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Times of middle counTry CentereaCh • selden • lake grove north

Vol. 12, No. 33

December 1, 2016


Parking added SCCC student vets can now leave cars at VFW Post 400


Deck the Halls in Northport ALSO: ‘Frosty’ returns to the Engeman, Photo of the Week, One on One with ‘Mrs. Dilber’


Donating more than books Middle Country teachers put on free book fair for community — A3


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Dickens Festival returns to PJ Port Jefferson Village, in conjunction with the Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council, will host the 21st Annual Charles Dickens Festival Dec. 3 and 4 throughout the village. Port Jefferson will magically transform into the Dickensian era, with streets filled with roaming characters, including Father Christmas, Dickens Mayor, Scrooge, the Town Crier and the beloved chimney sweeps. The weekend begins with a Grand Opening Celebration Parade on East Main Street, Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. The events are open to the public and most attractions are free of charge, so everyone from the very young to the young at heart can join in the fun. The festivities will feature many returning favorites: ice-skating at the Village Center, a cappella performances by choirs and harmony groups, Nutcracker performances, magic shows by The Great Wizard of the North, and musical performances by area musicians. In addition, this year’s festival will feature Theatre Three’s 33rd Annual production of A Christmas Carol. The Drowned Meadow Cottage Museum has been transformed into Santa’s Workshop for weekends from Nov. 26 through Dec. 10. The second floor of the Port Jefferson Village Center will feature the Festival of Trees from Dec. 3 through Dec. 31. Over a dozen elaborately decorated trees will be on display. East Main Street will become Dickens Alley and Fezziwig’s Ball, featuring live music on traditional instruments led by a dance caller at the Masonic Lodge. The Town of Brookhaven Harbormaster

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Dickens portrayers march in Port Jeff’s Santa Parade ahead of the festival.

building will be transformed into COOKIELAND, where children can decorate their own holiday-themed cookies and houses. Horse and carriage rides will help transport visitors to the various venues through the Village for the entire weekend. The Festival will conclude with a Parade of Puppets and ceremony at Village Hall Sunday evening. For the schedule of events, please visit




Teachers give back to Middle Country school district District’s teachers association partnered with groups to get books for community The Middle Country Central School District Teachers Association’s free book fair for the community was a huge success. Hundreds of students, families and members of the community searched through and took home donated books. Attendees lined up around the corner to take advantage of the program meant to give the gift of reading back to the community. “We are proud of our teachers for the work they do with our students inside the classroom, but also the work they do with them and the rest of the community outside of the classroom,” Middle Country Superintendent of Schools Roberta Gerold said. “The Middle Country Teachers Association is setting a positive example for our students — giving them the gift of reading and teaching them the importance of giving back.” The teachers of the district aimed to give back to their community in a way that spread the spirit of reading and critical thinking. Through a partnership with New York State United Teachers, First Book and the American Federation of Teachers, the Middle Country Teachers Association was able to collect more than 15,000 books to distribute to community members. “We were excited for the opportunity to give books to a population of people that might otherwise not be able to buy their own during this holiday season,” Dawnwood Middle School teacher Nadia Resnikoff said. “As a member of the Middle


Country Teachers Association, we are always looking for new ways to foster education throughout our community and we were proud to be able to give back in this way this year.” For more information about academic programs available at the Middle Country school district and a calendar of events, please visit To learn more about the student experience and news from the district, also visit —Desirée Keegan

Photos from Middle Country school district

above, hundreds of students, families and members of the community lined up to look through more than 15,000 books donated by the Middle Country Teachers association. Left, students grabbed bags to collect the free, donated books they picked out.


Photos from Dan Losquadro’s office

above, Brookhaven Town Councilman Kevin LaValle, second from left, stands with VFW Post 400 members on the new sidewalk across from suffolk County Community College in selden. Below, town Highway superintendent Dan Losquadro, on left, stands with members of the VFW Post 400.

Parking added for student vets at Suffolk Community


Brookhaven Town Highway Superintendent Dan Losquadro (R) and Brookhaven Town Councilman Kevin LaValle (R-Selden) joined with members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Sgt. Santora/ Staff Sgt. Bonacasa Memorial Post 400 to announce the completion of new sidewalks from the VFW to the traffic signal at the entrance to the Ammerman Campus on Suffolk County Community College’s Selden campus on College Road. In addition, the Brookhaven Highway Department installed a pedestrian crossing at the signal. “The enhancements made along College Road, across from both the VFW and SCCC, will allow for increased pedestrian safety in the area,” Losquadro said. The highway superintendent said the VFW Memorial Post 400 offered the use of its parking lot as an overflow lot for students from Suffolk County Community College, many of them returning vets. “Vehicle and pedestrian traffic is very heavy in the area around the college and the new sidewalk will make it much safer for all, especially for our student veterans,” LaValle said. “I thank Superintendent Losquadro and the Highway Department for the work that they did to complete this project.” VFW Memorial Post 400 Commander John Rago also extended thanks to all of the Town of Brookhaven members involved in the project. “They may think that they built a sidewalk and a crosswalk,” Rago said, “but

what they really built is a bridge that connects those veterans who attend Suffolk County Community College with our VFW Post, where they can receive support from fellow veterans.” —Desirée Keegan

