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What You Need to Know About Heart Health Most of us know someone who has had heart disease. In fact, about every 40 seconds, an American will have a heart attack. Yet as alarming as this may sound, the good news is that many issues leading up to heart disease are within our control. Here’s what our experts, Dr. Chikwe and Dr. Skopicki, have to say about heart health.

Heart Health Under Age 40 — Time to Invest

Sometimes it takes re-education. For example, the food that is most familiar to us is not always the healthiest. Even if you have never exercised, it’s never too late to start. Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most or all days of the week. If you can’t do 30 minutes at one time, you can add up 10-minute sessions throughout the day. And, of course, work with your physician to identify the specific factors that control your specific risk profile.

60+ — Staying in Charge

Think of your 30s as a time to invest in your heart health. Remember, cholesterol build-up begins in your 20s. Developing lifelong habits that include aerobic exercise, eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods and staying away from sugarladen soda and energy drinks can help set the groundwork for a healthy heart lifestyle. Other important decisions are to avoid drugs and excess alcohol. And, if you smoke or use vaping products, stop! People who use e-cigarettes every day have twice the risk of heart attack, and the odds increase almost fivefold for those who use them along with traditional cigarettes, a new study suggests.

For our patients who are in the over-60 age range, our goal is to help them take charge of their health, even if that includes heart disease. Experiencing symptoms that are not being controlled by medication is a red flag that something more needs to be done. The patient shouldn’t expect to feel chest pain or shortness of breath or fatigue just because they have a heart disease diagnosis. We work with each patient and their family members to optimize care. Whatever the barrier to self-care, Stony Brook’s team of heart disease experts looks for workable ways to address it.

Avoiding Heart Disease — Ages 40 to 60

We know that one size doesn’t fit all. Determining an individual’s barriers to good heart health involves working to gain the trust of our patients and provide them with the education and tools to minimize or eliminate their symptoms, lower the risk associated with heart disease and potentially reverse the progression of disease that is already present.

At middle age, we see that there are those who are susceptible — because of their genetics or a hypersensitivity to cholesterol or toxins — to showing the signs of heart disease. For these patients, it’s critical to define what is reversible and what can be done to slow the progression.

Focusing on Optimizing Health

Top Rated Heart Care When you come to Stony Brook Heart Institute, you can depend on quality and expertise for every aspect of your cardiac care. In fact, we exceed national outcomes and have the best outcomes on Long Island when it comes to bringing lifesaving heart emergency care to heart attack victims, as reported by Hospital Compare. And our Cardiothoracic Surgery Division has received a three-star rating — the highest award — from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons for overall patient care and outcomes in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery procedures performed from January to December 2017. For patients with heart failure, a condition where the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body, our experts at the Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Center help patients to restore their quality of life, limit their symptoms and understand their disease. We are proud that our patient outcomes for survival with heart failure are the best on Long Island and among the best nationally, according to Hospital Compare.

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A lesson about respect, tolerance and accountability

family came home from temple and found a white swastika painted on their driveway. Needless to Over the last few weeks we have read much say, they were devastated. about racism, bigotry and discrimination that Upon investigation, local law enforcement continues to infect our social landscape. We discovered that two Christian eighth-grade have also seen the double standard when it boys who were classmates of the boy who was comes to holding people accountable for the a member of this family painted that hateful poor choices they have made. symbol on their driveway. Those young men did Accountability seems to be a concept sadly not know that the boy’s grandmother lived with missing in our civil discourse. Freedom of them and that she was a survivor of the Holocaust. speech is a basic human right guaranteed by Law enforcement took the two boys our Constitution. However, that right does not responsible for this horrific act, arrested allow people to publicly disrespect them and charged them with a and degrade others because we hate crime. The two boys were disagree with them. friends with the Jewish boy Let’s take a moment and whose home they violated with reflect on the social rhetoric that that horrific symbol. is infecting our civil discourse Unfortunately, that hateful act on a regular basis. Some feel that polarized that small community. they have the right to say and do Some felt people overreacted to a whatever they want even if it’s childish prank, stating boys were at the expense of someone’s boys just playing around with character and integrity grounded no harm or disrespect intended. in no fact or reality. Others felt people minimized the It becomes increasingly severity of that act of hate and difficult to hold people felt the young men should be accountable when those who lead held fully accountable for their us on both sides of the aisle live reckless decision-making. with a double standard; when our The victimized family, religious leaders live by a double All the major religious especially the Holocaust survivor, standard. We have the right to traditions at their core did not want to prosecute the hold any opinion we wish. We espouse love, forgive- guilty boys, but they did want do not have the right to impose them to be held accountable ness and respect. our opinion on others or demean and helped to understand how them if we disagree. Basic human respect for the profoundly hurtful their prank was. dignity of every person seems to be buried in the After many conversations back and forth rubble of hateful speech and countless people with law enforcement and the local school making excuses for that hatefulness. officials, the elderly Holocaust survivor All the major religious traditions at their suggested that the boys apologize before her core espouse love, forgiveness and respect. It is temple community and participate in a full unacceptable to use religion as a manipulative school assembly on the need for respect and tool to justify basic hate, discrimination and tolerance of people from every walk of life and bigotry. Our religious community has to move at that assembly apologize for being so hurtful. beyond their silence and speak to the issue The boys agreed. The charges were dropped of respect for all people, no matter what their and what was once a hateful act became an social and/or political circumstance. opportunity to learn a real-life lesson about In early September a few years ago, a Jewish respect, tolerance and accountability. family was celebrating a Jewish holy day. The Fr. Pizzarelli, SMM, LCSW-R, ACSW, public schools in the community were closed to DCSW, is the director of Hope House Minisrespect and honor the Jewish community. The tries in Port Jefferson.

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‘Girl in a Turquoise Dress,’ oil on canvas, by William Graf

William Graf


William Graf is a fine artist, professional illustrator and instructor of drawing, oil, acrylic and watercolor painting at The Atelier at Flowerfield in St. James, the Art League of Long Island and the National Art League of New York. His extensive art career began after completing his drawing and old master painting studies at the Art Students League of New York and in Florence, Italy, at the CecilGraves Studio. Graf continues to be commissioned for work as an illustrator for major publishing companies. One of his noteworthy commissions was for a mural depicting a scene of President Theodore Roosevelt’s children in the White House, which was painted to be displayed in the Museum of American History. Recently, I had a chance to chat with the Huntington resident about his journey from graphic design to the fine art world.

How would you describe your work?

Having studied with realist art instructors in the states and in Florence, Italy, my work echoes the classical realist tradition. I paint simple images in life, hoping to bring a certain poetry to my artwork.

How has your painting evolved over the years?

I feel that my painting has matured from photographic realism to a more naturalistic style all the while incorporating good realistic principles.

What do you feel has been the most gratifying about the art world?


The thing that gives me the most gratification in art is teaching people all that I have learned during my career. I love to impart my knowledge to students seeking to become better artists. I enjoy watching the progression when the practice of good drawing and painting come together, and the student has that “breakthrough moment.”

‘Self-portrait,’ oil on canvas

‘My goal as an artist is to seek beauty and truth in my paintings and to find an element that viewers can relate to.’ — William Graf

In this diverse art career from graphics and design to illustration for major publishing companies, can you describe a turning point that lead you to pursue fine art?

I’ve always kept my hand in fine art, continuing to paint landscapes, portrait commissions and still life while working as an illustrator. The crossover stemmed from the fact that most of my illustration work was figure oriented with landscape backgrounds, so, for me, it was a natural crossover.

You still are actively commissioned by major publishing companies for illustration. What fine art qualities do you bring to this?

Yes, I am still actively taking on commercial illustration projects, such as book cover design, illustration and children’s books. In my illustrations, I try to incorporate a higher aesthetic, whether it be in composition or drawing. I strive to make my illustration and fine art synonymous.

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SBU’s Erin Kang studies autism communication patterns Harnessing the Technology of our Research Giants

BY DANIEL DUNAIEF This is the second half of a two-part series on autism research conducted by Hyunsik Kim and Erin Kang. Last week we focused on the work of Stony Brook University graduate student Hyunsik Kim, who used three criteria to diagnose autism. This week we will feature the work of another SBU graduate student in the Department of Psychology, Erin Kang, who specifically explored the types and severity of communication difficulties autistic children have. Words and the way people use them can offer clues about autism. Looking closely at pronoun reversals, speech delays, perseveration and 10 other characteristics, Kang determined that the number of features was a “powerful predictor of an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.”

‘She is part of the next generation of where my field is going, and I hope we can catch up to her.’


In a paper published online in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Kang grouped children from 6 to 18 years old into different subgroups based on their communication patterns and used a statistical method that allows the data to “speak for itself,” in terms of finding groups based on the patterns of how the communication difficulties are associated and to classify them. According to Kang, heterogeneity is an important feature of autism spectrum disorder. “There has been a greater effort into understanding whether subgroups exist in ASD populations,” she explained in an email. By examining the atypical communication characteristics, she found four


subgroups. These groups differed from each other, not only with autism, but on multiple measures, including the occurrence of anxiety or depression and with intellectual disabilities. The communication difficulties occur at different rates within the autism children throughout Long Island that Kang studied. Kang said her work has been “building on the previous literature,” although many of the previous studies focused on characterizing autism for children who were younger than 6. “There are few studies on specific symptoms (e.g., stereotyped speech) across the body of literature,” she explained, adding that she’s passionate about exploring the trajectory of development over time with or without intervention. She and her co-authors, Ken Gadow and Matthew Lerner, who are also at Stony Brook University, are working on a follow-up paper that attempts to explore how changes in the pattern of communication challenges examined in the paper relate to other clinical aspects and outcomes. Kang believes her results have clinical implications that will help in understanding autism. Atypical communication features are a good predictor of diagnostic status. “This can provide an advantage in assessing social communication profiles in autism,” she said. “It’s hopefully valuable in a low-resource setting.” Parents might be asked 13 questions on a checklist, which could serve as an initial screening for more comprehensive autism evaluations, rather than a multiple checklist that could take a while for parents to complete. The different categories had specific features that distinguished them.

