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Last Updated: October 16, 2018
The following articles - and more - can be found in our print edition:
Thanking the LVFD for 125 Years of Service
Ben Zeitlin, Executive Producer, of the video linked above, traversed Locust Valley businesses, as they thanked the Fire Department for 125 years of invaluable service.
Those Pesky Red Light Cameras
The signage on 25A.
By Loriann Cody
Legislation filed earlier this month in Nassau County, if passed, would require warning signs at red-lights where cameras are set up to record drivers making illegal right turns or running the red light. Though all 285 cameras already installed in the county already have warning signs, the new legislation would require the signs to be installed within 200 feet of the cameras. Additional signage would also be required that indicates the thick white line on the road where the driver must make a full stop before making the right turn.
That additional signage is what is sorely needed at the intersection of Routes 25A and 106 in East Norwich where drivers are still receiving red light camera tickets. There is clearly some confusion as to where drivers must stop, because some who have received tickets were ‘absolutely certain’ they came to a full stop before making the right turn, and received a ticket anyway.
Legislator Josh Lafazan, who has been hearing from residents angry and confused by the spate of red-light tickets, had asked the county to charge drivers for only one ticket and forgive subsequent tickets received before the driver was notified of the first offense. The County, who did not install the cameras directly, has said that any resident who feels that a ticket is not justified, is entitled to fight that ticket in traffic court.
A spokesperson for the Legislator noted, “residents have said that Traffic Court Judges are taking the situation into consideration.”
There is a sign some 200 feet from the intersection that warns eastbound drivers on Route 25A that are making a right turn to head South on Route 106, that there is a red light camera. There is also a sign hanging near the stoplight at that intersection highlighting the times that there in no right on red allowed. But tickets are still being issued to drivers that swear they have made full stops. Currently there is no legal requirement to have warning signs installed, the county provides the signage as a courtesy. If the legislation is passed, the new signage would be installed by March 1st, 2019.
As of press-time a request for comment from the County had not been returned.
Field of Honor
Photos: Doug Martines
By Mary Beth Casper
“Grandma, why are there so many flags across the street?” 5 year-old Sam asked, while walking down Huntington’s Main Street on his way to Heckscher Park’s playground one recent morning.
His grandmother didn’t know, but when her friend told her the story behind the flags, she was visibly touched. Just as many others are when they understand what’s behind the hundreds of Stars and Stripes waving from six foot poles on the front lawn of Huntington Town Hall.
The flags have been there since September 11th and will remain until December 7th (Pearl Harbor Day).
The display is called Field of Honor and is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Huntington. The town has allowed the flags to fly on their lawn every year since the inception of the program nine years ago.
“It’s a spectacular display of patriotism,” said Dr. Daniel Picard, a Huntington chiropractor. “People look forward to seeing it.”
Picard serves as the Chairman of the Field of Honor. He is one of 35 members of Huntington’s Kiwanis Club.
Over five hundred flags are available for the public to purchase in order to pay tribute to a veteran, a first responder, or anyone else an individual wishes to honor. The money raised from the sale of the flags, goes to programs the Kiwanis Club supports – including services that support veterans and/or their children, as well as other programs for under privileged youngsters in the community.
The cost of a flag is $35.00. A gold ribbon inscribed with the name of the honoree, as well as the donor’s name is attached to each purchased one. Once the flags come down, they, as well as the inscribed ribbons, are placed in plastic bags and are available for donors to pick up at Town Hall in January, or at a wine and cheese function to be held at Honu Restaurant early in the New Year.
A directory is on site which shows donors and recipient exactly where their flags are located in the display. “Yes, I took my grandkids to see the flag we purchased for their great uncle a few years back,” a woman walking along Prime Avenue said. “They liked seeing it and felt proud of his service in the war.”
Just as “it takes a village to raise a child,” it takes an effort of many dedicated individuals to keep this program going. Picard said the Kiwanis Club appreciated the willingness of former Supervisor Frank Petrone for allowing the flags to be displayed on Town Hall property. He’s also grateful to current Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci for keeping the program going.
Picard also commends the General Services department of Huntington Town Hall for their hard work in securing the slips into the ground. Five hundred slips hold the flag poles. “They work so hard to get everything up by 9/ll,” Picard said.“In addition many children from scouting troops, ,Churches local high school key clubs work with us securing the flags to the poles and taking them down after December 7th.”
Emma Amoreisky of Huntington Station has been buying two flags for five years. One to honor her husband, Paul’s service in Vietnam during his active years as a U.S. Marine, and one to honor her daughter, Deborah, a former navy nurse. “I love being able to do this,” she said. Often she parks at the Church across from the Field of Honor and watches the flags go up. “It’s beautiful to see,” she added.
The original Kiwanis Club began in Michigan in l915. Initially, it served as a networking organization for businessmen, but eventually changed its focus to community service. Today there are Kiwanis Clubs throughout the U.S. and in many nations across the globe.
Among the many fundraising activities the Huntington Kiwanis Club does, include The Field of Honor, an annual shopping trip for needy children to Target in December to help them purchase winter clothes, and a Thanksgiving dinner basket for over 50 needy local families, which is a collaborative effort between the them Club and the YMCA of Huntington.
Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci appreciates the Field of Honor, “We will absolutely continue this tradition with Kiwanis. The Field of Honor is a symbol of the pride and appreciation Huntington has in its veteran community and it’s a wonderful way to pay tribute to their sacrifice for the freedom we all enjoy.”.
Marina and Jose, fairly new residents of Huntington tend to agree. Marina who was born in Russia and Jose, from Venezuela, were touched to hear about the Field of Honor.
Marina calling it, “a beautiful tradition.” Jose adding that he appreciated the idea because, “there is not enough recognition for silent heroes.”
To purchase a flag, go to BuyAFlag.org. Information is available at 631-271-2811.
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