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Dead fawn served as reminder of cost of hunting

I'm glad I don't live in EH where it appears ignorance of the law is an accepted defense! To Montauk Bob and Avatar: it is illegal to feed deer because of the threat of spreading chronic wasting disease. (You can read all about what that is on the DEC's website). Princeton, NJ outlawed hunting and guess what happened? Their deer herd got so out of control that they now pay sharpshooters a ton of taxpayer money to exterminate deer at bait piles like rats. It's the only feesible solution their highly paid "experts" could come up with and they've been doing it for 8 years. Oh, Jane Q: I have personally seen a deer jump a six foot stockade fence with no reservations whatsoever." Feb 1, 09 11:55 AM

Bridget Fleming wins vacant Southampton Town Board seat

Please feel free to celebrate your win today by removing the exorbitant amount of signage that you have littered our town with ~ Thank you!" Mar 10, 10 7:26 AM

UPDATE: Storm Lessens In Intensity; Should Make Landfall At 10 a.m.

If you are told to evacuate and decide not to maybe PBR would be kind enough to come get you if you find yourself in a bad situation during the storm so none of my friends and relatives who VOLUNTEER to keep you safe don't get hurt or killed because you decided to stay. Remember...it's not just your life you are risking by being stupid. " Aug 27, 11 9:03 AM

Gregor, Town Board Battle Over New Leaf Pickup Program

I have one question for Mr. Gregor since we know the Town won't pick up all the bags before it snows. Will I have to bag the bags when they are broken down on the side of the road in the spring? Sub it out to the private local companies that had the entire town picked up in one week after Irene hit. " Oct 20, 11 4:43 PM

The "legal" landscapers know the rules....just saying." Oct 20, 11 4:46 PM

Sidewalk Proposal Causes Stir In Tuckahoe

There will still be a pile of snow between the sidewalk and the road so you still won't have safe access to a sidewalk in the snow. Even if you do manage to get to it have you seen how the town clears the sidewalks? Better pack your ice skates!" Dec 20, 11 2:22 PM

East Quogue Residents Vote In Favor Of Purchasing Property Adjacent To Elementary School

Win one for Socialism? My husband and I are both very conservative and we voted for the purchase because it was a wise business decision. I must also disagree with your statement that our schools are not “churning out brilliant students.” I was at the Board meeting last night and saw students being honored for excellence in art, music, and academics. They were ALL brilliant in my opinion. Liberal tax and spend didn’t win last night, the EQ community won last night. Thank goodness the majority of our community is made up of people who care enough about the future to invest in it today." Feb 29, 12 7:00 AM

Wainscott Couple Sues Over Babinski Barn Approval

Without farmers like Mr. Babinski their wouldn't be any "scenic farm vistas"! If I were Mr. Babinski I would have to idle the biggest, loudest tractor I owned on their property line every Sunday morning at 5AM. " May 29, 12 4:00 PM

Woman Rescued In Southampton Village Fire Dies From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

If it was your mother they pulled out of that building would you be asking that question? These brave men and women all have families that they want to go home to and I am sure they made a solid judgement call based on the circumstances at hand." Oct 11, 12 8:39 PM

Sandy Hook Tragedy Is Felt At East End Schools

WOW...Let's say that for arguments sake we ban ALL guns today. That leaves us with approx. 350,000,000 guns in American hands. I hate to break it to you, but guns aren't going anywhere. Do you really think that the government that can't keep illegal people out of our country is going to be able to take 350,000,000 guns away from its citizens?
" Dec 28, 12 9:52 PM

East Quogue School Officials Plan To Pierce Tax Cap

Propaganda-free FACTS:
FACT: I have two children who attend EQ and their class sizes are 20:1 and 19:1.
FACT: Hiring an outside landscaper to handle leaf clean up is way more cost effective than paying custodial staff overtime to do it.
FACT: I sold my home in Hampton Bays and moved to EQ so that my children could attend EQ/WHB...tuition is lower in HB for a reason.
FACT: East Quogue may not be the "only district on the East End to pierce the cap" they are just one of the first to come out with their proposed budget.
FACT: East Quogue Elementary has a Great Schools rating of 9 while Hampton Bays scored a 6.
FACT: East Quogue achieves this while having a LOWER tax rate than Hampton Bays.

