Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00
As the sun set on a picture perfect Sunday and the lights came on at Tully Park, children from New Hyde Park, Floral Park, Franklin Square, Roosevelt and Oceanside took to the lacrosse field to play the game they love. From a spectator’s view it looked like any other game, but this night was different. On this night they were playing for a cause.
Just over two weeks ago Hurricane Sandy pounded the East Coast and left Long Island in state of destruction. Some lost power while others lost everything. When Eric Rudd from Long Island Park Lacrosse called Pete McClean from the New Hyde Park PAL Lacrosse the mission was clear “Kids playing for kids.”
Parents brought their children along with donations of food, clothing and cleaning supplies. While the parents were busy sorting through and organizing the various items the kids were playing their hearts out for one another. The normal feelings of rivalry were replaced with ones of camaraderie as the kids used to competing against one another were now on the same team. The stadium lights were hardly needed as the smiles of hope and compassion lit up the field.
As the evening came to a close Coach Keith packed up his minivan with some much needed supplies and headed back to the dark streets of Oceanside, a town hit hard by Sandy and still without power. While the storm has claimed many people’s homes and possessions it is no match for the resilience of the town’s children who despite their challenges came out and competed as though nothing was wrong. The event also helped the local residents in Long Beach and Lindenhurst.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Long Island communities are waging a war against prescription drug abuse and a rampant heroin epidemic. The county launched a free public training program in 2012 to teach ordinary citizens the signs of an overdose and how to reverse its effects using a drug called Narcan.
Garden City High School hosted one of these training events on Oct. 9 as a packed auditorium of parents and community members gathered to learn the skills needed to potentially save a life. Floral Park will host the event in December.
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.
Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.