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Sponsored By At Home Services.

Founded in 1997, owner Holly Vescovi has over 25 years experience in the home care field. The company was started by a caring professional who wanted to allow the elderly and infirm the dignity and independence of staying in the comfort of their own home.

4 Indoor Activities To Beat The Storm

We may be inching toward spring, but the days seem to be getting colder. Add some snow and freezing rain, and we can pretty much guarantee you won’t be leaving the house anytime soon. Being stuck indoors isn’t all bad, thanks to these activities and ideas from At Home Services For Independent Living. (more…)

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Sponsored By Explore Brooklyn.

Book your Brooklyn mini-vacation during the week of January 23-31 for 20.15% off select Brooklyn hotels.

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Sure, you had a few days off over the holidays, but they were packed with travel and family stuff, and you probably came back to work more tired than you were in December. Fortunately for you, Explore Brooklyn Hotel Week is just around the corner. Book now for a Brooklyn mini-vacation during the week of January 23-31, and you can enjoy 20.15% off of select Brooklyn hotels!


Maybe you want your home base to be in central Downtown Brooklyn, with access to the Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO, and Brooklyn Heights. Or maybe you prefer to be near historic Prospect Park in quaint Park Slope. If you’re more into a hip nightlife scene, you might want to stay in Williamsburg. Either way, Explore Brooklyn Hotel Week has you covered with hotel discounts, many of which include discounts for local tour companies. Here’s what we have to offer:


Aloft NY Brooklyn (216 Duffield St., Downtown Brooklyn)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off + 20% off Urban Oyster Tours
Discount code: EXPLORE (call 718-256-3833 to book)



At Home in Brooklyn (15 Prospect Park West, Park Slope)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off (call 718-622-5292 to book)



Best Western Plus Prospect Park (764 4th Ave., South Slope)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off + Discounts on InsideOut Tours
Discount code: EXBK (call 718-768-3100 to book)



Hotel Indigo Brooklyn (229 Duffield St., Downtown Brooklyn)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off
Discount code: IDOTHBRO (call 718-254-7825 to book)



Marriott NY at the Brooklyn Bridge (333 Adams St., Downtown Brooklyn)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off + 20% off Turnstile Tours (Offer valid only for stays January 23-25.)
Discount: Book your discounted rate. Corporate/promotional code is C1J



McCarren Hotel & Pool (110 N. 12th St., Williamsburg)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off + $20.15 to spend on room service
Discount code: F7B



Sheraton Brooklyn Hotel (228 Duffield St., Downtown Brooklyn)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off + 15% off New York Like a Native tours
Discount code: EXPLORE (call 917-281-5188 to book)



Super 8 Brooklyn Hotel (267 3rd Ave., Gowanus)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off
Discount code: EXPLOREBROOKLYN (call 718-534-0451 to book)



Hampton Inn Brooklyn (125 Flatbush Ave. Ext., Downtown Brooklyn)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off


Now that you have to place to stay, here are some of the best ways to make your Brooklyn stay a memorable one.

— For recommendations of what to do and where to eat and drink, check out the Explore Brooklyn blog and neighborhood guides.
— Download the UrbanBuddy app to your smartphone and get personal recommendations from locals.
— Need a car to get around? AllCar Rent-A-Car is offering up to 50% off (excluding taxes) on any rental before February 28. Use the discount code HOTEL.
— If you haven’t seen the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center yet, you’re missing out! You can get up to 50% off tickets by using the discount code BKNETS. We’ll see you soon in Brooklyn!
— Hungry? Enjoy some brisket and sweet potato bourbon mash at Hill Country Barbecue Market & Hill Country Chicken Brooklyn! Just present the coupon provided by your concierge desk for 15% off a Hotel Week meal.



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Spicy's Riverhead

Spicy’s Riverhead

Sponsored By Riverhead Care Center.

Riverhead Care Center offers residents outstanding patient care in a beautiful, elegant setting which promotes recovery and independence. From our warm and inviting lobby to our breathtaking outdoor patio and gardens, residents and their families feel at home in our home!

There’s no denying that it is cold outside. You’re probably experiencing some cabin fever, so why not brave the cold and get out of the house for a bit. If you need a little temptation, the residents at Riverhead Care Center have several picks for great comfort food to enjoy during lunch at affordable prices. These North Fork eateries are perfect for those on a fixed income, and will surely leave you cozy inside.

Buoy One – Riverhead

Fried Clams at Buoy One

Fried Clams at Buoy One

Long Islanders sure do love their seafood, and Buoy One in Riverhead is one of the best lunch spots around to get your fill. This laidback restaurant offers a number of seafood specials, and has recently added some options for landlubbers too! Panini combos are available for $12.95, and include half a panini and a soup or salad. Try the grilled shrimp with bacon, Monterey and cheddar cheese, spinach or tomatoes, or the veggie with broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, onions, red peppers and goat cheese.

