The Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Civic Association thanks Craig den Hartog for doing more than his share of helping to beautify our community. Mr. den Hartog, together with his family, neighbors and volunteers are responsible for donating and planting the daffodills that line Old Town Road south of Route 347 in Terryville.
If you are interested in assisting Mr. den Hartog in his Old Town Blooms endeavor, please visit www.oldtownblooms.com for more information.
Join good people doing great things…and help us fight dirty!!!
Annual Great Brookhaven Cleanup
Last year, 5,000 Brookhaven residents joined over 2.3 million volunteers in more than 15,000 communities across America to pick up millions of tons of litter, beautify miles of roadway, and clean up rivers, lakes and seashores in their communities.
May 18, 2013
• Identify a specific site that you would like to improve. Visit the site to plan your event and get permission from the property owner if necessary.
• Possible activities:
• Litter cleanups on streets, parks, playgrounds • River, lake and seashore cleanups • Woodland trail and field cleanups • Park renewals • Nature trail and woodland cleanups • School cleanups • Commercial Site / Shopping Center cleanups • Graffiti paintovers / removals • Beautification / community improvement projects
• Register your individual or group’s participation
• Pick up your gloves & bags during normal business hours 9am – 4:30pm at Town Hall, Dept. of Waste Management – 3
rd floor from May 6th through May 17th , 2013.
EVERY PARTICIPANT WILL RECEIVE RECYCLEBANK REWARD POINTS! Codes will be distributed when you pick up your supplies.
6th Annual Great Brookhaven Cleanup and help fight litter.
Civic Association Seeks Volunteers to Serve on Hub Study Committees
The Port Jefferson Station-Terryville Civic Association needs community input.
- By Christine Sampson -
- March 29, 2013
A community-based planning process is under way to explore the ways the Port Jefferson LIRR station and surrounding areas can be redeveloped, but it needs community members to serve on committees to guide that planning process.
That's according to the Port Jefferson Station-Terryville Civic Association, which presented the "Port Jefferson Station Commercial Hub Study" to its membership on Wednesday night. The study will encompass the stretch of Route 112 between Hallock Avenue and Route 347 as well as the surrounding areas on the east and west sides of Route 112 and south of the LIRR station.
"We're not looking to do a study with the 30 people who are here at the civic meeting every month," civic association president Ed Garboski said. "We're looking for what the community wants. We want the community to be involved."
The hub study consists of a Citizens Advisory Committtee, chaired by Charlie McAteer, and several committees that are broken down as follows:
- Commercial & industrial Zoning
- Traffic, Pedestrian Safely and Transportation
- Design, Aesthetics and Architecture
- Housing & Residential Needs
- Stony Brook University Housing/Transportation Components
"We are looking to come up with potentials," McAteer said. "We are not looking to design anything, we are looking to see what can be done. That’s why these six groups are important."
The goal of the study is to improve the area through zoning changes and smart planning that will ultimately attract private investors and business owners to come in to build or re-build.
"If the community comes up with a viable plan and the community is behind it, the investors will come," Garboski said.
He added: "If you don't think you know anything about zoning, that's OK." If people can't physically attend the meetings, he encouraged people to join the committees "electronically" by sending their ideas, observations and comment to his email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goal is also to compliment the work being done by the village of Port Jefferson to improve the area known as Upper Port.
Town councilman Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld, who secured $75,000 in funding from the town in order to conduct this study, said there needs to be "joint work" from both communities in order to be successful.
"The goal is to get the community input as to what you’d like to see," he said. "It’s got to be economically real."
Thomas Chawner of Brookhaven town's planning department said it is important to promote the residential integrity of the neighborhood while redeveloping the area surrounding the train station. He compared the situation to the villages of Patchogue and Farmingdale, which he said have done some smart planning.
"I think it’s very important that the scale not be out of proportion. This is a suburban environment," he said. "This is not Ronkonkoma, this is not the city of Glen Cove, this is not Mineola."
The Citizens Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public; the next one is set for April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Comsewogue School District administrative office on Norwood Avenue.
Port Times Record-www.northshoreoflongisland.com
Helping shape Port Jefferson Station's future
Volunteers needed for transit-oriented development study's subcommittees
By Erica Karp
March 29, 2013 | 04:04 PM
As town and community leaders mold a land use plan for redeveloping Port Jefferson Station, the study's Citizens Advisory Committee is looking for volunteers to serve on sub-committees that will look at issues such as traffic and safety, housing needs and aesthetics.
The Port Jefferson Station transit-oriented development study is geared toward redeveloping the area south of the Port Jefferson train station along Route 112 to Route 347.
At the Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Civic Association meeting on March 28, President Ed Garboski asked members to sign up for a sub-committee to help provide community input.
"We have a unique opportunity to plan our community the way we want to see it," Garboski said. "In the past a lot of things get built and we wonder: How? Why did it get built?"
