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Kollel Beth Medrosh of Monsey will be holding its annual parlor meeting on Tuesday, August 2nd (2 Av) at 7:30 PM, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Yitzy Scheiner – 22 Mariner Way in Monsey. May Hashem Yisborach bless them with much success in all of their spiritual and physical endeavors. The Kollel earned its reputation through the remarkable Torah accomplishments of thirty members, a number of whom have published famous seforim. Known for the hosmoda, harmony and distinguished accomplishments of its members, the institution has carved out a tradition of excellence as a premier Kollel. The Kollel is the meeting ground for Rabbonim and Dayanim who represent some of the finest Talmedei Chachomim in Monsey today.

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One month after the grand opening and ribbon-cutting of Provident Bank Park in Pomona, taxpayers are getting an idea of how successful the new stadium is. When the idea was first conceived a few years ago, many doubted the likelihood of success that a 3,500-seat stadium would have in the Town of Ramapo. Those who have always opposed Supervisor St. Lawrence went about the town organizing opposition to the stadium, arguing that it would cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, and would bring in little or no revenue. Opponents argued that few

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people would attend games, but from the very first game, the Rockland Boulders led the entire Canadian-American league in average attendance per game. To date, the Rockland Boulders have played 17 games at home, slightly more than one third of the 50 home games to be played in the season. Their average attendance is over 2,600 per game. Though the Boulders led the league in attendance all season by selling several hundred more tickets per game than the other teams, the Quebec Capitales team has been doing well lately, catching up to the Boulders. see BOULDERS page 5


When Rockland County hobbled its budget together last December, it included a controversial plan that called for the sale of the Summit Park hospital and nursing home. The county owns and operates Summit Park – a facility that operated on a deficit for years, but in recent years has turned an annual profit. The hospital, having become a profitable enterprise, drew the attention of private interests, who were


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interested in buying it from the county. During hearings last year, the county debated whether or not to create a Public Benefit Corporation that would essentially have the county sell the hospital to new ownership. The sale of the hospital would bring in about $18 million, and the employees who had always been public employees, would become employees of the pri-

Rockland County Assemblymembers Ellen Jaffee and Kenneth Zebrowski, Wednesday announced the Assembly passed a comprehensive package of bills aimed at improving safety measures in New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)-licensed facilities and programs. “The protection of our state’s most vulnerable citizens is a critical priority, and one which see COUNTY page 4 must extend to OPWDD-licensed facilities,” said Jaffee in a statement. This package will help safeguard those with developmental disabilities by ensuring the penalties for abuse and training to avoid it are in place among staff caring for sey Family Medical Center has them.” received calls seeking advice on how to answer their chil- “The abuse and neglect of some dren’s questions and deal with individuals with developmental the emotions and turmoil that disabilities in OPWDD-licensed


In the aftermath of the terrible tragedy and news about Leiby Kletzky A”H, the Therapists at Project Ohr, Department of Behavior Health at the Mon-

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Rudy Giuliani isn't convinced that any of the declared Republican presidential contenders can defeat President Barack Obama. Until he is, Giuliani says he won't rule out a run of his own. "These are a lot of qualified people," the former New York City mayor told The Associated Press on the eve of his fourth visit to New Hampshire this year. "Do they have a good chance of winning? I don't know the answer to that." Giuliani, who acknowledges that his failed 2008 campaign was deeply flawed, has five public appearances scheduled during a two-day visit starting Thursday to the first-in-the-nation primary state. The stops include a luncheon with the Seacoast Federation of Republican Women in Portsmouth, a more intimate gathering at a private New Castle home with law enforcement officials and a gun-rights discussion at Manchester Harley Davidson. It may sound like a candidate's schedule, but Giuliani backed away from an aide's recent comment that he would decide "very soon" whether to join the presidential field. He ruled out any decision before the end of July and said his timeline is late August or early September. He argued that he still has the drive to extend his political career. "I certainly haven't decided to get in. I don't think I would even describe myself as testing the waters. I'd say that I keep it open as a possibility," he said, adding he was going to New Hampshire at the invitation of local Republicans. "And it will give me a chance to gather more information and get a better feeling for it."

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at large. That is their mission. Whether the schools are in trailers or in million dollar buildings, the goals are to bring high quality education to the students. Its seems that recently in the news, the media has made a mockery out of the school board claiming that its all about the real estate. But in reality, it is more about giving the private school children a place to sit and have a fine education, than it is a real estate deal. No one is trying to make money on this, the Board of Ed, is trying to stay afloat financially, making decisions in a tough economy, and at the same time, utilize all its resources. There are two empty school buildings collecting dust. And the private school community, is growing faster than the public school enrollment. This is a win –win situation, the school board needs to balance the budget, the private schools need space for the growing enrollment. Even, Superintendent of Schools Joel Klein had publicly praised selling the Colton school, saying it would raise much-needed funds for the district. It is time to begin considering the private school population what it should be, the majority in East Ramapo. If there are huge vacant buildings waiting to be filled, why not sell them? Instead, maybe the private school community should start sending their enrollment to the district schools, which would cause such an increase in enrollment, the district would need 8 to 10 more building, and then taxes would increase at least 25%. Then, would the school district be better off financially? 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, although 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

ADVOCATE ACTION DESK Dear Action Desk, We wish to bring to your attention an unkept promise, which has been ignored for many years. Many years ago, the residents of Blauvelt road have joined together and signed a petition requesting a sidewalk for the safety of the residents and especially the children. We were told that the project would be taken care of, however, the section of Blauvelt Road between Carlton Road and Cedar Lane are still without the sidewalk. People were sent down to take measurements and mark the gas pipes etc., but nothing came after that. The same show was repeated before local elections,

but no sidewalk followed (so the work done was just a waste of taxpayer’s money). Things have changed over the years, now Blauvelt has become like an urban street-full of multi family houses, with many more families (taxpayers) and children on the block, but still no sidewalk. I’ve seen other streets with much fewer families getting a second sidewalk for the second side of the road. Any hope for us? Sincerely, Blauvelt Residents

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THE ARTHUR HOFFNUNG TORAH LECTURE SERIES JEP’s Ladies Learning Program / Summer 2011



The most uplifting and inspiring prophet of Israel is Yeshayahu HaNavi. Although Yeshayahu does indeed warn the people of destruction and exile, he is the great herald of redemption, infusing the Jewish nation with an uplifting message of a hope-filled future. This special 3-week series will examine Yeshayahu’s prophecies, reflective of this time of year, with an emphasis on the consolation, comfort, and hope the prophet holds out to Klal Yisrael. For this series, we welcome back Rabbi Avrohom Schnall whose classes are always informative, stimulating, and inspiring. We take this opportunity to welcome you back as well, and invite you to make a point of joining us once again for Rabbi Schnall’s unique presentations.


