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A new drive-thru testing site has opened in Riverhead.
The testing site is to make it easier for those living on the East End of Long Island to get tested. The closest place to do so, Stony Brook, is at least a half hour from the Riverhead location. The drive-thru testing site is open to the public and located on Old Country Road, about two miles from where the expressway ends. It is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Riverhead location is open to everyone but you do need an appointment to be tested and you do need to have symptoms. The test will be distributed to doctor's offices, testing sites and hospitals over the coming weeks.
To make an appointment, call 516-874-0411
Suffolk County residents can now get FREE testing for COVID-19 at Stony Brook University at a drive-thru coronavirus testing facility that opened yesterday.
The mobile testing site has six lanes to accommodate up to 1,000 tests per day. It will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Appointments are required. To make an appointment, call the State Coronavirus Hotline 24/7 at 1-888-364-3065
Another great resource is the new Covid19 website from Google. https://www.google.
Program ASAP - Southampton Town will launch a delivery service for seniors on Wednesday, March 25.
The new program, dubbed ASAP - for "All Seniors Assistance Program" will deliver groceries and other essentials to all seniors - age 60 or older - living in the Town of Southampton.
The program will allow seniors to buy many items without having to venture out, according to a press release from the town issued this afternoon.
Any senior can place an order with a participating merchant, using their assigned ID number. The senior pays the merchant for the order by credit card.
When the order is ready for pick up, the merchant calls ASAP and a town employee delivers the items to the senior's door step, using protective gloves and mask.
BUILDING REMINDER Please remember to not flush disinfectant wipes down the toilet. They are not meant to be flushed. They will clog all pipes in this building.
Hampton Jitney has stopped running all busses until further notice
Audio/Met Opera/Symphony/Live Music
One of the first signs that businesses were starting to take the coronavirus seriously was when public events started getting postponed and canceled. Sporting events, music concerts, stage shows and live podcast tapings were just some of the entertainment options that disappeared overnight. That was a bummer, but there's a bright side. You can stock up on free audio to fill that hole in your soul.
Amazon Music HD (free 90-day trial, but cancel or afterward you'll be billed at the regular rate of $15 per month)
Audiobooks aren't just for long commutes. Audible has made a selection of Audible Originals free for the listening:
Although the Metropolitan Opera has brought down the curtain for the foreseeable future over COVID -19 concerns, the New York City institution will offer another way for audiences to take in its performances. The Met will stream a title from its Live in HD series each night through the duration of the Met's closure. Starting at 7:30 PM every night from the company's homepage: www.metopera.org
With live music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Eurovision and SX
London-based concert hall Wigmore Hall is doing something similar. Wigmore, which announced it was closing its doors for nearly a month, "will be sharing exceptional performances, masterclasses, talks and more from past events at Wigmore Hall" until its planned reopening April 14, Director John Gilhooly said in a statement.
As NPR reported earlier this week, some musicians including Josh Groban; Ben Gibbard, the lead singer of band Death Cab for Cutie; rapper Fat Tony; and the Indigo Girls have opted to create their own "mini" concerts, taking them directly to fans via their social media platforms.
Spring Cleaning and Gardening
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Binge Your Fave Shows Or Read Your Favorite Books
Now is the time to finally catch up on your favourite TV shows or series. Sling.TV, Netflix, Disney +, Hulu, Amazon Prime as well as countless other streaming apps on your TV. Use this time to relax and unwind with some quality entertainment to help ease the stress being cooped up inside. YouTube has some great podcasts too!
There's nothing like streaming video to help you weather the storm. And while Netflix, HBO, Hulu and all the rest cost a pretty penny, these free video streaming services are absolutely gratis. Just bring a working broadband plan and a tolerance for commercials -- and you should be golden.
Pluto TV (Disclosure: Pluto TV is owned by ViacomCBS, the parent company of CNET)
In addition, Amazon has made a library of kids' TV shows free for all users. These shows are usually reserved for Amazon Prime customers, but now anyone can
Filmmaker Gary Hustwit is offering his documentaries for free streaming during the crisis, with the film selection changing each week. Until March 24, the streamable film to watch is "Helvetica," a documentary "about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture."
