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Mount Sinai SADD club gets gifts for those in need A4 Long Island Sound will receive critical funding A5 Errol Toulon wins contested Suffolk County sheriff A6 Port Jefferson man recalls FDR’s visit to harbor A7 Local store owners react to Small Business Saturday A9

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Town Plant will keep providing revenue to SWR school district By Kevin Redding kevin@tbrnewsmedia.com A Brookhaven organization recently saved energy in the most literal sense, and a reliable revenue stream too. The Town of Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency (IDA) announced Nov. 27 it prevented the shutdown of an electricgenerating plant in Shoreham, which provides peak power to the community and is expected to contribute $852,000 in property taxes or payments in lieu of taxes, commonly known as PILOTs, to the Shoreham-Wading River school district this year. Brookhaven’s business arm has entered into a new, 20-year PILOT agreement with owners of the 90 megawatt, jet-fueled facility located on 10 acres of land on North Country Road, leased by the Long Island Power Authority. The facility’s previous PILOT and power purchase agreement between LIPA and Brookhaven expired this past August after 15 years. In the proposal for the PILOT, which became the adopted policy when it was approved by the IDA in January 2017, projected gradual benefits range from $1.2 million in its first year to $1.7 million in its 20th. The partnership began in September 2016 when members of J-Power USA — owners of the facility since 2010 — realized the expired pact would bring about a 33 percent reduction in revenue and a 50 percent reduction in economic benefits. The members were also

told by LIPA representatives that the nonprofit would not be involved in negotiating a new PILOT. “We wanted to see if Brookhaven would be able to offer a new PILOT that would allow us to remain financially viable and our agreement has removed that big uncertainty,” said Jason White, director of asset management at the J-Power Shoreham branch. “Our facility uses General Electric combustion turbines and while it doesn’t operate a lot, it’s important to the electric grid for stability purposes. It’s maintained so that it can respond very quickly if it’s called upon.” White said although there had to be consideration to disassemble the power plant and move off Long Island in the case an agreement couldn’t be reached, it wouldn’t be a simple process, and the facility’s six employees live close by. “Our preference all along was to continue to operate the plant site and to continue to be a contributor to the local community,” White said. By securing the power plant’s place in Shoreham, revenue is boosted for the school district, which relies heavily on it as a source of both energy and property tax revenue. “I am pleased that we have been able to close on this new agreement with J-Power,” said Frederick Braun, chairman of the IDA. “Had we been unable to keep this plant from moving off Long Island with this new agreement, the Shoreham School District and other taxing jurisdictions would receive

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The Shoreham power plant on north Country Road provides peak power to the community and payments in lieu of taxes to the Shoreham-Wading River school district. no payments at all, resulting in an even larger loss to those taxing jurisdictions.” The school district, which included the finalization of $852,000 in PILOT revenue in its Revised and Lowered Expenditure Budget & Tax Levy in October, approved the agreement in a resolution during a board meeting last Jan. 10. “Be it resolved that the Board of Education of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District supports the proposed financial assistance contemplated by the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency in connection with

the J-Power Peaker Plant,” the letter read. Lisa Mulligan, the IDA’s chief executive officer, said she had been in contact with the district’s board of education since meetings began with J-Power “as they were the most impacted by this.” “We didn’t want to pursue something if they were not interested in it,” Mulligan said. “But the board wrote to us and told us they were … I think it’s important to bring money into the school district and also provide this power to residents when it’s needed.”

Sen. LaValle, LIRR take a step toward electrification of Port Jeff line By Alex PeTRoSKi alex@tbrnewsmedia.com A technological upgrade in Port Jefferson almost four decades in the making got a jolt of life last month. The Long Island Rail Road Port Jefferson line was electrified as far east as Huntington in 1970, and despite calls ever since, electrification of the line further east to Port Jeff has yet to take place. State Sen. Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) met with Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member Mitchell Pally during November, wherein the sides agreed to pursue a feasibility study to determine the potential cost and impact of electrifying the line out to Port Jeff. Trains used on the line east of Huntington currently run on diesel fuel. “I believe it’s something we could get done,” LaValle said of electrification, during a phone interview. “I think it’s critically important that we can demonstrate to communities with specificity where electric substations are going. Communities need to know that before we make that decision. I’m supporting electrification that starts in Port Jeff but also goes through Smithtown and Huntington.” The feasibility study would be conducted by the LIRR and the MTA, according to LaValle, and he said he’s not sure what the study would cost. “Conducting a feasibility study makes a great deal of sense,” LIRR spokesperson Aaron

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in november, state Sen. Ken lavalle gave his blessing to a feasibility study for the electrification of the Port Jefferson liRR line east of Huntington, above. Donovan said in a statement. “Additional electrification has long been part of the discussion for future improvements. We look forward to working with Senator LaValle about the possibility of obtaining funding for such a study.” Calls and initiatives to electrify the line east of Huntington go back to at least the 1980s. According to an article by researcher Derek Stadler published by the Long Island History Journal in 2016 entitled “The Modernization of the Long Island Rail Road,” in 1984, electrification of the branch was included in a nearly $600 million MTA spending package that was meant to serve as a five-year plan for LIRR improvements.

However, the plans were postponed indefinitely just two years later due to a budget gap. The establishment of a one-seat ride from Port Jefferson to Penn Station has long been a goal for elected officials and LIRR riders as well, though that would require electrification as diesel engines cannot travel to the Manhattan station. In the mid-90s, a brief pilot program was tested on the Port Jeff line using dual-mode locomotive cars that could run using both diesel engines and third-rail electrification. According to Stadler’s research, in 2000 it was estimated that electrification east of Huntington could cost as much as $500 million.

