News & Press Releases 2019

News & Press Releases 2019



Our Annual Festival of Lights celebration at Dominican Village
Our Annual Festival of Lights celebration has become a holiday tradition at Dominican Village. This year’s festivities included all the holiday favorites, a full performance by North Shore Pops Orchestra, hot cocoa and cookies. Of course, Santa made an appearance! A Special thank you to the Copiague High School Key Club members for continuously volunteering their time to make the evening so joyous for the residents and their families. ‘


Honoring local Veterans at Dominican Village

Dominican Village and Senator John Brooks hosted a special luncheon to honor our local Veterans for their service to our country. Elected Officials and other members of the community were present to honor veterans and their guest with a luncheon and live entertainment.



QRA Alumnae reunion
When the Sisters of St. Dominic decided to close the Queen of the Rosary Academy in 1986, they began exploring possibilities for the use of the property. Their deliberations resulted in a new senior housing ministry. Hence, the sound of youthful voices that filled the academy hallways became the mature voices that fill the halls of Dominican Village. QRA Alumnae recall their happy days and reunited at Dominican Village to reminisce at the all Class years reunion. Graduates from class years 1952 through 1988 attended. Pictured are graduates celebrating their fortieth, fiftieth and sixtieth High School reunion (Class of ’59,’69,’79). The ladies shared fond memories of the Sisters of St. Dominic and their teen age years.



A Golden Gathering at Dominican Village with Senator John Brooks
In October Dominican Village partnered with Senator John Brooks who sponsored the “Golden Gathering” Senior Health Fair providing Seniors with free health screenings, flu shots and overall wellness tips. We thank the 32 community agencies for helping us promote general health care for all seniors.

14th Annual Chinese Auction Extravaganza


Dominican Village hosted its 14th Annual Chinese Auction Extravaganza! 300 participants enjoyed a buffet and cash bar while making their raffle selections from among 200 beautifully displayed baskets.


Dominican Village is no longer “the best kept secret in Amityville” and its motto “When you’re here, you’re home” is evident in the various activities and celebrations that our residents, their families and the local community enjoy on its premises.
Annual Family Day barbecue
We thank the Knights of Columbus # 2489 of West Babylon and the community volunteers for making Dominican Village’s annual Family Day barbecue very special. More than 700 Dominican Village residents and their families enjoyed a full day of activities that included live entertainment, carnival games, face painting, petting zoo, prizes, dancing and a special honor guard presentation on horseback.

Nurse of the Year Recipient John Walters and Volunteer of the Year Kay McKiernan


Dominican Village’s Nurse of the Year Recipient John Walters and Volunteer of the Year Kay McKiernan were honored by New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL). We congratulate them both for their outstanding commitment and compassion.

Queen of the Rosary Academy class reunion at Helen Butler HallQueen of the Rosary Academy class reunion text and directions at Helen Butler Hall
Senator John Brooks Golden Gathering 2019Senator John Brooks Golden Gathering 2019 entry ticket
Annual Chinese auction at Diominican Village October 2019
Dominican Village HIA-LI finalist.

August 14, 2019

Dominican Village is named a Not-for-profit Business Achievement Award Finalist in the Prestigious HIA-LI 25th Annual Business Achievement Awards

Amityville, NEW YORK, Dominican Village, when you’re here, you’re home, is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a not-for-profit finalist in the Business Achievement Awards competition conducted by HIA-LI, the recognized voice for business on Long Island. Recipients will be announced during a gala luncheon event held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM, Thursday, September 19, 2019.
“Dominican Village is honored to be among the finalists in the category of not-for-profits of the HIA-LI Business Achievement Awards,”, President/CEO of Dominican Village. For nearly two decades, HIA-LI has recognized the best of the best business on Long Island and Dominican Village is proud to be among those nominated.”
“HIA-LI is pleased to recognize Dominican Village as a finalist in the not for profit of our Business Achievement Awards competition,” said Terri Alessi-Miceli, President & CEO of HIA-LI. “Our finalists represent some of the highest performing and best-run companies on Long Island. Dominican Village has been named a finalist in recognition of its achievements in industry leadership, creativity, successful business operations, corporate vision, and other characteristics vital to developing and growing a winning organization.”
In choosing the finalists, the selection committee considered multiple factors. The award criteria include:

  • Positive employer/employee relations
  • Commitment to the growth or betterment of the Long Island business community
  • Revenue and profitability trends over the last three years
  • Three to five year vision for the company's future

Additional criteria that were considered include:

  • Recent outstanding accomplishments
  • Technical innovation or innovative processes
  • Expansion into new markets
  • Industry leadership
  • Overcoming adversity

Those interested in attending the luncheon, or companies interested in becoming sponsors, should contact Anthony Forgione, HIA-LI Director of Business Development, at or 631-543-5355.


August 9, 2019

John Walters Named NCAL Assisted Living Nurse of the Year

John Walters Named NCAL Assisted Living Nurse of the Year

John Walters, LPN, Nurse Supervisor at Dominican Village in Amityville, N.Y. has been named the 2019 Assisted Living Nurse of the Year by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). The NCAL Awards Program recognizes exemplary assisted living caregivers and programs. The award winners represent the best of the assisted living profession, a sector of long-term care that fosters choice, dignity and independence.

LPN, Nurse Supervisor on receiving the NCAL Nurse of the Year Award
As a nurse supervisor, Walters oversees the clinical needs of the 65 residents at Dominican Village, a 2019 recipient of the Silver—Achievement in Quality Award through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program. Walters seeks to improve the quality of care residents receive at this Long Island assisted living community by working closely with case managers to develop care plans, setting goals for his Wellness Department team, and serving as a strong team leader. He is known for going above and beyond the call of duty, often working overtime or checking in on residents, especially those on hospice. His knowledge of and passion for quality, end-of-life care means he is frequently consulted and readily offers additional education and support. Additionally, Walters facilitates a support group for families and caregivers, discussing ways to handle stress, among other topics. John also received the NYSCAL Nurse of the Year award this year from the New York State Center for Assisted Living.
“The common element among this year’s recipients is that they all go out of their way to ensure assisted living residents receive the best care,” said NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle. “Whether supporting their team members, offering their personal time, or connecting with family members, they inspire those around them. NCAL is honored to recognize these exemplary caregivers.”
“Having known and seen the way John performs as a nurse, the choice to award John with the NCAL Nurse of the year distinction could not have gone to a better candidate or nurse,” said Paul Wasser, President and CEO of Dominican Village. “We are blessed to have him in our community to care for our residents and lead his team of nurses and care aides.”
John will be recognized at the 70th AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention & Expo in Orlando, Fla. held October 13-16, 2019. For more information on programs and activities please contact the Community Relations Team at (631) 842-6091.


July 4th 2019

Dominican Village A NYSCAL Member Earns 2019 AHCA/NCAL Silver National Quality Award

They have already won the Bronze Award, now the Silver......what is next? Will they go for the Gold?


Dominican Village is delighted to announce they earned the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) Silver - Achievement in Quality Award. The award is the second of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which recognizes providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care in long term and post-acute care. There were 183 Silver recipients in the country and only two Silver recipients in New York State. Dominican Village was the only Assisted Living in NYS to receive the Silver National Quality Award the other member was a nursing home.


Seated in the middle President/CEO Paul Wasser joined by his team of Directors

“It’s amazing to see so many member centers and communities receiving this award,” said Mark Parkinson, President, and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “Despite all the challenges we face as a profession, I continue to be astonished by the quality outcomes our members achieve. It’s an honor to be able to recognize them for their dedication to improving lives.”
Based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program challenges member providers to achieve excellence in quality through three progressive levels—Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Members at the Silver award level develop and demonstrate effective approaches that help improve performance and quality outcomes.
“These recipients are making a difference for their residents and communities,” said Alana Wolfe, Chair of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. “This award level shows that these providers are setting and reaching quality goals, and I commend them for this outstanding achievement.”


May 22nd 2019

Dominican Village appoints Sister Maureen Muir, OP, to Chief Quality Officer.

Dominican Village Sister Maureen Muir, OP, Chief Quality Officer
Sr. Maureen has been serving Dominican Village for 6 years, her planning, administration and expertise in senior living is an asset to the future of Dominican Village.

