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Does having a seizure mean you have epilepsy? Rebecca Spiegel, MD

Epilepsy and seizures affect more than three million Americans.

What’s the difference between a seizure and epilepsy?

Chuck Mikell, MD Neurosurgeon Stony Brook Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Dr. Mikell: Seizures happen when your nerve cells fire more rapidly and with less control than usual, affecting how you act or feel. These range from a brief lapse of conscious activity to a full loss of consciousness with the potential for falling, shaking and difficulty breathing. Epilepsy refers to a brain disorder resulting in multiple seizures.

Does having a seizure mean you have epilepsy?

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Dr. Spiegel: No, seizures are not always related to epilepsy. They can be a symptom of a disruption of brain function, such as from a high fever, a head injury or lack of oxygen. Ten percent of Americans will experience a seizure at least once in their lifetime; the highest incidence occurring under the age of two and over the age of 65.

What causes epilepsy? Dr. Spiegel: Epilepsy may be related to genetic factors, structural abnormalities of the brain or brain metabolism, and can begin in infancy and childhood. It can also occur due to infection of the brain, trauma, tumors or stroke. Sometimes, no clear cause is found on initial testing, and the neurologist has to look further.

How is epilepsy treated? Dr. Spiegel: For most, antiepilepsy drugs are helpful in controlling the seizures while minimizing medication side effects. Diet can also be a treatment for some, specifically the ketogenic diet or a modified Atkins diet, when prescribed by a physician and carefully monitored by a dietitian.

Dr. Mikell: When anti-epilepsy medications and dietary modifications fail, surgery may be recommended for those whose seizures are associated with structural brain abnormalities, such as brain tumors, malformations of blood vessels and damage related to strokes. There are basically three types of seizure surgery — the surgical removal (resection) of the lesion that is causing the seizure, ablation (using heat or ultrasound energy to burn out the lesion), and electronic modulation that delivers current to the brain before a seizure happens to control or reduce the seizure’s effect. All of these surgeries can be performed at Stony Brook.

How controllable is epilepsy? Dr. Mikell: Most people with epilepsy do very well when properly diagnosed and treated. Nationally, two out of three people with epilepsy can be expected to enter remission; that is, five or more years free of seizures while using medication.

What distinguishes Stony Brook’s approach? Dr. Spiegel: Stony Brook is a Level 4 Epilepsy Center. To attain this level, an epilepsy center must have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy. Patients who have persistent, recurrent seizures or those with an unconfirmed seizure diagnosis can benefit from the advanced services and technology we offer. This includes access to positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/ MRI), used to detect brain lesions that may not have been detected previously. Seizures and epilepsy can involve and affect multiple body systems, and having a team of specialists readily available helps achieve more effective

treatment plans. Our team includes adult and pediatric epileptologists such as Dr. Louis Manganas, who is also Chief of Pediatric Neurology; neuropsychologists; radiologists; and of course neurosurgeons like Dr. Chuck Mikell and Dr. David Chesler, who are experts in the latest surgical techniques for epilepsy. Our center also features 11-bed dedicated video-EEG epilepsy monitoring units with 24/7 observation staff and a portable videoEEG epilepsy monitoring system that can be set up anywhere in the hospital for patients who may be experiencing seizures. We also have a state-of-the-art neuro ICU with 10 EEG beds and one dedicated pediatric ICU bed. And our patients and their families benefit from clinical trials and our support and education services, including a nurse practitioner and a support group co-run by one of our physicians and a social worker.

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date there is only ONE documented case of cancer in a dog that was directly linked to the implantation of a microchip. Older microchips and microchip scanners were not as successful and there were accounts of pets that were needlessly euthanized as a result. However, in a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) in 2008, the newer chips and scanners reported at least a 90 percent (in some scanners and chips up to a 98 percent) success rate in identifying the chip. Another study published in JAVMA in 2009 approximately 75 percent of dogs and approximately 65 percent of cats that were turned over to shelters were able to be reunited with their owners via the microchip (of those owners that were not reunited 35 percent had disconnected phones and another 25 percent never returned phone calls from the shelter). If you wish to get a pet this holiday season and wish to find them again if lost, then I would suggest you have a discussion with your veterinarian about microchipping. I wish to extend a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year to all the faithful readers of my column. I also wish to thank the editor of the Arts and Lifestyles section, Heidi Sutton, and all the staff at Times Beacon Record News Media for another great year. Dr. Kearns practices veterinary medicine from his Port Jefferson office and is pictured with his son Matthew and his dog Jasmine. Have a question for the vet? Email it to to see his answer in an upcoming column.

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No matter which holiday we celebrate this time of year a pet dog or cat makes a great gift. The bond is almost always immediate and lasts a lifetime. Conversely, the thought of losing a pet is terrible. Since the advent of pet microchip identification, many a lost pet has been returned to its owner safe and sound. There are, however, still some lingering doubts about the safety and efficacy of these chips. I hope to clear that up in this article. A microchip is an identification chip only and does not contain a power source. Once inserted, the chip will not give off any energy that could be harmful to your pet. The chip is passive, or inert. What that means is, when the microchip scanner is waved over it, the chip receives energy similar to a radio antenna. The chip then gives the scanner back the energy in the way of data, or information. Pet microchips are very small (about the size of a grain of rice) and can be injected under the skin without any anesthetic. I do not wish to imply that the pets that receive this injection do not feel the needle, but it is far from major surgery. At our hospital we offer to implant the chip at the time of spay or neuter (when the patient is already anesthetized) to reduce the anxiety and discomfort of the pet. These chips do not tend to migrate after implantation and rarely cause any discomfort. The notion that there is a direct link between microchips and cancer is greatly exaggerated in the media and on the internet. It is true that these chips have been documented to cause a type of cancer called “injection site sarcoma” in lab mice and rats. These animals are very prone to this type of cancer when any material is injected under the skin. To this





SBU grad Kheir Gouda publishes cell research in prestigious journal

Harnessing the Technology of our Research Giants

BY DANIEL DUNAIEF Mirna Kheir Gouda arrived in Commack from Cairo, Egypt, in 2012, when she was entering her junior year of high school. She dealt with many of the challenges of her junior year, including taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test, preparing for college and adjusting to life in the United States. Her high school counselor at Commack High School, Christine Natali, suggested she apply to Stony Brook University. Once she gained admission, she commuted by train to classes, where she planned to major in biology on the road to becoming a doctor. She did not know much about research and wanted to be involved in it to learn, especially because Stony Brook is so active in many fields.

‘I always thought, “What happens when the environment changes? How do cells adapt?”’ — Mirna Kheir Gouda “After some time conducting research, I came to be passionate about it and it was no longer just another piece of my resume, but rather, part of my career,” she explained in an email. She reached out to Gábor Balázsi, a relatively new faculty member at the time, who suggested she consider joining a lab. Balázsi uses synthetic gene circuits to develop a quantitative knowledge of biological processes such as cellular decision making and the survival and evolution of cell populations. Balázsi knew Kheir Gouda from the 2015 international Ge-


netically Engineered Machine team, which consisted of 14 members selected from 55 undergraduate students. “Having this iGEM experience,” which included deciding on a project, raising funds, carrying out the project and preparing a report in nine months, was a “very promising indication” that Kheir Gouda would be an “excellent student,” Balázsi explained in an email. Kheir Gouda chose Balázsi’s laboratory, where she worked with him and his former postdoctoral fellow Harold Bien, who offered her guidance, direction and encouragement. As a part of the honors program, Kheir Gouda had to conduct an independent research project. She wanted to “work on a project that involved adaptations and I always thought, ‘What happens when the environment changes? How do cells adapt?’” She started her project by working with a mutant gene circuit that was not functioning at various levels, depending on the mutation. She wanted to know how cells adapt after beneficial but costly function loss. An extension of this research, as she and Balázsi discussed, could involve a better understanding of the way bacterial infections become resistant to drugs, which threaten their survival. “The idea for the research was hers,” Balázsi explained in an email. Under Bien’s mentorship skills, Kheir Gouda’s knowledge “developed quickly,” Balázsi said. Balázsi said he and Kheir Gouda jointly designed every detail of this project.

Mirna Kheir Gouda

Kheir Gouda set up experiments to test whether a yeast cell could overcome various mutations to an inducer, which regains the function of the genetic gene circuit. Seven different mutations caused some type of loss of function of the inducible promoter of the gene circuit function. Some caused severe but not complete function loss, while others led to total function loss. Some were more able to “reactivate the circuit” rescuing its function, while others used an alternative pathway to acquire a resistance. The presence of the resistance gene was necessary for cell survival, while the circuit induction was not necessary. At the end of the experiment, cells were resistant to the drug even in the absence of an inducer.

“This synthetic gene circuit in yeast cells can provide a model for the role of positive feedback regulation in drug resistance in yeast and other cell types,” Balázsi explained. Kheir Gouda said she and Balázsi worked on the mathematical modeling toward the end of her research. “What our work suggests is that slow growth can turn on quiescent genes if they are under positive feedback regulation within a gene network,” Balázsi wrote. This mathematical model of limited cellular energy could also apply to cancer, which might slow its own growth to gain access to a mechanism that would aid its survival, Balázsi suggested.

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Consequences of trans ischemic attacks

Speedy diagnosis and treatment improves outcomes

A TIA (transient ischemic attack) is sometimes referred to as a “mini-stroke.” This is a disservice since it makes a TIA sound like something that should be taken lightly. Ischemia is reduced or blocked blood flow to the tissue, due to a clot or narrowing of the arteries. Symptoms may last less than five minutes. However, a TIA is a warning shot across the bow that needs to be taken very seriously on its own. It may portend By David life-threatening or deDunaief, M.D. bilitating complications that can be prevented with a combination of medications and lifestyle modifications.

event. Just because you may not have had a heart attack within three months after a TIA, this is an insidious effect; the average time frame for patients was five years from TIA to heart attack.


