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Long Island Businesses Support Frontline Workers, Each Business Awarded $2,500 in Marketing By Bethpage Federal Credit Union

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This year, as part of its commitment to the Bethpage Best of Long Island Program and to small businesses across Long Island during this difficult time, Bethpage Federal Credit Union organized the Best Small Business Role Model Giveaway offering Bethpage Best of LI 2020 winners an opportunity to share how they have given back during the pandemic to support first responders, their community and those in need.Our editors have chosen three businesses to feature and each will be given a $2,500 marketing grant for any Schneps Media digital or print properties, including the Long Island Press and Noticia. We spoke with the owners of Lucky Lou’s Gourmet Rice Pudding,, Middle Country Automotive and Certified Cesspool and Drain Inc., about their charity work.LUCKY LOU’S OFFERS SWEETNESS DURING TRYING TIMESMaria Camassa is the owner of Lucky Lou’s Gourmet Rice Pudding, a wholesale pudding company with products in 7-Elevens, gourmet shops and supermarkets from Montauk to Manhattan.Although she lost a few large accounts when the pandemic hit, Camassa managed to compensate for losses by creating a successful no-contact delivery service, which brought Lucky Lou’s sweet treats to pudding lovers’ homes and businesses. News 12 Long Island had also recently filmed a story on the company and happened to air it right after the shutdown occurred, which significantly increased the brand’s visibility. The proud owner felt grateful that she was able to continue operating the business, and wanted to offer a hand to those facing bigger challenges.Healthcare workers at Stony Brook University Hospital enjoy Lucky Lou’s Gourmet Rice Pudding. Photo credit: Stony Brook University HospitalCamassa is on the advisory board of the Stony Brook Ronald McDonald House, which serves the needs of families who have hospitalized children at Stony Brook University Hospital. She knew several nurses at the hospital who were treating COVID patients, and realized what they were up against.“My heart just went out to them,” she said. “I felt their pain and I admired them so much for doing what they were doing. And so we just started donating cases of rice pudding on a weekly basis.”When Stony Brook first responders raved about Lucky Lou’s delightful desserts, Camassa and her colleagues knew they could do even more. As they continued pudding deliveries, the team decided to run fundraisers every couple of weeks to obtain essential items requested by the healthcare workers. After she sent out an email blast and shared a Facebook post promoting the charity effort, her home quickly became a drop off point for donations from around the community. Lucky Lou’s coordinated pick ups and drop offs with Stony Brook Healthcare Staff volunteers.“The response was astounding.” Camassa shared. “Local residents, organizations and businesses got together to donate items for the healthcare professionals. Some people from out of state were donating money and asked me if I could go shopping for them.“We got pounds of chocolates, cases of hand lotions, toothpaste, bags of T-shirts, socks, flip flops, and beautiful shawls,” she continued. “A lot of people donated weekly. So many were like, ‘What can I do? What can I donate?’”“Seeing so many people come together for the cause was an extremely rewarding experience,” she added. “For me personally, it’s just always overwhelming when people donate. It just makes you feel good. We are all in gratitude to the service the healthcare professionals provided to all during this critical time in our lives.”Brianna Camassa, daughter of Maria Camassa from Lucky Lou’s, brings donations of gourmet pudding to first responders at Stony Brook University Hospital. Photo credit: Maria CamassaMIDDLE COUNTRY AUTOMOTIVE GIVES BACKWhen the shutdown went into effect in March and automotive shops across the Island were feeling financial strain, Joe Strazzeri decided that he and his company Middle Country Automotive would adapt rather than downsize.“I was very fortunate because we’re considered essential,” Strazzeri said. “A lot of people in my business did furloughs. I was dead against that, because I was concerned if I was to do that I would lose somebody. Most of my people have families that they’re responsible for.”Instead, he chose to prioritize the wellbeing of his vulnerable employees along with his customers. Strazzeri implemented a series of strict safety measures at his two shops in Selden and Centereach, providing PPE to his entire staff, installing sneeze guards on counters, using plastic coverings on steering wheels and seats, and sanitizing touch points during repairs.As the owner and his team got used to the new reality, they wanted to support others on the frontlines. Strazzeri’s wife is a healthcare worker, and he saw firsthand the commitment she and other first responders had to make as COVID cases exploded.“They were working an exorbitant amount of hours, going above and beyond, putting their health at risk going into the facilities that they worked in,” he said. “We [started] doing free oil changes for them, and we were getting a lot of positive feedback.”The shop also partnered with a local Italian eatery, Cafe Amici, to supply free pizza pies to healthcare workers at Stony Brook University Hospital.Middle Country Automotive then broadened its charity efforts to help disadvantaged families in the Selden and Centereach areas.“COVID-19 had a great financial impact on many families in and around our community, causing a high demand on local food banks,” Strazzeri shared. “We started a food drive for [the charities] Island Harvest and Lighthouse Missions, offering our customers a discount for food donations.”Maria Chandler of Middle Country Automotive gathering donations for the company’s food drive. Photo credit: Middle Country AutomotiveAs they promoted the initiative through email newsletters, the group saw an immense influx of donations from clients—boxes upon boxes of canned goods weekly— which has not let up since. The drive has continued into the fall with no signs of stopping soon.“It’s phenomenal, the amount of food that people are bringing in, the response that we’ve gotten. It’s great to see people wanting to help [others] in the community that are in need.”What’s truly phenomenal is how the actions of one thoughtful and empathetic person can trigger a chain reaction of good deeds that has benefited so many people.CERTIFIED CESSPOOL ENERGIZES HEALTHCARE HEROES ON THE NIGHTSHIFTLike many small business owners, Sal Motta didn’t think quarantine would last very long. But as weeks went by, the owner of the Centereach-based cesspool maintenance firm Certified Cesspool and Drain Inc. understood that his business needed to adjust to the situation quickly.There was financial worry, as Certified Cesspool’s commercial clients included many restaurants and stores, which were forced to either cut hours or shut their doors completely. Simultaneously, with more residents staying home all day, there was an influx of people having issues with their cesspools and sewer lines clogging.“We had to adjust our lives to fit the demand,” Motta said. “But in the middle of it, we also realized that so many other people were doing the same thing, so we just wanted to help them.”One evening when visiting his friend’s restaurant, Motta spoke to an exhausted nurse who was picking up food before heading to the hospital to face another grueling 20 hour stretch.“She worked the night shift, and said that she was working non-stop,” he said. “When I started to wrap my head around what I could do for these people, one of the things that stood out to me was, a lot of restaurants were taking the initiative to bring the food to the day shift at hospitals. However, we heard that when these healthcare heroes arrived to their shift at night, there was little to no food left.” Additionally, restaurants had limited hours they were open for takeout and delivery.Sal Motta poses with healthcare workers, his team, and his Best of LI plaque. Photo credit: Sal MottaCertified Cesspool and Drain teamed up with Legends Bar and Grill in Kings Park to deliver meals to the night shift at seven different hospitals on seven different days, beginning on Monday, April 20 and ending on Sunday, April 26. The two businesses supplied food to Southside Hospital, Stony Brook University Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Huntington Hospital, Mather Hospital, St. Catherine’s and St. Charles Hospital. Every night, the group was greeted by delighted nurses who were extremely grateful for the altruistic deed.“We wanted to see the look on their faces when we surprised them, because they didn’t know it was coming,” Motta shared.The crew donated a total of 112 trays of food over the course of the week, spreading joy to healthcare workers who were working under more stressful conditions than ever before.“During such a strange and difficult time, seeing those smiles made everything worth it,” Motta said. “Just making that gesture, bringing that food to them, it really made a difference. It made so many people happy and appreciative at a time where there really wasn’t much to be happy about.”last_img read more

