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How a Monitoring Device Helps Patients with Heart Failure Patients with heart failure are faced with many life-challenging problems. With progression of symptoms, many patients require hospitalization. To help reduce the chance of hospitalizations, physicians at the Stony Brook University Heart Institute are using advanced monitoring technology, including the CardioMEMSTM Heart Failure Monitoring System to allow patients to gain control of their heart failure care. Hal Skopicki, MD, PhD, and Puja Parikh, MD, MPH, explain how the device works and how it helps improve quality of life.

What is heart failure? Heart failure is when the heart is still working, but it’s not pumping blood as well as it should, so the body isn’t getting the oxygen and nutrients it needs. When blood isn’t pumped out of the heart efficiently, fluid backs up into the lungs and other parts of the body, causing swelling and shortness of breath. It can be a dangerous situation for heart failure patients.

What are the symptoms of worsening heart failure? In the early stages, patients may not have any symptoms. But as the heart function worsens, people can have shortness of breath (at rest or with activity), bloating, swelling, weight gain and/or fatigue. If left untreated, many patients require hospitalization to help them get their symptoms under control.

What is CardioMEMS and how does it help? CardioMEMS is an FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device that has been proven to improve quality of life and reduce hospital admissions due to worsening heart failure. It lets us keep track of a patient’s heart function, so we can spot early signs that someone with heart failure is getting sicker and treat them without admitting them to the hospital.

How does CardioMEMS work? CardioMEMS is a small device, about the size of a dime, that is implanted via a catheter (a thin, flexible tube) and permanently resides in a blood vessel. CardioMEMS measures the pressure pushing back on the lungs from the heart to alert you and your doctor earlier that your heart failure may be getting worse. Nearly automatically, the device transmits information on your fluid retention and heart pressure to us at the Heart Institute without the need for the patient to leave their home. Using a specialized pillow, the patient lies down on it for a few minutes each morning, after which the information is transmitted to us electronically. The pillow collects information from the implanted CardioMEMS device and sends it to us. We can then directly call you to adjust your medicines and other treatments, even before you become aware of a change in symptoms or weight.

How is the device inserted? The device is placed using a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure using a catheter. We make a small nick in the groin and guide the catheter, which carries the CardioMEMS device, through the blood vessels and up to the


Hal Skopicki, MD, PhD

Puja Parikh, MD, MPH

Chief, Cardiology and Director, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Center Stony Brook University Heart Institute

Director, Structural Interventional Program Stony Brook University Heart Institute

pulmonary artery. Most people don’t need sedation, and there’s no big incision and no blood loss. People often go home the same day.

How does CardioMEMS improve quality of life? Heart failure symptoms like swelling or bloating, shortness of breath and fatigue can make a person less inclined to be active, to socialize or to just go about a normal, everyday life. The CardioMEMS device alerts us to very early signs of worsening disease, so we can make adjustments that help the patient feel well enough to enjoy an improved quality of life.

What distinguishes the Heart Institute? Through research and access to advanced technologies, we continually provide patients with more efficient, more comfortable, and safer care to improve the diagnosis, treatment and recovery from heart disease. Stony Brook Heart Institute fights cardiovascular disease from every angle, using the most innovative and effective tools available. Whether you are seeking ways to prevent heart disease or have a highly complex cardiac condition, we are ready to help.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CardioMEMS is for patients with heart failure who have been admitted to a hospital within the past year. To find out how this can help, call us at

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Celebrate Presidents Day at the Vanderbilt Museum Visitors invited to take part in museum ‘treasure hunt’

From Feb. 17 to 25 including Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 19, visitors to the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport can view a framed oil portrait of George Washington, originally thought to have been created by the renowned American portraitist Gilbert Stuart. Stuart was widely considered one of America’s foremost portrait artists, producing portraits of more than 1,000 people, including the first six presidents of the United States. Stuart painted a number of Washington portraits. The most celebrated is known as the “Lansdowne” portrait (1796), and one large-scale version of it hangs in the East Room of the White House.

The artist’s best-known work is an unfinished portrait of Washington begun in 1796 and sometimes called “The Athenaeum.” This image of Washington’s head and shoulders is a familiar one to Americans — it has appeared for more than a century on the U.S. one-dollar bill. The Vanderbilt’s Washington portrait, found in the basement of the Suffolk County Welfare Department in Yaphank, was restored and presented to the Vanderbilt Museum in 1951. While the artist did not sign the work, a specialist reported that year that the painting was an authentic Gilbert Stuart. In 1981, however, two curators from the Metropolitan Museum of Art studied the

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portrait and advised the board of trustees that the work was not created by Stuart. As a result, the portrait, oil on panel and measuring 21.25 by 33.5 inches, is described in the archival records as “After Gilbert Stuart.” Guests can also view a facsimile of a letter President Abraham Lincoln wrote to Fernando Wood, then mayor of New York City. President Lincoln wrote the letter to Wood on May 4, 1861 — two months to the day following his inauguration as president and less than one month after the start of the Civil War. Wood (1812–1881), who built a successful shipping enterprise in New York City, served several terms in Congress and was mayor of New York for two terms, 1854– 58 and 1860–62. He reached out to Lincoln shortly after the Fort Sumter attack, offering him whatever military services he, as mayor, could provide. Lincoln’s reply to Wood was in gratitude for his offer of assistance. Excerpt: “In the midst of my various and numerous other duties I shall consider in what way I can make your services at once available to the country, and agreeable to you — Your Obt. [Obedient] Servant A. Lincoln” Now a part of William K. Vanderbilt II’s extensive archives, the letter will be on display in the Memorial Wing, outside the Sudan Trophy Room. Stephanie Gress, the Vanderbilt Museum’s director of curatorial affairs, said, “We do not know how this letter came to be in Mr. Vanderbilt’s possession. Perhaps it was originally the property of his great-grandfather, Cornelius Vanderbilt, who was an acquaintance of Mayor Wood, and it was passed down through the Vanderbilt family.” Visitors can also take part in a museum “treasure hunt.” The Vanderbilt curatorial department has created an intriguing list of treasures and clues to “the presidential, the regal and the royal” on display at the museum. Guests of all ages are invited to explore the galleries and discover them. Laminated copies of the treasure list will be available for guest use. The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum is located at 180 Little Neck Road in Centerport. Directions and updated details on programs and events are available at For further information, call 631-854-5579.



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Egg Pysanky Workshop offered in Smithtown Resurrection Byzantine Catholic Church, located at the corner of Edgewater and Mayflower avenues in Smithtown, invites the community to take part in its 7th annual Traditional Ukrainian Easter Egg (Pysanky) workshop on March 11 and 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. The two-day workshop, which will take place in the church’s Social Hall, is open to all levels of experience. Learn and complete

your first egg, discover new patterns and tips or show your skills and enjoy the company. Bring your dyes and tools or start fresh with a new kit, available for an additional fee. Each participant must bring a candle in a holder, pencils and a roll of paper towels. The two-day class fee is $20. Advance registration is required by calling Joanne at 631-332-1449 or email hapinred@juno. com. Deadline to register is Feb. 18.

Long Island-based singer-songwriter Ray Lambiase and song stylist Bill Lauter will appear in concert during the monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington on Thursday, Feb. 15. The 8:30 p.m. concert in the cinema’s Sky Room will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person ($10 for CAC and Folk Music Society of Huntington members) and will be available at the door. For more information, call 631-425-2925.

Adult poetry contest announced Princess Ronkonkoma Productions, a local not-for-profit organization, is currently welcoming entries for its 16th annual Adult

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We use evidence-based medicine to guide our decision-making. The amount of research related to nutrition and other lifestyle issues continues to grow rapidly, with many studies showing significant beneficial effects on health. We treat each patient as an individual. We will work with you to develop a plan that allows you to take a proactive role in managing your own health. The health outcomes are worth the effort. Is disease reversal possible? Absolutely! Study evidence has found this to be true, and many of our patients have experienced reversal of diabetes, autoimmune disorders, migraines, and cardiovascular disease, just to mention a few. In many cases, because of their exceptional results, our patients have been able to reduce or eliminate their medications. Read more common questions and answers on Dr. Dunaief has written over 2,000 medical research articles that have been published in Times Beacon Record Newspapers.