TIAs decrease overall survival by 4 percent after one year, by 13 percent after five years and by 20 percent after nine years, especially in those over age 65 (11). The reason younger patients had a better survival rate, the authors surmise, is that their comorbidity (additional diseases) profile was more favorable.


A TIA is a stroke that lasts only a few minutes.

Is TIA common?

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What is a TIA?

evaluated 1,287 patients, comparing their initial treatment times after experiencing a TIA or minor stroke and their subsequent outcomes (8). The Phase 1 cohort was assessed within a median of three days of symptoms and received a first prescription within 20 days. In Phase 2, median delays for assessment and first prescription were less than one day. All patients were followed for two years after treatment. Phase 2 patients had significantly improved outcomes over the Phase 1 patients. Ninety-day stroke risk was reduced from 10 to 2 percent, an 80 percent improvement. The study’s authors advocate for the creation of TIA clinics that are equipped to diagnose and treat TIA patients to increase the likelihood of early evaluation and treatment and decrease the likelihood of a stroke within 90 days. The moral of the story is: Treat a TIA as a stroke should be treated, the faster the diagnosis and treatment, the lower the likelihood of sequalae, or complications.

It is diagnosed in anywhere from 200,000 to 500,000 Americans each year (1). The operative word is “diagnosed,” because it is considered to be significantly underdiagnosed. I have helped manage patients with symptoms as understated as the onset of double vision. Other symptoms may include facial or limb weakness on one side, slurred speech or problems comprehending others, dizziness or difficulty balancing or blindness in one or both eyes (2). TIA incidence increases with age (3). It is a brief episode of neurological dysfunction caused by focal brain ischemia or retinal ischemia (low blood flow in the back of the eye) without evidence of acute infarction (tissue death) (4). In other words, TIA has a rapid onset with potential to cause temporary muscle weakness, creating difficulty in activities such as walking, speaking and swallowing, as well as dizziness and double vision. Though they are temporary, TIAs have potential complications, from increased risk of stroke to heightened depressive risk to even death. Despite the seriousness of TIAs, patients or caregivers often delay receiving treatment.

Stroke risk

After a TIA, stroke risk goes up dramatically. Even within the first 24 hours, stroke risk can be 5 percent (5). According to one study, the incidence of stroke is 11 percent after seven days, which means that almost one in 10 people will experience a stroke after a TIA (6). Even worse, over the long term, the probability that a patient will experience a stroke reaches approximately 30 percent, one in three, after five years (7). The EXPRESS study, a population-based study that considered the effect of urgent treatment of TIA and minor stroke on recurrent stroke,

Predicting the risk of stroke

Both DWI (diffusion-weighted imaging) and ABCD2 are potentially valuable predictors of stroke after TIA. The ABCD2 is a clinical tool used by physicians. ABCD2 stands for Age, Blood pressure, Clinical features and Diabetes, and it uses a scoring system from 0 to 7 to predict the risk of a stroke within the first two days of a TIA (9).

Heart attack

In one epidemiological study, the incidence of a heart attack after a TIA increased by 200 percent (10). These were patients without known heart disease. Interestingly, the risk of heart attacks was much higher in those over 60 years of age and continued for years after the

In a cohort study that involved over 5,000 participants, TIA was associated with an almost 2.5-times increased risk of depressive disorder (12). Those who had multiple TIAs had a higher likelihood of depressive disorder. Unlike with stroke, in TIA it takes much longer to diagnose depression, about three years after the event.

What can you do?

Awareness and education are important. While 67 percent of stroke patients receive education about their condition, only 35 percent of TIA patients do (13). Many risk factors are potentially modifiable, with high blood pressure being at the top of the list, as well as high cholesterol, increasing age (over 55) and diabetes. Secondary prevention (preventing recurrence) and prevention of complications are similar to those of stroke protocols. Medications may include aspirin, antiplatelets and anticoagulants. Lifestyle modifications include a Mediterranean and DASH diet combination. Patients should not start an aspirin regimen for chronic preventive use without the guidance of a physician. If you or someone you know has TIA symptoms, the patient needs to see a neurologist and a primary care physician and/or a cardiologist immediately for assessment and treatment to reduce risk of stroke and other long-term effects.


(1) Stroke. Apr 2005;36(4):720-723; Neurology. May 13 2003;60(9):1429-1434. (2) (3) Stroke. Apr 2005;36(4):720-723. (4) N Engl J Med. Nov 21 2002;347(21):1713-1716. (5) Neurology. 2011 Sept 27; 77:1222. (6) Lancet Neurol. Dec 2007;6(12):1063-1072. (7) Albers et al., 1999. (8) Stroke. 2008;39:2400-2401. (9) Lancet. 2007;9558;398:283-292. (10) Stroke. 2011; 42:935-940. (11) Stroke. 2012 Jan;43(1):79-85. (12) Stroke. 2011 Jul;42(7):1857-1861. (13) JAMA. 2005 Mar 23;293(12):1435. 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

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Continued from page B5 Recently, Kheir Gouda, who graduated from Stony Brook in 2018, published a paper about her findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which is a prestigious and high-profile journal for any scientist. “Because PNAS has a lot of interdisciplinary research, we thought it would be a good fit,” Kheir Gouda said. The work she did combines evolutionary biology with applied math and synthetic biology. The next steps in this research could be verifying how evolution restores the function of other synthetic gene circuits or the function of natural network modules in various cell types, Balázsi suggested. Kheir Gouda’s experience proved positive for her and for Balázsi, who now has eight undergraduates working in his lab. “The experience of mentoring a successful undergraduate might help make me a better mentor for other undergraduates and for other graduate students or postdoctoral researchers, because it helps set goals based on a prior example,” Balázsi said. He praised Kheir Gouda’s work, appreciating how she learned new techniques

and methods while also collaborating with a postdoctoral fellow in Switzerland, Michael Mahart, who is an author on the paper. “It is unusual for an undergraduate to see a research project all the way through to completion, including a publication in PNAS,” marveled Balázsi in an email. He said he was excited to have mentored a student of Kheir Gouda’s character. Kheir Gouda has continued on a research path. After she graduated from Stony Brook, she worked for a year on cancer research in David Tuveson’s lab at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. She then transitioned to working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Kate Galloway. Kheir Gouda, who started working at MIT in October, plans to continue contributing to Galloway’s effort until she starts a doctoral program next fall. Kheir Gouda said her parents have been supportive throughout her education. “I want to take this opportunity to thank them for all the sacrifices they made for me,” Kheir Gouda said. She is also grateful for Balázsi’s help. He has “always been a very supportive mentor,” she explained. She would like to build on a career in which she “hopes to answer basic biology questions but also build on research and clinical tools.”





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This week’s featured shelter pet is Brody, a 2-year-old handsome boy who was rescued from a Texas kill shelter and is now safe at Kent Animal Shelter. Brody is great on a leash, house trained, very sweet, loves attention and especially loves a few extra treats thrown his way! He is especially fond of turkey treats (hint, hint). Come on down to the shelter and meet him! He comes neutered, microchipped and up to date on his vaccines. Kent Animal Shelter is located at 2259 River Road in Calverton. The adoption center is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on Brody and other adoptable pets at Kent, call 631-727-5731 or visit www.

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New York Cancer Foundation Celebrates Advances in Cancer Treatment Raising Hope for NY Cancer Patients The non-profit New York Cancer Foundation honored Co-Founder & CEO of Flatiron Health Nat Turner for his organization’s efforts to improve the lives of cancer patients during the inaugural Raising Hope Gala on November 9 on Long Island. This newly established gala seeks to raise funds for cancer patients experiencing extreme financial stresses. The inaugural gala event attendees were very generous and generated significant funding for people in the greater metro area undergoing cancer treatment. Turner’s company, Flatiron, is dedicated to improving the Dr. Jeff Vacirca, CEO of New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (L), recently honored quality of care through shared technology. “My cousin’s battle Co-Founder & CEO of Flatiron Health against leukemia had a profound impact on me which help in- Nat Turner for his contributions to cancer spired the creation of Flatiron Health,” said Nat Turner. care at the New York Cancer Foundation’s “Nat and his company are responsible for improving the care Raising Hope Gala in Mattituck, NY. of thousands of patients. They provide better access to care and use technology to find clinical trials with cutting edge pharmaceuticals,” said Dr. Jeff Vacirca, CEO of the New York Cancer & Blood Specialists and Board President of the NY Cancer Foundation. This noteworthy innovation in cancer patient treatment deserves to be recognized and lauded by those of us dedicated to eradicating cancer in this lifetime. The New York Cancer Foundation was established in 2014 by Dr. Vacirca, who acts as board president. The Foundation provides cancer patients with grants to alleviate their everyday financial burdens, covering expenses like mortgage payments, transportation, and utilities, to name just a few. The New York Cancer & Blood Specialists’ physicians and staff contribute the Foundation, which has helped hundreds of patients. About the New York Cancer Foundation The New York Cancer Foundation has been awarding grants to qualifying patients in the Greater New York Metro Area undergoing cancer treatment. The Foundation’s goal is to relieve some of the financial burden patients face so they may focus on their treatment and healing.




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THE ANSWER: If you are only worried about what happens to your assets when you die, you can ask Mary to sign a waiver of her right of election. As long as you have kept your assets separate from Mary’s as opposed to comingling your assets in joint accounts or investing your assets in jointly held property, a waiver should be adequate. Under the law, regardless of how assets are held or the wishes memorialized in a will, trust or beneficiary designation form, a surviving spouse is entitled to one-third of his/ her deceased spouse’s assets. This entitlement is known as the surviving spouse’s right of election. The types of assets that are subject to the right of election are set forth in Estates, Powers and Trusts Law Article 5. Pursuant to Article 5, a surviving spouse’s elective share may include assets owned by the decedent individually but also assets that the decedent owned jointly with others and assets held in retirement and pension plans, to name a few.

