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March 8, 2018


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Commack teen battles cancer for second time A3 Smithtown schools prepare for March 14 walkout A5 Photos: Kings Park celebrates its Irish heritage A9

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Town shelter wins NYS grant Smithtown Town officials announced that the town’s animal and adoption center has been selected to receive a $168,750 state grant from Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). Smithtown is one of 14 animal shelters and humane societies across New York to be handpicked by Cuomo to receive this award in the first statewide initiative of its kind. “This funding will better equip these facilities and help improve quality care, as these shelters continue to strive to find dogs and cats under their care a permanent, loving home,” Cuomo said in a press statement. Grant recipients were chosen based on both need and readiness of their proposed project. Smithtown officials announced the funding will be put towards the construction of a new “Trap, Neuter, Return” (or release) building. The TNR building will be used to house the intake of animals, including isolation and trap-neuter-return areas. “This is a real testament to the work we’ve been doing,” said John Valentine, director of public safety who oversees the shelter’s

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operations. “These grants were awarded to shelters specifically that have made strides to improve the treatment, training and medical care of all our animal guests. Building a TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) structure will give strays and rescued animals a state-of-theart facility to comfortably isolate and medically assess them for adoption, spay or neuter release programs.” The New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund was the first state-funded program in the nation geared towards financing improvement projects at animal shelters across the state. Overall funding for the program totals close to $5 million and is designed to improve the care and health of rescued animals to increase adoption rates for dogs and cats. “I would like to thank and commend our incredibly devoted staff and public safety department,” said Councilwoman Lisa Inzerillo (R), who is also liaison to the Smithtown Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. “They never stop looking for ways to improve the quality of life for our four-legged visitors.”

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Smithtown residents are invited to take a step back in time to discover what life was like for Long Island women during the Revolutionary War. The Smithtown Library will host a free presentation by Natalie Naylor, a professor emeritus at Hofstra University, author of “Women in Long Island’s Past: A History of Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives” March 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m at the main branch. Naylor’s book and presentation will focus on what life was like for Long Island women during the Revolution, what they did to cope, or, in some instances participate, and how they ultimately survived the ordeal. In March 1776, Abigail Adams wrote her

husband at the Continental Congress, asking that they “remember the ladies” when establishing a new code of laws. Not surprisingly, John Adams dismissed her ideas as frivolous since women were seldom considered in matters of government at the time. Indeed, women are almost invisible in most accounts of the Revolutionary War on Long Island, though they experienced more than seven years of British occupation, battles, raids, and calculated humiliations throughout. While the event is free, registration is required. The Smithtown Library’s Main Building is located at 1 North Country Road in Smithtown. For more information, call 631360-2480 ext. 197.



GoFundMe to save house of Commack teen with cancer Father seeks to raise $16,000 to keep son, ex-wife in home and pay extensive medical bills; March 15 fundraiser planned BY KEVIN REDDING KEVIN@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM



to be forced out of their Commack home. “Losing the house is just another kick in the face from life, it would be devastatThirteen-year-old Max Frank spends ing,” the father said. “Max’s room is his boy most of his days lying in bed at home in cave. That’s where he spends most of his Commack, playing video games, making up life. It’s where he feels the safest.” song parodies and cracking jokes. Like most That’s why, on Oct. 20, 2017, at the sugteenagers, Max’s bedroom is his safe haven gestion of his brother, Ken Frank set up a but, unlike others, it’s also where he soldiers GoFundMe page, asking family, friends and through a life spent in and out of hospitals, strangers for a total $16,000 to help cover undergoing tests and procedures, and living his ex-wife’s housing debts and other needs. under the weight of uncertainty. “Her whole life revolves around carting Frank, described by family members as him around to doctors, dealing with insurhilarious, warm and generous beyond his ance companies, dealing with the bank — years, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neu- she is a doting, unbelievable mother,” he roblastoma — a rare form of cancerous said, of Sandi. “At the hospital, she just lies tumor most commonly found in children in bed with him. … She’s a major force in — at 9 months old. His family, stunned by keeping it together through this and I don’t their young son’s diagnosis, scrambled and think he would be alive without her.” sent him to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Writing on the page that it’s “desperaCenter. After experiencing months of intense tion time” and “It hurts to ask, but kills not pain, exhaustive testing, chemotherapy, to,” his page so far has raised $9,300 by feeding tubes and transfusions, surgeons 101 people in four months, with donations were able to remove the tumor. ranging from $10 to $1,000 and an outHis separated parents, Ken and Sandi, pouring of supportive messages: have supported their son, and “No one should have to go each other, through 10 years of through this — my thoughts remission. Every three months, are with you,” said one donor. Max underwent invasive diag“Max, tough times never nostic exams for monitoring last, but tough men always and has been a regular visitor do,” another contributor wrote at Ronald McDonald House on GoFundMe. Charities in New York City. Ken Frank said while he Testing became less frequent in appreciates all the support recent years, as doctors began the family has received so far, to worry about an overexpoit’s not enough funds. sure to radiation from MRI’s “We raised a little bit of and X-rays. money, it’s helped for a couple Roughly six months ago, months, but now we’re back to family members said, Max square one,” Ken Frank said. started complaining of a con“I’m trying to figure out a way stant pain on the side of his to swoop in as a hero and save body. He was rushed to Sloan the day here.” Kettering, where doctors disIn an effort to help, Mulcacovered that 90 percent of his hy’s Pub and Concert Hall in kidney had been ravaged by Wantaugh will host a benefit An cancer. On Nov. 5, 2017, the Evening for Max Frank March organ was removed. 15 in conjunction with the nonLast week, Max endured his profit John Theissen Children’s first round of genetic testing — Foundation, an organization for blood and tissue analysis, which aims to help sick and unas well as family history — to derprivileged children. Tickets — Ken Frank for the benefit are available at determine his chances of getting the disease again. and cost “That’s our life — there’s that sense of fly- $50 per person. ing by the seat of our pants,” said his father. Irene Frank, Max’s grandmother, believes Ken Frank said he works around the that a large chunk of the family’s strength clock to support his son and ex-wife, who through this endeavor has come directly gave up her full-time job to care for Max from her grandson. after his initial diagnosis. “Because he is a very unusual child — While Max has always been optimistic, he cannot walk, he has to skip; he cannot his father said recent developments have talk, he has to sing,” Irene Frank said. “He left the teen depressed. is the embodiment of the joy of life and to “He’s at a point now where there’s a think that he could lose his life is beyond cloud over him and he has professed that, as [imagination].” things progress or there’s the possibility of Max’s uncle, Steve Frank, agrees. getting cancer every few years, that he just “This great little kid is so animated, doesn’t want to live — he doesn’t want to go goofy, fun and trying to keep his chin up through this,” Ken Frank said. “That’s prob- right now and fight the good fight,” Steve ably the toughest thing you could hear.” Frank said. Due to years of paying “outrageous” Ken Frank’s GoFundMe page can be cancer treatment bills, Ken Frank said there found at a potential risk for Max and his mother son039s-housecancer.

