Arts & Lifestyles - April 30, 2020

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The ultimate in remote teaching: 9,000 miles from the classroom ● B5

SBU Professor Malcolm Bowman teaches an online course from his 'office' in a camper in New Zealand during the coronavirus pandemic.

INSIDE: Amanda Valdez: Piecework exhibit opens at Heckscher Museum B23 · Amazon Prime's Les Misérables reviewed B24


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I was listening to a radio program and they had a segment on how COVID-19 was affecting animal shelters and rescues. The reporter was interviewing the director of a “no kill” shelter and the director was concerned that they might need to change their policy if adoptions fell off. Preventing unwanted puppies and kittens is still the main goal of spay/neuter programs because it is estimated that over 10,000 pets are still euthanized every day in the United States (this equates a euthanasia approximately one pet every 11 seconds). I still have pet owners that come into my clinic that are concerned about the long-term health concerns with spaying their dog or cat. These are responsible clients that I know would not allow an “accidental breeding,” but there are both health and behavioral benefits to spaying and neutering dogs or cats. Males: The elimination of the sources of testosterone will dramatically reduce the risk of roaming, as well as fighting behavior. Other unwanted behaviors such as marking, mounting and certain types of aggressions towards humans are also lowered dramatically or eliminated altogether. The smell of male cat urine is significantly diminished. The risk of testicular tumors is altogether eliminated and other types of tumors such as perianal adenomas and

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transmissible venereal tumor (TVT) are dramatically decreased. Other non-cancerous medical conditions such as benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatic cysts and abscesses, and perineal hernias are minimized. Females: The elimination of the hormones estrogen and progesterone terminates the heat cycle, as well as all symptoms/behaviors associated with the heat cycle. These symptoms in female dogs include “spotting,” or small amounts of a blood-tinged vaginal discharge. Spaying eliminates having to buy those specially equipped “doggy diapers” I hear so much about. Female cats do not normally have this type of spotting, however behaviors associated with the feline heat cycle can become maddening. The howling and rolling around have had my clients call our hospital wondering what is wrong with their cat. I try to diplomatically explain that these dramatic gestures are your precious kitty’s way of saying “I NEED A MAN!!!” Healthwise, removal of the ovaries and uterus eliminates the risk of a condition called pyometra (an infection of the uterus), as well as uterine and ovarian neoplasia. Spaying dogs and cats dramatically reduce the risk of TVT and mammary (breast) cancer. Overall, the benefits of spaying or neutering (if you do not plan on using your pet for breeding) outweighs the risks of not performing this surgery. However, there has been a shift in the veterinary community’s position as to when is the best time to schedule these procedures. In my next article I hope to discuss “the when” in spaying or neutering our pets. Dr. Kearns practices veterinary medicine from his Port Jefferson office and is pictured with his son Matthew and his dog Jasmine. Have a question for the vet? Email it to leisure@ and see his answer in an upcoming column.



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BY DANIEL DUNAIEF Halfway between where they grew up and their home in Stony Brook, Malcolm and Waveney Bowman had a choice to make: venture back northeast to New York, which was in the midst of a growing coronavirus crisis or return southwest to New Zealand, where the borders were quickly closing. The couple chose New Zealand, where their extended family told them not to dare visit. The Do Not Enter sign wasn’t as inhospitable as it sounded. Malcolm Bowman, a Distinguished Service Professor at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, recognized that he could continue to teach three courses from a great distance, even a camper on a small stretch of land in the northwest part of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. “We could be anywhere on the planet,” Malcolm suggested to his wife. “Why don’t we see if we can set up camp?” Climbing aboard the last plane out of Honolulu before New Zealand closed its borders, the Bowmans didn’t have much of a welcoming party when they arrived at the airport. Their family told them, “We love you, but you can’t come anywhere near us,” Malcolm recalled. “Coming from the states, you could be infected.” If his family took the American couple in, they would have had to report the contact, which would have forced Waveney’s brother and his wife, Derek and Judy Olsson, into personal isolation for two weeks. Derek filled the trunk of an old car with food and left the key under the front tire. The Stony Brook couple set up a temporary living space in two campers on a small piece of land in the middle of the night, where they have been living for over a month.


All told, their 235 square feet of living space is about 12% of the size of their Long Island home. The country has been in lockdown, where people are practicing social distancing and are limiting their nonessential outings. Malcolm realized he had to “rise to the challenge” which, in his case, literally meant climbing out of his bed at all hours of the morning. New Zealand is 16 hours ahead of New York, which means that he had to be awake and coherent at 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning in New Zealand to teach a course that meets at 10 a.m. on Monday morning on Long Island. With a cell tower up the hill behind their camper, the Bowmans could access the internet. While they had shelter, they still needed electricity. Fortunately, Malcolm’s brother Chris, who is an engineer, provided solar panels to generate electricity. Living south of the equator means the Bowmans are heading into winter in New Zealand, where the days are shorter and the sun is lower in the sky, which makes the solar panels that provide electricity less effective. Malcolm describes the biggest challenges as the “time difference and mosquitoes.” In a typical day, the professor rises at 4 a.m. or earlier local time to teach his classes, participate in online seminars, attend University Senate and other committee meetings, continue his research and take care of his students, all through Google Meet and Zoom. He co-teaches Physics for Environmental Studies, Contemporary Environmental Issues and Polices and Advanced Coastal Physical Oceanography. Malcolm’s favorite part of the day occurs at sunrise, when the cloud formations over Mercury Bay serve as a canvas for the colorful red and orange rays of the sun that herald the

On the cover: Professor Malcolm Bowman teaches a Stony Brook University online class from a camper in New Zealand; above, his wife Waveney; right, solar panels provide electricity for the couple. Photos courtesy of M. Bowman

start of another day down under. He recognizes that he and his wife’s current indefinite time in New Zealand provides them with a comfortable connection to the land of his youth, where he can enjoy some of the beaches that have made the country famous and hear the sounds of flightless birds near his camper home. Given the focus on work early in the day, Malcolm can choose his activities in the afternoon, which include catching up on emails, reading the New York Times, cleaning up the campsite and fishing for the evening’s meal. Even from a distance of almost 9,000 miles from New York, the Bowmans agonize with their neighbors and community members in the Empire State. “It’s very difficult watching all the suffering, sickness, death, inadequate availability of life-saving equipment, the enormous stress health care workers are under and the loss of income for many families,” Bowman explained in an email. “Our eldest daughter Gail is a medical worker at the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead so she is fighting at the front line. Very exhausting work.”

The Bowmans, who are naturalized American citizens, have no idea when international flights will resume from New Zealand. A retired elementary school teacher who taught at the Laurel Hill School in Setauket for 34 years, Waveney wears a mask when she visits a large supermarket that is 12 miles away once a week. Malcolm, who also goes to the supermarket, said the store only allows one family member per visit. As New Zealand natives, the Bowmans can live in the country indefinitely, but their intention is to return to Stony Brook as soon as possible. Even though the shorter daylight hours and rainy days lower the amount of power the Bowmans can

collect from their solar panels, the couple loves the outdoors. They have camped with their four children during summers in the hills of New Hampshire and Vermont and have both been involved with scouting activities, which emphasizes self sufficiency and living close to nature. As a former amateur radio enthusiast, Malcolm is also adept at setting up communication systems in remote settings. He offers a message of hope to Long Islanders, “You can weather this storm. If possible, work and stay home and stay isolated.” The Bowmans have followed the advice of the 37-year old Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, who urges people to “be especially kind to each other.”


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Impacts and treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea Difficult-to-control high blood pressure may be a sign of OSA

Sleep is a crucial factor for our physical and mental health, yet many people struggle to get quality restful sleep. For those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), this occurs frequently and can lead to consequences more significant than exhaustion. Sleep apnea is an abnormal pause in breathing that occurs at least five times an hour while sleeping and can be caused by either airway obstruction (OSA), brain signal failure (central sleep apnea), or a combination of these two (complex sleep apnea). There are By David a surprising number of Dunaief, M.D. people in the United States with sleep apnea. Its prevalence may be as high as 20 percent of the population (1). Here, our focus is on OSA, which can be classified as either mild, moderate or severe. It’s estimated that 80 percent of moderate and severe OSA are undiagnosed. Risk factors for OSA include chronic nasal congestion, large neck circumference, excess weight or obesity, alcohol use, smoking and a family history. Not surprisingly, about two-thirds of OSA patients are overweight or obese. Smoking increases risk threefold, while nasal congestion increases risk twofold (2). Fortunately, many of the risk factors are modifiable. Significant symptoms of OSA include daytime fatigue, loud snoring, breathing cessation observed by another, impaired concentration and morning headaches. These symptoms, while significant, are not the worst problems. OSA is also associated with a list of serious complications, such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and cancer. There are several treatments for OSA. Among them are continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices; lifestyle modifications, including diet, exercise, smoking cessation and reduced alcohol intake; oral appliances; and some medications.

