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County plans forum to discuss legalized marijuana BY DAVID LUCES DLUCES@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Suffolk County is seeking public community input as New York state inches closer to potentially becoming the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana use. The county Legislature, with both the Health and Public Safety committees, will hold a public hearing Monday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m., where members of the community are invited to share their thoughts on the potential impact of legalized cannabis. “[There are] so many considerations that surround legalizing recreational marijuana,” Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) said in a press release. “This is a new industry that will impact society at every level.” Though acknowledging that legalization could potentially bring revenue to the county, Gregory is more concerned of how legislation of marijuana could empower the black market. He said he is in favor of the continued decriminalization of marijuana, pointing to studies that show minorities are more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than others. Chair of the Health Committee, William “Doc” Spencer (D-Centerport), said he agrees with Gregory on decriminalization of marijuana and said it is important to inform the public on this issue. “We have to do our due diligence,” Spencer said. “There are a lot of logistical issues and

concerns we have to address.” Gregory said the legislators are entering uncharted territory and want to make sure they hear all sides of the issue and explore all angles. They also want to be prepared should this matter come before the county Legislature. “It is important for the sake of regional consistency that, if possible, local governments have a unified approach, and in that spirit I look forward to hearing from our residents and local leaders,” the presiding officer said. “For decades it was drilled into [people’s] heads that this is bad.” Spencer said he is personally against the legalization of recreational marijuana, reasoning there should be a significant amount of time given over preparedness for something like this. He added despite the significant impact legalization would have on the county, it could also have unforeseen consequences, especially concerning both hard and soft drug use. “We are in the middle of an opioid addiction crisis and we have seen a rise in vaping in young people,” he said. Spencer is also concerned about people driving under the influence of marijuana. “This is new territory, it will have an impact on many people’s lives,” Spencer said. “It’s important that we as a community understand this and are prepared.” The hearing will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the county Legislature’s William H. Rogers Building, located at 725 Veterans Memorial Highway in Smithtown.

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The three North Shore towns of Brookhaven, Huntington and Smithtown are grappling with how to best recycle in 2019 after Brookhaven’s facility ground to a halt in October 2018. In that month, Brookhaven’s recycling contractor Green Stream Recycling prematurely terminated its 25-year agreement to operate the town’s recycling plant in Yaphank. The announcement came as collected recyclables piled up like mountains outside the Yaphank facility as China’s new National Sword policy took effect, implemented in January 2018, which set strict contamination limits on recyclable materials it would accept. Up until then, China had been the world’s largest importer of recycled materials, and now local towns had to scramble to find a new market to sell to. All three towns solicited bids from recycling companies in the hopes of finding the most efficient and green solution for its residents. The result is Brookhaven, Huntington and Smithtown have all taken slightly different approaches based on what services they’ve been offered. Residents have been puzzled by new recycling schedules, as the townships are still attempting to explain what has changed with their recycling and how it will impact the future.

out newspapers ads and broadcasted the changes on radio, television and social media at the tail end of 2018. The town is planning another media blitz for 2019, including another mailer to all residents along with additional newspaper and radio ads. The annual mailer sent to Brookhaven residents, which includes information about the new recycling system, costs $30,000. Otherwise the town has spent approximately $12,000 on newspaper ads and roughly $10,000 on radio ads so far. Andrade said the town is continuing to advertise the changes. Further changes to Brookhaven’s recycling system could again appear on the horizon. Matt Miner, chief of operations, said the town is looking for means of getting its recycling facility restarted, though this would require a new contractor to partner with Brookhaven. Andrade said he hopes to have the facility running again before the six-month contract with Smithtown is up. In addition, the recycling commissioner said he is awaiting news of the current litigation between the town and Green Stream over the voided contract. For now, Brookhaven is sticking with dual stream, as officials said single-stream recycling resulted in a worse quality product that at this point was near impossible to sell. For more information on recycling, visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvsqRAl3QcU

