News & Press Releases 2021
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Administration
and Staff of Dominican Village, I would like to
extend to you all wishes of peace and joy during
this holiday season!
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December 26th, 2021
December 25th, 2021
Dominican Village participates in Kids Need More Cheer Bus:
Dominican Village Elf’s spent a day delivering toys, smiles and cheer!!
December 16th, 2021
Columbus Lodge #2143 Supports Dominican Village
Gary Caparco, President of Columbus Lodge #2143 Order of the Sons of Italy located in Farmingdale, NY presented Dominican Village a check to support programs, activities, and events for our senior residents. We are grateful for their support.
Left to Right: President of Columbus Lodge #2143 Gary Caparco, Activities Director Deidre Maynard, First Lady Maria Caparco, and Community Relations & Development Director Emily Monem
December 15th, 2021
Dominican Village Welcomes New Director of Wellness
Congratulations to Erika White appointed as the new Director of Wellness. Erika joined Dominican Village in August 2020, her compassionate care and work ethics was evident early on. Her commiment to the mission of Dominican Village led to her promotion.
December 9th, 2021
Dominican Village Celebrates Festival of Lights
Scaled back but still shining bright, our Festival of Lights was a celebration of hope. Residents and guests enjoyed a spectacular holiday and Christmas lights display, while enjoying live entertainment from the North Shore Pops. Santa made a grand and most fabulous entrance to officially kick off the season!
December 6th, 2021
Welcome New Director of Operations Anna Julien (RN, MHA)
Dominican Village welcomes Anna Julien (RN, MHA) to the position of Director of Operations.
Anna began her career in nursing as a nursing assistant in Central Massachusetts and went on to receive her LPN and RN degrees. Anna and her family moved to New York as a RN Special Project Coordinator working with residents and staff on improving resident’s experience from admission to discharge and working with facility staff and professional team in developing a resident center care environment.
With an interest in enhancing her knowledge of long term care management, Anna returned to school Hunter College to earn a BSN. She later received her MSN/MHA from the University of Phoenix, Arizona and has her BELS Certification.
For the past five years, Anna has held the position of Director of Nursing Services at Meadow Park Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Flushing, Queens.
Anna is very proud of working with the professional team as its Director of Staff Education, Training and Research at Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn. Specifically, Anna was instrumental in coordinating the application process and assistance in the facility receiving the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award both Bronze and Silver.
December 6th, 2021
Welcome New Case Manager Karyn Leto LPN
Karyn Leto LPN joined Dominican Village as their new Assisted Living Case Manager. Karyn’s experience includes Patient Advocacy, Home Care and Hospice care. Karyn stated, “she looks forward to using her experience and knowledge in providing the best level of care and service for our residents.
November 29th, 2021
Dominican Village wishes two of their mission driven employees
A Happy Retirement!
Ljilijana Kavelj has worked at Dominican Village’s Housekeeping Department for 14 years. With a colorful flower always in her hair, she greets everyone with a smile. With our mission in her heart she provided kind words and encouragement to both residents and staff alike. We thank her for her service.
Dolores Joshua has worked at the front desk for over 17 years. Her commitment and dedication to serving the residents and all those who walked through the front doors is second to none. Her knowledge of daily activities, programs and the comings and goings of our beloved residents were embedded in her memory bank. It’s clear that her devotion to our residents, family members and vendors has made a positive impact on our organization. Best wishes for a Happy Retirement!
November 16th, 2021
Dominican Village Residents & Staff support Long Island Cares
Together Dominican Village Residents and Staff collected a bus load of non-perishable items to support Long Island Cares!
Left to Right: Dominican Village’s staff members Emily Monem Suzann Osterbery Tom Prendergast & Long Island Cares Program Center Coordinator Marc Leonelli.
Help spread the love early!!!! November 30th is #GivingTuesday,
please consider donating!
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November 4, 2021
HONORING ALL WHO SERVED!
On November 4th Dominican Village & NYS Senator John Brooks hosted a luncheon to salute our Veterans. 175 Veteran attendees enjoyed lunch catered by Dominican Village food service, entertainment provided by the Jewel notes and refreshments donated by Clear Caption.
