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North Haven Seeks Multi-Year Deer Culling Contract

This mayor contacts an out of state agency to deal with a problem that out local hunters are more than willing to handle? This is an outrage and this action will be contested." Feb 26, 14 6:44 PM

Hunters Take 72 Deer In First Month Of Cull In Remsenburg

For the record and as anticipated, the Remsenburg Projects has had zero property damage; zero injuries; and zero "pet" casualties. The negative consequences attendant to deer overpopulation is well documented by the objective data concerning vehicles accidents, tick spread illnesses, property damage, bio-diversity damage, and increased deer illnesses. HFD thanks all of the homeowners who have chosen to proactively deal with this situation with a free resource - Long Island Hunters. " Nov 6, 14 5:04 PM

Parents Challenge Westhampton Beach School Board To Create More Special Needs Programs

I want to thank everyone for their support. The "proof is in the pudding" as Westhampton has NEVER educated an "alternately assessed" student in their post-elementary buildings in their HISTORY. This is really all you need to know. Communities need to hold "no confidence" votes on the superintendents. " May 13, 15 6:02 PM

Jediscuba - you must have taught during the medieval times. Are you kidding me? Inclusion does not work? What type of educator are you? You obviously have no experience in inclusion. It has long been established that inclusion does in fact work. As such, it is codified in law and in "teaching best practices acts". The debate of whether inclusion works or not is long settled and your perspective was proven wrong long ago. This isn't about inclusion being theoretically right; that issue is settled, despite your ignorant perspective. This issue is about the School complying with law." May 14, 15 6:01 PM

Killorans Threaten Legal Action Against Remsenburg-Speonk School District

Despite not being given any answers, my son's fight continues to draw interest from various investigative parties. The pressure will build, the questions will continue, the support of the community will continue to grow and be conveyed and eventually the Districts, both RSUFSD and WHB, will be forced to address their shameful legacies. I've repeatedly invited both Districts to be a partner in building a new future that strives to create a world class education for ALL students, but they continue to hold on to their respective beliefs that their antiquated perspectives and modus operandi can be sustained. They cannot and ultimately will not. I still hope and pray the Districts will discern the inevitability of their demise and proactively do what is right for Aiden and all the generations of special needs students that will follow him. If not, their respective legacies will forever be codified in law, as Districts and Boards that had to be coerced into policies of integration, as opposed to segregation. The choice is theirs. " Jun 10, 15 5:55 PM

The financial analysis would actually surprise you. When you outsource a child, you need to pay the receiving District tuition. Notably, this tuition also involves "profit", whereas educating the children internally simply involves covering cost. In addition, you have the transportation cost involved with the outsourcing. Finally, if the District was to commit to a program, as you integrate children, economies of scale begin to come into play, therein reducing the per pupil cost. The District wants the electorate to think about the budget issues, but they actually don't want the facts revealed. They use the excuse of not being able to talk about the financial issues as a reason to perpetuate the "big lie". The bottom line is whether the community has the will to commit to special education students or not. If so, the District should be charged with implementing the will of the community - end of story.
" Jun 14, 15 1:36 PM

UPDATE: No Restraining Order Issued Between Westhampton Beach School And Killoran Family

It's unfortunate that there are some who still harbor antiquated views regarding the integration of special needs students within their respective home communities. Modern educational theory has actually settled the issue long ago and the premise of educating a student within his or her own community is codified in all "best practices" acts, as well as within the Special Education Part 200 regulations. Of course, Aiden's right to choose is also protested by his federal and state constitutional "equal protection" rights. Finally, common sense would seem to suggest that tearing a child from his educational womb of his siblings, friends and community members, seems self-evident. All of the neighboring Districts choose to educate their "own" except WHB. Why is this? WHB holds this unique distinction. I can assure you that my family's decision was not cultivated in a vacuum, but rather has been the product of considerable research, thought, introspection and prayer. Aiden's basic dignity demands that he is treated equally to others. WHB has an obligation and responsibility to "create" a program, just as every other school district has done. As a community member, Incan assure everyone that we have no intent or interest in causing an in-safe condition on opening day. We simply will be "bringing Aiden to school", just like everyone else who is bringing their child to school. WHB TRO request is simply a ruse to avoid the public shame of having to deny him access. Their choice is despicable. I approached the District over two years ago in an attorney to be proactive and progress measures to avoid this day. WHB chose to cast aside my initiative. Now, due to their collossal ineptitude, we find ourselves at this cross-road. For those of you who disagree with his right to exercise his dignity and freedom, I respect your opinion, but feel you should lend thought to what it means by extension. Let us now cast aside all "minority" students because they would be "better" served in schools where they may not face discrimination. Let's cast aside B and C students, because they would be better served in schools of peers who don't hold A averages. Let's cast aside all those children who cannot earn places on school athletic teams. Is this right? Of course not. WHB needs to stop the madness and recognize that we are one community. Their decision to discriminate against Aiden is based upon administrative expedience, as opposed to what is in the best interest of the child. It is time for a new day!" Aug 29, 15 8:30 AM

