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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

A lot of people think that our world would be better off without all of the insects in it. Not so, according to Lois Lindberg, volunteer naturalist at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Lindberg and fellow naturalist Wendy Albin gave a presentation about the importance of butterflies and insects in our ecosystem at the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s former home on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Butterflies and other insects are very important in nature,” said Lindberg. “People see bees, wasps and ants and other insects as pests, but they actually contribute to our ecosystem by each doing their own unique job. They pollinate the flowers and fruits and without them we would not be able to eat a lot of the stuff we eat every day.”

Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.

Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part he had at home they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects that encompass the work.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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