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School Board Election

Posted by Bruce Ettenberg on May 13, 2017 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Two of the candidates for the Commack Board of Education support the preservation of the Marion Carll Farm. If we are to save this farm we need their support on the Board of Education. They are Jen Carpenter and Bill Hender.

Please vote on TUESDAY, May 16 to save the farm for the enjoyment of the community and education of our children.

SENIOR MEDICAL ID CARD

Posted by rich on March 12, 2015 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

SENIOR MEDICAL ID CARD--FREE YOU MUST BE 60 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER

A program for SENIOR MEDICAL ID CARDS will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 1:45-4:15 at the Commack Library on Hauppauge Road in the Community Room. The Commack Community Association is presenting this program along with the Suffolk County Sherriff's Department.

Appilcations will be available starting on April 1st at the Commack Library Circulation Desk. Please fill out the application in full and bring it with you to the program meeting April 23,2015.

Registration is required as space is limited. Please register at the Circulation Desk or by calling the Library at 499-0888.

Refreshments will be served.

When elected officals don't listen

Posted by commackcommunityassociation on June 27, 2010 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

What do you do when elected officials do not listen to the will of the majority?

 

On June 24, the residents of Commack told their elected school board members that they did not want to sell the Marion Carll Farm for development, as part of a gated condominium community. The vote total was greater than a 2 to 1 majority against the proposition. This was an opportunity for the board of education to rethink their plans and try to reach a consensus with the people of Commack who had disagreed with them. The board could have asked representatives of the groups who had opposed the sale to meet with them to find a middle ground. They could have reached out to the Suffolk County legislators who had offered to host a meeting for the purpose of “possible referral of the farm for inclusion in the Suffolk County’s Nationally Recognized Farmland Preservation Development Rights program.” They could have taken some time to discuss possible alternatives among themselves. Instead, the next morning, they posted a reiteration of the defeated plan and a demand for “… delegations to submit any detailed propositions, including financial arrangements, in writing to the Board by July 31, 2010 ,so that the Board may consider its next move.” The unreasonable 30-day deadline underscores the board's resistance to including the community it represents in its planning. This board of education, who could not find a viable solution in ten years, is now telling residents, “You have one month to put up or shut up!”

A Farmhouse is not a farm

Posted by commackcommunityassociation on June 14, 2010 at 10:37 AM Comments comments (5)

A Farmhouse is not a Farm

Next Thursday’s vote to turn over the fate of the historic Marion Carl Farm is a challenging choice for many. The proposal will eventually bring in more tax revenue—if the town allows dozens of condos to be built. And the farm house, on the National Register of Historic Places, will be restored and then resold to a private party who will then pay taxes.

But a farmhouse, no matter how historic and important, is not a farm.

The magnificent thing about the remaining nine acres of Marion Carl Farm (house, barns, outbuildings and land) is that it is almost a perfectly complete time capsule of that complex, sustainable and successful ecosystem, the American Family farm. Such farms, and the values and ethics they instilled, made America the greatest nation in the world in the 20th Century.

Most people today believe the term organic is a reference to lack of chemicals in food. But its original application was to describe the farms themselves—farms that functioned as a complete organism with sustainable practices and agrarian values that ensured respect for people, animals, and the land.

Ironically there is a local food revolution sweeping the country today which is desperately looking for examples and opportunities to re-educate our society and our young people and reconnect them with these important ideals. What better mission could await this property?

I have been part of the “rescue” and preservation of the abandoned Hobbs Family farm in Centereach for some four years now. It is the last farm in the area, and the last African American family farm on Long Island. We have done so with volunteer labor, community and government support, and a mission to fed hungry Long Islanders and educate our youth. It was not an easy process, but in meeting the challenge, we have also developed a new sense of community identity in the area. I am humbled and proud when I now tell people that children “for untold generations” will benefit from our efforts.

The Commack School board’s decision to sell makes financial sense, and it was the best offer they knew about at the time of this proposal. They have owned the property for over 40 years. But they never contacted organizations like the Peconic Land Trust, who have come up with creative solutions, using both public and private resources, to preserve over 10,000 acres of farmland on Long Island. There are good people willing and anxious to work for such creative solutions here.

