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July 11, 2019

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A quarter century ago former Poquott resident and popular local Allstate insurance agent, Jack Russell, had taken his wedding ring off in readiness for a required resizing. Somehow he then lost the ring in the garden of his Van Brunt Manor Road home. Russell and his wife, Ginnie, lived in Poquott for 28 years from 1971 until 1999, and after a long spell living near Floyd, Virginia, the Russells recently moved to Talbott, Tennessee. Fast forwarding to 2019 and planning a road trip back to the Island for a family gathering, they were delighted recently to hear from the couple that bought their Poquott home.

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Joe and Lee Munch were worthy local successors to the Russells in that they accumulated “stuff” to fill the large barn/garage at the property at a prodigious rate that even made Jack Russell himself look like a novice collector — no small feat. Perhaps it was this eye for saving and collecting that helped catch Lee Munch’s eye recently when doing some yard work in the rear of the property and finding a wedding ring inscribed with Jack Russell’s initials. A few phone calls later, the ring was returned to its rightful owner who has faithfully promised to look after it in better fashion than for the last 25 years.

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Village

The Jazz Loft acquires legendary bandleader’s archives BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM A St. James resident’s inheritance has become a treasure for a local museum and music venue. Recently, John Diana, a periodontist and clinical assistant professor at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine in the Department of Periodontology, donated the musical archives of renowned bandleader Xavier Cugat to The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook. Tom Manuel, the Loft’s founder, said the collection contains many of Cugat’s original manuscripts. Manuel added that manuscripts like the newly acquired ones include various musical notations. “That’s incredibly important because that means the music can be performed again, and that means, in many ways, the music can live on,” he said.

Diana is the only child of Robert W. Kasha, who was the pianist in the Sammy Kaye orchestra in the 1940s and ’50s. He said his father went on to become vice president of Willard Alexander Inc., and the theatrical agency had many of the big bands on contract. When Kasha met Cugat, he made an offer to purchase the bandleader’s name, music and rights to the band, and Cugat accepted the offer. The periodontist said his mother, who used the stage name Ada Cavallo, was a singer, and she became the conductor of the band after his father gained the rights. “Also, being Latina, she instilled the Latin rhythm required of a Latin band,” Diana said. His father would play piano in the ensemble, and the New Xavier Cugat Orchestra was together for nearly 20 years, according to Diana. He said his parents traveled with the group numerous times to Japan, and both were inducted into the Big Band Hall of Fame in West Palm Beach, Florida. Diana said his wife, Kathleen, was the one who suggested he contact The Jazz Loft to see if they would accept the Cugat material. “Tom, from The Jazz Loft, was more than kind in accepting the music, and many of the exhibits in his museum were from bands and musicians that my dad booked and knew personally,” Diana said. “I feel, and I believe my folks would feel, that the music found a good home.” Manuel said there aren’t many places like The Jazz Loft with a museum and educational component, and many people have reached out to them about musical archives they own but no longer have room for in their homes. “It’s really amazing that we’re getting these

The Jazz Loft recently acquired bandleader Xavier Cugat’s musical collection, above, and will begin sorting through the memorabilia for an exhibit next year. Among the museum’s current exhibits are singer Keely Smith items, below. Photos by Rita J. Egan

incredibly important — historically important — collections,” he said. Manuel said every collection is different and may include not only manuscripts, but also photographs, receipts, date books, tour schedules, instruments and more. Some of the collections The Jazz Loft has acquired through the years have been from jazz trombonists Ray Anderson and Benny Powell and jazz and pop singer Keely Smith. The museum currently has the collection of piano player Jack Wilson on display to coincide with its July tribute to the entertainer. The collections are rotated throughout the year in The Jazz Loft museum because it would be impossible to display everything at the same time, Manuel said. In October Anderson’s collection will be on display and the trombonist will also be performing at the venue. Next year

Manuel plans to display the Benny Powell and Xavier Cugat exhibits. Manuel said some of his favorite pieces from the Cugat collection include manuscripts that were written while the bandleader was in Cuba, parts are in Spanish, and the paper was made in Cuba. Diana also had his favorite pieces. “Being of Latino heritage, I enjoyed it all, but my favorite piece was a newer version of the ‘Peter Gunn’ theme, and from dad’s personal piano archives, his rendition of the classic ‘Laura,’” Diana said. The Jazz Loft crew will begin sorting through the material from the Cugat collection. Manuel said first everything must be entered into a computer and initially placed in an envelope. Once the memorabilia are grouped together and categorized, the items will be put in archival boxes to help keep them preserved.