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The hazards of iron overload


Too much iron can damage the body

Iron is contained in most of the foods that we eat. It is needed for proper functioning of the body and plays an integral role in such processes as DNA synthesis and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production, which provides energy for cells (1). It is very important to maintain iron homeostasis, or balance. When we think of iron, we associate it with reducing fatigue and garnering energy. In fact, many of us think of the ironman triathlons — endurance and strength come to mind. If it’s good for us, then the more we get the better. Right? It depends on the circumstances. But for many of us, this presumption is not grounded in reality. Iron in excess amounts is dangerous. It may contribute to a host of diseases, including diabetes, diabetic retinopathy, agerelated macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease and even heart disease. By David These diseases are Dunaief, M.D. perpetuated because when we have excess iron it may cause reactive oxygen species, or free radicals, which cause breakdown of DNA and tissues, ironically, the very things that iron homeostasis tends to preserve (2). So what helps us differentiate between getting enough iron and iron overload? It is a good question and depends on the type of iron we ingest. There are two main types: heme iron and nonheme iron. Dietary heme, or blood, iron primarily comes from red meat and is easily absorbed into the gut. Dietary nonheme iron comes from other sources, such as plants and fortified foods, which are much more difficult sources to absorb. By focusing on the latter source of dietary iron, you may maintain homeostasis, since the gut tends to absorb 1 to 2 mg of iron but also excretes 1 to 2 mg of iron through urine, feces and perspiration. Not only does it matter what type of iron we consume but also the population that ingests the iron. Age and gender are critical factors. Let me explain. Women of reproductive age, patients who are anemic and children may require more iron. However, iron overload is more likely to occur in men and postmenopausal women because they cannot easily rid the body of excess iron. Let’s investigate some of the research that shows the effects of iron overload on different chronic diseases.

Impact on diabetes In a meta-analysis (a group of 16 studies), results showed that both dietary heme iron and elevated iron storage (ferritin) may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes (3). When these ferritin levels were high, the risk of diabetes increased 66 to 129 percent. With heme iron, the group with the highest levels had a 39 percent increased risk of developing diabetes. There

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According to a recent study, excessive dietary iron intake may increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Stock photo were over 45,000 patients in this analysis. You can easily measure ferritin with a simple blood test. Also these levels are modifiable through blood donation and avoidance of heme iron, thus reducing the risk of iron overload.

Diabetic retinopathy Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that occurs when glucose, or sugar, levels are not tightly controlled. It affects the retina, or the back of the eye. Iron excess and its free radicals can have detrimental effects on the retina (4). This is potentially caused by oxidative stress resulting in retinal tissue damage (5). So how does iron relate to uncontrolled glucose levels? In vitro studies (preliminary lab studies) suggest that high glucose levels may perpetuate the breakdown of heme particles and subsequently raise the level of iron in the eye (6). In fact, those with diabetic retinopathy tend to have iron levels that are 150 percent greater than those without the disease (7). Diets that are plant based and, therefore, nutrient dense are some of the most effective ways to control glucose levels and avoid diabetic retinopathy.

Age-related macular degeneration Continuing with the theme of retinal damage, excessive dietary iron intake may increase the risk of AMD according to the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study (8). AMD is the number one cause of blindness for people 65 and older. People who consumed the most iron from red meat increased their risk of early AMD by 47 percent. However, due to the low incidence of advanced AMD among study participants, the results for this stage were indeterminate. I have been frequently asked if unprocessed red meat is better than processed meat. Well, this study showed that both types of red meat were associated with an increased risk. This was a large study with over 5,000 participants ranging in age from 58 to 69.

Cardiovascular disease Though we have made considerable headway in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and even deaths from these diseases, there are a number of modifiable risks that need to be addressed. One of these is iron overload. In the Japan Collaborative Cohort, results showed that men who had the highest amount of dietary iron were at a 43 percent increased risk of stroke death, compared to those who ate the least amounts (9). And overall increased risk of cardiovascular disease death, which includes both heart disease and stroke, was increased by 27 percent in men who consumed the most dietary iron. There were over 23,000 Japanese men who were between the ages of 40 to 79 that were involved in this study. In conclusion, we should focus on avoiding heme iron, especially for men and postmenopausal women. Too much iron creates a plethora of free radicals that damage the body. Therefore, the best way to circumvent the increased risk of chronic diseases with iron overload is prevention. Significantly decreasing red meat consumption and donating blood on a quarterly basis, assuming that one is not anemic, may be the most effective strategies for not falling into the trap of iron overload.

References: (1) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 1997;94:1091910924. (2) Clin Haematol. 1985;14(1):129. (3) PLoS One. 2012;7(7):e41641. (4) Methods Enzymol. 1990;186:1-85. (5) Rev Endocr Metab Disord. 2008;9(4):315-327. (6) Biophys Chem. 2003;105:743-755. (7) Indian J Ophthalmol. 2004;52:145-148. (8) Am J Epidemiol. 2009;169(7):867-876. (9) J Epidemiol. 2012;22(6):484-493. Epub 2012 Sept 15. 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.

That’s Amore! Husband and wife duo Vincent and Emily Ricciardi will share some of the most famous love duets and ballads in concert at the Northport Public Library, 151 Laurel Ave., Northport on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. This powerhouse singing couple will perform a wide range of music genres including opera, Broadway, jazz and pop. This cozy show for Valentine’s Day is sure to warm your hear. Free and open to all. Call 631261-6930 for more information.

Cherry Pie Making class

Join the Smithtown Historical Society at the Roseneath Cottage, 239 Middle Country Road, Smithtown for a Cherry Pie Making class with Frankie & Momma from Mannino’s Bagel Bakery on Monday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Take home a ready-to-bake cherry pie. $25 per person, $20 members includes all supplies. Advance registration is required by calling 631-265-6768.

Veteran Roundtable meetings Messiah Lutheran Church, 465 Pond Path, East Setauket hosts a True Light Educational Ministry Veteran to Veteran Roundtable meeting on the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Come join your fellow veterans in sharing, caring, helping and supporting each other with experiences that only you can share and understand together. What is shared here, stays here. For veterans only. Next meeting is Feb. 15. For more information, please call Rev. Dr. Fredrick Miller at 631-395-4646.

Early heart attack care

February is American Heart Month. Learn the early warning signs of a heart attack with Pamela Kostic, RN, cardiovascular care coordinator for the Stony Brook University Heart Institute at Comsewogue Public Library, 170 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station on Feb. 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. Free and open to all. Call 631-9281212 to register.

Grief support group

A grief support group will be offered at Mt. Sinai Congregational Church, 233 North Country Road, Mount Sinai on Saturdays, Feb. 17 and 24 and March 3 and 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. There is no fee, and all who are looking for a safe and caring place to explore the various aspects of the grief process are welcome. Registration is requested by calling 631-473-1582.


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BY DANIEL DUNAIEF An actor draws in members of an audience, encouraging them to understand, appreciate and perhaps even become sympathetic to a world created on a stage. The process of creating scenes for the actor, however, can also change his or her world off the stage. A team of scientists from Vanderbilt University, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and Stony Brook University recently received $3 million in funding from the National Institutes of Mental Health for four years to study how participation in a theater production can help people with autism spectrum disorders. “Theater is a venue for learning and gaining skills,” said Matthew Lerner, an assistant professor of psychology, psychiatry and pediatrics at the Department of Psychology at SBU who is leading the Long Island part of a study that will involve about 240 participants from age 10 through 16. “The process of putting on a play with others and being able to successfully produce and perform that has key benefits to learn and practice.”

‘The overwhelming sentiment from those who come to see the performance is that it changes their perception of what it means to have autism.’ — Blythe Corbett Called SENSE Theatre (for Social Emotional NeuroScience Endocrinology), the shows were created by the project leader, Blythe Corbett, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and psychology and investigator at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, who herself performed in stage plays before pursuing her scientific career. Corbett writes the plays, which have themes she believes are important not only for autism but also for the general public. The topics include acceptance, belonging and diversity and offer a current of core ideas


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3 that are “part of having a condition that is unique,” she said. The plays, which typically have about 20 characters, include music and last about 45 minutes. Corbett explained that the experience uses theater as a platform for teaching fundamental areas that could help people with autism spectrum disorders, including reciprocal social communication, flexible thinking and behavior and imagination. “It also gives [the participants] an opportunity to be exposed to social situations and to engage with others in a safe and supportive environment,” she said. “They can be John today and Henry tomorrow, which allows them to expand their repertoire in a playful, fun way” which, she hopes, might help them assimilate lessons when the program ends. Corbett has been developing SENSE Theatre for nine years. This specific multisite project will allow her to see how transportable this program is to other locations, where other investigators who have not been involved with this before can employ it with other participants. The investigators, which include Corbett, Lerner and Susan White at the University of Alabama, will monitor the participants through psychological testing, social interaction and research EEG, or electroencephalography. This is a noninvasive way of monitoring electrical activity in the brain that involves placing electrodes on or below the scalp. The EEG testing takes about 45 minutes. Participation is free, although members, who go through a screening process, need to contribute to the research program by completing the evaluations. The theater program has a control study, calling Tackling Teenage Training, in which participants will “address some of the challenges of being a teen,” which include dating and puberty, knowing how to know if somebody likes or doesn’t like you and how to express desires or interests appropriately, Lerner said. Corbett chose to work with Lerner because of considerable overlap in their interests in using performance to provide clinical help for people with autism

