Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:50
Mother’s Day came and went last Sunday, with many a bouquet and breakfast in bed (even if some dishes may not have been cooked for quite exactly the right length of time).
Cards were made or bought—some sweet and sentimental, some goofy and comical—and many hugs and kisses were both given and received.
Mothers everywhere were given something of a break from their usual household chores, too. But we’ll note that federal statistics and other researchers shows that mothers still bear a disproportionate burden of unpaid homework. Between 1965 and 1985, the nation made great strides toward a more equal balance between men and women of paid work outside the home and unpaid work within. Then progress stalled. On average, single men do an hour less of housework per day after they get married. Women who marry end up doing more—seven hours more—housework than when they were single. So thank you for the lovely day. We enjoyed the pamperings, the cards, the extra hugs and kisses. The flowers are beautiful. But don’t forget to pick up your socks the other 364 days of the year.
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.