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County

First phase of county blueway trail plan under way BY DAVID LUCES DLUCES@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM County officials are asking residents for help in creating Suffolk’s new blueway trail. According to the National Park Service, a blueway trail is a water path that provides recreational boating opportunities along a river, lake, canal or coastline. The county’s blueway trail plan will make nonmotorized water sports — kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and rowing — more accessible to residents and visitors by identifying information needed for a safe and fun paddling experience. As part of the first phase, the county has launched a survey to solicit feedback from residents to see what they would want in a blueway trail. The comments and recommendations received through the survey will be open until July 15. “Our ultimate goal is to link the blueway trail to our great recreational assets, such as our parks, beaches, and hike and bike trails, as well as provide opportunities to advance ecotourism and economic development within the county,” said County Executive Steve Bellone (D).

Residents enjoy a day on the Nissequogue River. Photo from the Nissequogue River State Park Foundation

“Paddling is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and exercise at the same time. The county is committed to working with residents to add to the enjoyment of the experience.” The survey will help identify existing and potential launch sites throughout the county’s more than 1,000 miles of waterfront and develop a wish list to improve the sites for water access. “Paddlers have long enjoyed Suffolk’s scenic waters, and we want to make it easier for residents and visitors to learn how to take advantage of the magnificent waterways we have available to us while doing it in a safe and

fun way,” said county Legislator Kara Hahn (D-Setauket). The origins of a countywide blueway trail date back three years ago, when Hahn was developing a similar plan for her North Shore district. In June 2016, Hahn sponsored bipartisan legislation authorizing the county to pursue state funding, which resulted in the award of a $60,000 grant. “It is an exciting next step,” she said. “I grew up in Stony Brook, and there’s nothing like being out in the water.” Once priority sites have been identified, Suffolk County will work with the various municipalities

to identify funding sources for specific project improvements and develop a management, communication and marketing plan. Hahn said the trail would help drive new opportunities for tourism and benefit the local economy. “We are looking for inexpensive ways for residents to access the shoreline,” she said. The trail would provide suggested routes depending on skill level, locations of features such as rest stops, scenic locations, birdwatching and amenities including restrooms, concessions, nearby businesses and parking. It will also include signage to help paddlers find launch locations and provide information such as maps, environmental educational information and safety information. Though the first phase of the plan is underway, Hahn said this will be a long planning process that could take a few years. She said it depends on how much funding they can get as they will need to reapply for more grants as well as fixing and preparing the launch sites to be used as part of the blueway trail. For residents who want to contribute to the blueway trail survey visit, www.arcg. is/1KyPDq.

Stony Brook University opens new clean water research facility BY DAVID LUCES DLUCES@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM A new research facility at Stony Brook University aims to develop innovative technologies in the fight to improve the quality of water on Long Island and help rid nitrogen in wastewater in an effort to protect drinking water. On July 9, the New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at SBU officially opened the new research site named the Wastewater Research & Innovation Facility. The WRIF will have nitrogen-removing technologies to clean wastewater. The new facility is situated close to a county wastewater pumping station. “We all know how important water is to Long Island, we know our only source of drinking water is below our feet,” said Chris Gobler, director, NYS Center for Clean Water Technology. “This facility is designed to bring the next generation of nitrogen reducing and removing biofilters [also called NRBs] that will be smaller and more effective and more widespread.” The WRIF’s main area is a trailer full of nitrogen-removing biofilters made up of two levels: a layer of sand on top and a layer of wood chips on the bottom. Wastewater flows

