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Editorial: Giving In The Off-Season

It’s easy to forget suffering in spring. When the winds blow warm and gentle, the world feels like a tender, forgiving place.

There is always an abundance of volunteers at holiday time. Starting at Thanksgiving, chill air and frost on the ground provide stark contrast to the warmth of hearth and home embodied in our year-end celebrations. Through Christmas (the giving holiday) and all the cold winter months, everyone wants to help feed the hungry (often as a kind of object lesson for children) and comfort the lonely.

Yet that glut falls off once the season has passed—even though hunger and loneliness don’t melt away when the snow does. Many worthy charities (especially in recent times of declining government support) could not do what they do without volunteers.

The range of opportunities is enormous. You can grow food for the hungry, teach business skills to bootstrappers, shepherd patients and their families through the hospital or even act in skits to raise awareness of mental illness. You can clean up a pond or take photos of a nature preserve. Right here in Floral Park, there is an opportunity to help the St. Baldrick’s annual event on Saturday, April 5 at Trinity Restaurant. Visit www.longislandvolunteercenter.org for more ideas. Whatever your talent or experience is, someone can put it to good use.

News

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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