COURTESY PHOTO | Kristina Lange from the Group for the East End delivering a check to Supervisor Jim Dougherty at Town Hall Tuesday morning to pay for an intern mapping septic systems this summer.
The town has received a check for $4,000 to defray costs for an intern to collect records on existing septic systems and cesspools.
In early April Town Engineer John Cronin told the Town Board that dangerous pollutants, including nitrogen, are not being controlled due to antiquated or faulty septic systems. Neither septic systems or cesspools, which Mr. Cronin described as “just a hole in the ground,” does much of anything to stop the flow of nitrogen compounds that poisons drinking water and surrounding surface waters such as ponds, creeks and bays.
Hiring an intern to create a data base on the systems is a necessary first step, according to Mr. Cronin, in getting a handle on the situation.
The engineer had originally suggested that the town could budget for the intern or take the necessary funds from his own salary.
Enter the Group for the East End.
In a presentation to the board last month, Robert DeLuca, CEO of the environmental nonprofit, said that he had read about Mr. Cronin’s proposal in the Reporter and his organization would gladly offer a grant for the $4,000.
In a letter to Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Mr. DeLuca said creating a database is “crucially important to developing informed recommendations and ultimately solutions for what is increasingly important water quality issues facing our entire region.”
REPORTER FILE PHOTO| The number of complaints about aircraft noise is up dramatically this summer over last.
If you think roaring helicopters and buzzing planes are making your life more miserable this summer than last, you’re right.
Last summer, from July 1 to July 28, the East Hampton Airport booked 54 noise complaints from Shelter Island residents. In the same period this summer, that number spiked to 810 complaints. (more…)
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Bucks Manager Jon Karcich led his team to its first playoff victory in team history Monday over the Sag Harbor Whalers.
The Shelter Island Bucks are one win away from playing for the championship of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League.
The Bucks won the first playoff game in team history in style Monday evening, defeating the Sag Harbor Whalers 11-2 on the road in the opening game of their best-of-three HBCL semifinal playoff series. (more…)
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Deputy Commissioner John Miller of the New York Police Department got a first-class ride back to New York City Monday afternoon.
It’s good to be the boss.
Deputy Commissioner John Miller of the New York Police Department got a first-class ride back to New York City Monday afternoon in an NYPD helicopter that picked him up from Klenawicus Airport on the Island , where he has a vacation home. (more…)
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Leonard Skuggevik will be named superintendent of the Shelter Island School District, replacing Dr. Michael Hynes, who is now the superintendent of the Patchogue-Medford School District.
When Shelter Island students return to school in September, they will be greeted by a new superintendent, Leonard Skuggevik.
Mr.Skuggevik has been secondary school principal in the neighboring Greenport Union Free School District for the past five years. (more…)