It would be an irony of tragic proportions if a 300 year old farmstead, intact and preserved for so long already, should be dismembered now when there is such a resurgence of interest nationwide in all things agrarian. Extinction, of animals and historic farms, is forever.

Tom Lyon, co-director

Hobbs Community Farm

178 Oxhead Road

Centereach, NY 11720

631-219-0783

631-928-4317

A Farmhouse is not a farm

Posted by Bruce Ettenberg on June 14, 2010 at 10:34 AM Comments comments (0)

A Farmhouse is not a Farm

Next Thursday’s vote to turn over the fate of the historic Marion Carl Farm is a challenging choice for many. The proposal will eventually bring in more tax revenue—if the town allows dozens of condos to be built. And the farm house, on the National Register of Historic Places, will be restored and then resold to a private party who will then pay taxes.

But a farmhouse, no matter how historic and important, is not a farm.

The magnificent thing about the remaining nine acres of Marion Carl Farm (house, barns, outbuildings and land) is that it is almost a perfectly complete time capsule of that complex, sustainable and successful ecosystem, the American Family farm. Such farms, and the values and ethics they instilled, made America the greatest nation in the world in the 20th Century.

Most people today believe the term organic is a reference to lack of chemicals in food. But its original application was to describe the farms themselves—farms that functioned as a complete organism with sustainable practices and agrarian values that ensured respect for people, animals, and the land.

Ironically there is a local food revolution sweeping the country today which is desperately looking for examples and opportunities to re-educate our society and our young people and reconnect them with these important ideals. What better mission could await this property?

I have been part of the “rescue” and preservation of the abandoned Hobbs Family farm in Centereach for some four years now. It is the last farm in the area, and the last African American family farm on Long Island. We have done so with volunteer labor, community and government support, and a mission to fed hungry Long Islanders and educate our youth. It was not an easy process, but in meeting the challenge, we have also developed a new sense of community identity in the area. I am humbled and proud when I now tell people that children “for untold generations” will benefit from our efforts.

The Commack School board’s decision to sell makes financial sense, and it was the best offer they knew about at the time of this proposal. They have owned the property for over 40 years. But they never contacted organizations like the Peconic Land Trust, who have come up with creative solutions, using both public and private resources, to preserve over 10,000 acres of farmland on Long Island. There are good people willing and anxious to work for such creative solutions here.

It would be an irony of tragic proportions if a 300 year old farmstead, intact and preserved for so long already, should be dismembered now when there is such a resurgence of interest nationwide in all things agrarian. Extinction, of animals and historic farms, is forever.

Tom Lyon, co-director

Hobbs Community Farm

178 Oxhead Road

Centereach, NY 11720

631-219-0783

631-928-4317

A Farmhouse is not a Farm

Posted by Bruce Ettenberg on June 14, 2010 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

A Farmhouse is not a Farm

Next Thursday’s vote to turn over the fate of the historic Marion Carl Farm is a challenging choice for many. The proposal will eventually bring in more tax revenue—if the town allows dozens of condos to be built. And the farm house, on the National Register of Historic Places, will be restored and then resold to a private party who will then pay taxes.

But a farmhouse, no matter how historic and important, is not a farm.

The magnificent thing about the remaining nine acres of Marion Carl Farm (house, barns, outbuildings and land) is that it is almost a perfectly complete time capsule of that complex, sustainable and successful ecosystem, the American Family farm. Such farms, and the values and ethics they instilled, made America the greatest nation in the world in the 20th Century.

Most people today believe the term organic is a reference to lack of chemicals in food. But its original application was to describe the farms themselves—farms that functioned as a complete organism with sustainable practices and agrarian values that ensured respect for people, animals, and the land.

Ironically there is a local food revolution sweeping the country today which is desperately looking for examples and opportunities to re-educate our society and our young people and reconnect them with these important ideals. What better mission could await this property?

