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THE TimEs of Huntington, Northport & East Northport huntington • huntington bay • greenlawn • halesite • lloyd harbor • cold spring harbor • northport • east northport • Fort salonga west • asharoken • eaton’s neck • centerport

Vol. 15, No. 10

June 14, 2018

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What’s inside Huntington town to bond out $7.3M in capital projects A3 Town pushes state officials to transfer NY Ave property A4 Drone enthusiasts may get process to fly in town parks A5

Father’s Day contest winners announced

Racing his way to the top

Also: Vanderbilt Museum hosts Gardeners Showcase, Photo of the Week, Summer movies under the stars, SBU Sports

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The eighth annual Hunting-Tony Awards were held at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport June 4. The event recognizes rising high school stars in 26 categories including acting, singing, dance performances, stage crew, scenery, orchestra pits, costumes and technical productions. The Hunting-Tony Awards ceremony featured musical performances from Harborfields’ “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Northport’s “The Music Man,” and Cold Spring Harbor’s “Beauty and the Beast.” This year’s winners include: • Keenan Lyons, Best Supporting Actor in a Play in Huntington’s “The Dining Room” • Sara Meade, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, Northport’s “The Music Man” • Best Stage Crew in a Play, Commack’s “Our Town” • Best Scenery in a Musical, Cold Spring Harbor’s “Beauty and the Beast” • Best Orchestra Pit, John Glenn’s “The Little Mermaid” • Best Costumes in a Musical, Huntington’s “Cinderella”

• Samantha Foti, Best Female Vocalist in Commack’s “The Phantom of the Opera” • Augustine Maiorino, Best Male Vocalist in Cold Spring Harbor’s “Beauty and the Beast” • Best Dance Performance, Northport’s “The Music Man” • Best Technical Production in a Play, Harborfields “Antigone” • Best Technical Production in a Musical, Harborfields’ “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” • Shelby Herling, Best Actress in a Play, Cold Spring Harbor’s “You Can’t Take It With You”w • Tie: Felipe Gonzalez, of John Glenn, and Joe Labua, of Northport for Best Featured Actor in a Musical • LJ Kindall, Best Featured Actress in a Musical in Huntington’s “Cinderella” • Adam Brett, Best Actor in a Musical in Commack’s “The Phantom of the Opera” • Tie: Julia DeVita, of Harborfields, and Marley Jacobson of Half Hollow Hills East for Best Actress in a Musical • Best Musical, Commack’s “The Phantom of the Opera”

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Huntington to bond out $7.3M for town projects BY SARA-MEGAN WALSH SARA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM GRAPHICS BY TBR NEWS MEDIA

Town of Huntington officials seek to borrow $7.3 million to tackle a wide variety of projects in the upcoming year. The board approved bonding out $4.95 million for town projects and $2.55 million for water district improvements at its June 5 meeting. Councilman Gene Cook (R) voted against taking on debt, as he traditionally does each year, arguing the necessary funding should have been incorporated into the town’s 2018 budget. “We have to be cautious with our money,” Cook said. Supervisor Chad Lupinacci (R) said seeking bonds for capital projects and improvements is better for the town’s long-term growth than tapping into its capital reserves. “There’s certain things you can budget for, but at times there are larger capital projects that will take a longer time and need more money,” Lupinacci said, citing the state’s 2 percent property tax levy increase cap. “We need to look for alternative sources of revenue in order to make the town move forward.” One project that garnered the entire board’s support — including Cook — was bonding for $2.4 million to make roadway improvements throughout the town. These funds will supplement the more than $4.2 million set aside in the town’s 2018 budget for the Highway Department’s contractual services, materials and supplies. “It has to do with paving the roads and we get a lot of complaints about potholes,” the supervisor said. Despite the town’s Highway Department test driving a one-man spray-injection machine that repairs potholes and cracks in Huntington’s roadway, called The Pothole Killer, this March, Lupinacci said the town did not have the funding available in its 2018 budget to hire the equipment. The approved funding also includes $1 million for the Greenlawn Water District to purchase and replace old water meters, in addition to $1.55 million for the Dix Hills Water District to make infrastructure improvements at a plant, and replace and upgrade water meters. The $7.2 million approved for improvements is substantially less than the town had borrowed the last two years. Huntington took on $13.34 million in 2017 and $13.95 million

in 2016, under the prior administration. The funding sought by the town could increase if Lupinacci reintroduces a measure permitting the town to take out $13.5 million in bonds for construction of the James D. Conte Community Center off East 5th Avenue in Huntington Station. The supervisor pulled the measure June 5 before a vote, saying the overall cost of the project had increased and town council members asked for additional time to review the proposed changes. “I would rather everyone have their questions addressed before it is voted on,” he said. When plans for the community center were unveiled in November 2017, town officials had estimated renovating the 2,500-square-foot former New York State Armory would come in at approximately $10 million. The estimated project total didn’t include all the features in the new design such as the outdoor theater, the elevated indoor/outdoor track, rock climbing wall and expanded gardens, according to the supervisor. “We pulled the resolution to review the new plans and we’re looking for ways to modify the plan to keep costs down — $15

million is on the high end of the estimate and we may not end up bonding that full amount,” the supervisor said. Two resolutions seeking funds for purchase of vehicles and equipment were defeated by a 3-2 vote, with Councilman

Mark Cuthbertson (D) and Cook against. This included a new trackless vehicle at an estimated cost of $130,000, which Lupinacci said he believed would have been used for maintenance of town-owned parks and fields.

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Huntington pushes for state transfer of NY Avenue land SOURCE THE STATION ©149884

An aerial map view of New York Avenue shows the strip of land sought by the town on the west side of the roadway.

BY SARA-MEGAN WALSH SARA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM The Town of Huntington board is looking to state officials in Albany to push for the transfer of ownership of a state property on New York Avenue to the town by June 20. Councilwoman Joan Cergol (D) introduced a late resolution at the June 5 town board meeting to send a home rule message urging New York state legislators to approve the transferring of ownership of about 4 acres of land in Huntington Station to the town in order for revitalization efforts to move forward. “The Town of Huntington, in partnership with Renaissance Downtowns at Huntington Station LLC and the entire Huntington Station community, is engaged in a multiyear community planning and revitalization process to help realize the community’s aspiration for a more walkable, vibrant and transit-friendly environment,” Cergol’s resolution reads. The land sought is a narrow strip of property adjacent to the western side of New York Avenue/Route 110, bordered to the north by Church Street running along the roadway south to the Long Island Rail Road right of way. It is currently owned by New York State Department of Transportation. Ryan Porter, president and co-CEO of Renaissance Downtowns, said obtaining ownership of the land is critical for moving forward in the planning and construction of the artist lofts and hotel envisioned as part of the Huntington Station revitalization master plans. In February 2014, the town board approved a special use permit for the hotel along New York Avenue under a C-6 overlay zoning. Since then, the plans have not advanced any further. Town board members approved the home rule message by a 3-2 vote urging the passage of the land transfer bills that have been sponsored by state Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) and state Assemblyman Steve Stern (R-Dix Hills) before the end of state legislature’s session. “As you may know, from day one when I started with the town I was assigned to Huntington Station and I’ve been chipping away at it ever since,” Cergol said, noting she also recently sponsored a resolution that allowed the area to be federally designated an Opportunity Zone, providing tax incentives to business owners. “To be in the position I am now to advance progress is very rewarding and to see things happening makes me feel like a rock star.” Stern said the home rule message has been received by the state Assembly, and he feels the bill’s passage is imminent. Councilmen Gene Cook (R) and Ed Smythe (R) voted against seeking a transfer of the New York Avenue property. Cook said he was originally in favor of the resolution but admitted to having issues with some of the actions taken by Renaissance Downtowns in recent months, including requesting permission to construct two-bedroom apartments in the Gateway Plaza after initial plans were already approved and seeking approval of $2.6 million in tax breaks from Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency on the project. “I wasn’t happy with what happened with Renaissance the past couple of weeks, the nonsense, the changes, going for IDA money,” the councilman said. “It was a good way to set them up and say we’re all playing good or you aren’t playing.” Porter said he hasn’t had the opportunity to speak personally with Cook since the developer’s request to add two-bedroom units to Gateway Plaza was withdrawn in mid-May. “We made an adjustment to alleviate the concerns of the community,” Porter said. “But the truth of the matter is that there was a good portion of the population that was disappointed we removed the two-bedrooms units.” Renaissance Downtowns is hopeful it will receive the necessary permits to begin demolition of the existing buildings located at 1000 to 1026 New York Avenue this summer to make way for construction of Gateway Plaza, according to Porter. The proposed plans for the plaza call for the construction of a mixed-used building consisting of 16,000-squarefeet of retail space and a total of 66 apartments. The existing Brother’s Barber Shop will remain in place.


