Could everyone write one simple essay about something that once happened in Saltaire…that they saw or were a part of…and put it on one big website? Somebody should collect a lot of stories before we all forget. Otherwise it is like a line in “On The Beach” : The history of the war that now would never be written.” -(JO'H)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Gone But Not forgotten:

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pix courtesy Capt Frank Mina
Minutes from Saltaire Board of Trustees Meeting of August 15, 2009:

Mayor Rosenblum reported that National Grid has requested permission from the Village to continue its investigation of potential environmental impacts that may be present at its property on Beacon Walk, the site of acetylene gas production that occurred in the early part of the twentieth century to power the street lights at that time. The field investigation is being mandated by the NYS DEC, one of twelve sites on Long Island where similar material was produced. The investigation in Saltaire thus far has uncovered that the only bi-product found was lye. The purpose of the continued soil borings is to determine the extent of the areas affected. Mayor Rosenblum stated that the Village Attorney Joe Prokop had drafted a letter granting permission for continued investigation under certain conditions, which was distributed to the members of the Board. Trustee Cox made a motion to authorize the issuance of the letter of permission with the conditions presented along any others that the Village Attorney deems appropriate. The motion was seconded by Trustee O’Brien and the motion on call without objection was unanimously so approved.

That old acetylene plant cold really pack a wallop.
From the Port Jefferson Echo, JULY 29. 1916:

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