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spring valley gets flooding relief from county Federal and State Permits obtained by the County for major construction project at the Pascack Brook.

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County Legislators Ilan Schoneberger and Aron Wieder discuss the layout of the Pascack Brook improvement plan with Vincent Altieri. Vincent is Director of the Rockland County Drainage Agency.

When Innovation Goes Wrong concerning assault weapons ban

By: Congresswaom Nita Lowey

American consumers rightly expect the quality and capability of consumer products to improve over time. This is true nearly across the board - computers are faster and more pow-

erful than ever, vehicles are safer and more fuel-efficient, computers have wider screens cont. Page 3

Ramapo Councilman Educates Students & Teachers on Youth Violence In the wake of the recent devastating events just 60 miles away from Ramapo, in Newtown, CT, Ramapo Councilman Daniel Friedman has announced that he is personally sponsoring a giveaway of a book he authored on the issue of youth and gun violence.

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“There has been a Federal, State, County, Town, and Village bureaucratic breakthrough," Ilan Schoenberger, legislator, and County Executive candidate tells the Advocate. He is referring to the troubling Pascak Brook project which has finally been re-worked and planned out to improve water drainage from the troubled Spring Valley area of the Stonehouse and Valley View areas.

In 2001, then Chairman of the Rockland County Legislature, Ilan Schoenberger was approached by Spring Valley residents. “There is a critical situation on some of our streets,” explained the neighbors. Flooding was the issue. Houses were built, unfortunately, on a flood zone, where if the strict law was being followed, would never have happened. But, according to Legislator Aron Wieder, “Back then the

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zoning and environmental laws were more relaxed.” Mr. Vincent Altieri, the Director of the Rockland County Drainage Agency, is excited about the project after securing all the necessary permits and paperwork. “We are going to build the first culvert of its kind in Rockland,” he said. He points out that it will be one large tunnel, big enough (7 feet high, 15 feet wide) cont. Page 10

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Understanding Normal Speech and Language Development Your son is 2 years old and still isn’t talking. He says a few words, but compared with his peers you think he’s way behind. You remember that his sister could put whole sentences together at the same age. Hoping he will catch up, you postpone seeking professional advice. Some kids are early walkers and some are early talkers, you tell yourself. Nothing to worry about... This scenario is common among parents of kids who are slow to speak. Unless they observe other areas of “slowness” during early development, parents may hesitate to seek advice. Some may excuse the lack of talking by reassuring themselves that “he’ll outgrow it” or “she’s just more interested in physical things.” Knowing what’s “normal” and what’s not in speech and language development can help you figure out

if you should be concerned or if your child is right on schedule. It’s important to discuss early speech and language development, as well as other developmental concerns, with your doctor at every routine well-child visit. It can be difficult to tell whether a child is just immature in his or her ability to communicate or has a problem that requires professional attention. These developmental norms may provide clues: Before 12 Months: It’s important for kids this age to be watched for signs that they’re using their voices to relate to their environment. At three months, babies smile spontaneously to human contact and stop crying when spoken to. Cooing and babbling are early stages of speech development. As babies get older (often around 9 months), they begin cont. Page 6, health news section


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Cory Booker To Run For Senate In 2014

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) will not challenge Gov. Chris Christie (R) in 2013, Mr. Pollard is serving his 27th year in prison, but this week the information that came out should have him immediately choosing instead to seek Democrat Frank released! According to the newly declassified CIA 1987 damage assessment of the Pollard case published- this alone should Lautenberg's Senate seat in 2014, ac- put pressure on law makers to change the minds of our judicial representatives. cording to NBC 4 New York. It was thought that he passed classified information to our ally, Israel; an offense which is usually punishable by a fraction Sources told PolitickerNJ.com Booker of the time served by Mr. Pollard. Besides, he has paid his penalty and, due to failing health, should be allowed to live out would pass up the chance to challenge his days with his family. The time has come to close this chapter, commute Jonathan Pollard’s sentence to time served, and Christie, whose approval rating hit a high allow the Pollard family to be together. point after his actions in the aftermath of Mr. Pollard’s sentence was disproportionately severe, especially now that declassified info shows what really occurred. Hurricane Sandy. This latest revelation should cause an outcry to save Jonathan Pollard, and have him released from prison now! Booker called Democratic party leaders Thursday morning to inform them of his plans, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Booker said earlier he was "absolutely considering" a gubernatorial run, calling Christie "vulnerable." Elizabeth, N.J. Mayor Chris Bollwage (D) told The Huffington Post Booker's past uncertainty on his future plans had "frozen" the state's Democratic Party. Rep. Frank Pallone has also expressed interest in Lautenberg's seat.

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letters to the editor Dear Editor, A new Stage in Spring Valley? This is the latest wasteful expense by Spring Valley Using reserve funds to pay for something overpriced and unnecessary that will be used roughly three times a year demonstrates the lack

of fiscal responsibility by Village Hall. For example, that $97,690 could have been spent on an animal control officer for the village AND Spring Valley's required funding to Hi Tor Animal Care Center, Inc. for over three years - money which the mayor said she could not find at all this year No group would ever pay

one out of every three days for 3 to 5 years (including the winter and through every hurricane to come) to make back the money. Additionally, the overtime needed to pay village employees to oversee its use would actually cost more than the stage itself. Sincerely, D. Friedman

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$3,000 - $4,000 to rent this when they could get it for a small fraction of the price elsewhere. As for the $200 rental fee for village events, it would take over 488 events to cover the cost of this stage. The Mayor thinks she will recover the costs in 3 to 5 years, which is wholly unrealistic. It would require her to rent it out roughly

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Mayor Lacorte Supports Areivim Suffern Mayor Dagan Lacorte joined Areivim for a Chanukah Party at The Grove, encouraging the organization's vital work with the community's youth. "Areivim's partnership with community rabbis has provided critical strength to families at challenging moments," Lacorte said. "We need to support our youth at every stage of their development." Lacorte was welcomed to The Grove by Rabbi Eli Wiener, Rabbi Moshe Frankel and Rabbi Ace Klatzko. "The

guys were thrilled Mayor Lacorte joined us for Chanukah," Rabbi Wiener said. "It was a wonderful addition to a night of bright Chanukah light. We appreciate the interest of all of our elected officials in our work and look forward to working with Mayor Lacorte and his colleagues to raise awareness about our programming." Areivim is a Monsey-based organization providing support services, recreation, and education under the leadership of Rabbi Shmuel Gluck. Areivim provides mentoring and crisis intervention, and operates Camp Gavriel.

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When Innovation Goes Wrong

Ramapo Councilman Educates Students & Teachers on Youth Violence (cont from page 1)

“I am proud to sponsor this book giveaway to all schools in Rockland County because this has been an issue that I have been advocating for years,” said Friedman. “Having this book in school libraries will offer educators and students important information and an understanding about this issue and how to prevent violence of any kind among young people. In particular, I collected information from a vast number of resources and compiled important practical information for educators on how to identify and prevent school violence.” “The time has come for us to have a serious

conversation about this issue, and I believe that educators – and students – have a role to play in this process,” Councilman Friedman stated. “It is imperative that everyone first understand the key aspects of the issues at hand, and this book provides that. It is my hope that schools will take advantage of this so that together we can educate our children and our communities about issues that have been pushed aside for too long, so that we can prevent violence in Rockland’s schools and work to make the changes that need to be made,” Friedman concluded.

Nita Lowey writes concerning assault weapons ban

from page 1 and crisper pictures, and cell phones also function as cameras, calendars, and multimedia players. But in the case of firearms, technological innovation (coupled with near unrestricted access) has had a grotesque side effect making it far easier for any disturbed individual to inflict mass casualties on unarmed civilians. • In addition to bolt-action hunting rifles with low rates of fire, consumers have near unrestricted access to military-style assault weapons fully-equipped with flash suppressors, flashlight mounts, laser sites, and other combat-ready features. • In addition to revolvers that hold a mere six rounds, consumers can purchase semiautomatic handguns accommodating highcapacity magazines, allowing a shooter to fire dozens of shots before reloading.

• To fill these weapons of mass destruction, consumers can purchase ammunition deSchool officials can pick up signed to maximize damage to soft tissue two complimentary copies upon impact. of the book for their school from Phil Tisi in the Super- We cannot go back to a time before these visor’s office at Ramapo weapons existed, and firearms that are currently legal will never become illegal Town Hall. to possess. But we can limit the types of military-style weapons and accessories that can be legally sold to civilian consumers in the future.