down, and each layer take out the nitrogen as it goes through. “Our focus is to take what we have installed in the field, these NRBs and make them smaller and want to make it more affordable,” said Frank Russo, associate director for wastewater initiatives, NYS Center for Clean Water Technology. “The only way we can do that on a scale like this is to do experiments first in a set environment and test all the theories we find in our research.” There are 22 SBU students and researchers on staff at the new facility. A secondary trailer on the property allows them to conduct experiments and research at a test tube level. The endgame of those experiments is to eventually install these filters in homes and businesses, so it can help reduce nitrogen pollution. Russo said it will take a five-year process before they go full scale. He stated that it is a county requirement that before anything is to be installed, you have to show the county that it is a proven technology, and it will last a long time. The associate director hopes these filters along with a home septic system will one day take the place of a cesspool. The opening of the new facility, comes a year after the center installed three prototype

filters in homes throughout Long Island. The center has also been busy with other projects, including constructing a wetland in Cold Spring Harbor that is designed to treat wastewater and nitrogen levels. Gobler stressed the need for reducing nitrogen pollution, stating that nearly 75 percent of Suffolk homes are not connected to a sewage system. The problem arises when the nitrogen-contaminated wastewater is stored into cesspools or outdated septic systems. “The center is going to help address and solve the nitrogen problem on Long Island, but perhaps across the country and maybe even around the world,” said Carrie Meek-Gallagher, regional director of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. In 2017, the county began urging residents to make the switch to new, updated septic systems under the Suffolk County Septic Improvement Program with the help of grants. As of July 1, Suffolk County residents who voluntarily decide to replace their cesspools will need to replace them with a system consisting of a septic tank and leaching pool at a minimum, according to a June 20 TBR News Media article. Contractors will need to register the system with the Department of Health Services. While residents can choose a conventional septic system, another option

The inside of the NYS Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University Photo by David Luces

is an advanced device that removes more nitrogen. County grants of up to $20,000 are available for residents who qualify. There is also an additional state grant of up to $10,000, which can mean a total of up to $30,000.


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A Centereach couple is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly keeping multiple pets in a home filled with feces and urine. On July 7, detectives with the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals responded to a call from the Centereach Fire Department where multiple dogs and cats were found living in deplorable conditions. According to the SPCA, the fumes from the house may have set off the fire alarm. Ten dogs, including beagles and chihuahuas, and 20 cats were found to be living in the single family home located on Holbrook Road in Centereach, which was covered with feces and urine and had an overwhelming odor. The house was condemned as uninhabitable by the Town of Brookhaven attorney’s office. All of the animals were surrendered and transported to the Town of Brookhaven animal shelter for evaluation. Kathy V. Fortis, 56, and Henry Fortis, 56, were charged by SPCA detectives with misdemeanor animal cruelty and are scheduled to appear in 1st District Court in Central Islip Sept. 5. The arrest was a joint effort with Centereach Fire Department, Suffolk County Police Department, Brookhaven Fire Marshal, Brookhaven animal shelter and investigators from the Brookhaven attorney’s office.

Governor commits millions Centereach couple charged to energy storage projects with animal cruelty As part of New York State’s commitment to reach zero-carbon emissions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced July 3 a $55 million investment for energy storage projects that promotes commercial and residential clean energy use on Long Island. “With our nation-leading clean energy goals and aggressive strategy to combat climate change, New York continues to set the example of climate leadership for other states across the country,” Cuomo said. “These incentives for energy storage will help Long Islanders grow their clean energy economy and create jobs while also improving the resiliency of the grid in the face of more frequent extreme weather events.” The initial roll out includes nearly $15 million in incentives available immediately from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for both residential and commercial installations. Additional compensation is also available from PSEGLI’s Dynamic Load Management tariff, which pays customers to reduce the amount of grid electricity used when demand is highest. The energy storage system paired with solar can enable this to be accomplished. The current NYSERDA incentive is $250 for each kilowatt hour of energy storage installed up to 25 kilowatt hours for a residential system and 15 megawatt hours for a commercial system. NYSERDA’s NY-Sun program also offers financing for the installation of solar panels. “As more renewable resources are brought online throughout the state, energy storage will improve the efficiency of the grid to better integrate resources like solar while providing residents and businesses with a cleaner, more reliable energy system,” Alicia

