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Vol. 44, No. 29

September 12, 2019


Three Village remembers Members of the Ward Melville High School Robotics Club and Stage Crew help to pay tribute to the 18th anniversary of 9/11 by installing large American flags along Old Town Road in East Setauket. The display, which runs in front of the campus, includes several dozen flags that stand more than 7 feet tall. The project was overseen by Robotics and Stage Crew advisers Steve Rogers, Mark Suesser and John Williams. It was first implemented several years ago to help all that pass by remember and reflect on the historic day. Photo from Three Village Central School District

Cleaning up Stony Brook Creek

Suffolk County legislators approve new system to lessen stormwater runoff in local creek


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Portion of Stony Brook Road undergoing nearly $1.9M makeover Motorists driving along Stony Brook Road are currently witnessing what happens when the state and town work together. In July, work began toward the north end of the corridor between Oxhead Road and Development Drive, in the vicinity of Stony Brook University. In 2016 state Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) secured a $1 million grant from the New York State Dormitory Authority through its State and Municipal Facilities Capital Program to fund a traffic safety improvement project on the road. An additional $75,000 was acquired by state Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D-Setauket) through the state multimodal program, and Town of Brookhaven Highway Supervisor Dan Losquadro (R) said the town has contributed an approximate additional $815,000, for a total of about $1.9 million. “The project involves several components that are going to enhance safety for not only drivers, but also, just as importantly, for pedestrians with the university,” Losquadro said. Most notable to drivers and pedestrians are the sidewalks being added between Oxhead

Road and SBU’s Research and Development Park. There will be drainage improvements, according to Losquadro, as well as retaining walls at spots where there are significant grade changes with the sidewalks, in order for the walkways to be Americans with Disabilities Act compliant. Losquadro said based on talks with university officials, community members and traffic studies conducted by the town, there was a need to improve vehicular flow at the Oxhead Road intersection and the school’s South Drive intersection. The highway superintendent said there will be a new signal and turning lane into Oxhead Road so cars can cue up at the light and not impede the flow of northbound and southbound traffic. The project will also entail a larger turning lane into South Drive which will have dedicated turning arrows, meaning those making a left turn from Stony Brook Road will not have to worry about oncoming traffic turning in front of them. “It will move many more cars out of that southbound queue, so traffic can flow much more freely southbound,” Losquadro said. There will also be a new traffic signal at the Research and Development Park. At the end of the project, which is estimated to be the middle

Sidewalks being installed on Stony Brook Road near the university and the Research and Development Park. Photo by Rita J. Egan

of October, the road will be resurfaced between Oxhead and the R&D park, and new decorative lights that will match ones used on the south end of the corridor will be installed. The highway superintendent said in addressing both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, the project also takes into consideration both current and future needs, especially with future development at the R&D park. “In speaking with the university, we want to plan for the future,” Losquadro said. “We want to future proof this. We want to make sure that

even if the volume between the university and R&D park is lower now, as far as walkers, one of the reasons for that may be there is no safe way for those people to walk.” The highway superintendent said he hopes the changes will encourage more people to use non-vehicular transit, meaning less traffic. SBU spokesperson Lauren Sheprow said the university is grateful to all involved. “The campus community at Stony Brook University is exceptionally grateful to have these new roadway improvements that will make it safer for those walking and biking near campus,” Sheprow said. “It would not have been possible without $1M in state Senate funding secured by Senator Flanagan and nearly the same amount by Brookhaven Highway Superintendent Dan Losquadro. We are also grateful to Assemblyman Steve Englebright who provided funding that enhanced the project’s beauty and added safety through the addition of LED decorative street lights.” Losquadro said there is a long-term plan for the corridor including hopes to work on the southern portion of the corridor near Route 347 in the near future, but a timeline for that project depends if money is included in the upcoming capital budgets.

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Residents say ‘Yes’ to new pumper trucks BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM A special election was held in the Setauket Fire District Sept. 10 to approve the purchase of pumper trucks. According to David Sterne, fire district manager, the referendum was passed, 85-65. Residents were asked to vote “Yes” or “No” for four Pierce Class A Pumpers from PNC Equipment Finance, LLC. On Aug. 1, the board of fire commissioners approved a referendum to

hold the vote to buy the new vehicles. The district will enter into a tax-free Municipal Lease-Purchase Agreement with PNC Equipment Finance. The total cost of the four vehicles will not exceed $2,557,314. While the proposition is to approve a five-year payoff, Sterne said the district hopes to pay it off in three years. Since it was not a bond vote, it will not raise taxes in the fire district. The commissioners are currently preparing the budget for next year, and they are under the cap, according to Sterne.

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Library vote set for Sept. 18 BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Emma S. Clark Memorial Library’s budget is projected to increase slightly in 2020, and Three Village school district residents will get a chance to vote on it Sept. 18. Voters will be asked to approve the library’s 2020 budget of $5,495,366, which is a 1.99 percent increase over the 2019 budget of $5,388,195. While the budget includes an increase of $5,560 in employee salaries, it also consists of a decrease of $37,589 in benefits. Library Director Ted Gutmann said this past year some full-time Emma Clark employees retired. They were mostly replaced by part-time workers when it was practical, which has impacted salaries and decreased benefits. Books, e-books, materials, classes and events will see a $51,200 increase in 2020 and building and operations an increase of $6,000. The library’s estimated income for 2020 dips by $82,000. Orlando Maione, president of the library’s board of trustees, said the board looks for cost-saving methods and applies for grants whenever possible. When the building’s

lighting was converted to LED lights, he said it also helped the library save on utility bills. Over the past few years, mechanical equipment has been converted into energyefficient units which also saves money. “Whenever we can, we’re constantly looking for ways to save money and not use taxpayers’ money,” Maione said. The board president said he feels the library and trustees have built trust with residents in that the board will keep costs down. “Since we all live in the community, and we’re all taxpayers, it’s our money as well,” he said. Gutmann said he is grateful for the community’s support in the past and feels voting on the budget is important. “They have the opportunity to voice their opinion,” Gutmann said. “I’m hopeful that they’ll continue to support the library as we’re proposing.” Registered voters can cast their ballots on the library’s budget between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Periodicals Room of Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, located at 120 Main St. in Setauket. For more detailed budget information, visit

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County approves funds for Stony Brook Creek to help mitigate stormwater runoff Stony Brook Creek will receive much needed help in mitigating pollution from stormwater runoff after Suffolk lawmakers voted Sept. 4 to contribute $251,526 in funding toward installing new drainage systems, while the Town of Brookhaven will match an additional $251,526, totaling over $500,000 in funds. The project would disconnect four discharge pipes that had carried stormwater from the Stony Brook community directly to the creek. A new drainage system will be installed where pipes will lead to bioretention and water quality units in an effort to divert runoff water away from the creek. Legislator Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), who sponsored the bill in the county legislature, said the plan will improve water quality in the creek that had been polluted for decades from stormwater runoff. “I’m really glad about this partnership with the town to help invest in Stony Brook Creek and improve its water quality,” she said. “We should be doing all we can to protect our intricate water bodies.”

Gloria Rocchio, president of The Ward Melville Heritage Organization, said the plan is a positive step forward in cleaning the creek. “We are very pleased that these funds were approved, and we are looking forward to working with the county and town [on this project].” Rocchio also mentioned the creek’s importance in Stony Brook’s history, saying the original logo of Stony Brook University was based on the water body. Due to decades of stormwater runoff and silt being deposited into the creek, it has led to overgrown vegetation like phragmites. The invasive species plant has been known to choke many waterways on Long Island. In Stony Brook Creek, the debris caused by the phragmites has created silt buildup, which in turn has caused flooding along the waterway. Another issue is when the creek overflows, water has been found to go into the Stony Grist Mill, which was built in 1751 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The continual water flow has caused damage to the lower parts of the structure. In August Suffolk County awarded the organization a $10,750 grant that will be used


Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn, third from right; alongside Richard Rugen, WMHO chairman; second from right; and, far right, Gloria Rocchio, WMHO president, check out conditions at Stony Brook Creek this summer. Photo from The Ward Melville Heritage Organization

for a program to remove 12,000 square feet of phragmites from the shoreline of the creek. WMHO and Avalon Park & Preserve decided to match the grant total. The total cost of the project is $21,500.



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SBU medical school implements new opioid education session BY DONNA DEEDY DONNA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM At Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine, a new generation of doctors and dentists are involved in a novel approach to managing the opioid epidemic. The training includes instruction from reformed narcotic users, who act as teachers. A 25-year-old woman recently explained to the first-year students how she became addicted to opioids at the age of 15, when a friend came over with Vicodin prescribed by a dentist after a tooth extraction. Addiction, she said, is like having a deep itch inside that desperately needs to be scratched. “There was nothing that could stand between me and getting high,” said the young woman, who wants to remain anonymous. “Most of the time it was my only goal for the day. At $40 a pill, I switched to heroin which costs $10.” Dr. Lisa Strano-Paul, SBU assistant dean for Clinical Education, who helped coordinate the session, said that “patients as teachers” is widely practiced in medical education. This is the first year reformed narcotic users are participating in the program. “People’s stories will stick with these medical students for the rest of their lives,” she said. “Seeing such an articulate woman describe her experiences was impactful.” Gerard Fischer, a doctor of dental surgery candidate from St. James, took part in the patient-as-teacher session on narcotics. “You learn empathy, a quality people want to see in someone practicing medicine,“ Fischer said. “People don’t choose to become addicted to narcotics. So, you want to understand.” After working in dental offices over the last several years, he’s noticed that habits for prescribing painkillers are changing. “Dental pain is notoriously uncomfortable because it’s in your face and head,” he said. “No one wants a patient to suffer.” Pain management, though, requires walking a fine line, he added, saying, “Patient awareness is increasing, so many of them now prefer to take ibuprofen and acetaminophen rather than a prescription narcotic, which could be a reasonable approach.” Hearing the young woman tell her story, he said, will undoubtedly influence his decisionmaking when he becomes a practicing dentist. An estimated 180 medical and dental students attended the training last month. Overall, StranoPaul said she’s getting positive feedback from the medical students about the session. The woman who overcame addiction and shared her insights with the medical professionals, also found the experience rewarding. We respect her request to remain anonymous and are grateful that she has decided to share her story with TBR News

Media. For the rest of this article, we shall refer to her as “Claire.”

Faith, hope and charity

“I told the doctors recovery has nothing to do with science,” Claire said. “They just looked at me.” Claire was addicted to drugs and alcohol for seven years and went to rehab 10 times over the course of five years. “I did some crazy things, I jumped out of a car while it was moving,” Claire said, shaking her head in profound disbelief. She leapt from the vehicle, she said, the moment she learned that her family was on their way to a rehab facility. Fortunately, she was unharmed and has now been off pain pills and drugs for close to six years. She no longer drinks alcohol. “Yes, it is possible to recover from addiction,” Claire said. People with addiction issues feel empty inside, Claire explained, while gently planting her fist in her sternum. She said that once her counselor convinced her to pray for help and guidance, she was able to recover. “Somehow praying opens you up,” she said. Claire was raised Catholic and attended Catholic high school but says that she’s not a religious person. “I said to my counselor, “How do I pray, if I don’t believe or know if there’s a God?” She came to terms with her spirituality by appreciating the awe of nature. She now prays regularly. Recovery, she said, is miraculous. Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-step regimen, first published in 1939 in the post-Depression era, outlines coping strategies for better managing life. Claire swears by the “big book,” as it’s commonly called. She carefully read the first 165 pages with a counselor and has highlighted passages that taught her how to overcome addictions to opioids and alcohol. Being honest, foregoing selfishness, praying regularly and finding ways to help others have become reliable sources of her strength. Spirituality is the common thread Claire finds among the many people she now knows who have recovered from addiction.

“Medication-assisted therapy should not be discounted,” Strano-Paul said. “It improves the outcome and enables people to hold jobs and addresses criminal behavior tendencies.” While the assistant dean is not involved with that aspect of the curriculum, the topic is covered somewhat in the clerkship phase of medical education during sessions on pain management and when medical students are involved in more advanced work in the medical training, she said. The field, though, is specialized. The federal government requires additional certification before a medical practitioner can prescribe buprenorphine. Once certified, doctors and their medical offices are further restricted to initially prescribe the medicine to only 30 patients annually. Critics say no other medications have government-mandated patient limits on lifesaving treatment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, considers the therapy to be “misunderstood” and “greatly underused.” In New York state, 111,391 medical practitioners are registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to prescribe opioids and narcotics. Only 6,908 New York practitioners

to date are permitted to prescribe opioids for addiction treatment as at Aug. 31. Strano-Paul for instance, pointed out that she can prescribe opioids, but is prohibited from prescribing the opioid-based drug used for addiction therapy. The narcotics education program is still evolving, Strano-Paul said. New medical student training now also includes certification for Narcan, the nasal spray antidote that revives opioid overdose victims. “It saves lives,” Strano-Paul said. In a study titled “The Staggering Cost of Long Island’s Opioid Crisis,” data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health reveal the opioid death rate in Suffolk County for 2017 was 41 percent higher than the state average, with 424 overdose deaths. The county is aware of 238 potentially lifesaving overdose reversals as of June 30 attributed to Narcan this year alone. Since 2012, Narcan has helped to save the lives of 3,864 people in the county. As for Claire, now a mother, she delivered her children through C-section. In the hospital, she was offered prescription opioids for pain. “No one will ever see me again, if you give me those pills,” she said.

Source Where Pain Relievers Were Obtained Misuse Among Past Users 2016 (Aged 12 or older)

1.4% Prescriptions from More Than One Doctor 3.4% Some Other Way

0.7% Stole from Health Care Provider/Facility

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Medication-assisted therapy

Personally, Claire recommends abstinence over treating addiction medically with prescription drugs such as buprenorphine. The drug, approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration since 2002, is a slow-release opioid that suppresses symptoms of withdrawal. When combined with behavior therapy, the federal government recommends it as treatment for addiction. Medication alone, though, is not viewed as sufficient. The ultimate goal of medication-assisted therapy, as described on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website on the topic, is a holistic approach to full recovery, which includes the ability to live a selfdirected life.

35.4% Prescription from Single Doctor

From The Drug Enforcement Administration 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment.

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Three Village school district parents say it’s time for a new start

Board of education listens to pleas to let students begin school later in the day BY ANDREA PALDY DESK@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM It’s about time. That’s what a group of parents told the Three Village school district board and administrators last week when they asked for later start times for the district’s three secondary schools at the Sept. 4 board of education meeting. They wore their conviction on stickers that said, “It’s about time: Three Village parents for a later start time,” and filled rows in the board room to show their support for the cause. School board members and administrators listened, with board president William Connors promising that the discussion would continue. Parents, fortified with research and statistics to illustrate the consensus within the medical community, spoke about the toll sleep deprivation takes on the physical, emotional and mental well-being of adolescents. “Unlike other districts that have nonetheless successfully implemented the shift, you have our full support,” said Barbara Rosati, research assistant professor in physiology and biophysics at Stony Brook University. The mother of a P.J. Gelinas eighth-grader and founder of the recent movement in the Three Village district, Rosati went on to say, “We encourage you to reexamine this issue today in a different socioeconomic context and with the renewed attitude of asking, not whether this can be done … but how this will be done here.” Since first bringing the issue to the board in June, Rosati has organized two parent information sessions and launched an online petition that went live this week and gathered over 500 signatures in the first 24 hours. In addition to her request for a later start time, she has also asked the district to sponsor sessions with sleep experts for the school community and to include sleep hygiene in its health curriculum. Marlo Dombroff, the mother of two secondary students and a clinical assistant professor and chief physician assistant in the division of gynecologic oncology at Stony Brook University, reiterated the dangers of sleep deprivation in young people, which she said, “negatively impacts their ability to learn, weakens the immune systems, leading to more missed school days, causes anxiety and depression, which leads to increased risk of suicide, increases accidents … and later in life, causes increased risk of hypertension, diabetes and obesity.” Research shows that changes in adolescents’ circadian rhythms make it difficult for them to fall asleep before 11 p.m. This is one of