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Town’s proposed permit for drone use hits turbulence BY SARA-MEGAN WALSH SARA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM

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Huntington town officials’ proposal to create a permit to allow drones to fly over town parks and beaches has hit turbulence with hobbyists and commercial pilots. Huntington town board held a public hearing June 5 to consider creating a permit process that would allow the recreational and commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems, such as model aircrafts or drones, on town-owned parks and beaches for the first time since 2015. “We are seeing it happen anyway,” said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (D). “We want to be able to regulate and have a say about it.” In October 2015, the town adopted a law sponsored by Cuthbertson that made it illegal to pilot an unmanned aircraft on private property or town property without the owner or the town’s consent. It defined an unmanned aircraft as “a non-human carrying aircraft weighing no more than 55 pounds, capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere intended exclusively for sport, recreation, education and/or competition and is typically guided by remote control or onboard computers.” While the original law said the pilot of the craft would have to receive consent from town board to fly at town-owned property, parks and beaches, it did not lay out a process. Under the proposed changes, if approved, a model airplane or drone pilot will have to file an application with the town attorney’s office for a permit to take off and fly their aircraft over town-owned property at least five days in advance. The pilot will be required to

A drone in flight provide: a specific date and time the aircraft will be flown; a full description of any photo, video or audio recording capabilities; the location over which the activity will take place; and a statement confirming whether it is for commercial or recreational activity. Several drone hobbyists and commercial operators stepped forward June 5 to offer feedback on the town’s proposal. “I care very deeply about keeping Long Island a place where people can freely fly drones for business and pleasure. Drones have been a fantastic tool for getting students involved in STEM and aviation,” said Scott Harrigan, CEO of the Oyster Bay-based Harken Aerial that offers commercial drone

photography. “A lot of people call it a gateway drug to aviation.” Harrigan commended town officials for considering a permit process but had concerns regarding how the detailed information required could restrict drone use. “The biggest logistical issue you run into is weather, requiring X amount of days for notice of operation is difficult,” Harrigan said. “What I’d like to see addressed is some relief for weather or rescheduling.” Ed Anderson, a recreational model airplane pilot from Syosset, agreed that requiring five days notice before flying would eliminate possible recreational use by hobbyists. Both Harrigan and Anderson suggested

the town look closer at modeling its laws after the Town of Oyster Bay’s regulations, which offer a seasonal and nonseasonal permit rather than for one-time use. Harrigan also took issue with the town’s stipulation that any camera, video or audio recording by a drone couldn’t take place where there is a “reasonable expectation of privacy.” “That’s a vague and meaningless term,” he argued. “I can walk out onto a beach with a camera and there’s no right to restrict. Now, I have a $40 drone that I picked up from Toys ‘R’ Us with a camera on it at 15 feet over head, and I have violated a law.” Cuthbertson, who is a practicing attorney with experience in municipal and land use law, said the phrase “reasonable expectation of privacy” is commonly accepted legal term that has well-defined limitations. The proposed changes will not affect the current punishment for those who violate town code consisting of a fine exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment for up to 15 days. Massapequa Park resident Kenneth Kramer, a model airplane enthusiast and licensed commercial drone pilot who often flies in Huntington area, asked the town to reconsider amending this. “The Town of Oyster Bay is having a problem with people knowing about the permit process,” Kramer said. “If you are going to be charging people, that it is going to be a hardship on the average family.” Supervisor Chad Lupinacci (R) assured that the town was soliciting feedback and would consider some of the suggestions made prior to changing the code. “It’s a good start, and we would love to make it better,” he said.

Decision on Creekside apartments postponed BY SARA-MEGAN WALSH SARA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM

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to two neighboring apartment complexes built by the same developer and accused the town of allowing illegal segmentation to Residents vocal opposition to a proposed occur, or the three apartment buildings to Halesite apartment complex has forced be considered separate projects to allegedly Town of Huntington officials to temporarily bypass undergoing the full state environpostpone a decision on the project. mental impact review due to their smaller Huntington Supervisor individual size. Chad Lupinacci (R) tabled a ‘Is this town board “Is this town board going vote on whether to approve going to follow to follow the previous town a change of zoning from R-5 board in ignoring state enviresidential to R-3M garden the previous town ronmental law and granting apartment district for a pro- board in ignoring down zoning or fulfill the posed Creek Road apartment election season promise of a complex at the June 5 town state environmental new direction for Huntingboard meeting. ton,” Suter asked. law and granting “It didn’t look like we East Northport residown zoning or were going to have the dent James Leonick, who majority support of town fulfill the election has declared his campaign board,” Lupinacci said. for a town council seat this season promise of Developer Peter AmbroNovember, said the town sio seeks to construct a two- a new direction for used federal environmental story apartment building with Huntington.’ conservation and wetlands four two-bedroom units at 20 funds to purchase land across Creek Road. His proposed — Bob Suter the street from the proposed plans have been met with development. petitions opposing the “There are already toxicity development bordering Mill Dam Park, citing problems, sewage problems, drainage probissues with overdevelopment and environ- lems and adding to the intensity of use by mental concerns for local wetlands. adding apartments there will not help, it will Huntington resident Bob Suter pointed only hurt,” Leonick said.

The property at 20 Creek Road in Halesite is currently zoned residential. John Breslin, the attorney representing Ambrosio on the Creek Road apartments, said residents’ complaints about the project being presented in three segments to gain approval to build without a full environmental review simply weren’t true. Breslin pointed out the first Creekside apartments were built in 2006. “There was no concept in their mind that they would think of this,” he said. “The first was built and rented before they acquired the next property.”

He also argued that the property does not constitute wetlands, contrary to residents’ statements. It is not clear when or if the rezoning of the property at 20 Creek Road will be put back before the Huntington town board for a vote. “I am opposed to all changes of zoning to allow any more development,” Huntington resident Allen Fritz said. “We have Queens in Huntington. We will keep coming down to fight the board as this has to stop, or we will be taking other measures you will not like.”


