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November 28, 2019

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Map of 1,4-dioxane across Long Island by highest level detected within each water district. From Citizens Campaign for the Environment

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BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Suffolk County residents are being asked to reach into their wallets to help the water authority deal with the ongoing presence of 1,4-dioxane in local groundwater, which is the sole source of drinking water on Long Island. The Suffolk County Water Authority announced Nov. 22 that the board approved a $20 quarterly fee added onto customers bills starting Jan. 1, 2020. The bill will go toward the cost of developing and operating treatment systems for filtering 1,4-dioxane and other perfluorinated compounds PFOS and PFOA in anticipation of New York State mandating such regulations. “As we’ve said since state officials first began considering the regulation of 1,4-dioxane and perfluorinated compounds, we fully support taking whatever measures are necessary to ensure our customers continue to have a drinking water supply that is among the best in the country,” said SCWA CEO Jeffrey Szabo. “But, as we’ve also said, these regulations come at a high cost. We need the funds that will be raised by the quarterly fee to

develop the treatment systems to meet the new standards.” In an October presentation to Suffolk County legislators, SCWA proposed installing 31 new advanced treatment systems at a number of sites where the levels of 1,4-dioxane are higher than the state proposed limit, which is 1 part per billion. Water officials and environmental activists have made 1,4-dioxane a topic of concern this year, pointing out that it is a likely carcinogen with links to liver and kidney damage after a lifetime of exposure. If the state limits 1,4-dioxane to 1 part per billion and PFOS and PFOA at 10 parts per trillion, the water authority will have to put into service 56 new advanced oxidation process treatments, and 20 new granular activated carbon systems. The total cost for all these systems is expected to exceed $177 million over the next five to six years. The $80 yearly charge is expected to cover those costs over time. The water authority services approximately 1.2 million Suffolk residents, including most parts of the North Shore.

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Above: Researchers with expertise on Lyme disease have been meeting regularly at the Banbury Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to share ideas about counteracting the potentially debilitating disease. Photo by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory/ Constance Brukin Below: Tick prepares to bite the skin of its host. Stock photo

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Lyme disease, the increasingly common tick-borne disease, may soon be preventable. Experts from academia, government and industry have been discussing at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Banbury Center the benefits and scientific feasibility of developing a vaccine that would essentially stop the infection in humans. The highlights of those discussions are summarized in a new study published Oct. 17 in Clinical Infectious Disease. Its conclusion: “We are now positioned at a crossroad where advanced technologies allow for application of new genetic strategies for immunizations, possible identification of new immunogens, and repurpose of proven vaccine candidates not only for humans but also for domestic animals and environmental reservoirs.” In laymen’s terms: New techniques are there, it’s creating a lot of excitement and there’s hope. The study is the culmination of more than 3 years of meetings held at the lab, where the most promising strategies for counteracting the infection were discussed. Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. Traditionally, vaccines have been used to treat infectious diseases and rely on human antibodies to attack the germ. One of the new vaccines, which might be used in combination with traditional techniques, actually impacts the tick.

“What was discovered several years ago, to everyone’s surprise, a Lyme vaccine worked inside the tick itself and inactivated the Lyme bacteria. Newer vaccines are being designed to disrupt the mechanism for transmission of the Lyme bacteria from tick to human,” said Dr. Steven Schutzer, one of the study’s lead authors. Researchers cannot speculate when the vaccines will become publicly available, but they said they feel encouraged that they are in the pipeline with some trials underway. Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics, such as doxycycline, and is most successfully eradicated with early diagnosis. The only preventative measure to date, the researchers note, is to simply avoid tick bites. That strategy, though, has been ineffective at stopping the disease’s prevalence. Each year, more than 300,000 people are diagnosed with the disease. In Suffolk County, 600 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease, the highest rate in New York State. Lyme disease symptoms include fever, fatigue and headache, symptoms that often mimic other illnesses. It is often diagnosed by its characteristic bullseye skin rash, but not all cases present with a rash. Left untreated, the disease can infect the joints, heart and nervous system. Some people suffer from a post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome and have trouble thinking six months after they finish treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Former Suffolk County Legislator Vivian Viloria-Fisher was recently diagnosed with

