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SBU medical school implements new opioid education session BY DONNA DEEDY DONNA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM
refer to her as “Claire.”
At Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine, a new generation of doctors and dentists are involved in a novel approach to managing the opioid epidemic. The training includes instruction from reformed narcotic users, who act as teachers. A 25-year-old woman recently explained to the first-year students how she became addicted to opioids at the age of 15, when a friend came over with Vicodin prescribed by a dentist after a tooth extraction. Addiction, she said, is like having a deep itch inside that desperately needs to be scratched. “There was nothing that could stand between me and getting high,” said the young woman, who wants to remain anonymous. “Most of the time it was my only goal for the day. At $40 a pill, I switched to heroin which costs $10.” Dr. Lisa Strano-Paul, SBU Assistant Dean for Clinical Education, who helped coordinate the session, said that “patients as teachers” is widely practiced in medical education. This is the first year reformed narcotic users are participating in the program. “People’s stories will stick with these medical students for the rest of their lives,” she said. “Seeing such an articulate woman describe her experiences was impactful.” Gerard Fischer, a doctor of dental surgery candidate from St. James, took part in the patient-as-teacher session on narcotics. “You learn empathy, a quality people want to see in someone practicing medicine,“ Fischer said. “People don’t choose to become addicted to narcotics. So, you want to understand.” After working in dental offices over the last several years, he’s noticed that habits for prescribing painkillers are changing. “Dental pain is notoriously uncomfortable because it’s in your face and head,” he said. “No one wants a patient to suffer.” Pain management, though, requires walking a fine line, he added, saying, “Patient awareness is increasing, so many of them now prefer to take ibuprofen and acetaminophen rather than a prescription narcotic, which could be a reasonable approach.” Hearing the young woman tell her story, he said, will undoubtedly influence his decisionmaking when he becomes a practicing dentist. An estimated 180 medical and dental students attended the training last month. Overall, StranoPaul said she’s getting positive feedback from the medical students about the session. The woman who overcame addiction and shared her insights with the medical professionals, also found the experience rewarding. We respect her request to remain anonymous and are grateful that she has decided to share her story with TBR News Media. For the rest of this article, we shall
“I told the doctors that recovery has nothing to do with science,” Claire said. “They just looked at me.” Claire was addicted to drugs and alcohol for seven years and went to rehab 10 times over the course of five years. “I did some crazy things, I jumped out of a car while it was moving,” Claire said, shaking her head in profound disbelief. She leapt from the vehicle, she said, the moment she learned that her family was on their way to a rehab facility. Fortunately, she was unharmed and has now been off pain pills and drugs for close to six years. She no longer drinks alcohol. “Yes, it is possible to recover from addiction,” Claire said. People with addiction issues feel empty inside, Claire explained, while gently planting her fist in her sternum. She said that once her counselor convinced her to pray for help and guidance, she was able to recover. “Somehow praying opens you up,” she said. Claire was raised Catholic and attended Catholic high school but says that she’s not a religious person. “I said to my counselor, “How do I pray, if I don’t believe or know if there’s a God?” She came to terms with her spirituality by appreciating the awe of nature. She now prays regularly. Recovery, she said, is miraculous. Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-step regimen, first published in 1939 in the post-Depression era, outlines coping strategies for better managing life. Claire swears by the “big book,” as it’s commonly called. She carefully read the first 165 pages with a counselor and has highlighted passages that taught her how to overcome addictions to opioids and alcohol. Being honest, foregoing selfishness, praying regularly and finding ways to help others have become reliable sources of her strength. Spirituality is the common thread Claire finds among the many people she now knows who have recovered from addiction.
