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September 14, 2017

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community members during storms or major emergencies, in addition to a meeting room for district and public use. It would be built in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as the current firehouse is not. The estimated cost of the proposed plan to consolidate to one Jefferson Avenue facility would be an increase of approximately $118 to $198 a year for taxpayers based on their home’s assessed value. Polls will be open Sept. 19 from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Jefferson Avenue firehouse, located at 221 Jefferson Ave. in St. James. Residents in Election District 79 can vote at the Fairfield Condos in St. James.

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Republican supervisor primary hangs on absentee ballots By Sara-Megan WalSh sara@tbrnewspapers.com No clear winner has emerged in the Smithtown Republican primary for town supervisor as a narrow 39-vote margin at the close of polls Sept. 12 left the outcome undecided, pending a count of absentee ballots. Smithtown Councilman Ed Wehrheim (R) holds a razor-thin lead on incumbent town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio (R), 2,822 votes to 2,783, in the unofficial election results posted Sept. 13 by the Suffolk County Board of Elections. “By definition, it’s too close to call,” said Nick LaLota, the Republican commissioner for the county board of elections. “The number of paper ballots outstanding exceeds the margin of victory by machine. It is literally too close to call.” LaLota said the board of elections has received 322 absentee ballots as of Sept. 13. He said he expects the county may still receive a few dozen additional ballots over the next week. Absentee ballots must have been postmarked by Sept. 11 and received by the county by Sept. 19 to be valid. “I am confident that we will remain victorious once they are opened,” Wehrheim said Wednesday morning. The councilman said his campaign, along with Smithtown Republican Committee Chairman Bill Ellis, ran an extensive absentee voter outreach campaign leading up to

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The republican Party of the Town of Smithtown appears split as there is no clear winner in the town supervisor primary Sept. 12. the primary race. “A lot is going to depend on how the absentee ballots go,” Ellis said in a phone interview. “We worked aggressively and I believe a lot of the absentees we had contact with voted for the entire team.” LaLota said he anticipates by Sept. 25 the Suffolk County Board of Elections will have all the voting machines and paper ballots to be checked, and will have given sufficient notice to both campaigns in order to begin counting absentee votes. The process of counting paper ballots

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involves opening each absentee envelope, allowing the ballot to be reviewed by a board of elections inspector and campaign observers, potentially including attorneys representing the campaigns. If there are any objections to the validity of a ballot it will be recorded. The final outcome of the primary race may remain unknown until late September. “With 300-plus ballots, I’d assume it’s going to take a few days,” LaLota said. “Attorneys have been known to gum up the process.” Vecchio wrote the primary’s outcome was

“still questionable” in an email statement, and that he was uncertain about the odds of being declared the Republican candidate after the absentee ballots were counted. This is not the first time Vecchio has been challenged by his own party in a primary for town supervisor. In 2013, he faced off against former town councilman Robert Creighton (R) and prior to that, Jane Conway in 2005. In both of these primaries, Vecchio had a decisive victory at the polls. “Against both Jane Conway and Bob Creighton, the results were substantially in Mr. Vecchio’s favor,” Ellis said. “Never has he lost on the [voting] machines to anyone.” If Wehrheim remains victorious, he will be running for Smithtown town supervisor on the Republican, Conservative and Independent party lines in November. Wehrheim currently has approximately $59,000 available in his war chest to spend on the general election, according to the 11day pre-primary financial disclosure report filed with New York State Board of Elections. “We won’t start campaigning until [the absentee ballots] are opened,” Wehrheim said. “Once they are open and the decision is finalized, then we will begin to carry on for the general election if we are the successful candidate.” The winner of the Republican town supervisor primary will face off Nov. 7 against Democratic Party candidate William Holst and Kristen Slevin, running under her own None of the Above campaign.

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Across from left, incumbent Smithtown town councilmembers Thomas McCarthy (R) and Lynne nowick (R) have beaten Republican Party-endorsed challengers Robert doyle and Thomas Lohmann based on the unofficial Sept. 12 primary results.

Incumbents keep edge in town board primary By Kevin Redding kevin@tbrnewspapers.com Smithtown’s incumbents appear to have won the Sept. 12 Republican town board primary, but there are absentee ballots to be counted and the challengers aren’t backing down. Councilwoman Lynne Nowick (R) has come out on top in the four-candidate race with 2,929 votes while Councilman Tom McCarthy (R) followed with 2,833 votes. Coming in third and fourth were challengers Bob Doyle (R) with 2,575 votes and Thomas Lohmann (R) with 2,543 votes, respectively, according to unofficial Suffolk County Board of Elections results posted Sept. 13. “With Nowick and McCarthy, there are a number of absentees out,” said Bill Ellis, the Smithtown Republican Committee chairman. “I think Lynne Nowick will prevail, [but] there’s still an opportunity for Doyle and Lohmann to surpass McCarthy. It’s a bit of a long shot, but it’s a possibility.” Nick LaLota, Republican commissioner for the county board of elections, said there are 322 absentee ballots as of Sept. 13. He said he expects the county may still receive a few dozen additional ballots over the next week. Absentee ballots must have be postmarked by Sept. 11 and received by the county by Sept. 19 to be valid. Nowick, who was first elected to the board in 2013 and has served as an elected official for 22 years, has focused her bid for re-election on keeping taxes low, getting sewers into downtown areas like Kings Park and St. James, and maintaining Smithtown’s quality of life including its parks, beaches and roads. “I, of course, am very happy to have been so successful,” Nowick said, of the town council results. “I think a lot of that

