Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00
Nassau County officials honored 29 firefighters from across Nassau County in the county’s annual firematic awards ceremony held in the legislative chambers in Mineola. Commended at the event were 1st Battalion Chairman/Ex-Chief Kenneth B. Fairben of the Floral Park Fire Department and Lieutenant Richard Harris of the South Floral Park Fire Department for the hard work and dedication they put in to protecting Nassau County’s residents and property. Fairben was also honored for his years of dedication to the community.
“It is times, such as Superstorm Sandy, when your courage shines but it is everyday heroism that personifies our Nassau County Firefighters,” said County Executive Ed Mangano. “We gather today to honor our brave first responders who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and consistently risk their own lives to protect our Nassau County residents. Heroism, courage and sacrifice are just three words to describe their dedication. Each and every day, firefighters wake up and respond to emergencies with a single goal: protecting the public, rarely with concern for their own safety.”
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.