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From the desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: December 7, 2012

Last month I read an interesting article where doctors at the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health in England have recommended that small children (3 and under) should be barred from watching television. In fact, the writer calls for the English government to set real television limitations for children.  

After all, there are many other laws that protect the health and welfare of children - why not a law regulating children’s television viewing?  The article published in the prestigious British Medical Journal found that toddlers are developmentally harmed by watching television. At this early stage of development, the brain’s growth is explosive and television impedes the crucial development associated with more interactive activities.   

The doctors feel children under 3 should spend more time interacting with parents – with eye-to-eye contact – rather than a television screen. By in large, most people would not need empirical medical research to understand the negative effects of television watching on child development.

Naturally, play is the most essential activity for overall child development.   Parents who are able to create this type of environment for their children will be able to enrich their lives considerably.

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

The Levittown School District has been vigilant with the increase of cases in general. “We are continuing to implement the precautions provided by the health department and the CDC,” said Levittown School District Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel Darlene Rhatigan. “We are also reminding students and staff to be mindful of the importance of proper hygiene including frequent hand washing.”

Audrey Zhang, a sixth grader at Island Trees Memorial Middle School, took home first place in the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) on Sept. 17. Zhang was honored at the Cradle of Aviation Museum for her work and was presented with a $500 check and an iPad Mini. Many dignitaries were on hand, including State Education Department Regent Roger Tilles.


Sports

 

Four Division Avenue High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to play baseball at local universities next fall. All four players were instrumental in winning the 2014 Nassau County Championship. 

The Island Trees Squirts Rockets U-6 team met with town officials, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes at the 2014 Island Trees Soccer Club Opening Day Parade and Ceremony held at Stokes Elementary School. Pictured also with the Rockets U-6 team is President Joe Badolato, Event Coordinator Keri Cinelli, Equipment Commissioner Chris Blum, Travel Commissioner Mike Rich, Vice-President Brian Fielding and Rockets U-6 Coach Gina Weyland.



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