success was that Councilman McCarthy and I worked for the town and cared for the town. When you’re here a lot of years and you’ve helped a lot of constituents along the way, make no mistake, constituent services are very important. When you help people for many years, it resonates.” She said her sights are now set on the Nov. 7 election with plans to utilize the same campaign strategy. “Look, this is what we’ve accomplished, this is who we are, and that is what we’ll run on in November,” Nowick said. McCarthy, deputy town supervisor who has been on the town board since 1998 and, if re-elected, said he looks forward to continuing his service to Smithtown residents alongside Nowick. “I’m pleased that the voters saw fit to elect me,” McCarthy said. “It proves that all the hard work we do on a daily basis is appreciated and we appreciate their votes. We’ve had so many good initiatives that I’m happy to have championed over the last four years.” The councilman has spearheaded multiple projects to revitalize the downtown areas — most recently pushing the infrastructure rebuilding of Lake Avenue in St. James and working to develop sewers with $40 million in state funds. Doyle, a retired Suffolk homicide detective from Nesconset, and Lohmann, a former New York City police officer from Smithtown, ran on similar agendas to restore the town’s former glory, including its infrastructure, and create a more transparent board. Despite being disappointed in the results and low-voter turnout, both challengers said they have every intention of continuing to run on the Independent and Conservative party lines in November. “I am encouraged by the numbers and how well Tom Lohmann and I did

Republican primary results Supervisor Ed Wehrheim Patrick Vecchio

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Lynne Nowick Thomas McCarthy Robert Doyle Thomas Lohmann

2,929 2,833 2,575 2,543

Unofficial vote counts as of Sept. 13 from Suffolk County Board of Elections against two very powerful incumbents,” Doyle said. “I’m looking forward to Election Day and taking our message to all of the voters in the Town of Smithtown. We truly believe we will be victorious in November. The fight has just begun.”

Lohmann echoed the sentiment. “I plan to go forward with my quest into the general election and we’ll let the people decide,” Lohmann said. “I’ve never walked away from anything in my life, and I’m not starting now.”


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Notice of formation of Kings Custom Goods, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/26/17. Office in Suffolk Cty. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: the LLC, PO Box 79, Kings Park, NY 11754. Purpose: any lawful purpose. 530 8/17 6x ts SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF SUFFOLK HSBC BANK USA, N.A., Plaintiff against DERMOT J. PARSLEY; MARLENE PARSLEY, Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered June 16, 2017. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Smithtown Town Hall, 99 West Main Street, Smithtown, N.Y. on the 4th day of October, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. premises described as follows: All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Smithtown, County of Suffolk and State of New York. Said premises known as 427 Lake Avenue S, Nesconset, N.Y. 11767. (District: 0800, Section: 166.00, Block: 02.00, Lot: 034.000). Approximate amount of lien $ 179,038.60 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 3205-07. Stephen L. O’Brien, Esq., Referee. McCabe, Weisberg, & Conway, P.C. Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot Street Suite 210 New Rochelle, New York 10801 (914) 636-8900 588 8/31 4x ts NOTICE OF FORMATION of The Jiggy Crew LLC Art. of Org filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/4/17 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 United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave, Ste, 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Registered agent:

United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave, Ste, 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228 Purpose: any lawful activities. 603 090717 ts 6x Notice of formation of LITA’S FLOWERS LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 8/17/2017. Office location: Suffolk County. SSNY is designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: 13 Raleigh Ln. Kings Park, NY 11754. Purpose: any lawful purpose. 602 090717 ts 6x Notice of formation of Ignite The Lite, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 8/14/17. Office location: Suffolk County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC: Ignite The Lite, LLC, 150 Highland Drive, Kings Park,NY, 11754. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 604 090717 6x ts NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: SUFFOLK COUNTY GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC; Plaintiff(s) vs. JACK L. MYERS, JR.; JOSE PEAN; MARIE REA; et al; Defendant(s) Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s): ROSICKI, ROSICKI & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 2 Summit Court, Suite 301, Fishkill, New York, 12524, 845.897.1600 Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale granted herein on or about May 22, 2017, I will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder at Smithtown Town Hall, 99 West Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787. On October 19, 2017 at 9:00 am. Premises known as 11 LINDNER PLACE, SMITHTOWN, NY 11787 District: 0800 Section: 105.00 Block: 03.00 Lot: 003.000 ALL THAT CERTAIN PLOT, PIECE OR PARCEL OF LAND, with the buildings

and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Smithtown, County of Suffolk, and State of New York, known and designated as Lot Number 11 on a certain map entitled, “Map of Lindner Farms situated at Smithtown Branch, Town of Smithtown, County of Suffolk, New York”, and filed in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Suffolk on June 18, 1948 as Map Number 1628. As more particularly described in the judgment of foreclosure and sale. Sold subject to all of the terms and conditions contained in said judgment and terms of sale. Approximate amount of judgment $682,930.14 plus interest and costs. INDEX NO. 29867/08 Paul Sabatino II, Esq., Referee

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628 9/14 4x ts PUBLIC NOTICE AVAILABILITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Department of the Interior (Department) in cooperation with the Connecticut Fund for the Environment has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Strengthening Sunken Meadow State Park’s Resiliency. The Department has determined that no significant impacts will result from the proposed project. Therefore, the Department has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the project. The EA and FONSI are available online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/sunkenmeadow from September 14, 2017 to October 14, 2017. The documents can also be found at the Kings Park Branch, Smithtown Library, One Church Street, Kings Park, NY. Copies may also be obtained by contacting Andrew Raddant, Regional Environmental Officer, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, 15 State St., 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109, (617) 223-8565, or andrew_raddant@ios. doi.gov. 632 9/14 1x ts

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smithtown resident Jared Tepperman, 21, was killed sept. 9 in a motor vehicle accident on Boyle road in selden.

Smithtown motorcyclist killed in Selden crash By Desirée Keegan Desiree@tbrnewspapers.com Suffolk County Police 6th Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed a motorcyclist in Selden Sept. 10. Jared Tepperman was riding a 2001 Honda motorcycle northbound on Boyle Road when he struck a 2010 Honda Accord, also traveling northbound, at the intersection of Hemlock Street at approximately 4:10 p.m. Tepperman, 21, of Smithtown, was transported via Selden Fire Department ambu-

lance to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the Honda, Stacey Rios, 44, and her passenger, Daniel Loria, 45, both of Selden, were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Detectives are seeking the identity of another motorcyclist who was involved in the incident and fled the scene before police arrived. Both vehicles were impounded for a safety check. Detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call the 6th Squad detectives at 631-854-8652.

