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November 9, 2017

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Shoreham’s board of ed gets serious about homework A3 NY lawmakers up in arms over effects of tax bill A7 Rocky Point fam. raises funds, awareness for rare illness A8 Local Venturer builds bat houses in Shoreham A9

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The Sound Beach Civic Association Veterans Day ceremony will honor the sacrifices that veterans have made throughout the years. Students from the Rocky Point High School Music Department will perform patriotic music and songs Nov. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park in Sound Beach, beginning

at 11 a.m. The Sound Beach Fire Department will be present as the honor guard, and a wreath honoring all veterans will be placed in front of the memorial. Veterans Memorial Park is located at the corner of New York Avenue and Van Buren Avenue in Sound Beach.

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Fred Drewes, with hat at center, arrives at Heritage Park early with volunteers to set up the Parade of American Flags.

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Heritage Park’s Parade of American Flags returns for the final time this year. On Nov. 11, the assembly of the flags will begin at 8:45 a.m. The flags will be retired at 3:45 p.m. If it is raining at 8 a.m., the raising of the flags will be delaying by an hour. If it is still raining by 9 a.m., the parade will be canceled. Fred Drewes will be around during the

day to host the parade and answer any questions visitors might have. “Review the history of the growth of our nation,” he said. “Stop by the Court of America and examine the seals of the five armed forces and give thanks to those who serve our nation.” Heritage Park is located at 33 Mount Sinai-Coram Road in Mount Sinai.


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Town

New homework policies drafted for SWR schools By Kevin Redding kevin@tbrnewspapers.com A new, broader homework policy drafted by the Shoreham-Wading River board of education opened up a dialogue last month between parents and administrators over the best approach to after school assignments throughout the district. Varying consequences for students who don’t do their homework and an overabundance of assignments over school holidays were main topics of discussion during Shoreham’s Oct. 24 board meeting, in which community members weighed in on a planned revision to the district’s current policy. In response to a curriculum survey sent out by the district over the summer, parents requested that its guidelines for homework be expanded. While the original policy is merely two sentences on the educational validity of homework, the new two-page proposal aims to better accommodate for individual students and incorporates recognized best practices in the development of assignments. “The process has certainly put a lens on homework,” Superintendent Gerard Poole said. “Feedback from parents in the survey was a little mixed — the underlying theme was that homework is important but there should be consistencies across grade levels and considerations for home life. We tried to craft something that empowered the buildings to make practices come to life that make sense for students and families.”

The newly drafted guidelines, titled Policy 8440, encourage teachers to consider students’ time constraints when assigning homework, which should be “appropriate to students’ age” and shouldn’t “take away too much time away from other home activities.” “Homework should foster positive attitudes toward school and self, and communicate to students the idea that learning takes work at home as well as in school,” the draft policy states. While it addresses that students should be accountable for all assignments, there are no strict consequences in place for when homework isn’t done, which prompted some parents to voice their concerns. “I think it’s very important that we establish responsibility and have consequences that teachers themselves are able to have the flexibility to put on children,” said Jeannine Smith, a Shoreham parent with children in Wading River School and Miller Avenue School. As an educator in an outside district, Smith supported the concept of taking recess away from students in the elementary and middle school who consistently don’t hand homework in. “It’s the teacher’s job to make sure children are prepared in the future and if homework’s not important in the classroom, children get the message that there is no consequence,” she said. Shoreham resident Erin Saunders-Morano agreed, saying she believes homework is ultimately the student’s responsibility and

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new homework guidelines could include stricter penalties, less work on vacations. shouldn’t be seen as something that falls on the parents. “As we get older, if you don’t do your job, there are consequences,” Morano said. “I think we should be raising the bar for our students, not lowering it. If students want recess, they should make sure they do their homework.” But Alisa McMorris, a member of the district’s PTA council, protested the idea, saying students who are working hard all day deserve a break. She also pointed out that difficult and time-consuming projects should not be assigned over vacations. “I can’t tell you how many times my kids have had projects due the day we get back from Christmas break and it makes me crazy,”

McMorris said. “Our Christmas breaks now are doing these projects. Vacation is vacation.” Michelle Gallucci, a Wading River resident and an English teacher at Smithtown High School East, commended the board for drafting a policy that gives teachers academic freedom based on the students they have in the classroom. She equated the importance of homework to sports practice. “You can’t take a math class at 9 a.m. on a Monday and not do it again until 9 a.m. the next day,” she said. “You have to practice those skills and get better because your brain is a muscle. Just as students practice for hours after school to get ready for games, students also need intellectual practice.”

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ElEction REsults

Sini seals the deal, incumbents win back seats County sheriff candidates in dead heat By Desirée Keegan Desiree@tbrnewspapers.com In a landslide victory, Suffolk County will have a new district attorney, and with that a new chief of police. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini (D) defeated Ray Perini (R) with 62.08 percent of the vote in the Nov. 7 general election. Perini, who came up with 106,773 votes, ran a contentious campaign against Sini, who campaigned as a reformer hoping to restore reliability to the office. “Together we have ushered in a new era of criminal justice in Suffolk County, an era of integrity, fairness and doing the right thing,” Sini told supporters at his campaign headquarters in Hauppauge. “We are going to return the office to the honorable institution it once was.” With Sini’s victory, he will leave his post at the start of 2018, and Suffolk County ExToulon said he believes he will maintain ecutive Steve Bellone (D) will appoint a new his advantage. police commissioner. “I feel very confident,” he said from the “I will immediately begin to assemble a top-notch transition team consisting of local IBEW Local 25 building in Hauppauge. “I feel and federal officials,” Sini continued. “This incredibly overwhelmed with the support considering I have only been team will conduct a thorough in this race for five-and-a-half top-to-bottom, bottom-to-top weeks, and the people of Sufassessment of the office and folk County recognize they we will do whatever it takes to want someone with experiensure the Suffolk County Disence, and I feel confident that trict Attorney’s office works for when the absentee ballots are the people. Under my admincounted I will be sheriff of istration, the office will work Suffolk County.” for the people and not politics. Zacarese said he knew it For far too long this office has was down to the wire, and been used as a tool for those couldn’t wait to see the results who are politically connected. once the 15,000 absentee balThat ends today.” lots are counted. The race for the new sher“For anybody here who iff in town was too close to call knows me, you know I don’t at the end of election night, — Larry Zacarese do anything the easy way, so with Democrat Errol Toulon, what else did you expect?” he a former New York City depsaid. “This is far from over. uty corrections commissioner, holding a slim lead over Republican Larry We’re going to get to work starting tomorrow.” Incumbents swept Suffolk County and Zacarese, an assistant police chief at Stony Brook University. The last update from the Brookhaven Town in TBR News Media’s Suffolk County Board of Election’s unofficial coverage area on election night. In the most contested legislative race results showed Toulon had 141,006 votes to on the North Shore, incumbent 6th District Zacarese’s 139,652. Legislator Sarah Anker (D-Mount Sinai) edged out Rocky Point resident and local business owner Gary Pollakusky to secure her fourth term. After winning by 17 votes in the 2015 election, Anker finished the evening with 10,985 (54.93 percent) votes to Pollakusky’s 9,004 (45.03 percent). “We had such an amazing victory, and this shows you all the hard work that I do, that my office does,” Anker said. “This is what we do — we are public servants. We work for the people. The people make a decision to vote and it’s a victory for everyone. There are so many initiatives and projects that I started and I want to continue with.” Pollakusky thanked the members of his team for their hard work in putting together what he called a “great campaign.” “Blood sweat and tears,” he said went into his preparation for election night. “Really, we ran a great race.”

