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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.

News

April 19 fundraiser to be

held for baby with rare disease

Tom Onorato, the nephew and office manager of Dr. Joseph Onorato Garden City practice All Island Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, recently celebrated the birth of a baby boy with his wife Melissa. Both were thrilled when Thomas Kevin Onorato came into the world on September 10, 2013. Despite being born five weeks early, baby Thomas managed to surprise his parents with his indomitable spirit and was sent home with a clean bill of health. A mere four days later began the fight for Thomas’ life.

Stewart Manor budget, mayor’s salary increase

At a time when municipalities are grappling with keeping expenditures down, the Village of Stewart Manor saw not only its 2014-15 operating budget increase, but its mayor’s salary. At a meeting of the board of trustees held on Monday, April, 8, Stewart Manor adopted a budget of $2,418,548.03, a 1.4 percent increase over the previous year. In addition, the board approved a raise of $1,000 for Mayor Gerard Tangredi, bringing his salary to $3,000. The salaries for trustees John Egan, M. Carole Schafenberg, and William Grogan are set at $2,000 each. Deputy Mayor Michael Onorato has declined his stipend.

Salaries and benefits make up 42 percent of the total budget. According to the state comptroller, it’s acceptable for that number to be as high as 65 percent. The total costs of salaries and benefits have actually decreased by around 5 percent from the previous year’s adopted budget.  


Sports

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This Year Three hunt will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.

Commitment at Kellenberg

Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.

The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.


Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com