Cardiovascular disease

In an observational study, the risk of cardiovascular mortality increased in a


This was demonstrated in a small study involving 92 men with ED (7). The surprising aspect of this study was that, at baseline, the participants were overweight, not obese, on average and were young, at 45 years old. In those with mild OSA, the CPAP had a beneficial effect in over half of the men. For those with moderate and severe OSA, the effect was still significant, though not as robust, at 29 and 27 percent, respectively.

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Symptoms of OSA include loud snoring. Stock photo

linear fashion to the severity of OSA (3). In other words, in those with mild-to-moderate untreated sleep apnea, there was a 60 percent increased risk of death; and in the severe group, this risk jumped considerably, 250 percent. However, the good news is that treating patients with CPAP considerably decreased their risk by 81 percent for mild-tomoderate patients and 45 percent for severe OSA patients. This study involved 1,116 women over a six-year duration. Not to leave out men, another observational study showed similar risks of cardiovascular disease with sleep apnea and benefits of CPAP treatment (4). There were more than 1,500 men in this study with a follow-up of 10 years. The authors concluded that severe sleep apnea increases the risk of nonfatal and fatal cardiovascular events, and CPAP was effective in stemming these occurrences. In a third study, this time involving the elderly, OSA increased the risk of cardiovascular death in mild-to-moderate patients and in those with severe OSA 38 and 125 percent, respectively (5). But, just like in the previous studies, CPAP decreased the risk in both groups significantly. In the elderly, an increased risk of falls, cognitive decline and

difficult-to-control high blood pressure may be signs of OSA. Though all three studies were observational, it seems that OSA affects both genders and all ages when it comes to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death, and CPAP may be effective in reducing these risks.

Cancer association

In sleep apnea patients under 65 years old, a study showed an increased risk of cancer (6). The authors believe that intermittent low levels of oxygen, which are caused by the many frequent short bouts of breathing cessation during sleep, may be responsible for the development of tumors and their subsequent growth. The greater the percentage of time patients spend in hypoxia (low oxygen) at night, the greater the risk of cancer. So, for those patients with more than 12 percent low-oxygen levels at night, there is a twofold increased risk of cancer development, when compared to those with less than 1.2 percent low-oxygen levels.

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It appears that erectile dysfunction may also be associated with OSA. CPAP may decrease the incidence of ED in these men.

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Although CPAP can be quite effective, it may not be well tolerated by everyone. In some of my patients, their goal is to discontinue their CPAP. Diet may be an alternative to CPAP, or may be used in combination with CPAP. In a small study, a low-energy diet showed positive results in potentially treating OSA. It makes sense, since weight loss is important. But even more impressively, almost 50 percent of those who followed this type of diet were able to discontinue CPAP (8). The results endured for at least one year. Patients studied were those who suffered from moderate-to-severe levels of sleep apnea. Low-energy diet implies a low-calorie approach, such as a diet that is plant-based and nutrient-rich. The bottom line is that if you think you or someone else is suffering from sleep apnea, it is very important to go to a sleep lab to be evaluated, and then go to your doctor for a follow-up. Don’t suffer from sleep apnea and, more importantly, don’t let obstructive sleep apnea cause severe complications, possibly robbing you of more than sleep. There are effective treatments for this disorder, including diet and CPAP.


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BY NANCY MARR Because of New York State’s identity as the current U.S. “Epicenter” of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on March 7 issued Executive Order 2020, declaring a State disaster for the State of New York, which gives him the power to modify any statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule or regulation if necessary to assist or aid in coping with such disaster. An Executive Order, issued on April 24, requires that every voter who is in active or inactive status and is eligible to vote in the primary elections on June 23 shall be sent an absentee ballot application with a postage paid return option. Earlier, Gov. Cuomo had announced that he was cancelling the April 28 presidential primary and postponing it to June 23. Then on April 27 the NYS Board of Elections (BOE) canceled the June 23 presidential primary amid pandemic concerns, which means that Bernie Sanders will not appear on the ballot in the state and Joe Biden, the presumptive nominee, will get all the 274 pledged delegates. Gov. Cuomo had added a provision to the state budget earlier this month that allowed the BOE to remove candidates from the ballot if they had dropped out of the race; if Biden were the only nominee left, the BOE could then cancel the election. The election on June 23, 2020, thus will combine the state and congressional primaries (the special elections that were scheduled for June 23 will be postponed to the General Election

on Nov. 3, 2020). In order to vote in a primary, you must have registered in the party holding the election by Feb. 14, 2020. To be sure that you are registered in a party, visit www.voterlookup.elections. To find out which primary candidates will be on your ballot, check www. Be sure to exercise your right to vote. When you receive the absentee ballot application (mailed Absentee ballots will be now be mailed to every eligible voter in time for the June 23 primary elections. Stock photo if you are eligible to vote on June 23), complete it, checking the box for constitutional change, however, it must be “temporary illness or disability,“ and return it passed again by the next legislative session, in the postage paid envelope provided. and then submitted to the electorate in a If you do not receive the application, and referendum in 2021. If it passes, it will make believe you are eligible to vote in the election, permanent the no-excuse absentee ballot that contact the BOE, but you can also obtain an Gov. Cuomo has provided temporarily. application from your local post office, or go Separately, State Senator Biaggi and to the BOE website https://suffolkcountyny. Assemblymember Jacobson introduced a bill gov/Departments/BOE to find an application this year to amend the election law to define that you can complete, copy, and return by "illness” as ”the spread or potential spread mail or email. (The Governor has waived the of any communicable disease, at a time of requirement for a signature for this election.) declaration of a state of emergency …” This When the ballots are finalized, one will is still in committee, but, if passed, would be mailed to each voter who has returned an make it possible to vote by absentee ballot in application and is eligible to vote in a primary all elections held in the future during a state of on June 23. Your completed ballot must be emergency. Stay safe; make your voice heard. returned in the envelope provided no later than Nancy Marr is first vice president of the the close of polls on June 23 or postmarked no League of Women Voters of Suffolk County, later than the day before the election. Regarding future mail-in voting by absentee a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization ballot: The New York State Legislature during that encourages the informed and active the 2019 session passed legislation to remove participation of citizens in government and the specific conditions needed for an absentee influences public policy through education and ballot. This no-excuse absentee ballot would advocacy. For more information, visit www. make it easier to vote. Since it would be a or call 631-862-6860.

Long Island Museum launches letter writing project

The Long Island Museum (LIM) has recently partnered with the Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH) at Stony Brook University for a letter writing project. In conjunction with the Museum's At Home With LIM projects, a series of online family art and history activities based on the museum's collection, historic buildings and grounds, the Student/Veteran Pen Pal Project takes young people on a journey through the art and history of penmanship in the 19th century. Long Island students from kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate and are asked to follow the instructions from the printable activity guide that can be downloaded from the museum's website.

The penmanship lesson teaches students how to write a letter, preferably in Spencerian script, to one of the veterans by using the greeting "Dear Veteran" and sharing with them what school is like today, and asking them what school had been like for them. "In the 1800s there was no such thing as email, phones, or FaceTime. The main way people were able to communicate with others who didn't live near them was to write letters," said Lisa Unander, Director of Education at the LIM. "During these difficult times, the LIM believes in the power of the arts to unite us. The Student/ Veteran Pen Pal Project allows for children to connect with veterans who are in need of connection and support while they are

socially isolated because of the coronavirus pandemic," she said. Once the letter is written, it can be either scanned or photographed and then sent to, and kromanelli@longislandmuseum. org. The LISVH will then print out the letters and distribute them, and the veteran pen pal can respond to the student by a letter sent through email as well. "The project is a wonderful collaboration between the registrants in the Adult Day Health Care program at the Veterans Home and local community school children," said Jean Brand, Program Director of Adult Day Health Care at the LISVH. "The heartfelt letters are a fun educational bridge that

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celebrate the best of who we are as a community. During this time of social distancing the project creates relationships that inspire the human spirit." The Student/Veteran Pen Pal Project is currently ongoing and the activity guide will remain on the Museum's website as the LIM remains closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on this project or other At Home with LIM projects visit

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A (seemingly) obvious choice: A 55+ community

Are you an empty nester ready to downsize? At this point in your life, you want to live where you can be as active as ever while being surrounded by like-minded neighbors. A 55+ or age-restricted community may be one of the first options that comes to mind, as they unite individuals and couples similar in age and offer social activities and amenities like outdoor maintenance services to alleviate the burden of property upkeep. While a 55+ community might be suitable for the short-term, it may not necessarily be the right choice in the long term, depending on your healthcare needs. One of the reasons for this is that 55+ communities typically do not offer any on-site healthcare. Should the need arise, this could mean another move—years after settling into your long-awaited retirement—to somewhere that offers the healthcare services that are needed.

