Sunday, July 20, 2014

Oaklawn Cemetery Volunteer -- Grounds Keeper Bob Brown

Brookhaven hamlet is blessed with many volunteers.  A recent trip to the Oaklawn cemetery discovered 88 year old Bob Brown working quietly away.



William S Gerard grave monument (under repair by Bob Brown) Oaklawn Cemetery, Brookhaven, NY (18 July 2017)

Friday, July 4, 2014

LI Trash Piles Up - Considering Shipment by Rail

From: Richard Thomas
Sent: Friday, July 04, 2014 12:12 AM

Subject: LI Trash Piles Up - Considering Shipment by Rail


There was an article in this morning’s Newsday about a garbage transportation crisis on Long Island.


Omni Recycling of Babylon can’t find enough trucks to get the garbage off Long Island.


Why can’t they find enough trucks?  


Well, it’s because of the success of the Brookhaven Rail Terminal.


What to do?  What to do?


After puzzling over their problem for a while, they came up with a solution:


                Load the garbage onto railroad cars instead.


So they are proposing loading the garbage into railcars “at a rail spur for freight.”


Progressive Waste Solutions, which handles garbage from Southold and East Hampton Towns, says its transfer station in Yaphank is filled to capacity.


See attached.


Then there was this follow-up story this evening.  (See below.)


Another firm involved is Eastern Resources Recycling of 88 Old Dock Rd, Yaphank.  (That’s where a body of a 42-year-old Rocky Point man was found in the trash in August 2012, two days after his birthday.)


Although the DEC seems to be open to a plan to use railcars, there is disagreement regarding what location to use to load the garbage onto the cars.


(I guess it will have to be someone near the overflowing transfer stations, like the one in Yaphank.)


In choosing a site, they have to recognize that:


. . . the looming LIRR strike is a factor because it would effectively shut down all but the Brookhaven rail terminal, carters and rail sources say.


Even though this crisis developed just a couple of days before Independence Day – what unfortunate timing – and thus requires an immediate emergency decision, the DEC did not allow itself to be pressured into saying Brookhaven Rail can move the garbage.


Not today anyway.


It isn’t clear how they get the garbage to the transfer stations or propose to get it from the transfer stations to the railcars.


I’m pretty sure they are using trucks.


I guess you need a different kind of truck to get off Long Island than the kind of truck used to move the garbage from East Hampton to Yaphank.


If the truck can make it all the way from Southold to Yaphank, or all the way from East Hampton to  Yaphank, you would think the truck could go a bit farther, --- to New Jersey maybe. 


Then all that garbage wouldn’t be piling up on Long Island.  It would pile up in New Jersey instead.


Happy Independence Day!

No pact on garbage removal plan

July 3, 2014 by SARAH CRICHTON /

Brookhaven Rail Terminal located at 205 Sills Road

Efforts to resolve a garbage stockpile before the long weekend failed Thursday after agreement could not be reached on a site from which the trash could be loaded on to railcars to leave Long Island.

That standoff means the piles of trash will continue to grow. In the towns of Southold and East Hampton alone, more than 900 tons of garbage is likely to be generated for collection and transportation this weekend -- a peak tourist time, carting industry sources say.

As a proposed quick fix to take it off the Island using sealed railcars awaits emergency authorization from the state, the governor's office intervened Thursday, scheduling a conference call Monday morning involving all the parties -- representatives from the affected garbage collection and management firms, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and New York & Atlantic Railway, the Long Island rail freight franchisee.

New York & Atlantic has concerns over selection of an appropriate rail-truck depot site at which to load the garbage onto railcars.

Load-site options

Several sites are under consideration, sources said:

An MTA-owned Hicksville transfer station in Nassau that could take 10 railcars' worth of garbage a day off the Island, but requires all the waste to be trucked to Nassau.

A passing track adjacent to the Long Island Rail Road commuter train station in Yaphank where New York & Atlantic could provide at least a dozen cars a day.

A privately owned rail spur in Medford, but sources said negotiations had yet to begin with that land owner.

The privately owned Brookhaven Rail Terminal site at Sills Road in Yaphank.

This last option -- a facility that provides distance from the main LIRR track and is in an industrial area away from residences -- is under a cloud after allegations by the Town of Brookhaven that its operators are illegally mining sand from an adjacent property on to which they hope to expand their facility.

Eric Jakubowski, chief commercial officer at Anacostia Rail Holdings, New York & Atlantic's parent company, demurred when asked to name which site his firm deemed most appropriate yesterday.

"The New York & Atlantic Railway has only recently become involved and we're working with a number of partners to try to clarify the best options," he said by phone from Chicago.

"A specific loading site has to be confirmed and that may wind up being a privately-owned site if it's shown that's the best site to handle the volume expeditiously," he said.

While the garbage companies say a private site would cost more to remove the backlog, time is of the essence because it's estimated it could take a month to clear the current stockpile. In addition, the looming LIRR strike is a factor because it would effectively shut down all but the Brookhaven rail terminal, carters and rail sources say.

