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SBU professor indicted for allegedly stealing thousands from research funds BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM An associate professor from Stony Brook University, who has been placed on administrative leave, is pleading not guilty to charges that he allegedly stole thousands from funds that were allocated for cancer research. The United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, announced Sept. 12 that Geoffrey Girnun, an associate professor at Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, had been arrested and indicted for stealing more than $200,000 in cancer research funds, allegedly using the stolen funds in part to pay his mortgage. One of Girnun’s attorneys, Steven Metcalf II of Metcalf & Metcalf P.C. in Manhattan, said in an email statement that he is asking that the public does not rush to judgment. “Mr. Girnun’s defense team, including attorney Steven Siegel and my firm, are still putting all the pieces together,” Metcalf wrote. “We will continue to challenge the validity of these charges and whether the facts are fundamentally flawed. Once all the smoke clears there will be a completely different picture of Mr. Girnun, who is a family man,

a loving husband and a Harvard-educated professional entirely devoted to his family and work.” SBU officials are shocked over the alleged actions. “The university is outraged and appalled by the allegations that led to the arrest of Geoffrey Girnun today,” an official statement from the university read. “This alleged behavior is absolutely contrary to the ethical and professional standards expected of our faculty. The university has fully cooperated with the investigation and at this time is considered by the FBI as a victim in this matter.” The professor was charged in a sevencount indictment with theft of state and federal government funds, wire fraud and money laundering. He allegedly submitted fraudulent invoices for research equipment to SBU from sham companies he created to conceal his theft of funds from cancer-related research grants issued by the National Institutes of Health and SBU. “Professor Girnun’s alleged theft of federal and state grant funds earmarked for cancer research can be explained in two words: pure greed,” said U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue in a statement. “He will now be held to account in a federal courtroom.”

SBU associate professor Geoffrey Girnun has pleaded not guilty to charges that he allegedly stole state and federal government funds. File photo

Scott Lampert, special-agent-in-charge from the U.S. inspector general’s office,was in attendance when the charges were announced. “Taxpayers fund medical research with the hope that promising scientific breakthroughs will result in much-needed treatments and cures for patients,” Lampert said. “Because the money for medical research is limited and the need for scientific advances is great, it’s incredibly important to clamp down on those who would

steal such grant money for personal gain.” If convicted, Girnun faces up to 20 years imprisonment. Girnun was featured in a March 25, 2015, TBR News Media article. At the time, the researcher was exploring the role of different proteins that either promote or prevent various cancers. The one particular protein in the liver cell he was studying is one that classically regulates the cell cycle, according to the article. Girnun discovered that the protein promotes how the liver produces sugar, in the form of glucose, to feed organs such as the brain under normal conditions. In diabetic mice, the protein goes back to its classic role as a cell cycle regulator. Girnun made the move to SBU from the University of Maryland in 2013 and said at the time he was inspired by the opportunity to create something larger. “I want to build a program in cancer metabolism,” he said. “I want to build something beyond my own lab.” At the time of the 2015 article, Girnun was temporarily commuting from Maryland. The statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office now lists him as a resident of Woodmere. Girnun is scheduled to return to court Oct.4 after being released on $250,000 bond.

Setauket man plans walk to NYC to help quad rugby team BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM With his 68th birthday on the horizon, Alan Ghidaleson, founder and owner of Feasts for Beasts in Mount Sinai, decided he wanted to do something to help others. After talking with a business associate, the Setauket resident decided to take on a 68-mile trek to New York City on foot to help those who can’t walk. Ghidaleson said one day while he was talking to his insurance agent Mark Legaspi, he was inspired to raise money for the New York Warriors Wheelchair Rugby team. The squad, made up of quadriplegics, play quad rugby competitively at Stony Brook University

