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EAST RAMAPO HAS A NEW SUPERINTENDENT

By: S. Mandelbaum

After much speculation, the East Ramapo Board of Education voted to remove Dr. Ira Oustatcher as the superintendent of the school district, and appointed Joel Klein, who had been the district’s Director of Special Student Services, as the interim superintendent. In turn, Dr. Oustatcher was given the Director position that Klein held. For Klein, that means a salary increase from $168,000 to $242,000. Oustatcher’s salary will fall from about $270,000 a year to $252,000. If Oustatcher

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Community Medical and Den- novative, on-site dental service tal Care, Inc. (Monsey Medical whose mission is to bring state and Ben Gilman Medical & Dental Care) has been granted permission by the New York State Department of Health to provide medical services in addition to the dental services that are now available on the mobile unit, to be renamed Medical and Dental Care on Wheels. This expanded scope of service will include primary care, specialty, and behavioral health To better serve care. CMADC has beenour provid-patients, of the art, dental care to specific ingDr. comprehensive healthcarehas Baldinger services to the uninsured, un- sites and locations around the increased his hours. County. The large white mobile derinsured and underserved van, with the familiar He is now available everydental Thursday. population in Rockland County and friendly saying “toothfully since 1993. Dr. B. Albetter speaking, we can’t wait to see suggests you you” is welcomed in many loLEARN MORE ABOUT: Dental Care on Wheels, the cal community areas including current mobile unit, is an in- Haverstraw, Spring Valley and DIABETES IN CHILDREN PAGE 17

care as well, CMADC embarks on the next phase of service to the community. Medical and Dental Care on Wheels is now uniquely positioned to provide medical services to the uninsured, low income, working poor of Rock-

land County through the program’s ability to bring these expanded services to people at local sites. Our goals include: the provision of low-cost medical care in a respectful, competent, culturally sensitive and compassionate manner; patient education toward selfdirected health management; and a decrease in the need for Emergency Department medical care. The goal of CMADC and the van is to provide preventive care as well as emergency and outpatient care. In addition to the availability of both adult (internal medicine) and child (pediatric) health services for both acute and chronic conditions, podiatric care will SEE DENTAL PAGE 6

HOUSING, FLOOD MITIGATION PLANNED FOR SUFFERN QUARRY By: S. Mandelbaum

would have remained superintendent, he was slated to receive an increase to roughly $280,000. The school board approved the measure in a 6-0 vote, w h i c h made the switching of the positions official. It is unclear at this point if Dr. Oustatcher will choose to remain in his new position, or how permanent these changes will be. SEE SUPER PAGE 6

In December 2006, the Town of Ramapo took control of a large piece of property in Suffern that was the former site of the Tilcon Quarry. For decades, workers at the quarry used heavy machinery and drills to obtain stones and rock from the landmass. Those operations stopped in 2005. The town took over the property for $1, with the understanding that both housing and a flood mitigation project would take place on the site. The flood mitigation issue is the most prominent as the fate of the site is still being decided. The quarry is located next to a section of Suffern known as Squire’s Gate. During heavy rainfalls, a great deal of flooding takes place in that area,

causing damage to homes and property. Residents have always been clamoring for a flood mitigation project that would relieve them of such events. Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence stated repeatedly, from the time the town purchased the property in 2006 until as recently as last week, that the property would be used for flood mitigation. Shortly after the town took over the quarry, a plan was proposed to do just that. A flood mitigation plan was going to be implemented, but at the same time, 440 units of housing would be built. The plan was to give the property SEE FLOOD PAGE 6


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AS WE GO TO PRESS... Vanderhoef announces first-ever County Government Day Residents can obtain a passport; experience demonstrations of Bomb Squad, HAZMAT truck DATE: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 TIME:

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

PLACE: Rockland Community College Technology Center 145 College Road Suffern, NY 10901 Government Day: Bringing Government to the People, to take place on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Technology Center at Rockland Community College.

A Weekly Editorial By:

Mendel Hoffman The East Ramapo school board made a monumental decision to replace the superintendent of the

district. Hiring and firing a superintendent is the biggest decision a board can make, and the board felt strongly that a leadership change on the highest level needed to be made. The members of the board may have their own calculations for taking such an action, and I hope and believe that many of those calculations match up with the concerns of the average resident of East Ramapo. The biggest concern is that of taxes. The school district is getting ready to put out a budget that is likely to increase taxes, largely due to the massive cuts in education that the governor put forth in the state budget. As a result, the burden falls on local taxpayers across the state to pick up the slack. No district official can be blamed for that, however, the largest question looming is the following: Have the services that our community needs been provided by the district? In East Ramapo, private school families need two vital things from the district – transportation and special education. Transportation is an issue that emerges regularly, and is often saved from being cut. Services for special needs children are a constant battle, and should be a top priority for the new superintendent. It is tragic that there is such a need for these services, but the need is here and it must be dealt with. Private school families pay for most of the public school education, and that is an irrefutable fact. However, when it comes to getting their children, who happen to go to private schools, the services and attention they are entitled to by law, parents often have to brave hostile crowds and speak in public during the school board meetings to get what they need. That is something that needs to change – perhaps even more than the superintendent. WRITE TO US The Advocate welcomes Letters to the Editor & the Action Desk about relevant topics and issues. Letters must include the writer’s name, address and phone number. The name may be withheld from publication at the writer’s request. The Advocate reserves the right to edit for clarity and good taste. To voice your opinion, call: 845-770-1950, Fax: 845-352-5290, or e-mail Editor@AdvocateNews.org

Over 20 County departments will showcase services they provide to residents in a convention style setting. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit department tables or listen to experts speak on various topics including: Keeping Rockland Healthy, Rockland County Goes Green and Emergency

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To the editor:

not long ago in Baltimore generated a major protest on the part of the frum community and included the Roshei Yeshiva of Ner Israel and other Jewish leaders.

An event recently reported in the Rockland Jewish Reporter, the Federation paper, failed to elicit any noticeable reaction in the frum Are we so desensitized to Shabcommunity. bos that such an incident can pass The board of the JCC, which most in our midst without a shriek and cry!?  Or are we so alienated from of us probably do not attend, recently voted to keep the JCC open our Jewish brethren that we can let this go by without incident?!  If on Shabbos. they care in Baltimore, do we not care in Monsey!? A similar incident that occurred

Five Day Forecast for Rockland Thursday Apr. 7

Friday Apr. 8

High 49° High 50o Low 34° Low 22o

Shabbos Apr. 9

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Monday Apr. 11

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If we reach out to our Jewish brothers and sisters to show them our pain and teach them about the beauty of Shabbos that they are forfeiting, perhaps we can make a difference here.

-Regards, Aharon Subar


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GUIDE TO A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN The government is making plans for a government shutdown if negotiations on a federal budget for the last six months of the fiscal year don't lead to a settlement. What happens if the government shuts down? The Office of Management and Budget already has the plans, it's just not revealing what they are. But based on previous shutdowns, here are the likely answers to questions about it: Q: Will I get my Social Security payment? A: Yes. But there is some dispute over how many Social Security workers would stay on the job. Some say the Social Security Administration is not part of an appropriation, so its workers wouldn't be affected, but the Office of Management and Budget is commenting on this so we don't know what would happen, say, if you wanted to apply for disability payments via Social Security. But that's a process that can drag on for a year or more, anyway. Q: What is the most obvious effect of the shutdown? A: Plan on hearing stories of families on a chol ha’moed trip who have been turned away from a locked Smithsonian or Washington Monument. Or any other governmentrun museum or attraction, including the national parks. For people who operate restaurants and businesses in areas where there are lots of federal workers, the shutdown will likely cost them dearly. It would be a bad time for one of those salmonella outbreaks or mysterious illnesses to occur. The Centers for Disease Control will stop tracking them during a shutdown. Q: Would the VA facilities close? A: No. Medical employees who provide inpatient and emergency care are considered essential. But outpatient treatment would likely be curtailed. Q: Would federal courts close? A: Bad news, white-collar criminals. They stay open. Q: Would it be safe to fly? A: Air traffic controllers are considered essential so there would be no disruption in ATC activities. Metal fatigue in aging aircraft, however, don't know when the government is operating and when it isn't. Q: If the Red River flooding requires federal aid and response, will residents get it? A: Yes. Disaster response is not affected in a shutdown. Q: Will I still have to pay taxes by April 18?

