Vol. III, 1954 – 1955
Mr. Siegel Makes a Point
Elsewhere in these pages, the CONCORDIAN tells the story of reporter Pat Cleary’s investigation into the matter of the abandoned foundations as well as the common dump nearby.
We have told the story as it happened and was told to us and have tried not to put editorial emphasis on any of the facts. Nevertheless, the facts themselves seem so crystal clear that in their light, Mr. Siegel comes off as a man with a job to do. We in Concord Village, have bought his houses in good faith and moved into the community he built, hope he does that job soon — much sooner than next Spring.
But for the very reason that Mr. Siegel comes out second best in our story, we feel it important to emphasize that one valid point he did make: that the actions and activities of our youngsters are our responsibility. This is not one whit less true despite the foundations which shouldn’t be there, despite the fact that 20 is plenty.
We of the CONCORDIAN will not forget Mr. Siegel’s foundations, nor will we forget the 20 is plenty. We intend to keep reminding Mr. Siegel and all Concord Village drivers of those two things. But until the foundations are made safe; until all our motorists are disciplined — and even after — you and you alone, as parents, can make certain that your child doesn’t become the cause celebré of a tragic accident.
This letter appeared in The Newtown Bee just before the Sandy Hook Massacre. It contains everything the conspiracy theorists don’t want you to know.
In recent issues, the CONCORDIAN has had occasion to point with mixture of disappointment and anger to what appeared to be the indifference of town officials to the obvious danger of children and untended fires, one official said, quite simply, “Tell the children to keep away.”
In the news pages of this issue, you will find a complete report of Reporter Pat Cleary’s investigation into the matter of the unused foundations and the trash piles in and around them.
If you recall the CONCORDIAN’S story about the unused foundations on and the fires started by builder Nat Siegel’s men; if you keep in mind that I am the “West Islip Woman” mentioned by Newsday; if you remember that my investigation and subsequent copies were made as a CONCORDIAN reporter trying to get to the bottom of a diffuse and dirty situation, you will have a better understanding of what has happened and what follows…
In response to a letter from the CONCORDIAN outlining the hazards of the unused foundations and asking for help in protecting Concord villagers therefrom, the Long Island Home Builders Institute, Inc., has just replied to CONCORDIAN reporter Pat Cleary as follows:
And how did the CONCORDIAN fare during the 365 days just past? Well, we may have better years in the future, but if we do, Henry Luce will start getting nervous.
With the blessings of Captain Kangaroo, Pat Cleary takes on the Long Island mob.
This Month, meet the Column Editor of the Concordian, her husband, and her children. The husband — Donald Cleary. The wife — Pat Cleary. The address – 633 Alwick Avenue.
Bob Keeshan, editor of the Concordian since its inception, is leaving his post for a tremendous job with WABC-TV.