The Legend Lives on, from the Chippewa on Down, of the Big Lake They Call Halesite Sue Bee

Sue Bee's waters receded mid-morning Thursday before returning again Friday

Sue Bee’s angry waters were running through Halesite like an angry mob Friday morning. Water geysered from manholes, NY Ave was impassible from Prime to Mill Dam and a DOT crew stood by waiting for the rain to slow and the waters to recede.

Prime Geyser

(sub) Prime Geyser

In contrast to Friday, Thursday morning was a gentler, albeit muddier Sue Bee. By 7am Thursday two cars were stalled in the middle of Rte 110 near the Creek Rd intersection while Sue Bee’s coffee-colored waters lapped at their windows. By 9am Thursday all that was left were the metal carcasses of the latest victims being hauled onto flatbeds.

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Taps played in the background as this casualty was hauled from the lake

Taps played in the background as this casualty was hauled from the lake

NY Ave at Park/Creek 7am Friday

Who says SUVs are unnecessary on Long Island?

DOT crew takes in an early morning view of the lake

Looking Southwest down NY Ave from Park/Creek

Even the ducks stayed away Friday

Sue Bee River slows to a trickle around 9:30 Thursday morning

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New York's Venice on the Sound?

Don't worry, that water is cleaner than it looks

DOT trucks take the high ground

Sea Tow?

Hope he's not late for a LaGuardia trip

Relevant links:
Lawsuit delays progress on Rte. 110 in Halesite

DOT information site for the project

Marcellino and Conte Outraged, Aug 13

More Delays Ahead, Aug 13

Improvements Still in Limbo, June 29

Up Creek Road Without a Paddle, April 5

Route 110 Halesite or Havana, January 9

Huntington’s Time Warp, Nov 24

Visual project overview

Huntington POV: If Men Were Angels

In this hotly contested 2010 election season, the issues at hand can be readily broken down into two, apparently irreconcilable philosophies. These sparring theories are those of constitutional conservatism on the one hand, and social progressivism on the other. These precepts have been in conflict with one another, in varying degrees of intensity, throughout American history and perhaps at no time more virulently than at present. As a conservative Republican, as a journalist, and as a politically active resident of Suffolk County, I feel an obligation to offer my neighbors an historical backdrop to the modern conservative movement.

There is little doubt that while drafting our Constitution, the intent of America’s Founding Fathers, was that of creating a national government capable of maintaining a cohesive union of the states, while simultaneously guaranteeing the general sovereignty of those states, and the individual liberties of the people. While James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, the architects of the U.S. Constitution, agreed that a strong central government was necessary in order to collect the taxes and support the military that a prosperous America would require, they did so with many reservations. Through a series of newspaper opinion pieces that were written during the 1780’s, we are able to ascertain a fair representation of Hamilton’s and Madison’s respective intents in crafting the Constitution.

Throughout the constitutional debate, Alexander Hamilton’s paramount concern was that of creating a centralized government capable of collecting taxes, which, in turn, could be utilized to fund an American military, capable of defending our nation and providing for the general welfare of the people. This should not be misconstrued, however, as an attempt by Hamilton to advocate for a government based economy. In fact, Hamilton was the first American known to advance the ideas of what is presently referred to as supply-side economics. In his “Continentalist” essays of 1782, Hamilton had the following to say of the self regulating nature of the American economy that he envisioned: “The motive of revenue will check its own extremes. Experience has shown that moderate duties are more productive than high ones.” These views were preludes to the economic policies of the Kennedy and Reagan administrations of the 20th century. Hamilton believed that the first clause of article 1, section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, gave sufficient protection to the American taxpayers by guaranteeing that “all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.” This “uniformity” clause was created to ensure that all citizens were equally affected by tax increases, therefore guaranteeing that special interest factions would be unable to consolidate undue power at the expense of the majority of Americans. This is why the modern, progressive income tax system was twice ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme court, before the 16th Amendment was ratified in the 1913 wave of progressivism that truncated Hamilton’s dream.