Lee Koppelman, a Long Island planning expert and director of Stony Brook University's Center for Regional Policy Studies, is playing a key role in the development of the study. He produced the Comsewogue Hamlet Comprehensive Plan in 2008, and the new study — which will explore redevelopment in Port Jefferson Station — is seen as the second part to that effort. It will be used to inform the town's Planning Board and Board of Zoning of Appeals of the town Planning Department's and the community's redevelopment recommendations in the instance plans are presented to them, as a way of shaping what is built there.
At the meeting Tom Chawner, a Town of Brookhaven planner, said the study would take a look at the area's assets, challenges and needed improvements.
Some of the assets include strong community involvement, access to the Long Island Rail Road and Suffolk County Transit Bus systems, the nearby Setauket-Port Jefferson Station Greenway Trail and the recent restoration of Route 112.
But Chawner said there are also challenges, including more than 5 acres of blighted and/or vacant commercial structures in the hamlet; existing zoning allowing only strip mall-type businesses in many locations; traffic congestion; unsafe walking conditions; and limited sewer availability.
He also gave residents a brief overview of transit-oriented development projects being completed near other Long Island Rail Road stations.
"In this project, I think it is very important that its scale not be out of proportion," Chawner said. "This is a suburban environment. This is not Ronkonkoma. It's not the city of Glen Clove and it's certainly not Mineola. So the scale of what we do here is important that we protect the existing residential communities."
He added the town and the Citizens Advisory Committee would try to work with Port Jefferson Village now that the village has completed its upper Port Jefferson revitalization plans, which focus on redevelopment from the LIRR station north to North Country Road. Campani and Schwarting Architects, the consultants who completed the upper Port study, have also been hired to work with the town planners for the Port Jefferson Station study to ensure the two plans mesh.
Some Port Jefferson Station residents have voiced concerns over the upper Port plans, as they call for additional housing units and they are worried about an influx of students. While it lies in the village, upper Port residents live in the Comsewogue School District.. A number of residents asked if there was the possibility of moving the school district lines to put upper Port residents into the Port Jefferson school district.
Last December, Michael Schwarting of Campani and Schwarting Architects said he does not expect a drastic increase of school-aged children, as the proposed apartments are geared toward young professionals and young couples.
At the civic meeting Thursday, Comsewogue Board of Education Trustee Ed Barry said he would "highly recommend" people assume there won't be a change in the school district lines because such a change is difficult to achieve.
Charlie McAteer, chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee and the civic's corresponding secretary, said as the process moves forward more questions will come up, which is a good thing.
"There's a lot of things we can discuss," he said. "We may not be able to solve the problems, but we can go to the elected officials and see what can be done."
BRING ALL YOUR OLD, USED, BROKEN, WORKING / NON-WORKING ELECTRONICS……
(Visit the Comsewogue School District website homepage for more information)
Please join us on Wednesday, March 27th 2013 at 7PM at the Comsewogue Public Library for our monthly meeting. Please note the change from Tuesday to Wednesday for this meeting. Dr. Koppelman will present the Port Jefferson Station Commercial Hub Study that has just begun to consider re-develoopment of the area south of the Long Island Rail Road Station along Routes 112 & 25A.
The Citizens Advisory Committee will be having it's initial meeting on Wednesday, March 6th @ 7pm in the Norwood Avenue School District Office, Board of Trustees conf room. This meeting is open to the general public and residents are encouraged to attend for informational purposes and or to select a committee that they would like to join to assist in the upcoming Hub Study for our community.
Our monthly meeting of the Port Jefferson Station-Terryville Civic Association will be on Tuesday Feb. 26th @ 7pm in the community room of the Comsewoque Public Library on Terryville Road, PJS. The proposed agenda is:
Regular Business and Reports
Presentation by Local Businesses
Update on the Start of the PJS Hub Study
Any New Business/Discussion points
Note the Civic assoc. will now be collecting the $10 annual dues once a year in the beginning of the year as discussed last month/ Based on that if you paid your dues in October to December of 2012, you are paid up for 2013, but all other members the $10 are now due so we can start the January cycle to collect dues annually. Thank you for your help on this as we change over this financial policy.
We hope you can attend and Please mark your March calendar for our Monthly Meeting which will be on a Wednesday March 27th instead of our usual Tuesday meeting schedule @ 7pm at the Comsewoque Public Library. The PJS HUB study will be the main topic and Your input on this critical topic for our community is vital.
The Chiefs Office would like to thank the members who spent countless hours over the past several days on stand-by and responding to emergencies under terrible conditions. Many of you were trapped at the firehouse or forced to sleep in the apparatus while stuck out on the road. Your dedication does not go unoticed an...d it greatly appreciated by not only us, but the entire community. Thank you and keep up the great work! For our friends on Facebook... if you don't need to venture out, then please stay home. The roads are still unsafe. If you have a hydrant near your house, please help us by digging it out.