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COUNTY FROM PAGE 1 vate owners. The public employees union strongly opposed the idea, arguing that the hospital’s employees joined the hospital to receive the benefits of being public employees, including health care and retirement benefits that would disappear if private interests assumed control of the hospital. Though the county put in a stipulation that forbade the new would-be owners from firing employees en masse or changing their benefits for two years, the union was still unsatisfied. Approximately 700 public employees work in the hospital, and the sale would remove them from the county payroll. Ultimately, the county decided it needed to fill a budget gap, and that this was the most appropriate and necessary option. Another option called for a 30% property tax increase. In recent days, the plan to sell the county hospital has hit two major bumps in the road. Firstly, the sale required the approval of the state legislature, which under home rule legislation, needed to review the matter as well. The legislature adjourned for the session without voting on the proposal, and another chance for such a vote will not take place for several months. Additionally, legislative leaders said they were not satisfied with the information they were given about the sale from county leaders, and they believe it needs greater study before they would move to approve it. In addition to the problems in Albany, it was revealed last week that the hospital has been doing poorer than previously believed here at home. Instead of operating at a profit, like county leaders maintained it had, the facility lost about $10 million last year, further widening the county deficit, which now stands at $50 million, and jeopardizing the sale and the future of the hospital and the county. The losses were revealed during an audit of the county and the hospital, but

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HELP FROM PAGE 1 the details are scant. County Executive Scott Vanderhoef said that these revelations would require him to begin to cut nonmandated programs across the board. The situation that County Legislature Chair Harriet Cornell called “disturbing,” has rocked the already rocky county finances, and placed the financial future of the county in great peril. If the sale does not go through, the county will need to come up with $18 million that it would have come up with through the hospital sale as well as$10 million that it did not budget to cover the losses of the hospital. Even if it did make up $28 million, which is virtually impossible to begin with, that would simply balance the budget for 2011, and would still leave the county with its previous deficit of about $40 million. Worse still, the county is beginning to work on the 2012 budget. It would be impossible for county officials to have the semblance of a balanced budget without incredible cuts across the board, and even then the deficits would be staggering. One of the primary options on the table to reduce the deficit is to raise property taxes by about 40%. However, near the end of the state legislative session, a property tax cap was passed and signed by the governor. The tax cap limits local municipalities to 2% tax increases a year. Local government officials have been protesting the cap- not because they want to raise taxes, but because state mandates drive up local government spending and taxes. There was a push to reduce such mandates, but very little was done. Moody’s Investor Services, which is the premier rating agency for municipalities, published a report about the impact that the tax cap would have on municipalities. In it, Moody’s singles out just a few municipalities as being placed in serious danger because of the cap. Rockland County is one of them. The poor outlook on Rockland’s future, which was the subject of a previous

facilities and programs is appalling,” Zebrowski told the Advocate. “This legislation will put in place necessary safeguards that will provide training for employees, impose strict penalties for abusers and protection for our most vulnerable residents.” The Assembly passed the legislative package following a series of four public hearings statewide that examined allegations of abuse in group homes and institutions throughout the state. The statewide hearings documented a number of troubling cases of alleged abuse and neglect and clearly demonstrated the need for comprehensive reform. The resulting legislation would create a prior-abuse notification system for employers to prevent potential employees who have a history of abuse from working with vulnerable individuals mandatory immediate reporting of violent crimes and standardized training for providers The Assembly’s legislative package also

includes bills that would: • ensure that abuse and neglect investigations involving an employee continue whether the employee resigns his or her position or not, and notices of this policy must be provided to all current and new employees of OPWDD providers. • require OPWDD to make at least three unannounced visits. Currently, OPWDD is required to make at least two facility visits per year where only one of the two visits is unannounced. The bill also would authorize any Developmental Disability Services Office (DDSO) Board of Visitor member or any other individual approved by the commissioner to attend an inspection as an independent monitor. The final bill in the legislative package would limit the work week for directcare workers to less than 60 hours during a seven-day work week except in cases of extraordinary emergency.

PARLOR FROM PAGE 1 In fact, the Toldos Aharon Rebbe, HaRav Dovid Cohen shlita, studied in the Kollel for twelve years. His children, Reb Aharon and Reb Yeshaya now follow in their father's footsteps in the Kollel. Beth Medrosh of Monsey has been in existence for thirty three years. It was established at a time when the entire Kollel concept was still foreign. It now carries the distinction of being one of the finest places of advanced learning in Monsey. HaRav Tzvi Elimelech Waxman, a descendent of the Bnai Yissoscher, established the Kollel with the blessings of the Satmar Rebbe zt"l, Rav Moshe Feinstein zt"l, Rav Yaakov Kaminetsky zt"l, and the Skverer Rebbe shlita. Rav Waxman has just published the fourth volume of his sefer Tiferes Elimelech (4 volumes), and is also the founder and president of the Chevrah Kadisha of Monsey and Keren Shmuel Gemach. Rav Waxman was a chavrusa with the late HaRav Yisroel Chaim Kaplan zt"l and the late HaRav Shmuel Taubenfeld zt"l. Chazal teach us that "Ein Bais HaMedrosh b'loh chiddush" and the chiddush in Rav Waxman's Kollel will bode well for Klal Yisroel. On Erev Shabbos generally not much Torah is learned because most Kollelim and Yeshivos are closed. On such occasions, every bit of Torah is a great zechus. Rav Waxman therefore instituted an hour of learning Hilchos Shabbos on Erev Shabbos from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. As he articulated, "At a time when Klal Yisroel needs merits collectively and individually, this added hour of limud HaTorah will provide it for the Kollel members, their supporters, and for Klal Yisroel." This past Elul, the Kollel opened the doors of its newly built Bais Medrosh. The building is a Kiddush HaShem inside and out, and represents the Kollel’s unceasing commitment to build and aggrandize the Torah of HaShem Yisborach. The Kollel is thankful to Mr. and Mrs. Yitzy Scheiner for sponsoring this year's parlor meeting at their home. The Scheiner’s have been long time supporters of the Kollel, always look-

