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Heartfelt Talk In Herricks MS

It was a heartfelt presentation by Karen Acompora, president of the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation, on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Herricks Middle School. Karen, Louis’s mother, spoke about the importance of having AEDs, (automatic external defibrillator) in all schools and at sporting events. The foundation was founded in 2000 after the tragic death of her son from sudden cardiac arrest after being struck in the chest by a lacrosse ball during a game at Northport High School where he was a student.

 

“My job tonight is to spread awareness of the importance of AEDs,” said Acompora. “It is important that people know where these devices are in their schools or workplace and know how to operate them because they are lifesavers.”

 

She said that since former New York State Governor George Pataki signed ‘Louis’s Law’ in 2002, 76 lives have been saved by the AED device in schools.

 

“There are still some venues such as Little League fields, town soccer fields and other recreational sports arenas that don’t have AEDs on hand,” Acompora said. “There are also coaches that don’t know how to use and operate these devices or are not trained in CPR.

These are concerns that should be addressed by every parent.”

 

Acompora added that she is lobbying Congress to pass a law dubbed the “CPR in Schools Bill,” which would require all high school seniors to know how to perform CPR before graduating.

 

Steve Tannenbaum, a board member of the foundation, said that his life was saved by an AED after suffering a heart attack. The 56-year-old attorney, urged parents to be vigilant about their children’s health and to press doctors about performing the necessary heart screenings.

 

“As parents you need to be active and involved in your kid’s medical health,” said Tannenbaum. “Most kids don’t show outward signs or symptoms of heart problems and it is something that can be taken care of if addressed early enough.”

 

Tannenbaum thinks that parents should ask their doctors or pediatricians to perform EKG’s on their children to check for any imbalances in the hearts electrical activity. At the end of the presentation, Acompora and Tannenbaum demonstrated the correct way to use an AED and performed the compression-only hands-on CPR technique.

 

Christine Griffo of Albertson said that she enjoyed the presentation. 

 

“My husband, who is a postman in Rockville Centre, had told me that a fellow worker had collapsed while on the job,” said Griffo, a cardiac care nurse at Huntington Hospital. “Unfortunately there wasn’t an AED in that particular post office at the time,” she said.

 “It is so important to have one of these devices in all of our workplaces and schools.”

 

The Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation will hold a heart screening at West Islip High School on March 15. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. It is open to all students aged 12-24 regardless of the school they attend. For more information, go to LA12.org

News

At the July 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the school district addressed a recent response by the State Education Department (SED) in regards to a recent hot-button topic that has many parents, students, and teachers alike up in arms—the rapid and stressful increase in state assessment testing.

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth recently received an email from Assistant SED Commissioner Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, addressing the concerns of both parents and school districts in New York regarding the great deal of stress that many students have been put under as a result of what many have referred to “excessive state testing.” 

 

Many parents and school administrators argue these rob children of valuable classroom learning time in favor of multiple standardized assessment exams designed to gauge teacher performance, and

Rafal-Baer’s email acknowledged the difficulties that many students have been undergoing since the testing was implemented last year. 

The Sewanhaka Central High School District renewed Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie’s contract for the next five years at a recent board meeting. Ferrie will receive no pay increase in 2014-15 at a $238,000 salary. The contract expires on June 30, 2019.

 

“You can’t get [work] done without a unanimous board,” Ferrie said. “This board took a leap of faith with the program plans for the district. We also have an excellent team [of administrators]. That’s an awesome team.”


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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