The President’s Message: Summer 2014
Bikerides… sleepovers… swimming… bunnies… horseshoes… tennis… orioles… osprey… flowers… home-grown veggies… turtles crossing Fresh Pond Road to lay their eggs by the golf course. I do like this place in the summer! Then again, the other three seasons always bring a smile.
I’m writing following our midsummer directors meeting—always an evening of lively conversation focused on the interests of the good folks in Fort Salonga. There are a number of areas for current attention. Kindly, consider them as you think about our hamlet.
Gas Registry- To date more than 180 residents have indicated interest. Please read the article in this newsletter that speaks to the initial evaluation by National Grid. Just like Goldilocks, some neighborhoods are quite close to conversion, a number with potential, and others not so much (unless you are related to someone named Buffet or Gates). You can reference the current gas map on our website www.fortsalonga.org . More importantly, if this matters to you, please register your interest.
Northport Power Plant- FSA director Barbara Mandelik and I met with Assemblyman Andrew Raia in support of a recent op-ed piece he wrote regarding the repowering of this community resource. Huntington residents are encouraged to advocate for the energy, environmental, and economic benefits that conversion of this plant will bring. Please review the article in this newsletter that presents the facts.
A Christmas Story- This December the Engeman Theater is presenting this Broadway-quality holiday musical that made its premier in NYC. Your Association, upon the recommendation of our Activities Committee, has purchased 50 discounted tickets to this show. We encourage you to be among the first to purchase your tickets at www.fortsalonga.org to a December 7th matinee performance of this timeless production. See the article in this newsletter for more detail.
This and that-Take a ride down Makamah Beach Road to breathe in five minutes of Geissler’s Beach. The FSA is thankful to the Town of Huntington for improvements to this quiet gem on the Sound. It remains a great place to fish, picnic, kayak, or just drink in the sunset. Swimming? Sure, but better wear something on your feet! We are purchasing a bench for installation at this park and one for Callahan’s beach, as well… The FSA hired artist, artisan, and resident Dave Haussler to rebuild, repaint, and revive the Fort Salonga Sign at the corner of Bread and Cheese and 25A. His work has much improved its structure and appearance. Please give a look… We have also awarded scholarships to a number of recent graduates in partnership with Fort Salonga IGA and the Reichert family. Godspeed to all students furthering their studies this fall… Remember to approach college like a full time job, knowing that some weeks require a bit of overtime! See you down the road,