The garbage -- estimated at between 10,000 to 12,000 tons as of Thursday -- is stockpiling at town transfer stations on the East End and at several collection and transfer facilities in Suffolk, including two owned and operated by Progressive Waste Solutions, a publicly-owned Canadian company.

A spokesman for Progressive on Long Island, said he was hopeful of a breakthrough next week, but declined further comment.

Emily DeSantis, spokeswoman for the state DEC -- which regulates garbage -- said in an emailed statement: "DEC is actively working to help find a solution to the backlog of waste on eastern Long Island."

Michael White, attorney for Omni Recycling of Babylon, which is coordinating the effort on behalf of the affected garbage management firms, was disappointed at the failure to reach a decision Thursday. "This is an unfortunate delay, coming as it is over a peak garbage-generating weekend on the East End, but I'm optimistic an agreement can be reached," he said.

Who's responsible?

State environmental law and regulations hold the generator of solid waste responsible for its proper disposal. But if the waste en route passes into ownership of a permitted interim facility, those facilities assume the legal responsibility. That puts the onus in this crisis on Progressive and Omni, as well as Yaphank-based Eastern Resource, also a transfer station operator on the East End.

The three firms had until recently used a network of flatbed-trucking companies to haul their baled garbage off the Island. Representatives of both Progressive and Omni said Thursday they continued to work to make use of available trucking firms, but a dearth of flatbeds -- caused in large part by the success of the BRT operation in Yaphank -- meant there remained insufficient long-haul trucks available on Long Island to clear the mounting garbage backlog.

Toll increases on metro-area bridges have increased the price of road freight to the Island dramatically in recent years -- and owing to the damage they make to roads, trucks crossing onto the Island are limited to 80,000 pounds of weight unless they get special dispensation from the state transportation department.

A U.S. Department of Transportation matrix estimates one railcar can move roughly the equivalent amount of freight as four 18-wheelers.




Saturday, June 21, 2014

War Memorial - Fireplace Park

An updated version of the Honor Roll list of names may be found at: .  As the committee continues to develop the Memorial, this list will be revised.

From: "Brookhaven Village Association, Inc." <>
Date: June 19, 2014 10:52:55 AM EDT
Subject: War Memorial - Fireplace Park - Brookhaven Hamlet, New York
Reply-To: "Brookhaven Village Association, Inc." <>

War Memorial at Fireplace Park, Brookhaven, NY

Fireplace Park War Memorial

The BVA is pleased to let you know about a plan to create a memorial at the Brookhaven Hamlet triangle to honor our residents who fought in the nation’s earliest wars: the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War and the Spanish American War.
The Fire Place History Club and the Post-Morrow Foundation are collaborating in this effort.
The Brookhaven Fire District, which owns the site, has given its endorsement.  The FPHC & PMF want to be as complete and accurate as possible in listing those who served. They are asking you to submit the names of soldiers who served in those wars while they were Brookhaven Hamlet residents, along with any documentation to verify these facts.
Documentation might include service, census and family records; photographs; and stories handed down through families. So discuss this with family, friends and neighbors, and rummage through the attic. Then send your nomination and support material to:              
18 River Lane
Brookhaven, NY 11719
The goal is to have the new memorial in place for the 2015 Memorial Day Parade. To help insure this can happen, the deadline for submittals is July 31, 2014.

Thank you so much for your help and enthusiasm!
Marty Van Lith, BVA Historian

The below is a list of known Fire Place (Brookhaven & Southaven) residents who served in these wars:


Richard Corwin
Nathan Rose Barteau
Nathaniel Hawkins
Zachariah Hawkins
Isaac Homan
Jonathan Howell
David Hulse
Scudder Ketcham
Barnabas Rider
Rev David Rose
Jessie Rose
Capt. Nathan Rose, Jr.
Lieut. Thomas Rose
Daniel Terry
Richard Terry

WAR OF 1812

Richard Corwin, Jr
Jeptha A. Wilkinson


Henry E. Ackerly
William N. Ackerly
Ebenezer Albin
Daniel Carter
Ellias Cooper
Jonas Gildersleeve
Alfred C. Hawkins
Charles A. Hawkins
George M. Hawkins
Samuel A. Hawkins
Horatio Mott
George R. Smith
Josiah Smith
Moses Swezey
Stephen J. Swezey
Albert Wilkinson

 John Bond

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Brookhaven Village Association, Inc.
PO Box 167
Brookhaven, NY 11719

Friday, May 30, 2014

Brookhaven residents and officials angry over LIRR tree removal


Originally published: May 28, 2014 6:05 PM
Updated: May 28, 2014 8:06 PM

Brookhaven Town officials and residents have demanded that the Long Island Rail Road restore trees that were cut along train tracks in Brookhaven hamlet and East Patchogue.

