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Town Secures Ownership Of Noyac Road From Suffolk County

Well said. Unfortunately, Noyac Road has become the fast road to points East as opposed to county rd. 39/27 etc. . In order to make that road more efficient traffic circles have to be developed as far as possible as the best means to keep traffic moving along there. Like wise, the NS-Mecox-"Ponds"-Scuttle Hole corridor to 79/Bridge-Sag TPK could use a better flow. On some parts of that corridor many drivers presume people are going with the traffic flow and often ignore Stop signs. At other points, the road gets backed up because of the Stop signs. Circles are needed." Jan 11, 11 8:47 AM

Sportsmen Seek Voice Of Their Own

Its a nice luxury to have. The hunger strike. Why don't they eat normally, figure out the cost of their meals, and donate the equivalent to a soup kitchen." Jan 11, 11 10:04 AM

As much as I like animals in general, I value my life more. The deer need to be culled. They have become one of the biggest hazard on our roads in general. Better to do it with professional hunters who will hunt them fairly, than the two guys they busted blinding them with their headlights. The excess venison can be donated to food pantries or sold to butchers and the proceeds given to charity.

If hunting is banned on town properties, where would they be hunted? " Jan 11, 11 10:15 AM

See Below. And in the article it says that the hunters were looking at donating to food pantries. As for me, I try to participate in food drives when I am aware. I don't hunt, but I support those that do especially in resolving this overpopulation problem. I don't think that an industrial slaughter house is less brutal than hunting. " Jan 11, 11 7:53 PM

If only they just fed on the grass..." Jan 11, 11 7:59 PM

Southampton School District To Gauge Student Interest In Varsity Swimming Team

We need a pool for kids, athletes, adults and seniors in Southampton. The closest indoor pool to me is the one in East Hampton at the Y a 45 minute drive away.
This type of project should be on the town's list of PDD funded priority's when where cash in lieu of adjustments could be requested. A bond could be issued and funded with a limited assessment on taxes like was done for the LIPA Lines. Maybe county funding could be had from that suffolk county water quality fund that is being used to buy the land in Flanders or some such obscure facility.

It could be built in a place where it is accessible to all residents relatively easily and quickly(but not more than 15 minutes from my home). It should be available to more than one team (or have a town wide team).Long course and short course and diving pools. Indoor and Outdoor. Saunas and stream rooms would be nice too, with a gym for weight training. Waterpolo and synchronized swimming teams could train there as well. A heated water basin for water exercise classes for arthritic patients and physical therapy purposes. Essentially a state of the art natatorium.

" Jan 13, 11 8:56 AM

Steam Rooms. Albeit stream rooms would be nice for that Zen experience. Maybe with a carp basin and bamboo foliage. A cool place to meditate in sum. De stressing ambiance for town board members. wink wink, nudge nudge." Jan 13, 11 9:12 AM

Study: Merge Southampton And North Sea Fire Districts

All North Sea residents should go to the Village and see how well it plows its roads and streets before buying into any such consolidation.

I cannot believe the utter disaster zone there. I wonder who is responsible for plowing there. I could not believe how bad it was. Starting at the village side North Sea Rd. , the Gulf station side. Fully 24 hours the end of the storm most streets were passable at best, covered by a 4 inch thick pack of ice, with corresponding pot holes as well or bumps as high. This being on the principal streets of the Village. It leaves one to wonder why? Were the plows not scrapping the pavement? Were they being kept at a higher height? For what purpose? Another pass?

I'm interested to see what the Village board's reaction is going to be. Will residents go to Village board meeting to raise hell. I strongly urge them to drive the roads outside the Village to compare and judge whether the work done on their streets is acceptable. More importantly merchants should file their complaints as well. I essentially turned around and left what I had to do for another day not wanting to risk getting stuck somewhere or worse.

This is not a reflection on the Fire department, which I'm not qualified to make. It is of concern,however, because it is a board managed fire department. And I doubt that this is a good management or management structure. I'm still trying to figure out why that fire house on Hampton Rd. had to be taken down. I would prefer the tides turned with NS in charge of SH and not what is being proposed.

The Village is a place where most residents need to congregate for one reason or another. Post office, supermarket, hardware store,library,school, town hall, courts,and Hospital of course. But we should not be at risk at ending up there because the Village can't manage to keep its streets safe to drive on.