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Assisted living communities do a great job of providing residents just the right amount of daily help, allowing for maximized independence while easing the burden of care on adult children. But if you are very active, independent and not in need of help with daily living activities, assisted living may not be the right fit. If you are a lifelong runner, biker, yogi, sailor, hiker—the list goes on—a community that enables you to maintain and sustain that energy is the ideal option. Therefore, if you don’t foresee the need for daily assistance, moving immediately into assisted living is probably not the right choice, either.

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You love your house. You’ve made memories there and worked hard to make it a special place for you and your family. But, you’ve also worked just as hard to maintain it and cover all of the routine—and plenty of unexpected—expenses associated with living there. Beyond that, you like your house, but it may be way too large for your present needs, and the constant cleaning and yardwork are either becoming a grind, or have been for years. Even if you contract some help with landscaping and housecleaning, the investment of money and time toward living in your house may not sit well during retirement, especially when looking at the monthly bills or glancing at the clock after another round of chores.

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The Varicose Vein Center, adjacent to the Post Office in Port Jefferson Village is one of the busiest and most established practices of venous medicine not only on Long Island but also in the country. This private practice was originally started by a physician in the 1930s in Manhattan who subsequently moved to Long Island in semi-retirement. Currently, Jerry Ninia, MD, RVT is the treating physician and has been caring for patients in the office for almost 30 years. Dr. Ninia began treating varicose veins in 1992 when he joined his now retired Dr. Jerry Ninia partner Dr. Goldberg in an ob/gyn practice. Dr. Ninia said, “I enjoyed the diagnosis and treatment of patients with venous disease and I found that there was a lot of overlap in that most patients are women. “We do, however, have a significant number of male patients and when men come in it’s usually a big case.” “We also have excellent results with treating small capillary spider veins with sclerotherapy.”

This small boutique practice provides personal, individualized care and according to Dr. Ninia, “We have the academics and experience to back it up.” Dr. Jerry Ninia Newer, minimally invasive technologies have become available over the years and Dr. Ninia has been at the forefront in the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease. “One thing that has been very exciting that we’re doing now has been the innovative use of medical adhesive glue to seal the great and small saphenous veins. This new device known as VenaSeal now joins the use of laser or radio frequency energy as a way to treat varicose veins. It’s nice to have more treatment options for our patients.” All varicose vein procedures are performed in the office with local anesthesia and ultrasound guidance. The RVT in his title refers to Dr. Ninia’s licensure as a Registered Vascular Technologist- a licensure he earned in 2008. Dr. Ninia has served on the board of directors of the American College of Phlebology (now the American Society of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine) and was instrumental in the creation of the board certification examination provided by the specialty of Phlebology- the study of venous medicine. He has lectured nationally and internationally on these topics, most recently presenting an original research paper in Pisa, Italy in September of 2019 as well as a continuing education course on Phlebology and Women’s Health in February 2020. Office hours are by appointment and are made over the phone. Please call (631) 474-1414. The Varicose Vein Center can also be found on Facebook or online at 405 East Main Street, Port Jefferson • 631–474–1414 Visit Our Website at ©167119


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Our personalized service. We treat everyone as patients, not customers. We care about a person’s eye health and offer the latest in designer and affordable eyewear. What do find most rewarding about your field?

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Hours are now 10 am - 2 pm by appointment ONLY 631-246-5468. For those needing to pick up eyeglasses or contact lenses, please call ahead. We will happily bring your contacts to you curbside. For those needing repairs, please call ahead and we will be happy to deliver and do basic adjustments at curbside. What do you love about this community?

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Spicing up hors d'oeuvres for virtual happy hours BY BARBARA BELTRAMI Virtual happy hours have become all the rage this season. And as we do for any social event we must ready ourselves. So we drape a scarf jauntily over our sweatshirt, finger comb our shaggy hair, put on a splash of bright lipstick for our imminent internet appearance and set a platter of hors d’oeuvres before us to share with absolutely no one but ourselves. There we are, swirling our wine or clinking the ice cubes in our glasses and raising them in a merry toast to whoever is on the screen of our tablet. But back to those hors d’oeuvres. If we’re lucky enough to have procured a log of goat cheese and can spare an onion and a few slices of bread, we nonchalantly munch caramelized onion and goat cheese crostini. Or perhaps we’ve found a package of chop meat lodged in the freezer and have the makings for cocktail meatballs. Or maybe, just maybe, we’ve had the foresight to grab some mixed nuts while everyone else was in the paper goods aisle scrounging for you-know-what. So here are some recipes to not have to share at your virtual cocktail party. Many of the ingredients come right from your spice shelf or pantry and are eminently “substitutable.” Even

if you don’t have the ingredients, well, the main thing is seeing the once familiar faces of friends and family and neighbors, so Here’s to You!

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Crostini

YIELD: Makes 2 servings. INGREDIENTS: • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 medium onion, peeled and sliced thin • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste • 1 heaping teaspoon brown sugar • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar • 6 thin slices French baguette, toasted • 2 ounces softened goat cheese, gorgonzola, cream cheese or any soft cheese DIRECTIONS:

In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, warm oil; add onions and stirring occasionally, cook until they start to brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper, brown sugar and vinegar and then, stirring frequently, cook over medium heat until onions are soft and a deep golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes. Spread goat cheese on toasted bread slices, top with onions and serve immediately or at room temperature with a sparkling white wine such as prosecco.

Cocktail Meatballs

YIELD: Makes 2 to 3 servings. INGREDIENTS: • 1/2 pound ground beef • 1 egg • 1/4 cup bread crumbs • 4 fresh mushrooms, minced • 1 shallot or 1/4 medium onion, minced • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire or A-1 sauce • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne • 1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard • 2 tablespoons ketchup or tomato sauce • 1 tablespoon brown sugar • 1 tablespoon chopped chives or scallions DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 425 F. In a medium bowl thoroughly combine the meat, egg, breadcrumbs, mushrooms, shallot, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper and cayenne. Roll into one and half-inch meatballs, place on a baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix together the mustard, ketchup and brown sugar; brush onto meatballs. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes; sprinkle with chives. Serve with plain yogurt or sour cream.

Sweet and Spicy Cocktail Nuts

YIELD: Makes 2 to 3 servings. INGREDIENTS: • Nonstick cooking spray • 1 egg white • 3 cups salted roasted cashews, walnuts, almonds or a mixture • 1/3 cup sugar • 1 tablespoon curry powder • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin • 1 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped dried rosemary leaves • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 250 F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk egg white until frothy; add nuts and stir to coat. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, curry powder, cumin, garlic salt, rosemary, cayenne pepper and cinnamon; sprinkle mixture over nuts and toss to thoroughly coat. Spread nuts on a baking sheet and place on center rack of oven. Bake about 35 to 45 minutes, until golden, crispy and aromatic. Remove from oven and cool completely. Break up any clumps and serve with ice cold cocktails or white wine.

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Heckscher Museum welcomes abstract artist Amanda Valdez for first major New York exhibit BY MELISSA ARNOLD


s the Heckscher Museum of Art marks 100 years since its founding this year, they have taken time to explore both the past and future through art. Over the next few months, the Huntington museum will exhibit the work of contemporary abstract artist Amanda Valdez, whose deep appreciation for art history, beauty and feminism have led her to a unique and interesting style. While Valdez has an extensive commercial exhibition history from coast to coast, this will be just the second time she’s exhibited a range of paintings from various points in her career. “I came to art as a teenager by the grace of an amazing high school art teacher. I had the false assumption that artists were the kids who draw naturally and render everything they could see to everyone’s astonishment,” said Valdez, 37, of New York City. “My teacher exposed me to the concept that art could be learned — that I had a creative pulse — so if I worked hard I could make something with that pulse.” The exhibit, titled Amanda Valdez: Piecework, is aptly named for the way the artist creates complex works of art with a variety of techniques, including embroidery, sewing and painting. “While we think of a painting as putting paint on a canvas, [Amanda] reminds us that canvas is, in fact, cloth. She hand-dyes other types of cloth and sews them to the canvas to create her works of art,” explained Karli Wurzelbacher, curator at the Heckscher Museum. “The different types of media she combines are very interesting. For example, embroidery is very feminine — she

likes to celebrate feminine things. But while embroidered fabrics are usually delicate, she works with thick, heavy layers. She also handdyes her own fabric. She even lent the museum her dye notebook, where she keeps track of how she achieves certain colors.” Wurzelbacher said she’s been aware of Valdez for about 10 years — they both studied at CUNY’s Hunter College, albeit in different programs. Wurzelbacher always found Valdez’s work beautiful and interesting, and thought that she would be a good fit for this historic milestone at the museum. “We’re dedicating a lot of time to looking back through our history and where the museum has been, as well as looking forward into the next 100 years,” the curator explained. “Amanda is a contemporary artist in the middle of her career. Part of her practice is looking back at art history and then making something new out of that. She also celebrates the traditional ways that women have made things — textiles, embroidery, sewing, dye, quilting — while also tapping into modernist history and ideas. She marries those two traditions and brings them into dialogue with each other.” Valdez said she enjoys abstract art for its ability to portray aspects of humanity without having to assign elements of age, gender or nationality in a painting. “Human history is endlessly inspiring to me. I find moments of interest, such as Islamic patterning, women's history as told through fiber objects, or pagan iconography in Renaissance art, and I spend time researching these moments and movements, and slowly let it seep into my work. I love thinking

