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As a child growing up in New Jersey in the 1950's and 60's, one of my favorite things to do when school let out for the year was to get up, ride my bike to the candy store, meet up with friends, pick up a newspaper and check out the baseball box scores from the previous night’s games. I liked reading about my favorite players. I’d check their batting averages, earned...

In my February column, I wrote about the fact that I had a stem cell transplant in early December 2019, about a month before I heard for the first time about the coronavirus. The transplant entailed getting an unrelated donor’s stem cells to replace mine; then, if all went according to plan, these cells would grow into a new immune system to seek and destroy my cancer cells. As a result of...

In my August 2019 column titled “Thank You,” I expressed my gratitude for the cancer researchers and practitioners who have been instrumental in getting me through the last 10 years of my life. As I explained, my cancer was responsive to treatment, but it was persistent and kept reemerging. Since that piece was published, it was determined by my “team” that I was eligible for an allogeneic stem cell transplant, which...

Please click the photo to watch the WABC interview and video. LONG ISLAND (WABC) -- Kids aren't out on the playgrounds, and they aren't inside their schools as a result of COVID-19.Several weeks into this pandemic, some families may be settling into this new norm -- but others are reaching a crisis point. "We're getting a lot of referrals from urgent care, where they are trying not to hospitalize the kids, and...

As the Coronavirus pandemic has come to dominate a good deal of our daily lives, are we, as Dr. Suzan Song suggests in U.S. News and World Report, “on the brink of a mental health pandemic that our current system is not equipped to handle?” Recent polling by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that almost half of U.S. adults said the pandemic has affected their mental health, while more than half believed...

One of COVID-19’s worst complications for nonprofits is the decimated events calendar. Galas and luncheons – nonprofits’ biggest fundraising vehicles – simply don’t exist in the age of social distancing. Take North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center in Roslyn Heights. The organization looks to three events each year to bring people together, and collectively raise about $700,000. There’s a lot that may ride on timing going forward. “Our gala in October is...

One of my favorite phone apps is the Weather Channel. I check it every day, sometimes several times a day, to track the temperature, wind and precipitation in my zip code. If I want to, I can search any zip code anywhere. It helps me to prepare for when I plan to walk or go bike riding. It is also helpful to see how the weather conditions might affect my commute...

Featuring Elissa Smilowitz, WCWP radio, March 24, 2020 This show is a joint effort of Richard Solomon, Esq., WCWP 88.1FM, the Nassau County Bar Association, and the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center to help all of us who are currently "sheltering in place" and "social distancing" during this difficult time. Click Here to Listen (The Continuing Legal Education --CLE-- course code appears both in the audio and visual portions...

By Jenna Kern-Rugile is Director of Communications at North Shore Child Guidance - Blank Slate Media, March 28, 2020 Everyone, regardless of their age, has been thrown for a loop by this strange, new reality we are all living in. The coronavirus — in particular, COVID19 — has impacted our lives in ways we never could have anticipated. This is an especially scary time for kids, whose routines have been turned upside...

Community members attended the March for Change in honor of Thomas Valva on Feb. 8 at Heckscher State Park in Suffolk County. Credit: Shelby Knowles My head is still spinning after reading “How the system failed Tommy” [News, Feb. 16], a story about the tragic death of 8-year-old Thomas Valva. The harrowing story has a Rashomon quality of contradictory interpretations of events by many individuals charged with protecting Thomas. I did find a...