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Vol. 42, No. 46
January 11, 2018
Cellphone tower opposed Old Field residents crowd village hall to protest proposed tower at Kaltenborn Commons
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Proposed cellphone tower receives weak reception Old Field residents, neighbors crowd village hall to express concerns over proposed tower in Kaltenborn Commons BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM
park daily,” Charles Catania said. “You can’t promise me or tell me there are no health consequences in connection with A battle might be on the horizon over a this pole.” Oleg Gang, who works at Brookhaven proposed cellphone tower. Before the Jan. 9 public board meeting National Laboratory, said he lives in close in the Village of Old Field, residents living proximity to the proposed location. He said slightly outside the community’s borders the savings in property taxes due to the received a letter simply signed “Concerned revenue generated by the pole was negliNeighbors.” A number of residents were gible, and even with WiFi and an extender, alarmed to hear the village board was it’s possible to improve an individual’s cellproposing the construction of a cellphone phone service at home. Gang said board members need to retower at a public park known by many as Kaltenborn Commons located at the inter- search studies concerning the increase of section of Old Field Road and Quaker Path. various cancers and other disorders when The letter writers asked residents of Old living a certain distance from a tower, even Field and surrounding streets to attend the if the conclusions are not definitive or monthly meeting to voice their concerns there are debates. “The bottom line is it’s not clear, but about health, economic and aesthetic issues. The agenda for the meeting included because it’s not clear, and there are so a presentation by Tanya Negron, founder of many technical solutions, and there is no Elite Towers, a Long Island-based company benefit really from the tax point of view that develops wireless telecommunications because it’s negligible, it’s really irrespontower sites and is working on the Old Field sible to put it in the backyard of the people who will be suffering potentially five or 10 project, to answer any questions. A few dozen Old Field and Setauket years getting cancer,” Gang said. According to the website of the American residents crammed into the small Keeper’s Cottage that serves as the village’s meeting Cancer Society, there is currently very little hall. Negron said the proposed tower, which evidence to support the idea of cellphone is similar to the one on the bluff in Belle towers increasing the risk of cancers or other Terre, will have a 50-by-50-foot footprint. A health problems. Many also said the tower will be aesstealth concealment pole, the slim structure will have cellphone carrier antennae inside, thetically unappealing not only to nearby and the only antennae that would be out- residents but to those considering buying side are for emergency agencies, such as the a home in Old Field. One resident who lives across from the fire department, if requested. Negron said the area around it will be park and considers the land historic said landscaped based on the village’s recom- she found the board a bit smug toward mendations and no trees will be removed. those who didn’t live in the village. “You are basically desecrating historic The pole will be centralized within the property and set back from the road 132 land by erecting this horrendous lookfeet on the west, 130 feet on the east and ing thing,” she said. “When we are in our yards, we are going to be laying in our 160 feet to the south. Many in attendance raised concerns and pools or sitting in our lounge chairs lookasked questions of the board members, with ing at this freaking pole that is 130 feet Mayor Michael Levine multiple times re- tall. So all you’re saying, first of all comes minding participants to speak one at a time. across a little demeaning to us, and it’s not right at all. Secondly, it does Former board affect our property values.” member John Von ‘We have three kids that She added that she spoke Lintig said when he are in that park daily. to a real estate agent who sat on the board for said home values can potensix years, the sug- You can’t promise me tially drop 20 percent when gestion of installing or tell me there are no such a pole is installed. a cellphone tower To address concerns recame up frequently. health consequences in The conclusion was connection with this pole.’ garding health issues and estate prices dropping, always that there was — Charles Catania real Levine asked anyone who no suitable place to knows of experts in the put it in the village fields to invite them to talk without negatively afat future board meetings. fecting those around it. One resident in favor of the pole said “You put it right in the gateway of the village, and it is unconfirmed but with defi- it will generate tax revenue for the village nitely possible health effects, it has possible and make the community more attractive economic effects on the homes immediately to younger people who don’t use landlines. “As I look around here, the average age surrounding on resale, and it has aesthetic impact on people coming into the village of the person in this room is over 50,” he seeing this thing,” Von Lintig said. said. “Let me tell you something; your kids While a few in the room believed there and my kids don’t use landlines, OK? They are no health consequences in association want cell coverage, and we don’t have dewith cellphone tower poles, one Setauket cent cell coverage.” couple, who live across from the park, said Village lawyer Anthony Guardino said they worry about potential health risks. installing the pole would result in $40,000 “We have three kids that are in that capital at the outset and another $15,000
Photo from the Village of Old Field website; inset photo from John Coughlin
Residents and nonresidents of Old Field are protesting the proposed plan, inset, to install a cellphone tower on the grounds of the park known as Kaltenborn Commons, above, saying it will be unaesthetic and create possible health consequences. capital contribution for each canister that goes in the tower in village revenue. The village would also receive 40 percent of the rent stream from the first carrier, 45 percent from the second and 50 percent from any others. Levine said if the village decides not to install a pole there is still a chance that Stony Brook University will do so on its Sunwood Estate property as the university has filed a request for proposals to install a cellphone tower, and the estate is one of the suggested locations. If this occurs, the village would not generate any revenue from the SBU pole. Options were discussed at the meeting including installing the cellphone tower near the Old Field lighthouse. Levine said the location had been considered but the U.S. Coast Guard, which supervises the lighthouse, must approve it. While the village reached out to the Coast Guard, it did
not receive a definitive answer. Another subject of contention was the lack of notification for those who live right outside of Old Field who feel they will be affected. Others said even though they are residents, they were unaware of discussions about a cellphone tower. Levine and Village Clerk Adrienne Kessel reminded residents to sign up for email notifications, and they said the village posts meeting information on its website available to both residents and nonresidents. The mayor also said the village is not legally required to notify nonresidents but they are always welcome to attend the meetings. Levine stressed that a lease agreement has not been signed yet, and the board will schedule one or two more meetings to hear from Old Field residents and its neighbors. The next public board meeting will be held Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. For more information visit www.oldfieldny.org.
