07/05/15 2:00pm
07/05/2015 2:00 PM
Gregory Garrett, executive vice president and administarator of health services for Peconic Landing. (Credit: Peconic Landing)

Gregory Garrett, executive vice president and administarator of health services for Peconic Landing. (Credit: Peconic Landing)

Big things are in the pipeline at Peconic Landing.

Next May, the Greenport retirement community will open two new specialized treatment centers: a 16-suite “memory care unit” for residents suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s and a 16-suite short-term rehabilitation center. The additions are part of a $44 million construction project the facility began last year.

“We’ve broken ground and are framing the building now,” said Gregory Garrett, Peconic Landing’s executive vice president and administrator of health services. “We’re really moving along now.”

Mr. Garrett, a central New York native who lives in Mattituck with his wife, Maria, and their kids, Michael, 9, and Kaitlyn, 7, joined the Peconic Landing team nine years ago. He is currently responsible for all aspects of Peconic Landing’s health services: the nursing home, enriched living residence, the home care agency and the organization’s physicians’ clinic.

“When I came here for the job interview I said to myself, ‘I have to get this job,’ ” he recalled. “I fell in love with the North Fork.”

Last week, I chatted with Mr. Garrett about his work at Peconic Landing and the facility’s new memory care unit. Here are some excerpts from that conversation.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?

A: That’s easy: the people. I grew up in the industry and I find it to be a privilege to serve the residents we serve and to learn from them. What I also love just as much are the amazing team members I get to work with on a daily basis. The type of people I work with is just a caring, wonderful group.

Q: What’s a typical day like for you?

A: The great thing about life at Peconic Landing is that there is no regular day. When you’re serving human beings, things change on a regular basis. I’m fortunate in my position to be able to sit with a resident and spend time with them, help them with any concerns. But at the same time, I have the opportunity to be involved in all other aspects of our community, such as cultural arts, marketing and finance.

Q: How did the idea for the memory care unit come to fruition?

A: About nine years ago, when I came to Peconic Landing, we felt that it was something we could do better. We provide memory support for our residents at all levels of care at this time, but we felt that if we could individualize the care and promote that sense of purpose that we could do a better job for our residents. And not only our residents, but the community. It’s also something that’s really lacking on the East End.

Q: What kind of care will the unit provide?

A: A lot of that is going to depend on the population. The way we look at it, we have to provide individualized care and activities to provide purpose to our residents. That purpose is going to be different for each individual. We’ll use certain technologies that are unobtrusive to help us monitor the residents and see what their daily routine is.

Q: Tell me more about the type of individualized activities residents will be able to take part in.

A: From the moment a person becomes a member of our care center we try to identify who the person is, and who the person was, by working with the family to identify what their profession was, what their interests were. That’s where we can develop a program. So the sky’s the limit in terms of what we’ll provide. For instance, if a gentleman was passionate about washing his car then we’ll provide a bucket, a car, some soap and a hose for washing it on a daily basis. For that moment in time, that resident will have a purpose.

Have a health question or column idea for Rachel Young? Email her at ryoung@timesreview.com.

07/05/15 1:14pm
The scene on Front Street Sunday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The scene on Front Street Sunday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The 2015 Greenport Tall Ships Challenge continued on Sunday with a street fair and more tours of the high-masted vessels.

Northforker.com was there to take photographs and interview some of the thousands who visited the village for the festival Sunday.

Click here to see what they had to say.

07/05/15 10:08am
The line to get on the Sagres at 1 p.m. Saturday after more than 1,000 people had already stepped on board. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The line to get on the Sagres at 1 p.m. Saturday after more than 1,000 people had already stepped on board. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Months of planning went off without a hitch as the 2015 Greenport’s Tall Ships Challenge kicked off Saturday. The ships were in place, the vendors were set up and the visitors came by the carload, as they lined up to see the majestic vessels.  (more…)

07/04/15 3:30pm
Now that's some patriotic pride. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Now that’s some patriotic pride. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Southold held its annual Fourth of July parade Saturday afternoon and residents decked out in red, white, and blue lined Main Street from Boisseau Avenue all the way to Tucker’s Lane.

Among the marchers were local dignitaries, scout troops, first responders, and a dozen horses and donkeys. (more…)

07/03/2015 4:00 PM
Ian Husak with the Vietnamese flag on a fishing boat in Ha Long Bay. (Credit: Ian Husak courtesy photos)

Ian Husak with the Vietnamese flag on a fishing boat in Ha Long Bay. (Credit: Ian Husak courtesy photos)

When Ian Husak first arrived in Vietnam, he didn’t have the benefit of international data on his phone. There was no GPS in his pocket to direct the Mattituck High School graduate from Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne, a journey of more than 130 miles on a motorcycle across foreign terrain.