Reinstating the assault weapons ban and prohibiting high-capacity magazines is a start. By taking these products off the civilian market, we stop increasing the number of assault rifles and high-capacity magazines in circulation. This step would also make it impossible for disturbed individuals to openly purchase weaponry most efficient for killing. Just maybe, it would also make it more likely for bright minds in science and engineering to use their talents on research, inventions, and product innovations with more beneficial civilian applications. The American free market is the most effective means ever created to spur innovation in consumer products. But in the case of firearms, the success of this innovation has had tragic consequences. If we do not restrict civilian access to weapons of war, we will have ourselves to blame when the next massacre occurs.

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national & international news updates

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis Picked as UK's New Chief Rabbi

London - Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has been named as the next Chief Rabbi of the UK succeeding Rabbi Jonathan Sacks who has held the post since 1991. The United Synagogue, an association of Orthodox synagogues in the UK, made the announcement on Monday. Rabbi Mirvis, 55, has served as the communal rabbi of Finchley Synagogue in London for the past sixteen years, and also held the position of Chief Rabbi of Ireland from 1984-1992. Born and raised in South Africa, Mirvis, a qualified shohet and mohel, has spent much of his professional life in the UK. He will take office in September 2013.

Americans Living Longer Americans, on a whole, are dying less from cancer and heart-related causes, but at the same time, chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and sedentary living are on the rise, according to a new report ranking the health of each U.S. state.

The report, released by UnitedHealth Group's nonprofit, the United Health Foundation, in association with the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention, shows that 27.8 percent of all Americans are obese, 9.5 percent have diabetes, 30.8 percent have hypertension and 26.2 percent lead sedentary lifestyles. However, premature deaths and deaths from heart disease and cancer have decreased since 1990. "As a nation, we've made extraordinary gains in longevity over the past decades, but as individuals we are regressing in our health," Dr. Reed Tuckson, M.D., medical adviser to the United Health Foundation and chief of medical affairs for UnitedHealth Group, said in a statement.

Hungary’s Jobbik party called for lists of prominent Jews to be drawn up Budapest - A week after a leader of Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party called for lists of prominent Jews to be drawn up to protect national security, Janos Fonagy stepped forward. “My mother and father were Jew-

ish, and so am I, whether you like it or not,” the state secretary of the Development Ministry told parliament, explaining he did not have dual citizenship with Israel and was not religious. “I cannot choose, I was born into this. But you can choose, and you have chosen this path,” he said, addressing Jobbik deputies. “Bear history’s judgment.” It is only relatively recently that Hungary’s Jews have celebrated their identity as openly as they did when Europe’s largest synagogue was built in Budapest in the 1850s. Now they are determined not to allow a political climate in which they have to defend that identity or even suppress it. More than 500,000 Hungarian Jews were killed in the Holocaust after Hungary sided with the Nazis in World War Two and those left in Budapest were forced into two ghettos. When the Soviet Red Army moved in and liberated the ghettos in 1945 about 100,000 Jews remained, living reminders of a collaboration with fascism many Hungarians wanted to forget.

“Even 15 years ago, using ‘Jewish’ as a brand required quite some

bravery,” said Vera Vadas, the director of the Jewish Summer Festival, launched in 1998. “Now the word just describes our culture and it draws artists and audiences alike.”

From an initial crowd of about 3,000, the number of visitors at the festival was around 120,000 this year, filling the cobblestone alleys and courtyards of the city wall to wall. The biggest of the two wartime ghettos is now a thriving Jewish quarter, a year-round highlight on Budapest’s tourist map with the huge Dohany street synagogue— the model for New York’s Central Synagogue—at its heart. Around it are more synagogues, museums, businesses, schools and restaurants, and sometimes a mix of those things, such as a Talmud class that is taught regularly at one of the famous Budapest “ruin pubs” - run-down buildings converted into bars.

Lowey Statement on Speaker Boehner’s “Plan B” Congresswoman Nita Lowey (DWestchester/Rockland) issued the following statement on Speaker Boehner’s so-called “Plan B” to avoid the fiscal cliff:

"Speaker Boehner’s so-called “Plan B” is not a meaningful solution to avoid the fiscal cliff. “The proposal would reduce tax relief critical for working families like college tuition, child, and earned income tax credits. It would end benefits for unemployed Americans, eliminate tax provisions that incentivize job creation, cut reimbursements for doctors seeing Medicare patients by 27 percent, and leave in place across-the-board cuts to critical investments through the sequester.

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Albany & washington news briefs

REP. ENGEL – STATEMENT ON BENGHAZI ACCOUNTABILITY REVIEW BOARD REPORT

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement regarding the independent report released today on the September 11 attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi. Rep. Engel will be the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the next Congress. “The Accountability Review Board’s (ARB) report is a sobering analysis of inadequate security at the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. Most importantly, the report contains 29 recommendations on how we can better protect our diplomats who are on the front lines promoting the interests of the United States. “We need to stay focused on implementing the ARB recommendations rather than playing political ‘gotcha’ games with the President. Our diplomats deserve better. “I’m glad that Secretary of State Clinton has already begun to implement the ARB’s recommendations. Now, Congress needs to provide adequate resources so that we can take all reasonable steps to secure our diplomatic facilities and protect our foreign service officers.”

Gas price falls

Average retail gasoline prices in New York have fallen 5.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.72/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 6,118 gas outlets in New York. This compares with the national average that has fallen 8.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.25/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Including the change in gas prices in New York during the past week, prices yesterday were 20.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 18.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 18.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 1.3 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

DiNapoli has dire warnings for going over the cliff New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, above, released a report last Thursday depicting the danger of the country falling over the fiscal cliff. DiNapoli detailed the contents of the report during a speech before the Business and Labor Coalition of New York that same day. If Congress fails to act to avert sweeping federal tax hikes and sharp spending cuts by January 1, New Yorkers could face more than $43 billion in tax increases and

lose $609 million in federal aid in 2013, warned state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in a speech to the Business and Labor Coalition of New York last Thursday.

Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels Tolls Go Up to $13 Commuters are paying more to drive from New Jersey into New York City. The next phase of toll increases kicked in at Port Authority bridges and tunnels on Sunday. Cash tolls on the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing will increase $1 to $13. Tolls for E-ZPass users will go from $9.50 to $10.25 during peak commuting hours and from $7.50 to $8.25 during offpeak hours. The Port Authority last raised tolls in September 2011. Tolls are next slated to rise on Dec. 1, 2013 unless a lawsuit against the increase is successful.

Senator Wants National Guard As Boost For School Safety Washington - Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is proposing to give schools more money for security improvements and to make greater use of the National Guard. Boxer's legislation is a response to the

Connecticut school shooting that killed 20 children and six adults working at the school. It would boost a grants program from $30 million annually to $50 million. The grants pay for such things as metal detectors. Governors are already free to call in National Guard members for security at borders and airports, but a second Boxer bill would give them the financial incentive to do so for schools. Under her bill, the federal government would reimburse states for the expense, perhaps with one or two National Guard members supplementing work by a school's assigned police officer.

Booker vs. the Times Newark Mayor Cory Booker pushed back Monday against a front page New York Times story suggesting that his mayorship hasn't lived up to its promise and that he appears more concerned, at times, with his public persona than with running the city. "In my entire career, I have never seen an article so factually wrong and so willfully willing to exclude facts to attack my work and the progress of our city," Booker said in an email to The Huffington Post. "And the article's appearance on the front page made it all the more difficult to swallow."


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rockland & regional Legislature voted Tuesday night to override Vetoes The Rockland County Legislature voted Tuesday night to override County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef’s veto of the amended 2013 budget.

