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SCHOOL NEWS Suffolk County Community College

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Brookhaven’s Youth Bureau will hold its annual Interface coat drive Jan. 12 to Feb. 12.

Brookhaven coat drive Advanced manufacturing Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine (R) announced that the town’s Youth Bureau will hold its annual Interface coat drive from Jan. 12 to Feb. 12 to help residents in need stay warm this winter. Donations of new or gently used, clean coats, scarves, hats and gloves in infant to adult sizes can be dropped off at the following locations: • Brookhaven Town Hall: 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville • Brookhaven Highway Department: 1140 Old Town Road in Coram

• Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center: 39 Montauk Highway in Blue Point • New Village Recreation Center: 20 Wireless Road in Centereach • Rose Caracappa Senior Center: 739 Route 25A in Mount Sinai “Many of our neighbors in need don’t have proper clothing to keep warm during the winter months,” Romaine said. “I thank our Youth Bureau for organizing the coat drive and encourage residents to go through their closets and make a donation.” For more information, call the Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau at 631-451-8011.

Suffolk County Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center teaches students the required skills to enter the high-skilled manufacturing workforce. Students in Suffolk’s programs learn an array of technologies including computerized machinery, computer software, threedimensional printing and the ability to design and develop products. A core course, Advanced Machining Processes, encourages students to experiment to learn the content of the class. The final project is a Chess Set Project. Each student designs a chess set by utilizing a CAD/CAM design software pack-

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age. After completion of the designs the students use computer programs that enable them to manufacture those pieces on the computer numeric control machines. “Suffolk County Community College is committed to the advanced manufacturing sector,” Shaun L. McKay, college president said. “The jobs are there and we are training people to fill them.” Manufacturers across the U.S. are finding it more and more difficult to attract and retain workers with the right skills to fill available jobs and keep up to speed on factory floors. None of the students knew how to design, program or manufacture any of the metal parts before joining Suffolk’s program.

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STATE

Cuomo delivers State of the State address BY SABRINA PETROSKI Although chatter is starting to pick up that he might be a candidate for president on the Democratic ticket in 2020, for now Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is still in a New York state of mind. On Jan. 3 Cuomo gave his State of the State address, in which he explained his agenda for the coming year. He began by touting some quality of life issues in New York state that are improving. “Crime is down statewide, we have a cleaner environment, we have a fairer criminal justice system, we have more high school graduates who are attending colleges,” Cuomo said. “We have preserved more land than ever before, enacted a more progressive tax code, and launched the most ambitious building program in the country.” Cuomo split the problems he believes the state is facing and his speech into three sections: the challenges of old discrimination and sexism within society, safety threats and the new federal and economic challenges “we have never experienced before.” He referred to the challenges he plans to address in the coming year as “a three front war.” First, Cuomo pitched a reform on how the state deals with sexual assault and harassment claims in the workplace for employees paid by tax dollars. “Policies should be binding on all state

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pointed to workplace sexual misconduct and overall public safety as areas to watch. employees in all authorities, in all agencies and on local governments,” he said. His suggested reforms would include a uniform code of sexual harassment policies, a contraceptive care act, and a governmentwide anonymous whistleblower process so victims feel safer stepping forward. “No taxpayers funds should be used to pay for any public official’s sexual harassment or misconduct,” Cuomo said. He also said the New York State pension

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, center, displays the new county law banning the updating or instillation of primitive cesspools and the technology associated with them, as he’s surrounded by local leaders and environmental group organizers during a press conference.

