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ARTS&LIFESTYLES times beacon RecoRd news media • octobeR 12, 2017

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that year, the DFD was taken over by the U.S. Army Quartermaster. The dogs in the I recently watched the movie “Megan DFD were initially used for domestic sentry Leavey” and realized that although recent duty, but their role was quickly expanded events have forced many Americans to take to search and rescue, hauling, scouting and sides on loyalty to First Amendment rights carrying messages. By 1944, thousands of versus loyalty to the flag (as it stands for military service dogs were used in the isthe sacrifice the military, police and res- lands of the South Pacific and across Eucue services make on our behalf), one be- rope to help turn the tide of the war. During the Korean War military dogs and lief is united: Man’s best handlers would routinely friend has always been lead patrols to alert the there for us, especially troops of the possible in times of war. presence of the enemy. A quick review of dogs This was expanded durin the military reveals ing the Vietnam War that their use goes as far into what were termed back as the Egyptians (as Combat Tracking Teams seen in ancient murals) (CTT). for both offensive and The CTT consisted defensive purposes. The of a military dog, hanancient Greeks, Romans, team leader, viAttila the Hun, Spanish There are an estimated 600 dler, sual tracker and radio conquistadors, Napoleon and Frederick the Great military dogs on active duty operator. The job of all used dogs during right now in Afghanistan this special unit was to make contact with the times of war. These war and Iraq. enemy, as well as detect dogs were unleashed any recent enemy activon their enemies, used to guard prisoners and even to carry packs ity in the area. Around this time the military also realized the canine’s sensitive with supplies and messages. In World War I dogs were used by the sense of smell could be used for more than Germans to help the wounded on the bat- detecting the enemy. In 1971, programs tlefield. The Sanitatshunde, or “sanitary were developed to teach military dogs to dogs” would head out onto battlefields in detect both bomb materials and narcotics. search of wounded soldiers. These brave After the war U.S. Customs found these dogs not only carried water and medical drug-sniffing dogs invaluable. As recently as 2011 a military dog named supplies to the wounded but also returned and guided soldiers to their injured com- Cairo (in photo above) was used in the SEAL rades. One of the most famous American team Operation Neptune Spear (which was dogs, Rin Tin Tin, was actually rescued responsible for killing Osama bin Laden). Tofrom a German training kennel by an day, military dogs are used in all capacities previously described. There are an estimated American soldier at the end of the war. The United States started incorporating 600 military dogs on active duty right now dogs into the military services beginning in Afghanistan and Iraq. So, let’s tip our hats in World War II. In 1942, the American to these true American heroes. Dr. Kearns practices veterinary medicine Kennel Club and private citizens (including breeders and trainers) established the from his Port Jefferson office and is pictured Dogs for Defense (DFD) organization. Later with his son Matthew and his dog Jasmine.

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HALLOWEEN FUN Inmate 235629 (Reese, age 4, from New York City) poses with the cast of Theatre Three’s ‘A Kooky Spooky Halloween’ after attending the opening show last Saturday morning with grandfather Kevin Munnelly of East Setauket. The show runs through Oct. 28. See review on page B25.

Volunteer Fair

As part of The Great Give Back, a day of service at Suffolk libraries, the Northport Public Library, 151 Laurel Ave., Northport will host a Volunteer Fair Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from over 15 local volunteer organizations will be on hand to discuss service opportunities including Canine Companions for Independence, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Huntington Breast Cancer Action, Island Harvest, Long Island Progressive Coalition, Make A Wish Suffolk County, New York Blood Center, New York State Mentoring Program, New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Northport East Northport Kiwanis Club, Northwell Health–Southside Hospital,

Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Inc., Rotary Club of East Northport, Rotary Club of Northport, SeniorNet, St. Anthony of Padua Parish Outreach, Tri-Community & Youth Agency and Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk. Open to all. For more info, call 631-261-6930.

Pet Food Drive

Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, 120 Main St., Setauket will also participate in The Great Give Back by holding a Pet Food Collection Drive from Oct. 14 to 31. Rescue groups and shelters are always in need of food for their dogs and cats. Donations of dry and canned goods as well as treats may be dropped off in the library’s lobby. For further details, please call 631-941-4080.

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The Three Village Historical Society will present its 23rd annual Spirits Tour on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. Transport yourself to Setauket in the Roaring 20s and take a walk with the spirits of the Prohibition. Join costumed actors as they portray flappers, farmers and bootleggers at The Setauket Presbyterian Cemetery, 5 Caroline Ave. and Caroline Church Cemetery, 1 Dyke Road, in Setauket. Tours, which begin at the Setauket Presbyterian Church parking lot at 5 p.m., leave every 15 minutes and can last from 1½ to 2 hours each. Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour’s departure, to dress warmly, wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight and umbrella. Tickets in advance are $18 adults, $15 members; $10 children under 12, $8 members. Tickets at the door are $25 adults, $20 members; $12 children under 12, $10 members. For more information, call 631-751-3730 or visit

European Harvest Dinner

Reservations are now being accepted for the Eastern European Harvest Dinner at the Resurrection Byzantine Church, 38 Mayflower Ave., Smithtown on Saturday, Oct. 21 with seatings at 4 or 6 p.m. $22 per person includes an authentic Troika Platter (traditional stuffed cabbage, pierogi, kielbasa, halushki, cucumber salad, coffee, tea and homemade desserts) along with a folk dancing performance, traditional music and ethnic boutique featuring handmade pysanky eggs, crafts and gifts. Cash bar. Reservations required by calling Lisa at 631-2656701 by Oct. 16.

‘The Princess Bride’ returns to the big screen Inconceivable! Thirty years have passed since the tale of Princess Buttercup and her true love Westley became a movie classic. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Rob Reiner’s film adaptation of William Goldman’s “The Princess Bride” will return to over 700 select cinemas nationwide on Sunday, Oct. 15 and Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m., as part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series from Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies. When the beautiful maiden Buttercup (Robin Wright) hears that her true love Westley (Cary Elwes) is dead, she reluctantly agrees to marry the loathsome Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). After Westley returns to rescue Buttercup, the two begin an

epic adventure filled with giants, fire swamps and rodents of unusual size. Featuring an allstar cast, including Mandy Patinkin, Carol Kane, André the Giant and Billy Crystal, the film proves that true love will conquer all. The screening will include a special introduction by TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz and Reiner, who will discuss “The Princess Bride” and its legacy. Participating movie theaters in our neck of the woods include AMC Loews Stony Brook 17, 2196 Nesconset Highway, Stony Brook; Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas, 1001 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale; and Island 16 Cinema de Lux, 185 Morris Ave., Holtsville. To purchase your ticket in advance, please visit

▶ The Chamber of Commerce of the Moriches will host its annual Fall Fair on Main Street in Center Moriches on Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Interested merchandise and food vendors should call 631-8780003 or 631-874-3849 for details. Deadline for application is Oct. 13. ▶ The Brick Studio in Rocky Point seeks handmade art vendors for its October Festival fundraiser on Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event will be held at the corner of Prince Street and Broadway in Rocky Point. $40 per booth (10- by 10-foot outdoor space). For further info, call 631335-2293. ▶ Benner’s Farm, 56 Gnarled Hollow Road, Setauket is seeking vendors, craftspeople and artisans for its annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 22 from noon to 4 p.m. Call 631-689-8172 or visit for more information. ▶ Smith Haven Mall, Moriches Road, Lake Grove will host a Boo Bash Family Fun Day in Center Court on Oct. 28 from noon to 3 p.m. Merchandise vendors wanted. Call 516-621-1446 for vendor application and information. ▶ Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Road, Huntington Station will hold its annual Fine Art & Crafts Fair on Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested merchandise and food vendors should call 631-549-8582. ▶ Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook will present its 21st annual Autumn Art & Craft Festival at the Student Activities Center on Nov. 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested merchandise vendors should call 631-563-8551. ▶ The Centereach Fire Department, 9 South Washington Ave., Centereach seeks merchandise vendors for its annual three-day Christmas Extravaganza on Nov. 24 to 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendor deadline is Oct. 31. Call 631-588-9220 for an application. ▶ Art League of Long Island, 107 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills will present its 54th Holiday Fine Art & Craft Fair on Dec. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Merchandise vendors with one-of-a-kind art and craft work are wanted for this juried event. Vendor deadline is Nov. 21. For additional details, call 631-462-5400. ▶ Deepwells Mansion, 497 Moriches Road, St. James will hold its annual Art & Craft Holiday Boutique on Dec. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and seeks merchandise vendors for the event. For more information, call 631-563-8551. ▶ American Legion Post 360, 1 Mill Dam Road, Huntington will host a Huntington Craft & Gift Show on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor deadline is Nov. 30. Interested merchandise vendors should call 516-209-7386.

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▶ VFW Post 4927 Ladies Auxiliary, 31 Horseblock Road, Centereach seeks vendors for its annual indoor Flea Market/Craft Fair on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Deadline to reserve a table is Oct. 31. For information and reservations, call Susan at 516-521-2259.


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The lipid, or cholesterol, profile is one of the most common batteries of blood tests. Why? Abnormal cholesterol levels may have an integral role in exacerbating a number of chronic diseases. These diseases are some of the most common, including atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) and vascular dementia. It’s even thought to be a component of agerelated macular degeneration, the number one cause of vision loss in those who are at least age 60 in industrialized countries (1). Let’s delve into the components that make up the cholesterol profile. The lipid panel is made up of several components. These include total cholesterol, HDL or “good cholesterol,” LDL or “bad cholesterol” and triglycerides. Many people By David focus more on total Dunaief, M.D. cholesterol, HDL, and LDL and less on triglycerides. We worry about whether the levels are high enough for HDL and are low enough for total cholesterol and LDL. Is this the proper focus? With total cholesterol and LDL, this seems to be appropriate. However, with HDL it is becoming more complicated; it is less about how high the levels are and more about the functionality of HDL. There are drugs that increase HDL levels, such as niacin and the fibrates, without significantly reducing cardiovascular events. This was demonstrated in the AIMHIGH trial (2). In this trial, niacin added to a statin drug increased HDL levels and decreased triglyceride levels without a change in the primary end point of cardiovascular outcomes. Thus, they were deemed less than satisfactory and the trial was abruptly ended. However, triglycerides get the short end of the stick. Just look at the lack of coverage in the mainstream media. In this article, we will explore the different components of the lipid panel and the supposed roles they play in our health. Let’s look at the research.

