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Up On A Hill

Spirits Tour at Cedar Hill

By Bonnie Bryant When driving past Liberty Avenue in Port Jefferson, most people are unaware of the rich history that lies up the hill and behind the iron gates of Cedar Hill Cemetery. It is not only a peaceful area with beautiful grounds, but it is the final resting place of some of Long Island’s most interesting people. Where else could you meet a Confederate officer, a former Mayor of New York City, a World War I soldier, and an Ellis Island immigrant in one day?

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Christopher J. Malvetti, An Inspiration for Us All By Charles McKenna

Christopher was a member of the Port Jefferson Fire Department. He was a young man who valued his family first, followed by his care and concern for his friends and his community. He was well known for his willingness to help others and became a special friend to the young and to the elderly who always got to see one of his winning smiles. Graduating from Port Jefferson High School in June of 2004, even though he was a student with continued on page 16

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PJHS President Nick Acampora, Jeanne Garant, Spirits Tour Chair Greg Perricone, Legislator Vivian Viloria- Fisher, Reception Chair Steve Healy, TVHS President Peter Paul Ostapow, Cedar Hill Cemetery President Fred Bryant.

On Saturday, June 12, the Spirits came to life. This was the Cedar Hill Cemetery’s Spirits Tour, in honor of the cemetery’s 150th Anniversary. Volunteers from the Port Jefferson and Three Village Historical Societies and the Cedar Hill Cemetery Board worked tirelessly for over a year to put on this event for the community. When Cedar Hill Cemetery Association President Fred Bryant assumed the office on the passing of “Port Jefferson Legend” Ken Darling, he soon realized that the cemetery was entering its 150th year of existence. Wanting to mark this milestone, Bryant asked both the Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson and the Three Village Historical Society to join him in the event. The cemetery offered the two historical societies the opportunity to use the milestone as a fundraiser to help fund their many worthwhile projects that keep our local history alive. The tour began with a short bus ride up the hill, with buses generously provided by Jefferson’s Ferry Lifecare Community. Our group walked up to the gate of the cemetery, and was greeted by an undertaker in a black mourning coat and top hat. He told us what to expect on the tour, and sent us on our way. The event consisted of a walking tour of the beautiful cemetery grounds. We saw sixteen skits, in which actors portrayed some of those who were buried in the cemetery. They provided fascinating insight into local residents of the area. In the “The Story of Terryville,” Kevin Kundmuller portrayed George Hand portrayed by Chuck Glaser Tom Terry, the founder of Terryville. Who knew that a former mayor of New York City was buried in Cedar Hill? Well, if you went on the Spirits Tour, you would know that Caleb S. Woodhull was the Mayor of New York City from 18491851! We also learned that his cousin, Victoria Woodhull, was the first woman to run for United States President, in 1872. We met the first librarian in Port Jefferson, Alice Reeves Randall Ritch. She graduated from Vassar and started the Port Jefferson Free Library, which is still in its original spot today. We learned how Belle Terre was founded, in “The Story of Belle Terre.” There were skits that Captain Joseph Bayles portrayed by Carl Dickhuth. referenced Port Jefferson’s history as a Brooklyn Daily Eagle Reporter Edwin Jenkins shipbuilding town. In “The Cyclone,” portrayed by Brian Cerdells Captain Joseph Bayles imparted his tale of a deadly cyclone that destroyed his ship and took his wife. In “The Wanderer,” Captain Thomas Hawkins told us of a fine ship he built. He was devastated when he found out that this ship was sold to slave traders, who used it to bring African slaves to the United States. We also met with the family of John T. Mather, founder of Mather Hospital, local shipbuilder, and Port Jefferson icon. There were also some skits that tugged on the heartstrings. Anna Amanda Brewster Jones told us of losing all five of her children to disease: the oldest lived to sixteen before succumbing. In “Gold Star Martha Ritch portrayed by Jeanne Garant; Cpl Wilson Mother,” we met a local young Ritch portrayed by Dan O’Reilly man, Corporal Wilson Ritch, who died in World War One two months before the war ended. We also learned of “The Beach Street Murders,” a notorious murder-suicide that took place in Port Jefferson

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in the 1800’s. The Cedar Hill Cemetery Spirits Tour was a fantastic event. I don’t know where else you could learn so much about local history in just a few short hours. The committee and volunteers flawlessly executed the event. The actors’ costumes, provided by Antique Costume and Prop Rental, created an authentic atmosphere. It was a perfect way to wish this historic landmark a happy 150th birthday!