A surviving spouse must exercise his/ her right of election within six months of the issuance by the Surrogate’s Court letters testamentary or letters of administration. Although spouses who voluntarily agree to live apart can still exercise their right of election, a spouse who is found to have “abandoned” a decedent is barred from claiming an elective share. In order for Mary to waive her right of election, she must sign a document that states that she waives her right of election and all claims against your estate. The waiver must be signed by Mary in the presence of a notary. Of course, if, after Mary signs a waiver, you choose to leave assets to Mary in your will, you can certainly do so. The waiver does not prevent Mary from being a beneficiary of your estate. It simply prevents her from demanding more than you may voluntarily allocate to her. It is important to note that a waiver only addresses Mary’s rights to your assets after your death. If you are concerned about what may happen to assets in the event of a divorce, you should discuss with an experienced attorney your options in terms of a pre- or postnuptial agreement. Linda M. Toga, Esq. provides legal services in the areas of estate planning and administration, real estate, small business services and litigation from her East Setauket office. Visit her website at www.lmtogalaw. com or call 631-444-5605 to schedule a free consultation.



DDI announces Employee of the Year

Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) of Smithtown, the leading service provider for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities on Long Island, recently announced its Employee of the Year. Catherine Young of Medford accepted the honor at DDI’s 2019 Employee Service Awards event at the Watermill in Smithtown on Oct. 22. “Catherine has proven leadership skills and, more importantly, true dedication to the individuals we serve,” said DDI Executive Director John Lessard. “She is a caring, innovative manager who always provides fresh new ways to care for individuals and help them reach their full potential. A true inspiration to her peers as well, Catherine serves as a mentor to her colleagues that look for guidance and support. We are fortunate to have her here at DDI,” he added.

Young began with DDI in 2014 as an assistant manager before being promoted to program manager in 2016 at DDI’s Adult Residential Services Creek Road site in Smithtown where she started the Creek Road Social. This initiative offers individuals from other programs the chance to socialize with each other and includes dancing, playing games and sharing a meal. “Catherine’s heartfelt commitment enables DDI to continue its mission to help children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities experience personal growth,” said Lessard. Pictured from left, Erin Davies, chief human resources officer; Kim Mudano, adult residential services director; Catherine Young, DDI 2019 Employee of the Year and program manager; Larry Boone, vice chairperson of DDI board; and DDI Executive Director John Lessard.

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Dr. Abraham joins NY Imaging Specialists New York Imaging Specialists, a division of New York Cancer & Blood Specialists, recently welcomed Dr. Tony Abraham, an esteemed board-certified nuclear radiologist, to its newest facility at 1500 Route 112, Building 2A Dr. Tony Abraham in Port Jefferson Station. During his career, Abraham has held key positions in the field of nuclear medicine at the regional and national levels of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. He most recently served as the program director for the Nuclear Medicine Residency in the Department of Radiology at Montefiore Medical Center where he was also an associate professor of radiology. Currently, he is a member of both the American College of Radiology and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, serves on committees of SNMMI at the regional and national levels and is the current program chairman of the SNMMI Greater NY Chapter. His work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. “NY Imaging Specialists stands at the forefront of providing state-of-the-art medical care across multiple specialties,” said Abraham. “I believe my educational, academic and research background, as well as involvement in community health and service as a global health scholar will work synergistically with NY Imaging Specialists to bring the best care to our patients, with a personal touch and compassion.” For more information, call 833-269-4624 or visit


The Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting and grand opening for Hair, Lash, & Brow Bar, located at 138 East Main St., Port Jefferson, on Nov. 9. The storefront was previously North Shore Interiors. The salon joins the already existing Hair, Lash, & Brow Loft at 120 E. Main St. Both businesses specialize in natural looking permanent makeup, scalp micropigmentation along with lash extensions, lifts and tinting. The expansion offers a larger facility to provide services for wedding and special occasion events. Hours for the Hair, Lash & Brow Bar are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The salon is closed on Sundays and Mondays. For further information, please call 631-509-5944. Pictured by bow, from left, owners Thomas Marr, Nancy Piazza (holding scissor) and Port Jefferson Chamber President Joy Pipe surrounded by family, staff and friends.

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Long Island Museum hosts annual Holiday Celebration Gala

The Long Island Museum, located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, kicked off the holiday season with its premier fundraising event, the annual Holiday Celebration Gala and Silent Auction, on Nov. 9 with over 150 people in attendance. The tradition raises funds necessary to support the museum’s awardwinning educational programs and exhibitions. The museum’s History Museum was transformed into a decorative winter wonderland with an enchanting display of hundreds of decorative works by local artists and artisans, including ceramics, paintings and a beautiful selection of home goods and fine art. Now in its 26th year, the event honored Ron Hoffman of Bliss Restaurant in East Setauket with the Community Leader Award and North Shore Pro Musica with the Patron of the Arts Award. Hoffman has been dedicated to the Three Village community since becoming a local business owner in 2003 when he first purchased Village Bistro. “Ron Hoffman has the ability to make everyone feel

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Pictured in left photo, from left, Ron Hoffman with LIM’s Sarah Abruzzi, Regina Miano and Neil Watson; in right photo, Betsy Palmedo and Neil Watson

like family when they walk through the door of his restaurant,” said Neil Watson, executive director of the LIM. “But his generous nature goes beyond his business establishment. Ron has been a loyal supporter of the museum for many years. He

truly puts his heart and soul into Bliss’ surrounding community.” Founded in 1980, North Shore Pro Musica has been bringing live chamber music performances to the Three Village community for the past four decades and has been recognized

for innovative programming and diversity of repertoire. “I’m so grateful to the leadership of North Shore Pro Musica,” commented Watson. “Not only does this group continue to make a contribution to the cultural life of Long Island but North

Shore Pro Musica is also making the Long Island Museum a destination for an entirely new audience.” Betsy Palmedo, founding member and director of North Shore Pro Musica accepted the award on the group’s behalf.









Tom Caruso of Smithtown captured this spectacular sunset at Stony Brook Harbor on Oct. 13. He writes, ‘My wife and I were returning from the Shoppes at East Wind when I saw the sky turning beautiful colors as I turned toward the harbor. I was stunned by the sight and got my camera out of my bag and started snapping away. I was among at least eight people photographing it in the parking lot across from the Three Village Inn.’ Send your Photo of the Week to

‘When Harry Met Sally’ returns to local theaters

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In celebration of the 30th anniversary of “When Harry Met Sally” Turner Classic Movies, Warner Bros. and Fathom Events brings the popular rom-com back to 700 select theaters on Dec. 1 and 3. The Rob Reiner-directed, Nora Ephron-penned classic was initially released on July 14, 1989 and went on to gross $92.8 million domestically before Ephron’s original screenplay received an Oscar nomination at the following year’s Academy Awards. Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg

Ryan) meet on a long drive from New York to Chicago — during which Harry claims that women and men can never be “just friends.” Over the years, Harry and Sally keep running into each other, claiming to have nothing more than a platonic friendship — until a climactic New Year’s Eve Party that threatens (or promises) to upend their assumptions about each other and about love. Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby co-star in the film, which the BBC, Paste Magazine and Vogue all have called one of

the best romantic comedies of all time. TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz provides commentary and insight prior to each screening of this beguiling comedy. Participating theaters in our neck of the woods include AMC Loews Stony Brook 17, 2196 Nesconset Highway, Stony Brook on Dec. 1 and Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.; and Island 16 Cinema de Lux, 185 Morris Ave., Holtsville on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. To purchase your ticket in advance, visit





Turkey gravy makes dinner a success




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I can still see them standing there by the stove, Mother and Aunt Ruth in their ruffled gingham aprons and Aunt Lillian with the dish towel tucked in her waistband. And I can still hear the arguing as each one vied for her version of the best and, of course, only way to make the gravy. "You have to chop up the neck meat and the gizzards That’s what thickens it." "No it doesn’t, it just makes it lumpy." "You have to deglaze the pan with a good splash of wine. "What do you want to do, get the children drunk?" "You’re not going to use all that fat, are you? "What do you think makes it taste so good?" "I told you we should have put herbs in it. It has no flavor." "Not so much flour! Too much salt!" "It’ll never thicken with the flame that low." "Don’t cook it down so much. We’re not going to have enough!"

And so it went, year after year. Some Thanksgivings the gravy was great, others it was awful, but most Thanksgivings it was OK enough to save the mashed potatoes and make the white meat seem moister than it really was. I’ve developed, with no one allowed to come near the stove when I’m making it, my own versions of those turkey gravies of yore. And I certainly don’t have to tell you what to serve them with! Just make sure they’re nice and hot.

My Favorite Turkey Gravy

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Along with a turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, a must on any dinner table for Thanksgiving is gravy.

the pan bottom until liquid is slightly reduced, 3 to 5 minutes. Reserving half a cup, discard the separated fat, add pan juices to liquid in roasting pan and combine thoroughly. Pour half cup fat into large saucepan, whisk in flour, salt and pepper and continue to stir until roux achieves a nice golden brown color, about 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually ladle hot broth into flour mixture, whisking constantly, over medium-low heat. Add turkey dripping mixture, stir vigorously and bring to a boil, then simmer gently until mixture thickens, about 10 minutes.

