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Heart disease is so pervasive that men who are 40 years old have a lifetime risk of 49 percent. In other words, about half of men will be affected by heart disease. The statistics are better for women, but they still have a staggering 32 percent lifetime risk at age 40 (1). The good news is that heart disease is on the decline due to a number of factors, including better awareness in lay and medical communities, improved medicines, earlier treatment of risk factors and lifestyle modifications. We are headed in the right direction, but we can do better. Heart disease is something that is eminently preventable.

four parameters were followed (9). Thus, it is possible to almost eliminate the risk of SCD for women with lifestyle modifications.

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Risk factors include obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes. Unfortunately, both obesity and diabetes are on the rise. For patients with type 2 diabetes, 70 percent die of cardiovascular causes (2). However, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and By David smoking have deDunaief, M.D. clined (3). Of course, family history also contributes to the risk of heart disease, especially with parents who experienced heart attacks before age 60, according to the Women’s Health Study and the Physician’s Health Study (4). Inactivity and the standard American diet, rich in saturated fat and calories, also contribute to heart disease risk (5). The underlying culprit is atherosclerosis (fatty streaks in the arteries). The newest potential risk factor is a resting heart rate greater than 80 beats per minute (bpm). In one study, healthy men and women had 18 and 10 percent increased risks of dying from a heart attack, respectively, for every increase of 10 bpm over 80 (6). A normal resting heart rate is usually between 60 and 100 bpm. Thus, you don’t have to have a racing heart rate, just one that is high-normal. All of these risk factors can be overcome, even family history.

The role of medication Cholesterol and blood pressure medications have been credited to some extent with reducing the risk of heart disease. The compliance with blood pressure medications has increased over the last 10 years from 33 to 50 percent, according to the American Society of Hypertension. In terms of lipids, statins have played a key role in primary prevention. Statins are effective at not only lowering lipid levels, including total cholesterol and LDL — the “bad” cholesterol — but also inflammation levels that contribute to the risk of cardiovascular disease. The Jupiter trial showed a 55 percent combined reduction in heart disease, stroke and mortality from cardiovascular disease in healthy patients — those with a slightly elevated level of inflammation and normal cholesterol profile — with statins.


Studies have shown that eating five servings or more of fruits and vegetables daily can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. The downside of statins is their side effects. Statins have been shown to increase the risk of diabetes in intensive dosing, compared to moderate dosing (7). Unfortunately, many on statins also suffer from myopathy (muscle pain). I have a number of patients who have complained of muscle pain and cramps. Their goal when they come to see me is to reduce and ultimately discontinue their statins by following a lifestyle modification plan involving diet and exercise. Now I will address the role of lifestyle modification as a powerful ally in this endeavor. There is an abundance of studies showing exciting effects.

Lifestyle effects There was significant reduction in mortality from cardiovascular disease with participants who were followed for a very long mean duration of 18 years. The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, a prospective (forward-looking) study, investigated 501 healthy men and their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. The authors concluded that those who consumed five servings or more of fruits and vegetables daily with <12 percent saturated fat had a 76 percent reduction in their risk of dying from heart disease compared to those who did not (8). The authors theorized that eating more fruits and vegetables helped to displace saturated fats from the diet. These results are impressive and, most importantly, to achieve them it only required a modest change in diet. The Nurses’ Health Study shows that these results are also seen in women, with lifestyle modification reducing the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). Many times, this is the first manifestation of heart disease in women. The authors looked at four parameters of lifestyle modification, including a Mediterranean-type diet, exercise, smoking and body mass index. There was a decrease in SCD that was dose dependent, meaning the more factors incorporated, the greater the risk reduction. There was as much as a 92 percent decrease in SCD risk when all

A meta-analysis (group of studies) showed that with lifestyle modifications and medication therapies, the risk of cardiovascular disease was reduced significantly, which appeared to result in improvements in erectile dysfunction (10). The lifestyle modifications included dietary changes and increased physical activity. When statin medications were not included, the risk reduction remained relatively constant, demonstrating the strength of lifestyle changes. This research is important, since those with chronic erectile dysfunction are likely to have heart disease within two to five years, according to the authors.

How do you know that you are reducing your risk of heart disease and how long does it take? These are good questions that I have been asked by a number of patients. We use cardiac biomarkers, including inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein, blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index. A cohort (a certain group of people) study helped answer these questions. It studied both high-risk participants and patients with heart disease. The results showed an improvement in biomarkers, as well as in cognitive function and overall quality of life. Participants followed extensive lifestyle modification: a plant-based, whole foods diet accompanied by exercise and stress management. The results were statistically significant with all parameters measured. The best part is the results occurred over a very short period to time — three months from the start of the trial (11). Many patients I have seen have had similar results. Ideally, if patient needs to use medications to treat risk factors for heart disease, it is for the short term. For some patients, it may be appropriate to use medication and lifestyle changes together; for others, lifestyle modifications may be sufficient, as long as patients are willing to take an active role.

References: (1) Lancet. 1999;353(9147):89. (2) Diabetes Care. 2010 Feb; 33(2):442449. (3) JAMA. 2005;293(15):1868. (4) Circulation. 2001;104(4):393. (5) Lancet. 2004;364(9438):93. (6) J Epidemiol Community Health. 2010 Feb;64(2):175-181. (7) JAMA. 2011;305(24):2556-2564. (8) J Nutr. March 1, 2005;135(3):556-561. (9) JAMA. 2011 Jul 6;306(1):62-69. (10) Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(20):1797-1803. (11) Am J Cardiol. 2011;108(4):498-507. Dr. Dunaief is a speaker, author and local lifestyle medicine physician focusing on the integration of medicine, nutrition, fitness and stress management. For further information, visit or consult your personal physician.

Sock hop Join the Smithtown Historical Society for a good old-fashioned sock hop at the Frank Brush Barn, 211 E. Main St., Smithtown on Friday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. with some flashbacks, food and dancing. Dress up in your poodle skirts or penny loafers and come dance the night away. $45 per person, $40 members. Advance registration is required by calling 631-265-6768.

Knit & Crochet program On Friday, Jan. 12, bring your current project and drop-in to work and chat with others in a relaxed setting at Comsewogue Public Library, 170 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station. Free and open to all. Call 631928-1212 for details.

Meditation with Linda Cafiero Spend an hour nourishing yourself from deep within as you engage in the practice of mindful meditation at Cold Spring Harbor Library, 95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor with Linda Cafiero on Wednesdays, Jan. 17 and Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. Free and open to all. Advance registration requested by calling 631-692-6820.

Identity Fraud Talk The Smithtown Historical Society will host an Identity Fraud Talk at the Frank Brush Barn, 211 E. Main St., Smithtown on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. Michael Halleran of NYCB will teach participants important tips and available resources to protect themselves from financial abuse and how to prevent identity theft. Free but advance registration required by calling 631-265-6768.

Blood Drive January is National Blood Donor Month. Temple Beth El, 660 Park Ave., Huntington will sponsor a Blood Drive on Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. in response to an emergency blood shortage at community hospitals. To schedule an appointment, email Debi at For more information, call 631-421-5835.

Tobacco Cessation program John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, 75 North Country Road, Port Jefferson will offer a “Learn to Be … Tobacco Free” program on Thursdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22 and March 1, 8 and 29 from 6 to 7 p.m. The free program offers assistance with planning, support and counseling and provides over-the-counter medications for a fee to participants who are medically eligible. To register, call Debra at 631-853-2928.


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‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’ returns to the big screen

There are few pleasures greater for a movie fan than seeing classic movies in a theater and on the big screen, where they belong — and in 2018, Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies are presenting 13 cinematic greats in theaters nationwide in the TCM Big Screen Classics Series. Kicking off the New Year in celebration of its 70th anniversary, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” will return to 600 select cinemas nationwide on Sunday, Jan. 14 and Tuesday, Jan. 16. The special screening of the 1948 classic will include exclusive insight from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. Director John Huston’s unforgettable drama follows desperate prospectors, Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt and Walter Huston, who set off to find gold in the rugged Mexican wilderness. Instead, they find trouble — not the least of which is the temptation of greed. While countless films deal with the subject of money and greed, and the deadly combination the two can create, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” stands out for its artistry, including John Huston’s direction, the performances of Bogart and Walter Huston (John’s father) and the stellar camera work of Ted McCord. It’s an uncompromising look at the dark side of human nature. Participating movie theaters in our neck of the woods include Island 16 Cinema de Lux, 185 Morris Ave., Holtsville, at 2 p.m. on Jan. 14 and 7 p.m. on Jan. 16; AMC Loews Stony Brook 17, 2196 Nesconset Highway, Stony Brook at 2 and 7 p.m. both days; and Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas, 1001 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, at 2 p.m. on Jan. 14 and 7 p.m. on Jan. 16. To purchase your ticket in advance, visit www. Tickets for “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” can be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices.