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Rotary Community Service While the Port Jefferson Rotary Club normally meets each Tuesday at 12:15 PM

at the Heritage Diner in Mt. Sinai, on the last meeting date in June, the club members split up into two groups and participated in separate community service projects. Five female Rotarians traveled to East Patchogue to work on a Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build, from 8:45 AM to 3 PM. They met the homeowner-to-be, Cheri Sabolenko, and with her and a team of around 15 women, went about completing the day’s task of installing the insulation for the Sherger Avenue residence. At noon, a Girl Scout troop from Mt. Sinai delivered and served a much appreciated luncheon to the Habitat volunteers. When the project was finished, all build participants, though itchy, sticky, tired and hot, were quite proud of their accomplishment and were looking forward to future opportunities to work on other Habitat builds. Meanwhile, a number of male Rotary members met at the Port Jefferson Harbor at around 3 PM and proceeded to refurbish and repaint the bus stop that the club had donated and built next to the village’s Chamber of Commerce headquarters a few years ago. And then, at 5 PM, the men and women Rotarians met together at Billie’s to swap stories about their successfully completed projects.


Sunny Days

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A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said, “I am blind, please help!” There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?” The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said, but in a different way.” I wrote, “Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.” Both signs told people that the boy was blind, but the first sign simply said he was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Moral of the story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative – be innovative – think differently – be positive…

When life gives you a thousand reasons to cry, show life you have a million reasons to smile. Face your past without regret Handle the present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. One of the most beautiful things to see is a person’s smile and knowing you helped put it there is a very gratifying feeling…. Enjoy each day with a heart filled with love and gratitude…. We have the choice to become positive or negative. Simply by thinking positive thoughts and speaking positive words we attract positive energy. Our very words themselves attract one type of energy or another. Our desires have the same effect.

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We create our own surroundings by the thoughts we think. Physically, this may take a period of time, but spiritually it is spontaneous. If we understood the power of our thoughts we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts. We can always replace negative with positive.


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An Open Letter from New Village of Port Jefferson Trustee, Lee Rosner Dear Friends and Neighbors, It is an honor to be elected to represent the residents of Port Jefferson Village. I am looking forward to the challenges and demands that the position requires. It is exciting to have the opportunity to serve and work towards improving our village. During the recent campaign, I visited our neighborhoods and heard loud and clear from our residents that they want to see results. They want our roads fixed, our beaches repaired and preserved and our uptown revitalized. There is also concern over spending and how we allocate resources and services throughout our village government. The bottom line is that our residents want to see government do a better job of putting their village tax dollars to work for them. Despite being a community of only 8,100 people, our little village is a complicated place with its fair share of “Big Issues”. They include, but are not limited to, tax revenue implications from an aging and underutilized Port Jefferson power plant, deteriorating roads and infrastructure, a blighted uptown, poor lighting and difficult to use meters in parking lots, unfinished municipal projects, dissatisfaction with aspects of country club operations and heavy storm damage to our valuable beaches and waterfront. I have a good understanding of these issues and plan on working hard towards resolving them to the best of my ability. I am confident that we can make the village a “better place” and even more determined to help make it happen. My goal is improve the delivery of government services and the quality of life in the village by bringing my sensible and constructive leadership style to the Board of Trustees. My traditional values and strong business acumen, along with my integrity and many years of experience, give me the attributes required of an efficient and moral civil servant. I will listen to the people who make up this fine community and use the practical skills gained from twenty five years in business; a constant drive for efficiency, sound and sensitive decision-making, and always looking for creative solutions to complex issues. With these pertinent qualities, I will deliver results. I look forward to seeing you at Village Hall. Sincerely yours,

From the Desk of Mayor Margot Garant Good News from Village Hall!

