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Vol. 44, No. 51

February 13, 2020



Septic Tax Woes

Comptroller Kennedy said IRS agrees that homeowners installing innovative septic systems should receive 1099


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County Suffolk Residents Required to Pay Taxes on Septic Grants, IRS Says BY DAVID LUCES DLUCES@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM After nearly a year of waiting, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service has ruled that Suffolk County homeowners should pay federal taxes on county grants that were used to upgrade septic systems. In a Jan. 15 letter from the IRS, the agency said the grants count as taxable income, regardless of whether homeowners received payments or not. The determination comes after Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy Jr. (R) requested a private letter ruling on whether the grants should be counted as gross income. Beginning last year, Kennedy’s office sent 1099 forms to program participants, despite a legal opinion by the county’s tax counsel that advised that the tax forms go to the companies that received the funds, not the homeowners. At the time, the comptroller’s decision led to controversy and political fighting with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (D). The executive’s administration has cited the prototype denitrifying septic systems as a key piece of fighting nitrogen overload in coastal waters. Kennedy and Bellone ran against each other for county executive later that year. Kennedy said at a Feb.11 press conference that the ruling has upheld their approach to issue tax forms from the very beginning. “They [the Bellone administration] have chosen to simply claim that I’ve made an effort to politicize this issue,” the comptroller said. He added that while his decision may “not be popular,” Kennedy blamed the tax issue on how the septic program was set up. “There may be ways to modify this program but it’s not up to me, it’s up to them,” he said. “We’ll continue to do the job we’re supposed to do.” Peter Scully, deputy county executive, who heads the county’s water quality programs as

Above, Suffolk Comptroller John Kennedy Jr. hosted a press conference at the comptroller’s office Feb. 11 saying the IRS has agreed with him about taxing recipients of septic system grants; below, an example of the prototype septic system at Strong’s Neck resident Tom O’Dwyer’s home; right, Steve Bellone said in a statement that the comptroller is politicizing the septic program. Above photo by David Luces; below file photo by Tom O’Dwyer; right file photo by Rita J. Egan.

the titular water czar, said Kennedy continues to simply play politics with the septic program. “This program is too important; we are going to find a solution — this will be a temporary disruption,” he said. “The fact that the comptroller is essentially celebrating the ruling speaks volumes about his motives.” Scully noted that since the comptroller’s initial decision last year, they have altered application documents to make clear to applicants that the grants they were applying for could be subject to income tax. While some individuals have decided not to move forward with the program, homeowners are still applying for grants. In January alone 111 homeowners signed up, Scully added. Since the program’s inception in 2017, the county has disbursed 293 grants and expended $3 million. In addition, the county received $10

million in state funding for the septic system program. The Bellone administration has said there are about 360,000 outdated and environmentally harmful septic tanks and leaching systems installed in a majority of homes across the county. Nitrogen pollution has caused harmful algae blooms and can negatively affect harbors and marshes that make areas more susceptible to storm surges as well. In a statement, Bellone continued to call Kennedy’s decision political. “The comptroller’s actions have been contrary to the intent of the Suffolk County Drinking Water Protection Program, the legal opinion by the county’s tax counsel, and longstanding practices used by similar programs in Maryland and other municipal jurisdictions,” Bellone said. “He chose to politicize water quality and decimate a program that has been praised by environmental, labor, and business leaders alike. ... In the meantime, our water quality program is running full steam ahead.” The deputy executive said their main focus is protecting homeowners as they may now be exposed to new tax liability. They are also prepared to challenge the IRS ruling. Tom O’Dwyer, a Strong’s Neck resident and engineer, has enthusiastically installed one of these systems at his own home. He said while he was aware that the grants could be potentially taxable, he and others had been “optimistic” that they wouldn’t be required to pay taxes on the grants. “We got the 1099 in the mail the other day,” he said.

“I have a lot of friends who also upgraded, nobody really expected this to happen ... this is a blow to everyone.” Despite the ruling, O’Dwyer still believes that he made the right choice in upgrading and thinks the septic program is still a good cost-effective option. He plans on talking to his tax adviser to discuss what his options are moving forward. The Strong’s Neck resident also acknowledged that the ruling could end up hurting the momentum of the program. “I think it could affect homeowners who want to voluntarily upgrade their system,” O’Dwyer said. “With the increased tax liability, they’ll have to pay more out of pocket and some might think it’s not worth it.” The county executive’s office has plans to work with federal representatives to reverse the IRS decision. They have already had discussions with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) and U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY3), Scully said. Suozzi has already sent a letter to IRS Commisioner Charles Rettig, saying he strongly opposes the decision and that it undermines the program’s mission.



Brookhaven Renews Lease for Port Jeff Harbor Oil Transport Company BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM The Town of Brookhaven has renewed leases on two entities in Port Jefferson Harbor, but one of those operations has local environmentalists a little concerned. The Town voted unanimously Jan. 30 to renew the lease for the Port Jefferson/ Setauket Yacht Club (which is more known as simply the Port Jefferson Yacht Club) as well as the Melville-headquartered Northville Industries for use in its underwater and uplands properties on the eastern end of the harbor. The licensee has operated in that location since 1975, according to Town attorney Annette Eaderesto. The yacht club’s lease has gone up to $35,100 for 20 years with a 3 percent annual increase. The club’s land includes around .892 acre underwater and 2.723 acres upland, including the club facilities. Northville’s operation has oil being brought in on ship or barge to the Port Jeff terminal, where it is shipped via either of two 16-inch pipelines up to its storage Northville Industries is located on Beach Street in Port Jefferson, where barges full of oil come to dock and unload the fuel, which is pumped through pipelines to a location in East Setauket and farm in East Setauket before moving on to then to Holtsville. Photo by Kyle Barr a Holtsville terminal via a 12-inch pipeline, East Setauket. there for immediate response. pipelines run hundreds of millions of gallons, according to the company’s website. “This is going to be potentially 30 years — “safely” every year. Steven Ripp, the chief operating officer of The oil transport company’s lease “It is a critical facility for the Town of now increases to $77,322 based on a new NIC Holding Corp., the parent company of I didn’t feel comfortable about that,” he said. When asked, the general manager at Brookhaven,” he added. appraisal, which includes around $40K for Northville, denied there has been any leaking Northville isn’t the only industrial the underwater portion and around $37K or spills into the harbor from their operations, Northville, Peter St. Germaine, did not company to work close to the for the upland portion. The company has further arguing the company would be able to relate anything about the age contain any major spills into of the pipe, instead saying it harbor. Along Beach Street agreed to pay slightly more the immediate area of their is frequently inspected by the in Port Jeff the Tilcon quarry than what the upland portion operations on the harbor’s state. is constantly operating with was appraised for. The 20A spokesperson for the state east end. heavy moving equipment. The year term is set to increase “There are never any DEC said the agency inspects area also includes the LIPA annually by 3 percent. The minor spills, not even a the facilities for petroleum bulk power station to the north of company has had the lease gallon,” he said. “If there is a storage and major oil storage both operations. since 1975, and the Town spillage whatsoever, we have facility regulations. Recent Romaine said his concern attorney said the company to immediately report it to inspections were performed was the location and that the has not had any claims —George Hoffman DEC and take swift action.” in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, lease would conflict with plans against the town. —Steven Ripp of a joint venture of Ørsted and Northville has been 2013, 2015 and 2018. The George Hoffman, the copreviously cited by the DEC. DEC also conducts a review Eversource to make Port Jeff a founder of Setauket Harbor In 1987, Northville notified of the facility license renewal hub for planned wind turbines Task Force, said he had several concerns over off the coast of Montauk. the company’s continued engagement with the DEC of a gasoline leak at its East Setauket application, testing of certain the harbor. His group has been doing more site of approximately 1.2 million gallons that tanks and secondary containment areas, and However, the town attorney said the lease is and more testing of the Port Jefferson harbor had leaked into the ground over a 10-year groundwater results from 12 monitoring just an extension of a lease that has been in in the past two years, having just finished the period. That gasoline had penetrated into the wells at the East Setauket location, as well effect for several years. Councilwoman Valerie Cartright (D-Port second season of testing. He asked for strict ground and reached the water table 100 feet as two monitoring wells at the Beach Street site. The wells are sampled every six months. Jefferson Station) said she had initial liability regarding the oil transport company. below the surface. Eaderesto said the town is able to back out concerns regarding community comments and The company had settled with the DEC for “Oil transport is inherently a dirty operation,” he said. “There’s always tiny a $25 million cleanup plan after the spill. In of any lease at any time should the need arise. ensuring proper liability coverage, but those Supervisor Ed Romaine (R) said he is concerns had been assuaged by the town law spills, no matter how hard they work there is 2006, after a long and complicated cleanup process, the DEC reported Northville had aware of the need for attention paid to Port department, and she thanked the company for, always going to be problems.” Jefferson Harbor, especially considering the “being a good licensee over the years.” Eaderesto said Northville does not post a completed all remediation. In a later interview, Hoffman said he came effluent from both Stony Brook University Both leases for upland and underwater bond in case of any ruptures, and any spills are handled by the state Department of away from the public hearing with more and Port Jeff treatment plants flows into the land were set to expire April 30, 2020. The new license terms go 20 years with the Environmental Conservation. Miller Marine concerns, not less, especially concerning the harbor as well. Ripp said the location received hundreds availability of two 5-year extension options Services, a regional company with a site overall health of the Port Jefferson Harbor right next to the oil transport company, is and the age of the pipelines running over into of barges of oil a year, and through their for the town.

