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When Our Staff Earns Awards, The Readers Win

Written by Angela Susan Anton, Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:08

Just over a year ago, we at Anton Community Newspapers embarked on an ambitious project to reinvent our publications for the 21st century. Our hometown papers, each with a long and strong local presence, had not kept pace with changes in the media and among our readers. We began to overhaul everything, from our look to our content to the software we use to update it all.

Earlier this month, our efforts were again validated with wins at the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. The awards ceremony, held during the organization’s conference in Saratoga Springs, recognized Anton for excellence in fields ranging from news to advertising design. The details on the winners are on this page.


Dear PSEG: We’re Just Not That Into You

Written by John Owens, Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:00

We are only 100 days into the relationship, and already the honeymoon’s over. It’s not as severe as the woman who is charged with pushing her brand-new hubbie off a cliff, but it is fair to say that many of us don’t find PSEG Long Island as dreamy as we had hoped.

When LIPA was replaced as Long Island’s electric utility in favor of PSEG (LIPA is now only the client for this contractor), we had visions of mega-watt bliss with this division of the respected New Jersey utility, Public Service Electric & Gas.

Obviously, we set our expectations too high, as again and again, PSEG proved utilities will be utilities.


Take Your Date Out of the Comfort Zone

Written by Joy Robinson, Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

If you’re anyone who’s anyone and old enough to read this inspiring issue of Long Island Weekly, then have we got some ideas for you. Surely, you’ve experienced a good old-fashioned date right? That’s part of the problem. Step outside that comfort zone. Do something in lieu of the unoriginal dinner and a movie plan. Face it, sitting in the dark silent and adjacent, barely able to see your partner (or where you’ve planted your popcorn) isn’t exactly quality time spent. Whether you’re single, engaged or even married — dating plays a huge role in your life. It’s important to delve into some out-of-the-box thinking.

“The act of physically going out and spending time with your partner is extremely important to the vitality of the relationship,” said Cynthia Piretto, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Hempstead. “Studies show that people who step outside their comfort zone and try new things are “happy” people.” Piretto added that when couples introduce new activities to their life together, excitement happens and the love between two people continues to grow.


This Illness Isn’t Treated Like An Illness

Written by John Owens, Friday, 11 April 2014 08:56

Addiction is a disease. We’ve been hearing that for decades. Yet when it comes to treatment, addiction often is treated as something else, something less.

Whether the abused substance is alcohol, pills or, increasingly here on Long Island, heroin, treating addiction rarely is given the same importance as other medical disorders.

That point was made and backed up with numerous examples in a wide-ranging, several-hour interview I recently had with Claudia Peters Ragni of the Kenneth Peters Center for Recovery, an outpatient program for the treatment of chemical dependency.


The Plague That Kills People Just Like Us

Written by John Owens, Thursday, 03 April 2014 13:24

Spend any time at all with Claudia Peters Ragni, and you will be terribly frightened. Not that the tall, thin Ragni is scary. In fact, her high-energy personality and depth of knowledge are quite reassuring. But her message is the stuff of nightmares.

“Eighty percent of people addicted to drugs and alcohol are high functioning, have jobs, drive cars, have families,” said Ragni, who heads the Kenneth Peters Center for Recovery, an outpatient treatment program with offices in Syosset and Hauppauge. “I have never known anyone who didn’t know someone who fit this description.”


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