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vietnam vets test positive for deadly parasite in va study

at least five vietnam war combat veterans on long island who participated in a 50-person test for liver fluke have tested positive for the potentially fatal waterborne parasites, according to interviews and documentation provided by participants in the study. four of the survey participants, all of them patients at the department of veterans affairs medical center at northport, said they know of at least nine others who participated in the study who have tested positive. (credit: randee daddona)by martin c. evans  [email protected] @martincevans updated november 22, 2017 9:56 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailat least five of 50 vietnam war combat veterans who participated in a veterans affairs study have tested positive for a waterborne parasite that’s rare beyond asia, hides unseen in the body for decades and can cause a deadly form of liver cancer, according to interviews and documentation provided by participants in the study.the survey was conducted last spring at the va medical center at northport.four of the survey participants — the fifth has since died — said they know of nine others who have tested positive for the parasite. if confirmed, that would bring to 14, or more than one in four, the number of study participants shown to have harbored the parasite, known as river fluke.the four men, who each shared with newsday a va letter confirming their positive result, say they want northport to release the survey immediately and to enco...





heavy police presence at macy’s thanksgiving parade, mayor says

new york mayor bill de blasio, center, arrives for a new conference as the macy's thanksgiving parade balloons are inflated near along 79th street in manhattan on wednesday, nov. 22, 2017. photo credit: craig ruttle by laura figueroa hernandez  [email protected] november 22, 2017 7:54 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailwith the macy’s thanksgiving day parade expected to draw more than 3.5 million spectators to the streets of manhattan on thursday, new york city mayor bill de blasio promised parade-goers the nypd would maintain a heavy police presence on the ground and in the air.“the nypd has the strongest anti-terrorism capacity of any police force in the country and we’re using it tonight and tomorrow to make sure that everyone here is kept safe,” de blasio said wednesday night at a news conference ahead of the annual parade.the iconic parade, in its 91st year, is set to kick off at 9 a.m. the parade will start at central park west and west 77th street and wind its way down to west 34th street and 7th avenue, according to event organizers.annual macy’s thanksgiving parade balloons inflationon the eve on the 91st macy's thanksgiving day parade, the balloons being used this year were inflated on wednesday nov. 22, 2017. approximately 300,000 cubic square feet of helium is used to inflate the balloons, with filling continuing throughout the night.   (credit: news 12 long island)on wednesday night, thousands of spectators mad...





edward toulon jr. maintains lead in suffolk sheriff’s race recount

at the suffolk county democratic committee held at ibew local 25 headquarters, hauppague, errol d. toulon, jr. candiate for sheriff is introduced. nov. 8, 2017 photo credit: daniel goodrich by robert brodsky  [email protected] @brodskyrobert updated november 22, 2017 5:38 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emaila count of nearly 17,000 absentee and affidavit ballots in the suffolk county sheriff’s race is about 40 percent complete, with democrat errol toulon jr. maintaining a lead over republican larry zacarese, according to county election officials.after nearly a week of counting, toulon, 55, of lake grove, holds a 1,312 vote advantage over zacarese, 42, of kings park, according to democratic elections commissioner anita katz and republican elections commissioner nick lalota.the paper ballot count has been completed in shelter island, smithtown and babylon and is nearly complete in brookhaven, katz said. on wednesday, the overall tally stood at 144,458 for toulon and 143,146 for zacarese, officials said. toulon had an unofficial 1,354-vote lead on election night.republicans cast 6,168 absentee ballots, democrats accounted for 5,330 and 1,072 came from members of the conservative and independence parties, which backed toulon. there are 2,400 absentee ballots from voters not aligned with any party, and the remainder came from smaller parties.democrats also cast 596 affidavit ballots, republicans, 476, while 120 came from the minor parties. anoth...





vietnam vets test positive for deadly parasite in va study

at least five vietnam war combat veterans on long island who participated in a 50-person test for liver fluke have tested positive for the potentially fatal waterborne parasites, according to interviews and documentation provided by participants in the study. four of the survey participants, all of them patients at the department of veterans affairs medical center at northport, said they know of at least nine others who participated in the study who have tested positive.at least five of 50 vietnam war combat veterans who participated in a veterans affairs study have tested positive for a waterborne parasite that’s rare beyond asia, hides unseen in the body for decades and can cause a deadly form of liver cancer, according to interviews and documentation provided by participants in the study.the survey was conducted last spring at the va medical center at...