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Left photo by Greta Strenger; photo above by John Griffin/Stony Brook University
Left, recent volunteers at the Stony Brook University food pantry. A student volunteer, above, stocks the shelves with nonperishable items donated by SBU community members.
SBU food pantry nourishes campus community BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Stony Brook University is ahead of the curve when it comes to ensuring students are well nourished. In December, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) unveiled a proposal of the 2018 State of the State that includes the No Student Goes Hungry Program. The five-point
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according to the governor’s office. “This program is essential to the success of future New York leaders and this administration remains committed to removing barriers to healthy food options, while providing a supportive, effective learning environment for students across this great state,” Cuomo said in a statement. According to Hunger on Campus, a report and survey conducted by a number of national campus organizations, 48 percent of college-aged respondents to surveys experienced food insecurity within 30 days. SBU clinical assistant professor Donna Crapanzano, pantry co-director since 2016, said associate professor Carlos Vidal of the School of Health Technology and Management brought the idea to the university in 2011. Since it opened in 2013, the pantry has provided food donated by members of campus organizations to 4,100 food-insecure students, faculty and staff members. Currently open 10 hours a week in the university’s Information Technologies Study Center at the Grey College building, approximately 20 student volunteers man the pantry, and there are plans to expand operating hours in the spring. “I think it’s a great initiative,” Crapanzano said. “One of the things that’s really important to me, and I joke about this all the time with students, is I believe the first thing of your day should be breakfast. You can’t get a good day started if you’re not fueled up, and your brain doesn’t work without having fuel. So, [Cuomo’s] initiative is starting with preschool and going through 12th grade and then to extend that because you’re still a student, you’re still being educated. We know that food is a primary source of you not only succeeding in your academics but eventually succeeding in the workforce.” To use the SBU food pantry, one only needs to provide a school identification card. “One of our goals was to really make it an environment where you don’t have to have any other reason other than being a SBU student, faculty or staff, because one day may be different from another day,” Crapanzano said. “It’s not based on overall finances, it’s based on what the needs are in your life at the time.” The professor said she and fellow director Richard Sigal, SBU’s assistant director for
college housing for Roth Quad, have worked with a nutritionist to provide balanced choices to pantry visitors, and each guest to the pantry receives a fruit, vegetable, protein and a carbohydrate. The food pantry asks for nonperishable food items that contain less than 30 percent of the overall daily intake of sodium and 25 grams or less of sugar. If donated food includes higher amounts of salt and sugar, it is placed on a “junk” table where volunteers will remind a person taking it to make sure it is balanced with something nutritious. Crapanzano said one example is cutting Ramen noodles with another type of pasta or beans. “We do our best to educate the guests who come to know what are better ways for them to make a healthy eating choice when they can,” she said, adding that volunteers adiscuss food labels with pantry guests so they know what to look for when they shop on their own. Crapanzano said every academic year an intern works with the directors. Since the fall semester of 2017, SeungJu Lee, a graduate student in social welfare, has been collaborating with them on projects such as creating more community outreach. “I didn’t know we had this pantry at first, [until] I became a social work student,” Lee said. “Many students aren’t aware about our food pantry. So we’re trying to do many promotions and give awareness of food insecurity and the food pantry.” The graduate student said it has been a positive experience for her, and she has met many people from the university community. “The food pantry is an informal place where we welcome guests and make small talk with them,” Lee said, adding that volunteers and patrons often will discuss classes. One experience she said she will always remember is a conversation with a college staff member who donated food, telling Lee she once needed help from various social welfare agencies and now wanted to pay it forward. Crapanzano said there have been a number of people who have used the pantry in the past and have later come back to volunteer. “It’s full circle,” she said. “You help out somebody and then they return the help, and then you develop a relationship that you know helped that person get a little bit further because they just needed something at that time.”
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Facility slated to open in Setauket to help addicts By Rita J. Egan firstname.lastname@example.org An outpatient facility slated to open on Technology Drive in Setauket is prepared to provide relief for those suffering from various types of addiction. Lauren Grady, a private practice clinician and social work investigator for the New York State Department of Health, works at B.E.S.T. PLLC located in Deer Park, which she said will be expanding to Setauket in late February or early March. Grady will be speaking at the Jan. 25 Three Village Drug & Alcohol Awareness Program held at The Bates House and will answer questions about the services offered by B.E.S.T. and what families can do when a loved one suffers from an addiction. Practitioners at the facility, which treats those 18 and older and provides counseling for family members who have a loved one addicted to alcohol or drugs, follow the belief that patients have an underlying mental illness. “Not only do we want to free the addiction, but we believe the addiction is actually the function of an underlying mental illness that has never been treated,” Grady said, adding the facility utilizes intensive psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. She said the facility has tailored new programs based on clients’ needs including nondenominational and scientifically oriented recovery groups for those who don’t like traditional faith-based anonymous groups. The clinician, who has worked at B.E.S.T., which stands for Behavioral Enhancement and Substance abuse medicine Treatment, since 2016, said it has been opened in Deer Park since 2013. In the future, the hope is for the organization to open more facilities in Middle Island and outside of New York in Michigan, Tennessee and Ohio. B.E.S.T. is owned and operated by Dr. Tom Tuzel, who is on the psychiatric team at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, and the facility accepts most insurances and Medicaid. Grady said she hopes Three Village residents will feel comfortable visiting B.E.S.T. when they need help. “When people think of outpatient facilities, they think of methadone clinics, and we’re not,” Grady said. “We’re more medically based. So it would be more like you’re walking in to go see a primary care doctor or maybe even your therapist.” She added staff members are approachable, and B.E.S.T. is a place where addicts can come and talk even if it’s just because they had a rough day. For the clinician, who said she lost a friend to drug addiction, helping others with substance abuse problems is personal. She said many addicts are trying to feel normal and balance moods by self-medicating with drugs or alcohol, when medical attention should be sought to treat conditions such as depression and anxiety. Due to her friend’s death, Grady said she understands the greater consequences of drug use. “It’s not just about the addict,” she said. “This is an epidemic that is affecting everybody. Mental illness addiction is affecting the family, the friends, the employer and the employees. It hits everybody.” Grady said she encourages loved ones to talk honestly with addicts and not be afraid of the consequences, such as the person ceasing to talk with them, because she said there is a potential to lose the person to overdosing. Merrit Hartblay, a substance abuse counselor who leads the series of Three Village Drug & Alcohol Awareness educational programs, said he is optimistic about the facility coming to the area. He hopes having a center such as B.E.S.T. in Setauket will begin to remove the stigma of drug addiction in the area and more residents will feel comfortable addressing the issue and attending discussions like the ones presented at The Bates House. He said he feels it’s important for residents to do everything to embrace and combat the drug problem that he feels has reached epidemic proportions in the Three Village area. “You have to get rid of the shame and the guilt and say, ‘No, we’re here because we want people to come and move to this community because they know that we are being proactive instead of reactive,’” Hartblay said.