meningitis, induced she said, by a severe case of Lyme disease. After hearing other people’s stories about how Lyme disease can cause major illnesses, even a heart attack, she said a vaccine would be welcomed. During the Cold Spring Harbor meetings, a recognition emerged among participants that an effective vaccine was an important public health tool and the best path to follow to counteract the disease. Schutzer emphasized, though, that getting vaccinated for Lyme disease, a noncontagious disease, would be a personal choice, rather than a public health mandate. “When the pathogen is highly contagious, vaccines are most effective when a large population is vaccinated, creating herd immunity, and leading to the protection of the individual and of the community,” the researchers state in the study. “A vaccine directed against the causative agent B. burgdorferi, or against the tick vector that transmits this bacterium, will only protect the vaccinated person; thus, in this case, herd immunity does not apply toward protection of the community.” Stony Brook University researcher Jorge Benach participated in the meetings and noted Lyme vaccines are currently available for dogs but not appropriate for humans. “There’s clearly a need,” he said. “A lot of things need to be considered before an approval of a vaccine.” One of those factors: 25 percent of ticks carrying the Lyme bacterium also carry other infectious organisms.

Both researchers said they valued the rare opportunity to commingle, discuss and share expertise about a certain aspect of science under one roof during the Banbury Center’s meetings on Lyme disease. Dr. Rebecca Leshan, executive director of the Banbury Center at Cold Spring Harbor Lab, is proud that the meetings can impact the wider community. “I can’t overemphasize the importance of the small meetings convened at the Banbury Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory,” she said. “They provide a truly unique opportunity for experts to engage with counterparts they may never otherwise meet and stimulate new ideas and strategies. And the beautiful Lloyd Harbor setting may provide a bit of extra inspiration for all those who participate.” The first meetings of the group resulted in improved diagnostics that has already had major effects, with FDA approval of a number of tests. Outcomes from the most recent meetings, she said, continue to set the right course of action.


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Miller Place Woman Seriously Injured in Three-Vehicle Crash Photo from Tom Muratore’s office

Deserved Recognition

Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore (R-Ronkonkoma) recently attended a ceremony to honor crossing guards of the Middle Country Central School District. The event was held at the Selden Fire Department and was co-hosted by both Selden and Centereach fire districts. “Crossing guards are the unsung heroes of public safety in our community,” Muratore

said. “They protect our most valued commodity — our children — get to school safely each day, and deserve our gratitude. I thank Selden Fire District Manager Jay Egan and both fire districts collectively for coordinating a great event.” Muratore presented certificates of recognition to each crossing guard.

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Suffolk County police 6th Squad detectives are investigating a three-vehicle crash that seriously injured a woman in Stony Brook Nov. 20. Mariana Debbe was driving a 2003 Honda Civic westbound on Route 347 when she attempted to make a left-hand turn onto southbound Nicolls Road at approximately 1:30 p.m. The Honda was struck by a 2005 Mercury Mountaineer being driven northbound on Nicolls Road by Deanna Lee Hermida. The Honda then struck a 2015 Toyota being driven by Jose Salas that was heading eastbound on Route 347 and making a left turn to head

northbound on Nicolls Road. Debbe, 26, of Miller Place, was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Hermida, 23, of Ridge, was transported to the same hospital with minor injuries. Salas, 63, of Brentwood, was not injured. All three vehicles were impounded for safety checks. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the crash to call the 6th Squad at 631-854-8652.

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Man Killed in Four-Vehicle Crash in Selden Suffolk County police 6th Squad detectives are investigating a four-vehicle crash that killed a man in Selden Nov. 21. Nathaniel Davis was driving a 2005 Ford Taurus “at a high rate of speed” in the center turning lane of westbound Route 25 when his vehicle stuck a 2016 Ford pickup that was in the left lane of eastbound Route 25 at Dare Road at 8:30 a.m., according to Suffolk County police. The Taurus then struck a 2014 Chevrolet sedan that was eastbound in the center turning lane. Debris from the impact then struck a westbound box truck. Davis, 42, of Middle Island, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from

the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner Department. The driver of the Chevrolet, Jeanette Papadakis, 59, of Selden, was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The driver of the Ford pickup, Luis Rivas, 47, of Central Islip, was not injured. Motor Carrier Safety Section officers from the police department inspected the box truck and Ford pickup truck at the scene. The Ford Taurus and Chevrolet sedan were impounded for safety checks. Detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call the 6th Squad at 631-854-8652.