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Once the bottom of the recycling market fell out from China’s decision, Brookhaven was caught directly in the storm that followed, with the Green Stream facility being the center of multiple towns’ recycling efforts. “It’s not the system that so much changed, as much as what was allowable,” said Christopher Andrade, the town’s recycling commissioner. “[China] went down from 5 percent contamination to 0.5 percent. It wasn’t the equipment that caused the problem, it was the standard that caused the problem.” At the Jan. 17 Brookhaven Town Board meeting, council members unanimously voted to sign a $760,000 contract with West Babylon-based Winters Bros. Waste Systems of Long Island to take their materials to Smithtown’s Municipal Services Facility in Kings Park. The new standards mean Brookhaven residents can only put out the most common No. 1 and 2 plastics, which are collected together with aluminum such as food cans. Paper products are collected separately. The town asked that any unclean paper products such as used pizza boxes be thrown out with regular trash instead. Glass is no longer being picked curbside by the town, and instead can be placed at one of seven dropoff points located around the town. To advertise these changes, Brookhaven took

The Town of Smithtown opted to take a unique approach to dual-stream recycling by taking on two different contracts in hopes of getting their best payout for recycled materials. In December, Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim (R) signed a six-month contract with Winters Bros. Waste Systems of Long Island to pick up all collected paper and cardboard recycling in exchange for paying the town $30 per ton. These collections are expected to net Smithtown approximately $177,000 per year, if they choose to extend the contract. The town entered a separate contract with Islandia-based Trinity Transportation, which will take unprocessed curbside metals and plastics, limited to plastics Nos. 1 and 2, with $68 per ton being paid by the town, at a total cost of approximately $104,000 per year. Overall, the combination of two contracts along with money received from Brookhaven for shipping their recyclables for pickup, will net the town approximately $178,500 per year in total, according to town spokeswoman Nicole Garguilo. Residents who wish to recycle their glass bottles and containers can drop off materials at three locations throughout town: Municipal Services Facility in Kings Park, Town Hall and the Highway Department building on Route

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Huntington After the Yaphank plant’s closure, the Town of Huntington signed a two-year contract with Omni Recycling of Babylon returning to a dual-stream process with papers and cardboard being collected on alternate weeks from plastics, aluminum and glass. The town’s total recycling costs will depend on how well the town can re-educate residents and their compliance, according to Supervisor Chad Lupinacci (R). “The only vendors continuing single-stream recycling would have trucked it off Long Island at a cost of $120 to $135 a ton,” he said. “It’s a matter of re-educating the public and getting them used to the old system again.” Lupinacci said to stick with a single-stream process would have cost the town approximately $1.7 million to $2 million a year based on bids received from contractors. As such, the

town decided to move to a dual-stream process where its costs will be determined by how much of the collected material is clean enough to be repurposed. The town will receive $15 per ton of recyclable papers and cardboard delivered to Omni Recycling, and be billed $78 per contaminated ton as determined by the facility. “We require lids and covers on the recycling bins to reduce contamination from dirt and moisture,” the supervisor said. “Soiled and moldy paper are not recyclable.” The Town of Huntington expects to collect 900,000 tons of paper and cardboard from its residents. Assuming that 80 percent will be clean enough to recycle, Lupinacci said the town will wind up paying out approximately $32,000 for its paper goods. Unlike Brookhaven and Smithtown, Huntington town residents can continue to put all plastics, Nos. 1 through 7, and glass bottles out for curbside pickup. Based on an average of 550,000 tons collected annually, the town will pay $75 a ton, at a cost of $412,500 a year, to recycle these materials. The Town of Huntington has set aside nearly $86,000 in 2019 — more than Brookhaven and Smithtown combined — to educate its residents about the return to dual stream. According to Huntington’s website, dual-stream recycling is the collection of bottles, cans and plastics one week, with paper and corrugated cardboard the following week. Half that budget will be paid by a grant obtained from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, RECYCLING CONTINUED ON A5


