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Nancy’s Favorites Favorite movie My favorite movie—and the critics can just stuff this in their pipe and smoke it—is “Dolittle” with Robert Downey Jr. It was awesome. One of my all-time favorite movies is “My Life as a Dog.” Favorite book That’s a toughie because I love to read. I don’t really have a chance lately because I always feel like if I have time to read a book then I have time to write a book, so I force

myself to write instead of read. I love books of poetry. My favorite poets are Thomas Hardy, and Czeslaw Milosz, especially his poem about Prague.

on in the morning, and I love for the twins to wake up and smell something good in the house. My favorite foods would have to be Krispy Kreme doughnuts, caramel cake, and any type of salad.

Favorite TV show “Father Brown” on Britbox right now. I Favorite quote love the British murder mysteries. I have two. The first is by Favorite food Shakespeare: “To thine own self be I love to cook, and my favorite true.” The second is by Will Rogers: thing is to cook with the crockpot. “Keep your nose in the wind and your I can prep the night before, put it eye on the horizon.” To advertise: 516-505-0555 x1 • liwomanonline.com/advertise


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Breast Surgery Combined with Tummy Tuck and/or Liposuction by Charlotte Rhee, MD, F.A.C.S., P.C. Many of my patients come to me seeking help with the changes that can occur after childbirth. Following childbirth, a woman’s breast can grow to uncomfortable proportions or just the opposite can happen. A woman’s breast can actually lose volume and shrink, resulting in the breast appearing “deflated.” Additionally, a large number of women come to me seeking help with the post partum changes of their abdomen. During pregnancy the skin and abdominal wall muscles are stretched. Following childbirth, the abdomen can protrude and the skin can be loose or sag. In some cases, the abdominal muscles can be so weakened that the individual may look like she is still pregnant. Despite daily workouts including sit ups and crunches, a tummy tuck may be needed to restore these muscles.

ing breast reduction. Both groups of women want to have breasts that are proportional to their body size with the most natural result possible. In certain situations, a breast lift is also needed to tighten lax skin. The laxity can be the result of pregnancy or weight loss. When a breast lift is needed, I utilize the lollipop scar technique. A breast lift procedure is very similar to a breast reduction. The only difference is that with a breast reduction, breast tissue is removed.

Combined Breast/Tummy Tuck and Liposuction Procedures. Many of my patients who have breast surgery also have other procedures performed at the same time. This allows for one surgery and one recovery. The most common combined procedures performed by Dr. Rhee are breast surgery, whether it is a breast reduction or augmentation, combined with tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty. For those patients Breast Reduction Many of my patients who desire breast augmentation together with a tummy tuck, I am able to place Women with very large pendulous breasts may experience varied medical the breast implants through the tummy tuck incision, leaving the breasts without who have breast problems including back and neck pain. Also, the weight of large breasts can any scars. cause the bra straps to dig into the shoulders leaving groove markings. Large surgery also have other Liposuction is also commonly performed at the same time. Despite diet and breasts get in the way of physical activities such as running, making exercise exercise, certain areas of the body are prone to carry excess fat. For these areas, liprocedures performed and weight loss very difficult if not impossible. Breast reduction (reduction posuction can help. The most common areas for liposuction are the love handles at the same time. This (upper hip area) and thighs. mammaplasty), is a surgical procedure which makes breasts smaller. There are many different breast reduction techniques. The more traditional allows for one surgery Patients who have combined procedures do surprisingly well. In addition to method (inverted T-scar) leaves the breasts with a vertical, long horizontal having the benefit of just one recovery process, there can also be a significant and one recovery. scar (along the breast crease). “I utilize the Lejour technique, which leaves savings in price. the breast with a single vertical incision (lollipop scar) and, in my opinion, To learn more, please call our Huntington office to schedule a complimentawith a rounder more natural appearing breast and a better cosmetic result.” Breast reduc- ry consultation with Dr. Rhee at (631) 424-6707. Located at 257 E. Jericho Tpke., Huntington tions are performed as an outpatient procedure and are covered by insurance. Station. www.liplasticsurgery.com. Dr. Charlotte Rhee is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in Breast Augmentation Women who come to me seeking breast enlargement have very similar goals to those seek- breast surgery. advertisement

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Cheers Some people describe the trend as taking a cocktail for a walk, others say they’re drinking while walking, but whatever you call it, “walktailing” has become an unanticipated but welcome way for people to cope with staying home Stony Brook Film Festival opens on September 10 with Dreamfactory.

fyi amid closures of restaurants and cocktail lounges during the pandemic. The practice of holding a cocktail—or mocktail—to sip while strolling on the street or sidewalk is a dream come true for workaholics and/or multitaskers who have pent-up energy resulting from not being able to work or socialize with other people, and it’s caught on fast during the warmer summer months when people can take advantage of the mild air to take a stroll around the neighborhood. Some who imbibe and walk see it as a therapeutic, effective way to have some whimsical control over the virus, and although consuming alcoholic beverages outdoors is illegal in many states, law enforcement has chosen to look the other way and let those who choose to walktail keep going. The New York Times recently ported the story of a Texas woman who donned the wedding dress she wore 21 years ago, put on her high heels, fixed herself a glass of prosecco, and began to twirl in the street. Her goal was to go outside with a cocktail for every day spent sheltering in place, she said: “It was my way of flipping off the coronavirus.”

E Twelve-Week Virtual Flick Fest With all the bad news that the coronavirus has generated, there is some good news: The popular Stony Brook Film Festival that in past years has run for 10 days has been expanded, to present 24 films in 12 weeks. The prestigious event, now in its 25th year, has screened international short and full-length world premieres

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featuring stars of the future as well as such well-known award-winning actors as Peter Coyote, Treat Wiliams, and Brian Cox, who dubbed the event “a helluva festival.” The season begins with Dreamfactory. An epic tale told against the backdrop of history, this film from Germany is part comedy, part musical, part romance, and a pure joy from beginning to end. The virtual online festival takes place from September 10 to December 15 each Thursday at 7 p.m. and can be watched through Sunday at midnight. BYOP (bring your own popcorn)! An all-access pass is $60; individual tickets are $6. Complete schedule is at stonybrookfilmfestival.com; find out more by calling 631-632-ARTS (2787).