“People can differ over what constitutes an appropriate veto, what should or should not be overridden, but I urge all of you to override this veto,” Schoenberger said. Legislator Wieder was worried that union contracts could have been violated had the legistature not overrode the veto. “We don't need this litigation against the county. “Under the constraints of unfunded mandates, he continued. local municipalities are struggling to approve sound budgets and as a direct result have turned on each other. Now, this veto, if left intact will result in, possible litigation's, decrease of services, an increase of the deficit, an increase in property taxes, and more importantly, this veto results in hard working people losing their jobs. Of the 17 legislators, only Legislators Frank Sparaco, Nancy Low-Hogan, and Danny Carey voted against the override, a significantly higher tally of seven votes against the budget itself. Nonetheless, the required supermajority was reached and the entirety of the legislature’s amended budget has become law. The move was met by praise from supporting legislators and the Rockland County Civil Service Employees Association, whose members attended the meeting to support the override. Schoenberger Urges Residents to Call Telephone, Providers Credits Rockland County Legislator Ilan Schoenberger urges residents to contact their telephone, cable/video and internet service providers to receive credit for service lost due to power outages experienced as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The superstorm, which hit Rockland on Monday, October 28, caused outages to almost 98,000 O&R Utility customers in the county. Mayor Dagan Lacorte and the Board of Trustees will dedicate a new playground Mayor Dagan Lacorte and the Board of Trustees will dedicate a new playground at Suffern's Memorial Park on Friday, December 21 with a ribbon cutting at 3:30 pm. Flapjack the Clown will join the celebration and there will be balloons and snacks. The public is invited. The aging toddler play equipment at Memorial Park has been totally replaced

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‫דער אדוואקאט ויגש‬ Cuomo signed 12 bills - vetoes 18 ‫תשע״ג‬

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed 12 bills and vetoed 18 others late Monday, rejecting legislation that would have sent unclaimed bottle deposits to the Environmental Protection Fund and allowed Catskill Off-Track Betting to operate in New York City.

and landscaping and benches for parents added. The project was completed at no cost to property taxpayers, with funds coming from development contributions. The park, which is adjacent to the Suffern Memorial Pool, is the delight of neighborhood children all year round, and to young children who frequent the pool during the summer. Rockland Gun Show canceled The Crowne Plaza canceled a gun show scheduled for the spring, citing the school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

“Our entire nation is mourning the senseless murders of 26 children and teachers last Friday,” said Joshua Goldstein, the general partner of Empire Executive LLC, which owns the hotel. “In the wake of this horrific event, our organization has decided that we do not want to be associated with gun shows. A loophole in New York state’s gun control law that allows private dealers to sell firearms without conducting background checks must be eliminated. We informed the promoter yesterday that we were no longer willing to host the event.” Stavisky Voted In As Board of Elections Commissioner The Rockland County Legislature voted 15-1, with one legislator absent, in favor of County Democratic Committee Chair Kristen Stavisky’s nomination for Democratic Board of Elections Commissioner.

The state set up the board of elections as a bipartisan entity with one Democratic and one Republican commissioner, although after Stavisky’s nomination, some questioned whether the chair of one of the parties should be allowed to hold the position as a Board of Elections commissioner MTA mayor run After impressively leading the MTA through Hurricane Sandy, there were rumors about MTA Chairman Joe Lhota running for mayor. While Lhota couldn't talk about it due to his position as a state employee, he was rumors swirled that he was seriously considering it. And now the NY Times reports that the thinking is turning into action: "Joseph J. Lhota, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, has informed the Cuomo administration that he is stepping down from his position, according to three people with direct knowledge of his plans. He is expected to resign on Friday and announce his candidacy for New York City mayor as a Republican."

Cuomo signed a bill creating the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, a new agency that will oversee the state’s care of the developmentally disabled and mentally ill. The Democratic governor faced a midnight deadline to act on the bills, which were passed by the Legislature between January and June and formally sent to Cuomo’s desk earlier this month. Many of Cuomo’s vetoes were of bills that would have a financial impact on the state, from the bottle-deposit measure to legislation that would exempt vending machine purchases of less than $1.50 from being subject to sales tax. In some of his veto messages, Cuomo said any funding decisions should be made in the state budget, not separately. Cuomo will unveil his budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year in late January. “I am committed to finding additional ways to strengthen the (Environmental Protection Fund) and will work with the Legislature to do so,” Cuomo wrote in vetoing the bottle-deposit bill. The bill would have gradually directed $56 million in bottle deposits to the Environmental Protection Fund, a $134 million pool of state grants provided for improvements to parks, environmental infrastructure, green spaces and other programs. Environmental groups, which had pushed the measure as a way to boost the fund, expressed disappointment with Cuomo’s veto. “We certainly hope the governor will an-

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Week ending Dec. 8 3.23 million

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nounce a renewed commitment to environmental programs, including the Environmental Protection Fund, in his Executive Budget,” said Rob Moore, executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York. Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have allowed the Catskill Region Off-Track Betting Corp., which operates across 10 counties including much of the mid- and lower Hudson Valley, to extend into New York City. The New York City chapter of the betting corporation folded in 2010 after if filed for bankruptcy, shutting down dozens of betting parlors and eliminating about 1,000 jobs. The bill was sponsored by Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, D-Mt. Vernon, Westchester County, who chairs the Assembly Racing & Wagering Committee. Cuomo’s veto said a business plan to implement this proposal was not extended. “I am sensitive to potential opportunities to re-employ a portion of the individuals who lost positions due to the failure of New York City OTB,” he wrote. “But continuing such gambling expansion on a piecemeal basis is irrational and inconsistent with the manner agreed upon to regulate gambling in New York State.” The newly enacted Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs will have a special prosecutor who can bring charges over instances of abuse in state-provided care for the developmentally disabled. The bill was championed by Cuomo after several high-profile instances of neglect, abuse and even death of patients in the state’s care. Among the other bills signed by Cuomo included a measure that removes a residency requirement for Cornell University Police. The new law exempts Cornell peace officers and special deputy sheriffs from being subjected to a state law that requires them to live within the county where they work. Monday’s approvals and vetoes leave Cuomo with just one bill left to act on in 2012: Legislation that would allow beer distributors to sell snacks, certain fruit, lighters, charcoal, rock salt and prepaid phone cards in their stores.

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6 Family Health Talk

THE ADVOCATE December 20, 2012

Spring Valley Family Medical Center 175 Route 59, Spring Valley NY 10977

Dr. Esther Bekritsky Dr. Gerson Gluck

ADULT MEDICINE

Dr. James Israel Dr. Arthur Landau Dr. Debra Grohman Dr. Delatre Lolo Dr. Manoj Pulicottil Elana Klein, PA Erick Araujo, PA

FAMILY MEDICINE

Dr. Michael Safran Dr. Jamie Giraldo

OB/GYN

Dr. Joel W. Allen Dr. Debra Kirschner Melissa A. Carco, PA Nancy Solomon, CNM

DENTAL

Dr. Genady Benyaminov Dr. Stacey Lubetsky Dr. Ramin Kashani Dr. Jacklyn Tadros Dr. Sarah Hanna Dr. David Horowitz

SPECIALTY Dr. Harry Baldinger - Podiatry Dr. Michael Ginsburg- Podiatry Dr. David Schwalb - Urology Dr. Renata Witkowska - Allergy Dr. Samuel Wong - Ophthalmology Dr. Alfred Hellreich - Dermatology Dr. Philip Fried - Dermatology Dr. Yoel Kantor - Endocrinology Hanna Raice MS, RD, CDENutrition Counseling Aaron Muller, Speech Therapy Melech Karp, Speech Therapy

schedule your appointment today: Monsey Family Medical Center 40 Robert Pitt Dr. Monsey, NY 10952

(845) 352-6800

‫דער אדוואקאט ויגש‬ MONSEY FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER

‫רופא חולים‬

Ben Gilman

PEDIATRIC MEDICINE

‫תשע״ג‬

Monsey Family Medical Center 40 Robert Pitt Dr. Monsey, NY 10952

Understanding Normal Speech and Language Development (cont. from page 1)

to string sounds together, incorporate the different tones of speech, and say words like “mama” and “dada” (without really understanding what those words mean). Before 12 months, children should also be attentive to sound. Babies who watch intently but don’t react to sound may be showing signs of hearing loss. By 12 to 15 Months Kids this age should have a wide range of speech sounds in their babbling and typically say one or more words (not including “mama” and “dada”). Nouns usually come first, like “baby” and “ball.” Your child should also be able to understand and follow simple directions (“Please give me the toy,” for example) From 18 to 24 Months Though there is a lot of variability, most toddlers are saying about 20 words by 18 months and 50 or more words by the time they turn 2. By age 2, kids are starting to combine two words to make simple sentences, such as “baby crying” or “Daddy big.” A 2-year-old should also be able to follow two-step commands (such as “Please pick up the toy and give it to me”). From 2 to 3 Year Parents often witness an “explosion” in their child’s speech. Your toddler’s vocabulary should increase (to too many words to count) and he or she should routinely combine three or more words into sentences. Comprehension also should increase — by 3 years of age, a child should begin to understand what it means to “put it on the table” or “put it under the bed.” Your child also should begin to identify colors and comprehend descriptive concepts (big versus little, for example).

HEALTH NEWS

Women’s Health

Making surgery safer The World Health Organization has issued an operation checklist to reduce complications, about half of which may be preventable.