vietnam vets test positive for deadly parasite in va study

vietnam vets from left, john ball from north merrick, gerry wiggins from port jefferson station, hutch dubosque from huntington, larry noon from kings park and ralph goodwin from port jefferson station look at photo albums when they served in vietman, thursday, nov. 16, 2017. photo credit: randee daddona by martin c. evans  [email protected] @martincevans updated november 22, 2017 9:56 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailat least five of 50 vietnam war combat veterans who participated in a veterans affairs study have tested positive for a waterborne parasite that’s rare beyond asia, hides unseen in the body for decades and can cause a deadly form of liver cancer, according to interviews and documentation provided by participants in the study.the survey was conducted last spring at the va medical center...to continue... already a newsday or optimum customer ?log inget unlimited digital access $1 for 4 weeks$0.99/week thereaftersubscribestart your free 4-week trial to continue reading. no credit card required.get startedby martin c. evans  [email protected] @martincevans share on facebook share on twitter





struggling long island families give thanks for helping hand

christopher corbin, of garden city, is a recipient who was helping at the food pantry at the gerald ryan outreach center in wyandanch. photo credit: jeffrey basinger by carol polsky  [email protected] november 22, 2017 9:46 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailarmy veteran wilmer dorce said it isn’t easy to feed a family of six on his military disability payments and his wife’s earnings as a home health aide. so it was with gratitude that he picked up an 18-pound turkey and bread, stuffing mix, potato flakes, pasta and vegetables for his family’s thanksgiving day dinner at the huntington station location of long island cares — the harry chapin food bank.“thank god they gave me a big one,” he smiled, pushing a cart with provisions he selected monday from the shelves of donated goods for his holiday meal at his east islip home. the 45-year-old veteran of iraq and afghanistan said he would “pray to god to help me to keep my family together, and to enjoy that day.”tens of thousands of turkeys, donated frozen and distributed for free, will take center stage thursday on the tables of long island families who otherwise might do without. despite a robust stock market and continued low unemployment, families grappling with low wages and high expenses find themselves turning to a network of food pantries to help fill their plates.“i think what we see now are families looking to sustain” themselves, said jessica rosati, li cares’ ch...





mta fails to collect $11m in tolls and fines, audit finds

toll booths have been removed from the queens side of the queens midtown tunnel, wednesday, sept. 20, 2017. photo credit: jeff bachner the mta — which rolled out cashless tolling five years ago — allowed motorists to skip paying millions in bridge and tunnel tolls as well as related fines, according to a state audit.the audit, released tuesday, found that the mta, which operates seven bridges and two tunnels, failed to collect or waived a total of $11.3 million in unpaid tolls from 2012 to 2017.“at a time when the...





federal judge orders hearings for teens targeted for deportation

bryan johnson, an immigration attorney who represents f.e., in his bay shore office on tuesday, aug. 8, 2017. photo credit: james carbone by víctor manuel ramos  [email protected] @vmramos updated november 22, 2017 6:16 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emaila federal judge in california has ordered government agencies to present evidence bolstering the arrest and detainment of immigrant minors from long island targeted for deportation based on alleged involvement with ms-13 — or to otherwise release them back to their families.three teenagers from brentwood are the primary plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit filed in august by the american...to continue... already a newsday or optimum customer ?log inget unlimited digital access $1 for 4 weeks$0.99/week thereaftersubscribestart your free 4-week trial to continue reading. no credit card required.get startedby víctor manuel ramos  [email protected] @vmramos víctor manuel ramos reports and writes for newsday on issues affecting long island’s diverse communities, including policy and debate concerning immigration, demographic change, minority communities and lgbt rights. he also covers breaking news. share on facebook share on twitter





edward toulon jr. maintains lead in suffolk sheriff’s race recount

at the suffolk county democratic committee held at ibew local 25 headquarters, hauppague, errol d. toulon, jr. candiate for sheriff is introduced. nov. 8, 2017 photo credit: daniel goodrich a count of nearly 17,000 absentee and affidavit ballots in the suffolk county sheriff’s race is about 40 percent complete, with democrat errol toulon jr. maintaining a lead over republican larry zacarese, according to county election officials.after nearly a week of counting, toulon, 55, of lake grove, holds a 1,312 vote advantage over zacarese, 42, of kings park, according to democratic...





