Returning to their home state, veteran livetronica act STS9 will perform two-nights over Thanksgiving Weekend at Atlanta’s Coca-Cola Roxy, November 23rd and 24th. Sound Tribe cleverly declared the event “Just Thanks”. As the band states on their website, “Coming home to give thanks for life and togetherness…”A presale is currently underway via Ticketmaster using the code “JustThanks”, as tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 10th, at 10 a.m. (ET).The jamtronica heavyweights are also gearing up for their highly anticipated Wave Spell Live festival, which will take over the California town of Belden Town from August 16th through 19th. In September, the group will head to Colorado for a three-night run, kicking off at Denver’s Summit Music Hall ahead of a two-night stand at the iconic outdoor venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre—a venue that has hosted some of STS9’s finest concerts over the years. After a few weeks off, STS9 will begin a brief fall tour with shows at Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground and Boston’s House of Blues, continuing on to a two-night run at New York City’s The Rooftop at Pier 17 on September 28th and 29th. For a full list of upcoming tour dates and ticketing, head to the band’s website.
Community, safety, and passion were at the top of the agenda for President Drew Faust on Tuesday at Sanders Theatre as she discussed challenges facing Harvard at the start of a new academic year.In response to questions from Harvard Overseer and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof ’82, Faust talked about the University’s efforts to increase the diversity of its community, to eliminate sexual violence on campus, and to encourage students to study a broad array of subjects — including those in the humanities — to discover or pursue their passion in life.The humanities gained center stage right away, as Kristof jokingly asked whether students interested in language, literature, religion, arts, and philosophy were discouraged today by the prospect of a future as “dog walker” for computer science-studying classmates.Nothing could be further from the truth, Faust said. The humanities, she said, give students an understanding of the world, and problem-solving insight that has proved valuable to several leaders she’s encountered, including the mayor of London, a U.S. national security adviser, and a U.S. senator.“An extraordinary number of important leaders in this country and elsewhere have come from humanities backgrounds,” Faust said. “It gives you a basis for thinking, for judgment, for adaptability. … So whatever realm of life you may want to go into, humanities give you such an important set of perspectives.In response to a question about a perceived student pipeline to Wall Street, Faust encouraged students to use their time on campus to search for areas of interest to them. She recalled her own college days, when she skipped a midterm to take part in a Civil Rights march in Selma, Alabama.Faust, who said she felt privileged to have grown up in the 1960s, also acknowledged that, as Harvard’s president, she is sometimes on the other side of the table from passionate students arguing for their beliefs. One such area she addressed Tuesday was the call for Harvard to divest fossil fuel company stocks from its endowment as a way to address climate change.Faust said she respects students for standing up for their beliefs and doing what they think is necessary to make the world a better place, but she also made it clear that she did not believe divestment was the proper action. Harvard is most likely to make a meaningful impact through its teaching and research, she said. Divestment, she said, is unlikely to make oil companies change their behavior.She added that manipulating the endowment for political purposes could be viewed as a conflict with the University’s nonprofit status, giving ammunition to those who want to tax endowments to boost government coffers.“I have great admiration for students who take on these causes and want to make a better world,” Faust said.Among the important initiatives Faust emphasized was the effort to address sexual violence on campus. She said the School is working to raise awareness, prevent sexual violence and, if it does occur, support its victims.“Sexual violence has no place on this campus,” Faust said. “One of the most important things is to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”Kristof delved into the University’s $6.5 billion fundraising campaign, asking whether Harvard really needs more money. Faust answered that the endowment, a portion of which is used to support the University’s annual budget each year, supports important initiatives ― including financial aid, which has opened Harvard to students of all economic backgrounds. Further, she said, new financial support is needed if the University is to embark on new endeavors. She cited last week’s announcement of a $350 million gift to the Harvard School of Public Health as enabling new initiatives in areas where they are urgently needed, such as those combatting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.Faust said last year’s “I, too, am Harvard” campaign not only raised awareness of the University’s diverse student body, but also made the point that increasing diversity alone is not enough.“Diversifying the community is not the same as creating an inclusive community,” Faust said. “We recognize we’re not where we want to be.”Kristof asked whether encouraging political diversity is also important, and Faust said that the free exchange of ideas — even ideas that may be unpopular with students and faculty — is supported actively at Harvard.Her last response offered advice for young women entering Harvard. Student surveys, she said, show that female students have lower expectations than their male counterparts. She urged those students to fight against that trend, seek opportunities, run for student government, and take full advantage of their time on campus.“Don’t underestimate yourself,” Faust said. “Reach. Don’t be afraid to reach.”
