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October 10, 2019

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Emma Clark Library in Setauket is offering All Adults, All Abilities classes this fall. These classes and events are designed for adults with sensory issues, those on the autism spectrum or those who have other special needs, but are open to all interested adults. Spooky Wreath will be held Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants can make a Halloween-themed craft and enjoy some fall treats. Fall Cookie Decorating will be offered Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will learn how to make sugar glaze, then decorate leaf sugar cookies, and can take home three cookies in a bakery box. Registration is required for both classes by calling the library at 631-941-4080. Aides or caregivers must accompany related participants.

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Village

Deer Rutting Season Presents Dangers on the Roads BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM

It’s that time of year when deer look to mate, and that can result in dangers for motorists on local roadways. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Environmental Conservation are advising motorists to take care when navigating roads during October, November and December. While deer can be seen all year round roaming around the North Shore, during the fall it’s breeding season.

Two-thirds of the crashes between deer and vehicles occur during the three-month span, according to a press release from the agencies. In a TBR News Media article from October of 2018, Lori Ketcham, a rehabilitator with Middle Island-based Save the Animals Rescue Foundation, reminded residents that deer don’t hesitate when they are crossing a street, especially in the fall. “The boys only have one thing on their mind,” Ketcham said. “They’re following the scent so they’re just running. They smell a girl down the street. They run, and they don’t care if there are roads in the way.” Mark J.F. Schroeder, DMV commissioner and chair of the governor’s traffic safety committee, said drivers should exercise extreme caution during the autumn months. “When you see a deer-crossing sign along a highway, that means deer have been seen at that location and have collided with cars there,” Schroeder said. “Those signs are meant to warn you to be extra cautious when driving through such locations.” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said drivers should be alert during both dawn and dusk. The animals tend to be more active during these periods of the day while visibility

is also reduced. The state agencies also recommend decreasing speed when you approach deer near roadsides as they can bolt out or change direction quickly. If you see a deer, look for others as they are herd animals and usually travel in groups. Motorists are also advised to brake firmly and avoid swerving if they encounter an animal, as swerving can cause collisions. The DEC recommends not approaching an injured animal as they can strike out with their legs or hooves. Here are a few additional tips in case of a deer collision: ● Move your vehicle to a safe place. If possible, pull over to the side of the road and turn on your hazard lights. If you must leave your vehicle, stay off the road and out of the way of any oncoming vehicles. ● Call the police. Alert authorities if the animal is blocking traffic and creating a threat for other drivers. If the collision results in injury, death or more than $1,000 in property damage, you must fill out an official crash report and send it to the DMV. ● Look for leaking fluid, loose parts, tire damage, broken lights, a hood that won’t

More deer on the roads in the fall mean an increase in collisions with the animals. Photos from Kathy Schiavone

latch and other safety hazards. If your vehicle seems unsafe in any way, call for a tow truck. According to the 2018 State Farm Insurance deer-vehicle collision study, it was estimated that there were 1.33 million deer, elk, moose and caribou collisions between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, in the U.S. — down from 1.34 million cited in the company’s 2017 study. New Yorkers had a one in 165 chance of crashing into the animals in 2018, according to State Farm.

PJS Community Growth Center Offers Unique Exercise Opportunity in Setauket BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM An exercise program at The Bates House in East Setauket not only provides residents with a chance to get some physical activity but also the opportunity to donate to a local organization. Port Jefferson Station’s Community Growth Center, which provides holistic health services, is currently offering its Walk, Yoga, Meditate & Chocolate series at the venue every Thursday for a suggested donation of $10. During the exercise program, participants are led on a 30-minute walk around the Frank Melville Memorial Park pond with flashlights in hand, then to an hour yoga session that ends in shavasana — a pose used for relaxation and

meditation — and before they leave, everyone gets a piece of dark chocolate. Michael Hoffner, co-founder and executive director of Community Growth Center, said the program ties into the center’s mission to create a sense of community and to give people an outlet to become healthier in mind, body and spirit. “We’re really trying to build a community of people that are all working to heal and grow together,” he said. “All aspects of this event help to facilitate that type of growth. Whether it’s the physical exercise or the meditation or yoga, all of it ties into helping people grow in mind and body.” Joanne Lauro, the center’s director of nutrition, leads the walks on Thursday nights, while the yoga portion is led by Erica Kremens. The program is different from other yoga classes as it starts with walking, which Lauro said is one of the best exercises to help with various health issues including heart and pulmonary problems and diabetes. She said the group walks around the park three times, approximately a mile stretch. Participants can walk at their own pace whether briskly for exercise or slower to enjoying the swans in the lake and the deer and rabbits on the property. “The person who comes can reap the benefits of whatever they enjoy,” Lauro said.

She added the center encourages “people to embrace their bodies and work a little bit harder so they won’t have heart disease or stiffness or pains.” For a treat at the end of the night, everyone gets a piece of cacao — dark chocolate — donated by East Setauket-based Five North Chocolate, owned by Ben Conard. The director of nutrition said cacao is good for stress and anxiety, and due to being an antioxidant, it rids the body of free radicals. Hoffner said the group calls the series a triathlon, and it was original board member Jennifer Ross who heard about the idea, as well as adding dark chocolate at the end, and thought it would be a fun way to raise money for the center, which doesn’t charge for its services. Hoffner said the triathlon series is in its fourth year at The Bates House, and the agency has been grateful to the venue’s manager Lise Hintze who he said loved the mission of the Community Growth Center when he originally approached her. Hoffner said the center holds other events at the venue, including their upcoming Finding Balance: Wellness Conference, a Martin Luther King multifaith event in January and Spring Awakening at the end of April. Lauro said she invites everyone to try out the class and take time out for themselves.

