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‘I think what’s so thrilling about opera is you have these pieces in the repertoire which are just complete works of art.’

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Brookhaven hosts first joint meeting of government leaders The committee’s title sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but Town of Brookhaven’s plan to streamline government services is nonfiction and slated for the nearer future than a galaxy far, far away. Brookhaven Town Hall was the setting for the inaugural Council of Governments Committee meeting, a congregation of representatives from across the town’s villages, ambulance and fire and school and library districts Oct. 10. The leaders came together to begin brainstorming strategies to make government more efficient by sharing services with the goal of reducing costs for their mutual taxpayers. The meeting was hosted by Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine (R) and was attended by representatives from the villages of Belle Terre, Shoreham and Port Jefferson; Setauket Fire District; Port Jefferson EMS; Comsewogue, Port Jefferson, Emma S. Clark, and Middle Country libraries; and Shoreham-Wading River, Comsewogue, Port Jefferson and Rocky Point school districts among many others. Brookhaven was recently awarded a $20 million Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition grant by New York State, which will go toward modernizing and reinventing the delivery of services while reducing the burden on taxpayers by reducing redundancy in local governments, pursuing opportunities for increasing shared services, and implementing modernizations and best practices, according to a town press release. The committee will be charged with implementing the changes and identifying additional areas for efficiency and fiscal savings, as well as providing oversight of the 16 MCEC projects. “We’re interested today in talking about what we can do jointly for our mutual constituents to

improve the delivery of services, to reduce costs, to share services whenever possible — to do the things that are going to move this town, your school district, your village, your taxing district forward so that our mutual constituents benefit from this,” Romaine said. “I think this is an opportunity for us to redesign how we do things. This is one opportunity where we can reach across jurisdictional lines and say we’re all in this together.” Engineering firm Laberge Group has served as a consultant for the town’s municipal consolidation plans, and representatives Ben Syden and Nicole Allen were on hand at the committee meeting to update the attendees on the status of some of the projects already underway. “A year and a half ago, we asked for your hope, we asked for you to say, ‘Yup, I may be interested in doing this,’” Syden said during the meeting. “Now, we have pilots, we have examples and now we want to deploy this townwide.” The projects will be implemented over a span of two to three years, according to Syden, and the full implementation of the projects is expected to save more than $60 million collectively among the taxing districts over five years. The dissolution of the Village of Mastic Beach and reincorporation into the town, the consolidation of 24 of the town’s 112 special districts including four water districts into the Suffolk County Water Authority and six erosion control districts consolidated into one are among the already completed projects undertaken as part of the MCEC project. Upcoming projects include the consolidation of property tax collection and processing systems with several villages including Port Jefferson and Shoreham, construction of a regional salt storage facility, purchase of regional specialized fleet equipment, expansion of single-stream recycling waste management services to six special districts throughout the town and many more.


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Miller Place Girl Scout good as Gold

A Miller Place Girl Scout hoping to earn her Gold Award applied some of her own personal skill and creativity to brighten up a Sound Beach church. Girl Scouts looking to achieve their Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, are tasked with identifying an issue in their community, conducting research, pitching a project, and shepherding it to completion in a leadership role in the hopes of achieving some greater good for the community. Mary Lynch, a 17-year-old senior at Miller Place High School and a member of Girl Scout Troop 1090 decided to take “shepherding” quite literally in completing her project — a painted mural at St. Louis de Montfort R.C. Church depicting Psalm 23, a Bible verse that starts, “The Lord is my shepherd.” “My Gold Award project was to bring a bright illustrative work in the form of a mural to my local church,” Lynch said in an email. “I chose to pursue a mural for my Gold Award project because using my art skills is

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the best way I can bond with my community and help out.” Lynch said the project took her more than

80 hours to complete, and required help from her mom and troop leader Gretchen Lynch, though she also credited The Home Depot and

Brinkmann’s for helping with gathering materials used for the project. “The ‘labor’ was enjoyable most of the time as I was painting, something I do in my free time and will be doing my whole life,” the Scout said. “After putting in so much of my time and effort for years into my project, it’s relieving to finally be finished with it.” Lynch is one of just five Scouts from the troop’s original 20 members to achieve Gold status, according to her troop leader. “As a parent and troop leader, I was very proud and relieved that Mary persevered through the years to complete her Gold Girl Scout award,” Gretchen Lynch said. “It took a lot of hard work and sacrifice from other activities and social events which showed a lot of dedication … The project of painting a mural for our church was very special because she could share a skill she has with others in the church community she grew up with. Her painting lights up the walls in the religious education area, which I hope will inspire other young artists to paint on the other blank walls.” Lynch’s completed project was unveiled during a ceremony at the church Sept. 30.