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A: Yes, but you may have to wait longer to get a refund. Q: If the government shuts down, who will bring me my daily supply of credit card offers? A: No problem. The mail will still be delivered. Q: What if I need a visa or passport? A: In 1995, 20,000-30,000 foreign visa applications per day went unprocessed, as did an estimated total of 200,000 U.S. passport applications, according to PBS. Q: I work for the federal government. Will I have to go to work? A: There are two types of shutdowns. In a "soft shutdown," federal employees would come to work but could not do anything "productive," that is, anything to carry out the central duties of the agency. They could clean up their desks. A "hard shutdown" would mean employees are furloughed from work. Only those few exempt employee would come in. The soft shutdown would only occur if the president believes there's a chance for a rapid compromise with Congress. Hard s h u td ow n s would signal a bleaker picture. Q: How many federal workers would be furloughed? A: In the last shutdown -- 1995 -about 800,000 government workers were furloughed. Back then, there were 2,920,000 federal employees, excluding the military. Now, there are 2,839,000 federal employees, excluding uniformed military. Q: Will I be paid during the furlough? A: In the last shutdown, workers were paid retroactively. So the government doesn't save on salaries during a shutdown. However, people who work under contract with the federal government would not likely be paid. Q: What if I want to work unpaid? A: You can't. Federal law prohibits the government from accepting volunteer work. Q: How long will it last? A: If history is any guide, a few days. The longest shutdown lasted less about three weeks. Q: How much will the government save during the shutdown. A: Nothing. Current estimates, which some consider low, suggest it could cost the government  $100 million a day.

Parks, museums

• 368 National Park Service sites closed (loss of 7 million visitors); museums, monuments closed (loss of 2 million visitors)

Visas, passports

When there’s a shutdown The federal government could shut down if Congress is unable to reach a compromise to fund the government beyond Friday, April 8. Examples of services affected in 1996 during a 21-day government shutdown:

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• About 20,000 foreign visa applications per day not processed • 200,000 U.S. passport applications not processed; U.S. tourism, airlines suffered major losses

Military veterans • Services curtailed

Federal contractors

• About $3.7 billion in Washington, D.C., area contracts affected • Workers furloughed without pay

Law enforcement • Delays in processing alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives applications • Work on 3,500 bankruptcy cases suspended • Recruitment of federal law enforcement officers stopped

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stopped disease surveillance • Toxic waste clean-up at 609 sites stopped; 2,400 Superfund workers sent home • No new patients accepted for clinical research at National Institutes of Health © 2011 MCT Source: Congressional Research Service

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During the meeting, board members Stephen Price, Suzanne Young-Mercer and JoAnne Thompson were absent. The three are recognized as the “public school” members of the board. They made no statements of support or opposition to the changes at any time. The switch caps a rocky tenure for Dr. Oustatcher, who took the position with high hopes and optimism. Oustatcher frequently drew the criticism of many during school board meetings, including activists who often attack the members of the school board. He was also widely faulted, being the head of the school district, for the graduation rates of public school students, which fell below 70%, one of the lowest in the state. The recent vote to remove Dr. Oustatcher was the final step in a lengthy process spelled out in the contract that Dr. Oustatcher and the school board agreed to a few years ago. During a January meeting of the school board, the board voted 5-2 on a motion that prevented Oustatcher’s contract from being extended by an additional year. A clause in that contract stated that unless the board acted, the contract would automatically be extended, essentially making it a permanent contract if no action is taken. The contract requires such a motion to be made before February 1st of 2011, 2012 and 2013 if the board wants to replace him in 2013. At the time, members of the board said the vote was taking place to free them-

selves up and gain more options and control over the superintendent’s position. The new superintendent, Joel Klein, has experience in several school districts, particularly in the area of special student services. He has worked in the New York City School system, and spent almost 20 years in the Clarkstown district. In a semi-retirement phase of his career, he has held several interim positions in school districts in Westchester County. Klein said that he felt ready to lead the district and face the challenges of East Ramapo. Klein said he would focus on special education, an infamously problematic issue in the district, as well as tackling low test scores. As for Dr. Oustatcher, he said that he believes the district accomplished much during the time he held the top post. He said he worked to get a lot of the kindergarten students into a full day program, a frequent complaint of public school parents. He also said that under his tenure, he increased the efficiency of the district’s resources by closing school buildings and reducing staff as a result. Dr. Oustatcher said he wished Joel Klein much success as the new superintendent, but has given no hint as to what action, if any, he intends to take.

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FLOOD FROM PAGE 1 to a developer, who would pay for the flood mitigation, and build housing to recover the costs. The proposal became a controversial political issue that has come to dominate local elections in Suffern. While there is a clear need for flood mitigation, some residents and officials have placed a higher priority on preventing any development. The proposal to build 440 units of housing on the large site in exchange for comprehensive flood mitigation was turned down. With recent rains and the continued flooding issues, the issue has once again been placed on the table. A new proposal has taken shapeone that would provide for flood relief but also develop housing, albeit less housing than the original plan called for. Under the newly announced plan, Quarry Ridge Inc., a developer, would pay for a $2.25 million flood mitigation project in exchange for permission from the Village of Suffern to build 277 units of housing on 11 acres on the site. The entire property is 61 acres. The plan includes 250 rental units as well as an additional 27 townhousestyle houses. The developer would pay for the flood plan, as well as an addi-

tional $9,000 per unit for every unit above 250 that the village allows them to build. Village officials are cautiously optimistic about this plan, and maintain they want to balance the flood plan with development in a way that makes sense for the village and does not overdevelop the area. Supervisor St. Lawrence spoke to the Suffern village board earlier this month on the plan, and has suggested that a joint meeting of the town and village boards be held to discuss it further. The flood mitigation plan would involve siphoning water out of the Mahwah River, which is nearby, during periods of heavy storms, when the water level of the river reaches a certain point before flooding would normally begin. At that point, a system would send the water into the giant quarry hole that exists, which has a capacity for over 268 million gallons of water. The siphoning would prevent flooding even in the worst of storms and once the rains ended, water would be pumped from the quarry hole back into the Mahwah River.


