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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.

KP January 27, 2013 at 07:39 PM
jks, I don't mean to pick on you, so please don't take this the wrong way, but I'm sick of people saying they don't pick up after their dogs because there are no doggie bag stations at parks and beaches. If you have a dog, you should have your own bag. The town doesn't provide toilet paper for you, just because you have an *ss, so why should they provide poop bags for you, just because you have a dog. p.s. I have a dog, and I wouldn't dare go anywhere without a bag. It's called consideration!
Frank T January 27, 2013 at 07:48 PM
KP excellent points. The dog owners that let their dogs poop on the beach would not use the beach bags either. What about cigarette butts on the beach? Should the town supply ash trays?
Annie Gurl January 28, 2013 at 02:19 AM
I totally agree with KP...I have two dogs, and I always have bags with me. Those who don't clean up after their dogs are giving a bad rap to the rest of us. Consideration....
Justin Time January 28, 2013 at 12:16 PM
It is all the way a person is brought up. If the person has no respect for themselves or others there is nothing that can be done to make them use bsgs. They will be too lazy to walk to the bag dispenser, let alone clean up after their dogs. They are the same ones that get up from the beach at the end of the day and leave their crap lay on the beach. It is a situation we have to live with, unfortunately.
Shawn Swartz Quinn January 28, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Law enforcement for awhile should do it. A fine would help curtail those that don't know any better. And thank goodness for those who are concerned. I don't want to lie on a beach that has been a dog park, ( and I own 2 dogs)
Justin Time January 28, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Beach parking lots are becomming druggie hangouts too. Cops should be more interested in rounding those up, rather than patroling for poop pickers...Gees...
Hobart Jenkins January 28, 2013 at 02:15 PM
I feed my dog rubber bands so I can shoot the poop over the fence. Just kidding... maybe.
jks January 28, 2013 at 03:47 PM
People are probably not going to change their ways but it might help to have bags accessable for cleaning up after your dog. I always have bags with me too but sometimes find it handy to have them available at the park. Kids play there, they should not have to worry about stepping in poop.
jks January 28, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Matt has a cause, I guess.
Bernice Reuss January 28, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I have another issue with dogs running unleashed on the beach. I am severely allergic to the protein found in dog saliva.If a dog licks me or brushes his/her nose on my skin, I will get hives within seconds. If the exposure is severe I can have an extreme reaction requiring medication and eve an epi!-pen. It is similar to a peanut allergy but harder to explain. I live by the sound and can only walk on the: beach when there are no dogs running loose. How is this fair? Even when there are No DOG signs up,people ignore the rules.
Henry Jones January 28, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Yup- I agree- Lock up all those low lifes- Its our beaches and our parks- Let the druggies OD then use their bodies on the South Shore to prevent beach erosion.
Henry Jones January 28, 2013 at 05:50 PM
The answer is enforcement- Public Safety should go on a ticket blitz-they the TOS should use the proceeds to build a nice playground for the kids. Hit them in the wallets-that always works.
Justin Time January 28, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Playground for the kids...GIVE ME A BREAK! Kids are spoiled enough by parents and teachers on Long Island!
John K Massaro January 28, 2013 at 06:32 PM
I thought dogs weren't allowed on town beaches to begin with. What happened to those wooden "No Dogs Allowed" signs they had everywhere?
gunshy January 28, 2013 at 06:48 PM
jezco handles medical waste thats were the orders r coming from
Henry Jones January 28, 2013 at 08:26 PM
The wooden signs? you probably smoked them all to get high- LOL LOL LOL - Dont worry though your pal Bern can learn to make new ones at his Online Kindergarten College course- Hey JKM maybe you could try smoking all the dog poop- that would be a great community service for you.
rita January 28, 2013 at 08:34 PM
There are so many laws; everyone just try to do the right thing. There are so few places to let pets run free, let's all be mindful and not about dog lovers vs. dog haters. Everyone has a right to use the beach.
John K Massaro January 28, 2013 at 08:42 PM
I agree. Dog parks are few & far between on the Island. I have one near my home, luckily but it would be nice to take my dog for a walk down the beach. But let's be considerate & clean up after the pooch. Nobody wants to lay their blanket down on top of a petrified turd... LoL...
Henry Jones January 28, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Dog waste problem has been solved folks- John K Massaro has agreed to pick up the poop, roll it in other litter he finds on the beach and then smoke it all up- Its really a win win for all- JKM gets high, get to claim community service, the beach gets cleaned and Bern gets to use that online college diploma to make new "no dogs allowed on the beach signs"
John K Massaro January 28, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Can the Patch editors please do something about Henry Jones? It's apparant that he is not here to add anything to the conversation other than usual troll tactics & childish insults...
K. January 28, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Why doesn't the guy with the "Poop-be-Gone" business get a contract with the Town for clean-up?
Preliator January 28, 2013 at 10:47 PM
You are kidding right?
Had Enuf! January 29, 2013 at 03:18 AM
And this little piggy cried 'wee wee wee' all the way home.
Meowth January 29, 2013 at 06:44 AM
He's booked through 2014.
Meowth January 29, 2013 at 06:48 AM
Dog diapers are a very dirty business. I'm not kidding. We really should flesh out all of our alternatives first.
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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