James Madison, though in accord with Hamilton in regard to the necessity of a centralized government, was even more emphatic than his colleague in regard to the dangers posed by an overreaching national government. In “Federalist” number 10, Madison voices his concern for the tendency of governments to consolidate their own powers, “and particularly for that prevailing and increasing distrust of public engagements, and alarm for private rights which are echoed from one end of the continent to the other. These must be chiefly, if not wholly, effects of the unsteadiness and injustice with which a factious spirit has tainted our public administrations.”This distrust of big-government is what led Madison to initiate a system of checks and balances within the federal government, and between the national and state governments as well. This would provide for four walls of defense against a usurpation of the people’s will.

“Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” Madison writes in “Federalist” number 51, referring to the necessity of independent branches of government. Madison goes on to explain that it is within man’s nature to continually strive to wrest power from others, that the Constitution was drafted with the express purpose of insuring a continuity of rival ambitions so that no one faction could completely subdue the opinions and interests of another. Madison then bluntly declares, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”
After the Constitution was ratified, Madison became the chief proponent of the 10th Amendment. This final amendment to the Bill of Rights grants that “all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

There is no question that the Obama Administration, and our present congressional majority, tends to favor progressivism. Over the past 20 months, these two branches of government have effectively functioned in unison. Their actions reveal their apparent view of the Constitution as an obstacle to be overcome. Conservatives seek to preserve the functions of American government in accordance with our Founder’s intents, while adapting to modern realities. Progressives seek to move beyond the Constitution, while acknowledging that some of its tenets hold validity. I do not seek to pontificate as to which view of government is the correct path to follow for all; I merely speak for myself and for others of my political ilk. A strong national defense, fair and equally apportioned taxes, and the maximum individual liberties that are consistent with law and order, are the tenets of my brand of conservatism. These were the visions of our Founding Fathers, of Abraham Lincoln, of John F. Kennedy and of Ronald Regan. They remain the dreams of many today.

Jeremy Pitcoff

Mr. Pitcoff is a freelance columnist and a committeeman for the Smithtown Republican Party.  The VT welcomes perspectives from all Huntington residents. Click here for more about the rules and process for submitting an article or other media for publication.

Weekend Plans: September 30th to October 3rd

Get thee to Cold Spring Harbor this weekend and immerse yourself in art, history, commerce and maybe a glass of wine in between

Aside from the deluge expected on Thursday, the rest of the weekend looks dry and cloudy with temperatures lingering in the mid 60’s to lower 70’s. There is lots of things to do inside and out, below are some of the things that caught our eye, please check our events calendar for a complete listing.  Have fun!

THURSDAY, September 30th

Manahattan Short Film Festival at the Cinema Arts Centre at 7:30pm: Over 100,000 Film Lovers Around the World Will Come Together for One Week for One Purpose – to Vote for Their Favorite Film. Make your vote heard! An extraordinary global event will take place the week of September 26th to October 3rd 2010 when over 100,000 people in over 200 cities across six continents gather for one purpose…to view and vote on our Finalists’ Films in the Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival Our mission is to unite audiences across all seven continents of the globe for one week via the most compelling short films submitted each year. One World One Week One Festival is emblazoned within the rings that surround the Festivals Logo and it is this mantra that sets us apart from any other film event of the year. The winner is announced and is posted on the website,  The cinema is located at 423 Park Avenue.

