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Wednesday
Aug142019

Town Residents 60 And Older Invited To Lunch At Senior Center

Smithtown Senior Citizens Department Holds Daily Lunches For Residents Over 60

Smithtown, NY:  Smithtown’s senior citizens can participate in Congregate Lunches Mondays through Fridays, provided by the Town of Smithtown Senior Citizens Department. All residents ages 60 and over are invited to participate in this social setting. Lunch is served Monday and Wednesday at 11:30AM, Tuesday and Thursday at 11:45AM, and Friday at 11:15AM. The lunches are held at the Senior Center, located at 420 Middle Country Rd in Smithtown. 

“I’ve been over to the Senior Center just before lunch on Fridays. This program serves up several benefits; from friendly conversation with new friends to good company and healthy prepared meals… It’s a fantastic program.” - Supervisor Ed Wehrheim 

Each meal consists of one third of the current recommended dietary allowance for the 60 plus age group. The monthly lunch menu can be found in print at the Senior Center or on the town website at https://www.smithtownny.gov/193/Senior-Citizens-Department. Food service is contracted with Zan’s Kosher Deli in Lake Grove. 

A suggested meal contribution of $2.25 is recommended. Persons with self-declared incomes at or above 185% of the federal poverty level are encouraged to make a contribution equal to the actual cost of the meal. Any contributions made are confidential. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Administration for Community Living, the New York State Office for the Aging, Suffolk County Office for the Aging, and the Town of Smithtown.

For further information regarding this and other senior programs call the Senior Center at 631-360-7616. Registration for this program is on a first-come, first-served basis Monday through Friday. Registration begins in person at 9:30AM. Registration is capped at 35 participants. 

Tuesday
Aug132019

Dr. Stephen L Dewey To Address Substance Abuse At Local Workshop 

Horizons Counseling & Education Center, Well Life Network, and Smithtown Rotary join forces:

“Bringing substance use awareness to the community through a special workshop by Dr. Stephen L. Dewey”

Smithtown, N.Y.  July 10, 2019– Community members, families, and professionals will have an opportunity to attend a free workshop provided by renowned neuroscientist Dr. Stephen L. Dewey on Monday September 9, 2019 at 6:30pm. The event will be held at Smithtown Landing Country Club in the Nissequogue Room. Light refreshments will be served. There will also be an opportunity to dispose of expired medications during a Medicine Take Back Event with the help of Town of Smithtown Public Safety, and a Narcan Training provided by Well Life Network. 

Highlights of the presentation include: empowering parents with the knowledge and confidence to guide their children through their adolescent and teen years; Discussion on a range of drugs including caffeine (energy drinks), alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, cocaine, ‘spice,’ ecstasy, opiates, and methamphetamine;  Learning how the environment causes relapse to drug-seeking behavior; a discussion on the science behind vaping and report recent clinical findings following both acute and long-term use; and the examination of cell phone use and video gaming (specifically Fortnite and Minecraft) on dopamine concentrations in the brain. 

This event is a collaborative effort between Horizons Counseling & Education Center, Well Life Network and the Smithtown Rotary. The Rotary Club of Smithtown presented a $5,000 charitable donation to the two agencies. The monies will also go towards providing transportation to services and promotion of educational material. The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau will also participate by engaging the Town’s registered Volunteer Corps student members and their families in this important community education event.

To register please go to the Town of Smithtown Horizons home page, www.smithtownny.gov/horizons and click on the registration link or scan the QR Code. For more information please contact Kelly DeVito of Horizons Counseling and Education Center at kdevito@smithtownny.gov or Meryl Camer at Well Life Network at Meryl.Camer@welllifenetwork.org.             

Monday
Aug122019

Town Provides Maintenance Repairs For Seniors

Smithtown Senior Citizens Department Programs Provide Minor Maintenance Repair Services to Town Senior Citizens 

Smithtown, NY:  Smithtown’s senior residents can contact the Town of Smithtown Senior Citizens Department to take advantage of a series of household assistance programs available. The maintenance and repair services provided allow for seniors to save money and maintain independence longer, while utilizing these minor home chore repair services. 