Port Jefferson Village Mayor Margot Garant said during a Nov. 20 board of trustees meeting she and Deputy Mayor Larry LaPointe recently met with LaValle, and the topic of electrification of the Port Jeff line came up. “It would be critical to electrify the North Shore line,” Garant said during the meeting. The village is in the process of examining transportation improvements that could among other benefits, increase LIRR ridership and better coordinate the schedules of the railroad, Suffolk County buses and the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson ferry. LaValle said the process of obtaining money to actually complete the electrification work wouldn’t be done prior to the feasibility study, though he said he believes funding could be attainable. “We want to move people as quickly as possible east to west and build the same rate of success as Ronkonkoma is enjoying in terms of availability of trains into not only New York City, but west,” he said. “Before we do that we need to know with specificity — communities need to know what it means for their community.” The state senator also mentioned discussions with the MTA concerning the possible usage of Lawrence Aviation Industries Superfund site in Port Jefferson Station as a possible LIRR rail yard. Both LaValle and Donovan declined to share specifics about the timetable of a feasibility study.


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Town Mount Sinai students lend hand to children in need By Kevin Redding kevin@tbrnewsmedia.com

see some of the lists — and there’s a jacket or something they take for granted — I think it humbles them and makes them Mount Sinai High School students took appreciate what they have.” on the roles of Santa and his elves to make In one letter, which included a drawing sure local children in need have gifts to of a smiling snowman and a Christmas tree, open this Christmas. a young boy asked Santa for a tech watch In a continued collaboration with and a lightsaber. In another, a girl asked for Hauppauge-based nonprofit Christmas a pair of boots and a unicorn onesie. Magic, 43 members of the school’s Stu“I love getting the lists,” said Julie dents Against Destructive Decisions club Pfeiffer, an 11th-grader and SADD club embarked on shopping sprees at Smith member, who picked up wrestling action Haven Mall and Walmart Dec. 1 to bring figures and Roblox toys for a 7-year-old holiday cheer to underprivileged children. boy. “We get these lists from them, in their They set out to find gifts for more than 60 own handwriting, and it’s so sweet. We’re boys and girls from Concern for Indepen- able to give them what they want, directly. It dent Living, a nonprofit warms my heart so much.” agency in Medford that High school senior provides permanent housRuchi Thaker bought a ing for homeless families, sports kit and learning based on wish lists they toys for a 1-year-old boy as wrote to Santa. well as a My Little Pony toy With $4,500 supplied and a bracelet-making gift by Christmas Magic, SADD set for a little girl. Junior club members bought Rebecca Muroff tracked more than 100 gifts. Each down a specific brand of child received about three, hoodie and phone case for from wireless headphones — Julie Pfeiffer a 15-year-old girl. to action figures and dolls, “You just feel good to sweatshirts and diapers. about doing this,” said Back at the high Emma Wimmer, a senior school, the students turned the cafeteria who bought a Nike sweatshirt, a pair of into a makeshift Santa’s workshop. They sneakers and pants for two teenage boys. organized the gifts, piled them into garMargaret Kopcienski, a junior and presibage bags and sent them off on a big truck dent of the SADD club, said this is her to be wrapped and delivered back to the favorite event of the year and said prior to school Dec. 6, where the district hosted a the Dec. 6 dinner that she looked forward dinner for the children and their families to meeting the children at the high school. and where club members joined Santa Claus “It’s really magical seeing how happy himself in presenting the wrapped gifts. they are,” Kopcienski said. “It’s a great time “I think this teaches the students com- and really cool to see the result of all our passion,” said John Wilson, a special educa- hard work and how much joy the presents tion teacher and the SADD club’s co-advisor bring to them.” who said the district is in its 18th year of The school district will also be reiminvolvement with the program. “When they bursing Christmas Magic more than $7,500

‘We’re able to give them what they want, directly. It warms my heart so much.’

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Mount Sinai Students Against destructive decisions club members organize gifts that will be donated to children at Concern for independent Living in Medford through the Hauppauge-based nonprofit Christmas Magic. raised during its Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run Nov. 25, an annual fundraising event run by SADD co-advisor and history teacher John McHugh. Last year, upward of 11,000 kids across Long Island were gifted through the nonprofit. “It’s an amazing feat that the students and staff at Mount Sinai make this happen every year,” said Charlie Russo, who founded Christmas Magic in 1990 out of a lifelong passion to give back to those less fortunate. “It just speaks volumes as to where the district is and where their community service efforts are. I can’t praise them enough.” Russo said Christmas Magic has been working alongside Concern for Independent

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Toulon defeats Zacarese, will be next Suffolk County sheriff By Alex Petroski alex@tbrnewsmedia.com The wait is over. Nearly a month after Election Day, Suffolk County residents finally know who will replace outgoing Sheriff Vincent DeMarco (C) in 2018. Former Rikers Island corrections officer and captain Errol Toulon Jr. (D) emerged ahead of Stony Brook University Assistant Chief of Police Larry Zacarese (R) by a slim margin Nov. 7 in the race to be the next county sheriff, and after thousands of absentee ballots have been counted, Toulon’s lead has held up. “I am proud of the campaign we ran and the hard work of our volunteers,” Toulon said in a statement. “I look forward to combating gang violence and the opioid epidemic in Suffolk, and to introduce a strong re-entry program for those leaving county jails.” The victory makes Toulon the first African-American elected official in a nonjudicial countywide position in Suffolk’s history, according to campaign manager Keith Davies. “I think his experience just resonated with folks,” Davies said. “People wanted a sheriff that is ready to tackle the issues.” In an emailed statement through a campaign spokesperson, Zacarese said he was disappointed and announced, “We did not make up the ground we needed in order to prevail.” A spokesperson from the Suffolk County Board of Elections confirmed Toulon had won the race, though a final tally was not immediately available at the time of print. The spokesperson said Toulon held a 2,000-vote lead as of Dec. 1 with about 1,000 ballots left to be counted. “I want to thank all of the supporters and volunteers who spent countless hours working alongside me both on the campaign trail over the last year and at the Board of Elections over these last few weeks,” Zacarese said. “I am proud of the campaign we ran, the honest and tireless work of our volunteers and the light that was shown on the electoral process here in Suffolk County. I wish the hardworking and dedicated men and women of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office only the best and congratulate Errol Toulon Jr. on winning the election.”