Saint Mary’s students will travel into a realm of charm and sophistication upon stepping into the Black and White Formal on Friday.“Of course, the first place we looked was Pinterest for inspiration … when we saw the black and white theme, everything looked so elegant and classy,” junior and planning committee president Emily Beam said. “We figured it would be easy to accomplish with a small budget and nice venue.”The formal will take place right across the street from Saint Mary’s in the ballroom of the Hilton Garden Inn.“Our formal takes place at the Hilton Garden Inn ballroom for safety reasons,” Beam said. “If we wanted to go anywhere off campus, we would have to arrange a bus service which all students would be required to take.”Freshman Rose Stackhouse said she is looking forward to the location this year because it seems very convenient.This year, the dances were split up into underclassmen and upperclassmen so that more people could attend. The expected attendance is around 800 people, consisting of only first and second years.“It is sad we cannot have as many people because it is considered a fire hazard in the ballroom,” senior Joanna Collins said. “But there will always be more events that people can enjoy from Student Government Association and the Student’s Activities Board.”At the dance, students can look forward to a wide variety of appetizer-based foods like mini-hot dogs, cupcakes and other finger foods.“There will be caprese pipettes, bacon-wrapped Brussel sprouts with maple and sesame, buffalo chicken with brioche, chips and salsa, mini cupcakes and phyllo cups with strawberry, brie and honey,” Beam said.There will also be a photo booth company there to provide pictures for the attendees to remember the night, Collins said.Being the president of the planning committee, Beam said a lot goes into the actual planning of the night, so the committee is hoping everything goes well and that students should expect a night of fun.“So much work goes into being on committee and it often goes unrecognized,” Beam said. “This include[s] security, venue, picking the date, picking the theme and balancing the budget.”Music will be provided by a DJ group called the “Green Twins” which consists of two Notre Dame students — Ryan and Connor Green.Stackhouse said that she is excited to attend the dance.“I have never been to a college formal before, so I’m looking forward to seeing what it is all about,” she said.Tags: black and white formal, saint mary’s formal, saint mary’s student activities board, Saint Mary’s Student Government Association, underclassman formal
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Speaking of BUCKET LISTS…you have to add these activities list to YOUR bucket list for the perfect getaway in Rockbridge County, Virginia – the southern gateway to the Shenandoah Valley. 1. Shopping in downtown Lexington. If you want something fancy for a special evening or something functional for your next hike, you can find it downtown Lexington.2. Hiking the AT. Easy access to the Appalachian Trail in Buena Vista makes the perfect entry point for a hiking on this world famous trail. You can hike for a day or for a year!Chris Weisler Rockbridge County Tourism Lexington Virginia Summer Travel3. Dinner and Drinks on the Rocca terrace. Located at the Robert E. Lee Hotel in downtown Lexington, Rocca Bar Ristorante offers contemporary Italian cuisine and spirits on their terrace overlooking downtown. The perfect setting for meeting friends and enjoying a relaxing evening.Chris Weisler Rockbridge County Tourism Lexington Virginia Summer Travel4. Sunset at Great Valley Farm Brewery. What could be better than a flight of cold IPA’s as you sit outside and watch an amazing sunset framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains? Rockbridge County’s newest brewery is already a local favorite and a stop on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail.5. Hull’s Drive-In Theater. Feel like a kid again as you catch a flick at one of the last drive-ins in the country. Nothing like watching a movie under the stars with friends and family.6. Conquer the Links. Challenging to experienced players while inviting to newcomers, Vista Links is a very reasonably priced golf course that offers a classic Rick Jacobson-design nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.7. Savor Mountain Wine. Rockbridge Vineyards is an awesome afternoon excursion featuring award-winning Virginia wines and a full summer and fall schedule of music and entertainment. The new tasting room and the beautiful grounds enhance the experience. Learn more here!