‘Oil transport is inherently a dirty operation.’

‘There are never any minor spills, not even a gallon.’



Suffolk Looks to Tackle Recycling Issue with Regional Task Force BY DAVID LUCES DLUCES@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Suffolk County is looking to tackle a pressing environmental issue on Long Island with the creation of a Regional Recycling Assessment Task Force. The legislation, sponsored by Legislator Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), was passed at the end of 2019. The task force going into 2020 will look to address the recycling burden found throughout the county. Hahn said towns and villages throughout the county are struggling to handle the increased recycling burden. “Recycling and waste management is a global problem not just a regional one,” she said. Since China’s 2018 decision to ban the import of most plastics and other materials used by its recycling processors, a number of municipalities have altered programs and in cases have reduced or eliminated recycling. Hahn said currently recycling in Suffolk County is handled through a patchwork of programs. “We need to come together to help each other, and come up with ideas and encourage other solutions,” the legislator said.

Suffolk Legislator Kara Hahn is spearheading the new intiative to resolve the county’s recycling problem. File Photo

In Brookhaven as a result of the market crash and the town’s recycling contractor, Green Stream Recycling, voiding its contract, the town has switched from single-stream to dual-stream recycling and has asked residents to drop glass off at 21 points in the town instead of picking it up at curbside.

Ed Romaine (R), Brookhaven town supervisor, said he applauds Hahn’s and others efforts to solve the current recycling issue. “It is a very good idea, we have to do something to solve the solid waste crisis in the near future,” he said. Romaine said with current plans to close the landfill in 2024, and there being no market to send glass, only compounds the issue the town and municipalities face. “I wish the DEC would be more involved but I’m glad someone is looking into realistic solutions to this problem. We look forward to participating [in the task force],” the supervisor said. Similarly Smithtown was also affected by the departure of Green Stream Recycling, as it had a recycling contract with Brookhaven. Smithtown had an agreement to sell all its recyclables through Green Stream for a $180,000 annual profit. In January 2019, Smithtown residents were told to separate their recyclables when the town switched back to dual-stream recycling. Hahn, the chairwoman of the Legislature’s Environment, Planning & Agriculture Committee, plans to put together a 17-member advisory group made up of municipal recycling professionals, county agencies and environmental advocates. Members have not

been officially announced and meetings are scheduled to begin sometime later this year. The task force’s aim would be to review existing recycling programs, develop strategies for increasing the efficiency of recycling regionally, and to develop mechanisms to encourage the streamlining of the local recycling process. Hahn stressed the continuation of educating the public on the benefits of recycling and reducing plastic waste in their everyday lives. The 5-cent minimum fee for plastic bags in stores, which took effect in January 2018, has been successful — with reports showing a 70 to 80 percent reduction in the use of the bags. Hahn also sponsored a bill that would create a plastic straw ban in restaurants that took effect last month. In addition, the Styrofoam bill bars businesses from using items such as cups, trays and containers that are made from polystyrene, as well as ban retail stores from selling those products. It will require businesses in the county to use biodegradable products. “They go hand in hand — the success has been apparent in reducing plastic waste in the county,” she said. “I’m hoping we can work with Brookhaven and other municipalities in finding a way to properly handle this and do the right thing for residents.”

Three Village CSD Pre-Kindergarten Program Open House and Registration The Three Village Central School District will be offering a district operated, tuition-free, half day pre-kindergarten program for the 2020-2021 school year. The district will also offer an enrichment program option that will allow families to extend their child’s pre-k day. Families interested in learning more about the prekindergarten program are invited to attend an Open House on Tuesday, March 17th at 6:30 at Nassakeag Elementary School. Parents will have the opportunity to learn more about the program and visit pre-k classrooms. Lottery applications are currently available on the district website. For more information please visit: http://www.threevillagecsd.org/department_and_programs/pre-k_program

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All applications are due by February 24, 2020. We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday, March 17th.



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SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF SUFFOLK MTGLQ INVESTORS, L.P., Plaintiff AGAINST BRIDGET LENNON AKA BRIDGET ANN LENNON, AKA BRIDGET ANSELMO, et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated December 11, 2018 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY 11738, on February 26, 2020 at 9:30AM, premises known as 120 FREEMAN LANE, MANORVILLE, NY 11949. 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 New York, DISTRICT 0200, SECTION 591.00, BLOCK 02.00, LOT 009.005. Approximate amount of judgment $335,402.05 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment for Index# 068778/2014. CHRISTOPHER ESQ., Referee



