“Black-legged and deer ticks have spread into new areas across the country, carrying Lyme disease into places where it didn’t exist 20 years, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC estimates that about 30,000 U.S. residents are infected with Lyme disease each year, but notes that underreporting could put the actual count at 300,000 cases…”

Source: Lyme disease numbers on the rise  in The Washington Times

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“Patients treated with antibiotics in the early stages of the infection usually recover rapidly and completely. Most patients who are treated in later stages of the disease also respond well to antibiotics, although some may have suffered long-term damage to the nervous system or joints. It is not uncommon for patients treated for Lyme disease with a recommended 2 to 4 week course of antibiotics to have lingering symptoms of fatigue, pain, or joint and muscle aches at the time they finish treatment. In a small percentage of cases, these symptoms can last for more than 6 months. These symptoms cannot be cured by longer courses of antibiotics, but they generally improve on their own, over time.” [CDC website]

For facts about Lyme Disease:

https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/faq/index.html

This Veteran’s Day, yoga teachers from coast to coast will be holding donation-based yoga classes to benefit the work of Veterans Yoga Project whose mission is to support recovery and resilience among veterans, their families and our communities.

Join Soul Flyte in giving back!  Friday, November 11th  at 7:30-8:45pm.

78 Main St (above Turiellos Pizza)
Nyack, NY 10960
(845) 580-9240

All donations accepted! Sign up required: www.soulflyte.com.

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Fifteen years later

September 11, 2016

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Rockland County Residents

Janet M. Alonso 41 Stony Point NY
Calixto Anaya Jr. 35 Suffern NY
Japhet J. Aryee 49 Spring Valley NY
Richard E. Bosco 34 Suffern NY
Sgt. John Gerard Coughlin 43 Pomona NY
Welles Remy Crowther 24 Upper Nyack NY
John D’ Allara 47 Pearl River NY
Bernard D. Favuzza 52 Suffern NY
Thomas Foley 32 West Nyack NY
Andrew Fredericks 40 Suffern NY
Robert Joseph Gschaar 55 Spring Valley NY
Dana Hannon 29 Suffern NY
Capt. Frederick Ill Jr. 49 Pearl River NY
Farah Jeudy 32 Spring Valley NY
Joseph Marchbanks Jr. 47 Nanuet NY
John Marshall 35 Congers NY
Patricia A. McAneney 50 Pomona NY
Robert Garvin McCarthy 33 Stony Point NY
Robert William McPadden 30 Pearl River NY
Luke G. Nee 44 Stony Point NY
Gerald O’Leary 34 Stony Point NY
David Ortiz 37 Nanuet NY
Lt. Vernon Allan Richard 53 Nanuet NY
Thomas G. Schoales 27 Stony Point NY
Mohammed Shajahan 41 Spring Valley NY
Gregory Sikorsky 34 Spring Valley NY
Catherine T. Smith 44 West Haverstraw NY
Robert W. Spear Jr. 30 Valley Cottage NY
Loretta A, Vero 51 Nanuet NY
Benjamin Walker 41 Suffern NY
Weibin Wang 41 Orangeburg NY
Steven Weinberg 41 New City NY
Capt. David T. Wooley 53 Nanuet NY

For a complete list

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A Message From the President of NYSVARA

 

Friends and colleagues, Sunday 6-5-16, the EMS community lost a great man. Rich Beebe passed away as a result of injuries he sustained in an accident when a van cut in front of his motorcycle. Ironically, he was on his way home after having taught an EMS class.

Rich spent more than 30 years in EMS as a paramedic, nationally known educator and author. He had a great and unique gift. Besides having the ability to present the material he was teaching, he had the ability to make his students THINK. He was comfortable teaching any level student from basic EMT students to nurses and physicians. The name of his consulting company was called Medic Think. That says it all.

Rich, together with Mike McEvoy, were the Education Coordinators for NYSVARA’s Pulse Check Educational Conference for the past several years. Rich’s specialty was the BLS Pre-Conference and an original member of “The 3 Wise Men”. He truly was a wise man!

Rich touched the lives of literally thousands of people. He always had a smile or a joke. He made everyone who met him feel comfortable. He enjoyed the occasional good cigar and a little bit of bourbon. At our conference, at the end of the day, a few of us would gather in front of the hotel and Rich would “hold Court”. It was a great way to end the day. I had the honor and privilege to call him my friend.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of NYSVARA, I want to send my deepest sympathy to the Beebe family. Rich may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. Eternal peace and Godspeed my brother!

***Update:  The Memorial Service is being moved to Guilderland High School to allow as many people who wish to attend to do so. The Guilderland High School is located at 8 School Road, Guilderland Center NY 12085. It will start at 1pm as previously planned and will end with a procession to the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad as previously planned (WTRS is at 200 Centre Drive, Albany NY 12203)

Members of Service, who plan on attending are asked to wear their uniforms to honor Rich. A reception will be held at Western Turnpike Rescue Squad Western Turnpike, Guilderland NY.