‘Losing the house is just another kick in the face from life, it would be devastating.’

Commack teen Max Frank is fighting his second battle against cancer.



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Gov. Cuomo tries to crack down on potent drug ‘These actions will hold ‘the death dealers who peddle it accountable.’ — Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is adding variations of fentanyl to a controlled substance list to aid the ability to prosecute drug dealers.


Proposal to close fentanyl loophole in budget amendment BY KEVIN REDDING KEVIN@TBRNEWSPAPERS.COM

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) took a firm stand against the spread of fentanyl earlier this month, proposing legislation to add 11 variations of the highly addictive and dangerous synthetic opioid drug to the state’s scheduled controlled substances list. If enacted, this law would help close a current loophole in New York that makes it easier for narcotics dealers to distribute deadly drugs and skirt felony charges by designing and manufacturing them to resemble name-brand prescriptions. The governor pushed the proposal Feb. 5 as part of a 30day state budget amendment, with the hopes of the budget passing the Senate in April. “These actions will give law enforcement the tools they need to combat this drug, holding the death dealers who peddle it accountable and helping ensure that our laws are able to keep pace with this evolving public health crisis,” Cuomo said. “Make no mistake: Fentanyl is potent, dangerous and its abuse is increasingly fueling the misery of the opioid epidemic.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl is between 50 and 100 times more potent than morphine and even more so than heroin — the lethal dose of heroin is about 30 milligrams, while the lethal dose of fentanyl is 3 mg. It is also not commonly reversed by Narcan, the lifesaving drug that combats heroin overdoses. Cuomo said the number of fentanyl-related deaths in the state increased by nearly 160 percent in 2016, a statistic that led him to evaluate what’s missing from the controlled substances list. His push is resonating across Suffolk County. “I applaud the governor for taking this important step toward closing this dangerous loophole that shields drug dealers from justice and continues to tear our communities apart,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (D) said in response to the governor’s statement. “I urge the state Senate and Assembly to include this proposal in their respective budget bills. We need to utilize every resource available to deter individuals who create and sell these deadly drugs.” Over at the county correctional facility, Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. (D), who regularly visits school districts across Suffolk to speak with students about the dangers of opioid use, also approved of Cuomo’s actions. “I applaud [Cuomo] for proposing strong regulations on fentanyl analogs because it gives law enforcement another avenue to crack down on drug traffickers and dealers pushing these dangerous and lethal substances into our communities,” he said. Tracey Farrell, a Rocky Point resident and the president of nonprofits North Shore Drug Awareness and On Kevin’s Wings, knows firsthand the devastation these opioids cause. Her son, Kevin, died of an overdose in 2012 and her daughter Breanna is currently three years in recovery. Farrell said because there are so many different chemical makeups of fentanyl, “too often this ties the hands of our law enforcement” to enact stricter penalties. “My son was one of 83 who passed in Suffolk County in 2012 when fentanyl wasn’t really on the radar, but five years later, that number is over 500 with a very large percentage of those deaths being caused by fentanyl,” she said. “We must take any and all steps possible to get the sale of this drug to impose the maximum sentences and potentially save lives.” Sal Vetro, a pharmacist at Echo Pharmacy in Miller Place, said this would be a major step in the right direction. “I think Cuomo’s on the right track,” Vetro said. “We’re trying to fight this epidemic and the people who need fentanyl should have fentanyl, but if it’s being used illegally, sold illegally or causing damage illegally, those people should certainly be punished. We have to stop ignoring the problem, and this is a start.”


EDUCATION Smithtown schools grapple with calls for national walkout Following the Parkland school shooting in Florida Feb. 14, there is no denying there’s been a raging national debate over gun control measures and school safety. As the student survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have spoken up, their actions have rippled outward creating a call for activism by students nationwide to have their voices and opinions on gun control heard. It has reached Long Island. On March 14, the group Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, school administrators and parents to walk out of schools for 17 minutes, in honor of the 17 Parkland victims, beginning at 10 a.m. The purpose of the protest, according to a website promoting it, is to shine a light on Congress’ “inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.” The walkout is being promoted on social media using the hashtag #ENOUGH. Town of Smithtown school districts and officials are weighing how the marches might play out here, with logistics and safety being of the utmost concern for administrators. “I firmly believe that giving students a voice in the running of their school and community is paramount to the education process,” said Kings Park Superintendent Timothy Eagen. Eagen said he had Lino Bracco, principal

of Kings Park High School, meet with the student council last week to gauge what they were thinking of and planning for March 14. “Our goal is to understand what our students are thinking and feeling, and best support their voice,” Eagen said. Kings Park’s student council was instructed on what boundaries they must operate within March 14, according to Eagen, and the plans will incorporate aspects of remembrance, unity and an education activities aimed at remembering the 17 lives lost in Parkland. Specific details were not made available in time for publication. Prior to the Parkland shooting, Kings Park held a “leadership summit” consisting of 32 adults and students in which it was felt that the district needs to work together with the community to better address “the increasingly complex issues that are impacting our students and their families.” A forum is set for March 13, 7 p.m. at Kings Park High School cafeteria to address topics including cyberbullying, social isolation, the effects of social media addiction, and the need for volunteers to serve as positive role models. A recreational night will be run in the gymnasium by National Honor Society students for students and children while the forum is underway. Commack school officials said they are still discussing the walkout with their students, and what if any events will occur, according to spokeswoman Brenda Lentsch. No solid information regarding the event or district’s stance