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GERALD S. WILLIAMS, DAWN WILLIAMS A/K/A DAWN R. WILLIAMS, et al., Defendants NOTICE OF SALE IN FORECLOSURE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT In pursuance of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the office of the County Clerk of Suffolk County on April 9, 2019, I, Dara Orlando, Esq., the Referee named in said Judgment, will sell in one parcel at public auction on February 25, 2020 at Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville, County of Suffolk, State of New York, at 9:15 A.M., the premises described as follows: 29 Perigee Drive Stony Brook, NY 11790 SBL No.: 0200-386.0007.00-010.000 ALL THAT TRACT OF PARCEL OF LAND situate in Town of Brookhaven, County of Suffolk and State of New York The premises are sold subject to the provisions of the filed judgment, Index No. 069478/2014 in the amount of $548,482.37 plus interest and costs. Richard C. Turner, Esq. Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP Plaintiff’s Attorney 500 Bausch & Lomb Place, Rochester, New York 14604 Tel.: 855-227-5072 287 1/23 4x vth Supplemental Summons and Notice of Object of Action

vs Janice M. Donnelly As Heir To The Estate Of Georgette Coffey, Denise Coffey As Heir To The Estate Of Georgette Coffey, Unknown Heirs To The Estate Of Georgette Coffey If Living, And If He/ She Be Dead, 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 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 Names, Except As Stated, Are Unknown To Plaintiff, United States Of America, O/B/O Internal Revenue Services, New York State Department Of Taxation And Finance John Doe (being fictitious, the names unknown to Plaintiff intended to be tenants, occupants, persons or corporations having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the property described in the complaint or their heirs at law, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, guardians, assignees, creditors or successors.) Defendant(s). Action to Foreclose a Mortgage LEGALS con’t on pg. 8


Suffolk Inmates Graduate in Puppy-Training Program

On Feb. 10, six female inmates participated in a graduation in a unique puppy-training program at the Yaphank Correctional Facility. Pawsitive Second Chances is a program designed and developed by Working Paws Training Inc. where puppies are brought into the jail and are trained in basic obedience skills by the inmates. The puppies get exposure and socialization to various different sounds, smells and visual stimuli, and the inmates get the opportunity to nurture the pups. “The dog doesn’t ever hold anything against anyone,” said Deborah Whitney, the founder and CEO of Working Paws. “It’s unconditional regardless of what you as a person have done.” After training, the puppies are available for adoption through Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue, a nonprofit no-kill animal shelter in Port Jefferson Station. Working Paws and Save-A-Pet work as a team to help adopt and save the animals. In December 2018, Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. (D) unveiled the Choose to Thrive Female Program Pod in the Yaphank Correctional Facility. Directors say the program uses a holistic approach to helping women behind bars get back into mainstream society. From trauma counseling to assistance for the inmates’ children, the women are in a structured program where they can choose the courses or services they want. This is the first program pod offered to the female general population. “Sometimes it’s just that one little thing that can be transformative and that can put someone

Sheriff Errol Toulon is joined by Working Paws CEO Deborah Whitney, with the inmate trainers in the background. Photo from sheriff’s office

over the top to realize what they can achieve,” Toulon said of the program. The pet-training program enhances a shelter dog’s adoptability and placement into programs. After completing the program, the puppies are highly desirable for adoption and the program ensures long-term success for both humans and canines. At the same time, Working Paws helps to open the inmates’ eyes to a world of training and provides them with options for life outside of prison.

— Compiled by Kyle Barr

Man Allegedly Steals from Setauket Target

Police are looking for a man who allegedly stole items from a South Setauket store in January. Suffolk County police said a man entered Target, located at 255 Pond Path, at around 11:45 a.m. Jan. 14 and stole a bedding set and electric toothbrush. The merchandise was valued at approximately $200.

— Compiled by Kyle Barr

Security footage of man police say allegedly shoplifted from the South Setauket Target. Photo from SCPD

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about these incidents can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 800-220-TIPS (8477) or utilizing a mobile app which can be downloaded through the App Store or Google Play by searching P3 Tips, or online at www.P3Tips.com.


Town Brookhaven Residents Say Town Needs to Do More on Deer Issue BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM With villages like Belle Terre and Port Jefferson taking steps in handling the issue of deer in their municipalities, Town of Brookhaven representatives say there’s things they can do at the Town level to stop the scourge of deer and their impact on the local environment. At a forum hosted by Valerie Cartright (D-Port Jefferson Station) and representatives of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, residents were split on how to handle the overwhelming deer population, but no one questioned whether their impact has been felt far and wide, whether it’s from them simply eating people’s gardens or the mass depletion of saplings and bushes in Long Island forests. “We have not played an active role in respect to deer management,” Cartright said. “It is an issue within our Town, and we can’t rely solely on our villages. So, it’s a question of how can we work with the villages, or how we can do something on our own.” Leslie Lupo, a big game wildlife biologist for the DEC, said that, despite some misconceptions, deer do very well living in a suburban landscape such as Long Island, especially since they have no natural predators. They are polygamous and have short incubation periods, which means, unchecked, their population continues to grow. “No management means more and more

deer,” Lupo said. “Unless we eliminate them, there is no check on their carrying capacity. Despite residents’ constant complaints of deer eating plants and vegetables at people’s homes and gardens, deer have had an even more major impact on Long Island’s forests and biodiversity, the biologist said. Many of the saplings in forests have been eaten by deer, and their favoring of ground plants has meant the loss of habitat for some songbird species. “They are a huge changer of their own habitat,” she added. “Deer will just eat everything here and move on to the next property.” Cartright said the forum was an example of one of the first steps the DEC provides in its deer management guide, originally published in 2012, in starting to make change. Over the last several years, the deer issue has ballooned into near-crisis proportions. While state officials said they cannot give estimates of the number of deer on Long Island, due to migration and other mitigating factors, the total number of deer shot and tagged by hunters in Suffolk County is around 3,2003,400 in the last five years. Multiple North Shore villages have gotten ahead of towns in dealing directly with the deer issue. Belle Terre, for example, has been allowing residents to bring in hunters onto their properties as long as they conform to state laws regarding setbacks from other properties. Belle Terre Mayor Bob Sandak said this has already made a significant impact in the village’s deer population.

Brookhaven resident and avid hunter John German, above, speaks to the Town and DEC about need for more places to hunt. Others call for chemical sterilization of deer. Below, a buck spotted on a lawn in Port Jefferson. Photo above by Kyle Barr; photo below by Phil Shiavone

What More Can Be Done?

With the need to reduce deer population clear, the two major schools of thoughts are to either encourage recreational hunting or professional culls or by surgical or chemical sterilization. Lupo favored hunting, citing mixed-at-best results from sterilization initiatives. Lupo called recreational hunting the most utilized tool for the DEC and said it is “safe and effective” with a large bowhunting culture on Long Island. Even with nonlethal alternatives, she suggested it would be more effective combined with lethal removal. Both Lupo and several hunters who came to the Jan. 30 meeting said, despite areas which have been opened up with cooperative agreements with the DEC, there are many parts of the Island where they are restricted from hunting. Not all municipal lands allow access. While the setback for bowhunters between properties was changed from 500 feet in 2012 to 150 feet a few years later, hunters said there are only a few public properties on which they can actually hunt. The archery season, which runs from Oct. 1 through Jan. 31, is much longer than the shotgun season, which only runs from Jan. 4 to Jan. 31 and requires a Town permit or landowner consent form. The DEC’s tagging system essentially allows for “an unlimited harvest of deer,” Lupo said. “The harvest has been increasing and increasing to go along with our increased population.” John German, of the Brookhaven hamlet and an avid hunter, said that, despite there being a large hunting crowd, the number of deer does not seem to have stymied. He and other hunters complained about Town-owned lands in which they are unable to hunt. “There’s more deer now than there ever was,” German said.

