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‘By Any Other Name’

You can’t judge a book by its cover, or a romance novel by its author’s name and photo. The original comedy, By Any Other Name by Claudia Wilson will be presented on Thursday, Jan. 30 through Saturday, Feb. 1, and Friday, Feb. 7 at the United Methodist Church, 35 Verbena Ave. in Floral Park.

This charming comedy written by Wilson, who lives in Floral Park and is a longstanding member of Theatre Box, centers on Otto Putzhammer, a budding romance novelist whose stories are constantly rejected by publishing companies because of two strikes against him—his less than romantic sounding name and his less than attractive appearance.

But his luck is about to change thanks to his sister, Heidi, who submits one of his manuscripts to a publisher under a pseudonym and a photo of a model. The result is a series of hilarious situations for everyone involved.

The show cast includes: Rich Carroll as Otto Putzhammer, Melissa Virdone as Heidi, Kate Lenzo as Sally, Geralyn Greco as Martha, Nick Sieban as Rod, Tim Smith as KP Willson, and Kelly Schmidt as Gina.

Show times are Jan. 30, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, and Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Proceeds will benefit the creation of a community storm center. For reservations and information send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-900-2031.

Additionally, Theatre Box is always looking for volunteers who can run lights or sound or backstage work for productions on show dates. All ages welcome. No experience necessary. Help with marketing and promotion is also appreciated. Volunteers should contact Bob Wilson at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-515 1027.

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County sponsors Narcan training at high school

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.

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.


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