I am responding to the Mon., Jul. 23 article in the Times Herald Record regarding the development of Blue Arrow Farm in Pine Island, NY.
I would like to give additional information to help our friends and neighbors have a more complete picture of the matter. Also, I want to give credit where it is due to Blue Arrow Farm.
On Fri., Jul. 20, Mr. Richard J. Bayne, a reporter from the Times Herald Record, contacted me. Starting our discussion, Mr. Bayne said he heard of a group opposed to the development of Blue Arrow Farm. I responded that, to my knowledge, there is no opposition group. I emphasized to Mr. Bayne quite the contrary. The neighbors that I have spoken with, including Mr. Karl Latham, have been thrilled that the farm was being developed as an agribusiness.
I reinforced my support for Blue Arrow Farm a number of times to Mr. Bayne, stating simply that agribusiness was good for the area and Warwick. In addition (as Mr. Bayne reported), if there was the prospect of a professional concert venue at Blue Arrow Farm, I expressed serious concern about noise pollution. I also had other concerns regarding the safety of Glenwood Rd. and light pollution.
When the development of Blue Arrow Farm started, I understood that it was intended as a horse rescue and brewery. It is obvious, as you pass by Blue Arrow Farm, that Don Oriolo, the owner, has put a great deal of quality workmanship into developing the property. Myself, along with my neighbors, hope that Mr. Oriolo will launch a successful agribusiness. We hope that Blue Arrow Farm will be compatible and in harmony with our area and will contribute to our economy and quality of life.