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Times of middle counTry CentereaCh • selden • lake grove north

Vol. 13, No. 30

November 9, 2017


Bad break New York lawmakers on same side of what they call a harmful tax bill


Monuments Men exhibit honors the fallen

Also: Photo of the Week, North Shore Artist Coalition Studio Tour, Hometown Heroes



Too close to call

•Sheriff ’s race will come down to absentee ballots •Sini wins in landslide to become next Suffolk DA •Brookhaven incumbents all win by comfortable margin A4 Photo on left by Alex Petroski; photo on right by Rita J. Egan


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Town Car show for a cause The Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau is teaming up with all custom, classic and modified car, truck and motorcycle clubs to help families in need Nov. 12. The annual event will host cars and motorcycles at Brookhaven Town Hall, located at 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in an effort to raise donations for families in need through the Youth Bureau’s INTERFACE program. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items to contribute to the Thanksgiving food drive and new, unwrapped toys for children to open during the holiday season. Last year’s event raised $3,400 for turkeys and 2,000 pounds of nonperishable food, along with more than $25,000 worth of toys. Admission is free, and cash donations are accepted. There will be no judging of the vehicles and trophies will not be awarded. Free hot dogs and beverages will be served and there will be live music and entertainment throughout the day. Santa Claus will be making his first appearance of the season at noon. The event is rain or shine. For further information, call Maxine at 516-658-1977 or Steve at 631-224-9517. INTERFACE is a partnership between

individuals, good corporate neighbors and the Town of Brookhaven in a common effort to provide help to Brookhaven’s less fortunate residents. It provides goods and services to those in need and addresses local social issues. There are approximately 150 corporations, not-for-profit agencies and community and fraternal organizations that make up INTERFACE. To learn more about the town program, visit www. or call 631-451-8026.

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Children take a photo with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at last year’s event.



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Town of Brookhaven Councilman Kevin LaValle and Highway Superintendent Dan Losquadro stand on newly paved roads in Selden.

Roads in Selden get a makeover A 12-road paving project has been completed in a residential Selden neighborhood just south of Middle Country Road. This extensive paving project required the full depth reclamation process due to the severe deterioration of the roadways. The process involves the total replacement and removal of a roadway, with 100 percent recycling of the old pavement, which essentially turns the old road into the new base. “I thank Superintendent Losquadro and the men and women of the Highway Department for getting this major project done in my district,” said Town of Brookhaven Councilman Kevin LaValle (R-Selden). Before paving could begin, crews removed and replaced more than 8,000 square feet of concrete aprons, over 600 square feet of sidewalk and 5,000 linear feet of concrete curbs.

The total cost for the paving project was $1,434,233. Camp Drive, Emlu Drive, Highview Drive, Montauk Street, Osage Street, Park Hill Drive, Peconic Lane, Peconic Street, Robin Road, Tuscala Street, Urban Drive and Wyanet Street were paved during the project. “The 12 roadways in this paving project were in extremely poor condition and, since being resurfaced, will now provide a much smoother, safer ride for residents and area motorists,” said Town of Brookhaven Highway Superintendent Dan Losquadro (R). “Since I took office nearly five years ago, we have been strategically working our way through the town, addressing roadways in most need of attention. It is nice to see the progress that we are making with each project that is completed.”

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State, county and town officials present Long Island ABATE President Jim Barr, third from right, with a proclamation in honor of the nonprofit’s work with veterans.

Town recognizes vet support The Town of Brookhaven honored members of the Long Island American Bikers for Awareness Training and Education (ABATE) at their annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner Oct. 10, held at the Tordik-DiederichDuffield VFW Post 4927 in Centereach. In the past three years, ABATE has had three

Veterans Runs and raised over $300,000 for Long Island’s veterans. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, the motorcycle rights organization has over 1,800 members. During the event, it was announced that the group will disburse $120,000 to local veterans groups on Long Island.

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Sini seals the deal, incumbents win back seats County sheriff candidates in dead heat By Desirée Keegan In a landslide victory, Suffolk County will have a new district attorney, and with that a new chief of police. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini (D) defeated Ray Perini (R) with 62.08 percent of the vote in the Nov. 7 general election. Perini, who came up with 106,773 votes, ran a contentious campaign against Sini, who campaigned as a reformer hoping to restore reliability to the office. “Together we have ushered in a new era of criminal justice in Suffolk County, an era of integrity, fairness and doing the right thing,” Sini told supporters at his campaign headquarters in Hauppauge. “We are going to return the office to the honorable institution it once was.” With Sini’s victory, he will leave his post at the start of 2018, and Suffolk County ExToulon said he believes he will maintain ecutive Steve Bellone (D) will appoint a new his advantage. police commissioner. “I feel very confident,” he said from the “I will immediately begin to assemble a IBEW Local 25 building in Hauppauge. “I feel top-notch transition team consisting of local and federal officials,” Sini continued. “This incredibly overwhelmed with the support considering I have only been team will conduct a thorough in this race for five-and-a-half top-to-bottom, bottom-to-top weeks, and the people of Sufassessment of the office and folk County recognize they we will do whatever it takes to want someone with experiensure the Suffolk County Disence, and I feel confident that trict Attorney’s office works for when the absentee ballots are the people. Under my admincounted I will be sheriff of istration, the office will work Suffolk County.” for the people and not politics. Zacarese said he knew it For far too long this office has was down to the wire, and been used as a tool for those couldn’t wait to see the results who are politically connected. once the 15,000 absentee balThat ends today.” lots are counted. The race for the new sher“For anybody here who iff in town was too close to call knows me, you know I don’t at the end of election night, — Larry Zacarese do anything the easy way, so with Democrat Errol Toulon, what else did you expect?” he a former New York City depsaid. “This is far from over. uty corrections commissioner, holding a slim lead over Republican Larry We’re going to get to work starting tomorrow.” Incumbents swept Suffolk County and Zacarese, an assistant police chief at Stony Brook University. The last update from the Brookhaven Town in TBR News Media’s Suffolk County Board of Election’s unofficial coverage area on election night. In the most contested legislative race results showed Toulon had 141,006 votes to on the North Shore, incumbent 6th District Zacarese’s 139,652. Legislator Sarah Anker (D-Mount Sinai) edged out Rocky Point resident and local business owner Gary Pollakusky to secure her fourth term. After winning by 17 votes in the 2015 election, Anker finished the evening with 10,985 (54.93 percent) votes to Pollakusky’s 9,004 (45.03 percent). “We had such an amazing victory, and this shows you all the hard work that I do, that my office does,” Anker said. “This is what we do — we are public servants. We work for the people. The people make a decision to vote and it’s a victory for everyone. There are so many initiatives and projects that I started and I want to continue with.” Pollakusky thanked the members of his team for their hard work in putting together what he called a “great campaign.” “Blood sweat and tears,” he said went into his preparation for election night. “Really, we ran a great race.”

‘For anybody here who knows me, you know I don’t do anything the easy way, so what else did you expect?’

