DMV and DEC warn motorists to watch for deer and moose on or near roadways

Dear Neighbors,
Here is an important advisory re-printed from the DMV website.  Please take care on our roads during this season!

Moose in the road

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and DEC are reminding drivers that deer and moose become more active and are more likely to enter public roadways in the fall.

During the months of October, November, and December, it is breeding season and the animals are more visible. Two-thirds of the crashes between deer and vehicles occur during this three-month span. Motorists should also be alert for moose on roadways in the Adirondacks and surrounding areas this time of year.

Motorists should be aware animals are especially active at dawn and dusk when visibility may be reduced and commuter traffic may be heavy. DEC recommends these precautions motorists can take to reduce the chance of hitting a deer or moose:

  • Decrease speed when you approach deer near roadsides. Deer can “bolt” or change direction at the last minute.
  • If you see a deer go across the road, decrease speed and be careful. Deer travel in groups so expect other deer to follow.
  • Use emergency lights or a headlight signal to warn other drivers when deer are seen on or near the road.
  • Use caution on roadways marked with deer crossing signs.
  • Use extreme caution when driving at dawn or dusk, when animal movement is at its highest and visibility is reduced.

Photo by Bill Richardson

Annual Business Meeting and Cocktail Party Recap

Dear Neighbors,

On June 14, 2019, we held our Annual OFS Business Meeting and Cocktail Party at the Setauket Neighborhood House. The meeting was attended by 60 residents, and marked the 90th anniversary of our historic neighborhood.

The most significant outcome of the meeting was the raise of our annual dues to $100/per household. This change was approved almost unanimously, with the intention of providing the OFS Board with more financial flexibility to cover the costs of maintaining the OFS common areas and the social features of our community.  

The other main topic of discussion was the extensive tree clearing that occurred on two recently purchased properties. Many of our neighbors were understandably upset about these breaches to the covenants. The Board has agreed to reach out to new homeowners and realtors that represent OFS properties to provide them with a copy of our covenants and communicate the features that make OFS such a special place to live. 

Two additional concerns expressed by our neighbors were: 1) Mailboxes are not clearly marked with home addresses, making it difficult for emergency personnel to find houses and 2) Cars are speeding on our streets, leading to an unsafe environment for all.

In happy news, it was reported that the three previous OFS clean-up efforts were well-attended and greatly improved the appearance of the major “islands.” Furthermore, the raised bed brick project at the OFS entrance on Mount Grey Road and Highwood Road has gotten tremendous support from our neighbors, and will be completed in the next few weeks. 

The art show held at the annual meeting, entitled “Loving the place we call home,” received nine wonderfully creative entries from OFS residents. After a vote, four winning pieces were chosen to be featured in the next edition of the OFS Directory.

Finally, it was announced that Dale Hodges (Hospitality Co-Chair), Susan Tyson (Social Chair) and Christina Maffia (VP) are stepping down from the OFS Board, after a number of years of dedicated service. The residents elected to fill the newly open board positions are Stephen DelGiorno (VP), Teri Viteritti (Social Chair), and Suja Gurunathan (Communications Co-Chair). 

We thank everyone for contributing to our wonderful community and look forward to seeing everyone at the next OFS gathering!

Brick Planter Project – Beautifying OFS!

Dear Neighbor,

Many of you are aware that the much loved tree that was at the entrance to Mount Grey Rd and Southgate died a few years ago. Now that the tree and the stump have been removed, we are hoping to beautify the area. The plan is to build a raised planter at that site. The idea and design concept behind the beautiful flower planter to be installed is from Stephen DelGiorno! Please see the photos…

The bricks on the planter will match the bricks used in the entrance columns. We are hoping to have this done within a few weeks time. In an effort to cover the cost of the project, we are asking our Old Field South neighbors if they would like to buy a brick. The bricks will be engraved and placed along the top of the planter. So far we have a dozen Old Field South residents contributing! The donation cost is $125.00 a brick, which includes up to two lines of engraving. You can engrave your family’s name, the name of someone in memoriam, or just a happy message.