Zacarese trailed Toulon by just 1,354 votes prior to the counting of absentee ballots, according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections. The absentee ballots were counted by a bipartisan team of department employees in addition to representatives from both campaigns at the Board of Elections office in Yaphank over a few weeks. Nick LaLota, the department’s commissioner, said on election night at about 8:30 p.m. on Twitter the department had received more than 13,500 absentee ballots to that point, though more were expected. Toulon began serving as a corrections officer at Rikers Island in 1982 and retired as a captain in 2004. For two years he was assistant deputy county executive for public safety in Suffolk, and in 2014 he was named deputy commissioner of operations for the New York City Department of Corrections. “I’ve been able to learn a lot on various levels inside of a correctional agency, and while that’s not the entire makeup of the sheriff’s department, it is a good portion of it,” Toulon said during a pre-election interview. Toulon’s victory completes a sweep for the Democrats in the two high-profile Suffolk County races in 2017. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini (D) defeated Ray Perini (R) with 62.08 percent of the vote in the Nov. 7 general election to secure the county’s district attorney seat, a position left vacant following the indictment and resignation of Tom Spota (D). DeMarco announced in May he wouldn’t seek re-election after 12 years in the position.


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The boy photographed with FDR in Port Jeff in 1932 Randall Woodard, 97, reflects on meeting Roosevelt, a life and roots in the village, military service By Alex Petroski alex@tbrnewsmedia.com They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in one case, a picture is worth almost 100 years of history. On Dec. 7, 1941, 76 years ago to the day, then president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, delivered his “day which will live in infamy” speech during a joint session of Congress in response to Japan’s attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The address served as the precursor to the U.S. finally joining World War II and taking up the fight against the Axis powers. He went on to serve as president until his death in 1945, preventing him from completing his fourth term in office, a feat in itself, as no other American president has served more than two terms. In the summer of 1932 just before his first presidential campaign, Roosevelt, an avid sailor, made a recreational stop in Port Jefferson Harbor. At the time, Roosevelt was the governor of New York and the Democratic Party nominee for the general presidential election that fall. He defeated incumbent President Herbert Hoover to win the highest office in the land November 1932. During the visit, Roosevelt took a photo aboard a sailboat with two youngsters from Port Jeff, one of whom is still alive residing in the village. Randall Woodard was born Sept. 3, 1920, in his home on Prospect Street. His family has deep roots in Port Jefferson, though his ancestors can be traced back even further to Southold in 1664. “I wasn’t there that day,” Woodard quipped during a November visit to the Times Beacon Record News Media office in Setauket, accompanied by his youngest son, Warren, and Richard Olson, a longtime Port Jefferson School District history teacher who has since retired. Woodard’s father Grover was the school district manager in Port Jeff, and actually hired Earl L. Vandermeulen, who the high school was eventually named after. Mother Madeline worked in the elementary school under Edna Louise Spear, the eventual namesake of the same school. Though he said he didn’t meet any other presidents in his life, Woodard met Albert Einstein once, and his grandmother heard Abraham Lincoln give a speech in New York. Woodard went on to have two sons and a daughter, who were all raised in the Port Jeff house on Prospect Street until the 1970s.

The photo of Woodard, his childhood friend Gilbert Kinner and the soon-to-be president of the United States is a cherished possession of the Woodard family. Warren joked there’s a framed copy hanging in every room of his house. Woodard said on the day he met Roosevelt that he and Kinner were sailing his family’s 12-foot mahogany vessel around Port Jefferson Harbor on a warm summer morning in June or July. At about 10 a.m., two or three seaplanes landed in the harbor and taxied over to the beach near the east end of the waterfront near the famous Bayles Dock. Woodard, who was 12 years old at the time, said he and Kinner noticed a large crowd gathering near the dock, so they decided to sail over and see what the commotion was all about. They approached the black yawl sailing craft tied to the dock with a man wearing a white sun hat seated in the cockpit. Woodard said he still remembers noticing the metal braces on Roosevelt’s legs and a pack of cigarettes on the seat next to him. “The whole waterfront of Port Jeff was people,” Woodard said. Roosevelt was waiting for his four sons, who were running late, to arrive to begin a vacation cruise. The Democratic National Convention had just selected him as the party’s nominee for the presidential election that fall, and it was too early to begin campaigning. While he waited for his sons to arrive, Roosevelt and the reporters milling in the vicinity suggested the candidate should be in a photo with the two boys. Woodard and Kinner boarded, and “Vote for Roosevelt” hats were placed on their heads to wear in the photo. Woodard recalled that Kinner took the hat off, tossed it in the cockpit and calmly said, “My father is a Republican.” Woodard said there was an even more memorable interaction from the meeting when Roosevelt asked him, “How does the boat sail?” Young Randall responded, “I think I could take you.” He referred to the then-governor’s vessel as “badly designed,” with a laugh during the interview. He said eventually Roosevelt and the others took off sailing in the Long Island Sound. Woodard and his friend tried to keep up with Roosevelt for as long as they could until the soon-to-be president was out of sight. “We kids went to the movies for a week straight just to see ourselves on the Pathé News movies,” Woodard wrote in a 2004 account of the day.