Bellone takes step toward protecting LI’s water New law closes loophole to permanently ban replacement of old, primitive cesspool technology to reduce nitrogen levels in water BY DESIRÉE KEEGAN DESIREE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM

when a requirement for the addition of a septic tank was added, but the county sanitary code did not require that homeowners add a Repairing old cesspools is now a thing of septic tank when replacing an existing cessthe past in Suffolk County. pool, making it legal to install a new cesspool As part of an ongoing effort to improve to replace an existing one. By now closing water quality on Long Island, Suffolk County this loophole, it will advance the water qualExecutive Steve Bellone (D) ity efforts undertaken by the signed into law a ban on county and set the stage for installing new cesspools, the evolution away from the ending the practice of use of nonperforming cessgrandfathering inadequate pools and septic systems to sanitary system fixes with the the use of new, state-of-thenow-primitive technology. art technologies that reduce “It marks another historic nitrogen in residential wastestep forward in our ongoing water by up to 70 percent, effort to reverse decades of according to Bellone. nitrogen pollution that has “With this action, I would degraded water quality in like to say that we, as a counour lakes, bays and harbors, ty, have adopted the policies and it is a step that is long necessary to adequately adoverdue,” Bellone said. “It is dress our region’s nitrogen fairly unusual for the local pollution problems, but in governments, environmental reality, this gets us closer to groups and the region’s largwhere we should have been est builders group to agree on in the decades following the importance of tightening 1973,” said county Legislaup outdated regulations to tor Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), protect water quality, but that a co-sponsor of the Article 6 is exactly what happened in revisions and chairwoman this instance. This inclusive, of the Suffolk County Legiscollaborative approach is lature’s Environment, Plan— Steve Bellone ning and Agriculture Commaking a huge difference in our efforts to reduce decades mittee. “I look forward to of nitrogen pollution.” continuing the process of fiCesspools have been identified as pri- nally bringing Suffolk County’s sanitary code mary sources of nitrogen pollution that into the 21st century.” have degraded water quality throughout In addition to banning the installation of Suffolk County, contributing to harmful al- new cesspools, the law approved by the Sufgae blooms, beach closures and fish kills. folk County Legislature Dec. 5 requires the The use of cesspools in new construction wastewater industry to provide data regarding has been banned in the county since 1973, system replacement and pumping activities to

‘This inclusive, collaborative approach is making a huge difference in our efforts to reduce decades of nitrogen pollution.’

the Department of Health Services beginning July 1, 2018. It also mandates permits for replacement of existing systems effective July 1, 2019, and requires business properties with grandfathered nonconforming wastewater flows to install nitrogen-reducing advanced systems if making significant changes to the use of the property. Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, joined forces with other environmental group leaders in thanking the county for what was a necessary step in eliminating nitrogen from groundwater. “We can no longer allow inadequately treated sewage to mix with our sole source of drinking water,” she said. “Modernizing our health codes is a commonsense action that is critically needed for water protection.” Richard Amper, executive director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, said he was overjoyed by the “huge step,” ending pollution by what he called Suffolk’s No. 1 threat to clean water. “Now, we’re not just complaining,” he said. “We’re doing something about it.” For the past three years, Suffolk’s Legislature has instituted a pilot program to test the new technologies, using a lottery system to select homeowners willing to have a donated system installed to demonstrate system performance. Under the pilot program, a total of 14 different technologies have been installed at 39 homes throughout the county. Four have been provisionally approved for use after demonstrating six months of acceptable operating data. As part of continued efforts, a voluntary Septic Improvement Program, the first of its kind in the state, was launched in July 2017 to provide grants and low-interest financing to make the replacement of cesspools and septic systems with new innovative/alternative technologies affordable for homeowners who choose to upgrade their systems. Over the first five months, nearly 850 homeowners have registered for the program, 228

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have completed applications and 160 have been awarded grants and are moving toward installation of the new systems. Suffolk County was the first in the state to apply for funding from New York State’s newly created $75 million Septic System Replacement Fund and will use the funding to expand its efforts to see the new technologies installed throughout the county. The changes are the first in what is expected to be a series of updates to the county sanitary code over the next several years as county officials consider whether to put in place policies that require new nitrogenreducing systems in new construction projects, require installation of the new systems when a cesspool or septic system fails and needs to be replaced, or upon sale of a property. For now, all parties involved are on the same page moving forward, including both a working group comprised of county legislators, town planners and engineers with members of environmental organizations, as well as the Long Island Builders Institute. “There is more work to do,” said Kevin McDonald, conservation finance and policy director for The Nature Conservancy on Long Island. “But passage of this bill means less nitrogen pollution in our water, and more resilient, healthy bays and people for generations to come.”