He hopes loved ones of addicts will take advantage of the family counseling at the facility, even if their child is too young to be treated there, feeling discussions are beneficial to everyone in the addict’s life. “Once you can get family members engaged and explain to them about the disease of addiction, and how it affects family, that it’s not just the addict but the whole family becomes addicted to the addict. Once the family can embrace that, my three big words are always prevention, intervention, education,” Hartblay said. Hartblay encourages Three Village residents to attend the Jan. 25 meeting and to feel comfortable asking questions in what he describes as a safe and open forum. “You need to come out so we can hear from you, and you
can understand and hear the things that we are going to do to make this community a safer community that can deal with drug addiction, that can be more proactive instead of reactive,” Hartblay added. “Deal with the issues before they become a problem. We want this to be a safe community. We want this to be a community that other people look to and say look at what the Three Village community is doing.” The Jan. 25 meeting will be held at The Bates House located at 1 Bates Road in Setauket at 7 p.m. Heather Reilly, Three Village Central School District certified drug and alcohol counselor, will also be in attendance to answer attendees’ questions. For more information about the meeting, call 631-689-7054. For more information about B.E.S.T. call 631-392-4357.
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Bellone takes step toward protecting LI’s water New law closes loophole to permanently ban replacement of old, primitive cesspool technology to reduce nitrogen levels in water by desirée keegAn Desiree@tbrnewsmeDia.com Repairing old cesspools is now a thing of the past in Suffolk County. As part of an ongoing effort to improve water quality on Long Island, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (D) signed into law a ban on installing new cesspools, ending the practice of grandfathering inadequate sanitary system fixes with the now-primitive technology. “It marks another historic step forward in our ongoing effort to reverse decades of nitrogen pollution that has degraded water quality in our lakes, bays and harbors, and it is a step that is long overdue,” Bellone said. “It is fairly unusual for the local governments, environmental groups and the region’s largest builders group to agree on the importance of tightening up outdated regulations to protect water quality, but that is exactly what happened in this instance. This inclusive, collaborative approach is making a huge difference in our efforts to reduce decades of nitrogen pollution.” Cesspools have been identified as primary sources of nitrogen pollution that have degraded water quality throughout Suffolk County, contributing to harmful algae blooms, beach closures and fish kills. The use of cesspools in new construction has been banned in the county since 1973, when a requirement for the addition of a septic tank was added, but the county sanitary code did not require that homeowners add a septic tank when replacing an existing cesspool, making it legal to install a new cesspool to replace an existing one. By now closing this loophole, it will advance the water quality efforts undertaken by the county and set the stage for the evolution away from the use of nonperforming cesspools and septic systems to the use of new, state-of-the-art technologies that reduce nitrogen in residential wastewater by up to 70 percent, according to Bellone. “With this action, I would like to say that we, as a county, have adopted the policies necessary to adequately address our region’s nitrogen pollution problems, but in reality, this gets us closer to where we should have been in the decades following 1973,” said county Legislator Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), a co-sponsor of the Article 6 revisions and chairwoman of the Suffolk County Legislature’s Environment, Planning and Agriculture Committee. “I look forward to continuing the process of finally bringing Suffolk County’s sanitary code into the 21st century.” In addition to banning the installation of new cesspools, the law approved by the Suffolk County Legislature Dec. 5 requires the wastewater industry to provide data regarding system replacement and pumping activities to the Department of Health Services beginning July 1, 2018. It also mandates permits for replacement of existing
systems effective July 1, 2019, and requires business properties with grandfathered nonconforming wastewater flows to install nitrogen-reducing advanced systems if making significant changes to the use of the property. Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, joined forces with other environmental group leaders in thanking the county for what was a necessary step in eliminating nitrogen from groundwater. “We can no longer allow inadequately treated sewage to mix with our sole source of drinking water,” she said. “Modernizing our health codes is a commonsense action that is critically needed for water protection.” For the past three years, Suffolk’s Legislature has instituted a pilot program to test the new technologies, using a lottery system to select homeowners willing to have a donated system installed to demonstrate system performance. Under the pilot program, a total of 14 different technologies have been installed at 39 homes throughout the county. Four have been provisionally approved for use after demonstrating six months of acceptable operating data. As part of continued efforts, a voluntary Septic Improvement Program, the first of its kind in the state, was launched in July 2017 to provide grants and low-interest financing to make the replacement of cesspools and septic systems with new innovative/alternative technologies affordable for homeowners who choose to upgrade their systems. Over the first five months, nearly 850 homeowners have registered for the program, 228 have completed applications and 160 have been awarded grants and are moving toward installation of the new systems. Suffolk County was the first in the state to apply for funding from New York State’s newly created $75 million Septic System Replacement Fund and will use the funding to expand its efforts to see the new technologies installed throughout the county. The changes are the first in what is expected to be a series of updates to the county sanitary code over the next several years as county officials consider whether to put in place policies that require new nitrogenreducing systems in new construction projects, require installation of the new systems when a cesspool or septic system fails and needs to be replaced, or upon sale of a property. For now, all parties involved are on the same page moving forward, including both a working group comprised of county legislators, town planners and engineers with members of environmental organizations, as well as the Long Island Builders Institute. “There is more work to do,” said Kevin McDonald, conservation finance and policy director for The Nature Conservancy on Long Island. “But passage of this bill means less nitrogen pollution in our water, and more resilient, healthy bays and people for generations to come.”