HDL — the good cholesterol that may not be so good For years, when patients were told their total cholesterol and LDL are high, they asked if their HDL levels compensated for this. Of course, we in the medical community are partially to blame for fueling this thinking. More and more studies point to the importance of HDL functionality rather than the level. In a study investigating a specific gene variant, or mutation, those who had very high levels of HDL, a mean of 106 mg/dL, and two copies of a P376L mutation, had an increased risk of heart disease (3). In a population of 300 participants with this very high level of HDL, only one had this mutation. When the investigators broadened the number to 1,282 participants, the results were the same. Results were consistent when they looked at a meta-analysis of 300,000 participants with high HDL.

Eating one-and-a-half cups of oatmeal each day can lower your cholesterol by 5 to 8 percent. Carriers of the gene mutation, meaning they had one copy instead of two, were at a 79 percent increased risk of heart disease. Those who had this gene mutation were mostly Ashkenazi Jews of European descent. The good news is that this gene mutation is rare. However, it does show that in certain circumstances, HDL is not always good. Lest you become too relaxed about this study, since the occurrence was uncommon, another study’s results showed that there is a U-shaped curve when it comes to HDL levels (4). In other words, those on the lowest and the highest ends of HDL levels had higher risk of death from both cardiovascular and noncardiovascular death. There were associations among HDL and other factors, like vegetable and fruit consumption, high blood pressure, diabetes, age and sex. Thus, HDL may not by itself be an indicator of heart disease death risk as suggested by the investigators in the trial. This was a large population-based study with over 600,000 participants. In a third study, results showed that functionality is more important than HDL level (5). What is called the cholesterol-efflux capacity may be central to HDL functionality. This technique calibrates the reverse transport of cholesterol. Cholesterol is removed from a type of white blood cell in the wall of the artery, put back into the bloodstream and removed by the liver. The importance of the functionality is that a higher cholesterolefflux capacity results in a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. In other words, you may not be able to rely on HDL levels to determine cardioprotective effects.

Triglycerides should get their due Triglycerides need their 15 minutes of fame, just like the rest of the cholesterol profile. Triglycerides may be an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. In a study, results showed that triglycerides are an independent risk factor for all-cause mortality in those with heart disease (6). But even more interesting is that those with high normal levels, those between 100 and 150 mg/dL, have a significantly increased risk of cardiovascular death. In other words, those who are still within normal limits, but at the upper end, should consider reducing their levels. The results also showed a dose-dependent curve; the higher the levels of triglycerides, the higher the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Measurements used

included borderline high of 150-199 mg/dL, moderately high of 200-499 mg/dL and very high of >500 mg/dL. This was a secondary prevention trial, meaning the patients already had heart disease. Unfortunately, a disproportionate number of patients were men, 81 percent. However, this study had a strong duration of 22 years with data based on 15,000 patients. The weakness of this trial was its inability to control for confounders such as sickness, treatments and cause of death. Still, this signifies that triglycerides have an important role in our health. Triglycerides are affected by diet. The elements in the diet that raise levels include sugars, grains — for some even whole grains — and starchy vegetables as well as saturated fats and trans fats.

What about whole eggs? Good, bad or neutral? Today, the debates in the medical community over eggs’ merits, detriments or neutrality continue. In an observational trial from Finland, results show that one egg a day did not increase the risk of heart disease (7). Whew, now we can put that debate behind us and eat eggs, right? NOT SO FAST! While the strength of the trial was its very impressive duration of 21 years, the weaknesses of the trial were huge. First, participants were asked for a four-day dietary history at the start of the trial and then never again. It was assumed that they were eating the same foods over this long time period. Second, there were no blood tests taken specifically for the study. In other words, there are no cholesterol levels for the trial. So we don’t know if one egg a day — and remember we’re making a gigantic assumption that they did eat one egg a day — had any negative impact on cholesterol levels. Third, this study population did not include women. There were 1,032 men involved. Having said all this, you could try an egg a day. However, I would highly recommend a physician’s supervision. In my practice, I had several patients eat two eggs a day, and their total cholesterol levels went up by approximately 100 mg/dL in one month. But this is anecdotal data from my clinical experience. In conclusion, don’t think you’re safe if you have a high HDL level. It is best to lower your triglycerides to below 100 mg/dL, and an effective way to do this is by reducing sugars, grains, starchy vegetables and saturated fat in your diet. However, there is subset data suggesting that the fibrate class of drugs may have benefit in those who have triglycerides of at least 500 mg/dL (6).

References: (1) (2) N Engl J Med 2011; 365:2255-2267. (3) Science 2016; 351:1166-1171. (4) AHA 2015 Scientific Sessions; Nov. 10, 2015. (5) N Engl J Med. 2014;371(25):2383-2393. (6) Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2016;9:100-108. (7) Am J Clin Nutr. 2016;103(3):895-901. Dr. Dunaief is a speaker, author and local lifestyle medicine physician focusing on the integration of medicine, nutrition, fitness and stress management. For further information, visit or consult your personal physician.

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Women’s Health Day Television personality Joan Lunden will serve as keynote speaker at Stony Brook Medicine’s Women’s Health Day on Saturday, Oct. 21. The event, which will be held at the Melville Marriott Long Island, 1350 Walt Whitman Road, Melville from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will offer a series of seminars throughout the day about the latest health innovations being performed by Stony Brook Medicine physicians and specialists as well as tips on how to improve one’s health. $25 per person includes choice of three health seminars, a continental breakfast and a buffet luncheon with Lunden. Registration is required by visiting For more information, call 631-444-4000.

Coffee & Conversation Jefferson’s Ferry, a not-for-profit retirement community for ages 62 and over invites the community to join them for Coffee & Conversation on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. This free event will provide an overview and tour of its independent living community. Jefferson’s Ferry is located at One Jefferson Ferry Drive in South Setauket. For more information or to RSVP, call 631-675-5550.

Open House Stony Brook Fire Department, Station #2, Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook will hold its annul Open House on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring blood pressure screenings, free giveaways, demonstrations, displays and activities for every age. Chat with “Sparky” and learn about the fire department’s teen program. Questions? Call 631751-0460.

Chamber dissolving The board of directors and officers of North Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce recently announced the decision to dissolve citing the geographical area as being too large to maintain and manage. Remaining meetings will be held on Oct. 16 and Nov. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the chamber train car located at the corner of Routes 112 and 347 in Port Jefferson Station. For questions and concerns, please call 631-821-1313 or visit

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legally speaking

Including a pet trust in your will

By linda toga THE FACTS: My mother has a dog, Fido, who means the world to her. When it comes to Fido, money is no object. She is very concerned about what will happen to Fido when she dies. Not only does she worry about who will care for Fido but also about who will pay for Fido’s care.


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THE ANSWER: While the long-term care of Fido can be addressed in her will, your mother needs to make arrangements for Fido’s care for the period immediately following her death because the provisions of her will are not effective until the will is probated. That could take some time. I always suggest that pet owners arrange in advance for someone to take care of their pet in the event they are unable to do so either because of disability or death. It is important that a caregiver is identified and is ready and willing to take the pet on relatively short notice. These temporary arrangements need not be in writing unless the owner feels that people are going to fight over who will care for the pet. For example, if you and your siblings agree with your mother that Mary will take care of Fido, there is no need to put the arrangement in writing. However, if all of you want to take care of Fido, your mother should put her wishes in writing to avoid conflicts. As for the long-term care of Fido after your mother’s passing and the cost of that care, I suggest that your mother include in her will a pet trust. When thinking about the provisions to include in the pet trust, your mother should not only consider who will care for Fido for the rest of his life but also whether the appointed caregiver has the resources to cover the costs associated with pet ownership. Even if money is not an issue for the caregiver, your mother should confirm in advance that the caregiver’s living arrangements are suitable for Fido. Some apartment buildings and residential communities do not permit residents to own pets. If the caregiver of choice lives in such a community, or lives in a setting that is not large enough for Fido, your mother should consider naming someone else to adopt Fido after her death. Once she has settled on a caregiver, your mother should think about the types of care she wants Fido to receive after she is gone. For example, does she want Fido groomed once a month or to have his teeth cleaned three times a year? Does she want Fido to be fed certain types of food? Does Fido suffer

from any ailments that require medication or close monitoring? If so, these things should be addressed in the pet trust. If your mother has been using the same groomer and vet for years, she may want the caregiver to continue using the same providers. This is particularly important if Fido is receiving any specialized care or treatment. If this information is not included in the pet trust itself, your mother definitely should provide this information to the caregiver in a letter. While the reason for including a pet trust in her will is to ensure that Fido will be cared for after she dies, it can also serve as a vehicle for providing the caregiver with instructions with respect to the handling of Fido’s remains after he dies. This information is important and useful to the caregiver who will certainly want to honor your mother’s wishes. In addition to setting forth in the pet trust the name of the caregiver and the type of care she wants Fido to receive, both during his lifetime and upon death, your mother will need to allocate a certain amount of money to the trustee of the pet trust. The job of the trustee is to distribute the funds in the trust to the caregiver as needed to be used for Fido’s benefit. The money will be used to pay for Fido’s food and care, but your mother can also allocate some of the money in the trust directly to the caregiver in recognition of the time, effort and responsibility he/she assumed by caring for Fido. If she wants, your mother can name the caregiver as trustee of the pet trust. She need not name two different people for these roles. A final decision that your mother will have to make in connection with the pet trust is what happens to any of the funds left in the trust after Fido dies. Many people who have a pet trust direct that any money left in the trust after the death of their pet goes to the caregiver. Another popular arrangement is for the money to be donated to an organization that cares for abandoned and/or abused animals. Of course, your mother can also have the funds left in the pet trust divided between you and your siblings. Regardless of how she wants the funds distributed, it is important to include her wishes in the pet trust. In light of the number of issues, your mother should discuss if she wants to create a pet trust, and the fact that it will be part of her will, with an experienced estate planning attorney. That is the best way to ensure that Fido will be cared for in accordance with her wishes. Linda M. Toga, Esq. provides legal services in the areas of estate planning, probate, estate administration, litigation, wills, trusts, small business services and real estate from her East Setauket office.

