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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

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion. 

 

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “We were scheduled to open last week, and there were a few things that weren’t ready...I got a call from the theater operator, Jay Levinson, and he told me that unfortunately, that day Spiderman had the flu,” he joked. “But, Spiderman is well and Glen Cove is well, and we are coming back strong. This is just the beginning. This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”

The Glen Cove Board of Education passed the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption for taxes following last week’s public hearing at Robert M. Finley Middle School, to the appreciation of the veterans in attendance.

 

Several dozen vets arrived promptly at 6 p.m. at the middle school to express their support for the tax exemption. Many noted that they get tax breaks from the city and county, but are still left with the ever-growing school tax bill.

 

“We’re having a hard time with our taxes, especially the school tax,” said the first veteran to speak.


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


Columns

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