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Thursday
May252017

New Programs Offered By Smithtown Recreation 

Registration is ongoing for the great camps Smithtown Recreation  is offering for the Summer 2017 season…  Some new offerings for this year is an Astrology class, learn about your sign and create your own zodiac chart;  Ninja Warrior Fitness  will have your children  flipping, climbing and swinging like the American Ninja Warriors seen on the NBC hit show;  Cheer Training Camp will guide the cheerleading enthusiast through routines, jumps and dance techniques;  Teen Yoga & Exercise- come stretch, learn to listen to the body through various yoga poses, movement and fun exercises all to a groovin’ yoga beat; Energy Yoga & TaiChi for Adults to relieve stress, improve circulation and recover harmony and balance back to both mind and body through yoga stretching, deep-breathing and energy meditation; Sign Language & Theatre Production for learning various types of Sign Language through facial expressions, hand movements and body gestures… Of course there is our wonderful playground program, swim lessons, boating, baseball, windsurfing and annual canoe trip along with many other activities for you and your family to enjoy! Registration is online now at  apm.activecommunities.com/smithtown 

Also, watch for the announcement about our new Summer Sunset Concert Series at Long Beach!! 

Summer 2017 is going to be Hot & Sizzlin’ !!!!!   

Don’t miss out…sign up today!!!!  If you need any additional information our program guide can be found at the SmithtownNy.gov website or you can contact Smithtown Recreation Dept. at 631-360-7644.

Wednesday
May242017

Smithtown Recreation Announces Spring Horseshoe Tournament Winners

 

left to right is William “Willie Whitehead, Mike Nemschick Jr., Mike Nemschick Sr., and Greg Burns. Willie and Greg came in 1st place and father and son Mike and Mike came in second place.On Saturday, May 6th, the Smithtown Recreation Department held its annual Singles and Doubles Spring Horseshoe Tournament at Brady Park.  Despite all the rain during the week and the not so great weather forecasted on Saturday, we had 22 single horseshoe participants and 10 doubles teams participate in the event.

The winner of the Singles Tournament was Lou Malandra, with a record of 6-0.  Lou beat Mike Nemschick Sr.in the finals.  Mike finished in second place with a record of 4-2.  William Whitehead finished in 3rd place.

left to right is William “Willie” Whitehead-3rd place, middle is Lou Malandra-1st place and Mike Nemschick Sr.-2nd place. They are the winners of the singles tournament.Greg Burns and William Whitehead were the winners of the Doubles competition.  Greg & William finished with a record of 5-0 as they defeated father and son duo, Mike Sr. & Mike Nemschick Jr.

Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who helped make this event so successful.

Hope to see everyone at the Fall Horseshoe Tournament.

Tuesday
May232017

Kings Park Resident Lisa Koshansky Receives Nurse Of Excellence Award

At far left is Valerie Terzano MSN, RN, NEA-BC , Chair of the Nurse Excellence Sub-Committee and Senior Vice President of Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer, Winthrop-University Hospital and far right Keisha Wisdom, Keisha Wisdom MA, RN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical with your nurse nominee and the person from your hospital who nominated her.SMITHTOWN, NEW YORK—Nurse leaders from Long Island’s hospitals and nursing education programs gathered Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Woodbury Country Club to bestow recognition upon their nurse peers at the Nurse of Excellence Award Ceremony hosted by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC). One nurse from each of the Hospital Council’s member hospitals was nominated for the award, which recognizes outstanding leadership and clinical practice. Deans of area nursing schools also submitted nominations recognizing nursing excellence in education and clinical practice.

Kings Park resident Lisa Koshansky RN, Nurse Manager Critical Care at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, rose above a field of 27 nominees. Those nominees were selected from a field of about 500 nurses at hospitals and teaching institutions from across Long Island.

Koshansky says her lifelong motto and inspiration as a nurse has been “do no harm.”  Her drive for perfection has led the hospital’s critical care unit to remain free of central line-associated blood stream infection incidents since 2011 and without a ventilator-associated pneumonia case since 2009.  Her performance improvement efforts and leadership in this area have resulted in the hospital being recognized as a state leader in performance measures in sepsis identification and management.  

Additionally, she has led her colleagues in the intensive care unit and cardiac care unit in restraint reduction, achieving a restraint reduction of 75.7 percent to 4.75 percent in the ICU in 2016 and a restraint reduction from 38.3 percent to 2.8 percent in the CCU.  Surprised to be chosen from among a field of so many outstanding candidates, Koshansky said, “I love the profession of nursing.  I am humbled to be in the company of such great nurses. When you listen to what other nominees have accomplished, you tend to look at what you are not instead of what you are.”