March 1, 2005 News and Notes News and Notes Corali “Cori” Lopez-Castro of Kozyak, Tropin & Throckmorton in Coral Gables was elected president-elect of the Cuban American Bar Association. Toby Prince Brigham of Brigham Moore was honored at the property rights conference at the William and Mary Law School in Virginia. Brigham was honored for his lifelong achievement in the area of eminent domain and property rights law. Mark C. Anderson of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Ft. Myers was elected president of the Federal Bar Association, Southwest Florida Chapter for 2004-2005. John H. Dannecker of Shutts & Bowen spoke to the National Association of Home Builders’ Building Product Issues Committee at the International Builders Show. Robert Michael Daisley has become certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a circuit civil mediator. Robert D. Peltz of McIntosh, Sawran, Peltz, Cartaya & Petrucelli co-wrote the chapter, “Personal Injury and Wrongful Death of Seaman and Other Maritime Workers” in the Maritime Law and Practice Manual published by The Florida Bar. A. Brian Phillips of Ruden McClosky in Ft. Lauderdale was elected 2005 president of the Orlando University Club. Kenneth E. Keechl of Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum in Ft. Lauderdale was appointed to the Broward Democratic Executive Committee as a precinct leader. Additionally, Keechl was elected to the board of directors of the Stonewall-Library and Archives. James E. Baldinger of Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach spoke at the U.S. Telecom Association’s “Telecom 04” convention about the obligations of voice over Internet protocol service providers to comply with law enforcement’s surveillance requirements. Baldinger also spoke on three panels at the Lawful Interception Regulation and Operations Support Conference in Virginia. Marlene Quintana of Akerman Senterfitt in Miami was re-elected to the board of directors of the Cuban American Bar Association. Francis X. Rapprich III and Michael T. Haire of Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap in Orlando spoke at a Lorman Educational Services seminar on the topic of building codes in Florida. Michael Rosenberg of Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg served as a co-chair and a speaker at the 23rd Annual International Tax Conference. Rosenberg’s speech was titled, “The Complexities when Dealing with the Qualified Domestic Trust U.S. Estate Tax Marital Deduction.” Al Cardenas of Tew Cardenas in Miami was elected to the board of directors of The Beacon Council. Andrew P. Rock of Kingsford & Rock, P.A. conducted a workshop titled, “Examinations Under Oath” at the Sixth Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference in Tampa, presented by the Windstorm Insurance Network. Leslie J. Lott of Lott & Friedland in Coral Gables spoke at the Law Education Institute’s National CLE conference. Lott gave a presentation on the latest developments in trademark and trade dress law, and recent federal district and circuit court decisions. Roberto Martinez of Colson Hicks Eidson in Coral Gables was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the State Board of Education. Daniel D. Dolan of the Coral Gables firm Haggard, Parks, Haggard & Lewis was elected secretary of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association. Bruce A. Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale and Jeanne D. Maes of the University of South Alabama co-authored an article titled, “Achieving Desirable Mediation Outcomes” published by The Commercial Law League of America’s publication Debt3. Gloria Roa Bodin of Gloria Roa Bodin & Associates co-wrote Immigration Law for Paralegals. Ed Kinberg of Dispute Resolution & Education Center in Melbourne was a speaker at the New York State County Highway Superintendents Conference in Albany, NY. Kinberg spoke on the subjects of construction dispute avoidance and resolution, risk management, and due diligence. Carlos Reyes of Greenberg Traurig in Ft. Lauderdale was named to the board of directors of the Broward Partnership for the Homeless. William G. Capko of Lewis, Longman & Walker in West Palm Beach was re-elected chair of the Town of Jupiter Planning and Zoning Commission. Capko was also appointed to the Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District’s Mission Committee. Benjamine Reid of Carlton Fields in Miami was appointed as co-director of Divisions for the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. David Pratt of Pratt & Bucher in Boca Raton spoke at the Estate Planning Council of Greater Miami. His speech was titled “Family Limited Partnerships – Bad Facts are Making Bad Law: Putting Our Clients in a Defensive Posture in Order to Avoid a Successful IRS attack Under Section 2036.” Hunter W. Carroll of Carlton Fields in St. Petersburg was selected as one of Tampa Bay Business Journal ’s “30 Under 30.” Lawrence J. Walters of Weston, Garrou, DeWitt & Walters in