For those of you that are interested in helping the Cooper and Goy families, here are some resources for you.
Our first annual Adopt-a-family Holiday fundraiser was a great success. It truly is amazing to see such depths of generosity and love from our community. Once again, New Suffolk proves itself as a very special town!
We would like to thank all of you for taking a bit of time, especially during such a crazy time of year, to respond so rapidly and in such a positive way!
The family also asked that we send their deepest thanks for everyone's support.
To be able to make the holidays special, even for just one family, is truly the spirit of the holiday season.
We also want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!
The New Suffolk Civic Association
IF YOU WERE NOT IN NEW SUFFOLK ON JULY 4th YOU MISSED A VERY SPECIAL EVENT! As promised, this year's parade was bigger and better than ever. From the first steps led by the Cutchogue Fire Department to the last, scores of children, floats, flags, vintage cars, military veterans and local community organizations came together to celebrate America's birthday. Patriotic songs, history, and even the firing of a cannon rounded out the waterside
program. Our thanks, once again go to the Wickham family for the use of their wagon/stage and of course to the Moore foundation for the generous and delicious picnic lunch served by Case’s Place.
Many thanks to everyone who attended our annual meeting on June 18th. For those who were not present, we are happy to announce that the NSCA has opened its board to three new Directors. Three board members are parents with children in our school. This is a big asset for our community; it will help shape the future of our hamlet with the perspective of parents.
Joan Doherty gave the treasury and the yard sale reports and thanked Jim Baker, for his help and expertise. Jeanette Cooper gave the New Suffolk School Enrichment Fund report and thanked the community for their generous support. The NSCA was also recognized for its continued effort and generosity. A new playground was installed and the ballfield has been refurbished. Jeanette also mentioned that the Enrichment Fund is also committed to raising money in support of science and nature programs, museum trips etc.
This year, the Spirit of New Suffolk Award was given to the late Lily Andrews, a beloved resident. Carol Dinda spoke about Lily’s wonderful life, courage and compassion. We shall miss her and will always remember her as Lady Liberty on our 4th of July Parade.
Tony Dill, New Suffolk School Board President thanked the community for its support and praised the wonderful school faculty and staff while looking forward for another great school year.
Many residents expressed that a primary concern in our hamlet is speeding along with parking issues on First Street, the beach and when events are scheduled in town. Paul and Joe have been meeting regularly with Southold Police Chief Flatley and Supervisor Scott Russell. Thank you to Jim Baker for your information on traffic procedures with the Town, andyouroffertohelpNSCAinexpeditinganyconcernsresidentsmayhave. Ifyouseeacode violation, such as parking, you can submit your complaint online, and the Code Enforcement Officer is emailed the complaint. The link for Code Enforcement is: http://www.southoldtownny.gov/index.aspx?nid=192
THE NSCA HAS CONTINUED TO BE BUSY :
Hosting a benefit 5K Run to help raise funds for the Rett Syndrome Foundation.
Organizing our community clean up
Supporting Cutchogue-New Suffolk library
Organizing a petition and writing letters in support of Homer Clare, our active postmaster for the position of permanent postmaster.
Fighting to protect the ballfield and keep it free of parking.
Supporting US Submariners and the history of the USS Holland
THANK YOU----THANK YOU----THANK YOU.
NSCA membership was at its highest level 2015/2016 since 2011. One hundred and twelve memberships totaling over 170 people chose to support our community association. Projects such as the funding of a new school playground, refurbishing of the ball field, along with free summer concerts, all sponsored by NSCA have encouraged community members to support our Association. If you have not yet joined for the 2016/2017 year please consider filling out the form included in this newsletter or visit our website: www.newsuffolkcivicassociation.com and click the ‘JOIN’ button in the upper right corner of the page. Follow the directions. Like us on Facebook: ‘I love New Suffolk
The NSCA is also part of the NORTH FORK CIVIC ASSOCIATION COALITION. Meetings are held every 6 weeks at the Southold Library where all the Civic Associations share their ideas and concerns about the North Fork.
OH WHAT FUN!
On Saturday July 2nd, the ball field came alive again with an extraordinary performance of our great North Fork Rock/Country stars, Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks! What a treat that was!
Reminder: Community Concert on the ballfield. Bring your family, your friends and a chair and enjoy our last summer concert, Belle Voce. Sunday, August 14th(rain date August 21st) 6:30pm
The NSCA would like to thank the New Suffolk School for the use of their beautiful grounds for our community. Beside the little league practicing and live performances, residents now have another place to meet and sit. A group of Petanque players are also showing their skills at the game and invite everyone who would like to play to join them. If you are interested contact Michelle Roussan email@example.com or call/text at 631 521 5375
Have a great summer! Let’s embrace our beautiful hamlet and treasure our unique community!
On Sunday April 10, the Submarine Veterans of Long Island came to New Suffolk for their annual "Tolling of the Boats." The organization commemorates all of the US Navy Submarines lost at sea during the ceremony as well as recently departed shipmates. We look forward to their return this July 4th for the annual parade.
For photos go to the photos pages.
Check out the new playground at the school. There is an album on the photos page. The joint effort of labor by the New Suffolk Civic Association and New Suffolk School Enrichment Fund brought the community together with a call for volunteers. The volunteers saved the Enrichment Fund thousands of dollars by doing demolition and construction themselves.
Go to the photos page to hear Larry Liso sing "Summer Wind." The NSCA and New Suffolk School Enrichment Fund had a great turnout Saturday night Sept 6, 2015, with 100 people coming by. We look forward to having Larry back next year!
Please excuse the video quality as it was taken with a cell phone, the sound however, is great!
The performance for August 22nd has been canceled and rescheduled for Saturday September 5th at 6:30 at the baseball field.