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Clockwise from top left; Diane and ed romaine celebrate the Brookhaven Town supervisor’s reelection; suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim sini talks to supporters after learning about his landslide win for district attorney; and voters anxiously and nervously watch results come in. In the 5th District, Kara Hahn (D- lican James Canale’s 39.66 percent. “I am just extremely humbled and Setauket) is looking forward to continuing her environmental work. She came through honored to have been given this amazing with 63.39 percent of the vote, defeating opportunity,” Canale said. “I may have lost, challenger Ed Flood, who finished with but you can not keep me down. I will be back and I will be better than ever.” 36.56 percent of the vote. Bonner, representing the 2nd District, “I love our community, and I work hard every day to make a difference and to help said she was happy with her win. She pulled people,” Hahn said. “I’m just thrilled to be away with 63.54 percent of the vote to Coram resident and software developer able to continue to do that.” Returnee Leslie Kennedy (R-Nesconset) Mike Goodman’s 36.43 percent. In the town’s 3rd Council District, claimed her second term in office at the Councilman Kevin LaValle helm of the 12th District with (R-Selden) lauded what he an overwhelming 67.40 percent called “amazing results” (65.53 of the vote to challenger Kevin percent of the votes). Hyms’ 32.55 percent. “Well I guess the word is out Brookhaven Town Super— good Republican government visor Ed Romaine (R) was in is back in Brookhaven,” LaValle a race that nearly doubled in said. “I look back at this town turnout total from the last time board — this is a great team he ran. With 61.9 percent of the we have here with supervisor vote, the longtime politician Romaine, highway superintensecured his seventh and eighth dent [Dan] Losquadro — this is year as the head of the town. “Thank you to all of the — Sarah Anker a team that’s going to get the job done and has gotten the job done voters in Brookhaven,” he said for the residents of Brookhaven.” from Stereo Garden LI in PaLosquadro (R) maintained his highway tchogue. “Thank you for the overwhelming mandate for myself and all those who ran superintendent title, securing 60.32 perwith us. We got the message. We’re going cent of the votes to Democratic challenger to keep on making sure that taxes stay low, Anthony Portesy’s 39.65 percent. Donna we’re going to keep on moving Brookhaven Lent (I) will remain town clerk with a forward, we’re going to keep on doing the 57.26 to 42.7 percent win over Democrat Cindy Morris. right thing.” Lent said of the results, “when you run Councilwomen Valerie Cartright (D-Port Jefferson Station) and Jane Bonner (C- on your record and you run on your integrity you always win.” Rocky Point) also secured their seats. Kyle Barr, Rita J. Egan, Alex Petroski and Cartright, representing the 1st District, won with 60.3 percent of the vote to Repub- Kevin Redding contributed reporting.

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A 28-year-old woman from Port Jefferson Station was being arrested while at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson for an outstanding bench warrant at about midnight Nov. 2 when police discovered she also possessed two medications without valid prescriptions, according to police. She was arrested and charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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Driving on drugs

Near a home on Montrose Drive in Port Jefferson Station, a 28-year-old man from Medford driving a 2017 Honda collided with a utility pole at about 11 p.m. Nov. 2, according to police. Upon investigation of the incident, police discovered he had been driving while under the influence of drugs, police said. He was arrested and charged with first-degree operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs.

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At Portside Bar & Grill on East Main Street in Port Jefferson Oct. 31 at about 11 p.m., a 23-year-old man from East Islip punched another man in the face causing injuries that required treatment at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, according to police. He was arrested and charged with thirddegree assault.

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A 31-year-old man from Mount Sinai entered an unlocked vehicle in the parking lot of John T. Mather Memorial Hospital Nov. 4 at about 5 p.m. and stole a wallet containing cash and credit cards, according to police. Later that night, his mother reported to police that he took her vehicle without permission, police said. Following an investigation, he was arrested Nov. 6 and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for possessing the credit cards, unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

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Shoplifters stopped

On five separate occasions between March 13 and Nov. 3, a 27-year-old woman from Holbrook stole items including clothing, baby formula and medication for infants from Kmart in Farmingville and Walmart in Middle Island, according to police. She was arrested Nov. 3 in Middle Island and charged with five counts of petit larceny, and possession of a hypodermic instrument, which was discovered during the process of her arrest, police said. A 22-yearold woman from Holbrook was also involved in the Nov. 3 petit larceny and one of the other incidents and possessed marijuana upon her arrest, police said. She was charged with two counts of petit larceny and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Home shopping

At a home on Oxhead Road in Stony Brook, someone stole four boxes delivered to the home at about 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1, according to police.

Lock it up

A license, credit cards and cash were stolen from within an unlocked vehicle on Alden Drive in Port Jefferson Nov. 6 at about 1:30 p.m., according to police.

Smashing Saturn

The rear driver’s side window of a 1997 Saturn was broken at about 5:30 a.m. Nov. 6 while it was parked on Barnwell Lane in Stony Brook, according to police.

Lost way

Jewelry was stolen from a home on Emily Way in Port Jefferson Station at about noon Sept. 1, according to police. A police report was filed Nov. 5.

Re-Pita offender

At Pita House on South Jersey Avenue in Setauket Nov. 4 at about 6 p.m., a 47-year-old man from Shoreham took a cardboard display rack filled with food and exited without paying, according to police. He was arrested Nov. 4 and charged with petit larceny.

At a home on Pearl Road in Rocky Point Nov. 5, a 65-year-old man from Rocky Point struck another man in the arm with a bat, causing a fracture, and later pointed a shotgun at the man, according to police. He was arrested and charged with assault and menacing.

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At the 6th Precinct on Middle Country Road in Selden Nov. 4 at about 9 p.m., a 35-yearold man from Medford possessed the drug MDMA, according to police. He was arrested and charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a narcotic drug.

Someone entered an unlocked vehicle and stole a purse containing working papers and a library card while it was parked on Cymer Street in Port Jefferson Station Nov. 2 at about 6 p.m., according to police.

Two tires on a 2006 BMW were slashed while it was parked outside a home on Toledo Avenue in Miller Place Nov. 1 at about 9 p.m., according to police. — Compiled by Alex petroski



House tax bill criticized by NY lawmakers on both sides of aisle By Alex Petroski Last week Republicans in the House of Representatives took a major step toward fulfilling a lynchpin campaign promise that is seemingly decades old. The House Ways and Means committee released the framework of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Nov. 2, a major piece of legislation touted by President Donald Trump (R) as a cut to income taxes for “hardworking, middle-income Americans,” though it would negatively affect New Yorkers if signed into law, according to lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle. The highlights of the bill, which would require passage by the House and Senate and the president’s signature before becoming law, include a consolidation from seven individual income tax brackets down to four; the elimination of the deduction for state and local income taxes, a provision that in the past through federal tax returns gave a portion of tax dollars back to individuals in higher income tax states like New York; and a reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent. “I am a ‘No’ to this bill in its current form,” 1st Congressional District U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) said in a statement. “We need to fix this state and local tax [SALT] deduction issue. Adding back in the property tax deduction up to $10,000 is progress, but not

enough progress. If I’m not fighting for New Yorkers, I can’t expect anyone else from another state to do it for me.” U.S. Rep. for the 2nd District, Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), was even more critical of the bill than Zeldin. “The goal of tax reform is to help hardworking Americans make more money so they can live the American Dream,” Suozzi said in a statement. “The American people expect us to find a bipartisan solution to tax reform that helps create good paying middle-class jobs. This plan doesn’t achieve that goal. I won’t support it.” Other New York lawmakers from the Democratic Party voiced harsh opposition to the bill in its current form. New York’s U.S. senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Chuck Schumer (DNew York) each said via Twitter they viewed the bill as a tax break for corporations that would have a negative impact on middleclass citizens. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) called the bill a “tax increase plan.” “The tax reform plan, they call a tax cut plan,” Cuomo said in a statement. “It has a diabolical dimension, which is the elimination of the deductibility of state and local taxes … what makes it an even more gross injustice is, the state of New York contributes more to the federal government than any other state. New York contributes more to Washington than any other state. We’re the No. 1 donor state. We give $48 billion

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the tax Cuts and Jobs Act would reduce the number of income tax brackets from seven to four; eliminate deductions for state and local income taxes; and would reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent. more than we get back. Why you would want to take more from New York is a gross, gross injustice.” Duncan MacKenzie, chief executive officer of the New York State Association of Realtors said in a statement the bill would harm many New York homeowners. “It will lessen the value of the property tax deduction and it cuts a host of other key housing-related tax incentives,” he said. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in the 1980s and dedicated to educating the public on issues with signifi-

cant fiscal policy impact, estimated the bill would result in a $1.5 trillion increase to the national deficit. Mark Snyder of Mark J. Snyder Financial Services, a Hauppauge-based personal financial planning and management firm, called the bill a “torpedo aimed at the wallets of Long Islanders” in an email. He also pointed to the elimination of the SALT deduction as clear evidence the bill would harm New Yorkers. “As a representative from New York, I’d kick this bill to the curb,” he said when asked what he would do if he were tasked with voting on the bill.

