Cell tower at Odiorne?
Pipe bomb at Jenness
Beach cleaning contract
Rye Reflections' availability
New Julie Bigg Veazey novel
Tyler McGill on move
2d bad break for Williams
Even those who didn't attend the Air Show at Pease had plenty of Blue Angels sightings for four days (two were practice) from atop the berm at Foss Beach, from the north side of Rye Harbor looking across the Awcomin Salt Marsh, from the Walmart parking lot, from backyards and elsewhere. This shot was taken from alongside Route 1 near the Rye-Portsmouth line. For up-close photos click here for Jim Cerny photo essay. (Bill Veazey photo)
Upcoming election gives focus
to proposal for cell tower at Odiorne
The real estate adage is: Location, location, location
The Rye cell tower version is: Location? Location? Location?
Cellphone reception along the Rye seacoast has varied from sporadic to nada, prompting annoyed residents and others to clamor for a solution. They particularly worry about the prospect of dead phones during an emergency.
A couple of years ago it looked as though the Pulpit Rock Tower might be an ideal location for a Verizon cell tower (State Fish & Game is more than anxious to hand over control of the no-longer useful structure to anyone), but neighbors dug in their heels in opposition, concerned with health issues and the eyesore of the proposed base station alongside the tower.
Now comes a Verizon Wireless proposal for a 105-foot fake-tree tower at Odiorne State Park. Is park land an appropriate site?
Arguments are mounting on both sides. An opposition group called "Save Odiorne Point"
has formed and held a rally
at the park last Sunday. And the Portsmouth Herald has editorialized
If nothing else, the question may add zest to the fall election campaigns. (See Rye Reflections story
in August issue.)
As of now, incumbent state Representatives David Borden, a Democrat, and Will Smith, a Republican, have staked out similar positions. They favor a tower that will produce revenue for the state at Odiorne but not at the specific location Verizon is zeroing in on. At a late August Seacoast Science Center meeting Verizon proposed a site just inside the wooded area to the right of the ticket booth as you enter the park from Route 1-A. Another site favored by others was a several hundred feet to the left of the booth. These are all preliminary discussions. It's state property, but the Town of Rye has a say on certain aspects of such an installation, so it's early in the process for this proposal.
Republican candidate for state Representative Brian Murphy is an alternate on the Rye Zoning Board of Adjustment and has had to disqualify himself "due to a potential conflict with the applicant" and finds it "inappropriate for me to comment." However, that said he added:
"This is part of a larger issue that goes to the heart of why I'm running. The state budget deficit reached $295M this year. To bridge the gap, the Legislature convened a special session and targeted $60M in expected new revenue from the sale or long-term lease of state property. This is fundamentally wrong. The sale of state property should never be used as a means to fund an operating budget. The politicians in Concord need to practice fiscal discipline rather than engage in the commercializing of our state parks."
But state Rep. David Borden, a Democrat and an environmentalist, sees it differently. In response to a Rye Reflections'
request for a statement on his position Borden said, "We have the only state parks system in the country which is self supporting, and some parks are badly neglected. Although objections may come from the visibility of the tower, the parks need the revenue. One possibility is to locate the tower in a place that is less visible."
His counterpart, state Rep. Will Smith, a Republican and fiscal conservative, takes a similar position: "Having adequate cell phone coverage in the northeast corner of Rye is in the public interest for our citizens and visitors for their convenience and safety. Given that the state parks are self-funding, there is also an advantage of having a revenue stream for the park (the bigger the better) that will help to preserve it going forward. On the other hand, all efforts should be made to minimize the actual and aesthetic impact of the tower. I believe that other areas in the park (such as near the service entrance of the Seacoast Science Center) might offer a better location, and the size of the footprint should be examined for possible reduction."
Contender Elisa Bolton, a Democrat, looks at the Odiorne proposal this way: "I am hesitant to alter any aspect of our state parks in order to accommodate private businesses. However, I believe that the proposed cell phone tower in Odiorne State Park is a good compromise," she stated. "The proposed location in the park reflects the hard work of several concerned volunteers who have strived to balance the protection of our parks and conservation land with the desire of many "Seacoast citizens to have expanded cell phone coverage."
The primary election is September 14 and the final on November 2.
(The following items are by members of the "Rye Reflections" staff.)
September is a perfect time for croquet at the grass court behind the Jim McLaughlin home on Pioneer Road. Missed this year by players who come great distances to play here is Maire McLaughlin, an avid player who died in February. (Bill Veazey photo)
Applications are due to go out on September 15 for those interested in living at the new 22-unit senior affordable housing complex adjacent to the old Rye Airfield, behind the Skate Board Park on Route 1. Those who wish to apply or have questions may contact Marty Chapman, executive director of The Housing Partnership at 1555 Islington Street in Portsmouth (P.O. Box 466, Portsmouth NH 03801; telephone 603-766-3125). The Retirement Community Development (RCD) is in the process of being built. (See May, 2010 Rye Crisp item in "Krispy Krisps").