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Clockwise from top left; Diane and ed romaine celebrate the Brookhaven Town supervisor’s reelection; suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim sini talks to supporters after learning about his landslide win for district attorney; and voters anxiously and nervously watch results come in. In the 5th District, Kara Hahn (D- lican James Canale’s 39.66 percent. “I am just extremely humbled and Setauket) is looking forward to continuing her environmental work. She came through honored to have been given this amazing with 63.39 percent of the vote, defeating opportunity,” Canale said. “I may have lost, challenger Ed Flood, who finished with but you can not keep me down. I will be back and I will be better than ever.” 36.56 percent of the vote. Bonner, representing the 2nd District, “I love our community, and I work hard every day to make a difference and to help said she was happy with her win. She pulled people,” Hahn said. “I’m just thrilled to be away with 63.54 percent of the vote to Coram resident and software developer able to continue to do that.” Returnee Leslie Kennedy (R-Nesconset) Mike Goodman’s 36.43 percent. In the town’s 3rd Council District, claimed her second term in office at the Councilman Kevin LaValle helm of the 12th District with (R-Selden) lauded what he an overwhelming 67.40 percent called “amazing results” (65.53 of the vote to challenger Kevin percent of the votes). Hyms’ 32.55 percent. “Well I guess the word is out Brookhaven Town Super— good Republican government visor Ed Romaine (R) was in is back in Brookhaven,” LaValle a race that nearly doubled in said. “I look back at this town turnout total from the last time board — this is a great team he ran. With 61.9 percent of the we have here with supervisor vote, the longtime politician Romaine, highway superintensecured his seventh and eighth dent [Dan] Losquadro — this is year as the head of the town. “Thank you to all of the — Sarah Anker a team that’s going to get the job done and has gotten the job done voters in Brookhaven,” he said for the residents of Brookhaven.” from Stereo Garden LI in PaLosquadro (R) maintained his highway tchogue. “Thank you for the overwhelming mandate for myself and all those who ran superintendent title, securing 60.32 perwith us. We got the message. We’re going cent of the votes to Democratic challenger to keep on making sure that taxes stay low, Anthony Portesy’s 39.65 percent. Donna we’re going to keep on moving Brookhaven Lent (I) will remain town clerk with a forward, we’re going to keep on doing the 57.26 to 42.7 percent win over Democrat Cindy Morris. right thing.” Lent said of the results, “when you run Councilwomen Valerie Cartright (D-Port Jefferson Station) and Jane Bonner (C- on your record and you run on your integrity you always win.” Rocky Point) also secured their seats. Kyle Barr, Rita J. Egan, Alex Petroski and Cartright, representing the 1st District, won with 60.3 percent of the vote to Repub- Kevin Redding contributed reporting.

‘This is what we do — we are public servants. We work for the people.’


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2017 Election Results District Attorney

62.08%

36.42%

Sheriff

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Brookhaven Town Supervisor

61.91%

38.06%

Town Highway Superintendent

60.32%

39.65%

6th Legislative District

54.93%

48.94%

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Brookhaven’s 2nd Council District

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Town Clerk

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Driving on drugs

Near a home on Montrose Drive in Port Jefferson Station, a 28-year-old man from Medford driving a 2017 Honda collided with a utility pole at about 11 p.m. Nov. 2, according to police. Upon investigation of the incident, police discovered he had been driving while under the influence of drugs, police said. He was arrested and charged with first-degree operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs.

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At Portside Bar & Grill on East Main Street in Port Jefferson Oct. 31 at about 11 p.m., a 23-year-old man from East Islip punched another man in the face causing injuries that required treatment at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, according to police. He was arrested and charged with thirddegree assault.

Crime spree

A 31-year-old man from Mount Sinai entered an unlocked vehicle in the parking lot of John T. Mather Memorial Hospital Nov. 4 at about 5 p.m. and stole a wallet containing cash and credit cards, according to police. Later that night, his mother reported to police that he took her vehicle without permission, police said. Following an investigation, he was arrested Nov. 6 and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for possessing the credit cards, unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

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On five separate occasions between March 13 and Nov. 3, a 27-year-old woman from Holbrook stole items including clothing, baby formula and medication for infants from Kmart in Farmingville and Walmart in Middle Island, according to police. She was arrested Nov. 3 in Middle Island and charged with five counts of petit larceny, and possession of a hypodermic instrument, which was discovered during the process of her arrest, police said. A 22-yearold woman from Holbrook was also involved in the Nov. 3 petit larceny and one of the other incidents and possessed marijuana upon her arrest, police said. She was charged with two counts of petit larceny and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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At a home on Oxhead Road in Stony Brook, someone stole four boxes delivered to the home at about 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1, according to police.

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A license, credit cards and cash were stolen from within an unlocked vehicle on Alden Drive in Port Jefferson Nov. 6 at about 1:30 p.m., according to police.

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The rear driver’s side window of a 1997 Saturn was broken at about 5:30 a.m. Nov. 6 while it was parked on Barnwell Lane in Stony Brook, according to police.

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Jewelry was stolen from a home on Emily Way in Port Jefferson Station at about noon Sept. 1, according to police. A police report was filed Nov. 5.

Re-Pita offender

At Pita House on South Jersey Avenue in Setauket Nov. 4 at about 6 p.m., a 47-year-old man from Shoreham took a cardboard display rack filled with food and exited without paying, according to police. He was arrested Nov. 4 and charged with petit larceny.