and in New Jersey. Legaspi is the New York state chairman of Easterseals, a nonprofit that provides services to those with disabilities. He told Ghidaleson about the Warriors, which the nonprofit sponsors and helps. Legaspi said it’s exciting to hear when someone wants to donate their time to help others. “Alan’s drive to help is tremendous,” Legaspi said. “He always goes out of the way to help people.” With his 68th birthday on Oct. 3, the pet supply store owner decided to walk to New York City. His hope is that his fellow North Shore residents he passes along the way will support the cause by donating. All the funds collected will go toward the New York Warriors to maintain their equipment. Ghidaleson said he plans to leave Oct. 1 or 2, depending on the weather, and he estimates the walk could take around 28 hours, also based on weather and road conditions. The business owner has already mapped out the trip. He will leave his home in Setauket, walk along Route 347 until it merges with 454 and then Route 25 in Commack. From there he will take Route 25 and pass towns such as Dix Hills, Woodbury, Syosset and Jericho. When he reaches New Hyde Park, he will walk along New Hyde Park Road to Route 25A and then take that west to

the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. He plans to end his walking journey at the Whiskey Tavern at 79 Baxter St. in Manhattan. Ghidaleson said he thought long and hard about safety when he mapped out his trip. One of the reasons he ruled out Route 25 in Smithtown is due to a stretch of the road west of the Bull statue where there is no shoulder to walk. He also found that Route 25A would be longer mileage-wise while not having as many businesses and restaurants as Route 25 does. While the Setauket resident doesn’t walk regularly, he said he does work out. He has already taken some practice walks, building from eight to 13 miles, and he said he recently finished a personal best of 32. He has a 40-mile walk planned before the big day. “Once I do 40, then I’ll be prepared to do the distance,” he said. Ghidaleson said he plans to celebrate the end of the walk at the Whiskey Tavern with his wife Diane, son Todd and his wife Cassie and his daughter Jenna and her boyfriend Mike. The business owner said they weren’t surprised when he told them what he had planned. “I like doing challenges,” Ghidaleson said. “I like doing things that physically are demanding, and I like helping people. So, it’s a good combination.”

Alan Ghidaleson, above with his wife Diane, is planning to walk 68 miles to New York City to raise funds for the New York Warriors, below left. Photos from Alan Ghidaleson

Darren Templeton, a member of the New York Warriors, said a couple of his teammates are also hoping to greet Ghidaleson at the end of the walk and met him recently when he traveled from Setauket to Hackensack, New Jersey, to see one of their games. Those who are interested in donating to the walk can make checks payable to Eastern Wheelchair Athletes’ Foundation and mailed to the organization at 18 Strong Drive, Kinnelon, NJ 07405, or dropped off at Feasts for Beasts, 45 Route 25A, Mount Sinai.


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The face of addiction recovery I’m writing today to share some hope. In November, I will miraculously have been six years sober. I say it is a miracle because for the longest time I believed I was hopeless, and I thought I would never find any peace until I was dead. It sounds very harsh but that’s exactly where my addiction lead me. I come from a small town in Suffolk County. Growing up there was a lot of chaos to say the least. I always felt out of place, like something was missing, or that I just didn’t belong here. I was filled with so much fear, pain and anxiety that I could physically feel this emptiness inside of me. Like a pit in my stomach that never went away. I was left to my own devices and with no way to cope at 13 years old I found drugs and alcohol worked well for me. The second I put a substance in my body things changed. I was OK, I could breathe, I could go to school, I could have a conversation, I could do all the things my anxiety stopped me from doing. Most of all I felt peace, something that was foreign to me, but of course I wanted more. More, more, more. There were never enough drugs for me, I was like a bottomless pit. I would drink until I was throwing up and then drink some more. I wasn’t one of those dainty girls you would see holding a cute mixed drink, I was the one sniffing lines in the bathroom and chasing it with a bottle. It was always very clear to me that I partied harder than my friends. Getting high was my only real goal and nothing else mattered. At 15 I stumbled upon Vicodin. My friend had a prescription after getting her tooth extracted and shared it with me. From that moment on I didn’t want anything else, just that feeling one more time. After two days, between the both of us, the script was gone. Painkillers were my hero. No waiting for alcohol to kick in, no getting sloppy and not being able to walk or speak. No smell. I had finally found what I had been looking for, a way to conceal the fact that I was high all the time. From then on, I found a drug dealer with OC 80s [OxyContin 80 mg] and my happiness relied on him answering the phone. One day before school — I think ninth grade — I could not get out of bed. My entire body ached, I was sweating, had the chills and I was throwing up. I had no idea what was going on. I called my friend. She asked if I was coming out and I said, “What?! I am so sick I can’t even move.” She replied, “You’re dope sick.” No one told me about this. So, I went outside, sniffed an OC 80 and, voilà, in two minutes I was fine. I had only been taking the pills for about one week before I became physically dependent. Now, I was not only emotionally and mentally dependent, but now my body relied on the pills physically. People think that using drugs and alcohol is a choice, and it may have been a choice the first time I used them, but after that I had no choice in the matter. Drugs were like oxygen. It wasn’t