Port Jefferson Lions Club

Food Basket Sponsorship December 2017 Dear Friends and Supporters: This year the club will deliver baskets of food to families in need in our area on Dec. 9th. The need is greater than ever. We hope to help over 200 families as we did last year. We get requests from schools, churches, soup kitchens, shelters and other sources. More families are experiencing financial hardships. One delivery of groceries each year around the holidays doesn’t seem like much but it is so appreciated by those who really need it. Please help out! Send your donation of $50 per family to our Lions Club post office box as shown below. The Port Jeff Lions Club is a 503C organization so your donation is tax deductible. We will assemble the deliveries at the Edna Louise Spear Elementary School in Port Jeff on Dec. 8th and deliver them on the 9th. We could use more volunteers those days. May I contact you by email next year? Send your email address to me at Thank you for caring. THIS AD IS PAID FOR BY LIONS CLUB MEMBERS

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Tesla center begins building base for lab space CEO of Stony Brook health care efficiency company sees future benefits of constructing an incubator, science education space at Wardenclyffe By Kevin Redding The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe aims to be a major hub of exploration and innovation on Long Island, not only preserving Nikola Tesla’s legacy but actively helping to inspire the inventors of tomorrow. It is now another step closer to that thanks to the generosity of a local entrepreneur greatly inspired by the Serbian-American scientist.

During a celebration of the nonprofit’s long-term vision for its Shoreham site last month at the The Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational & Cultural Center in Stony Brook, it was announced that Eugene Sayan — the founder and CEO of Stony Brook-based health care efficiency company Softheon Inc., will donate $1 million in support of the future museum, business incubator for scientific research and student-geared education facility. With the donation, the center currently has $5 million of a $20 million capital campaign goal set up in March of this year. The funding will allow the center to begin phase one of its construction projects on the grounds of Tesla’s last remaining laboratory. The starting plan is to turn two abandoned buildings on the property into visitor and exhibition spaces for science education programs by next year, and renovate the historic, Stanford White-designed laboratory. Maintenance of the buildings and staff is also part of the overall budget. “It’s truly amazing,” said Marc Alessi, the science center’s executive director, a driving force behind the center’s plans. “There’s certainly worldwide interest in this place, but Eugene’s donation is validation that

image above from Marc Alessi; photo on left from Linkedin

eugene Sayan, CeO of Stony Brook-based Softheon inc., on left, made a $1 million donation to help with plans to renovate the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe in Shoreham, seen in a rendering above. there’s also an interest from local innovators in making sure this gets launched.” Sayan, an Eastern European immigrant himself whose innovative company “strives to create simple solutions to complex problems,” has, unsurprisingly, always felt a strong connection to Tesla and looked to him as a source of inspiration while building his business. When he was made aware of Wardenclyffe during a meeting with the center’s national chair of fundraising Joe

Campolo and learned of the plan to build something more than just a museum in Tesla’s name, he quickly involved himself in the effort. In the wake of Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk’s $1 million donation to the center in 2014, Sayan wanted to be the first entrepreneur in the local area to make a significant contribution, while inspiring others to follow his lead. “It’s an honor to support the Tesla Science

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‘Having a capability as a science center helps with sustainability. People will keep coming back for family memberships, our new exhibits, to send their kids to robotics and coding classes.’ — Marc alessi Image from Marc Alessi

A rendering of what the renovated exterior of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe in Shoreham will look like.

Tesla DonaTion Center and its celebration of the important work of Nikola Tesla,” Sayan said in a statement. “His work and innovation have made an impact on my life, and I’m very happy that Softheon is supporting such an important initiative on Long Island.” Tesla Science Center President Jane Alcorn said Sayan’s benefaction, and others like it, will serve to successfully energize the legacy and impact of the inventor of alternating current electricity. “Mr. Sayan is giving us support when we need it most,” Alcorn said. “We hope others will see the good that this can bring and consider giving a gift of this nature as well. Not everybody has the capacity to do something like this but when people who do have that ability act in a forwardthinking way like this, it benefits all of us. This contribution will make a real difference.” The center’s board members estimate the entirety of their planned facility will be available to the public by 2022. Upon completion of the project, they said, not only will it include a museum and an immersive science center — including a STEM education program for students, TED Talk-style lectures and workshops for emerging scientists and entrepreneurs and traveling exhibits — it will house a Makerspace program offering lab rooms and classes in areas ranging from 3-D printing to synthetic fabrication and robotics. Incubator programs will also be set up to connect startup businesses from around the world to the site. If a company meets the center’s criteria, with Teslaoriented focuses like electrical or mechanical engineering, its owners can apply for crowdsourcing and mentorships. Plans are also in place to work with the Department of Education to implement Tesla into the K-12 science curriculums of surrounding school districts. Alessi added that because the closest major regional science center, the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City, is a hike for North Shore residents, he hopes the science center will provide a similar experience for them. “Having a capability as a science center helps with sustainability,” he said. “People will keep coming back for family memberships, our new exhibits, to send their kids to robotics and coding classes. We eventually want to be the go-to source.” He said it’s important the center become a place that would make its namesake proud. “If Nikola Tesla walked onto this site after it’s opened and all we had was a museum dedicated to what he was doing 100 years ago, he would be ticked off,” Alessi said. “Just having a static museum here isn’t enough. On-site innovation really honors what Tesla was doing. [Tesla] was a futurist, he saw where things would go, and that’s what can inspire the Teslas of today and tomorrow. If you bring an 8-year-old child here who gets hands-on science experience, we’re going to inspire a future scientist. We want to help people see the value of science.”


