Richmond County Dental Society Message


November 2017 Newsletter


Dr. Valerie Venterina

Dear Colleagues:


Happy Halloween to all! Halloween is quickly approaching and so is Dr. Phyllis Merlino's "Halloween Candy Buy Back”! Bring all your unopened candy to Dr. Merlino's office and receive $1 for every pound. The candy is donated to our troops overseas through Operation Gratitude – a truly worthy cause. Please see the attached flyer for more details or visit Dr. Merlino's website at Last year, Dr. Merlino collected 720 pounds of candy. Let's spread the word and break last year's record! Candy as far as the eye can see! So, tell all your friends, family and patients to come out to support this worthy endeavor!


Our fall season continued its successful start with an interesting periodontal implant lecture at our last membership meeting on Tuesday, October 17 by Dr. Graig Fischgrund, who is also an associate of Dr. Robert Sorrentino's. Let's wish them both good luck in their joint venture! Our next RCDS meeting will be on Tuesday, November 14 at Bocelli Ristorante. The featured speaker will be our very own Dr. Paul Albicocco. As a member of the New York Society of Forensic Dentistry, Dr. Albicocco will speak on "Child Abuse Recognition." Attendees will learn how to recognize abuse and will also learn the dentist's role in reporting suspicious findings. Please plan on attending this important lecture! As always, 2 CE credits will be awarded and friends and associates are always welcome!


Election Day is November 7. Whether you're right, left, or center, get out and vote! This year, in addition to the usual suspects running for office, we are asked to vote on the need for a constitutional convention, which occurs every 20 years in order to revise or replace the NYS Constitution. Those in favor of holding a constitutional convention state that it would be able to address ethics reform in government, reorganize and update our court system and modernize our educational and public pension system, as well as address environmental and civil rights protections. Those opposed to a constitutional convention state it would be expensive, unnecessary and would favor special interests. In any event, look at the issues, talk to friends and get out and vote. We cannot simply complain about the issues, we must also be willing to engage in the democratic process!


Our New York State EDPAC will be running a fundraiser for State Senator Diane Savino on November 15 at Casa Belvedere. It will be at 6:30 p.m. and will include hors d’oeuvres with antipasto station and an open bar…thanks to Dr. Ray Flagiello! Our lobbyist, Roy Lasky, will be in attendance and is asking for our support. In addition to a donation from EDPAC, attendees are asked to donate an additional $100 minimum to support Senator Savino's re-election. Our NYS EDPAC is the second strongest political action committee, after the trial lawyers PAC, and serves us well in Albany. They deserve our continuing support! Please contact Bernard Hackett at (718) 522-3939 or anyone on the executive board for more information.


The Greater New York Dental Meeting, which is sponsored by Second District Dental Society and New York County Dental Society, will be held from Friday, November 24 through Wednesday, November 29 at the Jacob K. Javits Center. Registration is free for all dental society members, along with their staff and families. Of course, volunteers are always needed if you're so inclined. This is a great opportunity to see all the greatest and latest technology and equipment available, as well as engage in interesting continuing educational courses. Come join your colleagues and friends in NYC!


Good & Welfare

  • Our very own Dr. Louis DeSantis will be a featured soloist singer at the St. George Theatre this year during their annual Christmas Show! A little-known fact – Dr. DeSantis trained as a singer and musician as a young(er) man, playing in several bands throughout the years and even performing at his own wedding to the lovely Gina! The St. George Christmas Show runs from December 8-10. More information and tickets are available on the theatre’s website at Let's all join in supporting our very talented friend!
  • Dr. Charles Mistretta's son, Michael Mistretta, D.D.S., M.D., was recently inducted as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Michael Mistretta is an attending oral surgeon at Staten Island University Hospital and a member of New York County Dental Society. Congratulations to both Dr. Charles and Dr. Michael Mistretta on this great accomplishment!


Upcoming Events

The 2018 RCDS Installation of Officers on Saturday, January 27 at the Richmond County Country Club will have a new theme! Thanks to Dr. Michael Costa, the 2018 dinner dance will feature a casino night theme with live table gaming for all our guests. Everyone will start the evening with a bankroll of "play money" (sorry, no cash bets allowed!), to exchange for chips used to play throughout the evening at various tables. Try your luck at blackjack, roulette and craps, all staffed with professional dealers! At the end of the night, chips will be tallied for great prizes! Mark your calendars for this great and entertaining event!


Respectfully yours,  


Valerie Venterina, D.D.S.

2017 Richmond County Dental Society Vice President



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