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Leaders concerned by campaign rhetoric speak out, take action By Alex Petroski The divisive and inflammatory nature of the 2016 presidential election has raised concerns across the country about Americans’ ability to “come together” now that the dust has begun to settle. One Suffolk County organization was concerned enough to send a letter to school districts with a warning for administrators and teachers. “We are concerned for the safety and well-being of the students of Suffolk County as we know you are as well,” the letter dated Nov. 10 from leaders of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission and Anti-Bias Task Force read. “We are reaching out to ensure that all school climates are one where students feel safe and supported physically, emotionally and academically.” The Human Rights Commission has existed in Suffolk County since 1963 and it focuses on investigating claims of bias and discrimination. Rabbi Steven Moss has been the chairman of the organization for more than 20 years. He said they were compelled to write the letter in light of incidents, both local and across the country, that have been reported in the aftermath of Election Day. “I’m sure [people] realize bul-

lying has occurred before the election and will continue onward,” Moss said in a phone interview. He said most incidents reported to the commission thus far have involved elementary-level students making references to deporting classmates. Moss said he believes incidents involving younger students can easily be traced back to conversations at home, and because of this the commission plans to send a similar letter to local Parent Teacher Associations in the hopes of spreading the conversation beyond classrooms. At Northport High School swastikas were drawn in spray paint on the walls of a theater storage room this week, according to Suffolk County Police. Moss said it is important for school administrators to act decisively and harshly with incidents like these, even if they fall short of constituting a crime, and Northport-East Northport Superintendent Robert Banzer is taking the action seriously. “Our primary objective as a school district is to educate our students in a safe and respectful environment,” Banzer said in an email. He added an investigation is ongoing. “The recent events in our high school have challenged us and make us realize that, although our students participate in many opportu-

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is among those worried by the tone of the election and the effect it might have going forward.

nities to build a respectful and safe environment, work remains. Our high school principal Dan Danbusky is meeting with the student leaders to generate ideas about how best to address not only the recent incident but to help the school community further enhance dignity, respect and acceptance for all.” Banzer also said the administration plans to meet with local

religious leaders to gather their input and insights and assess programs to help the district meet its goals of being a more inclusive school community. Port Jefferson Village organized a peaceful vigil that was held Nov. 20 at the Village Center designed to show community support for “all segments of society,” according to a press release. “In response to the fear and hurt felt by so many, Suffolk County needed the opportunity to show everyone our support and commitment to ensuring their freedoms, and to reassure them that they have a safe space here,” Cindy Morris, a Suffolk County resident and co-organizer of the event said in a statement. Moss said he is hoping much of the inflammatory conversation during the election season, especially from the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump (R), was rhetoric designed to dominate news cycles and spike polling numbers and eventually it will die down. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) shared many of the same concerns as Moss and the Human Rights Commission. He announced several actions Nov. 20 to protect civil rights and combat hate crimes in the state, including the creation of a State Police unit to investigate such crimes. He also plans to ad-

vance legislation that would expand protections of the state’s human rights law to all students, and to establish a legal defense fund to ensure immigrants have access to representation regardless of status. “New York is, and will always be, a place of acceptance, inclusion and a bastion of hope for all people,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We will never allow fear and intolerance to tear at the fabric of who we are.” The commission’s letter also called on school districts to share programs they already had in place designed to promote unity and togetherness. Some of those include a Gay/Straight Alliance, the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate campaign, the No One Sits Alone Campaign and suicide awareness and prevention programs, to name a few. Banzer indicated Northport has several programs aimed at promoting inclusive school communities through unity and respect, and the district plans to continue that effort going forward. Those who have experienced incidents of hate or discrimination are encouraged to reach out to the Human Rights Commission by calling 631-853-5480 or emailing Additional reporting contributed by Victoria Espinoza.

Surgery center construction underway in Port Jeff Station By kevin reDDinG With construction officially underway in a secluded lot on Route 112, North Shore residents are one step closer to an efficient and cost-effective surgery center that will provide in-and-out care to its patients while eliminating many of the hassles associated with visits to the hospital. On Nov. 22, staff from John T. Mather Memorial Hospital and 19 community surgeons stood on the site in hard hats and broke ground on what will be the freestanding Port Jefferson Ambulatory Surgery Center in Port Jefferson Station. The outpatient facility will feature six operating rooms equipped to handle procedures in orthopedics, ophthalmology, pain management, general surgery, neurosurgery and otolaryngology. The project, which cost approximately $12 million and has been in the planning stages for about five years, will be far less expensive to run than a hospital, which means cost savings for patients and the health care system overall. It will also open up more space at Mather for patients that require a more complex procedure and a lengthier hospital stay. Those involved in the project said they hoped for the facility’s doors to officially open in the summer of 2017. For now, though, they’re just pleased things are finally moving forward. “As we’ve been saying — at long last,” Kenneth Roberts, chief executive officer of Mather Hospital, said during the groundbreaking.

