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Dr. Edelstein has been practicing Family Medicine in Great Neck for over 30 years, focusing on the care of patients from teen years to eighty, ninety and beyond. He has a great sense of pride in having taken care of many families through four generations. He currently serves as Vice-Chairman of Family Medicine at NSUH Manhasset, President of the North Shore Physicians Organization, as well as a member of The Medical Board at NSUH-Manhasset, having previously served as President of the 3,000 doctor Medical Staff Society and President of the North Shore University Hospital Medical Staff IPA.
Dr. Edelstein has been named one of the “Best Doctors in New York” by New York Magazine, one of the “Outstanding Physicians” in the United States by Town and Country Magazine and one of the top 55 Family Physicians in the United States by the Ladies’ Home Journal. Dr. Edelstein enjoys rollerblading on the streets of Great Neck and spending time with his wife Judy, their four sons and grandchildren. Oh, and by the way, he is great with the kids in the hospital, and is often seen handing out teddies to brighten their stay. Thank you Dr. Edelstein for your untiring effort on behalf of Hugs and our mission to comfort children in crisis.
We all had a great time, for a great cause. Remember, every $5 goes to a new teddy or to shipping it to the first response unit that is on the front lines of a crisis. We partied until we dropped and little Nicholas was able to keep those cookies in his hands even as he fell asleep.
More than a thousand people passed through the doors of Grace Community Church Wednesday to pay their respects to Lucas O’Connor and his grieving family.
O’Connor was one of three Goshen High School students, along with Antonio Baglivo and Paul VanDoran, all 16, who died from injuries sustained in a driver’s education crash in Warwick last week. Read the rest of the story in the Times Herald-Record.
Thank you to our founder, Susan Lucarelli, for getting teddy bears to mourners from this sad accident.
Thank You Matt for the donation of $50.00 to Hugs Across America. You did a terrific job with your lemonade stand. It is so great to see a youngster thinking of others the way you are.
Know that your money will go to purchase teddy bears for children in crisis, yes children with cancer and children whose homes were burned or who were in auto accidents or who suffered a loss. We know that the teddies bring them comfort and knowing that others are thinking about them matters too.
Thank you again, to Matt of Rockville, Maryland.
Benefit for Hugs Across America…
Helping us comfort children in crisis through the hugs of teddy bears.
We honor our dear friend and avid supporter, Dr. Angelo Dispenzieri, who died peacefully at home in Manhasset, NY surrounded by his family on February 8, 2015 at age 85 after a long struggle with post-polio syndrome. Beloved by his wife of 32 years, Eileen Stegman Dispenzieri, his daughters, Elizabeth Mutlu of Bay Terrace, NY and Dr. Angela Dispenzieri of Rochester, MN, and his grandsons, Michael Mutlu and James Mutlu.
He lived a full life; a Professor of Psychology at Baruch College where he also served as Dean of Evening and Extension Division; a psychotherapist in private practice; and a consultant/lecturer in industrial/organizational psychology. In his private life, he enjoyed his family, music, fine art, and things of beauty. He lived for love, knowledge and compassion for others, and often said that there is no problem in life that could not be solved. His brand of knowledge, optimism, and storytelling was a source of solace, hope and transformation for many. We will miss his presence but he will be with us as he touched us with his love and wisdom.
Angie was a charter member of Hugs Board of Directors and an unending source of encouragement to me personally. He will be sorely missed.
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