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Letter: Remembering Veterans

Every minute, of every hour, of every day, Americans enjoy the blessings of a peace-loving nation; blessings protected by the selfless service of men and women in uniform who, when necessary, stand fast against the forces of fear, tyranny and terrorism.  For more than two centuries untold numbers of Americans have answered the call to duty.  

 

Freedom is our cause, but freedom does not come free and many have paid the ultimate price.  The America we know would not be the same were it not for the men and women we honor on Memorial Day.  All of us at the Long Island State Veterans Home would like to take this opportunity to remember those brave men and women whose ultimate sacrifice has helped to protect the freedoms we enjoy today.

 

We also want to alert veterans and their families living on Long Island who may require skilled nursing care or medical model adult day healthcare, that we stand ready to meet your needs.  The Long Island State Veterans Home is a 350-bed skilled-nursing facility located on the beautiful campus of Stony Brook University.  The home specializes in short-term rehab, respiratory care, Alzheimer’s and dementia-related disorder care and end of life care.  Honorably-discharged veterans are eligible for a multitude of entitlements that will help pay for the cost of long-term care.  

 

We recognize that a family’s decision to place a loved one in a nursing home can be very difficult.  All of us at the Long Island State Veterans Home are deeply committed to our veterans and are ready to provide an experience that includes great quality of care and great quality of life for those who have answered our nation’s call.  We are sincerely dedicated to our mission, vision and values and would encourage those seeking care to give us a call.

 

If you need more information, please visit our website at www.listateveteranshome.org or call us directly at 631-444-VETS.  We stand ready to meet the needs of our deserving veterans.  

 

As we begin this Memorial Day weekend, let me take a moment to thank all our veterans for their incredible service to our great nation and to let you know that we will never forget the service of those who have died in battle to protect this country and preserve our liberty.

 

Fred S. Sganga, FACHE

 

Executive Director

 

Long Island State Veterans Home

News

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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