Holbrook man arrested for stealing dirt bike in Smithtown Suffolk County police have arrested a Holbrook man for attempting to sell a dirt bike stolen from Smithtown on Facebook Sept. 11. Suffolk County police said a Smithtown man reported that his 2011 Kawasaki dirt bike was stolen from his residence Aug. 29 and 4th Squad detectives investigated. The victim advised detectives that the dirt bike was offered for sale on Facebook by Thomas Geiger. The victim met with Geiger near his residence, located on Grundy Avenue, while detectives were in the area Sept. 11 at approximately 1 p.m. Geiger, 18, was arrested and charged with one felony count criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree and one felony count of making an apparently sworn false statement. He was arraigned in Central Islip court Sept. 12 and released on $5,000 cash bail. — sara-Megan WalsH

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Smithtown residents raise concerns over group home By Sara-Megan WalSh sara@tbrnewspapers.com There’s a new neighbor preparing to move onto Long Hill Road in Smithtown, but residents have troubling concerns as to whether an adult group home will fit into their quiet community. Long Hill Road residents presented a petition to Town of Smithtown officials at their Sept. 5 meeting to voice their concerns about a property recently purchased to build a group home for six developmentally disabled adults. “This is not against the group home or the people in it, it’s against the location,” said Long Hill Road resident Richard Troise. “It’s the fact the town didn’t even look at the location. It’s not a good location for the amount of cars and traffic.” Catholic Guardian Services, a religious nonprofit that provides a wide array of services and support for the needy in New York, purchased the Long Hill Road property in midAugust for approximately $440,000 to house six women, according to Executive Director Craig Longley. He said the women are “profoundly disabled,” all diagnosed with a developmental disability, in addition to being blind or visually impaired, deaf, and even wheelchair bound. Troise and several of his neighbors are opposed to the development, concerned it will negatively impact the quality of life on their dead-end street. They point to medical personnel entering and exiting the property as a potential increase to traffic and safety hazards on a block where several families with young children reside. “One of the reasons given to decline this group home is the nature and the character of the surrounding area would be substantially altered,” said Joan Zipfel, a Long Hill Road resident. “[It will create] frequent traffic continually driving up and down the cul-de-sac, which by nature necessitates a turn around. The negative impact of allowing this particular group home should have been addressed.” Residents’ objections may be too late to make a difference. Smithtown residents want to know why town officials never informed them of the proposed plans for a group home on the end of their block. Catholic Guardian Services sent a letter dated March 17 to town officials providing notice of the organization’s intention to purchase the property for a group home in accordance with state law, Longley said. The letter gave a 40-day time frame for the town to either object or respond with any concerns. “When I got the letter, I called to speak to the director of the agency,” Supervisor Patrick Vecchio (R) said. “I called and asked them if they were going to be doing outreach to the community. I was told they would notify residents.” Troise said he and his neighbors never received a letter or any contact from Catholic Guardian Services prior to closing on the property. Longley said there may have been “some miscommunication” between parties. He said it is not within his organization’s standard practice to notify individual residents of new developments, but rather reach out to a community board or government to see if there are concerns. If issues are raised, the nonprofit hosts a community forum, presents their plans and answer any questions. “In the absence [of a response], we assumed there was no opposition or no concerns,” Longley said. “We would be happy to meet with the community to share who we are and our intention of being the best of neighbors.” Longley said the nonprofit plans to spend approximately $600,000 to renovate the property. The group home will have three staff members per eighthour shift, with three shifts per day. Additionally, there may be transport vehicles to get residents to and from daycare programs, but Longley said he didn’t expect ambulances or other medical vehicles to be traveling to and from the adult home on a regular basis. Catholic Guardian Services will plan for an open house in the future, according to Longley, and invite those concerned to tour one of their other group homes on Long Island.

‘This is not against the group home or the people in it, it’s against the location... It’s not a good location for the amount of cars and traffic.’ — Richard Troise Smithtown Town hall.

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Clockwise from left, WWe wrestler and Smithtown resident Mick Foley signs autographs at Fourth World Comics in Smithtown for fans and young children, including Austin, Texas resident Chance Clanton, on left, and the Castoro family of Smithtown, below, to raise money for nonprofit KultureCity’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Mick Foley visits comic book shop for a cause WWE wrestling star, Smithtown resident signs autographs to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts By Kevin Redding kevin@tbrnewspapers.com Wanting to help in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, wrestling icon and Smithtown resident Mick Foley stopped by a local comic book shop Sept. 7 to sign autographs for a cause close to home. The big-bearded and even bigger-hearted 52-year-old best known to WWE fans as Cactus Jack, Mankind and Dude Love visited Fourth World Comics on Route 111 in Smithtown to sign autographs, pose for pictures and raise money for KultureCity, a Birmingham, Alabama-based nonprofit advocating for autism awareness and acceptance. Foley helped raise $3,240 for the organization that is helping dozens of special needs families that have been affected by the Category 4 storm in Houston, Texas. When he found out the group had members on the ground in Texas, and special needs families were struggling with tornapart homes and lost items, he knew he had to get involved. The organization is also near and dear to Foley, because his son is autistic.