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Alternative Energy Although More Sustainable, Comes at a Price By: Aaron Moeller Residents of the early 21st century live in quite an exciting time, the world is ever in transition, and we currently find ourselves suspended between two ages: a time dependent on fossil fuels such as oil and coal, and a future dominated by renewable energy sources. Yet not everyone is sold on this vision. Conserving energy is all the rage right now as people look for ways to cut their power use -- and their power bills. At the same time, developers are looking into ways to optimize the use of renewable or alternative forms of energy. Still others want to build machines capable of creating energy out of nothing. Or at least be able to extract more energy than the amount of power it takes to run said machines in the first place. Options vary on just how dependable some of these renewable energy sources are, as well as how well they'll be able to sustain us in a post-fossil fuel era. Fresh interest in cleaner energy alternatives have been sparking up recently. In the United State’s it was president Obama’s State of the Union Address, where he called for more clean and competitive energy manufacturing in this country. In addition, pressure is mounting on energy companies in the wake of the tragic Nuclear reactors’ catastrophe in Japan. It seems that this issue is more than an environmental concern, (the planet is not going to melt) but also about the safety of the earth’s inhabitants. Out of all this uncertainty, a number of myths, misconceptions and outright lies have risen to the surface. It is not so simple to turn wind into electricity or to turn your recycled bottles into fuel for your car. Let us explore a few of the bigger renewable energy ideas currently making the rounds. You may decide for yourself if these seem realistic in the long term. Coal As it turns out, coal is exceedingly dirty. Coal-fired  power plants  spit out 59 percent of the  United States' total sulfur dioxide pollution, 50 percent of its particle pollution and 40 percent of its total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Factor in smog, ozone and health concerns and you have quite an environmental problem. Yet coal, for all its ills, continues to play a vital role in global energy production, and you simply can't reasonably ask everyone to stop burning it -- not when renewable alternatives aren't ready to pick up all the slack. A great deal of clean coal technology centers around capturing and storing pollut-

ants that would otherwise be released in the burning process. With CO2, this involves either pumping the gas down wells to depleted oil fields or into deepsea depths. Not only can the later option potentially endanger marine ecosystems, but also they both require care and monitoring to prevent polluting the environment anyway. Critics charge that all this amounts to a redirecting of pollution, not a true reduction of it. Solar When was the last time you saw a  sunpowered mini-van? Powerful examples of technology in the world around you are powered by something other than the brilliant rays of the sun. Even if solar electricity -- also known as photovoltaics (PV) -- was only capable of energizing our lowpower gadgets many commentators identify the statement "little steps can't make a difference" as a major myth surrounding the green movement. PV power may not be in a position to solve all our energy problems right now, but its potential for the future is great. Remember, we're talking about leaching energy from a gigantic star -- one that steers an entire system of planets, our atmosphere and life as we know it. The United States Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that the solar energy resource in a 100-square-mile area of Nevada could supply the United States with all its  electricity. We're talking 800 gigawatts of power, and that's using modestly efficient commercial PV modules. Break all that down and each state would only need to devote 17 x 17 miles (27 x 27 kilometers) of solar cells (not all states are quite as sunny as Nevada). Where would all that land come from in each state? The DOE points to the country's estimated 5 million acres) of abandoned industrial sites as a potential candidate that could contribute a whopping 90 percent of U.S. electrical consumption. In the meantime, PV technology continues to develop and the U.S. industry alone is expected to reach the $10-$15 billion level by 2025. Solar  electricity  isn't the only renewable energy whipping boy out there.  Wind power has also taken more than its share of pessimism, frequently saddled with a reputation for excessive noise and energy inefficiency. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if you stand 750 feet (229 meters) away from a wind farm of multiple turbines, the noise would be no more than that of a working kitchen refrigerator.

There's the issue of cost. Like any energy production facility, there are plenty of upfront costs to harvesting wind energy, but research indicates that the average wind farm pays back the energy used in its manufacture within three to five months of operation. Since wind farms depend on variable weather patterns, day-to-day operating costs tend to run higher. Simply put, the wind isn't going to blow at top speed year-round. If it did, a wind turbine would produce its maximum theoretical power. In reality, a turbine only produces 30 percent of this amount, though it produces different levels of electricity 70 to 85 percent of the time. This means that wind power requires back-up power from an alternative source, but this is common in energy production. Wind power demonstrates tremendous promise for the future -- and not just for the environment, but for the pocketbook as well. In 2005, the state of New York determined that a 10 percent addition of wind generation would reduce customer payments by $305 million in one year. To some critics, investing in solar and wind energy is no less silly. Of course it makes sense to invest in renewable technology if a government program is going to pay for most of it through incentives and tax breaks. But this, they argue, artificially backs an unsustainable energy

model. While it's true that renewable energy benefits heavily from government incentive programs, it's important to realize that this is true of most energy sources. This includes everything from  gasoline  and  nuclear power to  ethanol  production and  solar  power. The  United States government, for instance, provides significant subsidies to every major fuel source in one way or another, keeping the costs for consumers down to predetermined levels. For instance, in 2007, the United States provided $724 million in subsidies for wind power, $174 million for solar and $14 million for geothermal. Yet, in that same year, they also provided $854 million in subsidies to coal production and $1.267 billion to nuclear power. Simply put, a government-subsidized technology is not one that necessarily exists in a bubble or is unsustainable in the long run. If enough people protest Indian Point and rally around research into cleaner, more affordable energy, this could be a good idea for everyone.


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By: S. Mandelbaum Washington Obama Announces 2012 Re-Election Campaign President Obama announced he is running for re-election this week. Obama has tried to reach out to the same grassroots-minded people who elected him in 2008, but the themes of hope and change are no longer part of his campaign. Obama’s announcement included a recognition that many are disappointed by the slow pace of progress, but that many still believe in him and support him. The early announcement is beneficial to Obama, who will not face a Democratic primary opponent, but is looking at a scattered field of Republican potential hopefuls.

New Leadership For The DNC The Democratic National Committee, which manages all Democratic candidates in national races, is having a change in its leadership. Former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, who now chairs the DNC, announced he is leaving the top post to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Jim Webb. Webb announced he would not be seeking re-election. President Obama, as the most senior elected Democrat in the country, has appointed Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to run the DNC. She will formally take over the

party in two weeks, and in the meantime, Donna Brazile, the Vice Chair of the DNC, will be the interim chair. Brazile is a well-known Democratic operative, and managed Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.

Bachmann Defends Presidential Credentials Tea Party Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, who is testing the waters for a presidential run, defended her credentials to be president. She said that even though she was only a member of the House, she was turning 55. Bachmann said that age alone is enough experience to be president. She added that she sits on several committees in the House, which all House members do, “but again,” she said, “I’ve lived life.”

Peter King Gets Death Threats Congressman Peter King received a package with an anti-Semitic letter and death threats, as well as the hoof of an animal. King has received various threats, but none as graphic as this. King has had increased security in the wake of hearings he has held about terrorism and radical fundamentalists. There is an investigation to determine who sent the threats.

albany Blago Tries To Get Obama Interviews Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is in court on charges relating to his attempted “sale” of the senate seat formerly held by President Obama. When Obama was elected president, Blagojevich was given the opportunity, as governor, to appoint a replacement to the seat. He allegedly tried to get a good deal for himself financially in exchange for the appointment. Blagojevich is now trying to get the records of the interviews that the FBI had with President-elect Obama because he says information in those interviews would contradict witnesses trying to put him behind bars.

Cuomo Hailed After Budget Deal Governor Andrew Cuomo is basking in the glory of a triumph that rarely occurs in Albany – a budget that passed before the deadline, and following his positions. The budget went mostly along the lines that Cuomo had set, dealing a blow to Speaker Silver and the Republican Senate. National media outlets have praised his handling of the process, and many want him to emerge from the state as a national leader. Cuomo has actually been avoiding the national circuit, declining national interviews and prominence. In fact, since becoming governor in Janu-

ary, Cuomo has never left the state once- except, as his staff points out, when he ventures onto the Palisades Parkway and has to travel a small way into New Jersey on his way to Albany. While other governors, like New Jersey’s Chris Christie, have been traveling the nation, Cuomo is taking a wait-andsee approach. Many believe he wants to be on the national stage, but doesn’t want to be premature, as those eager to emerge too soon often disappear from the scene before they would like to.

