09/27/18 8:00am
STOCK PHOTO Frank Milano spoke about his time in Zaire as a teacher in the Peace Corps.

STOCK PHOTO
Frank Milano spoke about his time in Zaire as a teacher in the Peace Corps at a recent Friday Night Dialogues.

“Jambo” means “Hello” in Swahili and “koo koo” means chicken. I learned these and a few other Swahili words from Frank Milano during his talk about his time in the Peace Corps at the library last Friday. (more…)

07/28/18 3:00pm
RICHARD LOMUSCIO PHOTO Katie, a two-and-a-half year-old mini Labradoodle who’s been certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

RICHARD LOMUSCIO PHOTO
Katie, a two-and-a-half year-old mini Labradoodle who’s been certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

I had a delightful time at the Senior Center last Wednesday.

Director Laurie Fanelli asked me to come over to see the visiting therapy dog who was coming to the Silver Circle. I told Laurie that I had an appointment in Sag Harbor (I was on the track of a new computer) and I also had the grandkids in tow. I had also promised them lunch at Panera Bread.

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11/04/17 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | From left: Laurie Fanelli, Claire Freese, Susan Baron, Alison Binder, Virginia Springsteen, Giovanna Ketcham, Robert Springsteen and Jeanne Compton visited Blossom Hollow Ranch last week.

COURTESY PHOTO | From left: Laurie Fanelli, Claire Freese, Susan Baron, Alison Binder, Virginia Springsteen, Giovanna Ketcham, Robert Springsteen and Jeanne Compton visited Blossom Hollow Ranch last week.

I  just heard from Senior Center Director Laurie Fanelli that she’s considering instituting a walking program for older folk. She’s envisioning a “walk and talk” along Louis’ beach on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon.

“This would be for seniors who enjoy companionship, like walking and want to reduce their chances of developing health problems,” Laurie explained, adding that the walks may possibly improve walkers’ memories. And everyone is welcome, even those with walkers, she said. (more…)

07/22/17 3:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The hot days of summer are upon us. Seniors can stay cool during the hottest hours by visiting the Senior Center.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The hot days of summer are upon us. Senior Citizens can stay cool during the hottest hours by visiting the Shelter Island Senior Center.

I was speaking with Senior Center Director Laurie Fanelli the other day and she urged me to remind seniors that as the weather becomes hot and humid, staying cool is necessary for good health.

The Senior Center on Route 114 below the Medical Center is a great cooling center during the oppressively hot weather. There is also the opportunity for socialization, nutrition and recreation for folks whose homes are not up to top notch cooling standards. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. And when a heat emergency occurs, extended hours are announced. (more…)

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05/08/17 4:30pm
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO Eastern Long Island Hospital CEO Paul Connor.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO Eastern Long Island Hospital CEO Paul Connor.

In the wake of the House of Representatives narrowly approving the American Health Care Act Thursday — replacing the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare” — local reaction from insurance and healthcare professionals was varied. (more…)