Parents, including Barbara Rosati, left, who organized residents, talk to the Three Village board of ed about the benefits of teenagers starting school later in the day. Many wore stickers that read, “It’s about time.” Photos by Andrea Paldy

the reasons that the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Academy and American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommend that middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later, so that students can get the recommended 8 to 10 hours of sleep their bodies need. During a phone interview, Superintendent Cheryl Pedisich agreed that the “research is 100 percent valid.” She added, though, that there are many variables to consider when it comes to shifting the school schedule. “This is not that black and white, and, of course, students’ health and well-being are critical to us,” she said. “We’ve increased our clinical staff throughout the district. When people were making cuts, we never touched our clinical staff because we do believe our students’ mental health is critical.” The last time the district looked at changing the 7:05 a.m. and 7:35 a.m. high school and junior high start times, a number of issues presented themselves, said Pedisich, who was co-chair of the committee that discussed the issue in 2010 and into 2012. Both elementary and secondary parents were on the committee, which discovered among its findings that parents of elementary school children were against the idea of having their young children home at 1:30 p.m., Pedisich said. Additional considerations were transportation, scheduling for athletics, BOCES and the elementary music program. Last week’s speakers noted that many secondary students don’t ride the bus because of

the early start times and suggested that a time change could be an opportunity to make district transportation more efficient and cost-effective. “You are not alone. We can and we will help you,” Rosati said, offering access to experts who could help ease the transition. While she would be willing to hear from those experts, Pedisich said the district’s transportation needs are special, in part, because the district buses all of its students unlike other districts. She also pointed to topographical issues with the layout and square mileage of the district — 22.5 — which present their own challenges and require the knowledge of the district’s own transportation experts. Three Village’s staggered bus schedule, possible because of four different start times, won the district a state Management Efficiency Grant in 2013 and saves the district $1.5 million a year, said Jeff Carlson, assistant superintendent for business services. The largest run uses about 50 buses, he said after last week’s meeting. If the junior high and the high school buses were to run at the same time to accommodate later start times, the district could pay more for buses. Pedisich discussed other challenges, such as the nine-period high school day, which is specific to Three Village. A later start time could eat into instructional time at the high school and could also affect the ability of students to attend afternoon BOCES classes, she said. Rosati referred to other districts like Jericho that have made the shift to a later start time and continue to have strong music and athletic

programs, suggesting that the tension between athletics and scheduling can be overcome. To Pedisich, who notes that Three Village has a particularly “robust” and competitive program, the decision is based on balancing the needs of all students. “It’s hard to say that maybe we can’t offer the same level of programs,” she said, which could be the case with a shift. For many students, athletics is their “lifeline” and connection to the school and community and is a source of self-esteem and confidence, she added. Because many of the coaches and club advisers are teachers in the district, they too would need to be polled to see if they are willing to extend their days, the superintendent said. Pedisich said the board would discuss the issue in a private session before bringing it back to an open meeting. Even if a task force were approved by the board, it would take a minimum of two years to reach a decision because of all of the logistics involved. “I’m not opposed to it,” Pedisich said of a later start time. “I want to do what’s right for kids — but it can’t be for one group of kids. It has to be what’s right for all kids.” Dombroff, who acknowledged that she like many moved to Three Village because of its reputation, said, “If it’s good now, imagine how good it would be if we let our kids get adequate sleep.” When the applause died down, she added, “Let them function at the top of their abilities, leading to the ultimate goal of happier, healthier students.”



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Local libraries, county fear future of e-book lending limitations BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM As the internet has connected the world, libraries across Suffolk County have never been as linked as they are today with both patrons and each other. The written word is strong, despite claims to the contrary, especially with the proliferation of e-books and audiobooks. Suffolk County’s Library System allows for libraries to request books from fellow libraries and gives access to multitudes of e-books and audiobooks alike, all free on request, barring a wait list. Some publishing companies are not happy with the status quo. Macmillan Publishers, an international corporation and one of the top five publishing houses across the globe, announced its intent to limit the number of copies allowed to libraries to one for the first eight weeks of release starting Nov. 1. After those eight weeks, they can purchase “expiring” e-book copies which need to be re-purchased after two years or 52 lends. While this decision has rocked libraries across the country, in Suffolk County, as the interlibrary program and e-book lending is handled by the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, that will mean one copy of an e-book for the entire system, according to Kevin Verbesey, director of the county library system. Just one e-book license for the whole of Suffolk and its near 1.5 million residents for the first eight weeks of its release. To add some perspective, Verbesey said a hot new title could have thousands of residents on a wait list for the title, and the county library system usually tries to have one copy of said book for every two or three people requesting it. Like any anticipated piece of media, new and highly anticipated titles are most often sought and bought in those first eight weeks. Following that, barring renewed interest from something like a movie deal, attention begins to wane. Basically, the library system, which would usually purchase hundreds of licenses of that book, will effectively be restricted from having any. In socioeconomic terms, Verbesey said it means people who can afford it can buy a book. Those who can’t afford it will have their access restricted. “In some parts of the county where there’s not great socioeconomic need, people have the option to ‘press buy’ and buy it for $12, but that’s not the case everywhere,” Verbesey said. “Rich people can have it, but poor people can’t.”

The North Shore is one of Suffolk County’s heaviest concentration of library users, the county library system director said. Those patrons could see some of the biggest impact of this decision. Debbie Engelhardt, the Comsewogue Public Library director, said her patrons are savvy and know when books are set to hit the street, and they depend on the library to have e-book copies available. “We have a long history of working very hard to get things into people’s hands as quickly as we can,” she said. “Think about a tiny little library someplace, they can buy one, and then all of Suffolk County can buy one. It just doesn’t seem equitable.” Engelhardt said libraries often have deals to purchase books cheaper than retail price through deals with publishers. They will also create lease agreements to gather numerous copies of whatever is popular at the time, so they are not later burdened with multiple copies of that same tome. Ted Gutmann, the director of the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, also pointed to the interlibrary loan system, which means not every library will need to purchase every book as long as it’s available nearby. E-books, on the other hand, are purchased by libraries for sometimes five times its original asking price. A regular e-book could cost around $12. A library or library system will purchase it at around $50 or $60, according to Verbesey. This is because libraries need to buy the licensing agreement of the copy in order to lend it to multiple people over the course of its license before the agreement expires in a few years. Each publisher has different policies on how long the licenses last and what is the cost for relicensing a product. The Suffolk library system has an annual budget of $14 million, with $4 million being spent directly on e-books and for the services of Overdrive, an application used by libraries to distribute their electronic media. E-books currently make up approximately one of every four checkout items from libraries in Suffolk. Despite the price of these books, Verbesey said they are happy to purchase what can be hundreds of licenses of that one e-book if there’s demand. This new policy would make it pointless to purchase any copies. Macmillan did not respond to a request for comment, but in its original July 25 letter to Macmillan authors and agents announcing the change, CEO John Sargent wrote, “It seems

Editorial comment Comsewogue, Port Jefferson and Setauket libraries will all have to contend with changes in the industry. File photos

that given a choice between a purchase of an e-book for $12.99 or a frictionless lend for free, the American e-book reader is starting to lean heavily toward free … Our new terms are designed to protect the value of your books during their first format publication. But they also ensure that the mission of libraries is supported. They honor the libraries’ archival mandate and they reduce the cost and administrative burden associated with e-book lending. We are trying to address the concerns of all parties.” The changes came after the corporation tested a 16-week embargo with e-books from its subsidiary Tor Publishing, concluding e-book lending had a negative impact on sales. Overdrive CEO Steve Potash condemned the move, calling the company’s original test data faulty adding that very few Tor e-books are available in public library catalogs. He pointed to other studies that showed libraries had no material impact on e-book sales. Authors published under MacMillan include romance author Nora Roberts, young adult fantasy based in African myth Tomi Adeyemi, and even famous and deceased authors such as C.S. Lewis. The company is also set to publish whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s memoirs this month, which is sure to become a hotly requested item. And though the libraries have no control over the publisher’s requests, some expect the onus to fall on the individual libraries themselves. “When a library serving many thousands has only a single copy of a new title in e-book format, it’s the library — not the publisher — that feels the heat,” said American Library Association President Wanda Brown in a July 25 statement.

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“It’s the local library that’s perceived as being unresponsive to community needs,” she added. Engelhardt pointed to data from the national Library Journal’s Generational Reading Survey for 2019, which showed 42 percent of those surveyed purchased the same book they borrowed from the library, and 70 percent bought another book of the same author of a book they borrowed. She added libraries are some of the biggest promoters for individual books, authors and literacy in general, and Macmillan may only be hurting its own brand. While the limitation on e-book lending won’t be in effect until November, libraries are already preparing to tell their patrons why Macmillan books won’t be available electronically. “We’re going to have to explain the publisher is not working with local libraries,” she said.