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nicole lettich, on left, amanda Scarfogliero, above, and Julie acosta, below left, helped middle country’s girls bowling team take a 2-1 win over Sachem Jan. 9. Below right, mad dogs head coach mandy dominguez congratulates his players on the win.

Nicole Lettich leads Middle Country to victory By Jim Ferchland The Mad Dogs were down after dropping their second game all season, the first of three, 996-863, at home at AMF Centereach Lanes against Sachem Jan. 9. But Middle Country’s girls bowling team was not going to let the loss snap their winning ways, and the team got hot scoring 924 in the second and 1,017 in the third for a 2-1 victory to remain undefeated (6-0). The team was thinking it might have lost its mojo after it was forced to change lanes. When playing games at home, the Mad Dogs play on lanes 29 and 30, but according to the AMF staff the lanes were down, leaving Middle Country and Sachem to compete on 25 and 26. Middle Country head coach Mandy Dominguez said this ruined the girls’ at-home advantage.

Middle Country 2 Sachem 1

‘Even though we struggled in the first game, we just came back hard and fought for the win.’ — Julie Acosta “Our top bowlers struggled on lanes 25 and 26 today,” he said. “They didn’t bowl as high as they usually do but it’s just one of those things you can’t control.” Dominguez, who has been at the helm for nine years, has led the team to eight straight league titles. He has high expectations and was unhappy with how his team performed in the first game. “It was our worst game of the year,” Dominguez said. “I was a little disappointed and depressed, but I knew that the girls had the ability to come back and win.” Sachem came to play in the first, and even Sachem coach Diane Groneman was really impressed with her girls’ performances. Sophomore All-County bowler Amanda Naujokas scored 246, which really gave Sachem the advantage. “This is one of the better games we’ve had this season,” Groneman said. “You’re always pumped to go against the first-place team.” Middle Country senior Nicole Lettich, who is sixth on the team with a 205 average, led Middle Country with a 181 in game one, and then caught fire in the next two. She bowled a 213 and 258, slamming home seven strikes in a row in the third. For Lettich, it was quite a surprise. “I haven’t bowled over a 200 in my third game in so long,” Lettich said, as she usually bowls around a 170 late in the game. “[It] felt really good … I really haven’t bowled that well lately. It was exciting.” Senior Allison Burfeindt has been bowl-

ing for Middle Country since seventh grade, so she knows the bar is set high every year. She said she and the three other soon-to-be graduates average over 200, along with most of the rest of the Mad Dogs because they know what needs to be put in to get results. “All of the girls on the team put in so much work,” Burfeindt said. “We practice every single day.” Middle Country may have won by over 100 pins in game two, but Dominguez said his team still wasn’t at its best with all the spares. “We are used to getting a lot more strikes than spares,” Dominguez said. “It wasn’t our best day, but we did enough to win.” Freshman Hannah Skalacki, who bowls the highest average on the team with a

224, did not play because of personal reasons. Senior Julie Acosta fell shy of meeting her 207 average, finishing with a 165, 160 and 191. “Even though we struggled in the first game, we just came back hard and fought for the win,” she said. “We didn’t give up and came together as a team. We just fought to the end.” Dominguez said that despite the win, his Mad Dogs can’t play like they did again if they want to beat Longwood Jan. 11. Longwood gave Middle Country their first dropped game back on Dec. 19. The game is set for 3:30 p.m. at Coram Country Bowl. “If we bowl like we did today, we’ll lose to Longwood on Thursday,” Dominguez said. “They are very good. We have to bowl better.”


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STATE

POLICE BLOTTER Incidents and arrests Jan. 2–8

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A demonstration is done at the King Kullen in Patchogue, showing how to use the drug take-back drop box.