Faith, hope and charity
includes the ability to live a self-directed life. “Medication-assisted therapy should not be discounted,” Strano-Paul said. “It improves the outcome and enables people to hold jobs and addresses criminal behavior tendencies.” While the assistant dean is not involved with that aspect of the curriculum, the topic is covered somewhat in the clerkship phase of medical education during sessions on pain management and when medical students are involved in more advanced work in the medical training, she said. The field, though, is specialized. The federal government requires additional certification before a medical practitioner can prescribe buprenorphine. Once certified, doctors and their medical offices are further restricted to initially prescribe the medicine to only 30 patients annually. Critics say no other medications have government-mandated patient limits on lifesaving treatment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, considers the therapy to be “misunderstood” and “greatly underused.” In New York state, 111,391 medical practitioners are registered with the U.S. Drug
Source Where Pain Relievers Were Obtained for Misuse Among Past Users 2016 (Aged 12 or older)
1.4% Prescriptions from More Than One Doctor 3.4% Some Other Way
0.7% Stole from Health Care Provider/Facility
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Personally, Claire recommends abstinence over treating addiction medically with prescription drugs such as buprenorphine. The drug, approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration since 2002, is a slowrelease opioid that suppresses symptoms of withdrawal. When combined with behavior therapy, the federal government recommends it as treatment for addiction. Medication alone, though, is not viewed as sufficient. The ultimate goal of medication-assisted therapy, as described on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website on the topic, is a holistic approach to full recovery, which
Enforcement Administration to prescribe opioids and narcotics. Only 6,908 New York practitioners to date are permitted to prescribe opioids for addiction treatment as at Aug. 31. Strano-Paul for instance, pointed out that she can prescribe opioids, but is prohibited from prescribing the opioid-based drug used for addiction therapy. The narcotics education program is still evolving, Strano-Paul said. New medical student training now also includes certification for Narcan, the nasal spray antidote that revives opioid overdose victims. “It saves lives,” Strano-Paul said. In Suffolk County in 2017, 424 people died from an opioid overdose, which was 41 percent higher than the state average, according to a study titled “The Staggering Cost of Long Island’s Opioid Crisis.” The county is aware of 238 potentially lifesaving overdose reversals as of June 30 attributed to Narcan this year alone. Since 2012, Narcan has helped to save the lives of 3,864 people in the county. As for Claire, now a mother, she delivered her children through C-section. In the hospital, she was offered prescription opioids for pain. “No one will ever see me again, if you give me those pills,” she said.
35.4% Prescription from Single Doctor
From The Drug Enforcement Administration 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment.
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Town considers impact of 98 proposed townhouses Media article. It also focused on evaluating the environmental conditions of the land around the Jerome A. Ambro Memorial Wetland Preserve in Fort Salonga. “The study showed that the watershed area is built out to its zoned density, we believe there shouldn’t be close to 100 homes built there,” Hayes said. The proposed development has been a decisive topic in the Huntington community for close to three years. Over the years, the developers have tried to change zoning for the property from 1-acre single family to open space cluster district, in the hopes of building homes on the property. They also changed the initial plans from building 108 units to 98. “We expect public comment on our application which is permitted within our current zoning,” Jim Tsunis, managing member of The Northwind Group said in a statement. “Our professionals will address all concerns during the hearing on Sept. 18 and the extended public comment period.” The president of the association said they remain skeptical of the development and plan to attend the upcoming planning board hearing. “We will be there to challenge their findings and we’ll counter their points,” Hayes said. Residents can review the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the town’s website under the Planning and Environment Department page: www. huntingtonny.gov/indian-hills-deis-july2019. After the public hearing, the town will be accepting public comments through Oct. 18 either online or letters can be mailed to: Huntington Town Hall, Department of Planning & Environment (Room 212), 100 Main St., Huntington, NY 11743. Following public comments, the next steps for the development would be a final environmental impact statement and a possible preliminary subdivision hearing.
BY DAVID LUCES DLUCES@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM A proposed development at Indian Hills Golf Course in Fort Salonga is once again drawing criticism and the ire of a community. A public hearing scheduled for Sept. 18 will open discussions on the environmental impact statement for the construction of 98 town houses. In August of 2018, the town planning board issued a positive declaration to the developers, Hauppauge-based Northwind Group. The environmental impact statement review is the next step of the approval process. The upcoming presentation will focus on how potential development would impact water quality of local watersheds, the area’s steep slopes, coastal erosion zones, traffic and other issues. John Hayes, president of the Fort Salonga Property Owners Association, said the proposed development is massive and will negatively impact local roadways and surrounding wetlands, among other things. “We’ve been opposed to the development, it’s not something the community wants,” he said. The project, dubbed the Preserve at Indian Hills, is a 55-and-over clustered housing development. In addition to the 98 town houses, the project also includes a new fitness center with an expanded clubhouse alongside the existing golf course. Previously, the association asked town officials to place a moratorium on new developments in the Crab Meadow Watershed area, which includes Indian Hills. It came after town officials released a draft of the Crab Meadow Watershed Plan, done by GEI Consultants. The study’s goal was developing a community-driven stewardship plan that highlights best practices in the future management of the watershed area, according to a March 2018 TBR News