Senator Brooks recognized Dominican Village’s Veteran Centenarians Anthony Cirenza, 102 years old (served in three wars: WWII, Vietnam & Korean War)
& Dr. Nancy Leftenant-Colon 101-year-old whose career and accomplishments in the Military is an extensive list. Nancy a Registered Nurse Lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corps served in the position of National Secretary for Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated (TAI), from 1978-1987. In 1987, Nancy was duly elected to position of 1st Vice President, and in 1989, she was duly elected to the position of President of Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated, the first woman to be elected to the position.
Pictured Left to right: Manny Cirenza; son of Veteran Anthony Cirenza (102 years old) retired from Air Force, NYS
Senator Jon Brooks & Dr. Nancy Leftenant-Colon 101 retired United States Army Air Corps.
Pictured Left to Right: Congratulations to our 50/50 Raffle Winner Robert Romano (Navy) pictured with Community Relations Director Emily Monem & President/CEO Eric Kalt.
October 29, 2021
IT WAS A MONSTER BASH AT DOMINICAN VILLAGE!
Dominican Village’s annual Halloween costume party was a “Monster Mash.” Witches, superheroes, and goblins gathered enjoying a variety of games, music, dancing, and a costume contest. “It was a graveyard smash!”
The Board of Directors, Administration, staff, and residents of Dominican Village wish to extend their
deep appreciation for your Fall Frenzy Auction donation. Your donation helped us to meet our
fundraising goal and move forward with key initiatives.
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October 15, 2021
FUN FALL FRENZY AUCTION A HUGE SUCCESS!
Dominican Village’s Annual Auction was a huge success. The Helen Butler Hall was filled to COVID capacity with our loyal supporters and adorned with 150 magnificent baskets.
Special thanks to everyone who so generously donated items, those who made fabulous baskets, our underwriters, sponsors, and volunteers who made the event look effortless and the vision possible.
We acknowledge ALL our winners and supporters and wish you/your business continued growth and prosperity in the months ahead.
October 9, 2021
Dominican Village Congratulates One of their Own!!!
Congratulations to Jose Cotto for being selected as one of the 2021 Hispanic Heritage month celebration recipient. “His contributions and dedication to our Hispanic communities and our great state of New York have not gone unnoticed,” said Senator Brooks.
Jose was personally thanked for his 11 years of exemplary service at Dominican Village as their Housekeeping Supervisor.
Dominican Village is proud to have Jose as a member of our team!
Left to Right: NYS Senator Brooks & Jose Cotto
October 4, 2021
PEACE POLE PROJECT
On Saturday October 2, 2021, Pax Christi Long Island Peace Pole Project honored Dominican Village resident Agnes Kelly for her years of leadership and service in promoting peace, non-violence, and social justice.
Peace Poles carry the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” and have been planted by supporters the world over in every region and continent on Earth. hanks to Agnes for her generous donation, two Peace Poles now stand at Dominican Village.
We are honored to be part of this Project of PEACE.
Agnes & Gerard Kelly
October 4, 2021
Dominican Village’s Dr. Nancy Leftenant-Colon celebrates 101 years
Nancy celebrated her birthday surrounded by family, friends and a special Zoom presentation from fellow Tuskegee Airmen extending Happy Birthday wishes.
Described as a “trailblazer” Nancy has lived through generations of American history. Her long list of firsts includes: First commissioned African American nurse to be integrated into the Army Nurse Corps. First (and only women) to be president of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. and along with others, she received the Congressional Gold Medal from President George W. Bush on March 29, 2007. In 2018 Amityville Memorial High School Library was named in her honor. Most recently, Nancy was inducted into the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Hall of Fame. Nancy says, “I’m not done yet”!
October 4, 2021
Dominican Village celebrates National Assisted Living Week!
Dominican Village joined tens of thousands of Assisted Living communities across the country celebrating National Assisted Living Week, Sunday, September 12th through Saturday September 18th, 2021. Dominican Village Activities team kicked off the National theme of “Compassion, Community, Caring" with fun filled activities and events. A balloon making course, Bubbles and Champagne party with live entertainment, Coney Island themed day - Nathan’s famous hot dogs and fries were served, and carnival games were played. Day at the Races was action packed, staff were the jockeys and the residents’ placed bets on who would win. The week ended with a Sock Hop dance party!
- Dominican Village residents James Shea & June Jahn
- Dominican Village resident Shirley Kessler
- Activities Coordinator Suzann Osterbery & Dominican Village resident Eileen Gross
- Day at the Races Event: Dominican Village Staff are the Horses!!!
