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FEBRUARY 6 2013
lowey, zugibe, local officials talk gun control A. Moeller
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Winter Storm Watch Thursday Night Monsey
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for all of the Rockland region from late Thursday evening until Saturday morning. A winter storm will develop over the Great Lakes and northeast during the day on Friday and into the weekend. This storm will cover a large area and bring winter weather to areas throughout the northeast. Impact from the storm will be greatest in Eastern NY and Massachusetts,
from heavy snow and wind with steady rain further south along the coast. There is likelihood of 10-18 inches of snow on Friday afternoon into Saturday morning in the Rockland County area. On top of that 1/4″ of freezing rain is possible, Winds from the north 15 to 25 MPH with gusts up to 50 MPH and temperatures in the upper 20s.
Legendary Mayor of New York City Ed Koch Passes Away
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At a press conference last Thurs- 2011 shooting of then-Rep. Gaday in Haverstraw, Congress- brielle Giffords and others in Ariwoman Nita Lowey, local elected zona but not at the same rate as officials, law enforcement, and after the Newtown tragedy. Foleducational leaders urged federal lowing Newtown a Washington action to reduce gun violence. Post survey indicated the public There are roughly 300 million says it is now more likely to supplus firearms owned by civilians port some forms of gun control in the United States. That figure after the school massacre. is merely concluded from pro“It’s said that time heals all duction data from firearm manu- wounds, but time will never heal facturers, the overall number is the pain felt by the families of larger, and the question as to why Newtown. And we cannot let time anyone needs to own an assault heal the pain of our nation’s conweapon, was raised on Thursday sciousness until we have taken at the press conference responsibility and ends enacted legisDaylight saving time In the United States, support for lation to prevent such acts of gun 2 a.m. Sunday. gun control rose after last sum- at violence in the future.” said Lowmer's mass shooting at an Aurora, ey on Thursday. Page 11 set yourcont. clocks Colorado, theater and the January Remember “For tooto long,
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe addressing the crowd at Haverstraw Town Hall on the issues of gun control
Congresswoman Nita Lowey, District Attorney Thomas Zugibe, and Local Leaders Urge Federal Action to Reduce Gun Violence
Ed Koch passed away Friday morning of congestive heart failure at the age of 88. His health had flagged in recent weeks, with hospital visits to help combat fluid buildup around his lungs. Mayor Koch saved the City of New York from bankruptcy and in doing so restored the pride of New Yorkers. During his three terms as Mayor from 19781989, he restored fiscal stability to the City of New York, and he was responsible for placing the
City on a GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) balanced budget basis. He created a housing program which, over a ten-year
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Obama Seeks To 'make up' With Netanyahu After a long and chilly four years, Barack Obama hopes to reset his relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he makes his first trip to Israel as president this spring. Obama won’t be carrying any big new Mideast peace plans when he embarks on the trip, which will also include a stop in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, officials say. But repairing the relationship with Netanyahu, a key ally with whom Obama has often been at odds, could itself be a crucial step toward reopening a pathway to peace in the region Obama will stress the importance of getting the parties back to the negotiating table. But U.S. officials caution that no breakthroughs are expected to emerge during the president’s trip and reviving the peace process in the near term is not seen as realistic by the Obama administration. “That is not the purpose of this visit,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday. Despite the deep ties between the U.S. and Israel, traveling to Jerusalem is always a tricky prospect for American presidents, given that their visits often raise expectations for U.S.-brokered peace deals. Only four U.S. presidents have visited Israel since the country was formed: Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, who visited twice in the final year of his presidency.
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ongresswoman Lowey has stated that we need to reform the gun laws on a Federal level. These ideas that she brought to Rockland and hopes to bring to Congress soon, should save many lives. Although Governor Cuomo has been criticized for passing the new gun law too fast, we all know something needs to be done. As we have pointed out in the past; can a politician ever do anything without people complaining?
These changes to the law, are, as the president has said “common-sense reforms like requiring universal background checks.” The background of the gun seeker is vital. Do we want mentally ill people running around with access to weapons? The other main issue of this forum about safety in this country is that of mental health. Sound Mental Health is so important from a young age. The government need to encourage more Mental, or Behavioral Health professionals in schools. We need more Mental Health clinics, and more Mental Health services. In addition to the new changes in gun laws, significant changes to our Health Care system should come along improving the availability to access therapy.
letters to the editor ‘Ban fracking in New York’ Dear Editor, Sadly, in regards to fracking, it seems like Governor Cuomo is becoming as dishonest as the gas industry. In pushing to open New York to fracking, a process we know will endanger our health and pollute our environment, the governor appears to be sacrificing our health and safety for gas company profits. Ample evidence shows that fracking has contaminated drinking water and polluted the environment. In Pennsylvania, we've seen families who – before fracking came to town – had enjoyed clean water for decades. Now that drilling has invaded their communities, their water is no longer safe to drink, cook with, or shower in. The gas industry is trying to cover up these problems, and they continue to deny the damage fracking has done. It's clear that they have been, and will continue to be, dishonest.
the damage fracking will do? Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like Governor Cuomo cares. It looks like he's in such a hurry to rubber stamp fracking that he's cheating his own process. Fracking in New York could mean more than just the contamination of our drinking water. It would also mean the destruction of thousands of acres of family farms and forests. Some of our most beautiful rural and natural landscapes will be leveled as gas companies reap the benefits. Governor Cuomo – do the right thing. Ban fracking in New York. Alexandra Tsubota, Intern with Environment New York
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period, provided more than 150,000 units of affordable housing financed by City funds in the amount of $5.1 billion. He created for the first time in New York City a merit judicial selection system and selected some of the most outstanding public servants to serve in his administration. Prior to being Mayor, Mr. Koch served for nine years as a Congressman and two years as a member of the New York City Council. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said Mr. Koch had been so angry when he advised the mayor not to run for a fourth term in 1989 that Mr. Koch endorsed Mr. Schumer’s opponent, Alfonse M. D’Amato, an incumbent and a Republican, in 1998. As things turned out, Mr. Koch lost the Democratic primary to David N. Dinkins, who went on to defeat Rudolph W. Giuliani in the November election, and Mr. Schumer beat Mr. D’Amato. “I invited him to my swearing-in, and I said, ‘Let’s let bygones be bygones,’ ” Mr. Schumer said, “and we’ve been friends ever since.” Mr. Dinkins attended the service, as did former Mayor Giuliani, who as the United States attorney in Manhattan in the 1980s had pursued corruption cases that shook the Koch administration. But Mr. Koch was never implicated, and James F. Gill, a lawyer at a firm Mr. Koch joined after he was mayor, said Mr. Koch’s “most cherished possession was his reputation for honesty and integrity.” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and former President Bill Clinton chatted after the service. What they said is unknown, because reporters could not hear them. But as they
parted, Mr. Cuomo, who was housing secretary in the Clinton administration, said, “Nice to see you, Bill.” He put out his hand, saying, “Tell Hillary I said hello.” Hillary Rodham Clinton, who stepped down as secretary of state last week, is widely seen as a possible Democratic presidential candidate in 2016. So is Mr. Cuomo. Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, said that Mr. Koch had frequently offered her advice, but that “at the end of every conversation he would say, ‘Just do what you want, and if people don’t like it, just bleep ’em.’ ” Former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, who lost to Mr. Koch in the 1977 mayoral voting but defeated him five years later in the Democratic primary for governor, also attended the service, as did former Gov. George E. Pataki, the Republican who defeated the elder Mr. Cuomo in 1994. Mr. Koch was remembered for his life before City Hall — as a congressman from Manhattan — and for his life after, as a movie reviewer, author and political gadfly. Some in the crowd seemed surprised that the service lasted little more than an hour. “We were told not to speak long,” Mr. Clinton said. He held up a bundle of papers as if it were the text of the eulogy he was about to give.
Mayor Bloomberg and former mayors of NYC Rudolph W. Giuliani, David N. Dinkins, at the funeral Monday He assured the mourners it was not. “These are the letters I got from Ed Koch when I was president,” he said, recalling advice Mr. Koch had given him, solicited and unsolicited, on domestic issues like gun control and on foreign policy. “He had a big brain,” Mr. Clinton said, “but he had a bigger heart.” He was buried beneath a tombstone bearing the last words of slain journalist Daniel Pearl. “My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am
Jewish,” reads the inscription on Koch’s tombstone. The words were among the last uttered by Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, shortly before he was beheaded by Islamic militants in Pakistan in early 2002. The Algemeiner Journal points out that, it is noteworthy and fitting that the day of Koch’s passing, Feb 1st 2013 comes 11 years to the day after the brutal murder of Daniel Pearl. Ed Koch, 1924 - 2013
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S T AT E M E N T F R O M G O V E R NOR ANDREW M. CUOMO ON PASSING OF MAYOR ED KOCH
Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the passing of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch: “I am saddened by the passing of Mayor Ed Koch, a loyal friend, great supporter, remarkable public servant, and legendary New Yorker. Ed Koch’s contributions in Congress and as Mayor were pivotal in New York’s development into the vibrant, safe, prosperous, and one-of-a-kind city that we know today. Just earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend the moving tribute to his life of public service. Ed’s ability and enthusiasm for engaging and connecting with New Yorkers will not be forgotten, nor will his commitment to the U.S.Israel relationship. His family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.”