Gov. Andrew Cuomo File photo by Sara-Megan Walsh

Barton, president and CEO, NYSERDA, said. “This announcement reinforces Long Island’s position as one of the leading clean energy markets in New York and moves the state closer to reaching Governor Cuomo’s aggressive 3,000 megawatts by 2030 energy storage target.” The state estimates that the 2030 target equates to powering 40 percent of New York homes with carbon-free technology. The remaining funds will be allocated over the next three to five years and will be used to drive down costs and scale up the market for these clean energy technologies. The incentives support energy storage installed at customer sites for standalone systems or systems paired with solar. “Incentivizing energy storage projects on Long Island is a necessary step in order to develop our renewable resource capacity,” Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D-Setauket), chair of the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee, said. “This will help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, stabilize energy bills for ratepayers, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I applaud Governor Cuomo for this initiative and look forward to more proposals that will ensure New York State takes the lead in addressing climate change.”

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Sound Beach man arrested for alleged sex with underage girl Mug shot of Thomas Hinrichs Photo from SCPD

A Sound Beach man was arrested for allegedly having sex with an underage girl whom he got in contact with via social media. Thomas Hinrichs, 33, was arrested by Suffolk County police at his home, located at 22 Babylon Drive, at around 4 p.m. July 4 for allegedly having sex with an underage girl earlier this year, police said. Following an investigation by 6th Squad detectives, Hinrichs was charged with rape,

third degree, and criminal sex act, third degree. Hinrichs was held overnight at the 6th Precinct and was scheduled to be arraigned at 1st District Court in Central Islip July 5. Police are asking anyone who believes they may be a victim to call the 6th Squad at 631854-8652 or call Crime Stoppers at 800-220TIPS (8477).

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Port Jefferson bedecks itself in Old Glory for Independence Day Port Jefferson village was crowded with people sporting red, white and blue, either in handheld flags or in their clothes. The annual Fourth of July Parade in Port Jeff brought hundreds of attendees and marchers from all across the North Shore. At night, the annual fireworks show went off in Port Jefferson for Independence Day. Costs for the show, provided by Bellport-based Fireworks by Grucci, were $20,000. Photos clockwise from top left: members of Shine Dance Studios march; the Kismet Shriners clown; crowd watches marchers pass; pipers from the Port Jefferson Fire Department; motorcycle riders roll by; members of the Stony Brook Fire Department; and fireworks go off at night. Firework photo by David Ackerman; all other photos by Kyle Barr


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School News Ward Melville High School

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Ward Melville High School seniors were honored at the 19th annual Butch Dellecave Awards held recently at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. Named in memory of the well-known educator and coach Gaetano “Butch” Dellecave, the awards are the product of a highly successful 19-year partnership between local school districts in Suffolk County and the awards organizers: the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, the Butch Dellecave Foundation and Newsday.

Athletic directors from all Suffolk County school districts were asked to nominate one male and one female student-athlete from their high school senior classes. Nominees are students who are not only at the top of their game, but also score high in classroom performance and in their commitment to local community service. Pictured above: Ward Melville High School nominees Patrick O’Neill and Alexis Reinhardt are flanked by Dellecave Foundation co-directors Guy Dellecave, left, and Mark Dellecave.

Community News Stony Brook

Passing the gavel

Suffolk County Community College’s outgoing Board of Trustees chairwoman Theresa Sanders passed the gavel to E. Christopher Murray who was unanimously elected by his fellow trustees as board chair June 20. Murray, an attorney from Stony Brook, has been twice appointed to the Suffolk board by the Suffolk County legislature. He is a graduate of SUNY Albany, earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a partner in the litigation department at Ruskin, Moscou, Faltischek, P.C. Murray was first appointed to the board Oct. 5, 2016. His latest term expires June 30, 2025. Sanders, twice elected as chair and the first African-American woman to hold the post, was first appointed to the Suffolk board by the New York State legislature June 30, 2010. Her term expires June 30, 2025. Trustee Jim Morgo was re-elected vice chair, Gordon Canary as secretary and trustee Shirley Coverdale has been newly elected as vice chair.

