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.

To send Health Beat news, email dfates@timesreview.com, fax to 298-3287, or mail to Times/Review Newspapers, P.O. Box 1500, Mattituck, NY 11952. Copy deadline: Friday at 5 p.m. to appear the following week.

03/13/15 8:00am
03/13/2015 8:00 AM
Potted ornamental plants in one of the greenhouses at Jamesport Greenhouses on Herricks Lane. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Potted ornamental plants in one of the greenhouses at Jamesport Greenhouses on Herricks Lane. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A Greek yogurt boom has brought herculean increases in sales to a couple of upstate counties in recent years, knocking Suffolk County out of its long-coveted spot as New York State’s No. 1 seller of agricultural products, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Between 2007 to 2012, the county fell to third in the state, according to the survey, which is conducted every five years. (more…)

03/11/15 12:28pm
03/11/2015 12:28 PM
A mute swan mother with her cygnets in East Marion last year. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

A mute swan mother with her cygnets in East Marion last year. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

A newly revised state Department of Environmental Conservation plan to deal with mute swan populations in the state would focus on non-lethal management of their numbers on Long Island, only calling for lethal methods as a “last resort.”

That’s still too often for some, including state Senator Ken LaValle.  (more…)

03/08/15 7:00am
03/08/2015 7:00 AM
Designed by a Utah family in 2010, the Squatty Potty 'helps you to eliminate faster and more completely' by forcing you to squat. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Designed by a Utah family in 2010, the Squatty Potty ‘helps you to eliminate faster and more completely’ by forcing you to squat. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

One of 2014’s hottest holiday items wasn’t an expensive electronic device or an innovative kitchen gadget. It was a $25 plastic toilet stool called a Squatty Potty — and it sold out on shopping websites like Amazon.com before many people even had a chance to add it to their virtual wish lists.  (more…)

03/07/15 7:00am
03/07/2015 7:00 AM

• Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead will host an epilepsy support group Monday, March 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the resource room off the front lobby. The group provides encouragement, acceptance, comfort and empowerment. Patients, friends and family are all welcome. For information, or to recommend a speaker, contact Charlie Petersen at CharliePete71@aol.com or 728-2804.  (more…)

02/28/15 6:00am
02/28/2015 6:00 AM

• The next discussion in the Senior Wellness Education Series, ‘Coping Skills: Managing Stress and Your Emotions,’ will take place Friday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to noon at the town senior center at 750 Pacific St. in Mattituck. Older adults, their family, friends and caregivers are welcome. Call 298-4460 for information or to arrange transportation. This ongoing series is presented by Southold Town Human Services and Eastern Long Island Hospital.  (more…)

02/27/15 10:00am
02/27/2015 10:00 AM
A sandbar juts into Peconic Bay at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sandbar juts into Peconic Bay at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The issue of antiquated or failing septic systems compromising the quality of the East End’s ground and surface waters is once again taking center stage as the region presses for help from Albany to deal with polluted waters.  (more…)