Photo by kevin redding

Members of Mather Hospital’s leadership team break ground on a new ambulatory surgery center in Port Jefferson station nov. 22. “We’ve been working on this project for a long time now, so we’re very happy to see it finally getting pushed forward.” During an indoor celebration after the groundbreaking ceremony, Mather’s Director of Orthopedic Surgery Michael Fracchia said he was excited about what the center will mean for the community. “People love these types of facilities because they can get in-and-out service and it’s truly less intrusive on their lives,” Fracchia said. “If you have something done in a hospital, it’s always an all-day event, no matter what it is. But at the surgery center, you seem

to be able to get in and out more efficiently and that saves you personal time, saves money, and saves cancellations. It just makes the overall patient experience so much better.” Fracchia said the facility will be able to run more efficiently because it won’t need the sort of complex technologies often found in hospitals. A patient might need an intensive care unit or an MRI or CT scan, he said, and while these are wonderful technologies, they’re also expensive and require maintenance. By eliminating these systems, the surgical centers can treat more patients at a quicker pace. “We want to provide more care,” said Brian

McGinley, orthopedic surgeon and president of the project. “We can potentially do more while maintaining our inpatient surgery at Mather. The community will have access here, rather than having to go to Nassau County or into the city.” McGinley said that while planning the project, the team interviewed many companies that specialize in developing ambulatory service centers around the country. They found a fitting partner in Pinnacle III, a company based in Colorado that has successfully facilitated the opening of comparable facilities nationwide. This will be the first Pinnacle III facility in New York State. In a press release, Robert Carrera, the CEO/president of Pinnacle III, said the company is excited to partner with and assist the local physicians as well as Mather Hospital in bringing high quality and cost-effective services to the Port Jefferson area. The doctors all agreed on the project’s mission: to provide cost-effective quality health care to as many people on the North Shore as possible. “You come in here, you drive in, you get taken care of and you don’t have to go through all the hoops that you would at a hospital,” Port Jefferson-based general surgeon Nicholas Craig said. “The doctors have all been in the community for a long time. We not only work here, we live here, so you get taken care of by people who care about their community ... and when you care about your community, you care about the people in your community, and that’s what this is all about.”


Catching a coat snatcher A man stole a fire department jacket that was on display at Firehouse Subs, located at 17 Centereach Mall, on Nov. 13 at approximately 2:45 p.m. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Sixth Precinct Crime Section officers are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the man. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential. Photo from SCPD

Surveillance cameras caught a man, on right, who stole a fire department jacket that was on display at Firehouse Subs.

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Police Blotter

Incidents and arrests Nov. 21 – Nov. 27 Uppers and downers

A 25-year-old man from Centereach had four Xanax pills without a prescription and cocaine while on Roe Avenue in Port Jefferson Station at about 12 p.m. Nov. 26, according to police. He was arrested and charged with two counts of seventhdegree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Miller time

At 7-Eleven on Patchogue Road in Port Jefferson Station at about 9:30 a.m. Nov. 21, a 53-year-old man from Port Jefferson Station stole beer, according to police. He was arrested and charged with petit larceny.

Look for the fresh paint job Photo from Google maps

A view of Avalon Park & Preserve, which straddles Stony brook and Head of the Harbor.

Man killed cutting tree in Avalon Park & Preserve by ViCtoriA eSPinozA Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the death of a Setauket man who was cutting a tree Monday, Nov. 28, in Avalon Park & Preserve, located on Harbor Road, Stony Brook. Erik Halvorsen, owner of Norse Tree Service in Setauket, was approximately 50 feet up in a tree when he attempted to cut down parts of it at about 11:15 a.m. Police said the trunk then splintered and trapped the business owner against the tree. Halvorsen, 45, who was wearing a safety harness, attempted to free himself

and fell 20 feet. An employee was able to lower Halvorsen to the ground. Director of Avalon Park & Preserve, Katharine Griffiths, said Halvorsen was known to the entire staff. “Erik was a friend to many of us at the park,” she said in a statement. “We are heartbroken over this tragic accident. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and his many friends.” Halvorsen was transported by St. James Fire Department ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Additional reporting by Donna Newman.

Three paint sprayers were stolen from Lowe’s Home Improvement on Nesconset Highway in Stony Brook at about 2:30 p.m. Nov. 25, according to police.

Purse snatched from ride

A purse was stolen from a 2012 Jeep parked at a home on Dark Hollow Road in Port Jefferson at about midnight Nov. 28, according to police.


On Nov. 27 at about 10 a.m., A 66-yearold man from Mount Sinai stole linens from Amici Restaurant on Route 25A in Mount Sinai, according to police. When he left the scene, he injured a person while driving a 2008 Ford, police said. He was arrested and charged with assault and petit larceny.

Hands off

An iPod and cash were stolen from Hands on Nails on Route 25A in Miller Place at about 1:30 a.m. Nov. 25, police said.

Thanksgiving host

A 19-year-old man from Rocky Point entered Super Foodtown on Route 25A

in Rocky Point at about 6 p.m. Nov. 23, loaded a shopping cart with assorted groceries and exited the store without paying, police said. He was arrested and charged with petit larceny.

