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Last Updated: August 26, 2014   
 The following articles - and more - can be found in our print edition:

Heavy Metal Testing
in OB Harbor

• Loriann Cody

In 2014, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) collected shellfish from six sites within Oyster Bay Harbor. Hard clams were collected at five sites; two sites on Town of Oyster Bay (TOB) lands that are certified for shellfish harvesting; two sites (TOB land) that are uncertified and do not allow shellfish harvesting; and one site on privately leased land that is certified for shellfish harvesting. Oysters were collected from one site on town-
leased land that is certified for shellfish harvesting.

The samples collected were sent to an independent laboratory for testing for 24 different heavy metals, including aluminum, arsenic, barium, cadmium, copper, iron, lead, mercury and thallium among others. Proper testing was conducted, including iced samples, keeping a chain of custody and the use of correct containers with a custody seal intact. The data obtained from testing was then sent to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for review.

The NYSDOH compared the Oyster Bay Harbor sampling data to heavy metals data from hard clam sampling from outer Hempstead Harbor. They also used available toxilogical and exposure information. Their review indicated “adverse human health effects are unlikely to occur from metals present at the levels reported in these Oyster Bay Harbor clam and oyster samples.”

The six samples sites were: West Harbor (clam), the water along West Shore Road, between Cleft Road and the Bayville Bridge (clam), West Harbor close to the Bayville Bridge on Frank M. Flower (FMF) leased (oyster), near Beekman Beach/Jakobson Shipyard (clam), the water off the end of Ships Point Lane (clam), and the water between Centre Island and Cove Point on FMF leased (clam).
The DOH also analyzed the data for cancer risk, using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data for reference. Their evaluation indicated that the cancer risk was below levels that would necessitate a health concern.

While residents can be relieved about the quality of shellfish in the harbor, this can not be said about the waters of the Long Island Sound. Recent reports highlighted the growing acidity of the Sound. Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s the Sound experienced low levels of dissolved oxygen (hypoxia) and increased levels of nitrogen. Nitrogen fuels the growth of planktonic algae. The algae die, settle to the bottom of the Sound and decay, using up oxygen in the process. Marine life is affected by the lack of oxygen, sometimes leading to a brown tide algal bloom and shellfish die-off. New York, and Connecticut formed the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) in 1985, a bi-state partnership dedicated to restoring and protecting the Sound. Since that time, much has been done to decrease the amount of nitrogen caused by run-off and pesticide use, however, water acidity levels were not addressed on the LISS website: Perhaps that is an issue that will be addressed in the future.

Muttontown Man Pleads Guilty

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s press release announced a plea and sentencing of a Muttontown man, John Doxey, 45, who illegally released toxic chemicals into the ground at his business located just yards away from a Glen Cove waterway that leads into Long Island Sound.

Doxey pleaded guilty on August 20th to one count of Endangering Public Health, Safety or the Environment in the 5th Degree, a B misdemeanor before Acting County Court Judge Francis Ricigliano. Doxey was also sentenced by Judge Racigiliano to a conditional discharge with an agreement that he will finish the clean-up of his Glen Cove property under the supervision of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Doxey has already spent $25,000 towards the clean-up.

Doxey was arrested by DA investigators in May 2012 and charged with illegally releasing toxic automotive fluids into the ground of his salvage yard located at 4 Park Place in Glen Cove, just south of the Glen Cove waterway. State law requires that fluids like gasoline, motor oil, and transmission fluid be drained and properly stored for disposal before disassembling vehicles. Doxey’s arrest was the result of an investigation by DA Rice’s office, the Glen Cove Police Department, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Nassau County Department CAP Squad.
DA Rice said, “My office will continue our efforts to preserve Nassau County’s natural beauty and to protect people from the environmentally reckless actions to which this defendant pleaded guilty today.”


John Doxey (Photo: NC)


BURKE, Paul D. of Huntington, on August 17, age 84. Father of Douglas (Kim) of Maryland, Gary of Huntington, Darryl (Guy Sprang) of Oregon, Tracey Aledort (Andy) of Sea Cliff, and James (Harmony) of Little Neck. Brother of the late Patricia Bradley. Grandfather of 11. Visiting held at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home. Service and interment held privately.