Additionally, the Village administration is threatening a lawsuit against the Town because of the King Kullen project claiming it will have a negative impact on commerce and store rentals there. In light of this snow plowing nightmare the Town should embrace projects that are responsive to town residents needs and allow for non Village centric projects. The residents don't need to deal with unsafe road conditions, stores that sell overpriced products, and "traffic related issues" we all have come to know as the "parking ticket"." Jan 13, 11 5:12 PM

Southampton Town Stalls On Water Mill Sailing Club Decision

Anybody know if the club will have ice boats and ice boating lessons? Will non-members be allowed to "borrow" the ice boats? Thanks" Jan 13, 11 5:45 PM

Southampton Village Officials Short On Reasons For Poor Snow Removal


I'm glad that the Village is recognizing what a disaster zone the streets were. I could not believe it.

I'm interested to see what the Village board's reaction is going to be. Will residents go to Village board meeting to raise hell. I strongly urge them to drive the roads outside the Village to compare and judge whether the work done on their streets is acceptable. More importantly merchants should file their complaints as well. I essentially turned around and left what I had to do for another day not wanting to risk getting stuck somewhere or worse.

The Village is a place where most residents need to congregate for one reason or another. Post office, supermarket, hardware store,library,school, town hall, courts,and Hospital of course. But we should not be at risk at ending up there because the Village can't manage to keep its streets safe to drive on.

Additionally, the Village administration is threatening a lawsuit against the Town because of the King Kullen project claiming it will have a negative impact on commerce and store rentals there. In light of this snow plowing nightmare the Town should embrace projects that are responsive to town residents needs and allow for non Village centric projects. The residents don't need to deal with unsafe road conditions, stores that sell overpriced products, and "traffic related issues" we all have come to know as the "parking ticket"." Jan 13, 11 6:58 PM

Ouch! y4ubsomean2me? I Think Mr. Z has hit the nail on the head. A large part of the problem of the empty stores in in the Village is the "rents are too dammed high"! and the landlords lock you in for long term leases. Trust me I've seen many retailer in small retailers,boutiques, die by that fact. Stores that ran successful businesses from the beaches of St. Bart's to the slopes of Courchevel. The rents are high and the Season is too short. To be successful here long term you need to have products that will be attractive and priced for the year round market not try to make a killing on the two month summer season.

Remember the Dansk store? That's what they had attractive well priced product. The company got bought out by Lenox,who put their own line of dishes that had no appeal to the local market at high prices. The store closed within a year.

I appreciate the distinction you make with respect to overpriced an expensive. A $15.00 dollar drink at 75 Main may seem expensive to some but it is overpriced compared to the same drink at Featherstone's at $7.00.Same Booze. A $90.00 dollar pair of shorts at Vineyard Vines is expensive, but is overpriced in relation to a similar pair of shorts at $50.00 at Brooks Brothers across the street, and robery in relation to the $20-$25.00 they can be had for at Eddie Bauer's in Riverhead.Their all made by the same guy in Asia. I guess the same analysis can be done for the $200.00 bathing suit at Villebrun. Or the guy selling $4,000.00 alligator skin shoes.

Some of these stores might survive because of the Southampton address they covet in order to build up their brands. Sort of like Paris London Milan New York kinda thing. The others because they are large national brands. These have accessible prices and you see a good volume of business from them and they survive the rents and downturns.

But don't blame me or what I say if the stores don't have products that attract me or are to expensive because I have a notion of value. But what I object to is the Village of Southampton using threats of lawsuits against the town in order to squelch competition. I don't see the Mayor and board going to the landlords and asking them to cut rents to save the shop owners and their employees. They are not using heavy handed approaches with them either. Do you see that they are? No. They are working for the landlords and not the shopkeepers. That's who they are protecting. Your just paying the rent till the next sucker comes along. I've seen them come and I've seen them go.

Trust me I do care about the people who work in the villages some I've known for 32 years. You know why? Because they have sustainable business models. Not high prices for short term profits to pay the rent that is too dam high. Sell products that are affordable to locals as well and not just the summer tourist and the estate classes. I think most residents want shopping options and not necessarily have top go to Riverhead to buy them. Local jobs will be destroyed but local jobs will also be created.

Well, If the weather is good tomorrow i'll come into town and buy something I can afford at Elsa's or SH Hospital thrift shop. Drop into Radio Shack and see if they have a special on batteries. Go to Barristers for a quick burger. Walk across the street to Herrick s and pick up salt( its not worth going to Home Depot for). From their South to the Deli on Jobs Lane there is no shop that I think I can use. The liquor store perhaps,But I prefer LampLighter's. They have better prices as opposed to under priced. May a good Chianti... Good bye Clarice. Good luck to you.


