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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

The Village of New Hyde Park adopted its 2014-15 operating budget Tuesday, April 14. The new budget totals $6 million. Last year’s budget topped off at $5.8 million. 

 

The adopted budget holds a final tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.65 percent increase from last year. It’s estimated that residents will need to pay an additional $18 per year in village taxes.

The Village of New Hyde Park held off on its decision regarding the possible reopening of the Angry Gnome Pub. New Hyde Park resident John Murnane is looking to reestablish the bar and its two upstairs apartments at 1217 Jericho Tpke.

 

The pub was devastated because of Hurricane Sandy two years ago. According to village officials, tenants were using “alternative means of heat and air conditioning” which caused a fire in October 2012 after the storm, resulting in two deaths.

 

“It’s a neighborhood bar,” said Murnane. “It’s been a fixture in New Hyde Park for a long time.”


Sports

Sewanhaka High School’s girls lacrosse coach Erica Brennan knows something good is going to happen when attacker Skylar Shimansky is sprinting down the field. 

 

“When she’s on the move, shooting, 90 percent of the time, it’s going in,” Brennan said. 

 

The goals have been going in for Shimansky on a consistent basis so far this season. She leads the Indians with eight goals and has scored in each of the team’s first six games.

For Ariana Bruschi, winning the school award in the national Wendy’s High School Heisman competition is about hard work. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior is a standout Gladiators field hockey, lacrosse player and an avid volunteer.

 

“It really helped me and showed how hard work paid off,” she said. “I thank all my coaches and my guidance counselor Mary Beth Healy. They really helped me.”

 

The Wendy’s competition measured three parts: academics, athletics and leadership. These categories were strengths for Bruschi.


Calendar

Budget Vote - April 24

Herricks Host Calhoun - April 24

Senior Lunch - April 27


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