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A major step forward in the war on drug abuse (editorial)

Mayor de Blasio announced that an anti-overdose medication that can save lives is now available without a prescription at pharmacies in New York City. To underscore the drug crisis on Staten Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio led a public briefing at the YMCA Counseling Service in Eltingville, where Dr. Bassett spoke about the city's decision to make naloxone widely available. Read more…

Stop & Shop celebrates grand opening in Port Richmond

Stop & Shop celebrated a grand opening with a ribbon-cutting on Friday in Port Richmond. At today's Stop & Shop opening, store manager Jack Hiltwein and Jim Keenoy, director of marketing and external communications (New York metro area), presented a $2,000 check to the Staten Island YMCA Broadway Branch, as a way for Stop & Shop to contribute to the local community. Read more…

‘Walk for Recovery’ raises awareness of substance abuse

Dozens of people donning purple shirts, purple wristbands and buttons featuring the words, "I walk for everyone," gathered against the backdrop of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Saturday morning to raise awareness for substance abuse. The annual walk — which began at 11 a.m. near the Dolphin Fountain, at the corner of Sand Lane and Father Capodanno Boulevard — featured an assembly of friends and loved ones, as well as members from Amethyst House, Community Health Action of Staten Island, Camelot, Staten Island University Hospital, the YMCA, Project Hospitality Staten Island Mental Health Society and Wagner High School. Read more…

NYer of the week: Laura Jimenez keeps students inspired on road to their American Dream

Growing up, Laura Jimenez called two places home. Living at times in Mexico and the United States, she learned what new immigrants need. Now, Laura is doing that and so much more. After fulfilling her dream of becoming a U.S. citizen, she's helping others. Laura is the citizenship preparation instructor at the YMCA's New Americans Welcome Center on Staten Island. It's the borough she's lived in for almost 30 years. Read more…