See Sea Lions The Long Island Aquarium has recently reopened, inviting the public to visit its popular sea lion feeding and training sessions, penguin encounters, one of the largest all-living coral reef displays in this hemisphere, a 120,000-gallon shark tank, the lavish indoor gardens of the Butterflies, Bugs & Birds Exhibit, Otter Falls, and more indoor and outdoor exhibits. The aquarium is following COVID-19 guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control that include reducing guest capacity and setting up one-way paths. Guests are required to register to reserve their time slots in advance and to wear masks at the facility, which is located at 431 East Main Street in Riverhead. Purchase deeply discounted tickets ($23-$32; children younger than 2 years old are free) and find out more at longislandaquarium.com or by calling 631-208-9200. The facility also produces unique videos starring its aquatic inhabitants, to celebrate birthdays, gender reveals, marriage proposals and more. s To submit info for FYI consideration please send it to fyi@liwomanonline.com. To advertise: 516-505-0555 x1 • liwomanonline.com/advertise Baiting Hollow Nursery


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Baby Boomers who still remember listening to vinyl can buy and sell their favorite new or used records, CDs, DVDs, memorabilia and more at High Fidelity Records & CDs. Search for collectible hidden treasures or make a little money on albums you no longer listen to while decluttering your home. Buy or sell at 141 Merrick Rd., Amityville, at highfidelitycds. com, or by calling 631-2640524.

Fitness Pick

Virtual Exercise Every Wednesday throughout the month of September, from 11 a.m.-12 noon, energize your body and spirit with Strength Training and Ab conditioning with ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor Pat Cappeto. Each class is a full-body workout while standing or with a chair. Access the virtual class at longbeachlibrary.org.

Meeting Pick

Virtual Speed Networking It’s like the speed dating meetups without the dating: Expand your Long Island business contacts safely online, one business professional at a time, on Tuesday, September 15, 7-9 p.m. Learn more at networknite.com.

Music Pick

Making Virtual Memories

Award-winning Learning and Development Consultant Kim Neubauer specializes in team building, diversity, inclusion, career transition, and more. Join her on Wednesday, September 9 from 7-8:15 p.m. for a free Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library virtual presentation. Register at mdodson@oysterbabylibrary.org or sign up by calling Marion Dodson at 516-922-1212. See more online events at oysterbaylibrary.org.

Engaging in the arts as a nonpharmaceutical approach to care can enhance the lives of individuals living with memory loss and their care partners. Making Memories Through The Arts founder Marcy Rhodes has curated a collection of free digital programs featuring Stuart Marcus of Long Island folk/rock band Gathering Time; jazz saxophone player/vocalist Paula Atherton, who has performed at the Plaza and the Blue Note; and more performers. View programs at makingmemoriesthroughthearts.com through Sunday, September 27.

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The 2020 Hamptons Marathon & Half is now a virtual benefit for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. Run on your own time, wherever it’s convenient. Includes an exclusive virtual happy hour and Q&A in October with founders. Register by Oct. 15 for $45 at capstoneraces.com 8 • Long Island Woman • September 2020

Did you know that before becoming president of the United States, Deputy Sheriff Theodore Roosevelt once saved a saloon full of drinkers by punching out a terrorizing drunkard? That’s just one historical tidbit to be shared by T.R.’s greatgrandson and Long Island University Professor Tweed Roosevelt on Tuesday, September 15 at noon via Zoom. Free. Register at liu.edu.

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Describe the work you do and how you became involved in this work. The work I do is a meditation, whether I am creating a photographic image or a surreal urban painting. I use my art as a visual form of communication, and I am most inspired by irony in life, finding sorrow in beauty and joy in tragedy. I introduced my latest art, including a challenging series of mural-sized surreal abstractions, at the opening reception in October 2019 at the b. j. spoke gallery in Huntington. As an artist, I work in isolation, using the language of symbols to communicate my visual message. When successful, I’ve created art that has a clear concept, speaking to viewers without words. I have more than 20 years experience as a curator, editor, and researcher for art and photography collections. What was your biggest challenge? I believe the challenge every day is to just follow our creative path. Even if you stray for awhile, find your way back. I recommend joining a creative group that will support your passion for art as well as attending opening receptions for artists. Based on your area of specialty, what advice would you give to other women? For many years I tried to stifle my creative impulses, and I successfully completed many interesting projects for a fashion photography studio and for the national traveling exhibition of the YWCA, Women First for 135 Years. Yet at that time I never referred to myself as an artist. It wasn’t until I declared that I was a fine art photographer/artist, age 50-something, that I knew it was true. What has failure taught you? Failure has taught me to not give up in my passion for art. Artists must have persistence, tenacity, and faith in their skills.

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rouble follows Dana Barry. She’s nearing 30 with no solid career—according to her tough-love father—and no significant man. As an actress, Dana dreams big, but auditions have led nowhere. Her luck changes when Dana lands the perfect gig, selling products on The Shopping Channel. Trouble brews when the star host, Kitty Todd, is shot dead and Dana’s new guy, Lorenzo, is the prime suspect. Dana searches for Kitty’s killer while struggling with continuing to act in a play (breach of her Shopping Channel contract) and whom she could trust—Lorenzo, or the sexy detective on the case. In Love Sold Separately (Mira Books, August 2020), Ellen Meister weaves a mystery with heart and has us rooting for Dana to the last page. Meister has written five novels, and has had numerous articles appear in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal blog, Huffington Post, Daily Beast and elsewhere. Long Island Woman spoke with Ellen Meister recently to discuss her new trilogy.

