Written by Katie Piacentini, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00
In the continuing aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, readers are still reporting dangling, drooping wires in their towns and villages.
There is a difference between power lines and cable wires. LIPA and Verizon said that the top two wires on utility poles are power lines. Verizon spokesperson John Bonomo said, “The reason that electric is at the top is simply for safety sake, and that no employees of any other utility needs to go near the electric wires when repairing their own facilities.”
“Then, further down on the pole are telecommunications and cable companies, and other services, like a municipality that may have wires running, or fire or police departments for their communications, and others,” Bonomo said. “The dangers are real.”
Laura Schultz, president of Residents For A More Beautiful Syosset, noted that this is not a new problem in the area. “Problems with the wire infrastructure that was displaced during the Jackson Avenue Improvement Project have not been addressed. Wiring was left in a patchwork manner with dangling wires. Repairs from Superstorm Sandy were completed in the same sort of temporary, haphazard manner,” said Schultz. “The Syosset community’s infrastructure is left in a precarious situation, awaiting the arrival of the next storm.”
Bonomo noted that when drooping, dangling or downed wires are reported to Verizon, the utility inspects them to determine which utility they belong to. If it is not a Verizon wire, it is reported to the responsible utility.
The same goes for Cablevision, said spokesperson Charlstie Veith.
If it is determined that the wire belongs to Verizon, Bonomo said the utility will find out if the drooping wire is affecting service. “If there is no effect on service, we will repair those wires in a timely fashion.”
LIPA spokesperson Mark Gross said that people should report downed wires to utilities and should always assume it is live. To report a dangling, drooping or downed wire, residents can call Verizon at 1-800-Verizon, LIPA at 1-800-490-0075 or Cablevision at 516-364-8400.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Nov. 7, more than 150 supporters gathered for MercyFirst’s Annual Harvest Ball held at The Garden City Hotel, raising more than $100,000 to help fund MercyFirst’s programs.
This year, the 2013 MercyFirst Community Partner Honoree Awards went to three Syosset-Woodbury families: The Millers, The Cliffords and The Majoys.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
On a crisp November evening, more than 200 people arrived at Chelsea Mansion at East Norwich for the Syosset-based Long Island Jewish Community Relations Council’s holiday party, entitled “Multicultural Visions, Artists Exploring Identity.” People from all ethnic and religious walks of life mingled under the heated tent viewing art from six local artists, equally diverse, including Manu Kaur Saluja, a Sikh artist from Old Brookville.
Each artist addressed the audience and talked about art and how it reflects their individual identity as a Jew, a Sikh woman, a Latino woman or an African American man. Saluja, a portrait artist, explained to the audience how identity is a very complicated issue. Standing between two portraits of her brother, a cardiologist, one wearing a black turban and one with his long hair cascading down his shoulders, she explained why she chose to paint these two portraits.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Fourteen student-athletes from Syosset High School have committed to play at a college or university next year.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Jericho Celeste Taub, 13, showed that she could run with the big girls (and the big boys!) on Sunday, Nov. 17, as she scored a decisive victory in the Women’s Division of the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5-kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park.
Taub finished the Run in 20 minutes, 17 seconds, 53 seconds in front of 36-year-old runner-up Kelly Bregou of New York City.