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Weird News: Locals Fuming Over Foul Smells, Poop on Beaches

Some stories are downright strange. Here's our wrap-up from around Northern Suffolk and the East End.

As a local news organization, Patch covers stories of all kinds, from heartbreaking tragedies to inspiring tales of community brotherhood. But some stories are just plain weird. Here are some of the stranger headlines from the past seven days.

Watching Where You Step

Matt Norklun — who, in recent years, has earned a bit of reputation, leading the charge against "dog poop" — lodged a complaint at a recent East Hampton village board meeting.

"I stopped in disgust after picking up 15 bags of dog poop on the beach at Georgica. It was more than that, but I stopped counting," he told the board.

He blames the increase in dog droppings to more people bringing their dogs to the beach.

"It's now fashionable to walk your dog on the beach. People saw a Viagra commercial, a Cialis commercial, and they say, 'I want to be that lifestyle. It's a mindset," he said, to which he got some chuckles from the audience. "I know there's a difficulty in enforcing the law, but we have to change the mindset," he said.

Kings Park Stinks?

Kings Park and Commack residents packed the Smithtown Town Board meeting on Thursday night to complain about ongoing odor issues that have become nearly unbearable.

"The area has become a dump and I'm sure it is hazardous to people's health, which we will find out down the road," said Kings Park resident Michelle Garry. "All summer long, in the early spring and fall, I keep all my doors and windows closed because the smell was so horrifying."

While Town attorney John Zollo said his office has not received many complaints from residents about odors in Kings Park, Smithtown Planning Director Frank DeRubeis has first-hand experience.

"I will acknowledge having been in that area there are odors – I acknowledge that – but where they are coming from, I don't know," DeRubeis said.

Doctor Peele January 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Good morning. I saw this story and as a Psychiatrist, might be able to add some valuable information to this fecal matter. Matt suffers from scatophilia. He gets aroused by the site of the dog poop and his introduction of Cialis and Viagra in his verbalization of his concerns is no coincidence. You should not make fun of Matt as this is a fecal matter of great concern and result in a bacterial infection or worse. Matt is not just picking this up to dispose of it. There is often deviant social behavior associated with scatophiliacs. Don't poo poo what I am saying. It really stinks that Matt has to be plagued by this but with the proper pushing, everything should come out o.k.
Doctor Peele January 29, 2013 at 12:36 PM
I would also like to add, that upon a second run through of this piece, one can certainly deduce that Matt is no dummy. Very often scatophiliacs are not dumb and are integrated in normal socieity. For instance, Matt's conclusion that the increase in dog feces at the beach are most likely due to the increase in people bringing their dog to the beach. Lo and behold, dogs grow tails. It is highly likely that there are more scatophiliacs around us than just Matt Norklun. Food for thought.
KP January 29, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Dogs are allowed on some town beaches in the off-season, late Sept. to mid-April. That's a bonus for us dog owners, but a few bad apples spoil the bunch and could cause a reversal of that privilege. Unleashed dogs are a problem, as much as unscooped poop! These idiotic owners assume that their unleashed, "friendly" dog can just run up to other people and pets at any time. This is, pardon the pun, crap! Just because this "friendly" dog is friendly to its owner does not mean it is friendly to other dogs or that other people want to encounter this alleged wonder animal. My dog has gotten attacked by "friendly" dogs more than once. Rules are in place for a reason - leash the beast and scoop the poop. Dogs got kicked out of KPPC due to excessive poop and unleashed dogs - please let us not get kicked off of the beaches too!
lmarn February 11, 2013 at 09:44 PM
WHAT??? They don't know where the smell is coming from??? Really!! Then why do I have a copy of a warning letter that was sent to Jezco (recycling facility on corner of Lawrence and Old Northport Rd.) from the NYState DEC back in December threatening them with fines if they do not change their handling of environmental debris? No Calls??? I know for a fact that Vecchio's office, public safety and the DEC have been inundated with calls from concerned residents for months now. Maybe if one department would communicate with the other, things would actually get accomplished in this town! And to think....Jezco has filed for a change in their zoning from light to heavy industrial!!! They can't manage what they are doing now, could you imagine what would happen if they were given permission to process more???
lisa February 21, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Please sign our petition and share. Make our communities (Smithtown, Commack and Kings Park, NY) healthly and safe again..... http://www.change.org/petitions/smithtown-hall-representatives-shut-down-all-companies-that-do-not-comply-with-current-town-codes#

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