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Savannah Bradley participates in the SENSE Theatre program. spectrum disorders. Lerner “has a very strong interest in theater and is able to understand the core approach” to the training and shows as a form of intervention. He is an “engaging, charismatic individual who is extremely hard-working” and is a “really good choice in terms of harnessing his energy and intelligence.” Indeed, Lerner and Karen Levine, a licensed psychologist and the co-author of “Treatment Planning for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” developed a model in 2004 for youths with disabilities to work on social skills called Spotlight, which utilized techniques of theater games and dramatic training. Spotlight is a program of Northeast Arc, a human services organization founded in 1954 and based in Massachusetts. The Spotlight efforts started with nine students and has expanded to include hundreds of families each year. In early high school, Lerner met someone who would change his life. He was having dinner with the family of a friend of his younger sister’s when he noticed a boy, Ben, playing on his own in another room. Lerner asked if he could play with Ben, who was 2 at the time and was running a car back and forth across the top of a toy playhouse. Lerner mirrored what Ben did. “He looked at me curiously and kept doing what he was doing,” Lerner recalled. “I followed him around for over two hours.” Up to that point in his life, Lerner thought the experience with Ben was “the most fascinating two hours of my life.” He had made a connection in which he “loved the joy and challenge of trying to meet him where he was, rather than behave in a way that was consistent with what

the world expected.” Lerner studied philosophy and music at Wesleyan University. After earning his doctorate at the University of Virginia, where his dissertation explored why youths with autism experience social problems, Lerner worked at the University of Chicago and then moved to SBU in 2013. A native of Swampscott, Massachusetts, Lerner lives in Port Jefferson with his wife Chelsea Finn, a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Stony Brook Hospital Emergency Room and a nurse practitioner at SV Pediatrics in Patchogue. The couple has a 4-year-old son Everett and a 6-month-old son Sawyer. Lerner is looking for people who would like to participate in the study. They can reach out to him by phone at 631-6327857 or by email at lernerlab@ The first set of students will begin working in the SENSE Theatre program this spring and summer. Corbett said the participants aren’t the only ones who benefit from the program. “The overwhelming sentiment from those who come to see the performance is that it changes their perception of what it means to have autism,” Corbett said. After the show, some of the audience members “ask who are the children with autism.” Parents of the actors are pleasantly surprised by the things their children are able to do, which exceed their expectations. “In one of our previous studies, parents reported that their stress went down” during the program, she said, “which appeared to be in response to the child participating in intervention.”

It can be difficult to focus with so many things running through your mind, Aries. Give it your best shot, especially at work where it counts the most.

TAURUS – Apr 21/May 21

Focus on fun experiences that will pop up this week, Taurus. They will brighten your mood and make you more inclined to interact with the people you love.

GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21

Gemini, someone you haven’t seen in a while makes an appearance in your life. You don’t know if you should be excited or just a tad cautious about what to expect.

CANCER – Jun 22/Jul 22

Someone at work or home cannot get an accurate read on how you are feeling, Cancer. This may lead to some communication issues. Be as open as possible to avoid confusion.

LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23

Leo, you are called on to be a leader this week, so make sure you do your homework on pertinent issues. This way you can make decisions with confidence.

VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22

Virgo, even when you think you know best, you may want to let others voice their opinions. You never know the value of another’s perspective until you hear it.

LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23

Surround yourself with your closest friends and family members, Libra. These are support pillars you can lean on in tough times and the people to laugh alongside when things are good.

SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22

The next few days provide opportunities to relax and have fun, Scorpio. With no pressing matters on the calendar, you can relinquish some responsibilities.

SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21

Sagittarius, getting your point across may seem like your primary goal, but you can let things simmer for a little bit. Others have things that they want to share as well.

CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, romantic notions are popping into your head lately, and they may only be spurred on by the Valentine’s Day magic. A relationship gets to the next level.

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can swine influenza, North American avian influenza, human influenza and a swine inI recently caught a cold from my son, fluenza typically found in Asia. That means Matty, and it really knocked me on my butt. this particular strain of flu virus was able Fever followed by a terrible cough that has to incorporate genetic material from three lasted at least two weeks. The ironic part different species. UGH!!!!! The most important question is this: of the story is that about a week and a half into my cold, each one of my three cats de- How do we prevent this infection in our veloped a cough and started sneezing. My feline family members? The unfortunate cats do not go outside and I wondered if I dilemma with this constant mutation is there is no effective influenza virus vaccine could give a cold to my cats. After some investigation I couldn’t be- for cats at this time. Therefore, it is recomlieve what I found. There are documented mended by the Centers for Disease Control cases of cats with upper respiratory syn- and Prevention to avoid contact with your dromes, and these same cats tested posi- cat until at least the fever breaks. I can tell you from personal experience this is easier tive for the human H1N1 influenza virus. I graduated veterinary school about 20 said than done. My cats sleep with me, years ago, and all of the fofollow me around and cus was on zoonotic dis(they’re a bit naughty) eases (diseases that can even jump on the kitchbe transmitted from anien table to see what I’m mals to humans and not eating. The good news the other way around) or is that if your cat does diseases that could affect break out with symptoms herd health (say a cow it is restricted to an upper that develops a respirarespiratory infection. tory disease that is either Symptoms include fatal or affects productivlethargy, coughing, ity). Through the years since I graduated, there Sneezing, the sniffles, lethargy sneezing and a puruhave been smaller stud- and coughing may be signs that lent (snotty green) discharge. If you do see ies evaluating what inyour cat has the flu. a greenish discharge fections we humans can from the eyes or nose, give our pets. Now, there is definitive evidence that the human H1N1 antibiotics may be indicated due to a secondary bacterial infection. A much lower influenza virus can be passed to cats. The human-to-cat transmission of the percentage of cats progress to a lower flu is not the first time that examples of respiratory infection (even pneumonia). cross-species contamination has taken This can be quite serious and possibly faplace. I also found examples of experi- tal because it is viral and antibiotics are mental infection of pigs with the H1N2 ineffective unless there is a secondary human influenza virus. Not only did these bacterial component. Until a feline influenza vaccine is depigs show symptoms of the flu about four days after infection, but they also passed veloped, my advice is that when you break the disease along to uninfected pigs. More out with the flu, good general hygiene is recently, the canine influenza virus out- best even at home. If you cough or sneeze, breaks that keep making the news appear cough or sneeze into your arm rather than to be a mutation of an H3N8 equine influ- cover you mouth with your hands. Make enza virus. What in the name of Sam Hill sure to regularly wash your hands or carry around the waterless hand sanitizer. is going on? Lastly, if your cat develops signs, conIt seems that the problem with these influenza viruses is their ability to mutate, tact your veterinarian for advice or possior change their genetic sequencing. One of bly an appointment. Good luck my fellow the better examples recently (2009) was pet lovers. Dr. Kearns practices veterinary medicine a human outbreak in the United States where the influenza virus responsible in- from his Port Jefferson office and is pictured cluded genetic material from North Ameri- with his son Matthew and his dog Jasmine.

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This Valentine’s Day, the Town of Brookhaven will host a Parents Night Out event at the Parks & Recreating Administration Building, 286 Hawkins Road, Centereach from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Drop your children ages 5 to 12 off for a fun night of games, snacks, crafts and a movie while you enjoy a stress-free romantic evening with your significant other. $10 per child. Call 631-451-6133 for more information or to register.

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LEGALLY SPEAKING How does adoption impact a person’s right to inherit? BY LINDA M. TOGA, ESQ. THE FACTS: After my mother’s death I was approached by a man I will refer to as Joe who claims that my mother was his biological mother as well. According to Joe, before she and my father married, my mother gave birth to Joe and immediately put him up for adoption. Although Joe admits that my mother rejected his attempts to develop a relationship with her during her lifetime, Joe now claims that since my mother died without a will, he is entitled to a share of my mother’s estate.

When a person dies without a will, the law determines who the heirs of the estate are.

THE QUESTION: Is Joe correct? Will my siblings and I have to share our inheritance with him?