Altamonte Springs received the annual Recognition Award from the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection. Laurel Frances Moore of Carlton Fields in Tampa was appointed to the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence. Dick Caldwell of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell was appointed head of a subcommittee of the Supreme Court Standard Jury Instructions Committee which will be responsible for possible revisions to the Standard Jury Instructions concerning false arrest and malicious prosecution. Rhea F. Law of Fowler White Boggs Banker was elected to the board of directors of the Florida Council of 100. Madonna Finney Hawken of Tallahassee was admitted to practice before the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. Christopher M. Shulman of Tampa was elected to serve as one of the directors for the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators for 2005-2006. Charles M. Rosenberg of Carlton Fields in Miami participated as a member of faculty at a Lorman seminar presenting, “Settlement Negotiations: Everything a Lawyer Should Know in Florida.” Steven Feldman and Ari Poth of Coral Springs participated in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Round Up on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League. The event was organized by the City of Coral Springs and the ADL’s “A World of Difference” Institute. Dennis G. Kainen of Weisberg and Kainen in Miami spoke on “The Essentials of Criminal Tax Cases” for the Greater Miami Tax Institute. Edward S. Polk of Wagenfeld Levine in Miami conducted a lecture at a CLE seminar titled “How to Successfully Make and Manage Objections at Trial in Florida.” The program was sponsored by the National Business Institute and was conducted in Miami. Mark S. Bentley of GrayRobinson spoke at The Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee meeting in Miami, regarding the involvement of issues arising in eminent domain that require knowledge beyond just eminent domain, specifically related to land use and planning matters. Adam S. Gumson of Jupiter Law Center teaches a course titled “Law for the Layman” at Jupiter Community High School’s Adult Education Program. David S. Hendrix of GrayRobinson in Tampa was elected to the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce board of directors and appointed as legal counsel and ex-officio member of the executive committee for 2005. March 1, 2005 News & Notes
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Originally the ancestral home of Native Americans and later settled by Europeans during the 1600s, Long Island is rich in history and loaded with folklore, myths and urban legends. From ancient Native American burial grounds to remnants of the Revolutionary War to Gatsby-era mansion estates, Long Island is hallowed ground—the stage for countless triumphs and tragedies throughout the centuries. It’s no wonder some tales have thrived just as long—along with past inhabitants. Herein lies a guide to 13 of Long Island’s most creepiest and prolific haunts.1. Mount Misery & Sweet Hollow Road, Melville/HuntingtonVarious tales of horror and dread surround this winding incline through dense woods and up alongside a hilly precipice, some of which are detailed in Weird New York: Your Travel Guide to New York’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets by Chris Gethard and Long Island’s Most Haunted: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide by Joseph Flammer and Diane Hill, among other books. One legend has it there was a hospital here that burnt down sometime during the 1700s or 1800s—with some patients and staff still trapped inside—only to be rebuilt on the same site to tragically burn down again. Another speaks of a deranged nurse who set the blaze and roams the woods with or without a number of faceless children. Some claim to have seen burning spirits fleeing from the grounds, accompanied by screams.Then there’s the legend of the mass suicide—in which several teenagers hung themselves beneath the Northern State Parkway overpass. Visitors who honk their cars’ horns or flash their headlights three times can see their lifeless bodies, it goes. A shadow figure and glowing ghost-woman known as the Lady in White—believed by some to be a depressed patient who set the hospital afire, and in doing so, killed herself—can also reportedly occasionally be seen. Some profess her to be Mary, killed by a car or murdered on the road, who haunts a nearby graveyard. Then there’s the mysterious gypsy woman dressed in red, who appears out of thin air, roaming the hills and trails. There’s also the tale of the phantom police officer who is missing the back of his skull.A Suffolk County homicide detective tells the Press the mutilated body of a child was discovered on Sweet Hollow Road in 1976.TORTURED SOULS: Kings Park Psychiatric Center, at one time the home of more than 9,000 patients, was the site of countless lobotomies and shock therapy