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Santa arrives in Stony Brook The Ward Melville Heritage Organization hosts annual holiday event


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Stony Brook resident, Michael Mihaley, will hold a book launch party for his debut novel, “The Underdog Parade,” at The Bates House in Setauket Dec. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. The book centers around 13-year-old Peter “Nemo” Grady who hates his new home in an exclusive golf club community and deals with his parents continuous fighting, while also struggling with seizures and bullying. The story takes a twist when he meets a new neighbor named Joshua who predicts a summer drought may end with a storm of biblical proportions. Mihaley is an ELA/special education teacher on the east end of Long Island. He lives in Stony Brook with his wife, Jacqueline, two children, Maddy and Mikey, and his Kentucky mutt, Hazy. Light refreshments will be served at the event, and a book reading and signing will

Author Michael Mihaley, above, will launch his debut novel at The Bates House Dec. 9.

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Bethel AME receives funds to restore Eato House BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM

Bethel AME Church of Setauket received an early Christmas present. The New York Landmarks Conservancy, which is dedicated to preserving, revitalizing and reusing New York’s architecturally significant buildings, presented checks to the recipients of its 2018 Sacred Sites Grants Dec. 4 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Northport. Representatives from five Long Island churches were on hand, including the Rev. Gregory Leonard and trustees of Bethel AME, which received a matching grant of $3,000 for the renovation of the former parsonage known as the Eato House. “The 1917 Eato House is culturally significant to the area’s African American and Native American communities and a contributing building to the Bethel-Christian AvenueLaurel Hill Historic District,” said Peg Breen, president of the conservancy. “The Landmarks Conservancy is pleased to be able to help with a conditions assessment of the house that will guide needed repairs. Bethel AME is important to Setauket’s history and reaches about 1,000

people a year by providing space to community organizations, the local fire department and the annual Setauket Pow Wow.” Leonard said he was thankful for the grant, and in February or March the church hopes to start a fundraising campaign to raise additional funds. “We’re overjoyed with it, and we know it’s a long journey to get the house totally back on its feet,” the reverend said. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Robert Lewis, president of Higher Ground Inter-Cultural and Heritage Association, a nonprofit historical group working with the church to restore the former parsonage, was also in attendance for the check presentation. “Anyone with the experience of starting a building restoration project knows the endeavor is significantly more than just filling out applications for grants,” Lewis said. “The cost in terms of years, sweat and toil is not in dollars. After seven years of work, Higher Ground and Bethel AME Church are delighted to be the recipients of the New York Landmarks Conservancy grant. The grant represents the start of a building restoration project that will reveal the history of the Eato House, and the life of two remarkable people, Mary Baker-

Bethel AME Church of Setauket received a $3,000 matching grant Dec. 4 to be used to restore The Eato House, which was once home to one of the church’s first pastors.

Eato and Rev. David Eato.” In 2017, the Eato House was added to the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities List of Endangered Historic Places. Bethel AME historian, Carlton “Hub” Edwards, said in a previous interview with TBR News Media, the house was once home to the Rev. David Eato, one of the church’s first pastors, and his wife Mary Baker, a freed slave. Baker moved to the North after being freed from slavery and

settled in Port Washington where she was an organist at a church. It was there that she met Eato and, after marrying, the couple moved to Setauket, and the reverend became one of the first ministers of Setauket’s Bethel AME in the early 1900s. Mary took on the role of superintendent of the Sunday school and held the position until the late 1930s. Edwards said the members of the Eato family owned the house until the church purchased it a few years ago.



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Santa arrives in Stony Brook to kick off holidays


The rain stopped long enough Dec. 2 to allow visitors to Stony Brook Village Center to enjoy The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s 39th Holiday Festival. The festival marked the second year of the Legends and Spies Puppets Procession led by Tom Manuel, president and founder of The Jazz Loft, and a New Orleans-style brass band. The procession puppets pay homage to former notable Three Village residents. This year, two new puppets featuring the likeness of Anna Smith Strong, a member of the Culper Spy Ring, and William Sidney Mount, famed American genre painter, were added to the parade. Santa arrived at 2 p.m. to greet visitors, and holiday train displays could be viewed at Wiggs Opticians holiday windows and at the WMHO Educational & Cultural Center. The event also included the annual tree lighting and the Promenade of Trees competition where families and community members decorated some 60 holiday trees, which will stay on display through Jan. 2. The public can vote on the winner, who will receive a $150 Stony Brook Village Center gift certificate, usable in all shops and restaurants.




Chabad lights up Stony Brook attendees were entertained with a fire juggling show by Keith Leaf after the lighting. The event also included a chocolate coin “gelt drop” from a cherry picker truck, handmade menorahs by children and latkes and donuts. The Chabad at Stony Brook is located at 821 Hawkins Ave. in Lake Grove. For more information or to learn about the new center at 360 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, visit www. or call 631-585-0521.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus say hello to residents lined up along the parade route last year.

Holiday parade ready to roll BY CARMINE INSERRA The 2018 Three Village Electric Holiday Parade is taking shape, and students, organizations, businesses and local dignitaries are all preparing their floats, banners and lights for the parade Sunday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. Thousands of local observers have been enjoying the parade for the last two decades and have watched it evolve from a small processional with only a few floats to this weekend’s extravaganza boasting more than 30 participants including schools, Scout troops, musket men, dancers, the Stony Brook University Marching Band and Wolfie, the SBU mascot. The parade was first envisioned more than 20 years ago by Michael Ardolino and several other civic-minded individuals who felt the community needed its own holiday parade as another way to bring the community together. “When I first dreamed of what I wanted the parade to be, this is it,” Ardolino said. “It’s taken many years to evolve into the kind of event that the community eagerly anticipates each year. It’s taken years of building off previous parades’ success and standing on the shoulders of former participants to create the event we enjoy today.” This year’s parade will be honoring John Tsunis as the grand marshal. He is the owner of the Holiday Inn Express in Stony Brook, a partner at Tsunis Gasparis, LLP and chairman and CEO of Gold Coast Bank. He’s also a long-standing board member and past president of the Three Village Chamber of Commerce. Tsunis is being recognized for his generous local contributions and involvement to history, the arts and numerous other community interests. The current parade committee is chaired by Cheryl Davey and Billy Williams and includes

Andrea Allen, Carmine Inserra, Hope Kinney, Laura Mastriano, Michael Owen, Sharon Philbrick, Scott Sanders and Denise Williams. Several current participants, including David Prestia from Fratelli’s Bagel Express in Setauket, have participated every year since the parade’s inception. Prestia even provides free hot chocolate to parade attendees at the end of the parade route and to the participants lining up at the beginning. At the end of the parade, Santa greets attendees at East Setauket’s Pond Park, next to Se-Port Delicatessen, and lights the Christmas tree. The Three Village Electric Holiday Parade Facebook page shows over 3,300 individuals interested in the event. The parade starts at 5 p.m. sharp on Main Street in East Setauket between Setauket Elementary School and Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, then proceeds down Main Street all the way to East Setauket Pond Park near Shore Road. Please note that the police will shut down Route 25A between Old Town Road and Shore Road about an hour before the parade begins. Parking will also be very limited on the parade route at that time. There are many ways to get involved with this memorable event that draws thousands of local residents. Anyone who would like to participate can sign up at www.3vholidayparade. com. Additionally, up-to-date weather notices, general guidelines, the route and contact information will be posted on the website. Those interested in participating as a sponsor or underwriter for the parade can contact the parade committee at info@3vholidayparade. com or call Denise Williams at 631-828-9031. Carmine Inserra is the 2nd vice president of the Three Village Chamber of Commerce and owner of ProSysCon Computer Technologies, Inc.


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Three Village residents remember shamanic drummer, Maniscalco

Above, Peter Maniscalco with one of his shamanic drums and with friends from All Souls Episcopal Church

fulfilled. Here, one’s entire being resonates with balance and harmony — one sings their soul song; their soul musically vibrates in harmony with the cosmos.” Peter’s specialty was working with people who were lost in life. Lost souls had a special place in his heart because he lived, for many years, through several challenging experiences that ultimately helped him to find “his Cosmic Self.” His compassion for people challenged in this manner guided the way to healing. The

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Kenno was passionately gifted in the home arts, such as sewing, knitting and cooking, passing her talents to generations of students and family. She was also an avid horticulturist, lover of film and adventurous traveler, all of which she shared with her husband. After Levan died in 2007, Kenno moved to Portland to be closer to her children and their families on the West Coast. She relished seeing them more frequently and led an active, healthy and independent life until she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in her last few years. Kenno is survived by her children Alenna (Jason) and Schuyler (Nancy); three grandchildren Jude, Ian and Connor; and her sister Anita MacDonnell. Online condolences may be sent to Donations can be made in Kenno’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association at


Kenno Merrihew died Oct. 19 in Portland, Oregon, with her son and daughter by her side. She was born Aug. 10, 1937, in Estelline, South Dakota, to high school educators Vern and Creta Hutchison. Raised in Arlington, South Dakota, she later attended South Dakota State University. Kenno became a home economics teacher after graduating and eventually moved to New York to teach in the Smithtown school district where she spent her career. While there, she met Levan Wicks Merrihew, an English teacher, whom she married in 1965. They settled in Setauket, where they were actively involved in local community life for more than 40 years, and had two children, Alenna and Schuyler.



their meditation and prayer. His integrity was a model for all.” The shamanic drummer had a unique gift that he willingly shared with others. He spent the past 35 years learning shamanic guidance/healing based on musical vibration from indigenous shaman/healers in the U.S. and the Amazon rain forest. He often said the goal of his shamanic work was to help others find their Cosmic Self — “A place of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance where a person’s life purpose is


All Souls Episcopal Church in Stony Brook has been offering monthly shamanic drumming programs to the community the last three years. Drummer Peter Maniscalco had been fighting cancer for many years, but despite the ravages of the disease, his spirits remained strong, and he continued to bring this healing service to a growing following at All Souls until this past August. Peter died the evening of Nov. 26 surrounded by his loving family. “Peter gathered around him an eclectic group of people,” said the Rev. Farrell Graves, vicar of All Souls Episcopal Church. “Some were Christians who found that his drumming enhanced their prayer and sense of well-being. Others were not connected with a religious tradition and otherwise might not have found support for their spiritual lives. His humility and refusal to pretend created an atmosphere of trust in which people could experience community. His steady, quiet demeanor encouraged all in

many participants at the All Souls Shamanic Drumming sessions came to call him “Grandpa Pete,” an expression of the love and respect they felt for him. Setauket resident George Hoffman remembers Peter as part of the core group that organized the fight against LILCO’s Shoreham nuclear power plant. Hoffman said Peter added to the group’s understanding of deeper ecological issues involved with the existence of a nuclear plant on Long Island shores. “He cherished the Earth and did his all to protect it from those who would despoil it,” Hoffman said. “Our planet has lost a steadfast advocate, and he will be missed by all of his friends and fellow activists.” Peter shared his gift of spiritual healing with people of many faiths and beliefs; each will mourn his passing and celebrate his life in their own way. There will be a funeral Mass for him at noon Dec. 22 at Caroline Church of Brookhaven and a celebration of his life in Shoreham this summer.



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Jazz Loft musicians escape Haiti during riots

Tom Manuel, venue founder, shares firsthand account with TBR News Media BY TOM MANUEL


The Jazz Loft ambassadors’ annual mission to Haiti to teach children how to play instruments hit a blue note as the capital, Port-au-Prince, erupted with riots. Elvoi, a music teacher that we had hired, shared words of wisdom with us after our trip. “Everything is OK thanks to God,” he said. “But in Haiti we live day by day, we live one day at a time.” We had landed bright and early on a Wednesday morning, a six-person team consisting of music educators, professional musicians and an independent filmmaker from California. This was another regular trip under the banner of The Jazz Loft to continue building the music program in a school perched high atop a mountain that is making a difference in children’s lives one day at a time. One part of the Jazz Loft’s trifecta mission is education, and we felt that our community outreach should stretch further than how we typically define community. Our definition includes thinking globally, and a partnership with True Love Missions, of Stony Brook, and their successful school in Haiti was a perfect match. Thanks to the philanthropic giving of Robert Lourie and Ivana Stolnik in addition to the generous giving which was the result of an annual fundraising concert, the Jazz Loft ambassadors embarked on their trip. Barrels of school supplies, instruments, clothing and food were shipped down in advance and the team packed as much as they could bring as well. Our days unfolded one after the next with early morning rises, hikes up and down the mountain to the school, and sometimes rides on motorbikes which rival any amusement park ride known to man. Relationships were begun

or made stronger, and the universal language of music transcended that of English and native Creole. Teaching trombone was interrupted by giving out worm pills and conversations with the school principal and teachers regarding school-book needs were put on welcomed pause to feed quite hungry people. The confines of an article cannot contain nor explain the experience of a trip like this. The art of loving and being so genuinely loved in return can only be experienced by doing it. Then 48 hours before our departure, a protest march against the Haitian government took place in Port-au-Prince. A day before our scheduled exit protests had turned to riots, and from the school high atop the mountain overlooking the city, we could see two fires that signaled something was wrong. We awoke early Monday morning, Nov. 19, ready for departure but as we assembled something was missing. The sound of Haiti had gone mute. There is an unmistakable sound of thousands of people, motorbikes, trucks and animals all joining chorus in organized chaos as the sun rises, and it had gone silent. In its stead, we heard a natural silence penetrated by the sound of vintage radios projecting singular voices speaking of riots throughout the night that had heightened. The city had been shut down. Schools and all businesses were closed. Our van was not coming, and all vehicles were banned from the roads. A call to the U.S. Embassy in Haiti signaled greater worry as it was closed. Fearing escalation, being stuck beyond our planned time and worry over our general safety, we explored available options and were getting nowhere fast. Hours passed, our window of opportunity was quickly fading, and our final and only choices were to stay,

Above, a teenager in Haiti learns how to play trombone from the Jazz Loft’s Tom Manuel, and below, a young student takes a turn with the trombone.

or bribe the police to give us an armed escort to the airport. As if defying reality — because these things only happen in movies, right? — we were quickly packing ourselves into a civilian vehicle and a police truck. I wound up being the lone person in the police vehicle as there was no more room in the other vehicle. As we drove the final distance to the main drag, I thought to myself, “Am I blowing this out of proportion? Is this really necessary?” As we hit the bottom of the street, there was an abrupt stop, and machine guns were locked and loaded, and handguns quickly appeared. We turned right, and I was amazed to see nothing but an empty street. Our speed was where the vehicle maxed out, and the sound of walkietalkies, phones and borderline yelling filled the vehicle. The trip to the airport takes a solid hour and a half typically on a good day, and the main drag is marked by thousands of people trying to sell their wares to buyers that do not exist. Our trip that day lasted roughly 15 minutes. Piles of debris and tires on fire occasionally blocked the road which we would veer around. Burned out vehicles and damaged abandoned police vehicles marked the journey. At one point we passed a black armored vehicle that moved down the street like a dinosaur. Having made this trip many times, I noticed familiar landmarks. We were getting closer and closer to the airport. The cop to my right was clicking a clave rhythm on the barrel of his gun. I couldn’t help but wonder if he was nervous or if this habit was normal. Ahead, a human-made roadblock of boulders and debris appeared causing the driver to slam on the brakes, fly into reverse and head right, the only other option

available, only to be met by another roadblock. Two police officers got out and started moving the boulders. A deafening sound, unlike any other, crescendoed and two masses of people began to converge from behind from both sides of our vehicles. It’s apparent that fear set in as the cops jumped back into the car, and we rammed whatever was left of the roadblock that couldn’t be moved. Distance was quickly gained and this all seemed to end in an instant as we arrived at the airport and made our entrance almost seemingly under normal circumstances. Our plane took off an hour early, and within a few short hours we were home. It’s a bizarre reality, to say the least, to go from such contrasting environments in such a short period. The next days in Haiti saw increasing violence. Innocent people died. The New York Times published an article Nov. 23, but little of the drama in Haiti made it to our mainstream news. In Haiti they live day by day. They live one day at a time. When things settle down, which they will, I will return to Haiti. I will continue to love, because in the end, even if I could move those Haitian mountains, even if somehow I could magically fix their broken and corrupt government, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. Love doesn’t rejoice about injustice but rather it rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, it never loses faith, it’s always hopeful, and it endures through every circumstance. Love makes all the difference and there are many children in a little school atop a mountain in Haiti that I love very much, and they love me. And that my friend is always worth the journey.