A pet trust is effective immediately upon your death whereas a will can take months to execute.

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The Setauket Fire Department, Station #3, 394 Nicolls Road, E. Setauket invites the community to an Open House on Friday, Oct. 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring live demonstrations, K-9 dogs and Safety Town. Nonperishable food donations will be collected. Come on down and enjoy the fun. For directions or more information, call 631-941-4900, ext. 1043.



Men Who Cook & Women Who Bake Thursday, November 2 6:00 to 9:00 pm Majestic Gardens Rocky Point

Aspiring and Professional Chefs & Bakers cook their signature dishes.

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In celebration of the exhibit, a costume party reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and refreshments will be served. This is a free event, and all are welcome to attend. The Huntington Arts Council’s Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 631-271-8423 or visit On the cover: ‘Bones’ by Rachel Goldsmith, Half Hollow Hills High School Image from HAC



Just in time for Halloween, the Huntington Arts Council will present its annual Nightmare on Main Street, a student art exhibit that opens Oct. 13 at the Main Street Gallery and runs through Nov. 4. Long Island students in grades 6 to 12 were asked to submit artwork that was inspired by the story telling narrative of Halloween. Horror films, legends and comics surrounding Halloween allow people to embrace a side of themselves that is considered dark and strange. The exhibit was juried by Jason Stuart, whose work is mainly illustrations with india ink and brush, which he finds the perfect medium to translate his macabre ideas into reality. The owner of Poppycock Productions, which produces storybooks, Tarot cards and comic books, Stuart is currently showing at Ripe Art Gallery in Huntington. “I found everything to be done with great spirit and effort on everyone’s part. I was looking for a combination of skill, imagination, originality and passion put into the work,” said Stuart of his selections for the exhibit. Twenty-seven students were selected as finalists including Danielle Christian, Daniela Crimi, Julia Davi, Madeline Franz, Brandon Fuerstein, Luke Gelfman, Rachel Goldsmith, Alexandria Goodman, Olivia Greiss, Ilyssa Halbreich, Ashlin Hanley, Jenna Hart, Ben Herbert, Princeton Huang, Leilani Kaiser, Emily Kubrick, Carra Lanigan, Bryan Lee, Christopher McCartney, Meghan Monahan, Chiori Negishi, Kenya Pinos, Yusef Rahimzada, Mehr Sharma, Lily Shumsky, Katelynn Sinnott and Ashley Zhang. Prizes are valued at $75 each and will be awarded in two categories: Senior Division (grades 9-12) and Junior Division (grades 6-8). “We are excited to once again present Nightmare on Main Street student art exhibit. This show is now in its 6th year and as popular as ever. The scope of talent is remarkable,” said Executive Director Marc Courtade.

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The Taste @ Port Jefferson celebrates 10th year

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Kenyer Natural Bakery will return to the event this year. Save the date! The Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Dan’s Papers, will host its 10th annual The Taste @ Port Jefferson at the Village Center, 101-A E. Broadway, Port Jefferson overlooking the Harborfront Park and harbor on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.

In celebrating this landmark anniversary, the chamber has reached out to the greater Port Jefferson restaurant community and will highlight over 30 restaurants and purveyors offering topquality food tastings and desserts as well as samples of premium liquors, wines and beers. The event, for ages 21 and over,

has been changed to a night venue, which creates new energy and features musical entertainment by the rock band New Life Crisis. In addition to the usual indoor setting, the event will spill outside under a 50- by 100-foot tent. Participating food purveyors will include Amazing Olive, Bagel ExpressSetauket, Bliss, Chick-fil-A at Port Jefferson, Crazy Crepe Café–Mount Sinai, Crazy Fish Bar & Gill, Curry Club, Danfords Wave Seafood Kitchen, Don Quijote, Dos Mexi Cuban Cantina, Kenyer Natural Bakery, Flying Pig Café, Land & Sea Seafood & Restaurant, Messina Market & Catering, Penntora Lao-Thai Catering, Port Jeff Lobster House, Slurp Ramen, Spiros Restaurant & Lounge, St. Charles Hospital, The Meadow Club and Tuscany of Miller Place. Dessert samplings from A Cake in Time, East Main & Main, Kilwins of Port Jefferson and LaBonne Boulangerie Bakery will be offered along with beverage tastings from Starbucks, Port Jeff Brewing Company and Manhattan Beer. Presenting sponsor this year will be New York Cancer & Blood Specialists, and chamber partner St. Charles Hospital will be highlighted as a silver sponsor. Other sponsors include BNB Bank, Farrell Storage and O’Brien Group, LLC, and the media sponsor is Dan’s Papers. Tickets, which may be purchased online at, are $65 per person for general admission starting at 7 p.m. and $95 for VIP guests at 6 p.m., which includes early access by one hour, a special VIP lounge with tables and chairs, premium pours and desserts, VIP gift bag and special entertainment. For further details, call 631-473-1414.

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Call for artists

Gallery North, located at 90 North Country Road, Setauket invites artists to submit work of all styles and mediums to participate in its annual holiday exhibition, Deck the Halls. As in years past, the show focuses on small works for holiday giving. Artists are invited to submit one festive piece for a fee of $10 or two pieces for $15. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 27. Dates of the exhibit are Nov. 11 to Dec. 22, with an opening reception on Nov. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information call 631-751-2676 or email

Open cast call

Theatre Three, located at 412 Main St. in Port Jefferson, is seeking an actor (age 20s to 30s) for the role of Andrew Rally in its upcoming production of “I Hate Hamlet” by Paul Rudnick, which will run from Jan. 13 to Feb. 3, 2018. Auditions will be held on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. with readings from the script. Rehearsals will begin in mid-November. For full details, call 631-928-9202 or visit www.

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New england Clam Chowder

Chowder or soup? Who knows?

By BarBara Beltrami

If you’re wondering what the difference is between soup and chowder, don’t ask me. I have no idea, nor can I find anyone who knows. I do know they both are chunky mixtures with some featured ingredient usually enhanced by potatoes, celery and onions, sometimes cream, sometimes broth, often bacon and a few other veggies or herbs. Most chowders I’ve come across emanate from New England, feature clams or local fish and are thick and creamy … except for Rhode Island’s which has a relatively clear broth and is full of the above-mentioned seafood as well as lots of diced veggies. Moving down the eastern seaboard we come to New York and its Manhattan clam chowder (which appalls New Englanders, by the way), which features tomatoes as well as lots of the potatoes and celery and generous sprinklings of thyme. Then there is Maryland and its crab chowder. What this tells us is that the best food comes from the nearby land and sea and that what is available is the engine that drives local and regional recipes. In the interests of geographic diversity I offer you New England Clam Chowder and Manhattan Clam Chowder. And some other time we’ll go into all the vegetarian versions of chowder … corn, bean, veggie, tofu … all of which corroborate my opening question. Really, what is the difference between soup and chowder?

New England Clam Chowder YIELD: Makes 6 to 8 servings INGREDIENTS: • 3 slices thick bacon, cut into thin strips crosswise • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter • 2 medium onions, diced • 3 celery ribs with leaves, diced • 4 cups clam broth • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves • One whole bay leaf • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste • 1 cup half-and-half or light cream • 2 cups chopped cooked clams, preferably fresh DIRECTIONS:


Place a large heavy saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat, add bacon and cook until golden and just crisp. Remove pan from heat, drain bacon fat from pan, but leave bacon. Add butter to pan. Melt over low heat, add onions and celery and cook, stirring

frequently, until the pieces are opaque and soft, about 10 minutes. Add the clam broth, potatoes, parsley, thyme, bay leaf and salt and pepper; cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes; discard bay leaf. Scoop 1½ cups of solids and ½ cup of liquid out of pot and transfer to food processor. Puree until smooth, then return to pot. Add cream and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, stir in clams and serve immediately with saltines, oyster crackers or pilot crackers.

Manhattan Clam Chowder YIELD: Makes 6 to 8 servings INGREDIENTS: • • • • • • • • • • •

4 dozen cherrystone clams 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2½ cups diced onions 2 cups diced celery 1 cup diced carrots One large clove garlic, minced 3 cups diced tomatoes 2½ cups dry white wine 3 cups peeled diced potatoes 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste DIRECTIONS: Place 3 cups water and clams in a large shallow pan; cover and cook over medium heat until clams open, 5 or 6 minutes. With tongs remove clams from pan and set aside until cool enough to handle. Strain liquid several times through fine mesh sieve; set liquid aside. Place oil and butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions, celery, carrots and garlic and cook a few minutes until vegetables are slightly softened. Add tomatoes, 2½ cups of the clam broth, the wine, 4 cups water, the potatoes and herbs and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile remove clams from shells, dice, add to pot and simmer 3 to 5 minutes until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with saltines, oyster crackers or garlic bread.



Discovering the secrets to a successful garden

By JoAnn CAnino

Documenting your garden by keeping a garden journal not only creates a complete record but also allows you to make informed decisions to improve your garden from season to season. Now is a good time to start a garden journal. It is a way of extending the joy we get from our gardens well into the winter months. Keeping a journal can be as simple as making notations in a notebook as you make your daily rounds in the garden. I use a lined composition notebook for observations and an unlined sketchbook to make drawings. To organize my notes, sketches and research I use a loose-leaf binder divided into sections. Setting up the binder, include a pocket to save plant tags, seed packets and receipts. Use graph paper for sketching layouts of each bed.