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Above, 12-year-old randall Woodard, Gilbert kinner and New york Gov. Franklin roosevelt in Port Jeff in 1932. Below, Woodard and son Warren during a recent trip to Washington, D.C. Woodard and his son Warren shared a story about seeing by chance a clip of 12-yearold Randall dancing on Roosevelt’s boat in a documentary about past presidents decades later. Warren said they purchased multiple copies of the documentary on DVD. Woodard’s life and interests would intersect with Roosevelt’s in other ways later in life. Daughter Tracy was diagnosed in 1949 with polio, which also famously afflicted Roosevelt. Woodard’s affinity for boating only grew after 1932, and he eventually went on to serve in the U.S. Navy, where Roosevelt had previously served as the assistant secretary prior to his years as governor. The Woodards owned several sailboats and fishing boats through the years. In 1936, Randall and his older brothers, twins Martin and Merwin, finished tied for first among 2,000 other competitors worldwide for the Snipe Class International championship. Through the years he often competed in races and experienced more-than-modest levels of success. After graduating from Port Jefferson High School in 1938, Woodard attended The Citadel military college in South Carolina. “The war was on the horizon in Europe and a military college made sense at that time,” he wrote in 2004. He joked he and a high school friend went to Citadel because their grades were not good enough to attend the U.S. Naval or Coast Guard academies. “I was not a hero,” Woodard said. “If we didn’t have a Marine Corps we’d still be over there. I was in enough tight spots to know.” After graduating from The Citadel with a degree in civil engineering, he became a Seabee officer in the U.S. Naval Construction Battalions. The Seabees, as they were called — a play on “CB” for Construction Battalion — were deployed to Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack to reconstruct damaged

bulkheads, dredge the ocean floor to allow ships passage and assemble barges and causeways in preparation for an amphibious attack, according to Woodard. During his training prior to deployment while stationed in Rhode Island, Woodard was aboard the world’s largest sea tow, which was an experimental floating airfield slated for assembly in Alaska. The airfield was not needed, and broken-up pieces were used during the Normandy Invasion on D-Day. He was part of a mission headed to a series of islands in the Pacific near Japan in May 1944, weeks before the beaches were stormed in Normandy. Nine days after D-Day, aboard a craft carrying four barges Woodard was responsible for overseeing, the U.S. Marine Corps invaded Saipan, a Japanese-held island. Woodard and the Seabees contributed to the mission by using the barges to unload ammunition, gasoline and other supplies. One day a Japanese Zero aircraft flew low and attacked his flat steel barge with little options in the way of hiding places. He said he pulled out his handgun and fired two rounds at the aircraft, which eventually went down. “I probably missed, but the plane crashed into the side of a freighter,” he wrote in 2004. He said his barges survived for five weeks until the island was secure. After the victory over Japan, he spent six months at Navy Department Bureau of Yards and Docks in Washington, D.C., where he met Barbara Brown, whom he later married. Woodard said he remained in the Navy reserves for about 15 years. When he returned home, Woodard worked for years as a civil engineer. In the 1950s he was the resident engineer overseeing a series of contracts to construct the Northern State and Sunken Meadow parkways, and said he was responsible for the construction of all of the parkway overpasses in Nassau and Suffolk counties.


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School NewS Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School

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Scarecrows stuffed with love Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fourth-grade students in the Rocky Point school district showcased their creativity this fall as they fashioned baby scarecrows and raised $912 for the Rocky Point Teachers Association Kids in Need Fund. During the week before Halloween, each student constructed individual scarecrows using colorful decorations and embellishments. The completed works of art were

then placed on display in the hall outside the classrooms, and the entire student body was invited to visit the scarecrow patch and vote for their favorite one by depositing coins in its corresponding donation box. This project has been a long-standing tradition at JAE, dating back to 1999 when it was first introduced by former teacher Sandy Finn Grunner. To date, the initiative has raised almost $40,000 for kids in need.

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Students build a better world As part of a district initiative to promote childhood literacy, more than 120 Miller Place school district third- to fifth-grade students at Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School participated in the New York State Public Library Build a Better World reading initiative. Over the summer, students were encouraged to go to New York public libraries, check out and read books, and then look to reach different levels of achievement. There were various levels of achievement and potential prizes to be won. To align with the theme of Build a Better World, the levels were an architect, construction worker, electrician or building inspector. Tasks to achieve each level included filling out graphic orga-

nizers, creating book reports and blogging about their literary experiences and critical interpretations. Student raffles ranged from book baskets, family passes to Wading River’s Fink’s Country Farm, Mount Sinai’s Sky Zone and the grand prize of an Amazon Echo Dot. The culminating activity consisted of students celebrating their success by participating in a variety of fun educational games and word-based challenges during a Build a Better World-themed extravaganza at school. In recognition of their accomplishments, each student received a construction hat and reading certificate.

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Football team supports cancer research

Miller Place High School football players and cheerleaders wore gold to their football game against Port Jefferson this past season to support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The event was in honor of Tommy Scully, a Miller Place student who passed away last year due to a brain tumor at age 12. The players wore gold socks and the cheerleaders wore gold ribbons to show their support for cancer research. By participating in this event, Miller Place school district students learned to give back to their community and support those suffering from pediatric cancer.

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Loretta Carhart, 84, of Miller Place, died Nov. 28. Born Oct. 2, 1933, in Baldwin, she was the daughter of the late William and Henrietta (Verity) Erickson. She was employed by New York Telephone as an operator. Carhart is predeceased by her husband William Carhart.

She is survived by her daughter Karen Scarlata of Oceanside; sons William Carhart of Miller Place and Jody Carhart of Ronkonkoma; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Visiting hours were held at Rocky Point Funeral Home. A private cremation followed. Arrangements were entrusted to the Rocky Point Funeral Home.