“Anyone who knows about children on the autism spectrum know they tend to thrive on regularity, and so to take everything they have and to suddenly turn that upside down is just devastating — even above and beyond what other families are going through,” Foley said. “This just seemed like a good way to make a difference. The money we raise may not change the world, but it will change the lives of these families.” As a frequent shopper and celebrity guest at Fourth World in recent years, Foley took his idea for the meet-and-greet fundraiser directly to Glenn Fischette, the comic book store’s owner. “It was really last minute, [but] as we can’t really go down there and help, we figured this is a good way to do it,” Fischette said, adding that he and Foley spent a day and a half blasting the event across social media after Foley proposed the idea Sept. 5. By 5 p.m. on the day of the event, an hour before Foley was set to arrive, a long line of Superfans had already assembled outside. “People just love him,” the owner said. “I know a lot of people who’ve been here before to see him, and they want to see him again. He’s really into the charity stuff, so it’s great.” Set up behind a table inside the store, Foley put a smile on the face of hundreds of adults, teens and kids eager to meet their hero as he signed shirts and his own Pop! Vinyl doll for $20 to $30. The Castoro family, from Smithtown — parents Jason and Nicole, and their 9-year-old kids Marilena and Brandon — were at the front of the line, each of them donning a wrestling shirt. As excited as they were for Foley, they came to support the cause, too. “I think it’s wonderful he’s using his celebrity status for a good cause,” said Jason Castoro,

a lifelong fan. “Sometimes when we go to meet famous wrestlers, you have to wait on a long line, and that’s just to meet them and take a picture. This really adds something special to it. We realized we had to come to this.” Nicole Castoro pointed to her daughter, Marilena, who she said came up with a similar idea on her own. “The other day, she said, ‘Why can’t all the wrestlers just give the people in Texas the money they make?’ and here he is, giving them all the proceeds,” she said. “That’s really cool.” Another lifelong WWE and Foley fan was Chance Clanton, an Austin, Texas resident staying in New York for the week. He said he has friends in Houston and is grateful for the overwhelming support from everybody,

including his childhood idol. “It’s really cool that he’s taking time out of his really busy schedule to show support for something like this,” Clanton said. “But it also really was no surprise to me when I heard he was doing it, he’s so charitable.” Throughout the event, Foley shared stories from his career, goofed off and laughed with fans, all the while thanking each and every one of them for being there. “I’m really flattered by the length of that line — I didn’t think there would be this many people,” Foley said. “This shows the strength and the heart of the Smithtown community and the surrounding areas. We’re called Strong Island for a reason. We pull together. And that’s really nice to know.”


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It was all smiles around the district as students and staff at Smithtown Central School District kicked off the 2017-2018 school year Sept. 7. Loaded with supplies, elementary students filed into their buildings, some for the first time, to meet their new teachers and connect with friends. Students at the middle schools and high schools navigated through the hallways, checking their schedules and locating their lockers. During the summer months, incoming

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Peter A. Cataldo, 73, from Smithtown, died Aug. 16. He was the beloved husband of Janet; cherished father of Peter (Christine) and Nicole McEvoy; loving grandfather of Nicolette, Peter, Gianna and Michael; dear brother of Rosanne Joset. He is survived by many other family members and friends. Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick’s R. C. Church in Smithtown. Entombment followed at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.

Peter M. Last

Peter M. Last, 57, from Wading River, died Aug. 26. He was the beloved husband of Heidi; cherished father of Erika and Christopher; adored son of Mary Lamia; loving brother of Margaret Gershowitz (Steve), Tamme Serpico (Fred), and Kristen Bishop; loved by nieces and nephews

Justin, Kaitlyn, Freddie, Matthew, Nicole, Thomas, Elisebeth and Alyssa; cousins Kathy and Kurt; and many other family members and friends. Services were held by Pastor Bruce Kaifler at Branch Funeral Home in Smithtown. Interment followed at Smithtown Cemetery.

Thomas Keon

Thomas Keon, 81, from Smithtown, died Aug. 22. He was the beloved husband of the predeceased Eleanor; cherished father of Nancy Hines and Karen (Frank) Tooker; loving brother of Carol Keon; and is survived by many other family members and friends. Services were held at Branch Funeral Home in Smithtown. Interment followed at Smithtown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his loving memory be made to St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 30 Brooksite Drive, Smithtown, NY 11787.


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County Legislature votes to approve heroin, opiate panel By Desirée Keegan Desirée@tbrnewspapers.com Another push for a Suffolk County drug advisory panel has been made, and approved. At the general Legislature meeting Sept. 6, the members passed Introductory Resolution 1664 to create a panel that will provide ongoing guidance and input to the county in combating the opioid issue. The panel will take an interdisciplinary approach by focusing on preventative education, enhancement of law enforcement efforts, and Page a26 aiding in treatment and rehabilitation. “A coordinated, continuous and interdisciplinary approach is needed to fully address the epidemic and implement sustainable change,” Legislator Sarah Anker (D-Mount Sinai) said. The ever-evolving nature of the opiate problems within the county will be addressed by a panel that will include members of the county Legislature — Anker, Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville), Chair of the Public Safety Committee Kate Browning (D-Shirley), Chair of the Education and Human Services Committee Monica Martinez (D-Brentwood) and Chair of the Health Committee William “Doc” Spencer (D-Centerport). The panel will also include representatives from the police department,

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sheriff’s department and department of health, as well as local rehabilitation providers, advocacy groups, hospitals and the county superintendents’ association. “The opioid epidemic has Suffolk communities in its grip, and it is time to create a long-term, countywide response to the crisis,” Gregory said. “This panel brings together more than a dozen of the most qualified and connected individuals and organizations in a position to make a difference.” Police Commissioner Tim Sini (D), who is on the panel, said it is a positive piece of legislation. “We are seeing this overdose epidemic develop from pills to heroin to the leading cause in Suffolk County, now Fentanyl,” Sini said. “Suffolk has not been spared. There have been recommendations made for previous panels at the state and county level — some have been adopted, and this allows us a forum to make additional recommendations and visit previous ones to be implemented and fine-tuned.” He has some of his own ideas he will bring to the table. “We need to invest in prevention and ways to keep people sober,” he said. “We opened the first recovery center — THRIVE — but we need more, and maybe even recovery high schools, to provide an environment that fosters support, especially when there’s the errors insurance companies [make] treating addiction.” He said he likes that there is a wide array

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suffolk County Legislator sarah anker, at podium, speaks to the public about the Legislature’s passing of the heroin and opiate advisory panel. of those in support of, and providing input on the panel. “You need all the stakeholders at the table,” he said. “This isn’t just a public safety issue, it’s first and foremost a public health issue.” An intervention program has already been put in place by the police department recently, to help put people in touch with the Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence. “When a police officer or detective comes into contact with intelligence for someone who needs substance abuse treatment, we will directly contact LICADD to get that

person treatment,” he said. “We’re not just arresting drug dealers, but also connecting people to much-needed treatment.” It is anticipated that the advisory panel will meet for the first time at the beginning of October. Following the first meeting, the group will meet quarterly and will provide regular reports to the appropriate county committees, and all meetings will be open to the public. To aid in the efforts, the panel will conduct a minimum of two formal public hearings annually to acquire necessary information and data to assist it in developing further recommendations.