"With the passing of Ed Koch, New York has lost one of our most admired public leaders. Ed Koch embodied the highest ideals of public service and his life was dedicated toward making New York - the city and our state - a better place for all. From his days on the front lines of World War II, his time in Congress, to his leadership as Mayor guiding New York City through difficult years, Ed Koch never strayed from his unwavering commitment to serving others. "No New Yorker has - or likely ever will - voice their love for New York City in such a passionate and outspoken manner than Ed Koch. New York City would not be the place it is today without Ed Koch's leadership over three terms at City Hall. Mr. Mayor was never one to shy away from taking a stand that he believed was right, no matter what the polls said or what was politically correct. "Many times in my life I have turned to Ed Koch
for his advice and guidance. Just yesterday I spoke with the Mayor to wish him courage and strength, and let him know he was on all of our thoughts and prayers. I will miss his friendship, and we will all miss his perpetual optimism and tireless commitment to continually striving to improve our city, state, nation and world. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I send my condolences to his family and friends." STATEMENT BY SENATOR DAVID CARLUCCI ON THE PASSING OF NEW YORK CITY MAYOR ED KOCH "Today New York State has lost a true icon and hero in that of Mayor Ed Koch. Always outspoken on the critical issues and never afraid to speak his mind, Mayor Koch's passion for public service will sorely be missed. The Mayor has always been a true friend and an inspiration to me as an elected official. He will be remembered for making New York City and our entire state a better place to live."
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national & international news updates Standoff in Alabama Ends in Boy’s Rescue and Kidnapper’s Death FBI agents stormed an underground bunker in rural Alabama on Monday, rescuing a 5-yearold boy held hostage for nearly a week and leaving his kidnapper dead. After a standoff of more than six days, agents entered the bunker when they feared the child was in “imminent danger” at the hands of his abductor, who had killed a school bus driver, said Steve Richardson, special agent in charge in Mobile, Alabama. The kidnapper, identified as 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, had previously allowed authorities to deliver medication, coloring books and toys to the kindergarten student, who is due to celebrate his birthday on Wednesday.
“Mr. Dykes was observed holding a gun,” the FBI agent said. The standoff gripped a rural corner of southeast Alabama with dread, shuttering local schools and prompting prayers and vigils for the boy identified only as Ethan. Israel Hits Target In Syria Border Area Israel conducted an airstrike inside Syria overnight near the border with Lebanon, hitting a convoy of trucks, U.S. and regional officials said Wednesday. The regional officials said Israel had been planning in the days leading up to the airstrike to hit a shipment of weapons bound for the Islamist militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. They said the shipment included sophisticated, Russian-made SA-17 antiaircraft missiles, which would be strategically “game-changing” in the hands of Hezbollah.
But negotiations deteriorated in the 24 hours before agents entered the bunker, Richardson told a news conference.
Tobacco Companies Must Admit They Lied on Products, Ads U.S. tobacco companies including Altria Group Inc. (MO)’s Philip Morris USA were told by a judge they must publish warnings with their products, in advertisements and on their websites saying they lied to the public about the health hazards of smoking. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler in Washington yesterday ruled on the text of so-called corrective statements proposed by the Justice Department. According to the ruling, one states: “Tobacco companies intentionally designed cigarettes to make them more addictive.” Another says: “All cigarettes cause cancer, lung disease, heart attacks, and premature death.” The statements stem from the government’s 1999 case against the tobacco industry. In 2006, Kessler found the defendants, also including Reynolds American Inc. (RAI)’s R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and Lorillard Inc. (LO)’s Lorillard Tobacco, violated antiracketeering law by conspiring
to hide cigarettes’ risks. Kessler previously ordered the companies to stop marketing cigarettes as “light” and “low-tar” and to make statements about the health effects of smoking in newspapers and magazines and on materials attached to cigarette packages. Bloomberg Defends ProPalestinian Group's Right To Free Speech In a heated statement made to reporters at City Hall Wednesday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg voiced his support for an anti-Israel group’s right to stage a planned event at Brooklyn College, despite staunch opposition from many elected officials. According to the Daily News, Bloomberg criticized opponents of the event, saying that by turning the gathering into a controversy, they were only popularizing the event and further championed the group’s constitutional right to free speech. “If you want to go to a university where the government decides what kinds of subjects are fit
for discussion, I suggest you apply to a school in North Korea,” Bloomberg told reporters. 4 Arrested After Shoe Thrown At Iran's President Ahmadinejad Three Egyptians and a Syrian were detained on suspicion of trying to attack the Iranian president at another mosque, security sources said. They were held overnight but released on bail of 500 Egyptian pounds ($75) each on Wednesday. Video footage shot by a Turkish cameraman appeared to show a bearded man trying twice to throw a shoe at Ahmadinejad as he was mobbed by well-wishers on leaving the Hussein mosque. The president was not hit but was hustled to his car by security men, stopping to wave before he was driven away. The security sources said the three Egyptians held were all members of the al-Gamaa alIslamiya, a hardline Islamist group that took up arms against the state in the 1990s but has moved into mainstream politics since Mubarak was toppled.
