News – On The Front Line

I know that I am not alone. When I write about the fact that I have cancer, it is not my intention to suggest that I am in any way unique. Although when I was first diagnosed in 2010, I did feel special, and not in a good way. At first, I thought I had a hernia. But the surgeon said no. It took almost two months for the biopsy of...

By Andrew Malekoff I cannot recall precisely how I was feeling or what my state of mind was during my late teens and early 20s, when my life revolved around school, work and relationships. The word that jumps to mind is uncertainty, which is a more formal way of saying that a lot was up in the air. Maybe a clue to how I was feeling can be found on my bookshelf....

Garden City resident Paul Vitale was named to the Board of Directors of the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center. As an Executive Vice President at The Toy Association, Paul Vitale spends his days hard at work—not, as you might think, playing with the latest game or gadget! His role is of a more serious nature as he oversees the finance and operations of this leading toy industry trade association...

AR-15 rifles are displayed on the exhibit floor during the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky on May 20, 2016. Photo Credit: Bloomberg/Luke Sharrett In the wake of the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, we heard a White House narrative that focused attention on the role of mental illness. Although people living with mental illness have been targets of discrimination for centuries, studies show that they are disproportionately...

Urbach–Wiethe disease in skin biopsy with H&E stain. (Image by TexasPathologistMSW via Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0) Can you imagine what it would be like to feel no fear regardless of circumstance? I am not referring to being courageous or resolute in the face of grave danger. Rather, having no physiological response to perceived threats to one’s survival. Would you like to have that capacity? Sounds like having superpowers minus the ability to bend...

By Andrew Malekoff On Sunday, July 14, President Trump tweeted that four Democratic lawmakers, all women of color, should “go back” to where they came from. When I first read his tweet, it brought me back to my childhood. My family had just moved from a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in Newark, N.J.,  to a nearby suburb called Maplewood. My grandparents were all Eastern European immigrants from Poland and Russia who fled persecution...

Audrey Shine has excelled during her time at Plainview-Old Bethpage High School, but she has also done great work away from school. One of the best examples of this is the valedictorian’s work at the nonprofit Children’s Center at Nassau County Family Court in Westbury, which has been run by North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center for about a decade. “Over the summer, I got a phone call from a...

Krevat Cup winner Troy Slade (middle) with Guidance Center staff and supporters. (Photo courtesy of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center) North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, a nonprofit children’s mental health agency on Long Island, hosted a fundraising event at the 23rd annual Jonathan Krevat Memorial Golf & Tennis Classic. The event, which was held on June 3, at the North Hempstead Country Club in Port Washington, raised $140,000...