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Ramapo has made some changes to its zoning laws this past week. A number of them highlight the efforts the Town has put in place to increase affordable housing and work with owners that already have property in place. According to Town Councilman Yitzy Ulman, who was heavily involved in these zone changes, the biggest win here is the deal on accessory apartments. An accessory apartment is a separate living unit created within a single-family home and occupied by either a

family member or a nonfamily tenant. Generally, such units are not in sync with local zoning and housing codes, although

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NANUET MALL CLOSES, REDEVELOPMENT TO COME IN 2013

STOLEN SEFER TORAH BACK IN MONTICELLO SHUL

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Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack says after the renovations, a smaller Woodbury Common-Main Street type shopping plaza will emerge. It’s been a long, lingering demise for the Nanuet Mall. Workers have already fenced off the building and have been shutting off gas, water and electricity. At last count, the mall was down to basically a hair salon and a restaurant on the inside. “Every tenant is out and they’re in there now actually starting the demolition,” Gromack said on Wednesday. Simon Properties the owner of the mall has said it plans to begin construction by March 1st and hopes to have the mall open to the

The beloved Torah of the Landfield Avenue Synagogue Chabad of Monticello returned home Tuesday as a crowd of jubilant members and supporters carried their once-stolen Torah from the Monticello police station to the synagogue. Rabbi Chanowitz told the Advocate, "We celebrated our welcoming of the Torah back on Tuesday night, with while pa-

public by September or October 2013. The new plan includes a health club and an upscale supermarket for the development. Sear’s and Macy’s remain open as anchor tenants. 1,500 retail positions and more than 1,000 constructions are expected to be created.

the zoning board conducts special programs to encourage such units for specific purposes. Councilman Ullman told

Rabbi Benzion Chanowitz at the parade cont. Page 4


THE ADVOCATE February 2, AS WE GO TO PRESS Iran working on US-range missile Israel - Iran was working on developing a missile with 10,000 km range that would put America in reach of a potential Iranian attack, Strategic Affairs Minister and Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Thursday. According to Ya’alon, the missile was based on a solid fuel propellant and would have been able to significantly increase Iran’s offensive capabilities. Last month, a mysterious explosion rocked an Iranian missile base near Tehran where Iran was working on developing this long range missile. Ya’alon also said that Turkey is helping Iran bypass the sanctions that have been imposed on it in recent months. According to the vice prime minister, who was in the United States last week for talks on Iran with senior officials from the Obama administration, Turkey was helping Iran circumvent the sanctions by allowing it to use its banking system. Ya’alon said that the Israeli government was committed to stopping Iran’s nuclear program “in one way or another.” “We need a credible military option. The Iranians understand the West has capabilities, but as long as the Iranians don’t think that the West has the political stomach and determination to use it they will not stop,” Ya’alon affirmed. “Currently they don’t think that the world is determined.”

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Publisher's Desk A Weekly Editorial By:

Mendel Hoffman

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ith the recent report that came out on the safety of New York State’s aging public school buildings, Rockland’s school district, East Ramapo came out pretty low on the list. In fact, out of the 23 buildings open, all of them were lacking in some safety code. If you do the math you will discover that for the roughly 8,000 children East Ramapo serves. It needs 23 building to operate. Compare that with the North Rockland school district which only needs to maintain 13 buildings to house almost the same 8,000 students. If we consolidate the East Ramapo students into the proportions of the North Rockland school buildings, it would leave ten vacant school buildings. These vacant buildings will save operating costs, and hence, tax payers’ money. These same ten buildings could be auctioned off to the highest bidders. That is of course, if no one protests the sale. The quality of the buildings is much higher in North Rockland than it is in East Ramapo. Consolidation may be a good idea for the school district. Rather than being spread out in 23 aging buildings, take the money from the sale a of a few empty ones, and renovate the old buildings. This should help bring the buildings up to code, and keep the children safe.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letter from Landfield Avenue Synagogue Dear Neighbors and Friends in Monticello and in the Catskills: We at the Landfield Avenue Synagogue are gratified and proud of our wonderful, caring community. Ever since the synagogue was broken into, and we suffered the theft of our dear Torah, so many of you responded so kindly. So many of you called, emailed or spoke to us communicating your care and concern. You followed all of the details of this case, since it affected you personally. Many of you prayed for us, came to our rallies, donated to our new security fund, or just shared in our pain and suffering. It meant a lot to us to know that we have all of you as such wonderful neighbors.