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The face of addiction recovery I’m writing today to share some hope. In November, I will miraculously have been six years sober. I say it is a miracle because for the longest time I believed I was hopeless, and I thought I would never find any peace until I was dead. It sounds very harsh but that’s exactly where my addiction lead me. I come from a small town in Suffolk County. Growing up there was a lot of chaos to say the least. I always felt out of place, like something was missing, or that I just didn’t belong here. I was filled with so much fear, pain and anxiety that I could physically feel this emptiness inside of me. Like a pit in my stomach that never went away. I was left to my own devices and with no way to cope at 13 years old I found drugs and alcohol worked well for me. The second I put a substance in my body things changed. I was OK, I could breathe, I could go to school, I could have a conversation, I could do all the things my anxiety stopped me from doing. Most of all I felt peace, something that was foreign to me, but of course I wanted more. More, more, more. There were never enough drugs for me, I was like a bottomless pit. I would drink until I was throwing up and then drink some more. I wasn’t one of those dainty girls you would see holding a cute mixed drink, I was the one sniffing lines in the bathroom and chasing it with a bottle. It was always very clear to me that I partied harder than my friends. Getting high was my only real goal and nothing else mattered. At 15 I stumbled upon Vicodin. My friend had a prescription after getting her tooth extracted and shared it with me. From that moment on I didn’t want anything else, just that feeling one more time. After two days, between the both of us, the script was gone. Painkillers were my hero. No waiting for alcohol to kick in, no getting sloppy and not being able to walk or speak. No smell. I had finally found what I had been looking for, a way to conceal the fact that I was high all the time. From then on, I found a drug dealer with OC 80s [OxyContin 80 mg] and my happiness relied on him answering the phone. One day before school — I think ninth grade — I could not get out of bed. My entire body ached, I was sweating, had the chills and I was throwing up. I had no idea what was going on. I called my friend. She asked if I was coming out and I said, “What?! I am so sick I can’t even move.” She replied, “You’re dope sick.” No one told me about this. So, I went outside, sniffed an OC 80 and, voilà, in two minutes I was fine. I had only been taking the pills for about one week before I became physically dependent. Now, I was not only emotionally and mentally dependent, but now my body relied on the pills physically.
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People think that using drugs and alcohol is a choice, and it may have been a choice the first time I used them, but after that I had no choice in the matter. Drugs were like oxygen. It wasn’t a want, it was a need. The truth is that this was the case for me even when I wasn’t sick. After a couple of attempts at getting sober, I found that even when my body wasn’t screaming at me for more, my mind was. I went to my first inpatient rehab at 15. Wanting to do the right thing wasn’t enough. My mother would beg and plead. My brother would cry, my sister would try to fight me physically every time I walked out the door. My boyfriend would break up with me. Nothing mattered. Nothing could stop me. I stopped going to school, I couldn’t hold a job, I couldn’t be in any relationship. My life completely evolved around getting high.
Pills were expensive and at 16 it’s hard to make enough money to support a drug habit, especially when you’re dope sick half of the time. I learned that heroin was cheaper. What’s funny to me is when you say the word heroin, and everyone goes “oh,” the same people that drink until they can’t walk and sniff lines in dirty bathrooms look at you crazy when you mention the word heroin. I wasn’t afraid of it. Not even for a second. I had my friend teach me how to mix it, filter it and shoot it. Less money and a quicker delivery. My life was already spiraling at a rapid rate so I thought, “How bad can this be?” I was not allowed in or near my family’s house, dropped out of school and my old friends wanted nothing to do with me. My life was a cycle of get money, get high, get sick, repeat.
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From ages 15 to 20, I had been to 10 inpatient facilities and had a couple of stays in the psych ward. Some inpatient stays were 21 days long; some were two months, some were three. The longest stay was six months. On my 18th birthday, I got on the methadone clinic, thinking it would solve all my problems and it did for a little bit. My dad allowed me to live with him, I got my GED certificate, I got a job. But the thing is they wanted me to stop using other drugs in combination with the methadone and I wasn’t capable of that. Back to rehab I went — it was the worst detox ever. My life was out of control. I was a mess internally and externally. The drugs stopped working. I was restless, irritable and discontent with and without them. For two years, I lived my life thinking I was better off dead. I was done. There are no other words than “done.” I figured since I didn’t want to live anymore and I knew other people had gotten sober, I would go to rehab one last time. So off I went. The funny thing about me: Once I’m detoxed and feeling better, I think I don’t need to take anyone’s suggestions and that I know what’s best for me. I guess I like to learn things the hard way. So, I ignored the suggestion of going to a sober house, went home with the best intentions of being a good person of society and before I knew it, I was calling the drug dealer. Coming to ... I was constantly coming to. “How in the world did I get here?” I would think over and over. That’s where the powerlessness comes in. I didn’t want to do what I was doing, but I didn’t know how not to. If it was as easy as “just stop” using my “willpower” I would have stopped a long time ago.