Some called for the Town when it buys land for municipal purposes to allow hunters on that property, but Cartright said the majority of space the Town acquires is small and not conducive to hunting. Lupo said that residents or the Town could start organizing hunts and allow residents to interact with them to allay fears, but other residents strongly supported sterilization initiatives, including Elaine Maas, a board member of the Four Harbors Audubon Society, who pointed to data from Hastingson-Hudson and its chemical contraceptive program, which from 2014 to 2018 sterilized about 60 deer, which the city described as about 75 percent of the population. Maas also said she has had issues with hunters on a neighboring property for years and described being “confined” in her own home during hunting season. Surgical sterilization can cost as much as $1,000 per deer, while chemical sterilization can cost anywhere from $500 to $3,000. At minimum, 75-90 percent of females would need to be treated to see some effect. Lupo also said another issue is that, in an uncontrolled setting, deer often migrate to and away from some areas, meaning that some chemical sterilization techniques that require multiple treatments become that much harder. “Maybe it will prove to be more beneficial in the future,” she said. Cartright said the next step is to get the rest of the Town council on board. While the board could form a committee in the future, there’s a few “low hanging fruit,” including doing a survey and speaking with villages and her fellow board members. She also mentioned changing Town code regarding fencing to make more residents able to buy higher barriers on property.


LEGALS LEGALS con’t from pg. 6 Index #: 604917/2015 Mortgaged Premises: 9 Dogwood Hollow Lane Miller Place, NY 11764 DSBL #: 0200 - 047.00 06.00 - 004.000 ---------------------------------------------------------------X To the Above named Defendant: 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 Supplemental Summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff(s) attorney(s) within twenty days after the service of this Supplemental Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Supplemental Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Suffolk. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. TO Unknown Heirs Defendant In this Action. The foregoing Supplemental Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. Martha Luft of the Supreme Court Of The State Of New York, dated the Thirteenth day of January, 2020 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Suffolk, in the City of Riverhead. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by Dennis J. Coffey (who died on January 10, 2005, a resident of the county of Suffolk, State of New York) and Georgette

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Email: legals@tbrnewsmedia.com Coffey (who died on September 18, 2010, a resident of the county of Suffolk, State of New York) to secure the sum of $56,000.00. The Mortgage was recorded at Book 17324, Page 579 in the Office of the Suffolk County Clerk on January 28, 1992. The mortgage was subsequently assigned by an assignment executed November 30, 1994 and recorded on May 12, 1995, in the Office of the Suffolk County Clerk at Book 18943, Page 567. The mortgage was subsequently assigned by an assignment executed July 1, 1998 and recorded on October 12, 1998, in the Office of the Suffolk County Clerk at Book 19416, Page 48. The mortgage was subsequently assigned by an assignment executed February 3, 2014 and recorded on April 29, 2014, in the Office of the Suffolk County Clerk at Book 22484, Page 335. The mortgage was subsequently assigned by an assignment executed March 25, 2019 and recorded on May 2, 2019, in the Office of the Suffolk County Clerk at Book M00012024, Page 971. The property in question is described as follows: 9 DOGWOOD HOLLOW LANE, MILLER PLACE, NY 11764 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 your mortgage company will not stop this 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. DATED: January 14, 2020 Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s) 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 The law firm of Gross Polowy, LLC and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. 288 1/23 4x vth NOTICE TO BIDDERS SETAUKET FIRE DISTRICT TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN SUFFOLK COUNTY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Setauket Fire District will receive sealed bids from parties interested in purchasing the following vehicles: 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD #1 (82,000 miles approx..) 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD #2 (100,000 miles approx..) Vehicles are being sold “AS IS”. Minimum bids are as follows: 2008 Tahoe #1- $7,500 2008 Tahoe #2- $6,500 Interested parties may inspect the vehicle at Fire District Headquarters at 26 Hulse Rd, Setauket, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays only. Please telephone the Fire District office at (631) 941-4900 ext. 2 to make an appointment. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed opaque envelope clearly marked with the description of the vehicle for which you are submitting a bid. Sealed bids will be received until Friday March 6, 2020 at 12 noon prevailing time at which time all bids will

be publicly opened and read aloud. Bids are to be submitted to the Setauket Fire District, 26 Hulse Rd, Setauket, New York 11733. The Setauket Fire District reserves the right to consider the bids for sixty (60) days after the date of receiving bids, waive any informalities or to reject any or all bids submitted and to award the contract to that bidder whose bid, in the opinion of the Setauket Fire District will be the most advantageous to the Fire District. BY ORDER OF BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS SETAUKET FIRE DISTRICT 335 2/13 1x vth NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE IV, SEC. 85-55 (B) OF THE BUILDING ZONE ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS WILL HOLD A WORKSESSION ON FEBRUARY 18, 2020 (BZA CONFERENCE ROOM – 1ST FLOOR) AT 3:00 P.M. AND A PUBLIC HEARING ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020 (2ND FLOOR AUDITORIUM) COMMENCING AT 2:00 P.M. AT ONE INDEPENDENCE HILL, FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH OPEN MEETINGS LAW, SAID PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE LIVE STREAMED OVER THE INTERNET AT http:// b r o o k h a v e n t o w n n y. i g m 2 . com/Citizens/Default.aspx, TO CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING: VILLAGE TIMES HERALD THE FOLLOWING CASES WILL COMMENCE AT 4 P.M. 22.



c/o L.I. Permits, P.O. Box 5, Center Moriches, New York. Location: Southeast corner of Pheasant Run & Old Field Road (685’ North side of Conscience Bay Road), E. Setauket. Applicant requests relief of stipulation imposed by Board of Zoning Appeals’ decision of 9/13/06 requiring beach house to be owner occupied. (0200 06100 0200 001000) 23. Maureen Mitchell, c/o L.I. Permits, P.O. Box 5, Center Moriches, New York. Location: Southeast corner of Pheasant Run & Old Field Road (685’ North side of Conscience Bay Road), E. Setauket. Applicant requests extension of non conforming use for existing one story residence addition on one story dwelling and existing one story residence addition on beach house. (0200 06100 0200 001000) 31. Lisa Wagner, c/o Woodhull Expediting, 1031 Main Street, Port Jefferson, New York. Location: East side Fox Hunt Lane 71.23’ North of Hunters Court, East Setauket. Applicant requests rear yard and side yard variances for existing shed with ramp. (0200 27500 0200 009000) 37. Robert Lourie, 7 Strongs Lane, East Setauket, NY. Location: North side Dyke Road, 348’ East of Ian Lane, East Setauket. Applicant requests permission for existing tennis court, existing generator, existing greenhouse, proposed greenhouse, existing shed and proposed relocation of 2nd existing shed all located in the front yard; also, height variance for existing 10 ft high fence around tennis court located in the front yard. (0200 04300 0100 003005) CASES WILL BE HEARD AT THE DISCRETION OF THE BOARD.