Senator Gives Up Stipend Sen. Tony Avella, D-Queens, is giving up the $9,500 he would otherwise earn as ranking member on Cities and Environmental Conservation committees. Liz Krueger is the only other senator who has given up a lulu, and Avella went out of his way to criticize the leadership and the practice, which he said hurts good government.

Carlucci Pushes Onion As State Vegetable Senator David Carlucci, who represents Rockland County and parts of Orange County, has proposed that the legislature adopt the onion as the state vegetable. New York State does not have an official vegetable. Carlucci said that half the

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Ethics Reforms Announced Governor Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Silver announced they have reached a deal on ethics reform. The deal includes a requirement that state legislators release information on their outside income. Additionally, lawyers would need to disclose their client list, or any dealings with those receiving state contracts. Additionally, state legislators convicted of corruption would forfeit their state pensions. The proposal needs senate approval as well.

Espada And Son Plead Not Guilty Former state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. and his son Pedro G. Espada pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn Federal Court to a new indictment accusing them of tax evasion. They are accused of filing false returns claiming hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses as part of a janitorial business the two are involved in. The two are also charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with an alleged bid-rigging scheme for a janitorial services contract. The two maintained their innocence and said they would be vindicated in court.

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For those who are already 55 and older, there would be no change to Medicare, which covers health care for the elderly. But for everyone else, starting in 2021, the government's cost for each Medicare beneficiary would be capped (at a level equal to 2012 expenditures plus an annual adjustment, equal to per-capita growth in GDP plus 1 percent.)

But others spent a lot of time pointing out major flaws in the studies: like the fact that the results were not always statistically significant and, that too many dyes were mixed together to figure out which ones might make a difference.

The Ryan plan reviewed by CBO last year would also make some other changes: Starting in 2013, cost-sharing rules would change so seniors pay a higher share. Starting in 2021, the age of eligibility for Medicare would gradually increase, until it reached 67 in 2032. Poor seniors getting both Medicaid and Medicare would get a fixed contribution towards their Medicare premiums ($6,600 plus the same GDP+1 adjustment) Medical malpractice rules would be adjusted, including limits on non-economic damages.

Some fructose is normal

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Broken down in the liver; an excess inhibits insulin production and is exported from the liver as triglycerides (fatty acids)

The body is designed to get most of its needed glucose from the starches in vegetables and grains, with a small amount of fructose coming from fruits and honey

Try limiting ... • Processed foods, soda • Foods with added sugar • Juice or fruit-flavored drinks

Source: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, NIH, Medbio

A study indicates that foods with lots of fiber can be good for the heart, and that people who start early get more benefit. At Northwestern University in Chicago, Hongyan Ning saw it among people who took part in national health surveys by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study found adults who reported eating the most fiber had the lowest predicted lifetime risk of heart attack and stroke. And Dr. Ning says:  ``It appears strongest in younger people, age from 20 to 39. So the earlier in life we start, the better.’’ Middle-aged people also showed a benefit, but people ages 60 to 79 did not. The study was presented at an American Heart Association conference on nutrition and physical activity.

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And those younger people would instead look for private insurance, approved by and subsidized by the government, when they become eligible for Medicare.

The FDA called the meeting to help it answer a petition from the Center for Science in the Public Interest filed in 2008. The group asked for a ban on artificial food dyes, or at least a warning label saying that foods containing these dyes could cause hyperactivity. That's what Europe did.

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee, is the man with the plan. Details are set to be released Tuesday.

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How do they do it? Ending Medicare as we know it is a key part.

As  predicted, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said today that the current scientific data is just  not solid enough to show that artificial food dyes cause hyperactivity in most children. But they did call for more research, particularly on Blue #1.

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With the federal deficit in their sights, Republicans are preparing a budget proposal that would reportedly trim $4 trillion in government spending over the next decade.

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TALKS CONTINUE IN ATTEMPT TO AVERT GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WASHINGTON _ President Barack Obama spoke by phone Wednesday with congressional leaders, who say negotiations over a budget agreement continue even as agencies are girding for a possible government shutdown. Despite multiple meetings on Tuesday, including one at the White House, congressional Republicans and Democrats have been unable to agree on the scope of a proposed $33 billion package of domestic program cuts for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, DNev., also met one-on-one Tuesday afternoon, with each side releasing a terse statement indicating no deal was imminent. Though he had invited them to the White House for another face-to-face meeting, Obama on Wednesday instead phoned Boehner and

Reid before leaving Washington for events in Pennsylvania and New York. A Boehner spokesman said the speaker told the president he remains hopeful a deal can be reached and that talks would continue. On the Senate floor Wednesday morning, Reid said negotiations would continue "nonstop," but blamed the internal politics of the Republican conference for the continued deadlock. "Our bottom line hasn't changed because our objective hasn't changed: We want to keep the country running and keep the momentum of an economic recovery that's creating jobs," Reid said. "I wish I could say the same about those on the other side of the negotiating table. The Republicans' bottom line has changed at almost every turn." Freshmen Republicans in the House are pointing the finger

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and says "the American people deserve responsive leadership from those who are elected to higher office."

in government operations, saying as many as 800,000 federal workers could be furloughed.

Obama is scheduled to return to Washington on Wednesday evening, and administration officials say another meeting with lawmakers is possible if events warrant.

Also, the Internal Revenue Service will not process paper returns or conduct audits one week before the filing deadline, national parks would be closed during Washington's peak tourism season, and the U.S. military will not be paid, though they would continue to earn salary.

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THE MOST COMMON SPRING ALLERGIES

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While you might enjoy the warmer weather, you certainly don't welcome spring allergy symptoms. But knowing the sources of bothersome spring allergies, such as pollen, can help you lessen your exposure. Seasonal allergy symptoms make many people miserable in the spring, when pollen and mold spores become airborne. For those who are allergic, inhaling these culprits sends the body's immune system into overdrive, leading to allergy symptoms such as sneezing, a stuffy nose, and itching. In the springtime alone, which typically begins in March, hay fever — an allergy to pollen or mold — affects 30 to 60 million people in the United States.

“However common symptoms associated with selective mutism include excessive shyness, over-dependency on parents and oppositional behavior,” notes Aaron Muller, a speech therapist at Monsey Medical and Dental Care.

“Spring is typically considered to be a tree pollen season.” Says Dr. Renata Witkowski, an allergist at Monsey Medical and Dental Care. “May and August tends to bring grass pollen allergies, while ragweed allergies usually hit in the fall,” she points out.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders states that the following criteria lead to a diagnosis of selective mutism:

Mold, which is considered a year-round allergy, can also wreak havoc in spring. This is especially true when damp and rainy conditions, followed by warmer weather, lead to a high concentration of mold.

• The problem disrupts school/occupational achievement.

Trees cause allergies because they produce small pollen cells that are light and dry, and can be carried far by the spring breeze. Eleven types of trees are common triggers of hay fever in spring, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: Oak, Western red cedar, Sycamore, Maple, Elm, Birch Ash, Cottonwood, Walnut These trees release pollen around the same time every year. If you're allergic to any of them, when their pollen is in the air you'll start sneezing, experience congestion, and feel itchy eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. You'll get some relief from spring allergy symptoms on rainy or cloudy days, or when there's no wind to make the pollen airborne. But when the weather is warm and dry, and especially when the wind picks up, your allergies are likely to become worse. Mold spores work in a similar way. Mold, such as yeast and mildew, releases seeds called spores that are carried by the wind. They're very abundant in the air outside and tend to cause the worst allergy symptoms from spring through fall. Outdoor molds include Alternaria, Cladosporium, and Hormodendrun. Mold can also be found inside your home; indoor molds include Aspergillus and Penicillium.