Outrage and disgust are the sentiments resonating throughout Port Jefferson Station and Terryville (as well as many other communities) for the neglect and disregard of all residents who have yet to see a plow on their streets as of 6:00PM Sunday evening over 2 days after the storm hit. Many of us have already been and will be forced to take time off of work tomorrow as a result of being trapped on our snow covered residential streets. After the TOB Highway Dept finally finds their way into our neighborhoods, we can then discuss what went wrong and what measures are going to be taken to prevent such mismanagement and misuse of our tax dollars going foward. The ripple effects of the lack of coordination of the clean up efforts of this storm will be felt long after we are able to see blacktop again.
Please post the name of your street on our Facebook page so it can be included in the email being sent to the TOB Superintendent of Highways in the hopes that we will all see a plow in the very near future.
The following is an email written by our Town Councilman Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld this morning to the Town of Brookhaven Town Board members as well as the Superintendent of Highways and Town Supervisor..
Thank you Steve for stepping up for Port Jefferson Station-Terryville and the rest of the district that you represent.
Subject: Tragically Terrible Town Highway leadership response (and preparation) for this blizzard
Dear Acting Superintendent of Highways Michael Murphy
and Town Supervisor Romaine:
My community of the first council district (Three Village and Greater Port Jefferson area) appears to be still 95% snow bound and I must ask the question two days after the blizzard hit...WHY?
Understanding that this nearly 30" snow fall is perhaps the worst in record -
there still appears to be a complete and systematic breakdown in the ability of the Town Highway Dept to respond to this crisis.
At this time I don't see a clear plan (nor proper preparation) by the leadership of the Town Highway Department given the known nature of this storm prior to it hitting our Island and Township.
It appears that we need an emergency meeting to clarify the continuing lack of clear plans to rectify this crisis and get to the bottom of equipment and manpower needs for clearing snow as soon as possible from our local town roadways.
We need to fully assess all town, county, state, and maybe national ability -as well as private means to clear these local town roadways.
My own local neighborhood still lies buried, frozen and snowbound and
My area was without electric (and therefore without heat as well) until very late last night.
This is a public safety issue as local first responders- Fire Departments and Ambulances -cannot get through to help those who may need their assistance throughout our in our township. It appears a number of doctors and nurses who live in my community who still cannot get to the hospitals to help those in need even at this moment - as their local town roadways remains unplowed.
I have heard of brave teams of local residents using their own snow blowers and plows to clear our town roadways. For their efforts we should all humbly thank them however this is not the proper governmental method to assist our local residents.
We need to reconnect as a Town Board with our Highway Dept. in an immediate emergency session and enlist whatever aide possible to coordinate with private citizens, county, state, nation as needed...as this tragedy does not appear this morning to be getting any better at the moment.
With the help of Councilman Fiore-Rosenfeld, The Port Jefferson Station-Terryville Civic Association has secured funds from the Town of Brookhaven to conduct a Hub study. This study is for the revitalization of the area from the train station south to Terryville Road on rt 112. We are currently forming committees for the study. They consist of Design, Housing, Traffic/ Transportation, History, Commercial/ Industrial Zoning.
There is still time for you to submit your contact information to PJSTCA President, Ed Garboski, at email@example.com if you would like to participate on any of these committees.
Congratulations to Joanie Nickeson for being named The Port Times Record Environmentalist of the Year!!! Job well done Joanie, and well earned. On behalf of the civic, thank you for your tireless dedication to our community.
The Civic Association thanks Mr. Tsnusis for his generous donation of a welcome sign that he installed at the corner of Old Town Road and Route 347.
The Executive Board is equally thankful for being given the opportunity to work together on the aesthetics of the sign and looks forward to the spring when phase 2 of this project, consisting of landscaping and brick pillars are constructed. This newly highlighted corner holds great potential as it welcomes travelers into our hamlet.
Cumsewogue Historical Society
Meetings are held at the Terryville Union Hall, 360 Terryville Road, Terryville at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.
The Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Civic Association would like to thank Joan Nickeson, our Beautification Chair for organizing the "Flag Pole Garden" at the JFK Middle School, in conjunction with Ms Surdi, Ms. Vallette and Ms Brindley and a group of students who rolled up their sleeves to create this beautiful garden.
The Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Civic Association will hold the next monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7PM at the Comsewogue Public Library. Due to the holiday we will not be meeting in December. The Civic wishes the community a happy holiday season and a very happy and healthy New Year!
We would also like to thank Ms. Fasano for taking the lead with her L.E.A.P students in planting 2 stunning gardens at the Comsewogue High School.
On behalf of the entire community, thank you to Rena Mamatas who owns a private garden center called The Little White Cottage, who donated over a dozen flats of flowering annuals and an assortment of hanging vases to the Norwood and Jefferson Community Garden. This was an unsolicited donation. Ms. Mamatas and her daughter, Teddie, had generously donated last year to this project and inquired if they could donate again. Their garden center is slightly hidden and located on the north side of Nesconset Highway shortly after Crystal Brook Hollow Road.
And a very special thank you to all of our residents who have taken great strides to beautify their neighborhoods and for the upkeep of our community gardens!
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