Albany & washington news briefs President says automatic budget cuts would hurt national defense President Obama called on Congress Tuesday to avoid a series of automatic budget cuts next month by passing a short-term budget plan this month. "Deep indiscriminate cuts to things like education and training, energy, and national security will cost us jobs, and it will slow down our recovery." Obama said during brief remarks at the White House. Facing a March 1 deadline, Obama called for "a small package" of spending cuts and tax revenue increases as a short-term stopgap to delay the series of automatic cuts known as "the sequester." Senate Committee May Delay Vote On Hagel Confirmation The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services committee said on Wednesday the panel’s vote on Chuck Hagel’s confirmation as President Barack Obama’s next Pentagon chief has not been scheduled because some in his party want more information. Senator Carl Levin, the committee’s Democratic chairman, had said after Hagel’s contentious confirmation hearing last week
that he hoped the panel would vote on Thursday. Senator James Inhofe, the senior Republican on the panel, said Republicans wanted more information on issues including Hagel’s finances. Silver Will Side With DiNapoli On Pension Smoothing For the moment, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is declining to choose sides in the fight over pension smoothing, which has divided his former Democratic conference member, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But he’s also making clear that he believes DiNapoli – not the governor – gets the final word on this subject as the sole trustee of the state pension fund. president praised koch President Barack Obama says Ed Koch was an “extraordinary mayor” and an “irrepressible character.” The president and Michelle Obama offered thoughts and prayers Friday to Koch’s loved ones, and to all of New York City. In a statement, Obama praised Koch’s role in overseeing New York’s economic re-
newal. The president says Koch expanded affordable housing and extended opportunity to more of New York City’s residents. He says Koch’s energy, personality and commitment enlivened public discourse ranging from civic issues to Israel. Hundreds of New Yorkers tell Gov. Cuomo: 'Not One Fracking Well' Following the Department of Environmental Conservation testimony at Monday's joint legislative budget hearing, hundreds of New Yorkers rallied on the Capitol's Million Dollar Staircase to speak out against high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York state. "It is not too late Governor Cuomo," said Dr. Sandra Steingraber, founder of Concerned Health Professionals of New York. "We don't know everything about the health effects of fracking, but emerging data gives us reason for concern … People of New York, deserve and demand a real health study. Not a last minute, improvised, book report. We deserve transparency and participation." Those who spoke at the event called out to Cuomo, demanding that a health re-
view being conducted by the Department of Health be released for public comment and participation. Medical Examiner Dr. Charles Hirsch working Since '89 Retires New York City’s long-serving medical examiner is retiring. Dr. Charles Hirsch was appointed in 1989 by then-Mayor Ed Koch, who recently died. The 75-year-old has investigated thousands of deaths, from the 2001 World Trade Center attack to the 1990 flash fire at the Happy Land Social Club in the Bronx that killed 87 people. Governor Christie: 'Doing best I can to lose weight' A day after poking fun at his weight New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he takes the subject seriously even if his efforts to lose pounds aren't noticeable. "There's a plan," the Republican said Tuesday about losing weight at his weekly news conference. "The idea that somehow I don't care about this — of course I care about it. I'm making the best effort I can, and sometimes I'm successful and other times I'm not, and sometimes periods of great success are followed by great periods of failure."
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rockland & regional Assemblywoman RABBITT SEEKS TO REPEAL GUN CONTROL LAWS Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R,I,CGreenwood Lake) last week announced her online petition to repeal the gun control laws enacted through the NY S.A.F.E. Act. “The Executive Budget proposes $36 million to create the database of lawful gun owners in our state – like many of my constituents, I believe there are a lot of better uses for $36 million in taxpayer funds,” said the Assemblywoman. “Instead of investing in anti-violence measures or initiatives to get illegal guns off our street, like gun buy-back programs, we are spending taxpayer dollars to keep tabs on lawful citizens. If we want to improve public safety we should, instead, be working to reduce violence and limit criminals’ access to illegal weapons.” In addition to the new laws infringing on the Constitutional Rights of law-abiding citizens, Assemblywoman Rabbitt pointed to the plethora of technical problems and confusion surrounding the new laws as further evidence as to why the laws should be repealed. East Ramapo school district wins lawsuit against Attorney General's Office A lawsuit filed by the East Ramapo school district against the state Attorney
General’s Officeis settled. The district had challenged Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s request last year that East Ramapo officials waive their attorneyclient privilege and allow the state agency to review internal communications related to controversial sales of two public school buildings.
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The settlement reached Monday, allows the district can keep its acting lawyer and it has no obligation to waive attorneyclient privilege, Board n President Daniel Schwartz said Tuesday. American Airlines-US Airways Merger Near, Sources Say A merger agreement between American Airlines and US Airways is close to being reached, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. According to WFAA.com, a finalized deal could likely be announced next week. The merger would create the world's largest airline. Last month, the Associated Press revealed details about what a merger could look like: Thomas Horton, the CEO of American parent AMR Corp., is in talks about becoming chairman if his company merges with US Airways, The Wall Street Journal reported, adding to indications that a deal could be close. The newspaper, citing people familiar with the matter, said the talks were still in flux and that Horton could wind up in some other role such as vice chairman if there is a merger.