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Selective mutism is a disorder that affects a child’s ability to speak in certain settings. For example, a child may be able to speak with family at home but not with peers at school. Selective mutism is linked to anxiety and may be related to social phobia. It is important to remember that selective mutism does not occur because an individual is shy or chooses not to speak.

Mold also causes typical allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, congestion, a runny nose, or watery eyes that are itchy. Your best defense from spring allergies is to keep your doors and windows closed, use allergy filters on your air conditioning unit, wash your clothes and take a shower after you've been exposed to pollen and mold spores, and avoid doing yard work or exercising outdoors on days when pollen counts are high.

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• The child is unable to speak in at least one social situation.

• The symptoms last for at least one month, beyond the first month of school. • The child’s inability to speak isn’t caused by an insufficient grasp of his/her primary language. • Another communication disorder (such as stuttering) or a pervasive developmental disorder, schizophrenia, or other psychotic disorder cannot account for the difficulty. A child may show the following behaviors when struggling to say thoughts, feelings, or opinions out loud: Sometimes a child will become motionless and expressionless when trying to communicate. This behavior is particularly common at the beginning stages of selective mutism. The goal of treatment is to increase communication both verbally (speaking) and nonverbally (signs, gestures, motions, etc.). Treatment Options include: • Introducing the child to new individuals and situations gradually. • Shapes communication by encouraging the child to progress from whispering (or mouthing) to voicing. • Shows the child videotapes of desired behaviors. • Uses nonverbal methods (picture cards, gestures, etc.) to build up to speaking tasks. Mr. Muller advises, “Any attempt a child makes to interact needs to be recognized and reinforced. This includes eye contact, following instructons, or any sort of non-verbal communication.” The team may include a psychologist/ psychiatrist, a speech languagepathologist, and/or a pediatrician. To discuss this and other healthcare issues with our speech therapists, Aaron Muller M.S. CCC-SLP, or Melech Karp, M.A. CCC-SLP, Please call the Medical Center 845.352.6800


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DIABETES; SOME ADVICE Department of Adult Medicine

In the United States, 23.6 million people have diabetes. Most of these people lead full, healthy lives. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to learn all you can about diabetes. This handout will tell you some of the basics about diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that occurs when a person’s body doesn’t make enough of the hormone insulin or can’t use insulin properly. There are 2 types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when your body’s pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas either doesn’t produce enough insulin or your body’s cells ignore the insulin. Between 90% and 95% of people who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. When you digest food, your body changes most of the food you eat into glucose (a form of sugar). Insulin allows this glucose to enter all the cells of your body and be used as energy. When you have diabetes, because your body doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use it properly, the glucose builds up in your blood instead of moving into the cells. Too much glucose in the blood can lead to serious health problems, including heart disease and damage to the nerves and kidneys. Although diabetes can’t be cured, you can still live a long and healthy life. The single most important thing you can do is control your blood sugar level. You can do this by eating right, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight and, if needed, taking oral medicines or insulin. Eat a healthy diet. The recommended diet for many people who have diabetes is very similar to that suggested for everyone: low in fat, low in cholesterol, low in salt and low in added sugar. In order to help keep your blood sugar at a healthy level, it is important to eat at least 3 meals per day and never skip a meal. Exercise. Exercising will help your body use insulin and lower your blood sugar level. It also helps control your weight, gives you more energy and is good for your overall health. Maintain a healthy weight. Losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy body weight will help you in 2 ways. First, it helps insulin work better in your body. Second, it will lower your blood pressure and decrease your risk for heart disease. Take your medicine. If your diabetes can't be controlled with diet, exercise and weight control, your doctor may recommend medicine or insulin. Oral medicines (taken by mouth) can make your body produce more insulin or help your body use the insulin it makes more efficiently. Some people need to add insulin to their bodies with insulin injections, insulin pens or insulin pumps. Always take medicines exactly as your doctor prescribes. Your doctor may suggest that you check your blood sugar level (also called blood glucose level) at home. Checking your blood sugar level involves pricking your finger to get a small drop of blood that you put on a test strip. You can read the results yourself or insert the strip into a machine called an electronic glucose meter. The results will tell you whether or not your blood sugar is in a healthy range. People who have diabetes may have times when their blood sugar level is too low. Low blood sugar is called hypoglycemia. Diabetes can be a dangerous and life-threatening disease if you don’t control your blood sugar level. Over time, high blood sugar levels can damage your eyes, blood vessels, nerves and kidneys. To discuss this and other healthcare issues with our providers Dr. James Israel, Dr. Arthur Landau Dr. Debra Grohman, Dr. Eric Goldman, Dr. Ryan Banach, Family Medicine, Brian Blitz, or Elana Klein, please call the Medical Center 845.352.6800

TYPE 2 DIABETES IN CHILDREN Department of Pediatric Medicine

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when a person’s body doesn’t make enough of the hormone insulin or can’t use insulin properly. There are 2 types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce any insulin. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or the body’s cells ignore the insulin. Between 90% and 95% of people who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. In the past, doctors thought that only adults were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, an increasing number of children in the United States are now being diagnosed with the disease. Doctors think this increase is mostly because more children are overweight or obese and are less physically active. When you digest food, your body changes most of the food you eat into glucose (a form of sugar). A hormone called insulin allows this glucose to enter all the cells of your body and be used as energy. Insulin is produced by the pancreas. In a child who has type 2 diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin or the body’s cells can’t use insulin properly (called insulin resistance). This causes glucose to build up in the child’s blood instead of moving into the cells. Too much glucose in the blood can lead to serious health problems that may damage the blood vessels, nerves, heart, eyes and kidneys. Symptoms vary from child to child. Some children may not have symptoms at all, or may have symptoms that are hard to notice. Common symptoms include the following: -Increased thirst -Increased hunger -Frequent urination -Weight loss (some children may lose weight despite eating more) -Blurred vision -Feeling very tired -Slow-healing wounds or sores Untreated diabetes causes blood sugar levels to rise. This can lead to a number of serious problems as your child grows into an adult, including: -Eye damage that can cause blindness -Kidney failure -Heart attacks -Nerve and blood vessel damage that can lead to the loss of toes or feet -Problems with gums, including tooth loss The longer the body is exposed to high blood sugar levels, the greater the risk that problems will occur. That’s why treatment is important at any age. Keeping blood sugar levels very close to the ideal can minimize, delay and, in some cases, even prevent the problems that diabetes can cause. Treatment of type 2 diabetes usually involves healthy eating, physical activity and regular blood sugar testing. Many children who have type 2 diabetes take medicine, including pills to lower blood sugar levels. Some may need to take insulin or other shots.

To discuss this and other healthcare issues with our pediatricians, Dr. Esther Bekritsky, Dr. Paul Bloom, Dr. Gerson Gluck, or Dr. Ryan Banach of the Dept. of Family Medicine. Please call the Medical Center 845.352.6800


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MENTAL HEALTH TIPS USEFUL STRATEGIES ON DEALING WITH ANGER -When you start feeling angry, try deep breathing, positive self-talk, or stopping your angry thoughts. Breathe deeply from your diaphragm. Slowly repeat a calm word or phrase such as "relax" or "take it easy." Repeat it to yourself while breathing deeply until the anger subsides. -Although expressing anger is better than keeping it in, anger should be expressed in an appropriate way. Frequent outbursts of anger are often counter-productive and cause problems in relationships with others. -Anger outbursts are also stressful to your nervous and cardiovascular systems and can make health problems worse. Learning how to use assertiveness is the healthy way to express your feelings, needs, and preferences. Being assertive can be used in place of using anger in these situations.