a want, it was a need. The truth is that this was the case for me even when I wasn’t sick. After a couple of attempts at getting sober, I found that even when my body wasn’t screaming at me for more, my mind was. I went to my first inpatient rehab at 15. Wanting to do the right thing wasn’t enough. My mother would beg and plead. My brother would cry, my sister would try to fight me physically every time I walked out the door. My boyfriend would break up with me. Nothing mattered. Nothing could stop me. I stopped going to school, I couldn’t hold a job, I couldn’t be in any relationship. My life completely evolved around getting high. Pills were expensive and at 16 it’s hard to make enough money to support a drug habit, especially when you’re dope sick half of the time. I learned that heroin was cheaper. What’s funny to me is when you say the word heroin, and everyone goes ... “oh,” the same people that drink until they can’t walk and sniff lines in dirty bathrooms look at you crazy when you mention the word heroin. I wasn’t afraid of it. Not even for a second. I had my friend teach me how to mix it, filter it and shoot it. Less money and a quicker delivery. My life was already spiraling at a rapid rate so I thought, “How bad can this be?” I was not allowed in or near my family’s house, dropped out of school and my old friends wanted nothing to do with me. My life was a cycle of get money, get high, get sick, repeat. From ages 15 to 20, I had been to 10 inpatient facilities and had a couple of stays in the psych ward. Some inpatient stays were 21 days long; some were two months, some were three. The longest stay was six months. On my 18th birthday, I got on the methadone clinic program, thinking it would solve all my problems and it did for a little bit. My dad allowed me to live with him, I got my GED certificate, I got a job. But the thing is they wanted me to stop using other drugs in combination with the methadone and I wasn’t capable of that. Back to rehab I went — it was the worst detox ever. My life was out of control. I was a mess internally and externally. The drugs stopped working. I was restless, irritable and discontent with and without them. For two years, I lived my life thinking I was better off dead. I was done. There are no other words than “done.” I figured since I didn’t want to live anymore and I knew other people had gotten sober, I would go to rehab one last time. So off I went. The funny thing about me: Once I’m detoxed and feeling better, I think I don’t need to take anyone’s suggestions and that I know what’s best for me. I guess I like to learn things the hard way. So, I ignored the suggestion of going to a sober house, went home with the best intentions of being a good person of society and before I knew it, I was calling the drug dealer. Coming to ... I was constantly coming to. “How in the world did I get here?” I would think

over and over. That’s where the powerlessness comes in. I didn’t want to do what I was doing, but I didn’t know how not to. If it was as easy as “just stop” using my “willpower” I would have stopped a long time ago. No one wants to break the hearts of everyone who loves them. No one wants to steal, and lie, and manipulate. It’s like being in survival mode. So, I learned the hard way for about a year, ignoring suggestions and thinking, “I know what’s best,” and falling on my face over and over. It was November of 2013. Everything I owned, including my cat, was in the car of someone I was using with. Talk about wanting to die. So, for the 100th time, I was done. This time wasn’t really any different than any other time. I said I was done. I didn’t really think this time would be different. I just remember I prayed. Something really honest. Every rehab I called was full, no beds. For six days, I prayed to get a bed. I couldn’t go on. I prayed for God to help. I prayed to forget everything I thought I knew, I prayed for relief from this obsession, I prayed to be guided, I prayed to be really done this time, I prayed and said if this doesn’t work, please just let me die. On the sixth day, the rehab called me back and told me that they had a detox bed. When I went to the rehab, I was done thinking I knew what was best for me. I made it very clear numerous times that I obviously had no idea. I was listening to someone in recovery speak one day and she said, “I’m here to give you a message of hope and a promise of freedom.” If you could see inside my head, you would see the light bulb. It finally hit me. I needed to listen to other recovered people and rely on their guidance. Today I pray to live, I am thankful I get to live this life. Today I am a daughter, a sister, a friend, a wife, a mother, an employee. Today I show up when life is good and when life is bad. Today I get to be present. Today life is a gift. I’m writing this article on my son’s fourth birthday. I’m getting it to the editor the day before the due date because even though I’m sober, I’m not perfect and I do procrastinate. But it just so happened that the day I finally got it done is my son’s birthday and I’m reminded again that every day is a gift. I am grateful that I took the suggestions that were given to me at the rehab: I went to the sober house, I went to the meetings, I listened to the people who came before me that have maintained their sobriety, and I prayed. Every day I get to work with people like myself and today my life is about helping other people and giving back what was freely given to me. I’m writing today to tell you that we do recover, and there is hope. No one is hopeless. If you are struggling, please reach out for help because help is available, and miracles are real! Sincerely, Someone who believes in you

