Meeting on firehouse plan postponed
The Lido and Point Lookout Fire District has postponed a meeting to present residents with conceptual designs for a firehouse renovation plan until Feb. 11.
The meeting had been scheduled for Tuesday, six months after voters defeated a $7 million renovation bond referendum. The district canceled the meeting because of snow.
The original bond proposal would have allowed the district to repair and expand firehouses damaged in superstorm Sandy, but the proposal failed 758-260 in a July vote. The fire district has two firehouses that need repairs and upgrades, said Andy Richter, a commissioner with the district.
The district is waiting until after the public weighs in to decide on the amount and timetable for the new bond vote, Richter has said.
The Feb. 11 meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the district’s main firehouse, on Lido Boulevard and Hewlett Avenue in Point Lookout. — PATRICK WHITTLE
School district forum to be held Tuesday
The Long Beach school district has postponed a forum about the possible repurposing of East Elementary School until Tuesday.
The forum was originally scheduled for last Tuesday but was postponed because of snow, district Superintendent David Weiss said.
Weiss has said closing East to students is one of several options on the table for reorganizing the district, which has slightly less than 3,600 students. He said restructuring is necessary because enrollment is down more than 600 students from 10 years ago.
One option is to turn East into an administration building. Many parents of the school’s students have spoken out against that plan.
The forum will be held in lieu of the next board of education work session meeting, Weiss said. It will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Middle School auditorium, 239 Lido Blvd. in Lido Beach. — PATRICK WHITTLE
Lecture on whaling barque Concordia
The Historical Society will try to recreate life on a whaling ship spending the winter in the icy waters of northern Alaska at its first program of the year on Jan. 31, with readings from the log of the whaling barque Concordia, which sailed out of Sag Harbor on June 3, 1864.
Between the pages of the log — the book is part of the Long Island History Collection at the East Hampton Public Library — there are mysteries. It’s not clear, for example, what its author, William King, did on the ship. And, it’s not clear if the Concordia was the same Concordia that was destroyed along with 32 other vessels in a deep freeze in the icy waters of the Bering Strait in 1871.
But what is clear to Richard Barons, the society’s executive director, is that the log tells an unusual story, one that is very appropriate to tell as the temperature drops.
The free program begins with cider and cookies at the Clinton Academy on Main Street in East Hampton at 6:30 p.m., with the reading starting at 7 p.m. — MITCHELL FREEDMAN
Employee course on boater intoxication
The town will train some of its employees in new methods of testing boaters to see if they are intoxicated. The training session is the town’s latest measure to promote boating safety since the Oyster Bay accident on July 4, 2012, that killed three children, according to a statement from the town.
“The Town works closely with the boating community to keep Huntington waters safe, and we take seriously our responsibility to help all area marine officers do their jobs effectively,” Supervisor Frank Petrone said in a statement.
Nine Huntington bay constables are expected to attend the Feb. 11 session, and marine enforcement officers from the town’s incorporated villages have also been invited.
The eight-hour course will show the participants how to properly administer and evaluate sobriety tests on-site, wherever boats are stopped for suspected intoxicated operation. Under previous procedures, suspected inebriated boaters had to be taken to shore for the tests. The course is being offered by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. — MACKENZIE ISSLER
Resource fair for special-needs families
The Interchange Business Organization and the Mosaic Foundation for Autism have partnered to bring their first Interactive Special Needs Resource Fair to Long Island, designed as a one-stop-shop hub for families within the special needs community.
The free resource fair will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Mosaic School for Autism, 1309 Wantagh Ave. in Wantagh. It will feature more than 50 special needs industry professionals and educators specializing in more than 45 areas that include: cognitive development, special education, guardianship law, and social security benefits, organizers said.
The fair is designed to alleviate the “trial and error” process that some families who have children with autism and other developmental and learning disabilities sometimes endure. Families are encouraged to attend with their children to sample the special needs programs available for identifying the best fit, organizers said.
There will also be speech, music and art therapists, sports and activity coordinators, parent coaches, financial consultants, child and adult advocates, and social program providers that will offer free counsel and answer questions. The day will also feature children zumba, yoga, arts and crafts, as well as games and prizes. — AISHA AL-MUSLIM
Tonight’s meeting on watershed delayed
A community meeting tonight aimed at discussing a study to create a management plan to further protect and enhance the Crab Meadow watershed area and the Long Island Sound has been postponed due to inclement weather.
The new meeting date is Feb. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Northport Public Library on Laurel Avenue in Northport.
The meeting is to serve as a starting point to inform the community of what the project entails, to educate about watershed values, to listen to ideas and concerns relating to the proposed plan’s topic areas, and to open a portal for community input, town officials said.
The town received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation/Long Island Sound Futures Fund in 2012 to study how water flows through and is impacted within the Crab Meadow watershed system and to derive planning goals to maintain and enhance its environmental quality.
The watershed area encompasses just over 3,500 acres (5.6 square miles) and extends south from the Long Island Sound in Northport to Bellerose Avenue in East Northport.
The town’s contractor, GEI Consultants, Inc., town staff and members of the Crab Meadow Watershed Advisory Committee will be at the meeting.
For more information, contact town board member Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3171. — DEBORAH S. MORRIS