No one wants to break the hearts of everyone needed to listen to other recovered people who loves them. No one wants to steal, and and rely on their guidance. Today I pray to live, I am thankful I get to lie, and manipulate. It’s like being in survival mode. So, I learned the hard way for about live this life. Today I am a daughter, a sister, a a year, ignoring suggestions and thinking, “I friend, a wife, a mother, an employee. Today know what’s best,” and falling on my face I show up when life is good and when life is bad. Today I get to be present. Today life over and over. It was November of 2013. Everything I is a gift. I’m writing this article on my son’s owned, including my cat, was in the car of fourth birthday. I’m getting it to the editor the someone I was using with. Talk about want- day before the due date because even though I’m sober, I’m not perfect and I do ing to die. So, for the procrastinate. But it just so happened 100th time, I was done. that the day I finally got it done is my This time wasn’t really son’s birthday and I’m reminded again any different than any that every day is a gift. other time. I said I was I am grateful that I took the sugdone. I didn’t really gestions that were given to me at the think this time would be rehab: I went to the sober house, I different. I just rememwent to the meetings, I listened to ber I prayed. Something the people who came before me that really honest. Every rehave maintained their sobriety, and I hab I called was full, — Anonymous prayed. Every day I get to work with no beds. For six days, people like myself and today my life is I prayed to get a bed, I about helping other people and giving couldn’t go on. I prayed for God to help. I prayed to forget everything back what was freely given to me. I’m writI thought I knew, I prayed for relief from this ing today to tell you that we do recover, and obsession, I prayed to be guided, I prayed to there is hope. No one is hopeless. If you are be really done this time, I prayed and said if struggling, please reach out for help because this doesn’t work, please just let me die. On help is available, and miracles are real! Sincerely, the sixth day, the rehab called me back and Someone who believes in you told me that they had a detox bed. When I went to the rehab, I was done thinking I knew what was best for me. I made it very clear numerous times that I obviously had no idea. I was listening to someone in recovery speak one day and she said, “I’m here to give you a message of hope and a promise of freedom.” If you could see inside my head, you would see the light bulb. It finally hit me. I
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Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police 4th Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the man and woman who allegedly robbed Macy’s Commack store in August. A man and woman entered Macy’s, located at 2 Veterans Memorial Highway, at approximately 11 a.m. on Aug. 11 and approached the jewelry section where they asked to look at a gold chain. When it was removed from its case by a store employee, the man punched the employee in the face and the pair fled the scene in the vehicle pictured at left with the jewelry. The chain was valued at approximately $4,000. The man is described as light-skinned, 6 feet 2 inches, and over 200 pounds and is SCPD believed to be in his mid-20s. The woman is white and in her 20s.
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ENTRY, PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the annexed JUDGMENT OF DIVORCE of which the within is a true copy, was signed by the Honorable Cheryl A. Joseph on August 9, 2019, and was duly entered in the Office of the Suffolk County Clerk on August 20, 2019, Yours etc., WAND & GOODY, LLP. At a Trial Term, 19 of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, held in and for the County of Suffolk, at the Courthouse located at 400 Carleton Avenue, Central Islip, New York on the 9 day of August, 2019, Present: Hon Cheryl A. Joseph, Justice, STEPHEN SUMNER, Plaintiff v. ISATU KAMARA, Defendant. JUDGMENT OF DIVORCE, The Plaintiff, by his attorneys, WAND & GOODY, LLP, having brought this action for a judgment of absolute divorce by reason of the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage for a period of six or more months, and the Summons bearing the notation “ACTION FOR A DIVORCE” and a statement of the ancillary relief demanded having been served by publication, and Defendant, Pro Se, having not appeared, nor interposed an answer of said Summons and Complaint. An Inquest was held on May 23, 2019, before the Honorable Cheryl A. Joseph granting a judgment of divorce and placing this matter on the matrimonial calendar for submission, and the parties having entered into a