Surgeries worldwide

The checklist

About 234 million major surgeries per year; 1 per 25 people

Before anesthesia

63 million Traumatic injuries 31 million Cancer 10 million Pregnancy-related complications

At least 7 million may have post-operative complications Each figure equals 1 million

At least 1 million die during or after an operation

• In developed world, half of all harmful events to patients in hospitals are surgery related

• Confirm patient identity, surgical site, procedure • Surgical site marked • Check for patient allergies, risk of blood loss, airway obstruction Before skin incision • Surgical team identifies themselves, their roles • Verbally reconfirm patient’s identity, surgical site, procedure • Surgical team reviews anticipated critical events • Check if antibiotic given within 60 minutes to reduce infection Before patient leaves OR • Nurse confirms name of procedure, counts sponges, instruments, needles; labels surgical specimen • Team reviews concerns regarding patient recovery

Warning Signs of a Possible Problem If you’re concerned about your child’s speech and language development, there are some things to watch for. Before 12 months, children should be attentive to sound. Babies who watch intently but don’t react to sound may be showing signs of hearing loss. An infant who isn’t responding to sound or who isn’t vocalizing is of particular concern. Between 12 and 24 months, reasons for concern include a child who: • isn’t using gestures, such as pointing or waving bye-bye by 12 months • prefers gestures over vocalizations to communicate by 18 months

• has trouble imitating sounds by 18 months • has difficulty understanding simple verbal requests

Seek an evaluation if a child over 2 years old:...and..... • can only imitate speech or actions and doesn’t produce words or phrases spontaneously • says only certain sounds or words repeatedly and can’t use oral language to communicate more than his or her immediate needs • can’t follow simple directions • has an unusual tone of voice (such as raspy or nasal sounding) • is more difficult to understand than expected for his or her age. Parents and regular caregivers should understand about half of a child’s speech at 2 years and about three quarters at 3 years. By 4 years old, a child should be mostly understood, even by people who don’t know the child. What Speech-Language Pathologists Do If you or your doctor suspect that your child has a problem, early evaluation by a speech-language pathologist is crucial. Of course, if there turns out to be no problem after all, an evaluation can ease your fears. Although you can seek out a speech-language pathologist on your own, your primary care doctor can refer you to one. In conducting an evaluation, a speech-language pathologist will look at a child’s speech and language skills within the context of total development. Besides observing your child, the speech-language pathologist will conduct standardized tests and scales, and look for milestones in speech and language development. If the speech-language pathologist finds that your child needs speech therapy, your involvement will be very important. You can observe therapy sessions and learn to participate in the process. The speech therapist will show you how you can work with your child at home to improve speech and language skills.

schedule your appointment today:

Monsey Family Medical Center 40 Robert Pitt Dr.

Source: World Health Organization, Medscape.com Graphic: Lee Hulteng, Judy Treible © 2008 MCT

Monsey, NY 10952


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Family Health Talk

‫רופא חולים‬

Ben Gilman

Spring Valley Family Medical Center 175 Route 59, Spring Valley NY 10977

MONSEY FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER

Monsey Family Medical Center 40 Robert Pitt Dr. Monsey, NY 10952

Are you SAD or suffering from winter blues?

Symptoms and Diagnosis part 1 of 3

by By: Gitty Kleinman, intern, Reviewed by Gelly Asovsky, LCSW

For some people, winter conjures images of a cozy family game accompanied by piping hot cocoa and pleasant conversation. This picture is enhanced by the softness of pristine white snow reflected in the window by the glow of the streetlamp. For others, winter reminds of endless dark nights, and the harsh reality of brutal weather storms. The difficulties are only compounded by the monotonous routine of the same motions and routines repeating themselves, day in day out… If you identify with the second group of people, you might be experiencing SAD. SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic, SAD is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. Most people affected by seasonal affective disorder experience symptoms at the beginning of the fall which last through the winter months. Less often, seasonal affective disorder can cause depression in the spring or early summer. You may be feeling extreme lack of energy, lack of motivation to do things, or very moody. At times, people dismiss such feelings as “winter blues”, or feeling “down”, but when symptoms don’t go away or get worse, it may be the beginning of a bigger problem. What are the symptoms? It is most common for symptoms of seasonal affective disorder to appear during late or early winter and go away during the sunnier days of spring and summer. However, some people find the opposite pattern, where symptoms begin during the spring and summer. In either case, symptoms may start out as mild but progress and become worse as the season moves on. Below are common symptoms of fall and winter seasonal affective disorder – depression that appears during the fall and lasts through the winter (also known as winter depression). -Depression – Feeling sad, discouraged and disheartened more than usual. Lacking motivation to do simple tasks. Being dejected and dispirited. -Hopelessness- Everything seems impossible, or never- ending. You cannot see your way out of any situation. -Anxiety - Constantly worrying or being afraid for normal daily occurrences. Fearing that the worst will happen in every situation and panicking. Such feelings can be accompanied by physical symptoms, such as shortness of breath, heart racing, heightened blood pressure, and feeling as if one is dying.-Loss of energy – You just don’t have the energy to do anything even though you just woke up from a nap, or had a filling meal. Simple tasks overwhelm you.-Heavy, leaden feeling in the arms and legs – Feeling like you are dragging your limbs with you and every move is an exerted effort. -Social withdrawal – Are you avoiding social gatherings? Not going to close friends or families wedding, staying home if you would generally be going to Shul? Avoiding conversation with colleagues at work?

-Oversleeping - After a decent night of 6-8 hours of sleep, you turn over on the other side and continue sleeping with no interest of getting out bed. Wishing you could sleep all day. -Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed – Feeling a lack of interest for activities you always used to enjoy, like cooking, baking, playing with your children, a chat with a friend, or the many simplistic pleasures of everyday living. -Appetite changes – Suddenly craving different or unusual foods, especially those high in calories or carbohydrates. Going back to the pantry for the sweets, one time to many -Weight gain – Are those pounds or inches slowly creeping up on you? Are you lacking motivation to continue following a healthy diet? -Difficulty Concentrating – Beginning a task but being unable to complete it because you have difficulty concentrating. Being easily distracted more than usual. Finding your mind wander or get sidetracked while trying to complete daily chores. It is normal to feel some of the above symptoms, some of the time; everyone has days when they feel down. However, if you are experiencing these symptoms for many days at a time and you can’t seem to get motivated to do activities you usually enjoy, it is time to see a doctor or seek professional help. This is especially important if you notice that your sleep and appetite habits have changed or if you feel hopeless, are thinking about death often, or find yourself turning to unhealthy means (like alcohol, or gambling) for comfort or relaxation. Diagnoses of seasonal affective disorder; In order to be diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder you must meet certain criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM). This manual is published through the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and is globally used by mental health professionals to diagnose mental conditions. To be diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder – the following criteria must be met: • Duration of symptoms – Depression and symptoms of depression must be experienced for at least two consecutive years, during the same season every year • Consistency – the periods of depression have been followed by periods without depression • Rule out – there are no other explanations for the changes in your mood or behavior, i.e. sudden stressor or life change, other physical or mental condition To be continued next week.

In next week's Advocate we will discuss:

How is Seasonal affective disorder different then major depression?

Tips to help you prioritize and stop procrastinating

Make specific, actionable plans. Make it easier for you to get to done by spending some time thinking about what that journey will look like. If I am reminded by my list to do some general task like "write blog post" instead of something specific like "research and brainstorm some ideas for blog post about to-do lists", I'll be much less likely to reach the intended goal.

At the same time, don't micromanage your tasks, or you'll feel locked in and unable to make adjustments and respond to things that come up. Use your dones as a reference to make better, more responsive plans. Use implementation intentions in your planning. An implementation intention is a planning strategy that helps automate a desired action. You plan out an if-then process, where you use a certain situation to lead to a desired response. Setting out in advance some specifics of when and where forms the "if-compo-

nent" of the implementation intention, and the specifics of how forms the "then-component." In effect, you're the director in the play of your life, giving the cue to act a certain way. Give yourself earlier deadlines. Studies found that even when earlier deadlines were self-imposed, students performed better than those who had later deadlines. Prioritize. Look at those 150 tasks you have to do and pick the most important, pressing or interesting ones to work on, big and small. It's easier to focus on 5 things and get them out of the way than running away from a towering mountain of DO THIS NOW! Ease up and pat yourself on the back. Since our minds can get overloaded to the point of distraction, forgive yourself for not getting to 150 tasks. Be realistic about what you can do in a day.