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blood. When the heart beats, it creates pressure that pushes blood through a network of tube-shaped arteries and veins, also known as blood vessels and capillaries. The pressure --- blood pressure --- is the result of two forces. The first force occurs as blood pumps out of the heart and into the arteries that are part of the circulatory system. The second force is created as the heart rests between heart beats. (These two forces are each represented by numbers in a blood pressure reading. The problems from too much force. Healthy arteries are made of muscle and a semi-flexible tissue that stretches like elastic when the heart pumps blood through them. The more forcefully that blood pumps, the more the arteries stretch to allow blood to easily flow. Over time, if the force of the blood flow is often high, the tissue that makes up the walls of arteries gets stretched beyond its healthy limit. This creates problems in several ways. Vascular weaknesses First, the overstretching creates weak places in the blood vessels, making them more prone to rupture. Problems such as strokes and aneurysms are caused by ruptures in the blood vessels. Vascular scarring Second, the overstretching can cause tiny tears in the blood vessels that leave scar tissue on the walls of arteries and veins. These tears and the scar tissue are like nets, and can catch debris such as cholesterol, plaque or blood cells traveling in the bloodstream.
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High Blood Pressure You have the power to lower your blood pressure and live a healthy, full life. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, raises your risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and damage to your eyes. This worksheet will give you tips on how to eat less salt, check your blood pressure at home, and learn about your medicines.
Know your blood pressure numbers What do these numbers mean?
157 /_____ 98 _____ Systolic (upper): This is the amount of pressure it takes for the heart to squeeze blood to the body.
Diastolic (lower): This is the amount of pressure when the heart is relaxed and filling with blood.
Less than 120 and less than 80
120-139 and 80-89
High blood pressure
140 or higher or 90 or higher
Write your recent numbers here: _____ / _____
Eat less salt Eating less salt can help lower your blood pressure. Salt is also called sodium on food labels. Try to eat no more than 1500mg of sodium a day. 1 teaspoon of salt has 2300mg of sodium. Don’t add salt to food while cooking or eating.
How to read a food label: 1. Look at the serving size and servings per container. This can has 2 servings. 2. Look at the mg of sodium. In this can, a 1 cup serving has 400mg of sodium. This whole can has 800mg of sodium.
Check off the things you will do:
Foods to avoid:
Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
• Fast food like pizza, tacos, burritos, cheeseburgers, fries, and fried chicken
Cook with fresh herbs and spices or use vinegars and lemon juice for flavor. Rinse canned foods like vegetables, beans, and tuna with water to remove salty liquid. For salads, choose oil and vinegar. When eating out, ask for dressing on the side. When shopping, choose reduced sodium, low sodium, light sodium, or sodium free foods.
• Ham, bacon, corned beef, hot dogs, sausage, salt pork, packaged meats, and cheese • Salty foods in cans and jars like pickles, sauces, dips, salad dressings, soups, and broths • Packaged foods like salty snacks and chips, mixes for sauces, rice and noodle meals • Frozen meals and foods that contain soy sauce or are marinated, smoked, or cooked in broth
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cut HTNoff altogether. As this happens, pressure English_5_2.indd 1 is increased on the rest of the system, forcing the heart to work harder to deliver blood to your body. Additionally, if pieces of plaque break off and travel to other parts of the body, or if the buildup completely blocks the vessel, then heart attacks and strokes occur. Tissue and organ damage from narrowed and blocked arteries Ultimately, the arteries on the other side of Increased plaque build-up the blockage do not receive enough freshly The same principle applies to our oxygenated blood, which results in tissue blood flow. Cholesterol and plaque damage. build-up in the arteries cause the blood flow to become limited or even Increased workload on the circulatory Increased risk of blood clots Trapped blood can form clots that can narrow (and sometimes block) the arteries. These clots sometimes break off and block vessels and the blood supply to different parts of the body. When this happens, heart attacks or strokes are often the result.
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system 5/2/12 12:17 PM Think of it this way: In a home where several faucets are open and running, the water pressure flowing out of any one faucet is lower. But when pipes get clogged and therefore narrow, the pressure is much greater. And if all the household water is flowing through only one faucet, the pressure is higher still. When the arteries are not as elastic because of the build-up of cholesterol or plaque or because of scarring, the heart pumps harder to get blood into the arteries. Over time, this increased work can result in damage to the heart itself. The muscles and valves
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Behavioral Health Stigma Written by Naomi Franklin LMSW
A recent joke notes, “Half of America is on anti depressants…. and the other half ought to be!” While this may be an exaggeration, it does indicate the lessening of the stigma towards the illness of depression. It is important for all of us in the community to be aware that someone suffering from a behavioral health disorder can not “just snap out of it”, any more than a physically ill person could snap out of their diabetes. Medical and Behavioral treatment can reduce or eliminate symptoms and improve functioning. Similarly, just as we all might know physical ailments like diabetes, colitis, etc, can flare out of control at times despite medical treatment, so too an emotional illness may sometimes be challenging to control. Many may be okay with taking medication, but avoid talk therapy. Research shows that talk therapy together with medication when necessary works better than either one alone when medication is called for. Sadly, some stereotypes still persist. Many of our fears have been borne out of ignorance and need to be done away with. For instance, behavioral illness has no relationship with intelligence, and there have been people with a near genius I.Q. who have suffered mental disorders. A person suffering needs our understanding, not our fear or anger. Almost all people have the capability to be violent, and people with behavioral health issues do not have the corner on that market. Every human being
deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. As important as it is for a person with an emotional disorder to get the proper treatment, it is equally important for family members to get support and overcome any shame they may feel. behavioral health illness, from mild to severe, is unfortunately common enough that most friends or neighbors may know or have known someone else who has suffered from this problem.