Prenuptial Agreement dated the 14th day of February, 2014, and the Plaintiff having applied on due notice to the Defendant at this Trial Term, Part 19, for a judgment for the relief demanded in the Verified Complaint, and the matter having been set for submission on the 26th day of July, 2019, and the Plaintiff having submitted written proof of the essential allegations of the Verified Complaint, and such proof having been read and considered by me, I decide and find as stated in separate FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW of even date herewith, the Plaintiff resides at 1434 Pulaski Road, East Northport, New York 11731, date of birth December 25, 1942, and Social Security Number is 05938-5553. The Defendant’s whereabouts are unknown, date of birth April 1, 1992, and Social Security Number is unknown. That at the time of the commencement of this action, Plaintiff and Defendant were over the age of eighteen (18) years. That at the time of the commencement of this action and for a continuous period of at least one year immediately preceding such commencement, Plaintiff and the Defendant resided in New York State. That Plaintiff and the Defendant are Husband and Wife, having been married in Sierra Leone, West Africa on February 14, 2014.That the
marriage was solemnized by a person specified in D.R.L. Section 11(1). NOW, on motion of WAND & GOODY, attorneys for the Plaintiff, it is ORDERED AND ADJUDGED, that the marriage between STEPHEN SUMNER, Plaintiff, and ISATU KAMARA, Defendant, is dissolved by reason of the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, pursuant to DRL § 170(7); and it is further ORDERED AND ADJUDGED, that each party waives and relinquishes, now and in the future, support or maintenance of any kind pursuant to and in accordance with the Prenuptial Agreement entered into by and between the parties dated February 14, 2014 and the transcript Inquest before the Honorable Cheryl A. Joseph dated May 23, 2019; and it is further ORDERED AND ADJUDGED, that equitable distribution and ancillary issues shall be pursuant to and in accordance with the Prenuptial Agreement entered into by and between the parties dated February 14, 2014 and the transcript Inquest before the Honorable Cheryl A. Joseph dated May 23, 2019; and it is further ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the Prenuptial Agreement entered into between the parties on the 14th day of February, 2014, and the transcript of Inquest held before the Honorable Cheryl A. Joseph dated the 23rd day of May, 2019, copies
of which are on file with the Court and incorporated in this Judgment by reference, shall survive and shall not be merged in this Judgment, and the parties hereby are directed to comply with every legally enforceable term and provision of such Prenuptial Agreement, and the Court retains jurisdiction of the matter for the purpose of specifically enforcing such of the provisions of that Prenuptial Agreement, as are capable of specific enforcement, to the extent permitted by law, and of making such further judgment with respect to maintenance as it finds appropriate under the circumstances existing at the time application for that purpose is made to it; and it is further ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the Defendant is authorized to resume the use of her maiden name or other former surname, to wit: KAMARA. ORDERED AND ADJUDGED, that the Plaintiff and Defendant shall be served a copy of this Judgment by Publication, with notice of entry, within thirty (30) days of such entry. ENTERED Hon. Cheryl A. Joseph, Acting Justice of the Supreme Court. Granted August 9, 2019, Judith A. Pascale, Clerk of Suffolk County. 908 090519 3x thn
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Elizabeth M. Dolci
Elizabeth M. Dolci of Northport died on Aug. 27 at 87 years of age. Beloved wife of the late Sonny; loving mother of Carolyn Dolci-LoCascio, Susan Dolci-Hertzberg and Steven Dolci; dear grandmother of Jessica, Jason and Jeffrey Hertzberg, also Julia and Nicole LoCascio; fond sister of Warren Millard and the late James Millard. Visitation was held Nolan Funeral Home Aug. 30. Funeral Mass was held Aug. 31 at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs R.C. Church, Centerport. Burial followed at St. Philip Neri Cemetery, East Northport.
Elizabeth M. Kutny
Elizabeth “Betty” M. Kutny of Huntington Station died suddenly on Aug. 28 at 89 years of age. Loving wife of the late Bron Kutny; beloved mother of Deborah (Bob) Splaine and Donna (James) Gurtowski; cherished grandmother of James, Elizabeth, Michael and Stephen; longtime teacher’s aide at Washington Primary School in Huntington Station. Visitation was held at Nolan Funeral Home in Northport Aug. 30. A funeral Mass was held Aug. 30 at St. Philip Neri Church in Northport. Interment followed at St. Patrick Cemetery in Huntington.
Alexander J. Memole
Alexander J. Memole of Northport, formerly of Kings Park and Baldwin, died on Sept. 3 at 100 years of age. Beloved husband of the late Jean; loving father of Marianne Inkelis and her husband Sidney, Robert Memole and his wife Kerry; cherished grandfather of Emily, Eric and Daniel Inkelis and Ross and Brenna Memole. Visitation was held Sept. 4 at Nolan Funeral Home in Northport. A funeral Mass was held Sept. 5 at St. Philip Neri Church in Northport. Burial followed at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.
Kathleen Ryan Schmiedecke of Northport died on Aug. 26. Loving mother of Meghan Schmiedecke, Christy Affrunti (Joe), and Jacqueline Miata (Matthew); cherished Gram of Logan; fond sister of Rosemary Ryan; also loved by her many friends. Kathy worked with the South Huntington school district for 41 years, where she endeared many colleagues and inspired many students. Visitation was held at Nolan Funeral Home on Aug. 28. Funeral Mass was held on Aug. 29 at St. Philip Neri Church, Northport. Burial followed at Northport Rural Cemetery.