The exciting film series will continue in February with “The Philadelphia Story” starring Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart; “Vertigo” starring Jimmy Stewart in March; “Grease” with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in April; Billy Wilder’s “Sunset Boulevard” in May; Mel Brook’s “The Producers” starring Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel in June; “Big” starring Tom Hanks in July; the Coen brother’s “The Big Lebowski” and “South Pacific” with Rossano Brazzi and Mitzi Gaynor in August; “Rebel Without a Cause” with James Dean in September; “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” with James Stewart in October; “Die Hard” starring Bruce Willis in November; and for the holidays, “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in December. For exact dates, locations and times, visit www.



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Third Friday at The Reboli

From left, Nick Jonas, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart star in the new ‘Jumanji’ reboot.

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ is two hours of action-packed rollicking fun

BY HEIDI SUTTON After a 21-year absence, the African drums are back and beating stronger than ever. Fresh, original and exciting, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” rightfully topped the charts last weekend as king of the mountain, bumping “Insidious” to second and “Star Wars” to third. Directed by Jake Kasdan (“Bad Teacher,” “Sex Tape,”) “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is based on the 1981 children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. While many theorize the film is a remake of the original 1995 classic starring Robin Williams, it is actually a sequel that has been adapted for modern audiences where the creepy board game finds new unsuspecting players to terrorize. That was Kasdan’s goal from the beginning, reaffirmed in a recent interview with Forbes Magazine. “I loved the original movie, and [this new film] was a really cool extension of that, but it was vital to us that it stands on its own and be its own thing.” This time around, instead of the jungle and all its creatures coming to town and creating havoc (remember the monkeys?), the four main characters are sucked into the game and have to overcome many obstacles to be able to come back home. The year is 2016 and “Jumanji” has transformed itself into a video game, the only way it can attract its next victims (“who plays board games anymore?”). Sitting innocently on a shelf in a high school storage room, it peaks the interest of four students of Brantford High School who find it while serving detention for the afternoon. (Think “Breakfast Club.”) There’s Spencer Gilpin, self-proclaimed nerd; jock Anthony “Fridge” Johnson; popular girl Bethany Walker; and shy bookworm Martha Kaply. When each teenager chooses an avatar to

From left, Alex Wolff , Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman and Morgan Turner play four teens that fall prey to ‘Jumanji,’ now in the form of a video game. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures start the game, they are teleported to a dangerous jungle and become the characters they have chosen. Spencer is now Dr. Smolder Bravestone, played by the 6-foot 5-inch Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson; Fridge is the short zoologist Franklin “Mouse” Finbar (Kevin Hart); Martha is a martial arts expert, Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan); and Bethany is an overweight, middle-aged cartographer named Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon (Jack Black). Black’s performance as a 16-year-old girl is brilliant. The group soon realizes that they are in a video game, and each has just three lives. If they lose all three, they will die for real. Their mission is to steal the Jaguar’s Eye from big-game hunter, Russel Van Pelt (Bobby Cannavale), return it to its rightful owner and win the game. One of the funniest moments throughout the film is the special skills and weaknesses attributed to the avatars. While Gillan’s

character weakness is venom and Black’s weakness is endurance, Hart’s weakness is strength, speed and cake, and instantly selfimplodes when he takes a bite. On the other hand, The Rock has no weaknesses, only a “smoldering charisma,” which he utilizes quite often. As the movie progresses, the avatars lose lifeline after lifeline, dying in various ways and then dropping from the sky for another try. When things start to look grim, they bump into Alex (Nick Jonas), a boy from their town who has been lost in the jungle for 20 years. Can the five combine their skills to overcome the game’s magical power and return home? Filmed on the Hawaiian island of Kauai where “Jurassic World” was also filmed, the movie is visually stunning and the special effects are top notch. With a great script, adventure, action packed and funny as tech, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is now playing in area theaters. Rated PG-13 for suggestive content and some language.

Save the date! Scientific illustrator Lucille Betti-Nash will be the speaker at The Reboli Center for Art and History’s next Third Friday event, Jan. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. BettiNash will talk about the importance of communicating science and how science and art have been interconnected throughout history. Betti-Nash studied art, printmaking and design with Robert White, Edward Countey and Jim Kleege at Stony Brook University in the late 1970s. During her student years studying fine arts she began working for the Department of Anatomical Sciences as a scientific illustrator where she has been employed full time since 1978. The department is home to a variety of world-renowned scientists working in many different disciplines ranging from human evolution to paleontology. Betti-Nash's illustrations have appeared in many scientific journals such as Science, Nature, Science Times and PLOS ONE, as well as in National Geographic, Natural History Magazine and several other scientific publications in print and online. She has illustrated several books on human and comparative anatomy, primate behavior, ecology and evolution and numerous scientific papers and manuscripts on subjects as diverse as dinosaurs, extinct mammals and amphibians from Madagascar and hominid fossils from Africa, as well as providing human anatomical drawings for teaching students in the School of Medicine at Stony Brook. In the past she and her husband, who is also a scientific illustrator, taught a class at Stony Brook called Anatomy for Artists, started by Ed Countey and Randy Susman. More recently they have been teaching nature drawing workshops in Peru and Brazil. In addition to drawing the natural world, she is involved with Four Harbors Audubon Society where she leads bird walks every second Saturday in Avalon and Frank Melville parks. Future art projects include illustrating Long Island native plants, birds and insects that visit her Stony Brook garden. The Reboli Center for Art and History is located at 64 Main Street, Stony Brook. Its Third Friday program is free to the public and reservations are not required. For more information about the event, visit or call The Reboli Center at 631-751-7707.



Clockwise from top, ‘Country Ride,’ taken in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, edited with oil painting effect; photographer John Spoltore; and ‘Glacier Moon’, taken from a cruise ship in Alaska with moon edited in. Photos by John Spoltore

North Shore Library hosts beloved photographer John Spoltore’s final Long Island exhibit BY MELISSA ARNOLD


or more than 40 years, John Spoltore has immersed himself in his love of photography. It has taken him all over the world, earned him scores of accolades and allowed him to nurture hundreds of budding Long Island shutterbugs through teaching. But it all began with an unfortunate accident. In 1975, Spoltore was enjoying an exotic honeymoon in Montego Bay, Jamaica, with his new bride Barbara. The couple spent one afternoon exploring the beautiful Dunn’s River Falls, but in a split second, Spoltore dropped his tiny camera with its precious photos of the trip from the top of the waterfall. That trip led to a better replacement camera and a desire to capture the world. Now, Spoltore is sharing some of his favorite photos in an exhibit at the North Shore Public Library in Shoreham throughout the month of January. “I always enjoyed taking pictures, but it wasn’t until after I was married that I really got bit by the [photography] bug,” said Spoltore, 64, of Port Jefferson Station. He originally went to school to become a teacher but ended up working for the Nassau County

‘Seeing the ‘aha’ moment on the faces of my students makes me so happy.’ — John Spoltore Department of Social Services, helping those in need access welfare and food stamps. In his spare time, he read every book about photography he could get his hands on and attended local workshops. One day, Spoltore walked into a photo studio and asked to help them shoot weddings. They took a chance, and soon he was

shooting his own weddings and portraits. Eventually, Spoltore launched a successful career with companies including Tiffen and Canon. He has also taken thousands of photos of railroad life while working in public affairs for the Long Island Rail Road. Many of these photos are framed and hang in stations around the Island.

While portraits, weddings and event photography pay the bills, Spoltore loves to shoot landscapes. His favorite style focuses on highly saturated photos of colors that pop, as well as infrared and combinations of color with black-and-white palettes. He also likes to manipulate photos so they resemble oil paintings.




Photo by John Spoltore

‘All Aboard,’ image taken with infrared digital camera at Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada. Spoltore takes much of his inspiration from the famous wedding and portrait photographer Monte Zucker and creates images based on Zucker’s quote, “I don’t photograph the world as it is. I photograph the world as I would like it to be.” “I think digital technology makes things a lot easier since you can see your photos right away instead of waiting for your film,” Spoltore said. “Many of my students are intimidated by digital photography because of all the options. But when you see a really gorgeous picture these days, it’s (mostly) digital manipulation. You’ve got to be a good photographer, but you also have to be good on the computer.” Spoltore’s teaching career began with a simple class he offered for adults in continuing education at Comsewogue High School. When that program ended, one of his former students approached the Comsewogue Public Library about letting him teach there. The popularity of Spoltore’s classes exploded, and he now offers classes at 34 libraries on Long Island, in addition to private lessons. More than 800 people receive his weekly email newsletter featuring photos and articles about photography, and he’s also contributed a column to local newspapers for the past several years. “Seeing the ‘aha’ moment on the faces of my students makes me so happy — they would say how easily they understood what I was explaining to them,” Spoltore said. “I can’t tell you how many people I’ve never met have emailed me with questions or problems. I’ve had people come to me with a camera still in the box become really great photographers.” This month’s exhibit at the North Shore Public Library is Spoltore’s 10th on Long Island. It will feature 25 framed prints of his favorite photos that showcase a variety of styles. Each photo is printed on metallic paper to enhance its color. Visitors to the exhibit can expect to see visions of Long Island’s North Shore, Alaska, Canada as well as Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country, to name a few. A photo of an Amish father and son riding a horse and buggy titled “Country Ride” is among Spoltore’s favorites.