PROJECT OHR Department of Behavioral Health

PSYCHIATRY Seymour Kushnir, MD ADULT PSYCHIATRY Zvi Weisstuch, MD ADULT and Child PSYCHIATRY

SOCIAL WORK

Individual, Couple Child & Family Therapy Malka Harris Susswein LCSW, Clinical Director Project Ohr, Individual and Family Therapist Gelly Asovski LCSW, Play Therapist Rabbi Aryeh Frankel LMSW, Family Therapist, males, teens and adults Sharon Kronenberg LCSW, Individual Therapist Adults Chana Simmonds LCSW, Family and Individual Therapist- Adults Gila Zelinger LCSW, Family and Individual Therapist, Teens and Adults Naomi Franklin LMSW, Child Therapist Yael Kahan LMSW, Family and Individual Therapist, Teens and Adults Esther Rothbaum LMSW, Child Therapist Toby Spitzer LMSW, Individual and Family Therapist Tziporah Spira LMSW Family and Individual Therapist, Teens and Adults Aviva Cohen LMSW, Therapist Pre-Teens, and Teens Rabbi Moshe Abramczyk LMSW, Therapist, males, ages 12 and above


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THE ADVOCATE December 20, 2012

Monsey Family Medical Center Department of Speech Therapy Mr. Aaron Muller MS ccc- SLP • Mr. Melech K arp MS ccc- SLP

ALL DISORDERS TREATED INCLUDING:

• Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders • Fluency and Voice Disorders • Pragmatic Issues • Oral Motor, Articulation and Phonological Disorders

For info & appointments:

Chronic Hoarseness Vocal Fatigue nasality resonance disorders Articulation oromotor stuttering Cognitive reading Hearing Loss Apraxia Head Trauma parkinsons dysarthria

845-352-6800x 6824 40 Robert Pitt Dr. Monsey, NY 10952

‫דער אדוואקאט ויגש‬

States move forward to implement health care law, build health insurance marketplaces Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that three more states are on track to implement the health care law and establish health insurance marketplaces, or Exchanges, in their states. HHS issued the first conditional approval of a State Partnership Exchange in Delaware and Minnesota and Rhode Island are conditionally approved today to operate a State-based Exchange.

part of the Exchange in 2014. A Partnership Exchange allows states to make key decisions and tailor the marketplace to local needs and market conditions. In addition to Delaware, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, and North Carolina have also expressed early interest in establishing a State Partnership Exchange.

Today’s conditional approvals follow those issued last week to Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Oregon, and Washington to operate State-based Exchanges.

“States across the country are working to implement the health care law and build a marketplace that works for their residents,” said Secretary Sebelius. “In ten months, consumers in all fifty states will have access to a new marketplace where they will be able to easily purchase quality health insurance plans.”

The conditional approval provided to Delaware today is the first of its kind and shows the vast progress Delaware has made ahead of the Feb. 15, 2013, deadline to apply to operate a State Partnership Exchange. The State Partnership Exchange model is an option provided to states that want to manage

Because of the Affordable Care Act, consumers and small businesses in every state will have access to a new marketplace starting in 2014 where they can access quality, affordable private health insurance. These are similar to those choices that will be offered to members of Congress.

Diet Pepsi adds new sweetener to the mix

nov/12

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If that can of Diet Pepsi tastes sweeter than normal, there’s a reason.

“A change in sweetener does not change the flavor,” he noted.

PepsiCo Inc. is quietly changing the sweeteners in the drink, with the goal of helping the soda maintain its potency longer. Cans of Diet Pepsi around the country now list a mix of two artificial sweeteners, a pairing that is commonly found in newer diet sodas.

PepsiCo said in a statement Sunday that it was adding a “very small amount” of acesulfame potassium “to ensure consistency with every sip.”

Previously, Diet Pepsi used only aspartame, which is sensitive to heat and breaks down more easily. This summer, PepsiCo had declined to say whether it would go ahead with such a change after reports surfaced that it was testing the new sweeteners. Although the switch is only intended to help prevent the taste from degrading over time, companies are generally sensitive to public perceptions that they might be tinkering with the formulas of major brands. PepsiCo executives likely don’t want to call any attention to the use of artificial sweeteners in the drink either. A spokeswoman for the company, Andrea Canabal, said Sunday the Diet Pepsi using the new formula starting hitting shelves this month. She said consumers will start seeing over the next new few months. “It’s not like a light switch. It’ll start appearing as shelf space clears,” she said. In addition to aspartame, cans of Diet Pepsi found in New York, Omaha, Neb., and the Bay Area now list acesulfame potassium as an ingredient. The ingredient is often used in combination with other artificial sweeteners and can be found in a wide range of foods including baked goods, chewing gum and gelatin desserts. John Sicher, editor and publisher of the industry tracker Beverage Digest, said the synergistic effect of mixing the two sweeteners is intended to help keep the drink’s sweetening power at a constant level, making it taste fresh longer.

The move to improve Diet Pepsi comes amid a broader push by PepsiCo to revitalize its namesake soda, which has lost market share to Coca-Cola Co. in recent years. Under pressure from investors, CEO Indra Nooyi earlier this year announced the company would step up investment in its flagship brands. Whether the efforts will pay off with increased sales remains to be seen. In the latest quarter, PepsiCo said its soda volume in North America fell 2 percent, reflecting the broader decline in soft drink consumption that has plagued the industry since 1998. But the company noted that its share of the market had improved. For now, Diet Pepsi remains the No. 7 carbonated soft drink with 4.9 percent of the market, according to Beverage Digest. That’s down from 5.3 percent in 2000. Meanwhile, Diet Coke’s share has increased in that time from 8.7 percent to 9.6 percent. Diet Coke, which still only uses aspartame, overtook regular Pepsi to become the No. 2 soda brand in 2010. Coke remains No. 1 and Pepsi is No. 3. Still, Diet Pepsi rakes in roughly $5 billion in a year in revenue and remains one of PepsiCo’s biggest moneymakers. The company, based in Purchase, N.Y., also makes Frito-Lay snacks, Tropicana juices and Quaker oatmeal. It’s not the first time a soda company is tweaking the sweeteners in its drinks; PepsiCo made a similar move with Diet Mountain Dew in 2006, while Coca-Cola did the same with Diet Sprite in 2000.


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THE ADVOCATE December 20, 2012

Jan/2/2013

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THE ADVOCATE December 20, 2012

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‫דער אדוואקאט ויגש‬

spring valley gets flooding relief from county, for vehicles to go through in order to make adjustments and clear it out. The Culvert tunnel will run parallel to the water way, rather than completely engulfing it. “For environmental reasons, the DEC made it impossible to just cover the whole water way, so this was our best option," he explained. Vincent is a former employee of the DEC, and according to Schoenberger, he was instrumental in getting this whole project off the ground. Overall, more than 70,000 miles of rivers and streams cross the State of New York. The Pascack Brook project has been stalled for many reasons but the recent concern by the DEC, (Department of Environmental Conservation) was that altering the brook would cause trouble to wildlife. The Pascack Brook is a tributary of the Hackensack River in Bergen County, New Jersey. A dam on the Pascack Brook in Spring Valley, impounded Lake Hyenga until it collapsed during Hurricane Floyd in September 1999. Heavy flooding resulted downstream. The dam was not rebuilt. Most people living in Rockland County don’t consider flooding a big deal as long as it is happening somewhere else. They know it to be a major concern for residents living off the gulf or coastal regions as disaster was heavily reported in Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy respectively. But for some residents of the Village of Spring Valley, there has been no relief from the water surrounding their houses. The devastating consequences of flooding have impacted them in numerous ways, including cars floating above the water, property damage, and unsafe yard conditions. It is speculated that their houses may have been built on what could be considered a floodplain. A few times a year these residents have to evacuate their lower floor completely. They complain of mildew and mold buildup, as well as the decrease in the value of their

property. Unable to sell, these people are waiting for some relief for their lifestyles to improve. Floods happen in all 50 states. Most homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage. If you live in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) or high-risk area and have a Federally backed mortgage, your mortgage lender requires you to have flood insurance. Just an inch of water can cause costly damage to your property. In a high-risk area, your home is more than twice as likely to be damaged by flood than by fire. Mr. Wieder has been hard at work on this project since becoming a legislator. This project is a complex effort considering the hopeless sentiment many of the residents on Stonehouse and Valley View Road feel towards this issue.

from page 1

“We are thankful that a bond for the money covering this project has been approved by the County Legislature.” “When I ran for office," notes Legislator Wieder, “the number one concern people had in this neighborhood was the flooding problem, and we promised not to rest until this was resolved. "We worked very hard on this project.” Wieder continued, “We are not going to allow the permits to expire or the money that we appropriated for this to expire.” The plan is to begin in the spring or summer of 2013.

culverts will be installed underground

map of the project below:

Illustrating the mixed sentiments neighbors are feeling on this long awaited project, one resident said that he was very pleased to hear the good news, and thanks the county for getting involved. He told The Advocate, “When it rained, I could see up to three to five feet of water on my property, many times indoors. The water would send cars and other objects afloat, and the indoor water damage was also very taxing to me and all the homeowners around here. People cannot sell their homes in this disastrous situation.” He continued,