CDC recommends flu shots for all before end of October Along with falling leaves, colder weather and comfy sweaters, autumn also brings the flu, and while the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last year’s season was one of the worst on record, only time will tell how serious this season will be. Despite the prevalence of the influenza virus and availability of vaccines, the virus still remains deadly on an annual basis. The CDC reported an estimated 80,000 people in the U.S. died from health complications related to influenza during the 2017-18 season, the highest fatality rate compared to any contemporary season on record since first published in 1976. Of those deaths 183 were children, the most since 171 died in the 2012-13. Approximately 80 percent of those children who died did not receive a flu vaccination, according to the CDC. The 2017-18 flu season yielded 30,453 influenza-related hospitalizations from October 2017 through April 2018. People 65 years or older accounted for the majority of those hospitalizations, according to the CDC. Overall hospitalization rates were also the highest on record. Influenza viruses are hard to pin down, as

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Flu shots are available at many pharmacies and from doctors. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older gets one before the end of October.

they come in several forms which can require different vaccinations. The influenza A virus was the preeminent strand throughout the 201718 season, though influenza B viruses showed up in different parts of the season.

The CDC report for 2017-18 said the flu shot was only 25 percent effective against the H3N2 virus and 65 percent against H1N1, both type A viruses. Meanwhile it was 49 percent effective against B viruses. The report estimated

the overall vaccine effectiveness at 40 percent, meaning it reduced a person’s overall risk of having to seek medical care for flu illness at that rate. The CDC still strongly recommends vaccines as the best way to prevent contracting the virus, but especially for children at least 6 months old, and people aged 50 and older. Children aged 6 months through 8 years who require two doses should receive the first vaccination as soon as possible, and their next dose four weeks later, according to the CDC. For those looking to travel this season the CDC recommends a vaccination two or more weeks before departure. The new vaccines being rolled out for the 2018-19 flu season will contain agents to specifically target the A(H1N1) and A(H3N2) viruses along with the usual B viruses. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months or older gets a shot before the end of October. Flu shots are available at most primary care physicians, but also in CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid and Walgreens stores free with most insurance plans. The shot is also available in pharmacies in local Stop & Shop, Walmart, Target and Kmart stores. Many colleges, such as Stony Brook University, are offering flu shots to its students. Call your doctor or local pharmacy to ask whether they currently supply flu shots.


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The Holbrook man arrested in connection with the death of a Wading River Boy Scout is facing 16 criminal charges following an indictment by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office Oct. 12. On Sept. 30 Thomas Murphy was driving a 2016 Mercedes southbound on David Terry Road at approximately 1:55 p.m. when his vehicle struck a group of Boys Scouts who were walking northbound on the shoulder of the roadway. Five Scouts, from Troop 161, ranging in age from 12 to 16, were struck by the vehicle. Andrew McMorris, 12, of Wading River, died from his injuries sustained during the incident Oct. 1. Murphy’s blood alcohol content was allegedly measured at 0.13 percent after the DA’s office secured a warrant to conduct a test, which extrapolated to an estimated 0.19 percent at the time of the crash, according to the DA’s office. The legal limit is 0.08 percent. Murphy, 59, was originally charged with allegedly driving while intoxicated. The indictment added several alleged charges including three counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, second-degree manslaughter, first-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, aggravated driving while intoxicated and others. “Nothing will bring Andrew back, but we will obtain justice in this case on behalf of the

families and Troop 161,” District Attorney Tim Sini (D) said. “My office is committed to handling this case most professionally and most efficiently to ensure that this defendant is held accountable for his actions. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones and the entire Boy Scout community in the wake of this tragedy.” Murphy was arraigned in Suffolk County Supreme Court Oct. 16 and is due back in court Nov. 27, according to the DA’s office. His attorney did not respond to a request for comment following Murphy’s arrest. He posted $500,000 bond Oct. 1. According to the DA’s office, shortly before 2 p.m. Sept. 30, Murphy was leaving Swan Lake Golf Club to drive home after allegedly drinking alcohol since approximately 9 a.m. Murphy was arrested immediately following the crash by Suffolk County Police 7th Precinct officers, who observed that Murphy allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, had slurred speech, had watery, bloodshot and glassy eyes, and was unsteady on his feet, the DA’s office said. Murphy refused a roadside breath test and was transported to the 7th Precinct, where he refused to submit to a chemical test of his blood. According to Newsday, in a statement read by Murphy’s attorney Stephen McCarthy Jr., Murphy apologized for his actions and indicated he would not put McMorris’ family through a lengthy legal battle.


