Mohegan Lake Legal Defense Fund

History of this site

This site was originally set up to fight 3 of 5 zoning variances proposed by the FBC development at Sagamore Trail and Mohegan Ave that eliminates two single family homes while nearly quadrupling the parking and occupancy loads of the old Lakeland Jewish Center. That effort failed and the application is currently before the Planning Board.

While Save Mohegan Lake will continue to update you on that issue, we are moving on to all issues affecting the lake, such as Mohegan Lake Improvement District (MLID) meetings, agenda and budget. This site is not an official mouthpiece for MLID, but some updates will be provided on this site; the official site is located here.

We do it all here, so long as it's Mohegan Lake related. Feel free to submit comments, content, garage sale notices, police blotters, PSA's, essays on the virtues of our 105 acre ice rink, rants, raves, etc... We love it all.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

George Washington Elementary Summer Learning

Hi Team,

Wanted to pass this link along to all of the parents of Students in the George Washington Elementary School. Don't want our kids to regress too much during the summer, right?

See you at the beach!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Petition Party At The MHPOA Beach This Sunday!

There’s actually two parties coming up this Sunday and Monday. Petitions must be signed after 6/2/2015 and returned the the election commission by the 28th. We need over 500 signatures to get our candidates on the Democratic line. It’s a big pain in that election district leaders--similar to our Republican counterparts--normally walk around to peoples houses and solicit signatures.
This year, in additional to surprising you at home, we are inviting you to events where--if you are so inclined and a registered democrat--can come and sign our petitions. We have a list of all registered Democrats in town we can reference, in case you are unsure of your affiliation.
We hope to see you there as it’s a lot less awkward than banging on your door unannounced.
  • Party #1 will be from 1-4PM Sunday, 6/14/15 at the Mohegan Highlands Property Owners Association beach located on Mohegan Lake (literally) at 3395 Mohegan Avenue, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547. Hosted by Evan Bray.
  • Party #2 will be from 6-8PM Monday, 6/15/15 at Scott Carson’s home located at 1295 Winslow Drive, Yorktown, NY 10598.
Look how fun our beach is.

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Most Important News For Mohegan Lake In Some Time

We got approval for a copper sulfate treatment to control the flaming algae bloom we get every year.  On to aluminum sulfate, hopefully.  Looking forward to a full season of swimming.  No pool pass for us this year. 

Here's a note from MLID president Ken Belfer:

Thanks to the hard work of Laura Kosbar, who prepared the application and handled the follow up, we have received the permit from NYS DEC to apply copper sulfate this season to Mohegan Lake.  The first application date has not yet been set, but will be in June.  Notices will be posted at all of the beaches, as well as an email notification sent to spread the word.  The application will be done during the week, and there will be no swimming allowed for 24 hours after the application.  Let's hope this will allow us to have a swimmable lake for the entire summer this season.
Yay!  And a big thanks to the dedication of a very few number of people in our community on this matter.  They know who they are.  Are you involved with MLID?  Should you be?

Turtle Porn

Hi there, Mohegan Laker.  Have you seen turtles mating lately?  Probably not.  It's pretty hot.  By the way, this post is not safe for work.  OK, so here we go--with a big hat tip to Abby for providing the photographs!

In all seriousness, Mohegan Lake is F#%#ing amazing.  We should make sure we don't drive over them during mating season when they're all over the place, and by place I mean our roads. 

Come here often?

Let's get it on.

Ohhh baby, I like it like that.

Bad Driver Alert

Whoop, whoop, that's the sound of da police.  Hat tip to The Daily Voice.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Movie Night at Mohegan Colony!

Hi Team:

I was excited to receive the following email from MLID.  Don't forget about the movie night/floating lantern launch concluding at the Colony on Lake day, 7/12/15. 

Below is a message sent out by the President of the Mohegan Colony about our second free movie night this year:
HI Everyone,
The weather so far looks ideal for our second movie night!
This Saturday at dark, I will show the Oscar winning Film “Interstellar” PG13
The word Epic is often used to describe this movie.

Come on out, bring chairs,, blankets and snacks!
Come a little early to set up your chairs and not disturb the film…..
Keep an eye on this list for email updates regarding the weather.
Over 30% chance of rain and we will reschedule.

I will start at dusk.


Monday, June 1, 2015

MLID Meeting Minutes

MLID minutes are a thing now because Shelley, from the Mohegan Highlands Property Owners Association, is the best.  Keep thinking about how you can contribute to, or passively or actively (think canoe races) participate in, Mohegan Lake day on July 12th.  Without further ado, the informal minutes:

"Big Ben" at MHPOA's Turtle Cove
 Hi all—

For those who missed Thursday’s meeting, here’s a quick recap:

Algae: Copper sulfate permit process continues; we’ve got only one bid on application, but we’d like to have the first application in a couple of weeks to get a good start.

Lake maintenance: Wayne, our lake manager, has hired two returning helpers and they’ll be out on the lake more after their boats are back from repairs. The harvester is also in the shop; Wayne is looking into replacing it with a new one next year. We’re also looking into the possibility of offsetting the cost by cooperating with other lakes, for example offering to clear Shrub Oak Park’s lake, which they currently hire out, in return for a cost offset for us.

They are also working towards putting an aeration station near Mohegan Highlands.

Mid-Hudson Lake Meeting: Just what it sounds like. Friday, July 24, at a lovely location in Putnam County.

Boats: Mohegan Colony has ordered stickers to identify/register all of their boats. We talked about all the benefits of doing this lakewide, so Ken is getting pricing info to see if MLID can just order enough stickers for all of the associations. Current plan is to give each association a run of stickers and leave them to establish how they want to use them. We doubt we can make it mandatory, but having a boat registration action on Lake Day would be a good start. Having a registry of boats with ID numbers would be excellent.

Lake Day:  The day looks like this so far:

9-10:30: Fishing Derby - Mohegan Beach Park.

11-1: Turtle Whisperer and Kids’ games - MHPOA. (The feedback I’m getting is that they would like a shorter time slot. Maybe an hour and a half?)

1:30-2:30: Boat races - Section 1.

4:30: storytelling, followed by potluck with live music, movie, and release of lanterns - Mohegan Colony

We are reaching out to paddleboard/kayak people to try to bring them in for demos, and to get someone to offer water taxi services.

The sooner all of this is locked in place, the sooner we can get out posters/flyers and a press release to the local papers, to let people know about all the great activities we have planned. We need lead time in particular for the MLID newsletter, because mailings have an inherent time drag.

The next meeting is June 11.

Have a great day!

Shelley (MHPOA)