Letters to the Editor


Great things for Riverhead schools

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the Riverhead Central School District community who entrusted me with not only their vote, but also with their support in electing me to the Board of Education. I truly appreciate the trust of the voters in my commitment to do the very best for the children of our school district. I would like to thank Mary Ellen Harkin and Chrissy Prete for their years of service to our community. My congratulations to Amelia Lantz on her victory and I tip my hat to Mary Meyer for running an excellent campaign. With that being said, in response to Superintendent Diane Scricca’s remarks about me, it is a shame that after several years in our community, she has not realized that it takes more than one organization to get a person elected as a trustee to the Board of Education. It takes the whole community and all the organizations within it. All the many individuals who voted for me know that I will do what is right for our children and our community. Together with the incoming superintendent, Nancy Carney, and the remaining board members, as well as Ms. Lantz, I truly believe there are great things on the horizon for the children of the Riverhead School District. Thank you for all your support.

Jeff Falisi



Message from GOP on mold

On behalf of my supervisor and yours, I am very proud of the actions that have been taken on the mold issue, which affects the health of all concerned. This was passed by Supervisor Sean Walter, Councilman John Dunleavy and Councilman Jim Wooten. This situation was an emergency and needed to be addressed ASAP. I am proud of the supervisor and know that he has Riverhead’s best interests at heart. I apologize for my junior council members for making this a political issue when it should not be.

Nancy Reyer

chairwoman, Riverhead Republican Committee



Think things through, Mr. Supervisor

I have been watching our new supervisor’s management skills with great interest. Having successfully run a $100 million company for nearly 10 years, I feel I am qualified to comment.

First, Mr. Walter’s reaction to the beach permit issue was essentially “Let’s just get something done and if it doesn’t work out, we’ll fix it later.” Never mind that this attitude shows no inclination toward planning, but what kind of expense does the town incur if this idea doesn’t work out and we have to reprint the stickers and reeducate the public as to the new rules?

Second, the golf course plan is a bad one. Mr. Walter believes that if the town had the deed to the golf course, the taxpayers would be protected. The worst thing that could happen to us would be if we took title to the golf course and had to operate it. Why? Because golf courses are expensive to run and major private clubs all over the country are allowing limited non-member play to help defray escalating costs. Did I mention that we have more local golf courses here than we need?

Finally, by inviting the classic car folks to hang out in downtown Riverhead, Mr. Walter succeeds only in bringing a large group of people to downtown to see for themselves that the place is hanging on by its fingernails. When the aquarium, which is a successful attraction, came into being, I used to watch the patrons as they exited this wonderful attraction. They would emerge from the building and look to the right and then to the left with a look of anticipation on their faces for something else to do. Sadly, there was and continues to be nothing else to do. Where is the auto parts store when we need it? Or the Suffolk Theatre?

Fix the stage setting, Mr. Walter, before you show it to anyone. In the attraction business, as in politics, you get only one chance to show your stuff.

Steve Berger



Conserving energy?

While not a regular attendee of the Thursday night gathering of classic cars, I have enjoyed them and hope to continue to enjoy them. But does anyone else see the irony in the article (Wading River ‘gearheads’ told to hit the road,” May 20) where clients of a gym complain that they cannot park close enough? Guess they want to save their energy for the treadmill.

Augie Hoffmann



Support the arts, downtown Riverhead

It’s nice to see the energy building in downtown Riverhead. Major developments, including the Dark Horse restaurant, Summerwind complex, Atlantis hotel and the Suffolk Theatre, all point to a brighter future. If you were downtown Saturday night it was clear there are many committed to the revitalization. The East End Arts Council’s Downtown Dance Party was the face of Riverhead, reflecting a true cross section of our community. The “I Love Riverhead” bumper stickers were a hot item and entirely scooped up by our guests. That tells us something.

Let’s keep the momentum going. Take a moment to see where you can be involved. It is an opportune time to do what you can to help our town. Everyone in their own way can make a positive impact on downtown, like Steve Wirth of Digger O’Dell’s for sponsoring the dance party and Shelly Gordon for providing the dance space and for providing window access for the storefront gallery, along with the Area Properties group. It’s a good time to stroll Main Street and see the momentum in action. Check out the storefront art display and the very special video in the window of the old Sears building.

The dance party, with great music by Center Stage, was a timely kick-off to an ambitious summer in Riverhead, immediately followed this coming Sunday with the EEAC’s annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival. The Riverhead Business Improvement District, the Chamber of Commerce, Peconic Paddler, Townscape, I Love Riverhead and Vail-Leavitt Music Hall all have great plans for drawing the community downtown this summer, and EEAC will be holding a free community drum circle on Wednesday evenings. You can help by attending the events and afterwards take the time to eat at any of the exceptional restaurants we are lucky to have and shop in the local businesses.

EEAC is grateful to be situated in the middle of downtown and appreciates the commitment received from Riverhead Town. My board of directors, staff and I are dedicated to being part of the revitalization efforts. You can help us help the community by getting involved with the East End Arts Council. You can support our fund drive, volunteer, become a member, take a class or just visit the gallery. Check us out at www.eastendarts.org. When the arts are strong in a community, the community is strong.

Pat Snyder

executive director, East End Arts Council



With sincere thanks

On behalf of my family, I’d like to thank the Aquebogue PTO and staff for the beautiful dedication and memorial of the courtyard to my late husband, Allen Goleski. Allen was head custodian at the Aquebogue School for a majority of his 20 years with the school district and died suddenly on New Year’s Day. He took pride in the cleanliness and appearance of the school, as he had fond memories of his elementary years there. When everyone else had snow days, he made it in to make sure the sidewalks were clear for the safety of the students and staff. It’s nice to know that the people he worked with liked him, miss him and appreciated the job he did.

Sandra Goleski



A friend of the bees

Thank you, Erin Schultz, for the brilliant May 13 article on bees. Bees may be in decline but interest in them is abuzz. Sixty years ago, a prediction attributed to Albert Einstein stated, “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.” While I hope this forecast never comes to fruition, evidence of the bee’s decline is apparent. Two years ago, our lavender bushes swarmed with honeybees. Last year I only saw one bee. I hope the article might inspire more people to either take up beekeeping or practice gardening and landscaping habits to support bees. Keep up the good work, Ms. Schultz. The bees and humankind need you.

Tom Gahan



A day to remember

Some still call Memorial Day “Decoration Day,” some call it the unofficial beginning of summer. But whatever you call it, this day will be upon us soon.

For the baby boomer generation, this day is a day of reflection taught to us by our fathers and uncles who fought in places like Omaha Beach, Guadalcanal, the Bulge or Okinawa, and so many more. They were the lucky ones who made it home, found employment and built the good life for us.

In their memories are the faces of friends who paid the ultimate price for all so that the good life would survive. Many of our fathers and uncles could or would not speak of the horrors of the war they had just won. Even years and decades later it is all too painful. But our gratitude to them can never be too high or too much.

Memorial Day is a day to honor those who fell in battle alongside the lucky ones, and to remember that the good life is fragile and should never be taken for granted. In this year many of our veterans are passing on to another muster at a rate that seems shameful. It is the reality of life, for none of us live forever.

The gardens of stone at our veterans’ cemeteries will be decorated with our flag, a simple gesture of honor. On this day, wherever you may be, take time to remember those who died forever young so that you may enjoy your life free.

This is an American holiday. Take time to enjoy being an American.

Bob Bittner