" Jan 13, 11 11:56 PM

Study: Merge Southampton And North Sea Fire Districts

Well please have the courtesy to educate me rather than calling me names. I think that the plowing debacle in the Village is synonymous with a other mismanagement issues going on there. If if you think that they are not. I much prefer retaining the NS Fire department separate from the others. I think if you read what I wrote I professed no great knowledge of the matter. So rather than trying to berate me why don't you provide some positive insight on the matter? " Jan 14, 11 12:17 AM

Southampton Village Officials Short On Reasons For Poor Snow Removal

All true. But what people are complaining about are conditions more than 24 hours after the storm in the Village as opposed to the dramatically better condition outside of it in the town." Jan 14, 11 11:27 AM

Good I'm glad we can agree on something.
Dansk was a great store and it lasted for 10 years because it offered a quality product at an affordable price.
Your right about the thrift shops its not a basis for comparison and its pot luck finding what you need when you want it. I use those examples because to the extent I might be shopping for clothes in the Village, by chance, I cannot think of one store I might shop at on a price and style basis. The only store that would make sense would be Brooks Brother's if they have a sale and you don't need to buy two items to benefit for a substantial discount on one and you want a "quality" garment.
Its difficult for me to price a cotton sweater because that would be something I would usually receive as a gift for Christmas as opposed to buying for myself. "oh Thank You another nice sweater..." I also find it difficult to define myself as the average local resident. First, I'm a transplant and second I think there are many different types of local men from laborers, merchants, professionals etc. that can't be lumped into one type. What I think they have in common, if they live in the area, is that shopping in the Village is not going to be their first choice. There's a built in aversion due to pricing issues and a sense that what is being sold does not have them as a target client. On top of that there is the knowledge that there are alternatives at TJ's or in Tangier. I think many would have preferred dressing at the hunting store where sleepy's is now. A casual rugged look as opposed to the preppy BB look.
Anyway, I'd say that a good price for that sweater would be maybe $35.00 plus, but i have no clue. I think that there is a retail opportunity for men's clothing that is well made, traditional, and frugally priced.

Well when the powers that be are the landlords then the merchants will be caught in the squeeze. I think the Village is overdue for a regime change and maybe the merchants who are in the pinch might start mobilizing and prposing viable alternative candidates from their ranks. Anyway good luck to you and your friends.


" Jan 14, 11 2:14 PM

Study: Merge Southampton And North Sea Fire Districts

Thank you. That was Illuminating. So as I understand it the Village "owns" but does not run the FD. The FD as its own management and runs itself without interference. The risk of a poorly run department such as the Village highway department, at least in the last 3 days, does not exist.
The District is politico legal construct that seems to work best when they do nothing as no harm is thus done. Unfortunately, they do cost us (? the village , the town who?) for maintainance costs and unsolicited studies. We could live without them better.

So it seems to me that the SH District is seeking to aggrandize its authority over NS District. So it wants to take over the District and the department in NS to join to its other areas of jurisdiction. The NS fire department would be the only one they would actually have under their control and manage. If I understood correctly, from my perspective, I still prefer an independent NS than one that would fall under the auspices of a non operational entity with wide area of responsibility but no operational assets.

" Jan 14, 11 2:53 PM

Southampton Village Officials Short On Reasons For Poor Snow Removal

Well I was in the Village for diner on Friday night. My impression was that the streets were still no better with large ice sheets,ruts, and bumps all over. Less slushy though. Anybody else have the same impression?" Jan 15, 11 8:25 AM

Town Measure Seeks Simpler Financial Reporting

I happen to have caught this hearing on CACC- TV (CACC=Catch As Catch CC).

The meeting was hilarious and sad and I don't know what was achieved. Seems that the members of the Town Board are more interested in playing and posturing for the peanut galleries than moving forward with the town's business. Hopefully in the aftermath of Tucson they might deal with each other with more civility and professionalism henceforth.

The invocation by one board member of another board member's children was really over the top. Even in the heat of argument. I leave the name's out on purpose.

Assertion's by Mr. Nuzzi , who I like and respect, that board members are independent and don't act according to party lines in the Town of Southampton left me rolling on the floor. Mr. Nuzzi, please...

Mr. Nuzzi is calling for a specific type of management report. Is this a report that is only needed by him or instrumental to the whole board? Then the whole board should have input on what they need from the report not just him. Why has he not asked for this type of report in the previous administrations--Heaney, Kabot--and why the sudden urgency. I think the town comptroller has been rather busy untangling the books. Books that he should have taken more interest in how they were kept in the past with all of the management report he should have requested and desired then. Again Mr. Nuzzi, please...I had to make a law because I was not getting my reports. Sounds abusive and petulant to me.