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BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM In a politically charged time, race is seen as a third-rail issue, one that if touched leads to political headache in the case of a politician or a rough time around the holiday dinner table for everyday folks. Which is why Elaine Gross, president of Syosset-based ERASE Racism, which wishes to examine and make meaningful change to race relations in New York, said Long Island was the perfect time and place to start meaningful conversations about race and racism, both in the overt and covert displays of prejudice. “Even though we are becoming more diverse, that doesn’t mean we have what we want going on in our schools,” Gross said. Long Island is “home to 2.8 million people so we’re not a small place, but tremendously fragmented.” The nonprofit, which was originally founded in 2001, made its first stop at Hilton Garden Inn, Stony Brook University Nov. 29 during a five-series Long Island-wide tour called How Do We Build a Just Long Island? The mission is to start a dialogue about meaningful change for race relations in both Suffolk and Nassau counties. Four panelists, all professors and graduate students at Stony Brook, spoke to a fully packed room about their own research into the subject and took questions from the audience on how they could affect change in their own communities. Christopher Sellers, history professor and director of the Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice, and Policy, has studied what he described as “scientific racism,” of people who look at the superiority and inferiority of other races as an objective truth, an idea that was born during the enlightenment and colonial period used to justify conquering nations overseas. It’s a form of understanding identity that lives on in many people, Sellers said. “It’s as old as western society itself,” he said. Race is an important issue in a county that is very segregated depending on the town and school district. An image created by the nonprofit and compiled with information from the New York State Department of Education shows a district such as Port Jefferson is made up of 80 percent white students, while in the Brentwood school district 79 percent of students are Latino and 12 percent are black. Panelists argued that racism exists and is perpetuated through local policy. Abena Asare, assistant professor of Modern African Affairs and History said that racism currently exists

in the segregated schools, in lack of public transportation, zoning laws and other land-use policies created by local governments. “Many of the policies on our island that insulate and produce structural racism are based on a false narrative on what Long Island was, who it is was for, and the fear of where it is going,” Asare said. “Creating new futures requires that we expose the version of the past that justifies or separates an unequal status quo.” Crystal Fleming, an associate professor of sociology at Stony Brook, spoke about how historically the idea of white supremacy is ingrained in America’s social consciousness, that lingering ideas of one race’s entitlement to security and citizenship over other races have helped perpetuate racist ideas and policy. “When we talk about systemic racism, it’s not black supremacy, it’s not Native American supremacy, it’s not Asian supremacy, it’s white supremacy,” Fleming said. “We need to be brave and talk frankly about these matters.” Miriam Sarwana, a graduate student in psychology at Stony Brook, said after the civil rights movement of the 1960s racism did not simply die, but it became subtle, only used in the safety of the home. This is compounded by the lack of interaction between races on a daily basis. “These biases are influenced by the social, societal and cultural [elements] in our lives, and can be influenced both directly and indirectly,” Sarwana said. “A white adult has little or no interaction with African-Americans, and then starting childhood this person may be exposed to negative images of African-Americans.” The panelists said that the extreme segregation in school districts has resulted in an even greater disparity of resources and attention for nonwhite races. The issue, Asare said, after the forum, was that the 125 public school districts on Long Island have remained insular, leading to communities becoming disparate and inclusive. She said the best way to deal with this is to consolidate school districts, even along town lines, which could lead to bigger savings for school districts, more resources to less-served districts and allow for better cross-pollination of races between schools. “The fact that those types of discussions are not normally occurring here speaks to a larger issue, that segregation works for a lot of people around Long Island,” Asare said. The final Erase Racism forum in this series will be held Dec. 10 at the Radisson Hotel in Hauppauge at 6 p.m. Visit www. for more information or to register for the event.

Police Blotter

Incidents and arrests Nov. 26–Dec. 2 Assault

A 25-year-old man from Coram was arrested Nov. 26 for two counts of assault at 526 Jefferson Plaza after allegedly starting an altercation with a man walking out of a store at 7:20 p.m. A woman went forward trying to break up the fight when the man allegedly struck her as well.

Property damage

A 24-year-old Middle Island man was arrested Nov. 27 on Dayton Avenue in Port Jefferson Station after allegedly climbing on top of the hood of a 2011 GMC and damaging the windshield wiper and mirror.

Driving on drugs

A 48-year-old man from Miller Place was arrested Nov. 29 for being involved in a motor vehicle accident on Route 25A in Mount Sinai with his 2014 Dodge at around 5 p.m., police said. The man was allegedly driving while on drugs.

Christmas plant stolen

A 62-year-old Selden woman was arrested Nov. 27 for allegedly stealing a Christmas plant from the K-Mart on North Ocean Avenue in Farmingville at around 3 p.m. Nov. 26.

Mischief and petit larceny

A 38-year-old Centereach woman was arrested in Selden Dec. 2 for allegedly stealing food from the ShopRite at 71 College Plaza in Selden at around 6:45 p.m. and for breaking the window of a 2017 Kia on Eastwood Boulevard in Centereach Dec. 2 at around 11:30 a.m.

Driving under the influence

A 63-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was arrested on 25A in Shoreham Nov. 27 after allegedly driving while impaired on drugs. Police said the man was driving his 2010 Nissan northbound down William Floyd Parkway when he struck a median but continued on until he eventually pulled over on Route 25A. He was also charged with the unlawful possession of marijuana.

Driving while intoxicated

A 43-year-old Ridge man was arrested in a parking lot at 385 Route 25A in Miller Place Dec. 2 at about 8 p.m. Police said the man was allegedly speeding in the parking lot and was driving while intoxicated.


Police are searching for a person involved in petit larceny at LA Fitness located at Route 112 in Port Jefferson Station after a woman reported someone allegedly stole her keys from her locker, went into her 2010 Hyundai and stole money and credit cards between 3:15 and 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 1.

House vandalism

Police are looking for a person who allegedly damaged the vinyl siding and window of a home at 3 Minuteman Court in Miller Place Dec. 2 at approximately 2:30 p.m.

— Compiled by Kyle Barr


Sports — Game of the week


Ward Melville 50 Bay Shore 61

Patriots fall to Bay Shore in season opener BY BILL LANDON The Patriots drew with eight points late in the game but dropped their season opener 6150 against visiting Bay Shore Nov. 30. Robert Soto led his team in scoring netting 15 points along with a pair of treys. Ray Grabowski followed with 12 points, and Chris Foglia banked seven. Clockwise from above, senior guard Ray

Grabowski lays up for one of his 12 points; junior guard Jack Holland drains a 3-pointer; senior guard Chris Foglia drives to the basket; and senior guard Soto drives to the rim. Ward Melville will be back in action Dec. 3 where they’ll host Centereach in another nonleague contest in a Coaches vs. Cancer matchup at home. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:15 pm. For more photos from the game, visit www.

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The Ward Melville High School golf team closed the season with a feeling that could probably be compared to a hole in one. The team walked off the Rock Hill Golf Course in first place after the Suffolk County high school golf championships Oct. 31. In addition to the team win, senior Alexander Korkuc finished third in the individual tournament with a score of 154. The team will go on to the Long Island championship, and Korkuc qualified for the state tournament. Both will take place in the spring. Bob Spira, who has coached the team for some 12 years, said the golfers are looking forward to the Long Island championship. The last time the Patriots took the title was in 2016. “This year we’re back on the map again, so it’s really nice to be back on top,” Spira said. The coach said the six team members work well together, and he considers all top players. He said they worked hard this season and didn’t hesitate to keep practicing shots that they missed in a match, even if it meant hitting 200 balls.

“I told them right from the beginning, ‘You guys have the talent,’” the coach said. “‘It’s just putting in the time and just everything working out. Even the best golfers can have a bad round. So, don’t let it get in your head, keep moving forward.’” Korkuc said he wouldn’t want any other coach than Spira. “He’s a great coach,” he said. “He’s been there for me four years, and he’s always told me to keep working and it will eventually work out.” Ward Melville junior, Palmer Van Tuyl, said he’s been playing with the team since eighth grade, and he has witnessed how the team and he have grown as players. A highlight for him this year was successfully shooting two rounds under par in matches. “That was really big in my development to know I have the ability to have really good scores in addition to solid play all season long,” Van Tuyl said. He said his teammates who, in addition to Korkuc and himself, include eighth-graders Gavin Girard and Nick Stoecker with eleventhgrader Andrew Petraco and ninth-grader Mike Petraco, are strong players. Van Tuyl said having skilled younger players is important for the future of team.

Palmer Van Tuyl, Gavin Girard, Alex Korkuc, Andrew Petraco, Nick Stoecker, Mike Petraco and coach Bob Spira

“To have that much depth that early is, I think, a big key to our strength,” he said. When it came to the team win after the Suffolk County championship and Korkuc’s qualification, Van Tuyl said it made him forget his disappointment coming in 11th place on the second day. “The self-pity or the self-sadness was completely overshadowed by the great feeling

I had for the team, and the happiness I had for my friend,” he said. Korkuc and Van Tuyl said their teammates are like a second family. Korkuc, who hopes to take a year off from college to attend a golf academy next academic year, has advice for his fellow teammates. “Keep working hard and everything will fall in place like it did for me,” he said.

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BY DANIEL DUNAIEF Many research efforts search for clues about the signals or processes that turn healthy cells into something far worse. Scientists look at everything from different genes that are active to signs of inflammation to the presence of proteins that aren’t typically found in a system or organ. Tim Somerville, a postdoctoral researcher in Chris Vakoc’s laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, recently took a close look at a specific protein whose presence in a high concentration in pancreatic cancer typically worsens the expectations for a disease with an already grim prognosis. This protein, called P63, has a normal, healthy function in skin cells for embryos and in maintaining normal skin for adults, but it doesn’t perform any important tasks in the pancreas. Somerville wanted to know whether the protein appeared as a side effect of the developing cancer, like the appearance of skinny jeans someone wears after a diet starts working, or whether it might be a contributing cause of the cancer’s growth and development. “What was unclear was whether [the higher amount of P63] was a correlation, which emerges as the disease progresses, or something more causal,” he said, adding that he wanted to find out whether “P63 was driving the more aggressive features” of pancreatic cancer. Somerville increased and decreased the concentration of P63 in tissue cells and organoids, which are copies of human tumors, hoping to see whether the change had any effect on the cancer cells. The postdoctoral researcher knocked out the amount of P63 through the use of CRISPR, a gene-editing technique. He also overexpressed P63, which is also a transcription factor. “From those complementary experiments, we were able to show that P63 is driving a lot of the aggressive features of cancer cells,” Somerville concluded. “Rather than being a cor-

Left photo, Tim Somerville; above Somerville at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Photos by Brian Stallard, 2018/ CSHL

relation that’s observed, it is functionally driving the cancer itself.” Somerville recently published his research in the journal Cell Reports. As a transcription factor, P63 recognizes specific DNA sequences and binds to them. With P63, Somerville observed that it can bind to DNA and switch on many genes that are active in the worse form of pancreatic cancer. He and his collaborators describe P63 as a master regulator of the gene program. Pancreatic cancer is often discovered after the irreversible conversion of normal, functional cells into a cancerous tumor that can spread to other organs. It also resists chemotherapy. Research teams in the labs of Vakoc and Dave Tuveson, the director of the Cancer Center at CSHL, and other principal investigators at CSHL and elsewhere are seeking to understand it better so they can develop more effective treatments. Vakoc was impressed with the work his postdoctoral researcher performed in his lab. Somerville is “one of the most scholarly young scientists I have ever met,” Vakoc explained in an email. “He is simply brilliant and thinks deeply about his project and is also driven to find cures for this deadly disease.” At this point, Somerville is pursuing why P63 is activated in the pancreas. If

he can figure out what triggers it in the first place, he might be able to interfere with that process in a targeted way. He also might be able to think about ways to slow it down or stop the disease. The form of P63 that is active in the pancreas is not a mutated version of the protein that functions in the skin. If scientists tried to reduce P63, they would need to develop ways to suppress the cancer promoting functions of P63 without suppressing its normal function in the skin. Many of the genes and proteins P63 activates are secreted factors and some of them contribute to inflammation. Indeed, researchers are exploring numerous ways inflammation might be exacerbating the progression of cancer. P63 is also active in other types of cancer, including lung, head and neck cancers. Frequently, elevated levels of P63 in these other forms of cancer also lead to a worse prognosis. Somerville explained that the changes P63 makes in a pancreatic cancer cell may expose new weaknesses. By studying cells in which he has overexpressed the protein, he hopes to see what other addictions the cells may have, which could include a reliance on other proteins that he could make compounds to target. A resident of Huntington, Somerville has worked in Vakoc’s lab for three years. While he has spent considerable time studying P63, he is also looking at other transcription factors that are involved in pancreatic cancer.