‘Cliff’ cuts in context ‘Fiscal cliff’ spending cuts are a small part of overall federal spending but key in the ongoing debt debate

More than $500 billion in tax increases and spending cuts are scheduled to take effect early next year if Congress does not act. Most attention has been on tax increases, as this is the greatest area of disagreement between Democrats and Republicans. But the parties are also battling over spending cuts. The debate is not entirely unlike family members trying to balance the books, according to experts at the Bipartisan Policy Center: TheyÕve got to set priorities and look for ways to bring in more money. Though the federal government can afford to run a deficit, too much of this spending can have consequences. Summary of initial proposals by President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner:

Obama’s initial offer

$600 billion in cuts over 10 years

Includes $350 billion from health care entitlement programs and $250 billion from other spending, such as farm subsidies

Boehner’s initial offer

$1.35 trillion in cuts over 10 years

Includes $600 billion from health care, $300 billion from discretionary spending, an additional $300 billion in mandatory cuts and $135 billion in savings created by shifting the inflation calculator that is used to determine federal benefits such as Social Security

A look at federal government spending as it relates to the Òfiscal cliffÓ debate:

What the government taxes and spends

Obama’s counteroffer

$930 billion in cuts over 10 years

Includes $400 billion from health care, $200 billion in mandatory cuts to nonhealth programs, and $200 billion in cuts to discretionary spending Ñ to be split between defense and nondefense programs Ñ plus $130 billion in savings from the inflation calculator shift

Fuzzy math

There is an ongoing dispute over how Ñ and whether Ñ to count certain savings and spending; the White House argues that accounting for about $290 billion in lower interest costs from reduced deficits would bring its proposalÕs total savings to $1.22 trillion; Republicans reject that assertion; Republicans argue that President ObamaÕs $930 billion offer is really worth only $850 billion because the president has also proposed $80 billion in new spending on infrastructure and unemployment benefits


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THE ADVOCATE December 20, 2012

‫דער אדוואקאט ויגש‬

‫תשע״ג‬

Join us! at the agudah Convention

deCeMBer 27-30, 2012

!ubjbt ubhjt hrnua

d’’ga, ,cy z’’h - s’’h hjhu ,arp ,ca

our reSPonSiBilitieS to one another in tiMeS oF Challenge

hilton eaSt BrunSwiCK

Motzoei ShaBBoS

NA TI

Convention Chairman Rabbi Menachem Lubinsky

thurSdaY evening 7:30 PM Plenary Session

on the theMe rabbi Yitzchok Scheiner

Rosh HaYeshiva, Kaminetz, Yerushalayim

rabbi uren reich

Rosh HaYeshiva, Woodlake Village

A L CONVENT

FridaY night

9:30 aM Shiur for women

Plenary Session

rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi

International Lecturer

10:15 aM Concurrent Sessions

1. wreStling with worKPlaCe dileMMaS: ethiCal and halaChiC ChallengeS in the oFFiCe, on the JoB

rabbi Yaakov Bender

rabbi Yosef viener

Rosh HaYeshiva, Darchei Torah

Rav, Congregation Shaar HaShomayim, Monsey

Chairman: rabbi Chaim dovid zwiebel

Yosef aszknazy

President, Cortland Insurance

Executive Vice President, Agudath Israel of America

Binyomin Berger

CPA Bernath & Rosenberg

thurSdaY night 10:15 PM late night Sessions

1. Lo SaSuru: CoMBating the ConteMPorarY aSSault on our MindS and SoulS

Mendy Kaplowitz

Founder, Daf Yomi Sugyos, Flatbush

Jacob Schlanger

rabbi ariel Shoshan

Co-Director, Technology Awareness Group

Rav, Congregation Ahavas Torah Scottsdale, Arizona

Yaakov nadel

Mordechai Fried

Director and Founder, Guard Your Eyes

Founder, Yagdil Torah, Belz

3. Metzizah B’Peh ControverSY: iSolated Challenge or Part oF a larger PiCture? daniel Berman, M.d.

rabbi Yisroel reisman

eytan Kobre

Rav, Agudath Israel of Madison

Editor U.S. Desk, Mishpacha Magazine Managing Editor, Dialogue Magazine

rabbi Meir levy

Noted Shadchan, Lakewood

Friday Morning rabbi Baruch Mordechai ezrachi Rosh HaYeshiva, Ateres Yisroel, Yerushalayim

Motzoei Shabbos rabbi Shlomo gottesman Editor, Yeshurun

Sunday Morning rabbi Yehoshua eichenstein Rosh HaYeshiva, Yad Aaron, Israel

rabbi Yehudah Yonah (Y.Y.) rubinstein Education Director, Ohr Naava Senior Lecturer, Gateways

Sheves achim rabbi doniel alter

Yerachmiel Simins, Esq.

4.

rabbi aaron david dunner rabbi uren reich

Rosh HaYeshiva, Woodlake Village

Moshe hillel drew

Ya r C h e i Kallah

Menahel Ruchani, Bais Rochel, Monsey

Dayan, Hisachdus Hakehillos, London

Managing Director, Standard and Poor’s Corporation

Moshe Pogrow

rabbi Pinchos Jung

2. CarPe SiYuM: CeleBration aS CatalYSt For Further torah StudY

rabbi aharon Feldman

NASI Project

rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky

Rosh HaYeshiva, Yeshiva Gedolah Philadelphia

Rosh Kollel, Kollel Ari Shebi’chabura, Yerushalayim

Internal Medicine

for women: the Battle oF the BullY:

haraSSMent on the PlaYground, in the worKPlaCe and BeYond

leil Shabbos with the Maggid rabbi Paysach Krohn

Author, The Maggid Series

ShaBBoS daY draSha rabbi Baruch Mordechai ezrachi

Rosh HaYeshiva, Ateres Yisroel, Yerushalayim

aFternoon Shiur rabbi Chaim Yehuda Pollak

Rosh Kollel, Kollel of Willowbrook, Staten Island

ShaloSh SeudoS men, Yiddish: rabbi Yosef Frankel

Mrs. Yael Kaisman

Vyelopoler Rebbe

dr. tzipora Koslowitz

Clinical Child Psychologist

Rosh HaYeshiva, Bais Medrash Govoha, Lakewood

dr. Yitzchok Shindler Psy.d

men, english:

Mechaneches, Bruriah, Elizabeth

Clinical Psychologist

Mrs. Shoshana Bernstein

Writer & Educator

KaBBaloS ShaBBoS draSha rabbi Yisroel Belsky

Rosh HaYeshiva, Yeshiva Torah Vodaath

for women: rabbi david ozeirey

8:30 P.M. agudath israel Centennial Banquet Melave Malka

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Learning Actively Promotes Helping Others Eliezer Vilinsky, M.A. Miryam Vilinsky, M.Ed. EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES © 2012 All rights reserved. Permission to print granted to The Advocate

The issue: We all strive to imbue our children with positive values that drive behavior that shows care for others. The trait of habitually helping others cannot be taken for granted. Although some children are blessed with what seems to be a natural bent toward helping others, there are plenty of children who benefit from learning how to be helping individuals. Parents and teachers commonly search for ways to maximize their efforts toward this end. Are there really ways to teach and reinforce the art of helping? Are there factors that actually make a difference? Yes there are. We present two sources that we can learn from in our campaign to preserve the practice of being helpful in our world. The wow factor: A pair of researchers from the schools of business at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan found that people who are helpful are more likely to continue to help others. Conversely, they also discovered through their study that even people who had received and appreciated help from others did not offer help to others as readily as their helpful peers did. Although they had personally experienced the receipt of help from others, it appears as

though this type of kindness did not take root in them. There is also a second source of information related to the topic of giving. Salespeople who are giving and satisfy their customers enough to receive compliments, feel good about what they are doing and feel positive about helping future customers. Customer satisfaction is contagious, and it spreads from customer to salesperson. This information comes to us from the University of Western Australia and Carlton University in Canada. Yes, both of these sources are business oriented, but they hold valuable advice for educators. We would like to share two derivations that deserve our attention. One relates to the other. Our take on the issue: What do we learn from the U of P and U of M study? On the surface we see that giving begets giving, and nothing less than giving, not even receiving from a giver, can do as good a job. What’s behind this? Giving is active, while receiving is passive. We absorb more when we actively conduct an activity than if we participate as a receiver or as an observer during an activity. Yes, receiving from a giving person is a wonderful thing, but it is no match for hands-on active giving. If you want a kid to learn and absorb something, have him personally perform an activity related to the topic to be learned. Yes, if you want little children to grow up to be givers, arrange for

them to give of themselves in the community, such as visiting residents in homes for the aged. Those giving experiences go a long way. We also believe that the principle of active being superior to passive applies to all learning. Preparing and delivering a speech is far better training for public speaking than listening to a teacher’s demonstration followed by a written test on the subject. Demonstrations are great as long as they are followed by active personal trials.