School is out and we have successfully opened the far east end of East Beach. After being severely damaged and battered from storms in November and again in March, we continue to work on and await approval of restoration funds with applications made to the Federal Emergency Management Association, the State Emergency Management and the DEC Offices, for upwards of $2.3 million to restore, replenish and revegetate, both East Beach and Crystal Brook Hollow Road. On Sunday, July 18th, the Village will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Hill Climb Race with a commemorative re-enactment of the race up East Broadway with over 60 antique cars participating. The event honors Port Jefferson’s role in the history of the automobile, when cars were manufactured here after our shipbuilding days. This event is sponsored by the Conservancy at Harborfront Park and many of the cars will be on display after the race at the Village Center. Come join us every Sunday morning for an old fashioned Farmers Market! Through the efforts of Economic Development, local farmers and artisans bring fresh produce, flowers, seafood, baked goods, berries and coffee on Sundays from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. Come see your neighbors and help support our local farmers and enjoy live music down in the “Lanie’s Way” parking lot by Tommy’s Place. Our Go Green committee had another successful Go Green event at Village Center on Saturday, June 12th, where the Village launched an initiative to “Save our Village; One Plastic Bag at a Time.” Developed by Mr, Banawra’s Sixth Grade Class, this program establishes plastic bag drop off stations at Village Center and Village Hall where recyclable canvas bags with our Village “Go Green” and “Economic Development” logo’s will be exchanged for plastic bags when turned in. We hope to collect enough bags to have the Sixth Grade Class design and build a sculpture to put on display to acknowledge our green initiatives. The Village hopes to sponsor a seminar on how to build rain gardens and other household green initiatives this coming Fall. The Board of Trustees has set a public hearing on August 2nd to institute the long awaited Marine Waterfront Zone change to create a new MW Zone along the west harbor to preserve our shipbuilding heritage and maritime uses while restricting other uses of non-comformance. Our Comprehensive Plan Committee will host two public workshops on June 30th (7-9 pm) and July 24th (9-1:00) at the High School Auditorium to solicit input from the public with respect to the revitalization of uptown and the Master Plan revision. Please come participate in our planning process. Country Club Golf and Tennis are underway. Village softball games and youth programs have begun. Recently I had the pleasure of playing in the Suffolk County Village Officials outing hosted at our country club and am honored to say that our team brought home the Mayor’s Cup for the first time since 2001. Thanks to Bill Mackedon, Ron Carlson and Denise Boyd for representing Port Jefferson in fine form! For more information on all these events visit and become a member of our Facebook page for daily updates and reminders.

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Have You Met The Conservancy?

The 2010 Flower Show

Over the past five years, the efforts of The Conservancy have generated approximately $200,000 in contributions of cash, goods and services for the Village Center and Harborfront Park. Its labors have resulted in the fully furnished Village Center Living Room and the purchase of a Zamboni and wind screen panel for the Center’s ice skating rink. The entity was legally formed July, 2004, as a tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3). All donations received are tax deductible and directed to all educational, cultural and recreational events at the Park and Village Center. Be a participant and join the journey that is the Conservancy. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Conservancy or you wish to give of your time, talent or treasure, or perhaps you have a recommendation for future programs, please contact them at Port Jefferson Conservancy, PO Box 664, Port Jefferson, NY 11777 or call 631.802.2165.

By Barbara Ransome The Suwassett Garden Club of Port Jefferson is a member of the Federated Garden Club of New York and is a member of Second District Federated Garden Clubs of NYS, Suffolk North Region. The Garden Club was pleased to present a standard flower show July 9th and 10th. The theme for the show the show was “Visions of Port Jefferson” and was held in the Port Jefferson Village Center at 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson. The event was open to the public Friday, July 9th, from 2-6:00 pm and Saturday, July 10th, from 10-6:00 pm. The show consisted of two divisions; Horticulture and Floral Design. There were two special exhibits for education and landscape design. All design and horticulture entrees were by garden club members and the show was judged in all categories. The design division was named “Village Scenes” with sub sections that have theme names of “Seasons in Port Jefferson” and “People, Places and Things.” These sections were broken down even further into classes which also had themed names that reflect the show’s title. All displays were held on the first floor of the Village Center. Staging of floral designs had props and horticulture which were beautifully displayed on tables. In addition, on Friday evening, the club sponsored a reception for their “Street Garden” recognition awards that was held on the mezzanine level in the center. The garden club has been planning this show for over a year. There is a tremendous amount of preparation to get ready to support this type of floral show. This is also the first time the Village Center hosted this type of event and the facility lends itself to the show’s theme with the beautiful harbor as its back drop. For more information about the Garden Club please call 631-474-5019.