Somerville wants to contribute to the discovery of why one form of pancreatic cancer is so much worse than the other. “If we can understand it, we can find new ways to stop it,” he said. Originally from Manchester, England, Somerville is working in the United States on a five-year visa and plans to continue contributing to Vakoc’s lab for the next couple of years. At that point, he will consider his options, including a potential return to the United Kingdom. Somerville appreciates the opportunity to work on pancreatic cancer with Vakoc and with Tuveson, whose lab is next door. The researcher is enjoying his time on Long Island, where he takes walks, enjoys local restaurants and, until recently, had been playing on a Long Island soccer team, which played its matches in Glen Cove. For Somerville, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has exceeded his high expectations. “The research that goes on here and the interactions you can have at meetings” have all contributed to a “great experience,” he said. Somerville is excited to be a part of the pancreatic cancer team. “With the work from [Tuveson’s] lab and ours, we’re finding new things we didn’t know,” he said. “It’s only when you understand those different things and the complexity that you can start thinking about how to tackle this in a more successful way. If the research carries on, we’ll make improvements in this disease.”

Weekly horoscopes SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21 Family affairs move to the forefront this week, Sagittarius. A spouse or a child is in need of assistance, and you must set aside the time to help amid your other responsibilities. CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20 Things have started to settle down a bit for you. Capricorn. That’s a welcome change from the harried pace you’ve been keeping of late. Enjoy the respite. AQUARIUS – Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, it’s taken a few months for you to find your groove, but you are in a zone and standing on solid ground. Enjoy the smooth sailing that’s ahead. PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20 Listen to what others are telling you, Pisces. You have always been good at accepting advice and now is the time to heed others’wisdom. ARIES – Mar 21/Apr 20 Take a few extra moments to think things through before making any important decisions, Aries. Knee-jerk reactions are not the way to go at this time. Careful planning is the key. TAURUS – Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, direct all of your attention toward a certain project. Even as you worry about other things being forgotten, you realize the importance of prioritizing. GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you are juggling so many things right now, and you may feel like you’re being pulled in 100 directions. Slow down and figure out what takes precedence. CANCER – Jun 22/Jul 22 Others are eager to hear some of your words of wisdom, Cancer. You usually know just what to say in a given situation. Prepare your thoughts carefully. LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, you may need to brush up on certain skills if you want to sail through a particular task that comes your way late in the week. Get some help if need be. VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, once you set your mind to something, there is nothing you cannot accomplish. Your attention to detail is top notch, but don’t let perfection distract you. LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, putting family first has always been your priority and that will continue in the weeks ahead. Others notice your efforts and appreciate them. SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22 Multitasking can be your undoing, Scorpio. You want to accomplish so much, but you must try to balance your time instead. Clean the clutter from your schedule.




‘It’s in my DNA’

The first time I heard DNA enter popular evidence for innate human social behaviors is culture was hearing a record played by my often lacking. There are single gene effects of son Anders. I heard the refrain, “Hey hey, hey the nervous system that are well documented hey! It’s DNA that made me that way.” An- such as Huntington’s disease, which leads to ders told me it was from a song called “Sheer dementia and paralysis with an onset usually in Heart Attack” by the rock band Queen (1977). middle age. There are also family histories of psychoSince then that idea has spread from teenage rock fans to the public sphere, and in sis and learning difficulties. The fragile X its modified form, I hear “It’s in my DNA” syndrome is one such well-documented condition that leads to low intelliwhen a person feels passionategence. But human social traits ly about an idea. Metaphors are have lots of inputs from parents, part of how we speak but they siblings, playmates, neighborare not always scientifically achoods, regional culture, ethniccurate. Before the era of DNA ity and national identity. (that began with the publishing Children growing up in povof the double helix model of erty have different expectations DNA in 1953 by James Watson than children whose parents are and Francis Crick), a different well off and send them to elite set of metaphors were in use goschools. Each generation uses, ing back to antiquity. as best as it can, what it knows. Intense belief or fixed behavOur knowledge of many importiors have been attributed to the ant aspects of life and behavior is intestines (I feel it in my gut), incomplete. Hence, we keep modto the heart (I offer my heart-felt thanks), to the skeletal system BY ELOF AXEL CARLSON ifying our interpretations of how life works. (I feel it to the marrow of my Much of what is called evolutionary psybones), to the blood (royalty are blue bloods and a psychopath’s behavior reflects bad blood) and chology or genetic determinism will be modto the nervous system (argumentative personali- ified or abandoned in years to come as we learn how our genes use memories and other ties are called “hot headed”). Sumerians studied the shape of animal acquired knowledge to shape our personalities. guts and livers to predict the future (harus- For many cellular processes we know the flow picy). Until the Renaissance the brain was of information from DNA (genes) to cell orthought to be the place where blood is cooled ganelles to cellular function to tissue formation (hence the hot-headed belief). Thoreau was and to organ formation. That detailed interpretation of human bedescribed by one contemporary as sucking the marrow out of life; and blood was havior is not possible now for social traits. I considered the vital fluid of life. In the Re- would love to say, “It’s in my DNA” to write naissance the first human blood transfusions these Life Line columns, but my conscience were given to provide youthful vigor by old would remind me that it is based on Freudian “wish fulfillment” and not careful experimenmen who believed in rejuvenation. When people say, “It’s in my DNA” for a be- tation down to the molecular level. Elof Axel Carlson is a distinguished teaching havior, they are conveying a deeply held belief that it is part of their personality as far back as professor emeritus in the Department of Biochemthey can remember or that it is innate. But the istry and Cell Biology at Stony Brook University.

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Increasing our understanding of hypertension


A simple technique can help indentify cardiovascular risk

percent increased overall risk of developing early-stage AMD (5). It did not matter which class of blood pressure-lowering drug the patient was using, all had similar effects: calcium channel blockers, beta blockers, diuretics and angiotensin receptor blockers. However, the researchers indicated that they could not determine whether the blood pressure or the blood pressure medication was the potential contributing factor. This is a controversial topic. If you are on blood pressure medications and are more than 65 years old, I would recommend that you get yearly eye exams by your ophthalmologist.

Hypertension affects approximately onethird of Americans, according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and only about half have it controlled (1). What could we possibly learn about blood pressure that we have not heard already? Studies teach us about diagnostic techniques and timing, as well as consequences of hypertension and its treatment. Let’s look at the evidence.


When you go to the doctor’s office, they usually take your blood pressure first. But do they take readings in both arms and, if so, have you wondered why? I take blood pressure readings in both arms because there may be significant benefit from this. By David An analysis of the Dunaief, M.D. Framingham Heart Study and Offspring Study showed that when blood pressure was taken in both arms, when there was a difference of more than 10 mm Hg in the systolic (top number) blood pressure, then there may be an increased risk for the development of cardiovascular disease — stroke and heart disease (2). This is a simple technique that may give an indication of who is at greater cardiovascular disease risk. In fact, when this interarm blood pressure comparison showed a 10 mm Hg difference, it allowed the researchers to identify an almost 40 percent increased risk of having a cardiac event, such as a stroke or a heart attack, with minimal extra effort expended. So, the next time you go to the doctor’s office, you might ask them to take your blood pressure in both arms to give you and your doctor a potential preliminary indication of increased cardiovascular disease risk.


When do we get our blood pressure taken? For most of us it is usually at the doctor’s office in the middle of the day. This may not be the most effective reading. Nighttime blood pressure readings may be the most accurate, according to one study (3). This was a meta-analysis (a group of nine observational studies) involving over 13,000 patients. Neither the clinical nor daytime readings correlated significantly with cardiovascular events when multiple confounding variables were taken into account, while every 10 mm Hg increase at night had a more significant predictive value.

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Blood pressure readings taken at night may be the most accurate. Stock photo

With patients, if blood pressure is high in my office, I suggest that patients take their blood pressure at home, both in the morning and at night, and send me readings on a weekly basis. At least one of the readings should be taken before antihypertensive medications are taken, since these will alter the readings.

Salt impact

There has always been a debate about whether salt plays a role in high blood pressure and heart disease. The latest installment is a compelling British study called the Health Survey from England. It implicates sodium as one potential factor exacerbating the risk for high blood pressure and, ultimately, cardiovascular disease (4). The results show that when salt intake was reduced by an average of 15 percent, there was a significant blood pressure reduction and that this reduction may be at least partially responsible for a 40 percent reduction in stroke mortality and a 42 percent reduction in heart disease mortality. One potential study weakness was that physical activity was not taken into account. However, this study’s strength was that it measured salt intake through 24-hour urine tests. Most of our dietary salt comes from processed foods we least suspect, such as breads, pastas and cheeses.

Age-related macular degeneration

When we think of blood pressure-lowering medications, we don’t usually consider age-related macular degeneration as a potential side effect. However, in the Beaver Dam Eye Study, patients who were taking blood pressure medications were at a significant 72

One study shows that blood pressure medications significantly increase fall risk in the elderly (6). Overall, 9 percent of these patients on blood pressure medications were seriously injured when they fell. Those who were considered moderate users of these medications had a 40 percent increased risk of fall. But, interestingly, those who were consider high-intensity users had a slightly less robust risk of fall (28 percent) than the moderate users. The researchers used the Medicare database with 5,000 participants as their data source. The average age of the participants in the study was 80. Does this mean that we should discontinue blood pressure medications in this population? Not necessarily. This should be assessed at an individual level between the patient and the doctor. Also, one weakness of this study was that there was no dose-response curve. In other words, as the dosage increased with high blood pressure medications, one would expect a greater fall risk. However, the opposite was true. In conclusion, we have some simple, easy-to-implement, takeaways. First, consider monitoring blood pressure in both arms, since a difference can mean an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Reduce your salt intake; it appears that many people may be sensitive to salt, as shown by the British study. If you do take blood pressure medications and are at least 65 years old, take steps to reduce your risk of falling and have annual ophthalmic exams to check for AMD.


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Calling all Santas and Hanukkah Harrys or those who just want to help make a difference this holiday season! For the past 13 years, Stacy from Pattern Finders in Port Jefferson has been part of a group of everyday people that answer the direct clothing needs and toy requests of 10,000 of Long Island’s less fortunate children living in homeless shelters, temporary foster care, Child Protective Services, sober houses, teen mother homes and domestic violence safe houses every year. This year, the group’s goal is to sponsor 50 children. You may drop off any children’s new clothing and new toys or gift cards for donations at the shop at 128 East Main St., Port Jefferson. Or, adopt a child and purchase his or her specific clothing and toy requests. Stacy will have actual letters from the children with their clothing sizes, requirements and toy requests. Anyone who makes a donation will be entered for a free raffle prize. Feel free to call Stacy at the shop with any questions at 631-928-5158.

Holiday tree lighting

The Shoppes at East Wind, 5768 Route 25A, Wading River will host a Holiday Tree Lighting event on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. (rescheduled from Dec. 2). The free event will feature performances by the SWR High School Concert Choir and All Star Dance Academy as well as the arrival of Santa Claus by fire truck at 6 p.m. Call 631-929-3500 for more information.

Bereavement support workshop

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 380 Nicolls Road, East Setauket will offer a support workshop titled Grieving During the Holidays on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. Led by the Rev. Dr. Linda Anderson, the workshop is designed to offer support and comfort to people of all faiths and no faith. There is no charge but registration is required by calling 631-751-0297.



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n Jan. 4 of this year, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that the federal government is developing a five-year plan to lease ocean lands in federal offshore areas all along our shorelines, including two leases on the North Atlantic region of the Outer Continental Shelf to companies that would drill for gas and oil. (Each state along the Atlantic coast owns the waters 3 nautical miles from the shore at mean low tide; they have jurisdiction to decide whether or not to lease their territory for oil and gas.) The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has been considering the many possible effects of offshore drilling compared with the estimated potential of the gas and oil drilling. Research by BOEM will consider a wide range of issues: physical considerations; biological considerations; social, economic and cultural considerations; and alternatives and mitigation measures. BOEM estimates that, at current national consumption rates, the support of undiscovered economically recoverable offshore oil and gas in the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf Coast of Florida would only meet domestic oil demand for two years and gas demand for just over one year.

Opposition has been growing

• Both Republican and Democratic governors in every state where offshore drilling doesn’t already exist (except Maine) have expressed opposition to opening their coastlines to the oil and gas industry. In case efforts to exempt their states are unsuccessful, lawmakers in California, New York and New Jersey are pushing legislation that would make new offshore drilling in federal waters as difficult as possible. • Resistance to the plan has been expressed by at least 130 organizations along the Eastern Seaboard, including groups that support conservation, wildlife, clean water and political action. • The risk of oil spills, which could destroy the environment for a wide area, as it has in the Gulf, is a major cause of opposition. • Seismic air guns that fire intense blasts of compressed air every 10 to 12 seconds 24 hours a day for months on end will disrupt and displace marine life, including whales, which rely on sound to find food and mates, sea turtles and many fish and shellfish species, including those of commercial importance.

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Offshore oil and gas drilling has devastating effects on marine life. • Drilling and processing infrastructure along the shoreline and in nearby areas will limit tourist and recreational activities. • Tourism, with fishing and other industries that depend on clean, oilfree water and beaches, supports nearly 320,000 jobs, which could be lost, with $5.6 billion from the tourism economy of Long Island. • The fossil fuel industries create five times fewer jobs than are created by the clean energy sector. • This proposal will slow our nation’s progress toward solving the climate change problem. The Fourth National Climate Assessment, mandated by Congress and released in November 2018, concluded that coastal communities and the ecosystems that support them are increasingly threatened by the impacts of climate change.

What can be done Although dissent was expressed at many public hearings, it is likely that the Department of the Interior intends to carry out its offshore drilling plan. The League of Women Voters urges towns and villages that will be affected by drilling to pass memorializing resolutions to submit to the BOEM and its local elected officials. Riverhead, Southold, Shelter Island and Southampton towns in Suffolk County have already done so. (See a sample resolution at

Representative Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) of the 1st Congressional District has opposed the drilling plan at local meetings. Individuals should write, call or email him (30 Oak Street, Patchogue, NY 11772; 631-289-1097; www.zeldin. to express their concerns about the need to protect our local economies and the environment. Write to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), U.S. senators Chuck Schumer (D) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D) and your New York State senators and assemblypersons (visit for full contact details). A revised plan, with a new period of public comment, may be released this month. If implemented, it will affect all of us. We can protest, as individuals. We should each also contact our town and village governments to ask them to adopt memorializing resolutions in opposition to the drilling in order to protect our oceans, our fishing industry, our tourism and our quality of life. Specific requests for action by many constituents are always more effective with elected officials ... Act now! Nancy Marr is first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Suffolk County, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information, call 631-862-6860.