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Open house and fire prevention at Sound Beach Fire Department BY BEA RUBERTO A North Shore fire department is doing what it can to prepare residents for when emergency strikes. The Sound Beach Fire Department will host its annual fire prevention and open house Sunday, Oct. 21, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Sound Beach Firehouse, located at 152 Sound Beach Boulevard. Do you have a loved one who sometimes wanders? If you do, then you’ll want to know about Project Lifesaver, a program sponsored by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office that combines technology and specially trained sheriff’s deputies to locate individuals who have wandered. There will be special presentations by the sheriff’s office, Town of Brookhaven fire marshals, Suffolk County police and ServPro of Port Jefferson taking place during the Oct. 21 event. Also stop by and learn about New York Life’s Child ID Program. This program is designed to help children learn how to stay safe in the home, at play or wherever they happen to be. Having a child ID will give parents peace of mind knowing that, if anything happens to their child, they will have with them an identification with their vital information. Children and adults will have the chance to explore inside an ambulance, spray a real fire hose and learn to protect themselves from fire during

the event. There will be live demonstrations, a variety of activities for children and complimentary snacks. During a presentation from last year’s open house, a firefighter explained to a group of Boy Scouts what to do if something catches fire on top of the stove or inside the oven, following which there was a demonstration of how to put out these fires by putting a lid on a pot or keeping the oven door closed, vital information with which all homeowners should be familiar. The chance to use a small fire hose to extinguish a pretend fire is a very special attraction, especially for young children. Pictured on the right, a firefighter is showing his young son how to use a hose line for the first time. Finally, any child who completes all the stations that day will receive a Fire Safety Certificate. Bea Ruberto is the president of the Auxiliary of the Sound Beach Fire Department.

BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSPAPERS.COM Most people only think about Lyme disease when taking a hike in a park, but for many doctors, the condition weighs heavily on their minds every day. Dr. Benjamin Luft, director and principal investigator of Stony Brook WTC Wellness Program, is one of those doctors. He is currently working on two clinical studies examining the disease. One involves those who continue to present symptoms after being treated, and the other study involves Latinos on Long Island who work in the landscaping and agricultural fields. In a recent phone interview, Luft said the clinical study involving Latinos is a straightforward one, where the aim is to help a population that has been underserved and understudied due to their work schedules. The other study is more involved. After being bitten by a tick infected with a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi, many people with a bull’s eye rash or flulike symptoms may receive treatment and feel better; but there are those who will continue to suffer for a prolonged period, even years, with a variety of complaints like aches, pains and brain fogginess. Luft said at times there may be no clear signs of the disease in the body, but doctors may find evidence of it after thorough neuropsychological exams that can detect subtle abnormalities. “This study is really geared toward diagnosing and to find ways to be able to monitor the disease,” Luft said, adding in the future his hope is to conduct studies testing new ways to treat Lyme disease. The doctor said it’s essential to receive a diagnosis because if Lyme disease is left untreated, it can lead to joint swelling, arthritis, neuropathies, meningitis or cardiac problems. When Stony Brook University recently began making a more significant investment in its imagining facilities, Luft said he saw a chance to find an answer for those with chronic symptoms. “I thought this is the opportunity to see what is going on in the brain of these patients with using X-ray techniques and radiological techniques which may give us some insight,” he said. He said with cutting-edge neuroimaging studies researchers can look for evidence of inflammation in the brain which may be a reaction to the infection. “That would be an important thing to do because it may give us another target for therapy,” Luft said. “A lot of the therapy that we now use is really just geared toward the organism itself, but it’s not really geared toward the body’s reaction to the organism which may also have to be treated in order to alleviate some of these symptoms.”

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Below, Sound Beach Fire Department firefighters discuss safety with a group of Boy Scouts during a previous fire safety event; and above, a child is shown how to use a fire hose.

Stony Brook doctors continue to look for cures for Lyme disease symptoms

Dr. Benjamin Luft is one of the doctors at Stony Brook Medicine looking for answers when it comes to those who continue to suffer from Lyme disease after treatment.