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Harborfields Tornadoes blow out PJ Royals BY BILL LANDON DESK@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM The Harborfields Tornadoes had the measure of the Lady Royals of Port Jeff in their season opener Sept. 10, winning the game at home 7-1. Senior cocaptain Gracie Heil led the way for the Tornadoes with two goals, while junior Katie Davis scored along with an assist. Junior Kate Christensen, senior Mia Desiderio, junior Taylor Sammis and freshman Melissa Neder rounded out the scoring with a goal apiece. Harborfields senior keeper Zoe Krief made seven saves at net. The Royals broke the ice in the second half when sophomore Abigal Rolfe’s shot found the net with 18 minutes left. Port Jeff plays an away game against Hampton Bays before they take on Kings Park in their first home game Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. The Tornadoes retake the field Sept. 16 at home where they’ll try their hand against the Lady Kingsmen. Game time is also 4:00 p.m. Photos clockwise from top left: Harborfields junior Taylor Sammis drives the lane; senior Annamarie Chironis won’t let the ball get past; junior Gionna Confessore battles for possession; junior Kathryn Morgan turns the play upfield; and junior Katie Davis takes the kick on the chest.
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How libraries survive Remember America’s blessings on 9/11 Believe it or not, people still read books. Despite the doom and gloom and often-reiterated refrain that young people today are illiterate, the world and its modern technology has not managed to cripple the long-standing literary institution: the local library. Libraries survive by the manic activity of their employees and the attention of patrons. But it’s no longer just physical copies. E-books, available on tablets and phones, have become a mainstay in the way people read. People at libraries can rent tablets preloaded with several books. For people on the move, a tablet can be much easier to carry than a stack of 10 books each averaging at 300 pages and weighing a few pounds. Clearly, it won’t be its patrons that ruin libraries for everyone, but the book publishers themselves. Macmillan Publishers, one of the top five biggest publishing houses in the U.S., announced its intent to soon limit the number of copies of its published books to one per library for the first eight weeks. While that seems like the corporation is cutting off its nose to spite its face, for Suffolk County’s library system, which handles all of the area’s e-book rentals, it means patrons will have access to one single copy countywide for rent. Think about who uses a library. The highest levels of patronage are enjoyed by people living in the North Shore communities, according to Kevin Verbesey, the director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. While there are plenty of people who use the library for its many events and other activities, many others use the system to gain insights on world events and better themselves as they enjoy free access to computers and books. They find solace during an escape into literature. It seems cynical, ludicrous and downright greedy on the part of the publisher to limit access. It suggests the current library system, which has existed for more than a century, is now, all of a sudden, cutting into publisher’s profits. Meanwhile there is good evidence to suggest libraries help create buzz and interest for the publisher’s books. Data from the Library Journal suggests many readers will go out and purchase the same book they borrowed from a library, and even more buy a book by the same author as one they borrowed from the library. The library system exists and is as natural as the written word itself. Librarians across the country look at the publisher’s actions and condemn them, but their voices are drowned out by the scale of the overall operation. While Macmillan may assume people will simply go out and buy the book instead of getting it from the library, this hurts all those who cannot afford a new book, in electronic or physical form. Even worse, other publishers will potentially copy what Macmillan has done, severely limiting access for patrons to their electronic literature. Libraries are the backbone of culture in a community. We ask all North Shore residents show support for their local library. Start a petition. Other publishers are waiting in the wings to see what happens. Letting Macmillan’s model become the norm will only harm the collective good.