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Photos by Kevin Redding

Above, a boy is shown how to perform CPR during a free heart screening event held by Shoreham-Wading River girl Scout Jordan McClintock, at center on left, with the help of a $400,000 grant given to her by Melinda Murray, on left, and Karen Acompora, on right, the founders of Copiague-based Heart Screen new york

Shoreham-WR Girl Scout shows a lot of heart By Kevin Redding A Shoreham-Wading River senior showed a lot of heart by making sure her fellow students and community members got theirs checked out. Jordan McClintock, a 17-year-old Girl Scout, saw the culmination of a two-year Gold Award project Saturday, Oct. 14, as Albert G. Prodell Middle School’s gymnasium became a mini medical center fully staffed with cardiologists, physicians and nurse practitioners from hospitals across the state, bringing with them life-saving equipment. The medical professionals provided more than 400 registrants — between the ages 12 and 25 — with free, all-day heart screenings in an effort to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest, the leading cause of death in young athletes. With help from a $400,000 grant by Copiague-based Heart Screen New York, McClintock’s event allowed students from Shoreham-Wading River and beyond to get thorough cardiovascular screenings, which included an electrocardiogram test, a blood pressure reading and final consultation with medical professionals. Pediatric cardiologists were available in case further testing was needed and students were given handsonly CPR and automatic external defibrillator training after their exams. As heart screenings are not generally covered by health insurance, the event also made it possible for parents to evaluate a crucial component of their children’s health without spending up to $1,000 per exam. “This is amazing,” said Maureen MacDowell, whose son, a cross-country runner at the school, was screened Saturday. “It’s a huge deal that the girl who organized this

founder of Heart Screen New York. did so. It’s definitely worth having.” Acompora lost her 14-year-old son to a Marlene Baumeister, the mother of a football player, said other school districts sudden cardiac arrest during a high school should use the event as a model for their lacrosse game in 2000 after a ball struck his chest between heartbeats. She and Melinda own heart screenings. Tony Zajac, a Shoreham-Wading River par- Murray, a Queens-based mother whose son collapsed on a basketball court and died ent and coach, called the program excellent. “It’s very educational for these kids and from an undetected heart condition, formed more in-depth than I thought,” Zajac said. Heart Screen New York together as a way “It gives them feedback on their own heart to detect heart trouble in local youths and health while teaching them how to poten- prevent as many deaths as possible. Heart Screen New York hosts only two tially save somebody else’s life.” screenings per year due to Sudden cardiac arrests the expenses and resources claim the lives of more than needed for each one. 2,000 people under 25 in “I thought it was an the country every year, acamazing program and cording to the American would be great if I could Academy of Pediatrics, and bring it to Shoreham,” Mcyet they are not included in Clintock said. “Out here most routine physical exams we’ve never really had anyor pre-participation sports thing like this that’s free physicals. One out of 100 and promotes cardiovascustudents that attend a heart lar health in student-athscreening will discover an letes and the community in underlying heart condition. general. I was very inspired “If I can save one life — Jordan McClintock by Karen’s story.” with early detection, my McClintock’s perseverwork for the past two years ance paid off, literally, early will have been all worth it,” said McClintock, an aspiring pediatrician. last year when Heart Screen New York rep“I’m really hoping it initiates some conver- resentatives informed her Shoreham-Wadsations among my peers and their families.” ing River would be the site of their October The Girl Scout developed her project 2017 screening. “I think the screening is certainly openas a freshman after she got her own heart screening done at St. Francis Hospital in Ro- ing a lot of eyes in the Shoreham community slyn, which was offered in partnership with and Jordan’s done such a nice job of adverHeart Screen New York, based on her fam- tising and promoting the event,” Acompora said. A founder of another group called the ily’s history of cardiac problems. It was through the procedure, which she Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation, in referred to as “painless” and “relieving,” memory of her son, the Northport mother that McClintock began her years-long cor- hopes heart screenings will eventually berespondence with Karen Acompora, the co- come a mandatory part of physicals. In fact,

‘If I can save one life with early detection, my work for the past two years will have been all worth it.’

she and Murray have been pushing legislation for years to make electrocardiograms part of student-athlete’s pre-participation screening process. “There’s a lack of knowledge on the part of individuals who feel it’s too costly to do heart screenings, but how do you put a price tag on life?” said Murray, whose 17-year-old son Dominic died in 2009, exactly three years after his father died from a massive heart attack. “We’re really proud of Jordan. It’s having a great impact at the school and is really spreading the awareness of the importance of heart screenings.” Among the volunteers at the event was Shoreham senior and baseball player Jack Crowley, who, two years ago, at 15 years old, was declared medically dead after a line drive hit him in the chest. Crowley’s heart stopped and he was unable to breathe. He was brought back to life from the shock of an automatic external defibrillator — which Heart Screen New York had pushed to make available in as many locations as possible. “They’re the reason I’m here,” Crowley said. “Get a heart screening. It’s so much better than learning the hard way that you have an issue.” Senior volleyball player Lindsay Deegan said of the screening: “This is something I never would’ve thought of doing this before, so it’s cool to know what’s going on.” McClintock is expected to receive her Gold Award during a ceremony in Spring 2018. “Girl Scouts pledge to help people at all times, and Jordan’s stellar work truly exemplifies that promise,” said Yvonne Grant, president and CEO of Girl Scouts of Suffolk County. “Jordan’s Gold Award project is an inspiring and extraordinary way to bring awareness.”

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Honoring Eagle Scouts Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore (R-Ronkonkoma) attended an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony at the Centereach Fire Department for twin brothers Justin and Shaun Ormiston, members of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 356 in Centereach. For their Eagle Scout projects, both brothers chose to help Bethel Hobbs Community Farm in Centereach. Shaun Ormiston built a

roof over their vegetable wash station, and his brother built shelving inside a storage shed. “The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest level of Scouting, and no small feat,” said Muratore, a former Scout himself. “The tasks required to accomplish this involve hard work and good leadership skills. It was a pleasure presenting these fine young men with a proclamation commemorating the event. Justin and Shaun have bright futures ahead of them.”

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marketing from Cornell University and is a New York State certified EMT and volunteer firefighter. She serves as secretary for the Brookhaven Town Safety Officers Association while currently continuing her education in the hospitality and EMS fields.

Einar Sorli, 76, of Ridge, died Oct. 11. A proud veteran of the United States Army, he was the beloved husband of the late Carol; cherished father of Dana and Jason (Nora); loving grandfather of Anna; and is survived by many other family members and friends. Religious service was celebrated at the Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place. Interment followed with military honors at Calverton National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place.

Biagio “Bill” Alba

Supporting the EXPO Bank of America has provided a sponsorship of $7,500 to the Middle Country Public Library for the 17th annual Women’s EXPO and other entrepreneurial activities of the Miller Business Resource Center. By sponsoring the EXPO since the idea’s inception, Bank of America has supported Middle Country library’s efforts of providing both a welcoming and informative venue for women entrepreneurs and artisans.

Star initiative as part of the nationwide Pick a Reading Partner Program. Stagecoach teachers read books to students with musical themes and organized activities for each specific book. Afterward, students enjoyed a live rock-and-roll concert.

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Biagio “Bill” Alba, 87, of Lake Grove, died Oct. 12. Born in Brooklyn, he was the son of Joseph and Josephine Alba and was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War. Alba married, the love of his life, the late Grace Caruana in 1956. They were married for 57 years. He was a 20-year member of the New York City Fire Department starting in 1960.

In 1963, he moved his family to Smithtown and remained there his entire life. He was a fighter, charming and funny. He was steady and full of love. He lived a long life in spite of his challenges. He was an avid skier, tennis player, scuba diver and loved his adventures at sea on the ValleJoe and the Windchantress. Alba was someone who was willing to try new things and always bounced back with each and every challenge that came his way. He let his wife Gracie take center stage but was always in control. His family will miss him terribly but is so grateful for the wonderful years full of family, friends, memories and love. He is survived by his children Valerie Lindeman, Lisa Procter and Joseph Alba; and grandchildren Kimberly Allen, Hillary, Natalie Lindeman, Emily, Addy and Sam Procter, whom he adored. Religious service was celebrated at the Branch Funeral Home of Smithtown. Interment with military honors followed at Calverton National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Branch Funeral Home of Smithtown.