NY launches drug take-back program for pharmacies BY KEVIN REDDING KEVIN@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM With the recent launch of the first statewide pharmaceutical take-back initiative, New York residents are encouraged to be more careful, and environmentally friendly, when it comes to getting rid of their old and unwanted medications. On Dec. 28, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that 80 retail pharmacies, hospitals and long-term care facilities across the state will be the first to participate in its $2 million pilot pharmaceutical take-back program, and encouraged more to get on board. This program allows residents to safely dispose any unused and potentially harmful pills into a drop box at these locations beginning in April, when the boxes are slated for installation. Once collected, the drugs will be weighed, tracked and incinerated. The free, volunteer public service, funded by the state Environmental Protection Fund, is modeled after a successful safe disposal program started at King Kullen in 2014 — which, in the past three years, has safely disposed more than 7,600 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs — and aims to improve the region’s drinking water, which has become increasingly contaminated by people flushing medications down the toilet and pouring them down the sink. Flushed pharmaceutical drugs have been found in state lakes, rivers and streams, negatively affecting the waterways and the wildlife that inhabit them. Roughly 40 percent of groundwater samples have trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs, with the most common being antibiotics and anticonvulsants, according to Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “Prescription drugs should come from our pharmacists — not from our faucets,” said Esposito, whose Farmingdale-based organization founded the King Kullen program and lobbied the state to provide funding in its budget in 2016 for the DEC to create the pilot program. “Pharmaceutical drugs are considered an ‘emerging contaminant’ in our drinking water and the flushing of unwanted drugs is one contributor to this growing problem. Safe disposal programs [like this] are critical in combating this health risk. The goal really is to pro-

vide people with an easy, safe and convenient option to dispose of their drugs. We can get ahead of this problem now rather than wait until it becomes a bigger problem later.” The pilot program is currently open and is accepting applications, according to the DEC website, which also outlines that the $2 million will be used to cover the full cost of purchasing U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-compliant medication drop boxes, as well as the cost of pickup, transport and destruction of collected waste pharmaceuticals for a two-year period. Esposito said the program also serves to prevent accidental exposure or intentional misuse of prescription drugs. “This is a service that all pharmacies should be providing their customers,” she said. “Not only does it protect the environment, it will keep drugs out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.” While there aren’t many participants so far in Suffolk — among six volunteers are Huntington’s Country Village Chemists, St. James Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center and Stony Brook Student Health Services — many local pharmacy owners said they were interested in enrolling, while others have already been offering something similar. At Heritage Chemists Pharmacy & Boutique in Mount Sinai, owner Frank Bosio said he offered a take-back box for more than two years, but funding ended. “It was a great program and the community loved it,” said Bosio with interest in enrolling in the new pilot program. “I definitely want to get on board with this.” Manager of Echo Pharmacy in Miller Place, Beth Mango, said her store has a disposal box system in place that complies with Drug Enforcement Administration requirements. “We had a lot of customers asking us what they could do with their old medications,” Mango said. “We wanted to do something for the community. We’re trying to save our Earth for our children and for future generations — this is one way we know is safe.” Esposito made clear that most disposal systems outside of the launched program aren’t authorized by the DEC or other agencies, and hopes the list for this particular effort will grow. Retail pharmacies, hospitals and long-term care facilities can enroll to participate in the pilot pharmaceutical take-back program on the DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov/.

Assault and mischief

A 51-year-old man from Mount Sinai allegedly hit another man in the face with a snow shovel causing a laceration while outside Pax Christi Hospitality Center on Oakland Avenue in Port Jefferson Jan. 7 at about 6 p.m., according to police. He also allegedly punched and kicked the front glass door of the building, causing it to break, police said. He was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and criminal mischief. The victim, a 77-yearold man, was taken to Mather Hospital to receive treatment for a laceration.

Drug bust

At about 11 p.m. Jan. 8, a 36-year-old woman from Coram and a 28-year-old man from Centereach were on Nostrand Avenue in Centereach. Allegedly, the man was there to sell drugs while the woman was there to use drugs, according to police. The man allegedly possessed heroin packaged in a manner consistent with an interest in selling and also had crack cocaine, police said. He was arrested and charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and loitering for the purpose of unlawful use of a controlled substance. The woman was charged with loitering for the purpose of unlawful use of a controlled substance.

Batteries stolen

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On Jan. 2 at about 4 p.m., a 26-year-old man from Stony Brook allegedly possessed heroin at the Centereach Mall, according to police.