With the marvels of technology – information passed to you in almost real time. Time and space were hardly a hindrance, consequently many of our dear friends who visit Monticello, yet live around the world, were in touch with us, too in real time! I really feel that in every difficult event, there is a silver lining. The silver lining here is how beautifully our dear community came together for this tragic event. For this we most sincerely thank each and every one of you! I would like to add one more point. Thank G-d we have a real superb team of Law Enforcement officers in Monticello. The Police Department, Chief Doug Solomon, its amazing detectives and exceptional officers were outstanding. We really are lucky

Dear Editor, There's an issue that keeps cropping back up no matter how many times we ask them to stop. I'm talking about the fire alarm that the Monsey Brewer fire station rings loudly up to at unearthly hours. A few months back they stopped the alarm and I can't tell you what a relief it is. Living within a few block radius, the alarm is often sounded as early as 6:30 in the morning waking our entire family and late as 11:30 at night so it was so nice being rid of that. Now they suddenly started the fire alarm again but it's even worse. Whereas before

that a small village like ours can have such a great Police Department here. In addition, the various other agencies in the surrounding areas including, the State Police, the Sheriff’s Department, Liberty, Fallsburg and Woodridge Police and the D.A.’s office all worked together in an exemplary way. Also our elected officials all came together in support of this event, as well as our caring news agencies. We have a lot to be proud of and to be thankful for. Thank you so much. Rabbi Ben-Zion Chanowitz Steven Grauer David Kaufman

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there were some days the alarm wasn't blown at all, now they blow the alarm up to 5 times a day. And by day I mean 7:00 in the morning and 10:30 at night. They've repeatedly woken my frustrated tired children up and if i'm on the phone I can't hear what the other party is saying over the shrieking alarms. They have no respect for the people living near the fire house. We live in 2012, we have pagers that the EMS and police departments use to page their workers. Why is the firefighters any different? Is it fair that the whole town has to be disturbed and woken up every time they get a call? They have pagers and that is more

than sufficient to alert them to a call. If that's not enough then perhaps they should get more alert firemen. Can't any town officials stop the fire alarm? In fact I've heard that in many towns in America blowing a fire alarm is illegal but our town has had to put our residents through these annoying earsplitting alarms our whole lives. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Please try to take appropriate action and have this alarm stopped for good. Thank you, BP, Monsey


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Candidates’ cash

Receipts spent

Super PAC receipts

Barack Obama

$126.6

Mitt Romney Ron Paul

86.3 27.2

Newt Gingrich

NOTE: In early January, Las Vegas casino operator Sheldon Adelson and his wife gave a total of $10 million to the super PAC aligned with Newt Gingrich which is not reflected in this data

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Rick Santorum

3.1

Other players

Democratic National Committee Republican National Committee American Crossroads*

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*Republican super PAC led by former Bush advisor Karl Rove; amount includes undisclosed contributions to a non-profit arm of the PAC Source: Center for Responsive Politics, McClatchy Washington Bureau, Federal Election Commission Graphic: Judy Treible

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SEFER TORAH FOUND cont. from page1 rading the Torah down Broadway from the Police station to our dear shul. This would complement the last time we paraded our Torah in 1997 from the Community Center, down Broadway to our shul. We are thankful to Hashem for His Diving assistance as well to the many kind people who helped us." "So many of us, as a community got involved, prayed and cared about getting our Torah back. United, we succeeded. When we work together, there is so much that we can accomplish. Rabbi Benzion Chanowitz said it was a “mitzvah,” or blessing, that the scroll was recovered." “When someone gives us a present, we thank them. Today we received a

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Amounts the presidential candidatesÕ campaigns and the super PACs aligned with them raised in 2011, in millions: Cash on hand

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present from HaShem that helped us find the Torah,” Chanowitz said. “We received a present from the police department, the sheriff and the State Police and all the good people and the politicians and the detectives; all of the people and the community who supported everybody, who came out, as if it was their own loss.” Sullivan County District Attorney James Farrell was also pleased with the recovery of the scroll. “Monticello Police detectives worked tirelessly to recover the Torah and their hard work and professionalism along with the other agencies’ help has resulted in the recovery of this very important sacred document,” Farrell said. The investigation into the theft is continuing.

PHOTOS OF THE PARADE IN MONTICELLO

the Advocate that for many years owners were hesitant about benefiting from the accessory unit, that otherwise could be sold. Now with the zone change, it can be sold, at a reasonable rate. “Its a winwin situation”, says Ulman, who explained that one of the incentives for potential buyers of these accessory apartments is a price cap of about $200,000. “This essentially brings affordable housing to Ramapo.” The zone change is good news for first time homeowners with small families. In the past accessory apartments were being used within the law for rentals only. “Under the new law”, Ulman explains, “the owners would be allowed to sell, where before this, the law forbade it.” The fine print of the new law includes a clause that in order to sell an accessory apartment, property owners must pay a one time fee totaling $1,000. The plan could bring an estimated $50,000 to $75,000 in revenue to the town, officials say. You may remember years back the Bates-Horton development in Monsey was littered with trash across vacant lots, angering residents in the surrounding homes. Well, after a an effort by the town, the plot is cleaned up and looking more habitable. The plan to build affordable housing in the form of 180 new condominium-style apartments —interspersed among

the existing single-family houses is almost finished as is illustrated in the photo on the front page. The new deal in place states that property owners must submit landscaping plans to ensure the uniformity of the development’s appearance and comply with state and town property maintenance laws, according to town officials. After construction is finished at the Bates-Horton site, and the developer makes any needed repairs to the roads, the town plans to take over responsibility for road repairs and plowing. Yeshivas also benefit from last week’s law making. Another new law put in place allows buildings to house students in trailers for up to two years while permanent schools are built on a site, as long as a site development plan is approved by the town Planning Board. The units must first comply with state fire prevention and building codes. The law also means that the dormitory occupancy rate can go from two to four people per room.