Police Blotter Incidents and arrests Jan. 2–8 Assault and mischief
A 51-year-old man from Mount Sinai allegedly hit another man in the face with a snow shovel causing a laceration while outside Pax Christi Hospitality Center on Oakland Avenue in Port Jefferson Jan. 7 at about 6 p.m., according to police. He also allegedly punched and kicked the front glass door of the building, causing it to break, police said. He was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and criminal mischief. The victim, a 77-year-old man, was taken to Mather Hospital to receive treatment for a laceration.
At about 11 p.m. Jan. 8, a 36-year-old woman from Coram and a 28-year-old man from Centereach were on Nostrand Avenue in Centereach. Allegedly, the man was there to sell drugs while the woman was there to use drugs, according to police. The man allegedly possessed heroin packaged in a manner consistent with an interest in selling and also had crack cocaine, police said. He was arrested and charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and loitering for the purpose of unlawful use of a controlled substance. The woman was charged with loitering for the purpose of unlawful use of a controlled substance.
On Jan. 2 at about 4 p.m., a 26-year-old man from Stony Brook allegedly possessed heroin at the Centereach Mall, according to police.
At about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 27, four truck batteries were stolen out of a 2013 International Trucks work van while it was parked in a parking lot on Route 112 in Port Jefferson Station, according to police. The lot houses Ramp Trucks, GMA Mechanical Corporation and Mac Marine Services. A police report was filed Jan. 8.
License plate stolen
A license plate was stolen off of a 2005 Audi parked at a home on North Road in Stony Brook Jan. 7 at about 2 p.m., according to police.
At BJ’s Wholesale on Nesconset Highway in Setauket Jan. 7 at about 12:30 p.m., someone entered the store and left their 2002 GMC Envoy running and unlocked with the keys in the ignition, and it was stolen, according to police.
Purse lifted from shopping cart
While shopping at Walmart on Nesconset Highway in Setauket Jan. 7 at about 12:30 p.m., a woman had her purse in the child seat of a shopping cart, and while her attention was elsewhere an unknown person stole it, according to police. The purse contained a wallet with credit cards and a cellphone, police said.
At about 9 p.m. Jan. 7, someone entered an unlocked 2007 Jeep parked outside of a home on Route 25A in Miller Place and stole a wallet containing a gift card, jewelry, identification and credit cards, according to police.
Breaking and entering
Someone broke the glass window to the rear door of a home on Shore Road in East Setauket Jan. 3 at about 11 a.m. and made entry into the home’s basement, though nothing was reported stolen, according to police.
At Target on Pond Path in Setauket Jan. 5 at about 6 p.m., someone stole a man’s shaver and a 32-inch LG television, according to police. — Compiled by Alex petroski
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Green v. Green:
Gov. Cuomo vetoes Pine Barrens expansion in favor of solar plans
Rare species that live in the Shoreham woods could be without a home if the land is cleared for a solar farm. By Kevin Redding email@example.com Not seeing the forest for the trees is one thing, but a recent decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to not preserve the forest or trees for the sake of solar installation is causing a major stir among Suffolk County elected officials. On Dec. 18, Cuomo vetoed a bill cosponsored by state Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D-Setauket) and state Sen. Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) that called for the expansion of Long Island’s publicly protected Central Pine Barrens to include more than 1,000 acres in Shoreham and Mastic Woods — museum quality stretches of open space that should never be developed by private owners, according to the sponsors. Their legislation aimed to pull the plug on solar plans for the sites. “The idea of putting solar on these properties is foolish,” Englebright said. “And I hold my solar credentials next to anyone. I am the legislator that sponsored and spearheaded solar more than 20 years ago — these are not good sites for solar.” A large chunk of the Shoreham property — made up of approximately 820 acres of undeveloped vegetable land, coastal forest, rolling hills, cliffs and various species of wildlife on the shoreline of Long Island Sound — was almost demolished last year under a proposal by the site’s owners, National Grid, and private developers to knock down trees, level ridges and scarify the property to build a solar farm in the footprint. This “replace green with green” plan garnered much community opposition and was ultimately scrapped by Long Island Power Authority, leading civic association and environmental group members to join Englebright in proposing to preserve the parcel by turning it into a state park. The assemblyman also pledged that while there is a great need to install solar panels as a renewable energy source, there are ways to do so without tampering with primeval forest. In Cuomo’s veto of the proposed bipartisan legislation to preserve these properties, which had been worked on over the past year and passed overwhelmingly through the two houses of the Legislature in June, he
