I want to wish you a very happy and healthy New Year! As a senior myself, I am very happy to announce the Town of Brookhaven will be offering a Senior Nutrition Program in 2019 at the newly created Moriches Bay Recreation Center. This program will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The nutrition program at this site will provide a healthy lunch in a friendly, social atmosphere. Residents who participate in this program will have the opportunity to participate in a wide-range of activities. Transportation to the program will be provided upon availability to residents living in Moriches, Center Moriches, East Moriches, Manorville and residents living in the Brookhaven Town portion of Eastport.
A voluntary $2.00 contribution is suggested for lunch. Funding for this program is provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, New York State and the Suffolk County Office for the Aging.
Additionally, local senior clubs will begin operating out of the center in February 2019. This is the first recreation facility to open in Brookhaven Town in the last twenty-years and the only recreation facility to open in southeastern Brookhaven.
This is an excellent opportunity for you to be actively engaged with neighbors in your community, while enjoying good food with friendly people. For additional information, please contact the Senior Citizen Division online or call them at at 631-451-9191.
We have been providing non-perishable food, grocery gift cards, toiletries and other necessities for all of the families affected by the government shut down. We have been struggling to keep out food pantry shelves stocked. We are assisting 50-75 Government employed families and individuals each day. This number is only expected to climb by the end of February when government assistance such as SNAP benefits and Temporary Assistance is expected ends for low income families.
Town of Brookhaven Notifications
New Notification System
The Town of Brookhaven has implemented a new, comprehensive notification system to keep you informed.
Website visitors can now subscribe to specific categories of interest, such as Parks and Recreation, Senior Services, Animal Shelter, Veterans Services and more.
As a current subscriber, you have been automatically added to our "Emergency Notifications" group, but you will need to subscribe to the new notification system to receive other Town-related news.
Please visit our new online "Notify Me" website to subscribe now.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island is in need of mentors to help Defend the Potential of children in our communities. Do you have a Few Hours A Month? Time to eat pizza, go to the park or see a movie? That’s all it takes to help make big impact in the life of a child. Apply today by visiting: bbbsli.org/become-a-big/ or call (516) 731-7880 x212
The 106th Rescue Wing lost 4 heroes in a recent helicopter crash in Iraq. The Friends of the 106th sponsors this campaign in support of the families of those who were killed. Funds raised will go directly to the families under the Supervision of the Family Readiness Group, 106th RQW (ANG), Gabreski Air National Guard Base, Westhampton Beach, NY.
Help Your Fellow Long Islanders
The Long Island Volunteer Center is an all-volunteer agency working to provide volunteer service on Long Island. Can you help? Visit http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org/ to learn more!
Bellport Hagerman East Patchogue Alliance
Need a job? Worried about healthcare? Having a hard time making ends meet?
The Bellport Hagerman East Patchogue Alliance has partnered with Suffolk county to bring supportive services closer to our community. They meet every Tuesday morning from 9am-1pm at 1492 Montauk Highway Bellport. Meet with county representatives to find out what services you are eligible for, get help finding a job or assistances creating a resume.
The Town of Brookhaven Call Center 451-TOWN (8696)
The 451-TOWN (8696) Call Center operates Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They handle a wide range of constituent calls, including comments and requests for general information as well as specific questions about services such as garbage collection and recycling, public safety, code enforcement, street lighting, highway maintenance, parks, and Town events. For all information, call 451-TOWN (8696)
Feeding America is a United States-based non-profit organization consisting of a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks and food rescue organizations. With over 50 million Americans struggling with hunger, Feeding America is asking for your help. There are many ways to get involved. For more information please visit http://feedingamerica.org/get-involved.aspx
The Morgan Center
Thousands of pre-school aged children are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States, but only on Long Island do children dealing with such a grown up challenge get to attend pre-school in the safest space possible - The Morgan Center. If you know of someone who needs The Morgan Center, or if you would like to know more about the Morgan Center visit www.themorgancenter.org
Rock Can Roll
Rock CAN Roll, Inc., is a volunteer, 501c3, non-profit, hunger relief organization and think tank. We collect healthy & nutritious non-perishable food for distribution to local agencies and into the hands of children, seniors and families who live with hunger and in poverty. Get involved! Visit www.rockcanroll.org
Literacy of Suffolk
Help make a difference and become a volunteer tutor. Literacy Suffolk is looking for volunteer tutors to train as certified literacy tutors and help Long Islanders who can’t read or write function normally in the society. To find out more, call (631) 286-1649 or visit http://literacysuffolk.com/?page_id=21
Contractors for Kids
Contractors for Kids helps families that are facing a financial crisis because of the illness of a child. If you’d like to help eliminate financial hardship in your community call (888) 208-KIDS or visit www.contractorsforkids.org
American Red Cross
Every 9 minutes the Red Cross responds to disasters in local communities throughout the U.S. And behind each and every meal served, blanket given and counseling service provided is a Red Cross supporter like you who makes it possible. The Red Cross works 24 hours a day down the street and across the country. Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you the Red Cross responds to over 70,000 disasters, almost 9 million blood products are distributed to patients in need across the country, and more then 4 million people learn fire safety, first aid, and other lifesaving skills. For more information, visit http://www.redcross.org/
Help Veterans Find Jobs
Free House Cleaning for Women with Cancer
Non profit organization called Cleaning for a Reason offers women with cancer FREE housecleanings while they are receiving treatment. For more information, visit www.cleaningforareason.org
or call 631-696-1176.
Give to the Vietnam Veterans Of America
Give your used kitchen ware, brick-a-brack, Small Furniture, Small Appliances, and other items especially clothing to the Vietnam Veterans of America. You may have already received a yellow bag in your mailbox. For more information call 631-582-0242 or visit www.wepickup.org
Our Heroes Night Out
If you can bake or cook, sing or dance, or have an idea for assisting military veterans, contact Our Heroes Night Out. This organization provides homeless military veterans here on Long Island with evenings of entertainment and nights on the town.
Show Our Soliders You Care
Operation USO encourages you to send our overseas troops care packages as a way of saying 'thank you' and boosting the morale of our soliders. Operation USO offers packages containing prepaid phone cards, music downloads, sunblock and more! You can learn more about making a difference in a solider's day at http://www.uso.org/operation-uso-care-package.aspx
There are a ton of social networking websites but one stands apart because this one saves lives. Matchingdonors.com links organ donors with people in need of kidney and other transplants. If you’ve ever considered becoming a living organ donor or if you are someone who is in need of an organ transplant, visit matchingdonors.com
Mather Hospital Free CT Scans
Low dose CT scans save as many as 20,000 lives a year and Mather hospital is offering them for free. If you are between the ages of 55-74 and have smoked for 30 or more pack years and currently smoke or have quit in the last 15 years, you should consider a screening. Studies have shown that there is a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer death using a low-radiation CT scan over the standard chest X-ray. For more information, contact Eileen Zaoutis, RN, 631-686-2500.
Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center Celebrate “Adopter” Discounted Adoptions During October
In celebration of “Adopterfest” the Brookhaven Animal Shelter willoffer free dog and cat adoptions during the entire month of October. This will also include free neuter or spay; vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal. Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven and is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The shelter is closed on Wednesdays. For more information, please call 631-451-6950 or visit www.brookhaven.org/animalshelter.