Vita Sackville-West, a noted garden writer, and her husband, Harold Nelson, diplomat and journalist, designed the Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, England. They suggested careful planning should begin with a detailed architectural drawing that includes plans for color and seasonal changes. Make lists of plants you would like to try. Keep plant profiles: date planted, care instructions, watering and fertilizing schedules. Include sketches and photos. For the kitchen garden, keep a plant and seed tracker. Include seed sources, date planted and germination date. Note success rate and expected harvest yield. Details can be recorded in your notebook then transferred to index cards for easy reference. Track the weather from season to season: Note dates of frost this year as compared to last year. How many inches of rain actually fell? How many days of sunshine? Remember to add photos to document the changes. Thomas Jefferson, president, architect, scientist and gardener, kept detailed notes of his observations and activities in his “Garden Kalender.” He noted dates seeds were planted, harvest schedules and when the beds were manuered at his plantation in Monticello. His notes were as simple as, “Peas killed by frost. Oct. 23, 1809.” But Jefferson’s vegetable garden was set up for

Autumn tips for your garden

Above, the informal gardens at Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm; left, Sissinghurst Castle Garden, and below, the formal garden at The Mount estate experimentation. He imported squashes and broccoli from Italy, beans and salsify collected by the Lewis and Clark expedition, figs from France and peppers from Mexico. Jefferson’s intention was to eliminate “inferior” varieties. “I am curious to select one or two of the best species or variety of every garden vegetable and to reject others from the garden to avoid the dangers of mixing and degeneracy,” he wrote. Recording your experiences and observations will allow you to develop a greater awareness of the changes that occur from day to day and from season to season. Be open to discovery, use your senses to look closely at nature in your own backyard. Listen to sounds and look for patterns. Create a habitat for wintering wildlife. Put up a birdbath or a small pond. Plant native plants, mulch leaves and add bird feeders. If you are exploring different garden themes, it is helpful to have a section in the binder for pictures of gardens that inspire you as well as articles and research on the typical needs of each design. For example, a formal garden with groomed hedges and a balanced symmetry would follow an Italianate design. Edith Wharton’s garden, The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts, follows this formal plan. Her gardens were a



books were painted in her garden. Between 1883 and 1897, Potter studied and painted mushrooms and lichens. Her paper, “On the Germination of the Spores of Agaricinae,” was based on these studies. Consider how you are a part of the ecosystem and let your garden be your inspiration for writing, drawing and discovery. JoAnn Canino is an avid journal writer and gardener and a member of the Three Village Garden Club.

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•Take time to observe where the sunlight falls now. • Fill any gaps in borders with autumn flowering plants such as sedum, asters and chrysanthemums. • Continue to feed and deadhead the hanging baskets to extend the color. • As the weather cools, bring indoor plants back inside. • Refresh the soil and repot to avoid bringing insects inside. • Select flowering bulbs: tulips, narcissi, hyacinths, iris, allium and fritillaries to plant as temperatures cool. • Cut hydrangea flowers for fall table designs and wreaths.


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Thursday 12 Ladies Night Out

In commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Ward Melville Heritage Organization will host a Ladies Night Out at the Stony Brook Village Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy live music, pink cocktails, foodie specials, goodie bags, raffles and more. Proceeds will benefit breast cancer research at Stony Brook Medicine. Register online at www.stonybrookvillage. com. For more information, call 751-2244.

Harbor Nights at the Museum

... and dates oct. 12 to oct. 19, 2017

Call a sitter and come out for a night of good old-fashioned adult fun at Harbor Nights at the Whaling Museum, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tour the exhibits, enjoy refreshments and decorate a traditional Dia de los Muertos mask for Day of the Dead. Tickets online are $15, $20 at the door. Visit or call 367-3418.

St. James Fall Festival

St. James Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 275 Moriches Road, St. James will host a Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join them for a fun-filled afternoon with live music, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, photo booth, pumpkin patch, games, crafts, bounce house and more. Free admission. For further details, call 862-8000.

Saturdays at Six concert

All Souls Church, 61 Main St., Stony Brook will welcome harpsichordist Kevin Devine in concert at 6 p.m. Program will feature solo and duo harpsichord works from the baroque era. Free and open to all. Call 655-7798 for further info.

Comedy Night fundraiser

The North Shore Beach Property Owners Association will host a Comedy Night fundraiser at its clubhouse, 55 Clubhouse Drive, Rocky Point at 7:30 p.m. Join them for an evening of humor and laughs with comedians from The Comic Strip in NYC. $40 per person includes light refreshments. BYOB. Call 744-3695 or 816-0501 for more information.

Book signing

Author Kathleen Murray Moran will be speaking and signing copies of her memoir, "Life Detonated," at Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington at 7 p.m. Call 271-1442.

Sunday 15

An evening of jazz

Car Show and Swap Meet

The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave., Stony Brook will welcome Mike Carubia and His Big Band in concert at 7 p.m. The band will perform songs from the Great American Songbook. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students. For more info, call 751-1895 or visit

Friday 13 Ballroom Dancing

Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook will host an evening of ballroom dancing starting at 7 p.m. Karen Lupo of Elegance Dance will teach the waltz and foxtrot. Come alone or bring a partner. All are welcome to attend this free event. To register, call 588-5024.

Book signing

Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington will welcome author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky who will be speaking and signing copies of her new history book, "Historic Crimes of Long Island: Misdeeds from 1600s to the 1950s," at 7 p.m. Call 271-1442.

The Gibson Brothers in concert

The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave., Stony Brook will welcome The Gibson Brothers (bluegrass) in concert from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 adults, $35 seniors, $30 students. To order, call 751-1895 or visit

Haunted House at Deepwells

Deepwells Farm Mansion and grounds, 2 Taylor Lane, St. James, with a new terrifying wooded trail, will be transformed into a really scary haunted experience for Halloween on Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. through Oct. 28. Enter if you dare! $10 per person. Call 862-2808 or visit for details.

Greg Galluccio in concert

The Grounds & Sounds Cafe at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 380 Nicolls Road, Setauket will welcome Greg Galluccio and Friends in concert at 9 p.m. Preceded by an open mic at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 at or at the door. Call 751-0297.

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 for more information.

THE BEST THAT CAN HAPPEN Neal Stuart and The Empire State will celebrate the music of Johnny Maestro in a concert at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Planetarium on Oct. 15. Photo from Vanderbilt Museum

Saturday 14

Fall Indoor Garage Sale

Haunted House at Deepwells See Oct. 13 listing.

The St. James United Methodist Church, 532 Moriches Road, St. James will host its annual Fall Indoor Garage Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lots of bargains. Too much to list! Call 5845340 for additional info.

Country Auction

Fall Festival and Craft Fair

The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson will hold its annual outdoor Country Auction on the grounds of the Mather House Museum, 115 Prospect St., Port Jefferson at 9:30 a.m. Items to be auctioned include antique furniture, bird feeders, 1939 World’s Fair Brochure, sterling silver, local artist framed oil, variety of rugs, jewelry, 1850s daguerreotypes in cases, stamps, coins, sport memorabilia, antique tools, toys, Victorian dollhouse and furniture, clocks, quilts, lamps, garden items, glassware and sculpture and other unique items. Preview at 9 a.m. Held rain or shine. Lunch available for purchase. Questions? Call 473-2665.

Bubbles & Baubles

Rotary Club of Stony Brook will host its second annual pre-loved jewelry sale, Bubbles & Baubles, at Setauket United Methodist Church, 160 Main St., E. Setauket from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sip complimentary sparkling cider while perusing a large selection of pre-loved jewelry. With a bake sale and raffle baskets. All proceeds to benefit local charities. For more information, call 941-4476.

Volunteer Fair

As part of The Great Give Back: a day of service at Suffolk libraries, Northport Public Library, 151 Laurel Ave., Northport will host a Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a list of participating companies, see page B5. For more information, call 261-6930.

Church Harvest Fair

Join Commack United Methodist Church, 486 Townline Road, Commack for its annual Harvest Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Held in the Religious Education building, the event will feature a boutique with hand-crafted items, fresh L.I. produce, baked goods, white elephant table and more. Free admission. For more information, call 499-7310.

St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church, located at 90 Edgewater Ave., Smithtown will host its annual Fall Festival and Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring craft vendors, baked goods, raffles, music and lots of children’s activities including pumpkin painting and scarecrow building. Free admission. Rain date is Oct. 21. Call 265-4520 for further details.

Greenlawn Community Day

The Greenlawn Civic Association and the Town of Huntington will present Greenlawn Community Day at Coral Park, 322 Broadway, Greenlawn from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All activities are free and include pumpkin decorating, face painting, music, dance performances, food and carnival games. Questions? Visit

Library anniversary celebration

The community is invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Comsewogue Public Library, 170 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Events for all ages include games, bounce house, farm animals, crafts, snacks, giveaways, face painting, balloon animals, self-fit station, gallery exhibit and much more. Free and open to all. Held rain or shine. No registration required. Questions? Call 928-1212.

Second Saturdays Poetry Reading Join All Souls Church, 61 Main St., Stony Brook Village for a poetry reading from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Suffolk County Poet Laureate Gladys Henderson, the featured poets will include Terri Muuss and Matt Pasca. An open reading will follow. Free admission. Please bring a can of food for the local food pantry. Call 655-7798 for more information.

* All numbers are in (631) area code unless otherwise noted.

Flowerfields Fairgrounds, Route 25A. St. James will host a Fall Harvest Car Show and Swap Meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring hundreds of classic and collectible automobiles including show cars from the '50s, '60s and '70s, one-of-a-kind custom cars, antiques, exotics, muscle cars, trucks and more. With vendors, live music, refreshments and a free pumpkin patch for the kids. Rain date Oct. 22. Admission is $9 adults, free for kids 12 and under. Free parking. Questions? Call 5675898 or visit

History of Caumsett hike

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

Huntington Apple Festival

The Huntington Historical Society will hold its annual Apple Festival on the grounds of the Dr. Daniel Kissam House Museum, 434 Park Ave., Huntington from noon to 4 p.m. Featuring a magic show, fortune teller, pumpkin painting, scarecrow building, dancing, games, potato sack races, pies for sale, music, spinning, weaving and felting exhibitors and, new this year, an enchanted forest. The North Shore Animal League will be on hand with adoptable pets. Free admission. Call 427-7045 for further details.

