Monday, July 28, 2014

A hundred years ago

A hundred years ago, on July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.  In 1917, the United States entered the "Great War," leading to this memorial facing Sunrise Highway in front of the Seaford train station.  Any photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Taco Bell demolished

Any photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.

The week of July 20, 2014, saw the destruction of the closed Taco Bell restaurant at 3950 Sunrise Highway, Seaford.  Maybe a new Taco Bell will be built there, as signs promise construction of some sort.
The county tax records state that the building was built for Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips in 1972, but I do not recall that.  Recent assessments were for $591,000. What was there in the 1950's?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Seaford, Long Island, calendar

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 7:30 p.m., in the parking lot behind the Seaford Library.  "Jukebox Explosion."  Rock out to this far-out, fabulous 60's tribute band bringing you the best of the British and American Invasion.  This is presented in cooperation with the Seaford Lions club.
Thursday, August 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m. -- Regular monthly meeting of the Seaford Board of Education, to be held in the air-conditioned Band Room of the high school.
Saturday, August 16, 2014, in the parking lot near the gazebo of the Seaford railroad station. -- "Uppercut." Have the time of your life with this high energy, funk, rock and R & B group whose repertoire is dedicated to the great horn bands of the last forty years.  This is brought to you in partnership with the Seaford Wellness Council.
Sunday, August 17, 2014, 2 p.m. -- The Music of Judy Garland, Live Stage Production, at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore.  For tickets and info: 516-330-7964.
Thursday, August 28, 2014, 8:30 a.m. -- Ninth grade orientation at the Seaford High School.
Monday, September 1, 2014 -- Labor Day.
Thursday, September 4, 2014 -- Regular monthly meeting of the Seaford Board of Education, at the Seaford Manor School.
Monday, September 8, 2014, 7 p.m. -- Meeting of the Seaford Library board of trustees in the downstairs meeting room of the library.
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7 p.m. -- Memorial Candle Lighting.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at sundown -- Beginning of the new year in the Jewish calendar.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sugar and Space Band

Eric Wasserman welcomes the band and thanks the sponsors.

An appreciative audience of about 160 heard the first Summer Concert organized by the Seaford Public Library and sponsored by local organizations.  The Motown band Sugar and Space replaced the scheduled band that could not come.  Please see the calendar above for further dates of these enjoyable Saturday night outdoor concerts.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Public supervision

Maybe these cameras are part of the Nassau County Domain Awareness program described in a Newsday article on August 24, 2013.  Maybe they are part of the monitoring system to be installed at 511 Ocean Avenue, Massapequa, as described in the Seaford Herald Citizen of May 29, 2014. It seems that the Nassau County Executive praised that work at a recent press conference.  The private firm, IntraLogic, received several forms of tax breaks through the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day, 2014

On the morning of May 26, 2014, the Seaford American Legion and other organizations honored those who died in combat with a parade to the marker at Seaford Middle School.

Above are the marchers of the American Legion.  Each photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.

School Budget Passed

On May 20, 2014, the proposed 2014-2015 Seaford, New York, school budget passed 1,427-592. 

The repair reserve fund passed, 1,326-425.  Resolved, the Board be authorized to transfer up to 2.5 million dollars from the proceeds from the anticipated sale of the Seaford Avenue School to a repair reserve fund for repairs to the facilities in the Seaford School District, which transfer of funds shall not cause an increase in taxes.
The Basic Veteran's Exemption advisory passed, 1,280-448.  Resolved, that the Board of Education exercise its discretion and approve the basic veteran's exemption that is permissible under Section 458-a of the Real Property Tax Law.
Brian Fagan and Stacie Stark were elected as trustees on the school board. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Citizen renamed

Above is the masthead of the final edition of The Citizen, a weekly newspaper that was purchased by a larger organization several months ago.  Note that it is issue 17  of Volume 61, dated April 28, 2014.

Above is the masthead of the next edition, the Seaford Herald Citizen, with a spread date of May 1-7, 2014. The masthead appears to lack a Volume and Issue number.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Seaford 7th Precinct Meeting 4.7.2014

Meeting with Seventh Precinct police commander 4.7.2014.
These are merely my notes from the meeting, and errors can be corrected.