‘I firmly believe that giving students a voice in the running of their school and community is paramount to the education process.’ — Timothy Eagen was available as of press time. Neighboring school administrators in Smithtown Central School District declined to comment on their plans for March 14. A second unconnected protest is being planned for April 20 to coincide with the anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999. The organizers of this event, simply called National School Walkout, are also calling for those in school buildings to stand up and exit at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes of silence, followed by an “open mic” session in which students will be encouraged to voice their opinions. The organizers of the walkout envision a day-long event. “We’re protesting the violence in schools and the lack of change that has occurred to stop that,” the website for the event reads. “The issue needs constant attention if we hope to change anything, so multiple events



Kings Park Superintendent Timothy Eagen on multiple days is a productive way to help fight for our cause, a safer country.” While the federal government deals with the political gridlock long associated with gun control, New York State is working on action to at least improve safety in the short term, though not to address gun laws. “Every New Yorker and every American is outraged by the senseless violence that is occurring in schools throughout the country,” state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport) said in a Feb. 28 statement. The state Senate approved a series of bills March 5 that include more funding for security cameras, armed police officers or security personnel for districts that want it, panic buttons, active shooter drills, better emergency response plans, hardening of school doors and more. A package of gun control measures proposed by Senate Democrats was rejected.


What we know about gun violence, understanding the facts BY MARCI LOBEL Our nation is reeling from another school shooting involving a perpetrator who was psychologically disturbed. As we consider ways to prevent such tragedies from recurring, it is important to focus on what is known about gun violence. Only by understanding these facts can we develop strategies that are most likely to be effective. First, the majority of gun violence is committed by people without mental illness. This is well documented by public health experts. A person with mental illness is much less likely than a person without a diagnosable mental illness to commit an act of gun violence. In fact, mentally ill people are more likely to be victims than perpetrators of gun violence. Inaccurate claims equating mental illness with gun violence promote stigma and misunderstanding about mentally ill people and may make it less likely that they will reach out to seek help. Second, mass shootings are not as common as other acts of gun violence. Mass shootings in schools or elsewhere — churches, movie theaters, congressional softball games, music concerts — understandably receive a lot of attention because these tragedies are exceptionally horrifying, especially when children are victims. Nevertheless, the majority of deaths and unintended injuries by guns are not through mass shootings. Every day in the United

States, 93 people die from gun violence on not unlimited. [It is] not a right to keep and average, according to the key gun violence carry any weapon whatsoever in any manstatistics page on ner whatsoever and for whatever purpose. Third, owning a gun or having one ... We also recognize another important accessible puts you at risk of being killed by limitation on the right to keep and carry it. According to research published in 2015 arms. Miller [a previous court case] said, as in the Annals of Internal Medicine, homi- we have explained, that the sorts of weapcides, suicides and accidenons protected were those ‘in tal gun deaths are more nucommon use at the time.’ merous among gun owners We think that limitation is and others in their housefairly supported by the hishold, especially children torical tradition of prohibitand women, than among ing the carrying of ‘dangerpeople who don’t own ous and unusual weapons.’” guns. Research also shows Fifth, merely being that states with higher gun in the presence of a gun ownership have higher gun increases aggression. This homicide rates, even after phenomenon, “the weapcontrolling for other preons effect,” is well demondictors such as poverty and strated by social psychology alcohol consumption, and research, which also finds states with gun control laws that people recognize and have fewer gun deaths. Adreact to guns very quickly. ditionally, numerous studies “Guns not only permit vioBY MARCI LOBEL comparing developed counlence, they can stimulate tries find that the number of it as well,” wrote Leonard guns per capita is a strong, Berkowitz in a 1967 study independent predictor of the number of gun with Anthony LePage. “The finger pulls the deaths in that country. trigger, but the trigger may also be pulling Fourth, the U.S. Supreme Court has the finger.” endorsed the constitutional legitimacy of To truly protect our children, our famigun restrictions. In 2008, in delivering the lies, our communities and our nation, we opinion of the court, conservative Justice must adopt measures that are consistent Antonin Scalia wrote, “Like most rights, the with what is known about gun violence. right secured by the Second Amendment is The findings described above suggest that

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improving mental health outreach and treatment, while important in and of itself, will not solve the much larger problem of gun violence in American society. Stationing armed guards in our schools is not a solution — this endangers our children, teachers and those who work in schools because of the weapons effect described above. And even well-trained professionals are known to make errors in high-pressure situations. As to the idea of arming teachers, there are many more serious flaws with that idea than can be listed here. Furthermore, addressing mass shootings in our schools does nothing to eliminate the 93 gun deaths that occur day in and day out in this country. Can we enact sensible gun policies? The Supreme Court has ruled that some gun restrictions are constitutional, and evidence indicates that gun control reduces gun deaths, even though it doesn’t completely eliminate them. The vast majority of Americans, including gun owners, support sensible gun policies. So what are we waiting for? We’re waiting for our political leaders to act. Demand action from your elected officials. Make phone calls, send letters, march, protest and vote. Get involved with organizations such as Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action. Demand action before another 93 people die tomorrow. Marci Lobel is a professor of psychology and the director of the program in social and health psychology at Stony Brook University.


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Notice of Formation of Cope & Marron, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on August 30, 2017. Office location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Legalinc Corporate Services Inc. 1967 Wehrle Drive, Suite 1 #086, Buffalo, New York 14221. Purpose: To engage in any lawful activity for which limited liability companies may be organized under New York Law.