“John Spoltore has a great and beautiful heart,” said Lorena Doherty, art exhibit and adult program coordinator at the North Shore Public Library. “I have attended his classes and am astounded at the level of knowledge that he has to share. He enjoys working with people. It gives him such great pleasure to share his talent, knowledge of people and wisdom with all. Please come and view these colorful iconic images.” The exhibit will also be the photographer’s farewell to Long Island — Spoltore plans to relocate in a few months to Florida, where he hopes to continue spreading his love of photography to anyone willing to learn. His absence will be felt by many including the library where it all began. “John has taught photography programs at the Comsewogue Library since 2010, and we are sad to see him leave the Island,” wrote the library’s Adult Services Librarian Christine Parker-Morales in a recent email. She continued, “John’s classes were always beloved and well-attended. In 2015 we ran a Geek the Library campaign at the library and John was our go-to guy for a patron portrait shoot included in the activities. He also took part in our library’s 50th Anniversary celebration, providing digital professional-quality family photos free of charge to those who participated. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors and will find his shoes here at Comsewogue hard to fill.” “Photographs by John Spoltore” is on display through the month of January at the North Shore Public Library, 250 Route 25A, Shoreham. For hours and more information, visit www.northshorepubliclibrary. org or call 631-929-4488. Learn more about John Spoltore at

On the cover: ‘Eagle Eyes’ by John Spoltore — a bald eagle in captivity (sky photo edited in) taken in Skagway, Alaska

Sat, FeB 3 - 8 pM - $42 Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti's story with members of the original cast of the hit Broadway musical


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Tummy warmers for winter weather


The holidays are history. All those sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and cookies have worked their way to postholiday residence in my body, but in these temperatures I cannot bear to even think of my annual New Year’s resolution, to subsist on rabbit food and rice cakes to reverse the damage. Baby, it’s cold outside and New Year’s resolutions be damned! Surely my body is smarter than I am, even has a mind of its own and is telling me that it craves no-nonsense tummy warmers … simmering soups, stews and bubbling casseroles. I don’t need much convincing. Before I know it I’m standing in the kitchen chopping and stirring. By the time it is dusk and I turn on the lamps, savory aromas waft through the house. It’s starting to snow again or maybe it’s still snowing. I sip a glass of wine and remember why I insist that I like winter when the snowbirds challenge my decision to stay here rather than move to Florida.

Chicken Pot Pie YIELD: Makes 4 servings INGREDIENTS: • 2 whole chicken breasts, bone in • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste (for chicken breasts)

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¼ cup olive oil 5 cups chicken broth ½ stick unsalted butter 1 medium-large onion, diced 2 tablespoons flour ¼ cup heavy cream More salt and pepper, to taste (for sauce) Two 10-ounce packages frozen peas and carrots, cooked according to package directions • Nonstick cooking spray • Four 8-inch pie crusts • 2 tablespoons milk

Chicken Pot Pie Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray four individual ovenproof bowls with nonstick cooking spray. Divide chicken mixture evenly among bowls. Top each bowl with rolled out pie crust; crimp edges and make a few slits in top. Brush crusts with milk, place bowls on baking sheet, then bake one hour, until crusts are golden and insides are bubbling.

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 F. Place chicken breasts skin side up in baking pan; rub with olive oil and salt and pepper. Bake 30 to 40 minutes, until skin is golden and meat is cooked through. Remove from oven. When cool enough to handle, remove skin and discard. Pull meat away from bone and dice. Set aside. In small saucepan heat chicken broth. In medium saucepan, melt butter and cook onions over medium-low heat until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add flour and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, about two minutes. Add the hot broth and, with wire whisk, stir vigorously over low heat until thickened. Whisk in cream, salt and pepper; stir in peas and carrots and chicken.

Beef Stew YIELD: Makes 4 to 6 servings INGREDIENTS: • 1/3 cup flour • Salt and pepper, to taste • 2½ pounds beef chuck, cut into 2-inch cubes • ¼ cup vegetable oil • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter • 2 medium onions, cut into wedges • 1 cup dry red wine • 1 garlic clove, minced • 1 tablespoon tomato paste • 10 cups beef broth or stock • 1½ pounds small red potatoes, scrubbed and quartered




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Thursday 11 Book signing

Long Island author and poet, Lexi Vranick, will return to Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington to speak about and sign copies of her new psychological thriller, "Exit Ghost," at 7 p.m. Call 271-1442.

Friday 12 Wintertide Concert


... and dates JAN. 11 TO JAN. 18, 2018

The Port Jefferson Village Center, 101A E. Broadway, Port Jefferson will welcome Cole Fortier & Friends, Port Jeff’s next generation of composers, in concert on the third floor at 7 p.m. Free and open to all. Questions? Call 802-2160.

Library board meeting

The regular meeting of the board of trustees of the Middle Country Public Library will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Centereach building located at 101 Eastwood Blvd. For further information, call 585-9393, ext. 208.

Thursday 18 Seafaring Cheese event

Join the Whaling Museum, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor for a special event, Seafaring Cheese & Hardtack, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The evening will include wine and cheese tastings from Harbor Cheese & Provisions while discovering the fascinating history of these seafaring foods. Tickets are $20 online, $35 at the door. For more information, call 367-3418 or visit

He Bird, She Bird in concert

Hard Luck Café concert

Saturday 13


Poetry Reading


The Folk Music Society of Huntington will welcome singer/songwriters Sophie Buskin and Joshua Garcia in concert at the Cinema Arts Centre’s Sky Room Café, 423 Park Ave., Huntington at 8:30 p.m. Preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 FMSH and CAC members and are available at the door. Questions? Call 425-2925.

Join Grounds & Sounds Café, located at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 380 Nicolls Road, E. Setauket for a concert by the harmony-driven American folk trio He Bird, She Bird at 9 p.m. Preceded by an open mic at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 per person at www. or at the door. For additional details, call 751-0297.

The Second Saturdays morning poetry series returns to All Souls Church, 61 Main St., Stony Brook today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Suffolk County Poet Laureate Gladys Henderson, featured poets will be Sue Allen and Kelly Terwilliger. An open reading will follow. Free. Bring a can of food to donate to a local food pantry. Questions? Call 655-7798.

Sunday 14 Polar plunge The Smithtown Historical Society will host its second annual Polar Bear Plunge at Long Beach in Nissequogue at 10 a.m. (Rescheduled from Jan. 7) Enjoy some hot beverages and then take a quick dip in the Long Island Sound. All proceeds raised will support the educational mission of the Smithtown Historical Society. Registration is $25 per person. For more information, call 265-6768.

Maple Sugaring

Join the staff at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington for an afternoon of Maple Sugaring from 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. This hands-on program, geared for the average adult, will teach you how to identify and tap a maple tree so you can make real maple syrup at home. You will also learn the cultural, historical, economic and scientific background of this unique American craft. Very short walk. Not recommended for children. $4 per person. Advance registration required by calling 423-1770.

Caleb Smith hike

Join the staff at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, 581 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown for a hike on the lesser traveled red trail from 1:30 to 3 p.m. $4 per person. Advance registration required by calling 265-1054.

Songs of Broadway

Le Petit Salon de Musique, 380 Nicolls Road, East Setauket will welcome vocalists Ron and Julie Anne Meixsell, accompanied by pianist Doris Anne McMullen at 2 p.m. The program features songs of Broadway’s Golden Age along with opera arias, German Lieder songs and 20th-century art songs. Tickets are $25 adults at the door, $20 online; $20 seniors at the door, $15 online; $5 students. Visit for more info.

BROADWAY RHYTHM On Jan. 14, Le Petit Salon de Musique’s performance space will echo with great songs of Broadway’s Golden Age, sung by two of America’s favorite vocalists, Ron and Julie Anne Meixsell, on right, accompanied by pianist Doris Anne McMullen.

Chamber Music concert

Mount Sinai Congregational Church, 233 North Country Road, Mount Sinai will host a concert by the Three Village Chamber Players at 4 p.m. featuring Natalie Kress and Anna Tsukervanik on violin, Philip Carter on viola and Alison Rowe on cello. Program will include string quartets by Haydn and Mendelssohn. A reception will follow. Free will donation. For further details, call 473-1582.

Monday 15 Peace and Unity concert

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Bates House, 1 Bates Road, Setauket will host a Peace and Unity concert from 5 to 8 p.m. The multifaith celebration will benefit the Community Growth Center. $10 per person includes a buffet dinner and concert featuring The Hims, Laura Campisi, Antonio Barbagallo and Nawaz Doga. To reserve tickets, call 240-3471 or visit

Tuesday 16 Adult coloring class

Harborfields Public Library, 31 Broadway, Greenlawn holds an adult coloring class every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Kitchen Meeting Room. All are welcome. Registration is not required. Call 757-4200 for more information.

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Book signing

Join the Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington for an evening with beloved New York Times best-selling author of "The Shoemaker’s Wife," Adriana Trigiani, as she speaks about and signs copies of the paperback release of "Kiss Carlo" at 7 p.m. as well as signing copies of the re-release of her cookbook, Cooking With My Sisters." Call 271-1442 for more info.