Car theft

At BJ’s Wholesale on Nesconset Highway in Setauket Jan. 7 at about 12:30 p.m., someone entered the store and left their 2002 GMC Envoy running and unlocked with the keys in the ignition, and it was stolen, according to police.

Purse lifted from shopping cart

While shopping at Walmart on Nesconset Highway in Setauket Jan. 7 at about 12:30 p.m., a woman had her purse in the child seat of a shopping cart, and while her attention was elsewhere an unknown person stole it, according to police. The purse contained a wallet with credit cards and a cellphone, police said.

Breaking and entering

Someone broke the glass window to the rear door of a home on Shore Road in East Setauket Jan. 3 at about 11 a.m. and made entry into the home’s basement, though nothing was reported stolen, according to police.

Target shoplifting

At about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 27, four truck batteries were stolen out of a 2013 International Trucks work van while it was parked in a parking lot on Route 112 in Port Jefferson Station, according to police. The lot houses Ramp Trucks, GMA Mechanical Corporation and Mac Marine Services. A police report was filed Jan. 8.

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Heroin arrest

At Target on Pond Path in Setauket Jan. 5 at about 6 p.m., someone stole a man’s shaver and a 32-inch LG television, according to police.

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Helping others through 2018 As we forge ahead into 2018, there are a few charitable lessons from the holidays that we should carry with us through the year, especially this winter. December is the single largest month of the year for giving, according to the 2016 Charitable Giving Report published by Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact. Based on information from thousands of nonprofits, the report found December is when more than 20 percent of all donations are made. It’s called the Season of Giving or The Most Wonderful Time of the Year in no small part because it’s when people are most likely to open their pockets or donate time to help others. There are good Samaritans who have taken caring for others to heart. North Shore residents stopped to check in on an elderly or disabled neighbor during winter storm Grayson or even offered to help shovel out walkways and driveways. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (D) worked with one such individual, identified only as Ken from Ronkonkoma, who helped first responders dig out two motorists stranded on the side of the Long Island Expressway. Last week, PSEG reported more than 16,500 of its customers lost power during the snowstorm. While more than 76 percent had it restored by 4:30 p.m. Jan. 4, according to PSEG, those individuals with electric heat were temporarily left in the cold. Keeping the giving alive year-round can help make the cold, dreary winter brighter for less fortunate and needy families. It doesn’t cost anything but a few minutes to check in on neighbors to a make sure he or she is warm and OK. Better yet, lend a hand to help shovel a walkway or snow blow a path so he or she can safely get in and out of a home in case of an emergency. Families struggling to make ends meet can get assistance in paying for electricity or home heating fuel. Suffolk County’s Home Energy Assistance Program started accepting applications Jan. 2 at 631-853-8820 for families in need of one-time assistance. The nonprofit United Way has opened applications for its Project Warmth, a program that offers a one-time grant for families struggling to pay heating bills. Project Warmth can be contacted by its 211 hotline or by calling 888-774-7633 seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Search through closets for gently used or new winter jackets, scarves, hats or gloves that can be donated to one of the many collection drives currently underway for residents in need of warm clothing. The Town of Brookhaven’s Youth Bureau is collecting donations starting Jan. 12 at town hall, the highway department and senior and recreation centers. Long Island Cares in Hauppauge also accepts donated coats. Many Salvation Army locations even accept appliance donations, like space heaters. Just because the giving season is over does not mean that some of our neighbors are any less in need of assistance. Taking a few minutes to check in on others or point them to a service that offers assistance can help everyone get 2018 off to a positive start.