Weaves, braids may speed hair loss in black women

first_imgHealthLifestyle Weaves, braids may speed hair loss in black women by: – April 14, 2011 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Health.com — Weaves and braids may contribute to a type of permanent hair loss that appears to be common among black women, a new study has found.More than one-quarter of the 326 black women who participated in the study had hair loss on the top of their scalp, and of those women, 59 percent had signs of central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, or CCCA, a poorly understood form of baldness that begins at the crown of the head and leads to scarring.For many years, CCCA was known as “hot comb alopecia” because it was attributed to the use of hot combs to straighten curly hair. That appears to be a misnomer. Neither hot comb treatments nor chemical relaxers, which were used by more than 90 percent of the study participants, were linked with CCCA in the study, but braids, weaves, and other so-called traction hairstyles that tug at the scalp were.Health.com: Naturally gorgeous hair makeoversBlack women often maintain these styles for long periods of time, and the stress they exert on the scalp can lead to the development of pus-filled bumps, says the lead researcher, Angela Kyei, M.D., a dermatologist and chief resident at the Cleveland Clinic’s Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute. “Over time, these bumps can develop bacteria” that can lead to scarring, she explains.Making matters worse, women who are already losing their hair are more likely to favor these hairstyles because they help disguise thinning hair, the study notes.Black women should consider refraining from using these hairstyles on young children, and they need to think about the consequences for themselves, Kyei says. “If you start to notice this type of hair loss, get evaluated early,” she urges.Health.com: 15 ways to be a natural beautyThe average age of the women with CCCA was 58. The condition often presents itself when women are in their 40s, but it’s sometimes seen in women as young as their 20s and 30s.It’s not clear from the study that these hairstyles are solely responsible for CCCA, however. Women with the condition tended to have balding maternal grandfathers, and they were also more likely to have diabetes. While only 8 percent of the women overall had type 2 diabetes, 18 percent of those with CCCA did?a “surprising finding,” Kyei says.Dermatologist Andrew F. Alexis, M.D., the director of the Skin of Color Center at St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital, in New York City, says that more research is needed to confirm a link between CCCA and diabetes. “However, it does suggest that it may be useful for dermatologists to ask their CCCA patients about diabetes and refer them to their primary care physicians for annual screening,” he says.Health.com: Could you have type 2? 10 diabetes symptomsIn the study, which was published Monday on the website of the Archives of Dermatology, researchers asked women from two African-American churches and a health fair in Cleveland about their medical history, family history of hair loss, and hair grooming practices. Dermatologists trained in hair loss examined the women’s scalps and graded them on the degree of hair loss and scarring they exhibited.Raechele Cochran Gathers, M.D., a senior staff physician at the Henry Ford Hospital’s Multicultural Dermatology Center, in Detroit, says that the findings, though preliminary, provide good information about a little-understood condition. “I think that the study’s excellent because it not only gives environmental factor data, which a few other studies have reported on, but also it’s unique in that it’s looking at these medical risk factors,” she says.In light of the findings, Gathers adds, it’s incumbent upon doctors and hairdressers to make women aware of CCCA and the potential link with traction hairstyles. 33 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Inmates Accused Of Fighting After TV Argument