346 2/13 1x vth NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION SUBJECT TO REFERENDUM STONY BROOK FIRE DISTRICT TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN, SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that at a meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Stony Brook Fire District held on February 6, 2020, the following Resolution subject to referendum was adopted: The Resolution authorizes the purchase of the following equipment: 1. Defibrillator/Monitor replacement; 2. Automatic External Defibrillator replacement; 3. PowerLoad Stretcher upgrades; 4. Hardware/Software for Electronic Prehospital Care Reporting; 5. Hardware/Software for mobile data terminals for RedAlert CAD; and 6. Radio infrastructure upgrades and the expenditure for such purchases of not more than $350,000.00 from monies now in the Capital Reserve Fund of the Stony Brook Fire District heretofore previously established. Dated: Stony Brook, New York February 7, 2020 BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS STONY BROOK FIRE DISTRICT Christopher Schwenker, District Manager 348 2/13 1x vth


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Local Cardiac Arrest Survivor Reunites with Samaritans Who Saved His Life BY DAVID LUCES DLUCES@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM

“The kindness and compassion in these people’s heart is why I’m here [today],” Dennis Dillon, 62, said of the group of good Samaritans who he said rushed to his aid after he went into cardiac arrest during a boating trip at Port Jefferson Harbor Aug. 31 over Labor Day weekend. The Mount Sinai native, along with his family, reunited Feb. 8 with the rescuers for the first time since the incident. The 10 individuals were presented with the Stony Brook University Heart Institute’s Heart Saver Community Award. After Dillon returned from a swim, he went into cardiac arrest after experiencing back and arm pain as well as nausea. His wife, Tricia, immediately began CPR and within minutes good Samaritans began assisting with CPR and sent up a flare to ensure that an ambulance would be standing by. Dillon’s heart was then shocked twice by an AED (defibrillator) and was brought back to shore where he was taken to the heart institute. Doctors said the father of three had a 100 percent blockage of the left anterior descending


Dennis Dillon, left, thanks the people who helped him survive a near-fatal heart attack last year. Photo by Kyle Barr

coronary artery, a key artery known as LAD that moves blood to the heart. The condition is dangerous because of its low survival rate, and is often referred to as “the widowmaker.” “Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, which Mr. Dillon suffered from, is associated with a 5 to 9 percent survival rate,” said Dr. Puja Parikh, interventional cardiologist and co-director of the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Program at the heart institute. “It is a true

testament to the bystanders that were present that day, the measures they took before he [Dillon] came to the hospital definitely helped.” Dillon’s treatment included a drug-eluting stent to his LAD, a tiny metal tube coated with a medication to clear the artery and keep it clear, and tracheal intubation to ensure an open and unobstructed airway. His body temperature was lowered when brought to the coronary care unit, to allow time for his brain and body

to heal. Prior to discharge, the catherization team implanted a small internal cardioverter defibrillator in order to avert another cardiac crisis. After 11 days, the Mount Sinai native was released Sept. 11. According to the heart institute, a heart attack victim’s chances of survival goes down by about 10 percent for every minute that CPR is not initiated. Officials from the institute reiterated that anyone can use an AED if need be. Pictures on the device gives individuals a visual guide on where to put the pads. It also talks to you and won’t go to the next step until the previous task is completed. The Dillon family said they planned on buying an AED for their boat in case they ever find another person in a similar situation who needs aid. “I will never be able to repay any of these people, but I can pay it forward by trying to help someone else,” Dennis said. Doctors will be hosting community events throughout what is American Heart Month. On Feb. 26 from 9 to 10 a.m. Brittany Kickel, chest pain center coordinator, will host Avoiding Common Heart Health Mistakes at the Smith Haven Mall food court. For more information, visit heart.stonybrookmedicine.edu.

Setauket Resident Uses Bicycles to Help Others BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM

A local nonprofit has blossomed in Flowerfield with the mission to provide bicycles for those in need. The all-volunteer Brookhaven Bike Co-Op opened at Flowerfield in St. James this past fall. The co-op provides a space for unwanted bikes to be refurbished and then given to those in need. The co-op also provides the public access to tools and spare parts to fix their own bikes and provides a community space for gatherings and meetings both bike and nonbike related, according to founder Greg Ferguson. “It’s a place to sort of create a little bicycling community,” Ferguson said. The original plan for the co-op was to enter into a public-private partnership with the Town of Brookhaven, hence the name, according to the Setauket resident. However, when the space the town allocated for the 501(c) didn’t work out, it was decided to open in the current location. It’s a spot Ferguson said is perfect for the co-op, with other surrounding nonprofits located nearby. Ferguson, a lawyer who runs the Ferguson

Foundation with his brother Chris, said there is a need in Suffolk County for free transportation such as bicycles. One example is around East Patchogue and Manorville where there is a sort of “food desert,” he said, with few grocery stores and many in the area without cars. With a bike, a person can get to stores, doctors and jobs easier than if they were walking. He said there are successful bike co-ops around the country, including in upstate New York, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Connecticut. Ferguson, who jokes that he is a slow bicyclist, said he joined the cycling club Suffolk Bicycle Riders Association where he found a thriving organization and members who were helpful in teaching him and other volunteers at the new co-op. “I was surprised at how willing people were to come out and teach us how to fix bikes — donate parts and bikes,” he said. “It’s been a very positive experience.” The founder said the co-op has been working with Ward Melville High School’s DECA Club, which is planning a bike drive and is helping with the nonprofit’s social media. He said he has also been in touch with representatives from Stony Brook University

to collect bikes that are left behind by students after the semester ends. The nonprofit also plans to work in some way with Brookhaven in the future. Ward Melville DECA faculty adviser Ilene Littman said the club heard about the co-op from one of its board members Jim Komosinski. After a site visit to the workshop, she reported back to the DECA members and helped form two teamsw of interested students. “I personally feel that the students connected with this mission because they all have bikes and want to help others who are less fortunate and do not have the means or resources to buy a bike of their own,” Littman said. “By doing so, they are not only providing transportation, they are enabling a fun and healthy activity for those in need.” Recently the co-op began offering free bicycle repair classes and a course on how to ride properly in groups. Volunteer Richard Dittmar, a bike mechanic and former bike shop owner, leads the classes. Dittmar said he found out about the co-op through SBRA’s newsletter and started sharing his expertise to pay it forward. “I thought it would be a great thing for me to pass on,” he said.

Dittmar said the level of difficulty when it comes to repairing bikes ranges from easily fixing a flat tire to more complex jobs like problems with the gears. The bike mechanic said he looks forward to volunteering with the co-op and said future partnerships with junk removal companies will be a big help. “There’s probably bicycles in every garage they walk into when they’re hauling a family’s junk away,” he said. “They don’t know what to do with the bikes, so at least there’s an outlet for that now.” Volunteer and board member Lori Neiste said the co-op is also an example of being environmentally friendly as old bicycles will be refurbished and used again instead of being thrown in the trash. Ferguson said while the original plan was to distribute bicycles at food pantries, they have had social workers reach out to them for clients. Bicycles in all conditions are accepted, Ferguson said, even rusty bikes as parts can be used. Those interested in donating can drop off bikes at the co-op at 8 Flowerfield, Unit 18, in St. James, or have volunteers pick them up by calling 631-371-3886.



Ice Festival Shreds into Port Jefferson BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Ice was looking very nice in Port Jefferson last weekend as the village hosted its first ever Ice Festival Feb. 8 and 9, bringing in a professional ice sculptor who made a marvel for nearly every business downtown. Richard Daly, New York’s only certified master ice carver, came down for both days showing off his skill and artistry. Despite warm

weather on Saturday, crowds streamed into the village to witness Daly’s craft, running a chainsaw over huge blocks of ice. Each business had its own individual sculpture, such as a giant burger in front of Gourmet Burger Bistro and Baby Yoda in front of Prohibition Kitchen. Also, businesses were booked for the Mac and Cheese Crawl, where people could sample the cheesy pasta samples from 18 separate businesses. The event was sponsored by the Port

Jefferson Business Improvement District. Top photos: Daly publically designed an ice statue of Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen”; right, characters from “Frozen” came to Port Jeff to share in the fun; businesses such as Gourmet Burger Bistro and Prohibition Kitchen had custom ice sculptures outside their doors; below left, attendees enjoyed playing on ice sculptures of a sleigh and ice skating at the rink.