Hyunsik Kim and Erin Kang Photo from Matthew Lerner’s lab

“There’s been quite a bit of work in the speech and language field,” said Lerner, an associate professor of psychology, psychiatry and pediatrics in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University and Kang’s mentor. “This approach allowed us to ask about some of the specific types of language differences we often see.” Lerner said what Kang found is that specific characteristics do tend to cluster together in “interesting and unique ways that can tell us more about the communicative phenotype of autism.” One of the groups, which she called “little professors,” had speech patterns with considerable perseveration. In perseveration, a person repeats a word or phrase, even when a question or stimulus that might elicit that phrase no longer continues. As an example, Dustin Hoffman in the movie “Rain Man” frequently repeated the number of minutes until Judge Wapner was on TV. “These kids would benefit more from a group-based social skills intervention that specifically integrated interacting with peers,” Kang said. People in this group had the highest percentage of wanting a friend, but difficulty with relating to peers. “They will benefit especially from interventions that help them build skills in interacting with peers,” she explained.

She also suggested that the best way to make a reliable diagnosis is to collect as much information as possible, which could include observations and electrophysiological data. Kang acknowledged that some of the responses from the parents or teachers of people with autism contain bias. “There can be a lot of potential especially in terms of these subjective measures,” she said. Indeed, through Lerner’s lab, Kang has been trying to include more uses of neurological measures and other methodology that is less subject to biases. “Hopefully, by looking at these more objective measures, we can help integrate information from these different levels,” she said. A resident of East Northport, Kang lives with her husband, musician Sungwon Kim, who works as a freelancer on Broadway musicals. The couple, who have a young son, met in Boston when she was working at Boston Children’s Hospital and he was a student at Berklee College of Music. Kang’s first experience with autism was in high school, when she acted as a mentor to a second grader. When she entered college at the University of California at Berkeley, she studied molecular and cellular biology and psychology.

POWER OF 3 Continued on page B16

Horoscopes of the week PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, many people set goals early in a new year, and you can try to follow suit. This may provide some guidance for you as the year progresses. ARIES – Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you have high hopes about everything that crosses your path this week. This includes your love life. You might be eager to step things up a notch in that area. TAURUS – Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, find comfort in the fact that your spouse or significant other and you share the same perspective about important topics. He or she also has integrity, which means a lot. GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21 Conversations this week will be on point, Gemini. Everything you have to say will be unequivocal, and others will follow your instructions in every detail. CANCER – Jun 22/Jul 22 If you are single, Cancer, it is possible you will meet someone this week you believe could be long-term relationship material. This person may be your complete opposite. LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23 Finding success in things that you want to do can take a few rough drafts, Leo. Do not be discouraged if a few attempts do not yield the desired outcomes. VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22 Communication will come much easier to you this week, Virgo. This hasn’t always been the case, as you sometimes worry about how your words will be received. LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23 An event may occur this week that fortifies financial stability at home, Libra. This may involve real estate or developing a new long-term financial plan. SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, you will not need to work too hard to prove to someone who loves you just how amazing you are. These people understand that, and you’re grateful for it. SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21

Sagittarius, as long as the people you surround yourself with are able to respect you and give you some breathing room, they’re healthy to be around.

CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, friends will not steer you wrong this week, especially if you are looking to them for advice on love. They may have some heartfelt words of wisdom. AQUARIUS – Jan 21/Feb 18 Your love life and social life are intertwined this week, Aquarius. It is very likely that you will spend ample time with friends as well as that special person in your life.



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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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Preventing and Reversing Chronic Conditions and Diseases Including: High Blood Pressure • High Cholesterol/Triglycerides Heart Disease • Stroke • Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2 Obesity • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) Rheumatoid Arthritis • Hypothyroid • Hyperthyroid Lupus • Multiple Sclerosis • Sjogren’s Syndrome Raynaud’s Syndrome • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Ulcerative Colitis • Crohn’s Disease • Psoriatic Arthritis Celiac Disease • Psoriasis • Sarcoidosis “I lost 135 lbs and have kept it off for several years with the guidance, recipes and encouragement that Dr. Dunaief has provided. Also my inflammation has been reduced significantly. This means I was able to stop my two immunosuppressives for rheumatoid arthritis. I have no more pain or swelling in my joints and can move my fingers normally. This is a surreal experience. I also have reduced my CA125 by tenfold to well within the normal range associated with my BRCA1 ovarian cancer.” – C.H.

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Options for eczema sufferers


Broken bones are a common side effect of eczema

Eczema is a common problem for both children and adults. In the United States, more than 10 percent of the adult population is afflicted (1), with twice as many females as males affected (2). Referred to more broadly as atopic dermatitis, its cause is unknown, but it is thought that nature and nurture are both at play (3). Eczema is a chronic inflammatory process that involves symptoms of pruritus (itching) pain, rashes and erythema (redness) (4). There are three different severities: mild, moderate and severe. Adults tend to have eczema in the moderate-to-severe range. Treatments for eczema run the gamut from over-the-counter creams and lotions to prescription steroid creams to systemic (oral) steroids and, now, injectable By David biologics. Some use Dunaief, M.D. phototherapy for severe cases, but the research on phototherapy is scant. Antihistamines are sometimes used to treat the itchiness. Also, lifestyle modifications may play an important role, specifically diet. Two separate studies have shown an association between eczema and fracture, which we will investigate further. Let’s look at the evidence.

Eczema doesn’t just scratch the surface

Eczema may also be related to broken bones. In an observational study, results showed that those with eczema had a 44 percent increased risk of injury causing limitation and an even more disturbing 67 percent risk of bone fracture and bone or joint injury for those 30 years and older (5). And if you have both fatigue or insomnia and eczema, you are at higher risk for bone or joint injury than having one or the other alone. One reason for increased fracture risk, the researchers postulate, is the use of corticosteroids in treatment. Steroids may weaken bone, ligaments and tendons and may cause osteoporosis by decreasing bone mineral density. Chronic inflammation may also contribute to the risk of bone loss. There were 34,500 patients involved in the study, ranging in age from 18 to 85. For those who have eczema and have been treated with steroids, it may be wise to have a DEXA (bone) scan.

Are supplements the answer?

The thought of supplements somehow seems more appealing for some than medicine. There are two well-known supplements for helping to reduce inflammation, evening primrose oil and

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Elimination diets may play a role in treating eczema. Stock photo

borage oil. Are these supplements a good replacement for – or addition to – medications? The research is really mixed, leaning toward ineffective. In a meta-analysis (involving seven randomized controlled trials, the gold standard of studies), evening primrose oil was no better than placebo in treating eczema (6). The researchers also looked at eight studies of borage oil and found there was no difference from placebo in terms of symptom relief. One positive is that these supplements only had minor side effects. But don’t look to supplements for help.

Where are we on the drug front?

The FDA approved a biologic monoclonal antibody, dupilumab (7). In trials, this injectable drug showed good results, improving outcomes for moderate to severe eczema sufferers when topical steroids alone were not effective.

Do probiotics have a place?

When we think of probiotics, we think of taking a pill. However, there are also potentially topical probiotics with atopic dermatitis. In preliminary in-vitro (in a test tube) studies, the results look intriguing and show that topical probiotics from the human microbiome (gut) could potentially work as well as steroids (8). This may be part of the road to treatments of the future. However, this is in very early stage of development.

What about lifestyle modifications?

In a Japanese study involving over 700 pregnant women and their offspring, results showed that when the women ate either a diet high in green and yellow vegetables, beta carotene or citrus fruit there was a significant reduction in the risk of the child having eczema of 59 percent, 48 percent and 47 percent, respectively, when comparing highest to lowest consumption quartiles (9). Elimination diets may also play a role. One study’s results showed when eggs were removed from the diet in those who were

allergic, according to IgE testing, eczema improved significantly (10). From an anecdotal perspective, I have seen very good results when treating patients who have eczema with dietary changes. My patient population includes about 15 to 20 percent of patients who suffer some level of eczema. For example, a young adult had eczema mostly on the extremities. When I first met the patient, these were angry, excoriated, erythematous and scratched lesions. However, after several months of a vegetable-rich diet, the patient’s skin had all but cleared. I also have a personal interest in eczema. I suffered from hand eczema, where my hands would become painful and blotchy and then crack and bleed. This all stopped for me when I altered my diet many years ago. Eczema exists on a spectrum from annoying to significantly affecting a patient’s quality of life (11). Supplements may not be the solution, at least not borage oil or evening primrose oil. However, there may be promising topical probiotics ahead and medications for the hard to treat. It might be best to avoid long-term systemic steroid use; it could not only impact the skin but also may impact the bone. Lifestyle modifications appear to be very effective, at least at the anecdotal level.


(1) J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013;132(5):11321138. (2) BMC Dermatol. 2013;13(14). (3) Acta Derm Venereol (Stockh) 1985;117 (Suppl.):1-59. (4) (5) JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(1):33-41. (6) Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;4:CD004416. (7) (8) ACAAI 2014: Abstracts P328 and P329. (9) Allergy. 2010 Jun 1;65(6):758-765. (10) J Am Acad Dermatol. 2004;50(3):391-404. (11) Contact Dermatitis 2008; 59:43-47. Dr. Dunaief is a speaker, author and local lifestyle medicine physician focusing on the integration of medicine, nutrition, fitness and stress management.

