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Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Receives $30,000 Grant From Laurence W. Levine Foundation

Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Receives a $30,000 Grant from the Laurence W. Levine Foundation 

Islandia NY…

Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc. (, Islandia, NY), a private, not for profit organization providing a comprehensive therapeutic equine program using horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing for children and adults with disabilities, was the beneficiary of a $30,000 grant from the Laurence W. Levine Foundation, a longstanding supporter of the organization. The funds were specifically earmarked for Pal-O-Mine’s inclusive Summer Work-Study Internship Program for youth with and without disabilities. 

Pal-O-Mine founder and CEO Lisa Gatti commented, “It is because of loyal supporters like the Laurence Levine Foundation that we are able to continue fulfilling our vital mission and maintain our facilities and programs at the highest standards. In addition to this latest grant, the Laurence Levine Foundation has supported our Adopt-a Horse Program, Adopt-a-Rider Program and for the purchase of a new horse trailer and overall horse care. They continue to be a great friend of Pal-O-Mine and we are deeply appreciative of their generosity.”

About Pal-O-Mine

Founded in 1995 by Lisa Gatti, Pal-O-Mine is a private, not for profit organization providing a comprehensive therapeutic equine program using horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing for children and adults with disabilities, as well as those who have been abused or neglected, veterans and the economically compromised.  Pal-O-Mine offers a broad range of programs and these programs are provided at Pal-O-Mine’s unique, fully accessible eight-acre facility in the Village of Islandia on Long Island, which encompasses: a 20-stall barn; indoor riding arena; adaptive equipment such as mounting ramps and customized tack; a dressage arena, a sensory integration track, outdoor lesson rings, and administrative offices. Pal-O-Mine currently has a herd of 20 therapy horses. The organization relies on grants and contributions from private citizens, foundations and businesses to help raise funds. Towards this goal, Pal-O-Mine has an “Adopt a Horse” program to help underwrite the $8,000 per horse per year expense it incurs, a Wish List for various items required to sustain its services, a Pave-It-Forward brick pavers purchase campaign, and various fundraising events such as its annual golf outing. For more information on Pal-O-Mine, visit:


Legislator Trotta Hosts Blood Drive August 29

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta Hosts Blood Drive on August 29 at St. Joseph’s Church (Travis Hall) in Kings ParkOne Donation Can Save Three Lives and Donors get Two FREE Mets Tickets

(Smithtown, NY)…Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta is collaborating with St. Joseph’sChurch in Kings Park, to host a blood drive on Thursday, August 29 from 1:30pm 7:30pm. It will be at Travis Hall – Lower Level, behind the church at 59 Church Street. The drive is to benefit the blood banks maintained by Long Island Blood Services, which provides blood to hospitals throughout Long Island.

To be eligible to donate blood, a person must be between the ages of 16 (16 with parental consent) and 75, weigh over 110 pounds and not have had a tattoo in the last 12 months. Please bring a valid photo ID with you and eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating. If you have donated before, please bring your blood donor card with you.

“Hospitals are always in need of blood supplies so it is important that if you can donateblood to do so because one pint of blood can help save three lives,” said Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta. As a “thank you,” LI Blood Services is giving each donor two free Mets tickets. For more information, please call Legislator Trotta’s district office at 631- 854-3900.


St. Catherine's Empowers Parents And Breastfeeding 


SMITHTOWN, NEW YORK— Mothers, expectant mothers, fathers and families, across the globe joined in for a symbolic celebration on August 1—the officially start of World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). WBW week is celebrated internationally, from August 1-7, due to the foundational support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. The day commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed August 1990 by world leaders, all with the same goal, to protect promote and support breastfeeding. 

The 2019 WBW theme is to, “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding”. In support of the global event, St. Catherine of Siena joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and the Office of Women’s Services/The Suffolk County Breastfeeding Coalition, to support the 10th Annual Global BIG Latch On. The press conference, held on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at the Dennison Building in Hauppauge, was attended by health organizations across the island, and as a designated Baby-Friendly Hospital—St. Catherine of Siena was proud to support the global event. In addition, on Thursday, August 2, 2019, St. Catherine of Siena was in attendance at several designated BIG Latch On sites across the island, including Brentwood, Greenlawn and South Setauket. 

St. Catherine of Siena is the first and only hospital in Suffolk County to earn the prestigious Baby-Friendly designation. The designation signifies the hospital’s commitment to provide superior support to mothers and their newborns, and to ensure their success with breastfeeding—the most optimal nutrition for newborns. 

“A common question that concerns new mothers and families tends to be—is my baby getting enough to eat,” said St. Catherine of Siena’s Lactation/Perinatal Education Clinical Nurse Specialist Kristin Thayer, MSN, RNC, IBCLC. As a lactation expert, Thayer is readily available for new parents to help ease their concern, not only with education but with pre and post support. “A full term healthy newborn is born with enough reserves so that they do not need to eat very much in the first few days of life—their stomachs are actually very small and are only meant to eat about 5 ml (or 1 teaspoon) at a feeding, which is why they need to eat often, usually 81-12 times per day,” said Thayer.

It is essential for expectant mothers, new mothers and families to educate themselves about the benefits of breastfeeding, and to be informed about the best tips to be successful with lactation. Thayer provides a complete “Well-Fed Baby” Checklist on St. Catherine of Siena’s website, which is available to download. The checklist is extremely helpful to address likely concerns and questions parents may have, especially during the first week of welcoming a newborn, five to seven days old. 

There are many lactation resources available for new mothers should they run into trouble, the key is to seek support. St. Catherine of Siena provides several free pre and post lactation support groups. The hospital is a partner in the WHO’s commitment to create communities that not only empower parents, but enable breastfeeding with appropriate support during the celebratory week and all year long.

For more information about free support groups, please call (631) 870-3444 or visit




Friends Of Caleb Smith Preserve Announce Photography Contest

Photography Contest to Highlight Beauty of Caleb Smith Preserve

Swans enjoy a balmy day at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve’s Willow Pond.A photography contest illustrating the beauty of pure Nature will take place at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, on West Jericho Turnpike [Route 25] in Smithtown, beginning August 1 and running through the Summer, Fall and early Winter, ending on January 31, 2020. Digital photographs by registered contestants will be taken in the Preserve during that time.

The theme of the contest is “The Beauty of Caleb Smith State Park Preserve.” 

Sponsored by the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve, the competition includes two divisions: Adult: age 18 or older (or out of high school); and Youth: ages 8 to 18 (or still in high school). There will be two first place prizes of $100 in each division; two Second Place prizes of $50, and two Third Place prizes of $25. Judging will take place in February 2020.

Contestants must be able to prepare digital files according to specific guidelines, complete a paper entry form, submit the photograph files via e-mail and pay an entry fee of $10 per photograph. Contestants must also have access to a valid e-mail address for communication with contest officials.

A reception honoring the winners and finalists will be held at the Park museum in March 2020. Winning photographs, and honorable mentions will be printed and displayed. 

Copies of the official contest rules, as well as entry forms, are available at the park office. For further information, please contact the park at 631 265-1054 or email the Friends at 

Visit for information about all Friends activities and events.



Another Firefighter Dies From 9/11 Illness

The terror attack that still haunts New York and the nation reached another sad milestone after the 200th member of the FDNY died from a 9/11-related illness, officials said Thursday.

Retired Firefighter Richard Driscoll, 73, died Wednesday as a result of inhaling the toxins swirling around the Twin Towers nearly 18 years ago, the FDNY said. Read more at  Timesunion