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On a March Saturday of raw winds and below-freezing temperatures, Dennis Dapuzzo  loads cases of low-fat yogurt, whole-grain Honey Scooters cereal and juice boxes that are high in calcium and vitamin C into his recycled hotdog truck. The cold makes its way inside the truck, which helps keep the juice boxes cool but forces Dapuzzo to keep his jacket on as he drives toward a food pantry in Brentwood.  He knows that as bad as the weather can be, Long Islanders are still depending on him to deliver food.   Dapuzzo arrives near the intersection of Caleb’s and Joshua’s Path at a small food pantry a little before 9:30 a.m. People immediately recognize the yellow truck with a crocodile caricature on it, and they line up with their heavy winter jackets to get breakfast for the weekend.   “You know that the people who come out on cold mornings like…

On February 1, the Sachem High School auditorium was filled with over 80 members of the community as they were educated and trained in saving an overdose victim by the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD). In January 2016, the SCPD responded to 140 overdose calls in three of its seven precincts alone. Instead of arresting the victims, the officers of the fourth, fifth and sixth precincts used their medical training as EMTs to help those in their time of need. During the presentation a recent call was mentioned when a quick responding officer revived two children under the age of ten with the narcotic antidote the department has issued for several years. Naloxone, otherwise known as Narcan, is administered via nasal spray and is absorbed rapidly through the capillaries in the nasal cavity. Its effects can be noticed within minutes. SCPD Chief Surgeon and Medical Director Scott Coyne has overseen…

Winter Storm Mars left nearly 250 Suffolk County children uncared for after snow storm warnings cancelled a free dental treatment event organized by the Stony Brook Dental School. The annual event was scheduled to take place on “Give Kids a Smile” Day and aimed to provide children up to 17 years old with free dental services including screenings, cleaning and fluoride treatments that help fight tooth decay. The event is accessible to anyone who registers, but the dental school’s goal is to help children who lack sufficient medical insurance to cover the cost of dental treatments according to Margaret Bakos, the Director of Community Outreach. The event is also designed to teach children about oral hygiene and provide parents with their child’s dental summary, a referral list of dentists and information about dental insurance. “I think it’s terribly disappointing,” Michael Forbes, a father of two who attended last year’s event…