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County Tables Bill to Analyze Route 25A in St. James, Stony Brook BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM One county committee’s hope to analyze the impact of development along a local road has been dashed for the time being. At its Feb. 11 general meeting, the Suffolk County Legislature tabled a resolution to study a segment of road in the vicinity of the Smithtown and Brookhaven border. The resolution, introduced by county Legislator Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), would allow the county to analyze the Route 25A corridor in St. James and Stony Brook to determine the regional impacts associated with proposed and planned development projects in this area. It would also identify vacant and preserved parcels as well as existing zoning, amongst other criteria. The county’s Economic Development, Planning & Housing Committee recently passed the resolution, 5-1, with only county Legislator Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) voting against it. In the vicinity, the proposed development of Gyrodyne, also known as Flowerfield, which would include a hotel, assisted living, offices and sewage treatment plant, has drawn criticism from residents and elected officials in both Smithtown and Brookhaven. While the property sits in Smithtown, many have expressed concerns that additional traffic will impact Stony Brook, and the sewage treatment plant would have a repercussions on local waterways. Other properties with proposed and rumored development have also been cited as concerns. Trotta, before the Feb. 11 general meeting, said he voted “no” in the committee because while he would like to see preservation of open spaces in the area, he said there is not much the county can do. In the case of Gyrodyne, the property is already zoned for light industrial use. “I don’t disagree with the bill, but I’m a realist,” he said. Trotta, as well as opposers of the resolution who commented at the Feb. 11 meeting, said Gyrodyne will only be developing 25 acres of

Residents speak for and against a resolution to study a section of Route 25A in the Stony Brook and St. James area at the Feb. 11 general meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature. Natalie Weinstein, of Celebrate St. James, left, opposes a study, while Cindy Smith, right, of United Communities Against Gyrodyne Development, is in favor. Screen captures from Suffolk County video

their 75 acres and there will be a 200-foot buffer of trees and shrubs. The property is already partially developed with rental space. Hauppauge-based lawyer Timothy Shea criticized the resolution and said larger projects in Yaphank and Ronkonkoma have not undergone the same scrutiny from the county as the Gyrodyne project. The lawyer said when representing the developers of Stony Brook Square, which is being completed across from the train station on Route 25A, he faced similar opposition. “The resolution here is designed to wrest control of the Gyrodyne process from the Town of Smithtown,” he said. “The catalyst is the Stony Brook community. They are a very well educated, well-organized community.” Natalie Weinstein, president of Celebrate St. James, said the sewage plant on the property would help with the revitalization of Lake Avenue. She said there have been a number of government and private studies that have been conducted regarding the roadway, adding the

proposed Route 25A analysis would be a waste of money which could be better spent on a traffic circle at Stony Brook Road or to hire experts in street light timing. Speaking of Gyrodyne’s plans to include a buffer, Weinstein said, “The plan is actually a beautiful use of space from a design point of view.” Cindy Smith, who heads up United Communities Against Gyrodyne Development, spoke in favor of the corridor study that she hopes will take a cohesive look at both sides of the road. She said in 2017 the county’s Planning Commission’s superficial review for the Gyrodyne proposal allowed the project to move forward without a traffic study. “If they had actually done their homework back then they would know that 25A is already over capacity and the major north-south road, which is Stony Brook Road, is over capacity by 60 percent,” Smith said. George Hoffman, 2nd vice president of the Three Village Civic Association, also spoke

in favor of the bill and said there needs to be a balance between smart development and preservation. “I think it would be helpful to planners,” he said. “It’s not to stop Gyrodyne. It’s just to get a good picture of what’s going on there, and that information will help planners in Smithtown and in Brookhaven make the right choices for the community.” In a phone interview Feb. 12, Hahn said she was disappointed that the resolution was tabled. She said when it comes to Gyrodyne she disagrees that the 200-foot buffer would be beneficial. She said it will not block the view of what they want to build. Hahn added that the study is not only about Gyrodyne but also proposed and rumored projects. She added when heading east on the 25A corridor, the familiar locations around Gyrodyne and BB & GG Farm in St. James make you feel like “you’re home.” “It’s so bucolic,” she said. “It’s beautiful. It holds a special place in my heart. Just the sense of place it establishes with those open vistas. I would just hate to lose that because it’s on both sides of 25A.” She said she is concerned that there hasn’t been an adequate traffic study or consideration of a regional sewage plant, adding the amount of nitrogen that travels into the Long Island Sound has to be looked at carefully. Hahn indicated she is not opposed to revitalization in St. James, but she said there needs to be a longer discussion of a sewage treatment plant and to look at a central location that would be more beneficial to other areas in Smithtown. “I think there’s a bigger plan that should happen for that so that we’re not talking piecemeal with just one downtown getting what they want,” she said. “There could be something on a larger scale that would benefit multiple communities, multiple business districts and protect our water.” The resolution will be on the agenda for the county Legislature’s March 3 general meeting which will be held in Riverhead.

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Holocaust Survivor Irving Roth to Share His Story at Village Chabad

Local residents are invited to the Village Chabad Center for Jewish Life & Learning in East Setauket Feb. 23 to hear the firsthand account of Irving Roth, 90, who survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. Readers of TBR News Media can also receive discounted tickets to the event when ordered Feb. 13 through 16. “Irving Roth is a true survivor,” said Rabbi Motti Grossbaum of the Village Chabad. “Not only did he physically survive the terrors of WWII, but he lived on with his heart and hope intact. Roth’s presentation is sure to be moving, inspiring and educational for all who attend.” Roth was just 10 years old when Nazi Germany invaded his native country of Czechoslovakia. He suffered through the horrific conditions of Auschwitz and Buchenwald and miraculously survived, emigrating to the United States in 1947. During the first time he returned to Auschwitz in 1998, Roth realized the importance of sharing his story with today’s generation. He has since devoted all his efforts to educating young and old about the perils of antiSemitism and prejudice.

The evening is catered to all ages and will include a question and answer session following the main presentation. “It is an honor for us to host Mr. Roth, and we are so fortunate that he has agreed to come to the Three Village area to share his riveting story,” said Grossbaum. “I encourage everyone who can — young and old — to come hear this remarkable person tell his incredible story of courage, faith, and survival.” Due to limited space, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended and can be purchased at www.myvillagechabad. com. Tickets fees are $20 for advance tickets and $15 for students. A VIP option is also available that includes a reception with Roth, an autographed book and premium seating. Roth will also have copies of his book on sale. TBR News Media readers can enter code TBR2020 when ordering tickets Feb. 13 to 16 to get a discounted $10 ticket. Call 631-585-0521 or visit www. myvillagechabad.com for more information. The center is located at 360 Nicolls Road, East Setauket. The event begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Minnesauke Elementary School students are developing healthy habits as they work on personal wellness goals through their participation in an after-school wellness club facilitated by school social worker Leia Woodruff. Currently open to the building’s fourth through sixth graders, the club has been meeting after school since October to forge

lifelong healthy attributes. They have worked together to create stress balls, talk about ways to alleviate stress, sketched self-esteem portraits and created worry boxes. The program is being funded through a grant secured by K-6 chairperson for health and physical education Christina Driscoll and the Office of School and Community Partnerships.

