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Cops, Counselors Update Residents

The Concerned Citizens Civic Association of Farmingdale—an organization that represents the interests of the citizens of Farmingdale—saw special visits from both law enforcement and a local community counseling center, with both groups offering advice and tips on how best to use their services.

 

CCAF Vice President Tina Diamond welcomed YES Community Counseling Center Executive Director Jamie Bogenshutz to the meeting. Diamond pointed out that YES serves a vital role in these tough times, getting people in duress for various reasons the assistance they need, when they need it.

 

“YES is a very important organization...they help a lot of families in our area,” she said. “Jamie is here tonight to give us an overview of what they do, and what’s happening in our community, and not just with kids, but with families as well.”

 

Bogenshutz stated that YES, a not-for-profit based out of Massapequa, has been in existence since the late 1970’s, and their mission since they first opened their doors has been to serve the communities of Massapequa , Plainedge, and Farmingdale.

 

“We provide a wide range of mental health services for children, adolescents, parents, and families,” she said. “All of our work is around trying to make the community healthy and stronger by providing individual, family, and group counseling. We provide support for parents and people who are suffering through substance abuse, divorce, death anxiety, domestic violence, child abuse, loss...the issues that we deal with are the issues that are in our community and the community next door.” 

 

Bogenshutz said that YES received a great deal of funding last year from the Federal Government for their ongoing efforts to assist those touched by the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. Also, in order to expand the scope of their services, YES has recently opened a second facility in Levittown, and plans to merge with another group in Bethpage in the near future.

 

To find out more about YES Community Counseling Center, visit their website at www.yesccc.org.

 

Police Tips

 

The Nassau County Police Department also paid a visit with the CCAF, to dispense come helpful crime-fighting tips for local residents. Inspector John Berry, Commander of the Second Precinct, and Officer Paul Lamonica, a member of the Problem Oriented Police, or

POP, presented advice on how to keep yourselves and your homes safe this holiday season.

 

“Burglaries and larcenies typically increase around this time of year because it gets dark earlier,” he said. “What the bad guys like to do is drive around the back streets around 4:30 in the afternoon or so looking for dark houses. When they find some, they’ll go up, ring the doorbell, and if no one answers, they’ll usually go around back and put a brick through the window so they can enter and rob the house.”

 

Berry noted several ways to protect your home from thieves, including installing motion-detecting floodlights and timers on home lighting to activate in the evening hours; and asking neighbors to bring in your empty trash cans for you on garbage day.

 

“If your trash cans are sitting out empty all day, that tells robbers that no one is home to bring them in,” he said. “Ask a local resident to bring them to the side of your house for you, and arrange to do something for them in return.”

 

Additional topics that Berry covered were proper home and personal security, including avoiding posting your travel plans on public social media websites such as Facebook, as would-be robbers frequent such sites looking for potential homes to rob; raising awareness of the recent increase of phone scams designed to hoodwink innocent victims out of their money; and common sense when it comes to leaving valuables in plain sight in your automobile.

 

“The reason we get a lot of auto larcenies is because people will just leave their iPads, iPods, and laptops right on the front seat, and they’re easy pickings,” Berry said. “Just take those things and put them in your trunk or under your seat...that will cut down on the larcenies in cars tremendously.”