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story residence addition on a 50 ft. lot. (0200 52000 0400 015000) 19. Lou Escobar, 23 Beaumont Lane, Lake Grove, NY. Location: East side Beaumont Lane 440’ North of Morris Ave., Lake Grove. Applicant requests rear yard and side yard variances for proposed in-ground swimming pool. (0200 53200 0100 025000) TIMES OF MIDDLE COUNTRY 28. Andrey Lugo, c/o Christine Nicholl, 18 Railroad Ave., Suite B, Center Moriches, NY. Location: South side Gaynor St. 340’ East of Hammond Ln., Centereach. Applicant requests side yard & rear yard variances for existing inground swimming pool & existing outside fireplace; also, side yard variance for existing detached shed located in the required side yard. (0200 41900 0300 025000) 34. Michael Williams, c/o Andrew Malguarnera 713 Main St., Port Jefferson, NY. Location: North side Patricia Lane 275’+/- West of Carry Ct., Centereach. Applicant requests rear yard variance for existing sunroom; also, side yard variance for existing detached shed. (0200 30800 0300 015000) 36. BDR Management, 245 Ronkonkoma Ave., Ronkonkoma, NY. Location: West side Highview Dr. 125’ North of Osage St., Selden. Applicant requests lot area, lot frontage, front yard setback, rear yard, minimum & total side yard variances for proposed one family dwelling on a 50 ft. lot. (0200 48900 0700 027000) 40. Hamood Malik, 60 Elmwood Ave., Selden, NY. Location: South side Elmwood Ave. 100’ East of Evergreen Dr., Selden. Applicant requests rear yard and minimum and total side yard variances for proposed one story residence addition on a 50 ft. lot. (0200 49100 0300 006002) CASES WILL BE HEARD AT THE DISCRETION OF THE BOARD. PAUL M. DE CHANCE CHAIRMAN 253 2/7 1x tmc

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Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County police 6th Precinct Crime Section officers are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate a man who allegedly stole merchandise from a Miller Place gas station in December. A man allegedly stole approximately $600 worth of cigarettes from Speedway, located at 370 Route 25A, on three occasions between Dec. 5 and 7. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about these incidents can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 800-220-TIPS (8477) or texting “SCPD” and your message to “CRIMES” (274637).

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Incidents and arrests Jan. 31–Feb. 3 Damaged property

A man from Laurel was arrested in Port Jefferson Feb. 3 for allegedly intending to damage the windows on the storefront of Schafer’s located at 111 West Broadway at around 2:30 p.m.

Identity theft

A Brooklyn man was arrested in Rocky Point Feb. 1 at around 3 p.m. for allegedly using a person’s Social Security information to access a person’s bank account to withdraw money.

Driving while intoxicated

A Rocky Point man was arrested along Middle County Road in Centereach at around 7:20 p.m. Feb 1 for allegedly driving while intoxicated and having a previous conviction within the past 10 years.

Stealing rims and tires

A Selden man was arrested in Selden Jan. 31 for allegedly stealing four tires and rims from an Enterprise rental car, a Toyota RAV4, at around 6 p.m.

Robbery with a firearm

A Laurel man was arrested in Selden for three counts of alleged attempted robbery of a shop in Selden. The person allegedly brandished a firearm in his attempt Jan. 31 at around 12:20 a.m.

Purse stolen

Police are looking for the person or persons allegedly involved in a petit larceny at the HomeGoods located at 4810 Nesconset Highway in Port Jefferson Station. The robbery happened Feb. 2 at around 10 a.m.

DJ equipment stolen

Officers from the 6th Precinct are searching for the person or persons allegedly involved in the robbery of DJ equipment along Main Street in Port Jefferson that a company was loading into a 2013 BMW Feb. 3 at around 7:30 p.m.