At a home on Pearl Road in Rocky Point Nov. 5, a 65-year-old man from Rocky Point struck another man in the arm with a bat, causing a fracture, and later pointed a shotgun at the man, according to police. He was arrested and charged with assault and menacing.

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Someone entered an unlocked vehicle and stole a purse containing working papers and a library card while it was parked on Cymer Street in Port Jefferson Station Nov. 2 at about 6 p.m., according to police.

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State

House tax bill criticized by NY lawmakers on both sides of aisle By Alex Petroski alex@tbrnewspapers.com Last week Republicans in the House of Representatives took a major step toward fulfilling a lynchpin campaign promise that is seemingly decades old. The House Ways and Means committee released the framework of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Nov. 2, a major piece of legislation touted by President Donald Trump (R) as a cut to income taxes for “hardworking, middle-income Americans,” though it would negatively affect New Yorkers if signed into law, according to lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle. The highlights of the bill, which would require passage by the House and Senate and the president’s signature before becoming law, include a consolidation from seven individual income tax brackets down to four; the elimination of the deduction for state and local income taxes, a provision that in the past through federal tax returns gave a portion of tax dollars back to individuals in higher income tax states like New York; and a reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent. “I am a ‘No’ to this bill in its current form,” 1st Congressional District U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) said in a statement. “We need to fix this state and local tax [SALT] deduction issue. Adding back in the property tax deduction up to $10,000 is progress, but not

enough progress. If I’m not fighting for New Yorkers, I can’t expect anyone else from another state to do it for me.” U.S. Rep. for the 2nd District, Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), was even more critical of the bill than Zeldin. “The goal of tax reform is to help hardworking Americans make more money so they can live the American Dream,” Suozzi said in a statement. “The American people expect us to find a bipartisan solution to tax reform that helps create good paying middle-class jobs. This plan doesn’t achieve that goal. I won’t support it.” Other New York lawmakers from the Democratic Party voiced harsh opposition to the bill in its current form. New York’s U.S. senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Chuck Schumer (DNew York) each said via Twitter they viewed the bill as a tax break for corporations that would have a negative impact on middleclass citizens. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) called the bill a “tax increase plan.” “The tax reform plan, they call a tax cut plan,” Cuomo said in a statement. “It has a diabolical dimension, which is the elimination of the deductibility of state and local taxes … what makes it an even more gross injustice is, the state of New York contributes more to the federal government than any other state. New York contributes more to Washington than any other state. We’re the No. 1 donor state. We give $48 billion

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the tax Cuts and Jobs Act would reduce the number of income tax brackets from seven to four; eliminate deductions for state and local income taxes; and would reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent. more than we get back. Why you would want to take more from New York is a gross, gross injustice.” Duncan MacKenzie, chief executive officer of the New York State Association of Realtors said in a statement the bill would harm many New York homeowners. “It will lessen the value of the property tax deduction and it cuts a host of other key housing-related tax incentives,” he said. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in the 1980s and dedicated to educating the public on issues with signifi-

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Kelly and donna and McCauley, on left, held the third annual Butterfly Breakfast for a Cure fundraiser at Applebee’s in Miller Place, which residents attended, like Miller Place resident Joan Lowry, below on right, to help raise awareness and money. donna McCauley, above, also auctioned off prizes to raise more funds.

Annual breakfast raises awareness for rare disease By Kevin Redding kevin@tbrnewspapers.com

“I can sit in the corner and rock and be sad, or I can get up and do what I need to do,” said McCauley, 49, who lives in constant pain and A mother-daughter duo from Rocky Point must wrap her wounds in bandages each day raised thousands of dollars last weekend to in order to prevent infections. She is currently help those with epidermolysis bullosa — a in a clinical trial for a new treatment drug by rare and painful skin disease that hits close Amicus Therapeutics that helps mend her to home. wounds. “Things like this fundraiser give me Donna McCauley, who was born with hope that people become more aware, and the genetic condition that causes the skin more money is raised. Each day they are getto blister and tear at the slightest friction, ting closer to finding a treatment and a cure.” and her daughter Kelly, a former Girl Scout, Although McCauley has been the face of raised $4,000 during the 3rd Annual But- the event since it started in 2015, the Rocky terfly Breakfast for a Cure fundraiser Nov. Point resident who referred to herself as a pro4 at Applebee’s in Miller Place. More than fessional volunteer and remains a coordinator 100 locals gathered at the restaurant to eat with local Girl Scout troops, pointed to her pancakes, take part in a Chidaughter as the real driving nese auction with huge prizes force behind the fundraiser. for adults and kids and learn “One of the things that about “EB,” which is largely strikes me the most is that Kelconsidered “the worst disease ly has a sense of empathy and you’ve never heard of” and afcompassion that I don’t think fects one in 20,000 births in you can teach,” McCauley the United States. said. “I’m so proud of her iniAll proceeds are going totiative to make other people ward Debra of America, a New more aware of disabilities. York City-based nonprofit that She has always been the perprovides assistance and supson who includes the one that port to families with children included.” — Donna McCauley isn’tKelly born with the disease through McCauley, 19, a curfunding research for a cure rent student at Dominican and treatment initiatives. College in Orangeburg, New York, started As a teenager, Donna McCauley, whose advocating for EB support as a sophomore parents were told she was going to die young at Rocky Point High School by selling bracefrom this “genetic anomaly,” made a con- lets decorated with butterflies to peers and scious choice not to let EB — which turns administrators and ended up raising $500 run-of-the-mill activities like getting out of for Debra. This prompted her to want to step bed, taking clothes on and off and shower- things up a notch, and she soon went door to ing into daily struggles — define her life. In- door to local businesses in search of a venue stead, she strived to be a role model for other for her own bigger and better fundraiser. “butterfly children,” a term given to young McCauley’s daughter said growing up and people with the disease, as their skin is said witnessing her mom’s perseverance encourto be as fragile as a butterfly’s wings. aged her to get involved in the first place. She became involved with Debra when she “I saw just how strong she was and how was 16, which opened her eyes to a communi- much it took for her just to wake up every ty of others like her, and made sure to get her day,” she said. “She’s definitely the strongest license, go to college and pursue jobs, vowing woman I know. This disease is so much on a “not to be afraid to live” despite her condition. person. You wake up and you hurt no mat-

‘I can sit in the corner and rock and be sad, or I can get up and do what I need to do.’

ter what. But she still gets up, she goes to church, she volunteers, she works as a religion teacher — she does all these things even though she’s always in some sort of pain.” McCauley’s determination to live a normal life has served as a foundation for her younger brother, Bob Newfield, a Setauket resident who was also born with EB. “It’s tough — what would take most people 15 minutes to get ready for work in the morning takes me an hour,” Newfield said. “But there are other things in life that are tough too, so you just have to deal with the cards you’re given. It’s such a rare disease and doesn’t get the funds it needs.” His wife, Marianne, explained how it’s been to observe the disease firsthand. “His mind wants to go, go, go, but his body holds him back at times — but those with it are the strongest people I know,” she said. “They don’t really let anything get them down. Bob puts on a happy face every day even though his feet kill him; many days are hard.”

