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!

Next OFS Cleanup – April 27

Greetings neighbors —

Our next community cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, at 9:00 a.m.  This time we will be working on the ‘”island” at Southgate and Intervale. This is our largest common area so we are hoping for a great turnout of volunteers. The atmosphere at the last cleanup was imbued with an amazing community spirit.  There was lots action and some nice socializing, too! These efforts help improve our neighborhood image and promote good will. Hope to see you there.  All you need is a rake and work gloves!

Again, a sincere thanks to all who have helped out with our past cleanups. You make Old Field South more beautiful.

Best,
Patty Yantz
Beautification Chairperson

Neighbors come together! OFS Cleanup 2

Greetings neighbors –

Our 2nd Old Field South community cleanup was on Saturday, March 30th. It was a beautiful, warm day and we had a great turnout.

Living in Old Field South gives us a sense of place; working to better Old Field South gives us a sense of purpose! A total of 144 bags of debris and leaves were collected along with the removal of dead branches and trees!!

Again, thanks to all that help to make our clean up the success that it was.

Best,
Patty Yantz
Beautification Chairperson



Upcoming OFS Clean-Up

With today being St. Patrick’s day it means that Spring is right around the corner! Our next community clean up is scheduled for Saturday, March 30th, at 9:00 a.m. (Rain date is Saturday, April 6). We will be meeting at the “island” located on Robinwood Road (see photo). Please bring work gloves and rakes; everything else will be provided. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your neighbors and help make Old Field South a better place for all of us! Looking forward to working with you on March 30th. Service hours are available for students, too.

Best,
Patty Yantz, Beautification Chairperson

Neighbors Come Together

On Saturday, November 10th, a strong, hardworking group of volunteers braved the chilly weather to help clean up one of our Old Field South common areas. They worked on the triangle on Highwood and literally filled a large truck with dead branches and debris.

As the group tackled the job, I was reminded of something I once heard that went something like this —

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy… When you volunteer you vote everyday about the kind of community you want to live in.

Hopefully, we will be having more “island” cleanups soon. We will be keeping you posted.
A sincere and heartfelt thanks for our volunteers for their kindness to our wonderful community.

Best,
Patty Yantz,
Beautification Chairperson

OFS Fall Cleanup

Volunteers Needed

Join your neighbors in helping to spruce up our OFS common areas!  Service hours are available for student volunteers.

Meet Saturday, November 10  at 9:00 a.m. at the Highwood triangle between numbers 7 and 9.

Please bring your own work gloves, pruning shears, and rakes.  Plastic bags will be provided!

For more information, contact Patty at pyantz@optonline.net

OFS Book Club – March 2018

Greetings neighbors—

Please join the OFS Book Club on Monday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m. for a spirited discussion of Muriel Barbery’s international bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

For location information and other details, please contact book club coordinator Chris at cmaffia123@gmail.com.

[The Elegance of the Hedgehog tells] a beautiful story with a large cast of fascinating, complicated characters whose behavior is delightfully unpredictable…No idea is too big or small to find a home in the Parisian apartment building where most of the characters live.  —The Wall Street Journal

The Elegance of the Hedgehog is about love. But not the sappy, head-over-heels variety. Rather, it’s about the love of one’s friends. It’s about the love you can experience when you connect with strangers. And it’s about the possibility—but just that—of romantic love.  —The Huffington Post

Annual Business Meeting and Cocktail Party

Greetings neighbors –

Spring is almost here and it’s once again time for the annual OFSPOA business meeting and cocktail party. It will be held on Friday, April 13th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the lovely Neighborhood House right here in Setauket! The business meeting will be held first with the party following immediately after. Stay tuned for more information and 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!

OFS Book Club – February 2018

Greetings neighbors—

Please join the OFS Book Club on Monday, February 19, at 7:00 p.m. for a spirited discussion of Elizabeth Strout’s Anything is Possible.

For location information and other details, please contact book club coordinator Chris at cmaffia123@gmail.com.

When Elizabeth Strout is on her game, is there anybody better? . . . This is a generous, wry book about everyday lives, and Strout crawls so far inside her characters you feel you inhabit them. . . . This is a book that earns its title. Try reading it without tears, or wonder. —  USA Today

Anything Is Possible keenly draws a portrait of a small town where options are few, where everyone’s business is everyone’s business, and where verdicts rendered while young follow you your whole life. . . . — 
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Emerging Artists Exhibit

Greetings all –

Tomorrow night the Atelier at Flowerfield will host the opening of its new exhibit featuring pieces by emerging artists — including our very own Bobbie Beltrami!

For more information: http://www.atelierflowerfield.org/vlt105470.htm

Emerging Artists: In Celebration of Student Artwork

December 7th, 2017 – February 1st, 2018

Opening Reception December 7th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.