“I’m always exploring the relationships between women. I guess I just find the complexities endlessly fascinating. “

Not really. I’d read a lot of mysteries, but had never studied the structure, so there was a steep learning curve. I had to do some deep dives to learn what made a mystery tick, and then, armed with that knowledge, read a pile of mysteries to see how the authors did it. But once I figured it all out, it was fun to write. Do you outline or just follow the muse? Do the characters take over? My outlines have always been very organic. By that I mean I know the basics of where I want to take the story, but leave myself open to instructions from the characters. A mystery requires a little more discipline, though, because all the puzzle pieces have to fit together so precisely. So with this book, the outline was critical—I had to steer the action to the big reveal like I was threading a needle. It was very realistic—the pressure of being on television and selling a product. Did you do a lot of research about shopping channels? Were you a “home” Photo: Hy Goldberg shopper? I did watch quite a bit of QVC and HSN as research. (I may have even done a bit of shopping!) But the most fun part of the research was the backstage tour I took of QVC, where I got to see What’s it like to have a novel come out during the it all up close. I was ready to be cynical about the whole thing, but coronavirus? came away incredibly impressed with the staff, the operation, and the I won’t lie. It’s daunting to promote a lively, merchandise. Do I sound like a convert? I am! entertaining novel during so much turmoil. As Jon Stewart recently said, “It’s like showing up to a plane Your characters pop off the page. Dana is the friend and sister we crash with a chocolate bar.” But I’m doing my best to always wanted. Many of your novels have strong female friendships. Is reach readers online, and hope that they will welcome that important to you? the escapist entertainment of Love Sold Separately, As a reader, I’m most drawn to books that offer fresh insights into and enjoy this audacious character I love so much. human relationships, and it’s what I like to do as a writer, too. But I didn’t even realize I focused on female relationships until after my third book This is your sixth novel but a new genre for you? when someone pointed it out to me, and there it was—friends, sisters, Yes, but it didn’t start out as a murder mystery. It mother-daughter. I’m always exploring the relationships between started with an idea for a character—a sort of selfwomen. I guess I just find the complexities endlessly fascinating. sabotaging bad girl who lands a gig as a shopping channel host. Then one day, there was a storyline: What’s next for you? The star host—a terrorizing diva—is found dead, and I’m working on the second and third books in the Dana Barry series, my character gets embroiled in solving the case. I trying to take the character in new directions, while staying true to almost wanted to shout at my muse, “You came to my vision of incorporating a mystery into each. Mostly, I’m having fun the wrong house—I don’t write mysteries! I write seeing what kind of trouble Dana can get herself into. women’s fiction.” But I fell in love with the idea, and You’re a very supportive writer, often helping promote other writers’ so I wrote it, thinking I might use a pseudonym since work. What does being part of a writing community mean to you? it was so off-brand for me. But then a funny thing Thank you. That means a lot to me, especially since I try to model happened. The novel was bought by Mira Books, my behavior on authors who have inspired me with their kindness and and they decided to push the rom-com storyline, and generosity. And yes, the community is vital, because writing is a lonely market it as women’s fiction. So the title changed business, and publishing is so challenging and competitive. But I truly from Kitty Kitty Bang Bang to Love Sold Separately, enjoy doing my part, and that includes private book coaching, as well and now here I am, right back where I started! as teaching creative writing to a wonderful group of writers. There’s nothing more fulfilling than seeing these folks blossom and grow. l Was switching to suspense/mystery-writing natural For more info about Ellen Meister visit ellenmeister.com. for you?

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Editors Note: This interview was conducted prior to the pandemic and was sched- Grace initially came to television from the Atlanta Fulton County District uled to be published in an earlier issue. We reconnected with Nancy Grace in July Attorney’s Office, where she served more than a decade as a special prosecutor and asked her to share her thoughts regarding the pandemic and how she was of felony cases involving murder, rape, child molestation and arson. She was impacted. The update appears at the end of the interview. tapped to co-host Court TV’s Cochran and Grace (with Johnnie Cochran of O.J.

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ancy Grace is apologizing for calling a few minutes past our appointed interview time. “I’m sorry I’m late,” she told me in her famous Southern drawl. “Our Sirius radio show went over. We were doing a double on (American financier and convicted sex offender) Jeffrey Epstein, and it’s really hard to cover all of that.” Note: This will be the only thing you’ll hear the long-time legal analyst and television host apologize for in this article. Arguably one of TV’s most fiery personalities, Grace currently hosts Crime Stories with Nancy Grace, a daily show that dives deep into the day’s most shocking crimes; the program airs on Fox News’ Fox Nation and SiriusXM’s Triumph Channel, and is downloadable as a podcast. She is also headlining the true-crime Oxygen series Injustice with Nancy Grace, which examines lesser-known criminal cases, and is the founder and publisher of CrimeOnline.com, a crime-fighting digital platform that investigates breaking crime news, spreads awareness of missing people and shines a light on cold cases. Grace became a household name when she served as host of HLN’s Nancy Grace from 2005 to 2016, where, night after night, the former Atlanta prosecutor lent her analysis to some of the most popular trial proceedings and current affairs of the day. And often the colorful and outspoken host got as much attention as the topics she was discussing. For example, a 2014 segment on the sudden death of WWE wrestler The Ultimate Warrior came under fire for what was construed as an erroneous linking of the deaths of a pair of wrestlers—Owen Hart and Mark Curtis—to steroid and drug abuse. And her coverage of the 2011 trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida mother who was charged with, and later acquitted, of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, was accused in the press of turning a local murder case into a national obsession. Indeed, the show became a ratings juggernaut for HLN. The Nancy Grace audience reportedly rose more than 150 percent during the Casey Anthony trial, peaking the night when the not-guilty verdict of Anthony, whom Grace nicknamed “Tot Mom,” was delivered—a verdict that prompted Grace to lament with contempt, “The devil is dancing tonight.” Whether you see Grace as an opportunist who possesses a knack for sensationalism or as a tireless advocate for victims’ rights, it’s hard not to be impressed with her passion. In 1979, her life was changed forever when her fiancé, Keith Griffin, was shot and killed—only a few months before the couple’s wedding. In the aftermath, Grace abandoned plans to become an English professor and turned her focus to criminal justice. She became a Law Review graduate of Mercer Law School and received her degree in constitutional and criminal law from New York University, and also donated her time to help staff the hotline at an Atlanta battered women’s center for over 10 years.