Residents that donated to the cause by purchasing raffle tickets ranged from those living with the disease to others who had never heard of it before. Bonnie Harris, who grew up in Port Jefferson, said she and a majority of her family have the condition. “The disease itself doesn’t get better when you get older, but you get better as you get older,” Harris said. “You’re not as clumsy when you’re falling and you’re able to take care of it better. My mom, who had it, always said, ‘You can do anything you want to do — you just have to work harder than everybody else.’” Miller Place resident Joan Lowry heard of the fundraiser through St. Louis de Montfort R.C. Church in Sound Beach, a parish where McCauley is extremely active. “There are too many people who fall in the cracks and need the help,” Lowry said, “and that’s the reason I’m here.” If you wish to make a contribution, visit Debra.org/butterflybreakfast2017.


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Village Rocky Point Venturer builds bat houses in Shoreham By Kevin Redding kevin@tbrnewspapers.com She may not wear a cape or cowl, but 17-year-old Kaileigh Blessing is serving as a hero to the Village of Shoreham by bringing more environment-boosting bats to the area.

Blessing, a senior at Rocky Point High School and member of Venturing Crew 777, a co-ed youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America, has spent the last year designing, funding, building and installing seven bat houses throughout Shoreham. The houses are to be installed

in parklands along Woodville Road and private properties. It is a project constructed in Blessing’s pursuit of her Summit Award — the Venturing Crew’s highest programlevel award. She became involved in the project in October 2016 when members of The Shoreham Village Association launched a subcommittee to expand the number of bat houses hanging in public as a way to coax more of the nocturnal animals into the area. While they once carried a reputation as fearsome creatures, the public perception of bats has changed drastically in recent years as they have been proven to greatly benefit the ecosystem of their surroundings by eating thousands of small insects per hour — including the everincreasing population of diseasecarrying mosquitoes. Shoreham, like the rest of Long Island, has lost a majority of these more environmentally friendly bug eliminators due to an increased use of dangerous pesticides and the spread of white nose syndrome, a fungus that grows on and kills hibernating bats along the East Coast.

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Above, standing, Kaileigh Blessing presents an early model of her bat houses to The Shoreham village Association. On left, friends help Blessing build the bat houses for her Summit Award project. “Bat houses are needed everywhere,” said Laura Miller, a member of the association’s subcommittee and one of the recipients of Blessing’s bat houses. “The bat population in general has decreased drastically and it’s a real concern, agriculturally, especially for farmers. Bats are generally

very beneficial and people don’t realize it because of the whole nature of what they think a bat is.” During last year’s October meeting, members of the subcommittee held a raffle drawing for the houses to be built and installed for two village residents

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Students in Shoreham-Wading River High School’s criminal justice class had a firsthand experience with the inner workings of the judicial system when members of the Suffolk County Police Department K9 Unit visited the school. The students were eager to learn about the dogs’ unique skills and keen sense of smell in aiding their handlers in catching criminals and solving crimes. The visit was a part of the yearlong program’s in-the-field experience component,

which provides students with a hands-on understanding of law enforcement practices, challenges, the criminal justice system, crime scene investigations and the psychology of a criminal’s mind. “To coordinate these hands-on learning opportunities and witness those who become inspired to pursue careers in the criminal justice system is a rewarding experience for students and an educator,” criminal justice teacher Ruth Squillace said. “They were eager to interact with the officers and the dogs, and had many questions about what it takes to dedicate a person’s life to public service.”

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Honoring Eagle Scouts

Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker (D-Mount Sinai) joined Boy Scout Troop 204 at the Miller Place High School for an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony to recognize Jake Linkletter, Mathew Yonks and Stephen Sarich Oct. 21. Eagle Scout is the highest rank that can be earned by a Boy Scout. Only a small percentage of Scouts attain this rank. “I would like to offer my congratulations to Jake, Mathew and Stephen for earning this prestigious honor,” Anker said. “Only those who demonstrate hard work, dedication and commitment to Scouting and their community

are able to earn the merit of Eagle Scout.” In order to become an Eagle Scout, each Scout must earn 21 merit badges, undergo a lengthy review process and complete a community service project. Sarich built cedar benches and flower boxes for the Sound Beach Civic Association’s community garden as part of its beautification project. Yonks built garden boxes for the vegetable garden at the Community Growth Center in Setauket, which will allow needy families to have access to fresh produce. Linkletter designed and constructed an informational kiosk for the Greenway Trail that runs from Port Jefferson Station to Setauket.

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A historical heritage tea

Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker (D-Mount Sinai) and Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner (C-Rocky Point) joined the Rocky Point Historical Society for its 21st Annual Tea Oct. 15 at VFW Post 6249 in Rocky Point. The annual tea brought together historical society members and local residents for a special program that included a variety of teas, sandwiches and desserts, raffle prizes

and special guest Abraham Lincoln, as portrayed by Lou Del Bianco. Del Bianco’s portrayal of President Lincoln has been endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. “I commend the Rocky Point Historical Society for their dedication to promoting our local heritage,” said Anker. “Rocky Point has great historical value and the members of the society work hard to ensure that our local landmarks are preserved and historic figures are honored for their contributions.”