" Mar 29, 13 9:52 AM

East End Voters Decide On School Budgets, Board Members

Elite community of East Quogue? Seriously?!?! Last I checked we were predominantly a middle class community, but maybe we became elite the same time our school became a "bottomless pit" that you no longer had need for. OH, and just so you know, that "new blood" you are so glad to see on the BOE was in tears last night when our budget failed. 1 million dollars was CUT from our budget to get it to the level we voted on yesterday. Sadly, more cuts will be made, and our children will suffer. I take great pride in East Quogue school and plan on supporting it well after my children no longer attend it.
" May 22, 13 1:07 PM

Crusader, are you enrolled in the STAR program? It's thus nifty program that was designed to give a school tax break to seniors, veterans and those on limited incomes. It assures that those of us with children in the school and the means to pay more do so. I really feel sorry for you. It must be awful to be so mad at the world. If I knew who you were I would give you a much needed hug. Better yet, why don't you stop by the Village Green celebration on Sat and hear our wonderful EQ Jazz Band play. Not only should it put a smile on your face, but it may be the last time they ever play. " May 22, 13 6:02 PM

East Quogue parents are not the only ones that will not consider sending our children to Hampton Bays. You can read it for yourself in their budget info. They approached ALL local feeder Elementary schools and there was "NO interest." Even struggling Tuckahoe passed. That should tell you something. I lived in the Hampton Bays school district and MOVED to East Quogue because of the school. My taxes are lower here and my children are reveiving an excellent education. You keep talking about excessive spending at EQ school...where is it? We have the smallest administration allowable by law. Did you know that both our Superintendant and District Clerk are part-time? If the BOE had kept everything we had last year they would have had to ask for an 8% increase. The Teachers Retirement System (TRS) increased by 17%, Employees Retirement System increased by 20% and Health Insurance increased by 10%. These are costs our school has NO control over. The BOE cut over one million dollars from our budget to cover these increases. We were left with a 2.9% increases which pierced the magical cap even though it was far less of an increase then other districts who stayed under the cap proposed. If I didn't bore you to death, and you are still reading, I will only say this: People aren't leaving East Quogue because of the school, they come here because of the school. Albany has put our schools in a very precarious position. They dump standards and mandates on us and do not back it up with dollars. Fact: If NYS allowed Long Island to keep the $5 billion it takes from us in taxes and re-distributes to other areas of NY our property taxes would decrease by 70%!!! THAT is something to be mad about. We do not get to vote on state or local budgets, but we do get a say in school budgets so that is where a lot of people take out their frustration and it's not right! Just my two cents..." May 23, 13 7:20 AM

"You are an embarrassment to those who want to enter into a debate without resorting to personal attacks which you seem to enjoy." WOW!!! If that's not the pot calling the kettle black? You have done NOTHING but bash our school and our community. With not one single FACT to back up your narrow-minded views!
"This small elementary school has become a bottomless pit for those of us who no longer have children in it."
"I happy to see the shakeup in the elite community of EQ"
Could you please search East Quogue School and look at the barrage of negativity that has spewed from your mind to your computer? Did you comment on the article that was published about East Quogue Elementary School raising over twenty thousand dollars for the American Cancer Society? NO!! If you have nothing but negativity for our community why don't you move to another town where they do things to your standards. If you don't want to be personally attacked then make points that can be substantiated with FACTS! I am going to put my VOTE YES sign back up and "litter East Quogue." " May 23, 13 11:11 AM

We were actually intelligent enough to call the Town of Southampton before purchasing the signs. I am sorry to ruin your day, but I do not need a permit :-)
" May 23, 13 12:09 PM

The excessive signage that Bridget Fleming's campaign posted was on PUBLIC property. I have a problem with ANY signage that is left on PUBLIC property and in FACT becomes litter for others to clean up. My sign went up on PRIVATE property a week or so before the vote and was removed as soon as the vote was completed (at 9 PM in fact). If you want to post a sign on your PRIVATE property that says VOTE NO I would not have a problem with that. See...it's all in the FACTS :-)" May 23, 13 12:53 PM

My sign is in fact placed behind my property monument and I believe that makes it private property.
litter: (n) refuse or waste materials carelessly dropped, esp in public places
My sign is not litter so please stop referring to it as such.
Thank You!
" May 23, 13 2:06 PM

Actually, I came from Southampton. I moved here by way of Hampton Bays because the taxes were substantially lower than Hampton Bays and the school is amazing. I met with Mr. Long to tour the school and immediately thought "this is where I want my children to be." I didn't know at the time what the test scores were. It was more impressive to me that Mr. Long cared enough about the students to know every single one of them by name. Every parent I spoke to in the district had nothing but good things to say. I am sorry for alienating you but it is hard to read the negative things you post about our school when I see all of the great things they are doing there. No one is getting rich off of your tax dollars. Please, take a ride through the school parking lot one day. You will not see any high end cars parked there. You voted no on the budget because it pierced the cap. Do you know what has to be cut to reach the cap? Teachers have to be cut to reach the cap. If I could pay your share of the increase I would, but unfortunately our system doesn't work that way. $127 a year...that's less than most people send Cablevision every month. Unfortunately nothing in this world is getting cheaper and it's our children that will be economized." May 23, 13 3:18 PM