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Clockwise from left, alexis Desmond races ahead of Centereach’s sophia Catapano for the ball; stella Mazzitelli raises her arms up and smiles with glee after her game-winning overtime goal; Mazzitelli, on right, celebrates her goal with giordana scanni (no. 11) and ava Bongiorno; and Magda eschbach sends the ball into play.

East scores first, second goals of season in OT By Desirée Keegan Desiree@tbrnewspapers.com A scoring drought dating back to the last game of last season — 400 minutes of game time — hung over Smithtown East’s girls soccer team, so when sophomore striker Stella Mazzitelli got the ball on a breakaway with the score tied 0-0 in overtime, she admitted she was worried.

Smithtown E 2 Centereach 0

“I was nervous,” she said. “But we were hyped up. We really wanted this win and it felt really good to finally score our first goal of the season.” Following Mazzitelli’s goal with 8:09 left in the first 10-minute overtime session, sophomore forward Ava Bongiorno headed in a corner kick at the 1:58 mark for a 2-0 Bulls win over Centereach at home Sept. 11. “We haven’t really connected as a team, but today I feel like we all worked together — it felt like we were whole,” senior center defender and striker Danielle Bartsch said. “And I feel it’s only uphill from here.” The beginning of the game produced a familiar result for Smithtown East. Centereach dominated the time of possession in the opening half, but was unable to put away its chances. In the second half, Centereach freshman Nicole Fabris continued to fire away, but her shots went wide. Her last shot, with 25 seconds left in regulation, rebounded off the crossbar and out of play. “Centereach is always a good team,” Smithtown East head coach Bill Hamilton said. “They play hard. I call them a hard-luck team, because they’re better than their record usually shows. This was an important game for us to get back on track, so I’m excited.” The game served as a boost for the Bulls’ confidence, which had wavered due to losses to top League III teams Newfield (1-0) and crosstown rival Smithtown West (3-0). “I needed this to be our breakout day so they know they can play,” Hamilton said.

“Losing to them wasn’t catastrophic, but we need to do a better job the next time we play them. The girls were questioning themselves, wondering why they can’t score, but they can, they just need to keep trying.” The Bulls came out pressuring in the second half. With the game still scoreless, they knew there was still a chance. “We passed a lot, which we were struggling to do well in the first half, and we communicated,” Mazzitelli said. “We put a lot of hard work into it and deserved to win.” Between the 27- and 16-minute marks, Smithtown East made six breaks through the box in an effort to score. Hamilton attributed the chances to a change in formation following the Bulls loss to Smithtown West Sept. 8. “We were running a totally different field position,” he said. “They’re learning it, and I feel it gives us more offensive opportunities. We started to connect the passes we were just missing.” His two sophomores were just what the team needed to ignite the spark, and Hamilton said he believes more goals are on the way Sept. 13 at Copiague. While Bongiorno was on the team as a freshman, Mazzitelli was a transfer student last year, and found herself on the junior varsity team. “Before today we were playing with one person up top and five people at midfield, and we just never got the numbers forward that we needed to make a better offensive push, but when we practice they can kick a house down,” Hamilton said. “They’re up there for a reason, and we did a nice job on the pass

Smithtown West 3, Smithtown East 0

tapped in a cross from Lucas Turano about a minute into overtime to lift the Bulls to a 1-0 shutout over Centereach, to put East at 2-1 in League III. West, also at 2-1, blanked Newfield 1-0 Sept. 9 after losing to Huntington, 2-1, Sept. 7. Jack Kelly scored the lone goal in both games.

that went to Stella to spring her for her first goal. She did a nice job of not kicking it to the goalie — finding a corner to put it in. She’s tough. It’s a case of them having to do it enough times to realize they can do this.” Bartsch said the energy remained high and the team’s mindset remained positive heading into overtime, something she enjoyed seeing from her fellow Bulls. “From the beginning of the game we all had good spirits, we had good vibes going, we were all positively cheering everyone on, working together and we got good results from it,” she said. “We have to work on sequences up the field and finishing, but we got two goals today, and I see more coming in the future.”

Keeping score Kings Park 2, East Islip 1

Mary Tuorto scored the game-winner for the Kings Park girls soccer team in a 2-1 win over East Islip Sept. 12. Tuorto added her goal off an assist from Sam Hogan with 18 seconds remaining in the second overtime session.

Smithtown West pulled away with a 3-0 win over crosstown rival Smithtown East in boys soccer action Sept. 12, but not before East’s Vin DiStasi scored twice and Matt Selman once in a 4-0 blanking of Copiague Sept. 9. Two days earlier, Chris Bennett

Smithtown East 3, Riverhead 0

Logan Kozlowski had 15 assists and Lauren O’Malley added seven aces as Smithtown East ‘s girls volleyball team swept Riverhead in three straight sets 25-13, 2517, 25-25. With the win over the League III opponent, the Bulls remain undefeated at 3-0.


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Career law enforcement officer and Kings Park resident Larry Zacarese (R) defeated state Sen. Phil Boyle (R-East Islip) Sept. 12 to capture the Republican primary in the race to fill the sheriff’s seat in Suffolk County, which is up for grabs following a May announcement by incumbent Vincent DeMarco (R) that he wouldn’t seek another term. Though the results were listed as unofficial by the Suffolk County Board of Elections at the time of print, Zacarese garnered 12,323 votes to Boyle’s 9,586. “First and foremost, I want to thank my family, friends and all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly alongside me for the past 10 months,” Zacarese said on his campaign website. “I also want to thank all of the primary voters in Suffolk County who placed their trust in me and took time out of their busy lives to vote for me today. I am humbled by their support. Tomorrow we start fresh with laser focus on the general election.”

