, 17 8:40 AM

New York State Universal Health Care Bill Unlikely To Gain Support Needed Now, But Could In Future

It's probably just a coincidence that highhatsize hasn't posted since Jay Seats was arrested " Jun 28, 17 9:43 PM

We've been waiting for this. Thank you. " Jun 29, 17 6:43 AM

Sears Gets 13-Month Sentence For Child Pornography Possession Charge

Society disagrees with you and strongly believes that child pornography SHOULD be against the law and just because you and Jay disagree doesn't mean you can break it.

Any other laws you break because you feel you are a above them?" Jul 1, 17 9:09 AM

New York State Universal Health Care Bill Unlikely To Gain Support Needed Now, But Could In Future

All rote boloney that everyone has heard before. Nobody is listening. The public is desensitized to you nuts" Jul 2, 17 4:04 AM

Sears Gets 13-Month Sentence For Child Pornography Possession Charge

"after finding nearly a dozen bags of child pornography inside his East Quogue home, authorities said."" Jul 2, 17 1:26 PM

Jeff Ares Comes From Behind To Win The 27th Annual Firecracker 8K

I'm going to contact the Southampton Rotary club to tell them of the benefit they have provided to the community by keeping your rude attitude out of several popular local businesses. " Jul 3, 17 7:56 AM

UPDATE: Chaloner Says Monday Court Hearing Was Final Step In Approval Process For Hospital Merger

Beware of people on the internet with all the answers but with zero data or supporting material to prove out what they are saying. It could be false.

~Abraham Lincoln." Jul 3, 17 8:00 AM

Court Rejects Most Arguments Raised By Canoe Place Inn PDD Opponents; Neighbors To Appeal Decision

The pew center has not published a major report that reflects that ''capitalism itself is in danger of obsolescence''.

That is one of the most ridiculous things, in an avalanche of ridiculous things, you have ever posted.

Jobs will evaporate? People will struggle to keep up with changes?

Sounds like someone else has been ''propagandized with phantom fears''....capitalism is dying? Have you heard of the internet?

Your leftist utopian dream of the the death of capitalism will never be realized. You have a better chance of Trump being impeached - and even that is 0.00%." Jul 10, 17 5:45 PM

That is NOT a fact and you couldn't support it if your life depended on it.

" Jul 10, 17 5:53 PM

Full-Time Employee headcount at GOOGL, now Alphabet, is around 62,000. Up from 53,600 last year. 61,814 full-time employees: 23,336 in research and development" Jul 11, 17 9:35 AM

UPDATE: Guldi Released Without Bail As Prosecutors Appeal Ruling That Threw Out Felony Conviction

Let the guy go. He paid his debt to society. We can't have a different set of laws whereby rich connected liberals go free and less connected, disagreeable ones get tossed in the clink. " Jul 12, 17 12:13 PM

Olde Towne Summer House Listed For $35 Million; Salz Estate On Meadow Lane Sells For $14.5 Million

I'm just glad nobody referred to this as an ''important piece of real estate''. That is always effects my gag reflex." Jul 12, 17 12:14 PM

UPDATE: Publick House Will Reopen Friday Night

We will add all you sell outs to the list of people that prefer the IRS over their fellow human beings. " Jul 13, 17 10:54 AM

New York State Universal Health Care Bill Unlikely To Gain Support Needed Now, But Could In Future

The system is working perfectly. Fairness wasn't created by God and exists nowhere in nature.

You people cannot redefine what anti-capitalism means.

You're upset about fairness and the fact that some people have more than others.

That's not capitalism. That's life and envy is one of the seven deadly sins." Jul 14, 17 11:54 AM

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