said that it “unnecessarily pits land preserva- making numerous applications to Long Island tion against renewable energy.” The governor Power Authority to obtain power purchase voiced his support of developing solar energy agreements. “We look forward to working projects on the sites and said the legislation with the Town of Brookhaven on the next as written prevented environmental growth. steps toward realizing a solar farm that we “I am committed to making New York can take great pride in together.” State a national leader in clean energy,” Englebright took issue with the not-in-myCuomo said in his veto message. “New York’s backyard claims, which were also made by Clean Energy Standard mandates 50 percent the League of Conservation Voters. of electricity to come from renewable energy “I find that most unfortunate because it’s a sources like wind and solar by 2030, to be falsehood,” he said. “I don’t represent Shoreaggressively phased in over the next several ham. I live in Setauket, and these sites are noyears. … Siting renewable where near my district. But, energy projects can be chalon merit, the properties delenging. But it would set a serve preservation. To have poor precedent to invoke my sponsorship characterlaws meant for the preservaized as NIMBY is not only tion of environmentally seninaccurate, it’s insulting.” sitive land in order to block Those who are against projects that should be adthe veto have been champidressed by local communioning preservation on both ties or through established sites, including Dick Amper, state siting or environmenexecutive director of the tal review processes. To sign Long Island Pine Barrens the bill as drafted would be Society, and Andrea Spilka, a step in the wrong direcpresident of Southampton tion by moving away from a Town Civic Coalition. clean energy future instead “The land is so valuable, of leaning into it.” environmentally, that it Among some of the should be preserved,” Amper veto’s supporters were the said of the Shoreham site in League of Conservation Votthe spring when the legislaers and Citizens Campaign tion was first being pushed. for the Environment. Jerry He added that solar is Rosengarten, the Mastic an important renewable site’s owner and managing energy in combating global member of the Middle Iswarming, but that panels — Steve Englebright land Solar Farm, a proposed should be installed on roofs 67,000-panel green energy and parking lots rather development on a 100-acre parcel in Mastic than ecosystems. which would cut down woods near the head“The reality is that once taken, these forwaters of the Forge River, voiced his support est lands will never be recovered,” LaValle of Cuomo’s decision in a statement. said in a statement outlining his disappoint“Gov. Cuomo’s bold leadership today is ment over the veto. “These lands are parhope that we will be able to effectively fight ticularly critical for the ecology of the Forge Trump-era climate denial and the ‘not in my River. Destroying the forest and the trees to backyard’ shortsightedness that would other- install solar power just does not make sense wise prevent crucial environmental progress at either the Mastic Woods or Shoreham Old at the most critical time,” said Rosengarten, Growth Coastal Forest properties. … Curan environmentalist who has been working rently, over 30 percent of New York state’s for six years to place a solar farm on the site, solar power is generated on Long Island, the
‘The idea of putting solar on these properties is foolish. And I hold my solar credentials next to anyone.’
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majority of which is produced in my senate district. We can continue to expand the green energies where they will benefit Long Island without damaging the environment as we proceed. Destroying the environment is never the direction I wish to take.” Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine (R), a career advocate for the environment who worked tooth and nail alongside Englebright and LaValle to preserve these sites, said vetoing the bill “was the wrong thing to do.” “[It’s] the reason why Brookhaven Town adopted a solar code that allows for both the preservation of our open space and the development of solar energy,” Romaine said. “Brookhaven Town was committed to preserving these lands, and worked right up to the hours before this veto was issued to provide the developer with up to 60 acres of alternative, town-owned sites that did not require the removal of a single tree.” Some of these alternative solar sites, Englebright later explained, were the paved parking lot of the State Office Building in Hauppauge and the nearby H. Lee Dennison Building, each of the Brookhaven Highway Department yards and the roofs of numerous local schools. Englebright successfully pushed for solar panels to be placed on the roof of Comsewogue’s elementary school. “Regrettably, the developer did not respond to these offers, and the governor did not take these alternative sites into account when issuing the veto.” Romaine said. “I thank the sponsors, Sen. Ken LaValle, Assemblyman Steve Englebright and their colleagues for their hard work to preserve these ecologically important woodlands, and urge them to re-submit legislation for this in the coming session of the state Legislature.” Englebright said he plans to reintroduce the legislation in the coming weeks. “We are going to revisit this, and I hope that the governor keeps an open mind going forward,” he said. “It just requires a little bit of thought to realize that we have a vast amount of the Island where you can place solar panels without cutting down forest. By contrast, there are very few opportunities for preservation on the scale of these two properties. This is a source of some frustration.”