Amanda Valdez

about all the things all the humans have made with their hands over time,” she said. The exhibit features a total of 19 paintings chronicling Valdez’s career from 2013 through 2019. She has also included one pencil sketch to show a bit of the preparation and brainstorming behind her artistic process. The included paintings show an evolution in style over time, Wurzelbacher said. “Diamond Pressure,” a piece from 2013, has minimal embroidery and features bleeding, blending acrylic paints. Later pieces include more complex embroidery or the use of oil sticks, which can be handheld like pastels for a more immediate mark. The unique exhibit will be on display at the same time as the Long Island’s Best exhibit, a juried collection of art from 100 high school

students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties with impressive artistic talent. Wurzelbacher said she believes the young artists and their loved ones will appreciate sharing space with Valdez as a relatable contemporary and possible inspiration. “This is the first time Amanda’s work is being made accessible right here in our community, and while it’s beautiful to see in print and online, it’s even more impressive viewed in person,” Wurzelbacher said. “You’ll get to see the incredible detail, colors, layers and textures in each piece. It’s special.” Amanda Valdez: Piecework is currently a virtual exhibit as part of the "Heckscher at Home" initiative at and will be on display at the Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington for two months after the museum reopens. Call 631-351-3250 for more information.



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GUIDE DOG FOUNDATION IN NEED OF VOLUNTEER PUPPY RAISERS In response to the COVID-19 lock down, the Guide Dog Foundation and America's VetDogs had to find temporary homes for 280 dogs and puppies in their programs up and down the east coast. Within one week, the Foundation was able to place 175 dogs and puppies in homes on Long Island and NYC with dedicated volunteers (both old and new). Having the dogs out of the kennels allows the Foundation to lower staff on site at their Smithtown campus to help contain the spread of the virus and adhere to the mandated 100% non-essential workers working remotely from home. Their dedicated staff of trainers have each taken their dogs home to continue to train guide and service dogs in preparation for the time they can resume classes and placements of our assistance dogs with individuals with disabilities. The Guide Dog Foundation is currently in urgent need of volunteer puppy raisers to open their hearts and homes to raise a future guide or service dog for an individual with disabilities. Who wouldn’t want to quarantine with a future assistance dog who will one day provide freedom to an individual with disabilities? To learn more, visit to apply or donate.

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Les Misérables:

Every moment [of the film] is tension-filled; even in stillness, it holds its breath.

A modern tale of injustice on the streets of Paris


Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables is not another remake of the Victor Hugo novel, nor does it have anything to do with the musical blockbuster or its clumsy cinematic version. In fact, it only nods to the original source in slight but ultimately important ways. This Les Misérables is set in the French commune of Montfermeil in 2018. In the novel, Montfermeil is where Jean Valjean rescues the abused child Cosette. In addition, the title has been translated as The Miserables, The Wretched, The Miserable Ones, The Poor Ones, The Wretched Poor, The Victims and The Dispossessed. Any of these would apply to the denizens of the contemporary Montfermeil. (Contrary to various sites, Hugo did not write Les Misérables in Montfermeil, but rather when he was in exile, living in Guernsey.) The film opens in Paris, just after the French victory at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It is a scene of celebration and harmony, where people of all ethnicities joyously connect. This is the sole moment of unity to be seen in the next ninety minutes. Quickly, the action shifts to Les Bosquets, Montfermeil’s most notorious and crime-ridden social estate. Police officer Stéphane Ruiz, an emotional and moral core as played in a brooding, heartfelt performance by Damien Bonnard, has arrived for his first day, having been transferred from Paris, to join the anti-crime brigade. He is placed with the high-strung, abusive, and sadistic Chris (Alexis Manenti, dangerously mercurial) and the more laid-back Gwada (understated but wholly engaging Djebril Zonga), who grew up in the neighborhood.

Chris and Gwada have been working this area for the past decade. At one point, the hairpin-triggered Chris states,“I am the law.” It is horrifyingly comic and twistingly reflective of how this community functions. It is just as skewed as Hugo’s wrongheaded but selfrighteous policeman Javert. (However, it should be noted, Javert is many things but crooked is not one of them.) The plot centers around a teenager, Issa (a piercing Issa Perica), who has stolen a lion cub from a Roma circus and posted a picture on Instagram. This causes great unrest in the already volatile zone, divided by race and religion. Stéphane, Chris, and Gwada attempt to locate and return the cub, revealing the corrupt and cruel underpinnings of the area, ruled over by a mayor (played with a sly, controlled charm by Steve Tientcheu), an arch and accomplished manipulator. Confrontations ensue with the citizens of both African and Arab decent; the Muslim Brotherhood, run by former felon Salah (the subtlety dimensional Almamy Kanoute); drug dealers; and hordes of almost feral teenagers. Even after they locate Issa, it is an act of violence — revealed to be not as accidental as it first seems — that drives the latter part of the film. From then on, it is a race between the police officers and the various residents to track down the video from Buzz (wide-eyed and fearful AlHassan Ly), the boy whose drone recorded the incident. It all builds to a showdown that is both a literal and figurative conflagration. The film depicts a wide range of abuses against poor citizens. To label them all as victims is to oversimplify and to take away the social and fiscal complexity of the issues. Many

of them are held back by conditions beyond their control; but their reactions are often brutal and disproportionate, fueled by a distrust and deep-seeded anger. This is a world of temporary alliances but no allegiances. Amongst themselves there is hierarchy but no respite or solace. It is a constant struggle for survival through power and dominance and unflinching brutality. And, at the bottom, there are the disenfranchised teenagers of various ethnicities, portraits of seething unrest. The film quotes Hugo: “Remember this, my friends: there are no such things as bad plants or bad men. There are only bad cultivators.” It is a reminder that this actions are the consequences of societally-made circumstances. Ladj Ly has directed this film with a relentless anxiety. Every moment is tension-filled; even in stillness, it holds its breath. The clock is always ticking and the countdown is to another moment of destruction in a sphere that is wracked by crime and poverty. One thing this Les Misérables shares with the original is its look at the law — not in black and white but in shades of terrible grays. But this is to be expected in a universe where an eye-for-an-eye can become literal. If you were looking for a film with clear good and bad and right and wrong, this is not it. But if you want to be challenged, Les Misérables will resonate with a unique and unsettling power. The final moment is the perfect metaphor: a Molotov cocktail burning down. Where it lands, remains to be seen. In French with English subtitles, Les Misérables (Rated R) is now streaming on Amazon Prime.


TBR News Media Guide to Take-out & Delivery

Bring Your Favorite Restaurants Home. Options For Take-Out, Delivery, Curb Side, & Door Dash Aji 53 1 Miller Place, Smithtown 631-979-0697

Akropolis 127 Smithtown Blvd, Nesconset (631) 979-0924 Alpine Pastry Shoppe 59 Route 111 Smithtown, NY 11787 631-265-5610

Cara Mia Restaurant 257 Echo Avenue, Sound Beach (631) 849-4809 Carnival Restaurant 4900 Nesconset Hwy Port Jefferson Station 631-473-9772

Andersen’s Deli & Catering 41 Indian Head Rd, Kings Park 631-544-6506

Andersens Smokehouse & Grill 20 E Main Street, Smithtown 631-292-2520

Casa Luis 1033 W Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown (631) 543-4656

Bagel Express 15-5 Bennetts Road, East Setauket 631-675-2770

Cest Cheese 216 B Main St, Port Jefferson 631-403-4944 Chop Shop Bar & Grill 47 E Main St, Smithtown (631) 360-3383

Bistro Cassis 55 Wall Street, Huntington (631) 421-4122

Ciro’s Italian Restaurant 74 Main Street, Kings Park 631-269-2600

Brezza Pizza Kitchen 5768 NY-25A suite k, Wading River 631-886-1536 Buona Sera 88 E Main St, Smithtown 631-265-0625 Burger King 2488 Nesconset Hwy Stony Brook 631-751-1107

Burgerology 308 Main Street, Huntington (631) 923-2441

Cafe Buenos Aires 23 Wall Street, Huntington (631) 603-3600

Cafe Red 107 Main Street, Kings Park (631) 544-4500

Ancient Ginger 556 N Country Road St. James 631-584-8883

BiVio Ristorante 1801 East Jericho Turnpike Huntington 631-499-9133

Burrito Loco Fresh Mexican Grill 128 Commack Road Commack • 631-462-3030

Colosseo Pizza & Restaurant 1049 Route 112 Port Jefferson Station 631-928-4972

Copenhagen Bakery & Cafe 75 Woodbine Avenue, Northport 631-754-3256 Crazy Beans 97 Main Street, Stony Brook 631-675-6964 Crazy Beans 159-14 NY 25A, Miller Place 631-403-4954 Crust Brick Oven Pizza 739 Middle Country Road St. James 631-656-9800