THE ANSWER: Fortunately for you, Joe is wrong. HOW IT WORKS: Generally a child who is adopted out does not have the right to an inheritance from the estate of his birth mother. The order of adoption generally relieves the birth parents of all parental duties and of all responsibilities for the adopted child. At the same time, the order extinguishes all parental rights of the birth parent to the estate of a child who has been adopted, including the right to serve as administrator of that child’s estate and the right to inherit under the intestacy statutes. Although Joe seems to be relying upon the fact that your mother died without a will and, therefore, did not explicitly disinherit him, his reliance is unwarranted. That is because the New York State intestacy statute and the domestic relations law govern how your mother’s estate should be distributed. While the child of a decedent is generally entitled to a share of his parent’s estate if the parent dies without a will [Estates, Powers and Trusts Law §4-1.1 (a)(1) and (3)], the rights of an adopted child in the estate of a birth parent are governed by subsection (d) of the statute. It provides that the Domestic Relations Law, specifically Domestic Relations Law §117, controls. Domestic Relations Law §117 (1)(a) and (b) provide that an order of adoption relieves the birth parent of all parental duties and responsibilities and extinguishes any rights the parent would otherwise have over the adoptive child’s property or estate. At the same time, the order terminates any rights of the adoptive child to an inheritance from the birth parent. Although there are some exceptions to these laws, the logic behind terminating inheritance rights is to prevent people in Joe’s position from enjoying a windfall by inheriting from both his birth and adoptive parents and to prevent a birth mother from receiving an inheritance from a child that she did not support during her lifetime. Under the circumstances, the only way Joe could inherit from your mother’s estate would be if she chose to name him as a beneficiary in a will or a trust or on a beneficiary designation form. If Joe decides to pursue a claim against your mother’s estate, you should be able to defeat the claim by providing the court with evidence that Joe was legally adopted as a child. It would be wise to retain an attorney experienced in estate administration to assist you with this matter. Linda M. Toga provides personalized service and peace of mind to her clients in the areas of elder law, estate administration and estate planning, real estate, marital agreements and litigation. Visit her website at or call 631-444-5605 to schedule a free consultation.



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plays by heart), Viola disguises herself as a man and lands the lead role of Romeo, further inspiring the playwright to begin work on “Twelfth Night” at the end of the second act. “Are you my actor or my muse?” Shakespeare asks her. “I am both but I should be neither,” she replies. Will someone discover her secret? Will Shakespeare steal her heart? The talented group of actors, many of whom are regulars at the Smithtown venue, seem quite at ease blending a play

within a play with backstage antics and onstage dramas. Murano and Ferretti are perfectly cast as the show’s forbidden lovers, reciting Shakespeare with skill and passion. The production is also enhanced by its supporting cast including Christine Boehm as the dog-loving Queen Elizabeth and Camile Arnone as Viola’s nurse. Special mention should be made of Evan Donnellan who, although he is only in a few scenes, leaves the audience wanting more. Set in the 1500s, the play’s Renaissanceera world is beautifully enhanced with period costumes by Chakira Doherty and the simple but functional set by Timothy Golebiewski serves as both castle with a balcony and an Elizabethean theater. The musical score, directed by Melissa Coyle, further elevates the show, especially during a dance in the castle where Shakespeare firsts lays eyes on his muse Viola. Throughout the play, Shakespeare is told that all an audience wants is comedy along with love … and a bit with a dog and in that aspect “Shakespeare in Love” delivers. Recommended for mature audiences, running time is approximately two hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown will present “Shakespeare in Love” through March 4. The season continues with “Mamma Mia” from March 24 to April 29 and “Dreamgirls” from May 12 to June 17. Tickets are $35 adults, $32 seniors and $20 students. To order, call 631724-3700 or visit

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There’s no day like Valentine’s Day to conjure up sweet talk, sweet sentiments in sweet cards and everlasting promises of eternal love and/or imminent romance. Those who subscribe to its traditions take them very seriously. Those who do not scoff at what they call the holiday created by the greeting card industry. Norman Rockwellish as it may be, there is something sweet about the old-fashioned image of a man holding a sumptuous bouquet of red roses and presenting a huge heart-shaped box of chocolates to his sweetheart. Which brings me to another thing. No matter how Valentine’s Day is observed, or not observed, like any holiday, it provides an excuse for capitulating to that sweet tooth in all of us, that secret valentine of the appetite.

Raspberry-Chocolate Linzer Cookies YIELD: Makes three dozen cookies. INGREDIENTS: • • • • • • • • •

2¹/₃ cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 1½ sticks unsalted butter at room temp. 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon almond extract 2 cups chocolate chips, melted over boiling water • Raspberry jam • Confectioners’ sugar DIRECTIONS: In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time; add the extracts and beat to thoroughly combine. With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat the dry mixture into the wet one. Gather the dough into two even pieces, enclose in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm and solid. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 F. On a flour-dusted board roll out one piece of the dough to ¹⁄8-inch thickness and using approximately a 2½-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies and place on cookie sheet. Re-roll any scraps to form solid pieces for more cookies. Repeat procedure using second half of dough, except this time use a 1-inch round or heart-shaped cutter. Bake cookies for approximately nine minutes and remove from oven just as they start to brown. With spatula, remove from cookie sheet and place on

rack. When cookies are cooled and crispy, spread a level half teaspoon of melted chocolate on each large cookie; top with a level half teaspoon jam and carefully place another cookie on top. Dust tops with confectioners’ sugar and place on tiered or flat cookie plate. Serve with coffee, tea, milk, hot chocolate or dessert wine and, of course, love.

Chocolate Mousse YIELD: Makes 8 servings INGREDIENTS: • • • • •

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate ¾ cup sugar ¼ cup water 5 eggs, separated 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS: In the top of a double boiler combine the chocolate, sugar and water, stirring occasionally; heat until the chocolate is melted. Beating hard after each addition, while the double boiler is still over the heat, add the egg yolks, one at a time. Remove mixture from over the hot water and set aside to cool while you beat the egg whites until stiff. In a large bowl, gently fold the egg whites and vanilla into the chocolate mixture. Distribute the mousse evenly among eight sorbet or wine glasses and refrigerate covered overnight or at least 10 to 12 hours. Serve with whipped cream, fresh strawberries and delicate wafer cookies.

Cherry Sauce YIELD: Makes 2½ cups. INGREDIENTS: • 1 pound sweet fresh or frozen and defrosted cherries, pitted • ½ cup water • ¹⁄₃ to ½ cup light corn syrup (depending on tartness of cherries) • 1 tablespoon cornstarch • Fresh squeezed lemon juice, to taste • Kirsch liqueur, to taste DIRECTIONS: In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine the cherries, half the water and the corn syrup and bring to a boil. With a wire whisk, stirring constantly, blend the cornstarch and remaining water with the cherry mixture. Over medium heat, cook until clear, about one minute. Add lemon juice and kirsch. Serve warm over vanilla or chocolate ice cream, sponge cake, angel cake, pound cake or cheesecake.





Seawolves fall at home to Binghamton “We never got in an offensive flow tonight,” head coach Caroline McCombs said. “A lot of our mistakes led to easy baskets for Binghamton. Give credit to them for being the better team tonight. We need to regroup and get ready for another big conference game on Thursday night at UMass Lowell.” The Seawolves shot 20-for-53 (37.7 percent) from the field in total, knocking down ten 3-point field goals in the loss. Stony Brook recorded an assist on 12 of 20 total baskets. Aaliyah Worley tallied a season-high 15 points and five rebounds for the Seawolves, going 5-for-8 from the floor. Worley scored five points in the second quarter, and six in the fourth. Jerell Matthews scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds and recorded three assists. Stony Brook and Binghamton both grabbed 35 total rebounds. The Seawolves turned the ball over 18 times to the Bearcats’ 12. Binghamton scored 23 points off turnovers, while Stony Brook scored just nine. With the loss, the Seawolves fall to 13-11


Stony Brook women’s basketball dropped an America East contest against Binghamton University Feb. 5, 69-64, at home at Island Federal Credit Union Arena. Shania Johnson led the way for Stony Brook, recording 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Aaliyah Worley, above, reaches for the rim. Shania Johnson, on left, moves the ball across the court. overall and 5-6 in America East play. Stony Brook is back at it today, Feb. 8, traveling to University of Massachusetts Lowell for a


The Stony Brook men’s basketball team was unable to overcome University of Hartford despite 23 points from redshirt sophomore Akwasi Yeboah, falling 73-64 at Island Federal Credit Union Arena Feb. 3. “I thought this was another game that we competed,” Stony Brook head coach Jeff Boals said. “We fought and we played hard. We had another great crowd tonight, love playing at home, but unfortunately we came out on the wrong end of it again.” Hartford jumped out to an early lead, going up by double figures before the midway point in the first half. Senior Jakub Petras drained the first 3-pointer of his career and sparked the Seawolves, who closed out the first half with five makes from beyond the arc in the final six minutes. Stony Brook kept the difference within a possession during the hot streak, but the Hawks took a 30-27 edge into the break. “It seems like the last few games have been the same type of mistakes,” Boals said. “In the first half we diced up their zone, and in the second half, we didn’t.” A dunk from senior Junior Saintel put the Seawolves back within one to start the second half, but Hartford immediately responded with a 13-2 run to return the difference to double digits. The Hawks kept the large lead, but Stony Brook came alive late and got back


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7 p.m. conference contest. The Seawolves’ next home contest is Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. against University of Maine.