By Jeanne Garant The Village Center and Port Jefferson Harborfront Park have become an exciting part of our lives, providing a vibrant space for recreational, social and educational functions, as well as exhibits and annual events. To ensure that the Village Center lives up to the dreams and expectations that drove its creation, the Port Jefferson Harbor Education and Arts Conservancy, Inc. [The Conservancy] was formed. The Conservancy sponsors, coordinates, and directs community programs, events and activities, which foster increased knowledge of and appreciation for local history, cultural arts, marine life, and educational enrichments. The Conservancy uses the Port Jefferson Village Center and the Harborfront Park as its main venue to bring fantastic events, activities and programs to the communities-at-large.

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Rotary Elects New Board

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Welcome back! In their hunt for market dominance, social networks Facebook, Google Buzz, and Microsoft Live are redefining what social means — and in the process, straining the bounds of personal privacy. Facebook, the big daddy of these three, has made quiet changes to its privacy settings, ones that members need to understand if they are going to manage the distribution of their personal information. I find Facebook useful, mostly as a way to stay in touch with a select set of my friends and former co-workers. It’s not my public soapbox or a window into my personal life, left open to the world. As much as I like Facebook, it has a major flaw. It seems the proprietors of Facebook find it necessary, desirable, or profitable to change member privacy settings, usually with little notice to members. In every case I can think of, privacy settings have become more relaxed — more open, if you will. What’s beneficial for Facebook, however, is not necessarily good for members — their personal information might end up in places they never intended. The world is filled with marketers who would love to know increasingly more about you. And if that doesn’t concern you, the world also contains stalkers and hackers who might use that personal information toward evil ends. You should take your Facebook (or any other social network) privacy as seriously as you do protection from malware on your PC. Keep in mind that all the big social networks continually tweak privacy settings. This is not just a Facebook problem. In a typical good news–bad news scenario, Facebook’s privacy settings have become more granular over time — and consequently far more tedious and complicated to manage. Even more irritating is that, as Facebook adds new categories of settings, it often uses “Everyone” as the default. (And “Everyone” means just that — not only all Facebook members, but anyone viewing associated sites). New Facebook members are especially likely to give out private information unintentionally. Working through a slew of privacy settings is not foremost in their thoughts as they first build their new Facebook wall. Unfortunately, that means they get the default, wide-open “Everyone” privacy setting. When deciding what personal information to share, you have two choices. Either don’t put it on Facebook to begin with (no, you don’t have to fill out every personal information field), or put it up but restrict who can see it. If you’re going to post information you don’t want the whole world to see, or if you just want to generally tighten up your privacy settings, start with the following: • Personal Information and Posts: Most settings in this section default to “Everyone” or Friends of Friends. For a balanced level of privacy, I recommend selecting either Only Friends or Only Me, depending on your comfort level. Here, Facebook makes things difficult for new members. Initially, the settings dropdown list does not contain Only Me. You must select Customize and then Only Me from another dropdown list Furthermore, some of these settings affect the level of your friends’ privacy when they interact through your wall. For example, when a friend posts a comment on your wall, Posts by Friends controls who else can see that post — everyone, friends of friends, and so on. Contact information: Facebook tightens its default settings for direct-contact information to Only Friends, but if you don’t care to share your IM screen name, mobile or other phone number, or current address, change it to Only Me. The last three settings on the Contact Information page — Website, Add me as a friend, and Send me a message — are all preset to “Everyone” by default. Some information (such as your Pages and list of friends) is still public and can be accessed by Facebook applications you and your friends use. Facebook Pages offer a convenient way to stay on top of your favorite interests from within your profile page. The key is to carefully consider which Pages you choose to like and which applications you agree to run. Liking a Facebook Page is different from, liking a post, photo, or link. When you like a Page, Facebook automatically subscribes you to a feed from that page — which often represents a commercial product or company. Manage the murky realm of Facebook applications: How your privacy is kept or lost when using Facebook applications is probably the least-understood and most-worrisome aspect of this social network. The privacy controls for apps are found in the Applications and Websites section. To put it simply, don’t run Facebook applications if you don’t want to distribute personal information beyond your friends. The following example shows what happens when you run an application. I’ll use Farmville, a popular game application, as an example. When you first run Farmville from within Facebook, all your profile information and photos, your friends’ info, and other content it requires to work is pulled into the Farmville system. You have only two choices: Allow this to happen, or leave the application. If you let it happen, a vast amount of your personal information is now governed by Facebook’s privacy policies and by Zynga’s — the company that owns Farmville. Those policies may differ. According to Zynga’s privacy policy, it generally doesn’t collect personally identifying information; in any case, it can collect only what you provide. Bottom line: Each new application you link to in Facebook could add another layer of privacy management. This could be another argument for not posting sensitive information where it’s not fully under your control. Join us next month for more.....