LEGALS NOTICE OF SPECIAL DISTRICT MEETING OF THE THREE VILLAGE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT OF BROOKHAVEN AND SMITHTOWN, SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK ON BEHALF OF THE EMMA S. CLARK MEMORIAL LIBRARY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Special District Meeting of the qualified voters of the Three Village Central School District of Brookhaven and Smithtown, Suffolk County, New York, will be held in the Periodicals Room of the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, Main Street, Setauket, on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. prevailing time, to vote upon the annual operating budget of the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library for the calendar year 2020. The proposition will appear on voting machines in the following form: Shall the Board of Education appropriate funds in the amount of Five Million Four Hundred Ninety Five Thousand Three Hundred Sixty Six ($5,495,366) for the 2020 operating budget of the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, with said sum to be raised by tax on the taxable property of the Three Village Central School District. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that voting at such meeting will be by paper ballots; polls will be open on September 18, 2019 during the period commencing at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 9:00 p.m., prevailing time, on said date. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a copy of the statement of the amount of money which will be required to fund the Library’s budget for 2020 may be obtained by any resident of the District on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 through Tuesday, September 17, 2019 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., prevailing time, at the Library on those days on which the Library is open and between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays at the North Country Administration Build-

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Email: ing, 100 Suffolk Ave., Stony Brook, New York. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that personal registration of voters is required either pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law or Article 5 of the Election Law. If a voter has heretofore registered pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law and has voted at an annual or special district meeting within the four years preceding September 18, 2019, he/she is eligible to vote at this special district meeting; if a voter is registered and eligible to vote under Article 5 of the Election Law, he/she is also eligible to vote at this special district meeting. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that applications for absentee ballots will be obtainable from the District Clerk beginning August 28, 2019; between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., prevailing time, during all days on which school is in session. Completed applications are to be received by the District Clerk at least seven (7) days prior to the vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the vote, Tuesday, September 17, 2019 if the ballot is to be delivered to the District Clerk’s office located at the North Country Administration Building, 100 Suffolk Ave., Stony Brook, New York. A list of persons to whom absentee ballots are issued will be available for inspection to qualified voters of the District in the office of the District Clerk during regular office hours through the day of the vote. Said absentee ballot must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the vote, September 18, 2019 if it is to be canvassed. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that registration for the purpose of registering all qualified voters of the District pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law who are to be added to the Register to be used at the aforesaid vote will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. on days

when school is in session at the Office of the District Clerk in the North Country Administration Building and at the Office of Student Registration located at the North Country Administration Building; any person will be entitled to have his or her name placed on such Register, provided that he or she is known or proven to the satisfaction of the Registrar to be then or thereafter entitled to vote at the Special Meeting for which the register is to be prepared. The deadline for registering to vote is Friday, September 6, 2019. The register so prepared pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law and the registration list prepared by the Board of Elections of Suffolk County will be filed in the Office of the Clerk of the School District in the North Country Administration Building, 100 Suffolk Ave., Stony Brook, New York and will be open for inspection to any qualified voter of the District beginning on Friday, September 6, 2019 through Tuesday September 17, 2019 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., prevailing time, on weekdays and each day prior to the day set for the vote, except Sunday and; in addition, the registration lists shall be available at the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library on the day of the vote. AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law of the State of New York, the Board of Registration will meet on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in the Periodicals Room of the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, Main Street, Setauket, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. prevailing time, to prepare the Register of the School District to be used for the Annual School District Meeting to be held in 2019 and any special district meetings that may be held subsequent to the preparation of said Register. On the day of the vote, any qualified voter will be entitled to have his or her name placed on such Register provided that he or she is known or proven to the satisfaction of the Board of Registration to be then or thereafter entitled to vote at the Annual School District Meeting in 2020 or

any Special District Meeting held subsequent to September 18, 2019. Dated: July 24, 2019 Stony Brook, New York Kathleen Sampogna, District Clerk Three Village Central School District of Brookhaven and Smithtown, Suffolk County, New York 814 8/1 4x vth SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK - COUNTY OF NASSAU DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR HOME EQUITY MORTGAGE LOAN ASSET-BACKED TRUST SERIES INABS 2006E, HOME EQUITY MORTGAGE LOAN ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES SERIES INABS 2006-E, V. ALBERT COOMBS, ET AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 25, 2018, and entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Nassau, wherein DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR HOME EQUITY MORTGAGE LOAN ASSETBACKED TRUST SERIES INABS 2006-E, HOME EQUITY MORTGAGE LOAN ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES SERIES INABS 2006-E is the Plaintiff and ALBERT COOMBS, ET AL. are the Defendant(s). I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the SUPREME COURT, 100 SUPREME COURT DRIVE, CALENDAR CONTROL PART COURTROOM, MINEOLA, NY 11501, on September 24, 2019 at 11:30 AM, premises known as 1865 OLIVER AVE, VALLEY STREAM, NY 11580: Section 0037, Block 00518-00, Lot 00056: ALL THAT CERTAIN PLOT, PIECE OR PARCEL OF LAND, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING AT ELMONT, TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD, COUNTY OF NASSAU AND STATE OF NEW YORK Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index #

05397/2016. Ellen Savino, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff.


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Notice of formation of Megan Bryant Softball Camp LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 08/05/2019. Office location: (Suffolk County. SSNY is designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 49 Wellsley Lane, Coram, NY 11727. Purpose: any lawful purpose. 838 8/15 6x vth NOTICE OF SALE 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 October 02, 2019 at 9:15AM, premises known as 120FREEMAN 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



Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 871 8/29 4x vth



RICHARD E. PHILLIPS A/K/A RICHARD PHILIPS A/K/A RICHARD E. PHILIPS, ET AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated February 09, 2016, and entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Nassau, wherein NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC is the Plaintiff and RICHARD E. PHILLIPS A/K/A RICHARD PHILIPS A/K/A RICHARD E. PHILIPS, ET AL. are the Defendant(s). I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at THE SUPREME COURT, 100 SUPREME COURT DRIVE, CALENDAR CONTROL PART (CCP) COURTROOM, MINEOLA, NY 11501, on October 15, 2019 at 11:30 AM, premises known as 587 OAKLEY AVE, ELMONT, NY 11003: Section 32, Block 546, Lot 38, 39 and 40: ALL THAT CERTAIN PLOT, PIECE OR PARCEL OF LAND; WITH THE BUILDINGS AND IMPROVEMENTS THEREON ERECTED, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN ELMONT, TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD, COUNTY OF NASSAU AND STATE OF NEW YORK Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 000371/2014. Michele Bencivinni, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. 872 9/12 4x vth SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK - COUNTY OF SUFFOLK HSBC BANK USA, N.A., AS TRUSTEE ON BEHALF OF ACE SECURITIES CORP. HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST AND FOR THE REGSTERED HOLDERS OF ACE SECURITIES CORP. LEGALS con’t on pg. 10


LEGALS LEGALS con’t from pg. 9 HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2007-HE5. ASSET BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, V. CINDIA G. CARMELO, ET AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated April 30, 2018, and entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Suffolk, wherein HSBC BANK USA, N.A., AS TRUSTEE ON BEHALF OF ACE SECURITIES CORP. HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST AND FOR THE REGSTERED HOLDERS OF ACE SECURITIES CORP. HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2007-HE5. ASSET BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES is the Plaintiff and CINDIA G. CARMELO, ET AL. are the Defendant(s). I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the BROOKHAVEN TOWN HALL, 1 INDEPENDENCE HILL, FARMINGVILLE, NY 11738, on October 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM, premises known as 328 OXHEAD RD, STONY BROOK, NY 11790: District 0200, Section 330.00, Block 02.00, Lot 026.000: ALL THAT CERTAIN PLOT, PIECE OR PARCEL OF LAND, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING AT SOUTH SETAUKET, TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN, COUNTY OF SUFFOLK AND STATE OF NEW YORK Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 606564/2015. Thomas J. Stock, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. 876 8/29 4x vth

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Email: NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF SUFFOLK PHH Mortgage Corporation, Plaintiff AGAINST Cecil King a/k/a Cecil R. King; Valerie King a/k/a Valerie Hunter King; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated April 11, 2018 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Suffolk County Supreme Court, on the front steps, 1 Court Street Riverhead, NY 11901 on October 3, 2019 at 2:00PM, premises known as 7 Carnaby Avenue, Coram, NY 11727. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Brookhaven, County of Suffolk, and State of NY, District 0200 Section 260.00 Block 03.00 Lot 038.001. Approximate amount of judgment $358,084.55 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 608451/2017. David F. Sappe, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 430-4792 Dated: August 15, 2019 881 8/29 4x vth Notice of formation of Al-Stein Brewing, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 4/12/19. Office located in Suffolk County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 286

