With the recent snowstorms, blood donations are once again down. But with four upcoming blood drives on the South Fork, there are opportunities to change that.
The New York Blood Center, which has scheduled an emergency blood drive at Southampton Hospital later this month, said even when storms aren't as severe as expected, the blood supply is affected. "The effect on the blood supply was like a full blizzard with over 3,000 units lost due to cancellations," according to the center's website.
Students at the Sag Harbor Elementary School celebrated the Super Bowl in their own way with the Soup-er Bowl.
Sheldon Silver ended his 21-year reign as New York State Assembly speaker just before midnight Monday. Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., who represents the South Fork, said that "this crisis presents a rare opportunity to change an institution that has been in desperate need of transparency for decades."
Navigating the roads after a snowstorm can be difficult, especially with road shoulders filled with snow. Despite lifting a travel ban earlier on Wednesday, East Hampton police have been urging motorists to stay off the roads so that highway crews can clear them. Less traffic not only makes it easier for plows to get through, but also emergency vehicles.
As much as you want the street cleared and your driveway plowed, you should also be mindful of fire hydrants that are likely buried under the snow, fire chiefs cautioned on Wednesday.
While most fire departments are trying to organize firefighters to go out and uncover the hydrants, they need the community's help. It may be extra work, but if there is a fire on your block, you'll be glad you dug a path to the hydrant so firefighters can connect hoses without delay.