Participants, above, enjoy some cacao at a recent Walk, Yoga, Meditate & Chocolate program at The Bates House. Attendees, below, during the yoga portion. Photos by Rita J. Egan

“Come down and enjoy the simplicity of nature and honoring your body and just being in a great place with like-minded people,” Lauro said. Walk, Yoga, Meditate & Chocolate meets every Thursday at The Bates House until Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. (There is no class Oct. 31.) The series will start up again in the spring, and the suggested donation is $10 per class. For more information, call 631-240-3471.


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School District Sues E-cigarette Manufacturer

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BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Three Village Central School District is joining the fight against vaping devices. In a letter from Superintendent Cheryl Pedisich and Board of Education President William Connors, the district announced it became the first school district in New York to join a national lawsuit against e-cigarette manufacturer Juul. “As educators, it is our duty to protect the health and safety of our students, and we believe this company is compromising those efforts while simultaneously disrupting the educational process by marketing to teens,” Pedisich and Connors wrote. Officials stated in the letter that legal fees will be covered by the firms representing the parties in the suit and will not come from district taxes. The district officials said in the letter vaping devices are easy for teenagers to hide and use. “This epidemic, while a national one, has had a direct and grave impact on our local school community,” the school officials said. “As a district, we have needed to divert resources and deploy new ones to combat the problem of teen vaping.” Three Village has installed devices to detect vaping, created prevention programs, adjusted health curricula to focus on the dangers of vaping, created a new student assistant counselor position to focus on prevention and treatment, and embraced new disciplinary actions and a

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PUBLIC NOTICE

VILLAGE OF POQUOTT COUNTY OF SUFFOLK VARIANCE HEARING UPDATED – October 16, 2019 The Zoning Board of Appeals will hear the following request at a public hearing at 7:00pm on October 16th, 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

A vaping device is shown above. File photo

districtwide zero-tolerance policy on vaping, according to the letter. Nearly 40 percent of 12th grade students and 27 percent of high school students in New York State are now using e-cigarettes, according to New York State officials. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states on its website that the use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for children, teens and young adults, as most e-cigarettes contain nicotine and other harmful substances. According to the agency, highly-addictive nicotine can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s. As at Oct. 8, the CDC has reported 1,080 vaping-associated illnesses in the United States with 23 deaths. There have been 110 cases attributed to New York, according to the state’s health department. On the same day, the death of a Bronx teen was announced as the first confirmed fatality related to vape products in New York. New York State was originally set to ban the creation and sale of flavored e-cigarette products Oct. 4, but a day before the deadline the state appellate court put that order on hold until the court reconvenes Oct. 18.

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Email: legals@tbrnewsmedia.com 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 24, 2019 Cindy Schleider Village Clerk 975 10/3 2x vth

VILLAGE OF POQUOTT BOARD OF TRUSTEES NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON A LOCAL LAW PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on October 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Poquott Village Hall, 45 Birchwood Avenue, Poquott New York 11733, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Poquott will hold a public hearing on a proposed local law of 2019, the title of which is “Local Law No. of 2019, a Local Law creating Chapter 113 of the Poquott Village Code Peddling and Soliciting.

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Suffolk police arrived at the scene after receiving a 911 call Oct. 3 at 2:23 p.m. Homicide detectives have not charged the shop owner in the incident. Photo by David Luces

Police: Man With Sword Shot and Killed in Port Jeff

BY DAVID LUCES AND KYLE BARR DESK@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM

Suffolk County police said a man threatening a liquor store clerk with a sword was shot and killed in Port Jefferson last Thursday afternoon by a shop owner on East Main Street. Police responded to a 911 call that came in at 2:23 p.m. Oct. 3 that a person at Port Jeff Liquors, located at 156 E. Main St., had shot and killed a man who had allegedly come into the shop “swinging a sword,” a police spokesperson said. The man with the sword was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported. Police later identified the man as Theodore Scoville, 50. Accounts from security footage have largely verified the owner’s accounts of the situation to police, and the owner is not being charged. Trustee Kathianne Snaden and Deputy Mayor Stan Loucks were at the scene shortly after the shooting and were updating both the public and media. “His actions posed an eminent threat to the merchant, who, regrettably, was forced to shoot the individual in defense of himself,” Snaden wrote on Facebook after the incident Oct. 3.

Officials with the Port Jefferson School District said Oct. 4 that buses had just left from the high and middle schools after 2 p.m. when a call from the village came in about the incident. The buses were notified en route, which then avoided the area. Mayor Margot Garant wrote on Facebook that their hearts go out to shop owner and Port Jeff resident Steve Plunkette and his family, along with the family of the deceased. “The tragic and abhorrent event that took place today in the Village of Port Jefferson was a rare and isolated event which in no way reflects the beautiful historic community that we truly are,” she wrote. Fred Leute, the acting chief of code enforcement, said constables were on the scene shortly after the event. Leute said Scoville was known to frequent Port Jeff every two to three weeks on Thursdays, having a schedule of visiting the Port Jefferson Free Library when new magazines became available, or he would arrive when the weather was nice. The chief added the man had never presented a problem for constables previously. The liquor store closed for a day but was back in business in the rest of the week. Groups of people came down throughout the weekend to show support to the business owner.