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Kelly and donna and McCauley, on left, held the third annual Butterfly Breakfast for a Cure fundraiser at Applebee’s in Miller Place, which residents attended, like Miller Place resident Joan Lowry, below on right, to help raise awareness and money. donna McCauley, above, also auctioned off prizes to raise more funds.

Annual breakfast raises awareness for rare disease By Kevin Redding

“I can sit in the corner and rock and be sad, or I can get up and do what I need to do,” said McCauley, 49, who lives in constant pain and A mother-daughter duo from Rocky Point must wrap her wounds in bandages each day raised thousands of dollars last weekend to in order to prevent infections. She is currently help those with epidermolysis bullosa — a in a clinical trial for a new treatment drug by rare and painful skin disease that hits close Amicus Therapeutics that helps mend her to home. wounds. “Things like this fundraiser give me Donna McCauley, who was born with hope that people become more aware, and the genetic condition that causes the skin more money is raised. Each day they are getto blister and tear at the slightest friction, ting closer to finding a treatment and a cure.” and her daughter Kelly, a former Girl Scout, Although McCauley has been the face of raised $4,000 during the 3rd Annual But- the event since it started in 2015, the Rocky terfly Breakfast for a Cure fundraiser Nov. Point resident who referred to herself as a pro4 at Applebee’s in Miller Place. More than fessional volunteer and remains a coordinator 100 locals gathered at the restaurant to eat with local Girl Scout troops, pointed to her pancakes, take part in a Chidaughter as the real driving nese auction with huge prizes force behind the fundraiser. for adults and kids and learn “One of the things that about “EB,” which is largely strikes me the most is that Kelconsidered “the worst disease ly has a sense of empathy and you’ve never heard of” and afcompassion that I don’t think fects one in 20,000 births in you can teach,” McCauley the United States. said. “I’m so proud of her iniAll proceeds are going totiative to make other people ward Debra of America, a New more aware of disabilities. York City-based nonprofit that She has always been the perprovides assistance and supson who includes the one that port to families with children included.” — Donna McCauley isn’tKelly born with the disease through McCauley, 19, a curfunding research for a cure rent student at Dominican and treatment initiatives. College in Orangeburg, New York, started As a teenager, Donna McCauley, whose advocating for EB support as a sophomore parents were told she was going to die young at Rocky Point High School by selling bracefrom this “genetic anomaly,” made a con- lets decorated with butterflies to peers and scious choice not to let EB — which turns administrators and ended up raising $500 run-of-the-mill activities like getting out of for Debra. This prompted her to want to step bed, taking clothes on and off and shower- things up a notch, and she soon went door to ing into daily struggles — define her life. In- door to local businesses in search of a venue stead, she strived to be a role model for other for her own bigger and better fundraiser. “butterfly children,” a term given to young McCauley’s daughter said growing up and people with the disease, as their skin is said witnessing her mom’s perseverance encourto be as fragile as a butterfly’s wings. aged her to get involved in the first place. She became involved with Debra when she “I saw just how strong she was and how was 16, which opened her eyes to a communi- much it took for her just to wake up every ty of others like her, and made sure to get her day,” she said. “She’s definitely the strongest license, go to college and pursue jobs, vowing woman I know. This disease is so much on a “not to be afraid to live” despite her condition. person. You wake up and you hurt no mat-

‘I can sit in the corner and rock and be sad, or I can get up and do what I need to do.’

ter what. But she still gets up, she goes to church, she volunteers, she works as a religion teacher — she does all these things even though she’s always in some sort of pain.” McCauley’s determination to live a normal life has served as a foundation for her younger brother, Bob Newfield, a Setauket resident who was also born with EB. “It’s tough — what would take most people 15 minutes to get ready for work in the morning takes me an hour,” Newfield said. “But there are other things in life that are tough too, so you just have to deal with the cards you’re given. It’s such a rare disease and doesn’t get the funds it needs.” His wife, Marianne, explained how it’s been to observe the disease firsthand. “His mind wants to go, go, go, but his body holds him back at times — but those with it are the strongest people I know,” she said. “They don’t really let anything get them down. Bob puts on a happy face every day even though his feet kill him; many days are hard.”

Residents that donated to the cause by purchasing raffle tickets ranged from those living with the disease to others who had never heard of it before. Bonnie Harris, who grew up in Port Jefferson, said she and a majority of her family have the condition. “The disease itself doesn’t get better when you get older, but you get better as you get older,” Harris said. “You’re not as clumsy when you’re falling and you’re able to take care of it better. My mom, who had it, always said, ‘You can do anything you want to do — you just have to work harder than everybody else.’” Miller Place resident Joan Lowry heard of the fundraiser through St. Louis de Montfort R.C. Church in Sound Beach, a parish where McCauley is extremely active. “There are too many people who fall in the cracks and need the help,” Lowry said, “and that’s the reason I’m here.” If you wish to make a contribution, visit

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a later date, according to the district. Users of the app can see the location of their child’s bus both before and after school, confirm that their child’s bus has arrived at the bus stop, at school or both, and also can sign up to receive a push notification or email message when the bus is near their stop, has been substituted, or when the district has important information to relay. “You will have the information you need to send your children to the bus stop at just the right time, helping to protect them from inclement weather and other roadside dangers,” the district said in an email that went out to parents last week. “What’s more, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your children haven’t missed the bus.” The GPS-tracking technology is currently only available for regular inbound and outbound buses at the beginning and end of the school day at the present time. The Here Comes the Bus app can be downloaded and used for free through Apple’s app store or on Google Play. Before use, the app requires that parents verify they are a parent of a student in the Port Jeff district by entering their student’s school identification number, and a five-digit code provided by the district to ensure buses can’t be tracked by anyone other than parents or the district. “My kids ride a bus that is sometimes late as it drops the middle school and high school after school activities participants off first,” said Brenda Eimers Batter, a par-

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LITTLE FLOWER CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES OF NY SEEKS: Waiver Service Providers RN’S RN Supervisor Residential Clinical Director Nursing Supervisor Maintenance Mechanic III Direct Care Workers Child Care Workers Therapeutic Foster Boarding Home Care Worker Corporate Governess Mgr Entitlement Eligibility Coordinator Valid NYS Driver’s License required for most positions. Little Flower Children and Family Services in Wading River NY. Send resume to: or fax to: 631-929- 6203. EOE PLEASE SEE COMPLETE DETAILS IN EMPLOYMENT DISPLAY ADS

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CLERICAL POSITION entry level. growth potential. 15-25 hours per week. Sanders Insurance Agency Shea & Sanders Real Estate Contact Scott Sanders 516-318-0132 22 Main St. Setauket IMMEDIATE OPENING MEDICAL ASSISTANT Outstanding Pediatric Practice. Experience preferred but willing to train. Setauket. For more info. 631-751-7676 or fax resume to: 631-751-1152 LABORER POSITION Available in the Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson, See Display ad for more information. Apply at Port Jefferson Village Department of Public Works, 88 North Country Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777

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PROPANE COMPANY seeks F/T & P/T BULK DRIVER. CDL, Hazmat, Air Brakes & tank endorsement required. Must have clean driving record and be able to pass drug test. F/T Installers, Plumbers Service Techs and Yard man. Experience a plus, but willing to train. Fax resume: 631-369-2666 or call 631-369-4299 to come fill out an application.

