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the property was at risk of being bought and developed on. Anker added that with the current pandemic, the county has seen a rise in the number of people visiting parks and adding more land will only increase residents’ options. The now fully acquired 59.3 wooded acre lies over a groundwater aquifer and is within the watershed of the Long Island Sound national estuary, serving as a source of freshwater for the estuary system. Town Supervisor Ed Romaine (R) said he was also happy to partner with Suffolk in such land preservation deals, as with the combined funds they have “the financial resources to ensure this happens.â€? The deal also means nobody can come in to develop on the property. “We want Brookhaven town to look like Brookhaven town, and not like Queens,â€? he said. “The way we do that is by saving our groundwater, preserving our open spaces and having habitats for animals — along with all the things that are important to protecting our shoreline.â€? Councilwoman Jane Bonner (R-Rocky Point) said the land holds a unique significance to her family. Her husband, John Sandusky, grew up in Mount Sinai and traveled those woods as a young man. “We’ve seen a whole lot of development,â€? Bonner said. “Some of it good — most of it bad ‌ the last thing Long Island needs is another housing development and more traffic.â€? The Little Portion Friary, bordering the new land purchase, was bought by Hope House Ministries back in 2015 and is now being used to help people fight addiction. Both county and town reps touted open space purchased using joint ventures between the two municipalities, including Cordwood Landing County Park in Miller Place and Heritage Park in Mount Sinai. The county has recently purchased other parkland in the local area, including Pine Lake in Middle Island and Chandler Estate in Mount Sinai. The next step, Anker said, is to clean up some of the trails in the newly purchased parkland.


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Local Pharmacies Concerned Over Amazon’s New Service BY JULIANNE MOSHER JULIANNE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Amazon says it can save people money on their medications, but local pharmacy owners say there’s a big problem with that: There won’t be that human element customers get from a pharmacist behind the counter if they order from behind a computer screen. This week the online retailer announced new pharmacy offerings to help customers purchase their prescription medications through Amazon Pharmacy — a new store on the website that provides an entire pharmacy transaction through an Amazon account. “People like their community pharmacy,” said Mike Nastro, owner of Fairview Pharmacy & Homecare Supply in Port Jefferson Station. “I take care of the specialty patient populations that require intimate service — hopefully that will sustain me.” Amazon Pharmacy states that by using a secure pharmacy profile, customers can add their insurance information, manage prescriptions and choose payment options before checking out. Amazon Prime members will receive unlimited, free two-day delivery on orders through the online shop. But this announcement isn’t new, according to Nastro. “They’ve been talking about this for a while,” he said. “It’s going to hurt the industry a lot. It may hurt the chains more initially, but it’ll hurt the entire brick-and-mortar industry.”

Two years ago, Amazon purchased PillPack, an online pharmacy startup, in a $753 million acquisition. “As more and more people look to complete everyday errands from home, pharmacy is an important and needed addition to the Amazon online store,” Doug Herrington, senior vice president of North America Consumer at Amazon, said in a statement. “PillPack has provided exceptional pharmacy service for individuals with chronic health conditions for over six years. Now, we’re expanding our pharmacy offering to Amazon.com, which will help more customers save time, save money, simplify their lives and feel healthier.” Nastro said that there are many benefits with personal pharmacy service like privacy and face-to-face communication. “We keep people out of the hospital by intervening, and by knowing the person and seeing what medications they’re on,” he said. “It’s an important role, and if that’s obliterated it will have an adverse effect on the medical industry.” Peter Goldstein, a staff pharmacist at Jones Drug Store in Northport, said in the 30-plus years he’s been in the industry, Amazon will not be able to help patients like he and his colleagues do. “I will put my service against any mail order or Amazon any day,” he said. “We know the patients, especially in the community. We know their family history and there’s so much that goes into it, that quite frankly people will miss. What will you do if your insulin gets sent to the wrong site?”

Local pharmacists such as Mike Nastro, owner of Fairview Pharmacy & Home Care Supply in Port Jefferson Station, said they will now have to compete with Amazon Pharmacy. Photo by Julianne Mosher

Goldstein noted something like storing medications at the required room temperature is an issue if it ends up sitting in a mailbox. “It’s personal touches that we take for

granted,” he said. And one of those personal touches is quick delivery that Nastro’s store has been doing all along. “We’re not there in two days,” he said. “We’re there in two hours.” Michael DeAngelis, owner of Village Chemists of Setauket, said his family has owned their store since 1960. DeAngelis and his father saw the changes in pharmaceutical care throughout the years although this is a whole new level. “We managed to survive Genovese, Eckerd, Rite Aid and now Walgreens,” he said. “[Those stores] even sent people here to solve a problem or order something they couldn’t get.” While COVID-19 has conditioned people to stay indoors more, DeAngelis said contacting a pharmacy store is a different experience. “If you call the Village Chemists, you will not get a machine that makes you listen to an endless menu,” he said. “You will get a human being who will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.” These local pharmacists want people to know they are here for them and will be, despite the larger competition coming their way. “Community pharmacists are really your advocate,” Nastro said. “With Amazon, what you’re not going to have is that personal service. It’s not just buying goods — we both have medication — there’s a service that comes with that medication and that service keeps people out of the hospital. It keeps people alive.”

Brookhaven Town Authorizes Suffolk to Dredge Mount Sinai Harbor Port Jeff to Get Sand to Replenish East Beach BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM It’s finally happening. Suffolk County now has all it needs to start dredging the mouth of Mount Sinai Harbor between the two newly reconstructed jetties. It is the last piece of the puzzle before the decade-long, multimillion dollar project to repair the beleaguered inlet can be finalized. Brookhaven Councilwoman Jane Bonner

(R-Rocky Point) asked for a drum roll over Zoom at the online town meeting Nov. 19, saying she is finally able to exhale as the dredging should mean the finale to an extended saga. The harbor dredging will impact how well the Mount Sinai Harbor flushes, which is a big boon to the marine life inside, including the town’s oysters and clams at its mariculture facility. “It’s hard to fight Mother Nature,” she said. “Frankly, I’m just happy that it’s over.” The town is permitting Suffolk County to complete the dredging with a total cost of $2 million. Because an increased amount of sand will be dredged than originally anticipated, the cost jumped by an additional $1 million compared to before. “Sand is very valuable,” the councilwoman said.