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The Long Island Decoy Collectors Association will present its 48th annual Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show at the IBEW Union Hall, 370 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Hauppauge on Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s featured exhibit, titled Atlantic Brant – Our Graceful Arctic Goose, will focus on the variety of Brant decoys. More than 50 vendor tables will feature antique decoys, sporting art and other collectibles for viewing and purchase. Admission is $7 per person. For more information, call 631-537-0153 or visit

Casino Night

The Friends of St. Patrick will host a Casino Night Party Fundraiser at the Inn at East Wind, 5720 Route 25A, Wading River on Friday, March 8 from 7 to 11 p.m. The parade’s queen and her court will be crowned and the grand marshal will be formally introduced. All are invited for food, drink and fun. Tickets are $75 per person and includes a buffet dinner and open bar. To order, call 631-790-9061 or 631-484-6322.

Save the date

The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, located at 2 East Main St., Smithtown will present Piano Men, a tribute concert to Billy Joel and Elton John, on Saturday, March 9 at 8 p.m. The Canadian Duo returns to Smithtown to play your favorite songs of the ’70s and ’80s. All seats are $40. For more info or to order tickets, call 631-724-3700 or visit

Irish Night

Celebrate Irish heritage with Irish Night at the Smithtown Historical Society’s Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main St., Smithtown on March 11 at 7 p.m. Featuring corned beef and cabbage from Faraday’s of Smithtown, dancing by the Mulvihill-Lynch Studio of Irish Dance, live traditional Irish music by John Corr, raffles and a limerick contest. Tickets are $30, $25 members. Call 631-265-6768 for more information or to RSVP.

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A thought-provoking ‘Nine The Musical’ opens in Port Jefferson

BY HEIDI SUTTON Theatre Three continues its 49th season with the Broadway smash hit musical “Nine.” With book by Arthur Kopit and music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, the award-winning show is based on the semi-autobiographical 1963 film of Italian film director/screenwriter Federico Fellini’s life, titled “8½.” Directed by Jeffrey Sanzel, the musical follows the artistic journey of celebrated Italian director Guido Contini (Brian Gill) and his quest to find an idea for his next film. His last three films have been flops and he has an extreme case of writer’s block. A movie contract has been signed with his producer Liliane La Fleur (Debbie D’Amore) but there is no script. Should he write a Western? A Bible-inspired epic? A documentary? The stakes are high and time is running out. As if Contini didn’t have enough to worry about, his wife Luisa (Christina Muens) is considering leaving him, his naive mistress Carla (Abigail McCabe) thinks he wants to marry her, and his muse, movie star Claudia Nardi (TracyLynn Conner) is getting tired of being cast in the same type of roles and is about to walk away. To try to clear his head, Contini and his wife take a trip to the Fontane di Luna spa in Venice. Worried about deadlines, his producer tracks him down at the spa and insists he write a musical. Improvising on the spot, the director chooses to his own life experiences and relationships to create a Casanova-inspired

flick and hires the staff at the spa to be the cast. As the film begins to take shape, fantasy and reality are intertwined as Contini has constant flashbacks — when he was a little boy (played by the adorable Brayden E. Bratti) with his mother (Linda May), and his many affairs, all in an attempt to seek cinematic inspiration. In the role of Guido Contini, said to be one of the most demanding roles in musical theater, Brian Gill brilliantly leads the talented cast of “Nine” on a 2½-hour thoughtprovoking musical romp. Accompanied by a seven-piece band led by Jeffrey Hoffman, the musical numbers are perfectly executed, with special mention to “Guido’s Song, “Folies Bergeres,” “Ti Voglio Bene/Be Italian” and the “Grand Canal.” The top-notch choreography by Nicole Bianco, the beautiful costumes by Ronald Green III, the impressive set by Randall Parsons and the masterful lighting by Robert W. Henderson Jr., which lets the audience know what is real and what is flashback, ties it all together nicely. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson will present “Nine The Musical” on the Mainstage through March 23. Please note, “Nine” contains adult themes and situations. Parental discretion advised. The 2018-19 Mainstage season continues with “The Miracle Worker” from April 6 to 28 and “The Wizard of Oz” from May 18 to June 22. Tickets are $35 adults, $28 seniors and students, $20 children ages 5 to 12. For more information or to order, call 631-928-9100 or visit

From left, Brian Gill, TracyLynn Conner, Abigail McCabe (on chair) and Christina Muens in a scene from ‘Nine’ Photo by Peter Lanscombe, Theatre Three Productions Inc.


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If a young adult has issues with mental ill- make recommendations to the court; the appointment of a guardian ad litem to perness or other functional limitations, form a similar function is discrea parent or concerned relative can tionary in Article 17-A. ask the Supreme Court to appoint a • Almost all Article 17-A proguardian for that person under Articeedings are determined by refercle 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law. ence to medical certifications by There are differences in the applitreating physicians; The professioncation and procedure with these als making the certifications are not two statutory schemes which are subject to cross-examination. described below. • Article 81 requires proof by Article 17-A was originally enclear and convincing evidence, acted in 1969 to provide a means while Article 17-A is silent as to for parents of disabled children to the burden. continue to make decisions once Even when young adults meet their children reached adulthood. the medical criteria for an Article The belief was that the condition New York offers two 17-A guardian, courts are taking a was permanent with no likelihood of improvement. Hence, the same types of guardianship more wholistic view and looking powers that parents held over mi- proceedings for adults. at that person’s functional capacity and assessing if an Article 17-A nors were appropriately continued guardian is the least restrictive alfor the rest of the person’s life. Article 81 was enacted in 1993 and is directed ternative or if an Article 81 guardianship is aptoward adults who have lost or have diminished propriate to address a certain deficit. For instance, capacity. It presumes that all adults have full ca- take the young adult with a diagnosis of autism pacity and requires proof of specific incapacity where he or she is considered “high functioning” before a guardian can be appointed to remedy the by the medical experts and they may have other proven incapacity. Article 81 anticipates closely mental health issues that impair decision-making. tailored guardianships, granting the guardian no In this case an Article 17-A guardian may not more power than is necessary under the circum- be the least restrictive alternative, an Article 81 stances, and aims to preserve autonomy to the guardianship may be more appropriate. Courts are also looking to see if the young greatest degree possible. Article 17-A is almost purely diagnosis driv- person can execute advance directives such as a en, while Article 81 requires a more refined de- health care proxy and power of attorney so their termination linking functional incapacity, appre- parent or concerned relative can assist in making ciation of danger and danger itself. Unlike Article medical or financial decisions for that person 81, Article 17-A provides no gradations and no without court intervention to preserve their rights described or circumscribed powers. Article 17-A and autonomy. The lesson to be learned is that while that statis considered a plenary guardianship, meaning that the guardian has full power to make any and ute is clear about the medical diagnoses needed for an Article 17-A guardianship, not just anyone with all decisions. The two statutes differ dramatically in the re- a diagnosis is the proper subject of an Article 17-A porting requirements following the appointment proceeding. You may find that the needs of the disof a guardian. Article 81 guardians have to file a abled individual are better met through a limited report 90 days after appointment and thereafter Article 81 guardianship or that they are able to on a yearly basis, while Article 17-A guardians execute advance directives. The differences in the statutory schemes can be nuanced and if you have have no duty to file any report. 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Award-winning Port Jefferson Documentary Series announces Spring 2019 lineup

‘Come for the film, stay for the talk’ BY KEVIN REDDING


t began more than 15 years ago with a group of film lovers gathered around the television on Oscar night. Lyn Boland, a former lawyer and adjunct professor from Setauket, was among them, and as she and her friends gushed over clips from the year’s Best Documentary Feature category, she wondered: Why can’t we ever see any of these powerful films? Around this time, she was called on by her law partner, and a fellow cinephile, to help rebuild the Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council’s faltering film program. Boland had just recently watched “Spellbound,” the Academy Award-nominated doc about a group of eight young students competing in the Scripps National Bee; it was exciting, artistic, moving and it made Boland cry. It seemed obvious what to do with the local cinema program. “Let’s make it a documentary series,” she recalls saying to her friend. While the initial concept was to hold screenings around the work primarily of local filmmakers, this proved to be difficult and limiting. So, members of the program’s board decided to pluck documentaries straight from the source: high-profile film festivals, from the Hamptons International Film Festival to DOC NYC to Tribeca Film Festival to Stony Brook Film Festival, and more, where new, important works are debuted, and the voices of blossoming filmmakers are heard for the first time.

‘Over the years, the documentary has become an extremely important and effective tool for information and social change.’ — BARBARA SVERD

And thus, in the fall of 2005, the first Port Jefferson Documentary Series was born. “The idea was to make a place where we can actually see these films while they’re still very current,” Boland, one of three co-directors of the now14-year series, said. “I think that this particular area on Long Island has a welleducated population, people who want to stay up-to-date, and, for some people, watching a documentary is a great way

Image courtesy of PJDS ‘Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story’ will be screened at Theatre Three on May 20.

for them to go into depth on an important issue for a couple hours.” She continued, “We used to travel to Cinema Arts Centre [in Huntington] to see documentaries, and it seems like there was this giant hole in our ability to see independent films like these in this area. Our criteria now is that the film is new and not available elsewhere, has critical acclaim, and tells an important story.” Sponsored by the Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council and the Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs, the spring 2019 season of the award-winning documentary series begins March 4 and will run until May 20. The sevenfilm lineup will be spread across several local venues, including Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson; the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook; the Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook; and Robert Cushman Murphy Junior High School, 351 Oxhead Road, in Stony Brook. Each of this year’s emotional and thought-provoking films will be followed up by a Q&A session with guest speakers involved in the documentary, like directors, producers, the movies’ subjects and outside experts. They include the compelling journalism-focused “The Panama

Papers”; “Under the Wire,” about a heroic Sunday Times correspondent who was killed while covering the war in Syria; “Weed the People,” in which medical cannabis is posed as “a human rights issue”; as well as “Liyana,” “City of Joel,” “Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story” and “Emanuel,” about the Charleston church shooting. As is the case every year, the documentaries are selected by the series’ seven-member film board, or “The Film Ladies,” as they are called — made up of Boland, fellow co-directors Barbara Sverd and Wendy Feinberg, as well as board members Honey Katz, Phyllis Ross, Lorie Rothstein and Lynn Rein. Each member sees upward of 100 documentaries during the preliminary film festival blitz, and whittle their favorites down to 10 or less to present to the board. Out of that batch, seven films, one from each person, are selected to be screened. From the get-go, the board member assumes responsibility for “her” film, presenting it to the board, writing press releases and making sure the venues have all the right equipment for a proper screening. “The earlier we get the film, the better it is for us because then we can actually help the filmmakers and expose their film — we like getting them early in their emergence,” said Boland.

