- Click for Restaurant Directory_____

Find us wherever you are!
Subscribe To Smithtown Matters
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter




Health - Wellness - Fitness




Second Positive West Nile Virus Sample Test In Suffolk County

Mosquito Sample Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

Residents urged to eliminate stagnant water near homes

Suffolk County Health Services Commissioner James L. Tomarken announced today that another mosquito sample has tested positive for West Nile virus. The sample, a Culex pipiens-restuans, was collected on June 23, 2015 in Selden, NY. This is the second mosquito sample to test positive this year. The first was found in South Huntington on June 18, 2015 and was reported on June 26, 2015.

West Nile virus, first detected in birds and mosquito samples in Suffolk County in 1999 and again each year thereafter, is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. No humans, horses or birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in Suffolk this year.

“The confirmation of West Nile virus in mosquito samples or birds indicates the presence of West Nile virus in the area,” said Dr. Tomarken. “While there is no cause for alarm, we urge residents to cooperate with us in our efforts to reduce the exposure to the virus, which can be debilitating to humans.”

To reduce the mosquito population around homes, residents should try to eliminate stagnant water where mosquitoes breed:

·        Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers.

·        Remove all discarded tires on the property. 

·       Make sure roof gutters drain properly, and clean clogged gutters.

·        Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

·        Change the water in birdbaths.

·        Clean vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds and keep shrubs and grass trimmed.

·        Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs.

·        Drain water from pool covers.

According to Dr. Tomarken, most people infected with West Nile virus will experience mild or no symptoms, but some can develop severe symptoms including high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. The symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent. Individuals, especially those 50 years of age or older, or those with compromised immune systems, who are most at risk, are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. 

To avoid mosquito bites, residents are advised to:

·        Minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.

·        Wear shoes and socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are more active.

·        Use mosquito repellent when outdoors, following label directions carefully.

·       Make sure all windows and doors have screens, and that all screens are in good repair.

Dead birds found on area properties may indicate the presence of West Nile virus in the area. To report dead birds, call the West Nile virus hotline in Suffolk County at 631-787-2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Residents are encouraged to take a photograph of any bird in question.

To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call the Department of Public Works’ Vector Control Division at 631-852-4270.

For medical questions related to West Nile virus, call 631-854-0333.

For further information on West Nile virus, visit the Department of Health Services’ website at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/health.


Celebrity Chef Bal Arneson "Spice Goddess" At St. Johnland Nursing Center

St. Johnland Nursing Center hosted a cooking demonstration and book signing for the community featuring celebrity chef Bal Arneson, the star of the Cooking Channel’s and Food Network Canada’s show Spice Goddess. She came to St. Johnland as part of Morrison Community Living’s Celebrity Chef Series where she travels around the country and prepares delicious meals centered on flavors from India with a focus on fresh wholesome ingredients using herbs and exotic spices.

The program had an enthusiastic audience of staff and residents, some of whom participate in the demo along with St. Johnland’s own chefs.


No Swimming At Maratooka Lake Due To Cyanobacteria

Cyanobacteria Bloom Found in Maratooka Lake in Mattituck

Stony Brook University has confirmed cyanobacteria blooms, more commonly known as blue–green algae, in Maratooka Lake in Mattituck.  Due to these findings, health officials ask residents not to use, swim or wade in these waters and to keep their pets and children away from the area. 

Though blue-green algae are naturally present in lakes and streams in low numbers, they can become abundant, forming blooms in shades of green, blue-green, yellow, brown or red. They may produce floating scums on the surface of the water or may cause the water to take on paint-like appearance.  

Contact with waters that appear scummy or discolored should be avoided. If contact does occur, rinse off with clean water immediately.  Seek medical attention if any of the following symptoms occur after contact: nausea, vomiting or diarrhea; skin, eye or throat irritation; or allergic reactions or breathing difficulties.

To report a suspected blue-green algae bloom at a body of water that contains a Suffolk County-permitted bathing beach, contact the Suffolk County Department of Health Services’ Office of Ecology at 852-5760. 

To report a suspected blue-green algae bloom that is in a body of water that does not contain a Suffolk County permitted bathing beach, contact the Division of Water at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: (518) 402-8179. 

For more information about blue-green algae, visit Suffolk County’s website.


Diabetes Prevention Program At St. Catherine Of Siena

Healthy Suffolk: Free Program Helps Participants Reduce Risk of Diabetes

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Department of Health Services Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken invite residents who are at risk for developing type-2 diabetes to attend a program that will help them reduce their risk. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) supports moderate behavioral changes that incorporate healthy eating and physical activity. The program is free of charge.

According to the New York State Department of Health, diabetes is the most rapidly growing chronic disease of our time, affecting one out of every 12 adults in New York. Minority populations are at especially high risk. 

“We seek to create a culture in Suffolk County in which healthy living is the norm,” said Executive Bellone, who rolled out “Healthy Suffolk” last fall. “This program offers residents the support they need to make small lifestyle changes to improve their health and well-being.”

“Diabetes puts the body at risk for many serious health conditions,” said Dr. Tomarken. “The good news is that moderate changes in lifestyle can help restore blood sugar to normal levels and result in significant health benefits,” said Dr. Tomarken. 

DPP is based on a research study led by the National Institutes of Health. The study showed that with intensive counseling and motivational support, participants were able to make behavioral changes, reducing their risk for developing diabetes by 58 percent. Lifestyle changes worked particularly well for participants aged 60 and older, reducing their risk by 71 percent.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is led by a trained lifestyle coach. It meets one hour per week for 16 weeks, then monthly for the remainder of one year. The next sixteen-week series will begin:

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 6 p.m.

St. Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center

52 Route 25A, Smithtown

To register, call Debora @ 853-2928 (Pre-Registration is required)

For more information or to find out if you are at risk for diabetes, visit the Diabetes Prevention Program page on the Suffolk County website or call the Office of Health Education at 853-3162.



Tick Identification APP - Free Download 

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk Develops New Tick Identification APP, Now Available for Free Download

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk has developed a new tick identification APP called TickClick—the APP is free and ready to download!

See a tick but not sure what type it is—or if it’s even a tick?—or if there are any associated health risks? TickClick provides pictures of various types of ticks and offers information on safe removal and destruction, health concerns, ways to avoid ticks, and information and precautions for pets.

TickClick also provides a chart of the most common tick borne diseases and lists which type of ticks can transmit each disease. Plus, the app lists some of the common symptoms for each disease including Lyme, Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and others.

Our APP provides information on tick prevention and bite care, tick myths, and repellents. Images of various types of deer, dog and lone star ticks in different stages of life are included. Information is included on developing natural tick control in your landscape and ways to flag for ticks to determine whether your property is  a high risk area.

The app was developed as part of an $8,000 grant awarded to Cornell’s Agricultural Program from the NYS Integrated Pest Management Program.

For additional information on TickClick contact Tamson Yeh, Cornell Pest Management Specialist at 727-7850, ext. 240.


Recall - Sabra Classic Hummus

04/08/2015 07:08 PM EDT


Today Sabra Dipping Co., LLC announced that it is voluntarily recalling approximately 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. This measure is limited to five SKUs of Classic Hummus sold nationwide.