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Retired Miller Place teacher earns state honor

The New York State Retired Teachers’ Association presented Certificates of Recognition for Distinguished Service honors to five retirees, and Miller Place resident Fred Conway was one of them. The award, presented to the 59-year Miller Place school district teacher is in recognition of his service and participation at all levels of the association. A resident of Miller Place for 23 years with wife Lesley, Conway was most notably a Miller Place High School guidance counselor from 1973-1999. During his tenure as chairman of The Resolutions Committee and later, as a member of the committee at the state level, he worked diligently for his zone and unit. Conway took over as president of the association’s Long Island Zone during its annual convention at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona Oct. 30. The Certificate of Recognition for Distinguished Service is the most prestigious and highest honor given by the association. The award recipient is recommended by Long Island Zone President Angelo Grande and submitted to the state committee which then presents the award at the annual convention. Grande, along with Certificate of Recognition Chair Jacqueline Moeller signed the award to be presented. “Life offers many opportunities for this individual to give of time and talent, and the person appears to thrive in sports, learning and leadership, as well as initiating a love for learning among others,” Moeller said before announcing Conway. “Fred Conway, we are indeed privileged to honor you with the NYSRTA Certificate of Recognition for Distinguished Service and appreciate the service you have given to your Long Island Zone and the state.”

Conway said he couldn’t believe it when he heard Moeller announce his name. “I was totally flabbergasted and in shock when they announced my name,” Conway said. “It took me a few minutes to realize and I was asked to address the delegation.” Conway is also a current member and past president of The Harbormen, an a cappella four-part harmony group that performs locally. It is the North Brookhaven chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and members perform at Good Shepherd Hospice Interfaith Memorial Service, the Port Jefferson Village Charles Dickens Festival, the annual Brookhaven Country Fair, New York Mets and Long Island Ducks baseball games, and they offer Singing Valentine quartets to serenade local sweethearts.

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and was a member of the Shoreham-Wading River school board for 25 years. After retiring, he and his wife sold the home they built in the Village of Shoreham and eventually settled in Chicago. Strand is survived by his wife Phyllis of 56 years; children Andrew (Mandy) Petersen and Mandy (Tom) Gildersleeve; grandchildren Alister, Adalina, Timothy and Katelin; brother David (Cordy) Machart; sister Dorothy (Bruce) Johnson; and brother-in-law Richard (Joanne) Clabaugh. He will be fondly remembered by them and many nieces, nephews, relatives, colleagues, neighbors and friends. A memorial service will be held Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. at Dovre Lutheran Church, in Osnabrock. Inurnment will follow in the family plot at Union Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held in summer 2018 in the Village of Shoreham. In lieu of flowers, plant an evergreen tree in his memory in a place you love.

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Kaileigh Blessing and a few of her friends help glue together the bat houses for her Summit Award project.

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Continued from page A9 and, in figuring out who should be the one to take on the project, the idea to involve a local Boy Scout troop and expand the number of houses came up. Through Venturing Advisor Tom Seda, Blessing was proposed as a fitting candidate as she wasn’t too interested in the more traditional routes of building a park bench or installing a garden for her final project. “I wanted to build something that was a bit more impactful environmentally, so I gratefully took up that offer,” Blessing said. “I’m so glad I went with this and I’m looking forward to coming back and hopefully hear from the women of the association that the bats have returned.” The Venturer, who first joined the youth-powered organization when she was 14, dove into the project with “gusto,” according to subcommittee members. She raised funds for construction materials by recycling scrap metal and bottles and pledging for donations at various businesses like Home Depot and Benjamin Moore, where she received paint, stains, lumber, drills and screws. With the help of her dad and a group of friends, Blessing spent hours on weekends building the large, single-chamber habitats — each one large enough to house 20 to 50 brown bats — which contains a ventilation area for warm air to filter out and grooves in its back panels to act as grips when the bats fly and grab onto the house. She also scouted locations for the houses in the village and sought out PMM Landscaping, a Middle Island-based group, to mount them on trees. She is currently designing a bat house information kiosk that she hopes will be installed at Major Hopkins Park in Shoreham. “I really didn’t know anything about bats when I started this, but through research and everything, I just find it all really intriguing and interesting now,” she said. Jean Jordan Sweet, chair of the subcommittee, commended Blessing for her tenacity throughout the strenuous project. Sweet said she met with the subcommittee several times throughout the year, made presentations, and had to wait on approvals from the village board of trustees and the Suffolk County Council of Boy Scouts every step of the way. “She’s very impressive,” Sweet said. “She had to go through so much authorization and processes for this project, but she’s a real self-starter and took this very seriously.” While her project, and Summit Award, still needs to be fully approved by the Scouts, which might take several months, the association will present a summary report and recognize Blessing’s efforts during an event Nov. 11.


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Motorist dies after driving into Port Jeff Harbor via town ramp BY ALEX PETROSKI ALEX@TBRNEWSPAPERS.COM A man was pronounced dead at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson after he was pulled from a submerged vehicle in Port Jefferson Harbor just after 7 p.m. Oct. 30, according to Suffolk County Police Department Assistant Commissioner Justin Meyers. Police have identified the man as William Whalen, 69, of Page A26 Lake Grove. “A 911 call came in at 7:10 p.m. after witnesses observed a car drive into the water at the Port Jefferson Marina boat launch located off of West Broadway Avenue and Barnum Avenue in Port Jefferson Village,” Meyers’ statement said. “Sixth Precinct officers Brian Christopher and Michael Cappelli responded and jumped into the water and extricated a male victim that was trapped in his vehicle which was completely submerged. Personnel from the Port Jefferson Village Fire Department and Setauket Fire Department also responded and also went into the water to help extricate the victim.” The officers were being treated for hypothermia in the aftermath of the incident. Members of the Port Jefferson Fire Department — Lieutenant Geoffrey Markson, Ex-Captain David Okst and First Assistant Brennan Holmes — were on the eastern end of the marina parking lot working on the department’s fire boat when they were alerted of the incident on their paging devices, according to a spokesperson from the PJFD chief’s office. The three jumped into the water, eventually breaking the window with a hammer and removing the seat belt to pull the victim from the car. Two PJFD heavy rescue squad members in diving gear also arrived on the scene to assist in the rescue effort.

