When Narges Rothermel picks up the hotline phone at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline where she is a volunteer, sometimes the person calling is newly diagnosed and frightened. “When I tell them I’m a 35 year survivor, they don’t hear me. I again say I had breast cancer 35 years ago. There is a pause. And then they say, ‘Really!?’ and I hear hope replacing the fear.”
Narges did not have a hotline to call when she was diagnosed in 1978 when she was 37 years old, with two young children. She says cancer was the last thing she expected. She wasn’t overweight; she wasn’t a smoker. My doctor and nurse and I thought maybe it was backed up milk after I stopped nursing my son. It was breast cancer. “Your life just stops,” she said. “There was a wall in front of me.”
Allison Ulin always knew that she wanted to be a teacher, but she didn’t always know that she would be starting her own school one day. “Being a teacher has really been a long-time, childhood dream, but after awhile, I realized that I wanted to teach kids the way I wanted to,” she explained. “I wanted to do something that had my own spin.”
Ulin has been teaching for years and in a variety of spaces – private school, public school, in the city and on Long Island. Everywhere she went, she said there were aspects of the curriculum that she didn’t always love. Now, at the urging of her friends and family, she has opened Harmony Early Learning, a day care/pre-school/pre-kindergarten center located at 148 Center Lane.
According to Voices Against Brain Cancer, an organization that raises awareness and money to fight this disease, more than 200,000 people in the United States are annually diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor with the former comprising approximately 40,000 of these diagnoses. Roz Bernstein’s husband, Dr. Robert Bernstein, happened to be one of those numbers when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor blastoma back in January 2009. It wound up taking his life 17 months later, when he died in June 2010. By October 2011, his widow kicked off the first Run for Rob 5K Run/Walk in Eisenhower Park. And while the circumstances behind it was horrible, it was something his surviving spouse felt she had to do.
The 2nd Annual Brick 26 Challenge will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Cedar Creek Park in Wantagh, benefitting local veterans through donations to two local service organizations, Boots On The Ground NY, and Semper4Veterans.
Before students arrived, 26 new teachers got to warm the seats at East Meadow school district’s orientation for the 2013-2014 school year. They even got to ride a school bus, on an official tour of the district.
Administrators and staff led a forum charged with positive energy at theLeon J. Campo Salisbury Center. The new staff got a chance to get to know each other as well as the “old hands” who helped familiarize the recruits with district policies and procedures.
On Aug. 29 the Levittown Fire Department and NCPD units responded to a single vehicle accident on Hempstead Tpke by Shelter Lane. The driver of this pick-up truck was travelling eastbound and lost control, crossing over the westbound lanes, snapping a utility pole and crashing into a fence. He was transported to NUMC and fire fighters secured the scene. (Kevin Imm)
To raise money for local charities — including the Long Island Community Chest, the Genesis School, and Family Residences and Essential Enterprises — Sal Ferro is putting on a pair of boxing gloves.
The 49-year-old CEO of Alure Home Improvements will be competing in Long Island’s tenth annual Fight for Charity. At the November 25 event at the Hilton is Melville, Ferro goes head-to-head with 20 of Long Island’s top businessmen in a ten-round bout.
It’s not every day that ninth graders are able to impress former NFL quarterbacks on their athleticism and ability. Jimmy Kelleher, quarterback for General Douglas MacArthur high school has done precisely that and has been turning heads since his standout performance at the National Underclassmen Football combine which was recently held in Freeport.
Kelleher was awarded as the top QB and was voted as the overall Most Valuable Player. That allowed him to be invited to the Top Prospect Elite camp which featured the top 30 QB prospects in the country.
It was a great night for music and a fun night for those who came out to hear “Hey There Delilah” from Tom Higgenson and the Plain White T’s. This group was the headliner at Fresh 102.7 FM’s Fresh In The Park concert series. The event took place recently at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park. Also performing at this free concert were Sara Bareilles and an up and coming band called A Great New World.
Laura Schaefer is running for Nassau County Legislature for the 14th District. Schaefer is a first time candidate, running on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence lines in the general election this November. The 14th Legislative District is composed of the communities of Garden City, Carle Place, Westbury, Old Westbury, Hicksville, and Bethpage.
Schaefer is a lifelong resident of Westbury. She grew up in Wheatley Hills riding bikes, playing kickball and going to the movies.
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