The doctor has studied Lyme disease for more than 30 years. When he arrived at SBU from Stanford University Hospital, he was involved in work with AIDs and age-related diseases, but he said at the university’s clinic in the 1980s many people complained of Lyme disease problems and there were no effective therapies at the time. Many of the first therapies and treatments used today were developed at SBU, he said, but there have always been people who haven’t responded well to those treatments. “So that’s been something that’s been bothering me for many years as to why that is,” Luft said. He said he will present initial data, which is promising, from the clinical imagining study at a conference in Barcelona, Spain, later this month and hopes to get more patients for the clinical study. Those who are interested can call 631601-5615. Subjects must meet stringent criteria including not having any other disease, having serological evidence of Lyme disease and a clear history that they had the rash. In addition to Luft’s studies, Dr. Christy Beneri, assistant professor of pediatrics at SBU, and her team are working on a pilot study to look at newer diagnostic tools to establish a better way to diagnose early Lyme disease. “We also will be doing work on understanding tick epidemiology in our area and working with the local health department to understand potential new tick-borne pathogens,” Beneri said. Stony Brook Lyme Disease Laboratory has been performing Lyme disease testing on clinical specimens since 1984. Both inpatients and outpatients can have a Lyme ELISA screening test and Western blots confirmatory test at Stony Brook Medicine. Almost 10,000 screenings were done in 2017 at the hospital, which has been actively working with state senators for funding for Lyme disease outreach and research, according to Beneri.


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Obituary Former St. Charles radiologist Albert S. Trachtenberg BY MOIRA-JO TRACHTENBERG-THIELKING AND MYLES TRACHTENBERG Dr. Albert S. Trachtenberg, of Old Field, died Sept. 20. Trachtenberg grew up in Brooklyn and attended Abraham Lincoln High School, graduating in 1948. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Syracuse University in 1951 and received his medical degree from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, in 1957. Although he hadn’t initially planned to attend school in Europe, Trachtenberg was grateful for the experience. It widened his horizons, and he developed a lifelong passion for languages, wine, skiing and fondue. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a radiologist. Upon completion of his radiology residency at the Bronx V.A. Hospital, he entered private practice with Radiological Health Services of Smithtown and joined the staff of St. Charles Hospital of Port Jefferson in 1963. The doctor’s expertise and leadership skills resulted in his being named director of radiology for St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in 1968, a position he held for 33 years. Trachtenberg was dedicated to bringing cutting-edge imaging technology to the area, including early MRI machines and the first total-body CAT Scan in Suffolk

County in 1977. Trachtenberg served as president of both the Long Island Radiological Society and the St. Charles Medical Board (1969, 1970, 1988) and was elected fellow at the American College of Radiology in 1983. He was a longtime member of the Executive Committee at Maryhaven Center of Hope, The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and The Radiological Society of North America. St. Charles Hospital honored Trachtenberg with the Theodore Roosevelt Award for service to the hospital and to the community in 2002, noted in a State of New York Proclamation. More importantly than awards, Trachtenberg cared for his patients as if each and every one was the most valuable. He was highly esteemed among referring physicians and pioneered a mammography technique that allowed for early detection of very small cancers. Dr. Rocco Caruso worked with Trachtenberg at St. Charles for 15 years and treated him when he became sick. Caruso said he remembers Trachtenberg always being extremely helpful when they worked together. “The finest radiologist out here that I remember,” Caruso said. “The thing I liked the most about Al was that he was a human being who when you asked him to go over a film he stopped everything

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he was doing and took his time to make sure all your questions were answered and that’s not common across the board anymore. I remember Al as a great radiologist but foremost a great human being. A true doctor. He cared about the patients. I can’t say enough about him.” He was known among friends and family as a renaissance man who in addition to speaking multiple languages and skiing enjoyed painting portraits of friends and family, computer technology, singing, reading, opera, tennis, fishing and sailing, international travel and, in recent years, taking a full course load at State University of New York’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Trachtenberg was a connoisseur of fine wine and an active member of Les Amis du Vin for many years. Trachtenberg loved skiing and continued to do so until just a few years ago, proudly blazing the slopes with the Stratton Mountain Trailblazers, sometimes for more than 100 ski days per season. Trachtenberg was an engaged member of Temple Beth Shalom in Smithtown, where he served as president with dedication and love. Over the years he worshiped at the Israel Congregation of Manchester, Vermont, and, most recently, Temple Isaiah of Stony Brook. Trachtenberg was the loving husband of Pam and the beloved father of Myles and Moira. He