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Huntington Station driver arrested with 89 suspensions SCPD

Suffolk County police arrested a woman for driving with a suspended and revoked driver’s license after stopping her for traffic violations in Huntington June 6. Dawn Taddeo was allegedly operating a 1996 Buick Regal on Pulaski Road without a registration sticker displayed on her windshield. A 2nd Precinct patrol officer initiated a traffic stop. A check on Taddeo’s driver’s license showed it had been suspended 89 times. It was also determined that Taddeo’s vehicle was unregistered and was being operated with improper or “switched” license plates, according to police. Taddeo, 49, of Huntington Station, was arrested and charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle with a prior conviction. Taddeo was also issued several summonses for vehicle and traffic law violations, according to police. The vehicle was impounded. Taddeo is being held overnight at the 4th Precinct and was arraigned June 7 at 1st District Court in Central Islip. She is being held in lieu of bail set at $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond. Taddeo had not posted bond as of June 12. — SARA-MEGAN WALSH

POLICE BLOTTER Incidents and arrests June 5–10 Stolen joyride

Huntington Station resident Dawn Taddeo was arrested June 6 after she was allegedly found driving despite several license suspensions.

LEGALS Notice of Formation, SCHV Realty II LLC. Articles of Organization Filed with SSNY on Sept. 19, 2017. Office location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated for Service of Process. SSNY shall mail copies of any process served on the LLC to c/o SCHV Realty II LLC, 55 Gerard St. #1410, Huntington NY 11743. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 452 5/17 6x thn Notice of formation of Aurora Construction Solutions LLC, dba Concepts in Construction. Arts of Org. filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 4/25/18. Office location: Suffolk County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC: 275 Marcus Blvd. Suite M, Hauppauge NY. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 472_052418 6x thn

Notice of formation of Improv Mom Productions LLC. Arts of Org. filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on May 9, 2018. Office location: Suffolk County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to the LLC: 24 Fairchild Street, Huntington, NY 11743. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of formation of Northport Communications LLC. Arts of Org. filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/16/2018. Office location: Suffolk County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC: 84 Ellis Avenue, Northport, NY 11768. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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IDECO HOME IMPROVEMENT LLC. Arts of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/02/2018. Office: Suffolk County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 21 Forsythe Dr., East Northport, NY 11731. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

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Police arrested a Huntington man, 22, who allegedly stole a 1998 Cadillac Eldorado from a parking lot on Little Plains Road in Huntington June 5 at approximately 6 a.m. Once behind the wheel, the man allegedly smashed the car into a fence along Little Plains Road and drove off, according to police. The 22-year-old then flashed his private parts to pedestrians walking on Pulaski Road in Huntington at approximately 6:30 a.m. before being pulled over by police. He is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny of an automobile, third-degree criminal mischief and public lewdness.

Huntington mugging

Police said at approximately 8 p.m. June 7 they received a call that an individual in the parking lot of Stop & Shop off Wall Street in Huntington was robbed. The stolen wallet contained an undisclosed amount of cash.

Unaware driver

A Huntington Station man, 31, was pulled over by police for allegedly failing to move out of the away for an emergency vehicle while driving on West Hills Road in Huntington Station June 10 at approximately 12:11 a.m. The driver was given a field sobriety test and later charged with allegedly driving while intoxicated, with a prior conviction in the last 10 years.

Easy access

Police report that at approximately 10:45 a.m. June 8, an individual reported that a wallet was allegedly stolen from an unlocked vehicle, make and model not specified, parked on Devonshire Place in Elwood. The wallet contained cash, a driver’s license and several bank cards.

Need to smoke

A police officer said an individual allegedly broke the front windowpane of a smoke shop located at 675 Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station, at approximately 2 a.m. June 8, and stole an orange glass animalshaped pipe.

Smash, no grab

Police said at approximately 3 a.m. June 9 a driver’s side window was broken on a 2002 Toyota Solara parked in a driveway on Winding Street in Huntington Station. The vehicle’s owner reported that nothing appeared to have been stolen.

Purse snatcher

A 23-year-old Huntington Station man was arrested June 10 at approximately 10:46 a.m. for allegedly stealing a pocketbook from a woman on Park Avenue in Huntington.

Fingers out

A 22-year-old Melville man was arrested June 8 by police for allegedly driving a 2012 Honda Civic along Broad Hollow Road in Melville and crashing into another vehicle at approximately 12:21 a.m. Once taken into custody, police officers said he resisted being fingerprinted at the station. The man was charged with driving while intoxicated and second-degree obstruction of a government administrator.

Lost at Panera

On June 10 at approximately 3:30 p.m., police received reports that a wallet was allegedly stolen from a customer at Panera on Walt Whitman Road in South Huntington. The wallet contained credit cards and a driver’s license. — COMPILED BY SARA-MEGAN WALSH

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New cell tower at Callahans Beach to aid rescue workers BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM

Applications sought for Distinguished Youth Award Suffolk County teens have an opportunity to be recognized for their community service and personal accomplishments with the return of Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory’s (D) Distinguished Youth Award program. Created in 2017, the program focuses on youth ages 13 to 18 who are taking the initiative to explore their communities as well as develop their abilities. The program invites participants to set and work toward goals in at least two of four areas: volunteer service, which includes volunteering time to benefit members of the community; personal development, which includes assessing one’s own skills and setting goals for personal improvement; exploration of Suffolk, which involves visiting 15 of the county’s parks; and physical fitness, designed to increase participants’ level of physical activity to promote physical and mental well-being. Participants will work closely with local elected officials to lay out goals and a plan to accomplish them and will have a year to complete their tasks. Individuals who participate will be rewarded with one of the three medals based on the number of categories they complete. The bronze medal will be

awarded to participants who complete two of the four listed program areas, while the silver medal will be awarded to individuals who complete three of the four areas. Participants who successfully complete all four areas will be rewarded the highest level of achievement, the gold medal. “Suffolk County is filled with talented and dedicated young people, and the Distinguished Youth Award gives them a unique chance to work with local officials, connect with their communities, and set and reach goals for their own personal development,” Gregory said. “These young people are our future, and this program will help them become leaders. We look forward to recognizing them for their hard work.” Registration is open through June 30. Applications and an information packet are available online at the Suffolk County Legislature website at www. scnylegislature.us/896/DistinguishedYouth-Award. The medal presentation ceremony will be held in August 2019. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Massiel Fuentes at 631-8536355 or via email at DistinguishedYouthAward@suffolkcountyny.gov. — SARA-MEGAN WALSH

