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Just Sayin': Village finally provides safe sidewalk access for wheelchairs

In 2009, Tamar Sherman contacted Newsday's Community Watchdog

In 2009, Tamar Sherman contacted Newsday's Community Watchdog because for more than 10 years, she had been trying to get the Village of Northport to fix the dangerous curb cuts at the intersection of Woodbine Avenue and Main Street, and other curb cuts in the village. The curb cuts were at too steep an angle and would make a wheelchair user such as Sherman tip backwards if she were to attempt to ride up the curb cut to the sidewalk, she said. Some of the curb cuts also had a lip that was too high for wheelchairs to navigate. Photo Credit: Newsday / Gwen Young

After too many years, village fixes curb cuts

After my complaints to the Village of Northport for about 20 years about hazardous curb cuts at the intersection of Woodbine Avenue and Main Street, these curbs are finally being replaced!

One near Skipper’s restaurant was done to perfection, and the one at the opposite corner is next. Many thanks to Deputy Mayor Henry Tobin for his perseverance in getting this project done.

I use a wheelchair and found those curb cuts to far exceed the angle permitted by the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act. My situation was featured repeatedly in Newsday’s Neighborhood Watch column. I’d like to think that publicity helped spur the project. More accessibility improvements are coming to the village, Tobin says, for parking and crosswalks.

Tamar Sherman, Northport

What’s the proper way to dispose of Bibles?

I’m writing with a question to which no one seems to have an answer. I’m age 84, and I have five family Bibles. One belonged to a sister, two to my dad, one to my mother and another to another sister. All of my family has passed away, so their Bibles came to me. I am moving and don’t have room for all of these items. In fact, my father’s Bible is very large and weighs around five pounds.

How do I rid myself of all these Bibles? My family has written personal stuff inside, so I really don’t want them to be seen by other people.

Chris Chamis, Bay Shore

Don’t forget to turn on headlights in rain, etc.

Too many drivers fail to put on their headlights when it’s raining. State law requires that whether it’s daytime or nighttime, the lights need to be on “when the weather conditions require the use of windshield wipers to clear rain, snow, sleet or fog.”

Otherwise, it can be almost impossible to see the vehicle just ahead because of the spray it creates. When that is the case, drivers should lengthen their trailing distance. Although it’s rare, some drivers need to pull over to the side of high-speed roads in heavy rain. If the tail lights are not very visible, it’s time to do that.

John DiGeronimo, Bay Shore