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Editorial: Back To The Rat Race

August is, hands down, the best time to be a commuter in Floral Park and on Long Island in general.

On any given week, enough people are on vacation or working abbreviated hours to make the drive or the train commute smooth and speedy. The relative quiet on the roads makes for less stressful driving, just as the sunshine and slower pace of summer tamp the general stress of life. Even managers and bosses take a little time off, lightening the atmosphere at work.

It used to be just the opposite. Schools close in the summer, not because it’s too hot to study, but because the food-growing months were once upon a time the busiest season of the year, when people, like squirrels, gathered and stored as much food as possible for the fallow season.

Winter was the only time children were sufficiently free of duties necessary for the family to survive to attend school. Nowadays it’s so easy to get food that fat is a bigger problem (no pun intended) than famine.

So let’s be thankful that we have summers for fun, that we’re well-fed without having to toil in the soil, and knuckle down for the traffic jams of fall.

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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FPMHS Athletic Booster Club Fundraiser

Sunday, October 26

Harvest Fair

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