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Here is Lori Stitt from Blue Point. This August, Lori worked as a volunteer at Camp Adventure, located on Shelter Island. Camp Adventure, run by the American Cancer Society, is a one week camp for kids who have cancer. Lori says “It was an amazing experience. The children gave more to me than I could have given to them. They taught me more about living life than I could have ever imagined.”


by Bob Falkenburgh Anyone who is even fleetingly familiar with what an Ironman Triathlon competition is knows that it is not for the faint of heart (or mind). A true Ironman Triathlon is generally considered to be the most difficult athletic test of endurance and will known to man. As indicated by its’ name, the event encompasses three competitions, and you can also conclude that by having the title “Ironman” in the name, that it is not going to be easy! Taken on their own, each of the three events would be extremely challenging to even the most well conditioned athletes. Consider competing in a 2.4 mile swim followed up by a 112 mile bike race with a brisk 26.2 mile run to top things off, all with virtually no break between them, and you can certainly

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Go Bananas, Go Wild For Books! by Danielle Giglio

The Bayport-Blue Point Library held their closing celebration for The Summer Reading Club on August 12th. Children from a year old to 5th grade were rewarded for reading the summer away. The themes of The Summer Reading Club were Go Bananas and Wild for Books and Be Creative. Each child read and reported on the books to get prizes, with the grand prize being the party. The summer readers were treated to a morning of fun with bouncers, obstacle courses, a magician, a DJ, dancing and bubbles. It was a summer of reading fun!

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The Bayport Blue Point Community Lions Club will be hosting its annual “Paws for a Cause� Walk on Sunday, October 19, 2009 with an exciting change. Proceeds from this year’s walk will benefit AMERICA’S VETDOGS, a partnership among leading guide dog and service dog organizations that provides assistance dogs and training to veterans. As the veterans who served in prior conflicts age, and as our wounded warriors return home from current conflicts, there is a great demand for guide dogs and service dogs to help these disabled soldiers. America’s VetDogs provides guide and service dogs free of charge to those who have served our country honorably and who are now seeking the enhanced mobility and independence an assistance dog offers.



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In 1957 an 8 year old girl was struck by a car while riding her bicycle. Her right leg sustained three compound fractures which needed two surgeries to repair. The little girl spent 8 weeks in the hospital, in a coma and months upon months after in a cast that wrapped around her mid-section and right (shattered) leg that was put back together with plates and pins. The doctors told her parents she would never again walk or run like other kids because she would need to wear a brace on her leg for the rest of her life. When the parents explained the situation to the little girl, she began to cry and vowed that that would not happen. The little girl was determined not to accept this fate and wanted to be like everyone else. Not a day passed that her mother didn’t have to scold her for pulling herself up and standing on the bed. She never sat still, moving her body and flexing her leg continuously. Well miracle of miracles – the day came when the cast was taken off and the little girl was able to stumble across the room. The doctors and her parents were amazed. How could this be? As time passed, the little girl became stronger and was able to walk just like everyone else. Not only did she walk, she grew up to play sports and worked in a profession for 26 years that kept her on her feet for many hours a day. Determination is amazing. We can accomplish anything we set our minds to. The other day I did something that I never dreamed I could do – I fixed the toilet bowl. You might laugh, but this is a big accomplishment for me. I’m usually the first to run to the telephone to call whoever needs to be called to fix whatever needs to be fixed, but “the times they are a changing”. I was determined to do this and I did – of course with help. I had the pleasure of verbal assistance from Kenny at Sayville Plumbing Supplies. He explained the procedure to me and assured me that I could do it. Well, he was right – I did it and thanks to him, I didn’t even get dirty – he told me to wear gloves. Okay, now that I’ve become Josephine, the plumber, what’s next? Determination – that’s my word for the month. You can do whatever you want or be whoever you want to be – all that’s needed is determination. Determination helps us complete small deeds – like fixing toilets or important life changing deeds like learning to walk. Remember - If you think you can – guess what? – You can! Happy living!!!!!!!

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The Sayville United Methodist Church’s Thrift Shop, located at 164 Green Avenue, Sayville, will be holding its End of Summer Clearance Bag Sale for its men’s, women’s and children’s Clothing Only on Friday September 19 and Saturday September 20. There is a minimum $5 Donation per bag. Store hours are Friday 10 -2 and Saturday 11-3. Any questions please call 589-0624.