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the Landing Country Club in Smithtown and the Smithtown Public Safety building on Maple Avenue. News of plans to construct a cell tower on Valentine said that there are dead zones a town-owned Fort Salonga beach is getting in terms of public safety communications a warm reception from first responders and in the Kings Park Fire Department area, in rescue workers. Nissequogue and the Village of the Head of Plans for a new cell tower at Callah- the Harbor hamlets. ans Beach has public safety officials across Wehrheim said that completing this cell the Town of Smithtown excited that it may tower will enable first responders at all levels increase response times and to better react to emergenstop misplaced emergency ‘Most of the cies. calls to Connecticut. “This thing is imperative departments [in “Say you’re down at the because it’s going to complete bluff, sometimes your 911 call Connecticut] know communications we need would go across the Sound to to transfer them to for our public safety issues, Connecticut because it’s the which includes everything easiest and quickest line of 911 in Suffolk County, — fire, ambulance, police — sight,” Chief John Valentine, but those time all our public safety people director of Smithtown’s pubwill all be on that tower,” the frames, although lic safety department said. supervisor said. “Most of the departments only miniscule, are The Smithtown Town [in Connecticut] know to valuable time to any Board voted unanimously at transfer them to 911 in its June 12 meeting to sign Suffolk County, but those 911 emergency.’ the lease agreement between time frames, although only the town and Propagation miniscule, are valuable time —John Valentine Solutions Inc., for Site Tech to any 911 emergency.” Wireless LLC to install the The new cell tower is to approximately 150-foot cell be built in a corner of the upper parking tower. Valentine said the planning departarea, adjacent to the campground portion ment still has to go through procedures beof the beach property, according to Super- fore installation can begin. visor Ed Wehrheim (R). Every cell tower The town’s public safety director said erected in the township has the Town of the effort to build a third cell tower has Smithtown’s public safety network built into been in the works for the past four years, it, and this new cell tower will complete the and has been held up in the process of gettriangulation created by existing towers at ting approval from both town and state en-

Callahans Beach in Fort Salonga includes features a picnia area and campgrounds. tities as it is being built on parkland. “We’re anxious to get it done, Valentine said. “The Kings Park Fire Department and all our other users on our network are anxious to get it in place.” Kings Park Fire Commissioner Peter Laura Sr. said that the area of Fort Salonga is notoriously bad for radio reception because of its hilly landscape. “It’s of great importance to us, we need to be able to talk,” Laura said. “If the chief gets on scene to say there’s an issue like a cardiac arrest, and he can’t reach the dispatcher to relay that information, it might be life threatening. This tower would hopefully solve the radio communication problem.”

Valentine said that he has not heard any concerns or complaints regarding the installation of a new cell phone tower. “We have been met with nothing but encouragement to get this done from both public safety interests and residents,” the pubic safety director said. Pete Hans, the principle planner for the Town of Smithtown’s Planning Department, said that the town must still complete a local waterfront revitalization program review, which if everything goes according to plan will be presented at the July 17 town board meeting. In the best case scenario the cell tower should be presented for approval to the board by September.

USCG: Boating injuries, fatalities decreased in ‘17 The U.S. Coast Guard released its 2017 Recreational Boating Statistics May 29, revealing that boating fatalities nationwide that year totaled 658, a 6.1 percent decrease from 2016. From 2016 to 2017, recreational boating injuries also decreased 9.4 percent from 2,903 to 2,629, and the total number of accidents decreased 3.9 percent from 4,463 to 4,291. However, the report also showed it was the second highest number of fatalities on record in the last five years. “Although these lower numbers are encouraging, I ask those who boat to continue to do so responsibly, especially by donning a life jacket,” said Capt. Scott Johnson, chief of the Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety at Coast Guard Headquarters. Johnson cited a heart-wrenching case in which an 18-year-old victim who had been preparing to wakeboard unexpectedly fell overboard with a life jacket in his hand. He never resurfaced. The report also shows that in 2017: • The fatality rate was 5.5 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. This rate represents a 6.8 percent decrease from last year’s fatality rate of 5.9 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. • Property damage totaled approximately

$46 million. • Alcohol continued to be the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. • Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, machinery failure and alcohol use rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents. Johnson warned boaters of the impacts of alcohol use, noting a case in Connecticut where two inebriated people onboard a 32foot boat were killed when their boat crashed into a breakwater. Where the cause of death was known, 76 percent of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 84.5 percent were not wearing a life jacket. Where boating instruction was known, 81 percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had not received boating safety instruction. The vessel types with the highest number of fatalities were on open motorboats, kayaks and personal watercraft. The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to boat responsibly on the water: wear a life jacket, take a boating safety course, attach the engine cutoff switch, get a free vessel safety check and boat sober. — UNITED STATES COAST GUARD


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SCPD: Opioid-related deaths trending down in 2018 BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Suffolk County’s police department has new numbers to get excited about. Despite being less than halfway through the year, the police department and medical examiner’s office report the county is on trend to see a nearly 100-person decrease in opioid-related deaths in 2018, compared to the last two. Chief of Detectives Gerard Gigante and Chief Medical Examiner Michael Caplan confirmed at the May 31 Suffolk County Legislature’s health committee meeting that if numbers remain low through June and July, Suffolk might see overdose deaths drop to 2015 levels — 260 total — compared to 2016 and 2017, where there were 362 and 359, respectively. “It feels like we’re making headway,” Gigante said. “Like we’re getting somewhere.” The total number of opioid deaths for this year is 120 as of May 1, which includes 78 cases still pending, in which the medical examiner could not yet attribute the overdose to causing the victim’s death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 64,000 people nationwide died from drug overdoses in 2016. Caplan said Suffolk mirrors the national statistic that approximately 80 percent of all drug overdoses are caused by opioids. Gigante attributed the decrease to large-scale drug busts, like the arrest of six people involved in a Brookhaven-based drug ring in Middle Island in March. In the last few years the number of

overdoses involving prescription drugs has decreased, according to Caplan, while those involving illegal and nonprescription substances have increased. “[2011] was the peak of where prescription medications like oxycodone were our biggest problem,” the medical examiner said. “We saw the trend going away from prescription opioids and to semisynthetic opioids like heroin and fentanyl.” Members of the health committee said the trend down is uplifting. “We’re amazed,” Legislator William

“Doc” Spencer (D-Centerport) said. “These numbers are nearly 10-fold less than previous years.” Gigante also spoke during the meeting about the department’s High Intensity Drug Tracking Area system, which maps overdose detections in real time for police officers out in the field. SCPD members can report the location, time and other details of an overdose, which is used to determine where to concentrate resources. The police department used the system to map 13 opioid overdoses Memorial Day

weekend, three of which were fatal. This is compared to last year’s Memorial Day weekend where nine of 40 reports resulted in a fatality. The numbers reflected in the statistics do not account for people who drive themselves to hospitals, but Gigante said he hopes to get medical institutions involved in reporting those numbers too. “If we can override June and July then we will really start to see the ratio decrease,” Gigante said. “I’m cautiously optimistic we can turn that corner.”

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‘This is a oncein-a-lifetime moment, but please be responsible in your actions.’

Local schools have long tried to curb drug and alcohol use at prom while still trying to ensure graduating classes celebrate the final days before graduation. Frank Pugliese said in his first year as principal of Shoreham-Wading River High School, he hopes his students can enjoy prom while staying safe. “We strongly advise all students to always make appropriate decisions,” Pugliese said in an email. “With that being said, we have great students. The vast majority make smart choices regardless of the policies in place, and we trust that they will continue to do so on prom night.” Smithtown High School West participates in the county District Attorney’s Office new Choices and Consequences program that shows the dangers of reckless and drunk driving. Members of the DA’s office will be in the high school June 18. In a letter to students, Smithtown West High School Principal John Coady said anyone caught drinking during prom will be suspended and kicked out. Prom tickets will not be refunded, and the student may be barred from the graduation ceremony. Fifty alcohol and 25 drug testing kits were sent out to numerous schools to kick off the program. The kits are also available free at each Suffolk County legislator’s office and will remain offered through