YIELD: Makes about 8 cups INGREDIENTS: • ¼ cup vegetable or olive oil • 1 leek, washed, trimmed and thinly sliced • Neck, giblets (except liver) and one or two extra turkey wings, separated at joints • 8 cups chicken broth • 1 celery rib, coarsely chopped • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks • 1 garlic clove • Handful of herb sprigs (parsley, sage, thyme) • Turkey drippings from roasting pan • ¾ cup dry white wine • ½ cup flour • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste DIRECTIONS:

YIELD: Makes 4 to 4½ cups INGREDIENTS: • 3–3½ cups roasted poultry stock • ½ cup apple cider • ½ cup flour • 1½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar • 1 tablespoon soy sauce • 2/3 cup mixture of chopped fresh sage, parsley and thyme • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste INGREDIENTS:

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat, then add leek and turkey parts; cook, stirring very frequently, until browned, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add broth, celery, carrots, garlic and herbs; cover and simmer two hours. (I do this while the turkey is roasting.) Remove and discard veggies and all turkey parts but wings. (They can be de-boned and saved for another use, dog or cat.) When turkey is done, remove it to cutting board to rest; pour roasting pan drippings into bowl and let fat rise to top. Place roasting pan over two burners on stove top over medium heat. Add wine and with a wooden spoon, scrape any browned bits from

Carefully lift turkey from roasting pan; set aside to rest for 20 minutes. Pour drippings into small bowl or measuring cup. Let fat rise to surface and skim off but reserve ¼ cup. Add drippings to stock. Set roasting pan over two cook-top burners on medium heat. Add cider and cook, scraping up any brown bits, about two minutes. Whisk in flour and reserved fat; continue cooking and whisking until roux is a nice deep golden brown, about 5 minutes. Still whisking, gradually ladle in stock and simmer until mixture is thickened. Add vinegar, soy sauce, herbs and salt and pepper. Keep warm until ready to serve.

My Other Favorite Turkey Gravy



Sally Anne Keller creates a sensory experience with her exhibit, Atmospheric Watercolors, at North Shore Public Library BY MELISSA ARNOLD


sk Sally Anne Keller what she loves most about painting with watercolors, and she’ll give an interesting response: She says it’s like painting backward. “There’s no white paint in watercolor, so if you want to have a white cloud in your piece, for example, you have to paint around the area you want it to go. It’s a little tricky, and I enjoy that,” said Keller, 53, of Rocky Point.

‘I like to create pieces that make you feel what you see. If it’s a sunny day, then I want you to be able to feel the warmth.’ — SALLY ANNE KELLER

The artist fell in love with painting when she was just a little girl, and since then her work has appeared in galleries, libraries, hotels and local businesses. Her next event is a solo exhibit entitled Atmospheric Watercolors, appearing at the North Shore Public Library in Shoreham for the month of December. “I grew up with a single mom and she worked a lot, and I was always doodling or painting something. Then one day when I was

in elementary school, we had an art class about watercolors. That was it for me,” she recalled. Aside from public school art classes, Keller is entirely self-taught, gathering much of her painting expertise from poring over books. Her family was supportive, she said, and pushed her to create and share whatever she could. Ultimately, Keller began a career in the insurance industry, working jobs in various parts of the field for 30 years. On the weekends, she works as a consultant at an art gallery. And of course, whenever she can steal a few moments to herself, she’s painting in her home studio. “You can be your own worst critic, and to hear other people say that they enjoy your work feels really good,” Keller said about the exhibition process. Her first exhibit a decade ago in Southampton brought her out of a solitary hobby and into the local art scene. She’s now a part of the North Shore Art Guild and loves selling her work at affordable prices to raise money for causes close to her heart. Even the infamous radio host Howard Stern has purchased one of Keller’s paintings — at the time, he shared that he enjoyed painting with watercolors himself. “I love getting people together, especially when it can help other people at the same time,” she said. “I’ve donated to veterans’ causes, animal

‘Kicking Up Dust,’ watercolor, by Sally Anne Keller rescues, and children’s hospitals in the past.” With Atmospheric Watercolors, Keller has selected about a dozen watercolor paintings of varied sizes that depict Long Island landscapes. What makes her work special, she said, is the way she tries to pull viewers into the scene. “I’m really into nature — I see shapes, shadows, and colors in ways that most people overlook. I like to create pieces that make you feel what you see. If it’s a sunny day, then I want you to be able to feel the warmth. If it’s a storm, you might feel the heaviness of the clouds coming in or smell the rain,” Keller said. “If people can experience that by looking at my work, then it makes me happy.” Currently, the Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook, located at 3131 Nesconset Hwy. in Centereach, is featuring a collection of works from the North Shore Art Guild. The exhibit includes several of Keller’s paintings. All the artwork on display is for sale, and proceeds from sales of those pieces will benefit Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. Vito Marrone, incoming president of the North Shore Art Guild, met the watercolor artist when he first joined the organization in 2011. At the time, Keller was participating in a mixed exhibit of more than 50 artists. Marrone recalls Keller’s work catching his eye right away.

“We have some really great artists that are part of the North Shore Art Guild, and Sally is one of them. I’ve had the chance to take classes with her and she’s so good at what she does,” he said. “Watercolor is difficult, and she’s taught me a lot about how to engineer a watercolor and maintain control of the paint so that the finished piece comes out well.” Keller’s work has been featured in several exhibits at the North Shore Public Library, and Adult Program Coordinator Lorena Doherty said they’re excited to welcome her back again. “Sally is a skilled watercolor artist. Her work is direct, and luscious in the use of color and light,” Doherty said. “Sally has a way of isolating the beauty of nature and creating the feeling of standing inside the work, not just on the outside looking in. Atmospheric artwork is timeless and enduring, and the exhibit is a beautiful addition to the library.” For those interested in meeting Keller and learning more about working with watercolor, she will host a demonstration at the library on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. All are welcome and the event is free. North Shore Public Library, 250 Route 25A, Shoreham will present Atmospheric Watercolors throughout the month of December. For library hours and more information, please call 631929-4488.


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Nov. 28 to Dec. 5, 2019 NRSP Turkey Trot

The Nissequogue River State Park Foundation, 799 St. Johnland Road, Kings Park presents its 12th annual 1k Turkey Trot for Kids ($10 entry fee) at 8:30 a.m. and 5k Run/Walk for the Park ($30 entry fee) at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded. Proceeds help to enhance the beauty of the park. Call 269-2947 or visit

See Dec. 29 listing.

Christmas Extravaganza See Dec. 29 listing.

Santa Parade in Port Jefferson

Santa Claus will be the star in this annual parade that begins at the Port Jefferson Train Station at 3 p.m. and heads down Main Street to West Broadway. Final stop is Santa’s Workshop (Drowned Meadow Cottage Museum) at the corner of Barnum Avenue for photo opportunities. Free. Sponsored by the Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce. Call 473-1414.

Friday 29

Conquer the Hills Run

Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead presents its annual Country Parlor Holiday Folk Art and Craft Show today, Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See the historic Naugles Barn transformed into a winter wonderland and holiday shopping experience unlike any other. Shop for tree ornaments, holiday home decor, baskets and fine gifts including handmade pottery pieces, plus stocking stuffers for everyone on your list. Enjoy a tour of the Hallock Homestead and the Cichanowicz Farmhouse on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from noon to 3 p.m. Call 298-5292.

Christmas Extravaganza

All About Abbott & Costello

Huntington Public Library, 338 Main St., Huntington presents a program titled All About Abbott & Costello at 2 p.m. Film historian and filmmaker Glenn Andreiev shares film clips, cherished Abbott & Costello movements and fun movie facts. Open to all. To register, call 427-5165.


Port Jefferson rings in the holidays with its annual Santa Parade on Dec. 1. Photo by Alex Petroski

Black Friday Bazaar

The Great All Nighter is back at the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. the theater with dozens of vendors selling oddities, rare albums, artwork, handmade jewelry, books, unique clothing and more. Come hunt for unique gifts while supporting local businesses and artists. For more information, visit

Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Centereach Fire Department, 9 South Washington Ave., Centereach hosts it 6th annual Christmas Extravaganza featuring an indoor Christmas Craft Fair and Chinese auction today, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tons of vendors, raffles, prizes, food and more! Call 588-9220.

The Northport Chamber of Commerce invites the community to its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Northport Village Park at the end of Main Street, Northport at 7 p.m. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, caroling by the Northport Chorale and see Santa arrive by fire truck! Call 754-3905 for more information.

Turkey Trot Walk Tour

Poets in Port

Join Tri-Spy Tours’ Margo Arceri for a hike through the history of the Revolutionary War’s Culper Spy Ring with a Turkey Trot Walking Tour at 1 p.m. Tour starts at the entrance of Frank Melville Memorial Park, 1 Old Field Road, Setauket. Tickets are $25 per person. To reserve your spot, visit or call 751-3730.

The Town of Huntington presents its 10th annual Holiday Lights & Sounds Electric Parade at 5:30 p.m. The parade will kick off from the Big H Shopping Center on New York Avenue and proceed north to Main Street and then west on Main Street to West Neck Road ending with Santa’s arrival and a tree lighting ceremony. Come early for a Wall Street festival at 1 p.m. For a full schedule, visit www. For more info, call 351-3000.

Folk Art and Craft Show

Join the Smithtown Kickers for their annual Turkey Trot at Smithtown Elementary School, 51 Lawrence Ave., Smithtown with proceeds benefiting Angela’s House and the Smithtown Children’s Foundation. The 5k race will start at 9 a.m., Kids 1 mile Fun Run kicks off at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 382-9500 or 780-6591.

Folk Art and Craft Show

Huntington holiday parade

Sunday 1

Smithtown Kickers Turkey Trot

The Farmingville Historical Society invites the community to its Conquer the Hills 5k Trail Run and 2.6k Hike fundraiser at Farmingville Hills County Park, 503 Horseblock Road, Farmingville, at 9 a.m. Registration, which is $25 adults/$15 children, begins at 8 a.m. Everyone who crosses the finish line receives a T-shirt. Top three male and female runners receive a medal. Visit

Hallock Homestead, 172 Hallock Landing Road, Rocky Point is open for tours every Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. through December. Take a trip back in time with a visit to 1721 homestead hosted by trained docents. Free. For group tours and more information, please call 744-1776.

Caffe Portofino, 249 Main St., Northport hosts a Poets in Port event for the Northport Arts Coalition at 7:30 p.m. Featured poet will be Linda Trott Dickman followed by an open reading. Visit www. * All numbers are in (631) area code unless otherwise noted.

