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Victoria’s Secrets: Celebrating Kings and Hanukkah

Antoinette Biordi with event sponsor Jim Whitmore

My heart swelled as I watched our Kings of Long Island proudly walk, dance, strut, laugh and love every moment of their recognition on Nov. 29 at the stunning Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck.

Thanks to my magnificent staff, who identified a powerful group of men who have successfully run their careers and also found time to give back to their communities.

Each of our honorees has distinguished themselves, and it was my privilege to bring them together at what I call the “Ultimate Networking Event”!

As a bonus, News 12 Long Island reporter extraordinaire Antoinette Biordi was recognized as our “Communications Heroine.” She also helped me emcee the powerful event.

I wanted to publicly recognize my team Joanna, Elizabeth, Megan, Toni, Ruth, Sheila, Keith, Chris, Bob, Ralph and Brian. It certainly takes a team to accomplish such joy!


My grandchildren lighting the first candle of an 8-day celebration of Hanukkah

And speaking of joy, we’re now into the celebration of Hanukkah, eight days that commemorate the miracle of the Maccabees. The holiday celebrates the Maccabees’ triumph over a tyrannical king and reclamation of the Temple in Jerusalem. They lit the temple menorah with enough fuel to last one day, but miraculously, the candles kept burning for eight days.

Traditionally, our family has a party for the children who delight in opening their gifts, playing the “dreidel game” and eating the traditional potato pancakes called latkes. We had a treasured time together!

But amidst celebrations, we suffered losses of special people in our community, including devoted State Senator Jose Peralta, New York Community Bank’s beloved Lucy Hossain, Sarah Pecker’s husband and respected attorney Marvin Skedelsky and Don Capalbi, beloved by all, of Congresswoman Grace Meng’s office. We lost them all too soon. I hope their loved ones have the courage to carry on, and realize their loved ones will always be in their hearts. They may have left us physically, but their spirit is with us, inspiring us, and we will remember them always and the impact that they made on our lives.

Heart health advice

At our Kings of Long Island event, we honored cardiologist Dr. Perry Frankel, who endorsed the advise I’m sharing. It could save your life!

Let’s say it’s 7:25 p.m. and you’re going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job. You’re really tired, upset and frustrated.

Suddenly, you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw. You are only a short distance from the hospital. Unfortunately you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it that far.

You have been trained in CPR, but the guy who taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.

How do you survive a heart attack while alone? Many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack. Without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.

However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.

A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.

Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!

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