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Columnist Lane Filler misread character of Blue Point

The Ursula Center convent in Blue Point is

The Ursula Center convent in Blue Point is shown on Nov. 24, 2017. Credit: John Roca

In response to Lane Filler’s column “A community’s curious alternative” [Opinion, Feb. 7], I’ve been a Blue Point resident for 38 years, and I’m disappointed. Filler appears not to have seen the nuances about the small community of Blue Point, which has fewer than 5,000 residents.

We have a long history of being very close-knit, and we take care of our own. Neighbors help each other by carpooling our children to school. Filler might come to any one of our schools in the morning or at dismissal time and witness how a community can handle traffic issues when we cooperate — pretty impressive!

The library is our community center. It organizes educational, social and cultural activities to keep our residents engaged and to promote community spirit.

We are not a NIMBY community. The Bayport-Blue Point community hosts a home for troubled teenage girls through Mercy Center Ministries — started and supported over the years by local residents.

What is the need for a recovery program to be in the center of any residential community? This is a discussion that needs to take place across Long Island.

Diane Mills, Blue Point

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