Toot Sweet Flute Concert

North Shore Public Library, 250 Route 25A, Shoreham will welcome the Toot Sweet Flute Trio in concert at 2 p.m. Featured works include a Haydn trio, Papageno from Mozart's "Magic Flute," a Japanese suite, Cuban dances and some feisty Irish tunes. Free and open to all. Call 929-4488 for additional info.

English Country Dance

The Frank Brush Barn, 211 E. Main St., Smithtown will host an English Country Dance from 2 to 5 p.m. Featuring music by Helen White and Carl Levine with the English Dragonflies: Mary Abdill, Judy Carlson and Gail Heppen. Admission is $15, $10 members. For more info, call 757-3627 or visit

Naomi Zeitlin in concert

That's amore! Celebrate Italian Heritage month at the Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook with a concert by Naomi Zeitlin who will perform songs popularized by Italian and Italian-American singers including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and more. Free and open to all. Call 588-5024 for more info.


Uncle Bonsai in concert

Book signing

North Shore Pro Musica concert

Thursday 19

The Carriage House Players (formerly Arena Players) kicks off its fall season with "The Woman in Black" by Stephen Mallatratt and Susan Hill at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum's Carriage Theater, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport on Oct. 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 15 and 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and children. To order, call 516-557-1207.

Tide Mill Tour

‘Man of La Mancha’

The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown will close out its 2016-2017 season with "Man of La Mancha," the classical musical of a dying man’s quest for the impossible dream, through Oct. 22. Tickets are $35 adults, $32 seniors, $20 students. To order, call 724-3700 or visit

Join the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown for a rousing production of "Oliver!" from Nov. 11 to Jan. 21, 2018. Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, "Oliver Twist," with some of the most memorable characters and songs ever to hit the stage. Tickets are $25 adults, $15 children under 12. To order, call 724-3700 or visit

Live jazz in Stony Brook

‘She Loves Me’

'A Christmas Carol'

Book signing

'The Bridges of Madison County'

As part of WUSB's Sunday Street Series, the Port Jefferson Village Center, 101A E. Broadway, Port Jefferson will welcome Uncle Bonsai in concert in the Sail Loft Room at 5 p.m. Tickets are $16 through Oct. 13, $20 at the door. Visit for details.

North Shore Pro Musica will present a chamber music concert at the Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook at 5 p.m. Program will feature chamber works created for a string quartet including Mozart’s String Quartet No. 17. Tickets to the performance are $25 per person, $20 for LIM members and students at the door. Call 751-0066 for further details.

Johnny Maestro tribute

Neal Stuart and The Empire State, billed as "the ultimate Johnny Maestro tribute band," will perform in the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Reichert Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy rock 'n' roll hits like "Sixteen Candles" and "The Worst That Could Happen." Tickets for adults are $20 in advance online; $25 at the door, $15 for ages 15 and under. Visit or call 854-5579 for more information.

Monday 16 TVHS Lecture

Join the Three Village Historical Society for a free lecture on Long Island and the Civil War at the Setauket Neighborhood House, 95 Main St., Setauket at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be author and historian Bill Bleyer. Free and open to all. Questions? Call 751-3730.

Book signing

Author William K. Lawrence will be speaking and signing copies of his novel, "The Punk and the Professor," at the Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington at 7 p.m. Call 271-1442 for additional details.

Tuesday 17

Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington will welcome author and historian, Joseph Williams, who will be speaking and signing copies of his World War I history book, "The Sunken Gold," at 7 p.m. Call 271-1442.

The Huntington Historical Society will present a tour of the Van Wyck-Lefferts Tide Mill at 10:30 a.m. Built in 1795, it is the only surviving mill in Huntington. Accessible by a short boat ride, this two-hour tour is not available to children under the age of 12. Price is $20, $15 members. Advance registration required by calling 427-7045, ext. 404.

The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave., Stony Brook will welcome Rich Iacona's Bad Little Big Band in concert at 7 p.m. Pianist Rich Iacona and singer Madeline Kole perform classic jazz songs. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students. Call 751-1895 or visit www.thejazzloft. org for additional information.

WWE Hall-of-Famer and #1 New York Times best-selling author, Mick Foley, will return to Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington to speak about and sign copies of his new memoir, "Saint Mick: My Journey from Hardcore Legend to Santa’s Jolly Elf," at 7 p.m. Call 271-1442.

Theater ‘Tonight's the Night’

Township Theatre Group will present "Tonight’s the Night," a musical gala celebrating its milestone 65th Season at Temple Beth El, 660 Park Ave., on Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. Enjoy an evening of Broadway show stoppers and pop songs of the '60s presented by TTG performers from over the years and a few new faces. $30 per person includes appetizers, dessert, wine and beer. Call 631-213-9832 to order.

'The Woman in Black'

Five Towns College Performing Arts Center, 305 North Service Road, Dix Hills will present a production of "She Loves Me" on Oct. 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors and students. To order, call the box office at 656-2148 or visit

Theatre Three, located at 412 Main St. in Port Jefferson, will kick off its 2017-2018 season with the musical "The Bridges of Madison County" through Oct. 28. An unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more. Tickets are $35 adults, $28 seniors and students. To order, call 928-9100 or visit www.


John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport will present a production of "Gypsy," the rags-to-riches story of Louise, an awkward young girl who rose to national fame as the burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, through Oct. 29. Let them entertain you with "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "If Mama Was Married" and more. Tickets range from $73 to $78. To order, call 261-2900 or visit

Fall Harvest lecture

The Smithtown Historical Society invites the community to a Fall Harvest lecture at the Frank Brush Barn, 211 E. Main St., Smithtown at 7 p.m. Guest speaker Meagan Gandolfo will discuss the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 1900s. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 265-6768.


Celebrate the season with Long Island's own holiday tradition, the 34th annual production of "A Christmas Carol," at Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson from Nov. 18 to Dec. 30. Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas — past, present and future. Tickets are $35 adults, $28 seniors and students, $20 children ages 5 to 12. To order, call 928-9100 or visit


Leapin' Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine Annie takes center stage at the John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport from Nov. 9 to Dec. 31 in one of the world's best loved family musicals. Featuring such unforgettable songs as "It’s the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "New Deal for Christmas" and the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." Tickets range from $73 to $78. To order, call 261-2900 or visit

Film ‘Restless Creature’

As part of the Fall 2017 Port Jefferson Documentary Series, Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson will screen "Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan" on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. The film offers an intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to retire from the New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades. Followed by a Q&A with guest speaker Wendy Whelan. $7 per person at the door. For more information, call 473-5220 or visit

Join Comsewogue Public Library, 170 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station for a screening of "Wakefield" starring Bryan Cranston on Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. Open to all. To register, call 928-1212.

Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, 120 Main St., Setauket will host a meeting by the Travel Presentation Club at 7:30 p.m. Fanny Cornejo will make a presentation on her recent visit to the Peruvian Andes. All are welcome. Please contact for further information.

Italian Cinema Festival

The Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook will present its 14th annual Italian Cinema Festival at the Charles B. Wang Center, Conf. Room 1, on Oct. 21 (starting at 3 p.m.) and Oct. 22 (starting at 2 p.m.). Six films, in Italian with English subtitles, will be presented during the two-day event with a Q&A hosted by Francesco Andolfi. Free and open to the public. For a full schedule of events, visit italianstudies or call 632-7444.

Swing Dance in Greenlawn

The Moose Lodge, 631 Pulaski Road, Greenlawn will host a swing dance from 8 to 11 p.m. with a lesson at 7:30 p.m. Featuring live music by Bill Wilkinson & LI Sound Orchestra. Come alone or bring a friend. Admission is $15. Call 476-3707 or visit

Wednesday 18 RJO Intermediate School, located at the corner of Church Street and Old Dock Road, Kings Park will host an evening of international and Israeli folk dancing every Wednesday (when school is in session) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $9 fee. Questions? Call Linda at 269-6894.

Suffolk County Community College, 533 College Road, Selden will present a production of "Circle Mirror Transformation" by Annie Baker from Oct. 19 to 29 at Theatre 119 in the Islip Arts building. Mature content. Admission is $12 adults, $10 students 16 years of age or younger. For more information, call 451-4000.


Travel Club meeting

International folk dancing

‘Circle Mirror Transformation’

Photo by Christine Boehm

Above, James Geraci and Evan Donnellan star in 'The Woman in Black.'

A CLASSIC GHOST STORY Just in time for Halloween, the Carriage House Players will present the spinetingling thriller "The Woman in Black." Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the 1983 novel by Susan Hill, the production will run at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum through Oct. 22.

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SBU’s Gonzalez seeks to help astronauts and first responders

Harnessing the Technology of our Research Giants


Weekly horoscopes LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23 BY DANIEL DUNAIEF More than four days after lift off, pioneering astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had landed in the Sea of Tranquility on the surface of the moon. The NASA schedule, which included preparing the vehicle for an emergency abort of the mission in the event of a problem, called for a nap of four hours. Once they were there, however, Armstrong and Aldrin couldn’t imagine taking a fourhour respite. “Both Armstrong and Aldrin were, understandably, excited about where they were and decided to forgo the sleeping and changed history,” Thomas Williams, element scientist in Human Factors and Behavioral Performance at NASA, described in an email.

‘Being in long-duration space missions with other people, we expect the mental health risk will be much more elevated. — Adam Gonzalez

A future trip to Mars, however, would involve considerably longer delayed gratification, with the round trip estimated to take over 400 days. The stresses and strains, the anxiety about an uncertain future and the increasing distance from family and friends, not to mention the smell of cut grass and the appearance of holiday decorations, could weigh on even the most eager of astronauts. Determined to prepare for contingencies, NASA is funding research to understand ways to combat the mental health strains that might affect future astronauts who dare to go further than anyone has ever gone. Adam Gonzalez, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Stony Brook University, received over $1 million in funding from NASA to explore ways to help these future astronauts who might be anxious or depressed when they’re on the way to the red planet.

