24 The QUEE NS Courier • FEBRUARY 4 2016 for breaking news visit www.qns.com #thenOneDay thenOneDay™ For more on CJ’s “Then One Day” moment and how our programs can help create yours, visit FamilyCenterForAutism.org or call 516.355.9400. Life’sWORC Family Center for Autism A Light at the End of the SpectrumSM Life’sWORC Family Center for Autism A Light at the End of the SpectrumSM Life’sWORC Family Center for Autism A Light at the End of the SpectrumSM Developmental | Social | Educational | Recreational The only center where people with autism and their families experience life-changing moments every day. CJ found his voice in song. If life were a musical, language would be no problem for CJ. But obviously, it’s not. He can communicate his wants and needs – but there’s never been a conversation. Even though he’s come so far, there’s still no full-on dialogue. Music is the way he expresses himself. Rookie cops assist elderly woman lost in snowy Forest Hills streets By Alina Suriel email@example.com/@alinangelica These new cops definitely know the meaning of courtesy, professionalism and respect. Two rookie officers from the 112th Precinct helped an older woman find her way home after a bus detour left her disoriented and unsure of her location on Jan. 27. The woman lost her way when an MTA bus took a different route somewhere through Forest Hills, according to a police source. Police Officers Robert Faulkner, 26, and Marc Timpano, 23, were called by the bus driver to assist the elderly woman depart into the unfamiliar streets still loaded with snow from the Blizzard of 2016. A language barrier prevented the driver and both cops from being able to communicate with the woman, but they were able to figure out that her native tongue was Cantonese after calling their supervisor, Sergeant Ye Yuan. Although Yuan spoke Mandarin and not Cantonese, he connected the woman over the phone with his wife — who did speak the language and was able to help the senior citizen. Faulkner and Timpano saw that the woman arrived home by driving there in a squad car rather than leave her alone again to navigate the public transportation system. Both cops are fairly new to the NYPD and have been officers for less than two years. Harrison described them as “two really nice young men who are civic-minded and service-oriented.” Faulkner said that assisting people in small, everyday assignments is one aspect of the honor in being a police officer. “Both me and my partner like helping people any way we can,” Faulkner said, “and that’s why we took the job.” Photo via Twitter/@NYPD112Pct Officers Faulkner (left) and Timpano hold the woman steady. Blizzard couldn’t keep dedicated hospital staffs from their rounds Record snowfall, impassable roads and disrupted mass transit during the Blizzard of 2016 could not keep NYC Health + Hospitals’ devoted staff from delivering care to communities throughout New York City. Sixty-four babies were born during the weekend in the city public health system, including a little boy born at Queens Hospital at 4:45 p.m. on Jan. 23, the height of the blizzard. The campus received a total of 30 inches of snow. In the Mother-Baby Unit, the same nurses spent from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7:30 p.m. Sunday caring for new babies. One labor and delivery nurse walked almost a mile through the storm late Saturday to relieve coworkers who had no break all day. Dr. Jose Viray, a neonatologist, remained at the hospital from Friday at 4 p.m. until Sunday mid-morning, when the hospital was able to arrange emergency transportation for a relieving physician. Meanwhile, at Elmhurst Hospital, nurses in the Medical Surgical Unit worked continuous 36-hour shifts. The neighborhood was hit hardest by the blizzard, with neighboring Jackson Heights receiving 34 inches of snow. Photo courtesy of the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation Nurses Blanc Astinasinbay, Rhodera Rueda, Kulwinder Singh, Dawn McNally and Clara Aguilar worked 36-hour shifts at Elmhurst Hospital.
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