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A motorist died at St. Charles Hospital after being rescued from a submerged car in Port Jefferson Harbor Oct. 30. “We had a brief conversation that went, ‘Are we doing this? Yeah we’re doing it,’” Holmes said during a phone interview. He said the three firefighters were focused only on action and not on what might happen to them if they jumped in the water. “We could have saved a life,” Port Jefferson Village Mayor Margot Garant said via email Monday night. Garant announced during a board meeting June 5 the village had sent a letter to the New York State Department of Transportation and state Sen. Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) asking for the traffic signal at the intersection of Barnum Avenue and West Broadway to be changed from having a standard green light to a green left arrow and right arrow. The call was in response to an April 6 incident in which a man in his early 60s drove into the harbor via the same boat launch. Four good Samaritans rescued that driver and were later honored by the Port Jeff Village board in July. Garant said the

DOT told her in a letter she received about five weeks ago they intended to comply with her request to change the light. “I am thankful that the DOT was willing to entertain and adopt our suggestion, and when the light is changed, it may save a life,” Garant said Tuesday. In December 2005 60-year-old Setauket resident Richard Levin drove into the water on the same ramp and onlookers had to pull his unconscious body from the fully submerged car. Levin died days later as a result of the incident. According to documents obtained from Brookhaven in May, both Brookhaven Town and Port Jeff Village were sued by the wife and executrix of the estate of Richard Levin in 2007. “As a result of the negligence of the defendants in failing to properly maintain the intersection of Route 25A and Barnum Avenue, in failing to properly safeguard against motorists driving onto said Port Jefferson ramp

into the water, in failing to properly illuminate said area, in failing to provide fencing and warning lights — as a result of the aforementioned Richard Levin died,” the lawsuit read in part. “[The] town failed to submit any evidence that it maintained its property in a reasonably safe condition by providing adequate fencing, lighting or warning of the dangerous condition on its property.” Judge Joseph Farneti of the New York State Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit in January 2011 because the “acts or omissions of defendants were not the proximate cause of the alleged accident.” The April incident stirred up memories a decade old for one former village resident. “People are dying here and it’s a simple fix,” Christopher Kelsch, one of the people who witnessed Levin’s death 12 years ago and tried to help, said shortly after seeing news of the April incident. “Somebody needs to shine a serious spotlight because Dr. Levin died at that location.” Following the April incident, a Brookhaven Town spokesperson said in a statement there are clear signs and traffic measures in place to warn residents of the ramp’s location. “The Port Jefferson boat ramp has existed at its current location for generations,” the spokesperson said. “A number of measures are in place including a multitude of ‘Do Not Enter’ signs, road arrows and other traffic control measures to clearly indicate that this is not an entrance.” A Brookhaven Town spokesperson directed questions to the police department Monday night. Garant called on the town to take action in April, as the marina is town-owned property. A spokesperson for LaValle said the state senator was meeting with representatives from the DOT Nov. 1 to discuss the incident and troublesome intersection. There was no response as to what happened or discussed at the meeting by press time.


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The Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau is teaming up with all custom, classic and modified car, truck and motorcycle clubs to help families in need Nov. 12. The annual event will host cars and motorcycles at Brookhaven Town Hall, located at 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in an effort to raise donations for families in need through the Youth Bureau’s INTERFACE program. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items to contribute to the Thanksgiving food drive and new, unwrapped toys for children to open during the holiday season. Last year’s event raised $3,400 for turkeys and 2,000 pounds of nonperishable food, along with more than $25,000 worth of toys. Admission is free, and cash donations are accepted. There will be no judging of the vehicles and trophies will not be

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Must be able to do manual work in highway maintenance, operate light motor vehicles and power equipment. Shall possess a valid and clean driver’s license issued by the NYS Motor Vehicle Department throughout employment of this position. Anyone interested, please apply at Port Jefferson Village Department of Public Works, 88 North Country Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777

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S E R V IC E S Cleaning COME HOME TO A CLEAN HOUSE! Attention to detail is our priority. Excellent References. Serving the Three Village Area. Call Jacquie or Joyce 347-840-0890.

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

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

Fences 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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Furniture/Restoration/ Repairs REFINISHING & RESTORATION Antiques restored, repairing recane, reupholstery, touchups kitchen, front doors, 40 yrs exp, SAVE$$$, free estimates. Vincent Alfano 631-286-1407

Gardening/Design/ Architecture DOWN THE GARDEN PATH *Garden Rooms *Focal Point Gardens. Designed and Maintained JUST FOR YOU. Create a “splash” of color w/perennials or Patio Pots. Marsha, 631-689-8140 or cell# 516-314-1489

Gutters/Leaders GREG TRINKLE PAINTING & GUTTER CLEANING Powerwashing, window washing, staining. Neat, reliable, 25 years experience. Free Estimates. Lic/Ins.#31398-H 631-331-0976

Handyman Services HANDYMAN SERVICES “No job too big or small” Very Neat. Kitchens, baths, roofing, windows, decks, brick work, siding, etc. Free estimates. Over 30 yrs experience. Old World Restoration, Inc. Old World Craftsmanship. Lic/Ins. #41083-H. 631-872-8711 JOHN’S A-1 HANDYMAN SERVICE *Crown moldings* Wainscoting/raised panels. Kitchen/Bathroom Specialist. Painting, windows, finished basements, ceramic tile. All types repairs. Dependable craftsmanship. Reasonable rates. Lic/Ins. #19136-H. 631-744-0976 c.631 697-3518

Housesitting Services FINE SANDING & REFINISHING Wood Floor Installations Craig Aliperti, Wood Floors LLC. All work done by owner. 25 years experience. Lic.#47595-H/Insured. 631-875-5856

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Place your ad today Call 631.751.7663 or 631.331.1154 Home Improvement MEIGEL HOME IMPROVEMENT Extensions, dormers, roofing, windows, siding, decks, kitchens, baths, tile, etc. 631-737-8794 Licensed in Suffolk 26547-H and Nassau H18F5030000. Insured.

Lawn & Landscaping LANDSCAPES UNLIMITED SPRING/FALL CLEANUPS Call For Details. Property Clean-ups, Tree Removal, Pruning & Maintenance. Low Voltage lighting available. Aeration, seed, fertilization & lime Package deal. Free Estimates. Commercial/ Residential. Steven Long Lic.#36715-H/Ins. 631-675-6685, for details

ALL PHASES OF HOME IMPROVEMENT From attic to your basement, no job too big or too small, RCJ Construction www.rcjconstruction.com commercial/residential, lic/ins 631-580-4518.

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

*BluStar Construction* The North Shore’s Most Trusted Renovation Experts. 631-751-0751 Suffolk Lic. #48714-H, Ins. See Our Display Ad

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

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

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 COUNTY-WIDE PAINTING INTERIOR/EXTERIOR Painting/Staining. Quality workmanship. Living/Serving 3 Village Area Over 25 Years. Lic#37153-H. 631-751-8280

Painting/Spackling/ Wallpaper BOB’S PAINTING SERVICE 25 Years Experience Interior/Exterior Painting, Spackling, Staining, Wallpaper Removal, Power washing. Free Estimates. Lic/Ins. #17981. 631-744-8859 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. LaROTONDA PAINTING & DESIGN Interior/exterior, sheetrock repairs, taping/spackling, wallpaper removal, Faux, decorative finishings. Free estimates. Lic.#53278-H/Ins. Ross LaRotonda 631-689-5998 WORTH PAINTING “PAINTING WITH PRIDE” Interiors/exteriors. Faux finishes, power-washing, wallpaper removal, sheetrock tape/spackling, carpentry/trimwork. Lead paint certified. References. Free estimates. Lic./Ins. SINCE 1989 Ryan Southworth, 631-331-5556

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Window Cleaning SUNLITE WINDOW WASHING Residential. Interior/Exterior. “Done the old fashioned way.” Also powerwashing/gutters. Reasonable rates. 30 years in business. Lic.#27955-H/Ins. 631-281-1910


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A motorist died at St. Charles Hospital after being rescued from a submerged car in Port Jefferson Harbor Oct. 30.