Contractors recently finished reconstruction of the Mount Sinai Jetty, and now Suffolk County plans to dredge the inlet, giving all sand to Port Jefferson. Photo by Kyle Barr

The project is planned to go from December through January, according to Bonner. Though the councilwoman said the town was originally set to receive half the dredged sand, a recent decision by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has mandated all the sand will be going to the Village of Port Jefferson to replenish its East Beach. Village Clerk Barbara Sakovich said that the amount of

sand will be close to 80,000 cubic yards, provided by the county. In addition, the village is also set to receive hundreds of cubic yards a week from the Stony Brook dredging project, which has already started and is estimated to take five weeks. Bonner expressed some disappointment that the dredging will not provide some additional sand on the marina side of the DREDGING Continued on A8


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New Bike Bill Aims to Protect Drivers and Cyclists on the Road

BY JULIANNE MOSHER JULIANNE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Suffolk County lawmakers are looking to tackle bicyclists who have been intimidating drivers across Long Island. There have been several different reports of reckless bicyclists putting themselves and others in danger on the road, which included a group of teenagers who harassed a Terryville gym over the summer. County Legislator Kara Hahn (D-Setauket) said she had a “terrifying” experience firsthand a few years ago. While traveling down Route 25A at night, a person wearing all black began popping wheelies toward her car in the middle of the street. “I wasn’t going fast,” she said. “I chose to stop in the middle of the roadway. It was really scary, and whoever it was, was recklessly trying to frighten me.” Back in September, county Legislator Rudy Sunderman (R-Mastic) introduced a “reckless biking” bill, which he advanced from Legislator Tom Muratore (R-Ronkonkoma) who passed away from cancer that same month. After talking with other towns and villages in both Nassau and Suffolk counties, Sunderman

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said that although he represents the South Shore, the issue is widespread across the Island. “Other areas that we spoke to [with a bill in place] have already seen a decline in reckless biking,” he said. If Sunderman’s bill passes, it would prohibit cyclists from trick riding or weaving through traffic. Violators could also see their bikes impounded, receive $250 fines, or spend 15 days in jail. And on the North Shore, Hahn said she had been receiving complaints from other people from the area regarding similar concerns of packs of children doing similar things on Route 112, Nesconset Highway and Middle Country Road. “It’s dangerous,” she said. “The police aren’t able to do very much. They need a tool to confiscate the bike to individuals who do this.” But along with concerned residents reaching out, Hahn said she was hearing criticism over Sunderman’s bill from bicyclist groups who use their bikes recreationally. “The intent is very good, and it is needed to curb this kind of [bad] activity,” she said. “The groups absolutely agree with the fact that anyone who rides in a pack and pops wheelies in traffic, that should happen. But because they’re experienced bicyclists, they see the real danger every day.”

Teenagers across the North Shore have been seen playing chicken with motorists by cycling into oncoming traffic, popping wheelies in the middle of the road and more. File photo from SCPD

Hahn said she is in full support of Sunderman’s reckless biking bill, but there were a few small pieces to his legislation that she wanted to suggest improvements. Her bill was laid out on Nov. 4. “Suffolk County is notorious for not being safe for bicyclists,” she said. “The purpose of my law is just to make drivers aware — give the

cyclists the room, close your door when someone is passing you, people are not looking out.” Her bill, which will go to public hearing on Dec. 1, will help drivers of cars and bikes be more educated of the dangers they both could face if they choose to act irresponsibly. A decision, or amending, of Sunderman’s bill will be decided on Dec. 15.

Brookhaven Town Creates RFP For New Ashfill Site BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM

Brookhaven Town is planning for a potentially long-term project that could have Islandwide impact on residents’ waste. On Thursday, Nov. 19, the town announced it has issued a request for proposal for a regional ash processing and recycling facility. The town has two alternatives on the RFP, one that includes an ashfill component and the other a standalone ash-recycling facility without the ashfill. The site would be located just east of the current landfill site at 350 Horseblock Road in Yaphank. Such a facility would not accept solid waste or construction debris. No full decision has technically been made on constructing any new ashfill, as the town is still awaiting the word on an environmental review. The town has planned to close and cap the current landfill in 2024 and has been raising millions of dollars in a special fund for that date when it’s finally capped. Officials and experts have said the closing of the Island’s last landfill, combined with the potential closing of twin ashfills in the Town of Babylon, could create a garbage crisis on Long Island. The only options

Above, the Town of Brookhaven is sending out an RFP for a new ashfill site to be located on property at the current Brookhaven landfill; right advocates protested in front of the landfill Oct. 31. Above, file photo; right, photo from Brookhaven Landfill Action and Remediation Group

left for solid waste could be trucking it off Long Island, a costly proposition for towns that are likely to be suffering from pandemic-related expenses for years. Currently, the Brookhaven landfill handles over 350,000 tons of ash annually from energy-from-waste facilities, in addition to handling 720,000 tons of solid waste. Each day 2,000 trucks transport waste off the Island. Still, murmurs of the prospective ashfill site have led to controversy over the past year. Some residents and advocates have petitioned

and publicly protested against the creation of any new place to dump ash, saying it will cause health issues for residents who live near the landfill. On Oct. 31, residents and advocates protested in front of the landfill against such a new ashfill. Activists for the protest organizer, Brookhaven Landfill Action and Remediation Group, said

the location of this new ashfill was especially concerning with more than half the residents of the surrounding community are Black or Latino, according to census data. Those residents have complained about odor and health issues, pointing to the landfill as the culprit. The group called for a “regional solution” to the solid waste issue. “We stand with the African American, Latinx, Indigenous, and working-class communities of North Bellport who refuse to continue bearing the brunt of the Town of Brookhaven’s fiscal mismanagement and lack of environmental planning,” said Monique Fitzgerald, a Bellport activist and leader of the landfill action group, in a release. Still, Supervisor Ed Romaine (R) has also sought such regional efforts, though there is not much in the way of any one person or group stepping up to the plate. At a Feb. 27 meeting of the Long Island Regional Planning Council about the impending solid waste crisis, business leaders, officials and regional leaders called for potentially finding other ways to ship trash off Long Island. Romaine suggested innovation in ways for residents to dispose of garbage rather than just burning or storing in landfills.