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LEGALS SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF SUFFOLK MTGLQ INVESTORS, L.P., V. DEBORAH STROBECK A/K/A DEBORAH L. STROEBECK A/K/A DEBORA L. HANSON A/K/A DEBBIE HANSON; ET AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated March 14, 2019, and entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Suffolk, wherein MTGLQ INVESTORS, L.P., is the Plaintiff and DEBORAH STROBECK A/K/A DEBORAH L. STROEBECK A/K/A DEBORA L. HANSON A/K/A DEBBIE HANSON; ET AL. are the Defendant(s). I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the BROOKHAVEN TOWN HALL, 1 INDEPENDENCE HILL, FARMINGVILLE, NY 11738, on October 17, 2019 at 10:00 am, premises known as 273 MAGNOLIA DR, SELDEN, NY 11784: District 0200, Section 393.00, Block 03.00, Lot 003.000: ALL THAT CERTAIN PLOT, PIECE OR PARCEL OF LAND, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN, SUFFOLK COUNTY, STATE OF NEW YORK Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 13165/2013. Pamela J. Greene, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. 882 9/12 4x tmc Notice of Public Hearing Centereach Fire District Annual Budget Hearing 2019 WHEREAS, on the 10th day of September, 2019, pursuant to Section 105 of the Town Law and Section 181 of the Town Law, the Board of Fire Commissioners of

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Email: legals@tbrnewsmedia.com the Centereach Fire District confirmed that the Annual Fire District Budget Hearing will be conducted with reference to the Annual Fire District Budget for the fiscal year 2020 on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 commencing at 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Headquarters Building located at 9 South Washington Ave. Centereach, NY and WHEREAS, the Board of Fire Commissioners is required to adopt a proposed budget at least 21 days before October 15, 2019 so that it is available for public inspection prior to the budget hearing. NOW, therefore, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Centereach Fire District has adopted a proposed Annual Fire District Budget for 2020 as of this date for purposes of discussion and review at the Budget hearing to be held on October 15, 2019, and a copy of the proposed budget is available at the office of the Town Clerk of the Town of Brookhaven and at the office of the Centereach Fire District Secretary at 9 South Washington Ave. Centereach, NY where it may be inspected by any interested person during office hours. In addition copies of the proposed budget will be available on the night of the said hearing. NOW, therefore BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Centereach Fire District will hold the Annual Fire District Budget hearing to be conducted with reference to the Annual Fire District Budget for fiscal year 2020 on Tuesday October 15, 2019 commencing at 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Headquarters building located at 9 South Washington Ave. Centereach, NY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the aforesaid budget will be presented to the residents and taxpayers of the Centereach Fire District and to the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Centereach Fire District, for their respective consideration at this public hearing and for the purpose of considering

the said resolution and hearing all persons interested in the subject concerning same on Tuesday October 15, 2019 commencing at 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Headquarters building located at 9 South Washington Ave. Centereach, NY Dated: September 10, 2019 Centereach, New York Board of Fire Commissioners Centereach Fire District Town of Brookhaven ATTEST: Jennifer Gardner Centereach Fire District Secretary 931 9/19 1x tmc LEGAL NOTICE TO THE TAXPAYERS OF THE CENTEREACH FIRE DISTRICT: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a resolution was duly adopted by the Board of Fire Commissioners of the CENTEREACH FIRE DISTRICT, Town of Brookhaven, County of Suffolk, State of New York, on the 10th day of September, 2019, subject to a permissive referendum as provided for by Section 6(g) of the General Municipal Law. An extract of the resolution is as follows: The CENTEREACH FIRE DISTRICT maintains a Capital Reserve Fund designated as the Capital Reserve Fund for Buildings and Grounds under Section 6(g) of the General Municipal Law in which account there is sufficient funds to accomplish the purpose hereinafter set forth; namely, to contract for professional services for preliminary building projects for Station 3, and it proposed to contract for such work in order to maintain the high standards of performance of the CENTEREACH FIRE DEPARTMENT in the discharge of its duties in preserving the lives and property of the residents of the community, and said work is deemed in the best interests of the residents of the CENTEREACH FIRE DISTRICT. The resolu-