Holiday Light Show

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 9289100 or visit


Folk Art and Craft Show See Dec. 29 listing.

Christmas Extravaganza See Dec. 29 listing.

Caumsett hike

Join the staff at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington for a 6-mile hike through the park from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults only. $4 per person. Advance registration required by calling 423-1770.

Hallock Homestead tours

The Rocky Point Historical Society’s Noah

And so it begins! Smith Point County Park, 1 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley presents its annual Holiday Light Show from Dec. 1 to 30 (closed Dec. 24 and 25) at 5 p.m. Drive through a seaside trail filled with light displays and vignettes. Fee is $20 per car at the gate (credit cards only). Call 5436622 or visit

Selden Holiday Tree Lighting

Join the Selden Fire Department, 44 Woodmere Place, Selden as they kick off the holidays with their annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. with Santa and his friends. Call 732-1234.

Monday 2

Movie Trivia Night

Do you know a lot about movies? Now you can prove it at Movie Trivia Night at the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington at 8 p.m. Cash prizes! Admission is $8, $5 members. Visit www.

Tuesday 3

Getting to know Dame Judi Dench

Join lecturer Marc Courtade as he presents the life and career of Dame Judi Dench at the Northport Public Library, 151 Laurel Ave., Northport at

NOVEMBER 28, 2019 • ARTS & LIFESTYLES • PAGE B19 2 p.m. Dench remains one of the most highly respected actresses of the postwar era and, in her eighties, shows no signs of stopping. Open to all. Call 261-6930.

Wednesday 4 Smithtown Tree Lighting

The Town of Smithtown will hold its 4th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Smithtown Town Hall, 99 W. Main St., Smithtown from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Enjoy live music, delicious treats and a special guest from the North Pole, courtesy of the Smithtown Fire Department. Featured performances include the Smithtown High School West Whisperettes Kickline, the Smithtown High School West Jazz Choir, the Great Hollow Middle School Chorus and the Kings Park High School Orchestra. Call 360-7620.

Emerson String Quartet in concert

Stony Brook University’s Staller Center for the Arts, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook welcomes the Emerson String Quartet in concert in the Recital Hall at 7 p.m. The nine-time Grammy Award-winning group brings another extraordinary evening of music to Staller Center with a Beethoven and Bartok program in this second concert honoring the masters of the quartet form. Tickets are $52. To order, call 6322787 or visit

and Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Free. No tickets required. Call 451-4110.

Bob Nelson Comedy Show

Hailed as one of the most gifted funny people on the planet, comedian Bob Nelson returns to Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson at 8 p.m. bringing characters like the lovable nerd Eppy Epperman, punchy boxer Jiffy Jeff and chicken rancher Wilby Stuckinson back to life. Tickets are $39. To order, call 928-9100 or visit


‘The Nutcracker’

In conjunction with the 24th annual Charles Dickens Festival, Harbor Ballet Theatre presents its 28th annual production of “The Nutcracker” at Earl L. Vandermeulen High School, 350 Old Post Road, Port Jefferson with performances on Dec. 6 at 8 p.m., Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $18.75 to $25. To order, call 331-3149.


Stony Brook University’s Staller Center for the Arts, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook will present Seiskaya Ballet’s “Nutcracker” for six performances from Dec. 19 to 22. Tickets are

Centereach Tree Lighting


The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East Main St., Smithtown opens its 2019-20 season with “Annie” through Jan. 20. Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, the story follows little orphan Annie on her quest to find the parents who abandoned her on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage. Tickets are $40 adults, $36 seniors, $25 students. Call 724-3700 or visit


The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport presents the inspiring story of an extraordinary girl in “Matilda the Musical” through Dec. 29. Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by this holiday treat. For ticket information, call 261-2900 or visit

‘A Christmas Carol’

“I will honor Christmas in my heart …” Celebrate the holiday season with the 36th annual

Tribute to Gene Kelly

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main St., Stony Brook presents a Holiday Musical Theatre luncheon celebrating Gene Kelly through Jan. 11 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $50 adults, $48 seniors and children and includes lunch, dessert and tea. Reservations required by calling 689-5888.

‘Learning to Stay’

Suffolk County Community College, 533 College Road, Selden continues its 2019 theater season at the Shea Theatre in the Islip Arts Building with Jim DeVita’s “Learning to Stay,” in which attorney Elise Sabatto is thrilled when her husband returns home in one piece from his military service in Iraq but discovers he suffers from PTSD, on Nov. 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. Mature content. Tickets are $14 adults, $9.75 age 16 or younger. Call 451-4163 to order. The Carriage House Players, Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport continues its season with Tom Mula’s “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” on Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 15 and 22 at 3 p.m. “Marley was dead, to begin with ...” but what happens to Ebenezer Scrooge’s business partner after that? Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and children. To order, call 516-557-1207 or visit

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ revisited

Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook examines the making of “Miracle on 34th Street” with Sal St. George at 7 p.m. Through clips and narration, the film historian will share the backstory of the beloved 1947 classic that has touched the hearts of generations of moviegoers. All are welcome to attend this event. Call 588-5024.

Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ The Minstrel Players presents its annual production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Dec. 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. Performances are held at Houghton Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main St., Northport. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and students. To order, email tickets.minstrelplayers@ For more information, call 732-2926.

Thursday 5

Civil War Roundtable meeting

South Huntington Public Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station hosts a meeting by the North Shore Civil War Roundtable at 7 p.m. NSCWR member John Scotto will discuss the many varieties of artillery projectiles and cannons used during the Civil War. Free and open to all. Call 549-4411.


‘Salem’s Lot’

Stephen King’s chilling tale, “Salem’s Lot,” will be screened at the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington on Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. as part of the theater’s Cult Cafe series. Rated PG. Tickets are $7, $5 members. Visit

Book signing

Join Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington for an evening with the stars of Bravo’s hit show “Vanderpump Rules,” Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval, as they sign copies of their new book, “Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers,” at 7 p.m. Call 271-1442. The Department of Music at Suffolk County Community College’s Selden campus, 533 College Road, Selden invites the community to its Winter Concerts featuring student performance ensembles at Shea Theatre in the Islip Arts Building today


production of “A Christmas Carol” at Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson through Dec. 28. Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas – past, present and future. Tickets for the November shows are $20 each; seats are $35 adults, $28 seniors and students, $20 ages 5 to 12 in December. To order, call 928-9100 or visit

‘Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol’

The Centereach Civic Association hosts a tree lighting at the former Capital One Bank, 2100 Middle Country Road, Centereach (across from the Suffolk Diner) at 7 p.m. Enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, candy canes and a visit from Santa Claus courtesy of the Centereach Fire Department. All are invited. Visit

SCCC Winter concert

$40 adults, $34 seniors and children. To order, call 632-2787. For more information, visit www.

THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW Catch ‘Annie’ at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts for the holidays! Photo by James Gorman

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Women’s basketball continues to defend home court In a gritty game in which neither team led by more than nine, the Stony Brook women’s basketball team came out on top, defeating Sacred Heart (54-50) on Nov. 24 at the Island Federal Arena. The Seawolves (5-1, 0-0 AE) are undefeated at home this season and have won eight in a row inside the Island Federal Arena. “I thought we played a really tough and competitive Sacred Heart team today. Our defense was very solid throughout the game as we struggled to make shots. We stepped up and made plays down the stretch that allowed us to come out on top. I’m proud of our group’s resilience,” said head coach Caroline McCombs. After heading into halftime with a two-point deficit, the Seawolves outscored the Pioneers by five in the third quarter to head into the fourth stanza with a three-point lead. Sacred Heart kicked-off the fourth with a three to tie the game up at 34 apiece, but junior Jonae Cox (Portsmouth, Va.) hit a momentumchanging triple of her own to put the Seawolves up for good. With under eight to play, sophomore Anastasia Warren (Atlanta, Ga.) collected a steal off of a bad pass and converted the fast break layup to give the team its biggest lead of the day (6). With the Pioneers just down by three with 10 seconds to play, graduate student Kaela Hilaire

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Jonae Cox (5) takes a shot during Sunday’s game.

(Queens) sealed the game by grabbing her own rebound from a missed free throw to wind the clock down. Hilaire led Stony Brook’s scoring charge with 17 points to go along with five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Cox had nine points herself as well as a career-high 11 boards. Junior India Pagan (New London, Conn.) had nine points herself and five rebounds. Graduate student Cheyenne Clark

(Deptford, N.J.) was the team’s top rebounder with 11 boards, seven of which were offensive. The team fit in one more game before the Thanksgiving break, traveling to LIU on Nov. 27. Results were not available as of press time. Don’t miss your chance to see the Seawolves take on Molloy when they return home to the Island Federal Arena on Tues, Dec. 3. All of the action is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Stony Brook football falls to UAlbany 31-26 in season finale Redshirt junior QB Tyquell Fields (Yonkers) threw a career-high tying three touchdown passes for the Stony Brook football team on Nov. 23, but the Seawolves fell to rival UAlbany in a CAA Football contest at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Fields tallied 223 yards in the air and connected with redshirt junior WR Brandon Benson (Waco, Texas) and redshirt senior WRs Nick Anderson (Lakewood, Calif.) and


Swimming and diving team takes down St. Francis Brooklyn 125-113 In its second meet in as many days, the Stony Brook swimming and diving team took home a win, 125-113, over St. Francis Brooklyn at University Pool on Nov. 23. The team won seven of the 13 events and recorded a 1-2 finish in the 50 free, 200 back and 200 individual medleys to aid in the effort. “Today and yesterday were set up to challenge our women both mentally and physically. We continue to grow and progress in preparation for our championship meets. I am proud of this group. We have to keep stepping forward,” said head coach Kerry Smith. Highlights Redshirt senior Michal Liberman (Rosh Haayin, Israel) won both of her individual starts in the 50 free (24.60) and 100 free (54.29). She also ignited the Seawolves’ 200 medley relay (1:50.50) victory. Freshman Reagan MacDonald (Ottawa, Ontario) also won both of her individual events, taking home wins in the 200 individual medley (2:12.98) and 200 back (2:07.10). Freshman Maddy Edna (Chino Hills, Calif.) earned 13 points with a first- and secondplace finish in the 200 fly (2:10.23) and 200 free (2:00.05), respectively. Redshirt freshman Mia Sclar (Brooklyn) won her lone diving start, finishing first in the 1-meter (214.10). Sophomore Stephanie Reiter (Howard Beach) finished inside the top three of both diving events, finishing second in the 3-meter (172.70) and third in the 1-meter (176.75). Sophomore Emma Waechter (Lewiston) backed up Liberman with a second-place finish in the 50 free (25.99). Sophomore Jessica Salmon (Rexford) added a second-place spot in the 200 individual medley (2:17.29).