ing for opportunities to assist it in any way possible. "People who accept the burden of hosting parlor meetings today show the nobility of their character, and should be blessed in all of their endeavors," said Rabbi Waxman. Rabbi Waxman voiced the Kollel' s gratitude to Mr. Leon Miller, President and devoted friend of the Kollel, and to the Rabbinical committee including Rabbi Zelig Berkowitz, Rabbi Chaim Leibush Rottenberg, Rabbi BetzaleI Rudinsky, Rabbi Yitzchok Lichtenstein, and Rabbi Baruch Twersky. Mr. Ben Tzion Lebovits, Mr. Abraham Feig, and Mr. Mechel Tauber will be this year's Guests of Honor. Mr. Ben Tzion Lebovits, as the coordinator of the Brooklyn branch of Hatzoloh, has committed himself to benefit the klal with selfless devotion. He has been a longtime friend of the Kollel. Mr. Abraham Feig is known as a Baal Tzeddaka and Community Askin. And Mr. Mechel Tauber is well known throughout all Jewish communities for his kindness and support of many Torah and Chesed institutions. It is with great admiration that the Beth Medrosh of Monsey bestows upon them this year’s Guests of Honor. The chairmen for the evening are Mr. Naftoli Silberberg and Mr. Yitzy Scheiner. The Co-Chairmen for the evening, to be awarded with the Machzikei Torah Awards, include Mr. Shalom Kallner, Mr. Yerachmiel Simins, Mr. Yechiel Newhouse, and Mr. Zev Schneck. The Kollel expresses its great appreciation to HaRav Zelig Berkowitz, Rabbi Yaakov Hain, Dr. Aryeh Weltin, Mr. Mark Cohen, and Mr. Andre Politzer, and Mr. Yisroel Orzel for the support they show every year to help make the evening a success. The community is invited to show its support for this worthy Torah institution by attending the parlor meeting on Tuesday, August 2nd (2 Av) at 7:30 PM, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Yitzy Scheiner – 22 Mariner Way in Monsey.

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BOULDERS FROM PAGE 1 CONTUNUED... The two now lead the league in attendance together, with just over 2,600 tickets sold per game on average for each team. The Fishkind Report, which was released last summer and details the financial analysis of the team and the revenue it needs to generate in order to create a profit, stated that the town would bring in a profit of $3.2 million over the first 10 years if it sells 2,000 tickets per game on average. That profit would be additional money that would be generated after all expenses for maintenance was paid for and the debt payments for the bonds that were used to build the stadium were made. With over 600 more tickets per game being sold, the town has generated a much larger profit from the stadium. Bob Rhodes, who is challenging Supervisor St. Lawrence in this year’s elections, spent over $100,000 in a fruitless effort to stop the stadium by filing lawsuits against him, the team, and the town board. A judge rejected every claim he made, and said the project was legal and legitimate. During the construction period, Rhodes released a report saying that the stadium would lose millions of dollars a year and would not generate any revenue. With attendance better than even the su-

pervisor anticipated, the critics of the stadium have stopped releasing reports and no longer publicly denounce the project. Tens of thousands of people have already visited the stadium, enjoying a day or an evening with their family at an affordable price, and have given the stadium rave reviews. Rhodes launched his candidacy, in a major part, because he always opposed the stadium. With his analysis of its profitability disproven by the attendance figures, Rhodes’ campaign has not issued a single statement or position on the stadium since it’s opening. If the stadium can maintain a profit, it will easily be able to pay off the bonds that were used to construct it, and generate a profit that will lower property taxes for everyone in Ramapo in the long term.

Forecast Projected number of international visitors to the U.S., in millions:

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Changes to Social Security benefits?

The debt ceiling talks include possible cuts in Social Security cost-of living adjustments (COLA). Negotiators say the government could save billions if a new formula were used to adjust the way benefits keep pace with inflation.

Ways to gauge inflation

Comparing the two indexes

Annual percent change in inflation

How the government currently calculates cost-of-living adjustment compared to the proposed new formula


• Consumer Price Index (CPI) Measures the average change in price for a fixed set of 80,000 goods and services


• Chained CPI Reflects shifts in consumer buying among 211 categories of goods and services (adjusts if consumer switches from steak to cheaper chicken, for instance); grows more slowly than CPI


Critics say CPI overstates how quickly prices rise; government pays too much for COLA increases Chained CPI could cut about $112 billion from Social Security COLA increases over 10 years

• How the government applies CPI Social Security, military and federal worker retirement, poverty levels, much of the tax code are automatically adjusted for inflation

Impact on recipient benefits

Cumulative percent cut in monthly benefits using chained CPI compared to current-law benefits Age 65


Age 70

Age 75



• Chained CPI would reduce the average benefit by about 0.3 percent per year

Age 80


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Age 90

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Chained CPI

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For an average lifetime earner whose current annual benefit at 65 is $16,800 Cumulative difference under chained CPI

At age 90

Source: Bloomburg News, McClatchy Washington Bureau, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Academy of Social Insurance, National Women’s Law Center Graphic: Judy Treible



Long-term effect: Less money

At age 80



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POLITICAL TIDBITS By: S. Mandelbaum WASHINGTON RACE FOR WEINER’S SEAT IS ON Assemblyman David Weprin has been selected by Queens Democratic Chairman Congressman Joe Crowley to be the Democrat’s choice to fill the vacant congressional seat previously held by Anthony Weiner. There had been a mad scramble for the nomination among different former and current elected officials, and Weprin, who insiders say was interested in it the least, emerged with the key support. The heavily Democratic district will elect a new Congressman in a special election to be held on September 13th. Weprin comes from a longtime political family. His father, Saul Weprin, was a Democratic district leader and an Assemblyman who rose to become the Speaker in the early 1990’s. He held the position until his death in 1994, and was succeeded by the current Speaker, Sheldon Silver. David was a New York City Councilman for 8 years, and then lost a bid to become the City Comptroller. His brother Mark, who had been an Assemblyman, was then elected to David’s Council seat, and David ran and won in a special election to fill his brother’s Assemblyman seat, a political version of musical chairs. The Republican candidate for the race, businessman Bob Turner, is already facing

heat in the race. Turner, who previously ran against Anthony Weiner, paid thousands of dollars in fines to the Federal Elections Commission for failing to file proper financial disclosure statements. He paid $16,000 in fines for what he says were issues caused by campaign problems and computer glitches. BRISTOL PALIN PENS MEMOIR Bristol Palin, the daughter of Sarah Palin, has published a memoir entitled, “Not Afraid of Life,” with the help of ghostwriter Nancy French. French lived with the Palins in their home in Alaska for a month while working on the book, and the two talked about all the details of Bristol’s public and private life, both of which have been tumultuous. French said that the Palin family is very close-knit and that they know whether Sarah Palin is running for president – but they’re not telling. OBAMA OUTRAISES REPUBLICANS In this week’s financial filings, President Obama’s re-election campaign announced that it raised over $86 million, far more than their goal of $60 million for the period. Republican candidates have been scrambling for money, and there are numerous candidates in that field as well. Collectively, all Republican candidates raised about $35 million, less than half of what Obama alone managed to