SBU professors named 2018 AAAS fellows Six Stony Brook University professors have been named among this year’s 416 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellows, a high honor bestowed upon association members by their peers because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. They include Robert B. Grubbs, Daniel O’Leary, Eliza Reilly, Steven Skiena, Esther Takeuchi and Dr. Vincent Yang. “This year’s election of six Stony Brook University scholars is a clear indication of the real difference they are making in their respective fields of research,” said Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr., Stony Brook University president. “[They] have joined the distinguished ranks of Stony Brook’s AAAS Fellows, and I commend them on this well-deserved honor.” Professor Robert B. Grubbs, from the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, was named a fellow in the AAAS Section on Chemistry for distinguished contributions to polymer chemistry, particularly controlled polymerization methods for the design and synthesis of block copolymers capable of assembly into larger functional materials. Distinguished Professor Daniel O’Leary, Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, was named a fellow in the AAAS Section on Psychology for distinguished research on the etiology, prevention and treatment of psychological and physical aggression between partners, particularly multivariate models of such aggression in representative samples. Research Professor Eliza Reilly, from the Department of Technology and Society in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was named a fellow in the AAAS Section on Education for distinguished contributions to and leadership in promoting the integration of science and civic engagement in undergraduate STEM education through the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, where she serves as executive director. Distinguished Teaching Professor Steven Skiena, from the Department of Computer Science and director of the Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was named a fellow in the AAAS Section on Information, Computing and Communications for distinguished contributions to the fields of algorithms and data science, particularly interdisciplinary work in the biological and social sciences. “We are tremendously proud to have six more of our faculty join the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science,” Stony Brook University Provost Michael Bernstein said. “This impressive class of scholars exemplifies the growing excellence of our research mission. I extend my warmest congratulations to Drs. Grubbs, O’Leary, Reilly, Skiena, Takeuchi, and Yang.”

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From left, Frank Recco, CFO Recco Home Care; Nancy Geiger, director, Gurwin Home Care Agency; Claudia Hammar, president NYS Association of Health Care Providers (NYSHCP); and Taryn Birkmire, executive director of Recco Home Care Photo courtesy of Gurwin Home Care Agency

Gurwin Home Care Agency director honored

Nancy Geiger, director of the Gurwin Home Care Agency, recently accepted the Norma Recco Advocate of the Year Award from the Long Island Chapter of the New York State Association of Health Care Providers (NYSAHCP) for her outstanding contributions to public advocacy to advance home and community-based care. The award was first presented in 2011 to honor the memory of Norma Recco, a tireless advocate who advanced HCP from a local interest group to a statewide association, and who was the governor’s appointee to the New York State Home Care Council from 1987 to 1997. Currently the vice president of the Long Island Chapter of the NYSAHCP, Geiger has specialized in the home care agency field for more than 30 years. She joined Gurwin as director of the Gurwin Home Care Agency in 2007. Under her leadership, the Gurwin agency provides home health aides and companions for Long Islanders who are in need of compassionate care and support. “Nancy’s empathy for people is evident, whether she is advocating for her employees or AAAS FELLOWSHIP continued from A21

her patients,” said Stuart B. Almer, president and CEO of the Gurwin Family of Healthcare Services. “She is committed to helping to get home care services to those who need them, and we are fortunate to have her leading our Gurwin Home Care Agency.” Taryn Birkmire, executive director of Recco Home Care, presented Geiger with the award, applauding her for her years in the home care field, her work for the past six years for the chapter and her continued efforts in reaching out to legislators as well as her participation in advocacy events in Albany. “I am truly humbled to receive this award and be recognized in the name of Norma Recco,” said Geiger. “Norma was a true pioneer in the home care industry, and she overcame many obstacles back in the early days in the field. Unfortunately, our challenges have become even greater in recent years. Home care plays an important and vital role in the lives of many in our communities, and I am honored to be able to fight for people to continue to receive the services they need to keep them living safely at home.”

Dr. Vincent W. Yang, Simons Chair of Medicine and professor of the Departments of Medicine and Physiology and Biophysics in the School of Medicine, was named a fellow in the AAAS Section on Medical Sciences for distinguished contributions to the field of gastrointestinal physiology and pathophysiology, particularly in the areas of intestinal stem cell biology, inflammatory bowel disease and gastrointestinal malignancies.

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On Nov. 15, the Three Village Kiwanis Club donated a check in the amount of $5,000 to Stony Brook University Hospital for its work in the Pediatric Oncology unit to help children and their families in need during this trying time of the holiday season. If you are interested in becoming part of the Kiwanis Club here locally please contact Billy Williams at 631-828-9048 to find out how you can help with supporting those in need in our community. They meet at Mario’s Restaurant, 212 Main St., Setauket on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

Do you have business news that you would like to share? Send your ribbon cuttings, grand openings, check presentations and more to leisure@ and we’ll print it in all six of our papers for free. Questions? Call 631-751-7744, ext. 109. Esther Sans Takeuchi, the William and Jane Knapp Endowed Chair in Energy and the Environment, distinguished professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences and in Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and chief scientist of the Energy Sciences Directorate at Brookhaven National Laboratory, was named a fellow in the AAAS Section on Industrial Science and Technology

for distinguished contributions in the area of lithium battery research with implantable applications, which have enabled the creation of several lifesaving inventions. New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.




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Ring in the holiday season when Irving Berlin’s beloved “White Christmas” returns to select cinemas nationwide for a two-day celebration on Dec. 9 and 12, courtesy of Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events. Originally released in 1954, the classic film stars Bing Crosby (Bob) and Danny Kaye (Phil). After Phil saves Bob’s life in the army, the two become a widely popular vaudeville musical act. They agree to see a sister act as a favor to an old army buddy. The sisters, Rosemary Clooney (Betty) and Vera-Ellen (Judy) are going to Vermont to perform at an inn and Phil, determined to play matchmaker, sneakily arranges for himself and Bob to go along. When they realize the owner of the failing inn is their former general, the duo decide to bring their entire musical act to Vermont in a secret attempt to bring in guests and give back to the man that meant so much to them. Directed by Michael Curtiz (“Casablanca”), “White Christmas” includes such Berlin classics as “Sisters,” “Snow,” “Blue Skies,” “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep” and the enduring title song. Presented as the final film in the 2018 TCM Big Screen Classics series, the screenings include new commentary by TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz. Participating movie theaters in our neck of the woods include AMC Loews Stony Brook 17, 2196 Nesconset Highway, Stony Brook on Dec. 9 and 12 at 2 and 7 p.m.; Farmingdale

Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen perform ‘Sisters’ in a scene from ‘White Christmas.’

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Designers and garden clubs deck the Vanderbilt Mansion halls for the holidays Guided tours to be held through Dec. 30


he Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum’s holiday centerpiece is the mansion of William and Rosamond Vanderbilt, decorated each year by local designers and garden clubs. Their creative touch brings additional charm and magic to the spectacular, 24room, Spanish-Revival house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can see the captivating results during guided tours now through Dec. 30 as lighted trees, ornaments, wreaths, ribbons, poinsettias, garlands, toys and elegantly wrapped faux gifts fill the rooms. Stephanie Gress, the Vanderbilt’s director of curatorial affairs, and her staff decorated the Windsor Guest Room, Lancaster Room, Breakfast Nook and Northport Porch. “Most of these garden clubs and designers have been decorating the mansion for more than 20 seasons,” Gress, said. “We look forward to seeing them each year, and to how they use their creative skills to bring elegant holiday charm to the house.” Centerport designers Mary Schlotter and her daughter Krishtia McCord — who operate Harbor Homestead & Co. — created a spectacular botanical dress that is displayed in Rosamond Vanderbilt’s bedroom. “The challenge was to use natural materials for the skirt,” McCord said. “We used dried birch-branch tips and wove in strings of tiny clear lights.” “We wanted to give the dress some sparkle,” Schlotter added. “So, we asked friends and family to share their grandmothers’ and mothers’ clip-on earrings and brooches and added them to the skirt. We made a botanical necklace using lamb’s ear leaves and hydrangea petals and accented it with pearls.” They also fashioned a long flowing sash with wide, white birch bark-print ribbon and combined the same ribbon design with greenery to decorate the nearby mantelpiece.

The Organ Room in the mansion is ready for visitors.

Designers Mary Schlotter and Krishtia McCord put finishing touches on their botanical dress.

The mother/daughter team made its first botanical dress for the Vanderbilt two years ago. “We like to use materials that will break down and not harm the Earth. We never use floral foam because it takes many years to break down. Instead, like many floral designers, we use chicken wire and thin tape.” The two designers used antique chandelier crystals and other glass objects to decorate the fireplace mantel in Rosamond Vanderbilt’s stunning mirrored dressing room, where their original botanical dress is displayed. Lorri Toth, who made the velvet top of Schlotter and McCord’s first botanical dress, created the dove-gray velvet top for the new

dress. Toth, who worked in New York City fashion houses, now has her own design business, Couture Creations, in Huntington Village, and makes lots of wedding dresses, Schlotter said. This year’s mansion decorators also include the Dix Hills Garden Club (dining room), Honey Hills Garden Club (Sonja Henie Guest Room), Nathan Hale Garden Club (Organ Room and Yellow Guest Room), Asharoken Garden Club (Portuguese Sitting Room), Three Village Garden Club (William Vanderbilt’s bedroom), Harbor Homestead & Co. (Rosamond Vanderbilt’s bedroom and dressing room), Centerport Garden Club (library), Hydrangea Home of Northport (holiday floral centerpiece) and volunteers from the Cornell

Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Program of Suffolk County. Museum guide Ellen Mason contributed her family’s vintage electric train set and accompanying buildings for display around the base of the tree in the library. Lance Reinheimer, executive director of the Vanderbilt Museum, said “We’re grateful to these generous volunteers who give their time and talent to create an atmosphere of enchanting holiday grandeur and sophisticated living.” The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum is located at 180 Little Neck Road in Centerport. General admission is $8 adults, $7 students and seniors and $5 for children 12 and under. Guided tours of the mansion are given on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday (and Wednesday to Sunday, Dec. 26 to 30 during school vacation) at regular intervals between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. for an additional $6. Special Twilight Tours will be given on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27 and 28, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This event is a treat for visitors, and the only time of the year the Vanderbilt family’s private living quarters can be seen at night. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 631-854-5579 or visit On the cover: The Vanderbilt Mansion library All photos courtesy of Vanderbilt Museum

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A GAGGLE OF GEESE Gerard Romano of Port Jefferson Station snapped this photo of a handsome flock of Canadian geese in Port Jefferson on Nov. 19. The flock included one goose, center, whose plumage markings suggest it could possibly be a hybrid.

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• Hauppauge Fire Department, Truck Company 1, 855 Wheeler Road (Route 111), Hauppauge will host a Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission to the breakfast is $6 adults, $4 children ages 3 to 11. Photos with Santa Claus will be available for a $5 donation. For more information, email • Crossroads Church, 66 Pembrook Drive, Stony Brook will host a Pancake Breakfast with Santa & Friends on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon. $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Stony Brook, all proceeds will benefit the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. Please RSVP by emailing contact@



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There seem to be very few ways to escape the early onslaught of the commercialism of Christmas. With stores and websites foisting the holiday upon us almost as soon as we’ve put away our sandals and sunscreen, it loses its magic long before it even arrives. I find that the best way to avoid that is to revert to what Christmas used to mean by making my own gifts. Nothing fancy or lavish, but something that shows originality, care and affection. I’ve made everything from potpourris to potholders, jams and tree ornaments, cookies and candles and candy, but I find that the easiest and most appreciated gifts from my kitchen have often been miniloaves of quick bread in inexpensive ceramic or foil loaf pans. Wrapped in colored cellophane and tied with a length of pretty ribbon, they’re always welcome. Here are three of the many versions.

Banana Raisin Bread YIELD: Makes 3 miniloaves INGREDIENTS: • ¾ cup golden raisins • 2 cups flour • 1 teaspoon baking soda • ½ teaspoon salt • ½ cup unsalted butter • 1 cup sugar • 2 eggs • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 2) • 1/3 cup milk • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar DIRECTIONS:

Soak the raisins in hot water. Preheat oven to 350 F and generously grease three 6- by 3by 2-inch loaf pans. Sift flour with baking soda and salt. Cream butter and sugar; add eggs and bananas and blend thoroughly. Combine the milk and lemon juice (don’t worry if it curdles

YIELD: Makes 3 miniloaves INGREDIENTS: • 1 cup boiling water • 8 ounces chopped pitted dates • Half a stick softened, unsalted butter • 1¾ cup flour • ½ cup sugar • 1 teaspoon baking soda • ¼ teaspoon salt • 1 beaten egg • ¾ cup chopped pecans DIRECTIONS: Stock photo

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December 20 thru 23 Thursday at 7PM Friday at 7PM Saturday at 2PM & 7PM Sunday at 1PM & 6PM

Staller Center for the Arts Stony Brook University Box (631) 632-ARTS office

“A Delicious Holiday Confection for Young and Old” Bernstein, Newsday


‘YOU ARE UNDER MY SPELL’ Catch a performance of ‘Barnaby Saves Christmas’ at Theatre Three for the holidays. The show runs through Dec. 29. Photo by Peter Lanscombe, Theatre Three Productions Inc.


Hands-On Art

The Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook will present a program for students in grades K through 4 titled Silver as a Medium on Dec. 6 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Learn the elements of art and use different materials to create your own silver masterpiece. $10 per person. Preregistration required by calling 751-0066, ext. 212.

Storytime at Barnes & Noble


Join Barnes & Noble in Lake Grove at 600 Smith Haven Mall or in East Northport at 4000 E. Jericho Turnpike for a reading of “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. An activity will follow. Get free hot chocolate and a cookie from our Café, and don’t forget to wear your favorite cozy pajamas! Call 724-0341 (LG) or 462-0208 (EN).

Fire & Ice Candles

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, 581 West Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown will host a family workshop making Fire & Ice Candles on Dec. 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Using hot wax and cold ice, create a unique candle for yourself or a friend just in time for the holidays. Decorations will be provided but you may bring your own. $6 per person. Advance registration required by calling 265-1054.

Beneath the Waves

Violet is a 5-year-old Shepherd mix rescued off the streets in Thailand, where she was sure to become part of the meat trade there. She is now safe at Kent Animal Shelter. Violet is a sweet dog and would love to have a family to call her own. She comes spayed, microchipped and is up to date on her vaccines. Please come down and meet her! Kent Animal Shelter is located at 2259 River Road in Calverton. The adoption center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. For more information on Violet and other adoptable pets at Kent, call 631-727-5731 or visit Photo courtesy of Kent Animal Shelter

The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport will host a workshop for children in grades 3 to 5 titled Beneath the Waves on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Explore the seas with Mr. V! Learn about the diversity of life beneath the waves, examine preserved specimens and make a marine invertebrate pillow to take home. Fee is $20 per child, $18 members. Advance registration is required by calling 854-5539.

Let’s Create Together

Join Gallery North, 90 North Country Road, St. James for Let’s Create Together, an art class for children ages 2 to 6 years old with a parent or caregiver on Dec. 8 from 10 to 11 a.m. Students

will work with their creative partner to paint on fabric to create snowflakes that will be turned into lovely wall hangings. $25 per pair. To register, call 751-2676 or visit

ArtVentures Saturdays

Gallery North, 90 North Country Road, Setauket continues its ArtVentures class on Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Instructor Larissa Grass will lead children ages 7 to 11 in exploring tints and shades with acrylic paints. Students will create an atmosphere landscape painting to take home. $25 per class includes all materials. To register, call 7512676 or visit

Visit Santa’s Workshop

The Drowned Meadow Cottage Museum, located at the corner of West Broadway and Barnum Ave., Port Jefferson is magically transformed into Santa’s Workshop for the month of December. Visit the three rooms of the workshop beautifully decorated for the holidays and then take a photo with Santa on Dec. 8, 15 and 22 from noon to 4 p.m. Free. Questions? Call 473-4724.

