As I stated in my first column, I’m dedicated to highlighting organizations that support worthwhile causes in our local communities. The two that I’m choosing to focus on in this month’s column are the Nassau Physician’s Foundation (NPF) and the Friendship Circle Luncheon, both founded and run by good friends of mine.
Founded by Dr. Belha Fish, the NPF is all about community and if there’s any doubt, look no further than its mission statement. “NPF exists to provide a stimulating environment for physicians who are drawing strength from their passion and who are willing to enrich each other’s lives. We are partners with the community in which we live and are committed to donating our time and expertise to educational and charitable endeavors. We raise money for medical education and research and pledge to be proactive in pertinent and current health issues.”
Inspired by his first unique opportunity to create an impact on the lives of people in underprivileged countries, Dr. Gerard D’Aversa continued on a second mission trip to provide vision-restoring procedures to underprivileged patients once again.
Dr. D’Aversa, a surgeon at Island Eye Surgicenter in Carle Place, completed a humanitarian mission trip to Grenada, West Indies in January. Accompanied by his 21-year-old son Jerry Jr. and surgical technician Kadrian Tobias of Brooklyn, Dr. D’Aversa preformed cornea transplants and cataract surgeries on long awaited patients on the small island.
When Janet Fine first moved to Great Neck, she looked forward to setting up a bird feeder and watching cardinals, chickadees and finches enjoy tidbits.
But there was a problem, and it was birds’ worst enemies—cats, and worse yet, feral cats at that.
“Along with the birds, I noticed a few stray cats without collars and thought, ‘maybe they’re hungry too’ and so I started putting out some food for them … And then later, I noticed that one of the cats was getting really plump. I was so ignorant that it took me a while to figure out that she was pregnant.”
I know a place that’s stuffed with scientific brilliance. World-class research labs. Universities. Medical schools. Cutting-edge hospitals that are the envy of the planet. Aerospace engineers. Software companies, including one of the industry’s largest independents. And an up-and-coming generation that this year alone took 53 of the 300 spots nationwide in the Intel Science Talent Search.
I am speaking, of course, of Long Island. And despite the recent news from Northrop Grumman that 850 high-paying, high-tech jobs are leaving Bethpage, Nassau and Suffolk counties remain a science and technology powerhouse.
Yet tell people in other parts of the country where you’re from, and many more will mention Joey Buttafuoco than our numerous Nobel laureates.
For the past 16 years, I have been the publisher of Anton Community Newspapers. My mission was and continues to be focusing on our local communities, tell their stories and help by supporting worthwhile causes. The Long Island Social Diary will do just that. Each month with this column, I’ll be focusing on all the good things we can all get involved with to help each other. The column will feature charities and events all geared toward supporting good causes in and around our communities.
The charity kicking off this inaugural column also happens to be the first charity I ever got personally involved with—EAC (the Education and Assistance Corporation). My dear friend Phyllis Kreitman introduced me to Hilary Hartung, the now-retired Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for EAC.
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