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In its inaugural year, two members of the newly formed Comsewogue/Ward Melville combined boys varsity bowling team, 10thgrader Steven Orland, left, and P.J. Gelinas Junior High School seventh-grader Bradyn Brogan, have raised the bar in the athletic world and earned top honors. Bradyn won the doubles Section XI singles/double tournament, and Steven won the singles tournament. By winning, Steven has automatically qualified for the state AllStar team.

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Patriots Pair Qualify for States Ward Melville junior Briana Grant was the class of the field at the 1,000-meter distance, placing first at Suffolk County Community College Feb. 10 with a time of 2 minutes, 58.55 seconds to qualify for the New York State championship finals to be held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island Mar. 7. Teammate Megan Wood, a senior, also qualified for the state final in shot put with a throw of 42 feet 3 1/2 inches. Ward Melville senior Allison D’Angio

cleared 4 feet 10 inches in the high jump and the quartet of Elizabeth Radke, Sarah Thornton, Jane Radke and Arianna Gilbride contested the 4×400 meter relay event. Pictured clockwise from above, Grant surges to the front on her way to win the 1,000-meter event; Wood qualifies for the NYS championship round throwing 42 feet 3 1/2 inches; Thornton, left, runs the final leg of the 4×400 meter relay event; and D’Angio competes in the NYS qualifier round clearing 4 feet 10 inches. — Photos

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This year’s census could be one of the most consequential for Long Island in many decades. It could very well have impact us for the next 10 years and we at TBR News Media know now is not the time to throw away this year’s questionnaire once it gets to our door. By several accounts, New York is set to lose one or two congressional seats. Long Island especially could be hit hard. Much has been said about Long Island’s loss of population. The Empire Center for Public Policy, a nonprofit Albany-based think tank, released a report in December that New York has lost nearly 1.4 million residents from migration to other states since 2010. School districts continue to show drops in enrollment, due to parents either leaving the Island or from adults waiting longer to have children. Just how important is the census? Government on all levels prioritizes road work, school aid, grants and so many other operations based solely on the size and strength of a local population. If we complain about sections of state roads like Route 25A never getting paved, population very much plays a major role in those decision makings. April 1 is the reference day for the census, but this year is the first-time residents will be able to reply to the questionnaire over the phone or online. It’s too early to tell how efficient such a first-time government website will be, but hopes are for nothing like a repeat of the shaky rollout of HealthCare.gov back in 2013. Still, New York State has put major efforts behind galvanizing for the census. The state plans to make $20 million available out of a total of $60 million to go toward engagement efforts in local municipalities. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced another $10 million was earmarked in this year’s proposed budget for census efforts. Suffolk County has put its own initiatives forward with a committee gathering several local groups to help galvanize for the census. Every one of Suffolk’s outgoing emails now contains a pledge to take this year’s census. There is evidence that the people most needed to be counted, the people who would benefit most from being accurately counted, have previously declined to fill in the questionnaires. The website, www.censushardtocountmaps2020.us, shows districts in every part of the U.S. that have had less than optimal counts in the previous census. Despite most of the North Shore showing a count of above 73 percent, there are areas of Port Jefferson, Rocky Point and Sound Beach that had a count of 70 to 73 percent. There are large areas of Huntington Station that show a count of 60 to 65 percent count. A large section of Selden, north of Middle Country Road along Route 112, also shows a relatively low response rate. In these areas with high minority populations, those counts could mean the difference between local schools getting the support they need or not. Recent efforts by the feds under President Donald Trump (R) to put a citizenship question on the census were defeated last year. The Washington Post and The New York Times uncovered evidence such efforts were intended to dampen Democratic voting areas. While the courts have put the squash to such a plan, there is still the lingering notion the census will be used to bite down on undocumented families. All officials say this will not be the case, and whatever we may feel about people coming into the country illegally, the government knowing such people exist will only benefit the state as a whole.

While walking along the seashore the other day, I was thinking to myself about the many forms that the word “art” may take on. Whether it be a painter’s creation, a writer’s creation, a musician’s creation, a dancer’s creation, the creation generally is viewed and described as an art form. I was thinking that the communication of words between two people or a group of people may also be viewed as an art form, if viewed from the same perspective. When I observe as an individual trained and licensed in mental health, administration and leadership, I am deeply dismayed at the state of affairs some of our elected officials are displaying with regards to what I call the art form of communication. Whatever happened to respect, kindness, caring, compassion, tolerance, acceptance, understanding, listening, etc. The motivation of the communication seems to be loaded with one-up on one another, loaded with the desire to hurt one another and ultimately resulting in

We Need a Good Count Looking at Communication as an Art Form

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We the People getting hurt. This model of communication seems to have become the norm as opposed to understanding, respect, caring and being of the mindset to construct a meaningful dialogue to benefit and provide a model for all concerned. Each of us individually possess the ability to develop an awareness of not accepting or tolerating what we see as a subhuman standard of hurtful communication by our elected officials. Whatever happened to the wellknown intervention called conflict resolution, a process of resolving dispute or disagreement to reconcile opposing arguments in a manner that promotes and protects the human rights of all parties concerned? Other interventions for conflict resolution, like negotiation, mediation, may be utilized and expected by We the People. What happened to meaningful and productive communication with dignity, seemingly replaced with nastiness? We may have allowed ourselves to

forget skills, or never took the time to train ourselves to build skills on how to conduct ourselves regarding creating productive and meaningful dialogue and communication. The concept, for example, of interweaving ideas and insights, the sharing to build a cooperative creative product between people to be shared with others, can be a beautiful process. The ability to have powerful dialogue is part of our social DNA, many of us may have forgotten how in our busy, multitasking, Twitter, soundbite lives. In conclusion, let us not give up the power we possess to demand and insist on a standard of communication that is a reflection of an art form, visibly laden with respect, care, compassion, dignity, understanding, tolerance, acceptance, etc. In the words of a respectful American music group. The Whispers, in their 1979 song, hopefully, “And the Beat Goes On.” Paul Feinberg South Setauket

A Call for a 50-State Election in 2020 Many Americans are outraged that for the second time in five [national] elections, the presidential candidate who won the popular vote [in 2016] lost the election. The winner-take-all Electoral College system gives less populated states as much as four times the voting power of more populated states. This anti-democratic outcome compels candidates to compete only in a handful of swing states, and effectively ignore voters in every other state in the union. Just four states are likely to decide the outcome of

the 2020 presidential race — Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida. Studies indicate a candidate could get only 23 percent of the popular vote and still win in the Electoral College. This potential tyranny of a minority should change, so that voters in all 50 states have a say in choosing our president. Here is how to do it: States, when awarding their electoral votes, should appoint electors based on the percentage of votes each candidate received. This distribution of electoral

votes would create a 50-state election, without having to amend the constitution. Not only would it ensure that the person who actually got more votes wins the presidency, but it would also require candidates to spend time, just as vigorously, engaging with voters in all 50 states, instead of a handful of swing states. For information on how to make your voice heard go to www. nationalpopularvote.com. Jerry Reynolds Coram

