Local officials have renewed a 10 year battle to liberate the hamlets of Flanders, Riverside and Northampton from the primary 11901 zip code used by Riverhead.
U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin has made a formal request to U.S. Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan asking that three new zip codes (11902, 11903 and 11904) be given to the hamlets to eliminate confusion. This is especially problematic for emergency responders who often mistakenly respond to the wrong municipality. Some Global Positioning Systems do not properly recognize addresses in the tri-hamlet area where there are 18 identical street names and at least 32 more streets that have similar names.
The postal service has 60 days to respond. Lets see what happens.
Finally, after many years of debate we’ll be getting not one but 2 new traffic lights on route 24. The first being at the Royal Avenue intersection and the second in front of the new 7 Eleven. Reportedly, lights will be in place sometime in 2016.
Water’s Edge has provided a healthy wholesome safe environment for generations. Our streets are quiet and safe
for children and cycling is a pleasure. Our beaches have clean clear water and vibrant marine life. Fishing and boating
are great here.
We are strategically located at the crossroads of the East End with easy access to the north and south forks of the island. And with the recent revitalization of Riverhead with the live theater and new shops and restaurants and the aquarium, it’s the perfect place to be.
Wine country on one fork and Sandy beaches on the other. As residents of Southampton we are entitled to beach permits at a nominal cost. You won’t find better value for your money. Oh and did I mention golf. Pick up a “green key” card and play with residential green’s fees at Indian Island Country Club.
A big thank you to Jennifer Skilbred from the Group for the East End. At our last meeting she told us all about an exciting new program. The program allows us to learn more about our local estuary and all its amazing bays, while improving our property and reducing pollution from entering local waters.
The Peconic Estuary Program (PEP) is providing a unique opportunity for our neighborhood (Reeve’s Bay watersheds). The PEP will provide financial rewards for homeowners that add native vegetation areas and/or rain barrels to their properties. Funds are limited and will be granted on a first come first served basis.
This link contains links to the guidelines, application, and lists of native plants to help you get started. Click here for more information
Town of Southampton Fall Leaf Program
begins Monday, November 25, 2013
- No Brush will be picked up. So don’t put any out unless you and your neighbors want to look at it until the spring.
- Leaves must be bagged in biodegradedable paper bags only. No plastic bags will be accepted.
- Senior Citizen/Special needs program. Seniors 73 years or older and residents with special needs must register with the Highway Department prior to the program beginning.
- Self haul Program. All residents may self haul leaves for no charge year round to any transfer station (excluding Sag Harbor).
- For more detailed information go to the following link: Fall Cleanup Program
In case you haven’t noticed the days are getting a lot shorter. These shortened days present new challenges for those of us who exercise in the early morning hours.
- Run or ride with a friend: There’s always safety in numbers.
- Trust your instincts: If you think you are in an area you should not be, you probably are.
- Carry a whistle or similar type of noisemaker. In the event of an emergency, the sound may scare off a would-be attacker, a boat horn might even be better.
- Don’t wear headphones or listen to music. These can distract you from being aware of your surroundings and who may be approaching you.
- Show you are suspicious: If you are being followed, turn to look at the person. It sends a clear message that you will not be taken by surprise.
- Change directions: If someone is following you on foot, cross the street and vary your pace. If the person following you is in a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction
These same challenges confront our children waiting or walking to the bus stop.
- Children waiting for the bus: Never speak to strangers at the bus stop and never get into the car with a stranger. Always go straight home and tell your parents if a stranger tries to talk to you or pick you up.
At the next FRNCA meeting
October 15, 7pm Crohan Community Center
655 Flanders Road (Rt.24), Flanders
Chris Nuzzi vs Jay Schneiderman
Anna Throne-Hoist vs Linda Kabot
Jeff Mansfield and Stan Glinka vs Frank Zappone and Brad Bender
On September 28th the Flanders Fire Department celebrated its 65th anniversary. Water’s Edge residents were among the many who turned out to cheer the “Keepers of the Pine Barrens” as the parade made its way down route 24.
Thanks to efforts of your Water’s Edge Civic Association, the highway department came through with a more permanent new access ramp to the beach. Go by Sylvan Avenue and tell us what you think..