Simpson trial fame) and, later, the live daily trial coverage program, Closing Arguments. She also presided over the syndicated daytime program Swift Justice with Nancy Grace, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination. Grace, who married investment banker David Linch in 2007 and later that year welcomed twins John David and Lucy, is also the author of several books, including a series of novels that have inspired the Hailey Dean Mysteries movies that air on the Hallmark channel. Her latest book, Don’t Be a Victim: Fighting Back Against America’s Crime Wave, offers crimefighting and prevention tips and will be available on September 22nd. I know that the murder of your fiancé changed your career trajectory, but I was wondering if we could talk a little bit about how that event also changed you as a person. Wow, that is a really good question that nobody has ever asked me. This is going to be hard to believe…I would typically sit in the front of every class so I could focus better, but I would never raise my hand. I would never, ever speak out. I was actually very shy, and even now if I go to an event, or dinner, or any kind of get together, I’m not an extrovert at all—and I was even less so before Keith’s murder. I would much rather be at home reading a book. But even after law school, I remained pretty much an introvert for years. It was during my first jury trial, about seven years after I got out of law school, and something just clicked. I stood up and started speaking to the jury in opening statement. I remember the moment I left the courthouse that day; I was on the sidewalk walking between the courthouse and where I parked my car. I felt like a bird out of a cage, and I was finally flying free and found my voice. It came to me. And whenever I’m in court or speaking about justice it’s almost like a different persona than what my natural personality is. In 2009, 31 percent of lawyers in this country were female. In 2019, that percentage was only up 5 percent to 36 percent, and that’s in 10 years! Justice has traditionally been a man’s world. Did it feel that way when you were working as a prosecutor in Atlanta? Well, it felt that way in law school. It felt that way when I was clerking for a judge who chain-smoked, talked about football, and asked me to get coffee every day. Almost all of the judges—not all of them, but almost all of them—were men. My boss was a man, but he felt like a grandfather to me–Mr. (Lewis) Slaton. My investigators were typically all men. All of the defense attorneys were typically men. Most of the defendants were men. But, frankly, I couldn’t care less. It did not stop me at all. It just made it that much sweeter when I would get a conviction against a fleet of male defense attorneys. It would sometimes be four and five defense attorneys on one case sitting across the courtroom, and nothing would make me happier than to send them packing with their tail between their legs at the end of the trial. The more they hated me, the angrier they got, the more I liked it. That’s the way of the world. Is it right? No, it’s wrong. But the reality is you can ei-


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ther think ‘Wow, I shouldn’t be here, I’m surrounded by guys, I’m the only woman,’ or focus on your mission. And, yes, I had a judge kiss me on the mouth after a jury trial. I had another one aim for my mouth and land on my knee—he was 89 years old, about four foot nine, and blind as a bat. In fact, he got his lip impaled on a court reporter’s earring once. Everybody has obstacles. It’s how we deal with them and whether we can keep putting one foot in front of the other, and not let them win. In preparation for this interview, I was watching an interview you did with CNN’s John King, and he referred to you as “controversial” and “unapologetic.” Do you see yourself that way? I don’t know why he said that. I don’t think I have anything to apologize for. The ones that should be apologizing are violent criminals. To be apologizing just shows how bass-ackwards the truth is, how prosecutors are viewed. I know there are some bad prosecutors, and there are some bad cops, and that taints the view of everyone else seeking justice, but I don’t think trying to do the right thing is anything to apologize for. I also do not think that I’m controversial. When was the last time you called your cable company and went ‘Wow, you know what? I watched Britbox last night and I got to watch Father Brown, and it was awesome, and I just want to tell you you’re doing a great job.’ Oh, no, that does not happen. You call your cable company when your cable goes out and you can’t watch Father Brown. So while everybody’s whining and complaining, I just have to believe deep in my heart that there are people out there that agree with me about fighting violent crime and saving the next crime victim. It’s true. You don’t normally hear from the happy ones, only the ones who are angry and complaining. I’m not in it to be crowned Miss Congeniality or the Sweet Potato Queen. I didn’t expect anybody to agree or disagree with me. I’m not looking for supporters, or fanfare, or a pat on the back, because I’ve never gotten that as a prosecutor and I don’t expect to get it now. That’s perfectly fine with me because that’s not why I’m doing this. I’m doing this because people are being victimized, our

system is at a crisis point, and I want to speak out. Did motherhood change you in any way? I know the speculation was that it would soften me, and I don’t know what critics mean by that. I never felt particularly hard. It actually galvanized my feelings about violent crime, especially on children, and that includes on moms and dads. I really believe I’ve been given a huge gift of getting to raise the twins, and mold them into happy and wonderful people. I want to be there, and I want my husband to be there in their life. And when a mom goes missing, or a dad is shot in the parking lot, or a child goes missing or is harmed, it changes everything. Nothing’s ever the same. It never can be the same. You’ve taken a lot of hits over the years. Are you more resilient than you thought you were? Or did you always know you had this resilience in you? I don’t know that I’m resilient, but I do know this; I know that I can persevere. That is one thing I’ve learned. I think the key is to keep trying. I’ve often felt completely overwhelmed, and I’ve learned that when I feel that way and don’t know what to do, I take one step—literally. Get up out of your chair, get up out of your bed, get up from your desk, get out of your car, and take one step. By doing that, you have to go somewhere, and usually, it’s forward. You don’t want to get back in bed, you don’t want to sit back down, you don’t want to get back in your car and cry at your steering wheel. You have a little bit of momentum. If you don’t know what to do first, because you’re overwhelmed, just do anything. How do you think social media has affected the criminal justice system? In good ways and bad ways. Very often false information is publicized on social media, but very often social media highlights a crime or an injustice that we otherwise would not know about. At CrimeOnline.com and on Crime Stories we routinely patrol Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for cases. I want to hear about cases that aren’t already in the news, cases that need attention. Does anything surprise you anymore? Amazingly, yes. I get surprised every day, and I always say, ‘Well, I thought I’d seen it all.’ If I had a nickel for every time I have said that, I would be a millionaire today.