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Must be able to do manual work in highway maintenance, operate light motor vehicles and power equipment. Shall possess a valid and clean driver’s license issued by the NYS Motor Vehicle Department throughout employment of this position. Anyone interested, please apply at Port Jefferson Village Department of Public Works, 88 North Country Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777


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 Please submit a letter of interest and completed RPUFSD non-instructional application to Mrs. Susan Wilson, Executive Director for Educational Services, Rocky Point UFSD, 90 Rocky Point-Yaphank Road, Rocky Point, NY  11778 EOE

Driver/Guards Wanted Armored Car Company is seeking Driver/Guards for our New York daily operations. We are a well diverse company with business all over the Tri-State. We are looking for dedicated individuals to join our team. We are a 24 hour operation, which includes extended hours, weekends and holidays.

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S E R V IC E S Cleaning COME HOME TO A CLEAN HOUSE! Attention to detail is our priority. Excellent References. Serving the Three Village Area. Call Jacquie or Joyce 347-840-0890.

Decks DECKS ONLY BUILDERS & DESIGNERS Of Outdoor Living By Northern Construction of LI. Decks, Patios/Hardscapes, Pergolas, Outdoor Kitchens and Lighting. Since 1995. Lic/Ins. 3rd Party Financing Available.105 Broadway Greenlawn, 631-651-8478.

Electricians ANTHEM ELECTRIC Quality Light & Power since 2004. Master Electrician. Commercial, Industrial, Residential. Port Jefferson. Please call 631-291-8754 FARRELL ELECTRIC Serving Suffolk for over 40 years All types electrical work, service changes, landscape lighting, automatic standby generators. 631-928-0684 GREENLITE ELECTRIC, INC. Repairs, installations, motor controls, PV systems. Piotr Dziadula, Master Electrician. Lic. #4694-ME/Ins. 631-331-3449

Fences SMITHPOINT FENCE. Vinyl Fence Sale! Wood, PVC, Chain Link Stockade. Free estimates. Commercial/Residential 70 Jayne Blvd., PJS Lic.37690-H/Ins. 631-743-9797

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Furniture/Restoration/ Repairs REFINISHING & RESTORATION Antiques restored, repairing recane, reupholstery, touchups kitchen, front doors, 40 yrs exp, SAVE$$$, free estimates. Vincent Alfano 631-286-1407

Gardening/Design/ Architecture DOWN THE GARDEN PATH *Garden Rooms *Focal Point Gardens. Designed and Maintained JUST FOR YOU. Create a “splash” of color w/perennials or Patio Pots. Marsha, 631-689-8140 or cell# 516-314-1489

Gutters/Leaders GREG TRINKLE PAINTING & GUTTER CLEANING Powerwashing, window washing, staining. Neat, reliable, 25 years experience. Free Estimates. Lic/Ins.#31398-H 631-331-0976

Handyman Services HANDYMAN SERVICES “No job too big or small” Very Neat. Kitchens, baths, roofing, windows, decks, brick work, siding, etc. Free estimates. Over 30 yrs experience. Old World Restoration, Inc. Old World Craftsmanship. Lic/Ins. #41083-H. 631-872-8711 JOHN’S A-1 HANDYMAN SERVICE *Crown moldings* Wainscoting/raised panels. Kitchen/Bathroom Specialist. Painting, windows, finished basements, ceramic tile. All types repairs. Dependable craftsmanship. Reasonable rates. Lic/Ins. #19136-H. 631-744-0976 c.631 697-3518

Housesitting Services FINE SANDING & REFINISHING Wood Floor Installations Craig Aliperti, Wood Floors LLC. All work done by owner. 25 years experience. Lic.#47595-H/Insured. 631-875-5856

TRAVELING? Need someone to check on your home? Contact Tender Loving Pet Care, LLC. We’re more than just pets. Insured/Bonded. 631-675-1938

Place your ad today Call 631.751.7663 or 631.331.1154 Home Improvement MEIGEL HOME IMPROVEMENT Extensions, dormers, roofing, windows, siding, decks, kitchens, baths, tile, etc. 631-737-8794 Licensed in Suffolk 26547-H and Nassau H18F5030000. Insured.

Lawn & Landscaping LANDSCAPES UNLIMITED SPRING/FALL CLEANUPS Call For Details. Property Clean-ups, Tree Removal, Pruning & Maintenance. Low Voltage lighting available. Aeration, seed, fertilization & lime Package deal. Free Estimates. Commercial/ Residential. Steven Long Lic.#36715-H/Ins. 631-675-6685, for details

ALL PHASES OF HOME IMPROVEMENT From attic to your basement, no job too big or too small, RCJ Construction commercial/residential, lic/ins 631-580-4518.

SETAUKET LANDSCAPE DESIGN Stone Driveways/Walkways, Walls/Stairs/Patios/Masonry, Brickwork/Repairs Land Clearing/Drainage,Grading/Excavating. Plantings/Mulch, Rain Gardens Steve Antos, 631-689-6082 Serving Three Villages

*BluStar Construction* The North Shore’s Most Trusted Renovation Experts. 631-751-0751 Suffolk Lic. #48714-H, Ins. See Our Display Ad

SWAN COVE LANDSCAPING Lawn Maintenance, Cleanups, Shrub/Tree Pruning, Removals. Landscape Design/Installation, Ponds/Waterfalls, Stone Walls. Firewood. Free estimates. Lic/Ins.631-689-8089

THREE VILLAGE HOME IMPROVEMENT Kitchens & Baths, Ceramic Tile, Hardwood floors, Windows/Doors, Interior Finish trim, Interior/Exterior Painting, Composite Decking, Wood Shingles. Serving the community for 30 years. Rich Beresford, 631-689-3169 SUPER HANDYMAN DTA CONTRACTING WE CAN FIX OR BUILD ANYTHING. Kitchens/Baths, Tile Flooring, Doors, Windows/Moulding, Painting; Interior/Exterior, All credit cards accepted. Senior discount. daveofalltrades 631-745-9230 Lic#-37878-H/Ins

Home Repairs/ Construction LONG HILL CARPENTRY 40 years experience All phases of home improvement. Old & Historic Restorations. Lic.#H22336/Ins. 631-751-1764

Masonry ALL SUFFOLK PAVING & MASONRY Asphalt Paving, Cambridge Paving Stone, Belgium Block Supplied & fitted. All types of drainage work. Free written estimates. Lic#47247-H/Ins. 631-764-9098/631-365-6353 Carl Bongiorno Landscape/Mason Contractor All phases Masonry Work: Stone Walls, Patios, Poolscapes. All phases of Landscaping Design. Theme Gardens. Residential & Commercial. Lic/Ins. 631-928-2110

Painting/Spackling/ Wallpaper ALL PRO PAINTING Interior/Exterior. PowerWashing, Staining, Wallpaper Removal. Free estimates. Lic/Ins #19604HI. 631-696-8150, Nick COUNTY-WIDE PAINTING INTERIOR/EXTERIOR Painting/Staining. Quality workmanship. Living/Serving 3 Village Area Over 25 Years. Lic#37153-H. 631-751-8280

Painting/Spackling/ Wallpaper BOB’S PAINTING SERVICE 25 Years Experience Interior/Exterior Painting, Spackling, Staining, Wallpaper Removal, Power washing. Free Estimates. Lic/Ins. #17981. 631-744-8859 COUNTRYSIDE PAINTING A Company built on recommendations interior/exterior power washing, expert painting and staining, all work owner operated, serving The Three Villages for 23 years, neat professional service, senior discount, affordable pricing, 631-698-3770. LaROTONDA PAINTING & DESIGN Interior/exterior, sheetrock repairs, taping/spackling, wallpaper removal, Faux, decorative finishings. Free estimates. Lic.#53278-H/Ins. Ross LaRotonda 631-689-5998 WORTH PAINTING “PAINTING WITH PRIDE” Interiors/exteriors. Faux finishes, power-washing, wallpaper removal, sheetrock tape/spackling, carpentry/trimwork. Lead paint certified. References. Free estimates. Lic./Ins. SINCE 1989 Ryan Southworth, 631-331-5556

Power Washing EXTERIOR CLEANING SPECIALISTS Roof cleaning, pressure washing/softwashing, deck restorations, gutter maintenance. Squeaky Clean Property Solutions 631-387-2156 POWER WASH AND APPLY APPOXY to your garage floor before the winter. Durable with a great finish, $500. Driveway sealing also available. 25 years experience. Call 631-742-7838.