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YOUR FINANCES Obama Proposes Broad Refinancing For Homeowners President Barack Obama proposed a new program during his State of the Union address Tuesday to allow homeowners with privately held mortgages to refinance at lower interest rates. The program would cover both loans issued by government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and private mortgage lenders. Congress would have to approve it, a difficult hurdle. “There’s never been a better time to build, especially since the construction industry was one of the hardest-hit when the housing bubble burst,” Obama said. “Of course, construction workers weren’t the only ones hurt. So were millions of innocent Americans who’ve

seen their home values decline. And while government can’t fix the problem on its own, responsible homeowners shouldn’t have to sit and wait for the housing market to hit bottom to get some relief.” A punctured housing bubble was at the center of the recession, prompting widespread foreclosures and leaving millions of homeowners with houses valued at less than their mortgages. Under the plan, any homeowner current on his or her mortgage could take advantage of historically low lending rates. Mortgage rates have been below 4 percent for months. The program would be paid for by a small fee on large banks, senior administration officials said.

Administration officials offered few details but estimated savings at $3,000 a year for average borrowers. It’s likely that millions of homeowners would be eligible, but they would have to seek out refinancing options under the program with their lender. Other government programs allow lenders to seek out potential applicants. About 1 in 4 Americans with a mortgage — about 11 million — are underwater, according to CoreLogic, a real estate data firm. Roughly 1 million homeowners have refinanced through the refinancing program. Government officials had estimated it would help 4 million to 5 million homeowners.

‫בשלח תשע״ב‬ State of the Union

Addressing Congress

The Constitution requires the president to Òfrom time to time give to the Congress information on the State of the Union.Ó

How the speech has evolved

George Washington gave the first address in 1790, New York City

• Calvin Coolidge, 1924-29

• Jimmy Carter 1981

• Herbert Hoover 1929-33

• Ronald Reagan 1989

• Harry Truman 1946, 1953 • Dwight Eisenhower 1956, 1961

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Use variances, however, require an environmental review. A use variance is far more significant, and more difficult to obtain, than an area variance. While an area variance seeks permission to built to different dimensions, a "use variance" seeks to build a type of building or use the property in a way not permitted by the zoning code. An example of a use variance would be operating a retail store in an area zoned exclusively for residential uses or operating an industrial site in an area zoned exclusively for retail stores. To obtain an area variance, an owner needs to convince the zoning board that,

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on balance, their variances will not damage the surrounding neighborhood and are the minimal variances required. To obtain a use variance, an owner must prove that the property is otherwise unusable economically. This is a simplistic explanation of the relevant legal standards, but the difference between the two types of variances is striking.

ALL DISORDERS TREATED INCLUDING:

All applications for variances require a public hearing with notice to surrounding property owners. While many variance application solely involve an individual adding on to their home, sometimes the variances are just one portion of a larger development proposal, which will require hearings before both the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. Every municipality in New York is required to have a Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals and property development requires approval under the zoning code of the closest level of government. for example, if you live in both the Town of Ramapo and the Village of Spring Valley, it is Spring Valley's zoning code that would apply. The development process can be complicated and cumbersome, so it is vital any applicant have competent legal and engineering representation. Because of the volume of paperwork involved many applicants also use the services of companies like Construction Expediting, which assist owners with applications, notices, hearing notices and permitting.

You can contact Ryan Karben at Ryan@ryankarben.com or 914-536-4402

© 2012 MCT Source: McClatchy Washington Bureau, The American Presidency Project, Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives

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Zoning Zig-Zags

These requests are for what is known as an "area variance." Every zoning code sets out requirement for the ab minimum square footage of a lot, the portion of the lot that can be taken up by construction, how far off the property line you need to build and the mathematical relationship between the gross square footage of the structure and the size of the lot. If you want to build differently than these measurements and formulas permit, you need an area variance. Area variances for one to three family homes are exempt from an environmental review.

Thomas Jefferson thought addressing Congress was too much like the English King addressing Parliament; in 1801; he sent his report in writing

Modern day exceptions

Ryan Scott Karben, Esq.

The majority of matters heard by a local Zoning Board of Appeals, however, do not trigger a review under SEQRA. Those matters generally relate to a request by a homeowner for a "variance" to permit the homeowner to building in dimensions that would otherwise be prohibited under the zoning code of whatever municipality the real property is located in.

WW

Woodrow Wilson revived the personal address in 1913, a custom that continues today

Presidents who sent addresses in writing • Richard Nixon • Woodrow Wilson 1973 1919-21

Legally Speaking

Last week we discussed the provisions of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), the initial threshold to government approval of most serious planning and zoning cases.

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NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL NEWS UPDATES

WARNING ABOUT NON KOSHER DRIED FRUIT Israel - A statement released on Wednesday warned that dried fruits sold in bulk or sold prewrapped without a kosher certification during the upcoming holiday of Tu Bishvat may contain fruit dipped in artificial flavorings or food colorings made with lard or other pork extract. All fruits and vegetables are kosher by Jewish law, but lard is not. Other meat derivatives used in food manufacturing or preserving may also be non-kosher.