NOTICE OF FORMATION of Press Realty Holding, LLC Art. of Org filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/26/18 Office location: Suffolk Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 27 McGovern Dr., Melville, NY 11747. Purpose: any lawful activities. 100 2/8 6x ts SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF SUFFOLK

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Attorney for Plaintiff(s) Fein Such & Crane, LLP 1400 Old Country Road, Suite C103, Westbury, NY 11590 Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale Entered August 8, 2016 I will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder at the Smithtown Town Hall, 99 West Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787 on March 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM. Premises known as 10 Holly Lane, Saint James, NY 11780. District 0802 Sec 009.00 Block 01.00 Lot 005.000. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Incorporated Village of Nissequogue in the Town of Smithtown, Suffolk County, State of New York. Approximate Amount of Judgment is $1,843,945.81 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed

DIANE T. CARROLL A/K/A DIANE CARROLL A/K/A DIANE GALLO A/K/A DIANE MIKULEWICH, ET. AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated April 05, 2017, and entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Suffolk, wherein DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE, IN TRUST FOR REGISTERED HOLDERS OF LONG BEACH MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2003-4, ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2003-4 is the Plaintiff and DIANE T. CARROLL A/K/A DIANE CARROLL A/K/A DIANE GALLO A/K/A DIANE MIKULEWICH, ET. AL. are the Defendant(s). I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the SMITHTOWN TOWN HALL, 99 W. MAIN STREET, SMITHTOWN, NY 11787, on

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NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC AUCTION Supreme Court of New York, Suffolk County. CP-SRMOF II 2012-A TRUST, U.S. BANK TRUST NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE, Plaintiff, -against- ROBERT J. RIEGGER A/K/A ROBERT RIEGGER; TONI JEAN SIGNORELLI A/K/A TONI SIGNORELLI; SLOMIN’S INC.; PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK; INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE-UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION & FINANCE; DANA SIGNORELLI; NICHOLE SIGNORELLI, Index No. 3042/2012. Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated, June 26, 2017 and entered with the Suffolk County Clerk on July 6, 2017, Daniel B. Boyle, Esq., the Appointed Referee, will sell the premises known as 176 Tredwell Avenue, Saint James, New York 11780 at public auction at Smithtown Town Hall, 99 West Main Street, Smithtown, New York 11787, on April 9, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Town of Smithtown, County of Suffolk and State of New York known as District: 0800; Section: 084.00; Block: 02.00; Lot: 052.000 will be sold subject to the provisions of filed Judgment, Index No. 3042/2012. The approximate amount of judgment is $601,020.50 plus interest and costs. FRIEDMAN VARTOLO, LLP 85 Broad Street, Suite 501, New York, New York 10004, Attorneys for Plaintiff. 177 3/8 4x ts Notice of formation of RRP Consulting, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on February 15, 2018. Office location: Suffolk. SSNY is designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to 6 Regency Ct in Nesconset. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 183 3/8 6x ts NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT; FINAL FLOODPLAIN NOTICE; AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS March 8, 2018 COUNTY OF SUFFOLK, LEGALS con’t on pg. 8

Woman wanted for leaving crash

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and 4th Precinct Crime Section officers are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the woman allegedly responsible for a hit-andrun crash in Commack last month. A 2007 Mercedes was parked in the parking lot of ShopRite, located on Garet Place, when the vehicle was allegedly struck by a white pickup truck, possibly a Chevrolet Silverado, Feb. 11 at 6:13 p.m. The driver of the truck, pictured at right, in the black jacket wearing a lanyard, was accompanied by another female. A cash reward of up to $5,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about this incident can contact Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 800-220-TIPS (8477) or texting SCPD and the message to CRIMES (274637). All communication will be kept confidential. — SARA-MEGAN WALSH

Police suspect the above-pictured woman on left of a hit-and-run accident.

Man missing after hospital stay Suffolk County Police 2nd Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to locate a man who was last seen at a Smithtown hospital in December. Thomas Eastwood, 58, hasn’t been seen since he was discharged from St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center Dec. 14, located at 50 Route 25A. Eastwood was reported missing by his brother on Dec. 30. Eastwood, who is homeless, is white, 5 feet 11 inches tall and approximately 250 pounds. Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the 2nd Squad at 631-8548252 or call 911. — SARA-MEGAN WALSH


Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 063031/2014. Michael A. Gajdos, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 106, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION of MO&RD, LLC Art. of Org filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/22/18 Office location: Suffolk Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process c/o Amie Schulman, 169 Malloy Dr, E. Quogue, NY 11942. Purpose: any lawful activities.

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E.Setauket man critical after St. James motorcycle crash BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Suffolk County police 4th Squad detectives are investigating a crash that critically injured a motorcyclist in St. James March 5 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Steven Perrone was operating a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle eastbound on Route 25A, just west of Acorn Road, when the

motorcycle left the roadway and crashed into a guardrail. Perrone, 34, of East Setauket was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where he is in critical condition. The motorcycle was impounded for a safety check. The investigation is continuing, accordign to police. Detectives are asking anyone with information about the crash to call 631-854-8452.

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Local politicians like U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, below left, and state Assemblyman Steve Englebright, below right, deliver a clear message in opposition to the federal government’s plan to increase offshore drilling off the coast of Long Island.

Skewering federal government’s offshore drilling plan BY ALEX PETROSKI ALEX@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM If it wasn’t clear following six hours of Valentine’s Day testimony, the usual suspects were at it once again delivering a unified message against the possibility of offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. Representatives from the U.S. Department of the Interior were at Brookhaven Town Hall March 2 to hear public comments from lawmakers across the political spectrum demand the proposed federal plan to expand natural gas and oil drilling along coastal waters be scrapped. The Feb. 14 hearing, which did not feature participation by the Interior, was held in the Suffolk County Legislature building in Hauppauge, an alternative to the federal bureau’s original plan for a single public hearing in Albany that took place the next day. Long Island lawmakers vehemently pushed back on the single upstate hearing, demanding at least one downstate hearing due to the impact such a plan might have locally. Though the Interior Department didn’t hear the first batch of testimony on Long Island in February, Assemblyman and Committee on Environmental Conservation Chairman Steve Englebright (D-Setauket) said a transcript of the entire meeting would be submitted as written public comment on the proposal. Neither of the two local

Notable quotes from March 2 meeting at Brookhaven Town Hall Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment: “Here on Long Island, we are a maritime community. We grow up with one foot in the water, one foot on the land — a fishing pole in one hand and a crab trap in the other. That’s who we are. You might think we love living on Long Island because we love the taxes or we just love traffic, but that’s not it. We love living by the water. It’s what makes us live here.” hearings featured a single speaker in favor of proceeding with offshore drilling off the coast of Long Island. First District U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (RShirley) played a vital role in securing the March 2 hearing in his home district, calling the initial one-Albany-hearing plan “unacceptable.” Zeldin and others reiterated the fact that there currently is no evidence to suggest the resources that would be drilled for exist off the coast of Long Island, in addition to the hazardous impact the plan would have on marine life. The congressman stopped short of joining lawmakers to his political left in calling for investment in renewable sources of energy as opposed to more drilling for oil and gas, though he has voted for such legislation in the past. “Drilling in the ocean for gas or oil is foolhardy,” Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine (R) said during his remarks. “We should be looking at alternative energy. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue — it’s a common sense issue.” In a Jan. 4 announcement, Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, said developing resources on the Outer Continental Shelf would provide billions of dollars to fund conservation of coastlines, public land and parks. “The important thing is we strike the right balance to protect our coasts and