Top 5 most read articles at TBRnewsmedia.com 1. Police: Man with sword shot and killed in Port Jeff 2. Long Island comedian banned from Theatre Three over ‘inappropriate’ tweet 3. Overbay apartments break ground in PJ 4. Police rescue woman who fell into water at Port Jefferson Marina 5. Ribbon cutting held for Due Baci in Port Jefferson Every week TBR newspapers will be listing its most read articles on its website. Check out our website at www.tbrnewsmedia.com and our next issue for more local North Shore news.


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Town

SBU/PJ Chamber Hosts Cultural Humility Panel for Port Jeff Businesses BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Back in May, a Stony Brook University alumnus was restricted from entering the Port Jefferson bar and restaurant Harbor Grill for wearing what the bouncer had, at the time, thought was some kind of gang paraphernalia. The person in question, Gurvinder Grewal, was in fact wearing a turban, headwear of religious importance among those who practice Sikhism. Telling the bouncer this, he was restricted anyway. Nearly four months later, on Sept. 24, the Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce hosted Stony Brook University at Due Baci Italian Restaurant for a panel and discussion about race and its relationship to the businesses in the Village of Port Jefferson. The event was moderated by Jarvis Watson, the chief diversity officer at SBU. Panelists included Robbye Kinkade, clinical professor in the School of Health Technology and Management; Chris Tanaka, assistant director of LGBTQ Services; Shaheer Khan, president of the undergraduate student government; and Yamilex Taveras, a political science senior and president of the Latin American Student Organization.

LEGALS LEGALS con’t from pg. 6 The subject and purpose of the local law is to create Chapter 113 Peddling and Soliciting of the Poquott Village Code to replace prior rescinded code Chapter 113 to conform to current standards. Dated: September 24, 2019 Joseph Newfield Village Clerk Village of Poquott 45 Birchwood Ave. Poquott, New York 11733 976 10/3 2x vth VILLAGE OF POQUOTT BOARD OF TRUSTEES NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON A LOCAL LAW PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on October 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Poquott Village Hall, 45 Birchwood Avenue, Poquott New York 11733, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Poquott will hold a public hearing on a

The panel walked through changing demographics at the university. While the number of fall enrollment has steadily increased since 2012, the number of straight, white students has decreased. Now, the number of students from Asian countries has increased substantially, while the number of non-U.S. residents and students of two or more races has also gone up during the past decade. Those on the panel relayed their own experiences shopping in Port Jeff. Kinkade spoke of how she walked into a shop and was profiled. While there were several other customers in the store shopping around, she said an employee came up to her asking if she needed help, then continued to follow her around the entire time she was there. She noticed none of the white customers were getting the same treatment. She, a person of color, said she largely stopped shopping in Port Jeff after that experience. “What’s happening down in the village is a microcosm of what’s happening all over the place,” the clinical professor said. With the positive reception of the panel, she said she may intend to shop more in the village. “I have nothing but the utmost praise for those folks, the members who attended,” added

Kinkade. “I think for the chamber of commerce to want to come together and talk about this issue, is kudos to them. It was a bold, brave step.” Joan Dickinson, the SBU community relations manager, and Barbara Ransome, the director of operations for the chamber, had communicated together after the Sept. 24 incident. Ransome said they were looking for a way to present to local businesses on how to be more inclusive. They decided on a panel presentation including several officers and students from the university. Around 40 people, mostly Port Jeff business owners, came for the presentation. The chamber director said the meeting was one of the most well received she’s had in her years at the chamber. “The direct feedback that I was getting from people there was amazing — they felt there was so much information, with such sincerity and such genuine sharing,” she said. “They felt comfortable enough they were speaking because they felt they were in a safe space.” This comes as Stony Brook and Port Jefferson are becoming steadily more intertwined. A PJ/SBU shuttle was first piloted last spring semester with a total ridership of 3,200 students coming into Port Jeff in its two-and-a-half-month tenure. Ransome called

Stony Brook an increasingly vital partner with the village with the number of students who come down to eat and shop. She added this has been a change from previous years. “It’s important for these shops to understand that differences exist, that we have buying power and that we all want to feel welcome,” said Judy Greiman, the chief deputy to the president at SBU, in a release. The SBU officials said those Port Jefferson businesses trying to be more welcoming to all walks of life should look toward examining dress code policies, revise their mission statements and hiring practices toward being more inclusive, and even look to include gender neutral bathrooms. Yet, even the smallest gesture makes a big difference. Panelists suggested simply posting a notice in front of the shop that all people are welcome, that those who enter don’t have to fear being profiled, can go a long way. “It’s important that we need to be inclusive to all potential customers,” Ransome said. “One of the most important things I thought is we need to help educate and we need to examine our best business practices, so we can continue at our optimal level of service to our community.”