Please make checks payable to OFSPOA (Old Field South Property Owners Association) along with the inscription (typewritten) and send to:  P.O. Box 476, Setauket, NY  11733

As this is Old Field South’s 90th year, we are hoping to have the project completed before our annual meeting which will be on June 14.

Thank you for your support!

Call for Nominations

Dear Neighbors,

We are seeking nominations for several OFSPOA Board positions.  Below you will find a list of open positions with descriptions and an overview of the process.  Nominees and nominators must be OFS property owners.  You may nominate yourself.  In addition, the Board welcomes those interested in serving as Treasurer and Secretary in 2020-2021 to serve as mentees this year.

The Board

The OFSPOA Board is charged with upholding the covenants governing Old Field South. Board meetings are held every four to six weeks and last approximately two hours. The topics discussed vary with the time of year and include finances, beautification, social events, and various community issues. Please consider taking an active part in the OFS community by volunteering for a position.

The Process

If nominating yourself, please send and email expressing your interest to the OFSPOA Board at oldfieldsouth@yahoo.com no later than May 7.  Include a brief bio and indicate which position you are interested in and why you would like to serve.  If you are nominating another member of the community, please provide the information listed above and ask her or his permission prior to nominating.

The Board will review submissions and put a slate of candidates forward for property owners to review in mid-May.  The vote will be held at the business meeting on June 14 and the names of our new Board members will be announced. Terms will begin with the next Board meeting.

Open Positions

Vice-President

  • Act as President in the event of his or her absence
  • Assist the President as needed
  • Develop meeting agendas in consultation with the President
  • Coordinate the bi-annual publication of the OFS Directory

Strong leadership and communication skills required.

Communications (Digital) Chairperson

  • Maintain OFSPOA web site
  • Maintain OFSPOA news site (blog)
  • Maintain OPSPOA directory information
  • Send out email communications to OFS property owners
  • Receive and pass along digital communications to the Board; respond as needed
Good computer skills required.  Willingness and ability to learn new digital tools required.

Social Chairperson

  • Plan, execute, and host the annual business meeting and get-together
  • Plan, execute, and host the annual beach picnic
  • Plan, execute, and host community tag sale or other social events

Excellent coordination, planning, and execution skills required.

Celebrate our 90th anniversary!

Greetings neighbors –

Celebrate Old Field South’s 90th anniversary at this year’s business meeting and cocktail party!  Join us on Friday, June 14, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the lovely Neighborhood House right here in Setauket!   Evites (electronic invitations) will be sent to you in May.  We hope to see you there!

The OFSPOA Board

Beautification input

Dear Neighbors,

I hope this email finds all property owners in Old Field South in good health, with an abundance of happiness going into 2019. Looking forward to the year ahead, we would like to have your input regarding areas that the Beautification Committee should address. Please let me know about problems you notice such as poor road drainage, dead tree limbs, or other concerns.  You can reach me at pyantz@optonline.net.

We will do our best to address all concerns in order to further add to the beauty of our wonderful community. In late March, we will be scheduling our next community clean-up. It is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors and be an active part of Old Field South. We always welcome students who are looking to acquire community service hours.

Wishing a Happy New Year to All,

Patty Yantz
Beautification Chair

Memories of Old Field South – Meryl Dammer

By Chris Maffia

I met Meryl Dammer over sixteen years ago when she delivered a bird house and Old Field South directory to our home a few weeks after we moved in. Over the years we have socialized butonly when writing this piece for our website did I learn some interesting facts about her life and life here in Old Field South.

Meryl grew up in Queens , Astoria and Flushing, and spent the first years of her married life in the latter. She met the love of her life, Joe, on a ski trip to Bear Mountain.  He was on the bus on the same ski trip but they didn’t date right away. Meeting Joe was one of the most significant moments in her life and they were very happily married for over fifty years.  Joe was a cake decorator and was partners in a  bakery business with his father.