May 17th 2019

Dominican Village & District 8th Senator Support Long Island Cares

Together Dominican Village’s residents & staff support Senator John Brooks Spring Food Drive initiative to bring awareness and attention to local food banks that need support.
Without hesitation Dominican Village’s residents and staff collected boxes of food and supplies.
Help local Food Banks 631-582-FOOD.
Pictured left to right: Emily Monem Dominican Village’s Community Relations Director and Suzann Osterbery Dominican Village’s Activities Coordinator


May 7th 2019

District 8th Senator John Brooks (D-Massapequa)

Senator John Brooks and the entire NYS Senate recognized Amityville resident Emily Monem as the 2019 NYS Senate Woman of Distinction in Albany on May 7th.
Ms. Monem along with 61 other women celebrated this honor together for their services to their local communities.
Pictured left to right: Emily Monem, Dominican Village’s Community Relations & Development Director & Senator John Brooks.


April 25, 2019


Public officials, local Representatives and the Administration of Dominican Village gathered for discussion of plans for new construction of 40 cutting edge secured Memory Care apartments and 60 Assisted Living apartments on our Campus. Paul Wasser CEO/President of Dominican Village discussed the growth of the organization and expressed optimism about the path we’re taking in responding to an ever-changing high cost marketplace for senior housing. Wasser stressed that investing in “person centered care” and “aging in place” philosophies is integral for the aging population.


April 17, 2019


New program “Meet New Friends” collaboration with Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation & Dominican Village Dominican Village and Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF) collaborated in getting the senior memory impaired population together “Make New friends” in a stimulated, safe and engaging environment.

Food, live music and plenty of dancing was the theme of the day! “Best day ever” followed by “see you next time” were the sentiments of many of the participants.

As an added bonus a pen pal program between Dominican Village residents and LIAF day program attendees was established, allowing the new friends to strengthen their bonds.

LIAF is known for making a positive difference in the lives of those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia – one person, one family, one community at a time.

New program “Meet New Friends” collaboration with Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation & Dominican Village


April 5, 2019


On Tuesday, May 7th the New York State Center for Assisted Living will present its annual Nurse of the Year Award to John Walters, LPN in recognition of his outstanding work at Dominican Village, a residential retirement and assisted living community sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Amityville.

In addition to his LPN license John holds a Bachelors’ degree from the New York Institute of Technology. John is an ordained deacon for the Diocese of Rockville Center and currently serves in St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church in Brentwood. He is an avid reader of history, a gardener and “an always hopeful Mets fan”.

Prior to joining the Dominican Village staff John worked for twenty-five years at the Helen Keller National Center in Kings Point as a bereavement specialist and later at Our Lady of Consolation Nursing Home Rehabilitation Center in West Islip, NY serving persons with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

While he is part of Dominican Village’s Wellness team John is a leader who listens, counsels and provides support. He implements new ideas and sets reasonable goals for his staff to meet, even surpass. He provides a calm and thoughtful way to approach the many challenges encountered by the staff when dealing with issues that affect the elderly and their care. John’s extensive experience, both professional and personal, allows for staff to trust his judgement and guidance A true team leader, John uses his skills to empower staff to be the best that they can be.

The Administration and Staff of Dominican Village are proud to join the New York State Center for Assisted Living in recognizing John Walters as its 2019 Nurse of the Year.


April 5, 2019

Dominican Village celebrates Nurse and Volunteer of the Year!

Dominican Village is very pleased to announce that two very dedicated individuals have been named New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) Award winners!

John Walters, LPN, is awarded 2019 Nurse of the Year and Kay McKiernan, is awarded 2019 Volunteer of the Year.

We are privileged to have both John and Kay as part of our team of professionals who work tirelessly to live the mission, provide quality programs and ensure quality care for the residents of Dominican Village. Congratulations to each of them on this outstanding achievement, we are very proud of them both! John and Kay will be honored at the NYSCAL Annual Awards Banquet at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY on May 7, 2019.


John Walters LPN                                                  Kay Mckiernan Volunteer


March 14, 2019

A Mission Driven Visit

Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory was on hand to tour Dominican Village’s recently renovated Independent and Assisted Living Buildings.

Gregory’s work as an advocate for seniors is directly in line with our mission and services we provide at the Village. Resident Henry Fairchild was delighted to meet him!

Dominican Village offers outstanding programs and activities for seniors for more information contact us at 631-842-6618


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