Shooting at a Deer Park bar


Suffolk County police are investigating a deadly shooting outside a Deer Park bar earlier today.  They say the shooting in the parking lot of the Nite Owl on Long Island Avenue appears to be gang-related.  25 year old Jean Yves of Wyandanch was killed and another man was wounded when gunfire rang out just before 2:30 this morning.  The man who survived the shooting is at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Islip.  There is no word yet on his condition and so far, no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Posted On 16 Jan 2014

An Action Plan for Handling Stress

stress-pencil-croppedStress can take a physical and emotional toll, so be prepared to address it head-on.



Stress is on the rise for a lot of Americans, and more than half of us don’t feel like we’re getting the support we need to handle it. Why are so many people stressing out — and what can they do?

According to a Stress in America survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, 1 out of 5 Americans reports feeling extreme levels of stress and more than a third say that their stress has gone up in the past year. Among the leading causes of stress are money, work, family and health issues. Even children aren’t exempt — a new study from Auburn University and the Catholic University of America looks specifically at stress in kids caused by marital conflicts at home.

Many people think of being stressed “as a normal state of being, even though I would argue it’s not,” said Dr. Lynn Bufka, a licensed clinical psychologist, APA’s assistant executive director for practice research and policy, and a member of APA’s Stress in America team. “We don’t necessarily think about how we can do something differently and address this head-on.”

But it does need to be addressed. Stress can have a very real impact on a variety of body systems, from the cardiovascular system to muscles. “There’s often also a physiological reaction in addition to the mental experience of feeling stressed,” said Bufka. “And that may manifest itself in terms of headaches, or stomachaches, or muscle tension.”

So what should you do? For starters, don’t wait for the stress to get to you. “There’s positive things that we can do,” as Bufka points out, “but when we’re feeling stressed we may not always think of those things, so it’s helpful to have a plan in advance.”

Studies have shown that any kind of exercise, from high-energy activities to yoga, can help. “When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which are hormones that fight stress,” said Frank Lupin, MS, ATC, PES, a certified athletic trainer and a personal trainer for Coordinated Health in Bethlehem, Pa.

Some other healthy tips for managing stress: Eat well-balanced meals, limit alcohol and caffeine intake, and make sure you’re getting enough sleep.

People should also consider what the source of their stress is, and whether or not they feel it’s at a manageable level. “It’s when our ability to cope with stressful events exceeds what we have to offer…or when it starts interfering with our functioning and our ability to work or be a student or be a parent,” said Bufka. “That’s when we really need to think…maybe I might need some additional support from a professional.”

The problem is that more than half of Americans feel that their healthcare provider offers little or no support to manage their stress, according to the Stress in America survey.

“When people receive professional help to manage stress and make healthy behavior changes they do better at achieving their health goals,” says American Psychological Association CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD. “Unfortunately, our country’s health system often neglects psychological and behavioral factors that are essential to managing stress and chronic diseases.”

In many cases, stress just isn’t covered during a typical patient visit, either because of the briefness of the visit or because it’s focused on a specific patient complaint. Bufka suggests that “patients do themselves a good service by going in knowing the questions they want to ask.”

When a patient does raise stress as an issue, some physicians may simply not feel that they can adequately address it. Doctors also may not recognize that a patient is overly stressed and needs help.

If you can’t identify what’s causing your stress or if it persists and starts interfering with your daily life, then speak to your doctor. Ask them about what treatment options, such as therapy or medication, may be available. If your doctor can’t help, they should be able to refer you to someone who can.

Posted On 16 Jan 2014

Steinbrenner calls Arod an “Asset”


Nobody could be happier with the suspension of Alex Rodriguez than the man who signs the checks for the Yankees.  Although managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner tried to make nice with the slugger.

In his first public comments, the New York Daily News reports Steinbrenner told reporters at the owners meetings in Arizona “When he’s on and when he’s healthy, he’s obviously an asset…We’ll see what happens”.

Over the weekend, an arbitrator reduced Rodriguez’s suspension from 211 games to 162 as well as any possible playoff action in 2014 which wipes out everything but the grapefruit league season.

Steinbrenner did not slam the door on A-Rod’s possible return in 2015 after the disgraced slugger serves his 162-game Biogenesis suspension.  Although possibly the pending lawsuit Rodriguez has filed against the team as well as MLB and the players union could change his mind.



Posted On 16 Jan 2014

Almost 3 dozen missile officers involved in cheating scandal


A cheating scandal within the U.S. Air Force’s nuclear command involves nearly three dozen officers.

The cheating on an exam involving intercontinental missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force base in Montana was apparently done by text.  The case involves 34 officers, 16 of whom actually cheated on the test, while the rest knew the answers had been shared and didn’t report it.  The Pentagon said it appears to be the largest cheating incident of its kind.

Posted On 16 Jan 2014

Tugboat down

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It‘s been a tough couple of days for tugboats of the LI coastline.

The Coast Guard says a tug named Sea Lion sank about three miles off the coast of Atlantic Beach Wednesday afternoon.  Four people were taken to a hospital after being rescued one is injured seriously.

On Monday night, a tugboat towing a construction barge from the Robert Moses Causeway Bridge sunk off Atlantic Beach in Nassau County, setting the barge free to run aground.

Posted On 16 Jan 2014

Town of Brookhaven cracking down on code violations

The Town of Brookhaven is cracking down on homes with code violations. Two homes were condemed with another one partially on Tuesday .
Inspectors say a home on Weldon Lane in Port Jefferson Station had been broken up into 11 separate illegal bedrooms. They say the basement of the home and a shed in the backyard were also being used for habitation. The home was partially condemned.  Another home in Selden was condemned due to hoarding and the presence of animal feces.
Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine says they will be cracking down on more homes.   He says there are 100 pending cases of code violations in Stony Brook alone.

Anyone that would like to report a potential housing code violation can call 631-451-TOWN to file a complaint.

Posted On 16 Jan 2014