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The next meeting of the Bayport Heritage Association will be Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayport-Blue Point library. Mr. Jack Whitehouse of Sayville will be discussing his exciting new book, 13 Legends of Fire Island and the Great South Bay. If you like mystery and suspense and/or local history, please join us. Our meetings are open to all who are interested.

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Bayport’s Matt Richards Wins Junior Doubles Title At National Tennis Center On the heals of the U.S. Open, Bayport- Blue Point High School’s #1 tennis singles player, Matt Richards, recently won the USTA (United States Tennis Association) Boys 16 Doubles Championship held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Matt, who partnered with Floral Park’s David Arroyave, finished first place in the

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They say there is no such thing as too much of a “good thing”. That is the case at the Cull House. Conveniently located near the ferries in Sayville , this seafood eatery welcomes you warmly with caring wait staff and an unpretentious atmosphere. Many friends and locals would consider this the best seafood in town. That is not to say the landlubber would not enjoy their grilled filet mignon or Chicken Pomodoro! For the lobster enthusiasts, the Cull House Restaurant is a home run. Decorated to play the part, the main dining room features planked walls of restored red wood purchased at an auction over 20 years ago. The walls are covered with expressions of paintings, drawings and photographs from local artisans. Themed in a comfortable hidden away setting, prepare yourself to be spoiled with innovative culinary fare and excellent wines. An outdoor area for courtyard dining is available weather permitting. Their fabulous menu includes summer cocktails such as Mixed Berry Martini’s and Tommy Bahama “Dirty” Mojitos. For a taste bud explosion, delve into some great beginnings like Calamari with hot Cherry Pepper rings drizzled with balsamic reduction or tuna Carpaccio. You might want to pace yourself accordingly when you take a gander at the entrees menu. In a recent dining experience, I ordered the crabmeat stuffed shrimp and my companion enjoyed the Shellfish Fra Diavolo. Both absolutely outstanding! As an accompaniment, consider their comprehensive wine list. A complete menu of Long Island , value and reserves in red or white are available. The Carmenere (segu) red comes highly recommended. In the end, we fell into a state of uninhibited self indulgence and tried the Dulce de Leche Cheesecake. Nothing will ever rival it. A close runner up would be the Fresh Strawberry crisp followed by the homemade chocolate mouse. Eat and run a mile if you have to but don’t pass up the Cull House desserts. With Chef Bill Victoria in the Galley, be assured that you are being served the healthiest, chemical free products possible. The chicken is antibiotic and hormone free. Their ciabatta breads and rolls are made with organic flour. The frying shortening is zero cholesterol and zero Trans fat. All seafood is fresh, local, non-endangered and humanely caught. As you may or may not know, The Cull House is located on a dense bog along the Brown’s River. High capacity hot water or chemical dishwashers can not be used for environmental concerns. Owner, John Casey, has opted to use disposable plates and utensils manufactured by Green Wave Biodegradable Products which are made of health conscious natural fibers. This product is totally Green, non-toxic and recyclable. John Casey is mindful of today’s ecology issues and strives to conserve our ecological system without compromising quality. Lobster madness is going on until September 4th serving 1 ¼ lb. lobsters Monday through Thursday and Sundays for $11.95. For more information, visit their website at for holiday parties, catering, children’s menu and weekly specials.