Fall Frenzy 2021
Bid on Safari Trips Auctions & More
FUN FALL FRENZY AUCTION
SUMMER NETWORKING EVENT
Ice Cream truck will be making a stop at Dominican Village Thursday July 29, 2021, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm join us for fun treats! RSVP by Monday July 26th to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (631) 842-6618
July 4, 2021
Happy 4th of July
Dominican Village wishes everyone a very happy and safe 4th of July! Enjoy & celebrate with family & friends.
June 30, 2021
Wine Down Wednesday
Dominican Village held its 3rd networking event “Wine Down Wednesday”. No whining, only laughter!
June 29, 2021
Bundles of Blessings
Dominican Village & North Amityville Kiwanis hosted a Baby Shower to benefit the Life Center of Massapequa, NY. Residents, staff and community members came to together to support with items for babies and toddlers.
June 28, 2021
Dominican Village was a host pop-up vaccine site on May 27th. William Junior Benitez grandson of Dominican Village Staff member Marleny Rivas receives a four-year scholarship to Farmingdale State College in a vaccine lottery.
Left to right: William Benitez, William Junior Benitez & Marleny Rivas
June 21, 2021
Summer Time & The Simple Stuff!!
A lot of good things take place within you when your mind, heart, and soul are filled with peace.
Some are: you compare yourself less to others; you judge others less; you become less frustrated over little things; you experience less anxiety and worry; you become more aware of your blessings and feel a closer connection to nature.
We wish these things and many, many more for you and for your mind, heart, and soul to be filled with lasting peace!!!
June 20, 2021
Hot Dogs & Beer a Father’s Day Celebration
Dominican Village honored dads with a Hot Dog & Beer Social. Our residents were appreciative of the recognition.
June 19, 2021
Dominican Village celebrates Juneteenth!
Juneteenth marks the day slavery came to an end. Historically, a monumental feat for American History and now a Federal Holiday. Happy Juneteenth from all of us at Dominican village!
June 17, 2021
Veterans Rebuilding Life
Dre Popow Executive Director & Damia December at Veterans Rebuilding Life, generously donated 2000 face shields to Dominican Village.
June 16, 2021
Residents get the Scoop!
Ice cream sundaes for all! Adelaide Gilmartin & Marie Surace agrees that ice-cream makes them SMILE!
June 11, 2021
Dominican Village residents Nancy Leftenant Colon who is 100 years old, Terry Kreider 97, and Sal Villante 95, took a field trip to view their Hometown Hero Banners so generously donated by the Lindenhurst Kiwanis Club. Nancy Leftenant Colon poses by her brother Samuel Leftenant’s banner. Samuel was a Tuskegee Airmen. We are grateful for all our service men and women.
May 31, 2021
We are forever grateful to the brave men and women who answered the call to service, and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation. Today, we pay tribute to them, and honor their memories always.
May 26, 2021
CUPCAKES & CHAMPAGNE
Dominican Village held its Cupcakes & Champagne networking event to bubble up mutual business opportunities; it was a huge success!
May 25, 2021
Like the old Cheers sitcom song…..”Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came, you wanna be where you can see ….our troubles are all the same” Dominican Village residents gather for Happy Hour.
May 24, 2021
“CHANGES IN OUR LIVES”
Even though change can be difficult, many times it is also for the best. “When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge”- Tuli Kupferberg
Here at Dominican Village the Pastoral Care Department hosts a weekly program for its residents to voice and express changes in their lives. In this setting residents are reassured that they will learn to cope with any change one is dealing with. It is a unique opportunity to share and be comforted.
May 16, 2021
THE RED HATS ARE BACK!!!
...and the breezes are warming, the trees are blooming, and the ladies are wearing red and purple again! Perhaps these are indications that we are heading towards better days and positive signs that our residents need.
May 18, 2021
YUUUM… BRUNCH IS BACK!!
All the joys of gathering at our Sunday Brunch. Signs that we are bit closer to “normal”!
May 13, 2021
Cheers to all of our essential workers who made this gathering possible!!
May 12, 2021
Dominican Village’s Needlework Group Delivers
Dominican Village’s Needlework group donates knitted blankets to St. Joseph's hospital, bringing much needed comfort to its patients. A special thanks to Carter Anne McGowan for the generous donation of yarn to make projects like this possible.
