Week in Review: Soccer Fields, Nicolls Road Dedication Top This Week's Headlines

DWI crash, Hallock Road burglary, and other headlines.


Just as they have since January, the Three Village Soccer Club and Stony Brook University are still trying to hammer out a deal over the use of the Three Village Soccer Park at the University's South P Lot. The club's current permit allowing use of the fields – the construction of which was paid for by the club and completed in 1999, and which the club pays to operate and maintain – expires at the end of November. For the University, it's a matter of quality-of-life for the students who pay tuition and fees. University officials, who recently unveiled a new $40 million dollar indoor recreational facility, have said the students playing on club sports teams and in intramurals are in dire need of space for practices and games. According to the soccer club, at the heart of the problem are two key issues. The soccer club's administrators want the university to agree to a 15-year revocable permit for its use of the fields, and it wants the University to temporarily suspend the annual permit fee of approximately $60,000 which the club pays each year so that it can build appropriate facilities at the Stony Brook Road property. He said it would cost about $300,000 to build those new facilities, and said the club has already spent more than $1 million over the past three decades to build, maintain, and operate the current soccer park.

County Dedicates Part of Nicolls Road in Honor of Joey D

The portion of Nicolls Road between Fox Hunt Road and Route 347 will now be known as "Lt. Joseph DiBernardo Memorial Road," and was dedicated at a ceremony on Monday led by Suffolk Legis. Kara Hahn. Hahn, D-Setauket, introduced a measure in the county legislature over the summer to rename a 1.27-mile stretch of the road in honor of Joseph "Joey D" DiBernardo Jr., a FDNY lieutenant and former Setauket Fire Department volunteer who died last November from an accidental medication overdose. His mother, Barbara DiBernardo, said: "We feel very, very privileged, lucky, and honored that they saw fit to do this. But he deserved it, he really did serve this area."

Cops Investigate Hallock Road Burglary

Suffolk police are investigating an incident of second-degree burglary, a felony, in which a home on Hallock Road in Stony Brook was burglarized. According to a police report, someone entered the home in an unspecificed manner and rifled through the upstairs floor, stealing a Mac Book and jewelry. The incident occurred between 12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Nov. 19. The investigation is ongoing.

A three-car accident Monday night in Setauket resulted in a DWI charge for a man who was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a report published Tuesday in Newsday. Police told Newsday that a Chevrolet Blazer overturned and a Saab and a Mercury were also involved in the crash, which occurred at 10:47 p.m. at Route 25A near one of the entrances to Stony Brook University. The driver of the Saab, who has not been identified, was the one charged with DWI.

Library Trustee Honored for More Than 3 Decades of Service

When Vincent R. O'Leary of Stony Brook first began his service as a trustee at Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, gasoline was 86 cents per gallon, "Superman The Movie" had recently been released, and Jimmy Carter was president of the United States of America. O'Leary, who began his post in 1979 and still continues to serve, was recently honored by the Board of Trustees as the longest-serving member of the board in library history. O'Leary has served for 33 years and 8 months.


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