Awards For Peconic Landing

Peconic Landing, an adult community in Greenport, has been recognized by LeadingAge New York with two awards: the Innovation of the Year Award, in partnership with the Manhattan Film Institute, and Employee of Distinction Award, recognizing longtime employee and facilities supervisor Joseph Hughes.

The awards were presented by LeadingAge New York’s VP of members services Kristen Myers during an awards ceremony and celebration at the Greenport Continuing Care Retirement Community on July 13.

Peconic Landing and MFI were awarded the 2018 Innovation of the Year Award in recognition of their collaborative intergenerational film project “Seniors in Film.

The project, completed in 2017, brought seniors from Peconic Landing and aspiring film students together to learn and grow through film.

Peconic Landing leadership worked with actor/screenwriter Chazz Palminteri, director/screenwriter (and MFI co-founder) Tony Spiridakis, and writer/producer Shannon Goldman to develop the program, which included a six-week course on the “Fundamentals of Film,” taught to interested members at the community.

It was followed by the opportunity to create a short film under the mentorship of award-winning film experts. The result is a four-minute short film titled, Life after Death, written by a high school teenager and portrayed by individuals in their 70s and 80s. The quirky film takes a humorous look at love and loss. Experience it at

The Innovation of the Year Award recognizes innovative approaches to care and services for seniors. The award recognizes programs that stand out because of their ground-breaking creativity, vision, success, and ability to be replicated. Winning submissions may improve the quality of services or utilize creative problem-solving to add to the field of aging services, according to the LeadingAge New York awards criteria.

“This partnership truly symbolizes creative use of resources and talent combined to form a new product for the benefit of many. The concept can be replicated at different organizations with different partners, so it can truly benefit the field,” Myers said. “It also benefits members, staff and the general community surrounding Peconic Landing.”

Hughes, facilities supervisor and a 12-year employee at Peconic Landing was named Employee of Distinction by LeadingAge New York, a recognition given to just 18 individuals across the state annually.

The Employee of Distinction Award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of frontline staff at New York’s not-for-profit, mission-driven senior care and service provider organizations. It honors those who go above and beyond the status quo in helping to provide quality care and services to New York’s seniors, according to the LeadingAge New York awards criteria.

“Today we are here to honor Joseph for all he does here at Peconic Landing. He has the most important role of keeping everyone safe and the community running smoothly,” Myers said. “Not only does he excel in this role but he also takes it very seriously, monitoring all aspects of the operations whether on or off campus and responding whenever duty calls.”

For more information about Peconic Landing, visit

Jewelry Showcase

The New York Jewelry Design Institute presents “Facet: Hamptons,” a fine jewelry designer showcase, for one day only on Saturday, July 28 at the Bridgehampton Community House.

The NYJDI pioneers modern programming in jewelry design education, with a focus on entrepreneurship. The Bridgehampton event features a blend of emerging student designers, alongside established jewelry designers, for a boutique shopping experience highlighting unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Admission is free and the event runs from 11 AM to 7:30 PM. For more info, visit

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