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Women are more likely to suffer insomnia than men According to the National Institutes of Health, about 50 to 70 million Americans have sleep disorders, and one in three adults do not regularly get the recommended amount of sleep. Stress, anxiety, and depression are all contributing factors to insomnia. Unfortunately, these disorders are more prevalent in women than in men. Women across all ages are at a higher risk of developing insomnia than men because of hormones and mental health. Additionally, about 90 percent of women with sleep apnea go undiagnosed, which may be because women do not always meet the same textbook definitions as men. Women are often less likely to press doctors on medical diagnoses. Women can focus on creating healthy sleep habits such as establishing a bedtime routine, eating “Research has healthier foods, creating a restful environment, managing consistently worries before bed, and finally contacting a doctor to uncover underlying factors if things don’t get better. shown that

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Brittle bones in younger women Osteoporosis is relatively common, but most people associate the brittle bone disease with the elderly. According to the Mayo Clinic, both White and Asian women are more likely to be stricken with the disease, but women of all ages should be aware of the risks. “Women who have a history of eating disorders, even in their youth, are at risk of premature bone loss,” shared Ronda Bloom, MD F.A.C.E, a practicing endocrinologist in New Hyde Park, “Women who smoke and drink regularly also need to be more careful about their bones. Even some medications that may seem harmless can contribute to bone loss, including medicines for asthma, acid reflux, thyroid disease, and seizure disorders.” Bloom recommended anyone falling into those categories, regardless of age, along with menopausal women should have regular bone density screenings and should be mindful of their calcium and vitamin D intake. A healthy diet is also crucial in keeping bones strong and healthy throughout life.

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o you remember the night a Long Island pizza delivery boy kissed supermodel Heidi Klum on TV? This is how Sal Valentinetti cruised from the front seat of his pizza delivery Cadillac to a front-row seat of American music. Little Sal used to go from PreK to his Grandma Tina’s Wantagh home most days. They’d sing and play. By spring of 8th grade, Sal was heading to Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville. He wanted to play the baritone horn in the jazz band of Trinity’s renowned musical theatre program. Sal calls the low-pitched brass instrument, “the least sexy instrument in the band.” His dad remembers Sal’s description as, “It’s like a sax and tuba had an ugly baby!” During his 8th-grade tour of Holy Trinity, Music Director Tyrone Jones told Sal he’d have to up his baritone horn game to compete in September. Sal’s parents hired music teacher Dr. Joseph Merkel. All summer they practiced the serious music pieces Sal would need for his 9th-grade audition. Sal made the band! But by September he was bored with his private lessons. Sal told Dr. Merkel he wanted to play music he actually liked. “He’s expecting me to play 50-Cent, but I said, ‘There’s a song me and my Grandma used to sing.’ I sang Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife. “‘Oh, the shark babe, has such teeth dear, and he shows them pearly white!’” Sal’s dad, Steve, remembers, “It was lesson over! Dr. Merkel walked upstairs and asked, ‘Did you ever hear your son sing? He has perfect pitch and tone. I think you should get him singing lessons!” Sal says the tough, Queens-girl side of his mom sarcastically oozed out. “Really? And how much are singing lessons? Oh, and my daughter can juggle too!” Sal: “For the next few hours it was the inquisition about how I’d learned to sing. My parents sitting across from me, Dad perfectly This is how Sal perplexed. My mother like an FBI agent!” Sal says they went to an expert for advice, close family friend “Uncle” Valentinetti Dean. “Being a former pizzeria-restaurant owner with cruised from weekend entertainment, Uncle Dean obviously knew the most about entertainment!” Uncle Dean asked Sal the front to sing, and out came “Luck Be a Lady” from Guys and seat of his Dolls. Again, his grandmother’s music. Dean told them, pizza delivery “Take that horn and throw it in the garbage!” By 17 Sal was in the school plays, the select choir, Cadillac, to a and delivering pizza in the Caddy. “Most pizza guys are front-row seat driving Honda Civics. I’m driving this boat. It’s horrible of American on gas!” Dating, he also needed to make more money. Sal started singing weekends in the restaurant of another music. family friend, “Uncle Joe.” By the time Uncle Joe told him 20 • Long Island Woman • september 2020

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Addictions •AA/Al Anon Meetings..........................631-669-2827 John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, Port Jefferson matherhospital.org

Support Groups

•AA/NA/Family Support....................... 516-746-0350 friedbergjcc.com THRIVE Recovery Community and Outreach Center 1324 Motor Pkwy, Hauppauge. Ste. 102. thriveliorg •Bereavement......................................... 516-274-0540 •Al- Anon and Alcoholics Anonymous .................................................................. 631-474-6489 Cope Foundation. Cedarmere Estate, Roslyn. copefoundation.org St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson stcharleshospital.chsli.org/support-groups-1 •Bereavement (March and Sept.).......631-351-2013 •Alcoholics Anonymous........................ 516-292-3040 Huntington Hospital, Northwell Health. northwell.edu aa.org •Debtors Anonymous............................ 212-969-8111 •Bereavement..........................................516-634-4010 Friedberg JCC, Oceanside. friedbergjcc.org Ascension Lutheran Church 33 Bayshore Rd., Deer Park. danyc.info •Bereavement............................... 516-822-3535 x328 •Families Anonymous.......................... 800-736-9805 Mid-Island Y JCC, Plainview. miyjcc.org familiesanonymous.org •Bereavement................................516-484-1545 x196 •Food Addicts Anonymous................. 772-878-9657 Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr., East Hills. sjjcc.org foodaddictsanonymous.org •Bereavement......................................... 516-520-2706 •Gamblers Anonymous...............516-484-1545 x196 St. Joseph Hospital, Bethpage. Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr., East Hills. sjjcc.org stjosephhospital.chsli.org

Bereavement

•Gamblers Anonymous........................855-222-5542 gamblersanonymous.org •Gam-Anon Hotline..... 516-200-4932/718-352-1671 gam-anon.org •Long Island Recovery Association.....631-552-LIRA lirany.org.