Kevon White, above center, and Courtney Warden, below, took home first-place finishes to help the Stony Brook men’s and women’s track and field teams place fourth.

Akwasi Yeboah makes an in-bounds pass. within four by way of an 11-2 run to make it 62-58 with 2:39 remaining. Hartford had an answer for everything the Seawolves did down the stretch and Stony Brook was forced to foul late. Yeboah marked the ninth time this season he has surpassed the 20-point mark. Freshman Elijah Olaniyi notched the first double-double of his career, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Stony Brook will close out a four-game homestand hosting University of Massachusetts Lowell today, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. Stony Brook follows up with two more road games before hosting University of New Hampshire Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.

Track and field teams place at metro championships The Stony Brook men’s and women’s track and field teams each took fourth at the Metropolitan Championships Feb. 2. Courtney Warden took first in the women’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.68 seconds, Tiana Guevara won the women’s 800 run in 2:14.40, Emmanuela Laurdedent finished behind Warden in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.77 and Chinque Thompson took second in the 60 dash in 7.63. Kevon White won the men’s 60 dash with a time of 7.01, Michael Linbrunner finished second in the men’s 60 hurdles in 8.39, and the quartet of Vann Moffet, Luke Coulter, Kyle Kelly and Kevin Vinolas won the men’s

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distance medley with a time of 10:16.45. The Seawolves compete in the Fastrack National Invitational Feb. 9 in Staten Island.


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*


CHABAD AT STONY BROOK “Judaism with a smile”

Future site: East side of Nicolls Rd, North of Rte 347 –Next to Fire Dept. Current location: 821 Hawkins Ave., Lake Grove

(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 ©155326

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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.



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 Ash Wednesday Services Wednesday, February 14 Service of Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes 12 noon and 7:30pm Pastor will be at church all day Wednesday after 10am for ashes & prayer Special Lenten Wednesday Night Services Soup Supper at 6:30pm Evening Prayer and Holy Communion 7:30pm on Wednesday February 21, 28, March 7, 14 and 21 Join us for any service-all are welcome We are celebrating 100 years in Port Jefferson Station



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!


Messiah Preschool & Day Care 465 Pond Path, East Setauket • 631-751-1775

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 Ash Wednesday Services 11am & 7:30pm Mid-Week Lent & Easter Services: Tues. 6:15pm - Feb. 20,27, March 6,13, &20 Wednesday 11am - Feb. 21,28, March 7,14, &21 Maundy Thurs. 11am & 7:30pm March 29 Good Friday 11am & 7:30pm - March 30 Easter Sunday - April 1 at 8am & 10:15am w/Easter Egg hunt and Breakfast in between services

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Holtsville Hal predicts an early spring in Brookhaven

Photo by Sara-Megan Walsh

Superintendent of Highways Dan Losquadro reads the official proclamation containing the good news.


uffolk County’s most famous weatherman did not disappoint. On Groundhog Day, Friday, Feb. 2, before a crowd of several hundred spectators at the Town of Brookhaven Wildlife and Ecology Center, Holtsville Hal awoke from his slumber and did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring for the Town of Brookhaven. According to tradition, if a groundhog sees its shadow after emerging from its burrow on Groundhog Day, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; if not, spring should arrive early. “Thankfully, at the end of a week in which Brookhaven experienced an unexpected eight inches of snow, Hal has given us a sunny outlook for the remainder of the season,” said Dan Losquadro (R), superintendent of highways. “If Hal’s prediction is accurate, hopefully we have seen the last of the snow this year.” “I want to thank everyone who took the time to come out early this morning, including Councilman LaValle and Councilman Foley, to take part in this fun, annual tradition,” Losquadro continued.

Above photo from Town of Brookhaven; photo on left by Sara-Megan Walsh

Above, from left, Councilman Kevin LaValle (R-Selden), Holtsville Hal and his handler Greg Drossel, Highway Superintendent Dan Losquadro and Councilman Neil Foley (R-Blue Point) after the ceremonies; left, Drossel introduces Hal to some of the visitors.



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.


Holtsville Hal is just one of the more than 100 animals who call the Wildlife and Ecology Center home. The center, which is located at 249 Buckley Road in Holtsville, is open all year-round and features a wildlife preserve, greenhouses, gardens and jogging and exercise trails. For more information, visit www. or call 631-758-9664.


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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, equality, and stewardship. Weekly coffee and fellowship, monthly discussions, Religious Education for children.



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


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:

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‘Light can reveal something special in any place.’ — Lana Ballot

Art League of LI

Port Jefferson Free Library

The Art League of Long Island is located at 107 E. Deer Park Road, Dix Hills. Through Feb. 10 the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery will present the Art of Narrative Juried Photography Exhibition followed by its 11th annual Go APE Advanced Placement High School Student Exhibition from Feb. 17 to March 4. An artist reception will be held on March 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 631-462-5400 or visit for more information.

Port Jefferson Free Library is located at 100 Thompson St., Port Jefferson. Through February the Meeting Room gallery will showcase Raw/Colors by Kyle Wilson and emerging artists, and the display case will feature items from Boy Scout Troop 45 and Pack 41. Call 631-473-0022 for further info.

Port Jefferson Village Center

The Port Jefferson Village Center is located at 101A E. Broadway, Port Jefferson. Through the month of February the second-floor gallery will present an exhibit titled Keeping Port Jefferson Warm: A Photographic History of Cordwood, Coal, Gas & Oil, a historic exhibit by historian Chris Ryon. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. For more information, call 631-8022160 or visit

The Atelier at Flowerfield

The Atelier at Flowerfield is located at 2 Flowerfield, Suite 15, in St. James. From Feb. 15 to April 26 the gallery will present a solo exhibit by award-winning pastel painter Lana Ballot entitled Coastal Rhythms. An artist reception will be held on Feb. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 631250-9009 or visit

The Reboli Center for Art and History

Cold Spring Harbor Library

Cold Spring Harbor Library is located at 95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. The artwork of Cold Spring Harbor High School students will be on display during the month of February. Join them for an artist reception on Feb. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. complete with a musical performance. The exhibit may be seen during regular library hours. Call 631692-6820 for more information.

Comsewogue Public Library

The Comsewogue Public Library is located at 170 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station. During the month of February, the library will present a banner exhibit titled Embracing Our Differences in association with the Center for Social Justice & Human Understanding. The display case will contain an exhibit from the Miller Place-Mount Sinai Historical Society titled School Days of Yore. The exhibits may be seen during regular library hours. For more information, call 631928-1212 or visit

East Northport Public Library

The East Northport Public Library is located at 185 Larkfield Road in East Northport. Throughout the month of February the library will present Reflections 2017-2018 featuring art projects by Pulaski Road Elementary students. For additional information, call 631-261-2313.

Image from The Atelier

‘Tireless’ by Lana Ballot will be on view at The Atelier at Flowerfield from Feb. 15 to April 26.

Heckscher Museum of Art

The Heckscher Museum of Art is located at 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Through April 15 the museum will present The Art of Narrative: Timeless Tales and Visual Vignettes. From Frankenthaler to Warhol: Art of the ’60s and ’70s will be on view through March 11. Call 631-351-3250 or visit for details.

Huntington Arts Council

Huntington Arts Council’s Main Street Gallery is located at 213 Main St., Huntington. From Feb. 9 to March 3 the gallery will present a juried exhibition titled The Manipulated Image. Join them for an opening reception on Feb. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 631-271-8423.

Huntington Public Library

Huntington Public Library is located at 338 Main St., Huntington. On view in the Main Art Gallery through February will be Natural Forms: The Art of Catherine Bezas with classic American toys in the display case. Questions? Call 631-427-5165.