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One of Port Jefferson’s Best Kept Secrets By Beth Pranzo, Vice President, Historical Society

Eddie Fisher, but since he left her for Elizabeth Taylor it was never used. Another belonged to Alice Longworth Roosevelt. No matter the owner, all have seen many festive occasions that we can only imagine where they might have been. The Historical Society will be parading down Main Street in the traditional 4th of July parade to be held this year on Monday, July 5th at 10am. Come visit the museum one day this summer from 1-4 pm Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday at 115 Prospect Street through Labor Day. You’ll be surprised at the wonders that await you. Phone (631)473-2665 www.portjeffhistorical. org or email

On July 3rd at 1pm the Mather Museum Complex will open the season for tours of this historic place, the original home of John T. Mather, with all of its original outbuildings along with additions, since it became the Historical Society of Port Jefferson in 1967. Located at 115 Prospect Street, just steps away from the center of the village, this little gem is often unknown to many locals, yet tourists come seeking it. The complex is comprised of the circa1840 main building, John T. Mather’s home, the Garden Shed, the Country Store, The Marine Barn and Sail Loft, The Dedio House Consignment Shop, The Spinney Clock Collection, the Collins Carriage House and the Frank Child Chair Repair Shop/Farm Tool Building. All the buildings are open for touring and one for shopping - the little yellow Consignment Shop The Baldwin-Coles carriage locally made and now housed in the where one of a kind antiques and collectibles and the Collins Carriage House Society’s historical publications can be purchased. It is interesting to note that John T. Mather’s will left $500,000 in the significant year of 1929 for the construction of a hospital. It opened in 1930 and still serves Port Jefferson and many surrounding towns. Of particular note is the Spinney Clock collection donated to the Historical Society in 2001 by local resident Tex Spinney. A building was constructed to house 250 of the best and most representative of Tex’s collection. It is one of the finest displays of clocks in the northeast. There are tall clocks, wall clocks, shelf clocks, time clocks, water clocks and so many other types to capture your interest. The street clock at the corner of Main and Arden place was donated to the Village as a parting gift when she moved to California. Still under construction, In the recent acquisitions display but near finished, is the latest Some of the beaded, metal mesh and shell purses on display – a wedding gown and sailor from the collection of Sally Rottmann addition to the complex, an shirt from a WWI uniform archive building constructed in the style of an old pump house, that will store our artifacts in a climate controlled environment to preserve our history for the future. These items will periodically be on display in the main building where an annual exhibit is set up for each season. This year’s display is of our recent acquisitions, one part of which is a collection of antique purses donated to us by a former president of the Society, Ed Rottmann, in memory of his wife Sally who spent years collecting them. The purses are from the late 1800s through the 1950s. One belonged to Debbie Reynolds, wife of

President Nick Acampora, his wife Lisa and daughters, Samantha, Melanie and Elizabeth in tie dyed 60’s shirts as they rode in their 1969 convertible.

The almost-finished Archive Building at the Historical Society

Charles Rutenberg Realty Welcomes New Associate Broker, Walter Balog Charles Rutenberg Realty, specializing in residential

Present day officers and trustees dressed in period costume supplied by Nan Guzzetta. Trustee Bob Collins, Recording Secretary Kate Thomas, Treasurer Donna Palmer, and President Nick Acampora.