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A man wearing a ski mask allegedly entered Speedway gas station in Port Jefferson Station Oct. 13, displayed what appeared to be a handgun and demanded cash, according to Suffolk police. The 6th Squad detectives arrested suspect Devon Tyme Jr., 25, Oct. 16 for his alleged involvement in the incident, following an investigating, which occurred at the gas station located at 501 Patchogue Road in Port Jefferson Station at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, police said. When he allegedly made the request, the

gas station employee did not comply and the robber fled. There were no injuries, police said. Detectives believe this robbery is connected to an alleged armed robbery that occurred at Sunoco gas station, located at 1575 Route 112 in Port Jefferson Station, Oct. 7 at 9:45 a.m. During that incident, Tyme allegedly entered the store, displayed what appeared to be a gun and demanded cash. The clerk complied and the suspect fled. No one was injured. Tyme was charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree attempted robbery. Attorney information for Tyme was not immediately available.


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Shoreham-Wading River High School students in the Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing and AP Studio Art: 2D Design classes submitted their portfolios for review at the end of the 2017-18 academic year and all received scores of passing or better as well as college credit for the course. Two of the 2018 graduates, Olivia Acuna and Danielle Amato both received a perfect score of five out of five. The courses, taught by art teacher Jason Andria, are designed for students who are interested in the practical experience of art and corre-

spond to common college foundation courses. The elements and principles of design as well as the sophisticated use of all media are studied. In addition to Acuna and Amato, Andria worked with students Sara Benincasa, Meghan Hromada, Samantha Hunt, Meghan Logan and Sarah Parker, offering critiques and encouraging them to fully demonstrate and clarify their ideas and personal goals. Pictured above, back row, from left, Danielle Amato, Meghan Hromada, Meghan Logan, Samantha Hunt; front row, from left, Sara Benincasa, Olivia Acuna and Sarah Parker.

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Rocky Point High School seniors Bryant Liu and Joshua Vogel have been recognized for exceptional academic promise as they were named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. They placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by

taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Although commended students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. Pictured from left, Rocky Point High School Principal Susann Crossan, Joshua Vogel and Bryant Liu.

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BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM The Wading River-Shoreham Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Fall Festival and Zombie Walk Oct. 13, and while cold rain fell throughout the morning, the community still came out in costume to celebrate the arrival of autumn. While Halloween is still about two weeks

away, kids dressed up in costume as zombies, firefighters, superheroes and many others, to march in a short parade from St. John the Baptist Church to the Wading River duck ponds. Though not many kids participated in the walk because of the rain, young people still participated in a pumpkin decorating contest and crafts — and shopped with adults at booths featuring local vendors.

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Miller Place girls volleyball defeats SWR in game to benefit breast cancer nonprofit The Miller Place Panthers girls volleyball team defeated the Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats Oct. 11 at home, 3-2, though everyone involved was a winner that day. The game was part of the annual Dig Pink initiative held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October in which the teams partner with the Side-Out Foundation to raise money to benefit the North Shore Neighbors Breast Cancer Coalition, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping families with someone battling the disease. Clockwise from left, SWR’s Samantha Rutkowsky keeps the ball in play; Miller Place’s Julia Lent digs one out; SWR’s Brianna Huebner serves the ball; banners are decorated by the two squads to commemorate the event; and SWR’s Lauren Halloran sets up a play.

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Brookhaven to host 2nd annual Health & Wellness Fair BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM The Town of Brookhaven is bringing healthy living back as it plans to host its 2nd annual Health & Wellness Fair Oct. 20. The event will bring more than 20 exhibits to Brookhaven Town Hall, featuring free screenings, free giveaways, interactive activities for both kids and adults, local vendors, with free admission for all Brookhaven residents as well.

The event is being sponsored by JVC Broadcasting, which is advising it will be offering interviews with vendors to be broadcast on JVC’s health and wellness show. The event is being held Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brookhaven Town Hall located at 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville. Brookhaven Town has asked all those interested in attending or in being a vendor to register online at www.brookhavenny.gov/health or call 631-451-9100.

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Annual run held in honor of fallen SWR football player The 4th annual Patriot Run hosted by the Thomas Cutinella Memorial Foundation was held Sunday, Oct. 14, at Wildwood State Park in Wading River. The foundation is a nonprofit started in memory of Thomas by his parents — Frank and Kelli, pictured center below — with the goal of improving awareness for football-related head injuries. Thomas was a Shoreham-Wading River football player killed as a result of an on-field collision in 2014. The race is held in his memory every year.