Wallet stolen from gym

Police are looking for the persons involved in allegedly stealing a wallet and car keys from the LA Fitness located 1934 Middle Country Road Feb. 2 at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Break-in spree

Officers from the 6th Precinct are looking for the persons responsible for an alleged break-in and burglary in a string of stores located in the Three Village Shopping Center in Setauket. A person or persons allegedly broke into Sunny Laundromat, The Crafter’s Table and Nail Trends salon from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 2. Police said storeowners were unsure what, if anything, was taken.

— Compiled by Kyle Barr


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Middle Country Central School District of the National Technical Honor Society and president of the National Honor Society. Outside of school, she is a homework helper at the Middle Country Public Library and an assistant teacher at the Brentwood Muslim Community Center. Next fall, Zanieb plans to begin studying dental medicine at one of the 18 schools she applied to, including New York University, St. John’s University, Cornell University, Boston College and Boston University.

Academic accolades

The Middle Country Central School District announced its January students of the month at its recent board of education meeting. Centereach High School student Rebecca Walsh, Newfield High School student Anaya Zanieb, Dawnwood Middle School student LaRawn Robinson and Selden Middle School student Emma Sigault were honored for their outstanding academic achievements, extracurricular participation and providing an overall positive impact on their individual schools and the entire Middle Country community. “Month after month, we have the incredible opportunity to celebrate four students who emulate the positive values and hard work of the entire Middle Country student body,” said Superintendent of Schools Roberta Gerold. “We are thrilled to once again honor students who go above and beyond in the classroom, inside their respective school and throughout their surrounding communities — a representation of what all Middle Country educators seek to inspire in our students.”

Rebecca Walsh

Senior Walsh will be graduating in June having completed eight advanced placement classes and another five college-level classes. She constantly challenges herself with a diverse course load, and it is reflected in her

LaRawn Robinson

Middle Country Central School District students Rebecca Walsh, Anaya Zanieb, LaRawn Robinson and Emma Sigault were recently honored for their achievements by the district’s board of education. Photos from Middle Country Central School District.

Dawnwood Middle School seventh-grade student LaRawn is a constant presence on the high honor roll and known throughout the school as hardworking, respectful and polite. Aside from his stellar academic record, LaRawn plays saxophone, football, basketball and lacrosse. He has been praised as always eager to help others in the classroom and as an exceptional teammate on sports teams.

membership in the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, the National Technical Honor Society and the Tri-M Honor Society. Additionally, she has volunteered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County for five years and recently interned with a congressional campaign. Walsh plans to study public relations in the fall at St. John’s University, Fairfield University, Villanova

Emma is an eighth-grade student at Selden Middle School and has made high honor roll every quarter during her time in the school. Emma’s teachers universally describe her as a consummate student who has a tremendous work ethic with unwavering integrity. She is an avid soccer player and enjoys basketball and volleyball. Emma hopes to be a pediatric surgeon one day.

Newfield High School

University or Sacred Heart University.

Anaya Zanieb

Zanieb is a senior at Newfield High School and is set to graduate in June. She has taken a combined 17 college-level and AP-level classes — potentially graduating with 40 college credits. She is an active member in Newfield as a member of the newspaper club, student government, environmental club, treasurer

Emma Sigault

Oxhead Road Elementary School

Photos from Middle Country Central School District Photo from Middle Country Central School District

Robotics champions

Newfield High School Roverines continue to add to their winning legacy by earning the Tournament Champions trophy with their most recent performance at the Carle Place VEX Turning Point Robotics Competition. Qualifying for their fourth year in a row, the Roverines will begin preparing for the New York state championship set to be held

March 2. As in years past, the district expects that the Roverines’ success will serve to further engage their peers in STEM programs both inside the classroom and through extracurricular activities. The Newfield High School robotics team continues to strive to be one of the premiere competitive robotics teams in New York.