Tree Work ARBOR-VISTA TREE CARE Complete Tree care service devoted to the care of trees. Maintenance pruning, waterview work, sun-trimming, elevating, pool areas, storm thinning, large tree removal, stump grinding. Wood chips. Lic#18902HI. Free estimates. 631-246-5377


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Tree Work CLOVIS OUTDOOR SERVICES LTD Expert Tree Removal AND Pruning. Landscape design and maintenance, Edible Gardens, Plant Healthcare, Exterior Lighting. 631-751-4880 EASTWOOD TREE & LANDSCAPE, INC. Experts in tree care and landscaping. Serving Suffolk County for 25 years. Lic.#35866H/Ins. 631-928-4070 NORTHEAST TREE EXPERTS, INC. Expert pruning, careful removals, stump grinding, tree/shrub fertilization. Disease/insect management. Certified arborists. All work guaranteed. Ins./Lic#24,512-HI. 631-751-7800 RANDALL BROTHERS TREE SERVICE Planting, pruning, removals, stump grinding. Free Estimates. Fully insured. LIC# 50701-H. 631-862-9291 SUNBURST TREE EXPERTS Since 1974, our history of customer satisfaction is second to none. Pruning/removals/planting, plant health care. Insect/Disease Management. ASK ABOUT GYPSY MOTH AND TICK SPRAYS Bonded employees. Lic/Ins. #8864HI 631-744-1577 TIM BAXLEY TREE INC. ISA Certified Arborist Seasoned firewood Tree removal, stump grinding, expert pruning, bamboo removal. Emergency Services Available. Ins./Lic. Suffolk#17963HI, Nassau#2904010000 O. 631-368-8303 C.631-241-7923

Window Cleaning SUNLITE WINDOW WASHING Residential. Interior/Exterior. “Done the old fashioned way.” Also powerwashing/gutters. Reasonable rates. 30 years in business. Lic.#27955-H/Ins. 631-281-1910

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OpiniOn Editorial

Letters to the editor

Trump tax cut a raw deal for the middle class

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A motorist died at St. Charles Hospital after being rescued from a submerged car in Port Jefferson Harbor Oct. 30.

It’s time for real action at PJ marina boat ramp A problem with quite a few seemingly simple and inexpensive solutions exists in Port Jefferson, and rather than working together to solve it, various levels of government are kicking the can down the road, pointing fingers and letting people die. The boat launch at the Brookhaven Town-owned Port Jefferson Marina, which sits in the heart of Port Jefferson Village beyond the intersection of a New York State and PJ Village road is a public health problem. Drivers heading north on Barnum Avenue are crossing over Route 25A, entering the marina lot and winding up on the boat ramp either intentionally or without realizing it — the distinction is irrelevant. This year alone, two men in their 60s drove into the water via the ramp, and in each case frantic rescue efforts ensued to pull the victims from their sinking vehicles. In April, good Samaritans on the scene succeeded. When it happened again last week, first responders couldn’t save the driver in time. While we understand a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled in 2011 that a 2005 incident in which a driver also died after plunging into the water via the boat ramp was not the fault of the town or village — the codefendants in the lawsuit by the executrix of the driver’s estate — that doesn’t mean complete inaction is acceptable. To be clear, we’re not blaming the town or village for the death of William Whalen Oct. 30. But the town’s idea that several “Do Not Enter” signs are enough and should completely absolve them of any culpability is extremely disheartening. Village Mayor Margot Garant has been vocal about the problem, at least since the April incident, and has been in touch with the State Department of Transportation, but the village’s “not our property” excuse is also disheartening. State Sen. Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) has been in power for decades and thus was around when Richard Levin died crossing the state road and submerging his vehicle in 2005. In response to last week’s occurrence, LaValle met with leadership of the DOT to discuss what his spokesperson called a “horrible incident” in an email. Wasn’t the 2005 incident horrible enough to warrant action? Garant has said the state has agreed to turn the traffic signals into strictly left and right arrows so motorists know they can’t go straight at the intersection. It is inexcusable that even with virtually every possible municipality having some sort of stake in improving safety at a clearly troublesome intersection the best solution that can be reached 12 years after a death resulting in a lawsuit is right and left arrows and Do Not Enter signs. We have a few suggestions. Put your collective dollars together and invest in a retractable or closable gate. Install strips to puncture driver’s tires should they head down the ramp. Put a permanent barrier in the middle of the wide-open ramp entrance that leaves a single vessel width on either side. Purchase a sign with a clear warning that if a driver proceeds across 25A they might end up in the water. Blinking lights could even be added to the sign for perfect visibility at night, when most of these incidents seem to occur. We don’t care any longer whose responsibility the ramp technically falls under. Do something now or prepare to share culpability when, not if, this happens again.

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What happened to the deficit hawks? Were they magically transformed into chickens at the sight of a multitrillion dollar tax cut for big business and the very rich? It sure looks that way with the Trump tax cut. The Trump tax cut blows a $1.5-trillion hole in the budget, yet not a peep is heard from Paul Ryan and his merry band of deficit foes. For years every dollar spent to improve the lives of the American public was met with howls of agony about the deficit. Dark threats were issued against Social Security and Medicare. Looks like now we can forget about fixing our infrastructure. This is not your Reagan tax cut benefiting the middle class. This is a massive shift of the tax burden onto the middle class. It’s a multitrillion dollar giveaway to corporations and the wealthy funded by eliminating middle class tax breaks. First up is the elimination of the state and local tax deduction and capping the property tax deduction at $10,000. For many taxpayers on Long Island the much ballyhooed increase in the standard deduction will be swamped by this. Next, the personal exemption, currently $4,050 per household member, has been eliminated entirely. Do you have significant medical expenses? Tough luck, it’s no longer deductible. Moving expenses? Tough. Student loans? No deduction. Alimony? Forget about it.

Ah, yes, but there’s a new $300 tax credit for dependents over 17 such as an aged parent. But Houdini-like, it disappears after 5 years. Strangely enough the gigantic tax cuts for big business and the very rich stick around permanently. Remember Trump’s promise to eliminate the carried interest tax loophole, which benefits billionaire hedge fund and private equity managers? Nowhere to be found. But lest the very wealthy feel forgotten, the estate tax exemption, which currently affects only the few thousand families who are in the top 0.2 percent, is doubled immediately and the tax is eliminated entirely after 6 years. This alone will cost the government $269 billion over 10 years. But it’s sure good news for Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka. This massive shift of the tax burden onto the middle class is justified by claiming big business

will use its newfound wealth to increase wages and salaries. Last time I checked, Wall Street celebrates every time wages are reduced or workers laid off. It celebrates even more when a corporation announces a dividend increase or a stock buyback. That’s where the money will go. It’s easier to believe in the tooth fairy than to believe big business is going to shower its middle class workers with pay increases because of tax cut induced generosity. If the Trump tax cut passes, no doubt in two or three years Congress, like some latter-day Rip Van Winkle, will wake up one day and ask: Where did these shocking deficits come from? And you can bet that they will zero in on a simple solution: Cut back or eliminate entirely those very expensive middle class “entitlements,” like Social Security and Medicare.