UN CHIEF URGES ISRAEL TO HALT SETTLEMENTS U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon is on a Mideast peace mission aimed at salvaging the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian talks. The sides began low-level discussions last month about restarting formal peace negotiations after a threeyear lull. But the dialogue came to a halt without any breakthroughs last week. Ban is visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories in hopes of keeping the dialogue moving. Ban visited Jordan, which is mediating the talks, on Tuesday. In Amman, he urged Israel to make goodwill gestures to keep the dialogue alive.

FORECLOSURE DEAL WOULD GIVE STATES AUTHORITY TO PUNISH FIRMS A proposed settlement to resolve mortgage abuses by top U.S. banks will give states broad authority to punish firms that mistreat borrowers in the future, according to documents on Wednesday. Under the settlement, which states are currently reviewing to decide whether they will join, the states and a separate "monitoring committee" will have the authority to go to court to enforce the terms and seek penalties of up to $5 million per violation. A strong enforcement mechanism could help the states and the Obama administration sell the deal to the public, after leftleaning activist groups have questioned whether the negotiations were too lenient on the banks. States have just a few more days to make a decision, and an announcement of a settlement could come as early as next week, people familiar with the talks said. The settlement, expected to be filed as a consent judgment in federal court in Washington, D.C., will last for 3-1/2 years , according to documents laying out the pending deal's enforcement terms.

Science Matters

Fuel grown from the sea Genetic researchers have taken what they say is a crucial step in extracting ethanol fuel from seaweed.

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Extract bacterial genes

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Insert genes into E. coli

Vibrio splendidus is a bacterium that infects various sea animals

35,000 DNA units

DNA

France suspended its military training operation in Afghanistan and may withdraw early from the NATO coalition.

Top contributors

E. coli is a bacterium that lives in human intestines

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Troops in Afghanistan

NATO-ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) troops total 130,386*

Digest algae with E. coli

Giant kelp, a fastgrowing brown algae

U.S. 90,000 Modified E. coli breaks down alginate, a sugar abundant in algae cells Bacteria turn resulting sugars into ethanol

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Use ethanol as fuel

Source: Bio Architecture Lab (Berkeley, Calif.), Science magazine, MCT Photo Service © 2012 MCT Graphic: Helen Lee McComas

U.K. Germany Italy France Poland Romania Turkey Australia Spain 40 other nations

Source: NATO-ISAF Graphic: Judy Treible

9,500 4,818 3,952 3,916 2,475 1,876 1,845 1,550 1,488 8,966 *As of Jan. 6, 2012 © 2012 MCT

‫מענער און פרויען דענטיסטס‬ Dr. Albetter asks;

“Does your child love sweets?”

Bring your child for a check-up, cleaning, and sealant, and you will be assured your child’s teeth are clean white and cavity free.

Healthy Living

Not just for cookies Molasses Ð the dark, thick syrup that is the byproduct of refining cane sugar into table sugar Ð is a sweetener with nutrients.

Gooey ... and good for you • Blackstrap molasses, one of several types, provides more iron for less calories than red meat and is fat-free • Molasses is an excellent source of copper, needed for many of the body’s functions, including bone development, and of manganese, which helps produce energy from protein and carbohydrates

• It is also a very good source of calcium (needed for strong bones and teeth), potassium (important for muscle contraction), and magnesium (a lack of which can contribute to high blood pressure and muscle spasms) Source: World’s Healthiest Foods, MCT Photo Service Graphic: Pat Carr © 2012 MCT

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Personal Trainer

How intense for health?

Exercise does not need to be intense to promote good health, and the benefit begins with the following amount of exercise.

Either type of exercise or a combination of types, done five times a week, gives same health benefit:

30 min.

of moderately intense activity

walk

Examples: Brisk walking, exercising with very light weights or uninterrupted gardening

15 to 20 min. of vigorous activity Examples: Jogging, climbing stairs or moving weights equivalent to suitcases

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Longer and more vigorous exercise brings additional health benefits, but also increases your chance of suffering an exercise-related injury

• Can help reduce blood pressure in some people with hypertension • Lowers risk of developing high blood pressure, colon cancer or diabetes • Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression; lifts mood and feelings of well-being • Helps control weight by replacing body fat with muscle Source: U.S. Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

HEALTH

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NEWS

NEW CYSTIC FIBROSIS DRUG The first drug that treats the root cause of cystic fibrosis won approval Tuesday, offering a life-changing treatment for a handful of patients with the deadly illness and broader hope for thousands more patients with the inherited disease. About 30,000 Americans live with cystic fibrosis, a disease that causes sticky mucus buildup in the lungs and other organs, leading to infections,

digestive problems and death in young adulthood. The typical life expectancy is about 37 years, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Food and Drug approved Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.‘s Kalydeco to improve lung function and reduce other symptoms in patients with a rare variant of the disease that affects just 1,200 people in the U.S., about 4 percent of affected population nationwide.

PARENTS CHEAT ON BOOSTER SEATS, DESPITE SAFETY RISKS

Health benefits for men and women

• Lowers risk of dying of coronary heart disease

• Helps maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints

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feel better © 2012 MCT Graphic: Paul Trap

That means a lot of children are being exposed to the risk of serious injury. Children in this age range still aren't big enough to be safely restrained by car seat belts. Using a booster to position the lap and seat belt properly reduces injury risk by half. The 681 parents surveyed said they didn't use booster seats for a number of reasons, including difficulty getting seats from other parents, and being unable to fit enough seats in the car. Legal pressure clearly helps; parents were far more likely to use boosters if they live in one of

the 47 states that require them for children up to 4 feet 9 inches in height. The most common cause of death in children ages 3 to 14 are car crashes. In this 2005 study, eight children ages 4 to 8 who were wearing only seat belts suffered serious abdominal injuries. Five broke their spine. And four are permanently paralyzed. That sure got my attention. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration spells out the details for safe use of boosters in children ages 8 to 12.

Healthy Living

Get juiced?

Proponents say juicing helps your body absorb nutrients, but no scientific evidence has shown it is better than eating whole fruits and vegetables.

On the other hand ... • You may want to try juicing if you don’t like to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, or if you want to sample ones you haven’t tried • Make only as much as you can drink at one time since fresh juice develops harmful bacteria quickly • If you buy commercially made fresh juice, make sure it is pasteurized

Nancy Solomon, Midwife

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• Check the sugar content of the juice; some are high in sugar, which can add unwanted calories © 2011 MCT Source: Mayo Clinic, MCT Photo Service Graphic: Pat Carr


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2,000 Women Gather To Support Rubashkin This past Tuesday, Ateres Charna hall in Monsey was filled to capacity, with an estimated 2,000 women from all walks of life gathering to show support to Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin This past Tuesday, Ateres Charna hall in Monsey was filled to capacity, with an estimated 2,000 women from all walks of life gathering to show support for Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin.

Mordechai, described her fathers arrest and imprisonment. Mrs. Leah Rubashkin, who is a pillar of strength giving chizzuk to all, captivated the crowd with her inspirational stories and the telling of the core of her amazing inner strength through Alef, Bais Gimmel.

Mrs. Chayale Gourarie, sister of Sholom Mordechai, MC'd the evening and her words were inspiring to all. Mrs. Suri Gluck sang emotional and heartwarming songs.

The evening was capped with Alyza Lewin, Esq., one of Sholom Mordechai's attorneys, who, despite the late hour, held the crowd captivated with the story of

There was not a dry eye in the crowd as Mrs. Roza Weiss, daughter of Sholom

the injustice done to Sholom Mordechai. Mrs. Chani Lipschutz was honored for her endless support to the Rubashkin family. Finally, the evening concluded with joyous dancing. A stunning $7,000 diamond necklace will be raffled off on April 3rd. A $36 donation toward Rubashkin's legal defense will get you one ticket $100 donation five tickets and $180 donation ten tickets.

House Votes To Freeze Pay Of Federal Workers Through 2013 The House on Wednesday voted to freeze the wages of federal workers for a third straight year and put members of Congress on record as opposing a boost in their $174,000 annual salaries. Republican supporters said their measure, which would freeze federal worker wages through 2013, would save taxpayers $26 billion. It would not apply to military personnel. The nation's 2.3 million federal civilian workers currently

are in the second year of a wage freeze imposed as part of efforts to trim budget deficits. Sponsors said the twoyear halt in wage increases will save the government $60 billion. "We must act now to extend the pay freeze on federal workers and on members' salaries until Washington finally gets its finances under control," said Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., the bill's sponsor.

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Quenching the world’s thirst Earth is 70 percent water, yet one out of every 8 people does not have access to clean water for drinking. Households with access to an improved water supply* (2000 or later) More than 80 percent 41 to 80 percent Less than 40 percent CAN. No data for areas not shaded

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The pay freeze legislation could have difficulty moving through the Democraticcontrolled Senate. The salary of rank-and-file members of Congress has remained at $174,000 since 2009 and is unlikely to go up as long as the economy sputters. "What we have here is a very clever political effort to have members vote either for their pay or against their pay being adjusted," said Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the second-ranking Democrat.

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Republicans also have sought to add a year to the federal wage freeze and have federal workers contribute more toward pensions as ways to pay for legislation, now being negotiated between the House and Senate, to extend a payroll tax cut and federal unemployment benefits until the end of this year.

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Democrats tried to bring up a separate bill that would have stated opposition to a congressional pay hike, but they were stopped by Republicans. The vote on the pay freeze bill was 309-117, with 72 out of 187 voting Democrats supporting it. Only two Republicans opposed it.


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Department Department of Adult Adult Medicine Blood pressure is typically recorded as two numbers, written as a ratio like this:

SystolicThe top number, which is also the higher of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts). DiastolicThe bottom number, which is also the lower of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats (when the heart muscle is resting between beats and refilling with blood). Which number is more important, top (systolic) or bottom (diastolic)? Typically more attention is given to the top number (the systolic blood pressure) as a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease for people over 50 years old. In most people, systolic blood pressure rises steadily with age due to increasing stiffness of large arteries, longterm build-up of plaque, and increased incidence of cardiac and vascular disease. Your blood pressure rises with each heartbeat and falls when your heart relaxes between beats. While BP can change from minute to minute with changes in posture, exercise, stress or sleep, it should normally be less than 120/80 mm Hg (less than 120 systolic AND less than 80 diastolic) for an adult age 20 or over. About one in three (33.5%) U.S. adults has high blood pressure. If your blood pressure reading is higher than normal, your doctor may take several readings over time and/or have you monitor your blood pressure at home before diagnosing you with high blood pressure. A single high reading does not necessarily mean that you have high blood pressure. However, if readings stay at 140/90 mm Hg or above (systolic 140 or above OR diastolic 90 or above) over time, your doctor will likely want you to begin a treatment program. Such a program almost always includes lifestyle changes and often prescription medication for those with readings of 140/90 or higher. If, while monitoring your blood pressure, you get a systolic reading of 180 mm Hg or higher OR a diastolic reading of 110 mm HG or higher, wait a few of minutes and take it again. If the reading is still at or above that level, you should seek immediate emergency medical treatment for a hypertensive crisis.Even if your blood pressure is normal, you should consider making lifestyle modifications to prevent the development of HBP and improve your heart health. Preventive care is a very important ingredient in helping to maintain your good health. Make sure to have yearly checkups. If you have high blood pressure or a family history of high pressure, follow your doctors advise and have your blood pressure checked regularly. Call 845-352-6800

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A person with BPD may feel unfairly misunderstood or mistreated, bored, empty, and have little idea who they are. Such symptoms are most acute when people with BPD feel isolated and lacking in social support, and may result in frantic efforts to avoid being alone. People with BPD often have highly unstable patterns of social relationships. While they can develop intense but stormy attachments, their attitudes towards family, friends, and loved ones may suddenly shift from idealization (great admiration and love) to devaluation (intense anger and dislike). Thus, they may form an immediate attachment and idealize the other person, but when a slight separation or conflict occurs, they switch unexpectedly to the other extreme and angrily accuse the other person of not caring for them at all. A person with BPD often needs extensive mental health services, and accounts for 20 percent of psychiatric hospitalizations. Forty percent of the highest users of inpatient psychiatric services receive a diagnosis of BPD. Many are helped through psychiatric services. However about 1/2 or 46% have repeat hospitalization despite long-term or extended-term care.

While a person with depression or bipolar disorder typically endures the same mood for weeks, a person with BPD may experience intense bouts of anger, depression, and anxiety that may last only hours, or at most a day.

MISCELLANEOUS ATTRIBUTES OF PEOPLE WITH BPD: • People with BPD are often bright, witty and funny. •

These may be associated with episodes of impulsive aggression, self-injury, and drug or alcohol abuse. Self hate, self loathing distortions in cognition and sense of self can lead to frequent changes in long-term goals, career plans, jobs, friendships, gender identity, and values. Sometimes people with BPD view themselves as fundamentally bad, or unworthy. With borderline personality disorder your image of yourself is distorted, making you feel worthless and fundamentally flawed. Your anger, impulsively and frequent mood swings may push others away, even though you yearn for loving relationships.

They may have problems with constancy. When a person leaves (even temporarily), they may have a problem recreating or remembering feelings of that were present between themselves and the other. Often, BPD patients want to keep something belonging to the loved one around .

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Their lives may be a chaotic landscape of job losses, interrupted educational pursuits, broken engagements, hospitalizations.

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Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Rep. Engel opposes online piracy, but SOPA goes too far in infringing upon First Amendment rights. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “In its current form, this legislation takes America in the wrong direction. I would vote against it if it came to the full House in its present form. While online piracy is a real problem and must be addressed, this version goes too far. I am pleased to see that the Senate Majority Leader has decided not to send their version to the Senate floor. The House Judiciary Committee Chairman has said modifications are needed. I look forward to working with my House colleagues to make needed modifications. “SOPA would have authorized felony penalties for willful, unauthorized streaming of com-

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Children Are the Ultimate Source Eliezer Vilinsky, M.A. Miryam Vilinsky, M.Ed. EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

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© 2012 All rights reserved. Permission to print granted to The Advocate Anyone who knows us and is familiar with our way of thinking would quickly agree that we believe that children are the ultimate source for direction about how to parent and how to educate. Yes, that is quite accurate, and now we are delighted to have discovered an enterprise that follows the same perspective. Eric Goldstein established a nonprofit called One World Education in Washington, D.C. His nonprofit organization grew out of a classroom project that he started as a history teacher. Eric wanted primary source writing material that his students could refer to for information about events or issues that abound in the world. His students were not relating well to textbook or other conventional material. Eric realized that young people relate best and learn most from other young people, so he led students to compose firsthand material based upon their personal experiences and reflections. Now children can become One World ambassadors who submit their writing material to benefit others. The endeavor has spawned an annual competitive event for submissions, from which the best are accepted and made available to schools worldwide. A team of teachers process and judge the submissions, all of which must conform to One World writing standards. Absolutely brilliant! Of course it pays for teachers to check out One World and even have students participate as writers or consumers, or else you can just adopt the concept and implement the idea within your own school. Upperclassmen can write material for lowerclassmen to use for information and as a reading or writing source. By the way, upperclassmen can even be third graders who write for beginning readers and writers in grades one and two. There is something special about making use of material created by your own schoolmates. It “feels” more meaningful. It also leads to more collaboration between students across grades and classes within the same school: essentially school community building. Of course material can be shared with others in the larger community. That also stirs up loyal