“Take your needle…and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
May 11, 2021
Dominican Village Friends Reconnecting!
Spring is in the air bringing warmer weather and rekindling friendships!
Left to Right: Former resident Frank Abate visits Anthony Cirenza
Left to Right: Former employee (retired) Auggie Osborne & resident Sal Villante
May 7, 2021
Mother’s Day Love in Full Bloom
For all those moms who put the color in our world Dominican Village staff delivers Colorful & Cheerful Bouquets purchased by their loved ones!!
May 6, 2021
Dominican Village Celebrates Nurses Week!
On Thursday, May 6, 2021 Dominican celebrates Nurses Week by honoring our nurses and healthcare workers for their compassion and tireless service to our residents and their family members.
May 5, 2021
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo, also known as Battle of Puebla Day, is celebrated on May 5th in recognition of the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
May 4, 2021
Wear a Mask, Save a Life Mask Up Earth!
Chiraj, a nonprofit founded by Dr. Rajeev Fernando has donated over 28,000 masks to 28 countries through its Mask Up Earth campaign. Dominican Village is grateful to be one of the recipients.
Dr. Fernando stated “masks are the single most important tool we have right now to slow the spread of COVID. Both the CDC and WHO recommend wearing of cloth covering in public places to stop the spread of COVID-19.” He added “the chance of transmission goes down from 17.4% to 3.1% when masks are worn.”
Dominican Village shares Dr. Fernando’s motto Wear a Mask, Save a Life, Mask-Up Earth!
April 30, 2021
Dominican Village Is Hiring
DIRECTOR OF WELLNESS SERVICES
The Director of Wellness is responsible for overseeing the Nursing, Case Management, and/or Social Work Services which comprise Wellness in the Assisted Living Residence. Responsible for the department’s organization and administration, including supervision, case management, nursing, and personal care of the residents within the guidelines of the Enriched Housing Program (EHP), Assisted Living Residence (ALR), and Enhanced Assisted Living Residence (EALR) regulations of New York State.
Please contact Human Resources at (631) 842-6762.
On April 29, 2021, Dominican Village was the host of a pop-up Vaccine site. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Governor Cuomo & Senator Brooks office for coordinating the services. We are especially grateful and appreciative to Stony Brook’s Doctors, Registered Nurses and EMS workers who were in attendance. 157 neighboring community residents received the Moderna Vaccine.
April 29, 2021
April 25, 2021
Dominican Village’s TEA & SEE Networking Event A Great Success!
We want to thank our colleagues in the Assisted Living & Rehabilitation field who joined us on April 22nd at our TEA & SEE.
This Networking event was a reunion of colleagues. We were excited to reacquaint our guest with all the amenities, and services Dominican Village has to offer and of course tour our 13-acre campus.
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Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Place: Dominican Village’s Helen Butler Hall
(Located in the back of the Main Building)
Who May Attend: Ages 18 and over.
The second dose will be administered on
May 27th from 10:00am - 2:00pm
WALK-INS ARE WELCOME
April 23, 2021
Dominican Village has taken important steps to in-service and educate residents and staff members concerning the COVID-19 vaccine. Recently with the assistance of Senator John Brooks (SD-8) and team members Michael Reid Chief of Staff
and Joe Agovino Communications Director a question-and-answer session was held at the Helen Butler Hall led by distinguished members; Dr. Gregson Pigott: Suffolk County Commissioner of Health; NYS Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre: and Regional Director of LI Parks & former NYS Senator Monica Martinez.
Thanks to our rising vaccination rates, we are extremely happy to share that fully vaccinated residents can enjoy more community activities and expanded visitation.
Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gregson Pigott answers questions concerning COVID-19 Vaccine.
Regional Director of LI Parks & former Senator Monica Martinez shares stories from surrounding communities.
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March 25, 2021
Dominican Village Residents Rock the Socks!
On March 17, 2021, the residents of Dominican Village put their fashion foot forward donning green socks generously donated by the Vice President and Associates of TD Bank located in Garden City. From the bottom of our “soles” to the tip of our “souls” we thank you.
March 25, 2021
The Living it Award
Dominican Village recently awarded Wellington Mendez, Environmental Services Supervisor with the “Living It Award.”
