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Kings Park library to host free information fair Thursday for seniors

This playground behind the Kings Park branch of

This playground behind the Kings Park branch of the Smithtown Library, is located at 1 Church St. The library is under renovation and expected to be reopened mid-summer 2012. (June 27, 2012) Credit: Fran Berkman

A free informational fair for seniors, their families and caregivers will be held Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kings Park Branch Library, 1 Church St., in recognition of May as Senior Citizens Month.

Fifteen senior citizen agencies will attend the first of two fairs hosted by Suffolk Legis. Lynne C. Nowick (R-St. James) and John M. Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset). The second is scheduled for May 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nesconset Branch Library, 148 Smithtown Blvd.

No registration is required, but seniors should bring identification, said Susan Eckert, Nowick’s legislative aide.

The Suffolk County Health Department plans to test attendees for carbon monoxide, and St. Catherine of Sienna Medical Center in Smithtown will conduct blood pressure screenings, Eckert said.

The county Sheriff’s Office will create on site “in case of emergency” cards that show a senior’s photo, identity, doctors, medical conditions, medications and emergency contact, said Kristin MacKay, office director of public relations. Attendees also can apply for Project Lifesaver, a wristband that emits a tracking signal that officers can use to locate a person reported missing.

The sheriff’s office also will accept unwanted and expired medications, including covered liquids and hypodermic needles, for proper disposal, MacKay said. For more information, call Nowick’s office at 631-854-3900.

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