As far as I know, I've done everything I need to do in order to have Aiden attend. WHB simply will not accept him, despite the law and the despite his IEP, which states: Aiden's education should be fulfilled at WHB (not my words everyone, but the words of the CSE, which is the entity endowed with responsibility to tender a recommendation because they are most attuned to Aiden's circumstance). Do you people who have tendered adversarial comments really think that Aiden's needs cannot be met locally? Every other School District takes care of their own, but WHB ( this including Districts with greater, equal and less populations). Are our teachers somehow incapable? It's Ridiculous. This is nothing more than an egotistical administration acting in an administratively expedient manner, as opposed to what is in the best interests of the child. What's truly sad, is that not only is Aiden hurt, but so are all the students who could benefit from his friendship and love. Ask his classmates at Remsenburg if they want him to carry on his educational path with them or apart from them. The answer would be resounding. This abhorrent legacy of WHB needs to stop - there is no justification - at least not a defensible one. This being said, my family would never do anything to endanger the well-being of anyone. This is a ruse fabricated by the District to hide from the public fear of having to deny Aiden in public - it is nothing more." Aug 29, 15 10:09 PM

There is a contract between Remsenburg and WHB. Anyone can look at it. It states WHB has to educate ALL of Remsenburg's students. That is why Remaenburg residents pay WHB tuition. This is a contractual breach, in addition. to a violation of Aiden's equal protection rights. WHB cannot pick & choose. Nevertheless, if you do the math and account for "future economies of scale" educating your own populace also makes sound fiscal sense. The denial represents a decision based upon administrative expedience only. WHB administration simply doesn't want the "hassle" of dealing with special education students who are alternately assessed throughout post-elementary education." Aug 30, 15 4:32 PM

On the eve of the "limited" purview of the Court tomorrow, I want to forecast the District's next despicable course of action - contacting CPS and alleging child neglect. I will tell you now that the depths of depravity know no bounds. Mark my words. This is their MO that has enabled them to perpetuate this atrocity. " Aug 30, 15 8:25 PM

Family Protests Outside Westhampton Beach School Over Controversial Special Needs Decision

Lamm - yes there is a contract. In fact, Remsenburg residents pay tuition pursuant to it. Do you want to know what the contract says? You can FOIL it if you want. It says WHB shall educate ALL of Rwmsenburg's students for post-elementary education. " Sep 3, 15 12:51 PM

How is it an "option" if you don't have a choice?" Sep 5, 15 11:42 AM

Preservationist Pitches Immunocontraceptive To Control Deer

Yet another waste. Just allow safe and legal hunting. People fed; no cost; problem solved." Sep 7, 15 8:10 AM

Sag Harbor Village Prohibits Bow And Arrow Hunting

Terrible Law. Bow Hunting is completely safe. The Village in all its wisdom, just deprived the best methodology of controlling the epidemic deer population. Also, the Village is pre-empted from even legislating on this matter and will be challenged, all at a senseless cost to its taxpayers." Dec 15, 15 4:04 PM

Sandy Hollow Affordable Housing Lawsuit Dismissed By State Supreme Court Justice

The Court decision only validates the "legality" of the procedures that led to the approval of the development. The blame for this colossal mistake lies with the Town Board, who faced with overwhelming constituent disapproval, succumbed to the influence of the developers. These Town Board members, if any are left, should be held accountable on the respective eve's of their election cycles. Moving forward, the Town officials need to be told in unequivocal terms that voting for zoning changes that increase mass density will equate to one-term settings. This is probably the biggest problem facing the preservation of the East End's character and developers like Georgica Green are aggressively seeking zoning changes throughout the Town - see Speonk and the slew of development projects proposed for North Phillips Road. These projects simultaneously spell disaster to the local populace and financial windfalls for the developers. The local tax base should be outraged. " Jan 7, 16 9:29 AM

Apartment Complex Plans Spur Birth Of New Community Group In Speonk

No more zoning changes for massive increases in density. Housing can be addressed through loosening the standards for accessory apartments." Jan 14, 16 5:38 PM

Father Of Remsenburg Teen With Down Syndrome Warned To Stay Off School Grounds Or Face Arrest

Just so you know. Aiden would not be in the general education class, so he wouldn't be "slowing" anybody down. He would be in a special class, such as a 15:1:1 or 12:1:1. All Districts except WHB have these types of classes. Integration is not something new, but WHB retains an antiquated system. We are not asking for anything other than all other Districts do. " Aug 24, 16 9:28 AM

Southampton Supervisor Pitches New Housing Division

Housing Authority getting eliminated - long overdue. Enough with this "affordable housing" nonsense. Affordable Housing is important but not when the initiatives effect the other values that are essential to east-end living.
" Oct 5, 16 7:53 PM

Flanders Civic To Support Remsenburg Affordable Housing Option

This is disgusting that the Housing Authority is basically threatening the Board. I hope the Board takes great offense to this nonsense. " Oct 5, 16 7:56 PM

Westhampton Beach School District Ordered To Apply For Age Variance To Include Aiden Killoran In Special Education Classes

What a disgrace. The district finally creates a class to combat the Killoran’s valid claim that they have historically discriminated against special needs kids, and yet somehow Aiden doesn’t fit? And they do this, despite the fact that over 15 kids are presently outsourced grades 7-12. Are you kidding me! Westhampton stands alone in their disgusting posture as an alleged “public” school. Shame on them. Heads should roll. " Aug 7, 18 7:36 PM