Home games for Seawolves MEN’S BASKETBALL

Tyquell Fields (4) tossed for three touchdowns during Saturday’s game.

Andrew Trent (Bellport) for the touchdowns. Redshirt senior DB Gavin Heslop (Yonkers) accounted for the Seawolves (5-7, 2-6 CAA

Football) other touchdown with his second career scoop-andscore on a UAlbany (8-4, 6-2 CAA Football) fumble in the second quarter.

“I’m real proud of the team and we have to take the positives out of it and move forward as quickly as possible,” said head coach Chuck Priore.

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


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



110 Myrtle Ave., Port Jefferson, NY 11777 631-473-0165 • Fax 631-331-8094 REVEREND PATRICK M. RIEGGER, PASTOR ASSOCIATES: REV. FRANCIS LASRADO & REV. ROLANDO TICLLASUCA To schedule Baptisms and Weddings, Please call the Rectory Confessions: Saturdays 12:30-1:15 pm in the Lower Church Religious Ed.: 631– 928-0447 Parish Outreach: 631–331-6145 Weekly Masses: 6:50 and 9 am in the Church, 12 pm in the Chapel* Weekend Masses: Saturday at 5 pm in the Church,

5:15 pm in the Chapel,* Sunday at 7:30 am, 10:30 am, 12 pm, and 5 pm in the Church and at 8:30 am, 10 am, and 11:30 am (Family Mass) in the Chapel* Spanish Masses: Sunday at 8:45 am and Wednesday at 6 pm in the Church *Held at the Infant Jesus Chapel at St. Charles Hospital

Holy Matrimony: Contact Parish Office at least six months in advance of desired date. Religious Education: Contact 631-744-9515 Parish Outreach: Contact 631-209-0325 Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School: Contact 631-473-1211.


Catholic Traditional Latin Mass

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


75 New York Avenue, Sound Beach, N.Y. 11789 Parish Office: 631-744-8566; FAX 631-744-8611 Parish Website: Office Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs.: 9 am to 5 pm Wednesday: 9 am to 8 pm; Friday: 9 am to 4 pm; Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm; Closed on Sunday Mission Statement: To proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ’s love through our active involvement as a parish family in works of Charity, Faith, Worship, Justice and Mercy. ALL ARE WELCOME! No matter what your present status is in the Catholic Church. No matter your family situation. No matter your practice of faith. No matter your personal history, age or background. YOU are invited, respected and loved at St. Louis de Montfort. REV. MSGR. CHRISTOPHER J. HELLER, PASTOR REV. LENNARD SABIO, ASSOCIATE PASTOR REV. MSGR. DONALD HANSON, IN RESIDENCE REV. FRANCIS PIZZARELLI, S.M.M., PARISH ASSISTANT REV. HENRY VAS, PARISH ASSISTANT Weekday Masses: Monday through Friday: 8:30 am in the Chapel Weekend Masses: Saturday Vigil: 5 pm Sunday: 7:30 am; 9:00 am; 10:30 am; 12 noon. Baptisms: Most Sundays at 1:30 pm. Please contact Parish Office for an appointment. Reconciliation: Sat.: 4-4:45 pm or by appointment. Anointing of the Sick: by request.


Society of Saint Pius X 900 Horseblock Road, Farmingville, NY 11738 631–736–6515 • REV. FR. CARL SULZEN, PASTOR Mass: Saturday 8:00am (please call to confirm) Sunday: 9:00am Holy Days and First Fridays:7:00pm Confessions:8:00am Sundays, and 7:30am Saturdays All Sacraments are administered in the pre-Vatican II traditional Rites.


233 North Country Road, Mt. Sinai • 631–473–1582 • REV. DR. PHILIP HOBSON We invite you to worship with us in our judgement-free sacred space. Come experience our tradition, where freedom of thought and exchange of ideas are encouraged and celebrated. Join us as we put our Christian values into practice, following the example of Jesus, by caring for our neighbors near and far, as they suffer food insecurity, homelessness, political and domestic violence, gender discrimination and other injustices. We know it is God who put the wiggle in the children, so bring them with you so they can participate in worship and in our lively Sunday School program. Service and Sunday School on Sundays at 10:00 AM. Meditative service at 8:30 AM on Sundays. Thanksgiving Beach Worship Service November 28, 2019 at 9:00 am Cedar Beach on Harbor Beach Road, Mt. Sinai A brief service will be led by Dr. Rev. Phil Hobson of Mt. Sinai Congregational Church, and we’ll sing with the gulls and the breaking waves. Service begins at 9 am, left of the main building. All are welcomed!


“Our little historic church on the hill” across from the Stony Brook Duck Pond Main Street, Stony Brook • 631–751–0034 www.allsouls– • Sunday Holy Eucharist: 8 and 9:30 am All Souls now offers a 30 minute Inter-Faith Service every Wednesday Morning at 7:00 AM This is a small eclectic Episcopal congregation that has a personal touch. We welcome all regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey.Walk with us.



THE REV. CN. DR. RICHARD D. VISCONTI, RECTOR 1 Dyke Road on the Village Green, Setauket Web site: email: • 631–941–4245 Thursday Noon: H.E. and Healing Service Saturday Service: 5 pm Holy Eucharist Sunday Services: 8 am - Rite I; 9:30 am - Rite II (family Service) 9:30 Children’s Chapel & Sunday School Classes Sunday School Classes now forming; Call 631-941-4245 to register. Let God walk with you as part of our family– friendly community.


127 Barnum Ave., Port Jefferson • 631–473–0273 email: FATHER ANTHONY DILORENZO: PRIEST–IN–CHARGE Sunday Services: 8 am & 10 am Sunday Eucharist:8 am and 10 am; Wednesday 10 in our chapel Sunday School and Nursery Registration for Sunday School starting Sunday after the 10 am Eucharist Our ministries: Welcome Friends on Mondays at 5:00 pm AA meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm Bible Study on Thursdays at 10 am. Friday: Hands of Love knitting, crocheting and stitching ministry 10 am - 12 pm It is the mission of the people of Christ Church to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and to make his love known to all through our lives and ministry. We at Christ Church are a joyful, welcoming community. Wherever you are in your journey of life we want to be part of it.


490 North Country Road, St. James, NY 11780 631-584-5560 Parish Office email: THE REV. IAN C. WETMORE, RECTOR Where is God calling us? To grow in faith through Scripture and prayer, To build relationships in Christ, To serve one another and the world. Sunday Holy Eucharist: 8 a.m. (Rite I) and 9:30 a.m. (Rite II, with music) Prayers for healing after both worship times Children welcome at all services, religious formation offered for all levels, including Godly play. Active Choir, Altar Guild, Lay Eucharist Ministry, Fellowship and Bible Study programs Christimas Gift, Craft & Food Fair Saturday, Dec. 7 -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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“To know Christ and to make Him known” REV. DUNCAN A. BURNS, RECTOR ALEX PRYRODNY, ORGANIST & CHOIR DIRECTOR 12 Prospect St, Huntington ● (631) 427-1752 On Main St. next to the Library ● LIKE us on Facebook Sunday Worship: 8:00 am – Rite I Holy Eucharist 10:00 am – Rite II Choral Holy Eucharist Cultural Events Series: “Year’s End” - the Rambling Readers & Guests Sunday, November 27th at 4pm “Sing Noel!” - Christmas Music, Stories & Cheer Sunday, December 15th at 7pm All are Welcome!


To Know Christ and To Make Him Known 322 Main Street, East Setauket • 631-941–3670 LEAD PASTOR JOSH MOODY Sunday Worship Schedule: 9:15 am: Worship Service, Sunday School (Pre-K–5TH grade), Nursery 10:30 am: Bagels & Coffee 11:00 am: Worship Service, Nursery, We Offer Weekly Teen Programs, Small Groups, Women’s & Men’s Bible Studies, Alpha, Stephen Ministry, Faith Preschool For Ages 3 & 4, Mommy & Me, Join Us As We Celebrate 60 Years Of Proclaiming The Good News Of Jesus Christ!


