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Dawn of the Recluse An Unassuming Retriever Brings Scary Spider to Light By April Gonzales I’ve never been afraid of spiders, not even the big wolf spiders in my mother’s basement. Good thing, since every house I’ve lived in on the East End has had its own species of spider (not to mention, my chosen career as a garden designer gives me great exposure). Knowing that they do an incredibly important ecological job, I leave spiders alone. Unlike a friend, who sucks up spiders in her house with a vacuum cleaner, I usually put a glass over them and take them outside. No problem, until recently. A spider bit my flat coat retriever Daisy, plunging me into a full-blown case of arachnophobia. On a warm Sunday in November, in prepara-

tion for holiday guests, I cleaned out the front closet and washed all three of my dogs. A few hours later, on an evening walk, we saw that Daisy was limping. There was an unusual, jelly like bump on her elbow, so we took her to the East End Emergency Veterinary Clinic (EEVC) in Riverhead. We and the vet concluded it might be Lyme disease, a common cause of limping in East End dogs. Daisy would start antibiotics to stem the infection and bring down her 106-degree temperature. In the morning, her fever was down but the swelling was up, so we returned to EEVC. That was the beginning of a long and unhappy stay for Daisy, and the beginning of a mental turn-

around about spiders for me. Test results ruled out Lyme. We and the vets at the clinic tossed around other theories and prognoses. Maybe Pudsy, our tom cat who often kneads Daisy’s fur as he cozies up, had caused the problem. A claw puncture could’ve caused an abscess to form under Daisy’s skin. one of the EEVC vets, Dr. Dubato, mentioned some spider-related symptoms. In the meantime, swelling and high fever continued, and Daisy was put on a cocktail of antibiotics and painkillers. We went home nervous. Eventually Dr. MacLaughlin returned to the possibility of a spider bite. She’d seen this hap(continued on page 34)

COUNTY TO HELP INDIANS FIND A CASINO SITE By Dan Rattiner For years, political leaders on every level of Long Island have fought the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s plan to build a casino on wooded waterfront property they own in Hampton Bays, just to the northwest of the Shinnecock Canal. It was felt such a casino would have a huge impact on traffic and lifestyle. It needed not to happen. That was then. This is now. The County of Suffolk, this past week, proposed to create a gaming casino task force committee within the county government to work with the Indian Nation to find a suitable location for such a

facility. The changes that have taken place to make this happen are threefold. One is that the approval of the Shinnecocks as a registered Federal Indian tribe, now seems imminent. For 100 years, the tribe has been recognized by the State of New York, but not by the Federal government. And you need to be recognized by the Feds to run a casino. Until now, recognition seemed far way, perhaps as much as 20 years. Now, a court order — the Shinnecocks applied for federal recognition in the 1970s — has put this measure on the fast track. A decision is expected within a year and a half.

The second thing that has happened is that the authorities and the Indians are just tired of fighting with one another over this. If a casino happens, there will have to be lots of infrastructure changes surrounding it, which will be the responsibility of the authorities, and for that to happen the best way, cooperation is better than confrontation. The third thing is that the Shinnecocks have come to see that Hampton Bays is probably the wrong place for a casino. A more logical place for it would seem to be the old Grumman Airport facility, now owned by the Town of (continued on page 34)

Dan's Papers 2008 Holiday Issue  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...

Dan's Papers 2008 Holiday Issue  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...

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