Of course, we haven't forgotten about the bookworms out there, either. Whether you prefer reading an ebook on a tablet or an audiobook through your AirPods, here are some options for you for your phone or tablet.
Scribd: Scribd is now offering a 30 day free trial with no credit card requirement. They host over a million titles, including e-books, magazines, audiobooks and more.
Wattpad: If you're a fan of underground literature, it doesn't get much more unknown than Wattpad. Wattpad is a community that allows writers to publish new content across different genres, giving them a platform to have their works read.
Comic Chameleon: If you're a webcomic fan, it's high-time you check out Comic Chameleon. It's got a curated selection of some of the top webcomics out there, like Questionable Content, XKCD, Dinosaur Comics, and Girls With Slingshots.
JSTOR: University and college students will probably be familiar with JSTOR, the academic resource that contains a plethora of ebooks and journals. Now, JSTOR is making its entire library accessible to the public -without academic credentials.
Why spend cold, hard cash buying books and magazines -- which you generally only read once and then don't need to see ever again -- when there's a really good chance you can borrow them from the library instead -- without actually having to go to the library. It might sound weird to check out digital media from the library, but many local libraries have modernized a lot since the days of card catalogs and microfiche readers. Exactly what you can check out from your local library depends on, well, what your local library offers. Nonetheless, here's how to get started:
And once you've explored what your library has to offer, there's no need to stop there, because you can find a wealth of resources for getting your hands on free ebooks online. For the whole scoop, check out 10 ways to download and read books online for free.
Do That Thing You've Been Meaning To Do
Maybe you've found yourself with an abundance of free time and you're not quite ready to dedicate yourself to binge-watching another season of your favorite show. Instead, maybe you're ready to learn something new or take up a new hobby. If that's the case, then this is the place for you.
Free distance learning solutions and educational resources
Thanks to the pandemic, schools across the US are closing, sending students home for an uncertain future -- and in most cases, it's unclear if studies will resume at all this academic year. Of course, most institutions are falling back to some form of online instruction, but if you're a parent looking for a way to keep your kids engaged academically during this very challenging time, there are many tools you can try.
If you want to add some virtual field trips to the at-home curriculum, you can take tours of hundreds of museums around the world at Google's Arts & Culture Collections. In addition, the New York Metropolitan Opera will stream a different encore Live in HD performance every day. For details, see the "Free night at the opera" section of Free entertainment to help you survive coronavirus social distancing.
Duolingo: Now is as good of a time as ever to start learning another language or brushing up on one you haven't used in a while. Duolingo provides fun, quick lessons in over 94 different language courses in 23 languages.
Khan Academy: It never hurts to brush up on the basics, and Khan Academy has thousands of free lectures and practices on everything from grammar to science.
Udemy: Udemy is an app with tens of thousands of video lectures on a range of topics, from singing courses to event planning. Most courses aren't free (though they are affordable), but there are still free options available.
Archive.org: If you're looking for a large collection of public domain media, your best bet is Archive.org. It has millions of public domain books, songs, TV shows, magazines, and more. If you're feeling particularly bored, you can also use the site's Wayback Machine feature to snoop on what your favorite sites looked like way back in the day.
National Emergency Library: Archive.org is suspending waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in the lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation's displaced learners. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later.
The Great Courses will release free content to benefit the general public. Included is the course "An Introduction to Infectious Diseases," taught by Dr. Barry Fox, Clinical Professor of Infectious Disease at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, as well as the short video "Coronavirus Outbreak: What You Need to Know," led by Dr. Roy Benaroch, acting pediatrician and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine.
Video Chat With Your Friends Or Loved Ones
Perhaps the worst part of the pandemic for many of us is the isolation that comes from social distancing. We're working from home, not seeing friends in the evening, and generally trying to "air gap" ourselves to stay healthy. One way to stay connected despite the quarantines is using these free video conferencing and video chat tools that have been around for years, but you might have had little reason to try. (Some have paid versions when being used for business/corporate accounts.)
Create Your Own Spa Experience & Get Moving
Self-care days, especially in times of heightened stress, are vital to good mental health. Run yourself a warm bath, pop on your favourite tunes and dedicate a day/s to yourself. We recommend making your favourite meal with what you have on hand, dedicated time to something you enjoy, such as reading or playing an instrument, light meditation and early bedtime.