-Seek out the support of others. Talk through your feelings and try to work on changing your behaviors. -If you have trouble realizing when you are having angry thoughts, keep a log of when you feel angry. -Try to gain a different perspective by putting yourself in another's place. -Learn how to laugh at yourself and see humor in situations. -Practice good listening skills. Listening can help improve communication and can facilitate trusting feelings between people. This trust can help you deal with potentially hostile

EFFECTS OF ANGER ON YOUR HEALTH Reviewed by: Avi Riber, LMSW

Anger is a very powerful emotion that can stem from feelings of frustration, hurt, annoyance, or disappointment. It is a normal human emotion that can range from slight irritation to strong rage. Anger is a universal emotion found in all people throughout the world. Every human has experienced anger. Experiencing anger isn't a problem. It's how much of it that you experience which can be a problem. If you're extremely angry all the time, you'll pay a price. It's this unhealthy level of anger and its effects that can wreak havoc in your life. That's why it's important you get on top of your anger management issues.

-People who are prone to anger have more jobs over their lifetime due to quitting, getting fired, or being forced to take whatever comes along. -Adults who had anger problems as children and teenagers leave school more often than their non-angry counterparts, leaving them with a disadvantage in today's global marketplace. Anger can cause you to engage in counterproductive work behavior. Behaviors such as coming to work late without permission, making fun of someone at work, behaving nastily to a co-worker, blaming others for your mistakes, and trying to look busy while doing nothing.  

PROJECT OHR Department of Behavioral Health ADULT PSYCHIATRY Seymour Kushnir, MD

Effects of Anger On Your Health

Effects of Anger On Your Relationships

Allan Flaggman, MD

Emotional Eating

Being unable to deal with anger in a marriage can lead to divorce.

CHILD PSYCHIATRY

People who don't learn how to express their anger appropriately often find themselves using food as a way to comfort themselves. High Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Chronically angry people are at 3 times the risk for high blood pressure than non-angry folks. They also have 3 times the risk of heart attack and twice the risk of coronary artery disease compared to people who are more relaxed. High levels of anger -- not a preoccupation with work or a sense that time is urgent -- have been shown in medical studies to be related to higher levels of bad (also known as low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.  Effects of Anger On Your Work -Job Injuries -Workers who were extremely aggravated were 5x more likely to be injured than their non-aggravated counterparts. -Anger increases your odds of injuring another co-worker and yourself. -Career Damage

It can lead to loss of friendships as people don't like having anger constantly directed at them. If you're the one directing chronic anger at your family: Your anger can tire your family out, hurt their job performance, and contribute to their illness. If you were the victim of abusive anger as a child: Today you may be suffering from low self-esteem, a lack of self-identity, suppressed anger, depression, a desire to please others at the expense of yourself, and a lack of intimacy in your adult relationships. If you believe that your anger is out of control and is having a negative affect on your life and relationships, seek the help of a mental health professional. A licensed mental health professional can work with you to develop techniques for changing your thinking and your behavior. A mental health professional at Project Ohr Department of Behavioral Health can help you to deal with your anger in an appropriate way.

Zvi Weisstuch, MD SOCIAL WORK Individual, Couple Child & Family Therapy Malka Susswein, LCSW Gelly Asovski, LCSW Shoshana Weisz, LCSW Gila Zelinger, LCSW Chana Simmonds, LCSW Rabbi Aryeh Frankel, LMSW Sharon Kronenberg, LMSW Naomi Franklin, LMSW Avi Riber, LMSW Esther Rothbaum, LMSW Tziporah Spira, LMSW For a confidential consultation call PROJECT OHR Tel. 845.352.6800 Ext. 6849


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HEALTH NEWS YOU CAN USE otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Speaking more than one language boosts IQ In an interconnected world, speaking more than one language is becoming increasingly common. Approximately onefifth of Americans speak a non-English language at home, and globally, as many as two-thirds of children are brought up bilingual. Research suggests that the growing numbers of bilingual speakers may have an advantage that goes beyond communication: It turns out that being bilingual is also good for your brain.

Pampers® Natural Stages Pacifiers Recalled by Key Baby Due to Choking Hazard The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless

Name of Product: Pampers® Natural Stages Infant Ortho and Bulb Pacifiers Units: About 29,000 Importer: Key Baby LLC, of Lutz, Fla. (Note: Pampers® licensed their brand name to Key Baby) Manufacturer: Tahoe Enterprises, of China Hazard: The pacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards and pose a choking hazard to young children.

Description:  The pacifier comes in yellow, pink or blue colors and is made of silicone. Only "Stage 1" pacifiers are recalled. "Stage 1" and "Ortho" or "Bulb" are printed on the package. The recalled pacifiers have an oval-shaped mouth guard and "Pampers" molded on to the handle side of the mouth guard. The product comes two per package. Sold at:  Retail stores nationwide from April 2010 through February 2011 for about $6. Manufactured in: China Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled pacifiers away from infants and contact Key Baby for instructions on returning the product for a full refund or $10 coupon toward the purchase of any Pampers® Natural Stages products.

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faucets grew  Legionella, the type of bacteria that cause Legionnaire's disease, which can prey on people with weak immune systems. Only 15 percent of 75 water samples collected from manual faucets did the same.  

Hands-Free Faucets Can Harbor Germs It seems so obvious that hospitals looking to minimize infections should go with faucets that sense your hands instead of the old-fashioned ones people have to touch with their grubby mitts. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital ran some bacterial tests on both types of faucets just to be sure the ones that use electric eyes are OK in places where patients vulnerable to infection would be treated. Turns out that half of more than 100 water samples taken from the electronic

Previous research had suggests that water pooling inside the mechanisms of the automatic faucets could provide a nice home for nasty bugs. The Hopkins people found that was true when they took some apart. The electronic faucets have more parts and places bacteria can grow, even if the faucets are flushed regularly. The results from the testing were dramatic enough to prompt Johns Hopkins, which is building a humongous replacement hospital, to change faucet plans.

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FORECLOSURE COUNSELING

RCDC Housing, Inc. would like to help you...

We have a certified foreclosure counselor on staff who can assist you Call us for more information

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Please note: The HEAP department is now open. Call RCDC Housing for your application

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RCDC HOUSING DEPARTMENT The following information is provided to the community by the RCDC Housing Department as a public service

ALLERGY-PROOF YOUR HOUSE If you have hay fever or allergic asthma, take a few steps to reduce allergens in your home. Some steps to reduce indoor allergens are complicated and time-consuming — but there are some easy things you can do that may help. Some steps may be more effective than others, depending on what particular allergy or allergies you have Living Room

1. Flooring. Remove carpeting and use hardwood or linoleum flooring or washable area rugs. If that isn't an option, use low-pile instead of high-pile carpeting and vacuum weekly with a vacuum cleaner that has a small-particle or highefficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Wash area rugs and floor mats weekly, and shampoo wall-to-wall carpets periodically. 2. Furniture. Consider replacing upholstered sofas and chairs with furniture made of leather, wood, metal or plastic. 3. Curtains and blinds. Use washable curtains made of plain cotton or synthetic fabric. Replace horizontal blinds with washable roller-type shades. 4. Windows. Close windows and rely on air conditioning during pollen season. Clean mold and condensation from window frames and sills. Use double-paned windows if you live in a cold climate. Kitchen 1. Stove. Install and use a vented exhaust fan to remove cooking fumes and reduce moisture. Most stove-top hoods simply filter cooking particulates without venting outside. 2. Sink. Wash dishes daily. Scrub the sink and faucets to remove mold and food debris. 3. Refrigerator. Wipe up excessive moisture to avoid mold growth. Discard moldy or out-of-date food. Regularly empty and clean dripping pan and clean or replace moldy rubber seals around doors. 4. Cabinets and counters. Clean cabinets and countertops with detergent and water. Check under-sink cabinets for plumbing leaks. Store food in sealed containers.