The principle of active being superior to passive applies to all learning. Our professional advice: Now, we believe that the revelation from the second study reinforces the first one. In other words, what can make active learning even more effective? It is the sensation that the active doer gets. Why do helpers end up helping more later on? Because they read the positive sensation felt by the receiver. That sensation is one of satisfaction or gratitude and it bounces back to the giver, similar to how satisfaction bounces back from the consumer to the salesperson, promoting continued satisfying salesmanship. The satisfaction expressed by the receiver is what motivates the giver to keep giving. Our job is to unwrap and bring this kernel of awareness

to the surface. In other words, we need to show children how they satisfy and please others. This will make them feel fulfilled and wanting to give more. Just take a child to help serve people’s needs in a homeless shelter or disaster relief center to give an instant lesson in giving satisfaction. These sorts of hands-on experiences make deep impressions in memories and generate a desire for more similar opportunities. The magic of giving and the connected feelings of satisfaction are plying their trade. Let’s look at another example. Suppose you are an English language arts teacher and you taught your class about similes. Now you would like your students to practice writing with some. Some teachers would propose a creative writing assignment for which students will write a story in their writing journals. The story may be fiction or non-fiction, but it needs to contain at least four similes. Do you want your students to appreciate writing with similes? Do you want them to incorporate them in their regular writing? If so, we would suggest gearing this assignment toward one which will earn a response that may generate more. How about composing and delivering greeting cards with similes? Or what about writing letters to friends, relatives, or pen pals? Both suggestions are active and will likely elicit feedback, which we have learned enhances active learning by adding an emotional

incentive. The theme here is that a successful personal experience generates another one. We need to open our children’s eyes to see their success. They will benefit from the sensation of success if indeed they feel it. You may need to help a bit in that department. Show them what success looks like, especially by expressing your satisfaction. Let them bathe in your acceptance and approval. Your approval and acceptance gets them to do more. The bottom line: Children count the most. Anything that we can do to help them grow up being the best people they can is our responsibility. We should draw from every source available to us to achieve that goal as parents and educators. The business world holds many valuable lessons that can translate into educational ones. Performing one act of kindness and automatically sprouting another is a blessing. Doing what we can to steer children in that direction is our responsibility. This is part of our general role of “helping children to help themselves.” Eliezer and Miryam Vilinsky are educational consultants in private practice. They provide direct instruction to students, conduct teacher-training seminars and consult with schools and families worldwide. They can be reached at Educational Support Services at 4263673 and at www.TReaching.com. The weekly edition of Educational Insights is available via subscription. Please call for details.


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Your home’s heating and cooling system should give you many years of service with proper maintenance. Preventive maintenance will lower your energy costs, prevent costly repairs and prolong the life of your system. Regular maintenance will ensure that your system is ready to heat and cool your home when needed. Remember that your home’s system must be maintained regularly. Always follow the manufacturer’s maintenance specifications . Professional Maintenance Most heating and cooling systems should be serviced once a year by a professional heating or cooling contractor. The professional contractor has the tools, instruments and training necessary to maintain your system for dependable, trouble-free operation. The contractor should inspect your system, complete necessary maintenance tasks and adjust the entire system for optimal performance. The contractor that installed your system or your local oil or gas distributor should be qualified to maintain your system. You also can look for heating and cooling contractors in the yellow pages of your local telephone book. You may want to consider purchasing a service contract for your system. Once you find a good contractor, reward the contractor’s service by your continued patronage. Thermostats Thermostats signal a demand for heat at preset minimum temperatures. It is this signal that controls the rest of the heating system. When the air reaches the desired temperature, the thermostat turns the heating system off. Thermostats control cooling systems in the same manner at preset maximum temperatures. Clock thermostats and multiple-setback thermostats can be adjusted to maintain different temperatures at different times of the day to conserve energy. You can set the units for lower temperatures during the work day if the house is empty and at night when you sleep. Maintenance Thermostats should be cleaned and, if necessary, adjusted once a year. Dust between contact points and improper alignment can affect a thermostat’s operation. Your heating and cooling contractor should inspect all thermostats during the annual service call. If you prefer, you can maintain the thermostats yourself. This annual maintenance should include the following: 1. Dust. Remove the thermostat’s cover and dust the inside surfaces and any metal coil with a soft brush.

2. Contact Points. Clean metal contact points by working a piece of heavy bond paper or thin card stock between the contact points and blowing the contacts clean. 3. Liquid Mercury Contacts. The previous step is not necessary if the unit has a liquid mercury contact enclosed in an airtight glass tube instead of contact points. 4. Switch Contacts. Clean any metal switch contacts along the top or edges of the unit with a cotton swab moistened with alcohol. 5. Alignment. Check alignment with a level and adjust as necessary. 6. Calibration. Check temperature readings for accuracy and adjust as necessary. Forced Air Heat Forced air heating systems warm many modern homes. First a furnace or electric heat pump heats cool air. A blower then forces the heated air throughout your home. The heated air travels through ducts and registers into your home’s living areas. Next cool air returns to the furnace by a separate register and duct known as the cold air return. Finally, the furnace heats the returning cool air and the cycle begins again. Your forced air heating system requires comprehensive annual maintenance by a professional heating contractor at the beginning of each heating season. In addition, you should follow the simple maintenance suggestions discussed below to keep your system operating at peak performance. Air Filters Dirty air filters restrict airflow and reduce the heating system’s efficiency. Inspect your air filters once a month when the system is in use for heating or cooling. Clean or replace dirty air filters as necessary. The first step in inspecting your air filters is to locate and remove the metal panel covering the filter or filters. The cover panel should be located near the heating system’s blower. Next, slide out the filters. Clean or replace the filters with new filters of the same size. Slide the new filters into position according to the air-flow directions on the filter. Finally, replace the cover panel. Regular inspection, cleaning and replacement of your furnace filters will reduce your heating bills and prolong the life of your heating unit.

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17 living tips

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Refrigerate Cookie Dough for Tastier Cookies with Better Texture

If you're planning on baking some Shabbos cookies, you might want to get a head start a little earlier.

down carbohydrates into the simple sugars fructose and glucose. Separately, they taste sweeter and they caramelize faster when baked.

Refrigerating the dough ahead of time not only makes it easier to bake whenever you get a chance to, it also improves the cookies. Many cookie recipes suggest you refrigerate for a short time before baking, but Kathleen Purvis's research for The Telegraph has found that refrigerating for more than a day can give the dough more time for the flavors to develop:

Try this with doughs based on flour, sugars, butter, and egg, or ones with strong flavors (e.g., peanut butter cookies)— but not those that must be cooked immediately, like meringues and macaroons.

The difference starts with the liquid in the egg, which hydrates the starch in flour. Giving the flour more time to absorb that liquid makes the dough firmer, but it also lets enzymes in the flour and the egg yolk break

Try This

What happened?

Lemon power

You might not believe that you can make electricity from lemons, but itÕs true.

You’ll need • Five lemons • Paper clips • Thin, soft electrical wire cut into six pieces • Electric light bulb from a small flashlight • Tape • Wire-cutting pliers • Adult helper

© 2012 MCT Graphic: Paul Trap

1 2

Straighten out five paper clips into U-shapes like this

Stick a U in each lemon Make a small hole in each lemon and stick bare end of a wire into the hole

The electric current makes the bulb glow dimly

Be sure to remove plastic insulation from the electric wire Wire together lemons like this

3

A chemical reaction between acid in the lemon and the metal in the paper clips and wire makes a weak electric current

Tape the wire ends to the metal side and metal end of flashlight bulb Turn off lights in room and look at bulb After you're finished, make some lemonade for your helper!

Source: ÒSimple Science Experiments with Everyday MaterialsÓ

'Herbalife' Is A "Pyramid Scheme"

Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, best known for taking big positions in stocks in hopes of pushing for management changes, is taking on weight management Herbalife Ltd as his big end-of-the-year short. A day after confirming that his $11 billion Pershing Square Capital Management is betting against the company, the manager outlined his case for shorting Herbalife shares in a presentation entitled, ‘How to be a millionaire.’ During a talk on Thursday before an audience of 500 at an event sponsored by a charitable group, Ackman said Herbalife is a “pyramid scheme” that has “grown remarkably rapidly” without demonstrating “much substance” to justify the growth. He criticized the company for inflating the suggested retail price of its products and overstating its retail sales in public filings. Shares of Herbalife, which tumbled 12 percent Wednesday after Ackman con-

firmed his hedge fund was shorting the stock, fell another 6.4 percent to $34.94 on Thursday morning on the New York Stock Exchange. On Wednesday, Herbalife Chief Executive Michael Johnson said Ackman’s charge about being a pyramid scheme was “bogus,” and he criticized Ackman for using a public attack on his company to benefit his “business model.” Ackman said he has been building his short position in the company’s stock for several months, adding that his fund is only short the company’s shares and not engaged in any options trading, such as buying put options on Herbalife. A put option permits a trader to buy a stock at a specific price. It is typically used by short seller to buy a stock after it has fallen in price. To date, Ackman is the first high-profile hedge fund manager to say he is shorting shares of Herbalife and has problems with its business model.