Travel Club meeting

The Travel Presentation Club will meet at Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, 120 Main St., Setauket at 7:30 p.m. Bill Patrie will make a presentation entitled "Improving Your Travel Snapshots." Open to all. Please contact for further information.

Music Legends Live!

The Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington will present an educational lecture by Bill Shelley at 7:30 p.m. Titled "Folk Music from Greenwich Village: 1960s," the program will showcase artists Richie Havens, Janis Ian, Chad Mitchell Trio, Melanie, Carly Simon and many more. Tickets are $16, $11 members and includes a reception. For further info, call 423-7611.

Wednesday 17 International folk dancing

RJO Intermediate School, located at the corner of Church Street and Old Dock Road, Kings Park will host an evening of international and Israeli folk dancing every Wednesday (when school is in session) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $9 fee. Questions? Call Linda at 269-6894.

Join the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown for a rousing production of "Oliver!" through Jan. 21. Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, "Oliver Twist," with some of the most memorable characters and songs ever to hit the stage. Consider yourself part of the family! Tickets are $25 adults, $15 children under 12. To order, call 724-3700 or visit

'It's Only a Play'

Star Playhouse, located at Suffolk Y-JCC, 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack will kick off its 2018 season with Terence McNally's "It's Only a Play," a Broadway comedy about the comedy of Broadway, on Jan. 13 and 27 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 14, 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. For mature audiences. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 for seniors, students and members. To order, call 462-9800, ext. 136, or visit

'I Hate Hamlet'

Join Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson for a production of the comedy/drama "I Hate Hamlet" by Paul Rudnick from Jan. 13 to Feb. 3. After a successful television actor relocates to an apartment in New York, he is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet on stage, but there's one problem: He hates Hamlet. His quandary deepens with the visit of John Barrymore's ghost, who used to live in the apartment, which leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television and, yes, the apartment! Contains adult subject matter. Tickets are $35 adults, $28 seniors and students, $20 children. To order, call 928-9100.


The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport will present the award-winning musical, "Once," from Jan. 18 to March 4. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage, "Once" tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his music. Tickets range from $73 to $78. To order, call 261-2900 or visit


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SECRET NETWORK In honor of Black History Month, Long Islanders can truly celebrate the meaning of freedom with The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s acclaimed "Running Scared, Running Free ... Escape to the Promised Land." These riveting live theatrical performances, held over 150 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, will be a poignant experience about the power of the human spirit and Long Island’s connection to the Underground Railroad. Sponsored by Empire National Bank, "Running Scared, Running Free ..." is an interactive production based on research compiled by the WMHO on the movement of escaping slaves from the South to Long Island and north to Canada. The show runs from Feb. 1 to 28. Photo from WMHO

'Shakespeare in Love'

The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown kicks off its 16th season with a production of "Shakespeare in Love," the highly acclaimed adaptation of the film that won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, from Feb. 3 to March 4. Tickets are $35 adults, $32 seniors, $20 students. To order, call 724-3700 or visit

Film 'Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper'

Acclaimed Beatle-ologist Scott Freiman's wellloved multimedia lecture is now on film and will be screened at the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington on Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16, $11 members. Call 423-7611.

'Running Scared, Running Free ...' ‘The Glass Castle’ Back by popular demand, The Ward Melville Heritage Organization will present a production of "Running Scared, Running Free ... Escape to the Promised Land" from Feb. 1 to 28 at its Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main St., Stony Brook. Long Island’s history comes alive with an interactive theatrical performance based on oral history. Experience this live, on-stage drama about the links between the Underground Railroad, secret codes hidden in quilts and the strength of the human spirit in the struggle for freedom. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students. For more information, call 689-5888 or 751-2244.

Comsewogue Public Library, 170 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station will screen "The Glass Castle" with Brie Larson on Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. Rated PG-13. Free and open to all. Call 928-1212 to register.

‘Home Again'

"Home Again" starring Reese Witherspoon will be screened at the East Northport Public

Library, 185 Larkfield Road, East Northport on Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. Rated PG-13. Open to all. For further information, call 261-2313.

‘Battle of the Sexes’

Join the Port Jefferson Free Library, 100 Thompson St., Port Jefferson for a free screening of "Battle of the Sexes" starring Emma Stone on Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. Rated PG-13. No registration necessary. All are welcome. Questions? Call 473-0022.

‘Grey Gardens’

The Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington will present a special screening of "Grey Gardens" on Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The 1976 documentary, directed by the Maysles brothers, follows Big and Little Edie Beale, reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis who live in a decaying mansion in East Hampton. Tickets are $12, $7 members. Call 423-7611.

‘Working the Musical’

Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson will present "Working the Musical" on the Mainstage from Feb. 24 to March 24. Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, "Working" paints a vivid portrait of the men and women that the world often takes for granted. Nominated for six Tony Awards. Contains adult subject matter. Tickets are $35 adults, $28 seniors and students. To order, call 928-9100 or visit www.

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Long Island Museum welcomes Sloan Wainwright in concert Save the date! On Sunday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. the Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook will welcome Sloan Wainwright, performing live in the Carriage Museum's Gillespie Room as part of the Sunday Street Music Series presented by WUSB-FM radio and the Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council. The singer/songwriter is at ease in a variety of American musical styles — pop, folk, jazz and blues — all held together by the melodious tone of her rich contralto. Her family tree (brother and folk music luminary Loudon Wainwright, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) reads like a who's who of contemporary folk music. Wainwright's incredible gift is not only her unique songwriting ability but also her dramatically voiced rendition of original songs. Wainwright brings original songs from a new album, "Bright Side of a Rainy Day," to this performance, along with her interpretations of songs by Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and others. She will be accompanied by her longtime guitarist and collaborator Stephen Murphy for this performance. Advance sale tickets are $25 online through Friday, Jan. 19 with tickets at the door for $30 (cash only). Please call the museum at 631-751-0066 the day of the show to confirm ticket availability.

'Cloud 9'

Suffolk County Community College's Ammerman campus, 533 College Road, Selden will present a production of Caryl Churchill's "Cloud 9" at Theatre 119 in the Islip Arts Building on March 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and March 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 2 p.m. Mature content. Admission is $12 adults, $10 students 16 and younger, Veterans and SCCC students receive one free ticket. For more information, call 451-4265.

A FRIENDLY DUEL? Steve McCoy and Dylan Robert Poulos star in Paul Rudick's 'I Hate Hamlet' on Theatre Three's Mainstage. The show opens this weekend. Photo by Peter Lanscombe, Theatre Three Productions, Inc.

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SBU’s Martha Furie charts new path for prestigious pathology journal

Harnessing the Technology of our Research Giants


Weekly horoscopes CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20

BY DANIEL DUNAIEF Martha Furie has a job no other woman has held in the 122-year history of a highly regarded scientific periodical. A professor of pathology and molecular genetics and microbiology at Stony Brook University, Furie is the new editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Pathology, taking over the top editorial job at a journal where she has been a contributor since 1993. “As a woman, it is certainly gratifying to see an accomplished and capable woman such as Martha being chosen to lead the way,” said Kari NejakBowen, an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, in an email. “Seeing women such as [Furie] in positions of power and visibility will empower other female scientists to dream that they can accomplish similar goals.” Richard Mitchell, a senior associate editor at the journal and a professor of pathology and health sciences and technology and vice chair for education at Brigham and Women’s Hospital also applauded the choice. Furie “was probably the very best person we could recruit for the job and is someone who has the energy and vision for leading us into the challenging future,” Mitchell said. From 1986 through 2014 Furie ran a lab that focused on the study of the body’s immune response to infections from Lyme disease and tularemia, which is cause by a bacterium that is classified as a potential agent of bioterrorism. In 2014, she became the director of the Graduate Program in Genetics at Stony Brook. Kenneth Shroyer, the chair of the Department of Pathology at SBU, described the periodical Furie starts leading in 2018 as the “top pathology journal.” As she takes the helm of the journal, Furie plans to navigate the periodical toward more translational research. “The Journal has been very focused on understanding the basic

mechanisms of disease,” she said. “Research in all areas is getting much more translational: The bench-to-bedside thinking is where funding agencies are focusing their efforts,” and it’s also where the periodical she now leads is heading. The tagline for the journal, which Najek-Bowen said helped pioneer the current understanding of cell death, used to be Cellular and Molecular Biology of Disease. Furie changed that to Discoveries in Basic and Translational Pathobiology. Shroyer believes the new direction should help the journal compete and redefine its niche for a wider range of readers. While Furie is excited about the opportunity, she acknowledges the increasingly challenging nature of the business. “Scientific publishing is a tough area right now,” she said. “There are fewer people in research because funding has diminished,” while, at the same time, more journals are competing to highlight research discoveries. She will try to raise the journal’s profile for research scientists. Furie plans on expanding the journal’s social media presence and will do more marketing, while working with expert associate editors and getting them more involved in soliciting submissions. She also plans to make collections of highly cited papers in targeted areas and intends to use these to market the journal to attendees at specialized conferences. Furie will spend this month contacting each of the associate editors and will solicit suggestions for people who might like to join the publication. She will also seek ideas for the journal. Mitchell suggested that Furie would likely benefit from these interactions. She is a “very good listener and is thoughtful in the questions she asks,” he said. “She is very discerning in assimilating the answers she gets back.” Shroyer expressed confidence in Furie’s leadership, citing a string of accolades and accomplishments in an SBU career that began in 1986.