“This is an outstanding service for residents. The team of trained professionals are friendly and trusted employees who absolutely love helping our senior community. If you are looking after a parent or you yourself have a few chores around the house you need taken care of, I would encourage you to call the Senior Center and schedule a service call.” - Supervisor Ed Wehrheim 

The Residential Repair Program and Senior Citizen Home Maintenance Program (SCHMP) provide household assistance for tasks that do not require the skills of a licensed craftsman. The Town of Smithtown employs a crew of experienced maintenance personnel who can provide a variety of minor home repair services to Senior Citizens. 

Services provided include:

Added safety measures, such as installing smoke detectors, door and window locks. 

Electrical work, such as replacing light switches or fuses. 

Plumbing, such as replacing faucets or repairing toilet tanks.

Carpentry work, such as installing shelves and handrails.

Town of Smithtown residents are eligible for the Residential Repair Program if they are homeowners or renters aged 60 and over. There are no labor fees for this program, however clients must provide or pay for the materials required per job. Funding for this program is provided by the New York State Office for the Aging, the Suffolk County Office for the Aging, and the Town of Smithtown. 

For the SCHMP service, residents must provide proof of ownership of their home and be aged 62 and over. This is an income eligible program requiring a brief in-home assessment. There is no cost to the homeowner for this program. Funding for this program is provided by a federal grant from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Town of Smithtown.

Service Popularity Among Residents:

From April of 2018 to July of 2019:

Over 180 unduplicated clients were serviced for minor SCHMP repairs

Over 1,500 clients were serviced for Residential Repair issues 

Residents can call the Senior Center for further information regarding this and other senior programs at 631-360-7616. Jobs will be serviced in the order they are received, however jobs requesting installation of safety equipment will be given first priority. 

Sunday
Aug112019

Town To Consider Draft LWRP At August 13th Town Board Meeting

Town Board public hearing Tuesday, August 13th at 2pm in Town Hall for the Board to consider accepting the draft LWRP update for submission to the Department of State for the State’s review.  The draft has been revised to incorporate comments received at the last public workshop.  The webpage (https://www.smithtownny.gov/366/Local-Waterfront-Revitalization-Program) has also been updated to include the newest draft (dated August 2019) as well as lists of all of the comments received during the public workshops and descriptions of how those comments were incorporated into the draft.

Saturday
Aug102019

Town Of Smithtown Supports Prostate Health Awareness With Free Screenings

Smithtown NY: In conjunction with Prostate Health Awareness Month, The Town of Smithtown and Integrated Medical Foundation will host free Prostate Cancer screenings at the Smithtown Town Hall Board Room on Tuesday, September 10th, from 11AM to 1PM. PSA Blood tests will be performed by professionals from Integrated Medical Foundation. Participants have the option of receiving a non-invasive DRE Exam performed by Dr. Thomas Harrington, MD, FACS Advanced Urology Centers of NY - Smithtown South.

This event is open to all men over the age of 40 who have not previously been diagnosed with prostate cancer, regardless of whether or not they have insurance. To schedule a free screening, RSVP to 631-257-6070. Participants must bring a photo ID and a self-addressed stamped envelope in order to be notified about the results. 

DID YOU KNOW:

1 out of 9 American men will have Prostate Cancer in their lifetime, and 1 out of 41 men will die from Prostate Cancer.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease.

September is the official Prostate Health Awareness Month in the Town of Smithtown.

About IMF Cares

Integrated Medical Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization which promotes awareness and early detection of prostate cancer. Integrated Medical Foundation is committed to improving healthcare through education and outreach, offering free programs, support services, and prostate cancer screenings to the community. IMF will strive to exceed the expectations of those it serves and maintain standards of the highest quality.

Statistics show that regular screening can lead to early detection of prostate cancer. Screenings have decreased the prostate cancer death rate by nearly 40% since they began 20 years ago. IMF urges men over 40, or men with a family history of prostate cancer, to talk to their health care provider about prostate cancer.