Cupeez Drive-Thru 30 Route 25A, East Setauket 631-751-9784

Domo Sushi 180 Route 25A, East Setauket 631-751-2299

Don Jono’s 975 W Jericho Tpke, Smithtown 631-360-0178 DP Dough 1007 Route 25A, Stony Brook 631-941-9663

Faradays 17 West Main Street, Smithtown 631-724-1031 Farm Country Kitchen 513 W Main Street Riverhead 631-369-6311 Farm to Table 127 Smithtown Blvd Nesconset, NY 11767 631-406-6742

Fifth Season Restaurant 34 E Broadway, Port Jefferson 631-477-8500 Finnegan’s 5 Wall Street, Huntington 631-423-9696

Foo Luck 122 Commack Road, Commack 631-499-1512 Fratelli’s of Stony Brook 77 Main Street, Stony Brook 631-751-4445

Friendly’s Restaurant 201 Hallock Road, Stony Brook 631-751-3150 Fusilli Restaurant and Pizzaria 691 Route 25A, Miller Place 631-744-3500 Gino’s of Commack 5990 Jericho Turnpike, Commack 631-486-9600 Gino’s of Kings Park 52 Indian Head Road, Kings Park 631-269-2880

Golden Dynasty 416 North Country Road St, James 631-250-9888

Library Cafe 274 Main Street, Farmingdale 516-752-7678

Grumpy Jacks 28 Oakland Ave, Port Jefferson 631-642-1942

Long Island Bagel Cafe 2310 Nesconset Highway Stony Brook 631-364-9200

Green Cactus Fresh Mexican Grill 1099 Route 25A, Stony Brook 631-751-0700

Hatch Brunch 286 Main Street, Huntington 631-424-0780

Mac’s Steakhouse 12 Gerard Street, Huntington 631-549-5300 instagram: macssteakhouseny

Husk and Vine Kitchen and Cocktails 655 Middle Country Road, St James 631-250-9616

Madiran Wine Bar 209 Route 25A, East Setauket 631-675-2778 Maureen’s Kitchen 108 Terry Road, Smithtown 631-360-9227

Island Empanada 601 Portion Road Ronkonkoma 631-617-6427

Maxwell’s 501 Main Street, Islip 631-210-0011

Island Empanada 2040 Route 112, Medford 631-307-9696

MB Ramen 335 New York Avenue Huntington 631-923-3176

Island Lake Diner 625 Portion Road Ronkonkoma 631-676-5500

Nantuckets 9 Trader’s Cove, Port Jefferson 631-509-4848

Jersey Mike’s Subs 4600 Nesconset Highway Port Jefferson Station 631-509-6700

Mission Taco 371 New York Avenue, Huntington 631-614-8226

La Famiglia 250 W Main Street, Smithtown 631-382-9454 Lake Grove Diner 2211 Nesconset Hwy. Lake Grove 631-471-5370

Land & Sea Fish & Lobster Corporation 524 Route 25A, Mount Sinai 631-473-0011

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Long Island Microgreens Luigi’s Pizzeria 1372 Main Street, Setauket 631-751-3400

Hurricane Grill & Wings 1037 Route 112 Port Jefferson Station 631-509-1288

Jersey Mike’s Subs 586 Veterans Memorial Hwy. Hauppauge • 631-780-5656

Locals 106 E Main St., Port Jefferson 631-509-0627

Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill 273 Main St, Huntington 631 385-3474

New Wave Burrito Bar 2 Clinton Avenue, Huntington 631-923-2622 Northport Quality Meats 829 Fort Salonga Road Northport, NY 11768 631-757-0300

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TBR News Media Guide to Take-out & Delivery con’t... Old Fields Restaurant 318 Wynn Lane, Port Jefferson 631-331-9200 Old Street Restaurant & Bar 92 E Main St, Smithtown 631-979-9073 O Sole Mio 2194 Nesconset Hwy, Stony Brook 631-751-1600

Ramen 109 West Broadway Port Jefferson 631-509-1166

Rolling Pin Bakery 1387 Route 25A, East Setauket 631-689-6848

Pace’s Steak House 325 Nesconset Hwy Hauppauge, NY 11788 631-979-7676

Painters’ Restaurant 416 S. Country Rd, Brookhaven 631-803-8593 Pasta Pasta 234 E. Main St, Port Jefferson 631-331-5335 Pastrami N Friends 110A Commack Road Commack 631-499-9537 Pentimento

Salsa Salsa of Smithtown 320 Maple Ave, Smithtown 631-360-8080

Sandbar 55 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor 631-498-6188

Port Jeff Bistro and Pub 201 Main Street, Port Jefferson 631-828-2550

Se-Port Delicatessen 301 Main Street, East Setauket 631-751-2432 Seaqua Deli & Caterers 430 N Country Road St. James 631-686-6868

Setauket Gourmet Deli & Catering 216 Rte 25A, East Setauket 631-751-1200

Setauket Village Diner 238 Route 25A, Setauket 631-941-3826 instagram: @lakeronkonkomabeverage Seven Quarts Tavern 688 Fort Salonga Road, Northport 631-757-2000

Six Harbors Brewing Company 243 New York Avenue Huntington, NY 11743 631-470-1560

Slurp Ramen 109 W Broadway, Port Jefferson 631-509-1166 Soul Brew 556 Route 25A, St. James 631-250-9238 Soul Brew 387 New York Avenue Huntington 631-470-4697

Southside Bar & Restaurant 5 3rd Avenue, Bayshore 631-665-9596

Stone Soup 232 North Belle Meade Road East Setauket 631-675-1930 Stony Brook Pizza 2460 Nesconset Highway Stony Brook 631-751-2220 Subway 2350 Nesconset Hwy Stony Brook 631-675-2515

Sundried Tomato Cafe & Pizzeria 127 Smithtown Blvd, Nesconset 631-366-6310 Sweeties Candy Cottage 142 E. Main St Huntington 631-423-7625

Sweet Mama’s Family Restaurant 121 Main Street, Stony Brook 631-721-7895 Sweet Mama’s Family Restaurant 9 Alsace Place, Northport 631-261-6262

Sweetwaters 200 W Main Street Smithtown, NY 11787 631-360-0276

Call 631-751-7744 To add your eatery to this community service.

Tend Coffee 924 Montauk Highway Shirley 631-772-4707

Tomo 9 E Main St., Smithtown • 631-724-1100

The Bench Bar & Grill 1095 Route 25A, Stony Brook 631-675-1474

Via Pizza 205 Route 25A Setauket • 631-689-9540 Vauxhall 26 Clinton Avenue, Huntington 631-4525-0222

Thai House 53 Main Street, Smithtown 631-979-5242

The Clay Oven 601 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Hauppauge 631-724-1600 The Country Rotisserie 99 Route 25A, Shoreham 631-821-2020

The Fifth Season 34 E Main Street, Port Jefferson 631-477-8500 ext. 2 The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille 716 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown 631-656-9086 The Pie 216 Main St. Port Jefferson 631-331-4646 The Secret Garden 225-Main St. Port Jefferson 631-476-8327

The Steam Room 4 East Broadway Port Jefferson 631-928-6690

Three Bambino’s 385 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Smithtown 631-543-0110 Tiger Lily 156 E. Main St. Port Jefferson 631-476-7080

Toast Coffeehouse 242 E Main St Port Jefferson 631-331-6860

Tweets Ice Cream Café 5768 NY-25A bldg E, Wading River • 631-886-1293 TweetsIceCreamCafe

Vespa Italian Chophouse 843 Fort Salonga Rd, Northport 631-651-9889 Vintage Prime Steak House 433 North Country Road St. James 631-862-6440 facebook/instagram: Vintageprimesteakhouse

Wild Ginger Smithtown 69 Smithtown Blvd, Smithtown (631) 265-2800 Wunderbar Deli 148 Hallock Avenue Port Jefferson Station 631-473-8004 Z-Pita 217 Main St. Port Jefferson 631-476-7510

Zorba The Greek 572 Port Jefferson Plaza Port Jefferson Station 631-473-9220


Sei Ramen 244 Route 25A, East Setauket 631-675-0808

Pietro Cucina Italiana 404 N Country Rd, St. James 631-862-6129

Premiere Bakery 117 Main Street Stony Brook 631-675-0909

Ruvo 105 Wynn Lane, Port Jefferson 631-476-3800

Sal’s Ristorante & Bar 1012 W Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown 631-543-6000

Restaurant & Lounge 93 Main Street Stony Brook 631-689-7755

Post Office Cafe 130 West Main Street Babylon 631-669-9224

Pumpernickles Deli and Market 734 Route 25A East Setauket 631-941-4200

Ragazzi Italian Kitchen and Bar 2950 Middle Country Road, Nesconset 631-265-8200 •

Outback Restaurant 5040 Nesconset Hwy East Setauket 631-474-8700

PJ Lobsterhouse 1 N Country Rd. Port Jefferson 631-473-1143

Prohibition 115 Main St., Port Jefferson 631-473-0513



'From this contest, I have learned more about hands-on building and the engineering of bridges.'

