Nearly Spring

March 30, 2011

It was a calm day at Eisenhower Park in East Meadows. The weather was in the high 70s. Everyone took advantage of that day; they decided not to wear coats, jog, play sports like basketball and tennis. Parents decided to bring their kids out to the park to play. The kids were enjoying themselves on the jungle gym , going down the slide and swinging on the swings. It was worth being in that environment.
Stephanie Belizaire


Nearly Spring

March 30, 2011

It was a calm day at Eisenhower Park in East Meadows. The weather was in the high 70s. Everyone took advantage of that day; they decided not to wear coats, jog, play sports like basketball and tennis. Parents decided to bring their kids out to the park to play. The kids were enjoying themselves on the jungle gym , going down the slide and swinging on the swings. It was worth being in that environment.
Stephanie Belizaire


March 28, 2011

Press conference today Sen. Schumer was announcing a request to looking into improving the shoulder areas on the LIE where pulling over cars puts the Officers and drivers at risk.  Earlier this month the NCPD lost PO Califano when he was rendered by a truck. in the past 10 years 20 officers have been rear ended during trafic stops on the highway.  Schumer is requesting that the part of budget allocated for highway safety be used.

It just reminds me of the spot bewteen  the 135 and about 106/107  there’s a few spots were they often pull people over there’s not a whole lot of room before the shoulder drops off steeply because the highway is elevated.  It’s a damn popular area to pull people over.  This is one of the reasons we have that new law that requires cars to move out of the left lane if an Cop car is on the shoulder with it’s lights on.  We did run into a man who normally drives trucks who isn’t a fan of this new law.  It causes traffic and it’s hard for trucks to change lanes when the traffic slows down.  Got a nifty blue rubberband bracelt in memory of  officer  Califano.

 


American Airpower Museum NOT Closing

March 28, 2011

When the FAA told the American Airpower Museum they were demolishing the structure in 2008, the Museum was furious. They got the State, Senator Schumer, and Congressman Israel involved. Senator Schumer followed up and found it was unlawful for the FAA to demolish the structure, so the museum and the FAA came in agreement that it will either remain open in the current Republic Airport location, or move elsewhere. In my LI News Tonight package, I report just this– and tell share with you the emotions of the senator, and the volunteers directly involved. Stay tuned to LI News Tonight.

-Kyle Reitan


Gambling Awareness–What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Always Stay There

March 16, 2011

One of the most common phrases out there–what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas–is not completely accurate.  In fact, as I learned the other day, for many it does not apply at all. We all are very aware of the problems that can stem from alcohol and drug abuse, but problem gambling is not talked about as much, yet it can be just as serious.

Recently, to create awareness for problem gambling, NYIT brought an addiction recovery specialist (Melissa Wayne) in to speak with students about how dangerous gambling really can become, and I was shocked to hear how life-threatening the seemingly “fun” activity can be if and when it gets out of hand.  Of course many are aware that gambling can become addictive, and especially when money is involved, can quickly become a huge problem.  But Wayne shared a lot of interesting yet disheartening facts with us that really opened my mind further to how serious problem gambling really is, and facts that I was unable to cover in my report that people still should be aware of.

First, most of us think nothing of buying a lotto scratch off card.  But in reality, we have a  much greater chance of drowning in a bathtub, of our tv catching on fire, or of being injured by a chainsaw than winning the Mega Million, Lotto Jackpot, or Win for Life.  Yet still people put so much money into these cards.  The same applies to slots and other games.  But the chances of us winning? Way less than one in a million.  So much of it is mindless and its so easy to put money down quickly, which is perhaps why people can get so easily addicted. 

Gambling is all around us–there are scratch off machines, casinos, bingo and poker games and sport pools all around us.  And now with the internet, absolutely anyone, even a five-year old, can gamble.  And as Wayne says, gambling is completely socially acceptable, and we rarely hear about its dangers.  We hear about drunk driving, overdosing, and so much related to substance abuse, but as Wayne pointed out, how often is there a PSA about the dangers of gambling?  And she continued to prove further that it is quickly become another drug of choice.  Unfortunately, a lot of people, at least in my opinion, aren’t fully aware of how much of a drug it really is.  And it is perhaps because, unlike other addictions, gambling addiction can be hidden.