ALBANY raise. At this point in his reelection campaign in 2004, former President Bush raised $50 million. WIDE OPENING FOR PERRY As Republican candidates scramble to build support, leading Republican officials and donors are holding back their support for now. Many are waiting for the field to narrow, and see which candidates can build a strong base of their own. Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has not announced his candidacy, has been quietly gauging what kind of support he might be able to get, and has apparently been doing quite well. Many see him as someone who can be a strong national record because of his record as governor, and someone who will appear to be more of a leader than the others. FORMER NY FIRST LADY WRITING A BOOK Michelle Paige Paterson, wife of former Governor David Paterson, is writing a book about her experiences, particularly in politics. A key part of her book is the days during Eliot Spitzer’s fall, and her husband’s assumption of the governor’s office. Paterson said that her husband called her up and told her that Spitzer was going to resign and that he would be governor, but did not think he could be up to the job. Michelle said she tried to talk some courage into him and get him to believe that he could succeed. Her book also covers

the challenges of her and her family being recognized wherever they went. JOE BRUNO’S SON A CAR DEALER The son of former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, a political powerhouse, used to be the Rensselaer County District Attorney. Ken Bruno, who left that job to go into lobbying, now has a less distinctive position. He now works as a local lawyer in upstate New York, and his law office is right next door to an 8-car parking lot, where he operates a used car dealership. Bruno’s work is now making its way into the public eye because he is seeking the position of town justice in the small town of Grafton. LG USING CAMPAIGN CASH FOR RENT Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has been spending nearly $2,000 a month in campaign funds on housing costs in Albany. Duffy, the former mayor of Rochester, has split his time between Rochester and Albany since taking office in January. Duffy could have received per diems from state funds to pay for his rent, but instead he has been writing monthly checks in the amount of $1,902.93 from his campaign account to cover his housing expenses in the state’s capital. State campaign finance laws place little restrictions on the use of campaign funds.

SENATE PARTIES RAISE MILLIONS The Senate Republican Committee has reported that it raised $2.75 million during the last financial filing period, while the Democrats have raised $1 million during the same period. Dems say it will be easier for them to raise money because Democrats will take over the chamber, since next year’s election will bring out a lot of Democratic voters across the state for Obama’s re-election. The likelihood of taking control can raise their numbers- if the big donors believe that will happen. CUOMO SIGNS TOUGH TEXTING LAW Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will allow police to stop and ticket drivers they see texting on the road, even when that's the only apparent violation. Before the new law was passed, police could only cite a driver for the traffic violation of distracted driving if they were stopped primarily for another offense, such as speeding. The new law specifically bans texting on hand-held and fixed phones and other devices and includes composing, sending, reading, browsing, saving or retrieving electronic data such as email, text messages and Web pages.


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If you have central air conditioning or a window air conditioning unit, you can cut your electric bills significantly, especially in very warm climates, by following these energy-saving cooling tips this summer. • When buying a window air conditioning unit, more is not necessarily better. Base the size of the air conditioning unit on the size of the room, the other factors that affect the temperature in the room, such as how many windows it has and whether it faces south, north, etc. An air conditioning unit that is too big for the room will work harder and cost you more. • When you're shopping for a central air conditioning system, make sure the SEER number (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) is 13 or better (14 in warmer climates). A less efficient system will cost you more to run. Look for an EER (energy efficiency ratio) of 11 or higher for room air conditioners. A high efficiency unit costs more, but if you live in a hot climate, it will pay for itself in a few years by reducing electricity bills. • Perform regular maintenance on your air conditioning unit. Replace the filter monthly during the cooling season and have a professional service your system at the beginning of each cooling season.

• A cooling system is one of the biggest energy guzzlers in your home (second only to your heating system, depending on where you live). If you have an old air conditioning system with a SEER rating of less than 8, it may be worthwhile to consider replacing it with a more energy efficient system. You should be able to recoup the cost in just a few years. • Install a programmable thermostat so you can vary the temperature according to when you're home. Set it to 78 degrees when you're home. If you'll be gone for more than a few hours, it makes sense to set the air conditioning at 85 degrees while you're gone. • Make sure your air conditioning condenser is located in a shady spot and has room to dispose of the heated air it removes from your house. Don't crowd it with shrubs or anything else. • Plant shade trees and shrubs around your house to help reduce the heat of the sun, especially on the west and south sides. This can reduce your cooling costs by up to 30%. • Close drapes on the sunny side of your house.

Dr. Albetter asks;

“Did your child act out in school this year?”

• Install awnings on the windows on the sunny side of your house. • Sealing up air leaks in your house will reduce your air conditioning costs as well as heating costs. Caulk or seal places where utilities come into your home (plumbing, electricity, dryer vents, etc.). Fill gaps around chimneys. Weatherstrip around drafty windows and doors. • Install energy efficient ceiling fans and run them on hot days. If it's just a little too warm for comfort, use the ceiling fan without air conditioning. If it's hot enough to require air conditioning, using the ceiling fans at the same time allows you to raise the temperature setting by five degrees, which will reduce your costs. Use the ceiling fan only when you're in the room, because running the fan doesn't actually lower the temperature. The moving air increases the amount of evaporation from your skin and helps cool you off.

roof. Make sure your attic is properly ventilated. Vents in the eaves allows cooler air to enter. A ridge vent or an attic fan can significantly reduce your cooling costs. • Consider putting reflective window tint on your windows to reduce the amount of heat absorbed. • Any heat that's generated inside your home has to be removed by your cooling system, so avoid generating heat inside your home whenever possible. Cook on your outdoor grill as often as possible, or use a crockpot and the microwave oven. Use the 'air dry' setting on your dishwasher. • Close off rooms that you aren't using and the cooling ducts to those rooms. • Make sure the cooled air coming from your air conditioning vents is not obstructed by furniture or draperies.

• The darker the color of your house, the more heat it will absorb, so if you're building, buying, or considering repainting, choose lighter colors for the exterior.

• Turn off lights when not in use. Lights produce heat, which makes your air conditioning system work harder (and cost more).

• Thirty percent of the heat in your house is absorbed through the

• Your computer and other home office equipment also generate heat. Turn them off when not in use.



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CRACK DOWN ON MYSTERY PHONE FEES Federal regulators are proposing new rules to make it easier for consumers to detect and challenge mystery fees on their phone bills.