first_imgLAWRENCEBURG – Four inmates at Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center are facing felony charges after allegedly ganging up on another inmate after a dispute over what channel was on television.Luis Magallon, 33, Damon Miller, 21, Patrick Garvey, 28 and Dakota Fraley, 20, have been charged with criminal confinement resulting in bodily injury, a level 5 felony; as well as battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, a level 6 felony.The July 21 fight stemmed from a disagreement between Magaollon and fellow inmate Dwion Hicks, 35, over what channel was on TV in the day room, the Dearborn County Register reported.The fight started in one cell and later moved to a different area of the jail.Investigators say Magallon struck Hicks with his fist two or three times, then two other inmates, Miller and Garvey began attacking Hicks while Fraley held the door closed.Fraley eventually opened the door and Hicks left the area, police said.Magallon later told police Hicks pushed him, and the other inmates attempted to break it up. Fraley told investigators that he had been trying to get in the cell to stop the fight, not hold the door closed.The newspaper reports that Garvey told investigators something between Hicks and Magallon has been “brewing” for months.last_img read more

Enosoregbe Bows Out, Vows to Bounce Back in 2nd Leg

first_imgThough he could not make it to the semi final, the Edo-born player received loud ovation from fans at the tennis club as they believed that he fought hard before bowing out of the first leg.“I feel great playing to the quarter-finals of the first leg of the Governor’s Cup this year. This is an achievement I will carry on to the second leg coming up next week.“What I need now is a little bit of rest after which I will begin my training for the second leg.“Mukund was a good player who I learnt has been going round the world playing circuits, an opportunity that eludes many of us here in Nigeria despite the fact that we are equally good on court, ” said Enosoregbe who entered the Governor’s Cup as a wildcard player.The other Nigerian who played in the quarter final, Sylvester Emmanuel, also fought hard before he was beaten by Egyptian Karim-Mohamed Maamoun in 2-6,7-5,1-6 match.Meanwhile, Boy Westerhof of The Netherlands was unable to make it past the quarter finals as he was stopped by the tournament number one seed, Spanish Enrique Lopez-Perez in straight set of 6-4,5-7.In the women’s singles, top seed, Valetini Grammatikopoulou of Greece continued her quest for glory as she defeated Bulgarian Julia Terziyska in straight set of 6-4,7-6(2). Tadeja Majeric of Slovakia also won her game against Omar’s Fatma Al-Nabhani who she defeated 6-0,7-6(2). Swiss Conny Perrin has an easy ride over Harmony Tan of France with a 6-1,6-0 victory.In the semi final matches scheduled for Friday, Lopez – Perez will face Egyptian player, Maamoun, while Mukund will battle Gianni Mina of France in the men’s singles. Top seed, Valetini Grammatikopoulou will settle scores with Conny Perrin in one of the semi-final games in the women’s singles, while Tadeja and Deniz Khazaniuk of Israel will fight for the final ticket.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram GOV’S CUP TENNISNigeria’s Clifford Enosoregbe failed in his bid to make it to the semi final of the Men’s Singles of the first leg (Futures 5) of 16th Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship as he lost to Indian’s Sasi Kumar Mukund in the quarter final match decided yesterday at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.Enosoregbe lost the first set 1-6, before he forced himself back to the game to win the second set 6-3, but due to tiredness and loss of concentration, he could not make it in the third set as he was defeated by 2-6.last_img read more