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Small business owners weigh in on Black Friday, holiday shopping trends By kyle Barr For 40 minutes each morning when Marion Bernholz, the owner of The Gift Corner in Mount Sinai, opens her shop she lugs out all the product she keeps on the front porch all by herself. She does it every day, hoping the colors and interesting items will flag down cars traveling on North Country Road. Thanksgiving day she was closed, but on Black Page a22 Friday she put out her flags, signs, decorations, not expecting many customers at all, she said. Black Friday is perceived as a day for gaudy sales for the bigger stores with nationwide brands, or the Amazons of the world, though it has become just the appetizer for a weekend synonymous with shopping. Instead, people flooded Bernholz’s store the weekend after Thanksgiving, and the customers kept streaming in even after Black Friday was days passed. “We were busy on Friday, way busier than we had been since the bust, when the economy went down,” Bernholz said, beaming with excitement. “Wednesday was a spike. Friday was a major spike. It was so busy Saturday that people couldn’t find parking. There was a line out the door.” At Elements of Home, a home and gift shop in St. James less than 12 miles from Gift Corner, the situation was different. Owner Debbie Trenkner saw Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday float by with only a small bump in sales, she said. Though she advertised, Trenkner said that she only received a moderate boost in sales that weekend with only 27 people walking through her door on Black Friday, and only about 70 Saturday when she said she expected to see hundreds. “After speaking to other retailers or feeling through the grapevine, all major events this year, Mother’s Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, we’ve done half the amount we’ve done in the past,” she said. “People do not shop local. Those that do are your 50-andover crowd who do not like to order online. Younger people these days they are so attached to their phone, it’s their lifeline, in my opinion. It’s unfortunate because this is what communities are based on.” The similar local stores had polar opposite experiences during one of the busiest shopping weekends of the holiday season, though businesses overall this past Small Business Saturday, an event first sponsored by American Express in 2010, did very well though they

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Photo above by Marion Bernholz; photo below right by Gary Wladyka; photo below left by linda Baker

Small business owners like Marion Bernholz, who owns The Gift Corner, above, are trying to find ways to compete with big box stores, along with Gary Wladyka, who owns rocky Point Cycle, below right, and linda Baker, who owns ecolin Jewelers, below left. fell short of 2016 numbers in total. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, 108 million consumers spent $12.9 billion Nov. 25. Despite the slight dip from 2016, the data shows a much higher number of consumers are making the conscious decision to shop locally on the biggest spending date of the year for small businesses. Stacey Finkelstein, an associate professor of marketing at Stony Brook University, said in a phone interview she has used psychological and behavioral economics to inform people about marketing problems, and she said a battle between instant gratification and the desire to support local stores is being waged for today’s consumers. “Another tension for a lot of consumers who face this dilemma layered on top of this is this ethical quandary, which is ‘I want to support businesses that are consistent with my code of ethics and the values that I have as a consumer,’” Finkelstein said. That value-based sales pitch is important, especially when it comes to the services offered. Many local businesses surveyed after this Black Friday weekend across the North Shore agreed the services they provide, whether it’s free gift wrapping or the ability to make a custom product, or even the ability to offer hands-on help to customers trying to figure out what gift is best, are the types of factors that neither online nor most large stores can match.

Ecolin Jewelers Co-owner Linda Baker: We tend to run our sales to support our loyal customers, support our repeat customers. We had 20 percent off many items in the store, not all. That hasn’t been a big motivation to shop. In our industry either they know us or they don’t. The village was decorated nice and we had a good weekend. Black Friday for most retailers, for independent mom-and-pop retailers, has not been a big day for us. Our business is the last two weeks of the year. I think Black Friday is when mom and dad go to look at televisions or cars — one big purchase. It’s not a downtown thing. I don’t compare same day to same day from years before. I think there are too many variables, whether it’s the weather or the news. Though I’d say this year was better than last year across the board.

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“I think the most important thing to do besides creating an emotional experience and offering, obviously, great service is to really think about the values of those consumers in the local town and try and tap into those local values, such as if a town is really interested in sustainability, or ethically sourced food,” Finkelstein said. One of the biggest questions that small business owners ask is whether young people are still willing to shop local. The consensus is they are the “plugged-in” generation, but that fact can be harnessed to work in favor of small business owners. “Social issues are particularly important for a lot of millennials,” she said. “You tend to see a lot of that. I definitely don’t think millennials should be written off. I’m big into knitting, and if you ask what’s the stereotype for knitting, for example, is that grandmas knit, but actually there’s this active and large youthful contingent of knitters that are really driving and shaping that industry in a completely fascinating way. I think what it’s about is that millennials have these ethically laden values where they want to buy things that are local, that are environmentally sustainable.” While many stores surveyed said this Black Friday weekend was “better than average” to “great,” there were several stores that did not see anywhere near the same boost in traffic. While the weather was nice, stores that didn’t meet expectations cited insufficient support from their local governments, or locations with little foot traffic, as their main deterrents.

The Gift Corner Owner Marion Bernholz: I don’t think Black Friday is as big of a thing anymore. We had people coming in at 10 a.m. and I asked them why they weren’t out shopping and they would say, “Oh, we don’t do that anymore.” I think people just don’t like to rush anymore, plus all the deals are available all week long, so there’s almost no point. Maybe, eventually, people will be able to have Thanksgiving dinner with their family, that’s the hope. Though this was one of the best Black Fridays I’ve had since the bust in 2008, I went back and I looked at the papers for how it was in 2005. I couldn’t count it all — it was like the funds were flowing like water. It’s never going to be 2005 again. Half the people who came in my store on Saturday had no clue [about Small Business Saturday]. We’d be like, “OK, now we’ll explain it to you. Good that you’re here, and this is what it’s about.”