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750 Plunge into Frigid Waters for Special Olympic Athletes

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The icebox temperature of the coastal waters of Long Island Sound keep most away from any bathing activities, but on Nov. 23 the Suffolk County police and other volunteers could barely contain the crowd who rushed in wave after wave to bathe themselves in the frigid Sound off Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai. Close to 750 participants joined in the 10th annual Town of Brookhaven Polar Plunge, raising a projected $150,000 for the Special Olympics. Diane Colonna, the regional vice president of development for Special Olympics New York, said it costs about $400 to provide training and to sponsor one athlete

per season, though many train and compete over multiple seasons. “Most people are not really into jumping into freezing cold waters, but people are doing it — they’re doing it for our athletes,” Colonna said. “What’s really cool is our athletes are doing it as well, and it’s something they can do together.” She added that the number of participants has been relatively steady over the past several years and is one of the biggest fundraising events for the Special Olympics in New York. “Our athletes live to the extreme every day in showing they are part of things and want to be included,” she said. Plungers participated alone or in teams, with some raising several thousand dollars. Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner (R-Rocky Point)

Cara Hasler, of Centereach, says she was plunging for her mother, who recently suffered a stroke.

along with the team Frozen Eagles have raised $2,555 so far. The Port Jefferson High School Varsity Club announced it had 70 students intending to participate in this year’s event, which is about 25 percent of the total population of grades 9 through 12. By the end, the group raised over $11,000, according to club co-adviser Deirdre Filippi, and that donation will help to sponsor approximately 27 athletes. “We are incredibly proud of our student athletes and their efforts,” Filippi said. “It truly was a rewarding experience for all.”

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Letters to the Editor

Family Feasts Without Responding to a Rebuttal the Feuds

The pending impeachment proceedings of the 45th president of the United States means dinner table conversations this holiday season could get extra heated and dicey. So, it may be in everyone’s best interest to avoid breaching the topic, which risks exposing the passionate political leanings of loved ones. So, what’s a family to do? As the saying goes, you can’t pick your relatives. But you certainly can choose and encourage activities that bring people together rather than widen the divide. As you and your loved ones gather, equip yourself with a solid plan that keeps the peace. Keep in mind, talking about the weather, once a light, safeharbor topic, could backfire. Discussing California wildfires, for example, could spark a fruitless debate over the scientific theories behind climate change. Knowing this tendency, if you see news footage of the flooding in St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, you might want to quickly change the channel. The first step in any successful endeavor is to set a realistic goal: Coming away from the weekend festivities without anyone suffering black eyes or bruised egos. The best option may in fact be: Eat in silence like monks. Other options, though, do exist. One idea is to play a game. Try coming up with a new name for the country, one that drops the word “United” in the United States of America. To keep it democratic, go around the table allowing each person to suggest their own clever alternative. Before or after dinner, you can also play the fast-paced word game Bananagrams, only conduct politics-themed rounds. The entertaining activity allows for self-expression and could likely become a fair-minded approach to spending quality time together while eliminating tensions in the air. If it doesn’t? Hold a regulation wrestling match on the living room floor and keep score. Takedowns, reversals, near falls and escapes all count. If tensions rise? Flip the bird. As in turkey. (Thanksgiving is the one day of the year that you can get away with this one.) Music soothes the savage beast. So, stream it in. Or better yet, make your own. Form a drum circle using common household objects as percussion instruments. The ancient practice of striking rhythm together is known to alleviate isolation and alienation. But be sure to hide the good china from the tribe. Building crafts can also be a fun and rewarding activity for family members. Martha Stewart built a dynasty, once she acknowledged this fundamental fact. Try building sock gnomes together. The blind, deaf and mute miniature humanoids can actually become an unexpected and perhaps even necessary source of inspiration for the crowd. Instead of discussing politics, you might also try identifying the moral virtues of each of the world’s many different major religions. On second thought, don’t do this. You can also give thanks with everyone recounting their blessings out loud in turn. It may in fact be the wisest strategy and there’s likely plenty of material to go around. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Professor Arnold Wishnia had a letter in the Nov. 14 edition of The Village Times Herald [“Trump’s alternative universe”], in response to a previous letter from me, [“What Trump supporters believe in,” Oct. 17], in which I had outlined several of the many reasons why voters who supported President Donald Trump [R] in 2016 were likely to vote to reelect him in 2020. The professor’s rebuttal included a number of disparaging remarks about the president, asserting that he “clearly despises the Constitution,” likes to see the children of immigrants “kidnapped and scattered God knows where,” and other similar claims conforming to the list of Democratic talking points. Following his devastating attacks on the president, the good professor then turned his guns toward a statement from my Oct. 17 letter, which was as follows: “They recognize the great strides we have made in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, while at the same time

achieving energy independence, largely as a result of advances in the technology of fracking.” Although he did not actually express substantive disagreement with any part of this, Wishnia took the opportunity to falsely accuse me of being “a man who has, in this newspaper, first denied that warming and climate change were occurring, then that CO2 was accumulating, then falsely denying that industries were the major contributors to the undeniable, huge increase since about 1970.” Nothing could be further from the truth, because I never said any of those things. Whether he has difficulty understanding the contents of my letters, or whether he is deliberately misrepresenting them, I cannot say. It is true that I have expressed skepticism with regard to unproven claims of imminent disaster as a direct result of carbon dioxide emissions, as well as the wisdom of wrecking our economy by wasting trillions of dollars to produce a negligible result. However, I have never disputed the

fact that atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased from approximately 200 parts per million at the start of the Industrial Revolution to 325 ppm in 1970, and to 410 ppm in the present day. Nor have I disputed that most of this increase is attributable to industrial activity. What I have questioned is the magnitude of the causal relationship between carbon dioxide and global warming, which has certainly not been definitively established. In my opinion, increased levels of carbon dioxide are likely to cause small, but manageable, increases in temperature, and it would be prudent to reduce these levels by using methodologies that are reasonable, cost effective and not prohibitively disruptive. These methodologies include nuclear power, fracking, solar power and wind turbines. They do not include making false allegations about those who are trying to help. George Altemose Setauket

2019 Holiday Safety and Shopping Tips As our country comes to the start of the holiday season, a welcome opportunity for all of us to pause and spend quality time with our family and friends, my staff and I would like to wish our community a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving. We hope that everyone is able to enjoy all the things in their lives that they are thankful for and that they appreciate. With the Thanksgiving weekend serving as the unofficial start of the holiday season, we would also like to invite our residents to visit our 2019 Helpful Holiday Safety and Shopping Tips section on our website. This section

is designed to help take some of the stress out of the holidays by providing families with information on how to protect their homes, their finances and their loved ones. The site contains some easy-to-use advice and links to informative websites about cyber security, home safety and other important topics. It also contains a list of local charities that are working to make the holidays brighter for all in our community. From organizations that are at the forefront of the fight against hunger to ones that are working to make sure that every family has a happy

Treasonous Acts It was former President Barack Obama [D] and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [D] who approved selling 20 percent of our uranium to Russia. To me that sounds like treason and collusion. It was Obama and former Secretary of State John Kerry [D] who gave billions of dollars to Iran which was used

to spread terrorism and ended up killing Americans. What would you call that? It was Obama and Clinton who refused to send additional security to the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, which the American ambassador requested. As a result the ambassador and three other Americans were murdered.

holiday season, these organizations are there for our less fortunate neighbors. We hope that everyone who is able will reach out and assist those in need as we enjoy the holidays. Residents can visit the 2019 Helpful Holiday Safety and Shopping Tips section by visiting flanagan.nysenate. gov and clicking on the link on the home page. We wish everyone in our community a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season. John Flanagan N.Y. State Senator

Clinton and Obama blamed it on a video. It was Obama who gave guns to Mexican drug lords which ended up killing American citizens. Why are the above abuses of power and acts not called treasonous? David Jacobson South Setauket

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Opinion

Another Take on Words That Matter

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ast year at this time, I wrote a column celebrating words. I feel compelled to share another homage this year. This may start a new annual tradition. I hope you enjoy. Words dart away, just out of reach, like a fish in the ocean, a butterfly in a meadow or a Frisbee lifted overhead by a sudden breeze. Words emanate from nearby, startling us while we lay in bed, coaxing D. None us to search the house, the closet, of the above the garage for the BY DANIEL DUNAIEF source of elusive sounds. Words give strength to our arguments, power to our convictions, and a method to share our

hopes, desperation, dreams, fears, needs, wants and cravings. Individually and collectively, words enable us to invite others to share experiences. Words form the backbone of a democracy always challenged by new words, concepts, people and ideas. When we hold an infant, listen to the sound from the air leaving the lungs of a whale surfacing nearby or gaze from the top of a volcano at the rising sun over the horizon, we hope the words we choose to describe what we see, feel and experience bring us back to these magic moments. Words grow into unmanageable bundles as jargon triggers a metamorphosis that confounds and clutters their meaning, turning them into a sesquipedalian mess — that is the practice of using long-winded, obscure words. Words tell tales, show emotions and reach out across time from generations long since past, urging us to pay attention and learn lessons from those who came before. We select rhyming words that sing like