5. Food waste. Place garbage in a can with an insect-proof lid and empty trash daily. Keeping the kitchen free of food crumbs will help reduce the chance you will have rodents or cockroaches. Entire house: 5. Temperature and humidity. Hot, humid houses are breeding grounds for dust mites and mold. Maintain temperature at 70 F (21 C) and keep relative humidity no higher than 50 percent. Clean or replace small-particle filters in central heating and cooling systems and in room air conditioners at least once a month. 6. Pests. Control cockroaches and mice with inexpensive traps from the hardware store. If that's not effective, hire a professional exterminator. To remove allergy-triggering insect and mouse residue, thoroughly vacuum carpeting and wash hard surfaces. To prevent re-infestation, seal cracks or other possible entryways. 7. Mold. Close doors and windows during warm weather and use air conditioning and dehumidifiers. Remove nonwashable contaminated materials such as carpeting. Clean washable material with a solution of 5 percent chlorine bleach and wear a protective mask when cleaning away mold. Check the roof and ceilings for water leaks. Bathroom Ventilation. Install and use an exhaust fan to reduce moisture while taking baths or showers. Floors. Remove carpeting and use tile, vinyl, wood or linoleum flooring. Use washable rugs. Walls. Remove wallpaper and install tile, or paint walls with mold-resistant enamel paint. Shower and tub. Towel-dry the tub and enclosure after use. Scrub mold from tub, shower and faucets with bleach. Clean or replace moldy shower curtains and bathmats.

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RCDC Employment/Parnasah Project With Mr. Abraham Stauber our professional Business Counselor.

RCDC HOUSING, INC. IS PROUD TO PRESENT… THE FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS’ WORKSHOP RCDC Housing, Inc. will sponsor a homebuyers’ workshop to educate first-time homebuyers on low interest rate mortgages, local programs available, the steps involved in purchasing a home, etc… We will be having the VP of Joyce Financial presenting, who will help you to get prepared to achieve your dream of homeownership. Date: April 14, 2011 Time: 6 pm Place: Nanuet Library 149 Church Street Nanuet, NY 10954 Walk-ins are welcome, however seating for workshop is limited. Please call (845) 352-1400 ext. 3243 to reserve a seat.

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EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS Return to Independent Thinking By: Eliezer Vilinsky, M.A. Miryam Vilinsky, M.Ed. EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES © 2011 All rights reserved. Permission to print granted to The Advocate

Some school districts adopt a single reading program or math program or science program for all of its students. Textbook publishers compete aggressively to win bids for adoptions by school districts. Contracts are worth many millions of dollars. A nail-biting session ensues when a district considers abandoning its current program and switching to a new program. So it is in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Los Angeles recently announced its plan to transfer its allegiance from the Open Court reading program to the Treasures reading series. This is big news because it brings with it big changes. The most valuable change that will benefit everyone living in Los Angeles has financial impact. The switch from Open Court to Treasures will bring the materials costs for Los Angeles down from 90 million dollars to 40 million dollars. That’s a lot of money. At first blush, you might wonder how the publisher of the Open Court program will cope with the news. A little better than you would imagine. McGraw Hill Publishing Company has published both Open Court and Treasures. Although there will be a major dip in profit, at least McGraw Hill will not suffer with zero profit. The bottom line will be a massive savings of money that will benefit other areas of the LA educational system. And that relates to the other major and more-relevant-to-us-all change that this undertaking will bring. The greatest contrast between Open Court Reading and Treasures is that Treasures does not advocate the same strict scripting that Open Court demands. Teachers of Open Court are forced to follow very specific procedures when teach children how to read. How teachers introduce and reinforce lessons, what they

say to students, and the materials they use are completely dictated to them. One news source covering this story reported that a teacher was disciplined for using the wrong hand puppet as she was delivering her lesson. It seems that Open Court leaves very little room for individual teaching style and creativity. The Treasures era will bring more personalized teaching to reading instruction. Naturally teachers will need to prepare lessons more on their own. They will have to return to “the old way of doing things.” No more prefab lessons. This almost sounds like asking people to drop their hi-tech computing devices and return to pen and paper. While some teachers are delighted with their newfound freedom, others worry about what they will do and where they will find the time to prepare lessons. Welcome to the real world of education and parenting. The best teachers and parents know that teaching and childraising require time, planning, and smarts. The best teachers and parents are those who can size up immediate situations and teach to them. They read children’s individual needs, even while everything is in motion, and make adjustments accordingly. That is actually the challenge and fun of teaching. It’s not that teaching reading or other subjects or parenting is totally unpredictable. These adult responsibilities are generally quite predictable, with some unpredictables sprinkled in here and there. Real-life parenting and teaching require a long-term plan based upon predictability coupled with the skill of addressing immediate unexpected issues. One of Treasures’ strengths is its collection of ongoing teaching suggestions and resources for broadening instruction. The program does not leave teachers hanging; it offers guidance and options without dictating to them. This is the healthiest support system for teachers and parents. This style of support for adults who interact with children respects the

Coffee farms climb higher It used to be impossible for coffee to grow above 5,250 ft. (1,600 m) in Costa Rica. Warmer temperatures mean trees are now thriving at much higher elevations. 7,000 ft. 6,890 ft. Crystal Peak 6,596 ft. (2,100 m) (2,010 m) 6,000 Tarrazu Region 5,000 Brunca Tres R’os Region Mount Si Region Central Orosi 3,900 ft. 4,000 West Valley Region Guanacaste (1,188 m) Region Valley Region Region 3,000 Turrialba Costa RicaÕs Region coffee-growing 2,000 regions and the elevation 1,969 ft. range in which most Costa Rican (600 m) 1,000 coffee is grown Source: Coopedota, other Costa Rican farms, The Specialty Coffee Association of Costa Rica Graphic: Mark Nowlin, The Seattle Times

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expertise, experience, strengths, wisdom, creativity, and intuition brought to the scene. It is coupled with an invitation to draw advice or resources from others as needed. This is the other part of the financial savings in Los Angeles. Open Court required a huge allocation of money for training and supervising teachers because it is so highly scripted. The new plan will require less spending on middle managers. By the way, please note that the Los Angeles Unified School District has not eliminated the use of Open Court totally. It no longer endorses it in general or requires its use, but does permit schools to use it if they so choose.

A school day peppered with selfdirected learning activities is rich and fulfilling. Of course, formal education is a supervised profession. There will always be administrators and coordinators who check and evaluate what goes on in the classroom. All good systems have checks and balances. The advantage of this system is that it does not stifle those who work directly with children; it respects them. The same applies to parenting. Parents benefit from maintaining a close connection with their own parents, fellow parents, or mentors. They should be open to learning from those who have “been there and done that” since they have a wealth of sage experience, but not allow those resources to dictate to them. Parents benefit from striking a healthy balance between what they see for themselves and what others help them to see. This is resource-based teaching and parenting. It leads to resource-based learning. The most beneficial type of learning for children is that which includes

the ability to independently or semiindependently draw knowledge and skills from resources provided by adults. This is not to the exclusion of direct instruction; it complements direct instruction. A school day that is filled with one-way, teacherto-student lectures is deficient. A school day peppered with self-directed learning activities is rich and fulfilling. For example, if you introduce a topic, teach only two or things about it. Then divide your class into groups, distribute books, maps, and news articles that relate to the topic, and challenge each group to find and teach two more facts about the topic to the rest of the class. No two groups may report the same information. Nobody is suggesting letting kids run schools and their studies on their own. That was a failed experiment in the 1960’s. We are advocating giving teachers the freedom to teach and students the freedom to learn. That means allowing teachers and children to use their strengths and to contribute to the teaching and learning process, rather than be encouraged to purchase a readymade package. Teaching, parenting, and learning are what you make of them. They are in the hands of adults and children respectively, right where they belong. It is our duty as parents and teachers to respect what our fellow colleagues, parents, and our children bring to the educational arena. We need to respect their contributions and to offer insights and resources to help them refine those contributions. This is one more example of “helping children to help themselves.” Eliezer and Miryam Vilinsky are educational consultants in private practice. They conduct teacher-training seminars and consult with schools and families locally, nationally, and internationally. They can be reached at Educational Support Services at 426-3673 and at www.TReaching.com. The weekly edition of Educational Insights is available via subscription. Call for details.