Wayne defined pathological gambling as an addiction to gambling with characteristics very similar to that of addiction to alcohol or other drugs.  When someone becomes a problem gambler (as opposed to those who really do just gamble for fun and know when to stop), they put themselves at great risk.  When someone becomes addicted, gambling becomes their only friend–it can severely ruin other relationships, job or educational opportunities.  As I noted in my package about gambling awareness, one in five gamblers attempt suicide, according to the NY Council on Problem Gambling.  They can develop lower self-esteem, higher rates of depressions, poor coping skills, and a need to take great risks. And when they stop, they can go through withdrawal just like substance abusers.  And of course, Wayne noted that many gambling addicts will do anything to get the money they need.  She spoke of a college boy, who had everything going for him–president of his sophomore class, a cellist in the orchestra, an employee in the school chaplain’s office–until he robbed a bank.  He was a problem gambler. Unfortunately, gambling addicts often believe that gambling is not really a game of chance, that they can figure out how to win, and will always try to get even if they lose, which of course feeds the addiction. 

Interestingly, 72% of students in grades 7-12 engaged in at least one gambling activity in the past year, and most students have tried gambling by the time they get to college.  Children often don’t make their own money, which for them makes this addiction even more dangerous.  Who knows where or what someone could do for the money when they don’t make any.  Wayne really highlighted how dangerous gambling can be, and how our culture really does not do enough to ensure that people are aware of its dangers.  She was not anti-gambling by any means, but she stressed, that it can be just as serious as any other substance abuse.  Gambling is not just a game.  It can become an illness.

If you feel someone you know may have a problem, Wayne says to look for changes in behavior/personality, their financial situation (like borrowing/stealing money or using earmarked money for gambling purposes), withdrawal from family and friends, absences from events/school, an intense interest in anything related to gambling, or if they’re becoming forgetful.  And as I mentioned in my package, The New York State Gambling Addiction Hotline’s number is 1-877-8-HOPENY. 

-Elsa Gillis


Smoking Ban

March 16, 2011
You may have never considered this, but if you had to guess the difference between the amount of secondhand smoke in an enclosed car versus an open space, what would your guess be?
Would you think a child’s lungs are more suseptible to harmful substances in the air or an adult’s lungs?
How about this: we all know that smoking has been linked to causing cancer, but what about secondhand smoke? Has it been linked to other health problems?
These are questions that Legislators Judi Bosworth and Judy Jacobs have asked—and along with Dr. Shetal Shah, they’re saying that the answers to these questions are cause for concern. That’s why they say they’ve proposed a new bill for Nassau County that would ban smoking in a motor vehicle with passengers under 18–with a possible fine of up to $1,000.
Although some argue the bill is just another way for the county to make money, Legislators Bosworth and Jacobs say that’s not the point of introducing the bill—the point is to make people more aware of the harm they could be causing their children.
To find out more about the bill that would have Nassau County joining the ranks of California, Arkansas, Louisiana and Maine, as well as Rockland County, NY, watch the story at http://www.youtube.com/linewstonight!

 

 

 

–Tara Evans


Sim Bots and Anchoring

March 15, 2011

I am behind a week on my posts, but lets catch up right now. Last week, I went out on a story at the Catholic Health Services Patient Simulation Center based in Melville, NY. The sory was to cover how CHS is utilizing these human like simulation bots to simulate a medical emergency. This scenario, using the 60 year old Sim Man, was picked up at home by Emergency Medical Service workers and brought to the hospital for chest pain and respiratory difficulties. While in the hospital, he goes into cardiac arrest. A team of doctors, nurses, and medical students are standing by and rushed to save this mans life. The other scenario, an infant, who fell at home after suffering a seizure suddenly suffers from cardiac arrest in the hospital. Again, the team rushes to save the infants life.

This was a big day for me because I also had the honor to anchor the NYIT update and anchor a special edition of LI News Tonight. This was a wonderful experience, because it made me become more familiar with anchoring. At first I was nervous, and very nervous throughout, but I worked through it and became more comfortable. It’s not as easy as it looks on TV — anchoring is actually a tedious position.

-Kyle Reitan