feelings for what “our fellow students” have created. Sharing between young people has exponential value. There is something phenomenal about child-tochild communication and influence, something that adults cannot imitate or compete with. If you want to get a point across to a child, ask another child to express it. Okay, perhaps that’s a bit exaggerated, but not by much. This phenomenon applies to plenty of other things besides writing. Do you invite people to come to your school to address your students about various issues? We tend to tap experts within a field to share their knowledge and experience. That is well worth it. At the same time, a young person’s perspective on the issue is equally valuable and sometimes more potent. Suppose you wish to raise the consciousness of children about giving to others during their free time. You can host a coordinator of a community soup kitchen to share her knowledge and experience. We suggest that you couple her talk with that of a teenager who personally benefitted from her soup kitchen or a teenager who helped serve food at her soup kitchen, and you’ve got a super duo. The adult can be very engaging, while the teenager will be ultra-influential. Again you have a firsthand source of information and experience, similar to One World’s writing material idea. Now, looking at the bigger picture, let’s suppose you have a schoolwide problem on your hands. Students constantly return from recess or lunch breaks late for class. Bells and buzzers and whistles don’t seem to have much of an effect. Students saunter into class as they care to. Let’s suppose that this plagues every grade except for first grade because they are new to the school and have not learned this bad habit from others yet. Yes, we said, “yet.”

Dictating as adults from above may get compliance, but not earn respect. The best way to crack this habit is by holding a conference with students. You can round up teachers for such a meeting and come up with promising ideas, but know that children will not embrace them nearly as agreeably as when they are pitched by fellow stu-

dents. Yes, round up teachers who have good ideas, but also invite students to join the meeting. Invite their ears and their voices. Listen to their reactions to concerns and ideas posed by teachers and also invite them to propose some solutions. Would you like an expert to join this problem-solving project? Then you should invite a school-age “expert” from another school who can share his or her wisdom. Let her describe her schoolmates’ orderly and responsible return to class following recess or lunch. Let her explain what makes it work right at her school. Is it a rule? Is it a procedure? Is it an attitude? Is it related to how recess time is organized and governed, or is the problem really due to uninviting classroom activities that await students following the break? Use your primary sources housed in the bodies and minds of young people and encourage your children to discuss the issue with the invited guest student. We’ll bet that the most constructive solutions will emerge from that meeting. The bottom line is: kid involvement in kid affairs. Dictating as adults from above may get compliance, but not earn respect. And we are not talking about respect for the adults. We are talking about respect for the rule or procedure that the adult dictated. In other words, no growth will result except that children may learn from us about how not to handle these affairs when they become adults. Yes, children are learning from our every move. They learn our best, and they learn our worst. However, bringing children into the process gives them a sense of ownership and respect for themselves, not just for the idea being proposed. Then if the idea under consideration doesn’t work perfectly, the young co-sponsors will be willing to modify it before deciding to dispose of it. Nothing beats including children as a primary source for their education and upbringing. This is the core 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 426-3673 and at www.TReaching.com. The weekly edition of Educational Insights is available via subscription. Call for details.

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Trash, mostly plastic that originated in South or Central America, is carried to MexicoÕs Caribbean coast by currents. Worldwide, large patches of garbage sit in current dead spots known as gyres. U.S.

Largest ocean gyres

North Atlantic

Florida Current

North Pacific

Polluted Yucatan coast

MEXICO

South Pacific

Mahahual Caribbean Current

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South Atlantic

Indian

North Equatorial Current

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500 km 500 miles

Percentage of items in marine debris (1989-2007) Cigarettes, cigarette filters Bags (paper and plastic) Caps, lids Food wrappers, containers Cups and eating utensils Plastic bottles

24.6% 9.4 9.1 8.9 7.2 5.5

Glass bottles Cans Straws, stirrers Rope Other

4.8 4.6 4.4 2.1

19.3

Source: Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies, Curtis Ebbesmeyer, Center for Marine Conservation/Ocean Conservancy Graphic: Tom Reinken, Lorena Elebee, Los Angeles Times © 2012 MCT


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Cooking with yogurt

Views on the economy

In addition to being a excellent source of protein and calcium and good for the digestive track, yogurt is a versatile ingredient.

More than half of all Americans believe upper-income earners pay less than their fair share of federal taxes. Republicans tend to agree more than Democrats that the U.S. economic system is fair.

By political party

than

© 2012 MCT Source: CBS News/New York Times poll of 1,154 U.S. adults Jan. 12-17, 2012; margin of error: +/- 3 percentage points

Graphic: Chicago Tribune

• Marinate steaks or chicken breasts Yogurt with active cultures maycooki help in yogurt before ng;certain its acid gastrointestinal conditions content helps tenderize the meat

Democrats 56 7

37%

• Add yogurt to cake or quick bread batter to improve the crumb; mix it into bread dough to help develop gluten

3

Republicans 55

24 About right

No opinion

42

• When using yogurt in stove-top dishes, such as curries and stews, be sure to first lower the heat, then add yogurt slowly to avoid curdling

Independents 45

50 5

Source: Gallup poll of 1,008 U.S. adults Jan. 23, 2012; margin of error: +/- 6 percentage points

Source: NPR Kitchen Window, Homecooking.about.com, MCT Photo Service Graphic: Pat Carr

© 2011 MCT

Energy production

With a projected dramatic increase in U.S. shale gas production, which uses a controversial extraction method called fracking, the U.S. is on track to become the worldÕs top oil and gas producer by 2020.