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One fundamental challenge that we face as a nation is the lack of good paying jobs for middle-income Americans. The Republican tax cut is fueled by the notion that if we cut taxes, in which the greatest benefit goes to the wealthy, it will encourage economic growth and lead to good jobs. I hope they are correct, but unfortunately history is not on their side. In 2012, this experiment was attempted in Kansas where Republican Gov. Sam Brownback cut taxes across the board and referred to it as a shot of adrenaline to the economy. In fact, the economy grew more slowly than in neighboring states and now the state must close its $900 million debt through cuts to education, where parts of the state now are forced to have school four days a week. Does anyone see this as a path to a brighter future? The Democrats, on the other hand, believe the best strategy to increase good jobs is to raise taxes on the wealthy and to redistribute that money to the masses. In so doing, the citizens have much more purchasing power, will buy more things, and that money will then spur economic growth and hiring. Again, while historical comparisons are not perfect, they still can be instructive. And the Democratic model is akin to the economic growth model of the 1950s under Republican President Dwight Eisenhower. Taxes on the wealthy were high: 91 percent on income above $200,000 ($1.7 million in today’s dollars). And the country was reaping the benefits of the GI Bill, which helped returning veterans earn college degrees, train for vocations, support young families, and purchase

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The tax overhaul bill signed into law by President Donald Trump in December is not the first time tax cuts for corporations were tried to stimulate growth. homes, farms and businesses. The 1950s are considered the golden era of middle-class prosperity in the U.S. This is the Democrat’s model of growth, and it is time tested by Republicans — tax the wealthy, invest in the middle class. Where I believe the Democrats are wrong is with corporate taxes. Our corporate tax rates must remain competitive in the international marketplace to prevent movement offshore, and those should be lowered. But overall, I am most concerned with the Republicans’ constant mantra to lower taxes. I hear it from friends: “Government would be best if it just got out of the way and taxed me less.” In

response, I ask are the people of Kansas doing better? Where would you cut 5 percent of the federal budget? I would love to hear ideas for where the government could save a large chunk of money. What I fear most is that our Republican leaders actually know that their plan will not work and are still doing it because they want to line the pockets of their wealthy donors and in many cases themselves. Regardless, I fear this tax plan won’t give us the goodpaying jobs we were promised. It will just increase our national debt, which our children will need to pay off.

Jaymie Meliker Port Jefferson

Trump’s nuclear access must be limited Aggressive militarism has long been a hallmark of American foreign policy; in fact, it is one of a handful of issues that always seems to have bipartisan support. However, Trump’s style of conducting his foreign policy via unhinged tweets should have us all worried. His recent spat with North Korea over the size of his nuclear button must be a wake-up call for everyone, regardless of party. Now is the time for responsible leaders in both houses of Congress to step up and reassert their role in foreign affairs and the military. Congress must move to repeal the

Authorization for the Use of Military Force, passed after Sept. 11, 2001, which gives the president a blank check to wage war anywhere and any time. Additionally, and even more pressing, Congress must pass Senate Bill 200 and House Bill 669, which would require that presidents get congressional approval before launching a nuclear strike. Of those who represent the people of Long Island in Congress, only U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) has cosponsored this legislation. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), the leader of the Senate Democrats and the

so-called resistance has not come out in support of this legislation. None of Long Island’s four members of the House of Representatives has co-sponsored H.R. 669, including the two Democrats, U.S. Reps. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) and Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City). There are lots of areas in which Democratic voters want their party to stand up to Trump, but none are as important and potentially dangerous as the use of nuclear weapons. Where are Suozzi, Rice, and Schumer on this?

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with a button, annoying the neighbors and embarrassing our kids and us in equal measure. It slid under the hood. It paused over the heart of the machine, looking for places to extend its icy fingers into the exposed engine, snickering with delight at the opportunity to turn 3,000 pounds of metal into a frozen couch. It reached into the battery and deactivated the power. On my way to the car, it issued a warning, or was it a challenge, when it wrapped its icy fingers around my neck. I tried to ignore it and stick with my routine. When I turned the key, however, the car coughed weakly. “Come on,” I pleaded, as the cold scraped its icicle hands against my exposed calf. I tried again. The third time was not the charm, either. After getting a jump start, I decided to outsmart the wretched cold. I cleared space in the garage, hauling all the heavy items parked there into the basement. The garage

