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Help For The Brain

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently to announce the opening of a new Brain Injury Unit at Glen Cove Hospital, a $4 million inpatient facility. It is the only New York State-designated adult brain injury rehabilitation center in Nassau County.  

At the Feb 22 ceremony, former brain injury patient Zachary Young returned to thank the staff for aiding in his recovery.

“I feel like I got a second chance,” said Young, 23, a recent graduate from SUNY Binghamton and Plainview resident. 

In Dec. 2011, Young collapsed on the ice while playing hockey, suffering from cardiac arrest. Home from school on winter break, he was lucky to have two friends present who were able to assist him, a police officer and a nurse. They used an AED to shock his heart, and he was hospitalized twice and had a defibrillator implanted before entering rehab at Glen Cove Hospital in January of last year. He had suffered a brain injury as a result of lack of oxygen to his brain after the cardiac arrest. Upon entering, he had cognitive issues including memory loss, difficulty writing and physical issues including trouble walking. He spent three weeks in rehab, and graduated college in Dec. 2012. He has been accepted to several law schools, and will soon decide where to attend school in September.

“Although I have slight physical limitations, my life has gotten better…I have more conviction in my studying and my family has gotten closer,” said Young. 

Glen Cove Hospital is part of the North Shore-LIJ system, so the doctors in the BIU will work with neuro and trauma surgeons at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ to ensure patients get the best possible care.

News

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.

A visit to the Village Wine Merchant in Sea Cliff is more of a learning experience than merely a shopping outing. The staff aims to help customers find exactly what they are looking for, and is happy to educate and eager to develop a relationship with customers to better serve them. The wine store on Sea Cliff Avenue just celebrated its one year anniversary, considered a significant landmark in Sea Cliff.

 

“It’s a tradition in Sea Cliff to not hold a ribbon cutting until a business has hit the one year mark,” said Mayor Bruce Kennedy. “Otherwise, we’d be holding them all the time...too many don’t make it. If you can make it a year, you can make it 30 years.”


Sports

Hundreds of supporters turned out on Monday, Sept. 8 to golf, socialize with friends and dine beach-side at the 25th anniversary of SCO Family 

 of Services’ Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open, SCO’s major fall fundraiser benefiting the 60,000 children, teens, adults and families served each year. The event began with brunch and shotgun tee offs at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho and The Creek Club in Locust Valley and concluded with dinner beach-side at The Creek. 

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run. 

 

For Daniel Badalament, 71, of Glen Cove, the Main Street Mile was just a warm up. Running for the past 57 years, Badalament said the mile long sprint is a great workout and helps him better prepare for the more rigorous races. 

 

“Monday, I run the 5-mile [Labor Day Run] in long beach,” he said, “so this helps loosen me up.” 


Calendar

Club Closet Sale - September 19

International Coastal Cleanup - September 20

Salute to Freedom Program - September 20


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com