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Obituary: Helen E. Kruger

Helen E. Kruger, of Greenport, NY, and originally of Floral Park, passed away on March 3, 2012. She was 94 years old and a resident of Peconic Landing retirement community for nearly 10 years. Prior to living in Greenport, Helen lived in Mattituck, NY, and was an active member of the Episcopal Church due to her appreciation of Father Jim, but Helen was a practicing Quaker most of her life.

Helen was a fiercely independent woman during a time when it was not popular to be so and remained so until her last day. As a 1938 graduate of Alfred University and Columbia University Teachers College, she was both an accomplished artist and dedicated art teacher at Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park for 33 years. Helen’s ceramic pieces have been displayed in New York, Philadelphia, upstate New York and across Long Island. One of her sculptures was recently accepted into the alumni art collection at Alfred. In addition to her artwork, Helen was known for her volunteer and philanthropic work with numerous organizations on the east end of Long Island.

Never having married, Helen made her own family from dear friends and relations. We will remember her for her strength of character, creative talents and generosity of spirit.  Donations may be made to Heifer International in Helen’s name.

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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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