I recently read that someone had the bright idea of installing parking meters in downtown Riverhead.
First, they should speak with the shopkeepers of downtown Port Jefferson where they’re likely to get an earful of negative responses. READ
An influx of Riverhead natives will be returning in June to take part in witnessing another graduating class take that pivotal step across the stage. It is the first step of their journey into the future.
It’s 7:13 a.m. and my daughter just left for Riverhead High School. She would normally catch a 6:08 a.m. bus which would mean getting up at 5 a.m.
The hamlet of Jamesport, on the bay
is a place where visitors decide to stay.
Almost daily, the media teases stories about how to lose weight and get into shape and the answer is always the same: diet and exercise.
Most folks don’t want to hear that, though. We like the idea of a magic solution, but in the end, most of life’s answers are pretty easy. It’s the doing it that’s tough. That’s why it’s kind of disheartening to see all the attention yet another downtown study is getting (cover story, June 26 Riverhead News-Review: “Downtown parking & traffic & housing, oh my!”). We know what the answers are in this town; the hard part has been doing it. (more…)
To the Editor:
I am writing in response to some thoughts on drug arrests found in both a recent News-Review editorial and a follow-up letter from Richard Park. I agree that we can’t arrest our way out of a gang problem.
More convictions aren’t the answer. As a community, we need to provide our youth with alternatives to drugs and gangs. As the News-Review pointed out, Riverhead has no YMCA or large recreation center. We need to offer a safe place for our teens to hang out and have fun, one with structure and supervision. The town’s answer is that we can’t afford anything like that now. (more…)
To the Editor:
Swaying in the wind, their presence hides an escalating problem that virtually affects us all.
Once the symbol of upward mobility and a promising future, real estate signs on front lawns in many cases signify another casualty inflicted by the high cost of living on Long Island. (more…)
We can agree that nitrates in our surface water are a problem and may be the cause of the brown tide and red tide in the bay. Politicians and environmental groups have proposed that the removal of nitrates from our sanitary systems will mitigate this problem, and are forming a Wastewater Commission, comprising appointed political members to force the removal of all existing sanitary systems within 1,000 feet of the surface waters.
That may sound simple, but on close analysis it is problematic. The removal of existing sanitary systems, especially for older homes, requires excavating and removing nearby trees, and possibly destroying driveways, patios or lawns. After the installation of the new, experimental system, you still will face the task of replanting trees, reseeding lawns and the possible reconstruction of patios and driveways. There would be about 80,000 homes affected, whose owners would need to spend up to $20,000 per home to comply with these new laws. That is a cost of $1.6 billion.
Most of those homes are on the East End’s twin forks.
The problem with this mandate is that the removal of nitrates from individual sanitary systems is a very complex scientific and engineering problem and, at the present time, there is no proven way to remove nitrates from individual sanitary systems. There are some experimental systems, but they have not demonstrated effectiveness over the long term. You do not want to spend that kind of money and destroy all those yards without a proven, long-term solution.
What is needed is a committee of scientists and engineers to resolve the technical and engineering problems first before a law is put into effect.
Solve the technical problems first, then form a commission to implement the effective solution.
Joseph Fischetti, Southold
Mr. Fischetti runs a civil and structural engineering practice in Southold.