On the Frontlines: New York City Nurse Liza Billings

By: Mallika Rao Last year gave nurse Liza Billings a new perspective on life. While working at the emergency room in Manhattan’s Lenox Health Greenwich Village hospital, she lost her brother Leo to the COVID-19 virus. On top of that, Billings, 42, braced the early months of the pandemic at an overwhelmed hospital. Pre-pandemic, sheContinue reading “On the Frontlines: New York City Nurse Liza Billings”

New York Psychologist on Why We Love Celebrities

Whether it is Bennifer‘s reunion or singer Britney Spears’ legal woes, Americans cannot seem to get enough of their favorite celebrities. Longtime psychologist Dr. Donna Rockwell, who has practices in the city and Detroit, Michigan, knows a thing or two about celebrities. Today, she serves as a psychologist to the stars, but her focus onContinue reading “New York Psychologist on Why We Love Celebrities”

Anxiety Book Creates Movement

A book designed to eliminate anxiety stigma started a movement last year at a time of heightened anxiety. Lentini, 58, co-wrote the book Anxiety Insights with her daughter Nicole, a psychiatrist based in Chicago. They each documented their own human struggles with anxiety, alongside those of other family members and loved ones. “One of myContinue reading “Anxiety Book Creates Movement”

Trans and Queer March Hosted in Beacon

A march to address transgender and queer issues in the Beacon area and elsewhere took place yesterday. Reports of a right-wing activist sending threatening messages have left Beacon LGBTQ+ residents and their allies fearful. Nationwide, bills in state legislatures threaten to curb transgender rights. The march started at Memorial Park and went through the neighborhoodContinue reading “Trans and Queer March Hosted in Beacon”

Family carries on search for missing playwright

Update (June 21, 2021): Andrew Neiman’s death was confirmed Saturday after his body was discovered on the shoreline of the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie Wednesday. Andy Neiman sought mental health treatment in Poughkeepsie’s Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital before suddenly going missing on May 21. The last image of him was in the hospital wearing green scrubsContinue reading “Family carries on search for missing playwright”

Ex-Cop turned Teacher Promotes Media Literacy

Queens-based high school teacher Jeff Kaufman went from patrolling the streets of New York City to being a bridge builder in the war against online misinformation. As a computer science instructor at Queens High School for Information, Research, and Technology, Kaufman has been teaching a media literacy course for seven years. Having started out asContinue reading “Ex-Cop turned Teacher Promotes Media Literacy”

COVID Survivor Stories: Kim Willis-Rinaldi

This article is part of a series called “COVID Survivor Stories,” where we profile the struggles of those who survived a diagnosis of COVID-19, as they deal with the repercussions of recovery. As patient zero in Naugatuck, Connecticut, Kim Willis-Rinaldi had no idea what to expect when she came down with COVID-19. The geriatric therapistContinue reading “COVID Survivor Stories: Kim Willis-Rinaldi”

Graduate Student Makes Waves with New Business

Kate Thompson, a Hudson Valley native who is pursuing a master’s degree in social work, did not know what to do after getting laid off from her restaurant job during the pandemic. She was interning for a nonprofit organization that offers home-based therapy in North Carolina, where she moved to after getting her bachelor’s inContinue reading “Graduate Student Makes Waves with New Business”

Drug Use Among Teens Worrying During Pandemic

With drug usage appearing to be on the rise after a worrisome report that celebrity therapist Dr. Laura Berman’s teenaged son allegedly died of a drug overdose after obtaining illicit substances via social media, Ulster Prevention Council head Cheryl DePaolo weighed in on online drug trafficking and other drug usage trends during the pandemic. DePaoloContinue reading “Drug Use Among Teens Worrying During Pandemic”