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St. James Lutheran Church Hosts "Grief Share"



For those seeking help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member or close friend, St. James Lutheran Church announces ”Grief Share” – a 14-session program that will be offered at 7:00PM on Wednesdays from January 17th through April 25th in the church library.

“Grief Share” is a weekly support group that will be hosted by Deacon James Lundgren, Director of Care Giving at St. James Lutheran Church.  The program will begin with an orientation meeting on January 17th.  Each of the following 13 sessions will include an encouraging, information-packed video featuring leading grief recovery experts, a group discussion about the weekly video content and a workbook for journaling and personal study exercises that reinforce the weekly session topics.

“Grief Share” is offered free of charge to all members of the community seeking bereavement support, a warm and caring group “oasis” during their long journeys through grief.  It is completely underwritten by a generous grant from St. James Funeral Home, owned and operated with love by the Maher family.

St. James Lutheran Church is located at the corner of Woodlawn and Second Avenues in St. James.  Please contact the church office – (631) 584-5212 – for reservations.  Complete program information is available online at www.griefshare.org.

For more information, contact: James Lundgren, Director of Care Giving St. James Lutheran Church


Community Association Of Greater St James Releases 2019 Meeting Schedule

Community Association of Greater St. James 


Monday, January 22@ 7pm @ St. James Elementary School - GYM 

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Monday, April 16th @ 7pm @ St. James Elementary School - GYM 


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Monday, June 18th @ 7pm @ St. James Elementary School - GYM 

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Monday, September 24th @ 7pm @ St. James Elementary School-  GYM

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Monday, November 19th @ 7pm @ St. James Elementary School- gym

Community Association of Greater St. James,Inc.

PO Box 2054, St James NY 11780


Smithtown Seniors Raise Funds With Quilt Raffle

Smithtown Senior Citizens Center Committee Raises Funds with Annual Quilt Raffle

Local resident Marilyn Heller recently learned she was the lucky winner of an extraordinarily beautiful handmade quilt.  Raffled off by the Center Committee of the Smithtown Senior Citizens Department, the quilt entitled “Maureen’s Autumn Dreams” was a labor of love for a group of quilters from the Smithtown Senior Citizens Department.  The patchwork quilt boasted stunning shades of cranberry, amber and green and was the grand prize in the annual fundraiser. 

Each year a beautiful quilt, along with many other handmade quilted items and gift cards, is raffled off by the Senior Citizens Center Committee at the year-end Holiday Dance.  All proceeds are used for the benefit of the Smithtown Senior Citizens Department. The quilting group meets every Wednesday starting at 9:30 am at the Smithtown Senior Citizens Department - new members are always welcome!

For more information about the Smithtown Senior Citizens Department come visit us at 420 Middle Country Road in Smithtown, call us at 631-360-7616 or visit us at www.smithtownny.gov.


Red Carpet Calendar Reveal "From Generation To Generation"



Sixth Annual Calendar Unveiled at Celebration at Gurwin Jewish~Fay J. Lindner Residences Assisted Living Community

Commack, NY (December 21, 2017) – Two US Army Veterans, one of whom liberated the first Concentration Camp discovered at the close of WWII, a Holocaust Survivor, a former VP of the New York Mets wearing his 1986 World Series ring, two centenarians, and eight additional seniors, ages 75 to 105, each took their turn arriving on a celebrity red carpet to celebrate their participation in the 2018 “L’dor v’dor: From Generation to Generation”  Gurwin Calendar, celebrating the lives and wisdom of Gurwin’s seniors, here yesterday.

Rather than depicting adorable pets, hunky firemen or dreamy vacation spots, the annual Gurwin calendar showcases residents displaying the beauty of age and their wisdom. Each resident was chosen for his or her unique personal story and active involvement in daily life at Gurwin. The calendar was photographed over a two-day period earlier this year, in a professional celebrity-style photo shoot that included hair and makeup. This is the sixth annual calendar from Gurwin’s assisted living community featuring its residents.

“We are so thrilled to recognize the vitality and vibrancy of our seniors, who inspire us on a daily basis,” said Staci Rosenberg-Simons, the Residences’ Director of Community Relations.  “The portraits are stunning, and the sage words of advice resonate with all who read them.”

The celebration on Wednesday included members of many of the calendar models’ family members. Among them was Beatrice Halperin, 101, who was joined by three generations of her family for a unique four-generation family photo.

As part of the program, each calendar model was called to the podium, where their advice was dispensed to all the attendees before a backdrop of their calendar page, which was displayed for the first time to the public. Rounding out the event was the presentation of a “Behind the Scenes: The Making of the Gurwin Calendar” video, starring the calendar guys and gals.


Gurwin Jewish~Fay J. Lindner Residences is a 201-bed assisted living community in Commack, NY.  It is part of the Gurwin Family of Healthcare Services, which includes the Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, a 5-star, 460-bed nursing care facility offering skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, respiratory and ventilator dependent care, on-site dialysis, memory care, and palliative and hospice care.  It also includes both medical and social Adult Day Care Programs, two home care programs, and a proposed independent living community, Fountaingate Gardens. Follow Gurwin on Facebook (bit.ly/GurwinAssistedLiving) and Twitter (@GurwinJewish).


Smithtown Athletes Win 2017 Greater LI Running Club Championship Awards


Ray Williams of Smithtown was a double-Award winnerCongratulations to local athletes Ray Williams of Smithtown, Rebecca McDonald of Nesconset and Tracey Epstein of Smithtown,  each of whom was presented with an award at the Greater Long Island Running Club’s Awards Night on December 19th.  The Awards Night was held in the Auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library in front of a near capacity audience.

Ray Williams was presented with two Awards.  He was the Club Champion in the 20-24 Age Group, and also was presented with one of the Club’s coveted “Most Improved Runner” Awards for 2017.

Rebecca McDonald of Nesconset is the Club Champion for 2017 in the Athena Plus Weight DivisionRebecca McDonald, who was recently elected as a new member of the Club’s Executive Board, was the Club Champion for 2017 in the Athena 160 pound plus Weight Division.

Tracey Epstein, who is a member of the Club’s Fast Feet Women’s Racing Teams, has been a member of the Club’s Executive Board for the past several years, and serves as the Chair of the Club’s High School Grant Program, was presented with one of the Mary Ann von der Heydt Service Awards in recognition of all that she has done for the Club and the Long Island running community generally over the years. 

Service Award winnerTracey Epstein of Smithtown shares the Awards stage with fellow Service Award winner Marie Brewer of Mineola“We are thrilled with the accomplishments of all our Club members over the year 2017, and this evening presented a special opportunity to recognize ‘the best of the best’”, observed Running Club President Mike Polansky. “2017 was a great year for running on Long Island, and we look for 2018 to be even better.”