Robber revealed

At about 4 a.m. Oct. 16, a 45-year-old man from Mount Sinai punched a person on Middle Country Road in St. James and stole a wallet containing cash and a cellphone, according to police. He was arrested Nov. 22 in Centereach and charged with second-degree robbery.

Joy ride

On Nov. 25 at about 3:30 a.m., a 16-yearold male from Mount Sinai stole a 2013 Chevy from the driveway of a home on Island Trail in Mount Sinai, police said. At about 9 a.m. Nov. 25, he was in possession of the car on Stem Lane in Stony Brook, according to police. He was arrested and charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Hot electronics

A 25-year-old man from Wading River stole various electronics from Target on Sunrise Highway in Sayville Aug. 24, police said. At about 3:30 p.m. Nov. 26, he stole a pair of jeans from a store at College Plaza in Selden, according to police. Police said they discovered he possessed electronics that were previously reported stolen. He was arrested and charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree grand larceny.

Bundle up

Assorted clothing and a convection oven were stolen from Kohl’s on Nesconset Highway in Setauket at about 4 p.m. Nov. 27, according to police. — ComPileD by Alex PetroSki


North Shore community rallies against intolerance By Victoria Espinoza The divisive nature of the 2016 presidential election is still affecting many Americans, and racist, anti-Semitic and other xenophobic actions have occurred in some communities. Local legislators, police officers, school administrators and religious leaders gathered at the Tri Community Youth Association in Huntington Nov. 23 to preach inclusivity and acceptance after several hate-driven incidents were reported. Two weeks ago, police said multiple swastikas were found spray painted on walls at Northport High School, and town officials said residents have reported hearing hateful language as well. Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) said parents and community members need to teach children the importance of accepting one another. “One of these incidents is one too many,” he said during the Huntington event. “It’s our responsibility to speak out against it and educate our youth of the ramifications of such actions.” Suffolk County Legislator William “Doc” Spencer (D-Centerport) echoed the sentiment. “I want to take this opportunity to come together, to speak to our anxieties, our fears, our concerns that have been spurred by acts of predominantly ignorance,” Spencer said at the event. “We now have a new generation of young people that may not have experienced the Holocaust or the civil rights movement, and this call of unity is not speaking against acts for any particular group, but for all of us. Whether it’s with minorities, in the Jewish, Muslim, Christian community; this is condemning acts of hatred for all of us.” Spencer said he has received multiple calls from friends and colleagues detailing stories of bullying and threatening acts in recent weeks. “We are better than this. We can disagree with dignity and without being threatened or going as far as to commit a crime,” Spencer said. The legislator outlined the many resources available to the public to battle hate crimes and encourage the observation of human rights, including education programs for students, and officers who are specifically trained to recognize hate crimes and counsel victims. Rabbi Yaakov Saacks from the Chai Center in Dix Hills detailed programs offered to educators to help them teach about the Holocaust. Saacks urged teachers to give extra attention to Holocaust studies and racism

‘Sixty million people died because of Hitler’s nonsense in World War II. It’s not only a Jewish problem. The swastika hurt us all and hurts us all greatly.’ — Yackov Saacks

‘We are better than this, we can disagree with dignity and without being threatened or going as far as to commit a crime.’

photos by Victoria Espinoza

clockwise from above, suffolk county Legislator rob trotta (r) speaks at the rally; residents hold signs of peace; and a local rabbi holds up another sign encouraging unity.

— William “Doc” Spencer studies. The rabbi said he is involved with the Memorial Library, an organization that supports Holocaust education with satellite seminars, mini grants and more to help schools teach students about the Holocaust. He also offered to travel to schools himself to teach students. “I believe a Holocaust symbol, while it’s true it’s hurtful to the Jews, the swastika … is hurtful to us all,” Saacks said. “Sixty million people died because of Hitler’s nonsense in World War II. Ten percent of those were of the Jewish faith. Fifty-four million non-Jewish people died. Over three percent of the world’s population were killed in WWII — 292,130 U.S. soldiers were killed in battle. The Iraq War was 5,000. The Civil War was 87,000. It’s not only a Jewish problem. The swastika hurt us all and hurts us all greatly.” Kenneth Bossert, superintendent of Elwood school district as well as the vice president of the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association, agreed educators need more help teaching students about these sensitive issues. “Schools are a reflection of what’s happening in society,” Bossert said. “What children bring with them to the classroom is not only what they learn from their teachers, but what they’re learning in their homes.” Bossert said he has been an educator for more than 20 years, and this is the first presidential election he remembers that required teachers to talk about issues of race and division. “Typically, after a presidential election, the results come in and teachers instruct about lessons on the Electoral College and

the popular vote and how states break it down,” he said. “The lessons were very different this year. The lessons were about community and respecting others and making everyone feel comfortable and welcome in the hallways and the classrooms.” Bossert said he wanted to correct one word used throughout the rally: tolerance. “That’s not a word I use,” he said. “The word I use is acceptance. Tolerance implies that we’re going to tolerate someone who is somehow less than we are. Acceptance implies respect, community and love for one another.”



