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Winter 2015 Snapshots — Take a Minute to Get the Picture

NORTH FORK VIEWS — Winter 2015

Take a moment to look at this issue of Snapshots and get a better feel of the big picture of some of the issues facing the North Fork.Snapshots logo

Some of the items covered include:

  • Next Steps in Protecting Our Waters
  • Flyboarding in Riverhead
  • Plum Island — the march to its sale continues
  • Peconic Landing — an opportunity missed
  • The Heritage Project — will concerns be addressed?
  • The Northville Terminal Proposed Expansion
  • Riverhead Water Treatment Plant — an important step
  • The Community Preservation Fund — an important milestone
  • CT Dredge Spoils Off of Southold Shores
  • NYS Funding Important Water Projects
  • The Affordable Housing Argument
  • Agriculture Stepping Up to Address Nitrogen Issues
  • Water for Long Island — a plan worth examination

We’ve done and covered a lot. We could use your help. Consider becoming active in the NFEC.

Click the following link for the latest edition of North Fork Views — Snapshots.

Snapshots: Winter 2015

Joe Gergela to Be Honored at 2014 Chili Night

WHEN:  FRIDAY Oct. 24, 2014 from 7pm to 9:30pmchilinightsmall
WHERE:  Martha Clara Vineyards, The Barn 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY

Competitors for “Best Chili on the North Fork” include:
Ammirati’s of Love Lane – Digger’s Irish Pub & Restaurant – Jamesport Manor Inn – Lobster Roll Northside – North Road Deli

The NFEC will be honoring retiring L.I. Farm Bureau Exec. Dir. Joe Gergela as its recipient of the 2014 Paul Stoutenburgh Leadership Award

Everyone will enjoy both traditional and specialty chili along with salad, cornbread, a complimentary glass of wine and more…something for everyone. And don’t forget the raffle prizes and live music.

Early bird tickets are $40, a $5 savings! For tickets, call the NFEC at 631-298-8880 or click here for secure online ordering. Tickets will be available at the door for $45.

Howard Meinke — You Will Be Missed

nfec logoThe NFEC was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Howard Meinke last night. Former Board member and president of the NFEC, Howard was a strong and passionate individual. He spoke often of his early memories of the North Fork, especially the Peconic Bay, and how it has changed over the years. He was determined to do all he could to help clean our waters, resurrect our finfish and shellfish stocks, and rid the bay of brown and red tides so that others could experience all of the beauty and wonders as he did in his younger days.

In the past few years, Howard would contact the NFEC offices several times a month wanting to know if the Suffolk County Health Dept and the Town of Southold had made any progress, taken any measurable steps to solve the septic system problem and reduce nitrogen levels in our ground and surface waters. He was driven to see progress on this front in his lifetime.

He wrote often to the local papers on issues he cared about. You may not have always agreed with his viewpoint but 1) you couldn’t help but admire his passion, and 2) his letters also generated further thought and discussion, something we have too little of on many issues these days. And it was fitting that in his last letter this past Thursday, Howard spoke out against the proposed Heritage project in Cutchogue, citing grave concerns over water quality and traffic issues. As usual, he was on point and, as usual, his passion and perspective caused mainly people to talk about this project, pro or con.

We lost Paul Stoutenburgh earlier this year. Now we have lost Howard Meinke. We have lost two passionate voices on the North Fork who cared about the environment and our way of life. Who will step up to fill their shoes? Who will speak out loudly and often about what we’re doing wrong and what we need to change? We need those people.

But most of all, we have a lost a good environmentalist, a good activist and a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Howard’s friends and family. Let’s not forget the lessons he taught us, the experiences he shared and the passion he exhibited about the North Fork.

Autumn 2014 Newsletter

NORTH FORK VIEWS — Autumn 2014

Take a moment to look at this issue of Snapshots and get a better feel of the big picture of some of the issues facing the North Fork.Snapshots logo

Some of the items covered include:

  • East Hampton Helicopter meeting
  • The latest EPCAL plan
  • The LI Clean Water Bill
  • The East End deer issue
  • A fossil-fuel electric plant at EPCAL?
  • NFEC Chili Night, Friday, Oct 24
  • NFEC to honor retiring LIFB Exec. Dir. Joe Gergela
  • The County and the Drinking Water Protection Plan
  • 10×10=100 Art Show and Sale
  • Plastic Bag Ban

We’ve attended many day, evening and weekend meetings in Riverhead, Southold and across Long Island over the past few months for you. Now catch up on the issues.

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Snapshots: Autumn 2014

We’ve Lost a Special Person — Paul Stoutenburgh

nfec logoToday, we mourn the passing of private citizen, teacher, activist, co-founder and past president of the North Fork Environmental Council, a long-time Suffolk Times columnist and devoted family man, Paul Stoutenburgh.

Over the decades, Paul’s voice, his written words and his actions, and those of his wife, children and grandchildren have helped to shape, share and protect what makes the North Fork so special and precious. He let us see and feel the special beauty of what we have here on the North Fork through not only his eyes but his heart. He helped us see what he saw, hear what he heard and revel in the beauty and wonder of nature he so loved.

Paul Stoutenburgh was a special man who played an important role in our community for many years. He will be missed but the man and the lessons he taught us will not be forgotten.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

The NFEC Board of Directors