PROJECT OHR Department of Behavioral Health
The emotional energy it takes to keep the condition a secret is better spent ensuring that both the identified patient with the emotional disorder, and family members, gets the best treatment possible and emotional support respectively to help them deal with their stress from the situation.
Seymour Kushnir, MD ADULT PSYCHIATRY Zvi Weisstuch, MD ADULT and Child PSYCHIATRY
And just as someone with a physical ailment may need extended rehab or treatments, so too the family needs to be committed to investing the time and energy it takes to give various treatments a fair try, which can range from weeks to many months, or even years. It is so very difficult living with and /or caring for a family member with a disability or illness, and can be stressful. If you know someone battling a behavioral health disorder or who is living with a family member who is, do your part and extend your kind words and understanding to them to lighten their burden and lend them support and encourage them to get professional help if necessary!
We now know that behavioral health disorders are not due to personal weakness, and in fact have a biological basis. These illnesses can be treated like any other health condition with a number and variety of evidence based pharmacological and behavioral treatments. However, some people still feel there is a stigma that exists. This can have many harmful effects, such as: •
People may try to pretend that nothing is wrong
Families may feel so much shame they won’t help a family member get necessary treatment.
Rejection by family and friends
People who would benefit from treatment refuse to seek it
Inadequate health insurance coverage of behavioral disorders
Family members who may need support don’t get needed help
School or work problems
Individual, Couple Child & Family Therapy Malka Harris Susswein LCSW, Clinical Director Project Ohr, Individual and Family Therapist Gelly Asovski LCSW, Play Therapist Sharon Kronenberg LCSW, Individual Therapist Adults Chana Simmonds LCSW, Family and Individual Therapist- Adults
Gila Zelinger LCSW, Family and Individual Therapist, Teens and Adults
Please call Project Ohr at 352- 6800 ext 6849 for an appointment, and confidential consultation.
Rabbi Aryeh Frankel LMSW, Individual & Couples Therapist, Teens & Adults
Did you know ... • One in four people report they’ve missed work as a result of work-related stress. • Workplace environments have a greater effect on employee stress levels than the number of hours employees work. • Seventy-five percent of visits to doctors’ offices concern stress-related ailments. • Chronic stress can double a person’s risk of having a heart attack. • Stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide. • In a typical workplace with 20 employees, four will likely develop a mental illness this year. • Mental health conditions are the second leading cause of workplace absenteeism. • People who have untreated mental health issues use more general health services than those who seek mental health care when they need it.
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 Gitty Kleinman,
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Diets lean on meat and rich in healthy fats like olive oil were most effective at promoting weight loss and lowering blood sugar among people with diabetes in a review of evidence from the last 10 years.
"If you look at different types of diets, these four can improve various aspects of diabetes control," lead author Dr. Olubukola Ajala, a diabetes specialist at Western Sussex Hospitals in the UK, told Reuters Health.
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Mediterranean diet may be best for diabetes
Benefits were also seen with diets low in carbohydrates, high in protein or low in simple sugars.
More than 24 million Americans have type 2 diabetes. People with the disease cannot store glucose in their cells effectively, and their blood sugar levels can go dangerously high. Lifestyle changes like weight loss and cutting calorie intake can improve blood sugar control and reduce the risk of complications from the disease, but it has not been clear which diet plans work best.
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Ajala and her colleagues reviewed the results of 20 studies comparing the effect of seven popular diets on adults with type 2 diabetes. Mediterranean diets, lowcarb diets, high-protein diets and low glycemic index diets - which rank foods by how quickly their carbs turn into glucose - all lowered participants' blood sugar. A Mediterranean-style diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables and legumes, whole grains, fish, and using olive oil and herbs in place of butter and salt. Saturated fats from red meat and dairy products are typically less than eight percent of total calories consumed.
A beneficial bean
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.
Studies show that drinking coffee may reduce the risk of developing type 2, or adult onset, diabetes, which affects about 315 million people worldwide.
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.
