WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Concerned over numerous mosquito batches in Westchester having tested positive for the West Nile virus, Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) will introduce new legislation next week requiring all Westchester County storm water basins around the county receive mosquito larvicide treatments based on a formula derived from the previous winter’s weather pattern.
The legislation will be introduced at a meeting of the BOL Environment & Energy Committee, chaired by Legislator Mike Kaplowitz (D-Somers), on Tuesday, September 4 at 3 PM.
Presently, storm water basin inspections and larvicide treatments are undertaken without any specific guidelines regarding seasonal temperatures. Many health officials across the U. S. are worried that warmer winters are allowing the mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus to flourish.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Westchester County has learned of its first human case of West Nile Virus this year, which was recently diagnosed in a 28-year-old New Rochelle resident who is recovering at home after being hospitalized.
The Westchester County Department of Health conducted a local environmental assessment of the area around the individual’s home for signs of mosquito breeding activity nearby. Residents were advised to remove any standing water from their properties and several catch basins in the area were retreated with larvacide.
As in prior years, the Health Department prepared for the summer mosquito season by applying larvicide briquettes to street catch basins that held standing water on county and local roads in an effort to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as the West Nile virus. Residents should continue to do their part by taking personal protection measures and removing standing water where mosquitoes can breed.Read more
WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Introductory workshops on Medicare “basics” will take place this fall on Sept. 27, Oct. 24, Nov., 15 and Dec. 4 at the County Office Building, 9 S. First Ave., Mount Vernon.
The sessions are presented by the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) and will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the eighth-floor conference room.
All workshops are free, but early registration is suggested because the classes fill up quickly. To sign up, call the DSPS Medicare Information Line at (914) 813-6100, which is open year-round.
Case workers will provide information about Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D and explain how to use Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) for even greater savings. EPIC is a New York State-sponsored plan that helps eligible seniors pay prescription drug costs. They will also discuss Medigap insurance, cost-sharing and preventive benefits.
Seniors are also reminded that enrollment for Medicare Part D for 2012 will take place this year from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 for plans to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013.Read more
Dr. Angeles Samson Tiangco, 82, of New Rochelle, NY, peacefully passed away August 16, 2012.
Dr. Tiangco was born August 2nd, 1930, in Manila, Philippines. In the 60's, Dr. Tiangco earned an M.D. in surgery and worked at Flower and 5th Avenue Hospital in New York City and later became Chief of Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. After having her third child she chose to switch specialties to enable her to raise her family and earned an M.D. in Radiology. In the 70's she opened a private practice Radiology office in New Rochelle and became a leading specialist in breast cancer detection. She was most proud of a citation awarded to her by the Medical Society of the State of NY for 50 years of medical practice.
She is now resting peacefully with her deceased husband, Dr. Herminio Tiangco. She is survived by her three children, Joyce (Robert) Biolsi, Ken (Gerarda) Tiangco, Lynda (Frank) Zingaro and her loving grandchildren, Juliana, Lauren, Brandon, Tatiana, Nickolas, and Kenny; her brother Rogelio Samson and her sister Teresita Samson.Read more
WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Westchester County has teamed up again with the New York Blood Center’s Hudson Valley Blood Services to sponsor a blood drive on Sept. 12, part of a week of volunteer events by the county in honor of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001
The Marylou Seaman County Employees Blood Drive is open to the general public as well as county employees. It will take place at the Westchester County Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Anyone between the ages of 16 and 76, weighing at least 110 pounds, is eligible.
The public is encouraged to donate blood to ease the persistently low supply of whole blood and platelets. Double red blood cells will be collected as well as regular units of blood.
People can register by calling Janet Lokay at 995-2127 or by emailing her.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Sound Shore Medical Center’s (SSMC) highly-successful Reach Out & Read Program - now in its 13th year - recently celebrated Early Literacy Awareness Week with a visit from New York State Assemblyman George Latimer. Joined by patients of the Outpatient Pediatric Department (OPD), their parents and Medical Center Administrators, Mr. Latimer helped recognize the occasion.
Commenting on Assemblyman Latimer’s visit, President and CEO John R. Spicer said, “We are delighted to recognize George Latimer not only as a supporter of Sound Shore Medical Center but also as a champion of literacy and children.” He concluded, “Assemblyman Latimer frequently takes the pulse of healthcare through visits such as this, and we are pleased that he could join us for our Reach Out & Read/Early Literacy Awareness Week event.”Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Residents of all ages and abilities are invited to “New Rochelle Walks”, a free, family-friendly walk through the city’s Historic District on Sunday, September 9 at 9AM. Two walk lengths will be offered: 1.5 and 2.5 miles. Registration begins at 8AM.
In addition to providing an opportunity for New Rochelleans to get exercise while enjoying a friendly walk with neighbors, friends and co-workers, “New Ro Walks” will kick off an initiative of the City’s sustainability plan, GreeNR by encouraging the creation of “Neighborhood Walking Groups.”
”Public health is an important GreeNR objective, and if we can have fun at the same time, then so much the better,” said Mayor Noam Bramson.
Prior to the walk, event sponsors, including Robeks, ShopRite, Sound Shore Medical Center, Walgreens, Westchester Yoga Arts and fitness professionals, will be on site to offer nutritional information, healthy snacks, health screenings and warm-up exercises.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Sound Shore Medical Center’s (SSMC) Department of Medicine is pleased to announce its Medical Residency Program’s selection of Chief Residents for the 2012-2013 academic year. Two standouts from its 2012 Class, Drs. Bubu Banini and Diana De Jesus, were selected to serve as Co-chief Residents.
As Chief Residents, Drs. Banini and De Jesus will oversee the activities of the residents of the Internal Medicine and Transitional Training Programs. This includes planning resident schedules, in compliance with the American Board of Internal Medicine Guidelines; meeting educational goals, organizing educational conferences and actively participating in the supervision of Medical and Transitional residents in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, they will serve as departmental representatives. Drs. Banini and De Jesus will also represent SSMC with various professional organizations, including the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine.Read more