“The most important person for patients in a hospital is the nurse,” said Kenneth Roberts, chair of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council and CEO of John T. Mather Memorial Hospitals.  “Nurses are there 24/7 taking care of patients.”

The Hospital Council’s annual salute to nurses is fashioned after the New York State Legislature’s Nurse of Distinction Program that ended in 1995. NSHC is one of the few hospital associations in the state to continue this program voluntarily. It is now in its 22nd year. The NSHC represents Long Island’s not-for-profit and public hospitals.

 

 

Friday
May192017

15th Annual Friends Of Caleb Smith Preserve Junior Angler Fishing Tournament

Junior Fishing Tournament at Caleb Smith Preserve

The 15th Annual Junior Angler Fishing Tournament, sponsored by the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve, will take place on Saturday, June 10 at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, West Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) in Smithtown. Those interested must register by Saturday, June 3. There will be two groups fishing: ages 5-8 from 9 - 10:30 a.m.; and ages 9-12, from 1-3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded in three categories at each session. The fee is $10 per entry for anglers of Friends members; $15 for anglers of non-members. The entry fee includes bait, tackle, junior angler tee shirts and refreshments. There will also be goody bags for those in the morning group. Fishing rods are available if required.  Call the Preserve at (631) 265-1054 for details.

For more information about Friends activities, and events, visit www.friendsofcalebsmith.org 

 

picap: Lincoln Zappala of East Northport fishes off the peninsula during the morning session of last year’s tournament.

Tuesday
May162017

Air Quality Health Advisory For Wednesday, May 17

Air Quality Health Advisory Issued for New York State

Ozone Advisory in Effect for New York City Metro and Long Island areas

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos and State Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Howard Zucker, M.D., J.D. today issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for the New York City Metro and Long Island areas of New York State for Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

The pollutant of concern is: Ozone

The advisory will be in effect: 10 a.m. through 10 p.m.

DEC and DOH issue Air Quality Health Advisories when DEC meteorologists predict levels of pollution, either ozone or fine particulate matter are expected to exceed an Air Quality Index (AQI) value of 100. The AQI was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale, with a higher AQI value indicating a greater health concern.

OZONE
Summer heat can lead to the formation of ground level ozone a major component of photochemical smog. Automobile exhaust and out-of-state emission sources are the primary sources of ground level ozone and are the most serious air pollution problems in the northeast. This surface pollutant should not be confused with the protective layer of ozone in the upper atmosphere.

People, especially young children, those who exercise outdoors, those involved in vigorous outdoor work and those who have respiratory disease (such as asthma) should consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity when ozone levels are the highest (generally afternoon to early evening). When outdoor levels of ozone are elevated, going indoors will usually reduce your exposure. Individuals experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain or coughing should consider consulting their doctor.

Ozone levels generally decrease at night and can be minimized during daylight hours by curtailment of automobile travel and the use of public transportation where available.

New Yorkers also are urged to take the following energy saving and pollution-reducing steps:

  • use mass transit or carpool instead of driving, as automobile emissions account for about 60 percent of pollution in our cities;
  • conserve fuel and reduce exhaust emissions by combining necessary motor vehicle trips;
  • turn off all lights and electrical appliances in unoccupied areas;
  • use fans to circulate air. If air conditioning is necessary, set thermostats at 78 degrees;
  • close the blinds and shades to limit heat build-up and to preserve cooled air;
  • limit use of household appliances. If necessary, run the appliances at off-peak (after 7 p.m.) hours. These would include dishwashers, dryers, pool pumps and water heaters;
  • set refrigerators and freezers at more efficient temperatures;
  • purchase and install energy efficient lighting and appliances with the Energy Star label; and
  • reduce or eliminate outdoor burning and attempt to minimize indoor sources of PM 2.5 such as smoking.

A toll free Air Quality Hotline (1-800-535-1345) has been established by DEC to keep New Yorkers informed of the latest Air Quality situation. Further information on ozone and PM 2.5is available on DEC’s web site at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8400.html and http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/outdoors/air/ozone.htm on the DOH website.

Air Quality Health Advisory regions consist of the following: Region 1 Long Island, which includes Suffolk and Nassau counties; and Region 2 New York City