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understand the “Ironman” tag. Completing any of the individual components would be considered a quite a feat by most, however, Ironman Triathlon competitors are so hard core, so masochistic, that they need to endure all of these events on the same day! Meet life long Bayport resident Matt Tague, our very own “Ironman”. Matt has just recently completed his first “full” Ironman Triathlon in Lake Placid, NY this past July. Triathlon events come in four basic formats: “Sprint: (1/2 mile swim, 12 mile cycling, 5K run); “Olympic” (1mile swim, 25 mile bike , 10K run); “Half”, and “Full” Ironman. Matt needed approximately 13 hours to complete the grueling circuit, having to overcome the Adirondack Region’s topographical variables as well as the inevitable physical punishment. Matt is an out-going and likeable 28 year old young man; he graduated from St. John the Baptist HS and furthered his education at SUNY Oneonta with a degree in English Education. He played football, lacrosse, and wrestled as a high school athlete. Although he participated in these popular sports, he felt unfulfilled as he knew in his heart that he wanted something more athletically challenging. Matt became intrigued by Triathlon when watching an Ironman event held in Hawaii on television and from that day forward he began his quest toward becoming his perception of what it means to be a “true athlete”. Training for this type of event is practically a full time job, and after hooking up with Gary Jensen, a Blue Point resident and Triathlete trainer, Matt was literally off and running. And biking. And swimming. An Ironman Triathlete must have an extremely strong single mindedness and work ethic as they must put in an average of 20 hours of training per week over a minimum 7 to 8 month period. As you might guess, the training process consists of a lot of swimming, biking, and running. In addition to the physically demanding processes, Matt is a fanatic about his diet as well. He must carefully plan out his entire food intake and he fastidiously maintains a food log of each meal. His training diet generally consists of 60% carbs, 15% protein, and 25% fat. While racing, he will consume 250-300 calories per hour while biking, and 150 calories per hour while running. These calories are derived from a combination of carbohydrate gels, drinks, and protein bars. Matt’s primary drink of choice is good old water. After workouts Matt also takes an amino acid supplement, Glutamine, to help speed up the muscle recovery process. He also takes regular vitamins as well. Always goal oriented, matt points to the rigorous training procedures and his friendship with his mentor Gary as true turning points in his life. “I’ve been blessed to have met the right people at the right time” he stated humbly. Matt is equally blessed to have turned his passion into his profession as well. He runs “Sunrise Tri”, a Triathlon specific store located at 520 Sunrise Hwy. in West Babylon. This may seem like a very narrow business demographic but Matt views it from a different perspective. “This has become the fastest growing participatory sport in the world; race registrations are way up” he explained. Custom bikes, equipment, apparel, and accessories are just some of the products and services offered by Sunrise Tri. A strong web presence also allows the company to reach out to clients from all over the country as well. You can visit Matt and his colleagues at The next event on the radar for Matt is the Ironman Arizona in Tempe this coming November, and he is working hard with Gary to try to improve on his results from Lake Placid. “Gary is my right hand man; he is much more than a coach; he’s my motivator, governor, shoulder to cry on, and friend. He really pushes me toward my goals” stated Matt. “My Mantra is ‘Champions are made when no one is watching’. That’s what gets me out of bed every morning” he concluded. It is often said that one can achieve complete happiness only if they unlock the chains that bind them and follow their dreams. Perhaps if we keep striving and knocking on that door we will be able to accomplish our goals in whatever field we choose to endeavor. I hope that Matt’s story will inspire you to do great things. HEY SPORTS FANS: I’m always looking for ideas for articles about anything that promotes and benefits our local community sports programs. If you know about an event, a player, or a topic that you would like to discuss, please contact me in care of The Gazette, or e-mail me at Thanks. Special thanks to Matt for using the words “topographical” and “fastidious” during our interview. I will add them to my repertoire.

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Nighthawks Battle to the End The Little League of the Islips hosted the 2009 District 35 Summer Tournament in

which eight different Little Leagues participated, revitalizing a long standing tradition. In the 10-U division, the Bayport-Blue Point Little League “NightHawks” had a perfect 4-0 record going into the Championship game, where they dropped a 5-3 nail-biter to the Islip Rockies. Pictured here are the Tournament Runner-up NightHawks with front row All-Stars (l to r) Billy Draffin, John Santora, Greg Larsson, Dan Makowski, Lucas Angrisani, Tyler Drummond, Nick Ingraffia, Evan Harenberg, Dylan Rohme, Luke Misch with Mack Cunnius, Zack DePalo and Thomas Knapp not pictured. Back Row: Manager Bob Draffin, Coach John Santora and Asst. Coach Dave Makowski


New Teen Driving Bill Helps Saves Lives In regards to the article in Newsday on July 17, “Bill Targets Teen Motorists,”: As