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Email: legals@tbrnewsmedia.com proposed local law of 2019, the title of which is “Local Law No. of 2019, a Local Law amending Chapter 183 Zoning of the Poquott Village Code. The subject and purpose of the local law is to amend Chapter 183 Zoning of the Poquott Village Code to remove the building and construction provisions and the stormwater provisions from Chapter 183 and to make other minor revisions to Chapter 183. Dated: September 24, 2019 Joseph Newfield Village Clerk Village of Poquott 45 Birchwood Ave. Poquott, New York 11733 979 10/3 2x vth Notice of formation of Dennis McNulty Window & Door, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/21/2019. Office location: Suffolk County. SSNY has

been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC: 31 Annandale Road, Stony Brook, NY, 11790. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Four Asteria Realty LLC, 8721 5th Avenue,Brooklyn NY, 11209, has made application to the Town of Brookhaven Planning Board for approval of a site plan to construct a 2-story medical office building with parking, landscaping & standard site improvements on a 12.23acre site. This application also includes variances for parking, front yard parking & land development standards. This proposal is known as Village Medical Center, and is located on the S/S of NYS Route 347, east of Percy Raynor Park entrance road, East Setauket, Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk

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EAST: by land n/f of Long Island Power Authority. Notice is hereby given that the Town of Brookhaven Planning Board will hold a public hearing in the Town Office Building 2nd floor auditorium, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville, New York on Monday, October 21, 2019 @ 4:00 P.M., when adjacent property owners and/or others interested in any way in the proposed site plan may appear before the Board to be heard. This notice is advertised in accordance with the requirements of Town law. DATED: September 30, 2019

VILLAGE OF POQUOTT PUBLIC NOTICE TO BIDDERS DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT BID REQUEST PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that The Incorporated Village of Poquott (“Poquott” or “the village”) is soliciting competitive bids for emergency roadway and drainage work in the village. The bids are going out to qualified companies that possess the proper authorizations from the State of New York and County of Suffolk, and required insurances (general, workman’s compensation and pollution liability) in sufficient amounts and naming the village as additionally insured. The bids will be accepted by the Village Clerk, 45 Birchwood Avenue, Poquott by October 24, 2019 until 3pm prevailing time. They

will be publicly opened and read aloud at the 7pm regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Poquott on October 24, 2019. After review the bids and determine the qualified bid and enter contract with the winning bidder (“the Contractor”). There is no bond required for the work. Any party wishing to bid for this contract may pick up a copy of the bid specs at the office of the Village Clerk, 45 Birchwood Avenue, Setauket, NY. Description of Work: Installation of two (2) stormwater drywells consisting of a primary and secondary overflow, and two (2) street-side rectangular catch basins. Work to include all conduit and subsurface preparation and repair of the asphalt and landscaped surfaces. Dated:

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County

Opioid Epidemic Erupts Into Surge in Narcotic-Related Crimes BY DONNA DEEDY DONNA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Suffolk County Village Officials Association, which represents 32 villages, hosted a special presentation on the opioid crisis Sept. 26 at the Lake Grove Village Hall. District Attorney Tim Sini (D), Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart and Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. (D) all spoke to the group about how the crisis has fueled a regional surge in illegal firearms seizures and sex-trafficking crimes. Most criminal cases in the county, the officials said, relate to opioid epidemic. People initially became addicted to prescription painkillers and over time, as demand increased, supply went down, and prices went up. So, people gravitated toward heroin, the DA said, which is more potent and more dangerous. Drug dealers, who realized that money can be made, began cutting their product with the synthetic opioid fentanyl, and more recently with fentanyl variations known as analogs. Fentanyl, Sini said, originates in China and is coming into the United States through the Mexican border. The drug is also being sent into the U.S. over the Canadian border and from China through the U.S. mail. County officials said they are drilling down as hard as possible. Since 2016, the federal government assigned an analyst exclusively to Suffolk County Police Department to examine overdose information with maps and weekly and monthly overdose reports. The mapping system, known as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, or HIDTA, provides a real-time picture of overdoses. It also helps identify and coordinate candidates for the county’s preventing incarceration via opportunities for treatment program known as PIVOT for short. “Everything we do is driven by analytics,” Hart said. The county has also been using courtsanctioned surveillance methods such as phone tapping and search warrants to crack down on drug crimes. It issued more than 350 narcotics search warrants in 2018 and has eavesdropped on more than 150 phone lines. Consequently, the county has seized greater amounts of certain drugs and illegal firearms. The officials said during their presentation that it’s targeting dealers who cause overdoses and charging them with manslaughter. Sini said that through surveillance, he’s learning that tougher manslaughter statutes result in dealers turning away from deadly drugs to instead peddle nonlethal drugs. In 2018, the county also launched a sextrafficking unit that has identified and interviewed more than 200 sex-trafficking victims. It has

DA Tim Sini, Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart and Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. address mayors and officials from the county’s 32 villages at a forum held Sept. 26 at Lake Grove Village Hall. Photo from Suffolk County Village Officials Association

arrested 34 people for 235 counts of sextrafficking-related charges and learned during the interviews how drug traffickers use opioids to addict young women to keep them dependent. Toulon said that they’re gathering information while the women are in the sheriff’s facility, which is providing other useful information on drug and sex traffickers. Victims, while in the sheriff’s facility, are involved in vocational and educational programs and put in touch with nongovernmental organizations that assist with counseling, drug treatment and job training. A big problem, though, Toulon said, is housing. County officials emphasized that human trafficking is happening right here, right now in our communities. It can affect anyone from your neighbor to your niece and nephew. Officials are also calling for the use of different terminology for prostitution. “It’s a modern-day form of slavery and needs to be called what it is: sex trafficking,” Hart said. The force has historically arrested the women and that was the case, Hart said, but the county’s approach is shifting and officials are now looking at the women as victims. Officials are asking people to trust their own instincts. “If you’re at a 7-Eleven and you see an older man in a car with a young woman who looks distressed, call or text us,” the officials said. The county initiated a Text-a-Tip program. To