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PUBLIC NOTICE APPLICATION OF SUNRISE WIND LLC WITH THE NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION FOR A CERTIFICATE OF ENVIRONMENTAL COMPATIBILITY AND PUBLIC NEED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUNRISE WIND NEW YORK CABLE PROJECT PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT, on or about December 9, 2020, pursuant to Article VII of the Public Service Law of the State of New York, Sunrise Wind LLC (the “Applicant”), a 50/50 joint venture between Orsted North America Inc. (“Orsted NA”) and Eversource Investment LLC (“Eversource”), will file an application with the New York State Public Service Commission (the “NYSPSC”) for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (“Certificate”) to construct, operate, and maintain the Sunrise Wind New York Cable Project (the “Project”). DESCRIPTION AND PROPOSED LOCATION OF THE PROJECT The Applicant executed a 25-year Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificate (“OREC”) contract related to the Sunrise Wind Farm (“SRWF”) and the Project with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (“NYSERDA”) in October 2019. The Project will deliver power from the SRWF, which will be located in federal waters on the Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”), to the existing electrical grid in New York (“NYS”). The Project includes offshore and onshore components within NYS that are subject to Public Service Law Article VII review and will interconnect at the existing Holbrook Substation, which is owned and operated by the Long Island Power Authority (“LIPA”). The Project’s electrical transmission facilities will be comprised of both onshore and offshore cable systems. Specifically, power from the SRWF will be delivered to the existing mainland electric grid in the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York via distinct Project segments: the submarine segment of the export cable (the “SRWEC”), which will be located in both federal and NYS waters (the NYS portion of the cable is referred to as the “SRWEC–NYS”); the terrestrial underground segment of the transmission cable (the “Onshore Transmission Cable”); the new Onshore Converter Station (the “OnCS–DC”); and the underground segment of interconnection cable (the “Onshore Interconnection Cable”). The Onshore Transmission Cable, the OnCS–DC, and Onshore Interconnection Cable are all located in the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County. The SRWEC–NYS is a direct current (“DC”) electric cable (320 kilovolt [“kV”]) that will deliver electricity generated by the SRWF. The SRWEC enters NYS waters at a point 3 nautical miles (“nm”) offshore from Fire Island and will consist of one submarine export cable bundle up to 6.2 miles (10 kilometers [“km”]) in length in NYS waters to the landfall location on the eastern portion wi Smith Point County Park on Fire Island in the Town of Brookhaven, and a segment up to 1,575 feet (480 meters) located onshore and underground up to the transition joint bays (“TJB”) within the parking lot for Smith Point County Park. The transition of the SRWEC–NYS and Onshore Transmission Cable will occur where the cables will be spliced together at co-located TJBs and link boxes that will be installed in the parking lot within Smith Point County Park. The Onshore Transmission Cable will consist of one underground DC transmission circuit (320 kV) up to 17.5 miles (28.2 km) in length that will be located within existing developed rights-of-way (“ROW”) to the extent practicable in the Town of Brookhaven. Power from the Project will be delivered to the NYS electric grid via a new OnCS–DC to be constructed in the Town of Brookhaven. The purpose of the new OnCS–DC is to support the Project’s interconnection to the existing electrical grid by transforming the Project voltage to 138 kV alternating current (“AC”). Interconnection to the electric grid will occur at the existing Holbrook Substation, which is also located in the Town of Brookhaven, via the Onshore Interconnection Cable. The Onshore Interconnection Cable will consist of two underground 138 kV AC circuits, approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) in length, which will connect the new OnCS–DC to the existing Holbrook Substation. The Onshore Interconnection Cable will be located within existing roadway and utility ROWs in the Town of Brookhaven. ACCESS TO ARTICLE VII FILING The Applicant expects to file the Article VII application with the NYSPSC on or about December 9, 2020. A copy of the application filed with the NYSPSC will be served upon the chief executive officers of Suffolk County and the Town of Brookhaven, required NYS agencies, and affected utility companies. In addition, the application will be available in the following local public libraries on or about the same date the application is filed with the NYSPSC: Brookhaven Free Library Jaime Papandrea, Library Director 273 Beaver Dam Road Brookhaven, NY 11719

Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Library Kerri Rosalia, Library Director 407 William Floyd Pkwy Shirley, NY 11967

Sachem Public Library Neely McCahey, Director 150 Holbrook Road Holbrook, NY 11741

Rendering of the planned Sunrise Wind headquarters located at 22 Research Way in East Setauket. Photo by Sunrise Wind

Sunrise Wind Talks Cable Landfall Through Smith Point, Purchase of Setauket Headquarters

will be made available in 2021, according to Sunrise Wind reps. The project could be operational as soon as 2024, as long as current timelines hold. Though it still requires formal agreements Ken Bowes, vice president of offshore wind with local government, the Sunrise Wind off- siting and permitting for Sunrise, said they do notBY KYLE BAR shore wind farm project is talking specifics on currently have a formal agreement with eitherKYLE@TBRN landfall for its electrical lines, adding even more Suffolk County, which owns Smith Point County emphasis on Brookhaven town. Park and William Floyd Parkway, or the Town Among Sunrise Wind plans to create a 110-turbine, of Brookhaven for its roadways the undergroundfrom app 880-megawatt wind farm 30 miles off the coast electrical cables will need to use with the electri-pandemic of Montauk. During an online community open cal substation. He said they look to have two for-Town of B house Nov. 16, representatives of the project, mal agreements “that will compensate each fairlycontrovers which is being duel-headed by Denmark-based for the use of the facilities” in the near future. parking at Ørsted and East Coast-based Eversource, ex“The town — we’ll hopefully be partners As an the town plained plans for having the electrical lines with them for the next 20 years,” he said. make landfall at the parking lot of Smith Point The project has touted the Port Jefferson and19, to no County Park on the South Shore. Those lines Setauket areas as its main base of operationssitting in would then feed under the Smith Point Bridge once the wind turbines are operational. Townofficials a and then under William Floyd Parkway. Supervisor Ed Romaine (R) told TBR Newsresidents The cables will extend north beneath the Wil- Media last month that Sunrise Wind had pur-will be ab liam Floyd Parkway for 3.8 miles, crossing under chased a site in East Setauket as its main office The 20 the Long Island Rail Road tracks before going space, which is also to be used as a training cen-Nov. 19 w The bi west toward the Holtsville electrical substation. ter for the people who service the turbines. A complete construction and operations plan SUNRISE WIND Continued on A8budget are fund prop slightly by tax increa To Place A Legal Notice homeown Email: legals@tbrnewsmedia.com New York will be set Notice of formation of any lawful purpose. ignated as agent of the LLC CASEAS LLC. Articles of Orupon whom process against or $365 a In add ganization filed with the Sec- 896 10/22 6x vbr it may be served. SSNY shall retary of State of New York mail a copy of the process opted to a (SSNY) on 10/13/20. Office to the LLC: 50 MOUNT SI- to the tun located in Suffolk County. Notice of formation of NAI CORAM RD CORAM, NY, system. T SSNY has been designated Petpourri Mobile Grooming, 11727. Purpose: Any lawful worth $1 for service of process. SSNY LLC. Arts of Org. filed with purpose. install the shall mail copy of any pro- Secretary of State of New Meters cess served against the LLC York (SSNY) on 05/18/2020. 943 11/12 6x vbr Holtsville to 1 Hadley Avenue, Toms Office location: Suffolk River, NJ 08753. Purpose: County. SSNY has been desPort Jeff BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM

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The West Meadow Beach parking lot might soon see parking meters as part of Brookhaven’s plans to recoup $2 million in annual revenue. Photo by Julianne Mosher

Civic Leader Argues Merits of New Parking System as Town Approves Budget BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM

Amongst the hard decisions stemming from approving its 2021 budget during the pandemic-induced economic downturn, the Town of Brookhaven has included a somewhat controversial change to how it will process parking at several town beaches and marinas. As an offset to pandemic induced losses, the town voted unanimously Thursday, Nov. 19, to no longer have seasonal employees sitting in booths at town beaches. Instead officials are opting for a meter system, though residents who pay for a town parking sticker will be able to park freely. The 2021 town budget was also approved Nov. 19 without discussion from the board. nued on A8 The biggest increases to the $307 million budget are in the form of a $2.34 million general fund property tax increase. This is being offset slightly by highway taxes, leading to an annual tax increase of a little under $9 for the average homeowner. It also remains under the 1.56% New York State tax levy cap. Garbage pickup will be set at $1 a day for a single-family home, or $365 a year. In addition to the 2021 budget, the board opted to amend the current year’s capital budget to the tune of $900,000 for the new parking system. The town voted to issue new bonds worth $1 million in total to pay to acquire and install the new parking meters. Meters are expected to be placed at the Holtsville Park, Sandspit Marina in Patchogue, Port Jeff Marina, Corey Beach in Blue Point,

West Meadow Beach and Shoreham Beach. Anyone with a parking sticker will not have to pay into the meters. The meters, which aesthetically appear like those in Port Jeff village, are going to be active between May 1 and Oct. 15. The town is discussing a $25 parking sticker fee per vehicle with a reduced price for additional vehicles in the household. Reduced fees for seniors and veterans parking stickers will still be available. Supervisor Ed Romaine (R) said the town is paying millions of dollars for its parttime workers at these parks and beaches to monitor people coming in. Currently people without parking stickers pay $5 for the day at these beaches, but under the new system will only need to pay for the time spent at 50 cents an hour. Officials said the new meters will work like they do in places like Port Jefferson, though the town did not discuss what the hourly rates will be. During the afternoon meeting, Councilwoman Valerie Cartright (D-Port Jefferson Station) called for discussion on the parking issue which created a few tense moments between the councilwoman and supervisor. Cartright said she was given very little time to present information about the parking system to her constituents, though she did receive some comments and questions from community members that did require some kind of presentation about the proposal. “This discussion of having a parking meter system put in place has been a point of discussion over the past few years,” Cartright said. “Every time it’s been brought up, I’ve had my community members … [registering] objections to having parking meters there.” Cartright did vote “yes” for the parking change, later citing in a letter to constituents that the added revenue from such a parking system will help the town as COVID has played havoc with its finances. “It is our understanding from Parks Commissioner [Edward] Morris that this system will produce approximately $2 million in revenue annually,” Cartright wrote. “It is anticipated that there will be significant savings in eliminating the need for attendants to take payments and check stickers once this project is implemented. … Additionally, the potential health benefits of no longer exchanging cash for parking fees were also part of my consideration PARKING Continued on A8

Members of the Miller Place Fire Department and other community volunteers successfully packed a department bus full of food and other supplies for the St. Louis de Montfort church’s food pantry. Photo by Kyle Barr

MPFD’s 2020 Stuff-a-Bus Event Breaks Department Record for Donations

BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Though students now aren’t meant to sit too close on the bus, the Miller Place Fire Department, for the 10th year in a row, is using every inch of space in a bus that bears its own logo. MPFD’s 10th annual Stuff-a-Bus event managed to fill every seat in their red-and-white bus to the brim with food and other essential items donated by the community. All food was delivered to the St. Louis de Montfort R.C. Church in Sound Beach for its food pantry. Items were donated by fire department members and the surrounding community at the annual Stuff-a-Bus event held at the Miller Place Stop & Shop Nov. 20, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. In addition to the donated items, Miller Place EMS Capt. Rob Chmiel, who headed the event, said they received nearly $1,000 in cash and gift card donations. The cash was used to purchase items the department was short of, and the gift cards were given directly to the food pantry staff, so they could use them to address their needs in the future. Though normally the fire department holds its donation drive over two days, on the night of this year’s event, Chmiel said that they were receiving an incredible amount of donations, more than they usually do. They even received a car full of groceries by a volunteer at 4 p.m. By around 5:30 p.m., just two hours into the sixhour event, they had filled half the bus through several dozen residents donating a few boxes, cartons or jars at a time. By the end that same bus was packed to the seams. “We set out to make this the biggest year

we possibly could, given the pandemic and everybody being stuck at home for most of the year,” Chmiel said. “We broke every record we possibly could.” Elaine Bender, outreach director for St. Louis de Montfort Church, said the department did a “fabulous job” as they got way more than initially expected. The gift cards are also a big help as those are needed to help needy people purchase big ticket Thanksgiving items like turkeys. The late afternoon-evening event was a large-scale operation, with a score of department volunteers bringing food to the bus and loading it up as music rang out over the crowded lot on the Friday before Thanksgiving. Other fire department volunteers stood by the doors to the supermarket asking local residents for donations. “There’s a lot of hungry people right now,” volunteer Lori Aliano said. Since the pandemic’s start, Bender said the church has seen an increase in the overall number of clients they help. She added she expects there could be an increase in need should there be another statewide shutdown in the near future. Chmiel thanked Marchand’s School of Dance for their yearly donations and Stop & Shop of Miller Place for allowing them to host the drive. St. Louis de Montfort Church also hosts a drive for Christmas and will be accepting gift cards from any shop that sells toys supplies and/or clothing. Donations can be dropped off at the church located at 75 New York Ave. in Sound Beach.