U.S. shale gas production

In trillions of cubic feet per day (share of total gas production) 13.0 (50%) 9.9 (43%) 5.8 (27%)

Global oil and gas production

In millions of barrels of oil equivalent per day for top producers Gas

Oil

Gas liquids

2010

11.4

10.4 10.6 1.5

2015

2020

Source: PFC Energy, IHS Global Insight Graphic: Pat Carr

Ethanol

1.5

Saudi Russia Arabia

2011

U.S.

12.7

Saudi Russia Arabia

2020

23.3

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Unfair

23.0

Fair

10 Unsure

• Use low-fat yogurt as a lower-calorie substitute for sour cream or mixed with seasonings and spices for a creamy salad dressing

17.8

55%

Do you think the U.S. economic system is fair or unfair?

21.2

Less than

More than dessert

12.4

Do upper-income Americans pay more or less than their fair share of federal income taxes?

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Healthy Living

19.5

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845.352.1400

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

SUMP PUMPS – KEEPING YOUR BASEMENT DRY Water in the basement can be a family’s worst nightmare. Aside from the financial consequences, standing water can cause structural damage, health hazards, and attract bugs and other critters. A sump pump is a necessity if your basement is prone to flooding in a rainstorm, or if your basement is below the level of sewer lines. However, almost any homeowner that has a below grade basement should consider having a sump pump installed as a precaution, because even an inch of water can do extensive damage. What is a Sump Pump? A sump pump is an electric pump that is installed in the basement of a home and used to pump water out of the basement. Sometimes water is drained into the house’s drainage pipe system and sometimes it is pumped outside. Sump pumps generally work in combination with a sump pit, a hole dug usually in the basement to collect water for pumping outside. Sump pumps are generally electric, but they should have a battery backup system in case the electricity goes out, which is somewhat likely given the circumstances of sump pump use. For this reason, some sump pumps don’t use electricity at all. They use the home’s pressurized water supply. It is imperative that the pump always work, otherwise the sump pit can overflow. If the pump is electric, a backup power supply system is needed in case the primary power system fails. Many sump pumps actually come with built-in backup battery supplies. In this way, the backup can pump water out of the house for several hours even without power. Types of Sump Pumps There are two types of sump pumps: a pedestal or upright style and a submersible style. The pedestal style sump pump sits above the sump pit and is easier to reach and maintain. The submersible sump pump actually goes down into the sump pit itself. This makes it more difficult to reach and maintain, but it is much quieter, and is therefore recommended for finished basements. Submersibles are sealed to prevent electrical short circuits when water collects in the pit. The pedestal sump pump is essentially a motor that is mounted on a small pedestal with a pipe running from the motor down to the bottom of the sump pit. It works much like a toilet. A float is attached to a separate metal rod connected to a switch on the pump. When the basement floods, the water starts to fill the sump pit. As

the water rises, the float rises until it gets high enough to switch on the sump pump. Water is then sucked up through the pipe and into another pipe of hose that leads to your septic system or sewer system. The pedestal sump pump motor is not designed to be under water. On the other hand, the submersible sump pump is just as it says, able to be submersed under water without doing damage to the unit. It does not have a connecting pipe that draws the water out. Instead the water is filtered right through the bottom of the sump pump. The advantage is that the bottom of the pump has a screen or filter that keeps out gravel or debris that could be sucked into the impeller of the pump. The impeller is the device that creates suction. Damaging this ruins the pump. The rising water level triggers this type of pump as well. Submersible pumps are generally more expensive and actually may have a shorter life span due to being in water all the time. There are many high quality pumps out there to choose from. These variations of brands and styles are offered in many price ranges. Depending on the size of the house and the general amount of water that comes into the basement, a professional can recommend the proper size for your home. Sump pumps can also come in cast iron or thermoplastic, which is nearly as strong, but much lighter. Backup Sump Pumps Backup pumps can be battery backup or waterpowered backup. Battery backups operate on 12-volt batteries. Water powered pumps use the concept of suction and are connected to the water system of the residence. Though the water-powered system is more expensive, it could prove to be the more effective solution over time. These types use water pressure to dictate if and when they should start operating, thus eliminating the worry of dead batteries, and can be more reliable. Things to Consider When Buying a Sump Pump When choosing a backup sump pump, or any sump pump, it is important to acquire products from a reliable manufacturer and choose

the right size for your home as it can affect performance of the system. Other important considerations include pump rating, expressed in gallons per hour; water usage efficiency with water powered pumps, (one gallon of water input usually sucks two gallons of wastewater); and floater action, (A backup system should not have electrical parts for the floater. It should be stable and must not easily rub against other parts). Other considerations include covers, alarms, ease of installation, and of course, the warranty. It all depends on the needs and preferences of the user. Properly maintained sump pumps should last anywhere between ten and fifteen years. General maintenance involves cleaning it out and removing any debris that might clog the pump. For submersibles, water needs to be run through it to check it for proper operation.

Though a sump pump is a simple device, it can be the best investment for your home you ever make.


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