reach officials, text TIP SUFFOLK to the number 888-777. Residents can confidentially share any information related to illicit or suspicious activity, including drug use or trafficking, Toulon said. Paul Tonna, who serves as executive director of the village organization, said in a telephone interview after the event that a group of mayors were previously given a private presentation on the topic in graphic detail. The situation, he said, is horrible. The women are being forced to perform six or seven sex acts a day. He is calling for people such as PTAs and religious groups to sponsor awareness campaigns with officials. Local villages have resources, Tonna said, such as constabulary that can also become the eyes and ears of county officials. “We’re not here to say you need to do more,” Sini said. ”We need to think outside of the box. Because of collective efforts, we can make greater strides.” Ann Marie Csorny is director of Suffolk County Department of Health Services’ Community Mental Hygiene Services. The Long Island Prevention Resource Center, run by the Family Service League, she said, offers effective tools for those working to prevent drug and alcohol abuse. Villages and towns, she said, should tap into coalitions that exist or start to build their own coalitions. “Communities can have a great impact in terms of preventing or reducing drug use, alcohol abuse and related problems when they

understand and promote coalition building,” she said. “This can be very exciting in that involved communities promote civic engagement and the building of shared understanding, shared norms, shared values, trust and cooperation.”

• Crime Stoppers: Some 4,225 calls received through 852-NARC Hotline from 2016-18 resulting in 245 arrests. • Search warrants: More than 750 search warrants, mainly narcotic search warrants reported since 2016. • Handgun seizures: 24 percent increase since 2016, with 49 percent increase from 2018-19. • Shotgun/rifle seizures: 98 percent increase since 2016, 107 percent increase from 2018-19. • Sex trafficking: 200+ victims identified, 34 people arrested for 235 counts of sextrafficking-related charges since 2018.


Obituaries

Professor Mario B. Mignone

Mario B. Mignone, 79, of Stony Brook, died suddenly Sept. 9. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1960 from Benevento, Italy, with his parents, Palmina and Robert, and seven siblings. He graduated from The City College of New York with a bachelor’s degree and received master’s and doctoral degrees from Rutgers University. The professor joined Stony Brook University in 1970 where he rose to be a SUNY distinguished service professor, director of the Center for Italian Studies and professor of Italian and Italian American Studies. Within his department, he served as chair, director of graduate and undergraduate studies and director of SBU’s summer program in Rome. In 1985, he founded the Center for Italian Studies to establish a cultural bridge between the university and the community and created the first endowed chair in the SBU College of Arts and Sciences. An accomplished writer and scholar, he authored 15 books and more than 50 scholarly articles on modern Italian literature, culture and emigration. He received national and international recognition and honors including the Cavaliere Ufficiale al Merito della Repubblica by the president of the Italian Republic. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Lois, and daughters Pamela Salzman (Daniel), Cristina Armato (Philip) and Elizabeth Jakic (Ante) and was the doting Nonno to his eight grandchildren. Known for his prolific vegetable garden, Mario enjoyed sharing produce with friends. Services were held at Sts. Philip and James R.C. Church in St. James Sept. 12. Interment followed at the St. James R.C. Churchyard Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Home of East Setauket. Visit www.bryantfh.com to sign the online guest book. Donations can be made to the Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University in his memory.

Joseph Ralph Hoerger

Joseph Ralph Hoerger, of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and formerly of Port Jefferson, passed away peacefully Oct. 4. He was 92. He was born in Patchogue but lived most of his life in Port Jefferson where he met his beautiful wife, Ella, who preceded him in death in 2015 after 65 years of marriage. Serving with the Coast Guard during World War II, he was also a member of American Legion Post 432. He was a local carpenter

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who built many houses in Port Jefferson, and in later years owned a flower nursery as well as working for the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Co. He also served as scoutmaster for Troop 45 for many years. He is survived by his sons Jeffrey (Michelle) of Holland, Pennsylvania, and Brian of Port Jefferson; three grandchildren, Christopher (Meghan), Ashley (Chris) and Tommy; as well as four great-grandchildren, Jamie, Tia, Andrew and Cora. The family kindly requests that donations be made to The Honor Flight Network at www.honorflight.org, a charity near and dear to his heart. A graveside service with military honors is planned for Nov. 12 at Washington’s Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Jane Gombieski

Jane S. Gombieski of Stony Brook died Sept. 29. She was 82. She was born in Middletown Connecticut, in 1937 and moved to Stony Brook in 1969, proudly living in the same house in the Strathmore “H” section for 50 years. She was an active civic leader, serving as president of the Three Village Civic Association and the Affiliated Brookhaven Civic Association, which she originally helped to create. In 1987, Gombieski was named The Village Times Woman of the Year in Civic Affairs. The Village Times noted, “Gombieski’s passionate identification with the Three Villages, her belief in honest and open government make her a formidable gadfly for local interest … Gombieski is an eloquent spokesperson for the idea of neighborhood integrity, for the principle that decisions that have a direct impact on where people live or how their dollars are spent should be subject to ongoing public review and consent.” She was a talented writer, and in addition to being a frequent “letter to the editor” contributor, she was a freelance writer, with pieces appearing in many publications, including The Village Times, Three Village Herald, and the LI Historical Journal. She was an expert on local historical issues including women’s suffrage, baseball, the KKK in Suffolk County and the operations of the German American settlement in Yaphank.

