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Firefighters Adopt A Battalion

Members of the Floral Park and Stewart Manor fire departments recently expanded the reach of Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW) to support Massapequa Park-based Adopt-A-Battalion (AAB). Floral Park Fire Department (FPFD) members Carol and Chris Baktis and Stewart Manor member Mike Kushner visited AAB headquarters to present the organization with a check and to lend a hand sorting, packing and shipping items to troops currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“OWW is looking to support organizations like AAB to create a network for our heroes,” said SMFD member Bob Barbieri, who accompanied Kushner and the Baktises and who used to volunteer with AAB himself. “AAB helps them before a tragedy and [NCFF-OWW] helps them after,” he said.

Each of the participating departments hosts its own fundraising events throughout the year, and all proceeds go into a central fund. The year’s efforts culminate with the “Long Red Line,” three convoys that leave Long Island in early December to visit military hospitals along the East Coast to personally deliver gifts and gratitude to wounded military personnel.

“Primarily our focus is to donate to the needs of our wounded military who have returned home here to the U.S.,” said NCFF-OWW Chairman Joe O’Grady.

One of the challenges NCFF-OWW faces is finding the veterans who need help, so the group started to reach out to other veterans organizations a couple of years ago. “Most are too proud to ask for the help they so rightfully deserve,” O’Grady said. “In 2013, we donated six sets of kitchen appliances for veterans' homes on Long Island, and donated food gift cards to the VA in Northport. Returning veterans are choosing between eating a meal and paying their rent. We make this donation each year just before Thanksgiving,” he said. NCFF-OWW can be found online at www.ncff-oww.org. For information about ABB call 516-342-5557.

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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.

The Saint Mary’s High School Alumni Association hosted another successful Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, despite the cancellation of the golf outing portion of the event due to heavy rain and wind throughout the day. The event, which was the 22nd annual, honored Tom Raleigh of Floral Park, who was this year’s recipient of the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

The evening portion of the event brought a large turnout of alumni and guests to Plandome Country Club for the dinner reception to support St. Mary’s High School’s many wonderful programs. All the money raised directly benefits current St. Mary’s students.  


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Harvest Fair

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