- Rye has found itself on the regional and national news maps a couple of times this summer. First there was the jelly fish remnants that caused stinging abrasions to about 100 Wallis Sands bathers on July 21. Then came the discovery of an eight-inch pipe bomb with a wick sticking out of it near the water's edge just north of Jenness State Beach on August 14. The Rye Police and Fire Departments were notified first just before 6 p.m., and, after verifying the nature of the object, called the State Police explosives unit. Later the FBI joined the investigation to determine who the perpetrator might have been, how lethal the device was and how old it is. "It was a chrome pipe," said Rye Police Chief Kevin Walsh, "and appeared to be new
We are following up with supply stores."
- The N.H. fiscal crisis has made relations more tense between the state and local officials, the latest tug of war relating to beach cleaning. A three-year contract has run out. It had called for the town, using well-worn N.H. equipment, to clean the state beaches twice a week in season. Rye Selectmen are weighing whether it may be more cost effective for the Town to purchase its own equipment and "clean as needed," according to minutes of the July 26 board meeting.
- Flooding doesn't confine itself to spring as in many communities. Hurricanes, seasonal storms, rapid snow melting and inordinate high tides make floods a year-round threat on the Seacoast. A total of 254 properties within the Rye flood plain have obtained federal insurance (not covered by homeowners' policies). To check out details on the new Rye website, go to www.town.rye.nh.us/Pages/RyeNH_Flood/risk.
- The Rye Public Library is more than a repository for good books, catering to a variety of learning and social needs for toddlers, youth and adults. The entire staff has been especially welcoming and helpful to Rye Reflections these past few years, and we especially would like to mention Jim Chase who unfailingly set up tables and chairs for our weekly meetings, and Pam Woods, who converted our digital product into two paper copies each month, one for lending out, like a book, and the other, which quickly became doggy-eared, for those without computers who went to the Library to read each issue. The paper copies will remain for research purposes, and Rye Reflections also will remain online for those who wish to look up stories or back issues. The Google search device at the bottom of the Front Page will prove a handy tool for researching.
An ex-Marine, Fatello salutes each time he rides a wave. (Judy Palm photo)
- Ralph Fatello, Commander of American Legion Post 35 in Hampton, has a goal. He aims to surf and catch at least one wave every day for one year. His project began last July 26 and will end on July 26, 2011. This project, called Catch a Wave For Molly, is to raise money for the Molly Rowlee Cancer Fund. Molly is a young lady who was diagnosed with a lymphoma in February, 2009, and died in July (see Rye Crisp item in September, 2009 issue). Members of her family are surfers, and Molly enjoyed the sport. Contributions may be sent to www.catchawaveformolly.com. For the cold days this winter Ralph has a cover for his car seat, made by a friend, which keeps the seat dry while he drives home to his warm shower. By the end of the 365 days Fatello will be riding a pink surfboard, pink being MollyοΏ½s favorite color, and intends to have the names of everyone who has contributed on the board.
Fatello's guideline is that he will catch and ride at least one wave the length of his surfboard each day. (Judy Palm photo)Jim Sheerin of Rye's Abenaqui Country Club, finished in a tie for fourth place with Bill Andrews of Portsmouth Country Club one stroke behind for eighth place in the New Hampshire PGA chapter championship at North Conway in July. Former Rye resident Julie Bigg Veazey, now living in Portsmouth, has just published her third novel, entitled Jadine. The book jacket describes it as "a chilling portrait of a young orphan making her way in a hostile world. Beginning in rural New Hampshire and leading to the back door of privileged Boston, Veazey explores with emotional precision, the complex, seductive contradictions of Jadine's life that is indelibly shaped by doings not her own. Jadine is capable of violence without remorse, even as she gently cares for the elderly and yearns for her lost love, Billy-John, a Native American orphan. Resisting tidy resolutions, Veazey enlists our sympathy, shock, disapproval, and finally, compassion, in this insightful, stark tale." Veazey's earlier novels are Reckless Indifference and Silent Cry (more information and reviews at www.juliebiggveazey. She also wrote Merrymeeting, a book of poems, and has authored short stories and other poetry which appeared in "Yankee Magazine", "Down East Magazine", "Compass Rose" and other literary publications.Tyler McGill is a hard guy to keep up with these days. You might see him at the Summer Sessions Surf Shop he co-operates with brother Ryan or doing stand-up commentary for the CBS "Early Show". Most recently he trained to be a ball boy at the U.S. Tennis Open in New York, hoping to qualify for the upcoming final matches. And he has signed a contract to be a freelance CBS correspondent. Tyler gained TV network attention when he walked 218 miles to New York City in a bet with friends to get Celtics playoff tickets. He won the bet, got to the playoffs, and, bingo!, he became an on-air commentator, described by producers as having "raw talent". If you haven't seen it, check out McGill's Early Show interview after Game 7 of the NBA final at www.cbsnews.com/video. Stay tuned. Bill Williams (Pappou Drew Photo)Bill Williams, 97, is facing another four months of physical therapy at Webster at Rye for a broken hip after being backed into by a car on Beach Hill Road in New Castle at about 5:30 p.m. on August 17.
Williams was out for a walk with his walker when he was struck by the car driven by former state senator and present radio host Burt Cohen, who was exiting his driveway. Only three years ago Williams required extensive therapy at Webster when he broke his other hip after being knocked down by Cohen's dog, who reportedly was just trying to be friendly, also while Williams was out for a walk.
"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."
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