Carrie Meek Gallagher, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 1 director: “Seismic surveys necessary for oil and gas resource exploration include air gun blasts every 10 to 20 seconds, 24 hours per day for weeks to months at a time. The low frequency, high energy sound they produce is harmful to marine mammals, including numerous endangered whales that are present off our coast.” Assemblyman Steve Englebright: “New York has committed to meeting future energy goals though clean, renewable sources like wind and solar. The state is working to shape an energy portfolio that moves away from carbon pollution toward renewable resources that will help mitigate the impacts of climate change in coastal people while still powering America and achieving American energy dominance,” Zinke said in the statement. Kristen Jarnagin, Discover Long Island president and CEO, spoke of the affests of tourism on the Island. According to Jarnagin, it’s a $5.6 billion industry that supports more than 100,000 local jobs. “Tourism is much more than vacationers enjoying our pristine beaches,” she said. “More than 80 percent of our tourism industry is made up of small business — hotels,

communities from sea level rise to more extreme and frequent storms. The federal proposal is incompatible with that.” Christine Pellegrino (D), New York State Assembly 9th District, Environmental Conservation Committee: “Our communities were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and five years later we’re still not whole. Natural disasters can greatly increase the chance of a spill. Are you willing to risk our island, because I am not. Environmental groups warn that just opening the door to oil drilling in pristine federal lands and waters could lead to more tragic spills like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 that dumped more than 4 million barrels of oil over an 87-day period before it was capped.” Kevin McCallister, founder and president Defend H2O: “It’s not a question of if [an oil spill will happen], but it’s a question of when and where. Unlike some from New York certainly concerned about Long Island, I submit that we’ve got to keep [offshore drilling] off the entire East Coast. I think this is obviously regression when we should be moving toward renewables. To really slip back in time in environmental intelligence is quite concerning.” restaurants, transportation companies, boutique owners, wineries, farmers and the endless indirect businesses that thrive on the success of our industry including banks, audio/visual companies, landscapers, lawyers, attorneys and much more … Overnight that could all change, and those revenues and jobs stripped from the economy if not protected.” Public comments on the proposal can be submitted on the department’s website through March 9 by visiting


LEGALS LEGALS con’t from pg.6 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PO BOX 6100 HAUPPAUGE, NY 11720 631-853-5705 These Notices shall satisfy three separate but related procedural requirements. REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS On or about March 24, 2018 the County of Suffolk will submit a request to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1974 (P.L. 95-128), and Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1977 (P.L. 95-128) as amended, to undertake the multi and single-year project(s) known as: PROJECT NAME: Consortium Home Improvement Program PROJECT PURPOSE: Housing Rehabilitation PROJECT LOCATION(s): Scattered sites throughout the Town of Smithtown, Suffolk County, NY PROJECT EST. COST: $20,000 PROJECT NAME: Senior Citizen Home Chore Program PROJECT PURPOSE: Minor home repairs/seniors PROJECT LOCATION(s): Throughout the Town of Smithtown, Suffolk County, NY PROJECT EST. COST: $31,434 PROJECT NAME: Sidewalk Improvements for Accessibility PROJECT PURPOSE: Sidewalk curb cuts, detectable warning materials, etc PROJECT LOCATION(s): Throughout the Town of Smithtown, Suffolk County, NY PROJECT EST. COST: $70,000 FINAL DECISION TO LOCATE IN BASE FLOODPLAIN AREA The proposed actions may be located in a base floodplain area. Factors considered in making the determination included: alternatives of relocating the projects outside the base floodplain areas, mitigating impacts, and taking no action. Factors regarding damage to natural environments and litigation were also considered. The actions will conform to applicable State and local floodplain standards. National Flood Insurance

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the Certifying Officer of the County of Suffolk; (b) the County of Suffolk has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient has incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to HUD at HUD Area Office, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10278. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Dennis Cohen Chief Deputy County Executive Suffolk County 191 3/8 1x ts SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF SUFFOLK SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Mortgaged Premises: 17 QUAKER PATH STONY BROOK, NY 11790 District: 0200 Section: 174.00 Block: 09.00 Lot: 003.000 INDEX NO. 616023/2017 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO WILMINGTON TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO BANK OF AMERICA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR LEHMAN XS TRUST MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-6, Plaintiff,Plaintiff designates SUFFOLK as the place of trial situs of the real property-against- THOMAS W. RIUTTA, JR.; DEBRA A. RIUTTA; ROBERT FERRI, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF MARY L. FERRI; RICHARD FERRI, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF MARY L. FERRI, any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or


Sheriff revamps website DESIRÉE KEEGAN DESIREE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office has launched a redesigned website, to be found at The project was a priority of newly elected Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. (D), saying he wanted the public to have easy access to information, like visiting and bail instructions; filing for income and property executions; volunteer and intern opportunities; and the wide array of special programs offered by the Sheriff’s Office. “The redesigned website is easier to navigate and contains information on so many of the services that we offer to the public,” Toulon said. “I wanted it to be us-

title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; MCGUIRE CONDON, P.C.; AMERICAN EXPRESS BANK, FSB; PEOPLES UNITED BANK, N.A.; PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ‘’JOHN DOE #1’’ through ‘’JOHN DOE #12,’’ the last twelve names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, Defendants. To the abovenamed Defendants YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, ex-

er-friendly, informative and modern, and I think we hit the mark.” One of Toulon’s priorities is educating the public about substance abuse, with links to resources available from the home page. “I intend to be very outspoken about the drug epidemic, and we will be continually posting information and updates on our website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube,” Toulon said. The sheriff’s social media accounts can be accessed through the site. The Sheriff’s Office offers personal jail tours for young people, and a tracking device called Project Lifesaver that provides another level of safety for individuals that wander due to cognitive impairments.

clusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above caption action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure the sum of $672,000.00 and interest, recorded on January 29, 2007, in Liber M00021465 Page 833, of the Public Records of SUFFOLK County, New York, covering premises known as 17 QUAKER PATH, STONY BROOK, NY 11790. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. SUFFOLK County is designated as the place of trial because the real property affected by this action is located in said

county. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to the mortgage company will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: November 8, 2017 Westbury, New York RAS BORISKIN, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff BY: IRINA DULARIDZE, ESQ. 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 106 Westbury, NY 11590 516-280-7675 193 3/8 4x ts



Kings Park held its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 3 led by Grand Marshal Father Sean Gann, the pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Kings Park. Despite the threat of rain and chilling winds, Kings Park residents lined the streets to celebrate the area’s Irish heritage — whether Irish or merely Irish for

the day. The parade featured bagpipe bands, floats, marching groups and a special tribute to Gann as its marshal. Gann’s mother, Mary, immigrated to the United States from St. Mullins, County Carlow, in Ireland at age 12 to live with her aunt in Kings Park, according to the parade’s website.

Gann has served as a chaplain to the Suffolk County Police Officer’s Emerald Society, whose pipe band marches first in the Kings Park parade each year. The parade was started in 2011 by Kevin “The Professor” Denis, owner of Professor’s Diner in Kings Park as a way to celebrate the area’s Irish cultural roots.


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Kissing a pig Mathematical geniuses Two Kings Park High School students, Merrick Cai and Weslyn Cai, were named individual winners at the 25th Annual Suffolk County Math Tournament coordinated by the Suffolk County Math Teachers Association Jan. 9 at Suffolk County

Community College in Selden. Weslyn Cai, who participated in the lower division competition, won first place for grade 9. Merrick Cai, a junior, won first place in the 12th grade competition. Kings Park’s upper level team

(grades 11 and 12) came in third place in the team competition. Pictured above, back row: Lino Bracco, high school principal; Merrick Cai; Melissa Fink, advisor; front row: Finn Tekverk, Keiffer Acoba, Sanjay Verma and Andrew McBride.

When Ireen Westrack, principal at Mills Pond Elementary School in the Smithtown school district, makes a promise to students, she keeps it. In the beginning of February, Westrack challenged the school to read 50,000 minutes during Parents As Reading Partners month.

If they met that challenge, Westrack promised to kiss a pig. Not only did the school meet her challenge, but they far exceeded the goal. On March 1, a local 700-pound hog named Bruce made the trip to the school. Westrack delivered on her promise in front of the whole school.

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Mills Pond Elementary School held an assembly Feb. 26. to kick off fundraising efforts for its upcoming Boosterthon Fun Run to

benefit the school’s Parent-Teacher Association. Themed “Castle Quest,” the PTA set up the entrance of the

school as a castle and each student was outfitted with a crown. The fun run will take place in the gym March 7.

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Olympic -style fun


The competition was fierce as Accompsett Elementary School in the Smithtown school district held its annual Winter Olympics Feb. 27 in the gym at Smithtown High School West. The event is sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Association. The teams – divided by colors – participated in different relay-style events while working on their teambuilding skills.



Royal fundraising

Singing school bus driver Kindergarten students at St. James Elementary School in the Smithtown school district had a special visit from Joe Guida, aka “The Singing School Bus Driver” Feb. 27, pictured above. As part of the Parent-Teacher Association’s cultural arts program, the assembly emphasized creativity

and movement mixed with plenty of learning fun. Students sang along to original songs while Guida played the guitar. Bus safety, counting and rhyming songs kept students engaged and they even exercised as they showed off their dancing abilities.



Wizards’ Rocket Unit faces S’town faculty BY BILL LANDON The Harlem Wizards’ Rocket Unit took off Thursday night. To raise money for Distributive Education Clubs of America, the famed basketball team’s tricks, hoops and alley oops dazzled a 600-plus crowd at Smithtown High School West. “They put on a great show,” said DECA advisor Cindy Wood, a business teacher at West. “The kids and the parents are great and we get everyone from all different schools right here in our district. We usually don’t get that, so it’s a really nice way to bring everyone together.” Wood was one of many educators to excel out on the court as the Bulls battled against Rocket, Big J, The Artist, Jet and LaFiesta March 1. Tom Vulin, who usually battles from the sidelines as head coach of Smithtown East’s girls basketball team, showed his 3-point prowess to earn him a “shooter” shout out from play-by-play announcer D.J. Swiv every time the ball touched his hands. Hauppauge resident Jaime Glas brought her whole family to the game expecting to enjoy it from the bleachers, but the Wizards had other ideas. Big J plucked the

Clockwise from top left, Smithtown teacher Caitlin Campbell is greeted by Harlem Wizards player La Fiesta out on the court; Nesaquake Middle School Principal Dan McCabe readies to shoot; Wizards’ Big J greets the crowd; children pose for a photo with Smithtown faculty and the Harlem Wizards; West math teacher Bill Young goes up under the rim; and social studies teacher Ashley Marchese leaps for a field goal.

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Comsewogue school district teacher from the crowd to meet him on the dance floor, and after immediate terror, turned lemons into lemonade as she showed him her moves. “I was mortified,” said Glas, laughing. “As a teacher, that’s what we do every day — we just kind of roll with it.” Behind Vulin and Wood was Accompsett Elementary School teacher Ed Vinas, who was brought out on the court for a different reason after receiving an email from event organizer Denise Massimo. “When my daughter found out about it, she talked me into coming out tonight, so it’s become a family affair,” Vinas said. “I’ve seen them a couple of times and they put on a good show.” Massimo, also a DECA advisor and business teacher, said putting on a spectacle of that magnitude requires tons of help. She and Wood, advisors of the business and marketing club, begin planning a year in advance. The rest of the game players are business teachers from all over the district, and the kids who are running the booths, the ticket sales and concession stands are all officers of the club. “It’s great to see everyone come together and everything culminate into what’s seen here,” Massimo said. “It was a great turnout.” Check for more photos from the Harlem Wizards game.

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OPINION Editorial


The Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is encouraging students and more to participate in a March 14 walkout.