treatments. (Jaclyn Gallucci / Long Island Press)2. Kings Park Psychiatric Center, Kings ParkEstablished in 1885 on more than 800 acres of land, Kings Park Psychiatric is a mini city of restless, anguished souls. Once home to more than 9,000 patients housed in more than 150 buildings, the complex became a self-sufficient farm community. It had a library, firehouse, morgue and cemetery. Most of the compound has fallen into disrepair, but the screams, moans, banging and clanging continues, eternal reminders of the pain suffered amid its walls. Electric shock therapy, insulin shock therapy and prefrontal lobotomies were performed regularly at Kings Park Psychiatric. There is an extensive network of underground tunnels throughout the grounds connecting the buildings—the sites of countless inhuman atrocities of torture and abuse.HEALING WATERS: Lake Ronkonkoma, Long Island’s largest, was an extremely sacred site among ancient Native American Indian tribes, who traveled hundreds of miles during pilgrimages to its hollowed waters. Myriad legends mention an Indian princess who beckons visitors to their watery graves. (Jaclyn Gallucci / Long Island Press)3. Lake RonkonkomaLI’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Ronkonkoma is awash with legends and stories, from tales it’s infested with piranha to the belief it is bottomless, has magical healing powers or is connected to the Long Island Sound and Great South Bay via underground channels. Lake Ronkonkoma is a kettle lake, formed by the recession of glaciers and more than 60 feet deep. Historically, the lake was known as a highly sacred site of religious rituals for ancient Native American Indian tribes, who would travel 100 miles or more in pilgrimages to undergo vision quests on its shores, according to Native New Yorkers: The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York by Evan T. Pritchard.Related: 5 Paranormal Oddities Reported on Long IslandThere are also various versions of stories about the lake’s infamous Indian princess, “The Troubled Spirit of the Lake,” as described in 1967’s Heather Flower and Other Indian Stories of Long Island by Verne Dyson. One tale speaks of a Native American maiden sacrificed in its waters to appease a god. Another tells of the Lady of the Lake, a Native American princess betrothed and in love with a member of her tribe who was murdered by a settler on the eve of their wedding—so she tied rocks to her ankles and committed suicide in the middle of the lake. Her body was never found, the legend goes, though she returns annually to bring another male to his watery death in revenge for her love’s slaying. The phantom princess can sometimes be seen, so it continues, lamenting along the shore and luring future victims to their demise. At least one male drowns in Lake Ronkonkoma each year, the legend goes—recanted in various forms through a litany of books, including Haunted New York: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Empire State by Cheri Revai and Heather Adel Wiggins.Related: 5 Real-Life ‘Stranger Things’-Montauk, Long Island ParallelsBizarre lights, sounds and whirlpools are also rumored to emit from Lake Ronkonkoma’s spiritual waters, further manifestations of her eternally broken heart.LOVE LINGERS ON: Oyster Bay’s Raynham Hall, once used by the British during the Revolutionary War, is said to be haunted by former inhabitants Sally Townsend and British Lt. Col. John Graves Simcoe, who were in love with each other. Another spirit rumored to roam its grounds is that of British Major John Andre, who was hung for treason when he and Benedict Arnold’s plot was foiled. (Jaclyn Gallucci / Long Island Press)4. Raynham Hall, West Main St., Oyster BayNamed after Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England—which is infamously haunted by the Brown Lady, captured in a 1936 photograph—this mid-18th century Oyster Bay home of the Townsends was confiscated by the British during the Revolutionary War and served as headquarters for the Queen’s Rangers, led by Lt. Col. John Graves Simcoe. Simcoe fell in love with Sally Townsend, who overheard he and British Major John Andre, a frequent guest, discuss a plot involving Benedict Arnold, then one of Gen. George Washington’s most trusted generals. Sally told her brother who, as a member of the Culper Spy Ring, relayed it to Washington, according to 1989’s Haunted Houses USA by Dolores Riccio and Joan Bingham. Andre was hung for treason but his spirit remains behind, contends Spirits of ‘76: Ghost Stories of the American Revolution by Daniel W. Barefoot—along with the ghosts of Sally and Simcoe.ANOTHER ROUND: Katie’s Restaurant of Smithtown is said to be haunted by several spirits, perhaps the most popular Charlie, believed to be a bootlegger and bartender during the Prohibition era. (Jaclyn Gallucci / Long Island Press)5. Katie’s, West Main Street, SmithtownTake a stroll down West Main Street in Smithtown, stop in to Katie’s, and say hi to bartender Charlie Klein who is about 