06/29/14 7:00am
06/29/2014 7:00 AM
The dining room table set for the holiday dinner at Jack and Patricia Orben's Aquebogue home. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The dining room table set for a dinner at Jack and Patricia Orben’s Aquebogue home. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

With so few hours in the day and so much to accomplish, the daily activity of eating dinner as a family can sometimes fall by the wayside.

But nutrition and mental-health experts agree that it’s one activity that shouldn’t be neglected as family dinners offer much more than a full stomach.

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06/21/14 7:00am
06/21/2014 7:00 AM
Area youth group organizers discussed access to mental health services during a forum last month. (Credit: Carrie Miller,

Area youth group organizers discussed access to mental health services during a forum last month. (Credit: Carrie Miller,

Recent studies have shown that more young adults are seeking hospital treatment for mental health issues than ever before. That’s due in part due to the availability of better insurance coverage with healthcare reform, according to researchers at Indiana and Purdue universities.

Locally, mental health providers say there simply aren’t enough services available to help youth in need.  (more…)

06/20/14 12:00pm
06/20/2014 12:00 PM
An adult deer tick, which are known to carry pathogens causing Lyme disease, babesiosis or anaplasmosis. (Credit: Daniel Gilrein Courtesy Photo)

An adult deer tick, which are known to carry pathogens causing Lyme disease, babesiosis or anaplasmosis. (Credit: Daniel Gilrein Courtesy Photo)

New data outlining the extent of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in New York State was released Thursday by a state Senate group that also came up with an action plan for combating the spread of such diseases.

Known as the Senate Majority Coalition Task Force on Lyme and Tick Borne Diseases, the task force was organized in October amid rising concerns regarding the spread of such diseases statewide.

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06/15/14 12:00pm
06/15/2014 12:00 PM
A woman self-administering insulin. (Credit: Corbis stock image)

A woman self-administering insulin. (Credit: Corbis stock image)

Studies have shown that diabetes, which causes blood sugar to reach dangerous levels, significantly increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. For that reason, it’s imperative patients maintain treatment and diet regimens that will enable them to live longer and healthier lives. (more…)

06/14/14 7:00am
06/14/2014 7:00 AM
Riverhead Free Library

Riverhead Free Library is hosting ‘Living Life to its Fullest!’ on June 17.

• Peconic Bay Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation presents ‘Living Life to its Fullest!’ — a forum on enriching your life through purposeful activities — Tuesday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to noon at Riverhead Free Library. Occupational therapists will discuss ways to resume or begin activities that may seem out of reach due to disability, illness or impairment. To register, call 727-3228 or visit riverheadlibrary.org.

• The June employee of the month at Peconic Landing in Greenport is certified nursing assistant Yira Tejada, who has been with the life-care community for almost two years. In a release, executive vice president/administrator Gregory Garrett described Ms. Tejada as “a caring, compassionate person whose first concern is our residents.” (more…)

06/02/14 6:00am
06/02/2014 6:00 AM
Puppies at the Calverton Shelter. (Credit: Courtesy Kent)

Puppies at the Calverton Shelter. (Credit: Kent Animal Shelter courtesy)

Have you recently welcomed a furry little addition into your home?

Though they may just babies themselves, kittens as young as four months and puppies as young as five months are old enough to get pregnant.

Kent Animal Shelter of Calverton has teamed up with PetSmart Charities to introduce the “Precious, Not Parents” campaign, offering low-cost spay or neuter surgeries throughout the month of June.  (more…)