A library Crafternoon

Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, 120 Main St., Setauket will host a December Crafternoon on Dec. 8. Drop by anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. to make a foam elf hat for the holidays. Open to all. No registration required. Questions? Call 9414080 or email

Santa at St. James General Store

Celebrate the holidays with a visit and photos with Santa Claus at the St. James General Store, 516 Moriches Road, St. James Dec. 8 and 9 and every weekend through Dec. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Call 854-3740 for further info.

Lets Celebrate Light!

Join the Long Island Explorium, 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson in celebrating light during a drop-in program on Dec. 8 and 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. Explore patterns while creating a luminary to light your path. $5 per person. Call 331-3277.

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The poets and members of the Port Jefferson School District with teacher Monica A. Consalvo, center Photo from Monica Consalvo

The cast of ‘Frosty’ Photo courtesy of Engeman Theater

Take a chill pill with ‘Frosty’ at the Engeman BY HEIDI SUTTON For too short a time, the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport will present its annual production of “Frosty” for the holidays. Directed by Richard Dolce, the interactive show, filled with song, dance and plenty of fun, is a wonderful way to introduce children to live theater. Kevin Burns serves as narrator and welcomes the audience to Chillsville, a beautiful town way up north that is always covered with a blanket of snow. From the very beginning Burns puts the children at ease by asking them questions and inviting them to sing and clap to the first song, “Snow.” It is a magical way to start the story. Burns introduces us to Jenny, a little girl who loves to play in the snow. With the help of her mother, she builds a snowman who magically comes to life once Jenny wraps a scarf around him. She decides to name him Frosty and the two become fast friends. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, mean old Ethel Pierpot, who wants to make Chillsville warm and snow free so she can build a new factory, invents a weather machine that starts to make everything melt, including Frosty. Will Jenny, her mom, Frosty and the audience come up with a plan to stop her or will Frosty turn into a puddle of water? Danielle Aliotta, who played Jenny at last Saturday’s performance, alternates the role with Katie Dolce. Soft-spoken and sweet, Aliotta connects with audience from the beginning. Matthew Rafanelli returns as the gentle and kind Frosty, a role he has by now perfected. Nicole

Weitzman is wonderful as Jenny’s mom and Courtney Fekete seems to be having a ball in the delicious role of Ethel Pierpot. It is Burns, however, as narrator, who draws the most giggles. His constant wardrobe changes to reflect how warm Chillsville is getting are hilarious. A nice touch is how often the actors turn to the children in the audience for advice and they utilize the aisles often, including an exciting chase scene to catch Pierpot. During intermission, the narrator asks the audience to come up with a plan to save Frosty. When the show continues, the children share their ideas with the cast. The kids also help Jenny write a letter to her mom and even get to wish for snow at the end of the show. The songs, including the fun “One Friend Is Better Than No Friends,” the sinister “Pierpot’s Solution” and the ever popular “Frosty the Snowman” tie the whole show together. With the message that love “is pretty powerful stuff,” this fast-paced holiday production is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Meet the cast in the lobby after the show for pictures and autographs. An autograph page is conveniently located at the back of the program. Running time is 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission. The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport will present “Frosty” through Dec. 30. Children’s theater continues with “Seussical The Musical” from Jan. 26 to March 3 and Dreamworks’ “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure” from March 23 to April 28. All seats are $15 and booster seats are available. For more information or to order, call 631-2612900 or visit

On the 23rd anniversary of the Port Jefferson Village’s Charles Dickens Festival, students from the Port Jefferson Middle School had the opportunity to read their original poetry during the lantern dedications and during the opening ceremonies last weekend. Middle school teacher Monica A. Consalvo coordinated the event by having students submit their poetry centered around the themes of community, family and Charles Dickens. This yearly tradition allows students not only to be a part of the community event but to also extend learning beyond the traditional walls of the classroom.

‘Wintertime’ By Izzie Chen, Grade 6 Bright lights Heights never reached Through all the nights, No sights But the lights And the sounds Art, never seen, Music, never heard The beauty, The magnificence Only found in winter It’s Christmas time, There’s something in the air Find hope, joy and love, only during the wintertime ‘A Snowy Night’ By Alice Snyder, Grade 6 As the sun sets It glows As I walk through a trail of snow The leaves have vanished into thin air Leaving the branches empty and bare And the winter winds howl and blow The summer birds are ready to go Every step I take Every move I make Leaves a footprint in the snow For others to know I’ve been here on this cold winter night. ‘Winter’ By Ava Tuccillo, Grade 6 Winter snow, winter cold Snowflakes dropping on my nose Feeling wet, feeling cold Snow glistens just like gold Heavy snow is coming down Covering the entire town Hot cocoa with marshmallows is o so sweet I love winter, it’s such a treat.

‘The Village Dickens Plan’

By Ruby Ray, Grade 8 The village gladly breathes a sigh of joy, when descends the wintertide, And thoughts of summer then must die Away, as everyone is occupied In Dickens plans, with Christmas night.

But then comes sour Ebenezer, With nothing but money complaints, And threats he’ll sue every tortfeasor; He growls “Dare Not pretend you’re saints, You fools, low tenants, for I’m your grasping leasor.” Yet even Mr. Scrooge gives joy, For he was Dickens ‘ hapless man — His foil, as charity’s envoy Of hope, which is the village plan To kindle love in each girl and boy.

‘First Snow’ By Viviane Kim, Grade 7 A cold November sky framed by shivering leaves Look up! and you can see the heavens framed with golden angel wings One icy drop hesitantly glides down a winding staircase Children eagerly spill out of doors onto steps Lifting their puffy arms in a noisy Hallelujah Bespeckled locks and rosy cheeks raise up to behold the glory Tiny crystals begin to hurriedly fall to meet their noisy counterparts. — Both unique

‘Snowflakes’ By Devon Welsch, Grade 6 Flurry Down Tap, tap, tap on the roof Ground covered in snow like a blanket White trees sway in the wind WHOOSH! The wind whisks Numbing cold Warm inside by the fire



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Winter Craft Extravaganza

The Whaling Museum, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor will host a Winter Craft Extravaganza on Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Design an array of Victorian-style crafts while visiting the museum. Dip a candle, create a glittery tussy-mussy, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies and make a keepsake “scrimshaw” box to take home. For ages 3 and up. $12 children, $6 adults. Call 367-3418.

Heckscher Family Hour

The Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington will present its popular Family Hour program on Dec. 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. for ages 5 to 10. Take a family-friendly tour and experience the museum through close-up, lively conversation and hands-on gallery projects with museum educator Tami Wood. $5 per child. Registration recommended by calling 351-3250.

Longwood Estate, located at the corner of Longwood Road and Smith Road in Ridge, invites children ages 2 to 6 to make a simple gingerbread house on Dec. 12 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. $10 per child. For additional information or to register, call 924-1820.

The Rainy Rainforest

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, 581 West Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown will host a Tiny Tots class, The Rainy Rainforest, on Dec. 13 from 10 to 11 a.m. This is a special time for parent and child to discover the natural world together. $4 per child. Advance registration required by calling 265-1054.

Toddler Time

Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington hosts Toddler Time for ages 3 to 5 every Thursday at 11 a.m. Join guitarist Jeff Sorg for a sing-along and dancing on Dec. 13. Free. No registration necessary. For further information, call 271-1442.

“We do whatever it takes to make families comfortable.”

Lisa Naso, Lorelai Mucciolo and Jae Hughes star in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ through Dec. 30. Photo courtesy of SPAC

Museum Adventures

The Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook continues its Museum Adventures series on Dec. 13 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. What is a Smithy? Visit the museum’s Samuel West Blacksmith Shop to find out. Learn all about the tools used by the blacksmith and the different roles he played in people’s everyday lives. Recommended for students in grades K through 4. $10 per student. Advance registration required by calling 751-0066, ext. 212.

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’

The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East Main St., Smithtown will present Ken Ludwig’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas” — the wild holiday adventures of a mouse, an elf and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer, on their quest to find out why Santa missed their house last year — Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. through Dec. 30. A joyful tribute to the holiday season! Tickets are $15. Call 724-3700 or visit to order.

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He’s back! The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport will present “Frosty” through Dec. 30. Join Jenny and Frosty on their chilly adventures as they try to save the town of Chillsville from mean old Ethel Pierpot and her evil machine that will melt all the snow. Jenny calls on her Mom, the mayor, and all of you to help her save her home, get Frosty to the North Pole, and make this holiday season a Winter Wonderland for one and all! Tickets are $15. To order, call 261-2900 or visit See review on page B17.

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Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson will present a holiday favorite, “Barnaby Saves Christmas,” through Dec. 29. Join Barnaby, the littlest elf, and Franklynne, his reindeer friend, as they set off on a journey to save Christmas. Along the way they learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukkah and the holiday season. All seats are $10. To order, call 928-9100 or visit ©2018 MKJ Marketing

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‘Les Misérables’ School Edition

Tickets are now on sale for a special presentation of ‘Les Misérables’ School Edition at the John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport on Jan. 5 at 3 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. and Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. Cast is comprised of members of the Engeman Select Players, an audition-based elite performance group for students enrolled in grades 6 to 12. Directed by Jake Bridges. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information or to order, call 261-2900 or visit www.


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38 Mayflower Avenue, Smithtown NY 11787 631–759–6083 FATHER TYLER A. STRAND, ADMINISTRATOR, JOSEPH S. DURKO, CANTOR Divine Liturgy: Sundays at 10:30 am Holy Days: See website or phone for information Sunday School Sundays at 9:15 am Adult Faith Formation/Bible Study: Mondays at 7:00 pm. PrayerAnon Prayer Group for substance addictions, Wednesdays at 7 pm A Catholic Church of the Eastern Rite under the Eparchy of Passaic.

Catholic ST. GERARD MAJELLA ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 300 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station 631–473–2900 • Fax -631–473–0015 All are Welcome to Begin Again. Come Pray With Us. REV. GREGORY RANNAZZISI, PASTOR Office of Christian Formation • 631–928–2550 We celebrate Eucharist Saturday evening 5 pm, Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 am Weekday Mass Monday–Friday 9 am We celebrate Baptism Third weekend of each month during any of our weekend Masses We celebrate Marriage Arrangements can be made at the church with our Pastor or Deacon We celebrate Reconciliation Confession is celebrated on Saturdays from 4–5 pm We celebrate You! Visit Our Thrift Shop Mon. – Fri. 10 am–4 pm + Sat. 10 am–2 pm


110 Myrtle Ave., Port Jefferson, NY 11777 631-473-0165 • Fax 631-331-8094 REVEREND PATRICK M. RIEGGER, PASTOR ASSOCIATES: REV. FRANCIS LASRADO & REV. ROLANDO TICLLASUCA To schedule Baptisms and Weddings, Please call the Rectory Confessions: Saturdays 12:30-1:15 pm in the Lower Church Religious Ed.: 631– 928-0447 • Parish Outreach: 631–331-6145 Weekly Masses: 6:50 and 9 am in the Church, 12 pm in the Chapel* Weekend Masses: Saturday at 5 pm in the Church, 5:15 pm in the Chapel* Sunday at 7:30 am, 10:30 am, 12 pm, and 5 pm in the Church and at 8:30 am, 10 am, and 11:30 am (Family Mass) in the Chapel* Spanish Masses: Sunday at 8:45 am and Wednesday at 6 pm in the Church *Held at the Infant Jesus Chapel at St. Charles Hospital Religious Education: 631–928-0447 Parish Outreach: 631–331-6145

429 Rt. 25A, Setauket, NY 11733 Phone: 631–941–4141 • Fax: 631–751–6607 Parish Office email: REV. JAMES-PATRICK MANNION, PASTOR REV. GERALD CESTARE, ASSOCIATE PASTOR REV. JOHN FITZGERALD, IN RESIDENCE Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9am - 4pm • Saturday 9 am - 2 pm Weekday Masses: Monday – Saturday 8:00 am Weekend Masses: Saturday (Vigil) 5:00 pm (Youth) Sunday 8:00am, 9:30 am (family), 11:30 am (choir) Baptisms: Contact the Office at the end of the third month (pregnancy) to set date Matrimony: contact the office at least 9 months before desired date Reconciliation: Saturdays 4:00 – 4:45 pm or by appointment Anointing Of The Sick: by request Bereavement: 631– 941-4141 x 341 Faith Formation Office: 631– 941-4141 x 328 Outreach: 631– 941-4141 x 313 Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School: 631– 473-1211 Our Daily Bread Sunday Soup Kitchen 3 pm HOLIDAY HOURS Reconciliation: Monday, December 17th to Friday December 21st after the 8am Mass; Saturday, December 22nd after the 8am Mass, 11:30am to 1:30pm, 3 to 4:45pm; Sunday, December 23rd from 1:30 to 3pm Christmas Eve: Monday, December 24th-Church 4, 7, 10:30pm (Carols) and 11pm; Parish Center 4:15pm Christmas Day: Tuesday, December 25th- Church 8, 9:30 and 11:30am New Year’s Eve: Monday, December 31st- 5 & 7pm Gentle Eve Mass and Dinner: Please call the parish office 631-941-4141 and leave your name, address and phone number along with the number of people attending. We will provide the buffet dinner, soda, coffee/tea. Each attendee is asked to donate $15 and bring along a favorite dessert to share and their own vino. Please respond no later than 12 noon, Wednesday, December 12th. New Year’s Day/Mary, Mother of God: Tuesday, January1stChurch 9 & 10:30am


75 New York Avenue, Sound Beach, N.Y. 11789 Parish Office: 631-744-8566; FAX 631-744-8611 Parish Website: Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm Wednesday: 9 am to 8 pm; Friday: 9 am to 4 pm; Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm; Closed on Sunday Mission Statement: To proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ’s love through our active involvement as a parish family in works of Charity, Faith, Worship, Justice and Mercy. ALL ARE WELCOME! No matter what your present status is in the Catholic Church. No matter your family situation. No matter your practice of faith. No matter your personal history, age or background. YOU are invited, respected and loved at St. Louis de Montfort. REV. MSGR. CHRISTOPHER J. HELLER, PASTOR REV. LENNARD SABIO, ASSOCIATE PASTOR REV. MSGR. DONALD HANSON, IN RESIDENCE REV. FRANCIS PIZZARELLI, S.M.M., PARISH ASSISTANT REV. HENRY VAS, PARISH ASSISTANT Weekday Masses: Monday through Friday: 8:30 am in the Chapel Weekend Masses: Saturday Vigil: 5 pm Sunday: 7:30 am; 9:00 am; 10:30 am; 12 noon. Baptisms: Most Sundays at 1:30 pm. Please contact Parish Office for an appointment. Reconciliation: Saturday: 4-4:45 pm or by appointment. Anointing of the Sick: by request. Holy Matrimony: Contact Parish Office at least six months in advance of desired date. Religious Education: Contact 631-744-9515 Parish Outreach: Contact 631-209-0325 Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School: Contact 631-473-1211.