Full steam ahead

Oxhead Road Elementary School students are taking part in a year-long collaboration that teams younger students with older students to perform experiments and STEM activities. Each first-grader in Gabrielle Goldberg’s class has been paired with a fourth-grade student in Amanda Kelly’s class to work through a weekly STEM assignment — with the fourth-grade student acting as the team leader.

This ongoing initiative serves as an opportunity for the district’s younger students to learn from their older peers while at the same time enhancing their problem-solving skills and fostering the development of peer interaction. The district continues to provide students with educational experiences that engage them in STEM outside of regular classroom work and through interactive partnerships.


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WMHO rings in Chinese New Year BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM On Feb. 2, The Ward Melville Heritage Organization kicked off its 80th anniversary year with a Chinese New Year Celebration. The event was just the start of the many culturally diverse activities the organization has planned for its milestone year, including a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration scheduled for March 3. The day included Authentic Shaolin Kung Fu school

performing a lion dance in traditional costumes and, after, demonstrating martial arts moves. The Long Island Chinese Dance Group performed dances symbolizing different regions of China, and Vivian Ye from Seiskaya Ballet Academy presented a solo dance called Flying Apsaras. Singers JoJo Feng and Alice Huang were also on hand, and Manhattan Taiko shared the tradition of Taiko drumming, which includes the beats of drums ranging in size from 1 foot to 6 feet in diameter. Photo below right by David Ackerman; other photos by Rita J. Egan


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Having the pot talk

I would like to respond to the TBR News Media editorial from Jan. 10 titled “Bridges, not walls.” It is interesting that the editorial states that the president was “fact checked,” yet failed to mention some important facts relating to the border situation. Consider the fact that depending on the source you believe there are estimates of between 11 to 22 million people in this country illegally. Just for some perspective, that is somewhere between almost double the entire population of Long Island — more than 7.8 million in 2017 — and compares with the 2018 population of the entire state of New York, which was almost 20 million, according to Wikipedia. Clearly, the border security measures proposed by both parties over the years have not been effective. I know visa overstays have contributed to this problem as

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Over time, parents have learned to have conversations with their kids about drug use — whether they should not use at all or to use responsibly. With New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) stating his hope to pass legislation to legalize recreational marijuana during his recent 2019 State of the State address — something that has been in the works for years — we think the time is right to discuss marijuana use in the same way we do with cigarettes or alcohol. While laws will likely prevent minors from buying the drug, legalizing means, in general, it will be easier to find, and parents may need to remind teenagers that just because something is for sale, just as with other drugs, it doesn’t mean they can or should purchase it. Of course, what’s available at parties always comes into play. Many times, parents may have the talk about alcohol with their children, stressing that their judgment can easily be impaired after only a drink or two, but do they include that smoking a joint can do the same? Just like with alcohol, it’s not safe to drive a car or operate machinery after using marijuana, as it can impair judgment, motor coordination and reaction time. The sage advice from parents that they would rather have their children wake them in the middle of the night with a phone call asking to be picked up at a party than having them get behind the wheel after drinking — or in a car with someone who has been — would apply to marijuana use as well. Besides waking up mom or dad, there are always the options of sleeping in the house where the party is taking place, getting a ride from a designated driver, or getting a cab or Uber. That’s a golden rule that even adults need to abide by as driving while impaired by a drug in New York state can lead to a $500 to $1,000 fine, a license suspension for at least six months and a possible oneyear jail term. If marijuana is legalized, being over the age limit will mean smoking or eating edible cannabis will become a choice, rather than a secretive, unlawful vice. And if recreational use of pot becomes legal, due to the danger of impairment, despite the new law, many employers may still have random drug testing — something for people to consider as they seek employment. If state officials legalize the recreational use of marijuana, there will be something else in common with cigarettes. While many may think smoking a joint doesn’t cause the same health problems as cigarettes, according to the American Lung Association, smoking marijuana can still pose a risk to lung health. To help with discussions about pot use, residents can find out what’s on the minds of others Feb. 25 when the Suffolk County Legislature invites people to share their thoughts about legalizing recreational marijuana at a public hearing at the William H. Rogers Building in Smithtown. We at TBR News Media will be there. With the possibility of New York becoming the 11th state to legalize recreational use of marijuana, it’s time for parents to get ahead of any problems by discussing drug use with their children.