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Boyle could not be reached for comment. The general election to select the next Suffolk County sheriff will take place Nov. 7 and will pit Zacarese against former Huntington Town Board member Stuart Besen (D). Boyle has not ruled out a run on the Democratic ticket.

Correction In the Sept. 7 issue of The Times of Smithtown, we mistakenly ran a brief encouraging voters to participate in a primary for Suffolk County district attorney that was not taking place. Democrat Dan Caroleo will also no longer be the challenger in the county sheriff race. We regret the errors.

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Electricians ANTHEM ELECTRIC Quality Light & Power since 2004. Master Electrician. Commercial, Industrial, Residential. Port Jefferson. Please call 631-291-8754 Andrew@Anthem-Electric.net 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

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SMITHPOINT FENCE. Vinyl Fence Sale! Wood, PVC, Chain Link Stockade. Free estimates. Commercial/Residential 70 Jayne Blvd., PJS Lic.37690-H/Ins. 631-743-9797 www.smithpointfence.com.

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*BluStar Construction* The North Shoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Trusted Renovation Experts. 631-751-0751 Suffolk Lic. #48714-H, Ins. See Our Display Ad PRS CARPENTRY No job too small. Hanging a door, building a house, everything in-between. Custom cabinets, windows roofing/siding/decks. POWER WASHING. Serving North Shore 40 years. Lic/Ins. 631-744-9741 THREE VILLAGE HOME IMPROVEMENT Kitchens & Baths, Ceramic Tile, Hardwood floors, Windows/Doors, Interior Finish trim, Interior/Exterior Painting, Composite Decking, Wood Shingles. Serving the community for 30 years. Rich Beresford, 631-689-3169 SUPER HANDYMAN DTA CONTRACTING WE CAN FIX OR BUILD ANYTHING. Kitchens/Baths, Tile Flooring, Doors, Windows/Moulding, Painting; Interior/Exterior, All credit cards accepted. Senior discount. daveofalltrades @yahoo.com 631-745-9230 Lic#-37878-H/Ins

Home Repairs/ Construction LONG HILL CARPENTRY 40 years experience All phases of home improvement. Old & Historic Restorations. Lic.#H22336/Ins. 631-751-1764 longhill7511764@aol.com

Lawn & Landscaping GOT POISON IVY We are Poison Ivy & Invasive Vine Control Experts! Free flagging, free estimates. Lic/Ins. Division of Emerald Magic Lawn Care. 631-286-4600, Lic/Ins. www.GotPoisonIvy.com

PRIVACY HEDGES FALL BLOWOUT SALE. 6 ft. Arborvitae (Evergreen) Reg., $149, Now $75. Beautiful nursery grown. Free Installation/Free delivery. Limited Supply! Order Now: 518-536-1367. www.lowcosttreefarm.com SETAUKET LANDSCAPE DESIGN Stone Driveways/Walkways, Walls/Stairs/Patios/Masonry, Brickwork/Repairs Land Clearing/Drainage,Grading/Excavating. Plantings/Mulch, Rain Gardens Steve Antos, 631-689-6082 setauketlandscape.com Serving Three Villages SWAN COVE LANDSCAPING Lawn Maintenance, Cleanups, Shrub/Tree Pruning, Removals. Landscape Design/Installation, Ponds/Waterfalls, Stone Walls. Firewood. Free estimates. Lic/Ins.631-689-8089

Masonry ALL SUFFOLK PAVING & MASONRY Asphalt Paving, Cambridge Paving Stone, Belgium Block Supplied & fitted. All types of drainage work. Free written estimates. Lic#47247-H/Ins. 631-764-9098/631-365-6353 www.allsuffolkpaving.com 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 ALL PRO PAINTING Interior/Exterior. PowerWashing, Staining, Wallpaper Removal. Free estimates. Lic/Ins #19604HI. 631-696-8150, Nick

Painting/Spackling/ Wallpaper COUNTRYSIDE PAINTING A Company built on recommendations interior/exterior power washing, expert painting and staining, all work owner operated, serving The Three Villages for 23 years, neat professional service, senior discount, affordable pricing, 631-698-3770. COUNTY-WIDE PAINTING INTERIOR/EXTERIOR Painting/Staining. Quality workmanship. Living/Serving 3 Village Area Over 25 Years. Lic#37153-H. 631-751-8280 GREG TRINKLE PAINTING & GUTTER CLEANING Powerwashing, window washing, staining. Neat, reliable, 25 years experience. Free Estimates. Lic/Ins.#31398-H 631-331-0976 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;PAINTING WITH PRIDEâ&#x20AC;? 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

Power Washing EXTERIOR CLEANING SPECIALISTS Roof cleaning, pressure washing/softwashing, deck restorations, gutter maintenance. Squeaky Clean Property Solutions 631-387-2156 www.SqueakyCleanli.com

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 EASTWOOD TREE & LANDSCAPE, INC. Experts in tree care and landscaping. Serving Suffolk County for 25 years. Lic.#35866H/Ins. 631-928-4070 eastwoodtree.com GOT BAMBOO? Bamboo Containment & Removal Services with Guaranteed Results! Free Estimate and Site Analysis Report Servicing All of Long Island. 631-316-4023 www.GotBamboo.com NORTHEAST TREE EXPERTS, INC. Expert pruning, careful removals, stump grinding, tree/shrub fertilization. Disease/insect management. Certified arborists. All work guaranteed. Ins./Lic#24,512-HI. 631-751-7800 www.northeasttree.com RANDALL BROTHERS TREE SERVICE Planting, pruning, removals, stump grinding. Free Estimates. Fully insured. LIC# 50701-H. 631-862-9291 SUNBURST TREE EXPERTS Since 1974, our history of customer satisfaction is second to none. Pruning/removals/planting, plant health care. Insect/Disease Management. ASK ABOUT GYPSY MOTH AND TICK SPRAYS Bonded employees. Lic/Ins. #8864HI 631-744-1577