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Film schedule

■ The spring season will kick off with “The Panama Papers” at Theatre Three on March 4. Leaked by an anonymous source to journalists in 2015, the Panama Papers were an explosive collection of 11.5 million documents, exposing the use of secretive offshore companies to enable widespread tax evasion and money laundering. Director Alex Winter speaks to the journalists who worked to ensure the release and examines how it reshaped our understanding of corruption in the highest tiers of government. Moderated by Tom Needham, host of “The Sounds of Film” on WUSB, guest speaker will be Kevin Hall, chief economics correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-winning senior investigator for McClatchy newspapers in Washington, D.C. ■“Under the Wire,” the chilling and inspiring documentary about Marie Colvin, the celebrated Sunday Times correspondent, and photojournalist Paul Conroy as they enter war-ravaged Syria in February of 2012 to cover the plight of trapped and slaughtered civilians in Homs, a city under siege by the Syrian Army, heads to the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University on March 11. Deliberately targeted by Syria’s top leaders, Colvin was killed in a rocket attack that also gravely wounded Conroy, who eventually managed to escape. Co-sponsored by the Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism’s Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, guest speakers include Catherine Colvin (Marie Colvin’s sister) in person and Paul Conroy, photojournalist (via Skype). ■ The season continues on March 18 at The Long Island Museum with “Weed the People.” Through the emotional stories of children fighting cancer, the documentary educates mainstream audiences about medical cannabis as a human rights issue and begets the unsettling question at the heart of the film: If weed is truly saving lives, why doesn’t the government want people to access it? Guest speakers include director Abby Epstein and cancer survivor and co-founder of NYC Botanics, Jill Fagin. Screening will be held in the museum’s Gillespie Room, located in the Carriage House Museum. ■ “Liyana,” which will be screened at Robert Cushman Murphy Junior High School on April 1, is a touching and unique film set in Swaziland (now Eswatini). Told by five children who were orphaned by the AIDS epidemic, this extraordinary film uses animation and narrative to illustrate their plight. Ultimately hopeful, this is a visually beautiful

and unforgettable film presented in a poetic and creative style. “Liyana” has recently been nominated for the prestigious 2019 Cinema Eye Honors Award for Nonfiction Filmmaking for the Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation Award. Guest speaker will be executive producer Susan MacLaury. ■ The series continues with “City of Joel” at Theatre Three on April 8. The town of Monroe, which lies 50 miles north of New York City and deep within the Hudson Valley, is one of the fastest-growing Hasidic communities in the country. Shot over several years with seemingly boundless access, Emmy-winning director Jesse Sweet’s documentary observes the simmering tensions that have come to define the community, and the myriad ways in which the town’s divide echoes the country’s as well. Co-sponsored by Temple Isaiah of Stony Brook, the guest speaker will be the film’s subject, B.J. Mendelson. ■ In collaboration with the Long Island Museum’s Long Road to Freedom: Surviving Slavery on Long Island exhibit, “Emanuel” will be screened on April 15 in the museum’s Gillespie Room. The documentary highlights the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015 and is a poignant story of justice, faith, love and hate. Featuring intimate interviews with survivors and family members, this film examines the healing power of forgiveness. Sponsored by The Law Offices of Michael S. Ross in Smithtown, Building Bridges in Brookhaven, the Bethel AME Church and the Multicultural Solidarity Group, guest speaker will be producer Dimas Salaberrios. ■ The series concludes with “Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story” at Theatre Three at 7:15 p.m. on May 20. The documentary follows the complex story of a man many call the greatest harmonica player of all time. The film features Butterfield’s music and words, along with firsthand accounts from his family, his band mates and those closest to him, with appearances by David Sanborn, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Bob Dylan and more. Co-sponsored by the Long Island Blues Society and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, the evening will be moderated by WUSB’s Tom Needham with guest speaker executive producer/producer Sandra Warren. A prefilm blues concert with Kerry Kearney, Frank Latorre, Gerry Sorrentino and Mario Staiano will be held at 6 p.m. (Combo concert, film and Q&A ticket is $15.)


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Pureed soups ... comforting winter smoothies


Many readers have asked me for more soup recipes and who can blame them? Winter chills have a way of making us crave bowls and mugs of hot soup for lunch as well as dinner. I make a huge pot of soup every week, as much, I think, for the comfort of its simmering on the stove as the comfort of ladling it into sturdy mugs and bowls and ingesting a sense of well-being despite what’s going on outside. For a little variety this time I’ve focused on pureed soups, which are smooth and very sipp-able from a mug (I think of them as winter smoothies), and I’ve come up with three favorites: Cream of Tomato and Cream of Mushroom, which are guaranteed to keep you zipping right past that canned soup aisle forevermore, and finally a nice spicy Curried Cauliflower Bisque, which will definitely get your taste buds singing.

Cream of Tomato Soup

YIELD: Makes 6 servings. INGREDIENTS: • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter • ¾ cup chopped onion • ¼ cup flour • 4 cups milk • 1 bay leaf • 1½ teaspoons sugar • Two 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes • ½ teaspoon baking soda • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste DIRECTIONS:

In a large pot melt butter over medium heat; add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until soft but not browned. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 1 or 2 minutes until a smooth paste is formed. Slowly add milk, then bay leaf and sugar and continue to cook and stir until slightly thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, baking soda and salt and pepper; add to milk mixture and bring just to a simmer; remove bay leaf and discard. Let cool slightly and puree in batches in food processor or blender. Return to pot and, stirring frequently, bring back to simmer or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Do not freeze. Serve with grilled cheese sandwiches.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

YIELD: Makes 4 to 6 servings. INGREDIENTS: • 4 cups chicken broth • 1 pound mushrooms, cleaned and chopped • 2 shallots, peeled and minced • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1/3 cup flour

Curried Cauliflower Bisque • ½ cup half-and-half • 1 bay leaf • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste DIRECTIONS:

In a medium-large pot bring chicken broth to a low boil; add mushrooms and shallots and simmer one hour. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter, then whisk in flour until smooth; slowly whisk in half-andhalf, bay leaf and salt and pepper and cook until mixture is thickened and smooth, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add mushroom broth to mixture and stir until thoroughly incorporated. Let cool slightly, then puree in batches in food processor or blender; return to saucepan and reheat, stirring frequently, over medium-low flame. Remove bay leaf and discard. Serve immediately with buttered toast or crackers.

Curried Cauliflower Bisque

YIELD: Makes 4 servings. INGREDIENTS: • 1 head cauliflower, separated into even florets • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 3 medium onions, chopped • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth • 2 teaspoons curry powder or to taste • Freshly ground black pepper to taste • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt DIRECTIONS:

Steam cauliflower until very tender, 10 to 15 minutes depending on size of florets. In a large saucepan heat butter and oil over medium heat; add onions and sauté until soft but not browned, about 10 minutes. Add steamed cauliflower, broth, curry powder and pepper; stir, then transfer mixture in batches to food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Return to saucepan and heat over low flame. Top with yogurt and serve immediately with a cucumber salad.


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‘The Panama Papers’ kicks off the Port Jefferson Documentary Series’ new season on March 4.

Port Jefferson Documentary Series Spring 2019 Continued from page B13 “There’s also the discovery aspect of it. For example, we just saw a film we’re considering for the fall that hasn’t been anywhere, no film festivals so far, but we saw it and it was great. The idea that you could see somebody’s first documentary, really help them along in the huge process [is rewarding],” she said. Because of the series’ longevity, its members have developed a relationship with the many distributors of the films, as well as their directors, most of whom are just pleased to have more eyes on their work. Last summer the Port Jefferson Documentary Series held a special screening of “RBG,” which focused on the life and career of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and which was recently nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards. In the early years of the series, they showed “Taxi to the Dark Side,” a film that went on to win the Oscar in 2008, and in 2017, Daniel McCabe, the director of “This Is Congo,” an immersive, and brutal, examination of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, discussed his film after the screening. The board, supported by ticket receipts and a grant from Suffolk County, routinely pays filmmakers to come out and discuss the film in their Q&As, but McCabe actually donated his fee back to them that night, saying “You are the people that really make this happen … You’re the ones who really deserve this money.” “We have a responsibility to curate really well,” Boland explained. “Because we get public funds, we can’t just run anything … it’s a high bar to get to be one of the seven documentaries we select.” Among the upcoming films, Boland is particular excited about “The Panama Papers.”

“Our series reflects the value of journalism,” she said. “[The director] is very good at taking a complicated topic and turn it into a very exciting film. It has you on the edge of your seat in anticipation of what’s going to happen next.” Sverd’s favorite is “Under the Wire,” which will be shown at Stony Brook University and will involve the college’s School of Journalism. “Over the years, the documentary has become an extremely important and effective tool for information and social change,” she said. “All of these are very special films to whoever chooses them.” Feinberg, a retired teacher who joined the board in fall 2014, recognized a highlight for her this year: the closing night music film “Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story,” an “interesting, educational, heartbreaking” film about a blues harmonica player who formed an interracial band. “Other than being a cinephile, I love music and love music of such varying genres,” Feinberg said. “I try to always push for one music documentary, and I’m usually successful when I see that the audience really responds to the film. I remember we had one gentleman say to me, ‘Every time you screen a film, every one is better than the one before, I don’t know how you do that.’ Feedback like that warms my heart, and confirms that we’re doing something good and lasting.” Boland agrees and encourages community members to show up and help grow the series. “These films compel us and can introduce you to a powerful, personal story you might not ever have heard,” she said. The Port Jefferson Documentary Series will be held at 7 p.m. on select Monday nights from March 4 to April 15 and at 7:15 p.m. on May 20 (see sidebar for locations). Tickets, which are sold at the door, are $8 per person. (No credit cards please.) If you would like to volunteer, please call 631473-5200. For more information, visit www.

