03/29/15 10:00am
03/29/2015 10:00 AM

Whether your child is a tween or a 20-something, the topic of sexually transmitted diseases is generally awkward to broach. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s December approval of Gardasil 9, the newest version of the vaccine previously approved to prevent cervical cancer caused by the Human Papillomavirus, means parents may have to tackle the subject sooner than anticipated.


03/21/15 2:00pm
03/21/2015 2:00 PM
(Credit: Carrie Miller)

Doris Congilio, 67, of Southold. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Aging gracefully can be described as growing older while still enjoying the activities you love — and the ones that get you by.

But health conditions, falls or accidents can often get in the way of that transition, often resulting in a lack of the physical activity that helps keep body and mind sound. (more…)

03/21/15 6:00am

• Peconic Bay Medical Center and the Long Island Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will present an Insulin Pump Therapy Seminar Monday, March 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the hospital’s second-floor Conference Room A. This hands-on seminar on the T1D Series is appropriate for those using or just considering such therapy. RSVP by March 20 to bpaffman@jdrf.org or 631-768-3389.  (more…)

03/15/15 11:00am
03/15/2015 11:00 AM

They’re inexpensive — often free — and quite literally in the palm of your hand. But can smartphone apps really help you lose weight and get in shape?

With hundreds of apps now available for iPhone and Android devices, the options are seemingly endless when it comes to picking one designed to track all the different elements that go into being healthy.  (more…)

03/14/15 7:00am
03/14/2015 7:00 AM

• The Mattituck Fire Department and Mattituck Lions Club will jointly sponsor a blood and eyeglass drive at the Pike Street firehouse Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Those between 16 (with parental permission) and 76 who weigh at least 110 pounds and have not received a tattoo in the last 12 months are eligible to donate blood. Walk-ins welcome. Please bring valid ID and Social Security number. For information or to schedule an appointment, call Rob Nine (516-644-6143) or Jim Murphy (631-300-5520).

• A support group for caregivers who look after the elderly or chronically ill will meet Tuesday, March 17, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Southold Town Senior Center on Pacific Street in Mattituck. Call 298-4460 for information.

• Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead has announced the addition of Jenny Cabas-Vargas, M.D., to its orthopedics team. A specialist in arthritis and autoimmune conditions, Dr. Cabas-Vargas will serve the hospital as director of rheumatology and immunology.

• San Simeon by the Sound in Greenport has named C.N.A. Susan Stabile, a 10-year member of its recreation and nursing team, as employee of the month for March. In a release, co-workers said Ms. Stabile’s “bubbly and effervescent personality is integral to her role at San Simeon.” In describing her job responsibilities, Ms. Stabile said, “I try every day to brighten someone’s life.”

• Peconic Landing in Greenport has named Vincent Tirelli as its March employee of the month. In a release, director of environmental services Darryl Volinski said he has shown “leadership and commitment” and “goes above and beyond for Peconic Landing and our residents.”

Mr. Tirelli has “taken the lead during emergency situations,” Mr. Volinski said, and “exemplifies honesty and fairness with his staff as well as his peers.”

• The 23rd annual Eastern Long Island Hospital Golf Classic, honoring the life and legacy of the late John Romanelli, will take place Wednesday, May 15, at Gardiner’s Bay Country Club on Shelter Island. The event, which benefits the ELIH emergency department, features 18 holes of golf (with tee times at 8:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.), hole-in-one prizes, a barbecue lunch, grab-and-go sandwiches at halfway, cocktails, dinner and an awards ceremony. The cost for individual golfers is $295; dinner tickets only are $100 per person. Vital sponsorship opportunities are also available. Call 477-5164 or visit ELIH.org/Golf.

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