Middle Country kindergartners give thanks:

Photo from Middle Country school district

The Middle Country Central School District’s

Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center students recently celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday by paying tribute to the pilgrims and Native Americans that inspired the tradition. Dressed in handmade headdresses and Pilgrim hats, the students sang Thanksgiving songs for an audience of parents. Following the performance, students individually walked to the front of the stage to express what they are thankful for this holiday season.

Photo from Town of Brookhaven

Brookhaven Town Councilman Kevin LaValle hands over a certificate to Island Car Wash owner Ron Kass at a recent Brookhaven town board meeting.

Island Car Wash is Business of the Month At the Nov. 17 Brookhaven town board meeting, Councilman Kevin LaValle (RSelden) honored Island Car Wash in Centereach as Business of the Month. The award is given to a business deserving special recognition for the positive impact it has on the community. Owned by Ron Kass, Island Car Wash has been a successful small business in Centereach for 21 years. The company has averaged 300 hires per year and has em-

ployed over 5,000 people over the course of its business history — with an overwhelming majority coming from the Brookhaven and local Centereach community. “Island Car Wash has been a great community partner for 21 years,” LaValle said, noting how the company gives discounts to veterans and works with the local civic association by hosting fundraising events. “I am happy to name them as Business of the Month, a well-deserved honor.”

From left, Sarah Anker, Frank Zambanini, Barbara Nielsen and Leg. Al Krupski; Photo from Sarah Anker’s office

Long Island company visits seniors: On Nov. 15, Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker (D-Mount Sinai) invited Frank Zambanini and Barbara Nielsen from Rebuilding Together Long Island to present at the Suffolk County Seniors and Consumer Protection Committee. The volunteer organization was founded in 1992 and aims to help seniors, veterans, the physically challenged and low-income families with home repairs and modifications. Repairs include carpentry, plumbing, weatherization and wheelchair ramps. To sponsor a project, make a donation, contribute materials or volunteer, please visit or call 631-777-7894.



The power of a newspaper Your turn

BY TRaCeY FaRReLL I was honored to be named a Person of the Year by Times Beacon Record News Media for 2015. While I was truly honored, I was more excited at the prospect of getting the word out about the work I do with my group: North Shore Drug Awareness. After losing my son to an accidental overdose in 2012, I was given a voice I chose to use to help other families who are struggling with addiction — to share my failures and successes, and the resources I have found and acquired through networking. The absolute most poignant part of this story is that my story was published. The original story — in which I was named a person of the year — was seen by a woman who recognized me in my photo that accompanied the article as a client in her accounting office. She immediately shared the story with her best

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Tracey Farrell with Linda Cirone at TBR News Media’s honorary dinner.


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friend — a friend who desperately needed help with her addicted children. A message I received from her changed a life. Linda Cirone was absolutely paralyzed by her children’s addictions. Not only did she enable her adult children, but she hid in shame. She could barely function or participate in her own life, and in her message in my Facebook inbox, she used that key word — Help. I brought her with me to the honorary men and women of the year dinner, because her story of how she reached out to me was too important not to share. The power of that article could potentially save a life. And it did … her own. This past year has been a roller coaster of change for her. She chose to finally open up and share beyond the confines of her best friend and family members who would listen. She reached out through social media to the different parent groups that she learned of and began to realize she was so not alone. She began to share her story, which, like mine, has helped others. Her children are still struggling, and while one is improving, Linda has grown in her own recovery. Yes, her own. Addiction is a family disease and, as a parent, you too must learn to cope, or you will lose yourself in the process. She has learned to no longer enable like she did in the past. She has also followed a dream. She moved away from her children to the warmth of Florida, and now has a lovely condo on a small waterway. While she still feels the pull of her children’s addictions, she has also started to feel some freedom. Freedom to feel the sunshine, enjoy a nice day out with friends and family she has near her. This was not even an option to her a year ago — just a dream. While her son was in Florida after we came up with a plan for him to seek outsideof-state rehabilitation, she met a woman who is the guardian angel for parents who send their kids to Florida for rehab. The other day, as I opened my Facebook feed, I saw a post. Linda checked in to the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County with that angel I spoke of. She attended her first task force meeting to help fight for positive changes in addiction services and housing in that area. She has grown exponentially over this past year. She needed to. She was sick of hiding, but didn’t know where to look for help. And she found it. All because of an article in a local newspaper. Tracey Farrell, previously Tracey Budd, is a Rocky Point resident who, since her son’s passing, educates others on drug abuse and assists in finding help for those who are struggling or know someone who is struggling with addiction.