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NYS Thanksgiving Limitations To Be Enforced by SCPD, Not Sheriff’s Office BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Last week, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department posted to its Facebook page that it would not be participating in the enforcement of limitations of Thanksgiving gatherings. The responsibility to enforce the executive order that took effect Nov. 13 in New York state, limiting private gatherings to 10 people or less to help curb the increase of coronavirus infections, will fall on the Suffolk County and East End police departments this holiday. While many commented on the Facebook post that they were thankful to hear of the sheriff’s decision, others felt the department has an obligation to enforce the state’s rules. Despite nonenforcement on the sheriff’s department’s part, Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. (D) said in an email that it has been the department’s policy to encourage responsible behavior since the beginning of the pandemic. “We do that here at the correctional facility in Suffolk County by enforcing mask wearing and social distancing, and advise staff to stay home if they are ill or have come in contact with someone with COVID-19,” he said. “I strongly urge our residents here to do the same. Do not put yourselves or your families at risk.” Toulon added that law enforcement and military members, as well as other professionals, “sacrifice time with their families during holidays and our residents need to make responsible decisions.” Several sheriffs’ offices and elected officials across the state have announced they are not enforcing the executive order or have said it’s difficult to enforce. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) addressed the problem of enforcing the 10-person rule at his Nov. 23 media briefing,

SUNRISE WIND Continued from A6

Sunrise Wind released a statement saying the nearly 60,000-square foot, multi-purpose Research Way facility will house members of the permanent staff of Sunrise Wind and South Fork Wind, among other teams, including positions such as technician, warehouse coordinator, contract manager, head of site, and other offshore and onshore jobs. The facility will be renovated to include custom office and warehouse space to handle marine coordination, contract and site management, as well as spare parts storage, among other activities. Workers and equipment will be loaded and unloaded on its over-260-foot repair vessel at a special dock to be constructed in

Sheriffs’ offices around the state have said they are not enforcing or it’s difficult to enforce a state executive order limiting gatherings to 10 people or less. File photo

saying he didn’t understand how they were choosing not to enforce the law. “I believe that law enforcement officer violates his or her constitutional duty,” Cuomo said, adding the officers don’t have the right to choose what laws they enforce. As an example, he presented the scenario of what would happen if officers decided they didn’t think cocaine should be illegal. Cuomo added even though many residents believe they can’t be told what to do in their own houses, laws apply both outside and inside of homes such as domestic and drug laws. “I’m telling you that you are responsible for your actions and here are the numbers, and the numbers don’t lie and this is the increase before any other increase from Thanksgiving, and if you increase social activity then you’re going to see the number go further up,” the governor said. According to a statement from the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, sheriffs from across the state have responded to thousands of violation complaints since the first COVID-19 Port Jefferson Harbor. “The deep-water harbor in Port Jefferson, combined with the talent pool and resources on Long Island, make the area ideally-suited to serve as a regional O&M hub for our Northeast offshore wind farms,” Ørsted Offshore North America’s Head of Operations, Mikkel Maehlisensaid. “We’re eager to begin our work there and become members of the local community.” Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D-Setauket), who originally proposed to the offshore wind corporations that Port Jeff be used as a home base for Sunrise Wind, said he was “delighted that Ørsted and Eversource have decided to strategically locate their Sunrise Wind Operations and Maintenance center near both the deep-water harbor that is Port Jefferson and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at Stony Brook University.”

orders were issued and have been doing what they can to address the complaints. “The criminal laws have very limited applicability with respect to those complaints, and in most cases use of the criminal laws

DREDGING

Continued from A4 Cedar Beach peninsula. “We’re resourceful, we’ll figure something out,” the councilwoman said, adding she wanted to thank state Sen. Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) who managed to give the town a $3 million grant toward the jetty reconstruction. The Village of Port Jefferson has long said much of the sand that ended up on the bottom of the inlet was from East Beach, which slipped through the broken jetty. Satellite images from the 1990s until now show a dramatic decrease of beachfront

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Continued from A7 in light of the ongoing COVID pandemic.” Herb Mones, the land-use chairman of the Three Village Civic Association, wrote a letter on behalf of the civic to Cartright and the Town Board arguing that it is the wrong time to start changing the parking system during a pandemic, especially when more people are seeking places like West Meadow Beach for some respite. In a phone interview, Mones argued there had been effectively no public debate about the parking change and no notice, save for the letter Cartright sent to civic groups and constituents a few days before the Nov. 19 meeting.

would be unwise,” the statement read. The statement went on to say that most residents have been following the health directives regarding the coronavirus, and the executive order which limits nonessential private residential gatherings to 10 people or less “has caused great consternation among many of our citizens, who envision armed officers arriving at their doors to count the number of people around the Thanksgiving table.” The association said it would also be difficult to determine how many people in a household are guests, and whether or not a gathering is essential or nonessential without violating a citizen’s right to privacy. “Many sheriffs and other law enforcement leaders have felt compelled to allay those concerns by assuring citizens that officers will not be randomly coming to their homes on Thanksgiving Day to count the number of people inside,” the statement read. “That would be neither practical nor constitutional.” lost to storms and erosion over time. “The dredging is great news,” PJ village Mayor Margot Garant said. “I can’t confirm it replaces all the sand [East Beach has lost], but it will certainly be a substantial renourishment.” The jetty project was finally completed in May this year after several months of construction and many years of planning. For close to a decade, both the east and west jetty in Mount Sinai have been largely submerged at high tide, with both water and sand leaking through breaks in the stones and settling into the mouth of Mount Sinai Harbor. Contractors were awarded an $8.3 million agreement in total to reconstruct both jetties.

As a longtime resident and supporter of West Meadow Beach, he said that changing the parking system will affect the character of these parks and beaches. He added that staff manning the booths add a “ruralesque” charm to a public place, and that it also takes away the opportunity for the people at booths to screen incoming cars for things that might not be allowed at a beach or park, such as pets. “People in attendance at the beach have been a staple of the rural or suburban ideal,” he said. “The town doesn’t respect the right for easy public access to facilities that we have paid for over generations. … For someone like me, it makes me very weary when the town makes a proposal that impacts one of the services we’ve come to understand and love.”