Capricorn, although the digital age has taken over, this week you might be ready to unplug for a while. Stock up on some books that can fuel your imagination.

AQUARIUS – Jan 21/Feb 18

Lend an ear to someone who has to get a few things off of his or her chest, Aquarius. You do not have to offer solutions. Just being there will be assistance enough.

PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20

Don’t leave any stone unturned when seeking a solution this week, Pisces. The least expected avenue may be the right one.

ARIES – Mar 21/Apr 20

It is time to take a relationship to a new level, Aries. You are confident you know just the way to accomplish this. Enjoy the excitement that comes with this new beginning.

TAURUS – Apr 21/May 21 Martha Furie Furie was the president of the American Society for Investigative Pathology from the middle of 2011 through the middle of 2012. She was also the recipient of the Robbins Distinguished Educator Award in 2017, which recognizes people whose contributions to education in pathology had an important impact at a regional, national or international level. Furie and Nejak-Bowen co-organized and co-chaired the ASIP Scientific Sleuthing of Human Disease for High School Teachers and Students in April 2017. With this effort, Furie has already had some success in changing the direction and target audience of an ongoing program. The session, which provides high school teachers with concepts of human disease that they can incorporate into their classroom, now includes high school students. “This has really revitalized the program, as the students are inquisitive and very engaged with the material,” Nejak-Bowen explained. Furie was “instrumental in encouraging this change in focus, and is passionate about building an improving this session every year.” The opportunity Furie has as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Pathology “continues her role as a national leader that

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she’s established,” Shroyer said. Furie said she benefited from a diverse staff at Stony Brook, that included women like current Professor Emeritus Gail Habicht, when she first arrived. One of the best pieces of advice she received from Habicht was to understand that you can have a family and a successful career. “You might not be able to do it to the same standard of perfection you did before you had children, but you can have a meaningful career and raise successful children and be happy doing both,” recalled Furie, who has two sons, Jon and Dan, and a 10-month-old grandson Tyler, who lives in Bedford, New York. She is married to Richard Furie, the chief of the Division of Rheumatology at Northwell Health, whom she met in a physics class at Cornell over 45 years ago. Nejak-Bowen said Furie “leads by example when it comes to work/life balance.” Nejak-Bowen urges women scientists to find a mentor who can offer advice through all stages of a career. She has long considered Furie “a friend, mentor and inspiration.” Based on Furie’s track record, Shroyer is confident in her continued success and anticipates that the journal will “thrive under her direction.”

Taurus, many things are on your plate, but you don’t feel overwhelmed at all. In fact, you’re ready to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs one

GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21

Recreation is the name of the game this week, Gemini. Coming off of a busy period, you are anxious to put your feet up for a few days. Book that vacation right now

CANCER – Jun 22/Jul 22

Use your intuition in regard to others’ feelings this week, Cancer. Give someone who needs it a little leeway, and your thoughtfulness will be appreciated.

LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23

Leo, if you think change will do you some good, then it is time to make it happen. Embrace the excitement that comes with making changes.

VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22

Thanks to a spark of creativity, your plans may change this week, Virgo. Grab someone who is up for an unexpected adventure to join the journey.

LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23

Libra, a financial windfall has given you some extra spending money. While you may want to splurge, the practical side of you knows some saving is in order.

SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22

Scorpio, some things may be beyond your control this week, and that is OK. The measure of success will be how well you can adapt to the changes ahead.

SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21 Home improvements may be in your future, Sagittarius. Projects could be just what the doctor ordered to chase away any feelings of cabin fever that may develop.

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Religious ASSEMBLIES OF GOD STONY BROOK CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Connecting to God, Each Other and the World

400 Nicolls Road, E. Setauket (631) 689–1127 • Fax (631) 689–1215 Pastor Troy Reid Weekly Schedule Sunday Worship w/nursery 10 am Kidmo Children’s Church • Ignited Youth Fellowship and Food Always to Follow Tuesday Evening Prayer: 7 pm Thursday Morning Bible Study w/Coffee & Bagels: 10 am Friday Night Experience “FNX” for Pre K-Middle School: 6:30 pm Ignite Youth Ministry: 7:30 pm Check out our website for other events and times


38 Mayflower Avenue, Smithtown NY 11787 631–759–6083 Father Tyler A. Strand, Administrator, Joseph S. Durko, Cantor Divine Liturgy: Sundays at 10:30 am Holy Days: See website or phone for information Sunday School Sundays at 9:15 am Adult Faith Formation/Bible Study: Mondays at 7:00 pm. PrayerAnon Prayer Group for substance addictions, Wednesdays at 7 pm A Catholic Church of the Eastern Rite under the Eparchy of Passaic.

CATHOLIC CHURCH OF ST. GERARD MAJELLA 300 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station (631) 473–2900 • Fax (631) 473–0015 All are Welcome to Begin Again. Come Pray With Us. Rev. Jerry DiSpigno, Pastor Office of Christian Formation • (631) 928–2550 We celebrate Eucharist Saturday evening 5 pm, Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 am Weekday Mass Monday–Friday 9 am We celebrate Baptism Third weekend of each month during any of our weekend Masses We celebrate Marriage Arrangements can be made at the church with our Pastor or Deacon We celebrate Reconciliation Confession is celebrated on Saturdays from 4–5 pm We celebrate You! Visit Our Thrift Shop Mon. – Fri. 10 am–4 pm + Sat. 10 am–2 pm

INFANT JESUS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 110 Myrtle Ave., Port Jefferson, NY 11777 (631) 473-0165 • Fax (631) 331-8094

©154709 Reverend Patrick M. Riegger, Pastor Associates: Rev. Francis Lasrado & Rev. Rolando Ticllasuca To schedule Baptisms and Weddings, Please call the Rectory Confessions: Saturdays 12:30-1:15 pm in the Lower Church Religious Ed.: (631) 928-0447 • Parish Outreach: (631) 331-6145 Weekly Masses: 6:50 and 9 am in the Church, 12 pm in the Chapel* Weekend Masses: Saturday at 5 pm in the Church, 5:15 pm in the Chapel* Sunday at 7:30 am, 10:30 am, 12 pm, and 5 pm in the Church and at 8:30 am, 10 am, and 11:30 am (Family Mass) in the Chapel* Spanish Masses: Sunday at 8:45 am and Wednesday at 6 pm in the Church *Held at the Infant Jesus Chapel at St. Charles Hospital Religious Education: (631) 928-0447 Parish Outreach: (631) 331-6145

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ST. JAMES ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 429 Rt. 25A, Setauket, NY 11733 Phone/Fax: (631) 941–4141 Parish Office email: Office Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 am - 2 pm

Mission Statement: Beloved daughters and sons of the Catholic parish of St. James, formed as the Body of Christ through the waters of Baptism, are a pilgrim community on Camiño-toward the fullness of the Kingdom of God, guided by the Holy Spirit. Our response to Jesus’ invitation to be faithful and fruitful disciples requires us to be nurtured by the Eucharist and formed by the Gospel’s call to be a Good Samaritan to neighbor and enemy. That in Jesus’ name we may be a welcoming community respectful of life in all its diversities and beauty; stewards of and for God’s creation; and witnesses to Faith, Hope and Charity. Rev. James-Patrick Mannion, Pastor Rev. Gerald Cestare, Associate Pastor Rev. Jon Fitzgerald, In Residence Weekday Masses: Monday – Saturday 8:00 am Weekend Masses: Saturday Vigil 5:00 pm Sunday 8:00am, 9:30 am (family), 11:30 am (choir), 6:00 pm (Youth) Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Baptisms: Contact the Office at the end of the third month (pregnancy) to set date Reconciliation: Saturdays 4:00 – 4:45 pm or by appointment Anointing Of The Sick: by request Holy Matrimony: contact the office at least 9 months before desired date Bereavement: (631) 941-4141 x 341 Faith Formation Office: (631) 941-4141 x 328 Outreach: (631) 941-4141 x 333 Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School: (631) 473-1211 Our Daily Bread Sunday Soup Kitchen 3 pm


233 North Country Road, Mt. Sinai • (631) 473–1582


CAROLINE CHURCH OF BROOKHAVEN The Rev. Cn. Dr. Richard D. Visconti, Rector

1 Dyke Road on the Village Green, Setauket Web site: Parish Office email: (631) 941–4245

Sunday Services: 8 am, 9:30 am and 11:15 am Church School/Child Care at 9:30 am Church School classes now forming. Call 631-941-4245 for registration. Weekday Holy Eucharist’s: Thursday 12:00 pm and first Friday of the month 7:30 pm (rotating: call Parish Office for location.) Youth, Music and Service Programs offered. Let God walk with you as part of our family–friendly community.