•Bereavement............................... 631-581-4266 x100 St. Mary’s Church, 20 Harrison Ave., E. Islip parishofstmary.org •Bereavement (suicide)....................... 631-687-2960 Brookhaven Hospice

Breast & other Cancers

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•Lung Cancer........................................... 516-374-3190 Hewlett House, 86 Rockaway Rd., Hewlett. hewlett-house.org

•Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline ..................................................................800-877-8077 breast-cancer.adelphi.edu

•Men With Breast Cancer...................... 516-877-4314 Adelphi Univ. School of Social Work, Garden City breast-cancer.adelphi.edu

•Adolescent Support/Mentoring.......... 516-374-3190 Hewlett House, 86 Rockaway Rd., Hewlett. hewlett-house.org

•National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) ..................................................................631-838-4357 LI Chapter, Huntington Station. ovarian.org

•American Cancer Society...................800-ACS-2345 cancer.org

•Oncology (for women) ....................... 516-374-3190 Hewlett House, 86 Rockaway Rd., Hewlett. hewlett-house.org

•Breast Cancer......................................... 516-877-4314 Adelphi Univ. School of Social Work, Garden City breast-cancer.adelphi.edu •Breast Cancer (under 40).................... 516-877-4314 Adelphi Univ. School of Social Work, Garden City breast-cancer.adelphi.edu •Breast and Ovarian Cancer................631-462-9800 Suffolk Y JCC, Commack. suffolkyjcc.org

•Online Young Women’s (under 40) Breast Cancer Support .................................................... 516-877-4314 Adelphi Univ. School of Social Work, Garden City breast-cancer.adelphi.edu •Ovarian Cancer...................................... 516-374-3190 Hewlett House, 86 Rockaway Rd., Hewlett. hewlett-house.org

•Breast Cancer........................................ 631-376-4444 •Strength for Life (exercise class).......631-675-6513. Various locations. strengthforlifeNY.org Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, Breast Health Center, W. Islip. good-samaritan-hospital.org •Support for People With Oral, Head and Neck •Breast Cancer Family and Friends.... 631-376-4444 Cancer.......................................................800-377-0928 New Hyde Park, Syosset and Stony Brook. Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, Breast Health Center, W. Islip. good-samaritan-hospital.org spohnc.org

•Bereavement ........................................ 516-484-4993 •Breast Cancer........................................ 516-663-2556 Elias Hicks Historical Home, 1740 Old Jericho Tpke., Newly -Diagonosed, NYU Winthrop Hospital •Narcotics................................................. 631-474-6262 Jericho. copefoundation.org MichelleDecastro@NYULangone.Org St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson •Bereavement for Children and Families stcharleshospital.chsli.org/support-groups-1 •Breast Cancer......................................... 516-374-3190 ................................................................... 516-626-1971 Hewlett House, 86 Rockaway Rd., Hewlett. •Overeaters Anonymous.............516-484-1545 x196 North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center hewlett-house.org Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr., East Hills. sjjcc.org •Death of a Child....................................631-738-0809 •Breast Cancer: Newly Diagnosed Stage 4 •Overeaters Anonymous......................631-981-5850 St. Sylvester’s Church, Medford ................................................................... 516-877-4314 John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, Port Jefferson. •GriefShare............................................... 516-561-6150 Adelphi Univ. School of Social Work, Garden City matherhospital.org Bethlehem Asembly of God breast-cancer.adelphi.edu •S-Anon Anonymous (Partners of Sexaholics) 9 E. Mineola Ave., M1 Building, Valley Stream. •Breast Cancer: Newly-Diagnosed .... 631-476-2776 .................................................................. 516-366-4354 bethlehemmag.org/whatshappening Mather Hospital, Port Jefferson. matherhospital.org •Women for Sobriety............................ 215-536-8026 •H.E.A.L. (Help Ease A Loss)................631-265-4520 •Cancer..................................................... 516-256-6025 womenforsobriety.org St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Smithtown Long Island Jewish Valley Stream •Holocaust Survivors and Friends......631-462-9800 •Cancer...................................................... 516-734-8817 •Alzheimer’s and Dementia................. 516-767-6856 Suffolk Y JCC, Commack. suffolkyjcc.org Northwell Health. northwell.edu Long Island Alzheimer’s & Demntia Center. •Loss of a Child....................................... 516-520-2500 •Cancer...................................................... 516-374-3190 1025 Old Country Rd., Westbury. lidementia.org St. Joseph Hospital, Bethpage. Hewlett House, 86 Rockaway Rd., Hewlett. •Alzheimer’s Association .....................631-629-6950 stjosephhospital.chsli.org hewlett-house.org 429 Broadhollow Rd., Melville. alz.org/longisland •Loss of a Parent.......................... 516-822-3535 x328 •Cancer Excercise..........................516-484-1545 x231 •Alzheimer’s Caregivers........................ 516-746-0350 Mid-Island Y JCC, Plainview. miyjcc.org Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr., East Hills. sjjcc.org Family and Children’s Assoc., 100 E. Old Country •Loss of a Spouse......................... 516-822-3535 x328 •Caregivers for People with Breast Cancer Rd., Mineola. familyandchildrens.org Mid-Island Y JCC, Plainview. miyjcc.org ................................................................... 516-877-4314 •Alzheimer’s Caregivers.............. 631-585-2020 x261 •Sibling Bereavement............................ 516-484-4993 Adelphi Univ. School of Social Work, Garden City Community Programs Center of L.I., Ronkonkoma Elias Hicks Historical Home breast-cancer.adelphi.edu cpclongisland.com 1740 Old Jericho Tpke., Jericho. copefoundation.org •Caregivers............................................... 516-374-3190 •Alzheimer’s Family and Caregivers.. 516-593-2424 •Teen Bereavement (10-17).................516-250-3598 Hewlett House, 86 Rockaway Rd., Hewlett. Bristal Assisted at Lynbrook St. Mathew Church, 35 North Service Rd., Dix Hills. hewlett-house.org •Alzheimer’s Caregivers (JASA)...........516-432-0570 helpingkidzkope@gmail.com •Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Ct., Oceanside. jasa.org •Widows and Widowers.............631-462-9800 x129 ................................................................... 631-547-1518 hbcac.org •Alzheimer’s Caregivers .......................631-629-6950 Suffolk Y JCC, Commack. suffolkyjcc.org Alzheimer’s Association, 429 Broadhollow Rd., •Widow/Widower (ages 50-60) .516-766-434, x170 •Islip Breast Cancer Coalition..............631-968-7424 Melville. alz.org/longisland Friedberg JCC, Oceanside. friedbergjcc.org Southside Hospital, 301 E. Main St, Bay Shore •Lewy Body Dementia Resource Center •Young Widows and Widowers (20-54/55-65) •Live, Love and Laugh Again (breast cancer) ................................................................... 516-218-2026 .................................................................. 631-241-7237 ................................................................. 631-476-2776 750 W. Broadway, Ste. 2R, Long Beach. lbdny.org St. Mathew Church, 35 North Service Rd., Dix Hills. John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, Port Jefferson matherhospital.org •Memory Support Program..................516-766-4341 arlenepsalm23@verizon.net.org 15 Neil Court, Oceanside. pjaffe@friedbergjcc.org •Look Good, Feel Better....................... 631-376-4444