There was one award that had a meaningful impact on my fine art career. A few years back, I painted a self-portrait and decided to show it at a juried portrait show at the Huntington Arts Council. Well, the judge was Kevin McEvoy, director of The Atelier at Flowerfield and he awarded the self-portrait “best in show!”

You now teach at The Atelier at Flowerfield in St. James. Why did you choose to teach there?

After winning that best of show award I was approached by Kevin McEvoy to consider a teaching position there. The timing was perfect. We both studied in Florence with the same instructor so our backgrounds were similar.

What we teach is classical realism with emphasis on “sight size” drawing and painting. The type of study is in the tradition of the European atelier system where students can observe the techniques as demonstrated by the instructors. All levels of students are in my classes from beginners to professionals who wish to learn the old masters’ techniques of painting.

What about your future excites or inspires you?

I will be teaching a plein air workshop in Cortona, Italy, in June 2019. This will be a Tuscan landscape workshop with some portraiture. The following September I will teach a workshop in Maine where we will paint in various locations that Winslow Homer painted. Come join us! I am also looking forward to having a solo exhibit at the Barnes Gallery in Garden City in October. For details, visit my website at

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AARP volunteer members wanted

The Brookhaven AARP volunteer team meets at the Heritage Center, 633 Mount Sinai-Coram Road, Mount Sinai on the first Thursday of each month, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Come meet new people, impact your community, learn about local issues, get information about AARP programs and discounts in addition to volunteer opportunities. Next meeting is March 7. Nonperishable food items such as soup, pasta and canned vegetables will be collected. Guest speaker will be a representative from the Town of Brookhaven’s Senior Citizens Services. For more information, email

Prostate cancer support

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, 75 North Country Road, Port Jefferson hosts a US TOO prostate cancer support group on the first Tuesday night of each month in Conference Room 1 with guest speakers. The group is open to all first diagnosed

men in treatment, survivors and friends. Address questions and concerns in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Next meeting is March 5 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, call Craig at 631-846-4377.

Bereavement support group

St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Brooksite Drive, Smithtown hosts a H.E.A.L. (Help Ease A Loss) support group for bereaved adults coping with an adult loss on Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 631-265-4520 (a.m.) or 631-265-2810 (p.m.).

Dementia care for families

Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook will present a CARES Dementia Care for Families training program on Wednesday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program will help you manage behavior and provide care at every stage of the disease. Registration required by calling 631-588-5024.

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Pysanky egg decorating class

Resurrection Byzantine Catholic Church, located at the corner of Edgewater and Mayflower avenues in Smithtown, invites the community to take part in its annual Pysanky egg decorating class on March 31 and April 7 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. Class fee is $20. Beginner kits are an additional $15. Advance registration is required by calling Joanne at 631-332-1449. Deadline to register is March 10.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance

Kota is the first certified grief therapy dog in the area. He’s trained to detect human emotion and put people at ease. Research shows animals reduce anxiety and can aid in the grief process.

VFW Post 4927 Auxiliary, 31 Horseblock Road, Centereach will host a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 16 from 7 to 11 p.m. The evening will feature a corned beef dinner, open bar, Irish-American music, lottery tree, 50/50 and door prizes. Tickets in advance are $35 per person/$40 at the door. For more information or to reserve, call 631-585-7390.

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Lerner said that Kang is a “truly remarkable young scholar” and is “among the best I’ve seen at her stage to be able to look at her clinical experiences, which drive the questions that strike at the core of how we understand and treat autism.” Lerner appreciates how she is driven to understand autism from neurons in the brain all the way up to the classification and treatment. “She is somebody who is completely undaunted by taking on new questions or methodologies because she has an idea of what they’re going to mean,” Lerner said. “She has worked with [autistic children] and has tried to understand where they are coming from.” Kang questions assumptions about what autism is, while also exploring its development. “She is able to see and discover clinical strengths that manifest in the kinds of questions she asks,” explained Lerner. “She is a part of the next generation of where my field is going, and I hope we can catch up to her.” Kang appreciates the work-life balance she has struck on Long Island, where she feels like the pace of life is “quiet and calm during the week,” while it’s close enough to New York City to enjoy the cultural opportunities.





Men’s basketball defeats Maine 81-53

After falling to UAlbany 74-70 on Feb. 21, the Stony Brook men’s basketball team rolled on its way to a 81-53 win over Maine on Feb. 23, powered by 27 from redshirt junior Akwasi Yeboah (Chigwell, England) and a balanced effort from senior Jaron Cornish (Abaco, Bahamas), who finished with 13 points, six rebounds, six assists, a pair of steals and two blocks. After the Seawolves were down 16-14 with 8:44 to play, Cornish started the run with a three with 8:37 to go in the half. When the clock reached zeros, Stony Brook had a 20-point halftime lead. “Really proud of our guys. I think we did a great job sharing the basketball. Their zone bothered us in the first game, but we made a concerted effort of getting the ball inside then out and we had 21 assists. When the ball goes in from three, it makes the job a little easier,” said head coach Jeff Boals. Stony Brook and Maine were even after the first four minutes, with a Yeboah three bringing

things even at five exactly at the 16:00 mark of the half. Maine’s lead grew to three at 9-6 before the Seawolves went on a 5-0 spurt, powered by a layup from redshirt sophomore Andrew Garcia (Harlem) and a three from Cornish to make it 11-9 Seawolves. Andrew Fleming gave the Black Bears the lead at 16-14, before the Seawolves ripped off their big run to end the half. Cornish and Yeboah had 10 each during the stretch, while sophomore Elijah Olaniyi (Newark, N.J.) added eight during the stretch. Yeboah scored nine of 11 for the Seawolves in a stretch of five minutes to help balloon the lead to 22 with 12 minutes to play. The lead peaked at 31 with 9:37 to play in the game after a dunk from sophomore Anthony Ochefu (West Chester, Pa.) to make it 71-40 with 9:37 to play. Stony Brook now owns second-place status in the America East after UAlbany defeated UMBC.

The team played host to defending America East champion UMBC on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Island Federal Arena. Results were not available at press time.

Senior Jaron Cornish (0) was on fire during last Saturday’s home game. Photo by Jim Harrison/ Stony Brook Athletics

Home games for SBU Seawolves WOMEN’S BASKETBALL.

March 2 vs. Vermont


March 2 vs. Marist March 5 vs. Sacred Heart March 9 vs. Bryant March 23 vs. UMBC March 29 vs. Binghamton


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March 3 vs. Stanford 12 p.m. March 23 vs. Florida 11:30 a.m. March 30 vs. UMass Lowell 1 p.m.


March 5 vs. Manhattan March 6 vs. LIU Brooklyn March 9 vs. Wagner (DH) March 10 vs. Wagner March 12 vs. Iona

WOMEN’S SOFTBALL March 19 vs. Fordham March 22 vs. Iona March 23 vs. Fairfield March 23 vs. Bryant March 24 vs.Fairfield March 24 vs. Bryant

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Women’s basketball falls to Maine

AUGUSTA, ME: The Stony Brook women’s basketball team put up a good fight against first-place Maine but couldn’t hold on in the second half as the Black Bears came out with a 71-61 victory on Feb. 24 at the Augusta Civic Center. Senior guard Shania Johnson (Frederick, Md.) led the way for Stony Brook, putting up 28 points, with 21 coming in the first half alone. She also added in seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Despite the loss, the team remains in third

place in the America East standings with a conference mark of 9-5. “I thought we had a great effort from our team today. Offensively, we had a tremendous first half of basketball and we had some good looks that just didn’t fall in the second half. Maine capitalized off of their offensive rebounds and our turnovers at critical times,” said head coach Caroline McCombs. The team closed out its three-game road trip at UMBC this Wednesday. Results were not available as of press time.

Women’s lacrosse falls to Denver

DENVER, CO: The No. 4/6 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team dropped its first game of the season to No. 13/16 Denver by a 7-11 decision on Sunday afternoon at the Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. “We tip our cap to Denver. They were better for 60 minutes and deserved to win. We will grow from this. We’re obviously disappointed in our performance and that starts with me. We didn’t do a great job of dealing with adversity today and allowed bad to go to worse. We created adversity in our schedule by playing a few times this season with two games in three days and we get another crack at it next weekend with two great opponents,” said head coach Joe Spallina. Up next, the team hits the road for Towson later this week, meeting the Tigers on Friday, March 1 at Johnny Unitas Stadium at 7 p.m.

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Thursday 28 An evening of jazz

The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave., Stony Brook will present the Interplay Jazz Orchestra in concert at 7 p.m. The 17-piece big band will perform original compositions and arrangements written by band members. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors, $15 students. Call 751-1895 or visit

Singer Songwriter Night

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Feb. 28 to March 7, 2019

Back by popular demand, the Singer Songwriter Night series featuring Phillip Lofaso at the Huntington Arts Council, 213 Main St., Huntington will return with sign-ups at 7 p.m. and open mic at 7:30 p.m. Original music only. No backline. $10 donation to perform, $5 for listeners. No preregistration required. Call 2718423, ext. 12.

Flax Pond Winter Lecture

The annual Friends of Flax Pond Winter Lecture series kicks off its 16th year at the Eversley Childs Mansion, 19 Shore Drive, Old Field at 3 p.m. Titled “What’s Going on at the Flax Pond Marine Lab?,” guest speaker will be Larry Swanson with moderator Malcolm Bowman. Free. Light refreshments will be served. Call 767-6287.