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Bringing Music to Miller Place High Schooler’s Ears

SWRHS junior Jake Field and Alisa McMorris and John McMorris, parents of Andrew McMorris. Photo from SWRCSD

A Milestone Accomplishment for SWR’s Jake Field

Shoreham-Wading River High School junior Jake Field conceived of a thoughtful school community addition for his Eagle Scout service project to mark his final rank in the Boy Scouts. Jake designed and built two benches to honor the memory of former student Andrew McMorris. His passionate project included a plaque that incorporated Andrew’s love of art, music, scouting and aviation. The benches were placed at Albert G. Prodell Middle School, where Andrew was a student.

Field said his project was a lot of work but he found it quite worth it. Field’s ability to plan, develop and organize the donation of the benches with Prodell Principal Kevin Vann and Superintendent Gerard Poole point to the leadership skills he obtained in his years as a Boy Scout. Once the district’s building and grounds crew prepped the location at the school, Field and his family met with Alisa McMorris and John McMorris to place the benches that will serve as a place for gentle contemplation in perpetuity.

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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

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Fences SMITHPOINT FENCE. DEER PROBLEM? WE CAN HELP! Wood, PVC, Chain Link, Stockade. Free estimates. Now offering 12 month interest free financing. 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, touch-ups kitchen, front doors, 40 yrs exp, SAVE$$$, free estimates. Vincent Alfano 631-707-1228

Heating/Cooling HEATING SPECIALIST FOR ALL HEATING SERVICES Installations and repairs for Boilers, Oil tanks and Hot Water Heaters. 10 years of excellent experience. See Display Ad for more info. Call 631-704-0218

Home Improvement ALL PHASES OF HOME IMPROVEMENT From attic to your basement, RCJ Construction www.rcjconstruction.com commercial/residential, lic/ins 631-580-4518. BLUSTAR CONSTRUCTION The North Shoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Trusted Renovation Experts. 631-751-0751 We love small jobs too! Suffolk Lic. #48714-H, Ins. See Our Display Ad LAMPS FIXED, $65. In Home Service!! Handy Howard. My cell 646-996-7628

Home Repairs/ Construction URBAN VILLAGE CONTRACTING, INC Roofing, windows, entry doors, siding, masonry, foundation waterproofing, free estimates since 1998, 631-484-8161. See our Display Ad for more information.

Lawn & Landscaping LG LANDSCAPING Full Service Property Maintenance. Fall Clean Ups, Gutter Cleaning, Pruning, Tree Services, Plantings, Mulch, Powerwashing and much more. See our Display Ad for Info. 631-365-5853 or 631-480-3762. SETAUKET LANDSCAPE DESIGN Stone Driveways/Walkways, Walls/Stairs/Patios/Masonry, Brickwork/Repairs Land Clearing/Drainage,Grading/ Excavating. Plantings/Mulch, Rain Gardens. Steve Antos, 631-689-6082 setauketlandscape.com Serving Three Villages SWAN COVE LANDSCAPING Lawn Maintenance, Clean-ups, Shrub/Tree Pruning, Removals. Landscape Design/Installation, Ponds/Waterfalls, Stone Walls. Firewood. Free estimates. Lic/Ins.631-689-8089

Landscape Materials SCREENED TOP SOIL Mulch, compost, decorative and driveway stone, concrete pavers, sand/block/portland. Fertilizer and seed. JOS. M. TROFFA MATERIALS CORP. 631-928-4665, www.troffa.com

Masonry CARL BONGIORNO LANDSCAPE/MASON CONTRACTOR All phases Masonry Work:Stone Walls, Patios, Poolscapes. All phases of Landscaping Design. Theme Gardens. Residential & Commercial. Lic/Ins. 631-928-2110

Miscellaneous DISH TV $59.99 For 190 Channels + $14.95 High Speed Internet. Free Installation, Smart HD DVR Included, Free Voice Remote. Some restrictions apply. 1-888-609-9405


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COUNTY-WIDE PAINTING INTERIOR/EXTERIOR Painting/Staining. Quality workmanship. Living and Serving Three Village Area for over 30 years. Lic#37153-H. 631-751-8280

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

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

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

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POWERWASHING PETE Sanitize your home professionally- house, deck, fence, roof, driveway, pavers and outdoor furniture. $50 off any job! Free Estimates. Call 631-240-3313. Powerwashpete.com. See Display Ad for more Info.

Tree Work ARBOR-VISTA TREE CARE A COMPLETE TREE CARE SERVICE devoted to the care of trees. Maintenance pruning, water-view work, sun-trimming, elevating, pool areas, storm thinning, large tree removal, stump grinding. Wood chips. Lic#18902HI. Free estimates. 631-246-5377

RANDALL BROTHERS TREE SERVICE Planting, pruning, removals, stump grinding. Free Estimates. Fully insured. LIC# 50701-H. 631-862-9291

SUNBURST TREE EXPERTS Since 1974, our history of customer satisfaction is second to none. Pruning/removals/planting, plant health care. Insect/ Disease Management. ASK ABOUT GYPSY MOTH AND TICK SPRAYS Bonded employees. Lic/Ins. #8864HI 631-744-1577

