The trials of the Belmonte family of Massapequa was a featured story on a recent episode of Family Comes First, a program aired on Telecare, the television station of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
The episode centered around Peter, a baby boomer who is juggling a job, his own family of four, his responsibilities to his mother who lives in the community, and his father, who is in a nursing home. In all, the program focused on the importance of planning and how any family copes with such realities.
The show was broadcast on May 16 and later on May 20 and 22.
"Family Comes First" is a four-part television series that focuses on challenges real-life Long Island families are facing and offers viewers advice and resources from leading Long Island community organizations including the Arthritis Foundation, Long Island Chapter; Alzheimer's Association, Long Island; and United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County. Vincent J. Russo, managing shareholder, Vincent J. Russo & Associates, P.C. and Kim Berk, of KJOY-FM's Jim and Kim in the Morning show, co-host.
When asked about how he conceived both the title and the content of the series, Vincent J. Russo states, "The time is always right for family. All of us can relate, in one way or another, to the real families in our series. You realize that if you change a name or a face, it could be you. Family Comes First affirms that family and community are the answers. We need each other as we journey together through life."