Healthy Living

How tofu stacks up

Called “the cheese of Asia” – tofu is made from the curds of soybean milk – this healthy food adapts to many styles of cooking.

Versatile ...

• Bland on its own, tofu absorbs the flavors of foods it is mixed with, from sweet to savory • Traditional Chinese-style tofu is similar to farmer’s cheese • Silken Japanese-style is custard-like • Both styles can be found in soft, firm and extra-firm textures; soft tofu is well suited for salad dressings, sauces and desserts; firm is good for grilling and stir-frying

... and nutritious

• In any form, tofu is a good source of protein, iron and omega-3-fatty acids • A tofu-rich diet can lower cholesterol, help reduce menopausal symptoms Source: Foundation for Integrated Medicine, World’s Healthiest Foods, MCT Photo Service Graphic: Pat Carr

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Downward trend The percentage of U.S. children with high cholesterol has been declining over the past two decades, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Percent of U.S. children ages 6-19 with elevated cholesterol levels Boys

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Newly Declassified : 'Pollard Sought Intel On Arab Countries, Not US' According to the Jerusalem Post's report-Jonathan Pollard delivered nuclear, military and technical information to his handlers on Israel’s Arab adversaries and their Soviet benefactors – not on the United States – when he spied for Israel from June 1984 to November 1985, according to the newly declassified CIA 1987 damage assessment of the Pollard case, published on Friday by the National Security Archive at George Washington University.

jects that Pollard delivered to the Israelis in suitcases. “We believe that Pollard responded effectively to the general Israeli taskings, but that he himself exerted the strongest influence on what

handlers, Rafi Eitan and Yosef Yagur, in which Eitan asked Pollard for “dirt” on senior Israeli officials who were providing information to the US, but Yagur told him to ignore the request

tional and behavior difficulties,” Pollard gained the respect of his superiors who repeatedly promoted him. It says that he cooperated fully with the investigation against him.

has to do. Let him get on with it.”

and said that gathering such information would terminate the operation.

Pollard’s wife, Esther, said the documents proved that her husband should not have to spend a second longer in prison.

US holiday season, to act without delay, to do whatever was needed to bring her husband home immediately before it is too late.

“After the release of this secret document, which confirms the truth about Jonathan’s actions and dispels endless lies and canards, there is no excuse for President Shimon Peres to allow Jonathan to continue to rot in prison,” she said. “Mr. Peres is directly responsible for Jonathan’s plight and he can bring the ordeal to an immediate end by acting now. He knows what he

“There are no more excuses on the part of Jewish leaders for silence or indifference,” she said. “This latest revelation should cause an outcry that screams to the Heavens to save Jonathan’s life NOW! Jonathan Pollard needs to be released now!”

Esther Pollard called upon Peres to seize the opportunity presented by the release of the secret information, and the fact that it is the

The damage assessment includes new details on the specific subjects and documents sought by Pollard’s Israeli handlers, such as Syrian drones and central communications, Egyptian missile programs and Soviet air defenses. The Israelis asked for a signals intelligence manual that they needed to listen in on Soviet advisers in Syria. They wanted to know about Arab and Pakistani nuclear intelligence, Arab chemical and biological weapons, Arab military readiness, and Soviet aircraft, missiles and air defenses. The 166-page assessment notes that Pollard volunteered delivery of three daily intelligence summaries that had not been requested by his handlers, but which proved useful to them, and ultimately handed over roughly 1,500 such messages from the Middle East and North Africa Summary, the Mediterranean Littoral Intelligence Summary, and the Indian Ocean Littoral Intelligence Summary, in addition to the more than 800 documents on other sub-

was compromised by virtue of his own access, interests and collective intelligence,” the document states. Under the heading “What the Israelis Did Not Ask For,” the document said Israel “did not request or receive from Pollard intelligence concerning some of the most sensitive US national security resources” and did not express interest in US military activities, plans, capabilities or equipment.

The damage assessment also features a detailed chronology of Pollard’s personal life and professional career. It says he started dreaming of making aliya at age 12 following the Six Day War and that before he started spying, he complained of anti-Israel attitudes of his colleagues and inadequate US intelligence support for Israel.

The documents describe a dispute among Pollard’s

The document says that despite what it called “emo-


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Coffee cuts Oral Cancer rates As if there weren't already a host of other reasons to love coffee, a new study links drinking several cups a day with a decreased risk of dying from oral cancer. The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, shows an association between drinking more than four cups of coffee a day and a halved risk of dying from oral and pharyngeal cancers. However, it's important to note that researchers only found an association, and more work is needed to figure out what exactly might be at the root of the finding. "Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, and contains a variety of antioxidants, polyphenols, and other biologically active compounds that may help to protect against development or progression of cancers," study researcher Janet Hildebrand, MPH, said in a statement. "Although it is less common in the United States, oral/pharyngeal cancer is among the 10 most common cancers in the world. Our finding

strengthens the evidence of a possible protective effect of caffeinated coffee in the etiology and/or progression of cancers of the mouth and pharynx." The study is based on 968,432 people who were part of the Cancer Prevention Study II, who were followed for 26 years. No one had cancer at the start of the study, but by the end of the study, 868 people had died from oral/pharyngeal cancers. Researchers found a link between drinking more caffeinated coffee and having less of a risk of dying from the cancer -- specifically, people who drank more than four cups a day had a 49 percent decreased death risk from this cause, compared with people who didn't drink coffee. And people didn't have to regularly drink four or more cups a day to experience the decrease, as they found the risk gradually shrunk with each cup. While a slight association was also found with decaffeinated coffee, it was not as strong as with the caffeinated coffee, the researchers noted. No association was

found between tea drinking and oral cancer death risk.

Vitamin D helps with aging Muscle mass loss is a normal part of aging, but one that can be mitigated with proper diet and exercise -- particularly strength training. But according to a new study in the medical journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, having higher levels of vitamin D may also help. In a study of more than 400 adults, researchers found that participants with a high level of circulating vitamin D also had greater muscle strength in both arms and legs, even after researchers controlled for mitigating factors like age, gender, resting heart rate, blood pressure, BMI and a measure of aerobic capacity: maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max). Researchers also factored in the season of vitamin D measurement, which is synthesized, in part, from sunlight exposure. Age-related muscle deterioration isn't just a vanity: It can lead to greater risk of injury, explained the study's

lead investigator, Paul D. Thompson, M.D., FACSM, chief of cardiology at Hartford Hospital. "This is a key area of aging research since people lose strength as they age, but maintaining muscle strength helps prevent falls and fractures, and preserves the ability to live independently,” Thompson said in a statement. While the vitamin D levels were more strongly associated with arm strength, they were associated with both arm and leg strength. Further study will be needed to understand if the relationship is causal -- in other words, if taking dietary vitamin D will help improve muscle strength or if those who naturally produce more of the hormone are also more likely to maintain their muscles. That said, this isn't the first time that vitamin D has been found to help prevent age-related injury. A study in July 2012 found that taking 800 international units (IU) of vitamin D helped reduce the risk of hip fractures by 30 percent and overall bone fractures by 14 percent, reported Reuters.

Plate over pyramid

The U.S. Department of AgricultureÕs ÒChoose MyPlate,Ó helps prompt consumers to think about what they eat.

Choose MyPlate

• Updates USDA food patterns for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans • Features a plate icon (pictured) rather than familiar food pyramid; new icon designed to remind people to eat healthfully, but not provide specific dietary guidance

Recent USDA food pyramids

Featured six segments of food groups and suggested daily consumption

1992-2005

Featured color bands of different widths as a guide to food groups and proportions to be eaten

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, choosemyplate.gov

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Top countries ranked by amount of premiums written for life and general (property/casualty) insurance, 2010, in billions: U.S. Japan U.K.

$1,166 557

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France

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Germany

240

China Italy

214

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Source: Insurance Information Institute Graphic: Pat Carr, Paul Trap © 2012 MCT

2005-2010 © 2012 MCT


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