FRIDAY, October 1

Say Something Important, Theatrical Comedy: Critically acclaimed Theatrical Comedy by John Blenn, $15, $12 Sen-Stu Box Office 631.656.2148 FTC Phone 631.424.7000. 7:30pm at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center at FIVE TOWNS COLLEGE 305 North Service Road Dix Hills, NY 11746-5857

My Fair Lady, The Musical at 8:00PM at John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport, NY 11768. Tickets are $60. call 631-261-2900 or go to John W. Engeman Theater

SATURDAY, October 2nd

Annual Baby and Child Equipment & Toy Sale 9am – 1pm Rain or Shine at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church Community Room and Patio (lower level of church, waterside), Prospect Road and Mill Dam Road, Centerport.LARGE GROUP SALE! Put the date on your calendar – it only comes around once a year – Don’t miss it! CRIBS, BASSINETS, STROLLERS, CAR SEATS, CLOTHING, TOYS, LITTLE TYKES, BOOKS, PUZZLES and LOTS MORE! Great Condition! Excellent Prices!Don’t miss this great opportunity for parents, grandparents and caregivers to find some great items and terrific bargains! For More Information: call 631-54-9045 or email**Would you like to clean out your basement or attic? They  will accept any baby or Kid “Stuff” that is in good condition (except clothing.) Thank You! Bring your donations to the Community Room at OLQM on Friday, October 1st between 12 pm and 7 pm.

The Arts of Cold Spring Harbor: The Charming old Seafaring Village of Cold Spring  Harbor is holding a special Event weekend to give visitors the opportunity to participate in the uniqueness and artistry of local shops. Shopkeepers  will be hositng free demonstrations throughout the weekend.The shops are all tucked in along Main Street making all within walking easy distance of the Main Parking .  Most events are scheduled for both days .

The Cold Spring Arts schedule for this weekend is as follows: Candle Making at the Heritage Candle Shop from 1-4pm,–Celtic Arts at Molly McGuires from 2-3pm, –Mixed Media Collage at Whimsey at the Beauty Tree from 1-2pm, –Sculpture and Fused Glass at the Mind Gift Shop from 2-3pm–, Handbag Art at My favorite Place from 2-3pm, –Culinary Arts at the Gourmet Whaler from 11:30am -2pm, –Healing Hands at the Reiki Center from 11am-2pm, –Tie Dye at Dress Up from 10:30am -5:30pm,– Antiques Appraisals at Huntington Antiques from 1-2pm, –Crafts for children at Pashley from 1-2pm, –Cold Brew Coffee at Sweetie  Pies from 7am-6pm, –Art of Jazz at Grasso’s from 1-4pm, –Table Settings at Master Suites from 2-4pm,–Art of Jewelry at Gorgeous Salon and Treasures from 1-3pm,–Art of Style at the Hitching Post from 11am-4pm, –1852 Hand Pumper at the Fire House Museum from 11am-5pm at the Fire House Museum,–Art of Portraiture at Len Marks Photography from 12-5pm, –Art of Hair at the Orpheus Salon and Spa from 9am-6pm

Saturday Only: Art of Beauty at Colors of Cold Spring Harbor from 11:30am -1:30 pm,–Rags to Riches at Faded Rose from 12-2pm,–Quilting and Embroidery at Sentimental Stitches from 1-2 pm,–Makeup and skin care made easy at Sandy O’s Faces 1-2pm

Sunday only: Art of Massage at Welcome Back Message Therapy from 12-4 pm

Children’s Festival and Crafts Fair at Crab Meadow Beach:The Town of Huntington is hosting the annual Children’s Festival and Crafts Fair at Crab Meadow Beach in Northport from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m..This event, sponsored by the Town of Huntington on behalf of the Child Care Council, includes craft vendors, bounce rides, a petting zoo, pony rides and all-day entertainment, and refreshments. This promises to be a fun-filled, inexpensive day for the whole family. There is a $5.00 fee per vehicle and all proceeds will be donated to the Child Care Council of Suffolk for its Parent Leadership Program. For further information call: 631-351-3233.

Unity in the Community Day Parade  and Festival in Huntington Station: The parade will start at 10 AM from West Hills Road  and march north ending at  Church Street/New York Ave (Commuter Parking lot), across from the Huntington Train Station. The parade will feature groups marching to show unity and pride in the community, including Huntington High School’s Blue Devil Marching Band, Huntington Manor Fire Department and other emergency service providers, and numerous community-based organizations.  The festival will be where families can enjoy a fun-filled day with activities for all ages, including live musical performances, an international food court, children’s activities and a state-of-the-art Gamin Ride video game trailer. There will also be a vintage and antique auto expo.

