10/06/18 11:00am
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO The Harvest Moon on September 24 signaled the end of the gardening season.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO
The Harvest Moon on September 24 signaled the end of the gardening season.

And so, my fellow gardeners, the season comes to a close after all that dreadful heat and humidity. At least we have cooler temperatures to sustain ourselves as we do the last chores of the season. And let’s talk about them now.

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10/05/18 8:00am
STOCK PHOTO There are many sources of help for anxiety and depression.

STOCK PHOTO
There are many sources of help for anxiety and depression.

I was watching my granddaughter’s JV volleyball team play a tense game against Port Jefferson at the school gym last Friday when I began saying to myself, “This is too stressful.There’s too much anxiety and tension being created by this tight game!”

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08/10/18 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Isola’s Heights location has begun to feel like home.

COURTESY PHOTO
Isola’s Heights location has begun to feel like home. July 2 marked one year for the Italian eatery.

The Island’s fledgling Italian eatery, Isola, celebrated its one-year anniversary in early July after a long winter where owner Brad Kitkowski and Chef Seth Nathan bravely decided to keep the doors open full-time. (more…)

12/22/17 2:00pm
CLARK MITCHELL PHOTO | Chicken paprikash.

CLARK MITCHELL PHOTO | Chicken paprikash.

With the reality of winter firmly setting in, my focus in the kitchen turns squarely to stewing and braising. Without the right seasoning, I find that many of these slow-cooked preparations can end up a bit on the bland side. Even a perfectly made beef stew can often leave the taste buds wanting just a bit more action.

I found my answer to this conundrum some years ago when I was invited to my friends’ parents house for dinner. His father was Hungarian, and that night we had paprikás csirke, or chicken paprikash. All I could say was wow. It’s since become my absolute favorite thing to cook in the winter. (more…)

12/08/17 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Seniors need to take care and improve their balance to prevent falls.

COURTESY PHOTO | Seniors need to take care and improve their balance to prevent falls.

One of the great fears of senior citizens is to take a fall. We’ve all heard the horror stories and justifiably dread the possible results of a fall.

At 84, my father was a healthy individual who slipped in his home and broke his hip. He did not last long after that.

Our aging bones are not up to the resiliency necessary to survive the trauma of  a fall. Also, the shock to the body of a elderly individual after a tumble can have deleterious psychological effects. (more…)