tion further provides that there be transferred from the present Section 6(g) Capital Reserve Fund For Buildings and Grounds of the CENTEREACH FIRE DISTRICT a sum not to exceed Fifty Thousand ($50,000.00) Dollars for the work, and the District Treasurer is authorized to effect such transfer from time to time to effect such work. This resolution shall not take effect until thirty (30) days unless in the meanwhile a mandatory referendum as provided for in Section 6(g) of the General Municipal Law is required to be held. DATED: September 10, 2019 BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS CENTEREACH FIRE DISTRICT TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN ATTEST: Jennifer Gardner District Secretary RESOLUTION CONTRACT FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR PRELIMINARY BUILDING PROJECTS FOR STATION 3 WHEREAS, the CENTEREACH FIRE DISTRICT has, by appropriate resolution established a certain Capital Reserve Fund designated as the Capital Reserve Fund For Buildings and Grounds established pursuant to Section 6(g) of the General Municipal Law, in an account for deposit of said Capital Reserve Fund in local banks; and WHEREAS, it is deemed in the best interests of the residents of the CENTEREACH FIRE DISTRICT to contract for professional services for preliminary building projects for Station 3; and WHEREAS, the maximum cost for such work, including architectural and incidental fees is estimated to be Fifty Thousand ($50,000.00) Dollars. IT IS RESOLVED, that pursuant to the laws and regulations applicable and in particular, Section 6(g) of

the General Municipal Law, that said work be done, and that the cost and expense for the work shall be expended from the Capital Reserve Fund For Buildings and Grounds upon authorization of the Board of Fire Commissioners, at the maximum estimated amount of Fifty Thousand ($50,000.00) Dollars, and THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution is subject to a permissive referendum as provided for in Section 6(g) of the General Municipal Law. The adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly put to a vote and upon roll call the vote was as follows: Chairman Thomas Doyle

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The resolution was thereupon declared duly adopted. DATED: Centereach, New York September 10, 2019 932 9/19 1x tmc LEGAL NOTICE TO THE TAXPAYERS OF THE SELDEN FIRE DISTRICT: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a resolution was duly adopted by the Board of Fire Commissioners of the SELDEN FIRE DISTRICT, Town of Brookhaven, County of Suffolk, State of New York, on the 10th day of September, 2019, subject to a permissive referendum as provided for by Section 6(g) of the General Municipal Law. An extract of the resolution is as follows:

tal Reserve Fund designated as the Capital Reserve Fund for Repair, New and Rebuilt Apparatus, Equipment and Communication known as Capital Reserve #2 under Section 6(g) of the General Municipal Law in which account there is sufficient funds to accomplish the purpose hereinafter set forth; namely, the purchase of a new ambulance and associated equipment, and it proposed to contract for such purchase in order to maintain the high standards of performance of the SELDEN FIRE DEPARTMENT in the discharge of its duties in preserving the lives and property of the residents of the community, and said purchase is deemed in the best interests of the residents of the SELDEN FIRE DISTRICT. The resolution further provides that there be transferred from the present Section 6(g) Capital Reserve Fund #2 of the SELDEN FIRE DISTRICT a sum not to exceed Two Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand ($275,000.00) Dollars for the purchase, and the District Treasurer is authorized to effect such transfer from time to time to effect such purchase. This resolution amends the resolution adopted by the Board of Fire Commissioners on April 30, 2019 by increasing the amount for the project from $250,000.00 to $275,000. This resolution shall not take effect until thirty (30) days unless in the meanwhile a mandatory referendum as provided for in Section 6(g) of the General Municipal Law is required to be held. DATED: September 10, 2019 BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS SELDEN FIRE DISTRICT TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN ATTEST: MARION WARREN Secretary 933 9/19 1x tmc