Friday 1

An evening of jazz

The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave., Stony Brook will welcome bassist Bakithi Kumalo and his quintet in concert from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors, $15 students. For more information or to order, call 751-1895 or visit www.

Chamber music at the LIM

Book signing

Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook will present a ballroom dance class at 7 p.m. Learn the East Coast swing with professional Rhythm and Smooth Competition finalist Julius Solano. All are welcome to attend this free event. For more information or to register, call 588-5024.

Friday Night Face Off

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 or visit

Saturday 2

Winter Beach Wander

Leave your bathing suit behind and grab your winter coat for a Winter Beach Wander at Sunken Meadow State Park, Route 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Stroll the beach and search for visiting wildlife along the way. $4 per person. Advance registration required by calling 581-1072. * All numbers are in (631) area code unless otherwise noted.

Join Tom Manuel & His Hot Peppers in a Mardi Gras celebration at Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook at 2 p.m. Enjoy early jazz classics from Bourbon Street and beyond. Open to all. Call 588-5024. The Long Island Symphonic Choral Association will hold a Gala fundraiser at the Bates House, 1 Bates Road, Setauket from 3 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a concert by the critically acclaimed quartet Cuarteto Quiroga from Madrid from 4 to 5 p.m. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres by Elegant Eating, wine and craft beer will be served before the concert and a delicious dessert buffet along with a raffle basket auction will follow. Tickets are $75 per person. Reservations required by calling 751-3452 or by visiting

Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson will host the Bob Nelson Comedy Show at 8 p.m. Watching a Bob Nelson live performance is like watching several different types of top comedians all rolled up into one. Tickets are $39. To order, call 928-9100 or visit

Ballroom dancing at the library

Celebrate Mardi Gras


Bob Nelson Comedy Show

Join Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington for an evening with best-selling author Alyson Richman as she speaks about and signs copies of her new novel, “The Secret of Clouds,” at 7 p.m. Call 271-1442.

will feature performances by The Bard and The Busker (Mike McCormack and John Corr) and students from the Mulvihill-Lynch School of Irish Dance. The event will also include an Irish Soda Bread Competition. Admission to the event is $15 adults, $10 seniors and children under 12. Call 689-5888 for reservations.


The Folk Music Society of Huntington will welcome singer-songwriters Alice Howe and Freebo to its First Saturday Concert at the Congregational Church of Huntington on March 2. Photo by Topher Cox

Creatures of the Night

Visit Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown at 7 p.m. for Creatures of the Night. Meet some nocturnal animals and embark on a walk into the darkness to enjoy the night and maybe call in on an owl or two. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Adults and teenagers welcome. $10 per person. Call 979-6344.

Staller Center Gala 2019

The Stony Brook University’s Staller Center for the Arts, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook will present its annual Gala, a night of opera, songs from Broadway and movies with Metropolitan opera star Renée Fleming, at 8 p.m. Just a few seats left! $90 per person. Call 632-2787 or visit to order.

First Saturday Concert

Acclaimed singer-songwriters Alice Howe and Freebo are the featured performers during the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s First Saturday Concert at the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive, Centerport at 8:30 p.m. Preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, $20 members online at, by calling 425-2925 or at the door.

North Shore Pro Musica continues its chamber music concert series at the Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook with a performance featuring Robert Warner on harpsichord at 5 p.m. The concert will take place in the Carriage Museum’s Gillespie Room. Tickets are $20 per person, $18 members and students at the door. For more information, call 751-0066 or visit www.

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Monday 4

Join the staff at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington for a 2-mile hike from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to study the park’s social, economic, architectural and political history. Adults only. $4 per person. Advance registration required by calling 423-1770.

The Smithtown Historical Society kicks off its Spring lecture series with an educational program on Nobel Prize-winning physicist and chemist, Marie Curie, at the Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main St., Smithtown from 7 to 8:30 p.m. With guest speaker Edward Sierra. Free. Refreshments will be served. Call 265-6768.

Caumsett hike

Author talk

Hallockville Museum Farm, in conjunction with the Long Island Maritime Museum, will present a lecture titled “Close Calls on the Water” with guest speakers John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinki, authors of “A Speck in the Sea: A Story of Survival and Rescue,” at the Hallock State Park Preserve Visitors Center, 6062 Sound Ave., Riverhead from 1 to 3 p.m. Advance registration is required. Tickets are $10 at 298-5292, $15 at the door.

St. Patrick’s Day celebration

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization will host a fun-filled event in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The festivities, which will take place at the WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main St., Stony Brook,

SHS Spring lecture

Movie Trivia Night

Do you know a lot about movies? Now you can prove it. Join the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington for Movie Trivia Night starting at 8 p.m. Hosted by Daniel French. $8 per person, $5 members. Visit

Tuesday 5

Adult coloring class

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


Alewife training with Seatuck

The Whaling Museum, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor will host an Alewife training session with the Seatuck Environmental Organization from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Make a difference and train as a citizen scientist to participate in the Long Island River Herring Survey to search for alewives and blueback herring. Adults only. Free. Call 367-3418.

SBU Family Orchestra Concert

The University Orchestra at Stony Brook University will present its annual Family Orchestra Concert on the Main Stage of Staller Center for the Arts, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook at 7:30 p.m. Conducted by Susan Deaver, the one-hour interactive concert, titled Dance in Orchestral Music, will feature pianist Viviane Kim. Tickets are $5 per person. To order, call 632-2787 or visit www.stallercenter. com. See more on page B23.

Wednesday 6

International folk dancing

RJO Intermediate School, located at the corner of Church Street and Old Dock Road, Kings Park will host an evening of international and Israeli folk dancing every Wednesday (when school is in session) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 fee. Call 269-6894.

Thursday 7 Book signing

Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington will host an evening with “Fox & Friends” meteorologist Janice Dean as she speaks about and signs copies of her new memoir, “Mostly Sunny: How I Learned to Keep Smiling Through the Rainiest Days,” at 7 p.m. Call 271-1442.

Civil War Roundtable meeting

South Huntington Public Library, 145 Pigeon Hill Road, Huntington Station will host a meeting of the North Shore Civil War Roundtable at 7 p.m. Join them for a musical history of the famous Irish Brigade with musical Charlie Zahm. All are welcome to attend this free event. Call 549-4411.

The Buddy Holly Story,” the true story of Holly’s meteoric rise to fame, through March 3. Featuring over 20 of Holly’s greatest hits including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue, “Everyday,” “Oh, Boy!,” “Not Fade Away,” “Rave on” and “Raining in My Heart,” plus Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.” Tickets range from $73 to $78. To order, call 261-2900 or visit

‘An Act of God’

The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East Main St., Smithtown continues its 17th season with “An Act of God,” a comedy by David Javerbaum, through March 3. The One with the first and last word on everything finally arrives to set the record straight. God, assisted by HIS devoted angels, answers some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since creation. Tickets are $38 adults, $34 seniors, $25 children/students. To order, call 724-3700 or visit


Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson will present the Tony award-winning musical, “Nine,” through March 23. “Nine” is the story of a celebrated film director Guido Contini and his attempts to come up with a plot for his next film as he is pursued by hordes of beautiful women, all clamoring to be loved by him and him alone. Flashbacks reveal the substance of his life, which will become the material for his next film: a musical version of the Casanova story. Contains adult themes and situations. Parental discretion advised. Tickets are $35 adults, $28 seniors and students, $20 children. To order, call 928-9100 or visit www. See story on page B13.


Star Playhouse at Suffolk Y JCC, 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack presents “Pippin,” a magical musical that attempts to solve the meaning of life,

on March 9, 16 and 23 at 8 p.m. and March 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors, students and members. To order, call 462-9800, ext. 136 or visit

‘Small Mouth Sounds’

Suffolk County Community College, 533 College Road, Selden will present Bess Wohl’s “Small Mouth Sounds” in Theatre 119, Islip Arts Building, on March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and March 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 2 p.m. In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As they confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Tickets are $14 adults, $9.75 students 16 and younger. For more info, call 451-4163.

‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’

From March 14 to April 28 the John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport will present “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” The Tony award-winning musical tells the story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by – you guessed it – eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. Tickets range from $73 to $78. For more information or to order, call 2612900 or visit

‘South Pacific’

The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East Main St., Smithtown continues its 17th season with “South Pacific” from March 23 to April 28. Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. This beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is sure to delight with memorable songs like “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” and “There Is Nothing Like a Dame.” Tickets are $38 adults, $34 seniors, $25 students. For more

‘The Wolves’

The Ward Melville Players at Ward Melville High School, 380 Old Town Road, East Setauket will present “The Wolves,” a hilarious and heartwrenching play that delves into the sisterhood of an indoor soccer team, on April 11, 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. in the LGI Theater. Contains mature content. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more info, email


‘Gone With the Wind’

“Gone With the Wind” makes its way back to the big screen in honor of its 80th anniversary on Feb. 28 and March 3, courtesy of Warner Bros., Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events. Participating theaters in our neck of the woods include Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas, on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.; Island 16 Cinema de Lux in Holtsville on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.; and AMC Loews Stony Brook 17 on Feb. 28 and March 3 at 1 and 6 p.m. To purchase your ticket in advance, visit

‘A Star Is Born’

Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, 120 Main St., Setauket continues its Friday Afternoon Matinee series with “A Star Is Born” starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga on March 1 at 2 p.m. Rated R. No registration required. Open to all. Call 941-4080.

‘What Plants Talk About’

Four Harbors Audubon Society continues its Movie Night series with a screening of “What Plants Talk About” at the Smithtown Library, Main Branch, 1 North Country Road, Smithtown on March 1 at 6:30 p.m. Open to all. Reservations required by calling 360-2480, ext. 232.


‘Beautiful Boy’

Join Comsewogue Public Library, 170 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station for a screening of “Beautiful Boy” starring Steve Carell on March 4 at 2 p.m. Rated R. Open to all. Registration not required. Call 928-1212.

