Business: Provisions Screens ‘Drawdown,’ VA Medical Center Expands

Provisions Natural Food Market and Café on Bay Street in Sag Harbor. Ellen Dioguardi photo

Provisions Screens “Drawndown”

Provisions Natural Foods Market and Café, at the corner of Bay and Division Streets in Sag Harbor, will host a screening and discussion of the film, “Drawdown,” on January 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the café. Drawdown is a game changing set of tactics that collectively gives individuals and communities the potential to transform our current environmental trajectory, according to a release issued on the Provisions website, Drawdown’s scientists and researchers measured and modeled the 100 most substantive solutions to bring down harmful atmospheric gasses – using already existing technologies – and reached both unforeseen strategies and the unexpected conclusion that reversing global warming is actually achievable.

In other news, Provisions has announced its January Bag Donation Charity is the Group for the East End, a nonprofit that protects and restores the environment of eastern Long Island through professional advocacy and education.

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VA Medical Center Expands Services in Riverhead

The Northport VA Medical Center celebrated an improvement of its audiology and physical therapy capabilities on Monday, January 7, at its community-based outpatient clinic in Riverhead.

With the swift cut of a ribbon, two services vital to East End veterans — audiology and physical therapy — officially expanded, saving them the journey to the main campus in Northport.

“We have more veterans in Suffolk than in any other county in the state, which makes any expansion to VA programs a meaningful event,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in a press release. “Today is a good day for our East End veterans, and we are excited to be a part of meeting our nation’s obligation to these men and women.”

The expansion comes as a part of the VA’s focus on improving veteran access to services, the release said. Northport is currently exploring the development of other clinics and has requested funding to build a new facility in Nassau County.

In the interim, Northport has dispatched mobile medical units across Long Island to help meet the medical needs of its veterans, the release said.

“This expansion has allowed for more accessible care for our veterans, with the use of our brand-new sound booth and state-of-the-art equipment,” Kaitlin Thoden, the clinic’s doctor of audiology, said in the release. “It is so rewarding to be part of this growth.”