Written by Steve Mosco Friday, 27 September 2013 00:00
A new state-of-the-art facility, aimed at meeting the health care needs of Long Island’s growing autistic and developmentally disabled population, held its ribbon-cutting ceremony in Bethpage last week.
With officials, donors and honored guests on hand, Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (ACLD), opened the new Charles Evans Health Services Center at 807 South Oyster Bay Rd., adjacent to the ACLD headquarters.
“The opening of The Charles Evans Health Services Center is a significant milestone for ACLD,” said Aaron Lebowitz, executive director of the facility. “This Center is the culmination of many years of planning, hard work and dedication by a team of visionaries, professionals and supporters.”
The new, 22,000-square-foot facility combines a modern outpatient medical facility on the first floor and an adult-services center on the second floor. Officials said the layout allows for smooth transitions between reception, exam rooms and treatment rooms, and features a larger waiting area to avoid congestion and enhance privacy. There are also four dental suites stocked with the latest digital X-ray equipment for better imaging, reduced patient exposure to radiation and a more environmentally friendly approach to care.
Named in honor of Charles Evans, founder of the fashion house Evan-Picone, as well as a film producer, commercial real-estate developer and supporter of many charitable and community causes, the $8.5 million represents one of ACLD’s largest capital expansions in its more than 50-year history.
Evans’s widow, Bonnie Pfeifer-Evans, said the grand opening of the facility is the culmination of a whirlwind of emotions she has felt since the construction’s ground-breaking ceremony in June 2011.
“I see my husband’s name on the building and I get the chills,” she said. “I’m just so touched with emotion and so proud to have his name on this building.”
Donors Scott and Alicia Kabak of Manhasset said they believe the new facility will increase the level of care for all who attend, including their daughter, Melissa.
“The look and design of this facility now reflects the quality of care patients will receive,” said Scott Kabak, whose name, along with his his wife’s, graces the Behavioral Health Pavilion. “We really felt the wonderful staff deserved to work in an environment equal to their great service.”
Executive director Lebowitz said the number of individuals with developmental disabilities utilizing multiple services has increased steadily in recent years on Long Island, with primary care and women’s health becoming the most critically needed areas of service.
The center will help ACLD meet this demand more effectively and more efficiently.
“Now, individuals with autism and developmental disabilities and have a dedicated state-of-the-art center manned by health care professionals who understand their special needs,” he said. “This center will improve the lives of thousands of individuals who are in desperate need of care. This is a time to celebrate, and thank everyone involved especially our donors who helped make this dream a reality.”
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Famous American painter Georgia O’Keeffe was the topic of discussion at the Plainview Old-Bethpage Public Library on Feb. 20.
Members of the audience were given an in-depth look into the life and artwork of O’Keeffe through a self-made and researched lecture and slideshow by art appraiser Louise Cella Caruso.
O’Keeffe lived for 98 years. Within her lifetime, she was granted the Medal of Arts by Ronald Regan, and in 1938, she was selected as one of the 12 most outstanding women of the previous 50 years. When she passed away she was accorded the honor of a first page obituary in the New York Times.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and the Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the Town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.