Atlantis seal geared up for big game, are you?

01/23/2011 8:00 AM |


This harbor seal at Atlantis Marine World Aquarium on East Main Street in Riverhead shows his love for his favorite football team in anticipation of the big Jets vs. Steelers game 6:30 p.m. Sunday night.

Animal paintings from the aquarium’s artists — harbor and gray seals, California sea lions and African penguins — is available in the Atlantis gift shop.

“Atlantis Marine World is thrilled to highlight our great animal care and enrichment program,” said Aquarium curator Joe Yaiullo. “Art can be a valuable form of enrichment, with all paints used non-toxic and washable. Some of our animals use a paintbrush while others paint with their feet or nose.”

Sunday’s game will decide which team goes on to the 45th Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Post a comment to tell The Suffolk Times readers where you plan to watch it.



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  • What About Early Intervention Suffolk County Executive Levy?
    I read your entire State of the County Address and in it there was no mention or children, how they provide our future, and no mention of NYS Early Intervention and how its services are proposed by Governor Cuomo to be further decreased.
    On behalf of the children who have no voice, the parents who may not realize they have a voice, and the providers of Early Intervention services across the state of New York, I implore you to recognize and address the impact of reductions in NYS Early Intervention on your county’s future. Governor’s Budget Proposals are to reform programs but these reforms hurt people and families ie the children of NYS. We cannot reduce program size without effecting the people! “Early Intervention,” the government(s) funded programs has not even been mentioned in the news. It has been either intentionally or unintentionally but unfortunately minimized over the last yearin New York State.

    The NYS DOH-run Early Intervention program “is part of the national Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. To be eligible for services, children must be under 3 years of age and have a confirmed disability or established developmental delay, as defined by the State, in one or more of the following areas of development: physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, and/or adaptive.”

    There has been little written about this Early Intervention in NYS and about how both families and providers have been in crisis for nearly a year. There has been little written about how the hope that we once had for disabled children is being swiftly and without forethought dismissed because of ill-conceived budget cuts. There has been little written about the fact that NYS Early Intervention has already been drastically cut and that additional cuts are being recommended in Governor Cuomo’s Budget Proposals. There has been little written about the fact that budget cuts to the areas of NYS DOH-run Early Intervention can have the same outcomes as reductions in all other early interventions. Note according to the NYCLU, special education students represent 8.6% of public school students, but 32% of youth in juvenile detention nationwide.

    Should Governor Cuomo’s Budget pass in its current state, the concerns new yorkers share will be ten-fold by the time our children 0-3 are college-ready. Governor Cuomo’s Proposed Cuts to NYS Early Intervention will severely impact our children which is our State’s only meaningful human resource — our children are our future!

    President Obama has taken the high road and funded Early Intervention. It is our hope that Governor Cuomo will see the light and do the same.

    Leslie Grubler MA, CCC-SLP, TSHH
    Founding Director, UNYEIP
    United New York Early Intervention Providers (UNYEIP)
    [email protected]/
    FACEBOOK: United New York Early Intervention Providers
    PH: (347) 853 4241
    CELL: 917 355 5060
    FAX (718) 224 0103

    Please sign our petition: