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.
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) announced on Wednesday, Jan. 8 that she would not seek re-election this year. The former nurse has been battling lung cancer since last year.
“It just hits you,” she said. “There’s an expression called 'chemo-brain,' which makes you kind of forgetful and tired. I said jokingly ‘That’s great. I can see myself sitting next to my chairman and fall asleep by accident.'”
Garden City schools, like countless others, have been on the information superhighway for quite some time. Now the question becomes, how best to travel that highway in the years to come?
Last spring, the board of education asked for volunteers to form a technology task force committee to ‘identify trends in technology and determine their potential impact’ on schools. A few dozen faculty, students, and community members banded together, and the committee presented their report to the board at a public work session that was held on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the middle school.
Many families in our area chose to take advantage of the holiday break from school and work commitments to enjoy one another. On New Year’s Eve, some families honored old traditions, others dreamed up new ones and everyone created lasting memories.
Those who ventured out for a mid-day celebration and countdown at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City, experienced a space-theme gala featuring a Martian hitching a ride on the countdown ball, which fell at 4 p.m.
New Ground recently held its 13th Annual Groundbreakers’ Celebration at the Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park and was proud to honor the late Christopher Waldorf and Habitat for Humanity Nassau County. All those in attendance enjoyed a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing, and silent and premiere auctions. Proceeds from the event will support the many critical services and educational programs designed to help New Ground’s homeless families and veterans become self-supporting and independent.
After a rigorous election season, America’s largest township honored its 10-year veteran town supervisor, three recently re-elected town councilmen and a newly minted town clerk with an induction ceremony on Jan. 2, 2014.
Inside the pavilion at Hempstead Town Hall, re-elected Town Supervisor Kate Murray, a Levittown resident, was joined by her nieces and nephews as she took her oath for another term.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was sworn in to a second term on Jan. 2 at Bethpage High School. When a paper Bible couldn’t be located, he took the oath of office with his hand on an iPad that had the Bible on-screen. Here is his speech, abridged due to space limitations.
At the next board of education work session that will held on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 8:15 p.m. at Garden City Middle School, the district’s 32-member technology task force will present its findings, conclusions and recommendations about the future uses of technology in Garden City’s classrooms. This important board presentation will help parents to understand what’s on the horizon, technology-wise, for Garden City Public Schools as the district prepares its students to successfully navigate and excel in the digital world. The task force’s charge was so large that co-chairs Superintendent Dr. Feirsen and Director of Technology Dr. Rita Melikian, broke the group into subcommittees: technical advisory, digital content, and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and social media. The subcommittees will report their recommendations to the board as Garden City responds to the ever-increasing importance of technology to facilitate teaching and learning.
- Submitted by Garden City Public Schools
According to international children’s medical charity Operation Smile, every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft lip and palate, a congenital deformity caused by abnormal facial development during gestation. It’s the kind of condition more often found in Third World countries and one of the many medical missions of mercy annually conducted by Garden City-based Long Island Plastic Surgical Group (LIPSG).
The chef was busy sautéing onions, mushrooms and peppers while his sous chef prepared the wild salmon with Dijon mustard and a panko bread crumb topping. A few hours earlier the same team was busy inserting a lifesaving stent into a man’s heart. Dr. Kevin Marzo, aka the Cardiac Chef, is the chief of cardiology at Winthrop University Hospital. Marzo, along with his physician assistant Joe Dardano, was preparing a special meal for a very discriminating audience of teenagers.
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