06/20/17 9:50am

If the late afternoon forecast for Saturday, June 17 called for rain starting at 5 p.m., just a half hour before race time, the weatherman proved wrong.

But many of the nearly 2,000 participants in the 38th annual Shelter Island 10K/5K Run/Walk, might have welcomed a deluge as they came off the course dripping sweat from the high humidity. There would be no records set by the winners Saturday, although many runners were pleased to finish and beating their own personal bests. (more…)

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06/06/17 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Islander Patti Damuck will receive the Laura Goodale Nurse of the Year Award presented by the Rotary Clubs of Southold and Greenport.

COURTESY PHOTO Islander Patti Damuck will receive the Laura Goodale Nurse of the Year Award presented by the Rotary Clubs of Southold and Greenport.

Islander Patti Damuck, an emergency room nurse at Eastern Long Island Hospital, will receive the Laura Goodale Nurse of the Year Award for 2017 presented by the Rotary Clubs of Southold and Greenport at a dinner at Hellenic Restaurant June 20. (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…)

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04/20/17 8:00am

 

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO Eastern Long Island Hospital CEO Paul Connor.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO Eastern Long Island Hospital CEO Paul Connor.

Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport earned the highest grade in Suffolk County for patient safety, according to a recently released report from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that aims to improve the quality and safety of American health care. (more…)

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01/25/17 4:30pm
Cliff Owen /Associated Press Photo | Fentanyl is often mixed into bags of heroin, creating a lethal combination that, according to officials, users are not always aware of.

Cliff Owen /Associated Press Photo | Fentanyl is often mixed into bags of heroin, creating a lethal combination that, according to officials, users are not always aware of.

To get a sense of just how potent the synthetic opioid fentanyl is, DEA special agent Erin Mulvey explained that one dose is the size of a grain of salt. Now picture two grains of salt, she continued: “You can overdose on that.”

It’s a startling image made even more alarming by statistics released recently by the Suffolk County Department of Health. In the ongoing battle against opioid addiction, fentanyl — a prescription drug that’s finding its way onto the streets in an illegally manufactured form — has surpassed heroin as the county’s deadliest drug.

To date, at least 130 Fentanyl-related overdoses have been confirmed countywide for 2016, up from 84 the year before. Meanwhile, Suffolk recorded 94 heroin overdose deaths and 45 combined fentanyl-heroin deaths last year.

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