Alzheimer’s/Dementia

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Breast Health Center, W. Islip. good-samaritan-hospital.org

•Thyroid Cancer Survivors Hotline.....877-588-7904 •Touchstone Group: (for women who had breast cancer treatment 18 months ago+).... 516-877-4314 Adelphi Univ. School of Social Work, Garden City breast-cancer.adelphi.edu •Upper GI Cancer...................................631-638-0718 Stony Brook Cancer Center, 2nd floor, Stony Brook •Breast Cancer Hotline..........................800-877-8077

Caregivers •Dementia Caregivers........................... 516-767-6856 Long Island Alzheimer’s & Demntia Center. 1025 Old Country Rd., Westbury. lidementia.org •Caregivers...............................................516-292-1300 Family and Children’s Assoc., 100 E. Old Country Rd., Mineola. familyandchildrens.org •Caregivers...............................................516-742-2050 Mid-Island Y JCC, Plainview. JASA Nassau County Caregiver Resource Center. miyjcc.org •Caregivers.................................... 516-822-3535 x328 Mid-Island Y JCC, Plainview. miyjcc.org •JASA Caregivers........................631-724-6300 x1600 Suffolk Y JCC, Commack and Bristol Assisted Living, Northport. bsignore@jasa.org •Caregivers .................................... 516-484-1545 x211 Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr., East Hills. sjjcc.org •Caregivers...............................................631-807-6819 Paulette Demato, Southside Hospital, 301 E. Main St, Bay Shore •Caregivers.................................... 631-462-9800 x147 Suffolk Y JCC, Commack. suffolkyjcc.org •Caregivers of a Loved One with Early Stage Memory Loss................................. 516-484-1545 x211 Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr., East Hills. sjjcc.org •Let’s Do Dinner (spouses of Young Onset Dementia patients)....................... 516-484-1545 x211 Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr., East Hills. sjjcc.org •Senior Caregivers.................................631-385-0754

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NAMI, Pederson Krag, 55 Horizon Dr., Huntington

Divorce & Separation •Divorce......................................................516-476-1774 Alliance to Restore Integrity in Divorce (ARID) •Divorced and Separated........... 516-822-3535 x328 Mid-Island Y JCC, Plainview. miyjcc.org •Divorced and Separated 12-Step ......718-740-1684 Community Church of East Williston •Divorced/Separated.................... 516-484-1545 x211 Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr., East Hills. sjjcc.org •Divorced and Separated...........631-462-9800 x139 Suffolk Y JCC, Commack. suffolkyjcc.org •Separated/Divorced Counseling ....... 516-599-1181 Peninsula Counseling Center, Lynbrook •Separation/Divorce...............................516-634-4010 Friedberg JCC, Oceanside. friedbergjcc.org •Singles...........................................631-462-9800 x139 Suffolk Y JCC, Commack. suffolkyjcc.org

Support Groups •Brain Tumor Patients and Families... 631-474-2323 Gardian Brown Foundation, Gurwin Medical Ctr., 50 Hauppauge Rd., Commack. guardianbrain.org •Brain Tumor Patients and Families .......................................................516-4442-2250 x110 Neurological Surgery PC. 1991 Marcus Ave., Ste. 108, Lake Success. nspc.com. rvanallen@nspc.com •Chron’s and Colitis Foundation......... 516-222-5530 585 Stewart Ave., Ste 304, Garden City ccfa.prg/chapters/longisland •Coma/ Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery Assoc. ...................................................................516-377-5333 South Nassau Community Hospital, Oceanside •Diabetes.................................................. 516-520-2500 St. Joseph Hospital, Bethpage stjosephhospital.chsli.org

•Singles..................................................... 516-822-3535 Mid Island Y JCC, Plainview. miyjcc.org

•Epilepsy................................................... 631-474-6489 St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson stcharleshospital.chsli.org/support-groups-1

Domestic Violence, Rape & Sexual Abuse

•Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder.......516-739-7733 x1145 epicli.org

•Brighter Tomorrows............................. 631-395-1800 brightertomorrowsli.org •Child Abuse and Maltreatment Referrals ..................................................................800-342-3720 •The Crime Victims Center/Parents for Megan’s Law............................................................631-689-2672 CrimeVictimsCenter.org •My Sistas: Domestic Abuse Victims.. 631-645-6300 comeawaymybelovedInc.org •Family Violence and Child Abuse...... 516-485-5710 F.E.G.S. fegs.org

•Hearing Impaired and Cochlear Implant ...................................................................718-470-7550 Northwell Health Hearing and Speech Center, New Hyde Park •Hearing Support Group.......................516.628-4300 Center for Hearing Health, Mill Neck, centerforhearinghealth.org/events •WomenHeart of Nassau/Queens..... 718-526-0790 Northwell Health, New Hyde Park •WomenHeart of Huntington...............631-499-4160 The Huntington Heart Center, Huntington •Hepatitis C (American Liver Foundation) .................................................................. 631-754-4795

•The Safe Center Long Island 24 Hour Hotline ..................................................................516-542-0404 tscli.org

•HIV/AIDS................................................631-691-7080 F.E.G.S. Copiague. fegs.org

•L.I. Against Domestic Violence..........631-666-8833 liadv.org

•Lupus.......................................................516-783-3370 Lupus Alliance of LIQ

•The Retreat (Domestic Violence hotline) ..................................................................631-329-2200

•Melanoma (Patients/Caregivers)...... 516-352-4227 cmbc1@optonline.net

•Victims Information Bureau (VIBS) of Suffolk County......................................................631-360-3606