SUNDAY, October 3rd

Cabaret, Concert Version: Enjoy a shorter version of a popular broadway show that will be performed by the Plaza Theatrical Productions. Cabaret is set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, it focuses on nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub and revolves around the 19-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with young American writer Cliff Bradshaw. “Come to the Cabaret” at HPL and enjoy the memorable songs from one of Broadway’s best. The Show begins at 3:00 PM  in the Auditorium of The Huntington Public Library Main Street, Huntington Village, 11743

The Long Island Vettes car club will hold its annual show of vintage and classic Corvettes at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum on Saturday, October 3, from 11:00 to 4:00. The event, the seventh the club has presented at the Vanderbilt, is the final weekend of the 2010 car-show season at the museum. The show is free to spectators with general museum admission (see ticket prices below). Lou Coccaro of the Long Island Vettes, said, “The Vanderbilt is a beautiful venue and a great place to show cars.” The club, established in 2002, expects to show more than 100 cars. (Photo at right: the Corvette insignia.) Early registration fees: Members $25; non-members $30; day of show $35. Participants may register by phone, email or online. Contact Coccaro at 516-248-1277 or at, or visit the club’s website: The museum, in keeping with William K. Vanderbilt II’s passion for automobiles and his seminal role in American automobile history, has hosted car shows on its grounds for three decades. A pioneer race driver, Vanderbilt, driving a Mercedes, set a new land-speed record of 92.3 miles per hour in 1904 at a course in Daytona Beach, Florida. That same year, he launched the Vanderbilt Cup, the first major trophy in American auto racing. The popular, international Vanderbilt Cup races drew drivers from around the world and were run on a famous course that Vanderbilt established in Nassau County, Long Island. Previous shows this year at the Vanderbilt included the Long Island Buick Club’s All-Buick Car Show, the MG Car Club–Long Island Centre’s 30th annual Concours Sanitaire, and the Jaguar Drivers of Long Island’s fourth Concours d’Elegance. The Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium are located at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY. Directions and updated details on programs and events are available at For information, call 631-854-5579.

General museum admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors (62 and older), $3 for children 12 and under. For daytime planetarium/laser shows, visitors pay the general admission fee, plus planetarium admission of $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and $3 for children 12 and under. For evening laser shows, admission is $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, $8 for children 12 and under. For evening planetarium shows (no general admission is charged), visitors pay $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors (62 and older), $3.50 for children 12 and under.

RIDOTTO, Concerts “with a Touch of Theatre”, presents “Folk Infused”. at 4:00pm in the Old First Church, on Rt. 25A in Huntington.:Ensemble Contrasts is an ensemble dedicated to taking the less traveled paths in chamber music. Their program, “Folk Infused”, is an example of great masterpieces combined with exciting, less known repertoire. In this program, works by Bartok, Williams, Dvorak, and Beethoven, for clarinet, violin, cello, piano. Ticket prices are $20, $18 (seniors), $15 (members), $10 (students). Group price (10 or more), $12. For reservations or more information, call 631- 385 – 0373 or email us at