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

Electricians FARRELL ELECTRIC Serving Suffolk for over 40 years All types electrical work, service changes, landscape lighting, automatic standby generators. 631-928-0684 GREENLITE ELECTRIC, INC. Repairs, installations, motor controls, PV systems. Piotr Dziadula, Master Electrician. Lic. #4694-ME/Ins. 631-331-3449 POWERPRO GENERATORS is a full service generator company specializing in Generator installations, service and monitoring for any Home or Business. Call 631-567-2700 SOUNDVIEW ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING Prompt * Reliable * Professional. Residential/Commercial, Free Estimates. Ins/Lic#41579-ME. Owner Operator 631-828-4675 See our Display Ad in the Home Services Directory

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Masonry Carl Bongiorno Landscape/Mason Contractor All phases masonry work: stone walls, patios, poolscapes. All phases of Landscaping Design. Theme Gardens. Residential & Commercial. Lic/Ins. 631-928-2110

Painting/Spackling/ Wallpaper BOB’S PAINTING SERVICE 25 Years Experience Interior/Exterior Painting, Spackling, Staining, Wallpaper Removal,Powerwashing. Free Estimates. Lic/Ins. #17981, 631-744-8859 COUNTY-WIDE PAINTING INTERIOR/EXTERIOR Painting/Staining. Quality workmanship. Living/Serving 3 Village Area Over 25 Years. Lic#37153-H. 631-751-8280 JAY A. SPILLMANN PAINTING CO. Over 30 years in business. Spackling/Taping, Wallpaper removal. Quality prep work. Interior/Exterior. Lic. #17856-H/Ins. 631-331-3712, 631-525-2206 JOSEPH WALTZ PAINTING Interior/Exterior, Paper Removal, Powerwashing. Owner Operated since 1981. Comm/Res. Neat and Reliable. Lic/Ins. Lic# 26603-H. 631-473-2179 LaROTONDA PAINTING & DESIGN Interior/exterior, sheetrock repairs, taping/spackling, wallpaper removal, Faux, decorative finishings. Free estimates. Lic.#53278-H/Ins. Ross LaRotonda 631-689-5998 WORTH PAINTING “PAINTING WITH PRIDE” Interiors/exteriors. Faux finishes, power-washing, wallpaper removal, sheetrock tape/spackling, carpentry/trimwork. Lead paint certified. References. Free estimates. Lic./Ins. SINCE 1989 Ryan Southworth, 631-331-5556

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Painting/Spackling/ Wallpaper ALL PRO PAINTING Interior/Exterior. PowerWashing, Staining, Wallpaper Removal. Free estimates. Lic/Ins #19604HI. 631-696-8150, Nick

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Tree Work ABOVE ALL TREE SERVICE WILL BEAT ALL Competitors Rates Quality Work at Lowest Prices! *Removal, *Land Clearing. *Large Tree Specialists. Pruning, Topping, Stump Grinding $10 & Up. Bucket Truck, Emergency Service. Lic. #33122-H. & Insured. Located Exit 62 LIE. 631-928-4544 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 AXIOM, INC. Expert Tree Removal. Pruning, Planting & Transplanting. Insect/Disease Management. Bamboo Containment and Removal. 631-751-4880 EASTWOOD TREE & LANDSCAPE, INC. Experts in tree care and landscaping. Serving Suffolk County for 25 years. Lic.#35866H/Ins. 631-928-4070 GOT BAMBOO? Bamboo Containment & Removal Services with Guaranteed Results! Free Estimate and Site Analysis Report. Serving All of Long Island. 631-316-4023, KOCH TREE SERVICE Certified Arborist. National Accredited Tree Care Company. Call now for SEASONED FIREWOOD. 631-473-4242 Lic25598-H Insured NORTHEAST TREE EXPERTS, INC. Expert Pruning, Stump Grinding, Careful Removals. Tree/Shrub Fertilization. Disease/Insect Management. Certified Arborists. Insured/Lic#24,512-HI. ALL WORK GUARANTEED. 631-751-7800 SUNBURST TREE EXPERTS Since 1974, our history of customer satisfaction is second to none. Pruning/removals/planting, plant health care. Certified Arborist on every job guaranteed. Unsplit firewood For Sale by the truckload. Bonded employees. Lic/Ins. #8864HI 631-744-1577

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Out of County ABANDONED CATSKILL MTN FARM! Lender ordered sale. 39 acres, assessed value $95,700, available now for $89,900! Valley views, woods fields, apple trees, great hunting. 3 hrs NY City. Owner terms! 888-479-3394

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SAT/SUN OPEN HOUSE BY APPOINTMENT PORT JEFFERSON 28 Theresa Ln RESALE CONOD VILLAGE VISTAS, Main Flr Master, hardwood flrs, $925,000 VILLAGE OF OLD FIELD 159 Old Field Rd., Waterfront, Pri dock/boat slip Contemporary, $1,199,000 REDUCED MT SINAI 171 Hamlet Dr, Gated Hamlet, Dorchester Villa, Former Model, 5 BRs, $789,000 Reduced. SATURDAY 12:00PM-2:00PM PORT JEFFERSON VILLAGE, 415 Liberty Ave., office #6, Call for appointment. Starting at $799,000. New Village Vistas 55+ Condo Waterview. SUNDAY 12:00PM-1:00PM MT SINAI 100 Hamlet Dr, Gated FFin. Bsmt, Chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kit. 5 BRs, $759,900 Price Adjustment 1:00PM-2:30PM MT SINAI 28 Constantine Way. Gated Ranches, main flr master, pt fin bsmt, Reduced $539,000 2:30PM-4:00PM MOUNT SINAI 13 Parkland Ct, The Gated Villages, Sunroom, FFin Bsmt w/OSE, 4 BR, $689,990 Reduced. Dennis P. Consalvo Aliano Real Estate Lic. RE Salesperson. www. 631-724-1000 Email: info@

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Suffolk County Legislator William “Doc” Spencer (D-Centerport) holds up signs from a peace rally in Northport.