Main Street, East Setauket, NY 11733. Purpose: any lawful purpose. 890 8/29 6x vth Notice of formation of Midspan Properties, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 8/16/19. Office located in Suffolk County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC: 286 Main Street, East Setauket, NY 11733. Purpose: any lawful purpose. 891 8/29 6x vth PUBLIC NOTICE COUNTY OF SUFFOLK VILLAGE OF POQUOTT The Incorporated Village of Poquott will hold a public hearing at Village Hall, 45 Birchwood Avenue, Village of Poquott on September 12, 2019 at 7 P.M. to obtain publics comments for the following; 1) Local Law #35 – Advertising 2) Local Law #183 - Zoning Copies of the Local Laws will be available at Village Hall during normal working hours. Any resident wishing to be heard or have a written statement read should partake of the public hearing into whichever subject indicated above at the hearing. By order of the Board of Trustees Joseph Newfield Village Deputy Clerk August 27, 2019 900 090519 2x vth STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY



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 October 17, 2019 at Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville, County of Suffolk, State of New York, at 9:00 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 South Setauket, Town of Brookhaven, County of Suffolk and State of New York

PUBLIC NOTICE VILLAGE OF POQUOTT COUNTY OF SUFFOLK VARIANCE HEARING September 18, 2019 The Zoning Board of Appeals will hear the following request at a public hearing at 7:00pm on September 18th, 2019 at Village Hall, 45 Birchwood Avenue, Village of Poquott. Variance requested by Gary Osher, representative for 99 Van Brunt Manor Rd., Poquott, NY 11733 is as follows; Variance: Seeking variance of 7 ft. 2 in. for a height of 21 ft. 2 in. for detached garage whereas Zoning Code 183-14(H) states accessory buildings cannot exceed 14 ft in height. Anyone interested in commenting on said variance may do so at this hearing. The application is available for review at the office of the village clerk Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to Noon, 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Date: September 3, 2019 Cindy Schleider Village Clerk 911 9/12 1x vth

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

The Incorporated Village of Poquott has rescheduled its September 12th meetings and Public Hearings to September 14, 2019 at 9 A.M. at Village hall, 45 Birchwood Avenue, Village of Poquott.

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ly be followed by the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees. The first items on the agenda for the regular meeting will be the two Public Hearing for the proposed new Local laws Chapter 35: Advertising and Signs and Chapter 183: Zoning. Public comments on both local laws will be heard at this time. Copies of both proposed Local laws will be available at Village Hall, 45 birchwood Avenue, Poquott during normal business hours. By order of the Village Board Joseph Newfield Deputy village Clerk 918 9/12 1x vth September 6, 2019 NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOP BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS SETAUKET FIRE DISTRICT PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Setauket Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners will conduct a workshop on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM at 26 Hulse Road, East Setauket, NY 11733. Dated: September 6, 2019 BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS OF THE SETAUKET FIRE DISTRICT Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York David Sterne Fire District Secretary 921 9/12 1x vth

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A plea to Lee Zeldin: Stand up for our troops I have long been resigned to the fact that Donald Trump (R) would forward the bill for his cruel vanity project to the taxpayers of Long Island. Mexico was never going to pay for the wall. But I was still shocked by last week’s announcement that Trump had severely raided the military budget to pay for a portion of border fencing. At issue: Congress allocates around $8 billion a year for the Department of Defense to spend, at its discretion, on construction projects “necessary to support the use of the armed forces.” Historically, this means base upgrades (such as improving their security), crisis response capability or family support facilities (such as schools for the families of our troops). Operating with his usual disdain for his constitutionally defined role, and unable to force the House of Representatives to fund his wall, Trump poached nearly half of this year’s military construction budget –– a full $3.6 billion –– and redirected it to 11 sites on the border, in order to erect 174 miles of “fencing.” Details of this “redirection” came out last week. The need for border security is a different discussion — Congress authorized funds specifically to support our military, including and perhaps especially our active troops — and Trump has taken this money away.

Examples of projects deemed less aging fire alarm systems, doors without closers “necessary”: A fire/crash/rescue station at leading to corridors and missing visual alarms,” Florida’s Tyndall Air Force Base, a cyber so why are we willing to tolerate our president operations facility at Virginia’s Joint Base forcing the children of service members to contend with the same? It is an Langley-Eustis, renovations for utter betrayal of our men and the ambulatory care center at women in uniform. Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, And my family has personal among dozens of other axed experience with these schools. projects once deemed essential The Fort Campbell middle by Trump’s own appointees. school in Kentucky, which has On the whole, New York is due provided services for well over to be deprived of $160 million, half a century, is losing $62 the greatest amount of any million earmarked to relieve individual U.S. state. classroom overcrowding. My The ghastliest cut of all is mom attended eighth grade Trump’s decision to put the lives at Fort Campbell while my and education of our service grandfather was on active duty, members’ children at risk. and the quality education she Renovations or replacements Perry Gershon received helped her on her way for eight schools for dependents to her own career of service of military personnel, scattered in medicine. To this day, my across multiple continents, were canceled. Trump decreed that children at mom talks about the education and integrated Spangdahlem Elementary School in Germany classrooms from her Army base schools. Thankfully, there is a mechanism by which will continue to spend five days a week in a building with faulty electrical equipment, fire patriotic citizens can find recourse: Per our alarms, air conditioning and security systems. Constitution, Congress sets the parameters No Long Island parent would feel safe sending by which its money is spent. Congress may their child to a school with “missing exit lighting, amend the president’s “construction authority

in the event of a declaration of war or national emergency,” and constrain Trump’s ability to subvert congressional funding authorization. Among the dozens of senators and representatives who served in uniform before coming to Washington, D.C., is Rep. Lee Zeldin (R), the NY-1’s currently elected congressman. Lee, I ask you this not as a Democrat, nor as a congressional candidate, but as a father and as a member of a family with a long and proud history of military service. For the sake of your fellow Americans in uniform, and their children, stand up to Trump. Work across the aisle, with veterans from across the political spectrum, to assemble a veto-proof majority. You have the power to act. You asked Long Island to send a vet to Congress. Will you ensure that our tax dollars are restored to the people who deserve them, and not thrown away senselessly in the desert? Will you uphold the responsibilities assigned to your office by the Constitution? Military families are depending on it. Perry Gershon is a former congressional candidate for New York’s 1st District and is running again for the same office. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale and a master’s in business administration from the University of California. He is also a national commentator on business, trade, policy and politics.

Clergy members wrestle with how to help community when it comes to gun violence Over the past weeks and months, we have witnessed yet again the devastating impact of gun violence throughout the nation. As clergy we are wrestling, alongside our communities, with how we can best respond to the increasing violence and tension in our country’s communities and throughout our entire nation. What role can faith groups play? Like the members of the congregations we serve, we are concerned, angry and frustrated. We are facing a public health crisis — guns have taken the lives of too many of our siblings. As faith leaders we serve congregants who are impacted, directly and indirectly, by gun violence. We are there when families have lost loved ones due to gun violence. We hear the concerns and fears of our people, and we feel deeply within ourselves the endless attacks on children of the Divine. With children returning to school, they will likely participate in active shooter drills. We want to co-create a better world for our children: a world where they do not have to hide under tables to prepare for an active shooter. We long for a world where our children will never have to hide from an active shooter. Enough is enough.

Like our members, we have a variety of views about the root(s) of the issues we face and how to respond most effectively. We want to provide help and comfort to those who, like us, are distressed by what we witness on a regular basis. How do the religious values our faiths teach us inform our thinking and actions, as well as our ability to talk with others who might disagree with us? We cannot compare our situation to the harrowing experiences of those directly impacted. Nonetheless, as human beings and fellow Americans, we feel a sense of connection with all who have suffered, regardless of religion, age, ethnicity or gender. From churches to mosques to synagogues, from schools to concert venues to malls, an attack on any one of us is an attack on us all. What we have realized is that we are a country and society of differing religious and political views, and those who do not subscribe to such views at all. Each of us as clergy represents a cross section of this mix. In a culture where sound bites serve as complete information and help form deeply rooted opinions, and where truth is often subjective, we want to be careful to be substantive and

intentional in our words and actions, and collaborative in our approach. We hope that by doing so, we can provide guidance on how to approach difficult issues in challenging times. Over the coming months and years, we will continue to provide safe and welcoming spaces for those who enter our houses of worship. We also will be creating further opportunities to gather as an entire community for comfort, learning and inspiration, and to join in taking action together. In this vein we plan to build on the prayer vigils and study sessions of last year. We are facing a crisis in our country and in our communities, but also are presented with a great opportunity. Please join us in lending your voice to our efforts to promote communication, trust and goodwill in our corner of the world, with the hope that it will spread throughout our land. In peace, members of the Three Village Interfaith Clergy Association. Rabbi Paul Sidlofsky, Temple Isaiah The Rev. Kate Jones Calone, Setauket Presbyterian Church