Thank you for making our first musical event a great success and for being such a wonderful audience. It seems that everyone had a lovely time. The NSCA and the New Suffolk School Enrichment Fund would like to thank every one of you for your generosity and we look forward to seeing you on the ball field for our next musical event September 5.
Following up on the biggest 4th of July Parade turnout in the 22 year history, The Director and Officers of the NSCA would like to thank the following:
· Wickham Fruit Farm for our Stage
· Volunteers who helped decorate our stage
· The Brophy family for providing electrical power.
Special thanks to Louis Bacon, The Moore Foundation and The Robin’s Island Foundation for their generosity for providing the all American meal after the parade. Without their support, the BBQ would not be possible.
We thank you for attending the annual meeting and sharing your thoughts and concerns. In addition to our annual reports the meeting provided opportunities for open dialogue between community members.
Many of you may have heard statements criticizing the New Suffolk Civic Association’s (NSCA) involvement in serious issues concerning the wellbeing of our Community. We have been criticized by some for expressing our position on different issues; therefore it is time to remind each other what is the real function of a NSCA?
In order to clarify the mission of the NSCA, we need to revisit our purpose as stated in our by-laws.
- to protect, conserve and, if possible improve the rural atmosphere and unique beauty of this village
- to protect, maintain and promote the property values situated within its boundaries
- to secure the maximum amount of public services from the state, county and town agencies for the village and it's residents
- to stimulate the public interest in civic affairs and to encourage and sponsor such social activities for the members of the association as in the judgement of the Board of Directors may tend to advance the purpose of the association.
A LITTLE HISTORY
Initially the NSCA was in support of the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund’s (NSWF) project as demonstrated by a $2,500 contribution from Italian Night in September of 2012. Dozens of NSCA members, residents, families and friends volunteered time, effort and considerable financial support to aid the mission of the NSWF.
At that time, the NSWF leadership professed their desire to conserve and protect the land of the downtown area with minimal commercial development. The NSCA began to seriously question the NSWF’s intent when their subsequent request for approval of a 66 seats restaurant was granted by Southold Town and the County Health Department.
It was clear that our hamlet and rural environment would be compromised by additional septic systems, water quality, parking, traffic, noise and litter.
The community was then made aware of the NSWF's plan to sponsor special private outdoor tented events at their property on First Street and downtown area in order to financially maintain their goal. In addition to the community’s clear desire not to have a destination restaurant, there was also a strong resistance to private outdoors events. As per NSWF newsletter dated fall 2014, they stated outdoor private events were not needed to cover yearly operating expenses. The question of transparency of the NSWF, which had been troublesome in the past, once again rose to the surface.
The Town Supervisor quoted in Southold local dated November 5, 2014, these large destination events lead to concerns related to parking “This has gone beyond the scope of what we locally envision, it’s become an industry, and it’s problematic. "
NEW SUFFOLK CIVIC ASSOCIATION LOOKS FOR ANSWERS
In order to develop a better understanding of the community's thoughts the NSCA developed a survey which was distributed to all New Suffolk residents, businesses and property owners. The survey had a large response with clear preferences.
These results were OPENLY shared with the community at a public meeting on September 13, 2014. Based on the strong community opinion the NSCA could not in good conscience support the NSWF and its project.
Once again, looking at our purpose statement, the NSCA continues to protect and support our hamlet in a variety of ways. Proceeds from annual events, such as yard sale, bake sale, community table have been donated to the school via New Suffolk Enrichment Fund for the past three years, including this year. 2013, 2014 have been earmarked the playground. The same thing will be done with this year’s donation.
Beyond the school playground repair and replacement, the NSCA efforts include:
- Contributions have been made to the school enrichment fund to support educational opportunities for our students.
- Donated ice cream coupons to all students for opening day of the New Suffolk School.
- Donated books to all students at the New Suffolk School for a Halloween celebration.
- Provided a science/horticultural experience to all students through a local field trip to plant hydrangea seedlings.
- Presented gifts and citations to graduating students of the school.
- Supported pancake breakfasts throughout the years.
- Involved the students in our annual spring clean-up.
- Promoted New Suffolk school activities such as Mother’s day plant sales and book sales.
- Continued previously established community activities such as spring cleanup, annual social events (winter pot-luck, 4th of July parade, summer and winter gatherings).
- Presented the annual New Suffolk Spirit Award and recognized our new Post Office employee with letter of commendation to the USPS.
- Received permission from the New Suffolk School Board to refurbish the baseball field at no cost to the school district or New Suffolk tax payers.
- Contributed to the Friendship Walk at the Cutchogue-New Suffolk by purchasing a brick in the name of New Suffolk.
- Continued to keep lines of communication open between community members and the civic association through surveys, meetings, newsletters and the development of on line accessibility to the NSCA website.
The North Fork is undergoing serious changes, some are good, some are questionable, Civic Associations throughout the North Fork are involved in similar issues, and we must remain vigilant.
The NSCA has never wavered in its mission or purpose. Its financial transparency is clear. With all due respect, the NSCA is and will continue to work in the best interest of our residents, families, friends and visitors.
It is our sincere hope to come to some kind of productive, constructive understanding so we can begin to open a true communication between everyone concerned.
At the Southold Town meeting of June 30, 2015 the town board rejected any idea of the waterfront using the public beach parking lot for their events stating, “The waterfront has a site plan that includes parking and should not host events that exceed their parking capacity”.
THE ABOVE LETTER HAS BEEN COMPOSED AND SUPPORTED BY THE PRESENT OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS OF THE NSCA. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR TIME AND INTEREST IN KEEPING OUR CHERISHED COMMUNITY A PRIORITY.