The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to seek public comments on the proposed rules, which are intended to crack down on the practice of “cramming.” Cramming is the illegal placement of unauthorized fees on a consumer’s phone bill— either by the phone company or an outside party. These fraudulent charges are usually buried inside phone bills and generally appear under generic

Dr. Albetter asks;

descriptions such as minute use fee, activation, member fee, voice mail or Web hosting. Often just a few dollars, they can be easy to overlook. The proposed rules also would require both landline and wireless carriers to notify consumers that they can file complaints about cramming with the FCC. Phone companies must provide the agency’s contact information. The commission estimates that as many as 15 million to 20 million American households have mystery fees on their monthly landline phone bills every year. Cramming is also an emerging problem for wireless customers, the agency said. Tuesday’s vote is part of a broader effort by the FCC to combat mystery fees. Last year, the agency reached a record settlement with Verizon Wireless over $1.99-a-megabyte data access fees that appeared on the bills of customers who didn’t have data plans but accidentally initiated data or Internet sessions by pressing a button on their phones. Verizon Wireless agreed to pay $25 million to the government and at least $52.8 million in customer refunds under the settlement.

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as they age

Department of Ophthalmology

You may barely notice the changes at first. Maybe you’ve found yourself reaching more often for your glasses to see up close. You might have trouble adjusting to glaring lights or reading when the light is dim. You may even have put on blue socks thinking they were black. These are some of the normal changes to your eyes and vision as you age. As more Americans head toward retirement and beyond, scientists expect the number of people with age-related eye problems to rise dramatically. You can’t prevent all age-related changes to your eyes. But you can take steps to protect your vision and reduce your risk for serious eye disease in the future. Effective treatments are now available for many disorders that may lead to blindness or visual impairment. You can also learn how to make the most of the vision you have. “Vision impairment and blindness are among the top 5 causes of disability in older adults.The clear, curved lens at the front of your eye may be one of the first parts of your body to show signs of age. The lens bends to focus light and form images on the retina at the back of your eye. This flexibility lets you see at different distances—up close or far away. But the lens hardens with age. The change may begin as early as your 20s, but it can come so gradually it may take decades to notice. Eventually, age-related stiffening and clouding of the lens affects just about everyone. You’ll have trouble focusing on upclose objects, a condition called presbyopia. Anyone over age 35 is at risk for presbyopia. You might find you’re holding your book farther away to read it. You might even start thinking your arms just aren’t long enough. A good and simple treatment for presbyopia is reading glasses. Cloudy areas in the lens, called cataracts, are another common eye problem that comes with age. More than 22 million Americans have cataracts. By age 80, more than half of us will have had them. Some cataracts stay small and have little effect on eyesight, but others become large and interfere with vision. Symptoms include blurriness, difficulty seeing well at night, lights that seem too bright and faded color vision. There are no specific steps to prevent cataracts, but tobacco use and exposure to sunlight raise your risk of developing them. Cataract surgery is a safe and common treatment that can restore good vision. The passage of time can also weaken the tiny muscles that control your eye’s pupil size. The pupil becomes smaller and less responsive to changes in light. That’s why people in their 60s need 3 times more light for comfortable reading than those in their 20s. Smaller pupils make it more difficult to see at night. Trouble seeing at night, coupled with a normal loss of peripheral vision as you age, can affect many daily activities, including your ability to drive safely. Loss of peripheral vision increases your risk for automobile accidents, so you need to be more cautious when driving. It really does become a safety issue. You may want to have your eyes checked out if you have trouble driving, or while doing any other normal activities.

To discuss this and other healthcare issues with Dr. Samuel Wong in the Department of Ophthalmology Please call the Medical Center at 845.352.6800

Hand, foot, and mouth disease Coxsackie virus

Department Departmentof ofPediatric Adult Medicine Medicine

Coxsackieviruses are part of the enterovirus family of viruses (which also includes polioviruses and hepatitis A virus) that live in the human digestive tract. They can spread from person to person, usually on unwashed hands and surfaces contaminated by feces, where they can live for several days. In cooler climates like Rockland outbreaks of coxsackie virus infections most often occur in the summer and fall, though they cause infections year-round in tropical parts of the world. According to Dr. Paul Bloom, a pediatrician at Monsey Family Medcial Cenetr, “In most cases, coxsackie viruses cause mild flu-like symptoms and go away without treatment.” “But”, says, Dr. Bloom, “in some cases, they can lead to more serious infections.” Signs and Symptoms Coxsackievirus can produce a wide variety of symptoms. About half of all kids infected with coxsackievirus have no symptoms. Others suddenly develop high fever, headache, and muscle aches, and some also develop a sore throat, abdominal discomfort, or nausea. A child with a coxsackievirus infection may simply feel hot but have no other symptoms. In most kids, the fever lasts about 3 days, then disappears. Coxsackieviruses can also cause several different symptoms that affect different body parts, including: Hand, foot, and mouth disease, a type of coxsackievirus syndrome, causes painful red blisters in the throat and on the tongue, gums, hard palate, inside of the cheeks, and the palms of hands and soles of the feet. It is VERY contagious at first , mostly via the saliva. When the fever has been gone for 2 days, and your child is back to her playful, happy self, then she is no longer contagious. WHEN TO WORRY (AND NOT TO WORRY) This can be a very painful and bothersome illness, but it is not dangerous. The expected course is fever, fussing, drooling, not eating, and barely drinking for up to five days. The sores and drooling can continue on longer than this, but they are usually less painful with time. Dehydration– this is a big worry for parents during this illness since kids will go for days not seeming to drink much at all. Most children will get mildly dehydrated, but it is very rare for a child to get too dehydrated where medical intervention is necessary. Just do your best to push cold or frozen liquids, and your child should be okay. My child hasn't eaten for days! – Don't worry. Children can go without food for several days during an illness, as long as they are getting some fluids with sugar. Your child may lose weight during this time, but he'll gain it back when he's well! CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR IF: Your child has a fever more than five days. Your child is acting unusually ill. Your want your doctor to confirm the illness so you know what to expect. Your child shows signs of moderate to severe dehydration.

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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“Make sure your child is ready for summer pictures.”

