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Gasoline Additive MTBE Threatens Long Island’s Drinking Water

There is a constant hum at the corner of Armstrong Road and Park Avenue, not out of place among the electric and steel companies that make up the industrial side streets of Mineola. But it isn’t the sound of electric generators or the engines of machinery that can be heard above rush hour traffic. Behind an 8-foot gate sits a tiny beige cabin as unassuming as a tool shed—yet it’s the last line of defense between an invisible toxic gasoline additive, Methyl tert- butyl ether (MTBE), and the town’s drinking water supply. Within these walls a pump works day and night to strip the suspected carcinogen, a fast-moving toxin that has spread from a leaking storage tank more than a mile away, from residents’ water supply before it eventually hits the faucets of more than 8,000 homes.

Natalie’s Law

In a standard show this week at the Nassau and Suffolk Legislatures, a teenaged choir serenaded lawmakers, high school dancers flaunted their moves, and whiz kids paraded their academic awards.


Inside the comfortable landscape of Rock Creek Golf Club in Fairhope, Alabama, life is undoubtedly serene, a far cry from the bustling city of Houston across the Gulf where Doug Terreson, a former Morgan Stanley executive, used to reside.

“Save My Kid”

In Edward Whelan’s Lindenhurst yard, he hands me a small plastic packet of heroin. His smile, which I’ve written about before—the one that lights up the room—is tinged with doubt. It’s a nice almost-fall day and the sun has already forgotten how to scorch, but Edward, who has been shooting heroin again after stopping for several months, is sweating slightly.

Dream On

There are few phrases in the English language more capable of killing a lively conversation than the following:
“I had the weirdest dream last night. Let me tell you about it.”

Heroin Claims Another

Natalie Ciappa was a pretty 18-year-old cheerleader from Massapequa with an honor roll GPA and a voice so beautiful that she was asked again and again to perform at her school, Plainedge High School. She was, according to her mother Doreen, “everybody’s kid, not the kid they would have to worry about.”