DEANS, Robert Barr, Jr. passed away peacefully early on the morning of August 13th, at Glen Cove Hospital. Bob was born on April 9, 1925 in Buffalo, New York. He was the second child of Robert B. Deans (“Sheriff”) and Lucy Bemis Pomeroy Deans. His older sister, Lucy Pomeroy Hanes predeceased him in 1977. He grew up in New York City and Aiken, South Carolina and attended The Buckley School in New York and Aiken Preparatory School in South Carolina. In 1939, he entered St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire as a member of the Third Form and he graduated in 1943. Following his graduation from St. Paul’s, he enlisted in the United States Navy V-12 officer training program in Rochester, New York and served on the west coast until the end of World War II.
At the conclusion of the war, he enrolled at Yale University under the G.I. Bill and graduated in 1947 with a degree in economics. After his graduation from Yale, Bob worked for New York Trust Company, Fiduciary Counsel, and Lehman Brothers until 1951 when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In 1952, he married Elisabeth DeBoeck Prickett in Wilmington, Delaware and started working for Chase National Bank. Bob and Elise spent several years in Vienna, Zurich, and Beirut where Bob was on loan to various foreign banks while working for Chase. They traveled extensively, had many extraordinary experiences, and made many long-standing friends. During this time, Bob and Elise were accompanied in their travels by their oldest daughter, Mary, and their two sons who were born abroad (Rob in Zurich in 1954 and Gil in Beirut in 1956). Bob and Elise returned to New York in 1957 and took up residence in Mill Neck on Long Island at “Turbillon” where he lived until his death. Upon returning to New York in 1957, Bob joined Van Strum & Towne and, while working there between 1957 and 1967, he earned an M.B.A. from New York University and had two more children (Nick in 1957, Elisabeth in 1960). In 1967, Bob and several close friends and colleagues founded Inverness Counsel with several close friends and colleagues. He worked there as Chairman/CEO until, in 2011, he assumed the role of Chairman Emeritus. Even in his role as Chairman Emeritus, Bob never stopped actively consulting with his fellow partners and advising his long-time contacts. His memberships included The Racquet and Tennis Club, The Creek, Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Beaver Dam Winter Sports Club, the Boone and Crockett Club and, for a short time, the Colony Club. Bob and his long-time neighbors and friends William T. Dunn, Jr. and Leonard L. Marshall, Jr. founded the North Shore Wildlife Sanctuary in Mill Neck and he served on the Executive Committee until his death. His first wife, Elise, pre-deceased him in 2001 and Bob was fortunate to spend his final years with his second wife, Shirley Blakeley of Livingston, Montana, whom he married in 2008. Bob is survived by his five children, Mary L. C. Flood, Robert Barr Deans III (Janet), William Prickett Deans (Wendy), Nicholas Wyeth Deans (Barb), and Elisabeth Suzanne DeBoeck Mooney. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Caroline Whitney Deans and Robert Barr Deans IV (children of Rob and Janet), Katharine Hale Mooney (daughter of Elisabeth), and Jeremy Luke Frazier (step-son of Nicholas). He is also survived by an enormous extended family of friends and relatives with whom he interacted actively throughout his life. A private interment will be held at Valley Forge Memorial Chapel. A memorial service is scheduled for October 10, 2014 at 11:00am at Christ Church in Oyster Bay. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to North Shore Wildlife Sanctuary (P.O. Box 214, Mill Neck, N.Y. 11765).

GOLDNER, David A. of Roslyn, on Aug. 17, age 92. WWII Army Veteran, Real Estate developer for many years and successful entrepreneur. Father of Dennis, Richard, Bobby and Larry. Good friend of George Zanetis. Reposed at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Burial service at Calverton V.A. Cemetery.

GUTKOWSKI, Mitch J., suddenly on Aug. 24, age 60, of Huntington, formerly of Oyster Bay, NY. Beloved husband of Lynn. Loving father of Perryn Lynn (Pius), Michael John Anthony, and Dana Lauren. Cherished Pop-Pop of Layla Lynn Odiri, and Jayden Joseph Mitchell Ogheneruona. Dear brother of Brother Bob (Laura). Also survived by loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Visiting Oyster Bay Funeral Home, 261 South St., Oyster Bay, NY, and Wednesday 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass at Church of Our Lady of Kazan, Sea Cliff, NY Thursday 10:00 a.m. Interment Northport Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at or mail to: 1 Comac Loop, Suite 1A1 Ronkonkoma, NY 11779.

JACOBS, Joan of Glen Cove, formerly of Mineola, on August 19th, age 92. Mother of Bruce of Rochester, NY and Diane of Boston, MA. Cherished friend of John C. Bartul, Vincent Gattorno and many others. Joan was a longtime librarian of the Jericho School Systems, an avid bridge player and a longtime member of Senior Connections based out of Mineola. Service and interment are private. Arrangements by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home.

LUEBKER, Andrew J., on Aug. 18, age 42, of Huntington. Beloved husband of Christina. Loving father of Aidan, Ryan and Sophia. Cherished son of Juergen and Elke Luebker. Devoted son in law of Carmine and Margaret Vaccariello. Dear brother of Garrett. He is survived by many loving relatives and friends. In Lieu of flowers donations to New York's 529 College Savings Program, c/o Mrs. Victoria Swope, 5006 Tackbrooke Drive, Olney, MD 20832 for his children's education, would be appreciated.