08/27/14 4:00pm
08/27/2014 4:00 PM
Precious Pups in Calverton was shutdown by authorities for selling sick dogs. (Cyndi Murray photo)

Precious Pups in Calverton was shutdown by authorities for selling sick dogs. (Cyndi Murray photo)

A Calverton animal shelter in court for reportedly selling sick dogs to its customers and failing to offer proper health records of the animals had a future shipment of dogs put on hold by a Suffolk judge on Wednesday, despite objections from the company’s lawyer that the move unfairly implicates the company of guilt.

However the dogs currently there will be allowed to stay on site.

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07/06/14 10:00am
07/06/2014 10:00 AM
Here's a low-resolution photo that came out of the Brookhaven Town press shop in 2013. It's Councilwoman Connie Kepert congratulating engineers on an award. Notice the date stamp.

Here’s a low-resolution photo that came out of Brookhaven Town’s press shop. It’s Councilwoman Connie Kepert congratulating engineers on an award. It was taken on April 6, 2013, if you couldn’t tell from the time stamp. I imagine this got printed nowhere.

Public relations firms: News organizations can’t live with ’em.

And life would sure be a lot harder without ’em.

That might not be the first thing you’d expect an editor to say, but it’s the truth. Relationships with people in the PR business — and spokespeople for many elected leaders — are an important part of the job and can be very helpful at times.

Other times, though, I really just have to shake my head. (more…)

06/18/14 1:00pm
06/18/2014 1:00 PM
A Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps volunteer displays the drug Narcan, which is used to treat opiate overdoses. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps volunteer displays the drug Narcan, which is used to treat opiate overdoses. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Police officers in three local departments are among the newest officers to be equipped with naloxone, a lifesaving heroin overdose drug.

The Riverhead, Southold and Southampton police departments have been approved for the Community Overdose Prevention (COP) Program, which supplies funding to equip officers with naloxone, an antidote that can instantly reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

The program is funded through the state Attorney General’s Office, which has approved funding to equip almost half of the state’s police with the drug.

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Each kit consists of a pouch containing two prefilled syringes of naloxone and two atomizers to administer it through the nose, as well as gloves and an instruction booklet. Each kit costs about $60 and has a shelf life of approximately two years, according to a press release.

Long Island has received the second largest number of naloxone kit reimbursements in the state, trailing only New York City.

“By providing police officers with naloxone, we are making this life-saving overdose antidote available in every town, village and hamlet on Long Island,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Prior to the program, ambulance personnel were the only responders equipped with the drug.

cmiller@timesreview.com

03/05/14 6:01pm
03/05/2014 6:01 PM
(Credit: Facebook Screen Shot)

(Credit: Facebook Screen Shot)

Social networking giant Facebook has vowed to help put a stop to illegal gun sales initiating on its social media sites, officials announced at a press conference Wednesday.

Facebook, which also owns the picture sharing platform Instagram, has agreed to remove posts by users who are trying to skirt gun laws and sell firearms illegally, said Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management.  (more…)

02/04/14 10:05am
02/04/2014 10:05 AM
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FILE PHOTO | Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the success of the state’s I-STOP program.

A new online system called I-STOP that’s used to track prescription drugs is helping to curb drug abuse across New York, state officials said Monday.

More than 66,000 health care professionals have run more than 7 million individual prescription checks on nearly three million separate patients since August 2013, according to a press release issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

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