The Fort Salonga Association

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The President’s Message: Autumn 2014

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The days are growing shorter as we round up the oceans of leaves that flow through Fort Salonga each autumn. Know that your Association is actively engaged in representing the interests of this community. Herein are a number of updates about our work.

Longbotham Property – We have been in continued contact with the neighbors near Sea Shell Lane in monitoring proposed plans for the Longbotham property. This week we presented our shared concerns to the Smithtown Board of Zoning Appeals, encouraging them to view this environmentally sensitive parcel through the prism of current Town Code and their local waterfront resource management plan. We believe that it through covenants regarding the current structures and future development all interested parties can be protected.

Annual Meeting – Please join us at this year’s Annual Meeting – Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fort Salonga Elementary School. On this evening residents will be voting on a proposed slate of officers and directors and two proposed changes to the by-laws meant enhance the work of our organization. Our guest speaker will be the Assistant Director of the Smithtown Planning Department Dave Flynn.

Holiday Sing Along – Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. followed by a visit from Santa and the Kings Park Fire Department in the Country Corners Shopping Center. You know the drill: come early, enjoy crafts for kids, drink a cup of hot chocolate, and sing along with the Fort Salonga Holiday Band. It is always a great way to ignite the spirit of the season.

An appreciation – Several of our valued directors will be stepping down at the end of this year. They include director and former President Ken Kraska, who has keep this organization on solid footing, coordinating our scholarships, egg hunt, and maintenance of the membership database; Kevin Claus who has coordinated the Spring Brunch and led our activities committee; and Paul Zacher, our friendly representative in the northern part of the hamlet who represented his neighbors in challenging the proposed expansion of the Country Club in the early 2000s and who currently represents the FSA at the Crab Meadow Watershed Task Force meetings. Each of these industrious individuals contributed time, talent, and insight to the FSA. Their partnership will be missed.

Lastly, let’s hear from you! We have been awarding scholarships since the early ’90s we would love to hear what our former winners are doing in their careers or coursework. Please drop me a line. We are also well aware of the number of beach associations that contribute to the management of our community. Recently, we have worked closely with the Makammah Beach and Salonga Seas groups. We are creating a list of all associations. Kindly, send an email to Paulgraf@fortsalonga.org so that we can register your organization’s contact information and enhance our partnership.

Wishing you a delightful season,

Paul Graf
President

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Over the Handlebar

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailA few years ago we were at a loss for newsletter content and I was asked to contribute. I came up with a series of columns about my thoughts while on the seat of a bike; some pithy, some poignant, all in the spirit of fun. This will be my last.

Kathy and I moved to Fort Salonga in November 1986, celebrating the second birthday of our daughter Caitlin on a back porch picnic table. We unpacked all of our kitchenware into two cabinets wondering how we would ever fill them all. Our son Daniel joined is in 1988 and we were off to the races with a growing family and a yuppie Volvo station wagon (the staff car of community moms at the time) and a parade of children who played in the woods, swam in the pool, and always knew the way to the cookie jar! Summers were exceptional, as I provided child care and way too many 7-11 Slurpees. (Kathy used to refer to me as “custody” dad.)We moved to town not knowing a soul but between Kathy’s easy way and my interest in advocacy, we met neighbors and made friends that have enriched our experience during each of these 28 years.

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Natural Gas Update and Costs Associated with Running Lines to Your Home

In our summer newsletter the FSA reported that more than 180 Fort Salonga homes registered at http://www.fortsalonga.org/news-updates/interested-natural-gas-national-grid-register-interest/ as being interested in bringing natural gas to their neighborhood. Earlier this fall, we submitted a revised list of more than 205 homes to National Grid. Two more blocks in particular were reported as being reasonably near gas lines—Orchard Drive and Old Route 25a—while other home owners from the “hot blocks” mentioned in the summer newsletter added their names to the registry. For those of you who did not see last month’s newsletter, National Grid reported that these blocks have homes that are reasonably near a natural gas main: Trescott Path, Rinaldo Road, Sunken Meadow Road, Meadow Glen Road, Lisa Court, Woodfield Avenue (near Linwood), Woodhollow Lane, Fort Salonga Road (east) and Meadow Glen Road. They also reported that the following streets have homes that are less than 1,500 feet from the gas lines: Rochelle Lane, Gun Club Road, Glenview Avenue, Hastings Court, Heights Road, Krisdan Court, and Williamsburg Drive.

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Deer on Our Doorstep

Residents have reported numerous deer sightings and near misses. Not restricted to Fort Salonga, the Northport Observer recently reported on the pervasive nature of this incursion throughout the Northport, Huntington area.

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Annual Meeting: 12/3, 7:30 p.m., Ft. Salonga Elementary

cropped-FSA-logo-cort.jpgPlease join us for our annual meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Fort Salonga Elementary School. All residents are welcome.

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Burglaries in Ft. Salonga: FSA Monitoring Crime Reports

The Fort Salonga Association continues to monitor reports of crime in our community. The 2nd and 4th Precincts of the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) are investigating recent burglaries.

To our neighbors affected by these crimes, please know that the entire Fort Salonga community sympathizes and stands with you.

All residents should be sure to lock their doors and windows and, if they see a suspicious vehicle in their area, call 911 and let the police intercede. If you see something, say something.

The Fort Salonga Association attends monthly community meetings with both the 2nd and 4th precincts and will continue to keep our community informed.

The SCPD website is available for you to view alerts. You can also subscribe to receive email alerts from SCPD with the NIXLE system. Once you’re on the SCPD website, navigate to the Precincts page and then click on the precinct that covers your area. Once you are on the advisory page you can click on “sign up” to receive the NIXLE email alerts.

Our Fort Salonga Association Annual Meeting, open to the entire community, will be Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Fort Salonga Elementary School Cafeteria. We will present updates from our elected officers and directors for the coming year. We expect a big turnout and hope you will join us.

About the Association

 

battle signAbout the Fort Salonga Association

The Fort Salonga Association brings together members of the community to enjoy all the hamlet has to offer. It monitors and engages with local government, advocating on community members’ behalf and offering counsel on issues that impact residents.

The Association hosts an annual spring brunch, a spring egg hunt, caroling in December, and more. It also publishes a quarterly newsletter for all households in the hamlet, and provides news and other community updates through this web site.

Who joins the Fort Salonga Association?
Everyone who lives in Fort Salonga is invited to join. Each spring the Association promotes its annual paid membership, which is $15 per household. Households don’t need to join to receive the quarterly newsletter but know that your annual dues payment helps the Association promote the community and advocate on its behalf to help preserve our way of life.

How do I know I’m in Fort Salonga?
Fort Salonga is bounded by portions of Bellrose Avenue, Pulaski Road, and Old Northport Road to the south, the Sunken Meadow Parkway to the east, the Long Island Sound to the north, and approximately along Norwood Avenue to the west. Fort Salonga is split by Bread & Cheese Hollow Road, and to the west the hamlet sits in the Northport portion of the Town of Huntington, and to the east it sits in the Kings Park portion of the Town of Smithtown.