The Long Island Museum

The Long Island Museum is located at 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook. From Feb. 16 to April 22 the museum will feature Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad, and from Feb. 16 to Sept. 3, Perfect Harmony: The Musical Life and Art of William Sidney Mount will be on view. Call 631-751-0066 or visit www.longislandmuseum. org for more information.

Northport Public Library

The Northport Public Library is located at 151 Laurel Ave., Northport. Enjoy a photography exhibit titled Wild Child: The Humpback Whale’s Journey Begins by Chris Weidt through the month of February. Call 631-261-6930 for additional details.

North Shore Public Library

North Shore Public Library is located at 250 Route 25A, Shoreham. Through the month of February the library will present an exhibit by Jean Caiola titled Journey of a Plein Air Artist. In the glass case will be the work of ceramic artist Julia Vogelle. Questions? Call 631-929-4488.

Sachem Public Library

Sachem Public Library is located at 150 Holbrook Road in Holbrook. Photographer Ray Germann will present an exhibit titled New York City Photographs, featuring black-and-white photographs taken between 1980 and 2017, through the month of February. Painted wooden bowls by Linda Gore will be on view in the display case. Call 631-588-5024 for more info.


The Smithtown Township Arts Council Gallery is located at the Mills Pond House, 660 Route 25A, St. James. Through March 11 the gallery will present Winners Showcase 2018, an exhibition featuring the work of five award-winning artists from past juried exhibitions. The works of Cheryl Cass Zampiva will be on view at Apple Bank, 91 Route 111, Smithtown through March 23. The exhibition, part of STAC’s Outreach Gallery Program, may be viewed during regular banking hours. For more information, call 631-862-6575.

South Huntington Library

The South Huntington Public Library is located at 145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. During February the Alfred Van Loen Gallery will present an exhibit by Bruce Cohen and Pamela Waldroup titled Photographs and Memories. For more information, call 631-549-4411.

Emma S. Clark Library

Emma S. Clark Memorial Library is located at 120 Main St., Setauket. Enjoy Native Plants of Long Island by Diane Bouchier during the month of February. The exhibit may be seen during regular library hours. Call 631941-4080.

Three Village Historical Society

Three Village Historical Society, 93 North Country Road, Setauket, is presenting Chicken Hill: A Community Lost to Time, along with the SPIES exhibit about the Culper Spy Ring. Viewing hours are Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. $10 adults, $5 children and students, members free. Call 631-751-3730 or visit

fotofoto gallery

fotofoto gallery is located at 14 West Carver St. in Huntington. Through March 3, the gallery will present the 13th annual Photography Competition Exhibition featuring the works of 29 photographers. For further information, call 631-549-0448.

Gallery North

Wine and cheese reception

Gallery North is located at 90 North Country Road, Setauket. Through Feb. 16 the gallery will present Miradas, an exhibition about Looks, Views and Vignettes of the life and people of Mexico and Latin America documented by photographer Scott Brennan. For additional information, call 631-751-2676.

Harborfields Public Library

Harborfields Public Library is located at 31 Broadway, Greenlawn. Through Feb. 27 the library will present Images of My Brush with Color, watercolor and oil paintings by Catherine Olsen in the gallery and triaxial woven art by fiber artist Sally Shore in the showcase. Questions? Call 631-757-4200.

The Reboli Center for Art and History is located at 64 Main St. in Stony Brook Village. Through April 29 the gallery will present Topic: Watercolor, which showcases a collection of watercolors by Joseph Reboli that has never been put on display as well as other artists. For more information, call 631-751-7707 or visit www.

Image courtesy of HAC

‘Tightrope’ by Keaton Boyd will be part of the Huntington Arts Council’s juried exhibit, The Manipulated Image, from Feb. 9 to March 3.

The Miller Place-Mount Sinai Historical Society invites the community to a photography exhibit featuring images of local sites and subjects by Michael Eamotte of Michael Ray Images at the Daniel Hawkins House, 111 North Country Road, Miller Place on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. Enjoy a wine and cheese reception sponsored by Stop & Shop, Wine Authority and Echo Landscape Design. For more information, please call 631-476-5742.



Thursday 8 Jazz unplugged

The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave., Stony Brook will present Unplugged Acoustic in the Living Room with Steve Salerno on guitar, Warren Vache on coronet and Tom Manuel on trumpet at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40. To order, please call 751-1895 or visit

... and dates

Friday 9

FEB. 8 TO FEB. 15, 2018

LISCA celebration

The Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook will host the Long Island Symphonic Choral Association's 50th year Benefit Celebration from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Held in the Carriage House Museum's Gillespie Room, the evening will feature a performance by pianist Miles Massicotte and flutist Hristina Blagoeva in a program of More Classics and Jazz. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $30 per person online at RSVP required. Call 751-2743 for further info.

Paige Patterson at the CAC

The Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington will welcome singer Paige Patterson in concert at 8 p.m. Featuring Grammy winning saxophonist Jack O’Neal, the program, titled Musical Therapy for the Soul, will feature music by Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and more. Tickets are $16, $11 members and includes a reception. To order, call 423-7611.

Cathy Kreger in concert

Philippine culture celebration CLASSICS AND JAZZ Award-winning musicians, flutist Hristina Blagoeva and pianist Miles Massicotte will kick off LISCA's 50th year Benefit Celebration at the Long Island Museum on Feb. 9. Photo from Bunny Russell

Saturdays at Six concert

Join All Souls Church, 61 Main St., Stony Brook for a concert featuring Taylor Ackley and Alison Rowe of the Stony Brook Roots Ensemble at 6 p.m. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the duo will perform a variety of songs from bluegrass, mountain music and country and cowboy repertoires exploring the many sides of love. Free will donation. Questions? Call 655-7798.

Celebrating the Year of the Dog Come celebrate the Chinese New Year at Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook at 2 p.m. Enjoy a drumming dance, Asian songs, a flute and violin performance, selections from Peking Opera and an exhibition of traditional Chinese clothing. All are welcome to attend this free event. Questions? Call 588-5024.

Just Sixties

Friday Night Face Off

Sunday 11

Break out your tie-dyed shirts and join Just Sixties in concert at the North Shore Public Library, 250 Route 25A, Shoreham from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Relive the music, fads and pop culture of the most memorable decade in music history and listen to timeless classics from the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Cher, the Monkees and much more. Open to all. Call 929-4488 for further info.

Poetry reading

The Second Saturdays poetry series continues at All Souls Church, 61 Main St., Stony Brook from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Suffolk County Poet Laureate Gladys Henderson, featured poet will be Darrel Blaine Ford, a Walt Whitman devotee for more than 75 years. Ford will read poems from Whitman’s "Leaves of Grass" and "Songs of Myself." An open reading will follow. Free. For more information, call 655-7798.

Author Talk and Fair

Join a panel of published romance authors to celebrate the power of love in honor of Valentine's Day at Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Authors on the panel will include best-selling writers of contemporary, historical, fantasy and YA romance. Followed by an author fair from 3 to 5 p.m. Free and open to all. Call 588-5024.

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Writer and painter Bruno Ribeiro will be speaking about and signing copies of his narrative poetry book, "The Book of All Lovers," at Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington at 7 p.m. Call 271-1442.

Wednesday 14

Tom Petty tribute

Saturday 10

Book signing

The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport will present Neil Berg’s The Beatles in concert at 8 p.m. Enjoy the crowd pleasing popular hits of Paul, John, George and Ringo, while also hearing the incredible stories behind the songs. Featuring Neil Berg on piano and two incredible Broadway/rock vocalists. Tickets are $25 each. To order, call 261-2900 or visit

Grounds & Sounds Cafe at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 380 Nicolls Road, E. Setauket will welcome singer/songwriter/guitarist Cathy Kreger in concert at 9 p.m. Open mic at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 per person, available at the door or at For more information, please call 751-0297.

Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson will host Friday Night Face Off, Long Island's longest running Improv Comedy Show, on the Second Stage from 10:30 p.m. to midnight. $15 per person. Cash only. For ages 16 and up. Call 928-9100.

The Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society will present a program on bald eagles at the Cold Spring Harbor Public Library, 95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor at 7 p.m. Guest speaker, Shai Mitra, will give a lecture titled "Where Eagles Dare: Two Centuries of Environmental Changes on Long Island." Free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served. Questions? Call 692-6820.