The Rev. Ashley McFaul-Erwin, Setauket Presbyterian Church Rabbi Aaron Benson, North Shore Jewish Center The Rev. Linda Anderson, Community minister in affiliation with Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook Cantor Marcey Wagner, Temple Isaiah The Rev. Gregory Leonard, Bethel AME Church The Rev. Margaret Allen, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook Ismail Zahed, Islamic Association of Long Island The Rev. Chuck Van Houten, Stony Brook Community Church Elaine Learnard, Member, Conscience Bay Monthly Meeting The Rev. Steven Kim, Setauket United Methodist Church Frank Kotowski, Lay minister, Summerland Church of Light, NSAC The Rev. Richard Visconti, Caroline Church of Brookhaven



Marilyn Tunney, former Village Times employee

Denise Peters, former TBR editor

Marilyn Tunney, 86, a longtime resident of Setauket died peacefully Sept. 2. Marilyn was born to the late Helen Ekenberg and Joseph Talbot Nov. 13, 1932. She and her late brother John Talbot were raised in Cedarhurst. Marilyn attended St. Joseph’s boarding school in Brentwood where her faith, Christian spirit and the friendships she made would last her a lifetime. She met her beloved husband, John Tunney, in 1949, and in 1956 they married and spent the next 60 years together calling Setauket their home. Marilyn was a devoted and selfless mother to John (Mimosa), Beth (Charlie), Peter (Amy) and David (Christine). She was also the proud and loving grandmother of Olivia, David Jr., John IV, Duke, Arthur and Sonnet. Family was everything to her and she devoted herself entirely to their happiness. Marilyn spent 25 years working at The Village Times newspaper in the classifieds department where she found great joy in her work but more importantly cherished her friendships. The family is very grateful for all the loving and thoughtful care of all those at Jefferson’s Ferry who cared for her over the past few years. She led her life with grace, thoughtfulness and honesty and was loved by

Denise Mary Peters, 69, of Alamo, California, died Sept. 4. Denise graduated from Christ the King High School in Middle Village in 1967 and then attended Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School, graduating early and with honors. She could type 140-plus words per minute and was a skilled wordsmith. Denise was a former lead reporter and managing editor for The Port Times and The Village Beacon in the early ’90s. Denise stayed in contact with friends from grade school in Middle Village where she attended St. Margaret’s School along with her five brothers. She moved out to California in 1996 where she married her beloved husband, C. Larry Peters, June 19, 1999. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Denise was an avid reader, an extraordinarily talented writer, a connoisseur of music, a fanatic pet protector and the most caring person you could ever meet. She was always thinking and worrying about others and never about herself. If you called her and needed help for any reason, she would drop everything she was doing to be there with you. Denise was a true angel. She never met a person who didn’t become a devoted friend, whether she knew it or not. Her stories and enthusiasm were endless, and so were the laughs. Denise always found herself in the funniest of situations. Whether she was traveling around the country or traveling around the block, she would come back with the most unbelievable stories. Denise had a gift of making everyone feel like they were the most important person in the world. She had a heart as big as Texas. She is missed beyond words and will never be forgotten.

all that knew her sweet soul. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. James R.C. Church in Setauket Sept. 13 at 10:45 a.m. — Elizabeth Tunney

Lorraine Taylor, former TBR business, feature writer Lorraine Mary Taylor, 64, was born July 10, 1955, in Mineola, and died Aug. 27 in Keller, Texas. Lorraine was a freelance editorial writer and recognized nationally and locally with several editing awards, including the prestigious James Beard Award. As a local business and feature writer for Times Beacon Record in New York, she was fondly known by her colleagues as “the writer who needs no editing.” Lorraine graduated from Hauppauge High School where she earned several honors, including the National Merit Scholarship Award and New York State Regents Scholarship Award. Lorraine earned her undergraduate degree from Courtland State University in New York. She is survived by her loving husband of 32 years, William L. Taylor; sister, Lisa Rieder and her husband, Raymond; brother, Henry De Pietro and his wife, Monica; nieces and nephews, Kristen Rieder, Michael Rieder and his wife, Kristina, Nicholas De Pietro and Michelle De Pietro; and mother-in-law Martha Taylor. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Florence De Pietro. Lorraine was a past member of the Keller Garden Club and the New Neighbors of Greensburg, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. In addition, she enjoyed gardening, crafts, swimming, exercising, walking and spending

Denise was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Francis McDonnell and Mary Collette McDonnell, and her brother, James Charles McDonnell. She is survived by her loving husband, C. Larry Peters, 75, of Alamo, California; her son, Vincent Thomas Alfieri, 43; and his wife, Jordana of Hastings-on-Hudson; her daughter, Maria Lynn Alfieri-Vongphakdy, 40, and her husband, Boualay, of Danville, California; her brothers, John McDonnell, 58, and his wife, Patty of Lyndhurst; Thomas McDonnell, 63, and his wife, Janice of Elmhurst; Daniel McDonnell, 65, and his wife, Marcia of Tolland, Connecticut; Kevin McDonnell, 71, of Lakewood, Colorado; and her aunt, Katherine McCauley, of St. James. She is also survived by her sons, Marc Peters and his wife, Liz; Sean Peters and his wife, Julie; and Jonathan Peters; her grandchildren Covin, Sage, Jordan, Peyton, Hayden, Allyson, Kelsey K, Connor, Cole and Claire; dozens of cousins and scores of nieces and nephews from all over the country. Visit for the online guest book.

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time with her family. Lorraine requested that all donations should be sent to The Oncology Care Unit, Texas Health HEB Hospital, 1600 Hospital Parkway, Bedford, TX 76022.

Brendan Yantz died Sept. 3. He was 28. He was the son of past Three Village Historical Society presidents and longtime TVHS volunteers, Patty and John Yantz. In 2009, Brendan was the recipient of the TVHS Young Historian Award for building the shed you see on the historical society’s property as his Eagle Scout project, in addition to other volunteer endeavors, and he continued to lend a helping hand to the society throughout the years. Remembering last year’s 40th annual Candlelight House Tour as being the last event he helped pull together for TVHS, his mother Patty noted, “I will always remember him putting up the small Christmas tree in the field last year for the Candlelight House Tour and redoing the lights over and over again until he thought they were right. He helped me so much last year with the tour, from going to Connecticut to get more easels and setting up all the raffles at the Old Field Club and Eva’s barn, I couldn’t have done it without him.” Brendan was a loving son who loved his family and especially loved the animals the family had as pets. Memorial contributions may be made

to the Three Village Historical Society in Brendan’s honor online at, by phone at 631-751-3730, or by mail: Three Village Historical Society, 93 North Country Road, Setauket, NY 11733. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bryant Funeral Home of East Setauket, and a funeral Mass was celebrated at St. James R.C. Church in Setauket Sept. 9 followed by a burial in the church’s cemetery. — Three Village Historical Society

Obituaries Veronica Mellusi

Veronica Mellusi, of Port Jefferson Station, died July 20. She was 67. She was born Oct. 10, 1951, in Brooklyn and was the daughter of Gloria and John Janso. Mellusi was a chief operating officer for North Shore Hematology. She enjoyed the beach, Irish music, horror movies and being around people. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Brandon, along with other family and friends. Services were held at the Bryant Funeral Home July 25 with entombment following at Washington Memorial Park Cemetery in Mount Sinai. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Home of East Setauket. Visit www. to sign the online guest book.

John O’Reilly

John C. O’Reilly, a longtime community resident, died July 17. He was 81. He was born May 15, 1938, in New York and was the son of Mary and Charles O’Reilly. John was a retired mechanical HVAC


contractor. He enjoyed his job, traveling, being near the water and spending time with the family. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Arlene; daughters, Susan, Alice and Karen; son, Kevin; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, along with many other family and friends. Services were held at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale on July 27 with entombment following. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Home of East Setauket. Visit www. to sign the online guest book.