115 years old—give or take a few years. He may be missing a limb or two and he might knock a few glasses off the shelves. For years, staff and patrons at this local bar—which has been featured on A&E’s Paranormal State—have reported strange occurrences, from swinging doors to apparitions. The property has a long history. A hotel burned down in 1909 on this spot, reportedly killing a victim in the basement. Other tales claim a 16th century murderer haunts its corridors. But the most sociable ghost is Charlie, believed to be a bootlegger and bartender during the 1920s Prohibition era who lived across the street from Katie’s and took his own life.HAUNTED: Legend says the ghost of financial tycoon JP Morgan’s daughter Alice still roams the grounds of his former mansion estate in Glen Cove. (Long Island Press)6. Morgan Hall, Route 107, Glen CoveBuilt in 1910, the former estate of financial tycoon J.P. Morgan is haunted by the ghost of his young daughter Alice, who succumbed to typhoid fever in the mansion, according to Haunted Places: The National Directory by Dennis William Hauck. The place was utilized by the Russian Embassy for years afterward before turning into a Catholic school and convent in the 1960s. Alice’s spirit, the book contends, has appeared wearing a long black dress and can be heard walking in the attic and corridors.Related: Long Island Haunted Bus Tour DebutsBRUTAL SLAYING: Built in 1704, the Wickham farmhouse in Cutchogue was the scene of horrific axe murders in 1854.7. Wickham Farmhouse, Route 25, CutchogueThe farmhouse, built in 1704, is one of the oldest English-style houses in New York State. On June 2, 1854, however, it became the site of a brutally vicious slaying. James and Frances Wickham, along with a 14-year-old servant boy, were axe-murdered in their bedrooms by a 21-year-old Irish farmhand named Nicholas Behan who, following an intense manhunt, according to The New York Times archives, was discovered hiding in nearby woods, put on trial, hung and buried in an unmarked grave. Descendants witnessed a ghost standing over their bed in 1988, according to Haunted Places: The National Directory by Dennis William Hauck, and sealed off the bedroom.ETERNALLY YOURS: The Normandie Inn, at the intersection of Smithtown and Lakeland avenues, was once the Hotel Chateau La Boheme. A prior owner claims some strange occurrences have taken place within its storied walls. (Jaclyn Gallucci / Long Island Press)8. The Normandie Inn, Smithtown & Lakeland Ave., BohemiaOriginally built as a residence for a Czech baron in the 1920s, according to a 2008 Long Island Business News article, it became a speakeasy during Prohibition and the Hotel Chateau La Boheme before its last incarnation as a restaurant. The Gothic-style structure on the corner of Smithtown and Lakeland has been boarded up since 2004 and is currently once again up for sale. The Normandie Inn is rumored to be haunted by a woman named Maria, who was allegedly strangled to death in the upstairs back bedroom and heard walking the hallways and knocking on visitors’ doors when it was a hotel. There have also been reports of cold spots and other apparitions. Its most recent owner told LIBN the place’s previous owner informed him that long-silent room service bells once began ringing without explanation and footprints once appeared on a just-shampooed rug in a locked bedroom.CHILLING: The former grounds of Reid Ice Cream in Blue Point was the scene of a brutal slaying in 1966.9. Reid Ice Cream Grounds, Atlantic Ave., Blue PointIn 1966, the lifeless body of a murdered 20-year-old go-go dancer/part-time bank teller was discovered here in a sump, her hands and feet bound, her throat slashed. Legend says she’s never left.HOME SWEET HOME: Stony Brook’s Country House Restaurant is said to be the residence of several spirits, including Annette Williamson, who is believed to have been murdered in one of its many rooms during the Revolutionary War. (Jaclyn Gallucci / Long Island Press)10. Country House Restaurant, Route 25A, Stony BrookBesides its delicious food and romantic atmosphere, the Country House Restaurant serves patrons and visitors a smorgasbord of history. Originally built as a farmhouse in 1710, the place was purchased by Thomas Hadaway, a prominent English-American actor and comedian in 1838, according to Stony Brook by the Three Village Historical Society, who was noted for throwing parties involving the occult. Many séances were conducted here, with those in attendance including renowned LI artist William Sidney Mount. Mount, in his notebooks and diary entries, believed he was able to communicate with the 17th century Dutch Master Rembrandt, who gave him advice through letters and influenced his work, according to Haunted Visions: Spiritualism and American Art by Charles Colbert.The Country House is haunted by the spirit of a woman named Annette Williamson, who is believed to have been murdered near a fi replace in one of the restaurant’s many rooms during the Revolutionary