Long Island American Heart Association Honors Local Physicians
The Long Island chapter of the American Heart Association annually honors medical personnel who have dedicated their lives to helping others improve their heart health at its annual Long Island Heart Ball and Auction. The event, which is held yearly in late spring, includes dinner, dancing, and a silent auction to raise money for AHA.
In 2014, AHA recognized Dr. George Petrossian of St. Francis Hospital. The director of interventional cardiovascular procedures, Dr. Petrossian has served at the hospital for 20 years. With extensive experience in cardiology and related fields, he specializes in coronary intervention and trans-catheter aortic valve implantation. The first physician in Long Island to perform trans-catheter aortic valve implantation and carotid stenting, he has also been involved in many clinical research trials.
Previous AHA honorees include Dr. Paul E. Harnick of Winthrop-University Hospital and Dr. James R. Albanese of North Nassau Cardiology. The next Long Island Heart Ball and Auction will be held on May 8, 2015.
Janet Ward, a senior associate and managing attorney of the closing department at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, is a member of the Long Island Go Red for Women Luncheon Committee of the Long Island chapter of the American Heart Association.
Genesee ReStore Celebrates New Location
The Genesee County Habitat for Humanity ReStore is celebrating its first anniversary at its new location on Ellicott Street in Batavia. ReStore, which sells new and used building materials and home improvement items to raise money for local Habitat for Humanity building projects, first opened in 2009 in a church basement on Lewiston Road in Batavia. Open on Thursdays and Saturdays, the store is restocked weekly with donations from the community. New items are priced at 50% off the retail value, and used items are reduced to 50% to 90% of retail value, depending on their condition. Volunteers, who are a large part of the workforce at ReStore, help out by operating cash registers, taking donations, and stocking shelves.
The Genesee County ReStore promotes environmental responsibility through several recycling programs. The store recycles used Christmas lights and cell phones. In addition, its electronics recycling program accepts computers, microwaves, wires, cables, and other items. The store also works with Vintage Tech Recyclers, which securely erases all data from used electronics.
Carla Cole, a team lead in the Batavia office of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, is a board member of the Genesee County Habitat for Humanity.
Nassau Girl Scout Creates Food Allergy Education Program
Kelly Bender, a Cadette with Girl Scout Troop 3308 in Nassau County, is teaching others about food allergies as part of her Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts. Bender has held several education sessions at local libraries, and she plans to expand her programs to other Girl Scout troops in Wantagh and Nassau County. Bender is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish, and she got the idea for the project when she visited Disney World and saw that even though many of the food items could have set off an allergic reaction, there was no indication that they contained allergens. “I thought it would be a great thing to bring more awareness,” Bender told a local news publication.
Bender spent several months conducting research for Food Allergy is Real (FAIR), her educational program. She also created a petition on Change.org asking that schools be allowed to have an EpiPen in the nurse’s office, and she plans to promote a food allergen walk on Long Island. Bender, who has been a Girl Scout since elementary school, is a senior at Wantagh High School.
Kelly Ann Poole, a partner with Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, is a board member of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County.
Nassau Traffic Board Addresses Hempstead Turnpike Safety
The Nassau County Traffic and Safety Board’s focus on pedestrian safety encompasses the “3 E’s for Safety,” including education, engineering, and enforcement. The program was formed in response to several people dying trying to cross the Hempstead Turnpike, which has been called the deadliest road in New York State. To increase the safety of the road itself, the New York State Department of Transportation has improved all of its pedestrian crosswalks by repainting stripes and increasing their visibility. The department has also increased the length of pedestrian signals at the crosswalks to give pedestrians more time to cross the street safely.
To address dangerous driver behaviors, including failure to yield and speeding, the Nassau Police Department and the Village and City Police Departments have trained officers to educate pedestrians about safe behavior and instructed officers to issue violations to drivers. The Traffic and Safety Board also is using a $6,500 grant to present pedestrian safety programs at Nassau County high schools.
Bob Molloy, chief financial officer of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, is a member of the Nassau County Traffic and Safety Board.
Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board Builds a Strong Workforce
The Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board aims to develop a competitive and skilled workforce by creating an understanding of workforce issues and trends. The board also aims to promote continuous learning among people and corporations. Tom Frost, a senior attorney in the Fishkill office at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., has served as a board member with the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board since 2012.
The Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board aims to engage its community and shape the Dutchess County workforce in a number of ways. The board aims to provide forums for community dialogue, demonstrate the importance of learning to achieve a healthy workforce, and deliver current data on workforce issues and trends. In addition, the board acts as a facilitator between government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses to join together with a focus on workforce issues.
The programs that the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board offers are funded partially through funds provided by federal funds from the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and the County of Dutchess.