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properties in Nassau , Suffolk , Queens, Kings and Westchester Counties, is pleased to announce the addition of Walter Balog as a new Associate Broker. Mr. Balog, of Dix Hills, has been a full-time Agent and Broker since 1974 and is recognized in the industry as a top producer and leader. He is committed to professional excellence and has served both Suffolk and Nassau Counties by specializing in land, waterfront and commercial properties, residential resales and new construction. Prior to joining Charles Rutenberg Realty, he worked for Prudential Douglas Elliman. “I’m honored to be a part of the Charles Rutenberg Realty team,” said Mr. Balog. “I believe that my diligence and thoroughness in every detail of the sales process will provide clients with a pleasing and less stressful Real Estate experience. Charles Rutenberg Realty has not only allowed me to increase my knowledge of the Real Estate industry through its unique educational seminars, but gives me the earning potential I or any other Agent could only dream of.” “We are very pleased to welcome Walter to our company,” said Joe Moshé, Broker/Owner, Charles Rutenberg Realty. “Mr. Balog is known for his outstanding negotiating skills on behalf of his clients and for his ethical relationship with the public. He will make a great addition to our company.” Charles Rutenberg Realty is one of the nation’s fastest-growing agencies with more than 900 Agents on Long Island, Queens and Westchester . For more information, call (516) 575-7500, or visit


Christopher J. Malvetti, from page 1

Not Your Typical Sunday Drive:

Centennial Celebration of the 1910 Port Jefferson Hill Climb Written by Rob Sisler and Peter Busacca. Edited by Jeanne Garant

a learning disability, he graduated as a member of the National Honor Society and as an honored athlete. He was a member of the varsity soccer and track teams, Captain of the varsity wrestling team and recipient of awards in all three sports. Chris’ desire to do something meaningful to help others led to his joining the Junior Company of the Port Jefferson Fire Department as a high school freshman. When he turned 17 he became a member of Company 5 of the PJFD where he served until his death. Chris had many fine qualities but if you were to ask those who knew and loved him which qualities they valued, most often you would hear that he was kind, generous and hard working. To honor the memory and legacy of Christopher folks got together and decided that it would be most appropriate to create a scholarship in his name. Since starting the Christopher J. Malvetti Scholarship the group has raised, with the support of the community, over $60,000. This year scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded to Michael Hartman of Port Jefferson and to Noelle Shaljian of Mount Sinai. The scholarship application opens in January of each year and anyone attending college, vocational school, or any accredited educational program may apply. There is a committee made up of Chris’ family and friends that follow a set criteria in order to select the recipients. One of the primary fundraisers for the scholarship fund is the “Race through the Bubble.” This year the race was attended by approximately 280 runners and walkers. Great support came from far and wide to make the event possible. Donations came from Tara’s Inn, Wild by Nature, Mark McCoy of Boar’s Head, Dave Morse of The Checkmate Inn, Danny Wenner of Wonder Bread, Martha Clara Vineyards, Splish Splash, and many others. On June 19th, about 30 volunteers came together to help day of the event as well the Village Highway Department, Village Code, Port Jefferson Ambulance, and Terryville FD. This past on was the third annual. The fund is currently looking into other ways to honor Chris by helping people in need. Donations are accepted, gratefully, all throughout the year at, where more information is available.

