Gershow explosions
The Gershow recycling plant.

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Gershow explosions

Story By: GLENN ROHRBACKER
2/7/2019


 

Medford residents have been voicing complaints of loud explosions heard coming from the Gershow Recycling plant on Peconic Avenue.

Some of the symptoms experienced by residents include shaking homes, rattling windows, and loud “booms.” Some residents have said that the explosions have been happening for years or decades, but have recently increased in frequency and intensity. The latest event was reported as recently as last week. Councilman Neil Foley said he has received complaints from residents, the last official one filed on Jan. 14. 

Gershow Recycling has not responded, despite multiple requests for comment.

Foley, at a meeting of the Medford Taxpayers and Civic Association, said he encourages residents to let himself, the supervisor, and the town fire marshal know when these explosions happen. He also suggested contacting the Department of Environmental Conservation to complain. 

Reports of feeling/hearing the explosions have come from Jamaica Avenue, Clusterpine Street, Matsunaye Drive, Long Island Avenue, and as far as Maple Street near Patchogue-Medford High School. 

Medford 7-Eleven Update

There has been little to no progress in the case for a new 7-Eleven on Jamaica Avenue in Medford. The planning board tabled the decision on Jan. 28 to its next meeting on Mar. 4, while the public continues to file comments and it debates a decision, which is allowed to wait up to 60 days after a public hearing. 

Foley said at the same meeting that the whole town board is unhappy with 7-Eleven, mostly because of their desire to saturate local markets. He said the board would be soon changing the criteria for convenience stores, which would allow them to only be allowed on certain land plots. 

The public hearing on Jan. 7 featured many residents who were opposed to this development, despite 7-Eleven’s efforts to calm nerves on traffic congestion and other issues. Many believe that it’s just too many convenience stores in one area. There is another 7-Eleven in North Patchogue and another along the Long Island Expressway in Medford. There is also a local convenience store, 24/7 Convenience, less than a block away.

The planning board has prepared requirements that would be attached to the application, including the restriction of tractor-trailers, the prohibition of outdoor sales or displays, and the prohibition of neon lights in the windows. There also must be waste receptacles on-site and would be maintained by the owners. The site would be just under 3,000 square feet. It sits next to an auto repair shop on one side, and is surrounded by homes on all others.