In a highly competitive process, Gonzalez received the financial support to provide guidance on what NASA considers a low-probability, high-consequence mental health event, according to Williams. Gonzalez “was funded because of the soundness of his research proposal and the clinical and technological expertise of the research team he assembled to help NASA address this research gap,” Williams explained. Gonzalez started providing three different types of psychological assistance to 135 people in the middle of September. He is testing ways to provide mental health assistance with a delay that could require over 40 minutes to travel back and forth. One group of test subjects will use a system called myCompass, which is a mental health self-help program. Another group will use myCompass coupled with a delayed text messaging response from a therapist, and a third will have a myCompass system along with delayed video messaging from a therapist. “Being in long-duration space missions with other people — in this case, months and potentially years — stuck in extremely close quarters with others, we expect the mental health risk will be much more elevated relative to what they are going to have on the International Space Station,” Gonzalez said. Williams said astronauts to date have not had any diagnosable disorders, but NASA has seen fluctuations in their mood, which appears linked to workload demands and the phase of the mission, Williams said. For astronauts, NASA does not want a continuing negative trend that, over a longer term, could turn into a problem. “Part of what we hope to achieve with [Gonzalez’s] research is a validated approach to address any of these concerns,” Williams said, adding that astronauts typically understand that their contributions involve work in “high-demand, extreme environments,” Williams said.

Libra, a busy week means it’s necessary to minimize distractions. This will help you get to the bottom of a problem much quicker. A time to relax is on the horizon.

SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22

Even though you can’t pinpoint it directly, Scorpio, you can tell something is going on that has been kept from you. Someone you thought was a friend may not be.

SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21 Adam Gonzalez Still, like explorers in earlier centuries, astronauts on a trip to Mars will journey farther and for a longer period of time than anyone up to that point. MyCompass is a “good, efficacious program” that takes a “trans-diagnostic cognitive behavioral therapy approach,” Gonzalez said. He suggested that the program is broad enough to help individuals manage their emotions more generally, as opposed to targeting specific types of health disorders. Gonzalez emphasized that the choice of using myCompass as a part of this experiment was his and might not be NASA’s. The purpose of this study is to investigate different methods for communicating for mental health purposes when real-time communication isn’t possible. William suggested that Gonzalez’s work, among others, could lead to individualized procedures for each astronaut. In addition to his work with NASA, Gonzalez also assists people at the front lines after man-made or natural disasters. He has worked with Benjamin Luft, the director of Stony Brook University’s WTC Wellness Program, on a program that offers assistance to first responders after the 9/11 attacks. Gonzalez’s father, Peter, was a police officer who worked on the World Trade Center cleanup and recovery efforts. The elder Gonzalez has since had 9/11-related health conditions. Gonzalez and associate professor Anka Vujanovic, the co-director of the Trauma and Anxiety Clinic at the University of Houston, are putting together a research project for the Hous-

Photo from SBU

ton area. Vujanovic did a mental health survey on Houston area firefighters earlier this year. They are inviting these firefighters to complete an online survey and telephone assessment to determine their mental health after Hurricane Harvey. They are also conducting a three- to four-hour resilience training workshop for Houston area firefighters engaged in Harvey disaster relief efforts. “This resilience program, developed by [Gonzalez] and his colleagues, has shown promising results in reducing various mental health symptoms when tested among first responders in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy,” Vujanovic explained in an email. Vujanovic has known Gonzalez for over 10 years and suggested his questions were focused on “how can we better serve others, how can we improve existing interventions and how can we develop culturally sensitive approaches for vulnerable, understudied populations.” Gonzalez, who grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and came to Stony Brook in 2012, said he was always interested in helping others. Williams suggested that this kind of research can help people outside the space program. “We openly share and encourage the sharing of any of our relevant research findings to help address societal needs,” he added. Gonzalez’s research is “a great example of how a NASA focus on delivering personalized interventions in support of longduration spaceflight could potentially be generalized to more rural settings where mental health providers may be scarce.”

Don’t fret over trivial issues, Sagittarius. They will work themselves out without much intervention. Focus your energy on larger issues.

CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20

Capricorn, you prefer to do things in the most direct manner possible. However, you may have to take a roundabout route in the next few days to complete a particular project.

AQUARIUS – Jan 21/Feb 18

Go out sometime this week and enjoy some conversation and fun with friends or co-workers, Aquarius. Soon enough you may not have much time for social engagements.

PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20

It is easy for you to keep other people’s secrets, Pisces. Work on keeping some of your own concerns closer to the vest.

ARIES – Mar 21/Apr 20

The people with whom you have been spending your time have enjoyed your company, Aries. Now you have an opportunity to widen your social horizons even further.

TAURUS – Apr 21/May 21

You have a specific goal in mind and a plan to accomplish it, Taurus. What you may not have counted on are the little obstacles that tend to pop up. Take them one by one.

GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21

You might get a kick out of beating someone at their own game, Gemini. Just make sure you keep things lighthearted and that others are not slighted by your efforts.

CANCER – Jun 22/Jul 22

Cancer, someone you love is far away and you are trying every way possible to close the distance. An impromptu trip to reconnect may be in order.

LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23

Leo, you have been keeping a close watch on all of your behaviors for awhile now. This week you may be ready to let loose a bit and enjoy yourself with friends.

VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22

Some exciting news is coming your way, Virgo. Just be patient for a little longer because it will be well worth it to hear what others can’t wait to tell you.


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

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


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

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

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

©150522 Reverend Patrick M. Riegger, Pastor Associates: Rev. Francis Lasrado & Rev. Rolando Ticllasuca To schedule Baptisms and Weddings, Please call the Rectory Confessions: Saturdays 12:30-1:15 pm in the Lower Church Religious Ed.: (631) 928-0447 • Parish Outreach: (631) 331-6145 Weekly Masses: 6:50 and 9 am in the Church, 12 pm in the Chapel* Weekend Masses: Saturday at 5 pm in the Church, 5:15 pm in the Chapel* Sunday at 7:30 am, 10:30 am, 12 pm, and 5 pm in the Church and at 8:30 am, 10 am, and 11:30 am (Family Mass) in the Chapel* Spanish Masses: Sunday at 8:45 am and Wednesday at 6 pm in the Church *Held at the Infant Jesus Chapel at St. Charles Hospital Religious Education: (631) 928-0447 Parish Outreach: (631) 331-6145

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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

1266 N. Country Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790 (631) 689-7660 •

Pastor Hank Kistler Sunday Worship 11 am Thursday Small Groups 7 pm HARVEST SUNDAY Sunday, October 15-Fun for the whole family. Hay rides, bounce house, pumpkin patch, pony rides & fall goodies. After our 11 am worship service FREE! All Welcome!



Main Street, Stony Brook • (631) 751–0034

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

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

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

Knowing Christ...Making Him Known

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

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

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


CHABAD AT STONY BROOK “Judaism with a smile”

Future site: East side of Nicolls Rd, North of Rte 347 –Next to Fire Dept. Current location: 821 Hawkins Ave., Lake Grove (631) 585–0521 • (800) My–Torah •

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


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

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



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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

Renewing, Restoring, Reviving for the 21st Century!



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

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

Rev. Mary, Barrett Speers, pastor

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

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Sound Beach Civic Association to host Health and Wellness Expo

By ErnEstinE Franco We all strive to lead healthy lives. We strive to eat healthy foods, even if sometimes we overindulge. We strive to be active, even if sometimes we spend too much time in front of the TV or computer. We strive to do what our doctors tell us to do, even if sometimes we don’t like what we hear. To reach these goals, we can use all the help that’s out there. To provide some of this help the Sound Beach Civic Association will bring together health professionals at a free Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Sound Beach Firehouse, 152 Sound Beach Blvd. The event is co-sponsored by the Times Beacon Record News Media. The civic invites everyone to come and learn how to make good health decisions from a variety of health professionals. Mather Hospital and its physician services group, Harbor View Medical Services, will provide glucose screening, blood pressure screening, body mass index as well as distribute kits for colon cancer screening. Ergonomic posture exams will be provided by The Chiropractic Joint, hearing screenings by Ear Works Audiology, body wrap demonstration and fat fighter demonstration by IT Works Health and Wellness and carbon monoxide testing for smokers by Suffolk County Health Department. Rite Aid will provide flu shots. To get a flu shot, you’ll need to bring any insurance information (including Medicare Parts B & D), a list of any medical conditions, as well as your primary care physician’s name, address and phone number. Suffolk County Police, 7th Precinct, will be there with a Shed the Meds box so you can safely dispose of unused/unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs. The Sound Beach Fire Department will be on hand to showcase its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) equipment and explain best practices for calling 911 for a

Exhibitors • ameriprise certified Financial Planner • chiropractic Joint • community Growth center • Ear Works audiology • Echo Pharmacy • Harbor View Medical services • it Works Health and Wellness • John t. Mather Memorial Hospital • Li chapter of nyc + PanDas/Pans awareness Group and ny Pans awareness Group • north shore youth council • rite aid • santi yoga community • senior callers • sound Beach Fire Department • suffolk center for speech • suffolk county Health Dept. • suffolk county Police Dept., 7th Precinct • Wellness and chiropractic solutions • young Living Essential oils

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Health professionals from John t. Mather Memorial Hospital will be on hand to provide free blood pressure screenings at the event. medical emergency. Ameriprise will bring some table goodies and provide information on your financial health. Echo Pharmacy will have information on compounding, pet prescriptions, medical equipment and more. Senior Callers is a personalized calling service that offers regular check-in to your loved ones. Suffolk Center for Speech specializes in the treatment and correction of a number of language disorders. The mission of Wellness and Chiropractic Solutions is to help people get well without drugs and surgery. Young Living Essential Oils will provide material on how to kick toxins out of your system as well as some samples and raffles.