" Jan 15, 11 9:46 AM

Study: Merge Southampton And North Sea Fire Districts

God forbid they are putting out fire's at the college when a house in Rose's grove catches fire. .." Jan 15, 11 4:29 PM

Southampton Village Officials Short On Reasons For Poor Snow Removal

I guess so. At the end of the day it comes down to the fact that 'the rent is dammed high!". I think there is to much fear of the Riverhead boogieman and exploitation of it. As you mentioned the economy here is different and there is no plan to adopt a Riverhead style development model. However this does not mean we cannot have box stores here either. Bridgehampton commons functions quite well alongside local businesses. Quality, customer care, and knowledge count for a lot.

Recently I had to send a package of documents express mail to Europe bay an Express mail service. I call one company in the village that specializes in this. I call and get an answering machine. Figure they must be busy leave my number and wait for them to call me back. A while later still no call back. I figure call their competitors see where they are located. Here they are, they work with the local stationary store that we know. Call there, someone answers the phone I ask them for a quote give them my number, they price it out and call me back with a price.
Meantime, the other store never called me back so I call them. Good someone answers I tell them what i need. They tell me figure its going to cost you about this much. Anyway I have to insist with them to give me an exact quote. Finally the service was better at the stationary store and that was the determining factor in that case.

On another occasion I was at Home Depot ( ask me no questions I'll tell you no lies), and had a small question about insulation I was looking at. I asked a salesperson, who does not know but tells me to wait while she checks with someone "in the back". I wait 10, 15 minutes and then she finally comes out. "oh yea, I spoke to the manager in the back and he's not sure. he suggested you ask "Riverhead Lumber". So that' where the comparative advantage also lies.

I go to the appliance and electronics distributor here in town and he can't help me out. Doesn't know. Why do I have to drive out Riverhead to talk to his competitor, lets say Best Buy, to get the information and product I need. Should they not be able to come into this market as well? Don't they need stores large enough to accomodate their inventory? Do I owe the store here a local monopoly? Why should i spend the gas and time to go out there?

Get some competition going here. Stop creating barriers to commerce here. " The rent is too dammed high.."" Jan 15, 11 6:13 PM

Study: Merge Southampton And North Sea Fire Districts

Your right. Even worse. Protecting an empty property that belongs to Stony Brook. Let them send their fire department. " Jan 15, 11 8:32 PM

Scaled-down 'Tuckahoe Main Street' Still Finds Opponents

I was driving by the school the other day as it were around the time school lets out. I noticed that there were many parents on both sides of the street parked. I presume they were waiting for school to let out and pick up their children. Irrespective of were the project goes or not, would it not seem more logical the have school let out on the Sebonac Rd. side? How much traffic is there now on Sebonac that the Sandy Hollow Re. entrance is blocked. By virtue of this, I believe there is more traffic on N.Maggee street than Sebonac. What would it take to divert the school pickup to Sebonac? Have the developers offered to pay for something like that? Also maybe make that section of N.Maggee street wider to accommodate the traffic. Let me know what I'm missing here." Jan 17, 11 2:25 PM

Suffolk Water Authority Plans To Sell Surplus Land On East End

Maybe the proceeds will be used to pay for the 100 acres in Flanders to create the park there? I don't know..." Jan 17, 11 2:47 PM

Police Investigate Shooting In Tuckahoe

Maybe they were just a group good ol' boys come a huntin' for that North Sea venison and wild turkeys. The guys in the red bandanna's mighta been looking for a rival gang and entered that house by mistake. ...The guy who drove himself to the hospital might have panicked and not wanted to wait for an ambulance and his other buddies stayed behind to tidy up before the police investigation. ...In other words, this is just speculation on everyone's part. Some ugly speculation by one person. " Jan 18, 11 11:28 AM

Just curious why the Press opened this crime story for comment. I thought they didn't open crime stories for comment. " Jan 18, 11 2:54 PM

Scaled-down 'Tuckahoe Main Street' Still Finds Opponents

So the Tuckahoe taxpayers should be dancing on the head of a pin. Their taxes would be lower their properties worth more plus they would have convenient shopping alternatives close to home. At currently rising gasoline prices that would be win-win. Not to forget about the original question: why not shift school pick up to Sebonac?" Jan 18, 11 3:02 PM

Police Investigate Shooting In Tuckahoe

Mr. Sutton, I think the Mexicans are the victims here..." Jan 18, 11 3:44 PM

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