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Mustangs gallop to happy homecoming The Mount Sinai Mustangs football team scored a homecoming game victory Saturday, Oct. 13, defeating Center Moriches 42-21. Mount Sinai improved its record to 6-0 with the victory to top Division IV, and will look to make it seven straight Friday, Oct. 19, at home against Elwood/John Glenn 6 p.m. Clockwise from above, the Mustangs take the field; a young fan gets in the Halloween spirit during the homecoming parade; quarterback Brandon Ventarola evades a tackler; homecoming king and queen Nicholas Budke and Gracie Munnich ride in the parade; senior running back Michael Sabella finds an opening; senior defensive back Dominic Boscarino breaks up pass; and Mount Sinai High School’s seniors march in the homecoming parade.


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Opinion

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Coming together to save money

On Long Island, the cost of property taxes weighs heavily on many people’s minds. In Brookhaven, the town is working with villages, schools, libraries, and other special districts to consolidate municipal services, which should lead to savings for homeowners. Any initiative to save taxpayers money is a worthwhile endeavor in our book. After a two-year long process, New York State recently awarded Town of Brookhaven a $20 million grant for its application as part of the Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition. The grant is a byproduct of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) attempts to cut costs, share services and streamline inefficiencies in order to reduce property taxpayers’ burdens statewide. In a field of finalists that were all upstate counties other than Brookhaven, the town came out on top, and Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine (R) wasted no time in gathering representatives from villages, ambulance and fire districts, school districts and library districts to create a Council of Governments Committee. On Oct. 10 the council met to discuss the best practices of governance, shared services and intermunicipal opportunities expected to come from the $20 million cash influx. Due to his leadership qualities and ability to work across party lines, we have confidence that Romaine has the ability to implement the money in an effective way. Project proposals have included using town contracts to buy in bulk things like asphalt replacement, which can save money for villages since the town can get a better price due to its size. Villages such as Port Jefferson could benefit not only from highway services but a town purchasing portal, electronic records management and storage. While we know the council is in good hands, we hope the committee will take a serious look at how to run each agency more efficiently, even if some are not consolidated, and we also have suggestions for the future. In addition to implementing current plans established during the grant application stage, the council hopes to explore possible other future initiatives. As the town moves forward, one suggestion we have with any potential plans is to call on local village officials and district heads to organize public meetings where residents can attend and discuss their concerns with town officials or brainstorm suggestions. We also hope that Brookhaven will lead the way for other municipalities outside its scope. While we know not every town has the privilege of a $20 million grant, after implementing changes in Brookhaven, we hope to see town leaders reach out to other towns in Suffolk County for examples and suggestions to save their residents money. The chance to save taxpayers money has the potential to cross town lines in the next few years.

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Pre-election good news for Americans Over the last couple years the United States has enjoyed some very significant, verifiable successes in several critical areas, including but not limited to fighting MS-13, foreign policy and the economy. MS-13 has been a devastating, deadly presence, especially in minority communities on Long Island. Hosted by Republican Congressmen Peter King and Lee Zeldin, high-ranking officials, including the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and President Donald Trump (R), have come here, shining a bright national light on the crisis. Gang arrests have been way up, and discovery of mutilated remains way down, with Zeldin subsequently being endorsed by 11 law enforcement groups. It wasn’t long ago there was a homicidal ISIS caliphate growing in the Middle East; NATO allies were not meeting their financial commitments; and North Korea was holding American hostages, testing nuclear devices and, while flying missiles over Japan, threatening our mainland.

Changing the rules of engagement greatly shortened the life of the extremist Islamic state, and NATO members now reluctantly throw more money into the common defense kitty. North Korea has returned U.S. hostages, along with our veterans’ remains; suspended nuclear tests and launching rockets over Japan; and stopped making apocalyptic threats against our 50 states. The economy has made some undeniably positive, easily confirmed gains. The third-quarter gross domestic product was 4.2 percent. Manufacturing is up. Employment numbers — jobless claims at the lowest level in nearly five decades — have been especially good for those Americans who seemed forgotten. Blue-collar jobs grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades. African-American and Hispanic-American unemployment rates have both reached record lows, while youth unemployment reached its lowest level in more than 50 years. Poverty rates for African-Americans and

Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded. Job openings, for the first time on record, outnumber job seekers. A weakened MS-13, shrinking ISIS caliphate, and more generous NATO is good for us. North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un tapping the brakes on his own nuclear proliferation lessens one, clear and present, here and now, catastrophic threat to the environment, which is great for everybody. And seeing today’s blue-collar workers, youth and minorities enjoy virtually unprecedented access to a strong economy and job market should be seen as really heartening, especially for those who fancy themselves as champions of those three groups. Coming up to the November elections, there’s plenty of provably good news for the United States. It would be a shame to wreck, at the polls, policies generating the recent good fortune for so many fellow Americans, including those in our minority communities. Jim Soviero East Setauket

Time for Zeldin to believe scientific evidence I am writing this letter just after watching television reports of Category 4 Hurricane Michael slamming into the Florida Panhandle. The main thing that I can think of right now is, “What is the matter with Lee Zeldin?” He did not cause this hurricane but he refuses to believe overwhelming scientific evidence naming human activity as the major cause of global warming. His attitude seems to be, “Ho-hum just another storm of the century.” I would like to paraphrase an old Bob Dylan song: “How many times must a major hurricane strike before the climate change deniers are forever banned?” Maybe the answer is blowing in the wind — pun intended — as the song goes. Instead

Mini-Lee Zeldin (R) is following in lockstep with the Trump administration policy of “deny, deny, deny” any credible science; destroying the EPA; and supporting increased emissions of greenhouse gases in the process. I occasionally follow the congressman’s Facebook page. Zeldin likes to tout various environmental actions that he participates in and is proud of. I checked the League of Conservation Voters website, and Zeldin has one of the worst scores in New York state. Maybe the congressman will change his mind in 20 or 30 years when his backyard is underwater during high tide. The problem is by then it prob-

ably will be too late. Since casting my first ballot in 1968, I have generally been registered as an Independent. Only very recently, I have changed to Democrat, largely due to President Donald Trump (R) and the scary idiocy of the GOP. Zeldin may be a nice guy, but he is just a rubber stamp for Trump. Please do not support Mini-Lee Zeldin. I will vote for Perry Gershon (D) in the congressional election. Zeldin calls him Park Avenue Perry. I don’t care if he is from Patchogue, Poquott or Park Avenue. I just want Zeldin sent back to Mastic-Shirley. Paul Hart Stony Brook

Character assassination backfiring on Dems The relentless series of attacks on President Donald Trump (R) began on election night 2016 as the polls were closing, and the shock and disbelief were just beginning to set in. The Democrat-controlled press had to dust off their war plans that they thought they’d never need to unwrap, as Hillary Clinton (D) was a shoo-in, at least until midnight Eastern Time. The paid provocateurs soon followed, culminating in anarchy in the streets and late night “comedy” shows eschewing the comedy

for endless anti-Trump diatribes. None of it is working, and most of it is backfiring, badly. The endless attempts at character assassination, the horrendous treatment of Judge Kavanaugh, etc., remind me of the classic Road Runner-Wile E. Coyote cartoons. Naturally, Trump is “road runner,” thwarting every bomb, anvil and trap set for him by the Soros/DNC “coyotes.” I was prompted to write this letter after learning of a California judge throwing out a

defamation case started by esteemed actress Stormy Daniels. The “road runner” metaphor may reach new heights of relevance here. Since Daniel’s camp was ordered to pay court costs that may reach upward of $1 million, the brainwashed fools who employed GoFundMe for her legal bills may ultimately discover they’ve “go funded” Trump instead. Now that’s funny. “Meep, meep,” indeed. Michael Meltzer Stony Brook


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Opinion

After a spectacular start, breaking up is hard to do

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e had such a wonderful relationship. I wondered whether this was it. Could this be the one that I remember years from now, that I think about when I’m feeling down, or that I go back to when I hear the phrase “the good old days”? It was better than good for a while. You were incredible and so supremely satisfying. There was electricity, energy D. None and a belief that of the above this connection was something exBY DANIEL DUNAIEF traordinary. It gave me so much to look forward to, day in and day

out, because I knew you’d be there for me. I was dealing with a lot this summer. My family moved to North Carolina. I lost the close proximity to the friends, neighbors and nearby family I’d taken for granted for all these years. It was harder to see you at first. But that didn’t stop the connection, from allowing me to enjoy the promising magic ride. Maybe modern technology minimized the distance, maybe it was just some perceived link, but I believed in you, in us, from so far away. My wife has become accustomed to the annual search for this kind of closeness with you. She’s extraordinarily supportive of my emotional well-being. She knows that I need you, even if you don’t always seem to need me. She appreciates that I don’t need to try to defeat this kind of addiction. She knows that I had a connection with you long before she came along and she doesn’t try to get in the way of that. She hasn’t tried to change

