04/28/15 8:00am
04/28/2015 8:00 AM

Shoreham-Wading River High School football plays a championship game at Stony Brook University’s Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

Citing “unconstitutional alterations” to the state budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed millions in appropriations for stadium upgrades at Stony Brook University’s Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium earlier this month. (more…)

02/26/15 8:00am
02/26/2015 8:00 AM
The Long Island Sound shoreline near Soundview Avenue in Southold as it appeared about 11 a.m. on Feb. 16. Just a day before freezing over, large swells as high as 10 feet could be seen in the Sound from the Southold Town beach. (Credit: John-Paul Stanisic)

The Long Island Sound shoreline near Soundview Avenue in Southold as it appeared about 11 a.m. on Feb. 16. Just a day before freezing over, large swells as high as 10 feet could be seen in the Sound from the Southold Town beach. (Credit: John-Paul Stanisic)

You could be forgiven for thinking this February has been colder than usual. It has. But just how much colder — a staggering 10.8 degrees below normal — has surprised even meteorologists, who say the month is on track to become Long Island’s coldest February on record.

The consistent cold snap has caused a rare phenomenon, one not seen for nearly 40 years: Long Island Sound is freezing over, so to speak.

“I’ve never seen it freeze over like this,” said Dominick Mavellia of Southold, whose home overlooks the frozen waters. “It looks like Antarctica … it’s quite beautiful.”  (more…)

10/27/14 12:00pm
10/27/2014 12:00 PM
Rust tide in Flanders Bay Sept. 12, 2014 (Credit: Courtesy SBU)

Rust tide in Flanders Bay Sept. 12, 2014 (Credit: Stony Brook University )

Researchers from Stony Brook University and The Nature Conservancy released a map last week that depicts the location and breadth of water quality problems, such as brown tide and hypoxia, that cropped up around Long Island this past year.

While the experts noted the cool summer helped ward off the potential for widespread algal blooms, the blooms weren’t the only cause for concern in 2014.

And, the issues were widespread, ranging Long Island Sound waters near the Bronx and Queens, to Mattituck and Montauk.

The map highlights the presence of rust tides in the western Peconics, paralytic shellfish poisoning in Meetinghouse Creek in Aquebogue, and toxic blue-green algae in Mattituck’s Lake Marratooka, among others.

(Credit: Courtesy SBU SoMAS)

(Credit: Courtesy SBU SoMAS)


11/21/13 1:42pm
11/21/2013 1:42 PM
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Senator Ken LaValle at a previous Calverton Business Incubator event.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Senator Ken LaValle at a previous Calverton Business Incubator event.

East End state legislators Ken LaValle and Fred Thiele are hosting a roundtable discussion on food-industry related topics at the Calverton Business Incubator Friday morning, Senator LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) announced.

The Senator said the following topics will be discussed:

• The impact of locally grown/artisanal foods on the local economy.

• Changes to New York State funding outlets — now done on a competitive, regional basis.

• State government has been successful in supporting the establishment of the necessary infrastructure to support the local agriculture/food industry (e.g. funding for cold storage facility, funding for establishment of small scale, shared-use food-processing facilities at Calverton, funding for farmland preservation) to allow the creativity, determination, and ambition of entrepreneurs to thrive. Determine other infrastructure needs and how to achieve those needs.

• How as a region can we work together to establish/support the food industry on Long Island as an economic cluster (to join IT, biotech, and energy) and overcome challenges/obstacles and allow it to flourish.

The Long island Farm Bureau, Long Island Wine Council, Peconic Land Trust and many other local businesses and non-profits are expected to participate.

The event will take place at 10 a.m. Click here for directions to the incubator.

07/06/13 1:30pm
07/06/2013 1:30 PM
COURTESY PHOTO | Christopher Paparo, former senior aquarist of Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead  has been hired as the director of Stony Brook University’s new Marine Sciences Center in Southampton.

COURTESY PHOTO | Christopher Paparo, former senior aquarist of Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead has been hired as the director of Stony Brook University’s new Marine Sciences Center in Southampton.

Long Island Aquarium’s former senior aquarist Christopher Paparo has been hired as the director of Stony Brook University’s new Marine Sciences Center in Southampton.

Mr. Paparo spent more than 14 years at the Riverhead aquarium, starting there when it was in the building stages, eventually taking on the position of senior aquarist. He also served educational coordinator for the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, Stony Brook University officials said.

The new marine sciences center is run by Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and is slated to open this September.

The 15,000-square-foot, $8.5 million center will enable SoMAS to expand their program, facilitating further research of Long Island’s bays and estuaries. It will offer more students the opportunity to learn through Stony Brook, according to a release from Stony Brook University.

SoMAS will also be using the space to hold public meetings, summer camps, and for expanded K-12 outreach programs among other activities, according to the release.

“Mr. Paparo’s strong background in maintaining marine animals, public outreach and education, and seawater systems make him the ideal fit for this position,” said Minghua Zhang, dean of the SoMAS program at Stony Brook. He attended Southampton College and received his Bachelors of Science in Marine Science there in 1999, Stony Brook officials said.

“As construction of the new Marine Sciences Center is completed in the coming weeks, Mr. Paparo will be on hand to learn the details of the state-of-the-art systems within the building including the computerized seawater circulation system, teaching and analytical labs, and quarantine and culture rooms,” said Christopher Gobler, director of academic programs. “This hire comes at a perfect time.”