WORKING & LIVING IN THE THREE VILLAGES FOR 25 YEARS. Owner does the work & guarantees satisfaction. COUNTY-WIDE Lic. & Ins. 37153-H 631-751-8280

TIM BAXLEY TREE INC. ISA Certified Arborist Tree removal, stump grinding, expert prunning, bamboo removal. Emergency Services Available. Ins./Lic. Suffolk#17963HI, Nassau#2904010000 O. 631-368-8303 C.631-241-7923

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Letters to the editor

Photo from Smithtown Central School District

Photo by Kevin Redding

Mothers who lost children to overdoses embrace one another during Hope Walk for Addiction at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai.

Accompsett Middle School students in the Smithtown Central School District displayed flags outside their building to remember the victims of 9/11.

Congressman reflects on 9/11 Actions speak louder than panels Problem solving on Long Island seems to have become synonymous with panel making. As the opioid addiction and overdose crisis in Suffolk County continues to compound, it seems the only solution local government can think of is to create a task force. Last week, the county Legislature approved an opiate and heroin advisory panel, made up of legislators, organization heads, members of law enforcement, doctors and educational leaders, who will put their heads together to come up with solutions. While this may sound like a worthwhile idea, we’ve seen it done before, and seen it done in an attempt to fix numerous issues, with varying levels of success. In 2010, in fact, the Legislature passed legislation for a similar, impermanent panel with 13 members, many of whom are on this new one. It disbanded five years ago, and made 48 recommendations, two of which came to fruition — “The Ugly Truth” videos shown in public schools and the creation of countywide public Narcan training sessions. While Suffolk has seen some of the benefits from these initiatives, these committees still fail to get to the root of the problem: improving prevention and rehabilitation. We know some members, new ones like Police Commissioner Tim Sini, might present some helpful proposals and real solutions. We hope the other members take notes and think about seriously making a push to come together to instill change. Too many times advisory panels and task forces lead to dead ends. And with so many groups out there fighting the same subject, it becomes that much more difficult to focus the attention toward real problem solving. Will this panel attack the issue of overprescribing and illegally prescribing pain medication, which more times than not is what leads kids down the path of heroin addiction? Marijuana was long considered a “gateway drug” to other more dangerous substances, yet oxycodone and Vicodin don’t seem to be regarded the same way. Until that is the case no amount of panels or task forces is going to stem this tide. This can also be seen as a symbolic election year move. With all of the legislators on the panel up for re-election, you can see where we’re going with this. It also consists solely of Democrats. Despite the panel being based on merit and knowledge, it is not a bipartisan effort, and it can be understood why it has put a bad taste in the mouths of others. While we, of course, as much as anyone, especially after devoting a whole special issue to the crisis, would like to see an end to the death, the pain and the suffering of our fellow Long Islanders, we remain skeptical an advisory panel is the way to get the job done.

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On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Americans awoke and prepared for what appeared to be a normal Tuesday, unaware that their lives, and their world, would soon be changed forever. Soon we would shockingly be thrown into a moment of total disbelief of the worst kind as the largest terrorist attack in history would be carried out on our homeland. Unless you were too young or not yet born, we all would forever remember exactly where we were at the very moment the towers fell. For all of us here on Long Island, these attacks struck a most personal chord in ways once thought unimaginable. So many family members, friends and neighbors were possibly within the vicinity of these attacks, and Long Islanders very anxiously awaited assurances that loved ones were safe; some received the most devastating news possible. Like most Americans, many on Long Island could only helplessly watch in horror as evil struck at the heart of our nation. For other Long Islanders, they would courageously and selflessly risk everything responding directly into the danger to help strangers. Many innocent Americans were murdered that day and what was once a normal Tuesday would forever change our lives and our world. On this 16th anniversary, we renew our pledge to “Never Forget.” Nicholas Chiofalo of Selden was not like most Americans. An FDNY firefighter with Engine Company 235 in Brooklyn, as well as the Fire Chief for the Selden Fire Department, Mr. Chiofalo had already been on

duty for 24 hours when the call came that there was an attack on the World Trade Center. Without a second thought, Mr. Chiofalo remained on his truck and traveled straight into Manhattan to selflessly serve the nation he loved so dearly. Aiming to save as many lives as possible, this hero in every sense of the word went into the South Tower three times to fulfill his mission. Along with his entire crew, Mr. Chiofalo perished when the South Tower collapsed. His sacrifice was not in vain though, and we will never forget what he did that day. Nicholas, among many others at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and on United Airlines Flight 93, gave up their lives with infinite courage and honor that day. FDNY, NYPD, all firefighters, police officers, EMS personnel and any other first responder who served on Sept. 11 deserve our unyielding support. Many of our surviving 9/11 first responders continue to suffer from illnesses arising from their heroic work at Ground Zero. Exposure to the toxic fumes, ash and debris have caused many to suffer from deadly illnesses and diseases, including cancer and lung disease. While they may have walked away from Ground Zero, many of these first responders have carried the deadly effects of these attacks ever since. That is why the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act continues to be so critically important for our 9/11 first responders and their families. Through this law, the World Trade Center Health Program and September 11 Victim Com-

pensation Fund ensure proper care for those who answered the call that day and in the weeks and months to follow. These heroes must be provided every ounce of support we have to offer as citizens of the greatest nation on Earth, and we must never fall short in this essential obligation. We also honor all of the brave servicemen and women who have fought, bled and fallen in the war against terror over the past 16 years. The resolve of the United States led to significant actions taken to secure our country at home and abroad. Our nation’s courageous defenders have put themselves in the line of fire time and again in defense of our freedoms and liberties. We must remain eternally grateful for their countless sacrifices on our behalf. Like so many others, Nicholas Chiofalo did not wake up that fateful Tuesday with any idea that it would be his last. When that call came through that urgent help was needed at Ground Zero, he knew exactly what he needed to do to selflessly save his fellow man. As Americans, we will never forget what Nicholas and many others sacrificed that day. Despite the darkness of thousands of lives innocently lost, heroes like Nicholas Chiofalo fill our hearts and our nation with a strength that is so powerful and positive. That brightest light will surely never be forgotten nor should it be.