It’s time for real action at PJ marina boat ramp A problem with quite a few seemingly simple and inexpensive solutions exists in Port Jefferson, and rather than working together to solve it, various levels of government are kicking the can down the road, pointing fingers and letting people die. The boat launch at the Brookhaven Town-owned Port Jefferson Marina, which sits in the heart of Port Jefferson Village beyond the intersection of a New York State and PJ Village road is a public health problem. Drivers heading north on Barnum Avenue are crossing over Route 25A, entering the marina lot and winding up on the boat ramp either intentionally or without realizing it — the distinction is irrelevant. This year alone, two men in their 60s drove into the water via the ramp, and in each case frantic rescue efforts ensued to pull the victims from their sinking vehicles. In April, good Samaritans on the scene succeeded. When it happened again last week, first responders couldn’t save the driver in time. While we understand a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled in 2011 that a 2005 incident in which a driver also died after plunging into the water via the boat ramp was not the fault of the town or village — the codefendants in the lawsuit by the executrix of the driver’s estate — that doesn’t mean complete inaction is acceptable. To be clear, we’re not blaming the town or village for the death of William Whalen Oct. 30. But the town’s idea that several “Do Not Enter” signs are enough and should completely absolve them of any culpability is extremely disheartening. Village Mayor Margot Garant has been vocal about the problem, at least since the April incident, and has been in touch with the State Department of Transportation, but the village’s “not our property” excuse is also disheartening. State Sen. Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) has been in power for decades and thus was around when Richard Levin died crossing the state road and submerging his vehicle in 2005. In response to last week’s occurrence, LaValle met with leadership of the DOT to discuss what his spokesperson called a “horrible incident” in an email. Wasn’t the 2005 incident horrible enough to warrant action? Garant has said the state has agreed to turn the traffic signals into strictly left and right arrows so motorists know they can’t go straight at the intersection. It is inexcusable that even with virtually every possible municipality having some sort of stake in improving safety at a clearly troublesome intersection the best solution that can be reached 12 years after a death resulting in a lawsuit is right and left arrows and Do Not Enter signs. We have a few suggestions. Put your collective dollars together and invest in a retractable or closable gate. Install strips to puncture driver’s tires should they head down the ramp. Put a permanent barrier in the middle of the wide-open ramp entrance that leaves a single vessel width on either side. Purchase a sign with a clear warning that if a driver proceeds across 25A they might end up in the water. Blinking lights could even be added to the sign for perfect visibility at night, when most of these incidents seem to occur. We don’t care any longer whose responsibility the ramp technically falls under. Do something now or prepare to share culpability when, not if, this happens again.

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What happened to the deficit hawks? Were they magically transformed into chickens at the sight of a multitrillion dollar tax cut for big business and the very rich? It sure looks that way with the Trump tax cut. The Trump tax cut blows a $1.5-trillion hole in the budget, yet not a peep is heard from Paul Ryan and his merry band of deficit foes. For years every dollar spent to improve the lives of the American public was met with howls of agony about the deficit. Dark threats were issued against Social Security and Medicare. Looks like now we can forget about fixing our infrastructure. This is not your Reagan tax cut benefiting the middle class. This is a massive shift of the tax burden onto the middle class. It’s a multitrillion dollar giveaway to corporations and the wealthy funded by eliminating middle class tax breaks. First up is the elimination of the state and local tax deduction and capping the property tax deduction at $10,000. For many taxpayers on Long Island the much ballyhooed increase in the standard deduction will be swamped by this. Next, the personal exemption, currently $4,050 per household member, has been eliminated entirely. Do you have significant medical expenses? Tough luck, it’s no longer deductible. Moving expenses? Tough. Student loans? No deduction. Alimony? Forget about it.

Ah, yes, but there’s a new $300 tax credit for dependents over 17 such as an aged parent. But Houdini-like, it disappears after 5 years. Strangely enough the gigantic tax cuts for big business and the very rich stick around permanently. Remember Trump’s promise to eliminate the carried interest tax loophole, which benefits billionaire hedge fund and private equity managers? Nowhere to be found. But lest the very wealthy feel forgotten, the estate tax exemption, which currently affects only the few thousand families who are in the top 0.2 percent, is doubled immediately and the tax is eliminated entirely after 6 years. This alone will cost the government $269 billion over 10 years. But it’s sure good news for Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka. This massive shift of the tax burden onto the middle class is justified by claiming big business

will use its newfound wealth to increase wages and salaries. Last time I checked, Wall Street celebrates every time wages are reduced or workers laid off. It celebrates even more when a corporation announces a dividend increase or a stock buyback. That’s where the money will go. It’s easier to believe in the tooth fairy than to believe big business is going to shower its middle class workers with pay increases because of tax cut induced generosity. If the Trump tax cut passes, no doubt in two or three years Congress, like some latter-day Rip Van Winkle, will wake up one day and ask: Where did these shocking deficits come from? And you can bet that they will zero in on a simple solution: Cut back or eliminate entirely those very expensive middle class “entitlements,” like Social Security and Medicare.

David Friedman St. James

You don’t need a costume to be nice My account of this experience was prompted by Daniel Dunaief’s column “Wouldn’t-itbe-nice costume ideas for Halloween,” Oct. 26, 2017. While on the checkout line at our local supermarket Oct. 28, I commented on the vibrancy and freshness of the beautiful flowers in the cart in front of me. The purchaser agreed, and we exchanged a few words before checking out. I went to the parking lot to put away my purchases when I

was approached by the person I had encountered in the store. She was carrying one of the containers of flowers. She said, “ I want you to have these.” I was surprised and bewildered. I encouraged her to keep them, but she insisted she wanted me to have them. She asked my name. I told her it was Barbara. She said she was on her way to visit her mother and her mother’s name was also Barbara. I thanked her and she went on her way.

This act of random kindness united me with this stranger. My mood was elated. I smiled all of the way home. I carefully watered the plant and placed it in the hall to greet others. This kind gesture came from the heart and heightened my appreciation of my community and the people within. Every day presents an opportunity to be nice and you don’t even need a costume.

Barbara Wecker Setauket

Inexpensive solution to ramp issue While changing the traffic light on Barnum Avenue to left and right facing arrows would be helpful in keeping cars from going straight into the water at the Brookhaven Town boat

launch in the Port Jefferson Marina, more should be done. Why not put up motion-activated flashing Do Not Enter signs similar to the ones on Caroline Avenue alerting drivers to the

speed tables on that road? It would be a simple and inexpensive solution that might prevent further loss of life.

Robert J. Nicols Port Jefferson

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opinion Seeking help from the Force in our daily lives

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our phone is across the room. You want it to come to you and you put out your hand. Nothing happens. You scrunch your face and flex the muscles in your outstretched fingers, but, still, nothing happens. Someday the iPhone C (for 100) or iPhone M (1,000) may fly through the air when you reach for it (avoiding people’s heads along the way). And, someday, we may figure out how to use By Daniel Dunaief the energy field described in such detail in the Star Wars franchise. Yes, just as the new iPhone X (a mere 10) arrives at Apple stores, Star Wars is revving its intergalactic engines, bringing an aging Luke

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Skywalker and his rebel friends back, yet again, to battle with evil. At the heart of the franchise is the Force, which would be a convenient skill to have when we can’t find the remote control or our phones. So, what is this Force and do we only acknowledge it in the movies? Thousands of years ago, long before Darth Vader, when primitive people struggled through a drought and needed rain, they prayed, they did rain dances or they carved images of rain in the walls so that future archeologists and artists could analyze and appreciate them years later. I’m not minimizing or trivializing religion or a belief in any deity. I am suggesting, however, that the Force and the battle between good and evil and the free-flowing energy that is a part of this mythology come into play in our daily lives. As we prepare to walk out the door, our shoelace snaps. We don’t have time to take the lace out of the

shoe and put another one in. We’re also not completely sure if we have other laces handy. We demand to know “Why now?” from the lace. We might even get annoyed and say, “No, no, no, come on! I can’t be late.” To whom are we talking? Are we personifying the shoelaces so we can complain? By expressing our frustration to the shoelace, perhaps we are externalizing our anger. But, maybe the dark side is challenging us in a moment of weakness, encouraging us to get angry, to take off our shoes, open the door and throw them deep into woods? We get into our car and turn the key. It doesn’t start. We hold our breath. “Please, please, please, you can do it,” we beg and try again. From whom are we asking for help? Are we seeking assistance from a deity who might be nearby or everywhere? Are we speaking to the inanimate engine, hoping that Bessie, like Herbie

the Love Bug, will come to life, rev her engine and shift back and forth from one tire to the other in a happy car dance? Maybe we promise Bessie a refreshing oil change if we can just get to work today. Or are we talking to a Force that makes things go our way, the way we hope a Force encourages our loved ones to answer the phone while we’re waiting for them or our favorite team to succeed in the moment? We may hope many of the objects we talk to, apart from our electronic friends Siri and Alexa, will respond to our needs, the way earlier people hoped that their efforts affected the weather. Movies may come and go from the big screen, but we live through our own nonintergalactic battles, escaping from the shadows of our fathers, perhaps, or finding our own destinies. As we do, we may turn to some version of the Force, or something like it, for help in a pinch.

Hey, pay attention! Why are we planning to cut taxes?

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o we need tax cuts? Lots of people agree that our current tax rules are outdated, cumbersome and unfair. On the other hand, there will never be total unanimity on how the tax code should read because one person’s tax cut is another’s tax increase, and for sure no one wants to lose whatever benefits they already have. So the prospect of changes is only palatable as a campaign promise if there would be an overall greater that By Leah S. Dunaief good everyone recognizes. Such a benefit was proposed during the 2016 campaign as a way to recharge the slow economy. And the conversation has continued from there. But hold on. The circumstances have changed. Our economy is no longer sluggish. In fact, it seems to

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have taken off. And, unusually, the economies around the globe appear to have also done so, almost in unison. This rare good news bodes well for the United States and others around the world. So, back to my original question: Why do we need a tax cut? If the answer is, for political reasons, that stinks. Just because politicians promised to cut taxes, a regular pledge to get votes, is not good enough to shake the ground on which we live. If the answer is to reallocate wealth, that has never been the role of our capitalist democracy. If the answer is to make more equal the lives of the haves and the havenots going forward, then simply raise the taxes on the haves in proportion to how much they have benefited from our same capitalist society. And finally, if the answer is to raise revenue in order to reduce our unprecedented national debt, then raise taxes across the board proportionately on everyone who enjoys the services provided by life in these United States. Sometimes one can get too close to a problem and not see the bigger

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picture. There is a saying that goes: Are we doing things right—or are we doing the right things? To check on whether we are doing things right, we have to engage in the details, the nitty-gritty of the process. In the case of tax reform, we have to hammer out every line to the greater satisfaction of all concerned. But to decide if we are on the right track, that is, if we are doing the right things, we have to stand back and examine the whole picture. Has the situation changed, perhaps rectified itself, or do we still have to help matters along? I suggest the latter and I’ll explain why. Businesses, which will reap three-quarters of the tax proposals over the next 10 years as currently presented, are already, for the most part, doing just fine. That is why the stock market keeps hitting new highs. The prices of the stocks are earnings driven, and the companies we can publicly track via the markets are showing record profits. Why do they need more stimulus? To expand and create more jobs, which is a political mantra? More likely

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companies will reinvest the additional profits in job-saving equipment, which is the way trends are already leaning. If the government wants to create more jobs, it should help create more businesses, which it could do by offering tax breaks to start-up companies. But that doesn’t require broad tax overhaul. That would just take one change. Mr. President, pick up the pen. Furthermore, to encourage companies to add more workers, offer incentives specifically pegged toward those additional salaries, not tax breaks that can simply result in higher profits in the misguided hope of higher tax revenues. The initial tax proposals include eliminating deductions for large medical expenses; student loan interest; alimony; tax preparation costs; moving to a new job expenses; casualty, disaster and theft losses; and qualified adoption fees, according to CNBC. Are those the changes we want for our society? What ultimate goal can we all get behind, and do we get there with tax cuts?

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