233 North Country Road, Mt. Sinai • 631–473–1582 REV. PHILIP HOBSON “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here” We pray for justice... We support local and global initiatives to bring justice to the marginalized and understanding among persons of different faiths – and more! We pray for peace... We organize and march and support organizations that call for an end to violence in our homes, our country, our world – and more! We pray for shelter and safety... We work with disaster relief organizations, Habitat for Humanity, the Sunshine Prevention Center for Youth and Families – and more! We pray for the hungry... We operate the Island Heart Food Pantry in Middle Island as well as an emergency pantry in our building – and more! We pray for God’s extravagant welcome... An open and affirming congregation in the United Church of Christ (UCC. org) we welcome LGBTQ persons, as well as the differently-abled, persons in recovery, doubters and believers alike – and more! We welcome YOU to join us in worship on Sundays for our 8:30 quiet/Communion service or for our 10:00 service, which includes Sunday School for children. Come see what “more” we offer!


“Our little historic church on the hill” across from the Stony Brook Duck Pond Main Street, Stony Brook • 631–751–0034 www.allsouls– • Please come and welcome our new Priest: THE REV. FARRELL D. GRAVES, PH.D., VICAR Sunday Holy Eucharist: 8 and 9:30 am Religious instruction for children follows the 9:30 am Service This is a small eclectic Episcopal congregation that has a personal touch. We welcome all regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey.Walk with us.


THE REV. CN. DR. RICHARD D. VISCONTI, RECTOR 1 Dyke Road on the Village Green, Setauket Web site: Parish Office email: • 631–941–4245 Thursday Noon: H.E. and Healing Service | Saturday Service: 5 pm Sunday Services: 8 am - Rite I • 9:30 am - Rite II • 9:30 am - Sunday School Church School classes now forming. Call 631-941-4245 for registration. Weekday Holy Eucharist’s: Thursday 12:00 pm Youth, Music and Service Programs offered. Let God walk with you as part of our family–friendly community.


127 Barnum Ave., Port Jefferson • 631–473–0273 email: FATHER ANTHONY DILORENZO: PRIEST–IN–CHARGE Sunday Services: 8 am & 10 am Sunday Eucharist: 8 am and 10 am/Wednesday 10 in our chapel Sunday School and Nursery Registration for Sunday School starting Sunday after the 10 am Eucharist Our ministries: Welcome Friends on Mondays at 5:00 pm AA meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm/Prayer Group on Wednesdays at 10:30 am/Bible Study on Thursdays at 10 am. It is the mission of the people of Christ Church to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and to make his love known to all through our lives and ministry. We at Christ Church are a joyful, welcoming community. Wherever you are in your journey of life we want to be part of it.

To be listed in the Religious Directory please call 631–751–7663


Connecting to God, Each Other and the World 400 Nicolls Road, E. Setauket 631–689–1127 • Fax 631–689–1215 PASTOR TROY REID Weekly Schedule Sunday Worship w/nursery 10 am Kidmo Children’s Church • Ignited Youth Fellowship and Food Always to Follow Tuesday Evening Prayer: 7 pm Thursday Morning Bible Study w/Coffee & Bagels: 10 am Friday Night Experience “FNX” for Pre K-Middle School: 6:30 pm Ignite Youth Ministry: 7:30 pm Check out our website for other events and times


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328 Elwood Road, East Northport 631-368-6474 • RABBI IAN SILVERMAN Shabbat Services every Friday evening and Saturday morning Daily evening minyan & Sunday morning minyan Newly revamped religious school • Experiential learning for children ages 5-13 • Dynamic Teachers • Family Services Monthly Tot Shabbat • Youth Group • Adult Education Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah • Community Service Sisterhood • Men’s Club 50% off First Year Dues A warm, spiritual, cultural & social Jewish Community “The Haimish Shul”


Knowing Christ...Making Him Known 322 Route 25a, East Setauket 631-941–3670 • LEAD PASTOR JOSH MOODY Sunday Worship Schedule: 9:15 am: Worship Service, Sunday School (Pre–K – Adult), Nursery 10:30 am: Bagels & Coffee 11:00 am: Worship Service, Nursery, Pre–K, Cornerstone Kids (Gr. K–5) We Offer Weekly Teen Programs, Small Groups, Women’s & Men’s Bible Studies, Alpha, Stephen Ministry Faith Preschool For Ages 3 & 4, Mommy & Me For Age 2 Join Us As We Celebrate 55 Years Of Proclaiming The Good News Of Jesus Christ!

385 Old Town Rd., Port Jefferson Station 631-928–3737 RABBI AARON BENSON CANTOR DANIEL KRAMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MARCIE PLATKIN PRINCIPAL HEATHER WELKES YOUTH DIRECTOR JEN SCHWARTZ Services: Friday At 8 Pm; Saturday At 9:15 am Daily Morning And Evening Minyan- Call For Times. Tot Shabbat • Family Services • Sisterhood • Men’s Club Seniors’ Club • Youth Group • Continuing Ed Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah • Judaica Shop • Food Pantry Lecture Series • Jewish Film Series NSJC JEWISH LEARNING CENTER RELIGIOUS SCHOOL Innovative Curriculum And Programming For Children Ages 5-13 Imagine A Synagogue That Feels Like Home! Come Connect With Us On Your Jewish Journey. Member United Synagogue Of Conservative Judaism

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764 Route 25A, Setauket (At The Old Victoria House) Mail: P.O. Box 544, E. Setauket, NY 11733 Call 631-689-0257 (Leave A Message And You’ll Get A Call Back) Visit Us At: We Are A Traditional Conservative Congregation, Run Entirely By Our Members. We Have Services every Shabbat And All Jewish Holidays, Along With Other Community Activities, With Participation Opportunities For All Jews. Join Us Shabbat Morning And You’ll Get A Warm Welcome! KCT - An Old Fashioned Friendly Shul


1404 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook • 631-751–8518 A Warm And Caring Intergenerational Community Dedicated To Learning, Prayer, Social Action, And Friendship. Member Union For Reform Judaism RABBI PAUL SIDLOFSKY CANTOR MARCEY WAGNER RABBI EMERITUS STEPHEN A. KAROL RABBI EMERITUS ADAM D. FISHER CANTOR EMERITUS MICHAEL F. TRACHTENBERG Sabbath Services Friday 7:30 pm And Saturday 10 am Religious School • Monthly Family Service • Monthly Tot Shabbat Youth Groups • Senior Club • Adult Education Sisterhood • Brotherhood • Book Club-More

430 Sheep Pasture Rd., Port Jefferson 11777 Tel: 631-473-0894 • Fax: 631-928-5131 • REV. DEMETRIOS N. CALOGREDES, PROTOPRESBYTER Sunday Services: Orthros 8:30 Am - Devine Liturgy 10 Am Services Conducted In Both Greek & English* Books Available To Follow In English* Sunday Catechism School, 10:15 Am - 11:15 Am* Greek Language School, Tuesdays 5 Pm - 8 Pm* Bible Study & Adult Catechism Classes Available* Golden Age & Youth Groups* Thrift Store* Banquet Hall Available For Rental* For Information Please Call Church Office*


“Judaism With A Smile” Future Site: East Side Of Nicolls Rd, North Of Rte 347 –Next To Fire Dept. Current Location: 821 Hawkins Ave., Lake Grove 631-585–0521 • 800- My–Torah • RABBI CHAIM & RIVKIE GROSSBAUM RABBI MOTTI & CHAYA GROSSBAUM RABBI SHOLOM B. & CHANIE COHEN Membership Free •Weekday, Shabbat & Holiday Services Highly Acclaimed Torah Tots Preschool • Afternoon Hebrew School Camp Gan Israel • Judaica Publishing Department • Lectures And Seminars Living Legacy Holiday Programs • Jewish Learning Institute Friendship Circle For Special Needs Children • The Cteen Network N’shei Chabad Women’s Club • Cyberspace Library Chabad At Stony Brook University – Rabbi Adam & Esther Stein


46 Dare Road, Selden 631-732-2511 Emergency Number 516-848-5386 REV. DR. RICHARD O. HILL, PASTOR Email: • Website: Holy Communion Is Celebrated Every Weekend Saturdays at 5 pm (beginning September 15) Sundays at 8:00, 9:30 and 11 am The Service Of Prayers For Healing is included on the first Sunday of every month. Sunday School (ages 3-11) at 9:30 am Anchor Nursery School Tuesday through Thursday 9:15 am-12:15 pm Teen Ministry meets on alternating Saturdays from 3-6 pm Bereaved Survivors of Opiate Addiction Group meets on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 pm (no cost) Sunday Services Are Live-Streamed Through Our “Friends Of Hope Lutheran Church” Facebook Group. Sermons are posted on at “Pastor Richard O Hill”


309 Patchogue Road, Port Jefferson Station 631-473-2236 REV. PAUL A. DOWNING PASTOR E-mail: Pastor • Pastor’s cell: 347–423–3523 Services: Sunday worship at 8:30am and 10:30am both with Holy Communion Adult Bible Study at 9:30am on Sundays Sunday school during 10:30am service Wednesday Night--7:30pm Holy Communion Friday Morning 10:30am--Power of Prayer Hour Free meal provided to the community on Sunday at 1:00pm and Wednesday at 5:45pm provided by Welcome Friends Join Us For Any Service--All Are Welcome We are celebrating our second century of service to the Port Jefferson Area.


Messiah Preschool & Day Care 465 Pond Path, East Setauket 631-751–1775 PASTOR STEVE UNGER We welcome all to join us for worship & fellowship Sunday Worship Services 8:15 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am Sunday School at 9:30 am Midweek Advent Services: Tuesdays at 6:15pm December 4, 11 & 18 Wednesdays at 11am December 5, 12 & 19 Sunday, December 23 at 10 am; Christmas Eve at 5:30 & 8 pm Candelight Christmas Day at 10 am ; Sunday, December 30 at 10 am We have NYS Certified Preschool & Day Care


33 Christian Ave/ PO 2117, E. Setauket NY 11733 631-941–3581 REV. GREGORY L. LEONARD–PASTOR Sunday Worship 10:30 Am • Adult Sunday School 9:30 Am Lectionary Reading And Prayer Wed. 12 Noon Gospel Choir Tues. 8 Pm Praise Choir And Youth Choir 3rd And 4th Fri. 6:30 Pm


“To know Christ and to make Him known” REV. DUNCAN A. BURNS, RECTOR REV. JOHN MORRISON, ASSISTANT PRIEST REV. ANTHONY JONES, DEACON ALEX PRYRODNY, ORGANIST & CHOIR DIRECTOR 12 Prospect St, Huntington, • 631-427-1752 On Main St. next to the Library • LIKE us on Facebook Sunday Worship 8:00 AM – Rite I Holy Eucharist 10:00 AM – Rite II Choral Holy Eucharist Christmas Eve 4 PM – Family Holy Eucharist with string quartet 8 PM – Candlelit Choral Eucharist 11 PM – Candlelit Holy Eucharist with incense Christmas Day 10 AM – Holy Eucharist with music Sing Noël Concert Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 7:30 PM Take a joyous break from the holiday rush and join us for Sing Noël, our annual concert of Christmas songs, carols and stories.

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Holiday caroling with the Indoor labyrinth walk The Unitarian Universalist Church, Harbormen Quartet 380 Nicolls Road, East Setauket will host

Photo from David Lance

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its monthly indoor evening labyrinth walk on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. Accompanied on the harp by Annie Mark, the candlelit walk will be led by Linda Mikell. All are welcome. Free will donation. Call 631-543-0337.

Emergency preparedness class

Are you prepared? Michael Fink, volunteer program coordinator for Suffolk County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services will discuss everything you need to know to prepare for natural and man-made disasters at East Northport Public Library, 185 Larkfield Road, East Northport on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Open to all. Call 631-261-2313.



Unitarian Universalist




486 Townline Road, Commack Church Office: 631-499–7310 Fax: 631-858–0596 www.commack– • mail@commack– REV. LINDA BATES–STEPE, PASTOR

SETAUKET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 160 Main Street, Corner Of 25a And Main Street East Setauket • 631–941–4167 REV. STEVEN KIM, PASTOR • Sunday Worship Service & Church School 10 am Holy Communion 1st Sunday Of Month Mary & Martha Circle (Women’s Ministry) Monthly On 2nd Tuesday At 1pm

STONY BROOK COMMUNITY CHURCH UNITED METHODIST 216 Christian Ave., Stony Brook, 11790 Church Office: 631-751-0574 REV. CHUCK VAN HOUTEN, PASTOR Connecting People To God, Purpose And Each Other Sunday Worship 10:00 am Sunday School 10:00 am Renewing, Restoring, Reviving For The 21st Century!

5 Caroline Avenue ~ On the Village Green 631- 941-4271 Celebrating and Sharing the love of God since 1660. Email: Sunday Worship at 9:30 a.m. (childcare available) Sunday School for children 3 years -- 8th grade at 9:45 a.m. Adult Education at 11:00 Outreach Ministries: Open Door Exchange Ministry: Furnishing homes...Finding hope Welcome Friends Soup Kitchen Prep Site: All are welcome to join this vibrant community of worship, music (voice and bell choirs), mission (local, national and international), and fellowship. Call the church office or visit our website for current information on church activities. SPC is a More Light Presbyterian Church and part of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians working toward a church as generous and just as God’s grace.


4 Friends Way, St. James 631–928-2768 Worship Sundays: Sept. - June 11 am , July - Aug. 10:00 am We gather in silent worship seeking God • the Inner Light • Spirit. We are guided by the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. Weekly coffee and fellowship, monthly discussions, Religious Education for children.

380 Nicolls Road • between Rte 347 & Rte 25A 631–751–0297 • • REV. MARGARET H. ALLEN ( Sunday Service: 10:30 am Religious Education at UUFSB: Unitarian Universalism accepts wisdom from many sources and offers non-dogmatic religious education for children from 3-18 to foster ethical and spiritual development and knowledge of world religions. Classes Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. Childcare for little ones under three. Senior High Youth Group meetings Sunday evenings Registration is ongoing. For more information:


203 East Pulaski Rd., Huntington Sta. 631–385–7180 email: FB & YouTube: Unity Church of Healing Light REV. SABA MCHUNGUZI, MINISTER Sunday Service - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Sign Language Interpreter) Sunday school for children and youth 3-17 years old Wednesday Prayer Group - 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 pm We believe that everyone is a child of God and entitled to live a fulfilling and productive life. We teach spiritual principles, such as affirmative prayer, the power of thought and the law of attraction (LOA). We celebrate a diverse fellowship where everyone finds acceptance. We are a member of Unity Worldwide Ministries and affiliated with the Daily Word devotional booklet, and Silent Unity.