Students deserve to be heard

There is no denying the Florida school shooting has reignited a national discussion on appropriate firearm regulations and mental health issues. Amid the uproar, students are organizing in attempt to make their voices heard — and we firmly believe they deserve to be at the forefront of this conversation. The Women’s March Youth EMPOWER has put out the call for students, teachers, school administrators and parents to participate in a national school walkout Wednesday, March 14, at 10 a.m. The event calls for students to walk outside of their school building for 17 minutes, one minute for each of victims killed in Parkland, in a unified effort to show students demand action from Congress in passing federal gun regulations. Commack resident Paul Guttenberg, whose niece Jaime was killed in the Parkland shooting, voiced support for the student walkout. “It keeps the issue of how high school students feel about gun violence in the news, and will also send the message that our children’s voices do count,” he said. “And the tone-deaf GOP politicians in Congress will be forced to listen to how they feel.” The reaction of Long Island’s school districts to the walkout wildly varies and, in some cases, is disappointing. We applaud Ward Melville High School Principal Alan Baum for sitting down with student organizers in his district to discuss plans and ensure safety. If the point of education is to prepare our children for life, and to become civic-minded adults, Baum’s action should serve as an example for other districts. Brenden Cusack, principal at Huntington High School, has used the walkout as an opportunity to arrange a March 13 forum where students, teachers and the community can engage in respectful dialogue on mass shootings. It is disappointing that other districts like Rocky Point have issued warnings that administrative action will be taken in response to any student participating in the walkout. The event is an effort to cry out for attention, where the district’s planned moment of silence is just that, silence, and a letter-writing campaign is too easily ignored. This decision by school administrators strangles students’ voices, making someone think twice before expressing an opinion. Worse are those school officials who have decided to bury their heads in the sand and not publicly address the walkout. Elwood and Harborfields have not yet issued public statements regarding how their districts will handle the event. This leaves both students and parents with numerous unanswered questions. With a little less than a week until walkout day, we strongly encourage school officials to reconsider an open and honest dialogue. The first step to solving a problem starts with discussion of the issues. Students have every right to be heard, for it’s their safety at risk.

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Superintendents appeal for leadership The murder of 17 students and teachers in the corridors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, by a gunman armed with an AR-15 assault rifle is one more episode in a series of violent acts targeting our nation’s youth. Now, Parkland joins Columbine, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and dozens of other educational settings as the name of a crime scene, not a school. Our heartbreak increases as the list gets longer and longer. The Parkland tragedy reminds us an American school shooting has taken place, on average, once per week in 2018, and that is only through February. Addressing this national epidemic demands bold action. Our national response must evolve to be more than just messages of “thoughts and prayers” and hand-wringing about our inability to stop this. The students in Florida want this to be the tipping point; they want this to be the “last mass shooting.” This siren must get our attention. And this issue should be the one to galvanize our elected officials in Washington, D.C., state capitals and local communities. By rejecting mass shootings as a “new normal,” the federal government has the chance to seize the grief and the anger of this overwhelming moment and act now. The nation is ready. New York State passed sensible guns laws in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre in neighboring Connecticut. This bipartisan measure includes many provisions that our national leaders can use as a model. Assault weapons,

background checks, ammunition sales, mental health screenings and more, it’s all in there. It wasn’t perfect when it was passed, but through a series of amendments, it’s been improved. We’re certain that critics can identify several concerns about the law, but there are none that can’t be resolved. Take New York State’s SAFE Act and use it as a template for federal action. The aftermath of a school shooting has become all too predictable. We need a multifaceted solution that addresses all of the issues that the Parkland students are now so eloquently articulating as a result of witnessing the horrific shooting and losing classmates and teachers to gun violence. It is the only way to make significant progress toward addressing this complex matter. We have a state law in place that can be used to initiate the essential national conversation, the SAFE Act, so why not use it? We understand that what we’ve done in New York may be a hard sell elsewhere, but all kids deserve this kind of protection. We do know that nothing will improve if we do nothing, and that is not an option. We need such changes to be able to assure students, parents and staff that our schools are safe places. Ensuring that our students receive the highestquality programs and services in a safe, secure environment is the goal of the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association. It is a goal that is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve. A recent survey of school superintendents statewide indicates

that more than half of respondents have rising concerns about the needs of our students in nonacademic areas, including health, safety and mental health. Our members partner with county, town and village police departments, as well as many other non-law-enforcement organizations, understanding that these needs cannot be met without robust cooperation. Only this type of cooperation will enable us to fully address these problems. To make progress, we need strong national leadership. We need our leaders to break the patterns that have resulted in inaction time and time again. We need them to be brave and do what we have elected them to do — lead. We must demand decency and collaboration by all involved. With civility, the availability of adequate resources and exhaustive planning, we can be successful. This work demands collaboration, compromise, discussion and mutual understanding. To this end, the superintendents association stands ready to help in this effort in any way necessary. As Americans, we must be capable of more than one thought and one nonnegotiable action plan to address this problem. In doing so, we can meet today’s challenges and achieve our goal of providing a safe, secure environment for all students. Our humanity demands it.

Gary Bixhorn and Lars Clemensen Suffolk County School Superintendents Association

A plea to Lee Zeldin from a supporter Over several years, I have been an occasional contributor to this forum and have been a weekly subscriber for more years than I can remember. Mostly, I have been a responder to many left-wing writers for which I have opposing views. I have often been described as a right-wing zealot by my political opponents and a pathfinder by those who support my views. Why do I preface my remarks by the above comments? You see, I have in the past been an ardent supporter of Congressman Lee Zeldin. I truly believe he is an honest man, a good representative for the ideals of this district and has not been

deserving of the harsh criticism from some of the writers within this venue, especially regarding his support of Israel. While being an ardent supporter of the First and Second Amendments, I find it increasingly difficult to support the positions of Mr. Zeldin in light of Sandy Hook, Orlando and most recently Parkland, Florida. I have never owned a gun and only fired one when I served in the U.S. Army. I have no desire to own a gun but I respect the rights of an American citizen who legally wishes to own one. However, there is no place within our society for ownership of an assault rifle. To what end, I

ask? Hunting and home ownership protection have no need for these weapons. Their only place is within the military. Therefore, I can only deduce that Congressman Zeldin is beholden to the National Rifle Association because of the financial support they afford to him. To that end I must state emphatically that unless he changes his position in the very near future, I can never again support his rwe-election. Please, Congressman Zeldin, do the right thing and publicly denounce your support of NRA positions regarding assault-type weapons.