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W.S. Mount Elementary School third-grade students helped to demonstrate the familiar saying of “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure” when they creatively invented a variety of projects using recycled materials. From paper towel rolls, plastic water bottles, discarded wood and a multitude of other materials, the students created such

Obituaries Louise Wasilevitch

Louise Wasilevitch died June 12. Last year before she turned 107 years old, she was featured in The Village Times Herald. For nine years she lived with her daughter and sonin-law, Alice and Charles Anderson of Stony Brook. She also traveled to their home in New Hampshire, where the whole family often gathered. There are three granddaughters: Heather Anderson and her friend Steve Kennedy of North Carolina; Jennifer Irwin and her husband Tobin of Evergreen, Colorado; and Emily Rietzel and her husband Robert of Coventry, Rhode Island. She also had eight great-grandchildren. Born in New Jersey in 1911 as Louise Zaitz, she led a full life, marrying Julius Wasilevitch in 1937, with whom she had two daughters, Susan Bergman (deceased) and Alice. She worked as a secretary on Wall Street, but was let go when she married. Later, her husband started an engineering firm, Euclid Equipment Inc., and she headed the office. Business allowed them to travel around the world together. She sang in her younger days, at social clubs and in the First Presbyterian Church choir in Greenlawn, where she lived for most of her married life. Julius died in 1995. She was also a Girl Scout leader, a part of

projects as a piggy bank out of milk jugs, a basketball net out of a plant container and even a mailbox using a detergent container and various other items. The classes proudly displayed their completed projects in a hallway museum and wrote descriptive overviews to best explain their pieces.

the Greenlawn Beach and Swim Club, and a member of two senior clubs. In addition to playing violin, she enjoyed many crafts, including counted cross stitch which she did even after she was 100. She is missed by her loving family. Services were held June 17 at A. L. Jacobsen Funeral Home in Huntington Station, followed by cremation.

Albert Reichle

Albert “AJ” Joseph Reichle, of Rocky Point, died May 15. He was 24. AJ was born in Stony Brook and was the son of Albert J. and Lorraine (Timpone) Reichle. He was employed by YAI in Farmingdale as a counselor. He is survived by his beloved parents, Albert J. and Lorraine (Timpone) Reichle; his loving sister, Ava Reichle; his cherished grandparents Albert and Joan Reichle of Rocky Point and his grandmother Laura Timpone of Ronkonkoma. A celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial was offered May 20 at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church with a burial following in Washington Memorial Park in Mount Sinai. An online guest book is available at www. rockypointfuneralhome.com.


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The Suffolk Classic Horse Show was held July 7 at Old Field Farm county parklands located at 92 W. Meadow Road in East Setauket. The historic Long Island show grounds were built by philanthropist Ward Melville in 1931. Both adult and children equestrians competed in numerous categories, and results can be found at www. horseshowing.com. — Photos by Steven Zaitz

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What types of services do you offer? A. We offer a full spectrum of medical care, including preventive care, cancer care, immunizations, electrocardiogram testing, pulmonary function testing, hearing screenings and vision screenings. For our geriatric patients, we focus on managing complex diseases. As my patients get older, helping them be functional is increasingly important. Specifically, we work through conditions such as advanced cardiac disease, Alzheimer’s disease and osteoarthritis.

What is the most rewarding part of your work? A. My patients — they are all so different, and they all truly inspire me. My older patients are very generous and kind people from whom I have much to learn. It is powerfully inspiring and motivating for me to help improve the quality of life of my patient’s by providing compassionate, thorough care.