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Editorial Letters to the Editor Newspapers Vs. Social Media Finding Solutions for Making Voting Better A reader recently called the office and asked a member of the editorial staff why social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have been shielded from lawsuits over the content users post on their platforms, while newspaper editors usually take extra precautions when publishing letters to the editor. Social media platforms have been covered by Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, as they are not considered moderators of content provided by their users, but distributors. The same act protects distributors of books, magazines and newspapers. It is a law that has become controversial, as The New York Times has pointed out, since it also covers websites that propagate hate speech. Websites can effectively set their own rules for what is and what is not allowed. However, regarding newspapers, readers will often find that letters to the editor pages in many publications such as ours stress that the opinions of columnists and letter writers are their own. They do not speak for the newspaper. We also edit letters for length, libel, style and good taste, and the editorial department vets them to ensure factual accuracy. While social media companies and internet service providers are protected under Section 230, newspapers, radio and television stations are held to a higher standard, allegedly due to their ability to moderate content and maintain editorial control. At the same time, more social media sites are expressly moderating people’s posts. Facebook recently cited that it’s detecting and removing most hate speech before anyone sees it. If the argument was these sites didn’t have the capacity to moderate all its content, it is in the strange spot of arguing at the same time that it effectively can. While outside content across the worldwide web is innumerable and almost impossible to keep track of, with a newspaper the content can be reviewed by an editor. Although most newspapers, including ours, are open to printing readers’ opinions no matter what side of the political aisle a person may take, as a privately owned business we have the option to decline to publish anything that comes across our desks. Based on our standard of ethics, letters can be declined if they include racist comments or defamatory statements — such as accusing a person of a crime, a breach of ethics or professional dishonesty. Newspapers can potentially bear the responsibility of being held accountable under libel laws if a letter claims something about a person that is known to be false or should have been known by the editorial staff. Of course, it’s hard to litigate libel in New York state, as one has to prove the defamation was made with actual malice. Local newspapers like ours don’t always have the luxury of having numerous letters to choose from and, being familiar with the different viewpoints of community members, we have the right to decide not to publish letters that express extreme views. Still, we do our best to provide an outlet where everyone feels they can express their opinions and exercise their freedom of speech. However, unlike most posts on social media, we also understand the importance of protecting our community members as best as we can from hearsay. Regarding Section 230, it may be time to hold social media accountable for the content that pops up in a person’s newsfeed. Let’s not forget which accounts have been suspended by Twitter or those who have been thrown in “Facebook jail.” It seems as if the technology is out there to decipher false claims and what is otherwise hate speech. The fact that these corporations seem to want autonomy while displaying they have the capacity to monitor their users’ messaging is untenable — the general political divisiveness and the proliferation of so much mistruth are reasons enough that laws need to change. Considering how many rely on social media for information, it may be time for these platforms to step up to the plate and verify what their consumers read or risk government reform.

A close acquaintance of mine constantly says, “don’t talk to me about politicians or politics or anything associated with government. I have no interest in those issues. They don’t concern me anyway.” She is concerned however, with her economic impact payments. She has yet to receive one. The fact that the IRS has, for basically political reasons, under two parties and two presidents, beginning in 2010, downsized 35% of its employees, and that downsizing has led to the snail’s pace in processing economic impact payments

and refunds, must be of no interest to her. Did you get an economic impact payment? Was it the right amount? Did you go to your member of Congress for help? Did you get meaningful help? Did you know, in a Congressional oversight hearing this month, it was announced that, because of lack of staffing, it is virtually impossible for your member of Congress to get accurate information from the IRS? If you could go back and choose, what would have been more important, a failed impeachment or a functioning IRS? I watch Republican senate leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Sen. Chuck

Schumer (D). I listen to their public statements. In my opinion they are both pig headed ignoramuses. Does either truly care about this country and its people? It is long past time for our members of Congress to serve us and not their political party leaders. That will never happen if we have no interest. That will never happen if government doesn’t concern us. I hope this is not just one man’s opinion. What do you think? Francis G. Gibbons Sr. Terryville

Protecting the Next Generation of Long Islanders Since schools opened in September, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services has analyzed data from approximately 900 positive COVID-19 cases reported by local school officials. Based on their analysis, they have found that our school reopening plans are working, as they have not seen evidence of school-based transmission. The increase in cases we are now seeing across the region, the anticipated second wave of COVID, results from community spread. The SCDHS has indicated that students are safer in school than outside of school. Their findings confirm that it is more important than ever to keep our schools open, which also allows us to keep our economy viable and our workforce productive by enabling our essential workers to remain available. Furthermore, it helps limit community spread and, most importantly, allows our children to learn and interact in a safe school setting. There are a few steps all Long Islanders can take to assure that our schools remain open and safe. These include taking the precautions that health officials have been promoting for months: wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene and adhere to social distancing guidelines. These basic steps that we’ve heard so much about are the underpinning of our schools’ success in responding to the pandemic. The Suffolk County School Superintendents Association has been diligently cooperating with the SCDHS since February to coordinate schools’ COVID-19 response.

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Second, it is essential that community members cooperate with school and county health department efforts to increase testing, and when necessary, participate in contact tracing. Increased testing is essential in order to respond to anticipated community spread. The state has embraced a micro-cluster approach to addressing outbreaks. Accordingly, increased testing will be required to keep schools open in certain hot zones. Schools will be asking community members to cooperate in these efforts to assure that testing sample sizes are large enough to accurately determine the concentration of cases and to meet state requirements for remaining open.

Third, all Long Islanders should be advocating for a federal stimulus package that includes support for state and local governments. On average, Long Island school districts have spent nearly $1.7 million responding to the pandemic. This includes everything from keeping the schools disinfected, to PPE, to laptops and Chromebooks for remote learning, to increased classroom staffing and transportation costs due to social distancing requirements. Schools are incurring these costs while the state is threatening to reduce aid due to revenue shortfalls. The schools and local property taxpayers cannot afford such a loss. Long Islanders must join their school districts in advocating for more federal support. Finally, individuals have to start making better decisions in order to halt community spread. We must adhere to state attendance limits at essential family functions, forgo or delay nonessential family and social functions, and cancel nonessential travel. Why jeopardize the education of our children and the health of family and friends by failing to take these common-sense steps? So that’s it, an action plan for all Long Islanders. Four simple steps we can all take to help move beyond this pandemic and limit the impact it has on our next generation. Gary Bixhorn and Ronald Masera Executive Director and President, Suffolk County School Superintendents Association

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Opinion

A Zoom Thanksgiving That Goes Off the Rails

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ello and welcome to the first and hopefully last Zoom Thanksgiving. Hey, hold on, I can see that you’ve muted yourself in Box 6 over there, Uncle Mary. Yes, I know I said Uncle Mary because I’m reading the name on your screen. Did you think that was funny? What are you saying that I can’t hear? OK, so we’re going to forego the usual list of what we’re thankful for because D. None it’s 2020 and we’re not together, and I of the above promised the kids BY DANIEL DUNAIEF they wouldn’t have to talk to such a large group of faces who are all looking in the wrong direction.

