SQUILLANTE, ANNA MARIE (nee: Kretkowski)

first_imgpassed away on August 19, 2018. Anna Marie was a lifelong resident of Bayonne. Anna Marie was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Squillante, her parents Henry and Mary Kretkowski (nee: Fuchs), and her brother, Anthony Kretkowski. She is survived by her brother Henry Kretkowski and his wife Carolyn, her sons, Joseph, Jr. and his wife Gerri, Henry and his wife Kathleen, and Michael and his wife Mary. She was the grandmother of Ryan and his wife Bethany, Erik and his wife Courtney, Gabrielle, Nicole, Andrea, Sarah, Michael and his wife Michele, Lauren, and Maggie. Funeral Arrangements by DZIKOWSKI, PIERCE & LEVIS Funeral Home, 24 E. 19th St.last_img

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Long Island Heroin Crisis Affects Us All

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Everyone is separated from actor Kevin Bacon by six degrees, so the joke goes, but sadly, the heroin and opioid crisis does not have as many levels before it touches us all.Everyone I speak with knows someone or has loved ones who suffered a tragic fatal overdose. Be they celebrities, executives, politicians, skilled or unskilled workers, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters or cousins, none are immune from being affected by the disease of addiction, especially heroin.So many stories tear at the hearts of individuals and families. A grandparent loses a 20 something grandchild, a father finds his son dead of an overdose from his very first use of heroin. Best friends are burying each other. Each story is unique, yet founded in a crisis of epic proportions.Nassau and Suffolk counties – a bit more in Suffolk – are leading the list of geographic areas suffering the most. In 2016, Long Island reportedly suffered 539 deaths due to opioids, primarily heroin laced with the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Total opioid deaths have increased by two and one-half times since 2010.The problem has been building, but now that we have public awareness of the crisis, we need to advance the strategy to combat it. Long Island cannot afford to become complacent and lose so many of our young people, jeopardizing our future.The long list of those I’ve discussed the issue with, from law enforcement leaders to anti-drug advocates, just scratches the surface of those trying to stem the tide of these preventable deaths. Our actions must reach across all social, economic, political, ethnic and religious groups, organizations and individuals so that we act in a unified effort that will be greater than the sum of the parts.If we can create a realistic plan and execute it according to our expertise, financial ability and energy, many lives can be saved. Lawmakers and law enforcement officials need to step up prosecution of those who divert prescription fentanyl, which is often illicitly acquired from overseas and makes today’s heroin weak by comparison to the old days.We also need to recognize that despite widespread efforts to legalize marijuana, it maystill be a gateway to heroin. All business sectors are impacted by this epidemic every day in lost employees, workplace disruption when one of the team dies, revenue lost while workers grieve, theft by addicts, violent robberies and murders at the hands of addicts.There is no escaping, we are all affected and it will take all of us working together to eradicate the crisis and save our neighbors from anguish and loss of their loved ones.Greg Demetriou is president and CEO of Lorraine Gregory Communications.last_img read more

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Kompany back in training

first_img City published a picture of Kompany back in training online at cityblog.mcfc.co.uk on Thursday. Kompany’s return raises the possibility that he could feature against Swansea at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, although Pellegrini might prefer to hold him back to face Bayern Munich next Tuesday. City’s home clash with the German giants is a vital one, with the Premier League winners needing a positive result to maintain interest in the Champions League. In four games in the competition so far, City have claimed just two points and they have little room for error heading into their penultimate Group E fixture. City are also hoping playmaker David Silva can recover from a knee injury in time for the Bayern match. The Spaniard has been sidelined since suffering the setback in last month’s Capital One Cup loss to Newcastle but returned to light training last weekend. Striker Edin Dzeko and left-back Aleksandar Kolarov are both expected to be out until next month with calf injuries. The influential defender took a knock in City’s Champions League loss to CSKA Moscow on November 5 and then missed the 2-2 draw at QPR in the Barclays Premier League three days later. Manager Manuel Pellegrini expressed hope the problem was not serious but Kompany did also pull out of Belgium’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales last week. Press Associationcenter_img Captain Vincent Kompany has boosted Manchester City by returning to training following a calf injury, the club have revealed.last_img read more

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