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Views relating to the border situation well. However, that does not mean a physical border barrier of some type is not a necessary component of any comprehensive border security plan. Just as our schools have secured their entrances with physical barriers — locks and vestibules — first, in addition to technology and staff, it is reasonable to do the same at our border. Another fact not mentioned is the MS-13 gang problem that has devastated Long Island, where more than two dozen murders have occurred since 2010 of mostly young minority victims. That is not a “manufactured crisis” as some other letter writers have called it. It is real people dying like the four young men slaughtered in a park approximately 12 miles from the Three Village area. Is that overlooked because it doesn’t fit a certain ideology to acknowledge? God forbid that happened in Avalon Park or

West Meadow Beach, would some of my more liberal friends feel the same about border security? Would it be a “manufactured crisis” then? The MS-13 problem isn’t only on Long Island. It is happening in other parts of our country as well. Throughout this debate, all sides agree that legal immigration is a good thing for our country. Can’t we also agree that breaking our laws is never a good thing? We have been promised that our borders would be secured for decades and it never happened. This president is taking action. Whether you love him or hate him, maybe, just maybe, he can achieve what others didn’t. Let’s try to be reasonable and not use “bumper sticker” slogans like, “Bridges, not walls,” shall we? Charles Cozzolino Setauket

Global warming personal views vs. science We wish to thank George Altemose for bringing the subject of global warming to these pages, as it is one of the most important issues facing our planet today. Although he and almost everyone else has moved on from denying that the Earth is warming, the crucial question now is what is the cause? To understand the cause of anything, it is important to gather all kinds of observations and measurements, and see if different hypotheses can explain what has been observed. Climate scientists have been doing this for the past century, and now a very large majority have concluded that the cause of the warming is increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere — the highest in 800,000 years — from the vastly increased burning of fossil fuels since the beginning of the industrial era. The

mechanism for this warming by CO2 has been understood since 1896, and detailed models of the process have improved greatly in the past years. In 2001, the models correctly predicted the warming that we have seen since then, and improved models can now give us an idea of where we will be in 30 years — and it is not good. The leaders of almost all of the nations in the world have heeded the advice of the climate scientists and agreed to try to put us on a path of decreasing the CO2 that we put into the atmosphere. One of the most important things that can be done is to temporarily use natural gas as fuel, since for the same amount of energy, it releases only half as much CO2 as does burning coal or oil. Weaning the economy from oil is much harder. More efficient vehicles will help but the real solution is to switch

to electric vehicles that will ultimately get their energy from renewable, clean sources to make electricity. These transitions will not be easy, and there will be costs, but there are also tremendous opportunities for businesses to open up new markets for new products. Any plan must also include ways to help those whose livelihood is displaced by changing sources of energy. But one thing is absolutely clear: For the good of the world and for the future of our grandchildren, we must do it, no matter that our president and others substitute their gut feelings for facts and rationality. Gene Sprouse and Peter Bond Editor’s note: The authors are both retired physicists who teach an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute workshop at Stony Brook University that includes energy and climate change issues.

U.S. Senate minority leader should negotiate Most states that have a U.S. Senate minority leader benefit from their senator reaching this position of power. Now, this position is not as powerful as the Senate majority leader, but nevertheless still controls senate’s execution of law by holding the key to having 60 votes, which allows most laws to pass. Having our Sen. Chuck Schumer leading his party’s Democratic caucus, its sole mission is to resist all actions by President Donald Trump (R).

