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Editorial: The Need for Fields in OB-EN

Here’s a bee to put into your bonnet. If East Norwich had fields to offer to the mix in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District, there might not be this problem of needing fields.

Just think about that for a few moments...

When my family moved to East Norwich many years ago I really felt isolated from my neighbors. In Great Neck, where we had been living in Great Neck Terrace apartments, there were communal playgrounds between many of the buildings. There were also benches out in front on the paths through the lawns.

That meant that I could take out my daughter and she could play with the children and I could meet and greet the other mothers. Actually they were great for me since I had left New York City and was starting a new kind of life in the suburbs.

In East Norwich there was no meeting place. There were and are no parks. I did of course meet people, but it would have been so graceful and heartwarming to be with young mothers right away. More than that, I really like the concept of mothers watching the children at play as opposed to the suburban method of sending them out into the streets to play.

Now, let’s get to the point. East Norwich has no playing fields and no parks. We do have Goat Hill, for which we recently fought to have made more official and it has been although I believe it is under used. We also have the possibility of the use of the Christie Property. Both are wooded.

“Wooded” and “treed” are two different things. Wooded areas often have happenstance trees that come opportunistically and may not be of value. I’ve listened in on many meetings at the Village of Muttontown where that has been the issue. Save trees, yes. But what kind of trees. Not scrub pines and not Norwegian maples.

What we really need is someone - too bad there is no local government in East Norwich – to take hold of the issues and take a real look at what the unincorporated village has, and what it needs. It’s time we took a look at our area and made some plans and demands.

In so doing, we might find that we owe the school district some property – some fields – as well as owing ourselves some parks for local residents to enjoy.

Doing so will increase the community feeling in our little one-mile crossroads. It’s time for East Norwich to stand and be counted and maybe to offer a solution to the need for fields in the OB-EN district without destroying the Theodore Roosevelt Park which is to serve all the residents of the Town of Oyster Bay and not so solve the problems of the children of the school district.

As we have mentioned before the park is a marine environment and should be maintained as such.

Let’s put things into perspective – the waterfront is the waterfront and it is time someone stood up to protect it.

Where do you stand on this issue?