The Living It Award is an annual staff recognition program to honor exemplary service, quality care and a strong commitment to the mission and the values of Dominican Village. Dominican Village recognizes the achievements of an employee who embodies five key categories: service, teamwork, communication, integrity, and community.
Wellington Mendez exemplifies all these characteristics and attributes. An employee for seventeen years Wellington performs at a level above normal job expectations and enacts the “person-centered care” philosophy daily. Wellington is known to treat residents, family members, co-workers, and community members at large with dignity and respect. There is not a day that goes by that Wellington does not stop and ask, “how is your day going”, he is truly a gentleman.
“Although there were many wonderful nominees, Wellington shined” said CEO Eric Kalt; this is what makes Dominican Village an exceptional place to live and work.
March 5, 2021
Dominican Village Thanks Marshalls of East Meadow
Dominican Village is thankful to Marshalls Store in East Meadow for responding to the call for much needed PPE. Store Manager Melinda Bach heard of the need through the Deaconess website. We are humbly grateful for the generous donations of masks, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizers.
Left to Right: Melinda Bach Marshall’s Store Manager joined by Cathy Carrasquillo & Nashata El’Escencio Store Associates.
February 25, 2021
Dominican Village Welcomes Eric Kalt
Dominican Village is pleased to announce Eric Kalt as our new President/CEO.
Eric brings to the Village more than 35 years of experience in directing and administering at long-term and acute care facilities including Crown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Brooklyn, as well as Townhouse Center of Rehabilitation and Nursing in Uniondale. He also served as an administrator in St. Francis Hospital in Port Washington.
February 14, 2021
Planting Seeds Of Kindness And Love
Dominican Village would like to acknowledge the following Troops for their generosity & craftmanship. They brought so much joy and love through Cupid Crew. The residents showcased flower pots from Troop #2220 from Massapequa, Cards from Troop #1818 West Islip & sweet treats from Kinsley a Daisy from Lindenhurst Troop 2373. Kinsley made 275 Valentine packages of candy, stickers and signed notes for all the residents of Dominican Village!!
All the residents felt the love!!!
THE POWER OF EVERY CARING GESTURE
Junior Girl Scout Troop 1818 of West Islip showered the residents of Dominican Village with handmade Valentine’s Day Cards which were lovingly received by the Dominican Village residents proving the power of every caring gesture can have a profound impact on others.
Planting seeds of kindness and love Lindenhurst Daisy; Kinsley Gumowski, age 6 wanted to assure the Dominican Village residents that she was thinking of them on Valentine’s Day. Kinsley made over 270 treat bags with handwritten love notes which brightened our residents day. She is a ray of sunshine to the community and truly holds the Girl Scout motto of making the world a better place to heart.
Thank you to all the Girl Scouts who donated handmade cards through Wish of a Lifetime Cupid Crew! To Girl Scout Troop 2533 who donated handmade Valentine’s Day cards to our seniors, they really brought so much joy to the residents! Girl Scout Troop 1988 in Deer Park who sent long-distant hugs in the form of Valentine’s Cards for our residents. A heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to you! #GirlScoutsGiveBack Girl Scout Troop 2380, you brought joy and comfort to our community! Wish of a Lifetime through AARP donated cards, t-shirts, and over 250 roses so that our residents could have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. The Massapequa Girl Scouts donated flowers and homemade cards to ensure a great day enjoyed by all! L3Harris Technologies located in North Amityville donated beautiful cards and pictures.
January 22, 2021
Amityville Rotary Club
participates in Million Mask Challenge Tour!
Amityville Rotary Club (District 7255) selected Dominican Village to be among one of many healthcare organizations to receive facial masks in their Million Mask Tour Challenge. We are elated and especially grateful for the donation.
Left to Right: Sr. Maureen Muir, Dominican Village’s Chief Quality Officer, Terri Cantillo Milone Dominican Village’s Director of Finance, Amityville Rotary Club volunteer members: Carolyn Dodd, Kevin Battcher, John Diliberto and Joe Morin.
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January 15, 2021
Fountain of Hope
Dominican Village is honored to be selected as one of the 2020 Health & Business Alliance Grant recipient. This grant from the Health & Business Alliance will allow Dominican Village the ability to purchase and install a Fountain of Hope in the Spring of 2021 where residents, families and staff members may take a moment and reflect on all that has passed and look forward to a promising future