I have been part of the “rescue” and preservation of the abandoned Hobbs Family farm in Centereach for some four years now. It is the last farm in the area, and the last African American family farm on Long Island. We have done so with volunteer labor, community and government support, and a mission to fed hungry Long Islanders and educate our youth. It was not an easy process, but in meeting the challenge, we have also developed a new sense of community identity in the area. I am humbled and proud when I now tell people that children “for untold generations” will benefit from our efforts.

The Commack School board’s decision to sell makes financial sense, and it was the best offer they knew about at the time of this proposal. They have owned the property for over 40 years. But they never contacted organizations like the Peconic Land Trust, who have come up with creative solutions, using both public and private resources, to preserve over 10,000 acres of farmland on Long Island. There are good people willing and anxious to work for such creative solutions here.

It would be an irony of tragic proportions if a 300 year old farmstead, intact and preserved for so long already, should be dismembered now when there is such a resurgence of interest nationwide in all things agrarian. Extinction, of animals and historic farms, is forever.

Tom Lyon, co-director

Hobbs Community Farm

178 Oxhead Road

Centereach, NY 11720

631-219-0783

631-928-4317

Maron Crll Farm

Posted by Bruce Ettenberg on June 14, 2010 at 9:12 AM Comments comments (1)

A Farmhouse is not a Farm

Next Thursday’s vote to turn over the fate of the historic Marion Carl Farm is a challenging choice for many. The proposal will eventually bring in more tax revenue—if the town allows dozens of condos to be built. And the farm house, on the National Register of Historic Places, will be restored and then resold to a private party who will then pay taxes.

But a farmhouse, no matter how historic and important, is not a farm.

The magnificent thing about the remaining nine acres of Marion Carl Farm (house, barns, outbuildings and land) is that it is almost a perfectly complete time capsule of that complex, sustainable and successful ecosystem, the American Family farm. Such farms, and the values and ethics they instilled, made America the greatest nation in the world in the 20th Century.

Most people today believe the term organic is a reference to lack of chemicals in food. But its original application was to describe the farms themselves—farms that functioned as a complete organism with sustainable practices and agrarian values that ensured respect for people, animals, and the land.

Ironically there is a local food revolution sweeping the country today which is desperately looking for examples and opportunities to re-educate our society and our young people and reconnect them with these important ideals. What better mission could await this property?

I have been part of the “rescue” and preservation of the abandoned Hobbs Family farm in Centereach for some four years now. It is the last farm in the area, and the last African American family farm on Long Island. We have done so with volunteer labor, community and government support, and a mission to fed hungry Long Islanders and educate our youth. It was not an easy process, but in meeting the challenge, we have also developed a new sense of community identity in the area. I am humbled and proud when I now tell people that children “for untold generations” will benefit from our efforts.

The Commack School board’s decision to sell makes financial sense, and it was the best offer they knew about at the time of this proposal. They have owned the property for over 40 years. But they never contacted organizations like the Peconic Land Trust, who have come up with creative solutions, using both public and private resources, to preserve over 10,000 acres of farmland on Long Island. There are good people willing and anxious to work for such creative solutions here.

It would be an irony of tragic proportions if a 300 year old farmstead, intact and preserved for so long already, should be dismembered now when there is such a resurgence of interest nationwide in all things agrarian. Extinction, of animals and historic farms, is forever.

Tom Lyon, co-director

Hobbs Community Farm

178 Oxhead Road

Centereach, NY 11720

631-219-0783

631-928-4317

Need help with the Town?

Posted by commackcommunityassociation on November 6, 2009 at 9:42 AM Comments comments (2)

The Commack Community Association can get that street lamp fixed or that pothole filled. Anything you need fixed in your neighborhood will be communicated to the Town by the Asssociation. Our voice and your input combined will make Commack a better place to live, to raise a family and to retire. please post your neighborhood's needs here. We take action and get things done!

 

Examples:    Street light out

                     Street light burning in daylight

                    Stop sign down

                    Brush overgrown and blocking stop sign

                    Pot hole

You get the idea!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Welcome to The Commack Community Association Blog

Posted by commackcommunityassociation on March 23, 2009 at 10:46 PM Comments comments (7)

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