MONSEY FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER Dear Monsey Family Medical Center Dept. of Speech Therapy, Thanks for the speech article last week. I have been trying out some of the ideas you wrote about. I acted out different types of narratives at different levels. I tried to give my children simple stories and the older one more cohesive stories. My older children were able to give a complete recounting of an event of story with a beginning, middle and end. Narratives were my goal in the attempted therapy. I tried to incorporate the narrative as the final goal. Narratives were my testing ground to see if my child would use his skill in real life, “Mommy, We did it! they said. And I was very proud of there communication. I will continue to implement narratives into the daily routine of speaking to my young children as I see it really helps them

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in speaking clearly, and thoughtfully. Thanks, Suri A. Dear Monsey Family Medical Center Dept. of Behavioral Health, One of the main functions of a family unit is to foster feelings of emotional security in children, and I am pleased that you brought up this topic. Often much of the irritating negative behavior we see in children can be removed through actively raising the child’s levels of emotional security. This is why it is very important for patents to be supportive of their children’s emotions at a young age. I know that this is an easy claim to make, and from experience I can tell you it is often in actuality a harder thing to achieve. I tried and have found useful setting aside 3 to 5 minutes every night for my child. After bed, my husband or I

would take turns going in, turning off the light, and sitting on the side of the bed in the dark. The security of his own bed, with a little contact with the parent, and no eye contact, because it is dark has really helped soothe my infant and make the sleeping process easier. Good work, S.L. Dear Monsey Family Medical Center Nutrition Dept., Where can I obtain copies of the new USDA food + like to My Plate? I would teach it in my nutrition class curriculum next year. And why do they keep on changing the nutritional guidelines in this country? Please write more about this issue. It is getting very confusing. Please publish the source material. Thanks A Teacher, Monsey

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Pomona, NY – As worries about health care coverage become an increasing concern for many families, the Rockland County Department of Health continues to help uninsured County residents sign up for free or low cost health insurance for their children, as well as for themselves. Trained Health Department staff, called Facilitated Enrollers, can help most uninsured children under age 19 gain health insurance through Medicaid or Child Health Plus. They can also help eligible adults, ages 19 through 64 with limited income, get free health insurance through Family Health Plus or Medicaid. In fact, before enrolling your college student on their college’s health insurance plan, check to see if they may be eligible for one of these programs. Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid are funded through the State of New York and administered through the Rockland County Health Department. They are intended to make quality health insurance affordable for all New Yorkers. “Our goal is to ensure that local residents have access to health care services they need and deserve,” said Dr. Joan Facelle, Rockland County Commissioner of Health. Those who are eligible for Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus (co-pays may apply) will be covered for these important medical services through five available Managed Care Plans: regular medical checkups, immunizations, dental visits, eye exams/eyeglasses, prescription drugs, laboratory tests, hospital, dental care and more. Facilitated Enrollers can help applicants get through the application process and access health care in English, Spanish and Creole at convenient hours and convenient enrollment sites in the community. Just walk into an enrollment site near you: • in Pomona at the Robert Yeager Health Center, Building J, at 50 Sanatorium Road: Monday Friday 9:00 am -12:00 pm • in Nyack at the Nyack YMCA, 35 South Broadway: Mondays 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm • in Haverstraw at the Haverstraw Center, 2nd Floor, 50 West Broad Street: Wednesdays 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm • in Spring Valley at the Louis Kurtz Civic Center, 9 North Main Street: Thursdays 3:30 pm 6:00 pm For more information call the Health Department at 845-364-3312 or visit our website at ### You may also come in or call Monsey Family Medical Center and speak with our Patient Services Coordinator, Pia Weinstein or Fay Rosenberg to help you find a health plan to suite your needs. 845-352-6800 ext 6831

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Behavioral Health

Oppositional Defiant Disorder Reviewed by: Naomi Franklin, LMSW Oppositional defiant disorder, or ODD, is a behavior condition that affects children and teens. Those who have it are angry, argumentative and defiant much more often than others in their age group. The behaviors associated with ODD have a negative effect on the child's or teen's relationships and ability to do well in school and at home. Every child or teen gets angry, throws tantrums and argues. But it can be hard to tell if a child or teen is just acting out, or if he or she has ODD. The symptoms of ODD are disruptive to home and family life, are almost constant and often last for at least 6 months. Symptoms of ODD may include:

A child is more likely to develop ODD if he or she has the following risk factors: •A history of abuse or neglect •A parent or caretaker who has a mood disorder, or who abuses alcohol or drugs •Exposure to violence •Inconsistent discipline •Instability in the family, such as divorce, multiple moves and changing schools frequently

•Constant arguing with or defying adults

•Financial problems in the family

• Refusing to follow rules

•Parents who have or have had ODD, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or behavioral problems

•Annoying other people on purpose •Blaming others for their own mistakes or bad behavior

How is ODD diagnosed? Your doctor will ask about your child's symptoms, medical history, family history and other emotional or behavioral problems. Your doctor may want to refer your child to a doctor specializing in problem behavior for a more in-depth evaluation.

• Easily annoyed by others •Feelings of anger and resentment toward other people •Wanting to get revenge on others •Problems at school •Trouble making or keeping friends Doctors don’t know the exact cause of ODD. It may result from a combination of factors. The child's general attitude and how the family reacts to his or her behavior may play a role in it. ODD may run in families. Other causes may be related to the nervous system or to brain chemicals that are out of balance.

Department of Behavioral Health ADULT PSYCHIATRY

•Lack of supervision

•Frequent temper tantrums


How is ODD treated? There are several treatment options for ODD. Some focus only on the child, while other treatments include the child's family and school. Your doctor will probably work with another doctor who specializes in mental health or a therapist to treat your child. Treatment will focus on helping your child learn better ways to manage his or her anger. It will also help your child learn how to handle social situations so he or she will feel less frustrated with other people. Treatment can also help families learn to communicate better with each other. Your therapist can help you learn how to manage your child's behavior and how to use discipline effectively. In a treatment called cognitive behavior therapy, children and their families learn problemsolving skills and how to feel more positive.

Seymour Kushnir, MD Allan Flaggman, MD CHILD PSYCHIATRY 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

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........continued from front page many children are feeling. Many adults are also seeking advice and want to speak with a therapist on staff. The therapists have agreed to open their schedule for extra hours and speak to people individually or in a group setting for as long as is needed. Please call 845-352-6800 extension 6849 to schedule an appointment or to speak to a therapist.

Project Ohr Behavioral Health Tips


hat else can I do to help my child or teen who has ODD? The following can help encourage good behavior:

• • • • •

Praise your child’s or teen’s positive behaviors. Be consistent about rules. Model the behaviors you want your child to follow. Establish a daily routine for your child. Spend quality time with your child.

Project Ohr, Department of Behavioral health can help. Call PROJECT OHR at 845.352.6800 Ext. 6849

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HEALTH NEWS YOU CAN USE COMING IN 2014: AFFORDABLE INSURANCE EXCHANGES Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a framework to assist states in building Affordable Insurance Exchanges, state-based competitive marketplaces where individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase affordable private health insurance and have the same insurance choices as members of Congress. Starting in 2014, Exchanges will make it easy for individuals and small businesses to compare health plans, get answers to questions, find out if they are eligible for tax credits for private insurance or health programs like the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and enroll in a health plan that meets their needs. “Exchanges offer Americans competition, choice, and clout,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.“Insurance companies will compete for business on a transparent, level playing field, driving down costs; and Exchanges will give individuals and small businesses the same purchasing power as big businesses and a choice of plans to fit their needs.” These proposed rules set minimum standards for Exchanges, give states the flexibility they need to design Exchanges that best fit their unique insurance markets, and are consistent

with steps states have already taken to move forward with Exchanges. To reduce duplication of effort and the administrative burden on the states, HHS also announced that the federal government will partner with states to make Exchange development and operations more efficient. States can choose to develop an Exchange in partnership with the federal government or develop these systems themselves. This provides states more flexibility to focus their resources on designing the right Exchanges for their local insurance markets.