“I had no map,” he recalled. “I spent the whole day wondering, ‘Am I going the right way?’ ” (more…)

07/03/15 3:44pm

A 57-year-old man was arrested Friday on a drunken driving charge in Greenport, Southold Town police said.

Richard True of Orient was driving on Route 25 and was pulled over shortly before 12:30 a.m. after failing to signal during a lane change and driving over the double-yellow line, police said.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and held for an arraignment, officials said.

07/03/15 3:19pm

A 36-year-old man was arrested Thursday in Mattituck and charged with stealing someone’s wallet and lottery tickets, Southold Town police said.

Dominic Lando, who police say is undomiciled, was “passed out on a porch” on Bay Avenue shortly before 8:30 p.m. and found to be in possession of the stolen items, officials said.

Mr. Lando was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property and held for an arraignment, police said.

07/01/2015 12:00 PM

Next in our series is Mattituck’s top students. Read more about Courtney Murphy and Christian Van Cleef, the Class of 2015’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian, below. 

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COURTNEY MURPHY

VALEDICTORIAN

GPA: 101.2450 (weighted), 99.0980 (unweighted)

College plans: Villanova University

Major: business

Team player: Courtney played varsity soccer, varsity basketball, travel soccer and summer league soccer and basketball. She earned several honors including All League Soccer, Academic All County Soccer, All League Basketball and Academic All County Basketball. She also won several sports awards, including For the Love of the Game Booster Club Award, New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Award and Suffolk Zone Award.

All business: Courtney earned third- and fifth-place awards in the Distributive Education Club of America’s regional competition. She was named an Advanced Placement Scholar With Distinction and Student of the Month for history and foreign language. She won a New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence first-place award and is a Rube Goldberg contest winner. She also landed on the High Honor Roll every quarter since seventh grade.

Giving back: Courtney participated in several community groups, including serving as president of the Leo Club, and she volunteered for Maureen’s Haven, the Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival, Relay for Life and Letters to Soldiers. She was also a tutor for Spanish, algebra and trigonometry.

Parting words: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my high school career and my experiences at Mattituck have surely helped shape me as a person. So many great memories have been created here and I’m thankful for having grown up in such a wonderful community.”

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DANIEL PARKS

SALUTATORIAN

GPA: 99.09 (weighted), 97.69 (unweighted)

College plans: Brandeis University

Major: international relations/philosophy

Helping hands: Daniel volunteered for San Simeon by the Sound and the China Conservation and Research Center. He also helped with a fundraising effort at North Fork Reform Synagogue in Cutchogue.

Team player: As a varsity soccer player, Daniel earned several honors, including this year’s state championships and the Scholar Athlete Award. He also played with Mattituck Alliance and the Brookhaven Summer Soccer League.

A little bit of everything: Daniel was president of the World Language Club and participated in several groups: the Leo Club, student council, executive student council, Math League, National Honor Society and DECA.

Internships: During high school, Daniel held internships at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, Good News Planet and Copal Partners-London (Copal Amba).

Parting words: “I’m glad I at least had the foresight to learn out of passion rather than out of necessity, but whether that’ll be valuable to me or not depends on what’s yet to come. I’ve learned to be less rigid as a person and to take greater and more frequent risks. I believe that you learn more from what you do poorly in high school than what you do well. I hope that I learn no lesson in vain.”

07/01/15 9:16am

An early morning string of thunderstorm toppled trees and knocked out power for more than 300 customers in Southold Town Wednesday morning. Greenport Village also reported outages due to the storm.

According to a PSEG outage map, about 274 customers in Mattituck and a couple dozen more in Southold remained without power due to the storm as of 8:30 a.m. Greenport Village Mayor George Hubbard said a couple hundred homes lost power for about 50 minutes during the storm.

“Now everyone should have the power back on,” he said.

In nearby Riverhead and Flanders, more than 3,000 residents in total lost power.

The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 6:18 a.m. A weather station at East Moriches clocked wind gusts at 53 mph, said meteorologist Faye Barthold.

Southold police said no one was injured during the storm, though there were several calls for downed trees and wires. Highway Superintendent Vincent Orlando couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.