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 Ramsey – Shep/Chow mix 3 years old male/neutered up to date on vaccines. Ramsey loves to play with his toys and go for walks. He is affectionate and playful but would be best placed with older children and a home without other dogs.




  The Smithtown Animal Shelter has many kittens for adoption, the little ones are handled and socialized by our volunteer staff they are friendly have their initial shots and de-worming.










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Smoking Cessation Program Offered In Smithtown At Sienna Village

County Executive Bellone Touts Suffolk County’s Smoking Cessation Program as a Great Way to Kick the Habit

New CDC “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign likely to increase demand for smoking cessation programs

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Health Commissioner James Tomarken, MD, MPH, encourage all Suffolk County residents who smoke to sign up for Suffolk County’s Learn To Be…Tobacco Free smoking cessation program.  

“Suffolk County has led the way in tobacco control and will continue to do so,” said Bellone. “Ultimately, we hope to improve the health of the community and reduce the health-care costs associated with tobacco use.”

Suffolk County’s comprehensive Learn to Be …Tobacco Free cessation program includes educational classes, pharmaceutical support to medically-eligible participants, and continued support upon completion of the program.  Approximately 18,000 individuals have participated in cessation classes since 2000.

“Next week, the CDC will be rolling out its newest national tobacco education campaign,” said Dr. James Tomarken, Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Services. “The ads will bring to life the devastating effects of smoking. We anticipate that the ads will encourage smokers to want to prevent these realities from happening to them. We’ve got a program for that.”

Listed below are current Learn to Be…Tobacco Free classes that are open for enrollment:

Sienna Village, 200 Bishops’ Road, Smithtown, NY

Mondays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.,, June 30; July 7, 14; August 4, 11, and reunion class, August 25

Contact: 631-870-3444

TRICYA, 809 New York Ave., Huntington Station, NY
Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.,, July 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, and reunion class, September 2
Contact: 673-0614

Southampton Town Center, 25 Ponquogue Ave., Hampton Bays, NY 

Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., July 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, and reunion class, September 4

Contact: Janice Hurley, 853-3187

Southold Free Library, 53705 Main Road, Southold, NY

Mondays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., July 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11, 18, and reunion class, September 8

Contact: 765-2077

Good Samaritan Hospital with Breast Cancer Health Inc., 32 Park Ave., Bay Shore, NY

Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., July 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19, and reunion class, September 9

Contact: 376-4444

St. Charles Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Melville, 1895 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY
Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.,  July 31; August 7, 14, 21, 28; September 4, and reunion class September 25
Contact: 577-3400


Lindenhurst Public Library, One Lee Ave., Lindenhurst, NY
Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., August 19, 26; September 2, 9, 16, 23, and reunion class  October 14
Contact: 957-7755


Support Groups are held at 5:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month in the North County Complex, Bldg. C928, located at 725 Veteran’s Memorial Highway, Smithtown, NY. Support Groups are also held at 5:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at the Riverhead Library located at 330 Court St., Riverhead, NY. In order to attend the support group, participants must have attended and completed a full program (six weeks) of smoking cessation classes.

Smoking cessation sessions will be rolled out in communities throughout Suffolk County over the course of the year. For more information on Suffolk County’s tobacco cessation classes, call 853-4017 or visit the Suffolk County website at:  HYPERLINK “http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices/PreventiveMedicine/OfficeofHealthEducation/SmokingCessation/CessationClasses.aspx” Suffolk County Government > Departments > Health Services > Preventive Medicine > Office of Health Education > Smoking Cessation > Cessation Classes


FDA Warns Parents On The Use Of Medications For Teething 

Do Teething Babies Need Medicine on Their Gums? No

06/26/2014 10:30 AM EDT


Teething is a normal part of childhood that doesn’t need a “cure” with prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications. FDA warns parents that prescription drugs such as viscous lidocaine are not safe for treating teething in infants or young children, and that they have hurt some children who used those products. There are safer, non-toxic alternatives.


Read the Consumer Update to learn more.


Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Offers Free HIV Tests June 27

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Offers Free HIV Tests June 27

To promote early detection and help people in the community remain healthy, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) will be offering free HIV tests on Friday, June 27.

“More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, and almost one in six don’t know they are infected. You can’t tell by looking at someone if they have HIV — the only way to know is to get tested,” said Susan Merguerian, Director of Medical Services and Quality. 

Rates of HIV remain a major concern in this country, particularly among young people and in specific communities. In the U.S., men who have sex with men, African Americans, and Latinos are disproportionately affected by HIV. PPHP is offering the free testing in recognition of National HIV Testing Day. The service will be available during normal hours on a first-come, first-served basis.

Getting tested for HIV is quick, simple, and painless. Rapid HIV tests can provide results in as fast as 20 minutes from just a swab inside the mouth. The kits are provided by the AIDS Health Foundation.

PPHP has 11 health centers that offer preventive services including HIV and STD testing. In 2013, PPHP provided more than 12,000 HIV tests for men, women and young people. 

 “Once you know your status, there’s a lot you can do to protect your health, including practicing safer sex,” Merguerian said. “And the sooner you know your status, the sooner you can get any treatment and information you might need, depending on the results.”