LIRR officials said in a statement that the trees were removed earlier this year along the Montauk branch as a safety precaution.

"Literally thousands of trees" were cut down along about five miles of track and the LIRR did not notify town or state officials, or residents, he said.

But town officials and state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), said during a Tuesday news conference in Brookhaven hamlet, that they believed the LIRR cut down far more trees than necessary. Some felled trees were more than 20 feet from the tracks, Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said.

"They overreached," Romaine said of LIRR officials. "We understand clearing . . . for trains and commuters, but they cleared to the property line."

Romaine said residents called Town Hall to complain they had lost their privacy and noise buffers. "We began to get more and more calls," he said. "We looked and we said, 'They don't have to clear this.' "

Zeldin said in a statement that the LIRR should "find a way to strike a balance that satisfies all parties."

LIRR officials said in the statement that the railroad would consider the request to restore trees, adding that workers would survey the area "to review any potential safety issues."

Denise Tripodi, who lives along the tracks in Brookhaven hamlet, said the trees were removed without prior notification about two months ago. Workers wore orange vests with no indication that they were affiliated with the LIRR, she said.

"We didn't purchase our home expecting to hear the traffic from Montauk Highway, expecting to hear the traffic from Sunrise Highway," she said.

She said the LIRR should erect fences and restore the trees.

The LIRR statement said trees are periodically trimmed or removed to "maintain proper visibility for engineers to safely operate trains, to reduce 'slip-slide' conditions from falling leaves that can cause trains to miss stops, and to keep communications and signal lines clear."


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fire Island breaches

Fire Island breaches not to blame for coastal flooding, USGS study shows
Originally published: May 28, 2014 5:23 PM
Updated: May 28, 2014 10:32 PM
A view of the breach caused by Superstorm Sandy on Fire Island, looking west on March 9, 2013. (Credit: Doug Kuntz)
The Fire Island breaches created by Sandy were not to blame for flooding in surrounding coastal communities in the months after the superstorm hit, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study.
The study by three USGS scientists, published earlier this month, determined that post-Sandy flooding along the South Shore was instead caused by a series of harsh winter storms that hit the battered area.
"The high water levels that occurred in five months following Hurricane Sandy in these back-barrier bays were caused by winter storms, not by barrier island breaching or geomorphic changes in the bays caused by Sandy," the study concluded.
Sandy cut three breaches into Fire Island. One in Smith Point County Park and another in Cupsogue Beach County Park have been closed by the Army Corps of Engineers. The breach at Old Inlet remains open.
Charles Flagg, a professor at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, has been studying the Old Inlet breach and said the USGS findings are in line with his research.
"The flooding would have happened regardless, and it was happening throughout this whole region," Flagg said.
Rather than harming the coast, the Old Inlet breach, which allows ocean water into Bellport Bay, has led to an improvement in water quality and clarity there, he said.
"If you're over at the breach on an incoming tide, it looks like the tropics," Flagg said of water in the bay. "Just clear and sparkly."
Flagg said the breach appears to have remained stable, neither widening nor deepening, since February 2013.
"It's wiggled around. It's changed shape. But the size of the opening does not seem to have changed," he said.
The Fire Island National Seashore is currently studying different approaches to the breach, including closing it, artificially keeping it open, or doing nothing. The breach sits within a federally designated wilderness area.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, prompted by concerns about flooding in the months after Sandy, had asked the state Department of Environmental Conservation to close the breach in the months after Sandy hit in October 2012.
Bellone said Wednesday that he was glad to have scientific evidence that the breach did not contribute to floods.
"To the extent that we can see real scientific data, that's important for us," he said. "With respect to flooding, our priority remains protecting public health and safety."
Flagg said such breaches naturally form and disappear, although it is unclear when the Old Inlet breach might close if left in a natural state.
Joseph Gagliano, co-chairman of the Bellport Village Waterfront Commission, said he supports leaving the breach in the hands of nature.
"This breach that we now call Bellport Inlet, there's nothing new about it. It's happened before," Gagliano said.
Instead, "the focus should be to replenish Fire Island as our barrier beach to protect the mainland," he said.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Brookhaven Hamlet, NY, 2014 Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

You are invited to view a photo album: 2014-05-26 Memorial Day

2014-05-26 Memorial Day

Memorial Triangle, Brookhaven, NY -

May 26, 2014

2014 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Hugh Brown Estate Sale benefits Virginia Brown Scholarship Fund


From: Janet Quirk

Date: May 12, 2014 2:43:04 PM EDT

Subject: Estate Sale


Hi All,

Elise Brown (Hugh Brown's daughter) is selling her dad's house and having an estate sale on Saturday, 5/24/14, 9am-4pm @ 301 Beaver Dam Road.  You may wonder why this warrants an email???  All proceeds will go to the Brookhaven Village Association Virginia Brown Scholarship fund. I will be putting the info on the BVA website and I am hoping word of mouth will help also.  Please spread the word.