430 Sheep Pasture Rd., Port Jefferson 11777 Tel: 631-473-0894 • Fax: 631-928-5131 • REV. DEMETRIOS N. CALOGREDES, PROTOPRESBYTER Sunday Services: Orthros 8:30 Am - Divine Liturgy 10 Am Services Conducted In Both Greek & English* Books Available To Follow In English* Sunday Catechism School, 10 Am - 11 Am* Greek Language School, Tuesdays 5 Pm - 8 Pm* Bible Study & Adult Catechism Classes Available* Golden Age & Youth Groups* Thrift Store* Banquet Hall Available For Rental* For Information Please Call Church Office*



Center for Jewish Life & Learning “Judaism With A Smile” 360 Nicolls Road, East Setauket Next To Fire Dept. 631-585–0521 • RABBI CHAIM & RIVKIE GROSSBAUM RABBI MOTTI & CHAYA GROSSBAUM RABBI SHOLOM B. & CHANIE COHEN Membership Free Weekday, Shabbat & Holiday Services Highly Acclaimed Torah Tots Preschool Afternoon Hebrew School Camp Gan Israel • Judaica Publishing Department

Lectures And Seminars Living Legacy Holiday Programs Jewish Learning Institute Friendship Circle For Special Needs Children The Cteen Network N’shei Chabad Women’s Club • Cyberspace Library Chabad At Stony Brook University – Rabbi Adam & Esther Stein


764 Route 25A, Setauket (At The Old Victoria House) Mail: P.O. Box 544, E. Setauket, NY 11733 631-689-0257 (leave a message & you’ll get a call back) Visit Us At: We Are A Traditional Conservative Congregation, Run Entirely By Our Members. We Have Services every Shabbat And All Jewish Holidays, Along With Other Community Activities, With Participation Opportunities For All Jews. Join Us Shabbat Morning And You’ll Get A Warm Welcome! KCT - An Old Fashioned Friendly Shul


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


1404 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook 631-751–8518 • A Warm And Caring Intergenerational Community Dedicated To Learning, Prayer, Social Action, And Friendship. Member Union For Reform Judaism RABBI PAUL SIDLOFSKY • CANTOR MARCEY WAGNER RABBI EMERITUS STEPHEN A. KAROL RABBI EMERITUS ADAM D. FISHER CANTOR EMERITUS MICHAEL F. TRACHTENBERG Sabbath Services Friday 7:30 pm And Saturday 10 am Religious School • Monthly Family Service Monthly Tot • Shabbat Youth Groups • Senior Club Adult Education Sisterhood Brotherhood • Book Club-More


46 Dare Road, Selden 631-732-2511 Emergency Number 516-848-5386 REV. DR. RICHARD O. HILL, PASTOR ERIC FARET, VICAR Email: Website: Holy Communion Is Celebrated Every Weekend

Saturday Evenings 5 pm. Sundays at 8, 9:30 & 11 am. Sunday Services Are Live-Streamed Through Our “Friends Who Like Hope Lutheran Church” Facebook Group. Sermons are posted on at “Pastor Richard O Hill” Children’s Programs Sunday School (3-11) 9:30 am, Saturday Sparklers 5 pm Anchor Nursery School Tuesday-Thursday 9:15 am - 12:15 pm. Tuesdays Hugs Toddlers (ages 18 mos-3 yrs) 9:15 am Hugs (ages 3-5yrs.) 12:15 pm Wednesdays - Kids’ Club 4:15 pm


309 Patchogue Road, Port Jefferson Station 631-473-2236 REV. PAUL A. DOWNING PASTOR E-mail: Pastor’s cell: 347–423–1523 (voice or text) Service Times: Sundays 8:30 am and 10:30 am Adult Bible Study 9:30 am Sunday School during 10:30 am service Holy Communion offered at both services Fridays: Power of Prayer Hour 10:30 am Meal provided by Welcome Friends Sundays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 5:45 pm We continue to seve the Port Jefferson Community Now in our 102nd year


Messiah Preschool & Day Care 465 Pond Path, East Setauket 631-751–1775 • PASTOR STEVE UNGER We welcome all to join us for worship & fellowship. It would be wonderful to have you with us. Sunday Worship Services: 8:15, 9:30 & 11am (All with Holy Communion), Sunday School at 9:30am, Sunday Bible Study at 9:30am Thanksgiving Eve Worship: Wednesday, November 27th at 7pm We also have mid-week Advent Services: Wednesday Advent Worship at 7pm December 4th, 11th & 18th Christmas Services: Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th 5:30pm & 8:00pm Christmas Day, Dec. 25th 10am We have NYS Certified Preschool & Day Care


33 Christian Ave/ PO 2117, E. Setauket NY 11733 631-941–3581 REV. GREGORY L. LEONARD–PASTOR Sunday Worship: 10:30 Am Adult Sunday School 9:30 Am Lectionary Reading And Prayer: Wed. 12 Noon Gospel Choir: Tues. 8 Pm Praise Choir And Youth Choir 3rd And 4th Fri. 6:30 Pm

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


160 Main Street, Corner Of 25A And Main Street East Setauket • 631–941–4167 REV. STEVEN KIM, PASTOR Adult Bible Study: 9am Sunday Worship Service & Church School: 10 am Holy Communion 1st Sunday Of Month Mary Martha Circle (Women’s Ministry) Monthly On 2nd Tuesday At 1pm No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here!

STONY BROOK COMMUNITY CHURCH UNITED METHODIST 216 Christian Ave., Stony Brook, 11790 Church Office: 631-751-0574 REV. CHUCK VAN HOUTEN, PASTOR Connecting People To God, Purpose And Each Other Sunday Worship: 10:00 am Sunday School: 10:00 am Renewing, Restoring, Reviving For The 21st Century!


107 South/Main Streets • (631) 473-0147 We are an accepting and caring people who invite you to share in the journey of faith with us. THE REV. DR. RICHARD GRAUGH Email: Website: Sunday Worship Service -10am (Childcare Provided) Christian Education-Sunday School: 10:15am Coffee and Fellowship 11:15am Bible Study: Tuesday 3pm Holy Communion 1st Sunday of the Month Meals Provided by Welcome Friends every Friday at 6pm Call the church office or visit our website for current activities and events. NYS Certified Preschool and Daycare - Noah’s Ark The purpose of First Presbyterian Church of Port Jefferson is, with God’s help, to share the joy and good news of Jesus Christ with the congregation, visitors and the community at large; to provide comfort to those in need and hope to those in despair; and to seek justice for all God’s people.

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Wreath contest underway

The Smithtown Historical Society invites the community to take part in its annual Community Wreath Contest. Wreaths may be dropped off at the Roseneath Cottage, 239 E. Main St., Smithtown through Dec. 1. Entry fee is the donation of your wreath to the Historical Society. A cash prize for Best in Show will be awarded at the society’s Heritage Country Christmas event on Dec. 7 with public voting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 631-265-6768 for more information.

Author Meet and Greet

People’s United Bank, 182 E. Main St., Huntington hosts a book launch and author meet and greet with Jay Nagpal, author of the children’s book, “Miss Kim’s Class Goes to Town,” on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. Readers of all ages will enjoy following Miss Kim’s class on a field trip to the historic sites of Huntington, guided by Mr. Robert, the town historian. Stop by and pick up a copy! For more information, call 631-812-2500 or 631-427-7045.

SPAC hosts Eagles tribute

The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown welcomes Eagles tribute band Desert Highway in concert on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. Enjoy all of your favorite Eagles songs plus the solo works of Don Henley and Joe Walsh. Tickets are $40 per person. To order, call 631-7243700 or visit

Breakfast with Santa Take part in the Smithtown Historical Society’s annual Wreath Contest. Above, Joan Harris’ woodland-inspired wreath won Best in Show a few years back. Photo from SHS

Hauppauge Fire Department Truck Company 1, 855 Wheeler Road, Hauppauge presents Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec.

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Northport Craft Fair

Save the date! Northport High School, located at 154 Laurel Ave., Northport hosts the 25th annual Northport Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Long Island’s largest indoor craft fair showcases over 200 exhibitors featuring original art, photography, jellies, one of a kind crafted jewelry, jellies, chocolates and bakery delicacies, teas and local honey and much more. Free admission. Call 631-846-1459.

Westy Storage hosts Toys for Tots

Westy Self Storage, 4049 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport hosts its 21st annual Toys for Tots donation drive now through Dec. 19. The community is asked to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for less fortunate children and to deliver a message of hope. Drop off hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 631462-3200.

Blood Drive heads to Smithtown St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center hosts a blood drive in the lower level of its Medical Office Building, 52 Route 25A, Smithtown on Monday, Dec. 2 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Donate the gift of life this holiday season. One pint of blood can save up to three lives! Free valet parking will be provided. To register, call 631-862-3523.



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5 Caroline Avenue ~ On the Village Green 631- 941-4271 Celebrating and Sharing the love of God since 1660. THE REV. KATE JONES CALONE, INTERIM PASTOR THE REV. ASHLEY MCFAUL-ERWIN, COMMUNITY OUTREACH PASTOR Email: Sunday Worship: at 9:30 a.m. (childcare available) Sunday school at 9:45 (grades pre-k through 6) Adult Education at 11 am 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.


1 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. $10 donation for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 11 years old. Photos with Santa Claus will be available for an additional $10. Call 631-265-2499 for additional information.

4 Friends Way, St. James 631–928-2768 • Worship Sundays: Sept. - June 11 am , July - Aug. 10:00 am We gather in silent worship seeking God • the Inner Light • Spirit. We are guided by the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. Weekly coffee and fellowship, monthly discussions, Religious Education for children.

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We welcome people of all faiths to holiday services that celebrate the traditions of Christmas and other winter liturgies, and honor their messages of hope and joy. Holiday Schedule: 12/22 - Intergenerational Winter Solstice Service and hannukiya lighting 12/24 – Candlelight Christmas Eve Services: Family Service - 7:00 p.m. ● Late Service – 9:00 p.m. Adult Faith Development Choir, Folk Group, classical music Vespers, Sangha Meditation, Labyrinth Walks, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Yoga, Essentrics, Grounds & Sounds Café, Le Petit Salon de Musique




Make a Maker Project Kit

Celebrate Thanksgiving Week at the Long Island Explorium, 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson by helping them make Maker Project Kits for homeless kids on Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 331-3277.

Storytime at Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble in Lake Grove at 600 Smith Haven Mall and in East Northport at 4000 E. Jericho Turnpike will present a special storytime event on Nov. 30 with a reading of “Dear Santa: For Everyone Who Believes in the Magic of Christmas” and “Cookies for Santa: The Story of How Santa’s Favorite Cookie Saved Christmas” at 11 a.m. Free. Call 724-0341 (LG) or 462-0208 (EN).

Santa’s Workshop opens

Visit Santa at his workshop at the corner of West Broadway and Barnum Avenue in Port Jefferson (Drowned Meadow House) on Nov. 30 from 1 to 4 p.m., Dec. 1 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15 and 21 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free! Call 473-1414 or 473-4724.