Jane was fiercely independent, with a quick wit and was highly intelligent — she could read ancient Greek and complete the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle in pen in just five minutes. She loved reading about Ancient Egypt, watching classic movies and gardening, and took great joy in spending time with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her children Kim Brandeau (Mark) of Setauket, Donna DeMarco (Rob) of Sound Beach, Edward Gombieski (Adria) of Bangor, Maine, and Laura Price and her husband Howard of East Norwich. In addition, she was a loving grandmother to Kyle, Sarah, Julie, Robbie, Spring and Summer and is further survived by her brothers Leo and Eddie. She was preceded in death by her beloved sisters Helen, Ann and MaryAnn. Visitation was held on Oct. 1 at Moloney Family Funeral Home in Port Jefferson Station and interment followed at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Port Jefferson.

Adele Jasiewicz

Adele H. Jasiewicz, of East Setauket, died Aug. 30. She was 90. She was born April 7, 1929, in the Bronx, and was the daughter of Blanche and Louis Rucki. She was a retired executive administrative assistant for Good Samaritan Hospital. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Diane and Karen (Thomas); her son, Ronald; five grandchildren and other family and friends.She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence. Services were held at the St. James R.C. Church Sept. 3. Interment was at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Home of East Setauket. Visit www.bryantfh.com to sign the online guest book.

Anne Dundon

Anne E. Dundon, of Stony Brook, died Aug. 26. She was 86. She was born Jan. 1, 1933, in Brooklyn and was the daughter of Frances and James Harvey. Dundon was a homemaker, a member of the Stony Brook Yacht Club, St. George’s Country Club and St. James Rosary Altar Society. She also enjoyed reading and playing bridge. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Anne, Elizabeth, Ellen, Jean and Kathleen; her sons James, Gerard, Robert and Thomas; 12 grandchildren; her brothers Kenneth and Stephen; along with many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband,

Gerard; her brother, Bob; and sister, Barbara. Services were held at the St. James R.C. Church Aug. 30. Interment followed at the St. James R.C. Churchyard Cemetery Arrangements were entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Home of East Setauket. Visit www.bryantfh.com to sign the online guest book. Contributions made to the St. James Pantry or the Catholic Relief Services in her memory would be appreciated.

Angela Ganzenmuller

Angela Ganzenmuller, of Glendale, died Aug. 10. She was 84. She was born Oct. 16, 1934, in Ridgewood, Queens, and was the daughter of Emma and Antonio Minardi. Ganzenmuller, aka “Mom, Gram, Ang and Auntie Gel,” was a retired secretary who loved sitting on the couch with daughter Laurie watching her favorite shows including “Law and Order,” “Dr. Phil” and “Golden Girls.” She enjoyed her phone calls with her son, Chuck. In life, she gave her children words of encouragement, wisdom and comfort that kept them in line, taught them the “school of hard knocks,” which gave them something to pass down to their children. She was known for not holding back her opinion and her knack for telling it like it was. She was famous for her tossed salad with her homemade Italian dressing, and she loved being surrounded by grandkids and family for any occasion. All these things and many more great qualities made up our “Angela.” She left us beautiful memories — her love is still our guide — and although we cannot see her, she’s always at our side. She will be sorely missed by her daughter, Laurie, and son, Charles (Carole); grandsons Anthony, Adam, Charles (Angela) and Christopher; granddaughter, Sara (Chris); seven great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband/ best friend, Charlie aka “Hun,” and her sisters Carmela and Marie. Services were held at Sacred Heart R.C. Church Aug. 14. Interment followed in St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Home of East Setauket.


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Trailing by one score to open the second half Ward Melville retied the game at 21-21 in a Division I matchup on the road against Longwood, but the Lions scored late in the fourth quarter to retake the lead, 27-21, to hold on for the win Oct. 4. It was all Michael Fiore for the Patriots where the senior running back accounted for all three of the Patriot touchdowns grinding out 182 rushing yards on 35 carries. The loss drops Ward Melville to 2-2 at the

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On Oct. 6, hundreds attended the 26th annual Walk for Beauty in Stony Brook village. Each year The Ward Melville Heritage Organization hosts the event that raises money for a targeted research fund at Stony Brook Medicine for breast cancer research and The WMHO Unique Boutique for wigs. The 10K Hercules on the Harbor run complemented the 4K/6K walk where participants make their way through scenic Stony Brook. After the walk and run, a pet costume contest was held, attendees had the chance to win raffles, musicians were on hand to entertain and HeartBeet Farms and the Stony Brook Cancer Mobile Mammography van was on-site. — Photos by Greg Catalano


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At a recent board of education meeting, (see The Village Times Herald article Sept. 26, “Three Village Board, Students Discuss ‘It’s About Time’”), the Three Village school district administration and board members stated that they did not currently have enough information to make any decisions regarding reform of school start times. Members of the BOE said that it would take months, if not years, to get this information, if things were to be done properly. They also stated that they would conduct a survey of the students and parents in the district to judge local sentiment on this issue. Subsequently, at multiple PTA meetings, some individual board members went on to argue against any reform of school start times. Their argument relied on numbers or projected outcomes of questionable validity, since the board had already stated that they