Ernest Reinke

Ernest Reinke, a longtime community resident, died Aug. 2. He was 91. He was born March 5, 1928, in Durham, Germany, and was the son of Elsie and Ernest Reinke He was an Army veteran of World War II. After the war he worked as a businessman and entrepreneur throughout his life. Initially he started with a newspaper delivery service, soda and candy shop owner, co-owner of Renken’s Diner in Brooklyn, North Shore Telephone

Answering Service in Port Jeff, Red Top Dairy in Setauket and Miller Place, Port Echo Awning, Port Taxi Service and ultimately flipping homes in this area and Tennessee. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Robin; daughter, Ada (Rich) Beresford; son, Carl (Linda); five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his nephew, Peter Reinke and wife Susan; nieces Betty Reinke, Linda Hudson and Tina Brazier, along with many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Ernest. Services were held at Bryant Funeral Home Aug. 9. Reinke was afforded full military honors at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Home of East Setauket. Visit to sign the online guest book.

Marilyn Marelli

Marilyn Marelli, of Port Jefferson, died July 1. She was 83. She was born Dec. 1, 1935, in Bay Ridge and was the daughter of Isabel and Edward Dearborn.

Marilyn was a homemaker and she enjoyed watching the Yankees and golf. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Robert; son, Lawrence; grandchildren, Brian, Jessica, Cody and Shane; great-grandchild, Riley, along with other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Charles; and daughter, Lisa Ann. Services were held at Bryant Funeral Home July 5 and interment followed at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Port Jefferson. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Home of East Setauket. Visit www. to sign the online guest book.

Pauline Pollard

Pauline Pollard, of Port Jefferson Station, died June 30. She was 81. She was born Jan. 29, 1938, in New York and was the daughter of Concetta and Louis Nolfo. Pollard was a retired seamstress. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Denise; son, Laurie Jr.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, along with many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Laurie T. Sr. Services were held at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Chapel in Coram July 8 with interment following. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Home of East Setauket. Visit www. to sign the online guest book.

Judy Reuter, former East Setauket resident

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Judith Ward Reuter, 65, formerly of East Setauket, Santa Monica, California and Lake Bluff, Illinois, died in her home in Mundelein, Illinois, Aug. 21. Judy was a member of the Union Church of Lake Bluff, where she served as a trustee and participant in the Church Ladies book group. She was also an enthusiastic volunteer at Equestrian Connection, which offers equine therapy programs for special needs children and adults, in Lake Forest. An accomplished competitive swimmer in high school and college, Judy continued in Masters swim events, including a twomile swim in San Francisco Bay. She also rode her bicycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles and completed the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii in 1983. Judy was born on Long Island and attended public schools in Setauket, Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland, and graduated from Lake Forest High School in Illinois in 1971, where she played saxophone in the marching band. She graduated from Arizona State University in 1975 and earned a master’s degree from University of California, Davis in animal science. Judy was retired from a career in animal nutrition at Carnation in Los Angeles and new product marketing at Baxter International in

Deerfield, Illinois. She is survived by her older siblings, Wendy Osborn and Robert Reuter, and younger brother, Douglas, and predeceased by her parents, Richard and Margaret Reuter of Lake Bluff, Illinois. A memorial service will be held at the Union Church of Lake Bluff Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Judy’s honor to Equestrian Connection (www. or to CARE (www.



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Smithtown Bulls too much for Patriots BY BILL LANDON DESK@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Smithtown West girls soccer scored three unanswered goals on the road handing Ward Melville a 3-0 loss in a Division I matchup Sept. 9. Freshman standout Stephanie Schubert scored twice for the Bulls, and Nicole Menella, a sophomore, found the net for their second win of the early season. The Bulls beat Patchogue-Medford two days earlier and look to build on their winning momentum. Emily Wallace, a senior, had four saves in net for the Bulls, and Ward Melville’s Elyse Munoz had five, along

with teammate Rebekka Dill who stopped four. Both teams are back in action Sept. 12 when the Patriots hit the road where they’ll take on West Islip searching for their first win; game time is 4:15 p.m. The Bulls play East Islip at home with a 4:30 p.m. start. Pictured clockwise from above, Smithtown West freshman Schubert clears the ball upfield; Ward Melville co-captain Kiley Hamou settles the ball; Patriots junior Mila Rosenthal-Vincenti with a header; Ward Melville sophomore forward Samantha Lips heads the ball; and Patriots sophomore forward Rachel Ehrlich battles with Hannah Maracina of Smithtown West. — Photos by Bill Landon


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How libraries survive Congress must work better together Believe it or not, people still read books. Despite the doom and gloom and often-reiterated refrain that young people today are illiterate, the world and its modern technology has not managed to cripple the long-standing literary institution: the local library. Libraries survive by the manic activity of their employees and the attention of patrons. But it’s no longer just physical copies. E-books, available on tablets and phones, have become a mainstay in the way people read. People at libraries can rent tablets preloaded with several books. For people on the move, a tablet can be much easier to carry than a stack of 10 books each averaging at 300 pages and weighing a few pounds. Clearly, it won’t be its patrons that ruin libraries for everyone, but the book publishers themselves. Macmillan Publishers, one of the top five biggest publishing houses in the U.S., announced its intent to soon limit the number of copies of its published books to one per library for the first eight weeks. While that seems like the corporation is cutting off its nose to spite its face, for Suffolk County’s library system, which handles all of the area’s e-book rentals, it means patrons will have access to one single copy countywide for rent. Think about who uses a library. The highest levels of patronage are enjoyed by people living in the North Shore communities, according to Kevin Verbesey, the director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. While there are plenty of people who use the library for its many events and other activities, many others use the system to gain insights on world events and better themselves as they enjoy free access to computers and books. They find solace during an escape into literature. It seems cynical, ludicrous and downright greedy on the part of the publisher to limit access. It suggests the current library system, which has existed for more than a century, is now, all of a sudden, cutting into publisher’s profits. Meanwhile there is good evidence to suggest libraries help create buzz and interest for the publisher’s books. Data from the Library Journal suggests many readers will go out and purchase the same book they borrowed from a library, and even more buy a book by the same author as one they borrowed from the library. The library system exists and is as natural as the written word itself. Librarians across the country look at the publisher’s actions and condemn them, but their voices are drowned out by the scale of the overall operation. While Macmillan may assume people will simply go out and buy the book instead of getting it from the library, this hurts all those who cannot afford a new book, in electronic or physical form. Even worse, other publishers will potentially copy what Macmillan has done, severely limiting access for patrons to their electronic literature. Libraries are the backbone of culture in a community. We ask all North Shore residents show support for their local library. Start a petition. Other publishers are waiting in the wings to see what happens. Letting Macmillan’s model become the norm will only harm the collective good.

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There’s definitely nowhere greater to be in the United States in August than the 1st Congressional District of New York on the east end of Long Island, and this past district work period was no different. It’s been an honor to listen and speak to those from all across our great district during mobile office hours, coffee with your congressman, town hall forums and oneon-one and small group meetings. Time and time again, I hear the hardworking men and women of my district concerned that in the midst of political fighting, the issues most important to them are drowned out; a sentiment shared by Americans around the country. It’s important for elected officials to remember that Washington, D.C., oftentimes couldn’t be more removed from the realities found in the rest of our nation, and, as we head back to Washington, it’s critical that every representative take this lesson back with them. There are times when we have to uncomfortably confront and debate important issues where there is disagreement and that’s okay, but where we can find common ground we should be more than eager to do so. According to the Lugar Center, last Congress, I was one of the top 50 most bipartisan members of the House because, I believe, there is so much more that unites us than divides

us. While the beginning of this Congress marked great bipartisan victories, such as the permanent reauthorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, we face no shortage of great challenges, ones that can only be addressed with bipartisan action. As the next long-term highway bill is negotiated this Congress, we must focus on continuing to secure critical funding and push state, local and federal agencies to complete essential work, which includes repairing and improving highways and local roads and boosting federal aid for locally owned infrastructure like bridges and overpasses. Furthermore, we must bolster our maritime infrastructure, ensuring our waterways, seaside communities and coastal economy are protected. Across our great nation, law enforcement is faced with the rise of the heroin and opioid abuse crisis, human trafficking and transnational gangs, such as MS-13. We must make sure law enforcement is provided with the equipment they need to protect themselves and the laws in place that help safeguard our neighborhoods. When it comes to those battling addiction, we must provide our communities with the tools and resources to increase treatment, recovery, education, enforcement and prevention services. We must serve those who have served us, ensuring every veteran has access to

the resources they have earned no matter what corner of our country they call home. This means expanding access to VA resources through community-based outpatient clinics and other alternatives that allow them to receive the care they need with local convenience. As Americans, it is also our responsibility to provide the next generation with the tools they need to succeed, and this means improving the quality of education they receive. We must shift the focus from overtesting to teaching and boosting science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs to prepare students for jobs in the 21st century workforce. In response to the student debt crisis, we must replace the current broken student loan system with an individualized loan repayment program tailored to our students’ needs and expand Pell Grants for higher education. A recent study has shown that the average graduate in New York has over $32,000 in student debt; this crisis must be swiftly addressed. These are just a few of the many challenges we face as a nation, and as I head to Washington for our first week back in session, I hope all of my colleagues have spent time on the ground listening to the everyday Americans they serve and are returning with the same mentality and focus. Congressman Lee Zeldin 1st Congressional District