•Multiple Sclerosis (National)..............631-864-8337

St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson stcharleshospital.chsli.org/support-groups-1 •Stroke and TBI........................... 516-674-7696 x7696 Northwell Health. northwell.edu •Stroke/TBI Caregivers..........................516-586-4480 Common Ground Alliance, Plainview commongroundall.com

•Nicotine Anonymous...........................877-879-6422 nicotine-anonymous.org •Smoking Cessation Workshops..........516-629-2013 St. Francis Hospital DeMatteis Center, 101 Northern Blvd., Greenvale

Weight Loss •Bariatric and Weight Loss Surgery ... 631-376-3697 Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, W. Islip. goodsamaritan.chsli.org •Post-Bariatric..........................................516-62MERCY Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre

•Stroke Support Groups........................516-629-2013 St. Francis Hospital DeMatteis Center, 101 Northern Blvd., Greenvale

•Overeaters Anonymous.......................631-473-1320 John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, Port Jefferson matherhospital.org

•Trigeminal Neuralgia/Facial Pain .......................................................516-4442-2250 x110 1991 Marcus Ave., Ste. 108, Lake Success. nspc.com. rvanallen@nspc.com.

Miscellaneous

Mental Health

•Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP)... 888-408-6222

•Anxiety and Panic.................................631-226-3900 mhaw.org •Emotions Anonymous......................... 631-474-2090 John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, Port Jefferson matherhospital.org •Families Anonymous (for families and friends of drug abusers)..........................................631-589-3790 Various locations. familiesanonymous.org •Link Age.................................................. 516-746-0350 Family and Children’s Assoc., 100 E. Old Country Rd., Mineola. familyandchildrens.org •Mental Illness Family Support...........516-504-HELP Mental Health Assoc. of Nassau County, Hempstead •Mood Disorder (Peer Support)......... 516-489-2322 Northwell Health (Syosset, Plainview, Valley Stream locations) mdsgli.com •Mood Disorder (Family/Friends).......516-499-6374 Northwell Health (Syosset, Valley Stream, Bayshore locations) mdsgli.com •Mood Disorders....................................631-226-3900 mhaw.org

•Developmental Disabilities Inst....... 631-360--2900 Smithtown (family support services). ddiny.org •NAMI Huntington.................................631-424-4528 •National Infertility Network Exchange (NINE) ...................................................................516-794-5772 •New Mothers......................................... 631-376-4444 Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Ctr., W. Islip good-samaritan-hospital.org •Parenting (Children w/ Cancer) ......................................................... 516-484-1545 x211 Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr., East Hills. sjjcc.org •Parents of Young Children, Birth to Five ......................................................... 516-766-4341 x162 Friedberg JCC, Oceanside ParentingResourceNetwork.org •Pregnancy Information and Referral ..................................................................631-853-3033 •Pregnancy and Infant Loss ...................516-562-8422 North Shore Univ. Hospital, Manhasset •Pregnancy Information and Referral...631-853-3033 •Prison Families Anonymous.................631-943-0441 pfa-li.com

•NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness (Queens/Nassau)....................................516-326-0797 1981 Marcus Ave., Ste. C117. namiqn.org

•Second Generation (Children of Holocaust Survivors)........................................516-484-1545 x196 Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr., East Hills. sjjcc.org

•Multiple Sclerosis..................................631-694-4370 Syosset Hospital Conference Room A/B

•NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness ..................................................................631-385-0754 Suffolk. landsburyhunt@aol.com

•Women’s Issues.................................... 516-746-0350 Hempstead Family treatment and Recovery Assoc., 126 N.Franklin St. familyandchildrens.org

•Adhesions (scar tissue pain) ..............631-921-7426 Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook adhesionsfoundation.org

•Muscular Dystrophy............................. 631-474-6300 St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson stcharleshospital.chsli.org/support-groups-1

•Parents of Children w/Mental health Diagnosis .................................................................. 516-746-0350 Various Locations. familyandchildrens.org

•Young Widow and Widowers............ 631-495-8541 35 N. Service Rd., Dix Hills. widowednotalone.com

•Alopecia...................................................631-680-0148 naaf.org

•Myasthenia Gravis.................................631-765-2186 Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, Setauket

•Amputee.................................................631-968-3479 Southside Hospital, 301 E. Main St, Bay Shore

•National Federation of the Blind........516-868-8718

•Postpartum Depression .......................................631-422-2255/855-631-0001 Postpartum Resource Ctr. of NY. postpartumNY. org.

•Arthritis ................................................. 631-427-8272 arthritis.org

•Parkinson Disease ...............................631-862-3560 St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson stcharleshospital.chsli.org/support-groups-1

Health Related

•Bariatric................................................... 631-474-6876 St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson stcharleshospital.chsli.org/support-groups-1 •Brain Aneurysm ................................... 516-562-3059 The Brain Aneurysm Center at North Shore Univ. Hospital, Manhasset. nsalant@northwell.edu •Brain Injury............................................ 631-474-6952 St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson stcharleshospital.chsli.org/support-groups-1

•National Multiple Sclerosis Society...631-864-8337

•Speech Communication......................631-474-6831 St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson stcharleshospital.chsli.org/support-groups-1 •Spinal Cord Injury................................ 516-739-4900 St. Charles Hospital, Albertson stcharleshospital.chsli.org/support-groups-1 •Stroke Club...................516-562-4947/516-562-3111 •Stroke.......................................................631-474-3700

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•Relatives and Friends of persons with a Mental Illness........................................................631-226-3900 mhaw.org •Suicide Prevention Hotline.................. 800-SUICIDE

Smoking Cessation

•American Cancer Society.................. 800-ACS-2345 516-921-6016 or 631-436-7070. cancer.org •Smoking Cessation...............................631-853-2928 John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, Port Jefferson matherhospital.org

•Women’s Issues.....................................516-634-4010 Friedberg JCC, Oceanside. friedbergjcc.org

All listings for Support Group consideration must be submitted by the first of the month for the following month at: liwomanonline.com/support. Deadline for the October issue is September 1. No information will be accepted by telephone. Listings are published on a space-available basis. To advertise a for-profit support group call 516-505-0555 x1 or liwomanonline.com/advertise If you have a support group listed in this guide that no longer exists or requires updated information, please email us at: support@liwomanonline.com. september 2020 • Long Island Woman • 23


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