me or turn my attention to other passions. She also knows that, when all is right between you and me, she and I have a better relationship because I’m a better-adjusted person who believes anything is possible. It was such a whirlwind this time. Even when you seemed on the precipice of disappointing, you found a way to come through. You put a smile on my face as I went to bed, knowing that you’d done it again and that the sky really was the limit. Of course, I recognized that it would never be so spectacular for all these months. I knew there’d be some nights when I might feel like pulling away, when I might think about dedicating my time, attention and passion elsewhere. I didn’t disconnect because I wanted it to work out. I pushed the warning signs away, even if I started to feel as if the separation and the potential through the middle of the summer fell short of my hopes.

Ultimately, as you know all too well, people remember the biggest moments. When these monumental days arrived, you seemed ready. Initially, you didn’t disappoint. But, then, something happened. It was as if the nagging concerns I had through the summer came back to haunt us. You hadn’t changed at all: It’s just that I saw the weaknesses, the deficiencies and the problems that limited you. You fought bravely to hold on, but it just wasn’t meant to be. The Red Sox and their fans, as it turns out, will continue to move forward, driven by the belief that those 108 wins will propel them all the way to the World Series. For me, I can only look back and smile, wondering about what could have been after that spectacular start and hope that, maybe next year, the Yankees and their dedicated fans from near and far will bask in the progression from summer success to the fall classic.

A 21st-century Machiavellian morality tale

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t’s as if we are living in a James Bond movie but with one small difference: These events are real. A Saudi journalist walked into his country’s embassy in Turkey, we learn, and never came out. He entered at 1:14 p.m. Oct. 2, around the time he had been instructed to come, to pick up papers that would enable him to wed his Turkish fiancée. The wedding was scheduled for the next day. She was waiting outside in the car for him to re-emerge. There Between is video of him entering the building you and me but none of him BY LEAH S. DUNAIEF leaving. She waits outside but in vain. She does not see him again. The journalist, we continue to learn, is Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident in his country and critic

of the royal family who felt sufficiently at risk to leave and move to the United States. He lived in Virginia and was a Saudi contributor to the Washington Post, for which he said he could write freely. Khashoggi was good friends with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In addition to the video at the Saudi Consulate, there are further videos of two Saudi charter planes landing at the Istanbul airport the preceding night and that same day. Those disembarking were 15 men, all apparently known to the Turkish officials as members of Saudi intelligence. One was identified as an autopsy specialist who carried a bone saw. They all came to the embassy. Late in the afternoon, all reboarded the planes and returned to Saudi Arabia. Turkish authorities claim to have video and audio showing that Khashoggi was killed in his country’s embassy and his body dismembered. To date, they have not shown the evidence, claiming they do not want to expose intelligence sources. Until now the Saudi government has denied any knowledge or connection with the events in the embassy but has in the last couple of days changed its story. As a

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result, it now suggests that the journalist was accidentally killed while being interrogated. Aside from the morbid fascination with these events, why should we in the United States care? We are directly involved because Khashoggi, though still a Saudi Arabian citizen, lived here and was a well-known columnist. Further, Saudi Arabia is a fulcrum of President Donald Trump’s Mideast policy, both in the context of any Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, in the Middle East wars and also in our effort to diminish the influence of Iran. In addition, the Saudis buy billions of dollars of military arms from us and play a major role in the supply chain of oil. The president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is known to have cultivated a close relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is effectively controlling the government. In the past, members of the Bush family too, while in office, were closely tied to the Saudi royals. Now prominent members of Congress are urging Trump to impose economic sanctions on Saudi Arabia. Trump is caught between all of the previously given reasons not to alienate the

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Saudi government, and the outrage and disgust of world leaders at a possible grisly murder that is assumed to have been authorized by “MBS” — how the crown prince is known. Revulsion is plain to see as some corporate leaders have withdrawn from a global economic conference, the Future Investment Initiative — known as “Davos in the Desert” — that is scheduled in Riyadh for next week. The conference is seen as something of a prestigious triumph for MBS. So far, Trump has offered the suggestion that “rogue killers” may be responsible for the possible murder, even as he threatened “severe punishment” if the Saudi royal family were found to be involved. Steve Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, is still slated to participate in the conference. A decision on his going is expected by Friday. So what will carry the day here, humanitarian or political concerns? Will the world move on, forgetting a single journalist in the interests of Machiavellian gain? Or will there be an honest, vigorous investigation as this morality tale plays out across the globe? Stay tuned.

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