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Rocky Point Cycle Owner Gary Wladyka: We didn’t advertise but had in-store deals. We had discounts on shoes and sunglasses. There were more customers that Friday because more people had Friday off. We’re always trying to get more customers, but we’re more of a destination shop rather than a “Let’s go take a look” type thing. This is the beginning of the end for small business. It’s going to continue to demise with people wanting to do everything on the internet. The way new consumers are, it’s going to be hard to grow it. We try to provide service. You’re not going to get service online.


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sports Mount Sinai School District

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Mustangs racing into the future On national signing day, 18 Mount Sinai High School student-athletes made playing at the next level official. Of the 18, nine of the Mustangs will play for a lacrosse team at their college or university. Of the nine, six come from the current three-time state championship-winning Mustangs, with the chance to sweep up a fourth title in their final season. Twin sisters

Kirsten and Meaghan Scutaro signed to compete for the University of Notre Dame. Camryn Harloff, Emily Seiter, Sienna Masullo and Meaghan Tyrrell committed to play for Stony Brook University, Jacksonville University, Pace University and Syracuse University, respectively. For the men, Michael Hagenberger, Joseph Pirreca and Matthew Sageder signed

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letters of intent to Lehigh University, Marist College and Jacksonville University, respectively. From the Mustangs baseball team, Jared Donnelly, Ethan Angress and Ryan Picarello will be competing on the diamond at New Jersey Institute of Technology, City College of New York and Adelphi University, respectively. On the women’s diamond, Lové Drumgole and Emma Wimmer agreed to

take their talents to University at Albany and Queens College, respectively. Matthew Ventarola and Colin McCarthy will both be tossing around the pigskin, as the pair committed to play football for Maritime College. Nicholas Bongiorno will play for Johnson & Wales University’s tennis team and Jake Croston agreed to compete for University of Scranton’s wrestling team.

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Photo from Shoreham-Wading River school district

Wildcats will compete in college As a result of academic commitments and unwavering athletic dedication, 14 Shoreham-Wading River seniors have been selected to continue their athletic journeys at the collegiate level this fall. To commemorate the occasion, the students wore team caps and shirts from their school of choice and were surrounded by proud family members, coaches, faculty and athletic director Mark Passamonte during a recent recognition ceremony. Of the 14 student-athletes, a commanding nine of them have chosen to play lacrosse at the next level. On the men’s side, Kyle Boden, Campbell Brant and Tim Cairo, have chosen to play at SUNY Cortland, Lock Haven University and

Pace University, respectively. Zach Colucci and Michael Wood have both committed to play for SUNY Geneseo. Gabrielle Cacciola, Mikayla Dwyer, Madison Farron and Erin Triandafils have selected to play at Stony Brook University, Bryant University, Butler University and Penn State University, respectively. Ryan Mullahey committed to play baseball for Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus and Gabe Romano for Quinnipiac University. Lydia Kessel signed to play soccer for University of Vermont and Alicia Morande at Stevenson University. Katherine Lee will run cross-country and track for Georgetown University.

Photo from Rocky Point Union Free School District

Eagles soaring to new heights After 13 years of hard work, dedication and sportsmanship, 11 Rocky Point High School seniors have been selected to continue their athletic journeys this fall at some of the top colleges and universities in the country. While surrounded by family members and friends, 10 Eagles made commitments to their chosen schools by putting pen to paper and signing national letters of intent. One student memorialized his future plans with a written commitment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Nine of the 11 student-athletes have chosen to play lacrosse.

Lawrence Bastianelli, Peter LaSalla and Jake Wandle signed to compete for Franklin Pierce University, University of Virginia and Stony Brook University, respectively. Christina Bellissimo, Abbie Bellport, Sara Giammarella, Shannon Maroney, Madison Sanchez and Amanda Schultz committed to Stony Brook University, Molloy College, New York Institute of Technology, Canisius College, University of Maryland and Pace University, respectively. Joseph Grillo will play baseball for the University of Bridgeport and Anthony Sciotto will wrestle for Navy.

Upcoming games Dec. 7

•The Rocky Point boys bowling team will face Port Jefferson at Port Jeff Bowl at 3:30 p.m. •The Mount Sinai girls basketball team will travel to Bayport-Blue Point for a 4 p.m. matchup. •The Shoreham-Wading River girls basketball team will host Elwood-John Glenn at 4:30 p.m. •The Rocky Point girls basketball team will host Harborfields at 4:30 p.m.

•The Rocky Point boys bowling team travels to Bayport-Blue Point at 4 p.m. •The Mount Sinai wrestling team travels to Smithtown Wildwood Bowling Center in Riverhead to face Southold at 4 p.m. West for a nonleague matchup scheduled for 5 p.m. •The Rocky Point girls basketball team will travel to face Hauppauge in a 5:45 p.m. matchup. Dec. 12 •The Miller Place girls basketball team will host Dec. 8 •The Shoreham-Wading River girls basketball Bayport-Blue Point at 4:30 p.m. team hosts Mount Sinai at 4 p.m. •The Shoreham-Wading River boys basketball team •The Miller Place boys basketball team travels to travels to Elwood-John Glenn for a 4:30 p.m. matchup. •The Mount Sinai boys basketball team hosts Bayport-Blue Point for a 4 p.m. matchup. Shoreham-Wading River at 4 p.m. •The Mount Sinai boys basketball team hosts •The Miller Place girls basketball team will travel to Wyandanch for a 4:30 p.m. game. •The Rocky Point boys basketball team travels to Harborfields. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.


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Small independent retail stores need federal support to remain competitive in today’s market.