Richard Beebe: A trusted friend, expert teacher and passionate EMS advocate

Memorial Day is Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.  In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries.  A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

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The Poppy ~ The flower of remembrance

 

 

2016  SUSY SCHWARTZ MEMORIAL FUND BENEFIT CONCERT

Sunday, April 3, 2016 • 24 Adar II 5776

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM     Neve Shalom Ballroom

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Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest doggy daycare and overnight camp, offers a list of important tips for Halloween Pet Safety

Tips for Halloween Pet Safety

  • Fido may look adorable in his new superhero costume, but that cape won’t necessarily keep him out of harm’s way. Dressing up your pet for Halloween can be harmful. Costumes should not constrict the animal’s movement, hearing or sight, or impede their ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, it may be helpful to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, don’t bother.
  • Before your pet participates in any Halloween activities, take a closer look at his or her costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that they could choke on. Also, watch out for ill-fitting outfits which can get twisted on external objects on your pet, leading to injury.
  • Putting make-up or face paint on your pet can be harmful. Paints could potentially irritate their skin, or may be eaten. Even make-up that is non-toxic could cause stomachaches or worse.
  • Candy bags are strictly for the enjoyment of trick-or-treaters, not your pet. Chocolate in all forms, especially dark or baking chocolate, can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Give your pooch their own Halloween candy by treating them to their favorite doggy snack. If you do suspect that your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or your local control center immediately.
  • Keep an eye out for decorative edible items like Halloween pumpkins and candy corn, when participating in this year’s festivities with your pet. While these are considered to be relatively nontoxic, they can be harmful, causing stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.
  • Do not take your pets trick or treating. It’s possible that your dog could get spooked by a ghost or goblin and a dog bite or fight could occur.

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Touring New York

July 7, 2015

Tour and Taste Your Way Through New York’s Hidden Wine-Country!


Bust out of the bustling cityscape and into Long Island’s wine country for the perfect day getaway! New York City based tour companies Take Me Out NYC, and Like a Local Tours have teamed up and created this one-of-a-kind experience for wine tasters and adventurers alike called the North Fork Wine Tour. 

This new tour is less than a two-hour drive out of the city and allows locals and tourists to explore the beautiful grounds and wineries of North Fork, located on the northeast part of Long Island. Home to over 30 vineyards, this region is a wine lover’s paradise. The tour is brand new to the industry and will make its premier this upcoming July. 

So what can a wine-connoisseur expect along the way? Much more than your favorite vino! Tour-goers on the North Fork tour will receive the perfect balance of area history, relaxation, wine and culture, with fun and off-the-beaten path stops. In addition to tasting authentic regional wines, guests will also have the chance to visit a family fun farm, charming shops, taste authentic local goat cheese, and visit quaint seaside villages where they can shuck their own oysters on the tour! All expenses are included including transportation to/from NYC, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and even free spa gifts!

When asked about the collaboration, both tour companies shared their vision and excitement in teaming up. “To us, this tour is not just a ride out to the vineyards, it’s much more than that. We wanted to create an experience that brought in the culture of the North Fork, while also really emphasizing relaxation and some fun along the way!” said Lauren Beebe, owner and founder of Like a Local Tours. “People will feel like they’re seeing it all. They’ll leave this tour feeling like they aren’t just visiting the region, but actually understand it! That, and they will be pampered, and wined and dined to the max!” 

For Take Me Out Tours, this endeavor allows the hip nightlife tour company to branch out into a new industry, day-tours. Currently, TMO is known for being the #1 nightlife destination in New York City by trip advisor. The company is excited to add a new offering and mix it up a bit with the North Fork Wine Tour, no pun intended!

For both businesses, this tour is the first that brings them outside of the Big Apple. “When we decided to collaborate together, we felt branching out of the NYC market gave us a great opportunity to bring a fresh perspective to the typical day-tour experience,” said Ori Mor, owner and founder of Take Me Out Tours. “Since we both have worked only in New York City when it comes to tours, we were able to bring our own unique spin that is very different than what the typical wine tour would be in the North Fork area. There’s no doubt about it, this tour is going to be unlike any other wine country tour you’ve experienced. I think our company names say it all. We want to make you feel like a local and take you out for a tour you’ll never forget, and that’s what we intend to do!”

For those interested in embarking and experiencing North Folk with Take Me Out Tours and Like a Local Tours, you can book your wine adventure today at https://www.takemeoutnyc.com/north-fork-winery-tour.html or at http://www.likealocaltours.com/north-fork-wine-tour. Tours start July 18th and reservations are now available.

 

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ABOUT LIKE A LOCAL TOURS
Like a Local Tours is a New York City based, operated and highly-curated tour company that specializes in creating stylish, buzz-worthy walking tours all over the city, from downtown to Brooklyn. For more information please visit http://www.LikeaLocalTours.com 

ABOUT TAKE ME OUT TOURS
Take Me Out Tours NYC is a New York City based and operated tour company. providing customers with walking tours exploring the city. With a strong emphasis on local nightlife and drink quality, the company offers a VIP service that caters to its guests. For more information please visit http://www.TakeMeOutNYC.com

(borrowed from EMSWorld.com)

Data Security

  • If you don’t know what parts of your business are vulnerable and what data needs to be protected, you can’t properly secure them. Work with a professional to audit your entire IT infrastructure to determine what you need to do to stop hackers.
  • Use strong and multiple passwords. Commit them to memory, not writing.
  • Back things up. Security is important, but if your data is not backed up, you will lose it. Test the backup to ensure your data can be recovered when you need it.

-Source: Ramon Ray, Smallbiztechnology.com, 8 Tips to Protect Your Business and Secure Its Data