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House Republican budget would slash $5.8 trillion over the next decade House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled their 2012 budget proposal, a document they hope will rebrand the GOP as the party of sensible solutions to government overspending with leaders willing to make hard choices. The budget outlined by budget committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) takes considerable political risks -- particularly in its proposal to remake Medicare and Medicaid, the core of the social safety net for the poor and elderly. But Ryan also passes on other politically dicey solutions to reducing deficits and debt. His plan all but dodges changes to Social Security, an area Ryan acknowledged Tuesday was more ripe for bipartisan agreement. The plan offers no measures that would increase revenue. And Ryan acknowledged that it would not produce a balanced budget until some time in the 2030s. Instead, the budget resolution is largely reliant on cuts and entitlement reforms to slash $5.8 trillion in spending over the next decade. If compared to President Obama's spending plan, the reduction would jump to $6.2 trillion. Ryan freely admits he's taking a sizable gamble — and

dragging his party along with him — by going after entitlements, a proven American political minefield. But he said he wants to use the proposal to engage the Obama administration in a debate about how to solve the nation's fiscal woes. Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) said in a statement “The 2012 budget blueprint unveiled by House Republicans is extreme and radical.  “It would privatize Medicare, turning a program that has served senior citizens well since 1965 into a voucher system that would only save costs by offering inferior coverage.  It would convert Medicaid into a block grant program that shifts costs to states and beneficiaries, jeopardizing care not just for the poor, but for senior citizens and persons with disabilities who account for 2/3 of Medicaid spending. “Notably absent are health sector reforms and efficiencies – like those included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – to slow the rise in overall health care costs.  The policies proposed in this budget only save money by offering lower standards of care for fewer individuals.

“The consequences of these policies are severe for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and the poor.  For millions of Americans, this vision of government will prove a path to hardship – not prosperity.” With their bid to radically downsize the federal government,

have pounced on Ryan's efforts, charging he's out to endanger the nation's most vulnerable. The chances of Ryan's budget becoming law as written are virtually nil, as it seems engineered to be as unpalatable as possible to the Democrats who control the Senate. The plan repeals Obama's healthcare law, a nonstarter for Democrats in both chambers. "Pulling the rug out from under seniors who have paid into Medicare and Social Security their entire lives is wrong, and extreme plans that dismantle benefits seniors have earned will not pass the Senate," said Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).

Ryan and the GOP have provocatively taken Washington's fiscal battle to an entirely new level, one that likely will play out into the 2012 elections. In doing so, House Republicans hope Americans will reward their party for having the temerity to take on bedrock entitlement programs as part of an effort to shrink the size of government. But Democrats already

But the coming conflict over two disparate visions of the federal government's role in American lives could make the current fight over the 2011 budget look like just so much small change. If Republicans are truly committed to Ryan's blueprint, then an impasse over next year's budget at some point appears almost inevitable. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) praised Ryan on the Senate floor Tuesday. "Congressman Ryan is presenting a plan, in other words,

to address our most pressing problems head-on at a moment when the president and other Democrat leaders simply refuse to do so themselves," McConnell said. "Anybody can say that our nation's problems need to be addressed — but history will show that Chairman Ryan is one of those who actually stepped up to do it." Ryan has been a longstanding proponent of entitlement reform, and Democrats tried last year during the congressional midterm elections to impart his views to the entire GOP. For the 2012 elections, it seems that effort won't be as necessary as the House Republican leadership appears to fully support Ryan's plan. That plan would transform Medicare from a government insurance program to one in which seniors would chose from private, federally subsidized coverage. Americans 55 and older would stay in the current system. It would radically reshape Medicaid, the program in which states and the federal government split the cost of providing health coverage to lowincome Americans, by turning it into a block-grant program in which states would design their own Medicaid programs.


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The ‘butter fruit’

So nicknamed for their soft, buttery texture, pears have a delicate flavor but are a robust source of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

Fruit of many colors

• Can be yellow, green, brown, red or a combination of these colors • Like their relatives, the apple and the quince, pears are an excellent source of fiber • They are a good source of vitamin C, an immunesystem booster, and of vitamin A, necessary for healthy skin and eyesight

• When buying pears, choose ones that are firm and have smooth skin, free of bruises and dark, soft spots; let them ripen at room temperature before eating • Raw pears are delicious plain or added to cereals, yogurt or salads

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Health Matters

Too young, too heavy Children who are well above the normal weight for their age and height may be on the road to lifelong health problems.

Obesity on the rise

Percentage of children in each age group considered to be obese* 1976-1980 2003-2006

17.6%

17%

12.4% 5% 2 to 5 years

6.5%

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12 to 19 years

Age group *Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

NEWS AROUND THE REGION........... Legislature’s Special Committee on Redistricting Reviews Proposed Maps No Decision Made on Redrawn Boundaries for 17 Legislative Districts The Rockland County Legislature’s Special Committee on Redistricting met Monday evening to view and discuss two draft maps proposed by the consulting firm of GeoPolitical Strategies to conform to the population shifts within Rockland County as determined in the 2010 Census Data released at the end of March.

or directly at http://co.rockland.ny.us/ planning/census. The committee did set the final timeline for the process, as follows:

Friday, April 8, 2011, 3:00 pm Acceptance of written comments from legislators and public

Monday, April 11, 2011, 7:00 pm Special Committee Meeting to review proposed draft maps for The special committee did not arrive possible adoption. Public will be at any decision on the maps and asked invited to comment the consultant to consider comments made by legislators and members of the public during the meeting.

The proposed maps can be viewed on line on the legislature’s Redistricting website at http://co.rockland.ny.us/ Legislature/redistricting/importantlinks.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 Special Committee Meeting (if needed)

Friday, April 15, 2011 Final maps must be presented to all legislators prior to the Public Hearing scheduled for April 27, Written comments from the public 2011 can be submitted through 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8th, 2011 by clicking the “Contact Us” link found on the web page or by U.S. mail to Clerk to the Legislature, 11 New Hempstead Rd., New City, NY 10956. The 2010 Census data can be viewed from the website

Wednesday, April 27, 2010, 7:05 pm Public Hearing to hear comments on maps adopted by Special Committee

Screening The Body Mass Index formula (BMI) used for children differs from the formula used for adults by taking into account: Age • A child’s body fat changes depending on age Sex • Amount of body fat differs between boys and girls

Major risk factors

What you can do

Poor diet • Fast foods, baked goods, vending machine snacks, sugary drinks

• Provide plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole-grain foods

1991 Inactivity Fewer children are 42% participating daily in physical activity at school 2003

28%

Obesity’s toll

• Can lead to heart disease caused by high cholesterol • Limit portion sizes • Type 2 during meals diabetes • Asthma • Setting example • Sleep apnea by being active; • Social children mimic discrimination adults • Children, teens need 60 minutes of active exercise daily

© 2010 MCT Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mayo Clinic Graphic: Lee Hulteng


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