In support of later school start times for teens We are writing to strongly support the Aug. 29 TBR editorial on school start times (“Let teenagers sleep”) and the recent grassroots efforts to do something about them discussed in the article in the same issue. The irrationality of forcing teens to wake as early as 5:45 a.m. and expecting them to be mentally sharp at 7:05 a.m. (Ward Melville’s start time) is by now clear. Early start times run counter to the biology of the teen sleep-wake cycle. In sleep lab studies, the awake state of a typical sleepstarved teen more closely resembles that of a patient with narcolepsy than that of a healthy person. And even sleep-deprived, many teens are physiologically unable to fall asleep earlier. Across the country, there is an accelerating trend toward later high school start times. A bill currently before the California State

Senate would ban start times before 8:30 a.m. The trend itself has been studied. At the community level, delayed start times typically meet initial resistance and require a number of adjustments. But ultimately, they achieve their intended aim of healthier teens and offer countless success stories (www. Stress and anxiety are on the rise among teens. Several years ago, in a school editorial titled “Sleep Deprivation: Part of the Ward Melville Culture?” then-student Kirti Nath poignantly asked, “In a utopian version of Ward Melville, where everyone gets enough sleep, would people be happier with themselves and with each other? Would students be able to cope with stress better?” Perhaps not all teens suffer when start times are early, but we suspect most readers know some who do. We urge administrators, teachers, parents and teens

in our district to ask themselves: If we know this is an important public health issue, why don’t we do something about it? The TBR editorial opens, intriguingly, “Parents across the North Shore are hoping their teenagers will soon get to sleep in — even during the school year.” Can change be coming? For years we remember seeing on the district website an official statement saying, in essence, “If you’re thinking of asking about later school start times, the matter is closed.” In light of the continuing scientific evidence of the health hazards posed by sleep deprivation, and the growing number of school districts that are switching to later start times, we think it’s high time to reconsider. Erika Newton, MD, MPH John Hover Talia Newton (Ward Melville senior) East Setauket

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Back to school thoughts, and more


here’s just far too much going on personally and professionally to contain it within a singularly focused column. Strap yourselves in, because here we go. For starters, how awesome is the start of the school year? Kids grumble, shuffle their feet, roll their eyes and sigh. But, come on. It’s a clean slate. It’s a chance to learn new material, make new D. None friends and start of the above anew with teachers who didn’t BY DANIEL DUNAIEF wonder what was wrong with you

when your eyes were almost closed during the days before you got sick. It’s also a chance for parents to breathe a sigh of relief as the chaotic house, which was filled with friends coming and going throughout the summer, establishes a predictable routine. I spoke with a high school senior recently who was absolutely thrilled with the start of her final year of school. Not only does she want to get her grade point average up, which she was doing with a high average in her weakest subject, but she was also incredibly enthusiastic about the opportunity to apply to her favorite college. Her energy and enthusiasm were infectious. Keep up: Here comes another topic. The other day, after I dropped my son off at school, I passed a father who put me and so many other parents to shame. He was pushing a fully loaded double stroller with two children who were between 2 and 4 years old. Anyone who has had to push a

double stroller with bigger children knows how heavy that bus on wheels can get. He also sported a younger child in a BabyBjörn carrier. That’s not where it ended. While he was pushing and carrying three children, he was walking an enormous dog. Given the size of the dog, I wondered if he was tempted to strap a saddle on the animal and put one of the kids on top of him. Yes, I know that wouldn’t actually work, but it would distribute all that child weight more evenly and would give “man’s best friend” a job to do, other than getting rid of waste products on other people’s lawns. Speaking of dogs, yes, my family now has a dog. He’s wonderful, soft and fluffy and is also an enormous pain in the buttocks. He has two modes of walking: He either pulls me really hard — he weighs more than 80 pounds — or he completely stops, pushing his snout into grass that he tries to eat and which upsets his stomach. Look, doggie dog, I know I can’t

eat dairy because of the enormous negative consequences. Does it occur to you that eating grass, dirt, plastic foam cups and pencils is bad for your digestion? Of course not because the only cause and effect you care about relates to what goes in your mouth. So, last weekend we went to a baseball tournament for our son. The day after the tournament, the coach sent a pointed note to the parents, reminding us to contact him if we had a problem or question, rather than going straight to management. In case you were wondering, I don’t miss coaching. Then there’s National Security Advisor John Bolton. So, he gets fired for being a hawk? Who knew he was a hawk? Oh, wait, just about the whole world. So, that begs the question: If his hawkish views weren’t welcome or wanted, why was he hired in the first place? One more question: When did the weather or hurricane warnings become political?

An invitation for you to an awesome party


ou are invited on a date. The night is Tuesday, Sept. 24, the time is 6 to 8 p.m., and the place is the Bates House opposite the Emma Clark Library on Main Street in Setauket. On behalf of Times Beacon Record News Media — that’s us! — I am inviting you and your loved ones and friends to a fun community event. This one, the 2nd annual Cooks, Books & Corks, will feed both your body and mind. Here’s the deal. Some 18 fine restaurants and caterers are coming together to offer you delicious specialties from their menus, washing it all down with a selection of wines, and a dozen-and-ahalf local authors Between are bringing their you and me latest books for you to peruse and BY LEAH S. DUNAIEF perhaps buy that

evening. It’s Dutch treat at $50 a ticket, and the proceeds will go to a summer fellowship for a journalism student. In this way, you can help a young person take a paid step toward his or her ultimate career even as you help yourself to a scrumptious dinner and a literary treat that encourages local authors. And you will be helping us, the hometown news source, staff up a bit at a time when our regular team members tend to take vacations. Here are some of the details. The food will be supplied by these generous eateries: The Fifth Season, Old Fields, Pentimento, Elegant Eating, Sweet Mama’s, Zorba the Greek, Fratelli’s Bagel Express, Prohibition Port Jefferson, Toast Coffeehouse, Villa Sorrento, Lauren’s Culinary Creations, Sunrise of East Setauket Senior Living, Southward Ho Country Club, Sunflower Catering & Event Planning. Fishers Island Lemonade and Luneau USA will supply drinks. Desserts will be sweetly taken care of by, among others, Kilwins and Leanne’s Specialty Cakes. I’m salivating just typing the list. Start fasting. Come hungry. Local authors include Jeannie Moon, Marcia

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Grace, Jeannine Henvey, Susan Van Scoy, Angela Reich, Ty Gamble, Dina Santorelli, Elizabeth Correll, Suzanne Johnson, Joanne S. Grasso, Rabbi Stephen Karol, Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, Michael Mihaley, Carl Safina, Mark Torres, Michael Hoffner and Linda Springer. People will be able to meet and greet with the authors and request book signings. Why would anyone want to write a book? How does one go about the process? Getting it published? Having it distributed? Would they recommend doing so to would-be authors? This is an awesome assortment of local talent to have in one room at one time. A few remarks will be shared by Laura Lindenfeld, the interim dean of SBU School of Journalism and executive director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Gentle background music will be handled by the talented Three Village Chamber Players. And there will be the usual basket raffles. A special and huge thank you to Laura Mastriano of L.A. Productions Events. Now we need you! To purchase tickets, please visit our website or our TBR News Media Facebook page to pay with PayPal.



We also need sponsors who would like to support and be associated with this “high tone” event — as one of the vendors put it last year — to please contact us. Sponsorships may be had starting at $125 and will feature your name and logo in our newspapers, social media and our website, including a major “thank you” ad after the event. First one just in is Andy Polan, talented optician and owner at Stony Brook Vision World. And a big thank you to Camelot Party Rentals for their in kind donation. We would welcome your call at the newspaper office at 631-751-7744 or email So come share in a delightful and satisfying event with lots of good food, good drink and good conversation. We hope you will follow up with visits to the participating eateries and caterers who have given of their time and specialties, and that you will enjoy reading your new books. We think when you leave the beautiful Bates House, you will be proud that you live in the area. And it certainly beats cooking dinner on a Tuesday night.





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