The civic has brought together health professionals providing information for all stages of life, with two specifically geared for our young people: the North Shore Youth Council (NSYC) and the LI Chapter of NYC + PANDAS/PANS Awareness Group and NY PANS Awareness Group. Are you looking for reasons to try yoga? At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. join Barbara Delledonne of the Santi Yoga Community for a yoga demonstration. Delledonne has been practicing yoga for 25 years and believes there is a yoga for everyone. “If you can breathe, you can practice,” she said. “It’s had a tremendous impact on my life and it’s something I want to share with everyone.”


At noon, Joanne Lauro, nutrition director and co-founder of the Community Growth Center and owner and founder of Healthy Living Network, will present a short talk, “Alkalize and Live.” Lauro is a holistic health coach and functional fitness instructor. Join Lauro and learn how food can have a negative and positive impact on your body, mind and spirit. Our eating habits directly determine our health, but often, because of our busy schedules, we don’t practice healthy eating. So, complete your experience and sample some healthy snacks and pick up some water provided by Bonnie Boeger, a Coldwell Banker Residential Broker, as well as some recipes for healthy living. “We hope this expo will help build awareness of health risks and provide information on how to make behavioral changes to enhance one’s health,” Bea Ruberto, president of the civic said. We should all strive to “eat well, live well and be well!” For more information, please call 631-744-6952.

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109 Brown’s Road, Huntington, NY 11743 631–427–9547

( Sunday Service: 10:30 am

Rev. G. Jude Geiger, Minister

Rev. Margaret H. Allen

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

( Starr Austin, religious educator ( Sunday Service 10:30 am, Children’s Religious Education 10:30 am Whoever you are, whomever you love, wherever you are on your life’s journey, you are welcome here. Our services offer a progressive, non-creedal message with room for spiritual seekers. Services and Religious Education each Sunday at 10:30 am Youth Group, Lifespan Religious Education for Adults, Adult and Children’s Choirs. Participants in the Huntington Interfaith Housing Initiative. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

203 East Pulaski Rd., Huntington Sta. (631) 385–7180

Rev. Saba Mchunguzi

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

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SBU SportSweek OCt. 12 – OCt. 18, 2017

Tomorrow is Friday – wear red on Campus!

StONy BROOk UNiveRSity

Goodwin’s late goal completes comeback win Stony Brook freshman Fanny Gotesson is a game-changer. Assisting on both goals of the game, the forward set up Rachel Florenz in the first half, and senior Samantha Goodwin late in the second to put Stony Brook women’s soccer up 2-1 over American East foe University of New Hampshire Oct. 8 at LaValle Stadium. With the victory, the Seawolves move to 7-7-0 (3-1-0 in America East). “I’m really happy for our student-athletes, I thought they worked hard,” Stony Brook head coach Brendan Faherty said. “They didn’t drop their heads when we gave up the early goal, they continued with the game plan and they were rewarded with two goals and a win against a really, really good New Hampshire team.”

New Hampshire’s Kaylan Williams scored the game’s first goal just 16:10 into action, dribbling into the box and tapping in her own shot to make it 1-0 Wildcats. Freshman forward Florenz got the Seawolves on the board in the 34th minute to tie the game 1-1. She collected a ball played into the box from Gotesson, then chipped it over the New Hampshire goalkeeper Mia Neas to even the contest. The goal is the freshman’s sixth so far in 2017. Goodwin’s game-winner came with just 5:18 left in action. Gotesson dribbled down the left side of the field and passed toward goal, then Goodwin collected the loose ball off a rebound and blasted it home for

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Clockwise from above, left, Fanny Gotesson, Samantha Goodwin and Rachel Florenz were all contributors in Stony Brook’s 2-1 win over New Hampshire. her first goal of the year. The game-winner is the senior’s second career goal. Freshman goalkeeper Sofia Manner made one save in the win, earning her sixth victory of the season. Gotesson was named America East women’s soccer Co-Rookie of the Week for assisting on both goals. It’s the first honor of her collegiate career. Stony Brook out-shot New Hampshire 12-8, and attempted four corner kicks on

the afternoon. The Seawolves have now recorded more shots than their opponent in seven of their last nine contests. The Seawolves are back in action on Oct. 12, traveling to Binghamton University for a 7 p.m. game. Stony Brook returns home Oct. 15, hosting University of Maryland Baltimore County at 1 p.m. “Every game right now is so important,’ Faherty said. “Through four games, we’ve put ourselves in a really good position.”

Tsvetkov and Foo bright spots for Seawolves The Stony Brook women’s tennis team finished up the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships on a high note.

Senior Elizabeth Tsvetkov took first in the flight one singles and sophomore Amanda Foo took first in flight seven singles. Freshmen Maria Ribeiro, Elizabeth Pam and Nolwenn Cardoso all placed third in their singles brackets as well. In doubles, the duo of Pam and junior Ana Rodriguez took second in flight three while Tsvetkov and Cardoso took third in flight two. “The Missouri Valley Conference and Illinois State ran a real first-class event,” Stony Brook head coach Gary Glassman said. “This tournament gave our squad a first-hand look at what we will be up against in April. We were a little up and down over the weekend, but we finished very strong today.” Tsvetkov defeated Veronika Golanova 6-4, 6-4; Ribeiro blanked Jana Kustkova 6-0, 6-0; Pam won over Kenya Williams 7-6, 2-6, 10-6; Cardoso edged Laura Fitzgerald 6-4, 6-4; and Foo outscored Anne-Kathrin Hierl 6-3, 6-3 in singles. In doubles, Ribeiro and junior Ester Chikvashvili outscored their opponents 8-7, 8-6 and Tsvetkov and Cardoso won 8-4. “I’m very pleased with how Liz [Tsvetkov] and Amanda [Foo] won their respective draws,” Glassman said. “The three

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elizabeth tsvetkov, above, and Amanda Foo, on left, took first in the flight one singles and flight seven singles, respectively, at the Missouri valley individual Championships. freshmen also rebounded really well today and that bodes well as we move forward with our season.”

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The Stony Brook team will travel to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regionals in Philadelphia Oct. 18 to 22.









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Above, the cast of ‘A Kooky, Spooky Halloween’ at Theatre Three; below, Dylan Robert Poulos and Jessica Contino star as Abner and Lavinda.


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There’s something kooky going on at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson. As a matter of fact, there’s something spooky going on there as well. In perfect timing with the upcoming holiday, the Children’s Theatre presents a brand new musical treat, “A Kooky Spooky Halloween,” through Oct. 28. Written by Jeffrey Sanzel and Steve McCoy, the adorable show emphasizes the importance of telling the truth and helping others. Skillfully directed by Sanzel, the talented cast of eight adults embraces the brilliant script and, with plenty of audience interaction, presents a wonderful afternoon of live theater. Ghost Abner Perkins (Dylan Robert Poulos) has just graduated from Haunted High School and awarded a medallion of invisibility. His first assignment is to be the spooksperson on Halloween for Ma Aberdeen’s Boarding House, “the most haunted house in Harrison County, USA,” which is also known for serving the best toast. There’s only one problem — Abner is afraid of the dark. “It’s like a vampire who’s afraid of necks!” quips his friend Lavinda (Jessica Contino), a good natured witch, before presenting him with a night-light to wear on his hat. Lavinda promises to help Abner with his haunting duties for the first few days. When they arrive at the boarding house, they come upon Ma Aberdeen (Ginger Dalton), the finest toast maker in the land, and her boarders, Kit Garret (Meg Bush) and the Petersons — Paul the periodontist (Steven Uihlein), his wife Penelope (Nina Moran) and their son Pip (Eric J. Hughes), whose alliterations using words that start with the letter P are perfectly prodigious! As the sun sets, Abner plays silly tricks on the unsuspecting group, making them stuff Halloween goodie bags in double time, exercise, sing, dance and get stuck to each other. Things are going hauntingly well

until fellow graduate Dora Pike (Elizabeth Ladd) shows up. A ghost with a grudge (she was hoping to be assigned to Ma Aberdeen’s boarding house), Dora steals Abner’s nightlight and medallion out of revenge and makes her way to Black Ridge Gulch, the deepest, darkest gorge in the entire world (where it’s really, really dark). Now visible, Abner convinces the boarders, who are still stuck to each other, to accompany him and Lavinda on a quest to retrieve his property. Will Abner be able to overcome his fear of the dark? Will the two ghosts be able to reach a compromise? From the first number, “A-Haunting We Will Go” by the entire company, to the downright creepy “It Will All Fade to Black” by Dora, and the catchy “It’s Ma Who Makes the Toast,” the original songs by Steve McCoy are the heart of the show. Utilizing the set from the current Mainstage production, “The Bridges of Madison County,” the show features excellent choreography by Nicole Bianco. Ditto the costumes by Teresa Matteson. “A Kooky Spooky Halloween” is the perfect show to get into the spirit of Halloween and a wonderful way to spend a fall afternoon. But be forwarned — for some strange reason, you’ll exit the theater having a craving for toast! Meet the cast in the lobby for photos on your way out. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson will present “A Kooky Spooky Halloween” on Oct. 14, 21 and 28 at 11 a.m. and Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. with a sensory-sensitive performance on Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. Running time is 1 hour and 15 minutes with one intermission, and Halloween costumes are encouraged. Children’s Theatre will continue with everyone’s holiday favorite, “Barnaby Saves Christmas,” from Nov. 24 to Dec. 30 and “Rapunzel — The Untold Story” from Jan. 20 to Feb. 24. All seats are $10. To order, call 631928-9100 or visit

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KIDS KORNER Programs Tales for Tots

The Smithtown Historical Society will host a Tales for Tots, storytime for children ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver, at the Roseneath Cottage, 239 Middle Country Road, Smithtown on Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. This month’s theme will be Halloween. Free but registration required by calling the Smithtown Library at 360-2480.


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Creatures of the Night

Families with children ages 7 and up are invited to come out on Friday the 13th to enjoy a night at Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Learn about the center’s resident nocturnal animals and then go on a walk along the woodland and meadow trails to discover some of the cool things that go on in nature when the sun goes down. $10 per child, $5 for adults. To register, call 979-6344.

Whip Up the Wind!

Maritime Explorium, 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson will host a drop-in program, Whip Up the Wind!, on Oct. 14 and 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. Measure the wind speed with simple machines, and construct your own anemometer to measure the wind speed on our deck. $5 per person. For more information, visit

Flip FabriQue

The Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook will welcome the cirque troupe from Quebec, Flip FabriQue in a show titled Catch Me! on the Main Stage on Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. To order, call 632-2787.

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Book signing

New York Times best-selling author and journalist Ainsley Earhardt will be speaking and signing copies of her new children’s book, “Through Your Eyes: My Child’s Gift to Me,” at the Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. Call 271-1442 for more info.


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Join the staff at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, 581 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown for a Tiny Tots program, Welcome to the Pumpkin Patch, on Oct. 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. This is a special time for parent and child to discover the wonders of the natural world together. For ages 3 to 5. $4 per person. Advance registration required by calling 265-1054.

Toddler Time

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Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington hosts Toddler Time for ages 3 to 5 every Thursday at 11 a.m. Dance and sing with guitarist Jeff Sorg on Oct. 19. Free. No registration necessary. For further information, call 271-1442.

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The Whaling Museum, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor will present a program for ages 3 to 5 with a parent titled Silly Sea Stars on Oct. 19 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sea stars come in all different shapes and sizes, and they have some unique characteristics. Do you know how a sea star eats its meal? Come and find out! Touch a real sea star, listen to a story and make a sea star craft to take with you. Snack included. $12 adult/ tot pair, sibling $4. To register, call 367-3418.

E-mail: *Those who are newly graduated, currently serving, veterans and deceased service members. Pictures of military service animals are also welcome for inclusion.

Hands on Art

Theater Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’

The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown will present an all-youth production of Disney’s beloved fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” through Oct. 29. Join Belle, the Beast, Gaston and Mrs. Potts on an enchanting musical adventure. All seats are $15. To order, call 724-3700 or visit www.

Disney’s ‘Cinderella Kids’

The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport will present the classic fairy tale “Cinderella” through Oct. 29. Featuring beloved Disney characters and songs, “Cinderella Kids” will be performed by a cast of Long Island’s most talented teens and is sure to captivate and delight children of all ages. Tickets are $15. To order, call 261-2900 or visit www.

‘A Kooky Spooky Halloween’

Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson will present “A Kooky Spooky Halloween,” a merry musical about a ghost who’s afraid of the dark, through Oct. 28 with a sensory-friendly performance on Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. When his secret is revealed, he is forced to leave his haunted home and set off on a quest with his newly found friends to learn the power of helping others. Come in costume if you wish! Tickets are $10. To order, call 928-9100 or visit www. See review on page B25.

The Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook will present a Hands on Art program for students in grades K through 4 on Ballet Long Island, 1863 Pond Road, RonkonkOct. 19 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Visit the latest oma will present “Ghosts, Goblins and Witches” exhibit in the Visitor’s Center, Animal Kingon Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. and again at 12:15 p.m. dom: From Tame to Wild, and then create your and Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. Get in the spirit of Halown inspired masterpiece to take home. $10 loween with a ballet that is full of tricks and per child, $8 members. Advance registration treats. Tickets are $18 adults, $9 children and required by calling 751-0066, ext. 212. senior citizens. To order, call 737-1964. All numbers are in (631) area code unless otherwise noted.

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If you wish to email: • Send photo as jpeg attachment • Include information fields required on this form • Subject line must read: Hometown Heroes Photo • Email to: OR send or bring your photo to: 185 Route 25, Setauket, NY 11733 by Thursday, October 26. If you would like your picture returned, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. You may also pick up the picture at the newspaper office after it appears in print.

CATCH ME! Flip FabriQue comes to the Staller Center on Oct. 14. Photo by Michelle Bates


book review

‘How Now, Ms. Brown Cow?’ By Peter Fowkes

Children’s Book Reviewed by Rita J. Egan


hen three cows embark on an adventure to the beach, things can get a bit tricky, but that doesn’t stop Ms. Brown Cow. Children will discover that when one is determined to achieve a goal, even when obstacles are present, one can accomplish almost anything in the delightful children’s book “How Now, Ms. Brown Cow?” Written and illustrated by Port Jefferson native and St. Anthony’s High School graduate Peter Fowkes, the self-published book features witty yet simple rhymes and vibrantly colored funny illustrations. The story is one that will surely provide little ones with plenty of giggles as Ms. Brown Cow finds a solution to any problem. In addition to the “How Now, Ms. Brown Cow?” book, Fowkes, who is a producer and director living in Los Angeles with his wife Nancy and two children Benjamin and Charlotte, has also published “Rainbow Sheep” and “Elmer, The Pet Horse.” All three, recommended for ages 4 to 8, are part of the Beyond the Blue Barn book series. Fowkes recently took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions about “How Now, Ms. Brown Cow” via email.

Do you have a favorite memory from your childhood years? I grew up in the Port Jefferson area, in the village of Belle Terre. I played village Little League coached by my dad, spent my teenage summers lifeguarding on the Suffolk County shoreline, graduated high school from St. Anthony’s in South Huntington, and even though I have since moved, my mother still lives in the family home that I grew up in on Crooked Oak Road. My most vivid childhood memory is going on a third-grade field trip with Scraggy Hill Elementary School and deciding to ignore my teacher’s warnings about not getting too close to the edge of the stream. I fell in. I was fine, but it was embarrassing to spend the rest of the field trip in my tighty-whitey underpants covered up by Mrs. Christman’s oversized jacket. My life has been very much that way ever since.

Tell me a bit about your career? I have worked in the television industry for 20 years now. I gave the NBC tour as a page in Rockefeller Center after I graduated from Fordham University and continued on the TV path to work as a producer and TV director on comedy shows. I am proud to note, most of them are even funny, but not all of them. A few highlights would include a few years with the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and a few years with “Impractical Jokers.” I mostly work freelance, which is fancy speak for stressful employment hunting, but it has given me the opportunity to have a very diversified career taking on many projects and some very rewarding experiences.

Left, author Peter Fowkes; above the cover of his latest children’s book Images from Peter Fowkes

an airplane or shoot themselves from a cannon to get to the beach, they’re going to get to that beach.

thinking it will make them more liked. So, I do plan more adventures for the other animals formally of the Blue Barn.

How did you get involved with writing children’s books?

When did you start the Beyond the Blue Barn book series and why?

How do you find the time to write? Any advice for aspiring book writers?

For starters, I was terrible at math. My math notebooks would be filled with doodles and cartoon characters as I would spend the entire lesson drawing Batman and Charlie Brown instead of learning fractions. I was a bad math student, but I became a pretty good artist. A few times in my TV career I had the opportunity to do some animation, and I thought I came up with a pretty cool style. I would mix cartoon drawings with real photographs, the result was “a poor man’s Roger Rabbit.” I decided to translate that style to children’s books because I thought kids would love it. In TV, the experience of producing a show is very collaborative. That is all well and good, but I wanted to tell a few stories all on my own. I wanted to pair simple funny stories with silly beautiful illustrations, and I wanted my kids to like them.

I purposely wanted to play around with the children’s book clichés of rhyming stories about farm animals at the old barn etc. I thought that would be a fun place to start the stories and then let the characters go nuts. All the Beyond the Blue Barn books start with a family photo of the old farmer and all of his animals. I was looking at an old school class photo and was wondering whatever happen to this one, and where did that one wind up going and decided to take that approach with all of these farm animals as the books start with the farmer retiring to Fort Myers and the farm being sold. Each book then follows a farm animal or group of animals on their adventures after they leave the Blue Barn to start their new lives. All of these animals are infected with a blissful sense of unawareness of what is expected of farm animals; therefore, they can do anything and try to do so. They feel no limitations. The cows may dream of being lifeguards, the sheep astronauts and rock stars, a turkey wants to be a professional tennis player. Why not? So, the goal is to keep it simple, silly and fun.

Like everybody else in the world, I really don’t have time to write, but I forced myself. The one piece of advice I would have for aspiring writers is: just sit down and start your book. I meet people all the time that tell me about an idea they have for a book, but it’s just an idea until you start it. For me it was important to break it down into parts. Doing a whole book is overwhelming, but just trying to finish a page here and a page there is easy and before you know it, it’s done.

Do you have another children’s book planned or more adventures for Ms. Brown Cow?

For more information on Peter Fowkes and his Beyond the Barn book series, visit his author’s page on

How would you describe “How Now, Ms. Brown Cow?” to someone who hasn’t read it? “How Now, Ms. Brown Cow?” is a simple story, with a simple message that isn’t too preachy, with lots of funny pictures. It is a book for kids that I promise parents will enjoy reading with them.

How did you come up with the idea of cows who are determined to make it to the beach? I liked the idea of characters that did not know their “place” in society. Like, what could you achieve if you never were told, “You can’t do that”? What if you really believed that you could do anything you set your mind to? Well, these cows clearly do not think of themselves as “just farm animals.” They think they can do whatever they try to do and if that means ride a motorcycle, take a cab, fly

Well, the Blue Barn opening page has plenty of animals in the picture and every one of them has a story. So far, we have followed three groups. “How Now, Ms. Brown Cow?” follows the three cows on a quest of determination to get to the beach. “Elmer, the Pet Horse” follows a horse in his new home where he does not see why he isn’t accepted into the family home like the dog or the cat. “Rainbow Sheep” is a battle for the affections of children at a petting zoo where the sheep continually top each other with more audacious acts

Tell me about the illustrations. I think they tell much more of the story than the words do in these books. My books are narrated by the farm animals and the pictures often don’t really match what the animals are saying because they do not know the full story. They are unreliable narrators. I mean in my book “Elmer, The Pet Horse,” before the horse is bought by a new family, he thinks he is getting a corporate job as a foreman at the glue factory. He even imagines himself at some giant corporate office wearing a hard hat being all important.



Arts & Lifestyles - October 12, 2017  
Arts & Lifestyles - October 12, 2017