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Opinion

Editorial

After July Fourth, put your fireworks away The showers of sparks that rained down on our heads the night of Fourth of July were inspiring — grandiose and touching all at once. Fireworks and Independence Day go together like old friends, a tradition that touches the heart. Long Island is home to many of these shows, from the Bald Hill spectacle to the fireworks set off on the West Beach in Port Jefferson. Then there are the smaller shows, the ones put on by the local neighborhoods in the cool of night. While the grand displays of the professional shows are like standing in the majesty under the lights of Times Square, the small community shows are more like candles set along the mantle in a dark room. Both can be spectacular in their own ways. Though of course, one is done by amateurs, often in illegal circumstances. And even after the festivities, fireworks continue to light up the sky despite its danger and how it may impact the surrounding community. Unlike other New York counties, Suffolk County has bans on sparklers, along with firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman candles, spinners and aerial devices. The Suffolk County Fire Marshals beg people to put down their own fireworks and attend one of the professionally manned shows. And it seems they have had good reasons, both past and present, to press people for caution. Two women from Port Jefferson Station were injured with fireworks the night of July Fourth when one ended up in their backyard. While other media outlets reported only light injuries, in fact their injuries were much more severe, and readers will read that story in the coming week’s issue. But of course, the injuries don’t just happen here on the North Shore. A 2018 report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that in 2017, fireworks were involved in an estimated 12,900 injuries. Children under the age of 15 accounted for 36 percent of these injuries. Sparklers accounted for an estimated 1,200 emergency department-treated injuries. And it’s not over yet. Even a week after July Fourth, fireworks continue to go up with sparks and bangs in the din of night. Residents know to handle their pets scared by the booms of fireworks on Independence Day, but should they have to cower with their pets for days and days afterward? And of course, that’s not even to mention U.S. veterans, many of whom know what they must do to stay safe if they are suffering from PTSD on July Fourth, but should they have to sequester themselves every day afterward for a week or more? Sending up fireworks after July Fourth is inconsiderate, to say the least. We at TBR News Media beg people with excess fireworks to put them in packages or put them aside. And next time July Fourth comes around, we urge caution when using these explosives. Nobody should have to find refuge from their neighbors on the day of the birth of this nation.

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Trump’s salute should be a tradition The uplifting oral and visual history given by President Donald Trump (R) on the Fourth should be shown in all classrooms throughout America. It demonstrated the historical significance of the day along with the glorious events and the people that followed the founding of our country after the hard won revolutionary war. Most Americans celebrating on the Fourth think of hamburgers and hot dogs and are unaware of why we even celebrate this day. Sadly, some even equate our history with politics. Living in the Three Village area, we

are more aware than most of the battles fought here. If not for the patriots, we would be living under a monarchy and English rule. Trump’s speech interspersed with music and an air display was aweinspiring and reminded all of us the freedoms we enjoy because of the sacrifices of past Americans. Trying to erase history by tearing down monuments marking historical events is a sign of ignorance. To think you can change the past by destroying it is not only ignorant but delusional. Instead of looking and learning from past mistakes as well as

past triumphs, some think: “Out of sight out of mind.” More frightening, even with visual reminders, as in Germany, there are still holocaust deniers. It should be a tradition because it is the job for all presidents to celebrate from the White House and to remind Americans of how our freedom was won. This speech was unifying in contrast to the media’s divisive rhetoric, even before they heard a word. It truly showed us how we came to be. God Bless America! Carol Florio Lisa Pius Old Field

A chapter to skip in the history books As the celebration of our 243rd birthday as the United States of America winds down, the buffoon leading the current administration continues on his quest to eradicate all details of American history and create his own comic book version of events. In my many years as a student and teacher of social studies I always presumed that the leader of our nation would possess more knowledge than me about the history and government of the United States (discounting President George W. Bush [R], of course). Now here we are, in the Chump era,

drowning in the ignorance incited by his witless supporters. The narcissistic rant, portrayed as a speech to celebrate America and given on Independence Day of all days, outweighs so much of the other nonsense this man has uttered throughout his stolen presidency. Statements made about “airports” during the American Revolution and the many details of the War of 1812, which had nothing to do with the holiday we were celebrating, were sadly eaten up by his unenlightened minions. This pathetic mass of people who thrive on the words spoken by a man

who persists in embarrassing this country on a daily basis need to wake up. Chump is nothing more than a clown, systematically dismantling our government and creating a chapter that I will want to skip in every history book. Perhaps, rather than rallying to add a citizenship question to the census, president Chump should be forced to take the citizenship test and bet the rest of his term on the results. Hint, hint, I don’t think Vlad or Mitch could get him out of that jam. Stefanie J. Werner East Setauket