Meryl and Joe married in 1956 and she continued her college education at that time.” It was a no-no to be pregnant and going to school” recalled Meryl “even though you were married.” “But since I was carrying small” she was able to get away with it. Their first born daughter, Laura, was born in 1958 and Meryl earned her business degree a year later with the help of her mother who lived nearby and babysat Laura while Meryl attended classes.  When I asked her how she managed to juggle home, school and a new born, she said, “ I don’t know how I did it, I’m tired just thinking about it!”

Meryl didn’t get to use her business degree for many years.  Their family was growing and June was born in 1960. They bought their first home in Commack where they lived for many years.  But Meryl grew bored of the area and told Joe she wanted to move. “Ok”, he said, “Tell me what you find” and off she went to search for their new home.  A beautiful piece of property on Market Path called to her in the springtime with the mountain laurel in bloom. “Here all the houses are different, but where I came from all the houses looked the same in a development,” she told me. The uniqueness of this area, the privacy, the peacefulness and beauty is what attracted her to move here even though “the home needed work.”.  When Joe saw it, he loved the property and knew he would be able to enjoy his gardening on this bigger piece of property.  They both loved that their new home was near the beach as both girls loved to swim – one of them was even a lifeguard.

So in 1978 Joe and his father sold the bakery business in Queens, bought another bakery in Mastic, and the Dammersmoved into Old Field South. Meryl’s oldest daughter was starting SUNY Stony Brook and lived on campus so she was unaffected by the move; however   June was still in high school so for two years Meryl drove her to school every day on her way to her job in Huntington.

Once June graduated, Meryl finally got to use her business degree working as the Administrative Assistant to Mrs. Cook, director of Emma Clark Library- a position she held for 22 years until her retirement in 2001. When she started at the library the front room with the stained glass windows and upstairs area housed the book collections and the main desk was located where the DVD collection is displayed today. The children’s area was downstairs gaining access by utilizing the staircase from today’s DVD area. The children’s collection was where   the CDs are located today. Meryl recalls with such enthusiasm “The Big Renovation” during her time at the library.

Some of the fondest memories Meryl has living in Old Field South are at the beach with Joe and her family. They bought a boat and loved fishing and her daughters would enjoy jumping off the boat to swim. Walking with Joe down the beach was always a wonderful pastime for them and they enjoyed attending the socials that Old Field South organized getting to meet new neighbors and making new friends.

One year Meryl’s sister rented a cottage on Trustees Road and spent time down there with her. It was the second cottage from the end and she recalls how relaxing and enjoyable it was to stay and sleep down there. “Sounds of the water and the seagulls calling was very calming to me”, she said.

One of the comforting things about living in Old Field South is that it has not changed from forty years ago when she moved here – it is still peaceful and private; “ I don’t see any big changes”. Of course the biggest change for Meryl has been the death of her husband to cancer which was devastating to her. She had been the Hospitality Chairperson of the Old Field SouthProperty Owners Association, but had to resign from that position when Joe got sick and his care required her full time attention. She detailed a story of pride when Joe was chosen to decorate the 100th Anniversary Cake for the United States Marine Corp. “He was a true artist”, she said, “very creative”.  All Meryl’s happiest memories of living in Old Field South are intricately tied to the love of her life.

Today she spends her days still taking advantage of all the area has to offer,  and especially enjoys attending the  OLLI, OsherLife-long Learning Institute, at  SUNY Stony Brook a few days a week. She keeps her mind sharp by taking classes at OLLI on Cosmology and History. Meryl also enjoys spending time flying out west and to the northeast to be with her grandchildren and married daughters.

Annual Cocktail Party and Business Meeting

Greetings neighbors –

Spring is almost here and it’s once again time for the annual OFSPOA cocktail party! It will be held on April 28th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the lovely Neighborhood House right here in Setauket! A brief business meeting and board election will be held first with the party following immediately after. Please watch your email for your Evite (electronic invitation); RSVP by opening the invitation and tapping “yes” or “no.” We hope to see you there!