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Newfield wins in double overtime, 29-23 BY BILL LANDON DESK@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Newfield’s offense struggled early on being held scoreless in the first half in its Division II season opener against visiting Smithtown East Sept. 13. The Wolverines were able to gain traction in the second half, and it was wide receiver Hunter Hughes’ reception from quarterback Maxwell Martin on short yardage to tie the game on the final play of regulation. After a scoreless first overtime period Martin found Hughes again from 5 yards out when the senior made the catch and again found the end zone for the game winner. Martin threw for 106 yards on 15 attempts and Eric

Dougherty rushed for 46 yards on 7 carries. The foot of Smithtown East senior Anthony Weidtman had field goals 45, 43 and 42 yards along with 2 points after scores for 11 points. The Wolverines will look to build on their momentum when they hit the road Sept. 21 against Bellport. Game time is 2 p.m. Smithtown East is also back in action Sept. 21 when they travel to Deer Park for a 1:30 start. Pictured from above clockwise, Newfield quarterback Martin takes off with a keeper; sophomore Dougherty breaks to the outside; running back Devin Aviles eludes a would-be tackler; senior Hughes looks to evade Smithtown East’s Nick Karika; and Martin takes off with a keeper. — Photos by Bill Landon


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The following is an open letter to the wonderful Congregation at Christ Church United Methodist in Port Jefferson Station. The Volunteers of Welcome Friends, formerly known as Welcome INN, would like to thank you publicly for the privilege of partnering with Christ Church United Methodist to provide hot nutritious dinners for our needy neighbors. This soup kitchen was founded more than 20 years ago by members of your church and has continuously provided homemade balanced meals weekly. The need is far greater than many people might imagine — these are the “hidden poor” — actually we serve fewer than 7 percent of truly “homeless” guests. Most of these folks are neighbors

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When the National Institutes of Health funds scientific research, the government is investing in hope. The people with the purse strings believe the scientists have the potential for progress, whether from a fundamental discovery or a breakthrough translational finding. Work in these labs may save and extend the lives of our fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers. On Sept. 12, a cancer scientist at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University was charged with seven counts of stealing state and federal funds, wire fraud and money laundering when he allegedly funneled more than $200,000 of his research money into his own pockets, in part to pay his mortgage. Taxpayers are a victim in this alleged fraud. Fellow scientists, who might have otherwise received the funds, are also greatly harmed, along with patients awaiting medical help and the support systems for all those patients. In other words, most of us — in one way or another — have been pickpocketed. So, what’s supposed to happen now? If Geoffrey Girnun is guilty — due process will determine that and he has pleaded not guilty — he will face prison time, fines and other punishments. Girnun allegedly was self-dealing his grant money into shell companies. Perhaps the system where potential conflicts of interest exist needs a closer look, both from funding agencies and from the university. It’s also crucial that SBU and the NIH pay especially close attention to this criminal case. They need to know all the details of this alleged fraud so they can monitor other scientists and make sure they close any gaps in the funding process. We, the taxpayers, need to be confident that the money the government invests goes toward the hunt for scientific discovery. What shouldn’t happen? The NIH shouldn’t turn off the tap for scientists at SBU or elsewhere, or create unrealistic hurdles, to receive funding or reimbursement. As it is, many researchers spend considerable time applying for funds and, once they receive them, justifying every penny. Slowing that process down would make them less productive, hurting their research and cutting back on their benefits to the whole of humanity. Scientific studies seek to understand cause and effect — actions and reactions. When doctors treat cancer patients, they try to balance between the need to eradicate cells with cancerous programming and the potential danger of collateral cellular damage to avoid wiping out healthy and productive cells. The treatment for this alleged fraud should do the same, trying to prevent other such corruption without shutting down valuable science. To read the article “SBU professor indicted for allegedly stealing thousands from research funds,” please see page A5.