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that contains a single cup and stick that changes color depending on the presence of alcohol. A new Suffolk County Sheriff’s “We want parents to ask tough questions Department program is looking to keep and [have] tough discussions early on kids safe this prom and graduso that they don’t get the ation season, while creating a knock on the door by a police way for parents to more easily officer telling them that their open a dialogue with kids about child is in the hospital or telling underage drinking and drugs. them that their child was driving “We just want everyone to while intoxicated,” Toulon said. be prepared,” Suffolk County “We would rather let them take Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. said. care of their children so that law “It’s a celebratory moment for enforcement does not [have to] people graduating high school get involved.” and moving on, and they feel a The North Shore Youth little empowered.” Council already offers these On May 22 the sheriff’s kits. Executive Director Janene office announced it is passing Gentile said she doesn’t see the out free alcohol and drug kits as a punitive measure, but testing kits. as a way for parents to more According to the Centers for easily talk about the topic with Disease Control and Prevention, their children. the leading cause of death for “Drinking is cultural in people in the United States our society, but it’s an adult between the ages of 15 and choice and not a young 24 is motor vehicle crashes. In — Errol Toulon Jr. person’s choice,” she said. Suffolk County, the leading “This is not supposed to be a causes of motor vehicle crashes are driving punishment, and I don’t believe that was while ability impaired by alcohol or dugs ever the purpose. It’s important to show and reckless or distracted driving. kids that they can have fun without being The test kits include standard urine test high or drinking.”

the North Shore Youth Council. Each alcohol testing kit costs .74 cents while drug testing kits are $1.50. The $5,000 program is being paid for with asset forfeiture funds. “I would like for all of them to enjoy the moment,” Toulon said of seniors attending prom and graduation. “This is a once-in-alifetime moment, but please be responsible in your actions so you do not harm yourself or anyone else.”


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Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School

Honoring excellence

The Northport-East Northport school district recognized a number of exceptional students at the May 31 board of education meeting. Northport High School senior Shannon Culhane, pictured above right, was named Art Student of the Month and was recognized for her outstanding work in the art department. During the past three years, Culhane has received multiple Scholastic Gold Key Awards, was named the 2018 Scholar Artist and awarded Achievement in Drawing at Long Island’s Best: Young Artist

Show. In addition, Culhane was also recently named a recipient of the Otto Kahn Visual Arts Scholarship. She will be continuing her artistic career at Fashion Institute of Technology as a fashion design major in the fall. Ryan Dee, pictured above left, a senior at Northport High School, was recognized as the 2018 Music Student of the Month. Throughout his academic career, Dee has received multiple awards including Comprehensive Music Student of the Year and AP Music Theory

Student of the Year. In addition, he has been recognized for the past two years as an All-State Symphony Orchestra member and was selected as one of 11 winners of NYSSMA’s Electronic Music Showcase in 2016. He was commended by his instructors for his intuitive understanding of music and the humility and integrity he regularly shows in the classroom. Dee will be continuing his studies at Syracuse University as a music and entertainment industry major in the fall.

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Making the transition On June 7, rising juniors and seniors from Elwood-John H. Glenn High School visited Elwood Middle School to meet their Freshman Buddies. At the end of each middle schooler’s career, they’re assigned a volunteer upperclassman “buddy” from the high school who serves as their role model, guide and friend to help the transition to high school be as smooth as possible. Throughout the year, buddies check in with their freshmen and address different themes at meetings, such as time management and

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Birthday fun for everyone Fifth-graders at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School in the Harborfields Central School District spent time creating goodie bags for Birthday Wishes, an organization that helps provide the joy of a birthday party for homeless children June 6. In an effort to make a small difference in the lives of children who don’t have homes, students from Robyn Weber and Gervaise Jordan’s fifth-grade classes each brought in something fun to donate to help a child in need experience the joy of a birthday party. Each item brought was required to be enough for 24

goodie bags, and each group was made up of seven students. Within groups, students created an assembly line system, rotating bags around the desk and stuffing one of every item into each. “It’s a great organization that makes it really easy for anyone to get involved,” Weber said, “and it’s always important to teach kids how to give of themselves to others who aren’t as privileged as they are.” Pictured above, students Viraj, Allie, Logan, Eliza and Owen work together to create goodie bags for children in need.

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getting involved. High school principal Carisa Burzynski introduced herself to the eighth-graders and assured them that the transition to John Glenn would be easier with their buddies as a resource. “Each leader is of the best students John Glenn has to offer,” Burzynski said. “They were selected because of their character and leadership skills, and they will do their very best to help you navigate through this new season.” Once each eighth-grader found

their assigned group, students formed circles outside. Groups played ice-breaking games, inquired about different aspects of high school, exchanged contact information and more. Many of the middle schoolers asked the upperclassmen if they had been nervous going into high school, but the buddies encouraged them positively. “It’s not as hard as you’d think,” said Shannon, an upperclassmen volunteer. “You’ll get used to the change really quickly.”

Marcia Hannah Merker, 86, formerly of Northport, died May 7. She was the author of “Listening: Ways of Hearing in a Silent World,” a memoir published in 1994 about what it is like to lose one’s hearing as an adult, and “Time Being Made of Moments.” A longtime advocate for Americans with disabilities, she was the director for Reading for the Handicapped program at Huntington Public Library. She was the beloved mother of Janice Goldberg, Laura Kosloff and Bob Kosloff; cherished grandmother of Marshall and Marcus Kosloff. Memorial donations in her name can be made to Lincoln County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 7, Edgecomb, ME 04556 or by visiting www.lincoln. coastalhumanesociety.org.

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Michael Paul Spera, 34, of Huntington, died May 19. He was the beloved husband of Brittany; loving father of Landon Michael; cherished son of Paul and Michele; fond brother of Andrew and Ryan; grandson of Carol; and caring son-in-law of Reinee and Stephen Merrell. A funeral service was held privately. Arrangements were entrusted to Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home. Have you lost a family member or loved one who lived or worked in the Asharoken, Centerport, Cold Spring Harbor, East Northport, Eaton’s Neck, Greenlawn, Halesite, Huntington, Huntington Bay, Lloyd Harbor or Northport areas? Send their obituary to obits@tbrnewsmedia.com for free publication.


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Clockwise from above, Elijah Claiborne celebrates after checking the scoreboard to confirm his first-place finish in the 800-meter run; Claiborne crosses the 1,600 finish line; the senior is congratulated by his runner-up in the 800; and stands atop the 800 podium after.