Every five years since the 80’s, Port Jefferson and various Antique Auto Clubs have co-sponsored a Hill Climb re-enactment. This year is a special celebration being the 100th Anniversary and will be sponsored by the Port Jefferson Education and Arts Conservancy. The festivities begin on July 18th, 2010, 11:00am, at the Port Jefferson Village Center. Many people ask, “What is a Hill Climb?” In the very early days of auto industry, of which Port Jefferson was a pioneer, there were many races held. The Vanderbilt Cup Races determined the speed of cars and the Glidden Tours determined the endurance. The Hill Climb Races were staged to demonstrate the pulling power or torque of the cars. The racing circuit was well organized in the early days. Teams representing the various manufacturers and dealers toured the country in hired steamboats and trains. The latter generally had three cars – one for sleeping quarters for the team, another for a repair shop and the last for the cars. One can only surmise that Maurice Richard, owner of the Only car manufactured in Port Jefferson and organizer of the First Hill Climb, recognized that Port Jefferson had a harbor for the steamboat, a railhead for the train, and a creditable hill. Thus was born the Hill Climb Race in Port Jefferson. The first two years in 1910 and 1911 were world-class events hosting cars from around the country as well as cars from Germany, Italy and France. The 46 different makes that climbed the hill represented about a third of all the cars manufactured here at that time. The culminating event of this Hill Climb series was in 1925, when Finley Robertson Porter’s FRP won the last Hill Climb against the Cleveland, The Pike’s Peak Hill Climb winner. This beautifully crafted car was proclaimed the most powerful car in the country and displayed in the Ball Room of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Port Jefferson was proud to display the FRP five years ago at the Village Center when we brought it down from the Seal Cove Maine Museum where it is currently on display. This annual event continued into the teens as a local event for “antique” cars according to Old timers. The events coincided with annual car shows by the local dealers from Stony Brook to Rocky Point. These shows were held in Newcomb’s Garage in Port Jefferson and later in the Shipyard Building, which today is the Village Center. It should be noted that Port Jefferson, known for it history in shipbuilding in the Nineteenth Century, was also a cradle of automotive industry. We had over forty different makes of American automobiles sold by twenty-two different dealerships up until the 1970’s when a half dozen dealers moved to Port Jefferson Station, where there was more room to store cars. This Centennial Celebration is a documentation of our History.

A Beautiful Day at the Marina in Port Jefferson

Here is a listing of the top 10 finishers:

The 2010 Winner Gregg Cantwell coming down Maple to the finish line


1. 2239 Gregg Cantwell, M22, Port Jefferson, 7:13.96 2. 2286 Kevin Sullivan, M19, Port Jefferson, 7:47.98 3. 2145 Sean Sullivan, M24, Port Jefferson, 8:04.97 4. 2224 Daniel Paulson, M17, Commack, 8:43.20 5. 2244 John Edmonds, M16, Setauket, 8:54.05 6. 2051 Leonard Hayes, M19 Voorhees, 9:35.08 7. 2105 Corey Reiser, M21 Farmingdale, 9:35.49 8. 2040 Christopher Dandria, M40 Hauppauge, 9:41.02 9. 2255 Christian Neubert, M22 Port Jefferson, 9:45.35 10. 2200 KC Bret, M49 Port Jefferson Station, 9:49.00

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Catholic Health Services (CHS) Wins Prestigious Safety Award

Alyson Gucciardo and her daughter, Taylor.

Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHS), of which St. Charles Hospital is a member, has won the Healthcare Association of New York state’s prestigious 2010 Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety for a program using crew resources management (CRM). The CHS program was named the most outstanding safety initiative out of more than 130 nominees from hospitals and health systems in New York state. The CRM process was implemented in a safety performance improvement program and was undertaken by maternity and obstetrics staff at a number of CHS hospitals, including St. Charles. By employing CRM, the

obstetric teams worked together to minimize adverse occurrences in high risk births. Winning the Pinnacle Award confirms the excellence achieved in this very critical area of medicine. CRM is a model used by NASA and the aviation industry and focuses on communication, team structure, situation monitoring, mutual support and team behavior. The CHS program was named the most outstanding safety initiative out of more than 130 nominees from hospitals and health systems in New York state. A former patient at St. Charles, Alyson Gucciardo, believes the OB team at St. Charles saved her baby’s life. At just seven months pregnancy, Ms. Gucciardo had an emergency C-section at St. Charles. Her baby was in distress. “If we had waited even 24 hours longer, the end of this tale would have been quite different,” Ms. Gucciardo explained. “I had recently switched my OB/GYN and made the decision to deliver at St. Charles. It is really true that everything happens for a reason.” Her daughter, Taylor, who weighed just 5 lbs., 1 oz. when born, is now a happy and healthy 5 ½ month old baby. The CHS health care system includes six hospitals: Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, St. Charles Hospital, St. Francis Hospital and St. Joseph. It also comprises three nursing homes—Good Samaritan, Our Lady of Consolation and St. Catherine of Siena, as well as Maryhaven Center of Hope, CHS Home Support Services and Good Shepherd Hospice.

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