Dr. Brett Ruffo, Dr. Mark Coronel, Dr. George Ruggiero, Dr. James Tomarken
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Giant Colon Reminds Riverhead to Prevent Cancer

[caption id="attachment_23048" align="alignright" width="400"] Dr. Brett Ruffo, Dr. Mark Coronel, Dr. George Ruggiero, Dr. James Tomarken toured the giant colon on Monday.[/caption] Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken was in Riverhead Monday to sign a pledge with Peconic Bay Medical Center to reach a shared goal of 80 percent of at-risk Suffolk County residents screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. He took the pledge, along with hospital administrators, inside
Shinnecock tribal leaders lead the grand entrance procession at the 2015 Shinnecock Powwow
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Shinnecock Nation Votes To Grow and Dispense Medical Marijuana

[caption id="attachment_22465" align="alignnone" width="600"] Shinnecock tribal leaders lead the grand entry procession at the 2015 Shinnecock Powwow[/caption] The Shinnecock Nation is planning to open a medical cannabis dispensary and cultivation facility on its tribal land in Southampton, after voting this weekend to pursue designation as a provider for patients in New York State's medical cannabis program. Members of the nation voted 83-34 to approve the project. “As a people, we have
Columbia Care CEO Nicholas Vita and Riverhead Town Councilman John Dunleavy helped cut the ribbon at Columbia Care's Riverhead medical marijuana dispensary Friday morning.
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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens in Riverhead

[caption id="attachment_22224" align="alignnone" width="600"] Columbia Care CEO Nicholas Vita and Riverhead Town Councilman John Dunleavy helped cut the ribbon at Columbia Care's Riverhead medical marijuana dispensary Friday morning.[/caption] Riverhead became one of the first places on Long Island where patients can access medical marijuana on Friday, with the opening of Columbia Care's cannabis dispensary on East Main Street. Columbia Care is one of five dispensary companies chosen by New York State
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East End Mental Health in the Spotlight Again

[caption id="attachment_6731" align="alignnone" width="600"] Blue on the soccer field.[/caption] Southampton and East Hampton towns are hosting their 12th annual East End Mental Health Awareness Day on Saturday, April 11 at Southampton High School. The free day-long event features presentations, panel discussions and group workshops on topics ranging from the importance of peers in recovery to stories of resilience, finding inspiration through triathlons, mental health concerns in Suffolk County and finding
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Facing the Challenges of Access to Mental Health Care

[caption id="attachment_6882" align="alignright" width="600"] Students from Southampton Town's "Act Two" theater program in a sketch that focused on acceptance of friends' mental health issues at the annual East End Mental Health Awareness Day on Saturday. Pictured, from left to right, are Olivia Terry, Ariel Levine, Alison Cappabianca, Wayne Stanton and Joe Morais.[/caption] The relationship between insurance companies, mental health agencies and private therapists is a complex one anywhere, but the
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Something In the Way of Mental Health Care

[caption id="attachment_6731" align="alignnone" width="600"] Kids crying on the soccer field at Mattituck High School in 1994. Kurt Cobain had just died.[/caption] I'd just finished my afternoon shift as a cashier at the A&P in Mattituck on that day 20 years ago when the world learned Kurt Cobain had died. One of the women who was running the customer service counter buzzed me in to the count-out room and I stood