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Southampton Golf Range Receives $6.5 Million Recreational Easement From Town

This is great and I applaud this preservation effort. Certainly beats another car dealership. But I don't agree with the quote: "Its an affordable recreational opportunity for the entire community". I hope that new pricing is put in place to reflect that, because I don't consider any of the current opportunities there "affordable". Third rate mini golf and driving range are way overpriced and the ice rink (while a nice addition) is too expensive without any decent family pricing.
" Sep 17, 16 7:56 PM

Southampton Town Board Members Agree: Tuckahoe Center Not Likely To Be Approved

It appears that the Town Board is on the right track and that is great news. The South Fork is like a heart patient with clogged arteries. Until traffic calming and alternative transportation measures are put in place and commuting traffic is diminished on quiet residential roads, cardiac arrest is just a fender bender away. We see it once a week and more often fromfApril-Oct. Let's have the surgery ard let the patisnt recover before anything like this is even considered. Anyone who drives these roads daily and lives in the immediate area of the proposed development know that the traffic studies are nonsense. The regions future is at stake.
" Feb 1, 17 12:12 PM

It appears that the Town Board is on the right track and that is great news. The Sjuth Fork is like a heart patient with clogged arteries. Until traffic calming and alternative transportation measures are put in place and commuting traffic is diminished on quiet residential roads, cardiac arrest is just a fender bender away. We see it once a week and more often from April-Oct. Let's havn theesurgeeyrand let the patient recover before anything like this is even considered. Anyone who drives these roads daily and lives in the immediate area of the proposed development know that the traffic studies are nonsense. The regions future is at stake.
" Feb 1, 17 12:12 PM

Southampton School Board Approves 'Culturally Sensitive' Calendar For 2017-18 School Year

Adopting a "culturally sensitive" calendar is very sad indeed. Another step toward the progressive dystopia that so many seem to want. There are so many special interest agendas pulling this fractured nation apart that "One Nation under God" seems so very far away from where we are now. Message to the kids: just cave to any special interest no matter how ridiculous.

" Feb 8, 17 9:27 PM

"A sense of proportion should also guide those who police the boundaries between church and state. Not every mention of God in public is a breach to the wall of separation -- context matters. It is doubtful that children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance feel oppressed or brainwashed as a consequence of muttering the phrase 'under God.' I didn't." A quote from former President Obama. Surprised? This calendar question isn't about the pledge, but reasonable people on both sides can see the value of "One Nation under God". Communists can't. There is a special interest you can believe in, huh VOS?
" Feb 8, 17 10:04 PM

UPDATE: Southampton School Board Approves Settlement With Denise Merchant

Why does the district need a "Director of Pupil Personnel Services"? Really? Spending spins out of control because of the lack of accountability to the taxpayer. Details of this must be made public. Then, the school board needs to explain what is being done to keep it from happening again." Jan 11, 18 7:52 PM

Former Administrator Received Nearly $500,000 In Settlement With Southampton School District

Wow, so sad. A recurring stream of funds (school taxes) and insufficient accountability and this is the result. Every district should have an independent auditor (reduce the superintendent salary to pay for it) with full accountability to the taxpayers. The taxpayers and the students are being cheated and nothing is being done. Enough! Take a look at the Catholic school model; they do so much more, with so much less." Feb 2, 18 9:57 AM

Southampton School Officials Nix Columbus Day In Favor Of Indigenous Peoples' Day On School Calendars

I agree with Mr.McKenna that, "no one wins when someone loses". Really, we all lose with this divisive change. I agree that there should be an Indigineous Peoples' Day, but it is not appropriate to remove another designated national holiday from the calendar. Our history is complicated and it doesn't take long to find historical occurrences to make one proud and others revolting. In the end, they all contributed to what we are now. We are all here and that is not going to change. The Columbus voyages were the Apollo space missions of the time. Many consider him a hero. It is also a bit ironic that the voyages set in motion the Spanish colonization of the Americas. One would think a dual-language district would have more respect for that. I guess political correctness and bowing to special agendas is more important. Sad message for the kids." Feb 22, 18 8:01 PM

Southampton School District To Officially Honor Indigenous Peoples' Day This Year

The uninformed hatred being spewed about Columbus shows that those seeking to honor Indigenous people have no interest in tolerance, inclusion and diversity themselves. The district is wrong here. The silent majority of parents don't agree with the change. Celebrate on another day, but removing Columbus Day from the calendar was hurtful to many of us who will continue to honor his amazing contributions to the world that we are today. This is especially ironic in a dual language district when you consider that Columbus helped to open up the Americas to Spain. History has been revised. We will be home schooling our kids about the great achievements of Columbus and will celebrate Columbus Day proudly." Oct 3, 18 12:31 PM

UPDATE: Town Officials Respond To Shinnecock Plan For Billboards On Sunrise Highway In Hampton Bays

let's think of the wavering "tribe", who need leaders but get gamblers instead,,,
" May 1, 19 9:52 AM

With respect, Ken, that is a pretty silly argument you are making. No one alive today nor within the last 100+ years had anything to do with the current land divisions. Throughout history, land has changed ownership violently and peacefully so that all of our ancestors have been impacted in one way or another. It may not be easy for the Nation to accept the past. Rest assured that yours is not the only "tribe" that would like to re-write history. Actually trying to do it though is a fools errand, and the Nation's leadership would do well to sell acceptance and empowerment rather than vicitimhood." May 1, 19 9:15 PM

First Of Two Shinnecock Billboards Nears Completion

Who would I talk to about advertising a Columbus Day sale?
" May 23, 19 10:16 PM