Tribute to the Beatles

Janis Siegel in concert

Nine-time Grammy-winning vocalist and founding member of The Manhattan Transfer Janis Siegel will appear in concert at North Shore Jewish Center, 385 Old Town Road, Port Jefferson Station at 8 p.m. The singer will be accompanied by John di Martino on piano and Boris Kozlov on bass. Tickets are $36 adults, $25 under the age of 21, preferred seating $50 and VIP Meet & Greet $75. To order, call 928-3737 or visit

Audubon Society lecture

Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson will welcome the band Damn the Torpedoes in a loving tribute to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39 each. To order, call 928-9100 or visit

Presidents Valentine Brunch

Join the Smithtown Historical Society for a Presidents Valentine Brunch fundraiser in the historic Frank Brush Barn, 211 E. Main St., Smithtown from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy good food, donated by local community restaurants and business owners, and good company in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Proceeds benefit the historical society. Tickets are $15 adults, $5 children. Advance registration required by calling 265-6768.

Just a hike

Join the staff at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington for a 4-mile, moderately paced hike through the park from 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. Adults only. $4 per person. Advance registration required by calling 423-1770.

Chinese New Year Celebration

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization will host its annual Chinese New Year Celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. at its Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main St., Stony Brook Village. Featuring a martial arts demonstration, lion dance, drumming performance, dance and more. A Year of the Dog children’s craft activity will follow. $12 adults, $10 seniors and children under 12. For reservations, call 689-5888.

Monday 12 Civic association meeting The Sound Beach Civic Association meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Sound Beach Firehouse, 152 Sound Beach Blvd., Sound Beach. Following a short business meeting, representatives from the Suffolk County Dept. of Health will present an opioid overdose prevention program and Narcan training class. Those who preregistered will receive a kit and certificate of completion. For more information call 744-6952.

Tuesday 13 Chinese New Year Celebration The Suffolk County Asian American Advisory Board will host a Chinese New Year celebration at the Holiday Inn Express, 3131 Nesconset Highway, Centereach from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Year of the Dog will be welcomed with traditional Chinese cuisine plus holiday music and dancing. Admission is free. Questions? Call 471-8000.

The Northport Public Library, 151 Laurel Ave., Northport, in cooperation with the Northport Arts Coalition will welcome the Asian-American Cultural Circle of Unity as they celebrate the culture of the Philippines in music and dance at 7 p.m. Join them for this educational and fun presentation. Free admission. Call 2616930 for further details.

Here's to the Ladies

Join trumpeter Tom Manuel and his quartet at The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave., Stony Brook for a Valentine's Day concert, Here's to the Ladies, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors, $15 students. Call 751-1895 or visit for details.

Book signing

Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington will welcome poet Billy Lamont who will be speaking about and signing copies of his new book of poetry, "Words Ripped from a Soul Still Bleeding," at 7 p.m. Call 271-1442 for additional details.

Beatles tribute

Love is in the air. The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown will present the Cast of Beatlemania in concert at 8 p.m. The group will perform the most famous love songs written by your favorite Brits. Bring a date for this beautiful Valentine’s Day performance. Tickets are $50 per person. To order, call 724-3700 or visit

Thursday 15 Sailor's Valentine workshop

The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor will present a Sailor's Valentine workshop for adults from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. View beautiful works of art made by sailors and be inspired to create your own seashell-embellished wooden plaque. Refreshments will be served. $15 in advance at, $25 at the door. Questions? Call 367-3418.

Singer-Songwriter Night

Join the Huntington Arts Council for its monthly Singer-Songwriter Night at the Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington from 7 to 10 p.m. Singer-songwriters of all skill levels, along with those who wish to come and support local music, are welcome. Original music only. No backline. Sign-up begins at 7

FEBRUARY 08, 2018 • ARTS & LIFESTYLES • PAGE B29 p.m. Mic opens at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. $10 donation to perform, $5 suggested for listeners. Questions? Call 271-8423, ext. 12.


An evening of jazz

Join the Port Jefferson Free Library, 100 Thompson St., Port Jefferson for a free screening of "Goodbye Christopher Robin" starring Domhnall Gleeson on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Rated PG. No registration necessary. All are welcome. Questions? Call 473-0022.

‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’

The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave., Stony Brook Brook will welcome Rich Iacona's Bad Little Big Band in concert at 7 p.m. Pianist Rich Iacona, vocalist Madeline Kole and the band perform the music of Harold Arlen. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students. To order, call 751-1895 or visit

'Battle of the Sexes' East Northport Public Library, 185 Larkfield Road, E. Northport will screen "Battle of the Sexes" starring Emma Stone on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Rated PG-13. Open to all. Call 261-2313.

Theater 'Once'

The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport will present the award-winning musical, "Once," through 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 www.

'Running Scared, Running Free ...'

Back by popular demand, The Ward Melville Heritage Organization will present a production of "Running Scared, Running Free ... Escape to the Promised Land" through Feb. 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. To order, call 689-5888 or 751-2244.

'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, through March 4. A young playwright named Will Shakespeare comes down with writer's block — until he finds a muse. Art mirrors life in a hilarious and passionate tale of romance and backstage fun! Tickets are $35 adults, $32 seniors, $20 students. To order, call 724-3700 or visit See review on page B21.

Retro Pictures double feature

'ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE' Celebrate Valentine’s Day enjoying Beatles love songs by the Cast of Beatlemania at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Photo courtesy of Cast of Beatlemania

'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' Star Playhouse, located at Suffolk Y-JCC, 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack will continue its 2018 season with a production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," your favorite cartoon characters with a song in their hearts and a "tail" to tell, on March 10 and 24 at 8 p.m. and March 11, 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 for seniors, students and members. To order, call 462-9800, ext. 136, or visit

'In the Heights' The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport will present "In the Heights," a musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes set in the Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights, from March 15 to April 29. Tickets range from $73 to $78. To order, call 261-2900 or visit www.

‘God of Carnage’ The Carriage House Players (CHP) will kick off the new year with Yasmina Reza's searing drama

"God of Carnage" on March 16, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. and March 18 and 25 at 3 p.m. The CHP (formerly Arena Players Repertory Theater) perform in the Carriage House Theater at the Vanderbilt Museum, located at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and children. For more information, call 516-557-1207 or visit


Mount Sinai High School, 110 North Country Road, Mount Sinai will present a production of the musical "Grease" on March 22, 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets at the door are $15 adults, $10 senior citizens and students. Senior citizens are invited to reserve free tickets for the Thursday evening performance by calling 870-2882.

‘South Pacific’

Continuing its 2017-18 season, the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown will present a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "South Pacific" from March 24 to April 29. Tickets are $35 adults, $20 students. To order, call 724-3700 or visit

'South Pacific'

'Food Evolution' Presented by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory & Science Advocacy of Long Island, a screening of "Food Evolution" will be held at the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. Narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Followed by a panel discussion with plant scientists. Come with your questions! Tickets are $10 at the door or online at www.

‘The Beat’ A one-hour documentary on Fats Domino and the birth of Rock ‘N Roll titled "The Beat" will be screened at the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. $16 per person, $11 members includes a reception with director Joe Lauro in person. Call 423-7611 for information.

‘Funny Face’ Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the 1957 romantic musical, "Funny Face," at the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington on Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Starring Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson with music by George and Ira Gershwin, including "'S Wonderful," "He Loves and She Loves" and "Let’s Kiss and Make Up." Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16, $11 members. To order, call 423-7611.

‘Victoria & Abdul’

Comsewogue Senior High School, 565 North Bicycle Path, Port Jefferson Station will present a production of "South Pacific" on Feb. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person at the door. For additional information, call 474-8179.

Comsewogue Public Library, 170 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station will present a free screening of "Victoria & Abdul" starring Judi Dench and Ali Fazal on Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. Rated PG-13. Open to all. To register, call 928-1212.


Class reunion

Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson will present the musical comedy "Nunsense" on the Mainstage from Feb. 24 to March 24. Winner of four Outer Critics Circle Awards, with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin, "Nunsense" features star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz and comic surprises, making the show an international phenomenon. Tickets are $35 adults, $28 students and seniors, $20 children over age 5. To order, call 928-9100 or visit

Port Jefferson High School Class of 1968 will hold its 50-year reunion during the weekend of Sept. 21 (meet and greet), Sept. 22 (school tour, dinner/dance at Polish American Club in PJS) and Sept. 23 (Culper Spy tour). For further details, visit or call Sue Graf at 744-3314 or Dimmie (Loizos) Kaczenski at 473-2247.

'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 tribute to George A. Romero will be held by Retro Picture Show at the Cinema Arts Centre on Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. Enjoy a 35mm screening of "Tales from the Darkside: The Movie" (1990) followed by "Two Evil Eyes" (1990). Tickets are $22, $18 members. Call 423-7611.