director of the Community Parent Center, I applaud the efforts of the New York State Senate and Assembly for passing the bill that boosts the license requirements for teenage drivers and prohibits text messaging while driving statewide and urge Governor Paterson to sign the bill into law as soon as possible. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury and death among teenagers. The risk for motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16- to 19-year-olds than any other age group, with inexperience and distractions noted as the main causes. Every year, over 5,000 teens die in car crashes. That equates to 14 teens dying every day. Additionally, another 300,000 are injured annually. Although these statistics have improved slightly from last year, they are still unacceptable. Far too many teens are still dying, and the reality is that many of these crashes are preventable. The current Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system was designed to delay receiving full driving license privileges by allowing beginners to obtain their initial experience under lower-risk conditions. The law consists of three stages: a minimum supervised learner’s permit, an intermediate license (once the driving test is passed) that limits unsupervised driving in high-risk situations and a full-privilege driver’s license available after completion of the first two stages. At the present time, forty-nine U.S. states and the District of Columbia have the three-stage GDL, but the requirements of the law vary from state to state. Under the new NYS Graduated Driver Licensing system, new teenage drivers will be required to have 50 hours of supervised driving practice, 15 of those hours must occur at night, before being able to take their road test. The new law will eliminate the “limited-use junior license” and now will require the teen to hold their learner’s permit for six months before a regular junior license can be issued. The new law restricts the number of unrelated passengers under the age of 21 permitted in a vehicle driven by a junior license holder to one. In addition, the new law prohibits all drivers from operating a motor vehicle while using any portable electronic devices such as cell phones, BlackBerries, pagers and other messaging systems. This legislation reinforces the goals of the Driving in the Safe Lane program, which is presented by the Community Parent Center (a non-profit organization) and the Nassau Pediatric Society and grant-funded by the Allstate Foundation. The program is designed to reduce teen crashes and save lives through parent/teen awareness and education. It targets parents as key players in influencing their teens to drive safely and responsibly by: • Addressing safety measures and recommending parental guidelines that reinforce these measures • Reviewing state driving laws and parental liability • Providing information about risky behaviors and adolescent development The Community Parent Center believes that this new legislation will help to reduce the number of driving-related teen injuries and fatalities across New York State . Parents will have peace of mind knowing that their teen drivers will be better educated and better prepared for the great responsibility that comes with driving a motor vehicle. Thank you to the NYS Legislature for the work that you do — and will continue to do — to help the youth of New York State learn to drive safely, and avoid tragic teen injuries and deaths on our roads. Wendy Tepfer Director Community Parent Center

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Stolen Time By Mariah Galgano

On Thursday, August 6th, the Bayport-Blue Point Public Library welcomed J.K. Hodge and Lisa Smigiel in an evening concert entitled “Stolen Time”. In their 7:00pm show, they performed fifteen songs from popular artists such as Jim Croce, Paul McCartney and Five for Fighting. Selections from Mozart, the theme from “Titanic”, and other classics were also included in their repertoire. JK has volunteered his time and talents to the community multiple times over the past few years. Over 70 people attended this event to hear JK together with sister, Lisa Smigiel on the flute in this recital. JK Hodge has been teaching for fifteen years and playing piano for twenty five years. He enjoys covering artists such as the Eagles, Cold Play, Green Day and Guns N Roses. JK is currently working with GIG Productions and has strong aspirations for the future. A second album featuring a collaboration of instruments that will accompany his piano playing will be released shortly. This is a holiday album entitled “12 More Days of Christmas”. Lisa Smiegel, accomplished flute player and mother of two, began playing the flute in 3rd grade. She studied music at Houghton and currently teaches beginners flute. In the past, Lisa has won the prestigious John Philip Soussa award for her talents. She has battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has defeated it twice. It was truly a treat to hear Lisa perform Nino Rota’s “A Time for Us” and Mozart’s “The Flute Clock”. If you are interested in upcoming events, you can check out JK Hodge at Myspace. com/Johnkennethhodge. Currently, he is scheduled on September 30th at Dowling College in Oakdale at 7:00pm and on November 22nd at the Bayport Flower House at 11:00am.

