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!

Another Cleanup Success!

Greetings neighbors —

Thank you to all that came out for our 3rd OFS Community Cleanup on April 27th. We worked on the largest “island,” which is located at Southgate & Intervale. Although our volunteer crew was a bit smaller than the last one, they did an amazing job removing dead wood and debris. A special thanks to Annemarie Waugh, Jennifer Jerit, Jason & Nelson Barabas, Grace Caden, and Annemarie Harris. A special merit award goes to Lloyd Newman & Doug Reuter who have made all the clean-ups!!!

Again, a sincere thanks for making Old Field South the wonderful community that it is.

Best,
Patty Yantz
Beautification Chairperson


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.

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



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

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

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