Yoga Techniques: https://youtu.be/
There is a daily 30 minute meditation hosted by Deepak Chopra and Oprah- they can go to www.chopracenterneditation.
Down Dog: If you're stuck inside, yoga can be a great way to get some exercise while easing anxiety. Yoga app Down Dog has made its premium membership free to all users, across its apps, through April 1.
Headspace: Science has proven that a meditation practice can reduce stress and anxiety, so there's no better time to start than now. Headspace has made several of its meditation collections free due to the ongoing pandemic. (Healthcare workers can also get a full subscription for free.)
Balance: If you're feeling stressed, Balance has begun offering a free one-year subscription to their personalized meditation app. In order to redeem the subscription, interested parties will need to email email@example.com
Sanvello: Sanvello is a digital care app that offers mood tracking, self-assessment test, coping tools, and a peer support network. The service is offering free premium access for as long as COVID-19 remains a national emergency.
Zenia: The first AI-based virtual yoga assistant, Zenia app provides a number of classes for home practice and its in-app virtual guide is helping users to do the exercises properly by noting necessary corrections and adjustments during the practice. Zenia is giving free access to everyone until April 12.
Dark Noise: If you've been having a particularly tough time dealing with the quietness of being home, Dark Noise is a great ambient noise app that can help fill the silence. It includes sounds from coffee shops, office spaces, camp fires, rain storms, and white noise. During the pandemic, the developer has opened up the Dark Noise Test Flight for anyone who would like to try the app.
The most common complaint about being stuck inside is that of course, you'd rather be outside. With so many towns and cities on complete lockdown, many people are not able to go out for afternoon walks or get adequate physical exercise. Movement is vital to optimal physical and mental health, so we recommend doing some at-home workouts. Search Youtube for thousands of at-home workouts to suit every taste or just turn on some music and get dancing. Also all state parks are open to the public for free. Locally you can go check out Morton Wildlife Refuge on Noyac Road. Bring some bird seed or bread and have the birds fly to your hand. All of the beaches are open and great for going for a hike. Montauk Camp Hero has tons of hiking trails as well as Big Reed Pond and Hither Hills State Park in Montauk. Another local place to walk is Long Pond Greenbelt Trails. Right past Mashashimuet Park.
Taking care of your own health and wellness should never take a backseat, no matter what's going on in the foreground. With that in mind, there are several excellent apps that can help you work out indoors or find some zen in the midst of chaos.
Golds Gym is offering free access to its app, Goldsamp, until the end of May, where more than 600 audio and video workouts along with DJ mixes get you ready to work up a sweat. Planet Fitness is offering "HomeWork-Ins" streamed live at 7 p.m. ET daily on its Facebook page.
CARROT Fit: If a fitness app with short, "punishing" workouts and plenty of snark sounds up your alley, give CARROT Fit a try. Normally $4.99, the app is now a free download for the next two weeks.
Peloton: Peloton may be known for pricey fitness equipment, but its app actually offers a slew of different audio and video workouts across that you can use without the fancy bike. The company is offering a free 90 day trial to new users.
Active: Popsugar has made their ACTIVE app available for free, aiming to help users keep active during lockdown. Loaded with video workouts, photo tutorials, treadmill workouts and more
Food ~ Stores & Other Open Places
Be sure to start using Uber Eats and Grub Hub apps. They are great apps that are available on the east end. They might be able to deliver from the grocery store if you are unable to. See me if you need help putting the app on your phone. PeaPod from Stop & Shop are still operating. They have more limited options in regards to delivery times.
All restaurants have moved to takeout or delivery so if you don't see a restaurant listed below just look them up online and they should have most if not all of their menu available to order from.
CSA's Now is a great time to get a CSA for your fresh vegetables needs.
Balsam Farms - Delivers - www.delivery.balsamfarms.com
Quail Hill Farm - Pickup - Quail Hill Farm offers both Summer and Winter Share options for families and, for those living alone, a single share.
I will be updating this every time I get new information. Please send feedback and any information that will be important for all of us. I want to keep this to facts only so please read the information that comes from the CDC and the New York Health Department as well as local information coming from the Village Mayor or Police Chief.