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By Alden Gardener As I have previously noted (numerous times), I have this new totally cool “comfort series” bike that my adoring family gave to me as a gift for my 50th birthday. I really, truly like this bike. As a young man growing up in the late 60’s- early 70’s, moms and dads weren’t driving their kids to baseball practice, football games or their friend’s houses. You were self propelled, dude. You were either hoofin’ it or pedaling your way to wherever. I generally chose the latter and it was there that my love affair with bikes began. So here I am many years later, living on the beautiful south shore of Suffolk County and I’m ready to roll with my new bike! There are very many nice, scenic tours that one can take through the towns that populate the shores of The Great South Bay. On this particular Sunday morning I thought that I would venture away from my hometown of Bayport - Blue Point and explore the bucolic towns of Brookhaven Hamlet and Bellport Village along South Country Road, aka County Road 36. Now, I’m not a hard core biking fanatic; I’m just a guy that likes to take leisurely rides on my bike and take in the sights. The exercise is terrific, the weather is nice, and it’s just good to get outside and stretch out the old brain every once in a while. A good bike ride allows me to veer off the main road here and there and gain access to places that I couldn’t in a car, and walking is just too slow for me. So, I filled my back pack with a towel, a poncho, sunglasses, an extra T-shirt, a bottle of water, etc… and loaded my wheels into the back of my SUV. I drove east and parked where Montauk Highway meets South Country Road just west of Yaphank Avenue. I unloaded my gear, put on my shades, plugged in my ipod, and off I rode. It was a pretty physically challenging ride with some nice hilly streets that made things interesting as I headed west through Brookhaven Hamlet toward Bellport Village. Brookhaven Hamlet is a very pretty little town that definitely flies under the radar. Quaint cottages, larger ranches, stately homes, and many other architectural delights line South Country Road. A couple of quirky, artsy type restaurants and stores, and a local farm stand add to the small town ambiance and charm. From my view, as I pedal through the Hamlet of Brookhaven this appears to be a nice place to live and raise a family. Clean, quiet, small town living. Ahhh. As I continued west into Bellport Village, I passed The Gateway Playhouse and The United Methodist Church. Soon, I arrived in downtown, a picture perfect “Main Street” setting with the typical types of shops on the typical tree lined street. Typical looking, perhaps, but as with any Main Street, U.S.A. the shops and their occupants are all very unique, with a style all of their own. I recommend you stop down and check it out sometime; it’s really quite nice! Turning south onto Bellport Lane at the heart of town, I traveled down to the Bellport Village Marina and stopped to enjoy the beautiful view of the bay. Kids played on the playground; people walked their dogs, took out their boats, or just relaxed on the ® Announcing Now at Arthur Murray park benches near the band shell. A lovely setting. I watched an elderly couple walking hand in hand along the docks of the marina, enjoying every step along the way on this sunny late morning in early August. I could have sat there all day; if only every day could be Sunday… Well, the unfortunate truth is that it can’t be that way and it was time that I stopped day dreaming; so, I hopped on the old “CSB” and headed back to where I had parked my truck. 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Reminiscing, Reconnecting and Remembering Class of 1989 Reunion

by Danielle Giglio They traveled from as close as Bayport and as far as London, to reconnect with their classmates at The Bayport-Blue Point High School Class of 1989 20th reunion. Over 150 fellow Phantoms reminisced with each other on August 1st at Captain Bill’s in Bay Shore. During the reunion, Tom Fiorentine, former class president, thanked the reunion committee for their hard work in bringing everyone together. Tara Lewin Shankman then read a memorial poem to honor the six members of their class who passed away – Bitsy Burg, Jim Donovan, Beatriz Lermer, Rich Hoelzle, Wendy Cooper and Brian Tulaba. Brian lost his battle with cancer just a few weeks before the reunion. The class of 1989 came together to raise $5,000 for Brian’s wife and two children. The Class of 1989 is hoping to have a 25 year reunion due to the success of this one. Why wait another 10 years to get together!

