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Healthcare Hero D’Aversa

Garden City resident and Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) partner Dr. Gerard D’Aversa received a Physician Hero Award from Long Island Business News at their recent Healthcare Heroes Awards Breakfast. The Healthcare Hero Awards are given to health care professionals who are successful in their field; have earned the respect of both patients and peers; and whose extraordinary efforts have brought about achievements big and small. Specifically, Dr. D’Aversa was nominated for two international medical mission trips he participated in: the first to West Africa in 2011 and the second to Grenada last January.

In January 2013, D’Aversa, a board-certified ophthalmologist with vast experience in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery, performed sight-restoring surgeries in Grenada, West Indies for residents seeking medical assistance and in desperate need of eye surgery. Before the doctor's arrival, the last time a corneal transplant surgery was performed in Grenada was in 2005. The island has one Phacoemulsification machine for phacoemulsification cataract surgery and the machine is only used when a traveling surgeon, like Dr. D’Aversa, visits to perform surgery.

In addition, there is no eye bank on the island and D’Aversa and his team had to bring donated corneal tissue from the U.S. for use in the corneal transplant surgeries. This humanitarian mission was sponsored by a grant from St. George’s University School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, in Grenada, West Indies.

Dr. D’Aversa’s first mission trip was in 2011 to Ghana, West Africa where he spent ten days at the North Western Eye Clinic in Accra, Ghana, providing clinical care, vision screenings and implementing educational programs for children and adults. For the Ghana mission, he brought medical supplies and equipment and trained Clinic Director Dr. Michael Gyasi how to perform modern cataract surgery using a donated Phacoemulsification (Phaco) machine. The Phaco machine remained in Ghana and thanks to the training he received from D’Aversa, Dr. Gyasi is still performing modern cataract surgery there today.

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Stewart Manor Board

The Stewart Manor Board of Trustees began its most recent meeting in high spirits, presiding from the newly-renovated, cherrywood justice’s bench in village hall.

Mayor Tangredi offered up thanks to the court system for providing the grant that paid for the improved bench. Trustee John R. Egan also was in fine fettle in his return after missing previous meetings due to health issues.

Focus groups to continue this fall

The Garden City Public Library’s Board of Trustees and Library Director Lisa Paulo are dedicated to continuing the patron-friendly atmosphere in the library. It is an experienced and dedicated panel, who with a knowledgeable staff under the direction of Library Director Lisa Paulo, will continue to develop interesting innovations. The trustees anticipate many productive years ahead.

The library’s successful focus groups will continue in 2014. All patrons are invited to attend. The board, however, is reaching out to parents of school-age children to round out the participants. Anyone interested in contributing their time and experience is welcome. Please call the library at 516-742-8405  x210 and leave your name and telephone and/or email address.

Gloria Weinrich is the vice chair of the Garden City Library Board of Trustees


Sports

Garden City gals lead FLG

to three championships

The FLG 2018 girls have established themselves as one of FLG’s premier teams of the summer. Garden City’s Julia Kavan and Anna Mandaro at the midfield and Megan Sprotte and Ann Sullivan defensively led their team to three championships this summer. The girls “really started to gel and play as a unit,” said Coach McGinty, successfully executing new plays, transitioning well and crashing on defense. With the improvements across the board, the team hasn’t lost a game since the first tournament of the summer. These girls were leaders on and off the field and are taking FLG Girls Lacrosse to the next level.

Two friends get back on track through running

The other day I woke up to this text from my Garden City friend, Claire LoRusso: “I need help. I am running a half marathon in October. I have not run in years. Where do I start? Miss you.” I got giddy, in a dorky way, because I always get excited when someone wants to run.

In this case, however, it was more of a “Welcome back, Claire.”


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