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Support your local soup kitchens who are minimally employed, elderly, unemployed or physically challenged as well as families with young children and senior citizens. When folks are financially challenged, it becomes difficult to budget everyday household expenses including rent/mortgage, utilities, transportation, insurances, clothing, as well as fresh wholesome foods. At your church, volunteers serve approximately 3,120 meals per year. Over the past 15 years — that means at least 46,800 meals! Welcome Friends is proud of the long, outstanding tradition that we share with your church — caring for the most vulnerable in our community. This service is truly in line with the most basic Christian tenet to “feed the hungry.” The love of “neighbor” as the

Good Samaritan parable teaches is finest when done without regard for benefit to oneself. Surely the church support of this mission is unquestionably the most tangible example of perfect love. With the long cold winter months approaching, we are reminded that the guests often lack many basics that most of us take for granted — especially warm homes and hot meals. Guests are onsite for only 60 minutes each week but their gratitude lasts much longer! It is humbling to be part of such a dynamic and dedicated team and very reassuring that the commitment of local faith-based institutions, including Christ Church United Methodist, is solid in supporting our soup kitchens! Volunteers of Welcome Friends Port Jefferson Station

God help America I have a message for those who have a hatred for President Donald Trump (R) and would prefer to support the socialist Democrats and the misfit Hollywood actors. It appears you are willing to destroy this country by having open borders, sanctuary cities and states, free everything for illegal immigrants, take away our freedom to bear arms, our First Amendment rights as well as what

to wear, eat and the removal of all cars, trains and planes. In addition, it appears these supporters of the socialist Democratic Party are in support of Medicare for all, drivers licenses for all illegal immigrants, supporting an antiSemitism movement, not supporting law enforcement, allowing illegal criminals to go free to commit more crimes and using our hard-earned money to pay for

all the free items they are promising. Hopefully, the intelligent citizens of our country will see what the socialists are trying to do to our country come election time, not only for the presidential election but for all the political positions. These people need to be voted out of office. God help America. Richard Esopa Miller Place

Misconceptions about Medicare There are many areas in which I take issue with the letter of Carol Florio and Lisa Pius (The Times of Middle Country, Sept. 5, “No such thing as a free lunch), but I will focus on just two. They inveigh against government health care programs,

but I and everyone I know who has Medicare think it is the best insurance we’ve ever had. Previously, my private insurance tried not to pay claims in every which way. In addition, there is no conflict between taking care of homeless people

and treating asylum seekers legally and other immigrants humanely. I am unaware that our president has done anything about either except create the crisis at our borders. Adam D. Fisher Port Jefferson Station

A reader’s thank you On Aug. 16 and 17, a Friday and Saturday, I had a garage sale and giveaway. I advertised the giveaway on two websites, one a Facebook page and one called My Freecycle. I also put up five road signs and placed an ad in The Village Times Herald.

The event was a great success. Even though most items I sold were between 10 cents and $5, I still took in $303.30 and, best of all, at least 70 percent of the things we put out are gone. Based on the responses I got from people who came by, my ad in The

Village Times Herald was well worth the cost. Thank you for running a paper that supports our community events so effectively. Jane Fasullo Setauket

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need to bark at him every time he takes out the hose. Recently, my wife made chocolate chip cookies. She says that we make them together, but my only job is to put them in the oven, wait for them to rise a bit, make sure the edges are cooked and then allow them to finish baking while they cool on the hot tray. She’s the master chef and I am the cookie flash fryer. Anyway, the house was starting to develop that wonderful baked goods smell. My wife, son and I were eagerly awaiting the moment when I could bring the hot plate to the master bed, where we could make “mmm” noises at each other as we talked about the day and compared this batch to the ones we had a few months ago, as if we were reviewers on a cooking show. The young dog has gotten used to the routine. He stands in the kitchen with his ears pitched forward, waiting for his best friend gravity to deliver something to him on the floor,

which is, generally, his domain. He follows us back and forth to get the ingredients from the pantry and then to bring those ingredients back. At 85 pounds, he is a large dog and his eye level has gotten closer to the mixer and the ingredients. We try to push everything to the middle of the island in the kitchen. After doling out the hot cookies onto a plate into the shape of an edible pyramid, I left the room for a moment. When I returned, I shouted in astonishment. The dog had his front legs on the high counter and was reaching his long neck, tongue and head as far as he could. He had devoured half the plate. After admonishing him for eating food that wasn’t his and that was dangerous, I locked him in a room without carpets and called the vet, who asked if I could give an exact number of chips he ate. Of course I couldn’t, which meant I had to bring him in, where the vet would empty the chocolate the dog had stolen.