To be listed in the Religious Directory please call 631–751–7663


The Harmonic Tides

They’re back! For this upcoming holiday season, quartets of elegantly dressed gentlemen from the Harbormen Barbershop Chorus will travel all around Suffolk County to sing holiday songs and carols at your private, corporate or family party and spice up your holiday event with seasonal mirth and music. The Harbormen Chorus is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that donates a portion of all its proceeds to the Good Shepherd Hospice. They can be found at or on YouTube under Antiquity Quartet and on Facebook under Harmonic Tides. To book your holiday singing, call 631-644-0129. Credit cards accepted.



Thursday 6 Lunch and Learn

The Huntington Historical Society continues its Lunch and Learn series with a presentation by author P.J. Novak titled “Huntington from the Postcard History Series of Arcadia Press” at Mac’s Steakhouse, 12 Gerard St., Huntington from noon to 2 p.m. Fee is $45 members; $50 nonmembers. Call 427-7045 ext. 401 to reserve.

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Dec. 6 to Dec. 13, 2018

Holiday Light Show

Smith Point County Park, 1 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley will present its annual Holiday Light Show today through Dec. 30 starting at 5 p.m. Drive through a seaside trail filled with light displays and holiday vignettes. Stop by Holiday Village for a visit with Santa. $20 per car. Credit cards only. Questions? Call 543-6622 or visit

Join the Long Island Baroque Ensemble for a holiday concert, Joyful Jollity!, at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 30 Brooksite Drive, Smithtown at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 adults, $20 “in your twenties,” $15 students, children under 13 free. Tickets are available at or at the door.

South Huntington Public Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station will host a meeting of the North Shore Civil War Roundtable at 7 p.m. Member Bill Finlayson will present a lecture titled “Touched by Lightning: The Civil War Career of Medal of Honor Recipient John J. Toffey.” All are welcome. Call 549-4411.

The Bob Nelson Comedy Show returns to Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson on the Second Stage at 8 p.m. Visit with Bob Nelson and all his familiar characters like Eppy Epperman, Jiffy Jeff and Wilby Stuckinson in this family-friendly show. Tickets are $39. To order, call 928-9100 or visit

Jazz night

Join The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave., Stony Brook for a performance of Duke Ellington’s “Jazz Nutcracker” by The Jazz Loft Big Band at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Dec. 7 and 8. Tickets are $30 adults, $25 seniors, $20 students. To order, call 751-1895 or visit

Friday 7

Holiday Light Spectacular

It’s back! The annual Holiday Light Spectacular, an indoor, walk-through holiday light show at the Holtsville Ecology Site, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville continues today, Dec. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16. Hours on Fridays and Saturdays are 5 to 9 p.m., * All numbers are in (631) area code unless otherwise noted.

Montfort Hall at Infant Jesus Church, 110 Myrtle Ave., Port Jefferson will host an evening of oldie and Christmas seasonal music and dancing with the nine-member group All Good Friends at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joan of Arc Council 1992, tickets are $25 per person and includes a hot buffet, dessert and refreshments. To order, call 473-0165.

Holiday Baroque concert

Civil War Roundtable meeting

An evening of comedy

All Good Friends in concert

South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir heads to Stony Brook University’s Staller Center, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage. Program will feature a tribute to Nelson Mandela and a holiday celebration. Tickets are $44. To order, call 632-2787 or visit

The Whaling Museum, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor continues its monthly Harbor Nights social for adults with an Ugly Sweater Craft Nite from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your boring plain sweatshirt or sweater and join artist-in-residence Liz Fusco as she shows you how to turn it into a fun “ugly” sweater during this whaley great night of fun, food and adult beverages. $20 in advance, $35 at the door, $15 members. Call 367-3418.

The Department of Music at Suffolk County Community College, 533 College Road, Selden will hold its Winter Concert at the Shea Theatre, Islip Arts Building today and Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Call 451-4346.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1670 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor will present a Christmas Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with baked goods, children’s crafts, Christmas decor, holiday plants and wreaths, fine linens, silent auction, raffles, photos with Santa and much more. Free admission. Call 516-692-6368.

Soweto Gospel Choir at SBU

Ugly Sweater Craft Nite

SCCC Winter Concert

Christmas Fair

An evening of opera

SPREADING JOY Get into the holiday spirit with a concert by All Good Friends at Infant Jesus Church’s Montfort Hall in Port Jefferson on Dec. 8. Photo from Charles McAteer Sundays, 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $6 per person; children 3 and under are free. Photos with Santa are an additional fee. All proceeds benefit the Holtsville Ecology Site and go directly to the feeding and care of the more than 100 animals residing there. For more information, call 758-9664.

Holiday concert

Celebrate the season with the Long Island Gay Men’s Chorus as they present Christmas at the Movies, their annual holiday concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 12 West Main St., Huntington at 8 p.m. Featuring songs from “The Polar Express,” “White Christmas,” “The Bishop’s Wife,” “Home Alone” and many more. Tickets are $25 at the door or at

Friday Night Face Off

Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson will host Friday Night Face Off, Long Island’s longest running Improv Comedy Show, on the Second Stage from 10:30 p.m. to midnight. $15 per person. Cash only. For ages 16 and up. Call 928-9100.

Saturday 8

Holiday Light Spectacular See Dec. 7 listing.

Deepwells Holiday Boutique

Deepwells Farm County Park, Route 25A, St. James will host an Arts and Crafts Holiday Boutique today and Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stained glass, jewelry, floral arrangements, fiber arts and more. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Admission is $5 adults, free for ages 11 and under. Call 563-8551.

Victorian Tea

Island Christian Church, 315 East Main St., Port Jefferson will host a women’s Victorian Tea from 10 a.m. to noon. Enjoy Victorian-era fare including teas, scones, sandwiches and delicacies catered by The Secret Garden. Accompanied by a sermon, “Welcome the King.” Free. Register by calling 473-9229 or by visiting

Northport Craft Fair

Northport High School, 154 Laurel Hill Road, Northport will host its 26th annual Holiday Craft and Gift Fair today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring more than 200 vendors, fine arts, crafts, gifts and photography. Free admission. Proceeds support the school’s DECA Club. Call 846-1459.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 270 Main St., Northport will host an evening of opera by Opera Night Long Island at 7:30 p.m. Titled Holiday Soiree, the concert will feature beloved arias and songs by internationally acclaimed rising opera professionals. $25 donation requested.

Joyful Beginnings concert

The Huntington Choral Society will present its annual winter concert at Huntington High School, Huntington at 8 p.m. Titled Joyful Beginnings, the program will include Antonio Vivaldi’s “Magnificat,” Francis Poulenc’s “Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël,” Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” John Rutter’s “Gloria” and more. Directed by Jennifer Scott Miceli, tickets are $20 per person online at, by calling 760-1427 or at the door.

LISCA holiday concert

St. James R.C. Church, 429 Route 25A, Setauket will host a concert by the Long Island Symphonic Choral Association at 8 p.m. Titled Sacred Music From Around the World, the program will feature works by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Bach and Saylor. Conducted by Eric Stewart. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors, free for students at the door or at www. Call 751-2743 or 941-9431 for more info.

Sunday 9

Holiday Light Spectacular See Dec. 7 listing.

Deepwells Holiday Boutique See Dec. 8 listing.

Northport Craft Fair See Dec. 8 listing.


Pianist Shir Semmel in concert

Le Petit Salon de Musique, located at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowhip, 380 Nicolls Road, East Setauket will welcome pianist Shir Semmel in concert at 2 p.m. Program will include works by Beethoven, Mozart, Janacek and Schumann. Ticket are $25 adults, $20 seniors. Call 751-0297.

Messiah Sing-Along

Stony Brook University’s music department will present its annual Messiah Sing-Along at the Staller Center’s Recital Hall, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook from 3 to 5 p.m. Join Director Susan Deaver and guest soloists for this seasonal tradition. Free. Scores will be available for purchase. Call 632-2787.

Ellis Paul returns to The LIM

Celebrate the holiday season with singer/songwriter Ellis Paul, performing live at The Long Island Museum’s Gillespie Room in the Carriage Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook at 3 p.m. $25 tickets are available in advance at If available, tickets may be purchased at the door for $30. Questions? Call 751-0066.

Beatles tribute concert

The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport will welcome Beatles tribute band The Liverpool Shuffle in concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults online, $25 at the door, $15 ages 5 to 15, children under 5 are free. Call 854-5579 or visit

Monday 10 Book signing

Join Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington for an evening with author Angela LaRosa as she speaks about and signs copies of her new book, “Smile! Be Happy!: Life Lessons from an Uncommon Housewife,” at 7 p.m. Call 271-1442.

Messiah Sing-Along

Thursday 13

Winter Wonderland at Heckscher

The Town of Huntington and the Huntington Cultural Affairs Institute invites the community to the grand opening celebration of the first Winter Wonderland at Heckscher Park, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy holiday performances by the John W. Engeman Theater and the Stimson Middle School Showstoppers, a visit from Santa and refreshments. The display will be up through mid-January. Questions? Call 3513000 or visit

An evening of jazz

The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave., Stony Brook will present Ray Anderson’s Seasonal Solstice Party at 7 p.m. Ray Anderson, voice and trombone; Tommy Campbell, drums; Mark Helias, bass; and Steve Salerno, guitar, will put their own joyous spin on the traditional holiday songbook. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors, $15 students. To order, visit or call 751-1895.


‘White Christmas’

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas The Musical” heads to the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown through Dec. 30. Based on the timeless and beloved film, this heartwarming holiday favorite comes to life on stage with well-known standards including “I Love a Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas.” Tickets are $38 adults, $34 seniors, $25 students. To order, call 724-3700 or visit

‘Elf the Musical’

Just in time for the holidays, the John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport will present “Elf

the Musical” through Dec. 30. Based on the beloved film, “Elf the Musical” tells the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York remember the true meaning of the holidays. Tickets range from $73 to $78. To order, call 261-2900 or visit

‘A Christmas Carol’

Celebrate the season with Long Island’s own holiday tradition when the 35th annual Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” returns to Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson through Dec. 29. Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas — past, present and future. Tickets are $35 adults, $28 seniors and students, $20 children ages 5 to 12. To order, call 928-9100 or visit

Diana Ross tribute show

Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main St., Stony Brook will host a Diana Ross holiday tribute show through Jan. 10. A St. George Living History Production, admission is $50 adults, $48 seniors, groups of 20 or more $43 and includes lunch, tea and dessert. To RSVP, call 689-5888.

‘Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol’

The Carriage House Players at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport will present Tom Mula’s “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” on Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 9 and 16 at 3 p.m. What happened to Ebenezer Scrooge’s infamous partner, Jacob Marley? Enjoy “A Christmas Carol” from a different, funny and touching perspective. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and children. To order, call 854-5579 or visit

Join the Huntington Choral Society for its annual Messiah Sing-Along at St. John’s Church, 1670 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor at 8 p.m. Scores will be provided if you do not have one. $10 suggested donation. For additional details, visit

The Minstrel Players will present its annual weekend production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at Houghton Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main St., Northport on Dec. 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and students. Reservations required by calling 750-3417.

‘Mamma Mia!’

Ward Melville High School, 380 Old Town Road, East Setauket will present a student production of “Mamma Mia!” on Dec. 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. All seats are $20. To order tickets, call 730-4357.


‘The Nutcracker’ at SBU

Stony Brook University’s Staller Center for the Arts, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook will present Seiskaya Ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” from Dec. 20 to 23. With special guest artists Daniel Wagner and Max Lippman. Tickets are $40 adults, $34 children and seniors. To order, call 632-2787 or visit


‘Vanishing of the Bees’

Join Joyann Cirigliano of the Four Harbors Audubon Society for a screening of the documentary “Vanishing of the Bees” at the Smithtown Library’s Main Branch, 1 North Country Road, Smithtown on Dec. 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free but registration is required by calling 360-2480, ext. 232.

Italian Cinema Festival

The Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook will present the 15th annual Italian Cinema Festival at the Charles B. Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1, on Dec. 8 and 9 from 2 to 8 p.m. All screenings are free. For a list of films, visit www.stonybrook. edu/italianstudies. For more info, call 632-7444.

‘A Christmas Story’

Film historian Larry Wolff will present a lecture highlighting the making of “A Christmas Story” at the Northport Public Library, 151 Laurel Ave., Northport on Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. See Ralphie’s original house before and after the film was made and then view the holiday classic for an afternoon of laughs. Open to all. Call 261-6930.

Tuesday 11 Book signing

Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington will welcome author William J. McGee who will speak about and signs copies of his new novel, “Half the Child,” at 7 p.m. Call 271-1442.

‘One Life to Give’

Catch a special screening of TBR News Media’s feature film “One Life to Give” at the Setauket Neighborhood House, 95 Main St., Setauket on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Followed by a Q&A with Executive Producer Leah Dunaief and members of the cast. Free and open to all. Register at www. or call 751-3730.

Wednesday 12 International folk dancing

RJO Intermediate School, located at the corner of Church Street and Old Dock Road, Kings Park will host an evening of international and Israeli folk dancing every Wednesday (when school is in session) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 fee. Call 269-6894.

Book signing

Join Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington for an evening with author Eva Kane as she speaks about and signs copies of her new book, “It’s Not Too Late Baby, A Kundalini Love Story,” at 7 p.m. Call 271-1442.

Charles Dickens’‘A Christmas Carol’

CELEBRATING THE SEASON The Long Island Gay Men’s Chorus will present their annual holiday concert featuring Tinseltown favorites and a few fun surprises at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Huntington on Dec. 7. Photo from Danny Schrafel

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Women’s basketball pushes past Cornell to win sixth game in a row The Stony Brook women’s basketball team won a thriller over Cornell on Dec. 1 at the Island Federal Arena, topping the Ivy League opponent 63-61 thanks to an old-fashioned three-point play by sophomore guard Jonae Cox (Portsmouth, Va.). With 18 seconds left on the clock and the game tied at 59-59, Cox was fouled on her way up to the basket and earned the Seawolves a three-point advantage after successfully knocking down the layup and the extra free throw. The Big Red got within one with five seconds left after a layup, but a key free throw from sophomore forward India Pagan (New London, Conn.) and a missed shot at the buzzer by Cornell ultimately sealed the deal for the home team. “I thought that we came out a little slow compared to how we had been playing so I like how we were able to come from behind,” said head coach Caroline McCombs. “Cornell is a really good team. They were the tougher team today. They were really gritty in what they did and I feel fortunate we were

Jonae Cox’s late heroics secured the Seawolves win over Cornell last Saturday.

able to come out with the win and get in a situation that will help prepare us for our upcoming games,” she added. The women’s basketball team is 4-2 all-time against Cornell and successfully avenged its 40-48 loss in Ithaca exactly one year ago. The team has now won six games

in a row, last doing so in the 2015-16 season when they went undefeated for eight straight games. Up next, the Seawolves hit the road, traveling to Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, on Dec. 4 to face the Pioneers. Results were not available as of press time.