Elijah Claiborne places first twice at state meet Twin talks the double win, push to best his brother Isaiah, following in footsteps of twins of years past Elijah Claiborne has always come second, but this time, the state meet was his stage to shine on. The senior has fallen short to his twin brother Isaiah before, and other times, like at the state indoor meet, to Schenectady’s Maazin Ahmed. The close finishes haven’t deterred the senior from the sport, instead motivating him to work harder. Even though his twin brother opted out of the state outdoor championships to attend the Brooks PR meet, spectators were still seeing double. Claiborne placed first in the 800 in 1 minute, 52.33 seconds, and first in the 1,600 in 4:10.01. NORTHPORT ATHLETICS

“Things went perfectly,” Claiborne said. “After not qualifying last year I really wanted this. [Isaiah] has always been better than me and I’ve closed the gap between me and him. My goal is to beat him or run a faster time than him whenever I get the chance. He’s always my driving factor.” His other motivator was falling just milliseconds behind Ahmed this past March. “I changed my race strategy and I started trying a lot harder during practice,” he said following the photo finish. “I stopped skipping runs and focused more on how I execute race plans and getting myself prepared.” Head coach Jason Strom has seen his runner’s struggles and said what Claiborne did at Cicero-North Syracuse High School June 8 and 9 was the most incredible performance he has seen at states. The senior was also part of the 4×800 relay with senior Dan O’Connor, junior Sean Ryan and sophomore Thomas Fodor clocked in a photo-finish second place to St. Anthony’s (7:45.78), finishing in 7:45.79. “He’s had a hard time gaining the respect he deserves because his brother has been a notch faster than him — he’s been secondbest even in his own house,” the 12-year Northport coach said of Claiborne. “It was nice for him to have his day to shine, have all eyes on him, and realize the top runner in the state that he is. His athletic ability and talent in the sport is through the roof, and he’s nowhere near his ceiling yet.” Claiborne said he and his brother were always compared to previous Northport twin track stars Jack and Tim McGowan. The sets of twins have a unique relationship, and their connection will grow when the four become teammates at Pennsylvania State University next year. “They’re the ones that recruited me,” Claiborne said. “Isaiah and I have always been compared to them, and I’ve always

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tried to beat their times year after year. It’s created some friendly competition.” He said he also chose Penn State because he immediately felt at home. “The way they treated us, we already felt like members of the team,” he said. “They were all very nice, the facility is very nice. I just felt amazing when I visited, and I’ve always wanted to go to a big school like that. I couldn’t be happier.” Strom said he always saw potential in Claiborne. The runner competed for soccer and wrestling teams as a freshman, and used his time on the track team to stay in shape. After seeing his brother quit wrestling to take on track year-round as a sophomore, he

followed suit the next year. “Coach took me in and built me up to be the best I can be,” Claiborne said. “I’ve made my greatest friends through track. Being a Northport Tiger, it’s been a great four years. I’m just grateful for my teammates, and I’m going to miss them next year.” He admitted his permanent move to the track team was motivated by his brother’s fast rise to stardom. “I saw how good he got, and I didn’t want my brother to get better than me, so I joined the team full-time,” Claiborne said. “My brother, how good he got, I wanted to be that great too.” Now, he is.


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Masonry ALL SUFFOLK PAVING AND 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 www.allsuffolkpaving.com

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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 CLOVIS OUTDOOR SERVICES LTD Expert Tree Removal AND Pruning. Landscape design and maintenance, Edible Gardens, Plant Healthcare, Exterior Lighting. 631-751-4880 clovisoutdoors@gmail.com 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

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PORT JEFF VILLAGE Beautiful, Spacious 1 BR Apartment. Private patio, Quiet. No Smoking. Wifi/Direct TV, includes utilities. Completely furnished. 631-473-1468

PORT JEFFERSON 1 bedroom apartment, (NOT A BASEMENT). Mostly Furnished or unfurnished. Quiet neighborhood Available July 1st. LR, EIK, bath, separate entrance, private deck, AC, ceiling fans. Off-street parking. No smoking/pets. $1425 includes heat, electric, Cable/WiFi. Security/references/credit check. Walk to Mather or St. Charles Hospitals. STONY BROOK HOSPITAL/UNIVERSITY, 10-15 minute drive. Pictures available. 631-655-6397

FRIDAY 6/15 5:30-7:30 PM PORT JEFFERSON 706 Brewster Dr. Farm Ranch, 5 BR, 3 bths, finished bsmt. IGP, .46 acre lot. SD#6. MLS#2983996. $575,000. 5:00-7:00PM PORT JEFFERSON 120 Peninsula Dr. 4 BR, 3 bath. Heated salt water pool on .59 acres. Close to beach. SD#6 MLS#3026013. $779,000. SATURDAY 6/16 2:00-4:00PM EAST PATCHOGUE 2 Shade Tree Lane. Colonial, 3 BR, 1.5 bths. .28 acre on private street. SD#4. MLS#3023373. $359,000. 1:00-3:00PM SHOREHAM 62 Woodville Rd. 4 BR, 3 bths. Original wood floors, skylights. Private beach, SD#1. MLS#3036961. $615,000. SUNDAY 6/17 1:00-3:00PM SETAUKET 8 Van Brunt Manor Rd. Colonial, 4 BR, 2.5 bths,1 full acre. HW floors, Close to Setauket Harbor! SD#1. MLS#3003608. $599,000. DANIEL GALE SOTHEBYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S INTERNATIONAL REALTY 631.689.6980

SAT/SUN Open House By Appointment PORT JEFFERSON VILLAGE 415 Liberty Av #14. New 55+ condo. Only 3 Units left! Water View Community, Taxes under $5,000 Starting $749,000 HEAD OF THE HARBOR 2 Evan Ct. New listing. Ranch Pella windows, 4BR, 2.11 acres 2x6 construction, acres. $1,199,000 SETUAKET 37 Stadium Blvd, New Listing, Sports court, IGPl, Fin. bsmt, $975,000 Reduced MOUNT SINAI 109 Hamlet Dr. New to Mkt Full unfin bsmt w/walk. newer 5 yr kitchen, golf/pond views $789,000 SETAUKET 34 Stadium Blvd. New to Mkt. Colonial, Master Suite, Full unfin bsmt, 5 BR, Premium lot, $839,000 SOUTH SETAUKET 24 Hancock Ct, Post Modern, Heated IGP, Hot Tub, Cabana, Full Fin. Bsmt w/walk out, 5 Bedrooms, $899,990 Dennis Consalvo ALIANO REAL ESTATE 631-724-1000, info@ longisland-realestate.net www.longisland-realestate.net

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STONY BROOK SHORES 3 BR Ranch, 2 baths, LR w/FPL, DR, EIK w/new appliances, finished lower level to yard, CAC, private beach rights. $3200 +1 months security. Owner. 631-751-1441

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Letters to the editor

Our editorial staff wanted to take time out of our busy schedules to remember the effects our fathers and father-figures have had on our lives.

Dear publisher, I have never read a letter or heard a person speak in such an objective manner as you expressed in your May 31 column entitled “Dumbing down America as graduation approaches.” For the first time in my life I felt that the Pope and I had lost the power of infallibility. I say this with tongue in cheek as humor and do agree that your words were flawless in truth.