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If you ignore prejudice, you invite prejudice. Stony Brook University officials recently hosted a forum in Port Jefferson to highlight how, despite efforts to stamp out prejudice in the local community, its specter constantly lingers in the background. The catalyst for the panel discussion was a recent incident, where a Sikh man was essentially barred from entering a restaurant because his religious garb was misunderstood. Presenters praised the more than 40 people, mostly business owners, who attended the panel for being open-minded. Many walked away with new insights and goals in mind. It makes little economic nor moral sense to restrict who can buy your products or shop because of a lingering prejudice, so we agree that all North Shore businesses should be looking for ways to become more inclusive. Prejudice sits just under the skin of a community and surfaces regularly. Back in May, a gay couple were called “faggots” by a waiter as they left a restaurant in Smithtown. The restaurant wrote a long apology on its Facebook page, but not until after the news was carried far and wide. That incident not only looks bad on that one individual and the business where they are employed, but the stigma is transmitted to all surrounding businesses. People can pretend that prejudice is contained as overt acts of aggression, yet the truth is less obvious. In reality, much of Long Island is dotted with areas of high wealth, situated alongside areas of upper and lower middle class. Consider Long Island school districts, which dictate their own boundaries. Segregation among school districts is such that the majority of Brentwood students, for example, are black and Hispanic, while a district like Three Village is comprised of more than 80 percent white students. To pretend that such overt segregation doesn’t lead to ignorance and prejudice is fooling oneself. The truth is that Long Island is regarded as one of the most segregated metropolitan regions in the country. Restricting somebody from entering a restaurant is overt in its ignorance. It’s wrong for a whole host of reasons, and in the small relatively insular communities of the North Shore of Long Island, those ideas are hard to wrestle away. But those ideas must be torn away, ripped up and be jammed deep to the bottom of the garbage bin. Our local shops have a lot they can do to help. The Stony Brook University panel suggested businesses talk about hiring people to become more diverse. Simply putting a sign in a store window inviting people of all races, religions, creeds, sexual orientations and genders to shop can emphasize inclusivity. Learn to recognize prejudice and then take a stand when you see it, especially if it’s within your own thoughts and actions. There are benefits to racial and cultural diversity. Let’s celebrate our differences.

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Neutral Observer Needs To Conduct Survey lacked adequate information to make an informed decision at this time. These actions have created an obvious problem. To conduct a survey that would have any value, that survey must be conducted in a neutral environment by a neutral observer. If the entity conducting the survey is already perceived as arguing for a particular outcome, then the results will necessarily be skewed and, as a consequence, the survey will be invalid. Now, any effort by the district administration to survey the community on this issue is compromised. For the administration to proceed with such a survey under these conditions would be a certain waste of taxpayer money. A related point is that the National PTA, from which our local PTAs derive their charter, has endorsed later school start times as has the New York State School Boards Association, which

brings both of these organizations into alignment with the policies of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and American Academy of Pediatrics. All these organizations have embraced this position because it is well established that later start times for adolescents promote student health and academic success. As a result of the National PTA resolution and the NYSSBA position statement, our local PTAs and board should also feel comfortable endorsing this position. Any school reform should be based on science and replicated research, not inaccurate or misleading hypotheticals. The BOE and district administration should maintain the same standard that they are requesting of the community. Barbara Rosati Three Village Parents for Healthier School Start Times

Don’t Hold Your Breath Congress holds the key to pass a bill for gun control, but don’t hold your breath. In 2009, under former President Barack Obama [D] with a super democratic majority, what was accomplished? During his eight years, there were 32 mass shootings and the deadly Sandy Hook shooting that left 28 people killed (20 young children). Are our children being protected like Congress today? Only in New York City schools are there metal detectors, police officers, locked doors and safety officers. Recently, in June, Mayor Bill de Blasio [D] announced an initiative to put more social workers and less police in city schools. Detailed background checks, curtailing access to assault weapons, mental health reviews are all good, but the gun is only one tool of mass destruction. What about when pressure cookers, knives and moving vehicles are used? We seem to be repeating superficial answers to our complex cultural problems. We have yet to hear on a state or national level a discussion with

regards to the bombardment of violence via the TV, movies and electronic games and the effects of marijuana and other drugs that can add to the prevalent mental illness and violence. It really needs to start at home, with parents, relatives, friends, teachers, ministers, doctors, police and judges. Taking action individually and locally as former President Harry Truman [D] said, “The buck stops here.” Perhaps our state leadership can “reprioritize” projects that cost millions and spend resources wisely on the cause and effects of violence. A major challenge is that criminals do not abide by laws, and we need to remember as Americans that our Second Amendment was put in place not for hunting and home defense but was created to give citizens the right to fight back against a tyrannical government — having just fought off the British during the Revolutionary War. In conclusion, we value scrutinization of information. Facts matter but more important is if the resources are accurate

and not part of a revised history. To set the record straight with regards to former President Woodrow Wilson [D], from a critic, he was not supportive of the Nineteenth Amendment — giving women the right to vote — which was met with much resistance for many years. In fact the government used heavy-handed tactics and unspeakable brutalities, and National Woman’s Party attorneys had to step in. The Republicans gained control of both the House and Senate after the 1918 elections, and it was the Republicans who passed the Nineteenth Amendment, June 4, 1919, and ratified Aug. 18, 1920. Now our Congress, with the impeachment inquiries, is in a “summer rerun” of the Mueller report on a revised movie of “Groundhog Day” since they returned to Washington from their vacations. They are too preoccupied to work on things that matter to the American citizen. Lisa Pius Carol Florio Old Field