That is fine when your focus is to stop all laws passing, but what it does is to give up his strong position at the negotiating table to make concessions for things the administration wants. Schumer is more interested in winning accolades from his big Democratic donors rather than achieving benefits for his New York citizens. I see that our New York senator has signed on to a group to lobby for, or eliminate, the caps on the state and local tax

deductions of $10,000. Well, Mr. Minority Leader, what happens when you pick up the phone and dial the president and say you would be open to a $5.7 billion request for his barrier/wall in a trade for Trump’s help in reinstating the SALT deduction? So, when you are filing your income taxes by April, thank Trump and the ever-shrinking minority leader. Philip Nicholas Port Jefferson


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h, Cinderella. The glass slipper. The handsome prince. A story that even frustrated, annoyed, irritable teenagers can love, right? That’s what we thought when we bought the tickets. My wife and I enjoy good music, lyrical singing and creative costumes. So we figured we’d share some of that with our teenage children before we pack them up and ship them off to D. None the next chapter of their lives. of the above The outing BY DANIEL DUNAIEF started out with such promise. I drove my teenagers to meet my wife. We connected with her outside a garage, where she used her parking pass to get us into a building several

blocks from the show. As soon as she got in the car, she could tell the mood was dark and foreboding. “What’s the matter?” she asked. “Nothing,” Angry 1 and Angry 2 muttered in unison. “Do you not want to see the show?” No answer. “Well? Would you rather go home? Dad can take you back.” No answer. “Can I please have my ticket?” my wife asked, sticking out her hand. “I will go alone.” “No,” I replied. “I want to go, too.” Walking through a city we didn’t know well, we raced to get to the theater before 7 p.m. It wasn’t easy, but we got in by 6:58 and racewalked to the door. “You can’t come in,” the usher said. We slumped our shoulders. “But it’s not 7 p.m.,” my wife observed. “Yes, but the show doesn’t start until 7:30. We’ll open the doors in a few minutes.” Funny, right? Well, no, not in the moment.

“Wait, this starts at 7:30 p.m.?” my son asked. “How long is it?” The usher informed us it was three 45-minute acts, with two 15-minute intermissions. That meant we’d get home around 11 p.m. “I have so much homework,” he lamented. We decided I would retrace our steps back to our car so he could get his backpack, order an Uber and send him on his way. I took a ticket and ran with him to the car. Fortunately, the Uber transfer went well. As I trotted back to the theater, I realized I was missing something. I called my wife. “What’s the matter?” she asked, sensing the continuing unraveling of the evening. “I can’t find the ticket. It must have fallen out of my pocket.” “Oh no, how are you going to get in?” We talked for a moment and then I realized we could show my wife’s two tickets to the usher with whom I spoke to on the way out. Our daughter could hover near the seats. Fortunately, the usher let me return. Once the show began with frenzied music and

considerable dancing, we waited. And waited. And waited. No one spoke. No one sang. It was, to the surprise of all three of us, a ballet. Now, I know many fine people who love the ballet. Just as I know many wonderful, albeit misguided, people who love the Patriots. For the three of us, however, a ballet was not only unexpected, it was also unwelcome. By the time intermission began, we were laughing. “Should we stay for the second act?” my wife asked. We stayed for another 45 minutes and left the theater. “You know, it could have been worse,” our daughter said, as we were driving back home. “Oh yeah, how?” my wife and I wondered, incredulous. “All four of us could have seen it,” she said. We chuckled as we hit every red light on the way home from the shattered glass slipper of an evening.

