Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal - 7-29-21
Not as benign as it looks at first glance
When you drive from Manhattan’s Upper West Side to the Northwest Corner during this season, from the moment you enter the Henry Hudson Parkway at 96th Street and start driving north you are passing through a vernal paradise, whether on the Saw Mill River Parkway or Route 7, on Lake Road in Cornwall or Under Mountain Road in Falls Village.
Leaves are everywhere, whole hillocks of them, leaves on the branches of trees and even on the trunks. But then you realize that you are also seeing leaves growing on inanimate objects such as telephone poles, and you realize that what you are seeing in such abundance are the leaves of vines, vines that are climbing trees and strangling them.
You see huge branches on the ground that have already fallen from trees that are dying or already dead, and those dead trees themselves will start falling, perhaps on roads and creating tragic pileups. But the human toll will be insignificant compared with the fact of the death of all this forest land, mile after mile of it, and the thousands upon thousands of trees. This is hardly a vernal paradise. This is a green hell.
Not to sound like an alarmist, but this is not a disaster waiting to happen, this is one that is happening now.
Cell tower poorly placed in Lakeville
As concerned Lakeville residents and the owners of properties located near or directly abutting 106 Sharon Road (the Wake Robin Inn property), we object to New Cingular Wireless/ATT’s proposal to build a 94-foot-high 4G cellular tower on this site.
To be clear, we are in favor of improving cell-phone service in our area, for the sake of our first responders, private citizens and local businesses. But the choice of this particular site — in a residential area, on the wedge of land between Sharon Road and Wells Hill Road — is ill-considered. It imposes an industrial-scale structure upon an area populated by private homes and the St. Martin of Tours (Saint Mary) Church. It would visually blight the pristine vistas for which Lakeville is known. From photos taken during New Cingular’s “balloon test” in May, we have determined that the tower’s unsightly antenna would be visible from Lake Wononscopomuc, the Town Grove and the homes around the lake.
The for-profit New Cingular/AT&T company’s application misleadingly describes the proposed tower site as “mainly rural,” which it is demonstrably not. It is full of historic houses and structures, including the Wake Robin Inn itself, which was built as the Taconic School for Girls in the 1890s.
We urge our fellow citizens to write emails voicing their objections to the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC), at the address firstname.lastname@example.org. Please cite Docket No. 501, the number assigned to this matter, in your letter. The deadline is July 29, The Lakeville Journal’s publication day, so if you’re reading this, act now!
We reiterate that we share our neighbors’ desire for improved cellular service. We simply believe that it is short-sighted to rubber-stamp the construction of an unsightly antenna-topped tower on this particular site — a move that town residents would come to regret. We encourage the state and the telecom company to find a new, less populous area that will better serve the town and its citizens. Respectfully.
Matthew Asinari, Aimee Bell, Lorna Brodtkorb, Barbara Hockstader, Heidi Hoeller, David Kamp, Paul Serbaniewicz, and Greg Wilmore
Tomato pie, once again
I found Cynthia Hochswender’s article on tomato pie in the Lakeville Journal Compass section on July 15 interesting and informative. I do have some comments on her recipe. All good ideas, but not for the novice baker.
Sounds interesting to roast the tomatoes, but it takes 25 minutes, or so, and then they are a bit mushy. Novice bakers want simple, even though her information about each step was OK, it really didn’t give specifics. Mixing the dough in the food processor was a great shortcut, but the dough was very sticky. She could have suggested adding more flour, a bit at a time. Putting it on a floured surface, or using wax paper all sounds good, but more flour is needed to be incorporated to actually (after chilling) roll out a crust that is workable.
I’m not a total failure (or chef) in the baking category, but I think her process to a basic pie crust was not quite doable.
Even though all recent, seemingly original, creators of this lovely recipe can’t really take credit, many people make it with their own “additions” to make it “their” special recipe. Good for all!
I do like the one that was printed a while back, by Lawrence Davis-Hollander. Which really wasn’t Mary O’Brien design either!
Thanks for listening. I hope others had better success than me!