PPHP’s SmartWheels education and testing vehicle will also offer free testing at the Stop ‘n Shop parking lot at Portion Road and County Road 83 in Farmingville (call for times). On June 28, the vehicle will visit the EOC Resource Center in Wyandanch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.   

PPHP health centers are located in Huntington, Patchogue, Riverhead, Smithtown, and West Islip. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-800-230-PLAN (7526) or visit www.pphp.org.


Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc. (PPHP) is the 20th largest affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and operates 11 health centers in Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties.  In 2012, PPHP provided services to more than 33,000 patients in more than 66,000 visits.  We conducted more than 1,700 education and training programs, reaching almost 29,000 youth and adults, and mobilized 15,000 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. 


NYS DEC Issued A Cyanobacteria Warning For Certain Areas In Mattituck, Southampton and Montauk

Cyanobacteria Blooms Occurring in Mattituck, Southampton and Montauk

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed cyanobacteria blooms in Lake Maratooka in Mattituck, Lake Agawam in Southampton and Big Reed Pond in Montauk. Due to the finding of high levels of toxic cyanobacteria, more commonly known as blue–green algae, health officials ask residents not to use or swim or wade in these waters and to keep their pets and children away from the area.

Residents who have been recently exposed to cyanobacteria at these water bodies and have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea; skin, eye or throat irritation, allergic reactions or breathing difficulties are advised to seek medical attention. 

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, and if symptoms occur, such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea; skin, eye or throat irritation, allergic reactions or breathing difficulties, seek medical attention. 

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 the Suffolk County website: http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices/EnvironmentalQuality/Ecology/MarineWaterQualityMonitoring/Cyanobacteria.aspx


May 23, 2014 Is Don't Fry Day!

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention Encourages Everyone to Protect Your Skin Today and Every Day

The National Council Declares the Friday before Memorial Day, May 23, 2014 is “Don’t Fry Day” To Encourage Sun Safety Awareness

To help reduce rising rates of skin cancer from overexposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors. Because no single step can fully protect you and your family from overexposure to UV radiation, follow as many of the following tips as possible:

  • Do Not Burn or Tan
  • Seek Shade
  • Wear Sun-Protective Clothing
  • Generously Apply Sunscreen
  • Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
  • Get Vitamin D Safely

As warm weather approaches and millions of Americans prepare to enjoy the great outdoors, the risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage of the skin increases. Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer. This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 76,250 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, and more than two million new cases of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers in the U.S.

Fortunately, skin cancer is highly curable if found early and can be prevented. Remember to Slip! Slop! Slap!…and Wrap when you’re outdoors — slip on a shirt, slop on broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, slap on a wide-brimmed hat, and wrap on sunglasses. The best way to detect skin cancer early is to examine your skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin growths.

Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation. Individuals with lighter-toned skin are more susceptible to UV damage, although people of all races and ethnicities can be at risk for skin cancer. Those who have a family history of skin cancer, plenty of moles or freckles, or a history of severe sunburns early in life are at a higher risk of skin cancer as well. To minimize the harmful effects of excessive and unprotected sun exposure, protection from intense UV radiation should be a life-long practice for everyone.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is a united voice to reduce skin cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality, through awareness, prevention, early detection, research, and advocacy.


Long Island Doctor Arrested For Illegal Distribution Of Controlled Substances

Long Island Doctor Arrested For Illegal Distribution Of Controlled Substances

Family Medicine Practitioner Wrote Hundreds of Prescriptions for Thousands of Opioid Pain Pills Without Legitimate Medical Need

A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in the Eastern District of New York charging Dr. Michael Randall with illegal distribution of thousands of prescription pain pills, including oxycodone, oxymorphone, methadone, and carisoprodol. Randall surrendered earlier today, and his initial appearance is scheduled for this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge A. Kathleen Tomlinson at the United States Courthouse, 100 Federal Plaza, Central Islip, New York. Read more


Board “Walk” Your Way to Wellness with St. Catherine of Siena

Smithtown, New York—As the brutal winter season becomes a happy distant memory for Long Islanders—comes the warmth of spring and summer, and now is the time to grab your gear and hit the beach! And when you grab your beach gear, don’t forget your sneakers.

Starting May 6th, health care professionals from St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center will be on the boardwalk at Sunken Meadow State Park encouraging fellow Long Islanders to spring into physical fitness. Representatives will be on the boardwalk throughout the spring and summer months, June 3rd, July 1st. August 5th and September 4th. Bring the entire family and walk, jog, run or stroll—speak to health care professionals and pick up free fitness related giveaways.

The Board “Walk” Your Way to Wellness community outreach program is an initiative in response to the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council’s Long Island Health Collaborative (LIHC). The LIHC represents the partnership of 24 hospitals on Long Island, dozens of community-based organizations, schools and colleges , and the two county health departments—all joined together to connect Long Islanders to better health. Physical activity is just one of the components of the collaborative work.

For more information about St. Catherine’s Board “Walk” Your Way to Wellness Program, please call (631) 870-3444.