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speak with a police officer near my son’s school regularly. She steps into four lanes of frantic morning commuting traffic to allow people to maneuver into and out of a school parking lot. She offers a pleasant, “Good morning,” to people who roll down their windows or who walk past her. As she steps carefully into a heavily trafficked street, she makes eye contact with drivers. D. None She waves of the above to the waiting BY DANIEL DUNAIEF parents to make their turns and rejoin the flow of traffic to work or to their next morning destination. She sends them off from school

with a pleasant, “Have a great day,” as they drive around her. Recently, I pulled up to the stop sign and saw the officer holding her stomach. “What’s happening?” I asked. “I just can’t stop laughing,” she said. “I see the same crazies every day. I’m used to them. There’s this guy who drives a pickup truck and he cusses at me every time he passes. I’m not sure why.” “Is that funny?” I asked. “No, today, a woman looked right at me, clapped, gave me the thumbs up and raised her fist. She seemed so happy that I was here.” “That’s great,” I said. “Yeah, she made my day,” the officer said, again holding her stomach. “That was just so funny.” This police officer spends her day looking in car windows, hoping people stop instead of running her over or creating traffic hazards for children or their parents near schools. And yet, this driver made her happy by sharing an effusive and appreciative series of

simple gestures. The movements the woman made are the kinds of displays superstar athletes see every time they step on a sports field or tennis court. These expressions of appreciation, gratitude and admiration are so common that many of the players block out the sounds so they can focus on the game. But for this officer, the show of support was a welcome sight. A day before, a friend told me that he and his daughter pulled into a parking lot, where a parking attendant asked for $3. When he handed out the money, his daughter leaned across him and thanked the attendant. The attendant smiled and directed them to a spot nearby. “What are you thanking him for?” my friend asked. “What did he do?” “He’s doing his job and I appreciate it,” his daughter said. “Why can’t you appreciate it?” “He’s taking my money,” the friend reasoned. “Yes, and you’re getting a place to park,”

she said. My friend recognized the value of the words. Besides, even if it didn’t make the attendant’s day, it didn’t cost anything and it may have helped the car park collector feel like someone cared that a good job was being done. In that same vein, I’d like to thank you for reading this column today and any other time you take the time to read it. I know you could be doing numerous other tasks and I appreciate the opportunity to share words, thoughts or experiences with you. I realize you don’t always agree with me. Maybe climate change isn’t top of your mind or you have perfect children who never once frustrate and amuse you, or your dog is so well trained that it never jumps up on anyone or consumes a plate full of warm cookies. But I appreciate the chance to connect with you. Maybe today, tomorrow or next week, you can also pass along an appreciative gesture. Who knows? You might make the day of a police officer, a baker, a mail carrier or a dog walker.

Talking to Strangers Can Be Revealing or Can Be Something Else

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book I recently finished and enjoyed has topped The New York Times Best Sellers Hardcover Nonfiction list, so clearly many others appreciate it as well. It is “Talking to Strangers,” Malcolm Gladwell’s latest offering. Reading it, in some ways, is like a summary of controversial current events, with a lot of interesting yet extraneous information thrown in because that makes for a good story. And one thing about Gladwell: He is a good storyteller. The author of Between previous bestsellers you and me including “The TipBY LEAH S. DUNAIEF ping Point,” and “Blink,” Gladwell is said to turn social science into best selling books. One of the critics

said that he could probably make a riveting story about a pencil sharpener. Initially I picked up the book because of its title. I thought it could have been written for me because I habitually and notoriously talk to strangers. I say it that way because I’m not sure the people I am with always appreciate sharing me but I can’t help myself. When I am in a theater and it is intermission, I am interested in how the people around me like the show. When I am at the opera — where a surprising number of different languages are spoken by the audience — I wonder where the people next to me come from and I ask them. Sometimes I even begin chatting with others in an elevator in conversations of obviously limited duration. Lest you think I am an insensitive pest, I rush to assure you that if those questioned by me would seem unwilling to talk, I would immediately become silent. But I find quite the contrary. Most people seem to enjoy talking to strangers who are sharing the same environment. So I started reading but was surprised that Gladwell’s theme was quite different from what I was expecting. From his perspective, it is difficult to evaluate a person, especially in a provocative

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situation, simply by talking with them and reading their body language. Why? Sometimes people lie, and lie convincingly. An example he gives is Bernie Madoff, who with his quiet and thoughtful manner, was able to convince clever and talented financial experts that he was honest. For a time, even members of Renaissance Technologies in Setauket were caught off guard. As Gladwell wrote, “Through a complicated set of arrangements Renaissance found itself with a stake in a fund run by [Madoff]” and “The people at Renaissance are brilliant … but couldn’t quite make the leap to believe that it was all a setup” despite personal interviews with Madoff. That is, until they became sufficiently suspicious to take out their money, but then only half that was invested with Madoff, according to Gladwell. There are other examples in the book having to do with cultural or contextual differences between the viewer and the person being viewed, sometimes with disastrous results. One such situation involved Amanda Knox, an American student incarcerated for four years following the murder of her roommate in Perugia, Italy, largely because Italian prosecutors interpreted her

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youthful American goofiness as signs of guilt. She was subsequently acquitted of the murder. Another example put forth by Gladwell is the unwillingness of witnesses to recognize the guilt of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant college football coach who abused children. Yet another example, the one that starts and ends the book, is of Sandra Bland, the African-American woman from Chicago who was stopped by a white highway patrolman in a small town in Texas for not signaling when she changed lanes. It should have been a routine event. Instead, because of misreading, it turned into a confrontation resulting in her death three days later by hanging in a local jail that was ruled a suicide. There are also fascinating stories about Cuban spies fooling the CIA, among other tales. Gladwell’s conclusion is that we should “accept the limits of our ability to decipher strangers.” He goes on to say, “What is required of us is restraint and humility. … There are clues to making sense of a stranger. But attending to them requires care and attention.” And knowing that we can be wrong. Anyone who has hired the wrong applicant for a job can vouch for that.

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