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LEGALS SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS–SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, COUNTY OF SUFFOLK –NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, against PRISCILLA BLOXON AS HEIR PROPOSED EXECUTRIX AND DEVISEE OF THE ESTATE OF PETER NOEL CARTER AKA PETER CARTER; VILMA THERESA MAYA AS HEIR TO THE ESTATE OF PETER NOEL CARTER AKA PETER CARTER; UNKNOWN HEIRS TO THE ESTATE OF PETER NOEL CARTER AKA PETER CARTER, any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose name, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff, MALRY TARDD, SR.; COUNTY OF SUFFOLK; REALTY ASSOCIATES HOLDING CORP.; SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; and JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE #1 through #7, the last seven (7) names being fictitious and unknown to the Plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or parties, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the mortgaged premises described in the complaint, DefendantsIndex no. 607229/2016. Original filed with Clerk May 6, 2016 Plaintiff designates Suffolk County as the place of trial. The Basis of Venue is that the subject action is situated in Suffolk County Premises: 55 Vail Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901 TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorney(s) within 20 days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); the United States of America may appear or answer within 60 days of service hereof; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. This Supplemental Summons is filed pursuant to Order of the court dated November 13, 2017. NOTICE-YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME – If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to the mortgage company will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Help for Homeowners in Foreclosure New York State Law requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. Summons and Complaint You are in danger of losing your home. If you fail to respond to the summons and complaint in this foreclosure action, you may lose your home. Please read the summons and complaint carefully. You should immediately contact an attorney or your local legal aid office to obtain advice on how to protect yourself. Sources of Information and Assistance
The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the tollfree helpline maintained by the New York State Department of Financial Services at (800) 342-3736 or visit the Department’s website at http://www.dfs.ny.gov. Rights and Obligations YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO LEAVE YOUR HOME AT THIS TIME. You have the right to stay in your home during the foreclosure process. You are not required to leave your home unless and until your property is sold at auction pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale. Regardless of whether you choose to remain in your home, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PROPERTY and pay property taxes in accordance with state and local law. Foreclosure Rescue Scams Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. We are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Honorable John H. Rouse, Acting J.S.C. dated November 13, 2017. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage and covering the premises known as 55 Vail Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901. Pincus Law Group, PLLC, George J. Weissinger, Esq. Attorneys for Plaintiff 425 RXR Plaza Uniondale,
NY 11556, 516 699-8902 931 12/21 4x vth NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF SUFFOLK Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Indenture Trustee, for New Century Home Equity Loan Trust 2005-3, Plaintiff AGAINST Ana Torres a/k/a Ana Barchi; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated August 7, 2017 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill Farmingville, NY 11738 on January 22, 2018 at 10:00AM, premises known as 19 Yale Street, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Brookhaven, County of Suffolk and State of NY, District 0200 Section 254.00 Block 04.00 Lot 028.000. Approximate amount of judgment $531,794.04 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 607716/2016. Keith O’Halloran, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 759-1835
ingville, N.Y. on the 29th day of January, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. premises described as follows: All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Brookhaven, County of Suffolk and State of New York. Said premises known as 257 Radio Avenue, Miller Place, N.Y. 11764. (District: 0200, Section: 214.00, Block: 02.00, Lot: 005.004). Approximate amount of lien $ 723,568.29 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 23041-08. Michael M. Capasso, Esq., Referee. McCabe, Weisberg, & Conway, LLC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot Street Suite 210 New Rochelle, New York 10801 (914) 636-8900
buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being at Mastic, Town of Brookhaven, County of Suffolk and State of New York and designated on the tax maps of the Suffolk County Treasurer as Section 970.00 Block 05.00 Lot 039.000 The approximate amount of the current Judgment lien is $469,881.08 plus interest and costs. The premises will be sold subject to provisions of the aforesaid Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale; Index # 22113/2009. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. DONNA ENGLAND, Esq., Referee. Leopold & Associates, PLLC, 80 Business Park Drive, Suite 110, Armonk, NY 10504 Dated: 12/20/2017 GNS
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Notice of formation of Defunoi Housing LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on [10/27/2017]. Office located in [Suffolk]. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC [p.o.box 2671 N.Babylon NY 11703]. Purpose: any lawful purpose.
U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE UNDER POOLING AND SERVICING AGREEMENT DATED AS OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2006 MASTR ASSET-BACKED SECURITIES TRUST 2006NC2 MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-NC2, Plaintiff, Against Index No.:
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SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF SUFFOLK UBS REAL ESTATE SECURITIES INC, FORMERLY KNOWN AS UBS WARBURG REAL ESTATE SECURITIES INC., Plaintiff against ODETTE MARIE ODIERNO, JESSICA ODIERNO AND JOSEPH ODIERNO, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on September 28, 2017. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the front steps of the Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farm-
Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale, duly entered in the Suffolk County Clerk’s Office on 11/4/2016, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at the Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY 11738 on 2/13/2018 at 9:15 am, premises known as 16 Clairmont Drive, Mastic Beach, NY 11951, and described as follows: ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the
981 1/11 6x vth Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the Supreme Court Suffolk County, on the 26 day of December, 2017, being index No. 17-05661 a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at The Juliette A. Kinsella Building, Riverhead, N.Y. grants me the right, to assume the name Gladys Amelia Siegel My present address is 87 Brianna Drive, East Setauket, NY 11733; The date of my birth is Oct. 9, 1957 My present name is Gladys Amelia Millman. 988 1/11 1x vth
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Remembering Betty Kanowitz, longtime PJ community member By Donna newman Longtime Port Jefferson resident Betty Kanowitz (née Miller) died Nov. 25, just three days after her 95th birthday. She is mourned by her family: sons Martin (Christine) of Loveland, Colorado and Howard of Mount Sinai; grandchildren Kenneth (Cintia), Jessie (Luke Tonjes) and Max; and daughter-in-law Susan Alexander. The loss is also felt by the vast number of people with whom she connected throughout a long and productive life, according to her dear friend Harriet Martin. “Betty bonded with most everyone she met,” Martin said. “She found commonalities and shared her interests and passions, enhancing the lives of family and friends alike.” Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, was one of Betty’s main passions. She was introduced to the organization by neighbors Natalie Kieffer and Jeannie Cohen, and she was a charter member of the Sea-Port chapter, launched in 1974, as a daytime study group. Betty played an active role in the chapter’s functioning. She served as president in the early 1980s, and was named chapter Woman of the Year in 1981. In 1987, she received its first Leadership Award. She served as treasurer and records administrator for many years. She was voted the chapter’s Love of a Lifetime in 2011. Sea-Port member Arline Greenbaum
Photo from the Kanowitz family
Betty Kanowitz, center left, with her grandson max, son Howie and granddaughter Jessie at an art museum in 2014. praised Betty’s leadership qualities. “At membership meetings Betty was always aware of new faces,” she said. “She welcomed them, inquired about their interests and remembered to greet them at future encounters. Ever watchful for skills a new face might bring to the chapter, Betty was a one-woman recruitment dynamo.” From the start, Betty was the “go to gal” volunteering for a host of tasks, from coordinating printing jobs, such as the monthly bulletin and invitations for the annual book
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and author luncheon; to organizing mailings for the Hadassah Suffolk Region journal, mahjong card sales, and the High Holy Days greeting fundraiser; to pitching in with seating arrangements and all manner of miscellaneous details. Her dedication to Hadassah was extraordinary. Betty was an avid knitter, creating beautiful sweaters, afghans, scarves and hats for grateful recipients. She met weekly with a group of knitters led by Joyce Golub at the Port Jefferson Village Center.