THE LOST WEIGHT VITAMIN Want to save money on vitamins? One option could be to lose weight. Researchers say overweight or obese women in a dietand-exercise program who lost more than 15 percent of their weight gained 8 nanograms of vitamin D per milliliter of blood. Caitlin Mason of Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: “That’s an amount that could be equivalent to taking a multivitamin with about 800 international units of vitamin D in it, for a few months.’ This is about double what is currently recommended. But Americans – especially those who are overweight or obese – tend to be low on vitamin D, which helps to build bone strength and may help against diabetes and cancer. The study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

HEART RISK AND WOMEN Metabolic syndrome is a condition that affects women with three of five conditions; obesity, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, elevated blood pressure and elevated fasting glucose. Women with Metabolic Syndrome are at a higher risk for heart attack, but more than often, they are not aware of that risk. Suzanne Haynes is a senior science advisor for the HHS Office of Women’s Health. “Less than 40 percent of women with metabolic syndrome were aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and the need to call 911.” Women can avoid the risks by becoming more aware of their health and lifestyle. The study in the Journal of Women’s Health was supported by the Office of Women’s Health.

GREEN TEA LOWERS CHOLESTEROL, BUT ONLY A LITTLE Drinking green tea seems to cut "bad" cholesterol, according to a fresh look at the medical evidence. The finding may help explain why green tea has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, the leading killer worldwide, Xin-Xin Zheng and colleagues from Peking Union Medical College in Beijing report. Because few people in the U.S. drink green tea, encouraging Americans to down more of the

brew could have significant health benefits, the researchers write in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Still, one U.S. expert cautioned the drink shouldn't be used as medicine for high cholesterol, as the effect found in the Chinese study was small. The new report pools the results of 14 previous trials. In each of those studies, researchers randomly divided participants into two groups: one that drank green tea or took an extract for periods ranging from three weeks to three months, and one that got an inactive preparation. On average, those who got green tea ended up with total cholesterol levels that were 7.2 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) lower than in the comparison group. Their LDL, or "bad," cholesterol dropped 2.2 mg/dL -- a decrease of slightly less than two percent. There was no difference in HDL, or "good," cholesterol between the two groups. The cholesterol-owering effects of green tea may be due to chemicals known as catechins, which decrease the absorption of cholesterol in the gut, according to the researcher. However, the cholesterol reduction with green tea is pretty small, cautioned Nathan Wong, who runs the heart disease prevention program at the University of California, Irvine. Some researchers have raised concerns over possible side effects from heavy consumption of green tea or green tea extracts. Still, Wong said smaller doses of the brew "could be a useful component of a heart-healthy diet."

Health Matters

What gum disease can do $200 first hour and $100 each additional hour

The gum line can be a common entry point for the onset of tooth decay, especially in older people as their gums recede.

Healthy gums


Brushing, flossing regularly and using a fluoride rinse are essential for good gum health

Periodontal disease

Gingivitis: Mildest form; gums redden, swell, bleed Periodontitis: Bacteria in plaque cause destruction of tissues and bone supporting tooth Plaque, the film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth, spreads below gum line

Gums hug tooth; tissue is a healthy pinkish color

Pocket Gum separates from tooth


Bone level erodes

Bone supports tooth

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Saliva’s effect Mouth dryness may be a warning sign for gum disease; saliva fights bacteria, neutralizes acid and supplies minerals for healthy enamel

Increase in gingivitis; temporary lumps can form in gums

Osteoporosis Linked to increased severity of gum disease

Source: American Academy of Periodontology; Graphic: Lee Hulteng, Judy Treible

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Compact Fluorescent Bulbs—A Bright Idea! ENERGY STAR qualified lighting provides bright, warm light and uses about 75% less energy than standard lighting, produces 75% less heat, and lasts up to 10 times longer. Making improvements to your lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. An average household dedicates 11% of its energy budget to lighting. Using new lighting technologies can reduce lighting energy use in your home by 50% to 75%. Advances in lighting controls offer further energy savings by reducing the amount of time lights are on but not being used. Outdoor Lighting Many homeowners use outdoor lighting for decoration and security. When shopping for outdoor lights, you will find a variety of products, from lowvoltage pathway lighting to motiondetector floodlights. Light emitting diodes, or LEDs, thrive in outdoor environments because of their durability and performance in cold weather. Look for ENERGY STAR LED products such as pathway lights, step lights, and porch lights for outdoor use. Light emitting diodes, or LEDs, offer better light quality than incandescent bulbs, last 25 times as long, and use even less energy than CFLs. Look for ENERGY STAR qualified LED products at home improvement centers and lighting showrooms. • Because outdoor lights are usually left on a long time, using CFLs in these fixtures will save a lot of energy. Most bare spiral CFLs can be used in enclosed fixtures that protect them from the weather.

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DONT HOLD THE SALT, EAT A BANANA Just last week a scientific review of the The authors conclude: health effects of salt concluded that re- From a public health point of view, reducing the amount of salt in one's diet duced sodium intake accompanied isn't all it's cracked up to be. by increased potassium intake could "Cutting down on the amount of salt has achieve greater health benefits than reno clear benefits in terms of likelihood stricting sodium alone. of dying or experiencing cardiovascular The results appear in the latest issue of disease," reads the plain-language sum- the Archives of Internal Medicine. mary from the Cochrane Collaboration. The reviewers called for more rigorous Processed foods tend to be high in sotesting of sodium reduction to settle the dium and low in potassium, while unprocessed fruits and vegetables are the matter. reverse. So it's easy to see how a modern That analysis didn't sit well with some diet could spell trouble. public health salt warriors, one of whom told Reuters it was poorly done and New York City Health Commissioner Dr. shouldn't dampen efforts to lower salt Thomas Farley, who co-wrote anaccompanying commentary, tells Shots the consumption. large and "very Now come results well-designed of a study that study" confirms potassium rich foods says looking at salt that high levels of alone may not be sodium are associthe best approach ated with greater anyway. Consummortality. The poing a lot of salt in tassium findings, combination with he says, are new too little potasand important. sium is associated The result underwith a greater risk score standing recof death, according ommendations to to researchers from eat more fruits and the Centers for Disvegetables. Where ease Control and to start? Sweet Prevention, Emory potatoes, all sorts and Harvard. of beans and tomatoes are rich in potassium. In their analysis, the researchers divided The findings also hold implications for the roughly 12,000-person study popu- food companies. Some 80 percent of the lation into quarters. Those people who sodium we consume comes from proconsumed the most sodium and the cessed foods, Farley says. And as sodium least potassium had a 46 percent higher gets added, potassium gets washed out. risk of death than those in the group that So if the ratio of potassium in fruits or consumed the least sodium and most vegetables is something like 5 to 1, Farpotassium. Over the course of the study, ley says, in processed foods, like ketchup, 2,270 people taking part in it died. it's the opposite. The study results, drawn from data col- Food companies should lower sodium lected over 15 years, did find an increased and preserve the potassium in food, he risk of death associated with higher so- says. dium intake alone. And increased potassium consumption was linked with a In the meantime, consumers can look lower risk of death. But a diet low in so- for potassium on food labels, where dium and high in potassium was more some companies put it voluntarily. But healthful than simple addition would Farley says potassium should become a required bit of information on the label have suggested. — just like sodium.