• Drinking coffee increases blood levels of SHGB, a protein that regulates the hormones testosterone and estrogen, believed to play a part in the development of type 2 diabetes
"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
Health in four cups
• Women who drank four cups of caffeinated coffee daily had higher levels of SHBG and were less than half as likely as nondrinkers to develop the disease © 2012 MCT Source: UCLA News, World Health Organization, MCT Photo Service
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.
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Being Under the Gun Can Shoot Down Potential Eliezer Vilinsky, M.A. Miryam Vilinsky, M.Ed. EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES © 2012 All rights reserved. Permission to print granted to The Advocate The issue There is the age-old question about which is the better way to learn. Is it better to memorize or is better to conceptualize? Memorize means to press facts into memory as they are. Just keep stuffing them in until your mental hard drive is full. Of course, review is required to keep them there, but that entails reviewing the list of facts as they are. Conceptualizing requires processing. The learner has to bring meaning to the facts and uses a host of associative and conceptual tools to fully understand the facts. Facts that make sense can then be remembered via their background or associations. Let’s look at math, for example. Young children spend years in school memorizing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. They slave away at getting those facts under their belts so that they can rapidly pull them out of memory and into action. Basic math facts are indispensable because they are needed to form the foundation for higher math. Most children walk through the facts and add each one to their memorized collection. Groupings of numbers and clever rhymes help ease the task. Conceptualizers need to understand how a math fact works in order to remember it. It is easier for these children to remember that six plus six equals twelve by first adding two fives, which they know equal ten, and then add two more. They develop a conceptual system for processing numbers. Each time that they need to add two sixes, they retrace their steps through the conceptual map that they’ve drawn in their memory. This does not negate the eventual rote memorization of math facts. If you follow any procedure enough times, it grows on you and you remember it. The difference is that these youngsters need to do the initial learning conceptually in order to be able to remember. Is one way of learning better than the other, or should we just dismiss the difference as “different strokes for different folks?” The wow factor: There is a recent study from Ontario, Canada that wishes to highlight the difference between those who have their math facts at the tips of their fingers and those who do not and who need to calculate them each time they need them. The researchers connected a device that measures brain activity to high school students as they solved basic single-digit arithmetic problems. They also analyzed their math scores on their Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Tests (PSAT), which are pre-college competency exams that include a higher math skills component. Since higher math relies on lower math,
the Canadian research group concluded that higher PSAT scores must be linked to higher arithmetic ability. They found out that students who performed well on their basic arithmetic test used the part of their brain that retrieves facts from memory storage. Those are the students who also scored well on the math part of their PSAT’s. Students, whose brain reading showed use of the numerical processing center, what we call conceptualizing, did not perform as well on the arithmetic test and on their math PSAT’s. The easy takeaway from this study is that rote fact memorization is superior. Our take on the issue: Yes, that would be an easy conclusion, but also a poor one in our opinion. The one thing that does stand out as true is that fact retrievers work faster than fact reasoners or mental calculators. Before we go further, let’s qualify one point. As we mentioned earlier, even conceptualizers eventually resort to rote memorization and retrieval. They may just do so later in time than those who immediately exercise rote memorization and retrieval. Administer the tests four years later. Is it possible that by then the lower performing students will have shifted their arithmetic fact-retrieving to the fact-retrieval region of their brain? Maybe. What is more important is that both the arithmetic exam designed by the Ontario folks and the American PSAT’s are timed tests. If we need to administer those tests at their assigned times, which is usually mid-high school, then the results will ring true as reported. However, not all of life is timed or under the gun. Remove the limited time element and you may find a whole different set of results. The fact of the matter is that some people do solve problems and other things differently that others. So be it. And some people take more time to reach their goal as they use their preferred style. So be it. Tell us, if a scientific research center discovered a unique genius who takes inordinate amounts of time to ply his trade, would they accept him or reject him? We would bet that he would be accepted, embraced, and paid a super bonus every December.
We may lose a science genius in the process. Our professional advice: We should sort out the conceptualizers from the rote-memorizers and note who they are. Not so that we can honor one over the other, but so that we can support each according to his needs. This is a
plea for untimed tests for those who lose out because of them. Some of our government educational testing agencies make allowances for untimed testing, but only if a student wants to identify himself as disabled. If timing is important, then start tests with timing, and then halt everyone when the time is up. Collect the answer sheets at that point, note where each student reached on the test, distribute fresh answer sheets, and then allow all students to continue until completed. Then you will have your timed results plus true competency results. Is such a procedure too complicated? We don’t think so, but if you do, come up with an alternative that suits you. At least you get the idea. Don’t deny children the ability to prove themselves due to unfair procedures. We may lose a science genius in the process.
The bottom line: All children have their personal strengths, weaknesses, and learning preferences. As parents and educators we have the responsibility to support those strengths and preferences and remediate those weaknesses. We should never throw out the baby with the bath water and lose good stuff because we set a standard that does not fit how a child completes a task.
If a task demands timed compliance, so be it. But if not, don’t let irrelevant criteria decide acceptance or rejection. Boosting children via their strengths is the best way 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. Please call for details.