Erie County Bar Association Dedicated to Public Service
The Bar Association of Erie County offers a number of free services, from pamphlets to educational seminars, to the public. With more than 3,700 members, including lawyers, paralegals, and judges, it stands as the largest bar association in the state outside of the New York City area. Its members remain committed to their communities and to improving their profession.
A primary part of the association’s work consists of public service programs and brochures, which cover topics that include divorce mediation, living wills, and at-will employment. The association also works with community groups each spring to host the Elder Law Fair, which presents seminars for senior citizens and their families and caretakers. In addition, the Bar Association of Erie County holds its annual Have a Heart food drive to collect nonperishable food items and monetary donations for the Food Bank of Western New York.
To serve the youth of its community, the association works to stop drunk driving among high school students through the Stop DWI Student Assembly Program, which is presented at about 12 high schools. Law enforcement officers and legal experts talk about the devastating effects of driving while intoxicated, and reports say the program has had a significant impact on students.
Stanfort Perry Takes Leadership Role at AHRC Nassau
Stanfort J. Perry recently accepted the position of associate executive director of AHRC Nassau, where he will oversee AHRC initiatives such as Compass and Quality Assurance, and the Residential and Day Program. He also will administer the Brookville Center for Children’s Services’ Residential Program and the Pearl and Jack Ain Advantage Care Diagnostic and Treatment Center.
One of Perry’s biggest challenges will be helping to implement changes to care management that are required of New York service providers. “The transition to manage care for people with developmental disabilities will be the most important change since deinstitutionalization,” Perry said in a statement.
Perry has worked with organizations that serve people with disabilities for much of his career. His first job in the field was an entry-level position with the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Western New York, where he worked as a residential aide. Perry credits the job with helping him understand the priorities of staff, family, and clients. Most recently, he spent 14 years as the executive director of ARC of Onondaga.
Nassau County AHRC Foundation Provides Financial Support
To ensure that AHRC Nassau, a nonprofit agency that works with people who have developmental and other disabilities, can provide services regardless of the economic climate, the Nassau County AHRC Foundation regularly hosts events and other opportunities to raise funds. AHRC Nassau and its affiliated organizations work with thousands of children and adults with special needs in Nassau County each year. The foundation’s board of directors, led by Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates founder Thomas Rosicki, oversees its fundraising activities.
In 2014, the Foundation is hosting several events to benefit AHRC Nassau and Camp Loyaltown, a summer camp in Hunter, New York, that annually welcomes more than 700 campers with special needs. The Camp Loyaltown auction raises money for capital improvements and repairs to the 65-year-old camp, including an infirmary, new roads to allow wheelchair access all over the camp, and a mini-golf course. The AHRC Foundation’s annual Margiotta Memorial Golf Outing offers recognition and honors for different levels of sponsorship, and the AHRC Walk and 5K in Eisenhower Park draws more than 1,000 people to celebrate the AHRC’s mission.
NCBA Advertises Pro Bono Programs Due to Jump in Foreclosures
The Nassau County Bar Association has launched an advertising campaign to publicize the free legal services it offers to Nassau County residents facing foreclosure following Superstorm Sandy. The NCBA is committed to providing civil legal services, and it has expanded its pro bono programs after seeing an increase in the number of foreclosure cases in New York State. According to the NCBA, foreclosure actions rose from about 26,700 in 2006 to more than 44,000 in 2013. Recently, 59 percent of the defendants in cases outside New York City did not have legal representation.
To spread the word about its civil legal services, the NCBA is publicizing “free mortgage foreclosure help” on large ads on the outsides and insides of public buses. The group is also sending out direct-mail postcards to people affected by foreclosure proceedings. Gale D. Berg, director of NCBA pro bono attorney activities, said in a press statement that the NCBA wants to publicize the free service to as many residents as possible. “Unfortunately, the need has not abated but keeps increasing,” he said. The advertising effort is funded by a grant from the NYS Attorney General Homeownership Protection Program.
Go Red for Women Promotes Heart Health
The American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign aims to help women across the United States to understand the importance of taking care of their hearts. Many people do not realize that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and fail to recognize the symptoms of heart disease or an impending heart attack. Go Red for Women encourages women who have had heart issues to share their stories of survival and advocate for more education about heart disease. AHA encourages women to eat healthily, reduce stress, and practice “heart-healthy” exercise to prevent heart disease.
The Long Island Chapter of AHA recently hosted a Go Red for Women luncheon that included an educational component for guests. Janet Ward, a senior associate and the managing attorney of the Closing Department at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., is a member of the 2014 Luncheon Committee, which planned a program for the event that taught women to take care of their hearts and to gain an understanding of cardiovascular disease and the risk factors that are of particular importance to women.