Unity and vigilance have never been more important Last week, in response to growing tensions and reprehensible actions following the presidential election, leaders from across the Huntington area, including elected officials from both parties, gathered for a press conference to denounce hate and ignorance. The Suffolk County Human Rights Commission also sent a letter to school districts warning teachers and administrators to be on the lookout for incidents of bullying that could be motivated by hate. Port Jefferson Village hosted a peaceful vigil as a symbol of unity for community members of every conceivable background last week. While the editorial staff is slightly concerned events like this are necessary in 2016, we are encouraged that leaders throughout our North Shore communities and across party lines are being proactive in trying to send a clear message: America is a land of opportunity and acceptance for people of all races, genders, nationalities, sexual orientations and religions, and they want it to remain that way. Incidents of hate have occurred across the county, state and country in recent weeks. “One of these incidents is one too many,” Leg. Rob Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) said during the Huntington event. “It’s our responsibility to speak out against it and educate our youth of the ramifications of such actions.” We agree wholeheartedly with Trotta, and plan to do everything we can to continue shining a light on incidents, both positive and negative, relating to this topic, going forward. We’ll need our readers to help us by doing the same.

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We welcome your letters. They should be no longer than 400 words and may be edited for length, libel, style and good taste. We do not publish anonymous letters. Please include a phone number and address for confirmation. Email letters to or mail them to The Times of Middle Country, P.O. Box 707, Setauket, NY 11733.

I was dismayed by the vitriolic letter written by the Rev. Ronald Stelzer appearing in The Times of Smithtown on Thanksgiving. How sad that a man of the cloth, instead of calling for an end to the divisiveness and hateful words that have plagued our nation for well over a year, continues to engage in mean-spirited partisan invective. The election is over and Donald Trump is the President-elect, in spite of having received more than two million fewer votes than his opponent. You would think that would be enough for the good reverend. What possible purpose is served by more vilification, by yet another venomous and

baseless attack on Hillary Clinton and President Obama? You would think a man of the cloth would be able to consider the big picture and understand that many good people, spiritual people, devout people voted for Hillary Clinton. You would think he would understand that the accusations of corruption, mendacity, criminality, fraud, divisiveness, chaos, and amorality he directs at Hillary Clinton could just as easily be turned around and directed at Donald Trump. Even Donald Trump himself has shown more generosity of spirit to his defeated opponent. Again, what is the point of demonizing Hillary Clinton and President Obama yet again? The election

is over. One wonders what George Washington and Abraham Lincoln would make of the Rev. Stelzer’s rhetoric. Not much binding up the nation’s wounds here. It seems the Rev. Stelzer would prefer charity towards none and malice towards all who don’t share his politics. I would remind the good reverend that God is neither a Democrat nor a Republican. Continuing to engage in vituperation to sow further division instead of showing a little forbearance sets a pretty poor example.

David Friedman St. James

A question of double standards In Reverend Ronald Stelzer’s Nov. 17 letter, he expresses relief that Hillary Clinton was not elected, claiming that her political career has been fraught with “corruption, [and] mendacity.” While I will not say that Clinton was a perfect candidate, I think it’s important to point out the double standard set up by these remarks. Recently, Donald Trump met with British politician Nigel Farage, and encouraged Farage to oppose offshore wind farms, as they would be detrimental to the view from Trump’s golf course. This blending of personal interests and politics is exactly what Clinton was criticized for, and it is important to note that Trump seems to be just as willing to use his newfound political standing to bolster his own interests. There is a danger, I think, in supporting personalities rather than

principles, and when we unequivocally support people like Trump, we never correct that problem. I also want to question Reverend Stelzer’s discussion of what he calls “political correctness.” He claims that it is has led to “disdain for the traditional beliefs and morals … of America.” The problem is that “political correctness” is a phrase used by right wing groups to dismiss as merely “political” the idea that we should encourage respect towards all people. I’m sure that the reverend, being a person of faith, would agree with the idea that we must treat all people with respect, so I find it hard to understand what objection remains to this principle after the misleading “politically correct” description is removed. This fight to put everyone on an equal playing field is what makes America great, and I would

argue that many of Trump’s comments about women, Muslims and people of color have worked against this goal of reaching equality. In fact, they have made many Americans feel that they don’t have a seat at the table and are not part of our conversation. I recognize that many are thrilled by Trump’s election, and I truly hope that he ends up being the most honest and inclusive president we’ve had yet. But I also hope we can all understand why some Americans are wary and even scared. These people are not opposed to America and its founding moral principles, they simply want to be welcome to participate in the process of making America an even better place for all.

