Saturday, February 6, 2016

Eight inches of heavy snow Feb. 5

Through the morning of February 5, 2016, Seaford received eight inches of heavy snow. The temperature was in the mid-thirties. In the afternoon, the skies cleared.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Demolition & construction

A wood-framed senior community is replacing the structural steel and brick Seaford Avenue School. The above view of Seasons at Seaford, looking southwest from Waverly and Locust Avenues, shows the lower floor and the girders of what may be the Club House. Any photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.

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A retirement community will replace the Seaford Avenue School.

Huge Gershow trucks are hauling away the debris from demolition of the school.

This was the north exit from the first floor corridor.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Seaford, Long Island, calendar

February 13 to 21, 2016 -- Winter Recess.
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7 p.m. -- Monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Seaford Library, to be held in the downstairs meeting room.
Sunday, March 13, 2016 -- Daylight Saving Time returns.
Sunday, March 27, 2016 -- Easter Sunday in the Gregorian Calendar.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Merrick Road & Jackson Ave.

A reader inquired whether I had a photo of Powell's Hotel. Yes, I took several street photos during our first years in Seaford, and about 2010 I scanned some. However, with too many of my scans, I did not record the date of the photo itself. The hotel above, on the northwest corner of Merrick Road and Seaford Avenue, was replaced by the Long Island Savings Bank, currently named Astoria Bank, and in 2016 to be purchased by New York Community Bank.
When Merrick Road was widened after the above photo, the electric distribution lines were moved behind the buildings.  Also, please note the fire alarm box on the pole.  I have been unable to learn the year when the Seaford Fire Department introduced these telegraph alarm boxes, nor have I been able to learn when they were removed.
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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Wood replaces brick

The above view of Seasons at Seaford, looking southwest from Waverly and Locust Avenues, show the frame construction of the lower floor and the girders of what may be the Club House. Any photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Late autumn colors

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans' Day, 2015

Veterans' Day, November 11, 2015, in Seaford, New York.

This year, the chairs, podiums, and wreaths were set up inside the American Legion post because of unpredictable weather.  Post Commander William Harms led the dignified and appropriate ceremony.
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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Autumn in Seaford

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

LIRR Forum 9.29.2015

On September 29, 2015, County Legislator Steven Rhoads hosted a public forum in the Wantagh High School auditorium, the topic being the Long Island Railroad and its service to the stations between Freeport and Seaford.  About twenty residents attended the meeting.  The panel consisted of Mr. Rhoads, Robert Brennan (spokesman for the LIRR), Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, a MTA sergeant, the town head of traffic control, and another aide.  Thankfully, the meeting did not turn political, let's-blame-the-other-party.  Instead, most of the questions, the arguments, and the rudeness was directed at Mr. Brennan, who was too often interrupted as he tried to answer. I also interrupted him when I asked him to clarify in which month the renovation of the Wantagh platforms would begin.  The answer was next March or April, at the earliest.
The meeting lasted from 7:15 p.m. until 8:45.  Each panel member stayed later for any further conversation. Councilwoman King Sweeney deserves praise for her willingness to look further into the questions raised about parking.  One resident complained that some parking spots east of Oakland Avenue seem to be permanently occupied or used by nearby commerce.  Only the parking directly under the trestle is administered by the LIRR.  The two spaces reserved for railroad personnel are needed by those conductors who are instructed to begin their run at Wantagh.
The most time-consuming topic was pigeon dirt.  Mr. Brennan explained that the station is power-washed monthly.  The Federal Railroad Administration requires periodic inspections of girders and rivets and that the girders cannot be enclosed. Other topics discussed at length were the presence of homeless people, personal safety, aggressive begging, and at least one incident of physical threat. One resident demanded 24/7 presence of police at the station. The sergeant emphasized that charges are hindered when the victim refuses to give a statement. Both the MTA police and Nassau County police have jurisdiction at the station.  The county police can be reached directly at 911.  The MTA police can be reached through the menu at 511. I note that in previous forums, Dave Denenberg emphasized that a call to the 7th Precinct delays action because the call has to be forwarded to 911. Also, a call to 911 begins a record trail that will later show the results of follow-up action.
A man presented Mr. Brennan with large photographs of duct tape used in repairs at the Merrick elevator.
The renovation of the Wantagh station platforms in the budget includes also a new escalator and an elevator.  A business owner from Railroad Avenue expressed worry about loss to her business if Railroad Avenue is closed during the renovation.  I note that the high-tension lines are on the north side of the tracks, so the crane removing and replacing the canopies and platform slabs would probably have to work from the south side, as was done recently at Massapequa.
The photo linked here looks west at Wantagh, showing the Beech Street crossing about 1967.  However, I have difficulty identifying the buildings.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

A fence along Seaford Avenue

A temporary fence went up along Seaford Avenue during the week of September 21, 2015.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

"Everything Must Go"

On Friday morning, September 25, 2015, the Seaford Pathmark on Merrick Road has signs, "Everything Must Go," "Final Inventory, This Store Only," "All Items, Up to 30% Off."