She was a voracious reader and a constant presence at the Port Jefferson Free Library, which recognized her in 2011 as one of their patrons of longest duration — a cardholder for more than 55 years. She was a member of the morning book club at the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library in Setauket for many years. An appreciator of all things cultural, she frequented art museums and was a patron of local artists. Music was a constant in her home, from classical to jazz and especially the percussion compositions of her grandson Max. Betty enjoyed socializing and mahjong, and played weekly with a group organized by Michelle Kohn at North Shore Jewish Center. Betty and Henry Kanowitz moved to Long Island from Brooklyn, into a house that Henry built in Harbor Hills in 1956. It’s where they raised their two sons, and later were a daily presence in the lives of Jessie and Max, the grandchildren who grew up in nearby Mount Sinai. A funeral service Nov. 27 was officiated by Rabbi Aaron Benson of North Shore Jewish Center, with participation by Rabbi Emeritus Stephen Karol and Cantor Marcey Wagner of Temple Isaiah. Eulogies delivered by Jessie and Max added depth and poignancy to a celebration of Betty’s life. Donations in Betty’s memory may be made to Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, payable to “Hadassah” at Sea-Port Hadassah, P.O. Box 75, East Setauket, NY 11733.
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Forgotten North Shore vulnerable to sea level rise By R. LawRence SwanSon
fed by erosion of the adjacent coastal bluffs. In order for the pocket bays to be maintained, Much has been proposed, written, and spits must have a sufficient sediment supply to even implemented, to sustain, armor, adapt, overcome erosional forces and sea level rise, make resilient and conserve the low-lying which is currently increasing at about 1.5 feet areas of Long Island’s South Shore since a century in Long Island Sound, but undoubtHurricane Sandy five years ago. That coast edly will accelerate here and globally. The genis vulnerable to extensive inundation by ac- eral process is that the bluffs are undercut at their base or toe by waves and celerated sea level rise, the extreme tides. This undercutvagaries of storm surges ting will become more severe and climate change. Indeed, as sea level rises and we exthere are core areas that perience greater and longer now flood regularly on the lasting storm surges in the semi-monthly spring tides. coming years. The bluffs then The North Shore of the slump — about 2 feet per Island has been largely neyear — creating new beach glected in the sea level rise/ material, some of which is storm surge discussions and transported by littoral (nearplanning even though it is shore) currents to create and equally vulnerable to these sustain the barrier spits. The processes. The entire geosmall beaches at the toe of the morphology of the North bluffs reduce the wave run-up Shore is subject to change and thus bluff erosion. with or without anthropoConstruction of seawalls genic intervention. The chalfor which there is increaslenge is to be able to manage By R. LawRence SwanSon ing demand along the bluff this change so that the envifaces hinders these natural ronmental services — harprocesses. Beaches fronting bors of refuge, beaches, wetlands, fisheries, aesthetics — provided by the the bluffs will disappear so that waves will be complex, precarious topography of the North beating directly on the seawalls. Little mateShore remain functionally stable for the re- rial will be available for transport to maintain the barrier spits with rising sea level. Those gion, communities and private interests. Much of the North Shore is composed spits will then be subject to overwashing — of unconsolidated morainal bluffs — many perhaps exposing the embayments behind 50 feet or higher — accompanied by down- continuously to the open waters of the Sound. current cobble barrier beaches. These spits What can be done in the way of resiliency form the small pocket bays and harbors that to preserve the character of the North Shore are the locations of historic settlements. and yet also protect individual properties on They provide refuge for people and marine the Sound — both those on the cliffs and ecosystems from the energy of waves and those on the barrier spits? Is hardening the storms. The beautiful pocket bays of Mount bluffs and beaches at great expense the anSinai, Port Jefferson, Stony Brook, North- swer? Do we let nature take its course? Do port, Huntington, Cold Spring Harbor and residents on the barrier beaches have rights Oyster Bay are now the cultural centers of to the sediment of eroding cliffs in much the North Shore. the same way that downstream California The protective spits that form these bays are claims rights to Colorado River water? If
Photo from R. Lawrence Swanson
above, an eroding bluff at Long Beach has been stabilized by constructing a stone seawall at the bluff’s base. The bluff has been terraced to capture material that rolls down from the top and can be planted with vegetation that will help stabilize it. hardening of bluffs is allowed, will there be enough sediment at the toe to maintain a beach to reduce wave run-up? New York State needs to examine this issue and develop guidance that works for all. Current policies are confusing and perhaps conflicting. This is a regional issue that cannot be solved property by property or even on a town-by-town basis. With the state of development on the North Shore, some form of intervention or adaptation is probably required; nature cannot be left totally unchecked, given the grim climate projections for this coming century. Extensive hardening of the shoreline is equally unpalatable. There are negative downstream effects from almost all anthropogenic solutions. We need to understand and minimize them. Once started, hardening will eventually result in entombing us, totally eliminating the natural beauty and functionality of the North Shore that we enjoy. Perhaps there are softer forms of resilience that will allow preservation of natural processes yet significantly reduce the anticipated severe erosion from wind, rain,
accelerated sea level rise and climate change. We need to find those techniques and implement them consistently. In the meantime, there are zoning measures that can be practiced that will reduce erosion of these steep coastal faces — establish respectable setbacks, reduce or eliminate clearing, minimize variances resulting in overbuilding and consider downstream impacts of stabilization measures. Long Island’s low-lying South Shore is at risk to the negative impacts of storm surge, sea level rise and climate change and much attention is being given to it. The North Shore, while seemingly elevated from these impacts, is not. Because its steep coast consists of unconsolidated sediments, it will experience extensive erosion. We need to understand, plan for and implement regional adaptive measures to reduce potential adverse effects to assure resilience of this vulnerable coastal environment. R. Lawrence Swanson is the interim dean and associate dean of the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.