Small businesses need tax cuts too Despite President Donald Trump’s (R) repeated campaign promises to support small business, we can’t help but notice the Republicans’ tax bill seems to take care of major corporations while leaving small business owners short changed. There’s no denying the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, both the House and Senate versions, promise a tax break to large businesses, particularly by permanently reducing the corporate tax rate from 35 percent down to 20 percent. If the bill is passed, companies that sell products internationally will also be shifted to a new territorial system, where their taxes would be based largely on their U.S. sales. What concerns us is the impact these tax reforms will have on the local restaurants and independent retail shops that line the North Shore’s main streets. It’s growing tougher each day to compete in an international market against online retailers and big box stores, and protecting small businesses is vital to Long Island’s communities. More than 99 percent of New York’s economy is made up of small businesses, which is defined as a company or firm employing less than 500 people, according to U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2016 report. The largest segment of small business is retail. Together, these niche boutiques, restaurants, bars, hair salons, law offices and more provide jobs to roughly half of New York’s residents, according to the 2016 report, with nearly 20 percent of the state’s small businesses reporting fewer than 20 employees. When the tax bill reached the U.S. Senate Dec. 1, several last-minute changes were made, including a provision to allow many pass-through entities, such as partnerships, limited liability companies or sole proprietorships, to increase their income tax deduction to 20 percent from 17.4 percent. It’s a change anticipated to help small business owners. It was a politically motivated move by the Republican Party to win over two holdouts, Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) and Steve Daines (RMontana), whose votes were needed to pass the bill. The GOP’s 2016 party platform recognizes that small businesses and entrepreneurs play a vital role in our economy. “Their innovation drives improvement and forces long-established institutions to adapt or fade away,” the platform stated. This begs the question: Why was a tax deduction to their benefit an 11th-hour concession to win votes? Why is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act focused on tax breaks and benefits for large corporations, not small businesses and the working middle-class citizens who own these businesses? Why are changes that would benefit small business owners temporary, like the ability to fully deduct business expenses, while the massive reduction in the corporate tax rate is permanent? As the House and Senate go back to the table to iron out differences in the bills, we are calling on Long Island’s congressional representatives to be forcefully proactive in ensuring every provision designed to aid small business makes the final cut. We recognize every member of Long Island’s congressional delegation has voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but for the financial health and well-being of Long Island’s downtown areas, we need you to do more.

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On Dec. 14, Steve Bannon will be headlining a high-end fundraiser for Congressman Lee Zeldin in New York City. Zeldin’s willingness to align himself with Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News, which he has proclaimed is the “platform for the alt-right,” betrays the constituents of the 1st Congressional District. Our district is a diverse, multinational one, as Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory are a draw for international students and researchers. It is precisely this pluralistic society that the alt-right and Bannon use as a scapegoat. Zeldin campaigned as an “independent voice in Washington” but clearly has no qualms selling his principles to the highest bidder. Zeldin often speaks of his Jewish heritage but seems to have forgotten the Jewish principle of “tikkun olam,” repairing the world. His embrace of Bannon is contrary to the Jewish values he claims to embrace. Additionally, Zeldin’s support of building a wall and banning Muslims runs counter to the passage from Leviticus, “The stranger who resides with you

U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin shall be to you as one of your citizens. You shall love each one as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Zeldin willingly forgets the long history of discrimination toward the Jewish people and aligns himself

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with Bannon, whose publication disseminates prejudicial views. Zeldin does not represent me or the values that I hold dear as an American Jew.

Shoshana Hershkowitz South Setauket

Republican Party votes to increase your taxes Republicans just voted to raise your taxes — unless your name is Carl Icahn, Robert Mercer, or President Donald Trump, in which case, Merry Christmas! Sure, there may be some Long Islanders who won’t see their taxes increased by the Republican bill. They may get to munch temporarily a few peanuts swept their way by the Republican elephant. This to distract them from the mountains of cash going to big Republican donors who, as GOP politicians from Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-South Carolina) to U.S. Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) of New York admitted, were the real sweethearts of this deal. Long Islanders will see a 10 to 20 percent drop in home values according to the Long Island Association, a business group. Financing for state and local needs will dry up. “Life as we know it is over on Long Island,” said Laureen Harris, president of The Association for a Better Long Island, another

business group. If you own a golf course or a private jet, the Republican tax bill is indeed a “beautiful” Christmas present. But if you pay state and local taxes, have a student loan or buy health insurance you’ll find a lump of coal in your stocking. Surprise! After 2025, even the pitiful middle-class tax breaks in the Republican plan disappear. Why is that? To finance the huge tax breaks for corporations, which are permanent. Some want to cleverly deflect attention from the Republican tax hike by complaining about New York state taxes. The fact is, for every dollar New Yorkers pay in federal taxes, they receive back 84 cents in federal expenditures. Meanwhile states like Mississippi and South Carolina receive far more than they pay in. The Republican tax plan makes this imbalance even worse. Could the Republicans be “punishing” New York for political reasons? It’s double taxation however you

spin it. Republicans were supposed to be the party of balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility. Instead their tax bill blows a huge hole in the deficit to give away a cornucopia of goodies to their wealthy donors. What hypocrisy. Guess who gets to pay for the after-party cleanup? You may find a hint next year when automatic Medicare cuts triggered by this tax bill go into effect. Next up on the Republican hit list: rolling back Medicare and Medicaid, and privatizing Social Security. This is what Trump means by “welfare reform.” “The driver of our debt is the structure of Social Security and Medicare for future beneficiaries,” proclaimed Marco Rubio (R-Florida), just before voting to drive the debt higher by $1 trillion or more on tax cuts for the rich. Even by politician standards the hypocrisy is breathtaking.