A thank you on dad’s day Today’s children are being coddled Rita J. Egan: Sometimes we can learn from others’ battles especially when they are honest about them. Those who knew my father say I’m the spitting image of him. I’m tall and thin just like him, and even though he wasn’t part of my life for a long time, I have some of his mannerisms. But my father’s wish was that I wouldn’t be like him when it came to his love for alcohol. He spent the last 20 years of his life sober, but it was a battle. As the one who usually is drinking a soda or water at the bar, I am proof that wishes do come true. I learned not from his examples but from his mistakes, simply because he was honest about his weaknesses. So, this Father’s Day, I will raise a glass of Coca-Cola to my dad and thank him for his honesty and wish for me Desirée Keegan: This is to the opening of your heart and the softening of those red walls that fought so long to be as strong as possible. I never needed you to be, but through action, you did teach me. This is to the shaping of a new person out of the mistakes and life lessons, the pitfalls and the glorious victories. This is to the one who through sacrificing time and energy, through hard work and commitment, even learning, sometimes, along with me, showed me what real strength is. The world-shaking realization that real strength lives in vulnerability and stoicism doesn’t fit quite as well as unharnessed passion and the colors of a heart worn on a sleeve. This is to the one that adopted a silly voice and character and threw themselves into folly for the chance at a smile on their children’s lips. It’s in the trying that’s the loving and it’s in the failure that’s the triumph. This is to you, mom, because every Father’s Day I’m reminded that you’re all I’ve ever needed. You, as you are now, have always been more than enough. Alex Petroski: Some of the best times I’ve had with my dad are when we argue. To most that probably sounds weird. We’re both opinionated and have consumed enough talking head television between the two of us to always be loaded with a hot take. Usually it’s about sports, but we can find a way to argue about anything. To bystanders, like my mom, this might seem unhealthy, but maybe he and I are the only ones who get it. The fact that my dad, who I and my peers consider to be a human encyclopedia, will engage in a conversation and on any topic, even if we don’t agree, makes me proud, and I wouldn’t trade those lively discussions for boring agreements. Dad, I’m going to convince you one day; LeBron is better than Jordan. Sara-Megan Walsh: Dad, I appreciate all the little things you’ve done over the years. Like handing me 75 cents to buy a snack with lunch in third grade, even if it meant you went without coffee that morning. To making those 7-Eleven Slurpee runs in the summer that we never told Mom about. When I grew older and went off to college, your love showed when offering to drive me four hours each way to Massachusetts, so I could spend a weekend at home. Then, you’d always still offer to purchase breakfast for me and my dorm mates when dropping me off. These days, you send me text messages asking if I’m safe at home during storms and reminders of family birthdays. You’ve always put me first and made sure I’m taken care of, and I couldn’t ask for more Kyle Barr: Dad, I think as we all grow older we grow bigger. And that’s okay. Our hearts grow bigger too. We’re able to take more empathy in to fill that ever-growing pocket inside our hearts. As adults we can come to understand each other in a way that a child couldn’t. That’s the problem with childhood. A child’s heart is like a fountain, and everything it takes in, it spills out in one great continuous cycle. I think kids don’t know how important family is until they’re older. That’s what I want you to know, that I know you think our family is important, that even as you spend long days working, know that I know why you do it, and know I couldn’t thank you enough.

Our children today are coddled to such a degree that they now dictate in so many social ways to family structure. It is a far cry from the days of “Andy Hardy.” Parents today have become victims of a progressive movement that is presently changing the very character of families. Many moral families have lost values that no longer exist. To realize this phenomenon in this manner becomes a matter of requirement

in age over 50. We are now in transition alien to the culture that we were once founded on. The very soul of our nation is the family. Our structure is now in change. Once accomplished, we shall no longer be the republic for which it stands. God bless America.

Leonard J. Henderson Port Jefferson

State tax cap needs to be permanent New York State’s property tax cap, which has saved over $7.6 billion for school property taxpayers in just the first four years since its inception in 2012, is on the verge of becoming extinct. Few realize that when the cap was first passed, it was only for a short period of time. While Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and the state Senate majority wanted it to be permanent, thenAssembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D) insisted that it be tied to passage of rent regulations and sunset after four years. It came up for renewal in 2015 and passed with little fanfare. It was extended out to the 2019–20 legislative session. In a typical session, this wouldn’t raise much of an eyebrow. However, there is the potential for a seismic power shift in the state Senate this November, which could tilt the balance of power from suburban Long Island Republicans to liberal New York City Democrats. The last time this happened in 2009, a massive payroll tax was enacted on suburban businesses to help fund the MTA. The state Assembly has never been an ardent supporter of the concept of a property tax cap. Municipal unions and school districts recoil at what they claim is an artificial constraint that the cap places on their ability to expend funds as they wish. Some anti-tax entities even filed a lawsuit to invalidate it. They lost. But having lost the battle, they still may win the war, if they are able to convince a newly constituted state Senate that the cap be allowed to sunset. This is not some pie in the sky scenario. Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon (D) has already made the abolition of the cap part of her platform. While it’s unlikely she will win the governorship, she does reflect the power the Working Families Party and the far left wing of the Democratic Party have over

the electoral process. Republicans who traditionally held control of the Senate are facing a huge challenge this November. They have lost one special election after another, and now actually have a minority of 31 seats to the 32 Democrats hold. The only thing maintaining their slight hold on power is Democratic Senator Simcha Felder, who has agreed to caucus with the Republicans until the election. The odds of the Long Island Republican Senate block keeping power are daunting. First, they are facing the fact that this is an off year election, with a Republican in the White House, which traditionally bodes ill for the party in power. Secondly, the governor has been pushed so far left that his previous tactical wink and nod support for Republican control of the Senate is a thing of the past. That is why it is so essential that the Long Island Senate Republicans, who still maintain control of the state Senate, make the permanency of the tax cap their number one priority as this session winds down. They floated this bill in the past, only to see it whimper out. But, as we have seen, they hold a great number of cards, given the fact that the Democratic Assembly must negotiate with them to pass not only a budget, but end of year resolutions as well. We’ve seen from the past that a party can get its way on a priority issue if it is made clear from the outset that nothing else will move forward without it. There are a plethora of issues that are worthy for consideration in the last few weeks of session, but none are as important to suburban taxpayers than making the cap permanent. This may be the last chance in a while that suburban senators hold a semblance of power. If they lose control, there will be no champion

in power to make the extension possible. New York City legislators will be able to extend rent regulations without the need to compromise with the Long Island delegation. Certainly, the cap is not a panacea. While it’s stated to be at 2 percent, there are many loopholes. Pension costs, interest on capital improvements, tort settlements and rising property assessments, all are exempt from the cap. Nevertheless, according to the Empire Center, the average increases in school tax levies in the six years since the cap’s inception is approximately 2 percent, compared to the over 6 percent that was the norm in the decade prior to the implementation of the cap. The fact is, forced prioritization works. And while there were dire predictions of chaos that would ensue within the schools, it never came to pass. New York has seen the largest exodus of residents to cheaper pastures than any other state in the nation. According to the LI Index, 41 percent of our young people, ages 18 to 34, still live with their parents. Fewer and fewer Long Islanders, according to a Long Island Association poll, consider themselves part of the disappearing middle class (58 percent today, compared to 67 percent in 1990). The cap alone is not going to change this, but it will at least help many keep their heads above water for a while. So let’s make the cap permanent so that we can start concentrating on our efforts to actually reduce the tax burden by eliminating costly state mandates, such as mandatory arbitration, the Triborough Amendment, and unsustainable defined benefit pensions.

Steve Levy President, Common Sense Strategies and former Suffolk County Executive

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OPINION

The exquisite agony of waiting

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t happens everywhere, all day long. There isn’t a moment in any day when someone, somewhere isn’t waiting for something. They might be looking at a protruding stomach waiting for their baby’s birth or standing in line waiting to order lunch. They might even be staring at a phone waiting for a return text message while the three moving dots suggest someone is typing, waiting for commercials to end to see whether the contestants won on a game show By Daniel Dunaief — or waiting for word from a school of choice. I have a friend who is writhing through the exquisite agony of the school wait-list.