War, its present owner Bob Willemstyn tells Ghosts of Long Island author Kerriann Flanagan Brosky and LI paranormal researcher Joe Giaquinto on a segment of their blog talk radio show The Kerriann and Joe Show. Willemstyn says he has personally witnessed Annette’s full apparition, that her spirit regularly blows out light bulbs and causes electricity flashes, and that other spirits dwell the premises as well.FIRE IN THE SKY: Some believe the Fire Island Lighthouse, which has aided the navigation of countless seafaring vessels for more than 150 years, to also be a beacon for wayward spirits. (Timothy Bolger / Long Island Press)11. Fire Island Lighthouse, Fire IslandThe original lighthouse, standing 74 feet high, was constructed of stone in 1826 and served as a beacon to distressed whaling and merchant ships for about 30 years. It was replaced by the current lighthouse, built in 1858, which is rumored to be haunted by a curator who committed suicide prior to its resurrection.CREEPY: Glen Cove’s Winfield Hall, the former mansion estate of FW Woolworth and former home of Grace Downs Model and Air Career School, has a dark, shadowy history.12. Winfield Hall, Crescent Beach Road, Glen CoveThe former 62-room Italian Renaissance mansion estate of Frank Winfield Woolworth was allegedly a hotbed of occult activity, according to Haunted Places: The National Directory by Dennis William Hauck, and its owner died just two years after it was built in 1917, of infected teeth. Woolworth’s daughter Edna committed suicide behind its ornate walls, and former students of Grace Downs Model and Air Career School—which had a home in the estate during the 1960s and early 1970s—speak of her bedroom always being locked, yet the sound of moving furniture emanating from within.SPOOKY: Students who walk past Stony Brook University Southampton’s windmill, built in 1712, report the creepy feeling of being watched. (Long Island Press)13. Southampton Campus Windmill, Stony Brook UniversityBuilt in 1712, the gray-shingled, three-story windmill at Stony Brook University’s Southampton campus stands as one of LI’s oldest. Relocated in 1890 from Southampton Town, where it served as a landmark for seafaring ships, to its present location as a part of the former Claflin Estate, the windmill was also once a former cottage and housed such guests as playwright Tennessee Williams, who reportedly penned one of his plays during his lodging. According to campus lore, the owner’s daughter had a playroom inside the thing, and one day she fell down the windmill’s steep interior stairs, broke her neck and died. The 8- or-9-year old girl is still there, say students, and her face can be seen peering from its various windows. Students also report to the Press the eerie feeling of being watched as they pass it by.BONUS HAUNT: Amityville Horror House, Ocean Avenue, AmityvilleNo Long Island Haunted House list would be complete without this demonic gem. Was it madness or evil spirits that led Ronald DeFeo to murder his family here in 1974? George and Kathy Lutz, who bought the place a year later, believed the latter. They literally left screaming, wrote a book about the house’s possession, signed a movie deal and solidified the place as a virtual gateway to hell. Hoax or truth? The world-renowned ghost hunters and psychic mediums, the Warrens, back up the claims. That’s enough proof for me.MAIN ART – HORRIFIC: Myths and urban legends abound about Melville/Huntington’s Mount Misery and Sweet Hollow Road, from ghostly figures to haunted graveyards to a mass suicide, phantom horses and a police officer missing the back of his skull. (Jaclyn Gallucci / Long Island Press)
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According to arson investigators, theblaze broke out around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday from the house owned by JoebertSeldon, quickly spreading to neighboring houses made of lights materials. Authorities have yet to identify thecause of the fire./PN The fire destroyed the houses ofSeldon, Bernie Valdevia, Fidal Valdevia, Ernesto Importa, and Antonio Bellewhile houses owned by Renante Belle and Salde Cordero were damaged, the reportsaid. BACOLOD City – Properties worth aroundP30,000 all went up in smoke after fire struck Barangay Aguisan in HimamaylanCity, Negros Occidental.
BACOLOD City –Authorities are now looking into a person of interest who might be involved inthe murder of a 60-year-old woman who was found partly buried in a sugarcanefield in Barangay Tabu, Ilog, NegrosOccidental. She wasidentified as Melba Paglumotan, a resident of the village, police said. Police investigatorssaid the victim bore two stab wounds on the right arm and suffered a brokenneck. Paglumotan’sbody was brought to a local mortuary for a “post-mortem” examination. Paglumotan’sbody, covered with soil and sugarcane leaves, was discovered around at 4 p.m.on Jan. 3, a police report showed. Officers of theIlog police station were still investigating the incident./PN