03/21/15 2:00pm
(Credit: Carrie Miller)

Doris Congilio, 67, of Southold. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Aging gracefully can be described as growing older while still enjoying the activities you love — and the ones that get you by.

But health conditions, falls or accidents can often get in the way of that transition, often resulting in a lack of the physical activity that helps keep body and mind sound. (more…)

02/22/15 6:45am
If you're a dog lover, this is an app you should download. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

If you’re a dog lover, this is an app you should download. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Anyone who enjoys animals, leisurely strolls or a combination of the two can take advantage of a new smartphone app that directs cash to a local animal shelter every time they take a walk.

Walk For a Dog uses the location services function on smartphones to track users’ walks and then makes a donation to an animal shelter of their choosing — just for using the app.  (more…)

02/21/15 7:00am

You know when you’re lying in bed, staring at the ceiling, thinking how badly you’d like to fall asleep?

It usually happens after thinking of just about everything else, which for me usually consists of creative story leads I can never remember, appointments I need to plan and when I last got my car’s oil changed.  (more…)

02/11/15 10:00am

Landscapers and do-it-yourself homeowners interested in learning how to go green organically will have an opportunity to do just that during an upcoming informational seminar spearheaded by the Perfect Earth Project.

One of the newest environmental advocacy groups on the East End, it has teamed up with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County and the Peconic Land Trust to offer an all-day seminar on Feb. 13.  (more…)

Oliver Orr, 17, learning his way around a camera during the week long mentor program earlier this month. (Credit: Courtesy Robert Leslie)

Oliver Orr, 17, learning his way around a camera during the week long mentor program earlier this month. (Credit: Courtesy Robert Leslie)

The film opens with a familiar scene: a boy and girl enjoying themselves on a first date. Taking somewhat of an unexpected turn, another woman appears — an ex-girlfriend.

But she wasn’t the boy’s ex-girlfriend. (more…)

02/05/15 3:00pm
Andrew Mitchell, hospital CEO and president, project donor Robert Lorelli, lead donors Stan and Peggy Zinberg and PBMC Foundation chair Gordon Huszagh. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Andrew Mitchell, hospital CEO and president, donor Robert Lorelli, lead donors Stan and Peggy Zinberg and PBMC Foundation chair Gordon Huszagh. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Peconic Bay Medical Center is set to begin construction on a new progressive care unit to care for patients in need of intermediate care following surgery, a wing that those at the hospital say will allow patients coming out of surgery to heal faster and more comfortably.

“This new unit has been a vision of the surgical staff for many years. It is the reflection of the expansion of the surgical program and the fact that we are treating more complex surgical patients,” said Andrew Mitchell, hospital CEO and president during a wall breaking ceremony Thursday morning. “Those patients require an intermediate level of care after their surgery.”

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02/03/15 10:00am
Poppy Johnson has spent the past 18 months reorganizing books by topic. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Poppy Johnson has spent the past 18 months reorganizing books by topic. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

As the most widely used library classification scheme in the world, the Dewey Decimal System has reigned supreme since New Yorker Melvil Dewey created it in 1876.

Now, 139 years later, libraries across the country — including a couple in our own backyard — are beginning to retire the long-revered system, instead focusing on creating what they feel is a more user-friendly option.  (more…)

01/29/15 5:21pm
Volunteers respond to the Juliette Kinsella Records Storage Center Monday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Volunteers respond to the Juliette Kinsella Records Storage Center Monday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

No records were lost during Monday’s fire at the County Center records storage center, the Suffolk County Clerk’s office has confirmed.

“The sprinklers came on almost instantaneously, dousing the fire,” said chief deputy clerk Nicole DeLuca. “So we have wet records, but luckily nothing was lost.”

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01/29/15 8:00am
A blood drive is being held at North Shore Christian Church on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

A blood drive is being held at North Shore Christian Church on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

With blizzard conditions sweeping the region this week, the last thing on many people’s minds has been donating blood — and it’s created the largest loss of blood donations since Hurricane Sandy, according to New York Blood Center officials. (more…)