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Welcome back.... With the multitude of viruses, spyware, and other malware that is so prevalent in today’s computer filled world a firewall is something that should be on everyones computer. However they can be tricky, cumbersome and confusing if you don’t understand them. This month I give you basic answers to the most frequently asked questions about firewalls. • What is a firewall? A firewall is a piece of software or hardware that helps screen out hackers, viruses, and worms that try to reach your computer over the Internet. If you are a home user or smallbusiness user, using a firewall is the most effective and important first step you can take to help protect your computer. It is important to turn on your firewall and antivirus software before you connect to the Internet. • Why do I need a firewall? If your computer is not protected when you connect to the Internet, hackers can gain access to personal information on your computer. They can install code on your computer that destroys files or causes malfunctions. They can also use your computer to cause problems on other home and business computers connected to the Internet. A firewall helps to screen out many kinds of malicious Internet traffic before it reaches your computer. Some firewalls can also help to prevent other people from using your computer to attack other computers without your knowledge. Using a firewall is important no matter how you connect to the Internet—with a dial-up modem, cable modem, or digital subscriber line (DSL). • How can I tell if my computer already has a firewall? If you have Windows Vista or Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) running on your computer, you can check to see if your firewall is turned on through the Windows Security Center: Click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Security Center and then click Windows Firewall. If you have Windows XP, but you don’t have Service Pack 2 running on your computer, you can download it by visiting Microsoft Update. If you don’t know if a software firewall is on your computer, you can check in the All Programs folder. Click Start, and then click All Programs. Look for a firewall program. Some common brand names for software firewalls for home users include McAfee, Symantec, and Tiny Personal Firewall. • How do I start using the firewall in Windows Vista or Windows XP? If you’re running Windows Vista or Windows XP SP2, Windows Firewall is already turned on. Windows Firewall monitors all network traffic on the connections for which it is enabled. The firewall keeps track of all communications that have originated from your computer, and it prevents unsolicited traffic from reaching your computer. If necessary, the firewall dynamically opens ports and allows your computer to receive traffic that you have specifically requested, such as a Web page for which you have clicked the address. A “port” is a networking term that identifies the point at which a type of network traffic reaches your computer. The exact ports that you open depend on the type of traffic you want to send and receive. If you have not requested the incoming traffic, Windows Firewall helps block it before it can reach your computer. For special uses, such as networking, hosting online games, or hosting your own Web server, you can select ports that you want to leave open. This allows others to make connections to your computer, but it can also reduce security. Windows Firewall is part of Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2 Home Edition, and Windows XP SP2 Professional. • What else do I need besides a firewall? A firewall will not make your computer completely safe. However, a firewall provides the most effective first line of defense. You should install a firewall first, and then add

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By Gene Horton Blue Point’s very own, post-World War 2 baseball team: the Blue Point SHAMROCKS. Thanks to Blue Pointer, John Bonk, for sharing this picture with us. This undated photo was probably taken around 1947 or 1948.

Seated (L-R): Walt Mitchell, Jack “Squeaky” Collins- 3b, Tom Grawrock- ss, Richard “Fats” Wheeler- 2b, Len Mazzei- rf, Unknown, John Bonk

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In the sports pages of the Patchogue ADVANCE, dated May 13, 1948, it was reported: SHAMROCKS SCORE 18-4 VICTORY OVER TROJANS The Blue Point SHAMROCKS opened the Brookhaven Town YMCA Baseball league season Sunday with a resounding 18-4 victory over the Patchogue TROJANS in a game played at the Patchogue High School field. Sirianni led the onslaught with three hits. The SHAMROCKS, who are sponsored by Ed Spring, were nattily attired in white pants and T-shirts lettered in green, with Kelly green caps and socks. They will meet the Patchogue PENGUINS Sunday at 2 PM at the Atlantic Ave. field.

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Flying High on History Legislator William Lindsay (D-Holbrook) joins (L-R) Bayport Civic Association President Bob Draffin and Flying Legend “Ace” Prechtl for a presentation to civic members at the Bayport Aerodrome. The lecture included the development of aviation through the years and the impact war had on aircraft design. All are encouraged to visit the Bayport Aerodrome, located at 28 Vitamin Drive, to see these planes in person!

