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T-Mobile has proposed to erect six cellphone towers on the roof of the Wantagh-Farmingdale Jewish Center on Woodbine Avenue in Wantagh.
Residents of Wantagh learned about the proposal when attorney William F. Bonesso, Esq, representing T-Mobile, sent a letter to residents who live within 100 feet of the proposed project. In his letter, Mr. Bonesso wrote that a public hearing before the Town of Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals will take place on Wednesday, July 14, at 2 p.m. He also invited residents to a meeting to present the proposed project. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on Wantagh Avenue.
And that was when the locals rallied and organized to express their outrage. Residents assembled after learning about the proposal and first met on June 30 to discuss it, said Jeanine Boiko, a neighbor. Approximately 50 people attended the meeting, which took place in a private residence.
“I am outraged that T-Mobile sees nothing wrong with erecting six cellphone towers in a completely residential area,” said Ms. Boiko.
“I have two children under the age of five, and I now fear for their health. Why they would choose a non-industrial area to erect these radiation-emitting towers is beyond me. There should be some sort of regulation by the Town of Hempstead to keep these towers at least 1,500 feet from residential areas and schools.”
Ms. Boiko referred to many studies that point to the possible cancer dangers from cell phone towers, especially to growing children.
According to the Bioinitiative Report of 2007, diseases due to the extensive use of cell phones are now manifesting very quickly. Brain tumors, ADHD, Alzheimer’s and other brain-related illnesses are developing within years, rather than over decades.
Well-known physician, Dr. Mercola, speaks of an “approaching epidemic of brain damage” caused by cell phones. Similarly, Lloyd Morgan, Director of the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the US, predicts a “brain cancer pandemic”, stating:
Exposure to cell phone radiation is the largest human health experiment ever undertaken, without informed consent, and has some 4 billion participants involved.
Children are especially vulnerable, as their skulls are less dense than those of adults, and their brains are still developing. A child in utero may be nearly defenseless. Brain cancer has now surpassed leukemia as the number one cancer killing children, and many scientists believe this is directly linked to the exponential increases in cell phone use and other wireless devices.
Many other scientists, mostly under the pay of said cell phone companies, called these studies “poppycock”. Though incensed by the remark, some residents were delighted that the word ‘poppycock’ was brought back into usage. Poppycock – anglicized form of the Dutch pappekak, which literally means soft dung or diarrhea (from Dutch pap pap + kak dung) – is an interjection meaning “nonsense” or “balderdash”. These same scientists however refused to bring back the word ‘balderdash’ claiming it sounded “too British”. And these days sounding British is like sounding socialist or just plain strange.
And it was quite refreshing to see local residents come together and organize quickly in this fight. Regardless of where one stands, to see regular families come together to support their rights in a peaceful protest.
Now the question is what is the next move of the town, the county and the cell phone companies? My guess is they will still fight, but eventually fold. Then, they will try these five blocks over and the next fight will come.