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10/10/12 8:00pm
10/10/2012 8:00 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet set the Big South Conference all-time career rushing record last weekend.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Maysonet sets conference, school marks Miguel Maysonet, a senior from Riverhead, became the Stony Brook and Big South all-time leading rusher Saturday night in a 49-7 defeat of Charleston Southern at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Saturday. Senior Kyle Essington tied a school record with five touchdown passes as Stony Brook (5-1, 1-0) won its seventh straight Big South game. Charleston Southern dropped to 1-4, 0-1.

Maysonet accounted for 88 rushing yards, giving him 3,649 for his career. He broke Conte Cuttino’s school mark of 3,607 yards and Rashad Jennings’ conference total of 3,633.

“I know my name will be attached to the records, but it’s the offensive line and tight ends and fullbacks as much as it is mine,” Maysonet said. “The team gets the plays done.”

Maysonet, who ran for a touchdown, also became the first player in Big South history to rush for a touchdown in the first six games of a season.

COLLEGE MEN’S SOCCER: Parma supplies assist Kevin Parma of Peconic, a junior for Western New England, supplied a cross that freshman Colin Macdonald headed in during a 2-1 loss to Nichols College (Mass.) in a key Commonwealth Coast Conference match on Saturday afternoon. Andrew Conklin, a senior from Wading River, played for Nichols and nearly scored, testing goalkeeper Nick Starr with a one-on-one chance in the 41st minute as the visiting goalkeeper collected the shot.

COLLEGE WOMEN’S TENNIS: Bundrick wins in doubles First-year players Erica Bundrick of Mattituck and Alexandra Sulkin recorded the largest margin of victory among the Saint Michael’s College (Vt.) doubles pairings, notching an 8-2 win from the third position in a 9-0 blanking of New Haven in the final Northeast-10 Conference match of the season on Saturday.

COLLEGE WOMEN’S SAILING: Orient sailor on winning team The William Smith varsity eight started the season with a convincing first-place finish at the HWS Challenge on the Canal, and the Herons were tabbed the Liberty League Boat of the Week for their efforts. Among the crew was Libby Hughes, a junior from Orient. The Herons finished in 17 minutes 7 seconds for a 23-second victory over Canisius College and a 24-second margin over Ithaca College.

10/01/12 2:26pm
10/01/2012 2:26 PM
Stony Brook University, Southampton Hospital, East End Health Alliance

TIM GANNON PHOTO | The entrance of the former LIU campus in Southampton.

The former campus of Southampton College could become the new home of Southampton Hospital under an agreement being negotiated between Stony Brook University, which owns the campus, and Southampton Hospital, officials announced Monday.

Representatives with Stony Brook, which is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system and Southampton Hospital, which is privately run, have signed a non-binding letter of intent in which Southampton Hospital “would join the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system, as the two hospitals work more closely to improve healthcare quality,” officials said.

Stony Brook Medicine is the healthcare system that runs Stony Brook University Hospital.

Under the proposal, Southampton Hospital would provide care under Stony Brook University Hospital’s state operating license, officials said.

Read more about the hospital plans

09/25/12 4:20pm
09/25/2012 4:20 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | A man was airlifted to Stony Brook after he was struck crossing Main Road in Southold Tuesday morning.

A 72-year-old Southold man was struck by a car while crossing the street at the intersection of Main Road and Youngs Avenue shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Southold Town police said.

George Hoffner was crossing near the IGA when he was hit by a vehicle that had been traveling south on Youngs and was turning left to head east on Main Road.

First responders transported Mr. Hoffner to a field at the corner of Youngs Avenue and Route 48, where he was transported via Medivac helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Center for what police deemed, non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, Henry Oman, 74, of Cutchogue, said he did not see Mr. Hoffner in the crosswalk due to sun glare. He was not injured in the accident, police said.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | A Southold ambulance brought the victim to a field off Route 48, where a helicopter could land to transport him to the hospital.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | The Medicac helicopter leaves for the hospital.

10/04/11 6:00pm
10/04/2011 6:00 PM

RANDEE DADDONA FILE PHOTO | Fishermen at Breakwater Beach in Mattituck.

Stony Brook University is calling all seafood lovers to participate in a new study that will examine the benefits and risks of seafood consumption.

The study, called “Long Island Study of Seafood Consumption,” will research levels of mercury and selenium in blood samples taken from participants.

Humans are primarily exposed to mercury through consumption of seafood, which contains methylmercury, an environmental product formed in aquatic systems that is linked to illnesses in adults if consumed at high levels.

All fish contain methylmercury, but some bigger and longer-lived fish, such as swordfish, shark, marlin, king mackerel and certain species of tuna, including bluefin, big eye, and yellow fin, have the highest levels, university officials said.

According to a 2007 study by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, about 25 percent of adults in New York City and nearly 50 percent of Asian New Yorkers are estimated to have blood mercury levels that exceeded recommended levels for pregnant women.

The Long Island Study of Seafood Consumptionstudy’s lead researcher, Jaymie Meliker, an assistant professor for the Department of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, said while seafood is generally good for your health, it is important for the public to understand the risks of eating certain fish.

“We hope the study results will help us to better communicate dietary recommendations to the public regarding the consumption of fish,” Dr. Meliker said in a statement.

The study is funded by The Gelfond Fund for Mercury Research & Outreach, which supports research at Stony Brook that aims to improve the understanding of how mercury cycles in the environment and the health effects of methylmercury from fish consumption.

To find out if you’re eligible to take part in the study, visit the screening questionnaire.

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