chirping birds. Words make us laugh, offering a salve to suffering and transportation out of intransigence. When we can’t understand something, we name it, giving a word to the unknown that allows us to refer to something in the cosmos, in our minds or buried under our fingernails. Ancient Romans used words to construct fantastic stories about the stars, the heavens and the gods, who exhibited a wide range of emotions that seemed remarkably human. We remember the words from our favorite movies: “May the force be with you” (“Star Wars”) and “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” (“Casablanca”). And from our favorite presidents, such as John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” (1961) or Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” (1933). We carry with us the words that mean the most from our own lives. We don’t need to check them at the airport when we are in group 9, stuff them in an overstuffed backpack when we go to school

or keep them from getting waterlogged when the evapotranspiration cycle decides to dump rain, sleet, hail or snow upon us. We remember the person so critical to our existence that he or she “ruined us for all other” men or women. The words that elevate, inspire and encourage us to do and be our best allow us to stand straighter and taller, enabling us to wear a cryptic smile that those who know us best perceive immediately. Words give us hope, help us believe in ourselves and allow us to feel connected to someone halfway across the world. We pause from uttering words during moments of silence, as we pay respect with the unspoken words in our minds. We are surrounded by paper thin walls of meaningless, angry, spiteful, hateful words. We can combat those messages with words that reflect the best of us and our country. Words fill the toolbox with the parts to build the world as we choose. As you ponder words that matter at this time of year, I’d like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

Lots of Tradition and No Disappointment at Our Thanksgiving Table

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hanksgiving 2019. Always a favorite holiday for me. What could be bad about an eating holiday? Even better, it’s a chance to see my children and grandchildren, because everyone comes to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. For this I have to give great thanks not only to my children, coming in from various parts of the country, but especially to my children-inlaw. As one of my daughters-in-law Between said not too long ago, “Thanksgiving you and me belongs to the BY LEAH S. DUNAIEF Dunaiefs.” What she meant by that is her family hasn’t seen her at Thanksgiving since she married into our family. She automatically

plans on coming here to Long Island for the holiday, as do my other two daughters-in-law. For that I am hugely grateful. Of course, for that monopoly I have had to give up other holidays to the other sides of the family, and I have done so cheerfully. We have worked out this arrangement amicably and made it into a rich tradition. What happens at my dining room table on Turkey Day is not just the consumption of the usual Thanksgiving fare but also in turn the sharing of experiences to be thankful for over the past year. In this way, I get to catch up on what my offspring and their offspring have been up to, and they hear what is important to each of them. Lest it should become too ritualistic and burdensome, I suggested one year that we could skip it, but they wanted to tell their stories. And I certainly wanted to listen. So how will this year be different from the others? I eagerly await the individual particulars but, from my perspective, one difference is consideration of the food. There was a time

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when I just presented the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, greens and a salad, and that was dinner — to be followed by ample portions of pumpkin pie. I probably don’t have to tell you that those innocent days are gone forever. My first clue that the Thanksgiving universe was changing came when my young children took me aside before the holiday one year and begged me to be understanding of what they were about to confess: They didn’t care for turkey. Wow! That was a shock to me because I prided myself on cooking the perfect turkey each year — roasted to a golden brown, yet not dried out even in the white meat. After the few minutes it took me to recover, I gamely said, “All right, I will make a couple of chickens instead.” That solution was received with enthusiasm. But that was not the end of that story: I cooked the chickens to a yummy golden brown, but I also made half a small turkey for any of the traditionalists who might be dining with us, and because I adore leftover turkey and stuffing

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the next day for lunch. Comes Thanksgiving Thursday, the table is set, there is a fire in the fireplace, the fare is served, and at the end of the meal the chickens are barely touched but the only part of the turkey left is the carcass. “Is there any more turkey?” someone asks. I learned. Now when they tell me that they don’t want to eat a lot of animal protein nor dairy because of lactose intolerance — an inherited gene from my dad — nor carbs, and that I should load up with veggies and salad and certainly barely any pie because they wish to eschew lots of sugary sweets in favor of fruit, I readily agree. There will be a cornucopia of spinach and Brussels sprouts, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower and bottomless salad and fruit bowls. Those veggies can be delicious steamed or roasted with some nuts and spices. And … there will also be mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, turkey, stuffing and — need I say it? — ample amounts of pumpkin and apple pies. We shall see what is left over this time. Happy Thanksgiving!

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