Lee Zeldin U.S. Representative 1st Legislative District

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didn’t see a horrifying and preventable accident this morning. I didn’t see a little girl, let’s call her Erica, on her way to her first week of school. Erica, who, in our story, is 10 years old, wants to be a veterinarian, and has pictures of animals all over her room. She begged her parents so long for a kitten that they relented. They saw how well she took care of the kitten, putting drops in her eyes when she By Daniel Dunaief needed them, making sure she got the correct shots and even holding her kitten in the office when they had to draw blood to test for feline leukemia, which, fortunately, her kitten didn’t have.

D. None of the above

Two years after she got her kitten, Erica continued to ask for additional animals, adding a fish, a rabbit and a hamster to her collection. Each morning, Erica wakes up and checks on all the animals in her little zoo, well, that’s what her father calls it, to see how they’re doing. Her mother is convinced that the animals respond to her voice, moving closer to the edge of the cage or to the door when they hear her coming. When mother leaves to pick up Erica from school, the animals become restless. I didn’t see Erica walking with her best friend Jenna. Like Erica, Jenna has a dream. She wants to pitch for the United States in softball in the Olympics. Jenna is much taller than her best friend and has an incredible arm. Jenna hopes the Olympics decides to have softball when she’s old enough and strong enough to play. Jenna thinks bringing a gold medal to her father, who is in the

Marines and has traveled the world protecting other people, would be the greatest accomplishment she could ever achieve. I didn’t see a man, whom I’ll call Bob and who lives only four blocks from Erica and Jenna, put on his carefully pressed light-blue shirt with the matching tie that morning. I didn’t witness him kissing his wife Alicia, the way he does every morning before he rushes off to his important job. I didn’t see him climb into his sleek SUV and back quickly out of his driveway on the dead-end block he and Alicia chose more than a dozen years earlier. I didn’t see Bob get the first indication from his iPhone 7 that he had several messages. I didn’t witness Bob rolling his eyes at the first few messages. I didn’t see him drive quickly toward the crosswalk where Erica and Jenna were walking. The girls had slowed down in the crosswalk because Jenna pointed out a deer

she could see across the street in a backyard. Jenna knew Erica kept an animal diary and she was always on the lookout for anything her friend could include in her cherished book. I didn’t see Bob — his attention diverted by a phone he had to extend to see clearly — roll too quickly into the crosswalk, sending both girls flying. I didn’t see the ambulances racing to the scene, the parents with heavy hearts getting the unimaginable phone calls, and the doctors doing everything they could to fix Jenna’s battered right arm — her pitching arm. I didn’t see it because it didn’t happen. What I did see, however, was a man in an SUV, driving way too quickly through a crosswalk, staring at his phone instead of looking out for Erica, Jenna and everyone else’s children on his way to work. It’s an old message that we should repeat every year: “School is open, drive carefully.”

Calming the mind in a Japanese teahouse

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hen we went to a Japanese tea ceremony, known as chado, it was an immersion in Japanese culture. We had an enjoyable and instructive time at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University even if it was for only 30 minutes this past Sunday afternoon. By reservation, the center offers an authentic experience in a charming bamteahouse By Leah S. Dunaief boo on the first floor, hosted by a kimono-clad lady who holds such sessions for a maximum of four people at a time. We arrived early, signed in and waited until the session before ours

Between you and me

ended. The hostess then welcomed us with a bow, which we returned, and she explained that the design of two doors, a low one and a higher one, in the teahouse was deliberate. The guests, by bending to enter through the lower or “crawling in” door, were assured that all were of equal importance. None was to be considered more worthy. She then pointed out that because the sliding door was open slightly, it meant that the guests should enter. Had it been closed, we were to wait. We left our shoes outside the little house and sat on one of the four low stools placed inside for us on the tatami mats. The hostess then entered through the higher door and began preparations. Her movements were deliberate and scripted into a traditional procedure, called temae. She was following a centuries-old ritual of making and serving the powdered green tea called matcha. As the tea ceremony developed

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in Japan and was practiced by the monks, it was influenced by Zen Buddhism and embraced by the samurai or warrior class. The quiet ambience, the spare furnishings inside the teahouse, the unhurried and predictable movements of the hostess, the decorative scrolls emphasizing virtues like harmony, respect, purity and tranquility, helped calm the mind and push away fear before battle. Even the sound of water slowly boiling for the tea was soothing. The little bamboo teahouse was constructed in the midst of the modern Wang Center, yet we could leave behind our busy thoughts and worldly concerns with our shoes and purses as we entered this special space. Speaking quietly to us, the hostess explained the equipment to make the tea: bowls, the green tea powder that was not artificially colored but naturally bright green, the delicate whisk carved from bamboo to mix the powder with the hot water in the bowls, the tea caddy, the scoops —

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the smaller one to measure out the powder, the larger to bring the water to the pot. Each tool was beautifully and simply crafted from the unadorned wood. She gave us a fruit candy first, then handed each of us a bowl with tea, pointing out that the sweet was intended to offset the bitterness of the tea or perhaps emphasize them both. There was a simple mindfulness to the whole process. We were there with her, in the moment, watching her mix the tea, wipe clean each bowl before we drank, then again afterward, with the hot water and special cloth she kept in the belt of her kimono for that purpose. Nothing else intruded. The effect was almost hypnotic. And then it was over. We left the bamboo teahouse, put on our shoes, shouldered our purses and reentered the outside world. It was a quiet interlude in an otherwise busy and hectic day. A nice cup of tea will always call me back.

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