Seriously, what’s wrong with you people? Can’t you look at the camera? I know that might sound harsh. I just spent the last few hours before this fake happy scene trying to remember something about the Ottoman Empire. No offense to the Ottoman Empire, but I didn’t like history much when I was that old and now I’m trying to learn it again. Yes, I know, Uncle Mary, it’d be easier for me to teach my kids these subjects if I pretended to be interested, but that ended in early April, when I had to try to remember something about the number of electrons in different orbits around atoms. Anyway, I’m thankful we’re together. I saw that, cousin Clarence. Look, we don’t see you very often. The least you could do is not roll your eyes the entire time I’m talking. You’re doing it again! Cut it out! Oh, really? You have something in your eye? Let me see. Oh yeah, it does look red. Okay, so we’re going to make this virtual Thanksgiving all about the senses. You see,

we’re going to each search through our house for things that look like something else, put them on the screen and guess what the other person is holding. I read something about being creative this year, so this is it. No, Alex, you can’t ask a question. Because I said you couldn’t. I’m running this virtual Thanksgiving, and I said you couldn’t. Well, then, your teacher is a better person than I am. I wish he was your father, too. No, no, I didn’t mean that. I just mean that we’re doing something differently this year. Okay, if you stop crying, you can ask a question. Well, actually that is a good question. It doesn’t really have anything to do with Thanksgiving per se, but guessing what we’re holding is a way for each of us to connect. Okay, so, now, everybody, go get something and bring it back. Ah, I see Uncle George has come back with something that looks like a baseball. Oh, it is a baseball? That’s not very creative.

Oh, Uncle George, you’re not going to tell the story about how you almost caught a foul ball hit by Mickey Mantle, are you? Oh, you were? Well, that is a great story, and I’m sure there’s someone who hasn’t heard that story yet. By a show of hands, who hasn’t heard that story? Okay, well, Uncle George, it’s only because we all listen to you so carefully and we love to hear your stories. Maybe, though, we’ll skip that one this time. Are you crying too, or do you have something in your eye? Okay, someone else go. Matthew, what are you holding? It looks like an origami bird. Wait, it is an origami bird? I wasn’t supposed to guess it that quickly? Well, it’s because you did such a great job. Now you’re crying? Okay, it’s Jennifer’s turn. It looks like a huge glass of wine. You’re drinking it to test it? So, it was wine? And now you’re refilling it and drinking it again? One more time? Really? Okay, anyone else want to go?

We can be thankful for our jobs, if we have them, and if we don’t, for the country we live in that supports us at least partially during our temporary unemployment. And if we are holding on ourselves, we can help others around us through our churches, soup kitchens and donations to our neighbors in need. To help others is a great privilege. Though I never particularly embraced the computer when it appeared in our daily lives in the 1970s and 1980s, I am thankful for technology. Because of my computer, I can see my children and grandchildren regularly. I even have a place in the house nicknamed the Zoom Room. I can also see my friends, attend meetings, albeit virtually, and learn new subjects if I choose. I escape from the news and the responsibilities of daily life with movies on Netflix and other streaming services. I still cannot stop marveling at Siri and the ability to find the answers to all sorts of questions by just pushing a button on my cellphone. I sometimes think of my husband, whose poor sense of direction was legendary in the

family, and how he would have loved the GPS. The ability to call someone from this marvelous invention I hold in my hand and tell them I am on my way but will be 15 minutes late or that I need help because I have a flat tire is a commonplace miracle of the 21st century. How lucky we are to be alive in these times, when a vaccine to overcome our version of the black plague can be developed in a matter of months. Difficult times force us to turn inward and find the resilience to cope. And we can cope, we all can. If we believe in ourselves and have faith that this pandemic will end, which it surely will, we can then build back our lives and our world again. We can give thanks for that inner strength. Governments must help, charities and philanthropies do help, and we can help ourselves and each other. We can take inspiration from the natural world, which goes on in all its seasons of beauty despite periodic upheavals, and thankfully we will too. Thanksgiving 2021 we will all together sit around the dinner table and profoundly give thanks.

Here’s to Thanksgiving 2021!

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hanksgiving 2020 will surely be remembered by all. Other Thanksgivings blend into each other on the impressionist edges of memory, in a sepia-colored haze. But this one will stand out like a gargoyle, in basrelief at the center. Never before have we disinvited our children from our homes during this holiday. Never have we set the Between table for so few. Never have we you and me been urged not to BY LEAH S. DUNAIEF travel to reconnect with our families. Never have we been drilled on the three Ws: wash your hands, watch your social distancing, wear your mask. COVID-19 overhangs our lives. Nonetheless, for most of us, there is so

much to be thankful for, even as we have to push past the anxiety and the upending of our lives the pandemic has caused to remind ourselves of the many ways we can be thankful. First is for the good health most of us are lucky enough to enjoy: for our own and that of our loved ones. Perhaps, never has good health been viewed as such a blessing as now, as hundreds of thousands fall ill. Even without the coming vaccine, we can work to keep the virus at bay by diligently following the three Ws. Next is the love we have in our lives that has become so manifestly important to acknowledge and declare. It is that love: for our spouses, our parents, our children, our dearest relatives and friends that is our safety net during these challenging days. We have always been aware of that love but perhaps not so appreciatively as now. The need to connect with them has not been so vital as now. And if we have a warm home and people who live in it with us, and enough to eat each day, how thankful we can be.

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Despite Pandemic, Annual Polar Plunge Raises $105K for Special Olympics

BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM There wasn’t so much of the festival atmosphere at the 11th annual Town of Brookhaven Polar Plunge Nov. 21, but the activities of hundreds of donors, even those participating from home, exceeded expectations. The Polar Plunge: Freezin’ for a Reason event at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai still had people diving into frigid waters while friends and family watched though, unlike previous years, participants went in among their teammates, or in much smaller groups, as organizers tried to keep people distant due to the ongoing pandemic. Everyone was required to wear their masks even when in the water. The event lasted much longer as well, taking place all morning until 1 p.m. Still, 215 participants jumped into the 54-degree waters with relish, including some regulars to the event such as Cara Hasler, of Centereach, who plunged last year, and Councilwoman Jane Bonner (R-Rocky Point).

The Nesconset, St. James and Mount Sinai fire departments took turns in shifts standing by in the water for safety’s sake. The annual Polar Plunge raises funds and awareness for Special Olympics New York athletes in the Long Island region. Renee Snyder, vice president of development for Special Olympics New York, said this year they raised close to $105,000 as of Nov. 23. She said while they have raised more in previous years, such as the $152,000 they raised last year, the amount still exceeded their expectations. Originally the organization thought they would see only half of last year’s amount. There were also a number of people from the community who participated remotely, Snyder said. Some participated in ice bucket challenges, while others were voluntarily sprayed by their local fire department. A school located upstate is planning to fill balloons with cold water and have water balloon fights this upcoming weekend. “People are being creative,” she said.

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