Unemployment strikes and a new job is elusive. Soaring gas prices produce pain at the pump. Utility bills rob money from the food budget. Making do with less leaves little left to get by.
Poised to come to the rescue are local food pantries. Residing quietly, they provide both a lifeline for people in need and a support system for people who are struggling – perhaps for the very first time in their lives.
People come seeking food.
They leave with much more.
Besides cereal, canned vegetables, peanut butter, jelly and other items that line the shelves, pantry staples include a warm embrace, an open heart, words of encouragement, sometimes professional advice. To a person, pantry providers express gratitude, even awe, at a guest’s courage and a donor’s generosity.
The Arson Bomb Squad reported the details of an aided case that occurred on Thursday, Feb. 24 in Hicksville.
According to detectives, at approximately 6:22 a.m., Vito Badalamente, 89, of Hicksville, was discovered on fire inside Holy Family Church by the associate pastor. The priest used a fire extinguisher to douse the flames. Badalmente was transported to Nassau University Medical Center where he was admitted to the burn unit for treatment of burns on approximately 60 percent of his body.
Badalamente eventually succumbed to his injury on Friday, Feb. 25 at 11 p.m. in the Nassau University Medical Center Burn Unit.
The Arson Bomb Squad is investigating. The cause of the injury appears to be accidental.
Michael Pakaluk, son of Hicksville residents Michael and Valerie Pakaluk, recently edited and published a book focusing on the powerful story of an amazing woman who converts to Catholicism at Harvard University, marries her college sweetheart and welcomes six children.
After some successful forays into the pro-life activism in New England, this woman, Ruth Van Kooy Pakaluk, is struck with breast cancer and dies at the young age of 41. To be published on March 1, The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God is available now for pre-order at Amazon.com. The Hicksville library will also have a copy.
Each year, more than a million people are newly diagnosed with cancer and statistics show that many will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatments. Such was the case for Sarah Grace Weippert, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in February 2002.
“Sarah was diagnosed with cancer when she was 11 and passed away nine months later. During her illness, she received almost daily transfusions of blood, plasma and platelets,” said Sarah’s father, Matt Weippert. “Blood drives were held in Sarah’s honor to help provide for her much needed transfusions.”
Hicksville firefighters were alerted on Feb. 9 at 11:43 p.m. for a vehicle fire in the driveway of a home on Atlas Lane. The first arriving chief on scene, Assistant Chief Frank McGeough, reported a fully involved car fire under the car port and extending into the house. Flames were already 50 feet in the air. In spite of an aggressive attack by firefighters, a major portion of the home suffered heavy damage.
The fire originated in the engine compartment and spread rapidly, fueled by burning magnesium components of the car’s engine. All occupants escaped, with one person treated for smoke inhalation and transported to the medical center by Nassau County police.
The Rev. Dr. Ronald Parks Conner, 65, Episcopal priest and scholar, died Jan. 30 of aplastic anemia at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.
He served for a year as the curate of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Hicksville, then moved to Princeton, NJ, and served until 1977 as the curate of All Saints’ Church, as well as on the staff of Trinity Church in Rocky Hill, NJ.
After a year on the staff of his boyhood parish of St. Columba’s in Tenleytown, he received a call to be vicar of St. Martin’s Chapel, Bridgewater, NJ, which he served from 1978 to 1981. Fr. Conner then became rector of St. Stephen’s Church in Providence, Rhode Island, and served as the dean of the diocese’s Providence Deanery.
Hicksville’s Michael Magro Foundation honors the life of Michael Magro, and perpetuates his spirit by helping children and their families face the challenges of pediatric cancer. Creating innovative programs and expanding its outreach have put the Foundation at the forefront of Long Island philanthropy.
Sharing the mission of the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital, and partnering with the Hospital’s pediatric specialty areas, the Michael Magro Foundation recently awarded the hospital a $25,000 grant to fund a software package for a state of the art portable echocardiogram machine. This cutting-edge equipment, manufactured by GE, helps assess cardiac anatomy with advanced technology and exceptional clarity. In addition, utilizing Automated Function Imaging, it can monitor the heart before, during and after chemotherapy, enabling physicians to establish a baseline for pediatric cancer patients, determine the effects of treatment both long and short-term, and evaluate potential cardiac damage.
A major initiative to respond to the growing needs and numbers of caregivers was unveiled Sunday at a conference co-sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church in Manhasset and the Junior League of Long Island.
Experts, educators and people presently caring for loved ones gathered at the Manhasset Public Library to hear keynote speaker Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and others discuss a situation that is facing more and more families. Information was also collected that will lead to the creation of a new Caregivers Support Group for Manhasset and non-Manhasset residents alike.
The Very Reverend David B. Lowry, pastor of Christ Episcopal Church spoke of the need to expand the support system.
In a riveting five-volume series of historical novels based on trustworthy historical evidence and credible research, The Holocaust Diaries (published by AuthorHouse) produces an enlightening narrative which challenges the conventional wisdom claiming that during World War II President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Pope Pius XII were indifferent and did little to save the millions of Jews in Nazi-controlled Europe. In each book, written by Dr. Leo V. Kanawada Jr., a resident of Hicksville, the reader participates intimately as an eyewitness to the events that took place during the horrific days of Adolf Hitler’s Final Solution.
In the first book of the series, The Holocaust Diaries: Souls of the Just, President Roosevelt and Pope Pius XII plot and collaborate not only with Hitler’s ambassador to the Vatican, but also with the Jewish leadership and community in Rome to save more than 85 percent of the Jewish population in Rome and Italy.
Valentine’s Day is not the only day when the color red signifies matters of the heart. Red plays a prominent role on this day too and once again it’s all about the heart. February 4 is the eighth annual National Wear Red Day for Women and women everywhere have been urged to participate by wearing red to draw attention to heart disease and stroke, the number one and number three killers of women, according to the American Heart Association. Cancer is number two.
Among the companies marking the day in Hicksville is the Queens-Long Island Medical Group with offices at 350 South Broadway. Lata Singh-Vasconcellos, chief marketing and development officer (CMDO), said in an email interview from the Garden City headquarters, that the company urges its 1800 staff members in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens to become involved. In Hicksville she said, “All 100 staff members will be encouraged to show their support by wearing red.” She added the staff will also “ask every female patient to speak with their physician about heart disease in women. Our goal is not only to heighten awareness but to help our patients with prevention and early detection.”
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