Peter Clark, 61, had just dropped his granddaughter off at and was chatting with the secretary in the front hall when he begin to feel funny.
"He just blacked out," said his daughter, Erin Cancro.
Clark collapsed around 8:38 a.m. Wednesday, hitting his face on the linoleum floor. In a stroke of good fortune, Officer Pete Howard, MTA Police Lieutenant Alex Lindsay, and Greenlawn Fire Department ALS Provider Mario Geddes were there dropping off their own children.
If your daily travels have ever taken you to in Mt. Sinai or even if you've just driven by, at some point or another you’ve been greeted by the smiley face cut into the grass or made up of thousands of little flowers on the knoll facing Route 25A.
This year, volunteers are holding a fundraiser to bring the flowery smiley face back to the park.
According to Fred Drewes, chairman of Heritage Park's Farm Committee, back in the fall of 2004 volunteers planted 7,500 crocus that formed the first blooming smiley face. Over the the next two years the crocus came back.
Painting had been instilled in Anne Palmer Tuttle at an early age. She grew up in the Brandywine region of Pennsylvania the oldest child in a family of artists. During the depression her family moved to Long Island where the teenager put herself through college, eventually earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Long Island University.
Over the decades Tuttle earned a name for herself as a print-maker, painter and art instructor.
Now, the is showing a lifetime retrospective of her art starting Thursday and running through Nov. 13 titled “Anne P. Tuttle – A Life in Art.”