Ward Melville student Four local high school students wins BNL's first receive honors with the top ever virtual two finalists eligible to enter the international contest bridge contest



essica Liao, a junior at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, garnered the top spot in the 2020 Model Bridge Building Contest, held virtually and broadcast online for the first time this year by the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Students from 17 Nassau and Suffolk County high schools designed and constructed a total of 190 model bridges intended to be simplified versions of real-world bridges. In this contest, efficiency is calculated from the bridge's weight and the weight the bridge can hold before breaking or bending more than one inch. The higher the efficiency, the better the design and construction. Student competitors typically bring their bridges to the Lab to be tested. But for this year's competition, to help maintain social distance during the developing coronavirus pandemic, engineers at Brookhaven ran the tests and broadcast them to the students virtually. Liao beat out the competition by building a bridge that weighed 17.25 grams and supported 59.44 pounds. Her bridge had an efficiency of 1562.98, the number of times its own weight the bridge held before breaking or bending more than one inch. Aidan Wallace, a junior from Walt Whitman High School placed second with a bridge that weighed 17.54 grams, held 51.01 pounds, and had an efficiency of 1319.14. Third place went to junior Michael Coppi from Ward Melville High School. Coppi's bridge weighed 9.02 grams, held 25.01 pounds, and had an efficiency of 1271.77. Sophia Borovikova, a senior from Northport High School won the aesthetic award for the best-looking bridge. Her bridge took 10th place in the contest, weighing 16.17 grams and holding 33.29 pounds for an efficiency of 933.83. The construction and testing of model bridges promotes the study and application of principles of physics and engineering and helps students develop "hands-on" skills, explained Ken White, manager of Brookhaven Lab's Office of Educational Programs. Students get a flavor of what it is like to be engineers, designing structures to a set of specifications and then seeing the bridges they build perform their function. "These same skills are put to the test for the Lab's engineers on projects like the National Synchrotron Light Source II and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, both worldclass research tools that operate as DOE Office of Science user facilities for scientists from all

Jessica Liao with her first place plaque across the world, and the upcoming ElectronIon Collider," said White. "Preparing the next generation of engineers to work on projects like these is important to the Lab and the Department of Energy." Brookhaven Lab's Office of Educational Programs coordinated the Regional Model Bridge Building Contest. Now, the two top winners — Liao and Wallace — are eligible to enter the 2020 International Bridge Building Contest in May. For this year's contest, contestants will mail their bridges to the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where university faculty and engineers will run the breakage tests and post the results online. Prior to COVID-19-related school closures on Long Island, Gillian Winters, a science teacher from Smithtown High School East, conducted a bridge competition in her classroom to help students prepare for the contest at Brookhaven. She also built a bridge of her own to compete among students. "My favorite part is to see the creativity the kids can come up with because they're all very different," Winters said. "Some of them have a pretty straightforward way of doing things, and some of them want to put a new twist on things. I love to see how they develop, and by the end,

they really have learned a little bit about how to follow the instructions and what a specification really means." Borovikova said she plans to pursue civil and environmental engineering or mechanical engineering after graduation. "I really enjoyed the creative process — trying to figure out all of the different parts that are going to come together to form the bridge," she said. "Designing the bridge was actually a pretty quick process for me because I like to try to imagine concepts right off the top of my head. Then actually letting the bridge come to fruition was really interesting for me, because I saw my design come to life." Wallace said he spent many hours creating his bridge and making sure it would qualify. "From this contest, I have learned more about hands-on building and the engineering of bridges," he said. "I was happy with my results, but of course would have liked to place first!" The award ceremony for the competition is currently pending, but the Lab hopes to hold it before the end of the academic year, according to Susan Frank, the competition coordinator and educator at the Lab's Science Learning Center. For more information, please visit

From top, Aidan Wallace, Michael Coppi and Sophia Borovikova with their plaques from Brookhaven National Laboratory. Photos from BNL


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38 Mayflower Avenue, Smithtown NY 11787 631–759–6083 FATHER VLADYSLAV BUDASH, PAROCHIAL VICAR DEACON ROBERT KNAPP 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 A Catholic Church of the Eastern Rite under the Eparchy of Passaic.


300 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station 631–473–2900 REV. GREGORY RANNAZZISI, PASTOR Mass: Saturday 5:00pm Sunday: 7:30am, 9:00am & 11:00am Weekday Mass: 9:00am Confessions: Saturday 4:00-4:45 or by appointment Baptism and Wedding arrangements can be made by calling the Parish Office Thrift Shop: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm Saturday 10am-2pm



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 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


429 Rt. 25A, Setauket, NY 11733 Phone: 631–941–4141 • Fax: 631–751–6607 Parish Office email: Office Hours:Mon.-Sat. 9am - 2pm REV. JAMES-PATRICK MANNION, PASTOR REV. GERALD CESTARE, ASSOCIATE PASTOR ASSOC. PASTOR REV. JOHN FITZGERALD, IN RESIDENCE Until such time as the Governor and Bishop give their permission to hold social gatherings, no public Masses or Sacraments will be held at St. James. Please join us

on our website or Facebook page at 10am on Sunday mornings for our weekly taped celebration of the Mass. The church will be open for private prayer and adoration before the tabernacle Mon-Sat 8am-5pm and Sunday 8am-12pm. We offer our deepest thanks to all those on the front lines in health care - physicians, nurses, technicians, and all those involved in either direct or indirect patient care; to first responders, and our local essential businesses that have remained open to provide us with food, household supplies, postal and banking needs, and gas for our cars. We thank you and pray God’s blessings and protection be upon you. In light of the COVID 19 public health crisis, let us pray to St. Raphael the Archangel: … Because you are the “medicine of God” we humbly pray you to calm our fears and anxieties of the Coronavirus, grant healing to those suffering its infirmity and protection and strength to those in the medical professions offering care to those so afflicted. May we trust in the Lord, who is our Shepherd, as we walk through this ‘valley / time of ‘darkness.’ May we be anointed in the Spirit’s love and ask that you always direct us in the way of peace, safety, and salvation. Amen. Where can the weak find a place of firm security and peace, except in the wounds of the Savior? Indeed, the more secure is my place there, the more he can do to help me. The world rages, the flesh is heavy, and the devil lays his snares; but I do not fall, for my feet are planted on firm rock. - St. Bernard of Clairvaux


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. ALPHONSUS IGBOKWE, 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. 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.

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Society of Saint Pius X 900 Horseblock Road, Farmingville, NY 11738 631–736–6515 • Please consult for current Mass dates and times.



233 North Country Road, Mt. Sinai • 631–473–1582 • REV. DR. PHILIP HOBSON Take care of yourselves, wash your hands, wear your mask, check on your neighbors. Grace and Peace, Rev. Phil Worship with us online! Sundays at 10 am (or anytime) on Facebook and YouTube.


“Our little historic church on the hill” across from the Stony Brook Duck Pond Visit our website www.allsouls– or call 631-655-7798 Sunday Holy Eucharist: 8 and 9:30 am All Souls now offers a 30 minute Inter-Faith Service Join us Sunday mornings at 8 am or 9:30 am for a 30 minute morning virtual prayer 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.


THE REV. CN. DR. RICHARD D. VISCONTI, RECTOR 1 Dyke Road on the Village Green, Setauket Web site: email: • 631–941–4245 Please note that the Episcopal Diocese of LI has suspended all public worship services. Please check our website for the latest information or call the office. 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 BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, WE ARE NOT CERTAIN IF WE ARE ABLE TO HAVE OUR SERVICES. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY BETWEEN 9 AM AND 12 PM (631-473-0273) FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION. PLEASE DON’T CALL AFTER HOURS. LET US PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER. GOD BLESS YOU. Father Anthony DiLorenzo 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.


490 North Country Road, St. James, NY 11780 631-584-5560 Parish Office email: THE REV. IAN C. WETMORE, RECTOR During this time of the coronavirus pandemic, the church is closed but you are welcome to join us every Sunday for livestream worship from the church at 9:30 a.m. You can access it on the Facebook page of St James Episcopal Church, St James, NY. Please call the church office for information about pastoral care and other church-related activities. Where is God calling us? To grow in faith through Scripture and prayer, To build relationships in Christ, To serve one another and the world.