Robert Parmegiani Setauket



A face at war with itself


f parts of the body could talk, I wonder what they’d say. To that end, I imagined the following dialogue among mostly facial features. Teeth: Hey, look at me. Something’s changed. You’re going to like it. Ears: What? You’re talking again? Seriously. Can’t you give it a rest, just for a few moments? Here’s a news flash: You don’t have to eat crunchy food all the time. How about eating something soft once in a while? Teeth: Crunchy food tastes good. Tongue: Yes, but the ears have By Daniel Dunaief a point. That crunchy stuff scratches me. Eyes: Keep it down. I’m surfing the net and you’re distracting me. Nose: Oh, how wonderful. You get to look for stuff all day long, while I’m sitting here waiting for Eileen to share

D. None of the above

perfume that smells like flowers. Ears: So, you like Eileen? Nose: No, but she smells a lot better than we do. Our armpits leave something to be desired at the end of the day. It’s amazing we’re still married. Armpit: You wouldn’t smell so great either if you got damp every time the stress level started to rise. Besides, with all that running, nose, I’d think you’d be in better shape. Nose: Is that supposed to be funny? Armpit: I’m sorry. I know it’s not your fault. Maybe my stress would be lower if the eyes didn’t spend so much time reading about politics. Teeth: Wait, guys. Come on, I want to tell you something. You’re going to like it. Ears: Oh, please. Are you going to tell us that you have a few more thoughts you’d like to share about a way to smile so we look better in selfies? Forget it. Haven’t you heard? Your daughter said you’re incapable of taking a good selfie. She’s probably right. Selfie’s were made for people much younger than we are. They’re a tool to even out the generational power struggle.

Cheeks: We’re as young as we feel, right? Eyes: Have you looked in the mirror lately? Cheeks, you’re showing our age. Cheeks: Wait, what’s wrong with me? Eyes: Nothing’s wrong. It’s just that gravity seems to have caught up with you. Chin: Gravity, that’s funny. Eyes: You haven’t looked in the mirror either, have you chin? Chin: Why? Eyes: Are you trying to clone yourself? Nose: Ignore them, cheeks and chin. They’re just jealous. Eyes: Jealous? What? Let’s just say that the new hairs coming out of you, my little nose friend, aren’t winning admirers. Nose: Hairs? Where? Ears: Can we keep it down? I’m trying to enjoy the few moments of silence before the phone rings or someone else has to share thoughts about a better way to do something. Eyes: We noticed the extra hairs growing on you, too, ears. Ears: You’re in a bad mood today,

eyes. What’s wrong? Eyes: Nothing. Teeth: No, you can tell us. Eyes: I need to wear close glasses for the computer and distance glasses for driving. I hate having two pairs and it takes me a minute to adjust. Nose: Tell me about it. The computer glasses are pinching me. Ears: Yeah, and they’re irritating me, too. Teeth: Come on. I have something to say. Ears; Of course you do. That’s all you do. Blah, blah, blah. Would it hurt you to listen? Teeth: I am part of the mouth, you know. That’s what I do. Ears: Yes, but silence can be good for all of us, you know? Eyes: OK, tell us this important news that you’re so eager to share. Teeth: After all these years, my teeth are straight. See? My smile isn’t crooked anymore. Eyes: Let me see. Teeth: Aah. Eyes: Hmm, they are straighter. What do you know? Now, what can you do about your breath?

also occurred to us that no one has had to get up early to walk the dog on the weekends. We haven’t had to go out in the wind and rain, or the cold and dark for that last walk of the night. There were no elaborate plans that needed to be made for dog care when we left for vacation or a weekend away from home. We didn’t need to dash to the vet for an emerging “hot spot” or note the time on the calendar for a rabies shot. There has not been any sudden despoiling on the most treasured rug in the house. And we have not had to deal with the frantic teething that puts clothing and window sills at risk as a new puppy settles in. We have thought briefly of different possibilities. We have a friend who has a golden retriever puppy named Chewy with almost identical coloring and inquisitiveness as Teddy, and we have offered our services as sometime babysitters. So far we have done so once. After loving up the pup, the rest was just work and it wasn’t the same. Substitute dogs are like substitute

teachers: Happy to have them come and happy to see them go. It has been 45 years since I have been without a dog in the house, and there is a void that won’t go away. One of my sons and daughters-in-law are thinking of getting a dog. If so, they would come often to visit and bring the dog. Would that replace what is missing? I have my doubts. That would just mean more work without the primary connection. So profound is that connection that the latest trend in employee benefits for large corporations is “pawternity leave.” That means a couple of days paid time off for an employee to bond with a new four-legged family member or to mourn the death of a beloved pet. Some companies are even encouraging their staffers to bring their pets with them to the office when at work. So, will we get another dog? There have been four dogs sequentially in my life already, and there is certainly room for more. I just don’t know if l can bear the loss of yet another. As my mother used to say, “We’ll see.”

Will we get yet another dog?


eople sometimes ask me if I am going to get another dog. Even people I don’t really know have stopped me in the supermarket or the post office to ask. They know about my dog, Teddy, since I have written about him, described his antics and, at the end, the pain of losing him. Those who ask probably have pets of their own, and they understand the deep relationship we humans have with our By Leah S. Dunaief animals. They also know what is coming for them because beloved pets die. We are lucky if they keep us company on our journey through life for a decade and a half. And we mourn them as we would mourn the death of any beloved family member.

Between you and me

Initially we wouldn’t consider replacing him. Every night, when we arrived home and opened the front door there was no four-legged furry bundle fishtailing with joy to welcome us. The house was just dark and empty. We needed time to grieve. “Just get another dog,” said those who didn’t understand that dogs are not like widgets, one replaceable with another. So we went through the spring and didn’t see him sniffing at the crocuses and daffodils as if in wonder at how they had gotten there. After all, they hadn’t been there yesterday. In summer, he wasn’t here to dash across the sand and fling himself into the water for an instant cool-down. As the fall came and the beach grass turned russet and gold, he did not run happily along the beach with us, perfectly camouflaged by nature’s backdrop. And this winter, with the first snow, he was not here to roll ecstatically on his back and make snow angels on the front lawn. It’s coming up on a year now since we have been without a dog. It has

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