News – On The Front Line

I recently attended a seminar led by Dr. Cynthia Kaplan, director of Trauma Training & Consultation within the Child and Adolescent Services at McLean Hospital of Boston. Dr. Kaplan addressed the issue of childhood sexual abuse. She incorporated the story of a young woman, Kayla Harrison, a survivor of CSA and a two-time Olympian Gold medalist in judo for the United States. Many years ago CSA was only heard about in whispers...

Andrea and Michael Leeds and Americana Manhasset’s Champions for Charity® will be the honorees at North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center’s 65th Sapphire Anniversary Gala, which will take place Oct. 25 at the Garden City Hotel. Andrea Leeds has been a board member at the Guidance Center for more than 20 years. She and her husband Michael have taken a leadership role in philanthropy and have been passionate, dedicated and committed...

On Tuesday evening, Sept. 24, North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center hosted a fundraiser for its Children’s Center at Nassau County Family Court. The event, which was held at Tesoro’s Ristorante in Westbury, featured wonderful entertainment by musician and soul crooner Paul Loren, along with cocktails and a buffet dinner. The event raised over $17,000 for the Children’s Center, which provides care and early learning to almost 2,000 children annually,...

Three years ago on a bright September morning, my wife Dale phoned me at my office in Roslyn Heights to tell me about something disturbing that had just happened to her. It was a few days before the Jewish New Year when our family comes together.   Dale and I both grew up in New Jersey. We relocated permanently to Long Island after we were married in 1980. We raised our children...

Long Island families find challenges - and support - when life gives them a second go-round at raising children. Brant and Eileen Brown, of East Islip, share a  float with their grandson, JJ, 14, during a recent camping outing at Indian Island Park in Riverhead. At right is Brant's son, Herbert Brown. Photo Credit: Barry Sloan  By Arlene Gross Special to Newsday Updated August 31, 2018 10:22 AM Eileen Brown will never forget July 21,...

By now I imagine you’ve heard all about “The Cosby Show” actor Geoffrey Owens who was job-shamed for working at Trader Joe’s. If you haven’t heard or just to refresh: a customer recognized him, snapped a few unflattering photos of him bagging potatoes and sold it to a tabloid news outlet that gave it a derisive can-you-believe-what-he’s-doing-now hook. If you are a parent, this is a great story to share and discuss...

Did you know that every day more than 290 Americans die from suicide or a drug overdose? With proper treatment, many of these tragedies could be prevented — but despite a law that guarantees coverage, people face enormous roadblocks when they seek care. In 2008 President George W. Bush signed the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity Act). The Parity Act mandates equal insurance coverage for mental health and substance...

In the aftermath of the 17th anniversary of September 11, I offer a remembrance of several groups of people—all Queens court personnel—whom I spent a day with in their courthouse, just three days after the 2001 terrorist attack. The people I met with included individuals with missing relatives or friends, individuals with relatives or friends confirmed dead, individuals who were in the World Trade Center complex during the attack, individuals with...

Did you know that every day more than 290 Americans die from suicide or a drug overdose? With proper treatment, many of these tragedies could be prevented — but despite a law that guarantees coverage, people face enormous roadblocks when they seek care. In 2008 President George W. Bush signed the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity Act). The Parity Act mandates equal insurance coverage for mental health and substance...