Are you seriously still harping on the signs? Does it really bother you that people actually have the audacity to publicly support our school? The signs, which are allowable by town code will be removed as soon as the budget re-vote takes place. Don't you worry...they will not be left to become litter. " May 23, 13 3:27 PM

I don't understand this double dipper comment you keep making. Who cares (besides you) if someone who is retired goes back to work? Wouldn't we pay someone new the same salary? You seriously feel that people who retire from teaching should go back to work for free?!?!? Many teachers are retiring at the request of the districts to save taxpayer money. I am HAPPY that they come back as substitutes. They are grade A teachers who already know our students. These retired teachers get the same pay rate as any "new" substitute. My daughter has actually come home from school and said "today was a great day because Mr. Stevens was our substitute." I do not know of any Police officers who retire and then go out on patrol for free. If we apply your logic this means that retired police officers do not care about the community they served. So maybe I am misunderstanding your logic here..." May 27, 13 10:51 AM

You failed to explain your logic...
" May 27, 13 12:01 PM

East Quogue Taxpayers Reject School Budget; Other Plans Get Passing Grades

As crusader pointed out I supported the failed budget. I didn't blindly support it because I have children in the school. I supported it because I attended budget hearings and was aware of the facts. I knew that our BOE was being as fiscally responsible as possible while trying to preserve our children's standard of education. I understand that even though times are tough, everything has increased in price. Every business I deal with passed the cost of those price increases onto the consumer. Why is a school not allowed to do this as well? What is the solution?
Crusader has one! Crusader believes that retired teachers and administrators should volunteer their services at no additional cost to the taxpayers. But why stop with schools I ask? Why can’t we get retired police officers to patrol for free and maybe Clinton will volunteer to be president again after all we already paid him and he still has secret service which we pay for. Stellar idea crusader!
" May 27, 13 12:29 PM

East End Voters Decide On School Budgets, Board Members

I believe VOS is correct and she's the employee who sued the district and lost. She makes nasty comments on articles you can only find on 27 East by searching East Quogue School. Only a personal vendetta could make someone so bitter." May 27, 13 2:20 PM

In the past 2 years we have gained an additional 40 students in our little district. That is a fact. Do you know how many special needs students our district services? Do you know how much it costs to service each special needs student? Do you know if our high student/teacher ratio has anything to do with aides/assistants needed for special needs students? Do you care?" May 27, 13 4:37 PM

One of my children has 20 students in her class and the other has 22. I am not aware of ANY class with just 14 students. The budget does not just cover the children in the Elementary school it is for ALL of the children in the district and that number has increased by 40 students. " May 27, 13 5:55 PM

Crusader, nothing I or others say will change your opinion that “this small elementary school has become a bottomless pit for those of us who no longer have children in it.” You self admittedly do not attend BOE meetings because you don't want to waste your time listening to “BOE propaganda.” I am done arguing with you. Instead of hiding behind a computer and throwing out random facts and figures I go to meetings and ask questions about why taxes are increasing and what our options are. I am physically at the school at least once a week and see with my own eyes what my tax dollars are being used for. I actively participate in discussions about real ways to keep up the standard of education in our school without overburdening our taxpayers. I am one of those taxpayers!!
I understand that costs increase and the state mandates things that they fail to fund. The main fact of the matter is that after cutting one million dollars, the BOE put forth a budget that pierced the cap to preserve the quality of education in the district. The budget that they proposed had less of an increase than schools that did not pierce the cap. The tax cap system is majorly flawed. California passed a tax cap law in 1978. They went from having the best schools in the country to being dead last. They now have the second highest student-teacher ratio in the country and their students are failing. THAT is the direction we are headed in.
" May 27, 13 8:13 PM

East Quogue Taxpayers Reject School Budget; Other Plans Get Passing Grades


PLEASE read the percentage increases above for the districts that didn't pierce the cap, then look at ours which did and tell me the tax cap system isn’t flawed.
" May 27, 13 8:22 PM