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It is hard to believe that 18 years have passed since September 11, 2001. It is equally difficult to image that a second generation of Americans are now growing up with only a historical perspective of that fateful day. They say that time heals all wounds, but for some reason the pain of 9/11 remains emblazoned upon our nation’s collective soul. While we all have our own unique recollections of that crystal-clear Monday morning, there are certain universal images that will forever endure. It is simply impossible to forget the sights and sounds of first responders rushing into terrible danger to rescue people they had never even met. It is equally difficult to ever lose the thought of the countless Americans who lined up for miles to give blood to those in need, or the image of school children holding
Facts matter Recent letters by Carol Florio and Lisa Pius contain a number of statements which are seriously misleading or factually incorrect. Although space doesn’t permit me to debunk each of them in detail, it’s important to point out the most blatant, to prevent the spread of misinformation. First, the Mueller report has not been “debunked.” Not one single word of the Mueller report has been documented to be untrue. Second, the first slaveholder in America was not Anthony Johnson, a black man, and the year was not 1621. The first slaves arrived in 1619 on a ship docking in Virginia. There, Governor George Yeardley and his head merchant, Abraham Piersey (both white), bought “20 and odd Negroes” in exchange for “victuals.” Even earlier, in 1565, the Spanish brought enslaved Africans to present-day St. Augustine, Florida. Third, the writers state black-on-black slavery in America was “not uncommon.” Untrue – it was very uncommon. In 1830, a representative year, approximately 0.6 percent of slaves in the United States were owned by free blacks. Most of these were family members (spouse or child) purchased by a black “slave owner.” Fourth, the writers state that in our
hands and singing “God Bless America.” Somehow, from the ashes of that unthinkable horror, emerged an unbreakable spirit, and for a special moment in time our nation was one. I will forever argue that the people who knocked down those buildings and crashed those planes did not understand the true core American values. The truth is that history has shown time and time again that our people are at their best when times are at their worst. We might squabble among ourselves and debate the issues of the day, but despite all our faults, Americans stand shoulder-to-shoulder when our liberty is threatened by outside forces. While we should never forget the pain and suffering from September 11, 2001, and must always remain vigilant in defense of our shores, there are also
lessons of awe-inspiring valor and unbreakable spirit that mark this iconic day. America is special because of its ability to endure a struggle and grow stronger with each passing generation. So as we mark this special anniversary, let’s take a moment to hug the ones we love and remember the blessings that have been secured by brave patriots throughout the ages. I, for one, turned to the heavens on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, and gave thanks for the blessings of this great nation and the gift of our wonderful community.
history “racism is without a primary color.” Also untrue. According to Alexander Stephans, vice president of the Confederacy, slavery was based on the premise that “the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition.” Fifth, the 19th Amendment (woman’s suffrage) was not passed “after 52 years of Democratic resistance.” President Wilson, a Democrat, supported it, and it passed in the Democratic controlled House in 1918. The resistance to the 19th Amendment was based in the South, the same South which was Democratic in 1920 and is Republican now. The final state to formally ratify the 19th Amendment was Mississippi in 1984. Sixth, it does not “take up to four hours to get an ambulance in Britain.” The average response time to emergency calls in Great Britain is about 7½ minutes, slightly better than the 7.9 minutes in the U.S. One thing the writers don’t mention is that in Great Britain the ambulance is free. Medical care in Great Britain is excellent. I know because my wife is from Great Britain. Seventh, the writers claim California has cities “overrun” by homeless people
“spreading lice, typhus and a myriad of other diseases.” In fact, it’s Texas which reports the highest number of typhus cases annually. This is because its spread thrives in warm climates; it’s possible that the increase in typhus observed in recent years is a consequence of global warming. As far as California being the hell hole the writers depict, in rankings of states by quality of life by U.S. News and World Report and by Inc., California ranks better than our own state in both. Bringing up the rear in both surveys are red states such as Alabama, Mississippi and West Virginia. The writers claim Trump is concerned with veterans. That’s their opinion and they’re entitled to it. However, his self-serving behavior over the last three years sure doesn’t bear it out. In just one example, troops at Fort Campbell, home of the 101st Airborne Division, recently learned their children will not get a long-promised new middle school, because he’s diverted the money for its construction to fund his pet border wall. It seems to me that Trump’s only real concern is his own personal advantage regardless of anybody else. David Friedman St. James
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Back to school thoughts, and more
here’s just far too much going on personally and professionally to contain it within a singularly focused column. Strap yourselves in, because here we go. For starters, how awesome is the start of the school year? Kids grumble, shufﬂe their feet, roll their eyes and sigh. But, come on. It’s a clean slate. It’s a chance to learn new material, make new D. None friends and start of the above anew with teachers who didn’t BY DANIEL DUNAIEF wonder what was wrong with you
when your eyes were almost closed during the days before you got sick. It’s also a chance for parents to breathe a sigh of relief as the chaotic house, which was ﬁlled with friends coming and going throughout the summer, establishes a predictable routine. I spoke with a high school senior recently who was absolutely thrilled with the start of her ﬁnal year of school. Not only does she want to get her grade point average up, which she was doing with a high average in her weakest subject, but she was also incredibly enthusiastic about the opportunity to apply to her favorite college. Her energy and enthusiasm were infectious. Keep up: Here comes another topic. The other day, after I dropped my son off at school, I passed a father who put me and so many other parents to shame. He was pushing a fully loaded double stroller with two children who were between 2 and 4 years old. Anyone who has had to push a double
stroller with bigger children knows how heavy that bus on wheels can get. He also sported a younger child in a BabyBjörn carrier. That’s not where it ended. While he was pushing and carrying three children, he was walking an enormous dog. Given the size of the dog, I wondered if he was tempted to strap a saddle on the animal and put one of the kids on top of him. Yes, I know that wouldn’t actually work, but it would distribute all that child weight more evenly and would give “man’s best friend” a job to do, other than getting rid of waste products on other people’s lawns. Speaking of dogs, yes, my family now has a dog. He’s wonderful, soft and ﬂuffy and is also an enormous pain in the buttocks. He has two modes of walking: He either pulls me really hard — he weighs more than 80 pounds — or he completely stops, pushing his snout into grass that he tries to eat and which upsets his stomach. Look, doggie dog, I know I can’t eat
dairy because of the enormous negative consequences. Does it occur to you that eating grass, dirt, plastic foam cups and pencils is bad for your digestion? Of course not because the only cause and effect you care about relates to what goes in your mouth. So, last weekend we went to a baseball tournament for our son. The day after the tournament, the coach sent a pointed note to the parents, reminding us to contact him if we had a problem or question, rather than going straight to management. In case you were wondering, I don’t miss coaching. Then there’s National Security Advisor John Bolton. So, he gets fired for being a hawk? Who knew he was a hawk? Oh, wait, just about the whole world. So, that begs the question: If his hawkish views weren’t welcome or wanted, why was he hired in the first place? One more question: When did the weather or hurricane warnings become political?