My wife joined me for our evening adventure. After a few moments, the vet brought our surprisingly happy dog to us in a waiting room and told us he’d also eaten some plastic and a bottle cap. She allayed my embarrassment by telling me that her colleague’s dog — she’s a vet, remember — has had five operations because of the nonfood he’s swallowed that has blocked his system. Her colleague’s dog now wears a satellite dish around his head. While the reception is terrible, he doesn’t need emergency procedures anymore. For all the frustration, the cleaning, the shedding, the wet dog smell, our dog is more than happy to have me, my family member, or the neighbor on the left with the garden hose or on the right with a howling dog, run hands through his wonderfully soft fur. He may not be the smartest or easiest dog on the block, but he is ours and we do get some perks here and there, in between rescuing half chewed flipflops and slippers.

History, with its anniversaries, is the source of endless tales

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nniversaries sometimes bring out interesting tidbits of history. One such anniversary involves events that happened 500 years ago. In September 1519, Hernán Cortés met the ruler Montezuma II in what was the Aztec capital city of Tenochtitlán that is now Mexico City. Records tell us that Cortés was greeted cordially, in part because his arrival happened to coincide with Aztec expectations of a god returning right at that time. To the Aztecs, the Spanish — 500 strong, with their pale skins, guns, canons and horses — must indeed have seemed godlike. The indigenous Between people had never you and me before seen horses, nor had they any BY LEAH S. DUNAIEF familiarity with

gunpowder. Montezuma sent out envoys to meet the newcomers and welcome them to the city. The Spanish conquistadors, for their part, had different intentions, as we know from elementary school history. For them it was the Age of Exploration. Christopher Columbus had shown the way in 1492, and young Cortés, bored studying law in Salamanca, western Spain, was eager to follow in those footsteps. So who was Hernán Cortés? He was born into a noble but not wealthy family in 1485 and was smart and ambitious. The original intention of the explorers was to find a passage to the Far East, from which they could bring back nutmeg, cloves, pepper and cinnamon, the spices so desired by Europeans. But Cortés wanted to explore the New World to seize more land for Spain and ultimately convert the natives in the Americas to Catholicism even as he plundered their gold, gems and made himself rich. The landscape in the 16th century was dramatically changing, with Afro-Eurasian trade connecting a global economy. Opportunity existed for acquiring great wealth. In 1504, Cortés set sail for Hispaniola —

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now Haiti and the Dominican Republic — where he became a notary and farmer. In 1511, he joined Diego Velásquez on an expedition to conquer Cuba, where he eventually became the equivalent of mayor of Santiago. Then he persuaded Velásquez to enable a voyage to Mexico, and despite an order at the last minute canceling the trip, he set sail with 11 ships, 500 men and 16 horses, and landed in the Yucatán Peninsula, on the east coast of Mexico, in 1519. He was, by all accounts, astounded by the gruesome rituals and human sacrifices he saw there, and he replaced pagan idols with crosses and figures of the Virgin Mary. Like so many of the other conquistadors, he regarded the natives as inferior culturally, technologically and religiously. When he encountered resistance in a place called Tabasco, he overpowered the opposition and was given, among other prizes, 20 women slaves. One was La Malinche, who became an important figure in his life and in his eventual success in conquering Montezuma, for she was able to learn languages and translated Mayan and Aztec for him after she learned Spanish. She also bore him a son, one of the

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first children of mixed heritage. However, when eventually his wife joined him in Mexico from Spain, Cortés appears not to have acknowledged either his mistress or son. The rest, as we know, is history. Cortés went on to conquer the Aztecs, with the help both of some of the dissident tribes the Aztecs ruled and smallpox, against which the natives had no immunity. An estimated 3 million indigenous people fell victim to the disease. Cortés sacked the sophisticated capital city and began rebuilding Mexico City on its ruins. Although he was eventually appointed governor of New Spain, he was removed from power by Spanish King Charles I in 1526. Cortés went on to discover Baja, California, in the 1530s. His first wife had died in 1522 and he remarried, fathering several children along the way. Ultimately he returned to Spain, where he died in 1547 in his early 60s, frustrated and embittered that he had not received the recognition and rewards he felt he was owed. Another anniversary this week, the 80th, is of when Germany marched into Poland and launched the Second World War. But that is another tale.

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