SH Press removed my comments because they are also posted on the East End Voters Decide On School Budgets article.
The point of them was that crusader doesn’t address her questions at BOE meetings. In direct reference to East Quogue she has said “this small elementary school has become a bottomless pit for those of us who no longer have children in it.” You can’t reason with someone like crusader who will NEVER compromise their view because that would mean admitting that they were wrong or misinformed.
The fact is, if it were not for the tax cap our budget would have passed easily. By reading the black and white percentages above you can see that the tax cap formula is flawed. California enacted a tax cap in 1978. They went from having the best schools in the country to being dead last. They now have the second highest student-teacher ratio in the country and their students are failing.
" May 28, 13 6:52 AM

East End Voters Decide On School Budgets, Board Members

Your main opposition seems to be that the BOE pierced the cap while other districts didn't. Have you noticed that MANY of those districts received a significantly higher increase than EQ was asking for? " May 28, 13 6:58 AM

East Quogue Taxpayers Reject School Budget; Other Plans Get Passing Grades

NO class in EQ has 14 students. Yes, EQ school district has 40 more children in it than it did two years ago. Last year there was a very lage influx of children coming into Kindergarten so an additional class had to be added. That extra class is now in 1st grade. So no, they didn't eliminate a Kindergarten class." May 28, 13 7:10 AM

Did you read the actual PERCENTAGES listed above? They stayed under the cap yet had LARGER INCREASES than East Quogue! I am DONE banging my head againts a brick wall. " May 28, 13 11:08 AM

East End Voters Decide On School Budgets, Board Members

If you went to an EQ BOE meeting you would know that the WH BOE doesn't set our tuition. It is set using the Seneca Falls formula. Halsey Stevens doesn't make decisions about EQ...the EQ BOE does that. Your above view is once again an opinion with no facts to back it up!" May 28, 13 11:16 AM

East Quogue School Board Remains Undecided On How To Proceed After Budget Failure

I am glad you were afforded the opportunity to learn a foreign language. Unfortunately, our children are not so lucky. Next on the chopping block...the arts!" May 29, 13 9:07 AM

East Quogue School Board Trims Another $600K From Budget; Spending Plan Won't Pierce Cap

These cuts were spelled out clear as day BEFORE you voted no and made them happen. You voted NO on our budget because “it pierced the cap” forget the FACT that we had a LOWER proposed increase than districts that stayed under the cap. We didn’t just lose 3 Special Ed teachers we ALSO lost Foreign Language, Library, a part- time psychologist, a part-time speech therapist, several teaching assistants, several teacher aides, a custodian, and clerical staff. Thinking that one physical education teacher (we currently have 2) could meet the CURRENT STATE MANDATED physical education requirements of 450 students is laughable at best. The BOE did everything in their power to cut as few programs as possible because people such as yourself would NEVER vote yes for the increase that would be needed to reinstate them.
PLEASE don’t act all worried about the “at risk” kids now. YOU voted for these cuts!! If you attended the budget meeting you would know that the “at risk” students will get all of the services they are entitled to. What will be cut will be the extra help that was given to students that aren’t struggling enough to qualify for assistance but benefited greatly from it. To spell it out in black and white for you: a child who needs speech therapy but doesn’t qualify for it because according to “the state” their understanding of speech outweighs their ability to speak won’t get it.
If you want to rightfully be angry with someone type NY School mandates in a search and take a look at the PAGES of unfunded mandates placed on our schools by the state and federal government. Yes, the same glorious government that imposed “the cap.”
" Jun 14, 13 11:07 AM

BTW - "How do you plan to keep the same level of services for these "special children?" BY VOTING YES ON A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE BUDGET!!!!! Did you not understand that cutting $ = cutting services or did you just think you would be able to pick which services were the most disposable? Music has kept a lot of "at risk" kids from becoming incarcerated kids and that's a fact!" Jun 14, 13 11:16 AM

I have done nothing but answer your questions with facts. You are the one who continually attacks our school and the good people who work there. Attacks are not personal until they addressed to an individual. As a faceless/nameless blogger you can never be subject to "personal" attacks. YOU however HAVE personally attacked teachers/administration in our school, YOU have called our school a "bottomless pit" all while hiding behind your computer. Every time someone answers your negative beliefs with cold, hard facts you say they "attack" you. All I have tried to do is point out what the no votes (yours being one of them) have cost the children in our community. " Jun 18, 13 8:56 AM

Bishop Touts Affordable Care Act In Sag Harbor

Just about every one of our doctors has sent us a notice stating that as of next year they will no longer be accepting private insurance. I would love it if Mr. Bishop would explain how having cheaper insurance that no one will accept is going to benefit us. I wrote to Mr. Bishop a while ago and asked about getting the health care credit on self-employment tax extended. I received an Obamacare will save us all form letter in return. I didn't expect a hand written personal response but nothing in that letter even remotely addressed any of the questions I asked. " Jul 31, 13 4:09 PM

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