Monday, September 15, 2014

Speed cameras


Any photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.


This device clocked a skateboarder at 12 m.p.h.  The cameras are about 400 feet north of this sign.


Both northbound and southbound devices are attached to this pole.  At top are the lights.
The camera lens in this photo seems to be aimed at the rear of northbound cars.  Presumably, the boxes are merely controls and transmission devices.  Or is downloading done physically by an employee visiting each camera?  Near the lower box can be seen a flat pad, one in each direction. Might this register an approaching car and ready the camera, or is it the radar capturing the speed of the car that has just passed?  I could not determine the aim of these pads. 


Sunday, August 24, 2014

American Lion


American History / American Biography Book Discussion a the Seaford Public Library, Monday, September 29, 2014, 2 p.m.  Book: American Lion, Andrew Jackson in the White House, by Jon Meacham.
A thought-provoking study of Andrew Jackson chronicles the life and career of a self-made man who went on to become a military hero and seventh president of the United States, analyzing Jackson's role during a turbulent era, the political crises and person upheaval that surrounded him, and his legacy for the modern presidency. Facilitated by Library Director Frank McKenna.  Copies of the book will be available when you register.  Registration begins Monday, September 8th, at the Registration Desk.  
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I have no idea whether the street names were selected, recalling Jackson's nickname "Old Hickory," which he earned during the War of 1812.  I suspect that Jackson indicates a family that was around here in the 1700's.  Maybe Hickory resembles the Maple Street two blocks north and parallel.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Seaford, Long Island, Calendar

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at sundown -- Beginning of the new year in the Jewish calendar. The Seaford public schools are closed September 25 and 26.
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Sunday, September 28, 2014, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Harvest Fair at the Seaford Historical Museum on Waverly Avenue.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:30 p.m. -- Forum at the Wantagh Public Library on the Long Island Rail Road service and station conditions at Wantagh, Seaford, and Bellmore.  Host David Denenberg.  The forum may resemble this one.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:30 p.m. -- Regular monthly meeting of the Seaford Board of Education at the Seaford Manor School, Washington Avenue.
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Monday, October 6, 2014, 7 p.m. -- Monthly meeting of the Seaford Library Board in the downstairs meeting room.  
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Monday, October 13, 2014 -- Columbus Day.
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 -- Election Day.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 -- Veterans' Day.





Monday, August 4, 2014

Marie McCormack, taught at Seaford Manor School

We are sad to learn that friend Marie McCormack passed away yesterday, August 3, 2014.  She and her husband raised their family of eight in Seaford.  For many years she taught at the Seaford Manor School.  May she rest in peace.
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Her funeral Mass is Friday, August 8, 2014, 10 a.m. at the church of St. William the Abbot, 2000 Jackson Avenue, Seaford.

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.



Newsday has taken the alphabetical list of World War I dead as assembled by volunteers at the New York State Military Museum and made it more searchable by community, linked here. Entering community names Seaford, Massapequa, Wantagh, Bellmore, and Merrick comes up with no names.  The list for Hempstead shows eight, but it is ambiguous whether it is Town or Village of Hempstead.  As Baldwin is unincorporated, but listed with six losses, I surmise that communities with "no names" did not suffer deaths. The lists show how, in combat, illnesses also could be fatal.  
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Many thanks to all who served.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Taco Bell demolished






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The week of July 20, 2014, saw the destruction of the closed Taco Bell restaurant at 3950 Sunrise Highway, Seaford.  As of August 25, 2014, the signs indicate that a new Taco Bell is under construction.
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The county tax records state that the building was built for Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips in 1972.  Please see the comment from a man who worked there.  Recent assessments were for $591,000. What was there in the 1950's?

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.
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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.
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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.