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH 127 Barnum Ave., Port Jefferson (631) 473–0273 email:

Father Anthony DiLorenzo: Priest–In–Charge Sunday Services 8 am & 10 am Sunday Eucharist: 8 am and 10 am/Wednesday 10 in our chapel Sunday School and Nursery Registration for Sunday School starting Sunday after the 10 am Eucharist Our ministries: Welcome Inn on Mondays at 5:45 pm AA meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm/Prayer Group on Wednesdays at 10:30 am/Bible Study on Thursdays at 10 am. It is the mission of the people of Christ Church to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and to make his love known to all through our lives and ministry. We at Christ Church are a joyful, welcoming community. Wherever you are in your journey of life we want to be part of it.


12 Prospect St, Huntington, • (631) 427-1752


“To know Christ and to make Him known” Rev. Duncan A.Burns, Rector Rev. John Morrison, Assistant Priest Rev. Anthony Jones, Deacon Alex Pryrodyny, Organist & Choir Director • LIKE us on Facebook Sunday Worship 8:00AM - Rite I Holy Eucharist 10:00 AM - Rite II Choral Holy Eucharist with Sunday School - 9:40 am Thrift Shop Hours Tuesdays & Thursdays - Noon - 3 pm Saturdays - 10 am - 3 pm

“Our little historic church on the hill” across from the Stony Brook Duck Pond


“No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here” Worship hour is 8:30 am and 10 am Sunday School and Childcare offered at 10:00 am open to all children (infants to 8th grade). The last Sunday of every month is our Welcome Sunday Service. This service has been intentionally designed to include persons of differing abilities from local group homes. We are an Open and Affirming Congregation.

ALL SOULS EPISCOPAL CHURCH Main Street, Stony Brook • (631) 751–0034

www.allsouls– • Please come and welcome our new Priest: The Rev. Farrell D. Graves, Ph.D., Vicar Sunday Holy Eucharist: 8 and 9:30 am Religious instruction for children follows the 9:30 am Service This is a small eclectic Episcopal congregation that has a personal touch. We welcome all regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey. Walk with us.

INTERNATIONAL BAPTIST CHURCH Loving God • Loving Others • Sharing the Gospel

1266 N. Country Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790 (631) 689-7660 • Pastor Hank Kistler Sunday Worship 11 am Thursday Small Groups 7 pm

THREE VILLAGE CHURCH Knowing Christ...Making Him Known

322 Route 25A, East Setauket • (631) 941–3670

To be listed in the Religious Directory, please call 631–751–7663

Lead Pastor Josh Moody Sunday Worship Schedule 9:15 am:Worship Service Sunday School (Pre–K – Adult), Nursery 10:30 am: Bagel/Coffee Fellowship 11:00 am: Worship, Nursery, Pre–K, Cornerstone Kids (Gr. K–4) We offer weekly Teen Programs, Small Groups, Women’s Bible Studies (day & evening) & Men’s Bible Study Faith Nursery School for ages 3 & 4 Join us as we celebrate 55 years of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ!



430 Sheep Pasture Rd., Port Jefferson 11777 Tel: 631-473-0894 • Fax: 631-928-5131 •

Rev. Demetrios N. Calogredes, Protopresbyter Sunday Services Orthros 8:30 am - Devine Liturgy 10 am Services conducted in both Greek & English* Books available to follow in English* Sunday Catechism School, 10:15 am - 11:15 am* Greek Language School, Tuesdays 5 pm - 8 pm* Bible Study & Adult Catechism Classes Available* Golden Age & Youth Groups* Thrift Store* Banquet Hall available for Rental* For information please call Church office*





Coram Jewish Center 981 Old Town Rd., Coram • (631) 698–3939 •


“The Eternal Flame-The Eternal Light” weekly Channel 20 at 10 a.m. Shabbat Morning Services 9 a.m. Free Membership. No building fund. Bar/Bat Mitzvah Shabbat and Holiday Services followed by hot buffet. Adult Education Institute for men and women. Internationally prominent Lecturers and Torah Classes. Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Kaballah Classes. Jewish Holiday Institute. Tutorials for all ages. FREE TUITION FOR HEBREW SCHOOL PUT MEANING IN YOUR LIFE (631) 698-3939 Member, National Council of Young Israel. All welcome regardless of knowledge or observance level.

“Judaism with a smile”


Current location: 821 Hawkins Ave., Lake Grove


Future site: East side of Nicolls Rd, North of Rte 347 –Next to Fire Dept.

(631) 585–0521 • (800) My–Torah • Rabbi Chaim & Rivkie Grossbaum Rabbi Motti & Chaya Grossbaum Rabbi Sholom B. & Chanie Cohen Membership Free •Weekday, Shabbat & Holiday Services Highly acclaimed Torah Tots Preschool • Afternoon Hebrew School Camp Gan Israel • Judaica Publishing Department • Lectures and Seminars • Living Legacy Holiday Programs Jewish Learning Institute Friendship Circle for Special Needs Children • The CTeen Network N’shei Chabad Women’s Club • Cyberspace Library Chabad at Stony Brook University – Rabbi Adam & Esther Stein


385 Old Town Rd., Port Jefferson Station (631) 928–3737 Rabbi Aaron Benson

Cantor Daniel Kramer Executive Director Marcie Platkin Principal Heather Welkes Youth Director Jen Schwartz Services: friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 9:15 am daily morning and evening minyan- Call for times. Tot Shabbat • Family Services • Sisterhood • Men’s Club Seniors’ Club • Youth Group • Continuing Ed Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah • Judaica Shop • Food Pantry Lecture Series • Jewish Film Series NSJC JEWISH LEARNING CENTER RELIGIOUS SCHOOL Innovative curriculum and programming for children ages 5-13 Imagine a synagogue that feels like home! Come connect with us on your Jewish journey. Member United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism


1404 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook • (631) 751–8518 A warm and caring intergenerational community dedicated to learning, prayer, social action, and friendship. Member Union for Reform Judaism

Rabbi David Katz Cantor Marcey Wagner Rabbi Emeritus Stephen A. Karol Rabbi Emeritus Adam D. Fisher Cantor Emeritus Michael F. Trachtenberg

Sabbath Services Friday 7:30 pm and Saturday 10 am Religious School • Monthly Family Service • Monthly Tot Shabbat Youth Groups • Senior Club • Adult Education Sisterhood • Brotherhood • Book Club-more


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46 Dare Road, Selden (631) 732-2511 Emergency number (516) 848-5386

Rev. Dr. Richard O. Hill, Pastor email: • website: Holy Communion is celebrated every week Saturdays at 5 pm, Sundays at 8, 9:30 and 11 am Service of Prayers for Healing on the first weeked of each month at all services Children and Youth Ministries Sparklers (3-11) Saturdays 5 pm • Sunday School (ages 3-11) 9:30 am Kids’ Club (ages 4-10) Wednesdays 4:15 pm Teen Ministry (ages 11-16) Saturdays 3 pm

ST. PAULS EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 309 Patchogue Road, Port Jefferson Station (631) 473–2236

Rev. Paul A. Downing, Pastor email: • pastor’s cell: 347–423–3623 Services: Sundays-8:30 and 10:30 am—Holy Communion Sunday School during 10:30 service Bible and Bagels 9:30 am on Sundays Wednesday Night — 7:30 pm Intimate Holy Communion Friday Morning 10:30 am—Power of Prayer Hour Join us for any service-all are welcome We are celebrating 100 years in Port Jefferson Station


MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH Messiah Preschool & Day Care 465 Pond Path, East Setauket 631-751-1775


33 Christian Ave/ PO2117, E. Setauket NY 11733 (631) 941–3581 Rev. Gregory L. Leonard–Pastor Sunday Worship 10:30 am • Adult Sunday School 9:30 am Lectionary Reading and Prayer Wed. 12 noon Gospel Choir Tues. 8 pm Praise Choir and Youth Choir 3rd and 4th Fri. 6:30 pm 

COMMACK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 486 Townline Road, Commack Church Office: (631)499–7310 Fax: (631) 858–0596 www.commack– • mail@commack– Rev. Linda Bates–Stepe, Pastor


Welcome to our church! We invite you to Worship with us! Come check us out! Jeans are okay! Open Table Communion 1st Sunday every month. 603 Main Street, Port Jefferson Church Office- (631) 473–0517 Rev. Sandra J. Moore - Pastor Sunday Worship - 9:30 am (summer), 10:00 am (September) Children’s Sunday School - Sept. to June (Sunday School sign up form on Web) Email- Web-

SETAUKET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 160 Main Street, Corner of 25A and Main Street East Setauket • (631) 941–4167

Rev. Steven kim, Pastor • Sunday Worship Service & Church School 10 am Holy Communion 1st Sunday of Month Mary & Martha Circle (Women’s Ministry) monthly on 2nd Tuesday at 1pm


216 Christian Ave., Stony Brook, 11790 Church Office: 631-751-0574 Rev. chuck Van Houten, Pastor Connecting people to God, purpose and each other Sunday Worship 10:00 am Sunday School 10:00 am

Renewing, Restoring, Reviving for the 21st Century!