struggling long island families give thanks for helping hand

christopher corbin, of garden city, is a recipient who was helping at the food pantry at the gerald ryan outreach center in wyandanch. photo credit: jeffrey basinger army veteran wilmer dorce said it isn’t easy to feed a family of six on his military disability payments and his wife’s earnings as a home health aide. so it was with gratitude that he picked up an 18-pound turkey and bread, stuffing mix, potato flakes, pasta and vegetables for his family’s thanksgiving day dinner at the huntington station location of long island cares — the harry chapin...





five sketches of hidden spots on long island you should visit before 2017 ends

by saba aliupdated november 22, 2017 12:49 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailwinter doesn't mean only battening down the hatches and putting away the sneakers: it can be the perfect season to do some exploring. we asked sketch artist nirmal mitra, who’s also a copy editor at newsday, to illustrate five of long island's best off-the-beaten-path spots to visit before the year ends. norman j. levy park and preservephoto credit: artwork by nirmal mitranot easy to find, the norman j. levy park and preserve is tucked away behind the town of hempstead's sanitation department and a golf course just off the meadowbrook state parkway in merrick. but the only traffic here is a herd of grazing nigerian dwarf goats, which are used to keep down brush and weeds. depending on how cold the weather gets, visitors may see the goats roaming paths that lead to panoramic views of long beach and, if you squint, the manhattan skyline, as well. (address: meadowbrook state pkwy, merrick)old field point lighthousephoto credit: artwork by nirmal mitraif you have time this holiday season, make the trip up old field road to the old field point lighthouse. if you don't already live nearby, it's well worth the drive to the north shore to see its distinctive stone edifice, keeper's cottage and views of the long island sound and port jefferson harbor. the structure was originally built in 1823, and rebuilt in the 1860s. dress warmly and take in the view of the old lighthouse standing g...





struggling long island families give thanks for helping hand

christopher corbin, of garden city, is a recipient who was helping at the food pantry at the gerald ryan outreach center in wyandanch. photo credit: jeffrey basinger army veteran wilmer dorce said it isn’t easy to feed a family of six on his military disability payments and his wife’s earnings as a home health aide. so it was with gratitude that he picked up an 18-pound turkey — and bread, stuffing mix, potato flakes, pasta and vegetables for his family’s thanksgiving day dinner — at the huntington station location of long island cares — the harry chapin...





the penny pub to host free thanksgiving, inspired by customers

jill schombs, a bartender at the penny pub in bay shore, on tuesday, nov. 21, 2017. photo credit: danielle finkelstein by nicole boucher  [email protected] november 22, 2017 5:00 am print see commentsshare share tweet share emailit doesn’t take a village to host thanksgiving, but it can take a village bar.this thanksgiving, the penny pub in bay shore will be opening at 3 p.m. to host a free dinner for regular customers and anyone else who might want to stop by. when bartender jill schombs found out a few weeks ago that some of her regulars didn’t have holiday plans, she asked owner mike mcelwee whether he would consider opening early. she offered to cook.“the customers, they’re like family,” said schombs, 35, of bay shore. “i see them every day.”mcelwee agreed, and as word got out, regular customers started offering to make sides and desserts. the food will be served buffet style for free.“we thought it was kind of cool,” mcelwee said. the pub would normally open at 8 p.m. on thanksgiving.according to mcelwee, one of the cooks is coming in early to help heat up some of the food that mostly will be made in advance. mcelwee also added his own touch, making the event open to first responders who are in need of a cup of coffee or a quick bite during the holiday.get the newsday now newsletter!the best of newsday every day in your inbox. by clicking sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.schombs has been working at the penny pub for about 2...





officials: drugstore stop lands fraud suspect back in jail

john derounian in an undated photo. photo credit: ap a former sea cliff man had only five days of freedom after spending 10 months in jail awaiting trial on federal fraud charges when he violated the conditions of his release by stopping off in a drugstore, according to officials and court records.federal prosecutor mark misorek, who had objected to the nov. 15 pretrial release of john derounian, 53, promptly moved to have him jailed again...