The definition of patriotism to me What is patriotism? Is it waving a flag and marching in a parade? Is it calling this nation “the greatest on Earth”? Is it to be celebrated with barbecues and fireworks? (Or tanks on the Lincoln Memorial?) I say, none of the above. For me, true patriotism is looking at ourselves through clear eyes, unafraid to be both critical and loving. It is recognizing that our Founding Fathers were both genius and cruel, calling for independence while owning slaves. It is noting that we are the wealthiest country on Earth that provides the least for its citizens. It is questioning why we are the way we are, and how we can be better, because we love this nation and want it to live up to its promise. This past year, I was preparing a choir for a concert on Veterans Day. We were

rehearsing “America the Beautiful,” and as I was teaching the harmonies, we got into a discussion about the poet, who was a woman. We noted that she wrote this iconic piece as she herself didn’t have equal rights in this nation that she loved — neither did Native Americans or black people, for that matter. And we talked about how both of these things could exist at the same time, how you could love a nation that denied you your rights, how you could support the veterans we were honoring while questioning the foreign policy that sent them to war, how patriotism is all of this and more. It was a really proud moment for me as an educator, a musician and citizen, this moment where it was all laid out on the table, in an honest and authentic way. That is patriotism to me.

I don’t like where we are as a country in this moment. Truth is, I don’t like where we’ve been. But dear God, I love this nation and the people who live here with me. I want us to be better, to finally live up to the unfulfilled promise of this nation that we have yet to realize. I don’t know if, when and how we’ll get there. But I know that it’s part of my life’s work to try. So today, as I write this, with tears streaming down my face, trying to make sense of a country where we put kids in cages and have tanks on the streets of D.C., I reaffirm my patriotism. I won’t wave a flag or beat my chest and scream “Freedom!” to prove it. My passion, my dissent, my voice is what makes me a patriot. Shoshana Hershkowitz South Setauket

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Opinion

Searching for perspective after a crummy softball game

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hen I was younger, I was the best baseball player who ever lived. OK, maybe that’s a wee bit of an exaggeration. Maybe I was a decent player who had a few good games, surrounded by periods of agonizing ineffectiveness, miserable failure and frustrating inadequacies. Baseball, as its numerous fans will suggest regD. None ularly, is a game of failure. And yet of the above those exquisite BY DANIEL DUNAIEF moments of success — when we break up a no-hitter, get to a ball that seemed destined for open grass

or develop the speed to outrun the laser throw from the outfield — make us feel as if we can do anything. Recently, I have found myself frustrated beyond the normal measure of perspective because I feel as if I’ve lost a step or six when I play softball. My current athletic deficiencies seem to be a harsh reminder of the inexorable journey through time. As I return from the game in the car, I sometimes bark questions at myself, wondering how I missed an easy pop-up, or how I lunged for yet another pitch I should have hit. My family, who comes to the games to support me, watches me dissolve into a puddle of self-loathing. Yes, I know, it’s not my finest hours as a parent and I know I’m setting a terrible example. And yet something inside of me, which is both young and old, can’t control the frustration. I’m an older version of the kid who was so annoyed with his own deficiencies that he kicked a basketball over some trees. OK, maybe they were hedges and I

probably threw the ball, but in my memory the offending orb traveled a great distance. So, what was and sometimes is missing from my life that caused these games to be so important? Other than talent, conditioning, plenty of sleep and a commitment to practicing, my biggest problem was, and sometimes still is, a lack of perspective. People suffer through much greater hardships than a decline in limited athletic skills. Life is filled with challenges and inspiration. People overcome insurmountable odds, push themselves far beyond any expectations by taking small steps for mankind or even small steps for themselves when they weren’t expected to walk at all. As I know, I am fortunate in many ways to have the opportunity and time to play softball at all. To be sure, I recognize that perspective isn’t what people generally need when they care about something large or small: They need focus. Artists spending countless hours painting, writing, revising, editing or reshooting a scene for a movie to enable the