All photos by Jim Harrison, Stony Brook Athletics

Home games for SBU Seawolves MEN’S BASKETBALL Dec. 12 vs. LIU Brooklyn Dec. 16 vs. Delaware Dec. 19 vs. Hofstra Jan. 9 vs. Binghamton Jan 12 vs. New Hampshire Jan. 26 vs. Vermont

7 p.m. 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Dec. 8 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson Dec. 15 vs. Wagner Dec. 30 vs. St. Francis Jan. 2 vs. Hartford Jan. 5 vs. UMass Lowell

2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 2 p.m

WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING Jan. 12 vs. Iona & Adelphi

1 p.m.

Men’s basketball fends off Quinnipiac run for fifth straight win

The Stony Brook men’s basketball team has won five games in a row after a 71-61 victory over Quinnipiac in front of 3,123 fans at the Island Federal Arena on Dec. 1. Redshirt junior forward Akwasi Yeboah (Chigwell, England) started fast, scoring 14 of his 19 in the first half to help the Seawolves’ lead balloon as big as 20 late in the period. Quinnipiac got the game as close as two, 61-59, with 2:48 left in regulation, but Stony Brook scored 10 of the final 12 points to pull away, pushing its record to 7-1 on the season. “It’s always great to play at home. We talk all the time about the home-court atmosphere we have and the advantage it gives us. We’ve been moving the ball really well the past couple games. In the first half we were rebounding the ball, hitting threes and were able to open it up. In the second half, we tried to drive more. It was a tale of two halves,” said head coach Jeff Bolls.

Akwasi Yeboah scored big during last Saturday’s game.

Up next, the team hit the road again for back to back games away from home, with the first on Dec. 5 at Manhattan College to face the Jaspers at 7 p.m. at the Draddy Gymnasium. Score results were not available at press time.

Swimming and diving team finishes sixth at ECAC Winter Championships EAST MEADOW: The Stony Brook swimming and diving team concluded competition at the ECAC Winter Championships on Sunday and ended with a sixth-place team finish out of 17 total squads with 463 points. Fairfield University won the team title with 1,825. “This weekend was a good stepping stone for our team and program. There’s a lot we learned about ourselves and I couldn’t be prouder of the group of women. There’s still more work to do before America Easts but we are going in the right direction,” said head coach Kerry Smith. The Seawolves’ efforts were highlighted by Sara Chin’s (Long Beach, Calif.) runner-up performance in the 200-yard breaststroke. The sophomore touched the wall in 2:22.43, only behind Fairfield’s Colleen Young (2:19.61). Jess Salmon (Rexford) also competed well in the same event, placing 15th (2:28.37). Additionally, Stony Brook got two top-10 finishes from Caroline Dunn (Brookeville, Md.) and Michelle Wootton (Oakdale). In the 100 freestyle, Wootton notched a ninth-place finish with a time of 53.17. Dunn was 10th in the 200 backstroke, clocking in at 2:09.87. The 400 freestyle relay A team of Gabrielle Matiszik (Milwaukee, Wis.), Wootton, Haille Bogumil (Bradenton, Fla.) and Chin combined to finish 10th (3:37.52) to close out the meet. Up next, the team is set to take a break from competition for the remainder of the 2018 calendar year but will return in the new year, hosting a tri-meet with Iona College and Adelphi University at the University Pool on Jan. 12.

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How we’ll remember President Bush 41

The Three Village Community Trust’s board of trustees wishes to thank the community for the outstanding support of its 14th annual celebration held at the Old Field Club on Nov. 14. More than 140 attendees learned about the trust’s preservation projects at the Smith-de Zafra house and Patriots Hollow State Forest stewardship agreement located on 25A in Setauket. Entertainment was provide by the Trust Jazz Trio with Carl Safina on drums and organized by Tom Manuel of The Jazz Loft. Raffle prizes were donated by artist Mary Jane van Zeijts, Russell Spillman, Gail Chase, Lois Reboli with a giclee print of a Joe Reboli painting, Doug Reina, Muriel Musara, Michael Rosengard of North Island Photography, and The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company. Basket items were contributed by many local businesses and community members along with the trustees. The journal for the evening was supported by many local businesses and individuals: Elaine and Greg de Bruin, Safina Center, Swan Cove Landscaping, Eli Construction, Mora’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Billy Williams insurance agency, Legakis & Vetere Esqs, Printing Plus, Chariot Collision Center, Village Automotive Center, architect John Cunniffe, Ridgeway Plaza, Via Pizza, North Island Photography & Films, Bryant Funeral Home, PenPixel Design, Gold Coast Bank, Madiran The Wine Bar, Dr. Terry Shapiro, Country House Restaurant, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Gallery North, Bobbi Pins, ProSysCon Computer Technologies, Shea & Sanders Real


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We join the nation in mourning the passing of former President George H.W. Bush (R), the 41st president of the United States who died Nov. 30 at the age of 94. Like all who serve in political office, Bush had his adversaries, but in the end we hope he’ll be remembered for the request he made for a kinder, gentler nation when accepting his party’s nomination for president, especially in these divisive times. Bush was well prepared when he first took over as president Jan. 20, 1989. The World War II combat hero’s political résumé included two terms as a U.S. congressman, ambassador to the United Nations and chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in China. He also served as CIA head and is credited with turning around low morale at the agency. After he lost the 1980 Republican primary to Ronald Reagan, he was appointed by the future president to be his running mate for two terms as vice president. While some may remember Bush’s only presidential term as ending in a recession and others may criticize how he didn’t do enough to fund HIV/AIDS education programs and prevention, there are those who applaud his approach toward foreign policy while in office. Many will remember him as a strong leader who helped oversee a smooth transition after the fall of the Soviet Union and for being the commander in chief who orchestrated quick success in the Persian Gulf War. On the home front, he was responsible for the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Clean Air Act Amendments, both in 1990. What we find most impressive about Bush’s achievements is after his term as president he took to heart in making the nation a better country by helping others. He is most known for his charitable work with fellow former President Bill Clinton (D), with whom he teamed up in January 2005, after his son President George W. Bush (R) asked the two to help figure out how to administer aid to the coast of Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand after a devastating tsunami. Later in 2005, the pair joined forces again and set up a joint nonprofit, raising millions for victims of Hurricane Katrina that had struck New Orleans. The philanthropic partnership led to a friendship between the two former political opponents and shows how two people from different political parties can get along and even be friends. The two served as a prime example of what can be done when people are willing to reach across the political divide to work together for a common cause. And when it came to achieving a kinder and gentler nation, Bush knew that goal started in his own home with the love he had for his wife of 73 years, Barbara, who died in April. We hope Bush 41 is remembered for his quest for kindness, gentleness and lack of divisiveness, attributes that are most needed now.

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The Trust Jazz Trio with Carl Safina, drums

Estate and Sanders Insurance Agency, and Barbara and Michael Russell. Thank you to all the pillars of the community who are also listed in the celebration program. A special thanks to our committee and volunteers who joined the trustees to make a wonderful celebration happen; Sandy Krolick, Gail Chase, Bonnie Connolly, Carole McGowan and Alice Leser. And thank you to the Old Field Club that is a beautiful place for a celebration. Carl Safina, author and founder of the Safina Center, presented an enthralling

talk and slide show “Making a Case for Life on Earth” based upon his latest book, “Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel.” We share the planet with other creatures, and Carl told the compelling story of a few of them. Everyone enjoyed a delightful evening while supporting the trust’s mission to protect the past and plan for the future. Alice D’Amico Event Chairperson Board of Trustees Three Village Community Trust

E-cigarettes: Need for action is urgent The FDA is taking a good step in restricting sales of flavored electronic cigarettes, but we need more. Right now, more than 10 million American adults and roughly 20 percent of New York high schoolers use e-cigarettes. With youth vaping increasing, the need for action is urgent. So, while the FDA has taken a good first step, the fight against big tobacco hasn’t been won yet. We need to do more than just limit sales to a restricted

section in stores. The FDA needs to ban flavored e-cigarettes outright and stop companies from marketing products in ways that appeal to kids. The American Heart Association is fighting to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products — including e-cigarettes — to 21 across the state. This measure can help keep dangerous products out of the hands of children and help keep kids from becoming lifetime smokers. Kids are

getting cigarettes and flavored vaping pods from their older friends. By raising the age to 21, we can remove cigarettes from a young teen’s social circle, thereby delaying and ultimately preventing initiation. E-cigarettes are often a teenager’s first step toward a lifetime of nicotine addiction. Let’s stop it before it starts. Dr. Herbert Hirsch, Cardiologist Board Member, Long Island American Heart Association

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10 modern decorative ideas for the holidays


ver the years, I’ve seen many ways of decorating for Christmas although they are variations on the Rudolph, Santa, Frosty, Nativity themes. This year, perhaps we could use some modern iconography to celebrate the themes and elements that are parts of our lives. Here are my top 10 suggestions for new Christmas iconography — without any connection to a religion: 10. Déjà Santa: D. None Perhaps, in addiof the above tion to Santa on a BY DANIEL DUNAIEF sleigh pulled by reindeer, eager decorators should add another Santa, pulled by a similar-looking group of reindeer behind the leader in

an homage to the sequels that have become routine in our lives, from Wall Street to Main Street to “Rodeo Drive, baby” — yes, that’s a reference to the movie “Pretty Woman,” which in case you haven’t heard or seen the ubiquitous ads is now a Broadway musical. By the way, I read recently that “Dear Evan Hansen” will become a movie. 9. Cellphones: Somewhere on lawns throughout America, oversized cellphones could become a part of the decorative landscape. In addition to a mother and father cellphone, little cellphones could congregate around a cellphone Christmas tree, with little wrapped apps under the tree just waiting to integrate into the world of the little cellphones. 8. Ice-cream Cones: Ice-cream stores seem to be springing up everywhere, with the scent of malted cones wafting out of their doors and up and down streets, beckoning to those whose stomachs anticipate the inextricably intertwined link between sugar and celebrations. Let’s also celebrate all the mix-ins and candy toppings which have become the main course, pushing

the ice cream deep beneath a pile of multicolored candy toppings or shoving a small melting pile to the side. 7. Gyms: Yes, I know Olivia NewtonJohn and her generation celebrated “getting physical,” but with the abundance of ice-cream stores, we could use more time at gyms, which are often conveniently located next door to icecream shops. 6. The Intrepid Weather Person: We’ve watched as weather reporters race off to find the defining images of storms of the century, which appear to rip through the country almost every year. Let’s install on our lawns a windblown weather person, holding a microphone that threatens to fly out of his or her hand. 5. A Collection of Marchers: Not since the 1970s have this many people come out with a wide range of signs in support of or in opposition to someone or something. How about some marchers with “Go Santa” or maybe just “I believe in something” signs for the modern decorated lawn?

4. The Constitution: More than ever, a document ratified 230 years ago has kept the peace. The Constitution seemed to anticipate modern imbroglios. Perhaps an enormous Constitution, or even a list of amendments, could glow on a lawn. 3. A Grand Stage: Everyone seems well aware of the cellphones pointed at them, recording their celebrations and pratfalls. People crave their five minutes of fame: Why not give them a stage on a front lawn? 2. The Driverless Car: Yes, it’s finally here, a car that drives and parks itself. A modern lawn could celebrate the long-discussed innovation with a car that pulls away from a decorated curb, circles a small block and reparks itself. I would watch the car the way I used to watch model trains. 1. The Hashtag: What was once a tic-tac-toe board or an extra button on a phone has become a calling card for self-expression. Let’s add colored lines and lights to our #moderncelebrations.

Yes, Virginia, even New Jersey has a Santa Claus


he conversation in a New Jersey classroom of first-graders got around to the subject of Christmas, and the substitute teacher unleashed a bombshell. She told them that Santa isn’t real, that parents just buy presents and put them under a tree. On a roll, she didn’t stop there. Reindeer can’t fly, she advised the students, elves are not real, the elf on the shelf is just a doll that parents move around, there is no tooth fairy and no Easter bunny, either. Between She summed up you and me with the news that BY LEAH S. DUNAIEF there is no magic anything and that magic doesn’t exist. Whoa! This made the top of the news earlier this

week for CBS, NBC, Fox, USA Today and other major news outlets. No one, as far as I know, has interviewed the children to get their reactions, but the school superintendent and the principal were moved to speak, as the district apologized to the parents. Montville superintendent of schools, Rene Rovtar, was “troubled and disheartened by the incident.” Cedar Hill Elementary School principal, Michael Raj, sent home a message to the parents in which he mentioned the “poor judgment” of the teacher and asked parents to “take appropriate steps to maintain the childhood innocence of the holiday season.” At least one parent, Lisa Simek, took to Facebook, expressing dismay. She urged that Christmas magic is real and expressed through acts of kindness, love, positivity and grace — from and for loved ones and strangers. The superintendent added, “The childhood wonder associated with all holidays and traditions is something I personally hold near and dear in my own heart.” We don’t know how the children reacted, but we certainly know how upset the adults are. And

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we have not been told if the teacher will be allowed to substitute again. How should we react to this? On the one hand, we know that the idea of Santa Claus brings joy and excitement to children and therefore to the adults around them. This is hardly innocence exploited by adults but rather an opportunity for adults each to be Santa, to be their best, most generous, most loving selves. While the person of Santa is a fiction, the embodiment of all that Santa stands for most surely is not. Fictional characters can provide inspiration for the lifetime of a child as he or she grows up. Intergenerational mythmaking exists in many contexts, not only to entertain but also to inspire. Children sooner or later catch on, especially when they see 20 Santas walking down the street together on their return from their Salvation Army posts. But on the other hand, how do children feel when they realize the adults around them have told them untruths? If they go to school expecting to believe what they are taught there, should the teacher acquiesce in mythmaking? For sure, this



teacher handled the situation with poor judgment. It would have been far better for her and the children had she told them to ask their parents about the magic of Santa. For whatever reason, she did not do that. How did you feel when, as a child, you learned that Santa was a story made up by the adults closest to you? Did you understand the greater good embodied in the concept or were you left to distrust on some level whatever those adults might subsequently tell you? Does misleading a child bring psychological questions into play? It did not negatively affect Virginia O’Hanlon, who asked that question of her father when she was 8 years old in 1897. She said the answer inspired her for the rest of her long life. Her dad told her to write to The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper, and added, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” The Sun’s hard-bitten, cynical editor, Francis Pharcellus Church, wrote the answer that turned into the most reprinted editorial over the next century in the English-speaking world: “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”




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