ObituarY Former Old Field resident loses battle with Alzheimer’s By DaviD, BRian anD Kevin LeSKe Dr. Gary S. Leske died Dec. 17 in Naples, Florida, at age 79, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Gary and Cristina, his wife of 50 years, were longtime residents of Old Field. Originally from New Rockford, North Dakota, Gary attended the University of North Dakota and Creighton University School of Dentistry, where he graduated in 1962. He then served overseas as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, Dental Corps and later as a lay missionary dentist in South America. Beginning in 1965, Gary attended the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he received degrees in both public health and nutrition. There, he met Cristina and they were soon married. After serving as regional dental director with the New
York State Department of Health in Rochester, Gary joined the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University in 1975. As a professor in the Department of Children’s Dentistry, he directed key research programs focusing on dental disease prevention and treatment and was nationally recognized for his work. He also contributed to many of the school’s academic activities, becoming assistant dean for curriculum and student affairs. Before assuming emeritus status, he authored over 250 articles, book chapters and other scientific publications and presentations on dental research. Always a competitive runner, Gary enjoyed bicycling and swimming in retirement, which led to a passion for triathlons. He soon began competing at national and international levels, holding the titles of world champion in the long-distance triathlon, U.S. national champion and All-Amer-
ican in the Olympic-distance triathlon in his age group for several years. Also, Gary twice completed the Hawaii Ironman World Championship, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run. Gary is preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Adelaide Leske, and his sister, Harriet. He is survived by Cristina; their sons, David, Brian and Kevin; grandchildren, Emilia, Isabel, Cooper and Malena; his sisters Donna and Marilyn; twelve nieces and nephews; and their families. A celebration of life will be held on Long Island in the spring of 2018. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any memorial donations be made in Gary’s name to The Alzheimer’s Support Network, 660 Tamiami Trail, Suite 21, Naples, FL 34102 This nonprofit organization of caring people helped the family through many years of Gary’s illness.
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Photos by John Dielman
ray grabowski, above, moves the ball across the court. alex sobel, below, scores on a layup. He scored 21 points to lead Ward Melville.
Sobel’s double-double Ward Melville’s girls hoops leads Patriots to victory Photos by John Dielman
Jamie agostino, above, goes up to the rim in the win over William Floyd. she scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Patriots. Below, Bre Cohn moves the ball up the court.
breaks 3-game losing stint
By Desirée Keegan Desiree@tbrnewsmeDia.com
Alex Sobel is above average. Ward Melville’s boys basketball team has averaged 21 points over losing opponents this season, and the senior scored 27 in a 70-50 win over William Floyd Jan. 9. Sobel finished the evening with a double-double on an added 20 rebounds, and made five blocks. Ray Grabowski also recorded a doubledouble on 16 points and 10 rebounds. Brendan Martin had 10 assists. Ward Melville improves to 8-3 on the season and moves to 3-2 in League I. The win was a bounce back for the Patriots after they lost to Brentwood, 71-54, which snapped a three-game winning streak. Ward Melville had a commanding lead, 19-9, by the end of the first eight minutes. William Floyd came close to doubling its first-quarter point total in the second, but the Patriots still held the advantage, outscoring the Colonials 24-15 to go into the halftime break up 43-24. Martin and Trevor Cronin added eight points each in the win. Martin made two 3-pointers.
By Desirée Keegan Desiree@tbrnewsmeDia.com The Ward Melville girls basketball team is breaking stride. The Patriots easily handled visiting William Floyd Jan. 9, outscoring the Colonials 65-27 to break a three-game losing streak and edge closer to the plus side in League I. Jamie Agostino led the way for Ward Melville with 20 points, more than doubling William Floyd’s top scorers’ point totals. She scored more than half of those on four 3-pointers. Morgan Wenzler finished with 19 points for the Patriots, Bre Cohn was close behind with nine and Molly Cronin and Sarah Bucher added eight points each. Ward Melville moves to 3-5 on the season and faces Sachem North Jan. 12 at 5:45 p.m. The Flaming Arrows just had a sixgame win streak snapped by Commack, and the Patriots will look to keep it that way, while keeping the wins coming to even out their league score.
Ward Melville 70 William Floyd 50
Ward Melville 65 William Floyd 27
Ward Melville ends the week hosting Sachem North Jan. 12 for a 4:15 p.m. matchup. The Patriots will start next week traveling to their opponent’s crosstown rival, facing Sachem East Jan. 16 at 5:45 p.m.
Ward Melville High School
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Ward Melville High School juniors and seniors showcased their newly-acquired volleyball skills during the building’s annual tournament this winter. The event, which came as a conclusion to the students’ five-week volleyball unit in physical education classes, focused on improving students’ skill and fitness levels, building school spirit, comradery, team work, leadership and cooperation.
The event was refereed by teachers Jeffrey Heck and Enrico Chacon, and Ronald Muscarella served as the master of ceremonies for the game. Students from the stands participated in the spike and serve competition. As a special touch, two Ward Melville graduates, professional baseball players Anthony Kay and Ben Brown, handed out signed baseballs to those in attendance.
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