Vol. III, 1954 – 1955
Thank You, Gentlemen
by Pat Cleary
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.” Told about the foundations that have lain open, unprotected and deadly for these many, many months, another said, with equal simplicity “The builder has promised he will build on them.”
Discouraging as these responses — and the attitudes they reflected — were, the CONCORDIAN felt it could do no less than to press the issue until some specific move was made, either by the builder or by the town. Now it appears that the town has stepped into the breach, and for this we are profoundly grateful, not only because a potentially dangerous situation appears to be headed, but because it is an affirmation of ow town’s interest in us, its people.
For that reason, it is a matter of infinite satisfaction to the CONCORDIAN — and, we’re certain, to all Concord Villagers — to say thank you, gentlemen; thank you, Chief Tucker, for your admonition to builder Siegel to be certain his fires are guarded; and thank you, Justice Annino — and all the members of the Town Board — for urging builder Siegel to put snow fences around his unused foundations.
The onus is now squarely where it belongs. It’s your move, Mr. Siegel.
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 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.
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.
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.