“To know Christ and to make Him known” REV. DUNCAN A. BURNS, RECTOR MRS. CLAIRE MIS, SEMINARIAN 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 – Live Stream 10:00 AM – Rite II with music Morning Prayer – Live Stream 9:00 am – Monday thru Friday 6:00 pm – Evening Prayer visit our website for more information


To Know Christ and To Make Him Known 322 Main Street, East Setauket • 631-941–3670 LEAD PASTOR JOSH MOODY All Services and Activities are Canceled. 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 Banquet Hall Available For Rental* For Information Please Call Church Office*

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Center for Jewish Life & Learning “Judaism With A Smile” 360 Nicolls Road, East Setauket Next To Fire Dept. 631-585–0521 • RABBI CHAIM & RIVKIE GROSSBAUM RABBI MOTTI & CHAYA GROSSBAUM RABBI SHOLOM B. & CHANIE COHEN Membership Free Weekday, Shabbat & Holiday Services Highly Acclaimed Torah Tots Preschool Afternoon Hebrew School Camp Gan Israel • Judaica Publishing Department Lectures And Seminars Living Legacy Holiday Programs Jewish Learning Institute Friendship Circle For Special Needs Children The Cteen Network N’shei Chabad Women’s Club • Cyberspace Library Chabad At Stony Brook University – Rabbi Adam & Esther Stein



385 Old Town Rd., Port Jefferson Station 631-928–3737 • RABBI AARON BENSON • CANTOR DANIEL KRAMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MARCIE PLATKIN PRINCIPAL HEATHER WELKES YOUTH DIRECTOR JEN SCHWARTZ Services: Friday At 8 Pm; Saturday At 9:15 am Daily Morning And Evening Minyan- Call For Times. Tot Shabbat • Family Services • Sisterhood • Men’s Club • Seniors’ Club Youth Group • Continuing Ed • Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah • Judaica Shop Food Pantry • Lecture Series • Jewish Film Series NSJC JEWISH LEARNING CENTER RELIGIOUS SCHOOL Innovative Curriculum And Programming For Children Ages 5-13 Imagine A Synagogue That Feels Like Home! Come Connect With Us On Your Jewish Journey. Member United Synagogue Of Conservative Judaism


1404 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook 631-751–8518 • A Warm And Caring Intergenerational Community Dedicated To Learning, Prayer, Social Action, And Friendship. Member Union For Reform Judaism RABBI 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

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46 Dare Road, Selden 631-732-2511 Emergency Number 516-848-5386 REV. DR. RICHARD O. HILL, PASTOR ERIC FARET, VICAR Email: Website: We are livecasting ourworship service at our regular Sunday times- 8:00, 9:30, and 11 a.m. The service can be accessed in the three ways on the Homepage of our website: Our Zoom service begins at 8 a.m., and visitors are invited to join the group by using the meeting ID available on the website. Links are also posted on our Facebook “Friends who like Hope Lutheran Church” group. The YouTube channel we use is “Rev Dr Richard O. Hill,” where the service and other items are available. We have a live Zoom Bible Study on Tuesdays at 1:00 and a Hymn Sing event on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. All are welcome. We have a “Hope’s Kids” Facebook group for children to use. Our Food Pantry is open to everyone on Thursdays from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. for picking up food. Also, donations can be made from 11 a.m.-noon or by making arrangements by leaving a message on the church answering service. Offerings to support our ministry can be made through our website’s “Share God’s Mission” page. In any emergency, call the pastor at 516-848-5386.


309 Patchogue Road, Port Jefferson Station 631-473-2236 REV. PAUL A. DOWNING PASTOR E-mail: Pastor’s cell: 347–423–1523 (voice or text) St. Paul’s is closed to the public while Covid-19 pandemic social distancing protocols are in effect. Services are available at StPaulsELCA and You are encouraged to remain at home and tune in to our services on Facebook Live. If you have questions, call, text, or email Pastor Paul. We continue to serve the Port Jefferson Community Now in our 102nd year


Messiah Preschool & Day Care 465 Pond Path, East Setauket 631-751–1775 • PASTOR STEVE UNGER May God’s richest blessing be upon you and may He protect you and hold you in the palm of His Hand. God’s Peace and Love We wish you God’s Blessings! During this Easter season, please continue to call our phone numbers for information of the events of the church and go to our website. We, as a church, are here for you and if you are in need please call us. Our Pastor is available and you are welcome to call the church to speak to him. May God keep you safe and shine His light and love upon you. The Lord is risen, He is risen indeed! Alleluia!


33 Christian Ave/ PO 2117, E. Setauket NY 11733 REV. GREGORY L. LEONARD–PASTOR • 631-941–3581 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

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 THE REV. ASHLEY MCFAUL-ERWIN, COMMUNITY OUTREACH PASTOR “Visit Our Website: for updates on worship. Our service will be streamed live at 9:30 on Sunday mornings until further notice.”



532 Moriches Road, St. James 11780-1316 REV. PRINCE DONKOR, PASTOR 631-584-5340 All are Welcome Sunday Service and Sunday School at 10 am Tuesday Evening is Prayer Group at 7:30 pm Wednesday Morning Bible Study at 7:30 am Wednesday Afternoon Bible Study at 1 pm Wednesday Evening Choir Practice at 7:30 pm AA Ministry Every Monday and Wednesday Evenings at 6:30 pm


160 Main Street, Corner Of 25A And Main Street East Setauket • 631–941–4167 REV. STEVEN KIM, PASTOR • Adult Bible Study: 9am 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 No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here!


107 South/Main Streets • (631) 473-0147 We are an accepting and caring people who invite you to share in the journey of faith with us. THE REV. DR. RICHARD GRAUGH Email: Website: Sunday Worship Service Visit our Facebook page ‘First Presbyterian Church of Poret Jefferson/Activities and Missions,’ click on “Post’ or ‘Video’ for live Sunday service at 10 am or recorded video anytime. NYS Certified Preschool and Daycare - Noah’s Ark The purpose of First Presbyterian Church of Port Jefferson is, with God’s help, to share the joy and good news of Jesus Christ with the congregation, visitors and the community at large; to provide comfort to those in need and hope to those in despair; and to seek justice for all God’s people.


4 Friends Way, St. James 631–928-2768 • 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. During this time when we are asked not to gather together physically, we are gathering online for worship. Please see our website ( for information about joining in. All are welcome.


380 Nicolls Road, East Setauket, NY 11733 631–751–0297 • REV. MARGARET H. ALLEN ( We are a religious community that seeks diversity, individual spiritual growth, social and economic justice. Sunday Service: 10:30 am Children’s Sunday Religious Education Classes: 10:30 am Senior High Youth Group Adult Faith Development Choir, Folk Group, classical music Vespers, Sangha Meditation, Labyrinth Walks, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Yoga, Essentrics, Grounds & Sounds Café, Le Petit Salon de Musique

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America East cancels all competitions and practices through end of academic year

Effective immediately, all competition and practices for all teams and individual student‐athletes at America East Conference institutions have been canceled for the rest of this academic year, including any spring sport events that occur beyond the academic year. The decision was made in light of the recent developments, including the cancellation of all NCAA winter and spring championships, regarding the spread of the COVID‐19 virus. This is a proactive decision to protect the health, safety and well‐being of everyone.

Tyreek McIntosh makes difference as volleyball’s student manager Tyreek McIntosh is a double-major at Stony Brook, in sociology and psychology. He also is president of the men’s volleyball club team on campus and an administrator for the Residential Safety Program. On top of all of that, he is an invaluable student manager for the Stony Brook volleyball team. After current volleyball head coach Kristin Belzung was hired three years ago, McIntosh got in touch with her to see if she needed a student assistant. On April 5, 2017 — a date McIntosh still remembers to this day — he was welcomed into the program. “This is an opportunity for me that I could have never imagined,” McIntosh said. “I’ve done so many amazing things that I don’t think I could have ever done without the help of Belz. She saw a little boy from Brooklyn that just wanted to learn the ropes and not only learn to coach, but also be an effective leader.” Volleyball has been a part of McIntosh’s life since he was about seven or eight. A Brooklyn native, he immersed himself in the sport growing up by joining a club team, which eventually sparked an interest in exploring the coaching side of the sport. “Tyreek’s impact on our program cannot be summed up in one statement,” Belzung said. “His passion for the game is evidenced by the amount of time he spends watching, learning

Tyreek McIntosh relishes his role with the Stony Brook volleyball team. Photo from SBU

and playing, and his positivity. The energy he brings every day is contagious.” Inside Pritchard Gym during a typical day, you can find McIntosh helping with the dayto-day operations of practice, from setting up the gym to helping with drills. But his relationship with the team goes beyond the practice confines. Outside of the gym, you can find him on campus grabbing a bite to eat with members of the team or attending volleyball watch parties. “Tyreek is the person I go to when I

need a laugh,” sophomore Hailey Barden said. “He always makes me feel like a superstar and always pushes me to be the best player I can be. He’s awesome in every way.” Although McIntosh was on track to graduate this spring, the senior picked up a second major and is now slated to earn his diploma in December, meaning he will have one more season with the team. “He has absolutely been an important piece to not only building our program, but also on the club team at Stony Brook and through his other roles on campus,” Belzung said. “For somebody with so much on his plate, it’s amazing that he can show up with a smile and excitement every single day and give so much love to the people around him and the sport.” McIntosh’s time with the team might not even end in 2020. He plans to apply to a graduate program that would extend his stay at Stony Brook through the 2021 season. The family atmosphere keeps McIntosh yearning for more. “When you walk into the gym there’s this feeling of, ‘I’m home,’” McIntosh said. “It’s humbling to see the girls love each other. The coaching staff is so open and willing to not only teach you but also help you become a better human. Every day I walk into the gym I feel like a better human.”