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Cooking Freak

By Carol Moore

A Tale of Two Dinners The movie Julie & Julia has caused me to review the last 40 years. Culinary-wise, that is. In 1962 Julia Child, along with cowriters Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck, published the groundbreaking “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in which she takes the classics of French cuisine and interprets them for American home cooks. Julia’s subsequent “French Chef “series on PBS further emboldened American women ( for it was really only women at that time who were her target audience) to venture into the mysteries of the mother of all western cuisines, that of la belle France. In 2003 Julie Powell began blogging about her personal goal to prepare all the recipes in” Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in a one year project that became a book which in turn inspired the newly released film. In the intervening years between publication of the two women’s books a lot happened in the world of food. Two back-to-back dinners I prepared express those changes vividly. On the evening of the film’s debut I made Julia’s Coq au Vin---chicken in red wine-- and Reine de Saba, or Queen of Sheba, cake for dessert. The group of 5 who came for dinner began with a salad of cucumbers and tomatoes from my garden over red leaf lettuce topped with a traditional French vinaigrette. This was accompanied by a fruity French Vouvray and during our main course, the same full-bodied Cotes de Rhone that braised the chicken filled our glasses. Mushrooms and pearl onions swimming in the wine sauce had been separately caramelized before joining the chicken. Green beans blanched and refreshed in ice water sat alongside unpeeled red potatoes, buttered and herb-sprinkled with tarragon, thyme and parsley from the herb garden. Then we went to see the movie. What made Julia Child tick? Why French food? Why food at all? The following day a dear friend came over to share a different kind of meal with me. A 1 1/2lb salmon fillet had arrived at my home fresh from the west coast. It was reef net caught, the way Indians had done a century ago. I soaked a cedar plank in water 2 hours before placing the glazed salmon on it and then it went over hot coals on a Weber grill. Two ears of corn, stripped of their silk and rewrapped in the inner husk, emerged smoky and barely charred from alongside the salmon. I had just enough yellow summer squash and a handful of green and wax beans from the garden to create a handsome side dish medley –sauteed, olive-oiled and salted. My friend’s California Chardonnay became a perfect pairing with our summer feast. We ate dessert---vanilla Haagen Daz over pecan brownies covered in chocolate fudge sauce—while watching a Werner Herzog film about Antarctica . Why did people go to the ends of the earth to work? Why would divers risk their lives to take untraveled paths under mountains of ice? The French dinner on the occasion of “Julia and Julie” was all formal and orchestrated, classic and reliable, designed to wow an audience with the audacity of long soaked poultry and a precisely ganached gateau. These are representative of a longing for order and a kind of sophisticated refinement unlike the salmon dinner so impromptu, creative and equally delicious but in a way we have become more accustomed to in 21st century dining. Both meals had in common the freshest and finest ingredients and a movie about passion in which characters express a desire to seek out the unknown and become familiar with it. A way of conquering the world, perhaps, for both Julia Child and the Antarctic voyagers. What distinguished the two experiences for me though was time and how the passage of it has reversed the eating habits of our world. We have returned, in a sense, to the roots of what food has long meant to humans: native products, freshly sourced, and shared informally with friends and family. Don’t get me wrong, I love Julia and the art she brought to us here in the U.S. But for the way we live now and in order to better resist the lure of fast food beckoning from every corner, it’s probably a good thing that the second-night’s meal was as good as the first night’s, just a lot less effort and so a lot more likely to show up at your table. Here then is the simple and completely delicious glaze that dressed my cedar-planked salmon: 2 Tbsp grainy mustard 2 Tbsp honey 1 tsp minced rosemary 1 Tbsp grated lemon zest ½ tsp each salt & pepper Stir ingredients together and spread on flesh side of salmon before grilling. Carol teaches cooking classes in her Bayport home, frequently conducts cooking demonstrations at the Bayport-Bluepoint Library, and is an adjunct faculty member in the English Department of Suffolk Community College


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Rockin’ Robin Fitness Forum

Genetics vs. Lifestyle How much of our health as we age is a result of genetics, and how much is a result

of lifestyle. I think most of you will be surprised to know that it’s approximately an 80% 20% split. 80% being lifestyle and only 20% genetics. This is really great news!! These results, give us a lot more control of our health then previously believed. But with control comes responsibility, the responsibility to take care of your body. This control may begin very early on in life, but it’s never to late to take responsibility and make healthier choices. This is not to say that we should ignore our genetics, we need to be aware of our genetics and work with them. Genetics doesn’t mean you are destined to the disease of your family, but you should absolutely live your life in such a way that you could possibly avoid or minimize the illnesses of your family to the best of your ability. Diet, exercise, avoiding toxins, supplements, getting enough sleep, decreasing stress, even acts of kindness are all shown to diminish the effects of disease and aging. Exercise, is known to be good for your heart, lower blood pressure, promote weight loss which can keep many illnesses at bay, prevent osteoporosis, eliminate stress, prevent cancer, promote brain health and much more. A proper diet a diet filled with nutrients. Nuts, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can do wonders for you health. You are doing nothing to help your body fight the many diseases and illness we are at risk of when you eat cakes, cookies, and candy. We have about 80% of the control; we should all take advantage of that control. Every day that we don’t take that control, is a day that we can be getting closer to a serious illness. ½ hour of walking daily is not only said to prevent diseases, but it can also improve your health if you’ve already been diagnosed with an illness. A diet high in antioxidants can do wonders. Antioxidants protect against free radicals, free radicals contribute to many different diseases. Take advantage of the control we have, go for a walk, eat some berries, avoid toxins when ever possible, get a good night of sleep and do something nice for someone. And hopefully you will be rewarded with good health which ultimately is a good quality of life. Before starting any exercise routine it is recommended that you consult with your physician. For information on Rockin’ Robins fitness center located in Bluepoint or for any fitness questions, you can e-mail me at

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