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Stony Brook Nursing Grad Runs School for Learning Health Care Vocations

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As a teenager in 1985, Nicole Laborde immigrated without her parents from Port Au Prince, Haiti to Flatbush, Brooklyn. Landing at JFK Airport, she had very little money but huge dreams, ambition, and drive. So working two menial, hourly pay jobs a day while she was attending Prospect Heights High School embraced her desire to succeed.

Laborde often handled chores and caregiving tasks for people, so she channeled these opportunities into earning her Licensed Practical Nurse degree from the Vocational Education Extension Board in Freeport. She then went on to graduate from SUNY Stony Brook as a Registered Nurse, logging service in Stony Brook Medical Center’s respiratory care unit.

Recognizing the growth of home health care, twelve years ago Laborde combined her education, fieldwork, and initiative to launch Ideal Home Care Services. Today Ideal has more than 100 clients in Nassau and Suffolk.

Also recognizing the demand for workers in the health care sector, in July 2013 Laborde launched Ideal School For Allied Health Care in the Hauppauge Industrial Park. More than 500 students are currently enrolled. Laborde has evolved as an employer of about 200 people.

Many of the students attending Ideal School see Laborde’s story as a role model. They are motivated after deciding that they want to gain the skills and re-package themselves for a health care occupation, whether it is home health care, working in a hospital, a nursing home, or a doctor’s office.

About 50 percent of Ideal’s students come from communities such as Brentwood, Central Islip, and Bay Shore. The rest mainly come from the communities of Medford, Coram, Wyandanch, Amityville, Ronkonkoma, or Hauppauge. Some come from Nassau and even the five boroughs.

Many of them are foreign, immigrating from the Caribbean and Central America. Their goal is for Ideal’s education and training to improve their lives, position them to earn more income, and develop their careers. They are preparing to become phlebotomists, CNA nursing aides, pharmacy techs, electrocardiogram techs, and more. Many opportunities in this sector have emerged through technology.

“Covid actually triggered increased enrollment at Ideal,” Laborde said. “Many of the new students saw through the news media how hospitals, nursing homes, and health facilities appeared eager to recruit more workers. Since many people were unemployed and their regular activities were limited, the idea of education to acquire a skill or earn a credential became very appealing. Relatively quickly, they would be able to qualify for an opening at a hospital or health facility.”

Laborde is making plans to expand both of her enterprises to the next level. The Biden administration has already announced plans for major increases in Medicare/Medicaid funding, especially as it relates to home health care. “This will fuel more service provider opportunities in home health care, while setting up a demand for even more workers,” she predicts.

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Fire Island, Sequel to Last Ferry, Filming Soon

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A sequel to Last Ferry, the Fire Island-set indie murder mystery that was released on Netflix last year, is slated to begin filming on the barrier beach next month, the director says.

Myles Wyatt Clohessy, the Manhattan-based actor and model who played antagonist Raphael in the original, is directing the film, a horror titled Fire Island. As with the first movie, it will be both set and filmed in Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines, the two LGBT resort communities on the island.

“Unlike many movies which are shot in locations different from what they are represented to be, these two fiction productions are real and true,” Clohessy said. “Based on the audience reception, several credentialed producers including four-time Emmy winner Jared Safier, have come forward to take Last Ferry II being re-named Fire Island to the next level. What was initially a drama and thriller will evolve into horror.”

The original follows a young gay lawyer from New York City played by Ramon Torres who travels to the island seeking the area’s notorious party scene but arrives in the desolate offseason, gets drugged and witnesses a murder. A stranger helps him to safety, but he soon discovers his savior is friends with the killer, Rafael, who torments Joseph through several tense scenes.

“The perfect summer vacation quickly spirals out of control for a group of friends on the infamous, picturesque party getaway of Fire Island as they find themselves caught in a web of sex, lies and cold blooded murder,” states the film’s synopsis on IMDb.com

Joining Clohessy in the cast and crew are prominent Irish actor Timothy V. Murphy (Quantico, True Detective, and Hawaii Five-O) and Clohessy’s father, Robert Clohessy (Oz, Boardwalk), best-known for his role as NYPD Detective Sid Gormley on the CBS Network long-running hit, Blue Bloods. There is actor Kresh Novakovic (Last Call), award-winning producer Rob Simmons, and Ante Novakovic, a veteran of more than 60 feature films.

Clohessy recently wrapped up a Christmas movie comedy Christmas Vs. The Walters, starring alongside actors Bruce Dern and Chris Elliot. That movie was filmed on the North Shore of Nassau County.

He has also been shooting Glow and Darkness, a new television series in Spain where he is a cast regular opposite Jane Seymour and Denise Richards. Playing Walter of Brienne, he appears to be in most, if not all, of the first 17 episodes about Medieval struggles between kings, emperors, sultans, and popes.

As for Fire Island, he hopes the weather will be more cooperative than it was for part one.

“When we shot the first movie, it was damn cold on Fire Island during the spring,” Clohessy recalls. “We really had to act as if we were really soaking up the sun in the prime of the summer. I am hoping that this May comes in warm.”

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