Erik’s Breakfast and Lunch – Southold

Fried chicken sandwich from Erik's

Fried chicken sandwich from Erik’s

You can’t beat a homemade soup and chili in the winter on the North Fork. Erik’s has a great selection that changes daily and will surely keep you warm during lunch. They also have platters for lunch that come with French fries, sliced melon and pickle. These platters begin at $9.95, and options include burgers, fried fish sandwich, chicken salad, and hot pastrami. For simpler options, the kids’ menu includes classic grilled cheese and chicken fingers.

O’Malley’s – Southold

A burger at O'Malley's

A burger at O’Malley’s

If you want a really good burger, you have to go to O’Malley’s on Sound Avenue in Southold. With more than 30 burgers to choose from, a meal here will surely fill you up. All burgers are served with lettuce, tomato, raw red onion, pickle and French fries. Any additional topping you may want to add is just $1. Burgers start at $10.95. The friendly staff will make you feel right at home whether you dine at the bar or in the main dining room. Not a meat eater? O’Mally’s has a number of vegetarian options to cater to your dietary needs.

Phil’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge – Wading River

Pork grilled cheese at Phil's

Pork grilled cheese at Phil’s

This place boasts not only delicious food, but also a casual atmosphere. Phil’s is perfect day or night for sports fanatics and families alike. The already reasonably priced appetizers are half off from 4 to 7 p.m. and include chicken quesadillas, steamed clams, chicken fingers, and more. The yummy sandwiches and burgers range from $6.95 – 8.95.

Spicy’s BBQ – Riverhead

Chicken wings from Spicy's

Chicken wings from Spicy’s

Another Riverhead favorite is Spicy’s BBQ on East Main Street. They have an assortment of barbecue favorites at a great price, including their famous chicken wings, corn bread, mac and cheese, and fried seafood. Platters are the best deal here. There’s an assortment of sides that come with the seafood or barbecue plates, and they average around $8 each.

These hot dishes will surely entice you to brave the cold winter weather and get you out of the house for the afternoon. To make things even better, you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank. Happy eating!

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RiverheadCare Tech

Sponsored By Riverhead Care Center.

Riverhead Care Center offers residents outstanding patient care in a beautiful, elegant setting which promotes recovery and independence. From our warm and inviting lobby to our breathtaking outdoor patio and gardens, residents and their families feel at home in our home!

We live in a digital world and rely on technology for almost everything. Whether it is to stay connected with friends and family, work or entertainment, or accessing family and health records, technology is a vital part of our everyday lives. For those born before 1960 however, being able to learn and use technology effectively can be a challenge. Here are some ways older audiences can stay connected.


A challenge for seniors is not just that they were born before the start of the digital age, but health conditions that can make using devices more difficult. Those suffering from arthritis have difficulty typing on keyboards, dialing a telephone, and using a remote control. Touch screen devices like tablets are much more user friendly. They are also very visual, and settings can be customized to suit the needs of the user.



Many seniors have family spread out across the country that they would like to keep in touch with. Travel can be difficult and is often a hassle, but a great way to keep up with kids, grandkids, and even great grandkids is through Skype. It is a simple way to interact with loved ones online via video in real time. The software is free and can be downloaded to computers, tablets, and smart phones.


Want to learn something new? Take a class! There are a number of places on the North Fork to learn how to use computers and the Internet. The Riverhead Free Library offers instruction classes to teach e-mail basics, how to use Google, and even how to get to know your computer. Along with libraries, there are adult continuing education courses at local schools that can also provide lessons and workshops on computer use.


This type of technology is perfect for any age drivers. Maps are less common when traveling, and GPS allows you to type in the address of where you need to go, providing turn-by-turn directions with vocal prompts. It is important to remember to program your GPS before you hit the road so that you are not distracted while on your trip. Best Buy has some good choices to look through.

Wireless Home Monitoring

Seniors who live alone or in an assisted living facility face many risks. Wireless home monitoring devices can notify caregivers of emergencies such as a fall, or even track vitals. Certain devices with GPS wiring can also detect if a person has left their home or other areas they may normally spend time. These tools are perfect to allow your loved ones maintain their independence, but also provide help if needed. Here is an updated reprot from Consumer Reports that can help one choose the right device. Consumer Report – Home Monitor Device


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A new form of technology is becoming more prominent across the nation, and is especially useful in rural areas where there are fewer healthcare providers. Telemedicine is the use of information that can be shared electronically from one site to another to help improve a patient’s clinical health status. With new apps coming out, this new technology is easy to use.

Technology continues to expand and develop on a regular basis, and even those born in the digital age have to keep up with the emerging trends. The tips above are a great starting point for those who wish stay connected and in the know.