Chiara Repetti-Ludlow Port Jefferson

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OpiniOn The tweeted verbal thunderbolts of the next president


erbs await like a collection of colors, quivering, shaking and jumping on their palettes to define and describe the unfolding scene. What verbs will we use to describe the future president of the United States, whose name itself can be a verb? Well, for starters, he tweets. We know that fact through his candidacy and it’s a pattern that continues now that he is assembling a cabinet and as he awaits his turn as president. His By Daniel Dunaief tweets represent his direct-to-thepeople message, cutting out the middle man of the media. As with pharmaceutical companies that market their products directly

D. None of the above

to consumers, sometimes Trump’s tweet messages, which crackle like thunderbolts from his fingers, should come with a warning. For example, “Don’t operate heavy equipment while listening to these tweets, which may cause shortness of breath,” or, “If you find yourself shouting approval or disapproval in response to these tweets, try not to read them in church, in a library or any place where shouting could cause a crisis.” When he communicates with the populace, with American leaders or with foreign leaders, what verbs will fill the canvas? He often seems to warn, to threaten and to demand. Maybe he believes American greatness starts with a tough president who insists America and its interests go directly to the front of any line. In recent days, he has weighed in on the discussion about the election, claiming widespread voter fraud prevented him from winning the popular vote “beauty contest.”

Through his tweets, he also leveled attacks against reporters he derides for disagreeing with him. I get it: As an agent of change, Trump may feel it’s his job not to highlight everything that’s going well with the country or to shout encouragement. That, he may believe, would be like telling a kid who has struck out continuously that he’s having a great game. Shifting from the visuals of colors on a page to the sounds at a pep rally, will the Trump presidency repeat similar notes with a single tone? Will he continue to castigate, to criticize, to claim and to attack? Those are just a few of the verbs that describe the approach Candidate Trump took on the contentious campaign trail. At some point, does President Trump become like a strong-willed character in a compelling novel? Will his experiences enable him to make a transition to becoming a president who emits a different tone and who leads to a symphony of greatness that comes

from every part of the country? Will the cajoling, the criticizing and the arguing transition to educating, inspiring and elevating? Yes, I know his approach and policies may help educate more Americans and may help bridge the gap between the testing levels American students reach compared with students in other nations. Certainly, as Trump demonstrated during his campaign stops, he can and has rallied people. What actions, what verbs, will describe the way Americans and, indeed, people around the world, react to his message? As an agent of change after the polished rhetoric of President Obama, Trump may not want to compete and, indeed, may sprint away from the pontifications his predecessor proffered. That, however, doesn’t preclude Trump from the kinds of verbs we hope we can employ to fill the pages of the next four years. Will he encourage, empower and reassure Americans about the government that supports, protects and serves them?

5 percent of those who apply are selected.” He went off the next morning with the completed paperwork and the two of us promptly forgot about the whole matter. That is, until the next spring when he came home and announced, still unsure what he had gotten us into, that he had been selected. I was happy at the prospect of travel in our future. With the benefit of hindsight, you know that by 1965, we were in a hot war and I will tell you that many physicians were drafted out of their specialty training and sent to Vietnam as general medical officers. Some of them never returned. We, meanwhile, now had one child and a second on the way when we were sent to Texas. It was not Germany or Japan, it wasn’t even California or New Jersey, as we had requested when asked by the Air Force, but it was — just by dumb luck — stateside, which meant we could be together. In fact, we had a house to live in, our first, with a washer and dryer, and each child had his own room. Wichita Falls is not a particularly

beautiful place, as far as scenery goes. There were no real trees, little grass, no bodies of water and only an occasional bit of mesquite shrub blowing across the brown dirt. But it was heaven for us, and we were thankful to be there for the duration of the two years. We learned to eat chicken fried steak and barbecued beef on a bun, and before too long our third child was on the way. It was on the base that we met our friends, who were serving under similar circumstances. He was a pediatrician who worked alongside my husband at the hospital, and with his wife they also eventually had three children, went home and started their professional lives together. But we stayed in touch, as I have explained, and they have rejoined my family with lots of conversation and laughter. Old friends are treasures because they are irreplaceable. We are older now, quite a bit older, and we might not have recognized each other immediately on the street. But the basic persons that we were are intact.

Old friendships are golden


here were two extra place settings during our Thanksgiving weekend. They were for a couple we met when my husband and her husband were serving at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, some 50 years ago — a golden anniversary of sorts. The idea that we met half-a-century ago and have maintained our connection is astonishing and lovely By Leah S. Dunaief because we were quite fond of them then and are happy to still be friends now. When they left the service, about a year before we did, they returned to their home state of North Carolina, and we, of course, returned to New York. Over the years, we have kept up sporadically through Christmas cards stuffed with letters about our lives.

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Our family wound up at Sheppard because we made the right decision for the wrong reasons — as so often happens in life. Just after my husband began his internship at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, he came home one evening somewhat puzzled. “Look,” he showed me paperwork, “if I agree to enter this lottery called the Berry Plan, I will be allowed to finish my residency in the specialty I choose, but then I will have to go into the military for two years. The benefit is that I will not be drafted out of my training before I finish, but I will delay starting my practice two years while I am serving Uncle Sam. What should I do?” “Do it, do it!” I urged. “They will send us to Germany or Japan and we will get to see the world.” I yearned to travel and we had not had the chance or the means. The year was 1963, and aside from a few military advisers in Vietnam, there was no war involving the United States. There was a draft but we were at peace. “OK,” my husband said, still seeming dubious. “But only about

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