suffolk votes to pay off $10.8m settlement over solar panels

suffolk legis. tom cilmi (r-bay shore), above in march 2017, said he plans to investigate the bellone administration's decision to block installation of solar panels in the ronkonkoma lirr station parking lot. photo credit: ed betz suffolk lawmakers approved a last-minute resolution tuesday night to borrow $7.8 million to pay off a court-ordered judgment against the county for blocking a private firm from installing solar panels in the parking lot of the ronkonkoma lirr station.both democratic and republican legislators said they planned to investigate the decision by county executive steve bellone’s administration...





john venditto indicted on charges involving securities fraud

ex-oyster bay town supervisor john venditto arrives at federal court in central islip on feb. 8, 2017. photo credit: james carbone by robert e. kessler  [email protected] november 21, 2017 11:04 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailformer oyster bay town supervisor john venditto was indicted tuesday on 21 new federal criminal charges involving securities fraud in the town’s public offering of more than $1 billion in securities between 2010 and 2016.the superseding indictment adds 21 more counts to the alleged corruption and kickback case which eastern district federal prosecutors have already brought against venditto,...to continue... already a newsday or optimum customer ?log inget unlimited digital access $1 for 4 weeks$0.99/week thereaftersubscribestart your free 4-week trial to continue reading. no credit card required.get startedby robert e. kessler  [email protected] kessler covers federal law, including law enforcement agencies such as the fbi, dea, irs and atf, as well as the federal courts. share on facebook share on twitter





police: 2 boats destroyed, 2 damaged in patchogue fire

the scene of a fire involving four boats in patchogue on tuesday, nov. 21, 2017. photo credit: bryan lopez a man sleeping on a boat escaped unharmed from a fire late tuesday that destroyed his vessel and another boat in a patchogue marina, police said.suffolk county police did not release the identity of the man. police said there were no injuries.the fire was reported in a 911 call at 11:19 p.m. and suffolk fire officials said firefighters from the patchogue fire department responded to...





the penny pub to host free thanksgiving, inspired by customers

jill schombs, a bartender at the penny pub in bay shore, on tuesday, nov. 21, 2017. photo credit: danielle finkelstein it doesn’t take a village to host thanksgiving, but it can take a village bar.this thanksgiving, the penny pub in bay shore will be opening at 3 p.m. to host a free dinner for regular customers and anyone else who might want to stop by. when bartender jill schombs found out a few weeks ago that some of her regulars didn’t have holiday plans, she asked owner mike mcelwee whether he...





glen cove to study redeveloping industrial area near lirr station

this lot near the glen street lirr station is among the potential redevelopment sites to be studied, the glen cove community development agency says. photo credit: johnny milano a swath of southern glen cove that includes unused industrial sites, a long island rail road station and a residential neighborhood is the city’s newest area to be studied for redevelopment, spurring fears of gentrification.city officials have been looking to redevelop the 109-acre area for several years, but a study now being spearheaded by melville-based consultant nelson, pope & voorhis...





david cassidy, 1970s teen idol, dead at 67

david cassidy, in april 1972, catapulted to fame during his stint on "the partridge family." photo credit: the associated press by verne gay  [email protected] @vernejgay updated november 21, 2017 11:00 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emaildavid cassidy, star of the 1970s tv show “the partridge family” and for a brief time the best-selling pop musician in the world, has died, his publicist said tuesday night. cassidy, who was 67, had been admitted to intensive care at a fort lauderdale-area hospital saturday where he was diagnosed with organ failure. in 2014, following a pair of widely publicized duis, he admitted to a longtime struggle with alcoholism, and announced earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with dementia.over a brief stretch in the early ’70s, cassidy commanded the minds and especially hearts of millions of teenage fans around the world. fame started with the abc sitcom, but he soon catapulted beyond that, as a solo act that could fill arenas from new york to melbourne, australia. as a fabrication of television, his popularity surged past that other tv invention — the monkees — but as a pop phenom, he sold six and half million albums and songs in 1971 and 1972.see photos david cassidy through the years years later, writing in a 1994 autobiography, “c’mon, get happy: fear and loathing on the partridge family bus,” cassidy wrote, “if anyone had told me, in mid 1970, that by years’ end i’d be a house...