Santa heads to St. James

Santa Claus takes up residence at the St. James General Store, 516 Moriches Road, St. James on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7 and 8, 14 and 15 and 21 and 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. Come tell him your wishes, take a photo (bring a camera), and shop in the historic store. Call 854-3740.


‘Barnaby Saves Christmas’

“Barnaby Saves Christmas” celebrates its 16th year at Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson now through Dec. 28. Join Santa’s littlest elf Barnaby and his reindeer friend Franklynne on a journey to save Christmas while learning the true meaning of the holiday season. Tickets are $10 per person. To order, call 928-9100 or visit See review on page B27.


He’s back! The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport presents “Frosty” now through Dec. 29. Join Jenny and Frosty on their chilly adventures as they try to save the town of Chillsville from mean old Ethel Pierpot and her evil machine that will melt all the snow. Tickets are $15. To order, call 261-2900 or visit

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’

Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown presents a holiday treat, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” now through Dec. 29. Follow a mouse and a spunky little girl on their quest to find out why Santa missed their house last year. All seats are $18. To order, call 724-3700 or visit All numbers are in (631) area code unless noted.

Image from Walt Disney Animation Studios

Frozen’s long-awaited sequel falls short, despite visually stunning animation BY JEFFREY SANZEL In 2013, Disney released Frozen, a computeranimated musical fantasy. Loosely inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen, it was the story of two sisters, Elsa and Anna, and a journey of deep discovery. Visually stunning, with a powerful message of “true love” not being connected to marrying a prince, the film was an international sensation. The voice talents of Idina Menzel as Elsa, the princess with the power, and Kristen Bell as Anna, the sibling on a quest, were perfectly supported by Santino Fontana as the seemingly ideal prince, Jonathan Groff as a self-deprecating ice harvester, and a hilarious Josh Gad as the slightly manic snowman obsessed with summer. The delightful score, by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, spawned the anthem “Let It Go.” Joining the latter-day classics such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, Frozen quickly became an international phenomena, grossing over $1.2 billion. The only surprise is that it took six years for a sequel. Frozen II reunites Menzel, Bell, Groff and Gad, along with a host of additional voice artists. The film opens hopefully with King Agnarr of Arendelle (Alfred Molina) relating the story

of the Enchanted Forest to his young daughters, Elsa (voiced by Mattea Conforti) and Anna (an adorable Hadley Gannaway). It sets up the plot of Agnarr’s grandfather, King Runeard (Jeremy Sisto), and a treaty-gone-wrong with the tribe of Northuldra, a clan that posses a deep magic of which the Arendelle are suspicious. The film then goes forward to pick up three years after the previous film. Elsa (Menzel) is queen and keeping her wintry powers in check. Anna (Bell) is a free-spirited princess, now courted by the smitten Kristoff (Groff) who spends most of his screen time attempting to propose, egged on by his reliable reindeer friend, Sven (also voiced by Groff). What ensues is a complicated mythology involving the elemental spirits of earth, fire, water and air — and a fifth, unnamed element that becomes clear about half-way through. It is a convoluted folklore that is resolved a bit too simply. Ultimately, what is lacking in the plot is true conflict. Much of Frozen was driven by the friction and misunderstanding of characters in action — all trying desperately to get what they want — building up to several powerful revelations. They were human and flawed and that made them all the more wonderful. The underlying theme was threaded throughout, and the climax was the wholly satisfying result of overcoming challenges and solving problems. Frozen II substitutes genuine tension and depth for a string of incidents and “adventures” that just don’t build to any surprises. The sequel is now without its entertaining moments, and the score (by Lopez and LopezAnderson), while not approaching the first’s innovation and delight, is more than serviceable. Gad shines as the chatterbox Olaf, and a highlight

is the snowman’s recapping of the entire first movie. It’s a delightful bit of madcap in a film that is sorely lacking moments of humor. Unlike the first that found a wryness even in the darkest moments, Frozen II feel relentlessly serious. The additional voice artists are not as wellserved as they should be, with some very talented performers given what amounts to glorified cameos: Molina, Sisto, Evan Rachel Wood, Martha Plimpton and Jason Ritter barely register. It is not so much the length of their screen time but the quality. Sterling K. Brown’s lieutenant shows great promise but is unfortunately not developed nearly enough. There are several pieces that are clearly envisioned toward promotional items. The fire element turns out to be a very cute froglike creature that will no doubt be making its debut in Happy Meals across the country. Rock monsters and water horses are ideal of stickers and folders and whatever else the marketing department can dream up. And what is cuter than a reindeer? Lots of reindeers. Pictorially, it is breathtaking. The images are beautiful, and there is never a false or inconsistent moment in its landscape. The characters are animated with honesty and project genuine emotion. The fantastic elements are gloriously realized in a true rainbow of variety. But it is this triumph of style over substance that makes the movie fall short on its ability to engage. The film feels not just long but stretched. The scenes meander and then seem to be repeated again 10 minutes later. There is a great deal of padding in the 100+ minutes. Conceptually, Frozen II probably seemed to be a great idea on paper and, certainly, in its artists’ eyes, it is. One could just wish for a little more fire under the snow.



Thankful for the season

TBR News Media’s first annual Thanksgiving Coloring Contest is a hit

Thanks to all the children who entered Times Beacon Record News Media’s first Thanksgiving Coloring Contest and for helping to make it so successful! This year we had 27 entries making it very difficult to choose a winner. Congratulations to Jameson Flaiz of Miller Place, sisters Deryn and Shaelea McNamara of East Setauket and Andrew Cleary of Rocky Point for being this year’s winners and receiving a family four-pack of tickets to see “Barnaby Saves Christmas” at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson. Special thanks to Theatre Three for sponsoring our contest! See all of the entries on this and the following pages. Happy Thanksgiving!

By Deryn Mcnamara, age 5, E. Setauket

By Jameson Flaiz, age 7, Miller Place

By Shaelea McNamara, age 6, E. Setauket

By Andrew Cleary, age 6, Rocky Point



By Atika L., age 4, Stony Brook

By Charlotte P., age 7, E. Setauket

By Daphne P., age 5, E. Setauket

By Emma C., age 9, Sound Beach

By Ethan A., age 6, Centereach

By Genevieve E., age 8, Setauket

By Giavonna C., age 5, Selden

By Haley M., age 9 ½, Stony Brook

By Jack A., age 7, Mount Sinai

By Julia D., age 9, Ronkonkoma

By Kaiden K., age 8, Coram

By Kenzie S., age 8, Shoreham

By Lillian O., age 6, Sound Beach

By Lola P., age 6, Northport

By Madison T., age 6, Wading River



By Luciana G., age 6, Holtsville

By Nicholas A., age 6, Miller Place

By Sophie P., age 7, Port Jefferson

By Katherine F., age 5, Setauket

By Paul M., age 7, Port Jefferson

By Allison V., age 9, Lake Ronkonkoma

By Matthew D., age 7, Elwood

By Shannon J., age 10, Fort Salonga

Theatre Three’s ‘Barnaby Saves Christmas’ spreads holiday cheer



hile Scrooge undergoes a transformation on Theatre Three’s Mainstage in “A Christmas Carol,” Santa’s littlest elf Barnaby experiences a metamorphosis of his own in the theater’s adorable children’s production of “Barnaby Saves Christmas.” The show runs through Dec. 28. With a clever script by Douglas J. Quattrock and Jeffrey Sanzel (who also directs) with music and lyrics by Quattrock, the holiday production teaches us that Christmas lies within our hearts. It’s Christmas Eve and the North Pole is a flurry of activity. Barnaby (Eric J. Hughes), the littlest elf in Elf School, is busy making a toy that Santa (Andrew Lenahan) requested — a little stuffed bear with dark blue pants, buckles on his shoes and a bright yellow vest — while desperately trying to fit in. His constant attempts to be helpful fail, as he knocks down presents, bumps into fellow elves Blizzard (Krystal Lawless), Crystal (Nicole Bianco) and Sam (Jason Furnari) and makes a big mess. When it’s time to deliver the presents to all the good little girls and boys, Barnaby and Blizzard’s fawn, Franklynne (Michelle LaBozzetta), are left behind with Mrs. Claus (Lorrie Maida). “You’ll have to wait to grow a little bit,” explains Sam. Barnaby soon realizes that Santa has left the stuffed bear behind and convinces Franklynne to embark on a journey to find Santa and “save Christmas.” On their adventure they crash land on the roof of the house of Sarah (Lorrie Maida) and her nephew Andrew (Andrew Lenahan)

and learn all about Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights. They also come across S.B. (spoiled brat) Dombulbury (Steven Uihlein), a Scrooge in his own right who has stuffed up all the chimneys with coal with his partner in crime Irma (Dana Bush), in order to ruin Christmas. Yes, Barnaby will save the day — as evident in the title — but just wait until you see how! Directed by Sanzel, the cast perfectly executes this beautiful story. The wonderful songs are the heart of the show, with special mention to “Still With a Ribbon on Top” and “Within Our Hearts.” Costumes by Teresa Matteson and Toni St. John are colorful and festive and the choreography by Nicole Bianco is fresh and fun. Special effects abound, elevated by the futuristic lighting and, spoiler alert, it even snows in the theater! With the ultimate message to be the very best that you can be, “Barnaby Saves Christmas” is a must see this holiday season. Souvenir elf and reindeer dolls will be available for purchase during intermission. Stay after the show for a photo keepsake with Santa Claus on stage if you wish — the $5 donation supports the theater’s scholarship fund — and join the rest of the cast in the lobby for a meet and greet. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson presents “Barnaby Saves Christmas” through Dec. 28. Children’s Theater continues with “Little Red Riding Hood” from Jan. 18 to Feb. 22 and “Hansel & Gretel” from Feb. 29 to March 21. All seats are $10. To order, call 631-928-9100 or visit


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