‘Damn Yankees’

The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport continues its season with “Buddy –

Students at Mount Sinai High School, 110 North Country Road, Mount Sinai will perform the musical “Mary Poppins” in the school’s auditorium on April 4, 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students, $10 senior citizens. Senior citizens are free of charge at the first show on April 4. Tickets are available through www. For information, call 870-2882.

Smithtown Library, Main Branch, 1 North Country Road, Smithtown will screen “The Bookshop” on March 1 at 2 p.m. Rated PG. Open to all but registration is required by calling 360-2480.

The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave., Stony Brook will present the Jazz Loft Big Band in concert at 7 p.m. Led by trumpeter Tom Manuel, the group will play jazz standards and original compositions written by band members. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors, $15 students. To order, call 751-1895 or visit

‘Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story’

‘Mary Poppins’

‘The Bookshop’

Jazz Loft Big Band in concert

Huntington Jewish Center’s Park Avenue Players, 510 Park Ave., Huntington will present “Damn Yankees,” the devilishly clever and sporty musical comedy classic about America’s favorite pastime, on March 2 and 9 at 8 p.m. and March 3 and 10 at 3 p.m. General admission is $25, $10 children age 10 and under. Premium and patron seats are $35/$54. For more information or to order, call 871-2166 or visit

information or to order, call 724-3700 or visit

A HOLY SELFIE Evan Donnellan, center, returns as the One this weekend in “An Act of God” at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts with his angels (and fellow selfie subjects) Gabriel (Scott Hofer) and Michael (Jordan Hue). Photo by Courtney Braun

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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. Men’s Prayer Group Wednesdays at 7 pm A Catholic Church of the Eastern Rite under the Eparchy of Passaic.


300 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station 631–473–2900 • Fax -631–473–0015 All are Welcome to Begin Again. Come Pray With Us. REV. GREGORY RANNAZZISI, 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 and Sat. 10 am–2 pm


110 Myrtle Ave., Port Jefferson, NY 11777 631-473-0165 • Fax 631-331-8094 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 ©165959 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

Baptisms: Most Sundays at 1:30 pm. Please contact Parish Office for an appointment. Reconciliation: Sat.: 4-4:45 pm or by appointment. Anointing of the Sick: by request. Holy Matrimony: Contact Parish Office at least six months in advance of desired date. Religious Education: Contact 631-744-9515 Parish Outreach: Contact 631-209-0325 Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School: Contact 631-473-1211.



429 Rt. 25A, Setauket, NY 11733 Phone: 631–941–4141 • Fax: 631–751–6607 Parish Office email: Mission Statement: Formed as the Body of Christ through the waters of Baptism, we are Beloved daughters and sons of the Father. We, the Catholic community of the Three Village area, are a pilgrim community on Camino-journeying toward the fullness of the Kingdom of God, guided by the Holy Spirit. Nurtured by the Eucharist and formed by the Gospel, we strive to respond to Jesus’ Invitation to be faithful and fruitful disciples; to be a Good Samaritan to (our) neighbor and enemy; so 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. JOHN FITZGERALD, IN RESIDENCE Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am - 4pm; Sat. 9 am - 2 pm Weekday Masses: Monday – Saturday 8:00 am Weekend Masses: Saturday (Vigil) 5:00 pm (Youth) Sunday 8:00am, 9:30 am (family), 11:30 am (choir) Baptisms: Contact the Office at the end of the third month (pregnancy) to set date Matrimony: contact the office at least 9 months before desired date Reconciliation: Saturdays 4:00 – 4:45 pm or by appointment Anointing Of The Sick: by request Bereavement: 631- 941-4141 x 341 Faith Formation Office: 631- 941-4141 x 328 Outreach: 631- 941-4141 x 313 Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School: 631- 473-1211 Our Daily Bread Sunday Soup Kitchen 3 pm


75 New York Avenue, Sound Beach, N.Y. 11789 Parish Office: 631-744-8566; FAX 631-744-8611 Parish Website: Office Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs.: 9 am to 5 pm Wednesday: 9 am to 8 pm; Friday: 9 am to 4 pm; Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm; Closed on Sunday Mission Statement: To proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ’s love through our active involvement as a parish family in works of Charity, Faith, Worship, Justice and Mercy. ALL ARE WELCOME! No matter what your present status is in the Catholic Church. No matter your family situation. No matter your practice of faith. No matter your personal history, age or background. YOU are invited, respected and loved at St. Louis de Montfort. REV. MSGR. CHRISTOPHER J. HELLER, PASTOR REV. LENNARD SABIO, ASSOCIATE PASTOR REV. MSGR. DONALD HANSON, IN RESIDENCE REV. FRANCIS PIZZARELLI, S.M.M., PARISH ASSISTANT REV. HENRY VAS, PARISH ASSISTANT Weekday Masses: Monday through Friday: 8:30 am in the Chapel Weekend Masses: Saturday Vigil: 5 pm Sunday: 7:30 am; 9:00 am; 10:30 am; 12 noon.

Congregational 233 North Country Road, Mt. Sinai • 631–473–1582 • REV. PHILIP HOBSON “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here” No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, we invite you to worship with us in our judgement-free sacred space. Come experience our tradition, where freedom of thought and exchange of ideas are encouraged and celebrated. Join us as we put our Christian values into practice, following the example of Jesus, by caring for our neighbors near and far, as they suffer food insecurity, homelessness, political and domestic violence, gender discrimination and other injustices. We know it is God who put the wiggle in the children, so bring them with you so they can participate in worship and in our lively Sunday School program. Service and Sunday School on Sundays at 10:00 AM. Meditative service at 8:30 AM on Sundays. We are an open and affirming congregation.


“Our little historic church on the hill” across from the Stony Brook Duck Pond Main Street, Stony Brook • 631–751–0034 www.allsouls– • 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.

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 Thursday Noon: H.E. and Healing Service Saturday Service: 5 pm Sunday Services: 8 am - Rite I • 9:30 am - Rite II 9:30 am - Sunday School Church School classes now forming. Call 631-941-4245 for registration. Weekday Holy Eucharist’s: Thursday 12:00 pm Youth, Music and Service Programs offered. Let God walk with you as part of our family– friendly community.


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 Friends on Mondays at 5:00 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.


“To know Christ and to make Him known” REV. DUNCAN A. BURNS, RECTOR REV. JOHN E. MORRISON, ASSIST. PRIEST REV. ANTHONY JONES, DEACON ALEX PRYRODNY, ORGANIST & CHOIR DIRECTOR 12 Prospect St, Huntington ● (631) 427-1752 On Main St next to the Library ● LIKE us on Facebook Sunday Worship: 8:00 am – Rite I Holy Eucharist 10:00 am – Rite II Choral Holy Eucharist 9:40 am Sunday School Thrift Shop Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays – Noon to 3 pm Saturdays – 10 am to 3 pm


Knowing Christ...Making Him Known 322 Route 25a, East Setauket 631-941–3670 • LEAD PASTOR JOSH MOODY Sunday Worship Schedule: 9:15 am: Worship Service, Sunday School (Pre–K – Adult), Nursery 10:30 am: Bagels & Coffee 11:00 am: Worship Service, Nursery, Pre–K, Cornerstone Kids (Gr. K–5) We Offer Weekly Teen Programs, Small Groups, Women’s & Men’s Bible Studies, Alpha, Stephen Ministry, Faith Preschool For Ages 3 & 4, Mommy & Me For Age 2 Join Us As We Celebrate 60 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 - Divine Liturgy 10 Am Services Conducted In Both Greek & English* Books Available To Follow In English* Sunday Catechism School, 10 Am - 11 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* Continued on next page •

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“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


328 Elwood Road, East Northport 631-368-6474 • RABBI IAN SILVERMAN Shabbat Services every Friday evening and Saturday morning Daily evening minyan & Sunday morning minyan Newly revamped religious school • Experiential learning for children ages 5-13 • Dynamic Teachers Family Services Monthly Tot Shabbat • Youth Group • Adult Education Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah • Community Service Sisterhood • Men’s Club 50% off First Year Dues A warm, spiritual, cultural & social Jewish Community “The Haimish Shul”


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


764 Route 25A, Setauket (At The Old Victoria House) Mail: P.O. Box 544, E. Setauket, NY 11733 Call 631-689-0257 (Leave A Message And You’ll Get A Call Back) Visit Us At: We Are A Traditional Conservative Congregation,

Run Entirely By Our Members. We Have Services every Shabbat And All Jewish Holidays, Along With Other Community Activities, With Participation Opportunities For All Jews. Join Us Shabbat Morning And You’ll Get A Warm Welcome! KCT - An Old Fashioned Friendly Shul


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 PAUL SIDLOFSKY • 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


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 Weekend Saturdays at 5 pm (beginning September 15) Sundays at 8:00, 9:30 and 11 am The Service Of Prayers For Healing is included on the first Sunday of every month. Sunday School (ages 3-11) at 9:30 am Anchor Nursery School Tuesday through Thursday 9:15 am-12:15 pm Teen Ministry meets on alternating Sat. from 3-6 pm Bereaved Survivors of Opiate Addiction Group meets on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 pm (no cost) Sunday Services Are Live-Streamed Through Our “Friends Of Hope Lutheran Church” Facebook Group. Sermons are posted on at “Pastor Richard O Hill”


309 Patchogue Road, Port Jefferson Station 631-473-2236 REV. PAUL A. DOWNING PASTOR E-mail: Pastor Pastor’s cell: 347–423–3523 Services: Sunday worship at 8:30am & 10:30am both with Holy Communion Adult Bible Study at 9:30am on Sundays Sunday school during 10:30am service Wednesday Night--6:30pm Holy Communion Friday Morning 10:30am--Power of Prayer Hour Free meal provided to the community on Sunday at 1:00pm and Wednesday at 5:45pm provided by Welcome Friends Join Us For Any Service--All Are Welcome We are celebrating our second century of service to the Port Jefferson Area.