Jaden Sayles announced as men’s basketball’s third signee

A third transfer is en route to Seawolves Country. Former University of Akron forward Jaden Sayles will play his senior season with Stony Brook men’s basketball. The Cincinnati native made 64 appearances across three seasons of action with the Zips, providing solid post play and an athletic presence at the rim for head coach John Groce. “Jaden is looking to find a place where he can make a significant impact,” Stony Brook head coach Geno Ford said.

“He has played on a Mid-American Conference Championship team and will give us a legit offensive threat at the basket. He has skill and can step away and make jumpers, which will make him a tough matchup. We are very excited to add him to the program.” Due to NCAA transfer regulations, Sayles will sit out the 2020-21 campaign before finishing his collegiate career the following season. The 6-foot9-inch forward made five of six shots from the field in a 12-point

performance against USC in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic during his freshman campaign and also added 10 against Dayton before having that year cut short. “I’m excited to get somewhere where I can finally play,” Sayles said. “I’m going to be a big physical presence for us and hopefully grab a lot of rebounds,” he added. “I pride myself on being a good teammate and staying generally positive. I don’t let myself get down too much.” Jaden Sayles Photo from SBU

Maria Pinto Ribeiro Photo by Jim Harrison/SBU Athletics

Maria Pinto Ribeiro selected as MVC Scholar Athlete Honorable Mention The Seawolves continue to get it done in the classroom and on the playing surface. Women’s tennis junior Maria Pinto Ribeiro was named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar Athlete Honorable Mention Team on April 23. As a health science major, Ribeiro currently sports a 3.68 GPA as one of three junior leaders on Gary Glassman’s club. “Maria has worked extremely hard in the classroom and on the court over the last three years,” Glassman said. “This award is the culmination of all her efforts and the best is yet to come with her senior year.” Ribeiro won the B flight title at this fall’s West Point Invitational, losing just two sets during the entire weekend. In the shortened spring season, she went 4-0 at the No. 2 singles spot and 6-1 in all doubles matches. The Seawolves, selected as the preseason favorite in the MVC Coaches Poll, were on a fourmatch winning streak when the spring season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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George Washington's Patriots' Day Spy Trail tour at 230 years



wo hundred thirty years ago, George Washington planned a tour of Long Island during the third week of April 1790 to thank the members of the Culper Spy Ring of Setauket, whose courage and resourcefulness played a significant role in helping to win the American Revolution. The First President chose to begin his tour on April 19, the 15th anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, the first military encounters of that war, when thirteen colonies fought to become independent from the British empire. Washington’s Long Island tour marked that day, which since 1894 has been known as Patriots’ Day. More recently, in 2017, the work of the Culper Spy Ring was recognized by the New York State Legislature and commemorative Spy Trail signs were installed by the North Shore Promotion Alliance and the Ward Melville Heritage Organization. Washington planned to set out from New York City, then the capital of the young American nation, on Monday April 19, 1790, but weather delayed him for a day. After touring the South Shore, he headed north to the Coram area and then west to Setauket, arriving on April 22, nearly nine years to the day (April 23, 1781) when his chief spy Abraham Woodhull, code name Samuel Culper, Sr., of Setauket, wrote to him that his spy ring faced imminent danger. Washington’s itinerary demonstrates a keen sense of place timed to show his personal appreciation for how important the intelligence from Setauket was to the winning of the war, information that helped save West Point in 1780 and the French navy at Newport, RI, so it could sail south for the ultimate American victory at Yorktown, VA. On April 22, 1790, Washington recorded in his diary “. . . thence to Setakit . . . to the House of a Captn. Roe which is tolerably dect.[decent] with obliging people in it.” He arrived at Roe Tavern with an entourage led by Selah Strong, a Patriot imprisoned by the British during the Revolution, the grandson of the builder of the 1703 home that became part of the tavern; and husband of Anna (Nancy) Smith Strong, a key member of the Culper Ring. The President slept at Roe Tavern run by Captain Austin Roe, a critical courier and messenger for the ring, who frequently rode from Setauket to New York City to deliver

information vital to Washington. It is a tribute to Roe and the Setauket-based ring, that Washington mapped his Long Island tour from the South to North Shore to travel from Setauket west to New York, as Roe had done. On Friday morning, April 23, 1790, Washington “left Roes, and baited the horses at Smiths Town, at a Widow Blydenbergs – a decent House 10 Miles from Setalket . . .” The stone doorstep, which still exists, of the long-gone Widow Blydenburgh’s Tavern, may well have supported Washington’s footsteps and serves as a reminder of Jonathan Harrington of Lexington, who, fatally shot by the British, crawled back to the doorstep of his home fronting the common to die at the feet of his wife. Washington’s carriage passed by what is now known as the Arthur House, circa 1752, on West Main Street, Smithtown, the future home of Mary Woodhull Arthur, daughter of Abraham Woodhull, the critical correspondent in the spy network set up by Major Benjamin Tallmadge. Born in Setauket, Tallmadge relied upon his boyhood friends to supply intelligence at great risk and was Washington’s spymaster and director of military intelligence. In 1781, Robert Townsend of Oyster Bay and New York City, code name Culper Junior, could not trust to writing the news of the ring’s probable discovery by the British and risked the journey from New York City to personally inform Woodhull in Setauket. Immediately thereafter, Woodhull wrote Washington on April 23, 1781: “I had a visit from C. Junr. and am sorry to inform you that he will not write any more on any account whatever.” In this darkest of moments, the Culper Spy Ring faced the ultimate challenge of surviving and finding another way to convey information to Washington knowing that British spy William Heron, code name ‘Hiram the Spy,’

Clockwise from top, the Arthur House in Smithtown; the stone doorstep of the long-gone Widow Blydenburgh's Inn in Smithtown; a marker indicating the spot where the Roe Tavern once stood in Setauket. Photos from Corey Geske

had already reported to British General Sir Henry Clinton that “Private dispatches are frequently sent from New York to the Chieftain here (George Washington) by some traitors. They come by the way of Setalket, where a certain Brewster receives them at, or near, a certain womans,” that is to say Anna Strong signaled Woodhull, via the arrangement of clothes on her clothesline, when Captain Caleb Brewster arrived in his whaleboat to carry messages across Long Island Sound. In 1789 during his first year as the unanimously elected First President, Washington decided he would visit each state to determine their feelings about the new United States as a nation; and traveled to New England from New York City through Connecticut to New Hampshire. He completed his mission with a Southern Tour in 1791. During a pandemic, as we mark the 245th anniversary of Patriots’ Day and the 230th anniversary of Washington’s 1790 tour of Long Island, let us remember the future First President was said to have been seen on his knees at Valley Forge praying as the American army, outnumbered by the enemy, starved, froze and faced the scourge of smallpox, a devastating virus that thinned the ranks of his army and put Boston into lockdown.

Facing a situation akin to what we face today, Washington established isolation hospitals in New York to control the epidemic – while the ‘cordon sanitaire’ that worked in Europe against the plague was reinstated in North America to control the smallpox virus. During the British occupation of New York, nearly 11,000 American patriots died on British prison ships in Wallabout Bay near the present Brooklyn Navy Yard, many succumbing to the disease. These ‘martyrs’ included the woman who historian Morton Pennypacker believed to be the mother of Robert Townsend’s son. It is a staggering number brought home by this past month’s coronavirus losses. Historic preservation is important: it reminds us that others, too, have faced crises, and that there were many challenges to overcome to win the American Revolution. About the author: Independent Historian Corey Geske of Smithtown proposed a National Register Historic District for downtown Smithtown in early 2017, prepared the report resulting in the Smithtown Bull being determined Eligible for the NR (2018) and wrote the successful nomination for recent listing on the National Register of Historic Places of the Byzantine Catholic Church of the Resurrection (1929) designed by Henry J. McGill and Talbot F. Hamlin, and its Rectory, the former Fred and Annie Wagner Residence (1912) designed by Gustav Stickley.


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Mittermeier has spurred biodiversity conservation across South America, working closely with foreign heads of state and indigenous leaders. Credited with protecting hundreds of threatened species and millions of acres of critical habitat, he was awarded the Indianapolis Prize. A true pioneer, he has researched and described more than 20 species new to science.


A MacArthur Fellow, Safina has propelled national and international efforts to protect ocean wildlife. From overhauling U.S. fisheries laws to reducing the drownings of sea turtles and albatross from commercial fishing lines, Safina’s efforts helped pass a United Nations global fisheries treaty.

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