reality of their art to catch up to their vision or imagination often lose themselves in their efforts, forgetting to eat, to call their parents or siblings, to sleep or to take care of other basic needs. Considerable perspective could prevent them from finding another gear or producing their best work. And yet perspective, particularly in a moment like a softball game, can soothe the escalated competitor and give the father driving a car with his supportive family a chance to appreciate the people around him and laugh about his inadequacies, rather than dwell on them. In a movie, perspective often comes from a camera that climbs high into the sky or from someone looking through a window at his children playing in a yard or at a picture of his family in a rickety rowboat. Perhaps if we find ourselves tumbling down the staircase of anger, frustration or resentment, we can imagine handrails we can grab that allow us to appreciate what we have and that offer another way of reacting to life.

Women’s soccer winners level the playing field

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ast week a theme in this column was a defense of men. In a neat turnabout, this week is a shoutout for women. The catalyst, of course, is the victory of the United States women’s soccer team. We all watched or cheered Sunday as they defeated the Netherlands team, 2-0, to win the four-yearly Women’s World Cup championship in France. And we all felt tremendous pride in their accomplishment on behalf of our nation. Let’s face it. They won beBetween cause they had to win. They became you and me symbols of issues BY LEAH S. DUNAIEF larger than themselves, and in order to drive home those issues most effectively,

they had to be winners. You might even say they leveled the playing field in multiple ways. In becoming winners, they achieved a record four championships for the United States since the tournament began in 1991, this while the men’s counterpart fell later that day in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup final to the rival Mexico team, 1-0, in Chicago. The fact that the most visible and outspoken women’s team member, Megan Rapinoe, who was named most valuable player and who also won the Golden Boot for being the highest scorer, was repeatedly identified as a lesbian, gave her the additional burden of championing the rights of marginalized communities. And the swelling chorus of “Equal pay! Equal pay!” from the spectators at the end of the match was a victory for social justice that brought tears to my eyes and similarly affected many other women in the workplace. In 1963, when I was interviewing for a position with Time Inc. in New York City, I was told that my salary would be $65 dollars per week. Since I had been supporting my husband,

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who was a medical intern, and myself for several months already, I knew that we could not manage on that pay and said so to the interviewer. “Well,” she explained, “the men in that position earn $110 because they are the family wage earner.” “But I am the wage earner for my family,” I objected. “Why is that, dear?” she asked. “Because my husband gets $30 a month at the hospital and has to use that money to launder his ‘whites’ (intern’s hospital uniforms).” “Oh, then we’ll pay you the $110,” she consented. I left her office thrilled that I had the job, but my cheeks were burning because I felt like a secondclass citizen. Some 10 years later, there was a class-action lawsuit from a large group of women employees against the company demanding equal pay for equal work. It took years, but eventually they won. This has been a private uphill fight, corporation by corporation, agency by agency, for what should be so obvious, and that struggle is still going on, more than 55 years later. The difference is that now it is a public matter and the injustice rings out to fill a sports stadium. “It’s complicated,” answers the United States

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Soccer Federation, trying to explain where the money comes from and how it is allocated. To heck with that! It’s always complicated to right social wrongs, to win social change. Old views have to be altered, windows of the mind have to be opened. These women athletes have thrown those windows open wide. Furthermore, why should I care whether the star player is gay? That makes as much difference as knowing whether she paints her toenails purple or showers in the morning or at night. Do I need to know if the orchestra conductor at Carnegie Hall is a Republican or a Democrat? Or whether the chef in my favorite restaurant is right-handed or left-handed? Let’s get real. For those who refer to the “good ole days,” nostalgia can have its place. But I say thanks for the world we live in today, where any number of social injustices have come out of the woodwork and into the light. Before they can be changed, they must be acknowledged. Their emergence has been possible because of talented warriors like the U.S. women’s soccer team.

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