my sister and brother. My two nephews are at SUNY, so we are a fan club. Q: You undoubtedly travel a lot. What do you do to keep yourself healthy and protect your voice during plane trips? A: I try to stay hydrated, get enough rest. I live moderately and believe in mind over matter. And I do the same as others, trying to avoid those who are coughing on the plane. Q: I believe you grew up in a musical family, your parents both being high school music teachers. Did you always want to sing? A: It was the furthest thing from my mind! I loved horses, thought I might be a vet, or maybe the first lady president — which has yet to happen. I had ambition, was a very good student. I always wrote music growing up. But I never heard of a woman composer so that wasn’t an option. I majored in music ed, my parents thought that was a good idea, went on to the Eastman School and Julliard. Then I fell in love with jazz. Q: Do you get nervous when you are to perform? A: I was not a gregarious person, that wasn’t my personality. I was shy. So that was one of the skills I had to learn. Q: Do you have a favorite role or composer? A: I’m not so much into favorites. Verdi,

Strauss ... Q: Do you speak other languages? A: Yes, I speak French, German, some Italian. Q: Do you need to know those languages to sing in them? A: No, there have been great singers who have not known the language they were singing in. You do not need to know the language but it is helpful. Q: You have two daughters. How did you manage the work/life balance? A: It’s hard for a working mother. You never feel you are doing anything well. You have to manage everything. It’s challenging. Fortunately I have a tremendous amount of energy and a great work ethic. Q: Did you get that from your parents? A: (Pauses.) Yes, probably. Q: Do you ever have nightmares that you had forgotten your lines? A: Yes, those kinds of nightmares like everyone else. Q: Did that ever happen? A: No. Q: Are your dreams set to music? A: Hmm, I don’t really know. Q: What else about music? A: I’m working with the National Institutes of Health. When children are exposed to music

early, their oral comprehension is increased. Studies have shown that. A major passion of the opera superstar is the intersection of music, health and neuroscience. She is artistic adviser at the Kennedy Center and has launched a collaboration with NIH — the first of its kind between a performing arts center and the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world. She gives presentations on her concert tours with scientists, music therapists and medical professionals. She recently co-authored an article with Dr. Francis Collins, NIH director, for the Journal of the American Medical Association. Be sure to come out for the fundraising Stony Brook University Gala Saturday night, March 2, at the Staller Center. You will not only hear fabulous music. You will see one of the 21st century’s most remarkable women.

Conversing with Renée Fleming, opera superstar

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s befits a woman born on St. Valentine’s Day, Renée Fleming grew up to become the sweetheart of the opera world. Possessing a powerful yet silky voice, great beauty and impressive acting skills, Fleming has moved from a single dimension to any number of new musical venues, with a major role in Broadway’s “Carousel,” singing the national anthem at the 2014 Super Bowl, and innumerable appearances on television, in movies and in concerts. The opera diva will be the star attraction at Stony Brook UniBetween versity’s Gala, the you and me major fundraiser at the Staller Center BY LEAH S. DUNAIEF March 2. I’ve long known about her spectacular professional career but thought I would like to know more about the person that she is, so I had a brief, 10-minute chat with her on the phone at a hotel in Barcelona, Spain. We were time-limited to protect her voice, which is as immediately recognizable when she speaks as when she fills the Metropolitan Opera House with glorious music. Q: You are coming to Stony Brook to perform. Do you have some special connection with SUNY? A: Yes, I went to SUNY Potsdam, and so did

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The Centereach Cougars boys basketball team capped off their senior night with a 77-43 victory over West Islip at home Feb. 4. Scoring was spread among 11 different Centereach players where senior forward Jay Idzinski led the way with two triples, five field goals and a free throw for 17 points. Senior Ryan DeCoursey banked seven field goals for 14, followed by senior Justin Fanesi who netted 10. Also in the scoring mix were seniors

Zach Cogliati with seven, Stephen Cartolano notching five, Ryan Mahnke netting four and Jonah George banking two. Pictured clockwise from above, senior Cougars; junior forward Matt Robbert drives the baseline; Fanesi lets a 3-pointer fly; George on a give-and-go dishes the ball off; Mahnke scores from down low; and DeCoursey drives the baseline for the Cougars. The League III win put Centereach at 6-9, 7-12 overall. The team played Huntington High School Feb. 5. Results were not available by press time.

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