D. None of the above

He tries to think about other things, like the exams he has this week, the fate of his beloved baseball team in a game or the plans for his long-awaited summer. To his credit, my friend has allowed himself to stop thinking about the school decision over which he has no control at this point. Well, most of the time. He’d like to pick up the phone, call the school and ask, as politely as possible, if he got in today. When we’re younger, we struggle with the wait of a coming birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah or a vacation. We check the calendar months in advance, planning a party, considering the invitation list, ordering food we may barely taste because we’re so preoccupied playing with our friends that day. In the days that lead up to the birthday, the clock drags, slowed down by our desire to get to Friday. The night before children receive numerous presents during a holiday, sleep evades them, as they wonder

what’s wrapped and ready the next morning. If we’re lucky, birthdays and holidays are almost guaranteed to bring presents, even if the bike isn’t the right color or the sweater doesn’t fit. Those waits are more like yield signs on a highway, where we know, eventually, we’ll merge onto our preferred roadway. To continue with the road analogy, what if the wait is like a yellow light and the next step is a red light? If the light turns red — in this case, the school calls to share their disappointment that the person won’t be able to attend — does my friend wish he could go back in time to the waiting period, where a “yes” was still a possibility? Is not knowing our fate more difficult than receiving a definitive answer? It depends on whom you ask. For some people, the notion of waiting for some kind of resolution is far worse than solid information. They move on with their lives once they hear the news.

For others, the wait allows them to play emotional ping-pong, throwing themselves from one side of a possibility to the other. The resolution can make them feel as if the game with themselves has ended, requiring that they make new decisions with new wait times. While people wait, they often look for signs. If a school stays in touch, maybe that means he is closer to getting in. If a light turns green just as he arrives at the intersection, maybe that also means good news is coming. We wait for so much: For someone to call on us when we raise our hand, for someone we like to pay attention to us, for a doctor to “see us now” and for the opportunity to do something extraordinary. Given how much of our lives involve waiting, you’d think we’d be experts at it. And yet, every so often, we hold our breath and hope the delay is only temporary, making the next step — or the next wait — that much sweeter.

masterpiece to the salivating family gathered around the kitchen table. I always tried to sleep in on Sundays, but the marvelous smells that filled the apartment unfailingly coaxed me out of bed. Only my mother was impervious and slept through the ruckus of our trying to identify the ingredients as we ate. My dad would then take us out to the park — Central Park that is — and we would roam over hills and dells, always yodeling in the many tunnels along the pathways. The echoes were hugely satisfying. He would set a rock on top of a boulder, give us each five small stones, and ask us to knock the rock off the boulder from 10 paces. We’d have a vague destination within the park each Sunday, anywhere from the carousel to the rowboat lake, to Shakespeare Garden to Sheep Meadow with its multitude of baseball games in progress. He was good at pitching horseshoes, and as we strolled by the quoits section the men would offer him a turn. If we had thought to bring a basketball, we might shoot

some baskets on the courts. When the weather was bad, we would wander through the Metropolitan Museum. Wherever we went, regulars in the park usually recognized us because my younger sister had Down syndrome, a condition that was almost never seen in public places. We stood out, I guess, and my sister, who loved to watch the baseball games and came to know some of the adult players by name, would cheer loudly with each solid hit. As the day wore on, my dad would buy a box of Cracker Jacks from a park vendor and we would share the contents. By the end of the afternoon, we would head to a predetermined grove of trees where my mother would be waiting on a blanket with supper. I remember how happy my parents were to see each other — you would have thought they had been separated for weeks. Maybe it was just the prospect of some homemade dinner that sealed the day with joy for all of us.

A playful dad remembered

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hen I think of my dad, I am reminded almost immediately of his loving nature and his playfulness. Now many dads I have met behave lovingly toward their families, so that is not what set mine apart. It was the other half of my description: His instant readiness to play and his aptitude for making up games on the spot. My dad was an ambitious businessman, and he worked long hours every week. But Sundays were his day to relax and his unconstrained self would By Leah S. Dunaief emerge. No wonder Sundays were my favorite day. He would begin the morning by getting up somewhere before 6 a.m., and start rustling around in the kitchen. The son of a farmer, he got up early all his

Between you and me

childhood, and just because he moved to the city in his teens he wasn’t about to change the diurnal cycle that had been hardwired into him. He was one of nine children and referred to himself when he was growing up as “Middle Child.” To hear his siblings tell of him, he was the one who routinely organized the pack into daily games in between their farm and school chores. Isolated on a large farm from other children and certainly without any municipal playgrounds in their lives, they created their own fun. That skill served him well not only for us, his children, but for the entire neighborhood. He was the undisputed Pied Piper wherever we were on any given Sunday. Sundays belonged to my mother. My dad made sure of that. He would concoct a huge breakfast that was never the same from one week to the next. Into a dozen eggs, he would toss whatever leftovers he could find from the fridge, cook the mixture slowly with generous amounts of onions and other veggies and “mystery spices” and present the

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Health Link Michelle Goldfarb RN, MBA, CPHQ, CPPS

Vice President Quality, Patient Safety & Regulatory Affairs HIPAA Privacy Officer St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center Catholic Health Services (CHS) presented St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center with three Zero Harm Awards, for commitment to improving patient safety. At St. Catherine of Siena, we strive for excellence in patient safety and clinical outcomes, these awards are a culmination of zero harm in key areas for 12 consecutive months. Below is a breakdown of the awards and what they mean for our patients and the community we serve.

A central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) is a serious infection that occurs when germs (usually bacteria or viruses) enter the bloodstream through the central line. Strict protocols are in place to ensure placement is done under sterile conditions by specially credentialed staff and the maintenance of the line is continually assessed to be sure it remains clean and meets standards of care. The best way to prevent infection is to remove a central catheter as soon as it is no longer needed. Central lines are usually placed for patients with difficult IV access, to administer certain medications, high volume of IV fluid or blood products, or to monitor critically ill patients. CLABSI are costly to treat, increase patient’s length of stay in hospital and require the need for expensive antibiotic therapy. They also place the patient at greater risk for associated complications. Proactive rounding by the healthcare team every day to evaluate central line catheters has shown to be very effective in achieving zero infections.

Eliminating Violent Restraints in Behavioral Health Our Psychiatric Division provides care to adult patients over 18 years for various psychiatric diagnosis. Many patients also require supportive care for activities of daily living due to age, mental status, and physical status. A portion of these patients have comorbid substance abuse issues and/or co-occurring medical problems. Under the care of an expert psychiatry staff, patients have the best chance to enhance their interpersonal skills, obtain education about their disorder, gain support from staff, family and peers and build on their strengths. Studies have shown that seclusion and restraints have little therapeutic value, and can cause emotional and physical harm, and even death. St. Catherine maintains the utmost respect and caring for all patients regardless of diagnosis or setting of care. Restraints are safety measures of absolute last resort. Through policy and practice, education and training, a dedicated staff provides a multidisciplinary approach and therapeutic environment that protects patients and staff and has been effective in eliminating the use of violent restraints.

SSI Abdominal Hysterectomy The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines surgical site infection (SSI) as an infection that occurs within 30 days of a procedure in the part of the body where the surgery took place. As mentioned above with CLABSI, Surgical Site Infections, regardless of site, result in longer length of stay, infection, higher risk of readmission and re-operation, and other associated complications. Strict adherence to nationally approved protocols to reduce the risk of SSI include antibiotics preoperatively within 1 hour of skin incision, management of other medical conditions e.g. control of blood pressure, glucose levels for patients with diabetes, skin preparation and strict adherence to hand hygiene and surgical site wound care after discharge have proven to be very effective in eliminating these infections.

St. Catherine of Siena is committed to creating a culture of safety for staff, patients and visitors. To learn more, visit: stcatherines.chsli.org

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