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Aircraft Noise Is Spreading

Aiming at quiet skies

The legislative council to State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), told a Town-Village Aircraft Safety & Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) that the legislator has submitted a bill that would require the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a noise and land use compatibility survey as outlined under federal aviation regulations as well as biennial public hearings regarding aircraft noise

Rebecca Sheehan, Avella’s council, told a Feb. 25 meeting of the Town-Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) that the bill, introduced on Oct. 26, 2012, stems from an influx of complaints into Avella’s office.

“What started to occur in the summer of 2012, there was a huge number of complaints that were coming into the senator’s office pretty much on a daily basis from the entire northeast section of his district, which is Bayside, Whitestone, Douglaston and Little Neck,” said Sheehan. 

As a result, Avella reached out to the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate residents’ claims of “incredibly low … incredibly frequent … [and] incredibly loud” planes flying overhead. 

In a meeting with the FAA, Avella learned that the agency was testing a new departure procedure out of LaGuardia off of runway 13, according to Sheehan. Avella was “distressed” that his office had not received notification of this test, which ran from February 2012 through August 2012. The FAA was “apologetic,” according to Sheehan, but did not follow up with Avella’s office once data from the test was reviewed. 

Instead, Avella “learned that a ‘categorical exclusion’ had been issued and an initial environmental review, had been done upon which the exclusion had been granted,” meaning that the test procedure is now going to be used as a regular procedure, Sheehan said. 

Asked by TVASNAC Executive Director Kendall W. Lampkin what the senator’s game plan will be, Sheehan said the senator will continue to forge ahead with requested meetings with not only the FAA but also with the Port Authority to demand change.

“This isn’t just about any specific neighborhood issue because everybody’s got their own specific things that are happening to them. … This is a much larger issue about how the FAA goes about doing its business,” Sheehan emphasized on behalf of Sen. Avella.

The next TVASNAC meeting will be held on Monday, March 25 at a location to be determined.


News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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