David Friedman St. James

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Hello and thank you for calling this multibillion dollar organization. We value your business. Please push ‘1’ to speak with someone in English.” “Beep.” “Thank you for calling. Please push ‘1’ if you’d like our address. Push ‘2’ if you’d like to find a store near you. Push ‘3’ if you need to hear your latest balance. Push 27 raised to the two-thirds power if you’d like to speak with a customer service By Daniel Dunaief representative.” “Huh?” “I’m sorry, we didn’t get your response.” “I’m getting a calculator. OK, got it. Beep.” “We understand you’d like to speak with a customer service representative. Is that right? Push the last two digits of the year the Magna Carta was signed [1215, actually] or ‘2’ if that’s incorrect.”

D. None of the above

“Beep.” “Please hold for the next available operator. We are experiencing unusually high call volume, by which we mean that you’re calling. The average wait time is nine minutes. We’re going to put you on hold, play mind-altering holiday music, and suggest, in an electronic passive-aggressive way, that you fend for yourself because this call won’t go the way you’d like.” “What?” “We mean that we’ll get to your call as soon as we can.” “Uh huh.” “Frosty the snowman” … “Jingle bells, jingle bells” ... “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.” “Hey, Buddy, did you do your homework?” “I’m sorry, I didn’t get that. Did you still want to speak with a customer service representative? “Yes, I was talking to my son.” “If you want to stay on the line, say ‘yes’ in two other languages.” “‘Oui’ and ‘si’?” “So, you want to stay on the line?” “Yes!” “Why?” “I have some questions and would

like to speak with a customer service representative.” “We will get to your call as soon as we can. In the meantime, have you seen our most expensive product this holiday season? You and your son Buddy will love it.” “What? Wait. I thought you were a machine?” “Out of the depths of despair and into the realm of the impossible comes a product so wonderful and spectacular that we’re offering it only to those people who waited on line for hours to see ‘E.T.’ or ‘Star Wars.’” “Wait, how do you know about the long movie lines I used to wait on? Who are you?” “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.” “Now you’re playing hold music?” “Dad? What’s the matter? Why are you holding the phone so tight?” “It’s OK, Buddy. I’m just trying to speak with someone at this awful corporation.” “Hi, this is Heidi. Can I get your first and last name?” “Hi, Heidi, my name is Dan Dunaief.” “Can you please spell that?” “Sure. Can you?” Silence.

“You don’t have much of a sense of humor, do you, Heidi?” “I have a great sense of humor. That wasn’t funny.” “Sorry. Please, don’t disconnect me. I just had a question about this product. You see, I’m not sure about the instructions.” “Oh, that’s not my specialty. If you hold on, I can connect you to our automated instruction line.” “No, please. I don’t like automated phone systems and would rather speak with a person. Can I speak with someone else at your company who knows about this product?” “The only other alternative is to send your request through the internet. We have an email address. Do you want that?’ “I have that. Can someone talk to me on the phone about this product?” “We don’t do that too much anymore. We have automated systems that are overseen by artificial intelligence programs. That’s your quickest route, route, route, route, route.” “Heidi?” “Yes?” “Are you real?” “Are you?”

I marvel many times at what the computer and the internet can do. For example, it is so much easier for me to write my column, rearranging words and whole paragraphs with just the click of the mouse and a couple of keys. Before computers, I practically drank whiteout. And as I am writing, if there is something to check or research, I can engage the internet, get the facts and continue the column with only that brief interruption. So much for the encyclopedias of my youth. But I still believe there will always be a place for pen and paper. There are instances where jotting something down quickly is easier and time saving compared to pulling out the computer, turning it on, finding the right file and typing in the info. And then there is my real problem with computers and the internet: addiction. Most people, especially parents with teens, would agree that electronic devices are addicting. It is difficult to get kids to put down their cellphones in favor of conversation. Researchers in Utah are even studying a spike in teen suicides there in the last five years

to see if there is a connection. Some 14 percent of the teens had recently lost privileges to use their electronics. Further there has been an increase in teen suicides from 2010 to 2015 across the nation, at the same time as social media use has surged. Teen suicides had declined in the two previous decades, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Much more research is required before deciding cause and affect here, but anonymous bullying, made possible by Facebook or Twitter and other social networking services, in addition to relationship problems thought to result from diminishing face-to-face interaction, need to be evaluated. It is not just kids who are so attached to their electronics. I chuckle when I see couples or whole families in restaurants, awaiting their food orders, completely absorbed in their cellphones. Then I feel sad for them. Conversation with people I enjoy is such a major part of life’s pleasures for me, and these phone addicts are missing that opportunity. I can only hope they are texting each other.

What did you mean, professor?

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ere is an interesting bit of research about our friendly computers, one which some of us had already intuited. I will quote from an article in the Nov. 26 edition of The New York Times Sunday Business section: “[A] growing body of evidence shows that overall, college students learn less when they use computers or tablets during lectures. They also tend to earn By Leah S. Dunaief worse grades. The research is unequivocal: Laptops distract from learning, both for users and for those around them.” Wow! That means a victory for pen and paper. That means classrooms filled with students busily typing notes as the lecturer speaks are doing themselves a disservice. Ditto for those paying big bucks to attend seminars,

Between you and me

workshops and the like, who are shortchanging themselves. “In a series of experiments at Princeton and the University of California, Los Angeles, students were randomly assigned either laptops or pen and paper for note-taking at a lecture,” The Times reported. “Those who had used laptops had substantially worse understanding of the lecture, as measured by a standardized test, than those who did not.” Also those students who routinely used laptops in class did significantly less well at the end of the semester. Because the notes taken on laptops more closely resembled transcripts than lecture summaries, the theory goes that the lecturer’s words go straight to the students fingers, which are typing faster than they can write, without going through their brains first for processing. To take notes by hand, the listener has to abridge the lecturer’s words in order to keep up and so must consider the essence of what is being said. Enter the brain. Honestly, I am not a Luddite, looking to smash modern inventions and disavow progress. On the contrary,

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