The Real Origin of the Port Jeff Peace Pole

A letter last week [“Punitive PJ Fine Is Example of Double Standard”] misstated the origin of the newly installed Peace Pole at Rocketship Park in Port Jefferson village. The Peace Pole and plaque alongside of it were originally suggested, designed and fully funded by members of Building Bridges in Brookhaven. Our group was founded in the aftermath of the 2015 shooting that left nine people dead inside the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in

Charleston, South Carolina. The plaque identifies the pole as “one of more than 250,000 that have been placed in more than 200 countries as part of the Peace Pole Project begun in 1955 in Japan.” Similar poles are located on the grounds of parks, schools, churches, hospitals, cemeteries, businesses and other locations. All of them simply state, in various languages, this universal wish: “May Peace Prevail on Earth”. It is worth noting that separately

from our efforts, a joint project recently begun in Suffolk County has a goal of “planting” an additional 100 peace poles across Long Island in 2020 co-sponsored by local Rotary clubs and Pax Christi groups from Roman Catholic churches. We are grateful to Port Jefferson Village for providing the location and installation of the pole. Tom Lyon, Co-founder Building Bridges in Brookhaven Mount Sinai

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20 Years Later and Still Learning from My Wife


wenty years ago this week, my wife and I got married. Over the course of the next two decades, we have gone through numerous changes and challenges together, providing a united front for our children, hosting relatives during birthday parties and celebrating landmark occasions. As I think about the many roles we’ve played in each other’s lives I D. None am grateful for my of the above wife, the teacher. In addition to BY DANIEL DUNAIEF taking time to help educate our children, she has also been an extraordinary

educator for me. Starting with something easy, she taught me to relax. Before I met her, I felt the need to move, almost all the time. Sitting on a beach, a bed or a rock at the top of the mountain seemed like a waste of time. Over the years, taking a moment to soak in the sun, to observe the trees and birds around us, or to talk and laugh about the events of the day have become increasingly enjoyable ways to spend time and connect. While my wife has taught me the fine art of relaxing, she has also demonstrated an incredible work ethic, balancing between the needs of our family and the demands of her job. She finds time to respond to work emails, to read work material and to answer important calls, all while supporting our children at everything from sports scrimmages to concerts to graduations. Neither of us is particularly fond of shopping. She has, however, demonstrated how to speedshop in a store. She has a gift not only for finding what she or any member of our family

needs — a black shirt for a coming concert, a white dress for a party or specific socks that are cool enough for school — but also doing it in the most efficient manner, enabling the four of us to race back to the car and on to other activities. She has also taught me how to laugh. Of course I laughed before I met her, but the laughter wasn’t as frequent and it didn’t continue to help cement my relationship to someone as well as it does with my wife. The absurd surrounds us, if you know what to look for and how to find it. Of course, I don’t necessarily cherish every lesson the same way. You see, my wife is a cat person, a trait she shares with her mother and siblings. When my wife was pregnant and during the months when she breastfed, I learned the fine art of scooping cat litter and, once a week, changing the pan. I learned how to do this unpleasant but necessary maintenance task as quickly as possible, leaving me with only a slight scent of cat litter on my clothes. Our young

children enjoyed watching me expectorate for a full minute after the process ended. She also taught me the sheer joy of walking the Earth with someone. Before I met her, I was an avid walker, trekking up and down West Meadow Beach, walking around neighborhoods in Manhattan and crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. Ever since then, we have covered thousands of miles in all types of terrain as we share our observations of everything from nature to the events of the day or week. Walking together in stride, I have felt a part of something larger and more meaningful than my own existence. Ultimately, however, my wife taught me how to turn my dreams into a reality. When I was 13, I read about the Galapagos Islands. When I heard about how all the marine and island life ignores people, I knew I had to visit. Spurred on by my wife, we planned this journey, which in 2013 far exceeded my lofty expectations, just as each year does with the woman I married two decades ago.

In California, the News Desert Recedes


his is a happy tale about a lifesaving rescue that particularly pleases me. It must also have pleased The New York Times since the paper gave it a full-page spread under the National news banner this past Monday. The hero is an unlikely 71-year-old retired computer programmer and labor economist named Carl Butz. A fourth-generation Californian, he was aware, like the some 300 other residents of Downieville in the mountainous northern countryside, that the local newspaper, the state’s Between oldest weekly, was folding with the you and me retirement of its BY LEAH S. DUNAIEF publisher. We know that newspapers across America have been dying, especially in rural areas, and this Sierra County town, like a

movie set preserved from the Old West days, was about to become the latest “news desert.” Downieville’s weekly, The Mountain Messenger, was founded in 1853 and was as constant a fixture over the years as a Thursday is in every week. Mark Twain wrote several articles for the paper that were “a few unremarkable stories,” according to the Messenger’s former publisher, Don Russell, who had run the paper for nearly 30 years and read Twain’s stories on microfilm before he sold it to Butz. “They were awful. They were just local stories, as I recall, written by a guy with a hangover.” Twain was reportedly hiding out there from the law, or so the legend goes. Then one night Butz, a recent widower, was watching “Citizen Kane” on cable, and had an epiphany. “I can do that,” he decided. He made a deal quickly with Russell, who was a good friend, to pay in the “four figures,” plus assuming some of the paper’s debts, and he never looked at the books. Russell told him he was “a romantic idealist and a nut case,” because the paper was a losing proposition “and someone who would want it would be crazy.” So why did he do it?

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In a letter to the readers of the first edition, Butz explained. “Simply put, the horrible thought of this venerable institution folding up and vanishing after 166 years of continuous operation was simply more than I could bear.” The newspaper was “something we need in order to know ourselves.” The rest of the residents felt the same way, apparently, and the editor of an online news site in town said, “It was devastating for everybody that we were going to lose The Mountain Messenger.” The paper’s publishing software, Butz learned, was from the mid-1990s. There was no website, no social media platform. The only other employee, Jill Tahija, has been with the paper 11 years and takes to work her small black-and-white dog, Ladybug. Tahija’s business card reads, “She who does the work.” The paper relies mostly on legal notices, from the county and other government offices, which bring in about $50,000 for the bulk of its revenue, has about 700 subscribers throughout the county and a print run of 2,400. “I’m not going to lose a million dollars but I know I’m going to have to subsidize some of it,” the new owner said. “My daughter is already aware that



her inheritance is shrinking.” Butz’s first edition was filled with the usual complement of local news stories: a supervisor’s meeting, wildfire prevention, the upcoming census and a local poetry competition. Russell, meanwhile, was on vacation with his wife, driving his RV up the coast — probably his first time off in three decades. Downieville has become a popular destination as an old Gold Rush town at a fork of the Yuba River in distant western Sierra County. It has a corner saloon, one-lane bridges over the river, and the newspaper is located in a second-story office above a beauty salon on Main Street and next to the fire department, whose sign on the door reads, “Oldest volunteer fire department west of the Mississippi.” Gold mining and sawmills were once the economic engine. Now it relies on mountain biking and fly fishing. And the paper is a repository of the county’s history, with its vast archives. Carl Butz has become to the The Mountain Messenger what Jeff Bezos is to the The Washington Post: A savior who cares who we were and where we are going. I understand him.




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