Monday, July 18, 2016

Seaford, Long Island, calendar

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 7:30 p.m. -- Concert, "Captain Jack," in the parking lot west of the Seaford Library. Bring chairs.
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Saturday August 13, 2016, 7:30 p.m. -- Concert, "Seven Bridges Road," in a grassy area near the Seaford train station.
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Sunday, September 11, 2016, 7 p.m. -- The 9-11 Memorial Candle Lighting at the high school.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 7 p.m. -- Regular monthly meeting of the Seaford Library board of trustees in the downstairs meeting room.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 -- State and local primary day in Seaford, if needed.
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Saturday, September 24, 2016 -- The Wantagh Preservation Society will celebrate the 50th anniversary of saving the Wantagh train station.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 -- General election day.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Street lighting

About two weeks ago, I encountered a fellow changing street light bulbs inside the globes of the stanchion lights in our neighborhood.  His truck carried the name of a private contractor, presumably hired by the Town of Hempstead.  The pink-orange sodium vapor lamps were replaced by LED lamps inside the same globes.
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Because these are enclosed, I am unable to determine what each bulb looks like.  I suspect they resemble the one in this link, as it has a screw base socket. Also, the new lights appear concentrated in a bulb, unlike the LEDs that the Town of Hempstead has affixed to utility poles.
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The photos below show a variety of street lights in and around Seaford. Clicking on a photo will enlarge it.





Of the new LED street lighting around Seaford, the type in the above two photos seems to prevail. There are five LED bulbs in an X formation, plus a bar of 8 buttons or smaller lights, the purpose of which I don't know.  On Oakland Avenue, this type does not illumine the width of the street.


Maybe six or seven years ago, the Town of Hempstead installed these decorative "bishop's crook" lamps along five or six blocks of Merrick Road.  The other night, some glowed a pinkish-orange, suggesting that the lights were high-pressure sodium vapor lamps.  I'm not too sure whether the whitish lights were mercury vapor or LEDs.   A 2009 article in the New York Daily News priced similar lamp posts at $10,000.



It's somewhat difficult to see that the above Seaford Avenue lamp has twice the LED's than the insufficient Oakland Avenue lamp in the previous photo.  Each position on the X has two adjacent bulbs.



I am fairly certain that the towns supply street lighting along Sunrise Highway and Merrick Road, resulting in a change of illumination for eastbound drivers when they pass over the town line at Tackapausha Park, the creek being the division existing for 200 years or more.  From about 1985 until 2015 something then shocked the eastbound motorist: traffic signals displaying yellow in Massapequa (Town of Oyster Bay) were the same color as the street lights!  With the recent introduction of brilliant white LED street lights, it is again possible to see all three aspects of signals.
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One old sodium vapor bulb was left on Saddle Path, Seaford, surrounded by new LED lights shining white.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Independence Day Parade, 2016, Wantagh


The parade went north on Wantagh Avenue, east on Island Road (where these photos were taken), and south on Beech Street to the elementary school.  Any photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.





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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Just Sixties


On Saturday evening, June 25, 2016, about two hudred people gathered in the parking lot near the Seaford Library to hear the band "Just Sixties." Any  photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.


The library board honored a deceased leader, Robert Coughlin.  His family received the citation in his place.




Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day, 2016, rain

In 2016, Memorial Day fell on May 30th, the date for Decoration Day for many decades prior to 1971. Unfortunately, a moderate rain swept through Seaford about 7 a. m. and caused the cancellation of the Washington Avenue parade.  I presume some ceremony was held at Seaford Middle School.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Some projected enrollments

On May 5, 2016, in a chart on school spending, Newsday reprinted the Estimated Enrollments for each school district in the coming September, as listed by the NYS Education Department. What follows is merely a selected comparison of enrollments for some of the school districts.

19,000 Brentwood, largest in Suffolk
17,028 Sewanaka incl. elem. districts
9,190 Valley Stream incl. elem. districts
7,899 Hempstead
7,897 Bellmore-Merrick incl. elem. districts
7,383 Levittown
7,277 Freeport
6,979 Massapequa
5,230 Hicksville
2,996 Wantagh
2,963 Plainedge
2,236 SEAFORD
2,100 Locust Valley
1,976 West Hempstead
1,735 East Williston, Wheatley
1,603 Oyster Bay, East Norwich
1,375 Carle Place
1,190 East Rockaway

Seaford school budget passes, 1,197 to 432

Seaford's school budget passed in yesterday's voting, with 1,197 yes and 432 no votes. The total vote was 1.629, which is about 200 voters fewer than in 2015. Incumbents Janice Baldwin and Bruce Kahn, unopposed, won another three years on the Board of Trustees.
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At the Harbor school a different entrance and voting room was used.  Signs directed voters to the rear parking lot and a doorway to an east-west corridor, then west along the corridor to the half-gym, where the voting personnel and equipment were.  We filled in ovals and used one large sheet of paper per voter. The old lever machines (used as recently as 2014?) did not consume paper, but apparently they are no longer stored and maintained by the Nassau County Board of Elections.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Seaford Library budget passes 84-14.

On April 20, 2016, the Seaford Library budget passed 84-14 (98 votes cast, 47 votes less than last year).

Friday, March 4, 2016

Wantagh LIRR station rehab coming

New LIRR schedules go into effect March 7, 2016.  I note that this link refers to upcoming rehabilitation of the Wantagh station platforms.  Previous work at Seaford and Massapequa took almost two years for each project, but in Wantagh there is the constraint of working with hoists from Railroad Avenue.
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Please note this press release dated March 31, 2016. The estimated cost of the renovation is $23.9 million.  We will get an elevator and a new escalator.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap Year Day in Seaford, N.Y.


We had a clear sky on the morning of February 29, 2016.  These are views from Seaford, Long Island.







Clicking on any photo will enlarge it.


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.


Clicking on a photo will enlarge it.