Dr. Albetter asks;


Dr. Renata Witkowska & Dr. David Menchell CAN HELP YOU. For an immediate appointment with the Department of Allergy and Immunology Call 352-6800 today.

There is not need to hide from the summer air and flowers. Monsey Family Medical Center 40 Robert Pitt Dr., Monsey, NY 10952 845.352.6800

Ben Gilman Spring Valley

Family Medical Center 175 Rt. 59 Spring Valley, NY 10977 845.426.5800

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Keeping cool tips

SummerÕs heat may be sizzling, but you and your family can stay cool, even without air conditioning. Appliances • Avoid using heat-generating units, such as ovens and dryers, during the hottest hours; turn electric lights on only when necessary Windows • Keep blinds, shutters or curtains closed during the heat of the day; install a window fan

Attic fan • Draws heat out of the house; if you have one, use it with or without AC Circulating fans • Ceiling, table and floor fans keep air circulating; use even if you have AC Basement • If you have one, spend time there during the hottest hours

Children, elderly • Make sure they drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the hot sun; take trips to air-conditioned movie theaters, malls, senior or recreation centers Pets • Provide shade, plenty of water; walk dogs in the early morning or at night

© 2011 MCT Source: Ohio State Board of Health, ASPC Graphic: Pat Carr, Lee Hulteng

County of Rockland Office of County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef


Date: June 29, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ron Levine (845) 638-5645

Kids Health Matters

Baby’s bedding Never use a pillow as a mattress or to prop child’s head

Tips on keeping your child’s crib safe to reduce the risk of suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), or crib death:


Place child to sleep on their back

• Do not place adult pillows or blankets, baby quilts, bumper pads or stuffed animals in crib • Do not put crib near windows with curtain or blind cords Bars should be no more than 2 3/8 in. (6 cm) apart

Loans available under disaster declarations for severe storms and flooding that occurred on March 10-17 and on April 16

(New City, NY) County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef today announced that the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) has indicated that applicants in Rockland County, as well as Northern and Southern New Jersey, may qualify for disaster loans from the SBA with interest rates as low as: 2.563 percent for homeowners and renters; 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses. “SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills has made these loans available under disaster declarations for severe storms and flooding that occurred on March 10-17 and on April 16,” said Vanderhoef. ‘Rockland County has been hit with a great deal of rain these last few months, resulting in significant flood damage throughout the County. I am pleased that the SBA has begun to make loans available to residents impacted by severe storm damage.” To register for the SBA loans, obtain program information, or the location and hours of operation of the nearest Disaster Loan Outreach Center, call the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities), Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday, from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, or send an e-mail to

Construction • Do not use old, broken, modified cribs • Use the correct size mattress; no gaps larger than two fingers should be anywhere between crib and mattress

Loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA website at Completed applications should be returned to a Center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kinsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Regularly tighten hardware for sturdiness Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Graphic: Angela Smith, Garrick Gibson


Those affected by the disaster may apply for disaster loans from the SBA’s website at © 2008 MCT

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is August 15, 2011. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 14, 2012. ###


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To place a classified ad please call 845.770.1950 • or E-mail VAN to and from Monsey/Catskills Van leaving to the Catskills Every Friday, Leaves Monsey 12:15pm


farm land in or near Monsey?

HOUSE FOR SALE-FORSHAY is looking for deal hunters looking for a group of people interested in buying farm land or knows in the Monsey area.


Commission based Please send resume to to apply.



Returns from Catskills to Monsey at about

Leaves Monsey 8:30am Returns from Catskills 10:00am

PLEASE CALL: 845-558-5865




call Aaron 914-419-6717




INTERNS FOR NEWSPAPER wanted to help newspaper gow, will train in design, type set, graphics ,etc. must be hard working. flexable hours. call 845-770-1950 this is exp. only, un- paid internship.


845.352.1400 x 3245


Kagan Realty




Kagan Realty

Looking to buy or sell-? Give the Kagan Team a call -Rivky Kagan 845.659.2056 Yaakov Miller 914.414.3619 Kagan Realty

1 OR 2 BEDROOMS AVAILABLE . Please call Yaakov Miller 914.414.3619 or Rivky Kagan 845.659.2056.



Value is in the land, over a half an acre. For more info please call Rivky Kagan 845.659.2056.





anyone who has land in or near Monsey for : trees, vegetables, cows, goats etc.



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Herb Gardens This summer make your home or yard a little bit more special with some herbs.-tasty, fragrant, and cheap. will design and/or plant it for you call Aaron 914-419-6717 and start growing today!

TAXI AVAILABLE Cheapest In Town Mini Vans Available Pay after Shabbos or Yom Tov 24 hour service Local or Long Distance 425-4411 LA FAMILIA TAXI




Local and Long Distance Service 15 Passenger Van, Minivan, Town Car $7 Monsey to 222 Rt. 59, Suffern - $9 Monsey to Good Sam Hospital $11 Monsey to Palisades Mall - $14Monsey to Nyack Hospital $5 Monsey to College Road

Pay after Shabbos or Yom Tov 845-356-2602

To place a classified ad please call 845.770.1950 or E-mail

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Monsey Shabbos Parshas Matos ‫ כ‘‘ב תמוז תשע‘‘א‬-‘‫ · כ‬JULY 22-24, 2011 Achsanya Shel Torah MR. & MRS. SHIMON GLICK 239 VIOLA ROAD SHACHARIS SHABBOS · 7:30 AM SHACHARIS SUNDAY MORNING · 7:30AM SUNDAY BENEFIT RECEPTION · 10:00



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