Rev. Charles Bell- Pastor We welcome all to join us for worship & Fellowship Sunday Worship Services 8:15 am, 9:30 am, 11 am Sunday School at 9:30 am We have a NYS Certified Preschool & Day Care

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Founder of The Orangutan Project campaigns on Long Island for humanity’s ‘orange cousins’ Plans visit to Sachem and Cold Spring Harbor libraries The Nature Conservancy is co-sponsoring an event along with The Orangutan Project to help educate citizens and raise awareness of the plight of threatened orangutans at two public events this month — Sachem Public Library in Holbrook on Monday, Jan. 22, and Cold Spring Harbor Library on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Both events will be held at 7 p.m. The program will be presented by Leif Cocks, founder and president of the international charity, The Orangutan Project, who has worked for more than three decades to save humanity’s “orange cousins” from extinction. Cocks will share the fascinating inside story of his personal journey with these creatures who captivated his heart and mind and ultimately formed his life’s work, a recently published book titled “Orangutans, My Cousins, My Friends.” Part personal history, part philosophical discussion, part scientific case for conservation, and a call to action for all who wish to help save the orangutan, this talk will inspire, inform and touch hearts. “Orangutans share 97 percent of our DNA — they are one of our closest living relatives,” explained Nancy Kelley, director

of The Nature Conservancy on Long Island. “More than 85 percent of the world’s orangutans live in Borneo (in Indonesia and Malaysia) where they require large tracts of healthy forest for survival. Unfortunately, industrial timber, mining and the rapidly growing oil palm industry are destroying the orangutan’s forest faster than anywhere else on earth, and the orangutan’s very existence is at risk. Among other efforts, The Nature Conservancy has a dedicated team of forest guardians and is hard at work to protect the orangutan and its forest forever,” she said. Adult orangutans are frequently killed as the forest is cleared and any infants that survive usually end up in captivity as illegal pets. Although Bornean orangutans are currently listed as Critically Endangered with approximately 55,000 remaining, it is estimated more than 5,000 are killed each year. “Starting with my time at a zoo, I found myself so intrigued by the primates, I would spend my lunchtimes in the orangutan enclosures, eating my lunch with them. I felt no fear when I was with them, just a calm sense of awe and appreciation. Over the years, I was no longer able to see the orangutans, or any of the great apes, as being other or different to me and had come to the conclusion that they were not only sentient beings but persons in the true sense of the word,” said Cocks. “My



5 Caroline Avenue ~ On the Village Green (631) 941-4271

Making God’s community livable for all since 1660!! Email:

Rev. Mary, Barrett Speers, pastor

Join us Sundays in worship at 9:30 am Church School (PreK-6th Grade) at 9:45 am Adult Christian Education Classes and Service Opportunities Outreach Ministries: Open Door Exchange Ministry: Furnishing homes...Finding hope Welcome Friends Soup Kitchen Prep Site: All are welcome to join this vibrant community of worship, music (voice and bell choirs), mission (local, national and international), and fellowship. Call the church office or visit our website for current information on church activities. SPC is a More Light Presbyterian Church and part of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians working toward a church as generous and just as God’s grace.


RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS 4 Friends Way, St. James (631) 928-2768 •

worship: Sept. - June 11am , July - Aug. 9:30am We gather in silent worship seeking God • the Inner Light • Spirit. We are guided by the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. Weekly coffee and fellowship, monthly discussions, ©155331 First Day School for children.

recently published book is infused with inspiring and at times challenging stories of the many orangutans I’ve worked with over the years.” In his book, the author recounts powerful stories including getting a giant diabetic alpha male to willingly allow him to undertake daily blood tests and insulin injections; sleeping with an injured orangutan to nurse her back to full health; witnessing births of newborn orangutans and the privilege of holding them just days after birth; to the orangutan with an uncanny obsession with fellow redhead, Nicole Kidman. Cocks will discuss his memoir of his experiences in Borneo working with this critically endangered species and hopes to inspire, inform and touch hearts, whether one is an animal lover, environmentalist or simply looking to be enlightened and maybe even change the way one sees and acts in the world.

A book signing will Photo from Sachem Library follow. This program is free and open to all but registration is requested by calling 631-5885024 (Sachem) or 631-692-6820 (CSH).

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380 Nicolls Road • between Rte 347 & Rte 25A (631) 751–0297 • • Rev. Margaret H. Allen ( Sunday Service: 10:30 am

Religious Education at UUFSB: Unitarian Universalism accepts wisdom from many sources and offers non-dogmatic religious education for children from 3-18 to foster ethical and spiritual development and knowledge of world religions. Classes Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. Childcare for little ones under three. Senior High Youth Group meetings Sunday evenings Registration is ongoing. For more information:

UNITY UNITY CHURCH OF HEALING LIGHT 203 East Pulaski Rd., Huntington Sta. (631) 385–7180 • Rev. Saba Mchunguzi

Unity Church of Healing Light is committed to helping people unfold their Christ potential to transform their lives and build spiritual community through worship, education, prayer and service. Sunday Worship & Church School 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Night Prayer Service 7:30 p.m. Sign Language Interpreter at Sunday Service

To be listed in the Religious Directory, please call 631–751–7663


SBU SPORTSWEEK JAN. 11 – JAN. 17, 2018



Sturdivant the hero in SBU’s win over Hartford For the second straight game it came down to the final seconds, and this time, senior Tyrell Sturdivant put the Stony Brook men’s basketball team in the win column, draining a late 3-pointer for the 63-61 win at University of Hartford Jan. 6. Sturdivant was one of four Seawolves to score in double figures as Stony Brook moves to 2-0 in America East play and 7-9 on the year.

The Seawolves have been in a myriad of close games already, including both its league matchups. “Our motto has been ‘bend, don’t break,’” Stony Brook head coach Jeff Boals said. “ We know that things aren’t always going to go as you plan.” The Seawolves used a 9-0 run courtesy of three straight threes, one from senior UC Iroegbu, who scored the game-winning triple in Stony Brook’s first America East win against University at Maine, and two from sophomore Michael Almonacy to get things going. The two teams traded points for much of the remainder of the opening half, but Stony Brook was able to take a 38-35 advantage into the break. Senior Junior Saintel gave the Seawolves a spark to start the second half, scoring six points in the opening minutes, including two dunks; but he picked up his third foul before the first media timeout. The fouls shifted momentum, as the Hawks put together a 12-0 run following the break in action to regain their lead from early in the game, going up eight with 8:47 left to play. “We had an eight-minute drought, but when we switched up our defense it really helped us,” Boals said. “We got some big rebounds in the end.” Stony Brook scored back-to-back threes from Iroegbu and senior Bryan Sekunda. Iroegbu tied it with two free throws with 2:09 left to play, but Hartford responded to keep the lead in its favor. Yeboah laid one in with 51 seconds re-

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UC Iroegbu, above, shot a late 3-pointer in Stony Brook’s previous win, and connected with Tyrell Sturdivant, on left, for his game-winning three against University of Hartford. maining to put Stony Brook on top, but once again the Hawks took back the advantage, going up one with 12 seconds to play. Iroegbu continued to be heads up for his team, making a read down the stretch that led him to pass to Sturdivant, who made the game-winning 3-pointer with five seconds on the clock. “UC [Iroegbu] made a great read,” Boals said of the play. “Tyrell [Sturdivant] was wide open and knocked it down.”

The Seawolves matched a program best with 18 steals in the game, their most since the 2002 season. Saintel neared his career high with 14 points in the game, adding four steals and five rebounds. Redshirt sophomore Akwasi Yeboah also tallied 14 points, making it five straight games in double figures. The Seawolves remained on the road, traveling to University at Albany Jan. 10, but results were not available by press time.

Matthews scores career-high 23 points as Seawolves fall short

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Jerell Matthews, above driving to the basket, shot 8-for-16 from the floor in Stony Brook’s loss to University of Hartford.

Jerell Matthews recorded a career-high 23 points for the Stony Brook’s women’s basketball team, shooting 8-for-16 from the floor, but her efforts were not enough to help the Seawolves outlast University of Hartford, as the team lost 75-68 Jan. 6. “We did a lot of good things today that unfortunately don’t show up in the win column,” Stony Brook head coach Caroline McCombs said. “We will continue to be resilient in our efforts to get better and compete everyday.” After heading into halftime down 38-32, the Seawolves cut the deficit to just one point toward the end of the third quarter. Stony Brook went on a 7-0 run over a 1:15 span to close within one, 49-48, with 2:42 left the third, and again with 1:32 left, 51-50, but couldn’t keep up the rest of the way. The Seawolves outscored Hartford 18-15 in total in the third, shooting 7-for-12 from the floor, but Hartford out-rebounded the Seawolves, which helped the Hawks extend their advantage. “Hartford was very good on both ends of the floor today,” McCombs said. “They were

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as good as we’ve seen on film in terms of their offensive execution, and they were able to convert turnovers into points, which they usually do. I thought when the game was 5150 we were right there, but Hartford dug in deeper and we just didn’t get stops down the stretch.” The Seawolves hit eight of 24 3-point attempts, the fourth time this season the program has nailed eight attempts from a distance. Matthews tallied double digits for the 10th time this season. The junior guard’s eight shots from the floor ties her season high. She also grabbed eight rebounds. Junior Shania Johnson chipped in 17 points, five assists and three rebounds. The transfer shot 7-for-15 from the floor, nailing three 3-pointers. Junior Cheyenne Clark and sophomore Giolibeth Perez added five points each. Clark added seven rebounds and Perez grabbed four and a career-high nine assists. The Seawolves hosted University at Albany Jan. 10, but results were not available by press time.