County Legislator David Denenberg arranged this meeting at the Seaford Library, for 7:30 p.m.  Dan, a legislative assistant, arrived first.  He said Denenberg was at a special session of the Nassau Legislature (true), but would come.  Inspector Joseph Barbieri of the Seventh Precinct would be late.  Dan said that out the consolidation of the First Precinct into the Seventh Precinct is “off the table.”
At 7:50 p.m. Inspector Joseph Barbieri arrived from a meeting at the Seventh Precinct.  He, instead of POP officers, attended our meeting because the Problem-Oriented-Policing officers are busy with school safety, and the POP staff had been cut.
The inspector was at the Seventh Precinct during Sandy, when a 50’ yacht was on Merrick Road and the precinct house was out of service.  He spoke of the danger of future storms.  That is why they purchased SUV’s, which ride higher than sedans.  He spoke about the burglars captured in Massapequa Park because of their footprints in  snow.
He spoke of the ways in which thieves scam older people.  Some thieves phone about false IRS bills, or fees for missing jury duty, or a computer virus scam, or a request to call back a certain number.  He mentioned the skimming device found on a Ticket Vending Machine at Baldwin station.  The inspector said we should lock our windows and doors.
He spoke about thieves looking for valuables in cars parked near gymnasiums.
He said that along the park trails, Nassau County Public Safety Officers were patrolling.
8:07 p.m. The Inspector resumed by asking that questions be held until later.
He spoke of strangers and youngsters.
Regarding car break-ins, he said that almost all people caught had an addiction to something stronger than alcohol.  The notion of a drug user as a dirty junkie is passé.  One problem is that heroin has become cheap, $6 to $8 a bag.  He thanked the County Executive and the Legislature for attempting to provide kits to revive people who have overdosed.
8:16 p.m. Legislator David Denenberg arrived from a session that was featured in Newsday the next day.
Denenberg said the funerals from overdoses tend to be people in their 20’s. High school students attend forums on drugs, but there seems to be little done with the college-age person, where the deaths have spiked.
The Inspector said one problem is the family medicine chest as the source of overdoses.  Denenberg said that problem houses should be reported to 911, so that police can begin some form of observation.
A member of the audience asked Denenberg whether he felt he was getting enough NY State support on blocking the supply chain.  Are both the state and the feds active on the borders?  No, cutting off the drug supply is the task of the federal government.  On other drug-stopping issues, Denenberg  sees no leadership from the state.
He praised the Southeast Nassau Guidance Center, but both the state and the county have cut their budgetary support.  Denenberg pointed out that the red-light camera review was supposed to have funded similar programs, but the funds are being sent to the general fund.
A member of the audience complained about the lack of enforcement of one-hour parking on Locust Avenue near the car dealers.  Denenberg replied: Phone 911, not the precinct.  We pay a telephone charge for the Enhanced 911.  Not only does the 911 center, rather than the precinct, dispatch sector cars, but it keeps a record of the actions taken.
A member of the audience complained about drugs and romps at the dead ends of Mermaid Avenue and Wantagh Avenue, north of St. Regis Street. The inspector promised increased visits by patrol cars.
A member of the audience complained about a construction business making excessive noise.  The inspector said that the police department does not have decibel-reading machines.
A member of the audience inquired whether overdoses were followed by inquiries about the source of the drugs.  A user could be offered a plea bargain in return for information, but an arrest could also block the process of getting more information.  The inspector made a reference to arresting those who sell alcohol to minors.  He also said that opiate medicines should be treated like firearms in the house, under lock.
How large is the police force?  I think I heard Denenberg say it was 2,200 officers, historically quite low.  This drives up the cost of overtime.
A resident complained about the unloading of new cars from automobile delivery trucks when it is done on Seaford Avenue south of Sunrise Highway.
When I praised the diminishing number of obscured license plates, Denenberg and the inspector lauded the use of license-plate scanners atop two of the county’s police cars.
The meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.
Please note that the April 2, 2014, issue of the Massapequa Post has an article describing Inspector Barbieri’s presentation to the mayor and Board of the Village of Massapequa Park.  They complain that larceny arrests at Sunrise Mall draw sector patrols away from the village.
For a report on a 2010 meeting, please click here.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Seaford library budget passes 157-22

The Seaford Library budget vote was held on April 2, 2014.  The budget passed, 157-22 (179 votes cast).
James DiPietro won the seat on the Board of Trustees, 135-78 (213 votes cast).

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Penultimate snow of March, 2014

The winter of 2013-2014 brought a series of snowfalls and low temperatures to Long Island, but not in such great amounts that the highways were blocked by the snow.  How many Snow Days did Seaford schools experience?  Maybe four.  The above photo of March 3, 2014, shows the accumulation when three inches were predicted.
A wet snow of about an inch fell during the early hours of March 31, 2014.  By noon, it melted.