An invitation for you to an awesome party
ou are invited on a date. The night is Tuesday, Sept. 24, the time is 6 to 8 p.m., and the place is the Bates House opposite the Emma Clark Library on Main Street in Setauket. On behalf of Times Beacon Record News Media — that’s us! — I am inviting you and your loved ones and friends to a fun community event. This one, the 2nd annual Cooks, Books & Corks, will feed both your body and mind. Here’s the deal. Some 18 ﬁne restaurants and caterers are coming together to offer you delicious specialties from their menus, washing it all down with a selection of wines, and a dozen-and-ahalf local authors Between are bringing their you and me latest books for you to peruse and BY LEAH S. DUNAIEF perhaps buy that
evening. It’s Dutch treat at $50 a ticket, and the proceeds will go to a summer fellowship for a journalism student. In this way, you can help a young person take a paid step toward his or her ultimate career even as you help yourself to a scrumptious dinner and a literary treat that encourages local authors. And you will be helping us, the hometown news source, staff up a bit at a time when our regular team members tend to take vacations. Here are some of the details. The food will be supplied by these generous eateries: The Fifth Season, Old Fields, Pentimento, Elegant Eating, Sweet Mama’s, Zorba the Greek, Fratelli’s Bagel Express, Prohibition Port Jefferson, Toast Coffeehouse, Villa Sorrento, Lauren’s Culinary Creations, Sunrise of East Setauket Senior Living, Southward Ho Country Club, Sunﬂower Catering & Event Planning. Fishers Island Lemonade and Luneau USA will supply drinks. Desserts will be sweetly taken care of by, among others, Kilwins and Leanne’s Specialty Cakes. I’m salivating just typing the list. Start fasting. Come hungry. Local authors include Jeannie Moon, Marcia
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Grace, Jeannine Henvey, Susan Van Scoy, Angela Reich, Ty Gamble, Dina Santorelli, Elizabeth Correll, Suzanne Johnson, Joanne S. Grasso, Rabbi Stephen Karol, Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, Michael Mihaley, Carl Saﬁna, Mark Torres, Michael Hoffner and Linda Springer. People will be able to meet and greet with the authors and request book signings. Why would anyone want to write a book? How does one go about the process? Getting it published? Having it distributed? Would they recommend doing so to would-be authors? This is an awesome assortment of local talent to have in one room at one time. A few remarks will be shared by Laura Lindenfeld, the interim dean of SBU School of Journalism and executive director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Gentle background music will be handled by the talented Three Village Chamber Players. And there will be the usual basket rafﬂes. A special and huge thank you to Laura Mastriano of L.A. Productions Events. Now we need you! To purchase tickets, please visit our website tbrnewsmedia.com or our TBR News Media Facebook page to pay with PayPal.
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We also need sponsors who would like to support and be associated with this “high tone” event — as one of the vendors put it last year — to please contact us. Sponsorships may be had starting at $125 and will feature your name and logo in our newspapers, social media and our website, including a major “thank you” ad after the event. First one just in is Andy Polan, talented optician and owner at Stony Brook Vision World. And a big thank you to Camelot Party Rentals for their in kind donation. We would welcome your call at the newspaper ofﬁce at 631-751-7744 or email email@example.com. So come share in a delightful and satisfying event with lots of good food, good drink and good conversation. We hope you will follow up with visits to the participating eateries and caterers who have given of their time and specialties, and that you will enjoy reading your new books. We think when you leave the beautiful Bates House, you will be proud that you live in the area. And it certainly beats cooking dinner on a Tuesday night.
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