David Friedman St. James

You don’t need a costume to be nice My account of this experience was prompted by Daniel Dunaief’s column “Wouldn’t-itbe-nice costume ideas for Halloween,” Oct. 26, 2017. While on the checkout line at our local supermarket Oct. 28, I commented on the vibrancy and freshness of the beautiful flowers in the cart in front of me. The purchaser agreed, and we exchanged a few words before checking out. I went to the parking lot to put away my purchases when I

was approached by the person I had encountered in the store. She was carrying one of the containers of flowers. She said, “ I want you to have these.” I was surprised and bewildered. I encouraged her to keep them, but she insisted she wanted me to have them. She asked my name. I told her it was Barbara. She said she was on her way to visit her mother and her mother’s name was also Barbara. I thanked her and she went on her way.

This act of random kindness united me with this stranger. My mood was elated. I smiled all of the way home. I carefully watered the plant and placed it in the hall to greet others. This kind gesture came from the heart and heightened my appreciation of my community and the people within. Every day presents an opportunity to be nice and you don’t even need a costume.

Barbara Wecker Setauket

Inexpensive solution to ramp issue While changing the traffic light on Barnum Avenue to left and right facing arrows would be helpful in keeping cars from going straight into the water at the Brookhaven Town boat

launch in the Port Jefferson Marina, more should be done. Why not put up motion-activated flashing Do Not Enter signs similar to the ones on Caroline Avenue alerting drivers to the

speed tables on that road? It would be a simple and inexpensive solution that might prevent further loss of life.

Robert J. Nicols Port Jefferson

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opinion Seeking help from the Force in our daily lives


our phone is across the room. You want it to come to you and you put out your hand. Nothing happens. You scrunch your face and flex the muscles in your outstretched fingers, but, still, nothing happens. Someday the iPhone C (for 100) or iPhone M (1,000) may fly through the air when you reach for it (avoiding people’s heads along the way). And, someday, we may figure out how to use By Daniel Dunaief the energy field described in such detail in the Star Wars franchise. Yes, just as the new iPhone X (a mere 10) arrives at Apple stores, Star Wars is revving its intergalactic engines, bringing an aging Luke

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Skywalker and his rebel friends back, yet again, to battle with evil. At the heart of the franchise is the Force, which would be a convenient skill to have when we can’t find the remote control or our phones. So, what is this Force and do we only acknowledge it in the movies? Thousands of years ago, long before Darth Vader, when primitive people struggled through a drought and needed rain, they prayed, they did rain dances or they carved images of rain in the walls so that future archeologists and artists could analyze and appreciate them years later. I’m not minimizing or trivializing religion or a belief in any deity. I am suggesting, however, that the Force and the battle between good and evil and the free-flowing energy that is a part of this mythology come into play in our daily lives. As we prepare to walk out the door, our shoelace snaps. We don’t have time to take the lace out of the

shoe and put another one in. We’re also not completely sure if we have other laces handy. We demand to know “Why now?” from the lace. We might even get annoyed and say, “No, no, no, come on! I can’t be late.” To whom are we talking? Are we personifying the shoelaces so we can complain? By expressing our frustration to the shoelace, perhaps we are externalizing our anger. But, maybe the dark side is challenging us in a moment of weakness, encouraging us to get angry, to take off our shoes, open the door and throw them deep into woods? We get into our car and turn the key. It doesn’t start. We hold our breath. “Please, please, please, you can do it,” we beg and try again. From whom are we asking for help? Are we seeking assistance from a deity who might be nearby or everywhere? Are we speaking to the inanimate engine, hoping that Bessie, like Herbie

the Love Bug, will come to life, rev her engine and shift back and forth from one tire to the other in a happy car dance? Maybe we promise Bessie a refreshing oil change if we can just get to work today. Or are we talking to a Force that makes things go our way, the way we hope a Force encourages our loved ones to answer the phone while we’re waiting for them or our favorite team to succeed in the moment? We may hope many of the objects we talk to, apart from our electronic friends Siri and Alexa, will respond to our needs, the way earlier people hoped that their efforts affected the weather. Movies may come and go from the big screen, but we live through our own nonintergalactic battles, escaping from the shadows of our fathers, perhaps, or finding our own destinies. As we do, we may turn to some version of the Force, or something like it, for help in a pinch.

Hey, pay attention! Why are we planning to cut taxes?


o we need tax cuts? Lots of people agree that our current tax rules are outdated, cumbersome and unfair. On the other hand, there will never be total unanimity on how the tax code should read because one person’s tax cut is another’s tax increase, and for sure no one wants to lose whatever benefits they already have. So the prospect of changes is only palatable as a campaign promise if there would be an overall greater that By Leah S. Dunaief good everyone recognizes. Such a benefit was proposed during the 2016 campaign as a way to recharge the slow economy. And the conversation has continued from there. But hold on. The circumstances have changed. Our economy is no longer sluggish. In fact, it seems to

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have taken off. And, unusually, the economies around the globe appear to have also done so, almost in unison. This rare good news bodes well for the United States and others around the world. So, back to my original question: Why do we need a tax cut? If the answer is, for political reasons, that stinks. Just because politicians promised to cut taxes, a regular pledge to get votes, is not good enough to shake the ground on which we live. If the answer is to reallocate wealth, that has never been the role of our capitalist democracy. If the answer is to make more equal the lives of the haves and the havenots going forward, then simply raise the taxes on the haves in proportion to how much they have benefited from our same capitalist society. And finally, if the answer is to raise revenue in order to reduce our unprecedented national debt, then raise taxes across the board proportionately on everyone who enjoys the services provided by life in these United States. Sometimes one can get too close to a problem and not see the bigger

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picture. There is a saying that goes: Are we doing things right—or are we doing the right things? To check on whether we are doing things right, we have to engage in the details, the nitty-gritty of the process. In the case of tax reform, we have to hammer out every line to the greater satisfaction of all concerned. But to decide if we are on the right track, that is, if we are doing the right things, we have to stand back and examine the whole picture. Has the situation changed, perhaps rectified itself, or do we still have to help matters along? I suggest the latter and I’ll explain why. Businesses, which will reap three-quarters of the tax proposals over the next 10 years as currently presented, are already, for the most part, doing just fine. That is why the stock market keeps hitting new highs. The prices of the stocks are earnings driven, and the companies we can publicly track via the markets are showing record profits. Why do they need more stimulus? To expand and create more jobs, which is a political mantra? More likely



companies will reinvest the additional profits in job-saving equipment, which is the way trends are already leaning. If the government wants to create more jobs, it should help create more businesses, which it could do by offering tax breaks to start-up companies. But that doesn’t require broad tax overhaul. That would just take one change. Mr. President, pick up the pen. Furthermore, to encourage companies to add more workers, offer incentives specifically pegged toward those additional salaries, not tax breaks that can simply result in higher profits in the misguided hope of higher tax revenues. The initial tax proposals include eliminating deductions for large medical expenses; student loan interest; alimony; tax preparation costs; moving to a new job expenses; casualty, disaster and theft losses; and qualified adoption fees, according to CNBC. Are those the changes we want for our society? What ultimate goal can we all get behind, and do we get there with tax cuts?



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