door and the walls of the house would offer greater protection. No, I wasn’t giving the car a blanket and pillow and setting it up with reruns of “Knight Rider,” but I was protecting the family car. The next day, I went through the basement into the garage, put the key in the ignition and beamed broadly as the internal combustion engine roared to life. Ha! I foiled the frigid air. I told the kids to climb in the car, which warmed up rapidly as a reward for keeping it in the garage, and drove triumphantly to school. The cold wouldn’t undermine my day, I thought, as I maneuvered through the responsibilities of the day. When I returned home, I found that the cold had recruited my garage door to its unworthy cause. I didn’t look carefully enough when I had pulled away from the house. The garage door, fooled by a small piece of snow in the corner of the floor, thought it had hit something and

reopened, where it stayed all day. I pulled the car in, closed the garage and waited for the door to close. When the metal door reached the ground, it reopened. I played a short game with the door, pushing the button just after it started to open again so that the cold air had only a small opening. “I win,” I announced as I entered the warm house. When I turned on the water in my bathroom the next morning, I realized I had lost. The combination of the cold from the open garage from the day before and the small crack at the bottom of the door was enough to enable the cold to lay its frozen hands on my pipes. Several hours later, the plumber, who was busier than a foraging ant during a Fourth of July picnic, shivered in the garage and proclaimed the small opening under the door as the culprit. This cold snap, which finally left the area earlier this week, won this battle.

Dogs, shopping bags and international students

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ere are a couple of things to think about in this new year. First, it is the Chinese Year of the Dog. Each year is related to a zodiac animal within a 12-year cycle, and the Dog is in the 11th position, after the Rooster and before the Pig. Other Dog years include births in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 and so on. You get the pattern. If you are a Dog, you are undoubtedly loyal, honest, kind, amiable and sincere, although you’re By Leah S. Dunaief probably not all that good at communications. As a result, sometimes you are perceived as stubborn. However, you make up for that by always being ready to help others. Enough of that and on to the latest law for Suffolk County. As you

Between you and me

have probably experienced by now, wherever you might be shopping and inclined to make a purchase, you will have to add 5 cents to the total if you want a bag. Two bags: 10 cents. Again, you get the pattern. That means if you are shopping in a supermarket or a hardware store or Macy’s, you will need to pay for each bag. We have, however, been trained for such a situation by Costco. For years, those who shop in their warehouse-like stores have carried purchases out to their cars in shopping carts and then loaded the contents into their trunks, one item at a time. Costco has never provided bags, although it has been known to offer boxes when available. The smart ones among us carry cloth bags into the store in advance so we can load cars more efficiently at the end, and I suppose that is what the rest of us will learn to do if we don’t buy the bags. Although the charge is only a nickel, it is irksome because the nickels don’t go toward funding an environmental cause but revert to the store.

So expect to see people crossing parking lots with the items they have just purchased in their hands. While the perennially curious among us will be fascinated to check out what people buy, the instinct to bag a purchase to prove it was paid for rather than whipped off the shelf and out the door will make some of us uneasy. Best to invest in some large and solid cloth bags, which are what they bring to stores in Europe and elsewhere. And by the way, this should be a great help for our local waterways and wildlife since so many plastic bags have caused harm. So BYOB, or “bring your own bag,” and know that you are helping a fish. On to another topic to consider in 2018. Private schools and universities are going to take a beating from the loss of international students. Total tuition from those students, who generally pay more, will decline as a result of more restrictive immigration policies for those wishing to come to study here. Visa applications are being more carefully scrutinized and foreign students are finding it

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harder to stay in the United States after graduation. There had been a huge increase in foreign students here, supplying $39 billion in revenue to the U.S. economy last year, but now schools in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and other Englishspeaking countries are attracting some of those dollars. The decline in new students nationwide was some 7 percent just this past fall. That means colleges will have to cut offerings and American-educated grad students who may want to settle here will be lost to the nation. It also means colleges will not be able to help low-income students as much with tuition aid. Diversity is also affected. Enrollment is already falling from China and India, the two biggest sources of students from abroad. Of course this is not only a national issue but also a local one: Stony Brook University is here. Long Island has numerous schools, and with fewer students less money will be spent locally. Meanwhile enjoy the weather. Let’s celebrate the thaw.

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