THEATER Upcoming sensoryfriendly performances include, clockwise from left, ‘Goldilocks — Is That You?,’ ‘Rapunzel: The Untold Story!’ and ‘The Adventures of Peter Rabbit.’ Photos by Peter Lanscombe, Theatre Three Productions Inc.

Museum introduces new preschool program

Theatre Three keeps lights up, sounds down in innovative performances for children


Sensory-friendly performances are now part of the marquee at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson. The shows are modified to provide a more comfortable setting for children with special needs. The theater’s artistic director, Jeffrey Sanzel, said they have been providing sensory friendly shows since October 2016 and the feedback he is receiving has been very positive. “A parent contacted us and asked us if we would consider doing it,” said Sanzel. “We want to be inclusive and so I started looking into it.” Sanzel, who previously taught high school for two years, reached out to a former student who works with autistic children to get her feedback and assistance in making the modifications. He began the work in June 2016 and the first sensory sensitive show was performed in October of 2016. Families who attend the show can expect house lights to remain up and special effects and sound levels to be lowered. The music is quieter and there are no strobe lights. Actors do not run through the aisles and instead do a slow motion chase. Kids can also move freely about the auditorium during the show, lowering stress levels for parents who are concerned about disturbing fellow audience members. “Knowing that we would not be frowned upon in the event my son could not contain his excitement made it an enjoyable event for all of us,” said audience member Lisa Clark. “[My son] Christopher loved the show and did not want to leave. When a cast member realized we were having trouble getting him to the lobby to take pictures with the rest of the cast, she summoned the cast to gather around him. How awesome is that?” A social story, provided on the theater’s website, is also used to lessen anxiety that

kids may be feeling about attending the show. The online picture book can be reviewed by the children beforehand, providing a virtual walk through of attending a live show. It includes photos of the outside and inside of the theater, the box office and a picture of who will be giving them their tickets. Kids will see the path they will take to their seats, where they will sit and what the stage looks like. They will also see pictures of the actors in and out of their costume. “The thing that has been amazing is that ninety-nine percent of the kids have stayed the entire show; only twice did a child have to leave the show for a bit and come back up,” said Sanzel. All throughout the show the children are engaged, laughing and cheering. “We write our own shows and it is wonderful that they clearly are enjoying it.” Perhaps most comforting of all is the opportunity for parents, caregivers and

children to be in the company of others with whom they have something in common. “Families love it,” said Theatre Three company member Jessica Contino. “They are so thankful afterward. We stand in lobby for a meet and greet [after the show]. A young man in wheelchair stopped us last year said it was their second show. You just feel so good about it. It really hits home for some.” Theatre Three is located at 412 Main Street in Port Jefferson. Sensory-friendly children shows are typically offered on the first Sunday of every month. Upcoming shows include “Rapunzel: The Untold Story!” on Jan. 21, “The Adventures of Peter Rabbit” on March 11, “Stand Up! Stand Out! The Bullying Project” on April 29 and “Goldilocks — Is That You?” on June 3. All performances are at 11 a.m. All seats are $10. For further information, call 631-928-9100 or visit www.

The Long Island Museum in Stony Brook isn’t just for grownups. Beginning this month, the museum’s education department will introduce a new program for preschool children called Dynamic Kids of New York, led by instructor Susan Blake. “With growing interest in our family and school age programs, the education department at LIM has long been hoping to expand our offerings,” said museum educator Kristen Cuomo. “Developing pre-school age enrichment in our gallery spaces was the next natural addition.” Blake will begin each program with a themed story, followed by creative movement exercises and simple art projects. Children are encouraged to use their imaginations to navigate through the chosen themes and galleries. The classes are designed for children ages 3 to 5 and are offered in two different sessions on Tuesdays or Fridays. “Susan Blake and her teaching style are a fixture in the local community, and her Dynamic Kids of New York programs are a wonderful fit for LIM,” continued Cuomo. “With a focus on movement and kinesthetic learning, these mornings at the museum will offer our youngest visitors diverse and exciting ways to interact with our galleries.” Classes will run from 10:45 a.m. to noon, and the first threeweek session will be held on Fridays, Jan. 12, 19 and 26. Session II will be held on Tuesdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and 13. Parents interested in registering their children for the Dynamic Kids of New York program are asked to call the museum’s education department at 631-751-0066, ext. 212. Fees are $45 per child, per session, $40 members. Preregistration and prepayment is required. The Long Island Museum is located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook. For more information, visit



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The Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook presents a program for preschool children called Dynamic Kids of New York on Jan. 12, 19 and 26 from 10:45 a.m. to noon. Each program begins with a themed story, then will flow into movement activities and will end with a simple art project. Children are encouraged to use their imaginations to navigate through the chosen themes and gallery visits. For ages 3 to 5. Fee is $45 per child for the three-class session, $40 members. To register, call 751-0066, ext. 212.


Acting Workshops Winter-Spring 2018

Workshops begin the week of February 5, 2018.

Children ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver are invited to the Smithtown Historical Society’s Roseneath Cottage, 239 Middle Country Road, Smithtown for story time on Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. Discover the wonder of winter through reading. Free admission. Open to all. Call the Smithtown Library at 360-2480 to register.

Maritime Explorium, 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson will present a walk-in program, Circuits and Gears, on Jan. 13, 14 and 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. Learn how to sew with circuits, and use gears to construct a merry-go-round! $5 per person. For more info, call 331-3277 or visit

Wildlife Oddities

Nature’s Natural Defense

Join the Long Island Science Center, 21 North Country Road, Rocky Point for a program titled Natural Defense — Poisons & Venoms on Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Understand how plants and animals use their special skills to act as a defense against their environment. Get up close and personal with a few camouflaged animal friends and enjoy crafts and activities. Admission is $7 per person. For additional information, call 208-8000.

Storytime at Barnes & Noble

Join Barnes & Noble in Lake Grove at 600 Smith Haven Mall or East Northport at 4000 E. Jericho Turnpike for a special storytime event on Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. In conjunction with the movie, “Paddington 2” in theaters now, enjoy a reading of “Paddington” by Michael Bond. Free. Call 724-0341 (LG) or 462-0208 (EN) for more information.

Hands on History

The Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook will hold a program for children in grades K through 4, Hands on History, on Jan. 18 (Sleigh Bells Ring) from 4:30 to 5:30

Pre-school Fair

Comsewogue Public Library, 170 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station will host its second annual Pre-School Fair on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., a great opportunity to explore many local preschools in one room. Open to all. Call 928-1212 for more information.

PRE-TEEN WORKSHOPS Ages 8 - 11 SESSION ONE: Tuesdays 4 - 6 p.m. / $175

JUST ONE BITE Ballet Long Island presents ‘Snow White’ on Jan. 27 and 31. Photo from Ballet Long Island

SESSION TWO: Fridays 4 - 6 p.m. / $175

p.m. Visit one of the museum’s galleries and explore history, making the past come alive. $10 per class, $8 for members. Preregistration required by calling 751-0066, ext. 212.



Ages 12 - 17, Mondays 4 - 6:30 p.m. / $200


Join Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson for the musical, “Rapunzel: The Untold Story,” from Jan. 20 to Feb. 24 with a sensory-sensitive performance on Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. Ever wonder what really happened in the legend of the lass with the long, long hair? Here is a hilarious yarn of a kindly and mixed-up witch who helps straighten out a rather confused family. Tickets are $10 per person. To order, call 928-9100 or visit

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‘Snow White’

Ballet Long Island, 1863 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma will present a production of “Snow White” on Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. and Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. and again at 12:15 p.m. Join the fun-loving seven dwarfs as they tell the beloved tale of Snow White. Tickets are $18 adults, $9 children and seniors. To order, call 737-1964.

Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Cat in the Hat’

Everyone’s favorite Dr. Seuss character comes to life on the John W. Engeman Theater stage in “The Cat in the Hat” from Jan. 27 to March 4. From the moment his tall, red-and-whitestriped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat will turn a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. All seats are $15. To order, call 261-2900 or visit

‘The Lion King’

The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown will present Disney’s “The Lion King Experience” Junior Edition from Feb. 10 to 24. The African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle … and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. All seats are $15. To order, call 724-3700 or visit

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Nursery School Fair

Middle Country Public Library, 101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach will host a Nursery School Fair for parents and caregivers on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. Representatives from local nursery schools, daycare centers and preschools will be available to answer your questions. Open to all. Call 585-9393.

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Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, 581 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown will host a family program, Wildlife Oddities, on Jan. 13 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. There are some very strange animals and plants that live here on Long Island and around the world. There are plants that eat meat, plants that pop seeds every which way, plants that eat bugs and bugs that “talk” using light. Come explore these fun and fascinating wildlife oddities. Lots of hands-on activities for the kids. $4 per person. Advance reservations required by calling 265-1054.

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Arts & Lifestyles - January 11, 2018  
Arts & Lifestyles - January 11, 2018