''S WONDERFUL! 'S MARVELOUS!' Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the 1957 romantic musical, 'Funny Face,' at the Cinema Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m. Starring Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson, the film features music by George and Ira Gershwin, including ''S Wonderful,' 'He Loves and She Loves' and 'Let’s Kiss and Make Up.' You’ll have a marvelous time! Photo from CAC

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The Long Island Chinese Dance Group will help ring in the Year of the Dog at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Feb. 11. Photo from LI Chinese Dance Group

Programs 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 Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. Discover the excitement of the 2018 Olympics through reading. Free admission. Open to all. Call the Smithtown Library at 360-2480 to register.

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization will host its annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Feb. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at its Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main St., Stony Brook Village. Featuring a martial arts demonstration, lion dance, drumming performance, dance and more. A Year of the Dog children’s craft activity will follow. $12 adults, $10 seniors and children under 12. For reservations and additional information, call 689-5888.

Magic of Science

Sailor’s Valentine

Tales for Tots


Just look at those beautiful brown eyes! This is Rapunzel, an adorable 2½-monthold Catahoula/hound mix from South Carolina, now waiting for a furever home at Kent Animal Shelter. How is it that this gorgeous gal couldn’t find herself a home down south? No worries, Rapunzel — New Yorkers are going to be fighting over you! Rapunzel has already spent some time with cats and would do well sharing a home with them. She is also spayed, microchipped and up to date on all her vaccines. Will you be her Valentine? Kent Animal Shelter is located at 2259 River Road in Calverton. For more information on Rapunzel and other adoptable pets at Kent, visit or call 631-727-5731. Photo courtesy of Kent Animal Shelter

Chinese New Year Celebration

The Long Island Science Center, 21 North Country Road, Rocky Point will hold a special event, Magic of Science, on Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Experience the Magic of Alexo as you discover the science behind illusions. Enjoy a full magic show followed by a brief discussion involving science in magic. $10 per child. To register, call 208-8000 or visit

It’s a Wild Valentine’s Day!

Cold Spring Harbor Library, 95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor will host a Valentine’s Day Little Naturalist’s program by the HuntingtonOyster Bay Audubon Society on Feb. 10 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Make a nature-themed Valentine’s Day card to take home, listen to a story about animals and, if weather permits, take a walk outside and look for signs of animals in winter. For ages 4 to 8 accompanied by a caregiver. Free. Advance registration required by calling 903-5556.

To Nature with Love

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, 581 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown will host a family program, To Nature with Love, on Feb. 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Discover the winter birds that visit our feeders and why. Make a few pine cone feeders to hang in the park and then create your own feeder to take home. $4 per participant. Advance registration required by calling 265-1054.

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 Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. Enjoy a reading of “Click, Clack, Moo I Love You” by Doreen Cronin followed by a special activity. Free. Call 724-0341 (LG) or 462-0208 (EN) for more information.

Red Hot Ooze

Join the Maritime Explorium, 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson for a drop-in program, Red Hot Ooze, on Feb. 10 and 11 from 1 to 5 p.m. Mix a special ooze for your Valentine! $5 per person. Questions? Call 331-3277.

The Whaling Museum, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor will host a teen drop-off program titled Sailor’s Valentine on Feb. 14 from 4 to 5 p.m. Try your hand at creating a beautiful Sailor’s Valentine for yourself or to give to someone special. For ages 10 to 16. $12 per person. To register, call 367-3418.

Toddler Time

Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington hosts Toddler Time for ages 3 to 5 every Thursday at 11 a.m. Join guitarist Jeff Sorg for a morning of singing and dancing on Feb. 15. Free. No registration necessary. For further information, call 271-1442.

Theater ‘Rapunzel’

Join Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson for the musical, “Rapunzel: The Untold Story,” through Feb. 24. 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

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” through March 4. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped 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 www.

‘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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Pictured from left, author Virginia McCaffrey, Allyson Konczynin, Bob Scollon, Will Konczynin and Brian Ehlers

‘Chased by a Bear’

Photo from Virginia Ehlers

By Virginia McCaffrey

Children’s Book


Reviewed by Melissa Arnold

irginia McCaffrey, an 11th-grade special education teacher at Ward Melville High School in Setauket, has brought her childhood memories to life with an imaginative new book for kids. “Chased by a Bear,” McCaffrey’s first book, honors the memory of her late grandmother, Jean Scollon, who loved telling her grandchildren vivid bedtime stories. I recently reached out to McCaffrey to ask her about her newest venture.

Tell me a little bit about yourself. I am one of five children, one girl with four brothers. I was born in Lake Ronkonkoma and our family moved to Setauket when I was in ninth grade. I loved growing up in a big family as there was never a dull moment. As a child, I never really dreamed of becoming a writer, although I did think of it occasionally, not sure what direction I should take. The answer only came to me at the passing of my grandmother, Jean Scollon, three years ago.

Why did you decide to write a children’s book specifically? My grandmother was such a large part of our lives. My own children knew her well and have always loved hearing stories of the terrific times my brothers, cousins and I had with her as we were growing up. One night I was telling them about our many sleepovers at Nany and Grandad’s house. The four of us would climb onto the bed in the guest room at the end of the hall, then Nany would squeeze in with us to tell

us a story before going to sleep. As I grow older, I fondly remember taking turns adding to the story, but specifically remember thinking that Nany had an incredible imagination. She always seemed to be coming up with great scenes, characters and situations, as well as games for us to play. After sharing these stories with my own children and sending them off to bed, I decided to sit down and write a “Nany-type” story for them. At first, it was meant to simply be for them, but the more I worked on it, I began to dream of sharing the story of this wonderful grandmother with other children and turning it into a book; I found a way to honor my grandmother and share her with others.

they were. Their reactions made keeping it a secret for so long all worth it.

What is the book about? “Chased by a Bear” is the story of four young children and the magical adventure their grandmother is able to make them a part of through her bedtime stories. No one but the five of them know where Nany’s stories take them each week during their sleepovers, making the adventure so much more special for them. They find themselves in a dangerous situation but use teamwork to resolve the problem.

Why did you choose a story about a bear for your first book? I chose to use a bear story for the book because so many of Nany’s stories involved a bear in the woods. It was her favorite theme to her stories. Looking back I think those were always my favorite ones to hear.

Are the children in the story based on real-life people? My younger brother (Brian Ehlers), two cousins (Allyson and William Konczynin) and I are the youngest of seven grandchildren and the characters in the book.

How did your family respond when you What was the publication process like? Once I decided to write the children’s told them you had an idea for a book? book, the process took about 18 months to I didn’t tell the family about my project until it was complete and I could present it to my grandfather, Bob Scollon, at a family dinner. The only exception was my mother, who was sworn to secrecy. It was probably the hardest secret I have ever had to keep. To say my family was surprised is an understatement. They appeared to be completely shocked. All four of my brothers told me how proud they were, my nieces and nephews all asked if they could share it with their classes, and my grandfather was speechless. He immediately sat down and read the book cover to cover while the rest of the family chatted about how surprised

complete. I decided to self-publish, and ultimately took the advice of my illustrator as to which company to use. The result was a very smooth process.

How did you find an illustrator? I found the most challenging effort was to find an illustrator to capture the characters in the book: my grandparents, cousins, brother and myself. After a great deal of research online, I found an illustrator whose artwork not only connected with the personalities and descriptions of all of us but was exactly what I would hope for in a children’s book. Robin Bayer’s style is so uplifting and

colorful. She made my story come to life. I sent her pictures of the four of us as children, as well as pictures of Nany and Grandad. She totally captured the look I wanted.

What was it like seeing the illustrations and receiving the first copy of the book? When the first sketches were sent to me, I found it incredible how someone who didn’t know us as children and never had the opportunity to meet Nany was able to read a story I wrote and look at pictures I sent and completely capture my childhood and my vision of how my book should look. The story seemed to come to life more and more as additional illustrations were created and color was added to the pages. When I received the first copy of the completed book to proof, I was in love with it. Once the book went public, friends sent me pictures of their children reading my book. I’ve saved every picture they’ve sent. I love hearing what their children and grandchildren think of the story.

What is the target age for the book? The book was written on a second- or third-grade reading level. However, it was intended to appeal to many ages as it can be read aloud.

What do your students think? My students have expressed excitement at the idea of their teacher writing and publishing a book. They make me feel proud when they mention it. Recently, I was invited to read to the class of one of my daughters. The students had many questions about the writing process and becoming an author. It was wonderful to see the awe and excitement on their faces.

Do you plan to write any more books? I would love to see this turn into a series of Nany Bedtime Stories … and maybe even let the rest of my family have some input. “Chased by a Bear” is available for purchase on


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Arts & Lifestyles - February 8, 2018  
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