The Cinema Arts Centre is pleased to partner with Amahoro Women to present the workshop, What BetterLooks Like. Amahoro Women is a small, committed group of activists who are striving to make a positive, peaceful impact on the world. At the end of October, Amahoro Women will visit the countries of Rwanda and D.R. Congo to connect with those in need.  By participating in this workshop, you will help us to raise funds so that Amahoro Women can begin to offer much-needed aid. : What Better Looks Like Breakfast, Workshop and Fund Raiser from  8:30am-12:30pm   $45 All Tickets, includes Continental Breakfast. Seating is limited to 50 participants, therefore advanced registration by 10/1 is highly recommended. There will also be a raffle of goods & services.All proceeds from the workshop and raffles will be used in direct support of this trip. (The not-for-profit status of our partner organization is currently pending **Amahoro means peace in Kinyarwanda, the language of Rwanda. This workshop is a gathering to connect and share our collective wisdom and gifts and to explore What Better Looks Like. The format is interactive and gives participants opportunities to examine four provocative questions in the company of other like-minded individuals. In Africa, Amahoro Women will be supporting three existing organizations to encourage them in their work: Heal Africa Hospital, Imbabazi Orphanage, and the residents of a Batwa village.  The intention for this first What Better Looks Like humanitarian mission is to determine how best to serve the unique needs of various Rwandan and Congolese communities with a focus on healing, economic support, educational assistance, and any other help requested by these communities. Information: Email Liz Graydon or call Kathleen Casserly at 631-423-3363

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Don’t forget our local Farmers Markets :

Saturday in Northport 8am-1pm -Held in the parking lot of the Park on the South side of Main Street on the harbors edge. Mainly includes Long Island grown fresh fruits and vegetables, but sometimes plant material and fresh sea food may be available

Sunday in Huntington 7am-12 noon- Held in the  Elm street Parking lot and Main Street.-Fred Terry Farms, Golden Earth Worm Organic Farm, Conklins FarmsFeaturing fruits, vegetables, jams, honey, spices, pickles, lavender, seafood, artesian breads, dairy – eggs, milk, cheese,organic vegetables, wine, olive oil, salad dressings & prepared foods, homemade ravioli, pasta and much more!
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Huntington Village  Movie Listings:

Cinema Arts Center 423 Park Avenue Huntington NY 11743

Shore Theater 37 Wall Street  Huntington NY 11743

Dignity Vietnam Memorial Arrives in Huntington

Dignity Memorial Arrival

Local fire departments provided a welcome as the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall arrived in Huntington on Tuesday, September 28. Aerial ladder trucks from the Huntington, Huntington Manor, Cold Spring Harbor, and Dix Hills fire departments displayed large American flags from ladder arches spanning Oakwood Road at the entrance to Peter Nelson Park. The wall which was carried in a large tractor-trailer, was escorted by police and about 100 motorcycles from the Patriot Guard Riders, Vietnam Vet Riders, Fire Riders, Leathernecks (Marines) and Crushers (NYPD). The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is a traveling, three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The replica stands 240 feet long and eight feet high and is inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. The wall will be on display from Friday, October 1, through Sunday, October 3, at the park which is named in the memory of Peter Nelson, a decorated New York City firefighter and Huntington Manor Fire Chief who was killed while saving others at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Peter Nelson Park is located on Oakwood Road between Jericho Tnpk. and Pulaski Road, Huntington station (next to Stimson Middle School.)

Photos Courtesy of Jim Felton

Huntington Town Councilman Mark Mayoka Endorses John Gomez for Congress

Gomez and Mayoka share political views and a fondness for red ties

Huntington Town Councilman Mark Mayoka has announced his endorsement of Long Island Businessman John Gomez, the Republican/Conservative candidate for New York’s second congressional district.

“John Gomez is a successful Long Island small business owner who has the experience and leadership that we need,” said Councilman Mark Mayoka. “He knows that taxes need to be cut and that government spending needs to be lowered to offset the skyrocketing cost of living on Long Island. His call to bring in more federal agents to combat the explosion of gang violence in Huntington Station is spot on. He is knowledgeable about local issues and puts the needs of the community first. He is a leader that understands the needs of the residents of Huntington–and that’s why I support John Gomez for Congress.”

“Councilman Mayoka’s endorsement is emblematic of the local support my candidacy has been receiving through out my campaign,” Businessman John Gomez added.  “Mark’s recent election is yet another example that the people of the second congressional district want their taxes cut and government spending greatly reduced.”