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Messiah Preschool & Day Care 465 Pond Path, East Setauket 631-751–1775 PASTOR STEVE UNGER We welcome all to join us for worship & fellowship. It would be wonderful to have you with us. Sunday Worship Services 8:15 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am Sunday School at 9:30 am Ash Wednesday, March 6th at 11am & 7pm both with Holy Communion Wednesday mid-week services: March 13th, 20th, 27th, April 3rd, 10th at 7pm Maundy Thursday, April 18th at 7pm Good Friday, April 19th at 7pm Tenebrae Service Easter Sunday, April 21st at 8am & 10:30am 9:30 Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt We have NYS Certified Preschool & Day Care


33 Christian Ave/ PO 2117, 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


486 Townline Road, Commack Church Office: 631-499–7310 Fax: 631-858–0596 www.commack– • mail@commack– REV. ROSLYN LEE


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

STONY BROOK COMMUNITY CHURCH UNITED METHODIST 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!

Presbyterian SETAUKET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 5 Caroline Avenue ~ On the Village Green 631- 941-4271

Celebrating and Sharing the love of God since 1660. The Rev. Kate Jones Calone, Interim Pastor Email: Sunday Worship: at 9:30 a.m. (childcare available) Sunday School for children 3 years -- 8th grade at 9:45 a.m. Adult Education at 11:00 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.


4 Friends Way, St. James 631–928-2768 • Worship Sundays: Sept. - June 11 am , July - Aug. 10:00 am 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.


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 nondogmatic 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:


203 East Pulaski Rd., Huntington Sta. 631–385–7180 email: FB & YouTube: Unity Church of Healing Light REV. SABA MCHUNGUZI, MINISTER Sunday Service - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Sign Language Interpreter) Sunday school for children and youth 3-17 years old Wednesday Prayer Group - 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 pm We believe that everyone is a child of God and entitled to live a fulfilling and productive life. We teach spiritual principles, such as affirmative prayer, the power of thought and the law of attraction (LOA). We celebrate a diverse fellowship where everyone finds acceptance. We are a member of Unity Worldwide Ministries and affiliated with the Daily Word devotional booklet, and Silent Unity. ©165960




MEET SADIE! This week’s featured shelter pet is Sadie, a beautiful Lab mix who was rescued from a high kill shelter in North Carolina and is currently safe at Kent Animal Shelter. The sweetheart is approximately 2 years old and has a very sweet, mellow disposition, loves people and seems to be fine with other dogs as well. Sadie comes spayed, microchipped and up to date on all her vaccines. Why not come by and say hello? Kent Animal Shelter is located at 2259 River Road in Calverton. The adoption center is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on Sadie and other adoptable pets at Kent, call 631727-5731 or visit www.

‘OH, THE THINKS YOU CAN THINK!’ Last chance to catch ‘Seussical Jr.’ at the Engeman Theater. The show, which stars Kieran Brown as Jojo and Jae Hughes as the Cat in the Hat, above, closes on March 3. Photo courtesy of Engeman Theater


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Storytime at Barnes & Noble

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Join Barnes & Noble in Lake Grove at 600 Smith Haven Mall or in East Northport at 4000 E. Jericho Turnpike for storytime, games and activities in celebration of the beloved author’s birthday on March 2 at 11 a.m. Free. Call 724-0341 (LG) or 462-0208 (EN).

Open House at Sweetbriar



On March 2 from noon to 4 p.m., Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown will offer children and parents an opportunity to tour the facility, including the rain forest room and woodland exhibits, to learn more about their summer programs and meet some of its resident animals. The program director will be on hand to answer questions. Refreshments will be served. Free. Call 979-6344.

Oobleck time!

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s March birthday by investigating oobleck and all of the unusual things it can do at the Long Island Explorium, 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson on March 2 and 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. $5 per person. Call 331-3277.

Meet The Cat in the Hat

Directions: Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box includes all digits 1 through 9.

Answers to last week’s SUDOKU

Stop by the Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington on March 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. to meet and take photos with The Cat in the Hat! Relax and read all your favorite Dr. Seuss books in the reading corner and then head over to the craft station for some creativity. Free. Call 271-1442.

Book signing

Join Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington for an evening with Today show host Hoda Kotb as she returns to speak about and sign copies of her new children’s picture book, “You Are My Happy,” on March 6 at 7 p.m. Call 271-1442.

Join the Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook for a Hands-On Art session on March 7 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Inspiration is all around us. Students in grades K through 4 will learn the elements of art and use different materials to create their own masterpiece to take home. $10 per student. Advance registration required by calling 751-0066, ext. 212.


‘Seussical The Musical’

Narrated by the Cat in the Hat, join your favorite Dr. Seuss characters on a fantastic adventure from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos with “Seussical The Musical” at the John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport through March 3. All seats are $15. To order, call 261-2900 or visit

‘The Three Little Kittens’

Children’s theater continues at Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson with “The Three Little Kittens” from March 2 to 23 with a sensory-sensitive performance on March 3. Along with business hound Barker Doggone, Lucy, Ricky and Ethel embark on an adventure with the well-meaning penguin Waddles Greenway to thwart a rascally rabbit Harry Hoppit. Together they learn that friendship is the greatest bond and that dreams really can come true. All seats are $10. For more information or to order, call 928-9100 or visit

‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’

Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East Main St., Smithtown from March 16 to April 28. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, the show is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. Tickets are $18. For more information or to order, call 724-3700 or visit

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FEATURE STORY Stony Brook Orchestra celebrates dance with family concert March 5 BY MELISSA ARNOLD


lassical music has a long-held reputation for being upscale — there’s something about it that feels refined, polished and graceful. The Department of Music at Stony Brook University is passionate about demystifying the genre, making the works of Mozart, Brahms and others enjoyable for everyone. Each year, the Stony Brook University Orchestra invites the community to join them for their Family Orchestra Concert, an hourlong performance meant for all ages, including young children. This year’s concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at the Staller Center for the Arts’ Main Stage. “[This event] used to be called the children’s concert, but we didn’t want to give the impression that it’s just for children — the whole family comes along, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy,” said conductor Susan Deaver, who’s led the orchestra since 2000. The ensemble is comprised of over 70 Stony Brook students, both undergraduate and graduate, as well as a handful of area high schoolers. Many of the students aren’t music majors and come from a variety of disciplines. In fact, the majority are studying biomedical engineering. “So many of these students have been in music all their lives and don’t want to let it go,” Deaver said. “We have a lot of great players, and it’s a real blend of disciplines, the common denominator being a love of playing orchestral music.” This year’s concert theme will highlight dance in orchestral music, with each piece either having “dance” in its title or creating a sense of dance and movement. The repertoire features recognizable pieces including selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Bach’s Minuet in G, along with some that might be unfamiliar, like Strauss’ Thunder and Lightning Polka.

So much of music is tied to motion and bringing people together. — MICHAEL HERSHKOWITZ

The program will also feature works by Brahms, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Borodin. Dancers under the direction of SBU’s faculty member Amy Yoop Sullivan will collaboarte with the orchestra. A highlight of each year’s concert is a solo performance from a grade school musician in Stony Brook’s Young Artist program. Open to grades 6 through 12, the program allows

‘Lonely,’ watercolor, by Mengqui Shen, 11th-grader, The Knox School in St. James

Colors of Long Island opens in Stony Brook

Viviane Kim, winner of the 2018 Stony Brook Young Artists Program Concerto Competition, will be this year’s special guest artist. Photo by Erica Murase young musicians to enhance their musicianship and ensemble performance skills. Students are encouraged to enter an annual concerto contest, where a panel of impartial judges chooses a student to play at the concert. This year’s contest winner, 12-year-old pianist Viviane Kim, will play Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D Major. “I wasn’t really nervous because I’d practiced a lot. I played the song for my family, my friends, and anyone else who came to our house,” said Viviane, a seventh-grader at Port Jefferson Middle School. “It also helped that only three people were listening,” she joked. Viviane, who also plays the flute, comes from a musical family — her father, Alan Kim, plays piano as well, and her grandmother is a violinist. “I played piano all the time when Viviane was a baby, and she took a natural interest in it. She started playing around the same time she started reading,” her father said.

Michael Hershkowitz, executive director of Community Music Programs for the university, sees the annual concert as a chance to expose the audience to something new and wonderful. “It’s important for classical musicians to be as accessible as possible and to break down barriers for people wanting to try it. A lot of people have an impression that classical music is just old and stuffy,” Hershkowitz said. “I think that dance is one of my favorite themes we’ve done — so much of music is tied to motion and bringing people together. And once you see a classical concert, you want to do it more.” All seats for the Family Orchestra Concert are $5. For tickets and information, call 631632-2787 or visit For more information about the University Orchestra, contact the Stony Brook Department of Music at 631-632-7330 or visit www.

It’s back! The Long Island Museum in Stony Brook will present its annual student art exhibition, Colors of Long Island: Student Expressions, sponsored by Sterling National Bank, in the Visitors Center through April 7. This annual exhibit affords an opportunity for hundreds of students from across Long Island to display their artwork in a museum setting. Art teachers from grades K through 12 were asked to submit up to three pieces, either created individually or by groups. Traditionally, the theme, Colors of Long Island, allows for many creative interpretations. While some stu- ‘Brianna,’ acrylic on dents refer to Long canvas, by Jemma Island’s landscapes, Guevrekian, 10th others prefer to focus grade, Kings Park on the cultural diver- High School sity that makes Long Island so colorful. The varying interpretations of this theme are portrayed through all types of media, including watercolors, sculptures, quilts, drawings, oil pastels, photographs and computer graphics. This year’s exhibit includes 240 works of art from students from 127 public and private schools. The museum will recognize the achievements of these talented students at two receptions scheduled for March 3 and March 24 from noon to 4 p.m. Parents, teachers, students and the general public are invited to attend. The Long Island Museum is located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook. Hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For additional information call 631-7510066 or visit



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