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onsey Family Medical Center scored the highest ratings for several benchmarks in quality health care. We scored # 1 in the region in Diabetes Control.
Health Center: Community Medical and dental Care, Inc. Hudson River HealthCare Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Open Door Family Medical Center Inc. Refuah Health Center New York State health centers (AVG.)
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Hypertension low birth Childhood Cervical cancer control weight immunization screening 90.00% 2.96% 88.57% 97.14% 60.49% 6.71% 81.43% 41.87% 70.00% 4.68% 85.71% 60.00% 67.65% 2.68% 86.18% 69.50% 75.71% 4.83% 10.71% 47.14% 64.40% 7.18% 70.10% 61.60% Source: U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration
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lowey, zugibe, local officials talk gun control ,
we have viewed these tragic acts of violence as inevitable or normal. They are neither.” "Last month's tragic school shooting must serve as a catalyst to demand common sense federal action that will stop the gun violence plaguing our communities. It's sad that such a horrific act will finally force our nation's leaders to make sensible changes to our gun laws and regulations. We owe it to the 26 Newtown victims - and, to the eight children and teens who die each day from guns in our nation," said District Attorney Zugibe. David Fried, now running for County Executive said, "As a Judge, I had witnessed families torn apart by gun violence and watched career criminals and first time offenders attempt to abuse a system full of holes and antiquated priorities. We need a real investment in mental health, providing help and hope to those in need of both, from all levels of government willing and able to make that monetary investment," Fried concluded.
Opinion on gun control debate There is public support for many gun policy proposals, according to a new Pew poll. Favor
• Background checks for private and gun show sales
• Prevent people with mental illness from buying guns
16 • Federal database to track gun sales
30 • Armed security guards/ police in more schools
32 • Ban on semi-automatic weapons
39 • Ban on assault style weapons
40 • Ban on high capacity ammunition clips
42 • Ban on online sale of ammunition
44 • More teachers and school officials with guns in schools
57 Source: Pew Research Center poll of 1,502 adults, Jan. 9-13, 2013; margin of error: +/- 2.9 percentage points Graphic: Judy Treible © 2013 MCT
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Governor Cuomo, a self-described most popular provision in the gun owner, and the first governor to president’s new legislative agenda, sign a gun law said the December 14 according to national polls. He Newtown tragedy spurred lawmak- drove home that point, framing ers to action and called it a "common it as a common-sense reform that sense" measure before enacting what Americans want. He’ll need to get are widely seen as America's toughest the background checks through gun laws. "You can overpower the ex- Congress. Obama is still hoping tremists with intelligence and common for magazine limits and assaultsense," he said before inking the deal weapons bans. in Albany. The laws strengthen New In addition to local gun laws, York's existing assault weapons ban, Lowey called on Congress to imlimit the number of bullets allowed in mediately take concrete steps that magazines and strengthen rules that would help reduce gun violence in govern the mentally ill, which includes the United States, including: a requirement to report potentially harmful behavior. Republicans noted ·Strengthening the background at the time the law passed pointed to check system to limit easy access what they said are flaws in the law’s to firearms; language, including whether there is ·Banning high capacity magazines; a carve-out provision for law enforceEliminating the gun show loopment. hole; and But why is gun ownership so popular right now? Dylan Skirloff, editor of the Reinstating the ban on assault Rockland County Times, who brought weapons. the gun map controversy in Rockland “Responsible gun owners exerto a national level, (thanks in part to cising their constitutionally protected Hillburn Mayor Bernard Jackson the Journal New’s exploitation of gun Local leaders who joined Congresswoman Lowey in calling for commonsense owners) told the Advocate “For the most part it's the law of supply and steps to reduce gun violence in the United States included: Haverstraw Village demand --- they fear the government Mayor Michael Kohut; Nyack Mayor Jen White; Rockland County District Attorwill shrink the supply, so that is in- ney Thomas Zugibe; Haverstraw Town Supervisor Howard Phillips; Haverstraw creasing demand. Also, it's a political Police Chief Charles Miller; West Haverstraw Mayor John Ramundo; Rockland statement that people don't want to be County Legislature Chairwoman Harriet Cornell; Marian Breland of the Havertold what to do.” straw Community Center; Airmont Mayor Veronica Boesch; Hillburn Mayor Ber“The Journal News added some fuel nard Jackson; Kaser Mayor Bernard Rosenfeld; Ileane Eckert, Superintendent of to the fire on a national level,” he con- Schools, Haverstraw-Stony Point; and Laura Kreeger Neil of One Million Moms tinued, “but that has died down since for Gun Control. they took the map off the Internet. Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato said in the month that the Journal News rights are not the problem. The easy Act, which would end the gun show map was up, pistol permit applications availability of the deadliest weapons loophole that allows the purchase at quadrupled their usual rate. This may in the hands of dangerous people is the gun shows with no background check have been because people did not want problem. It is a threat to the safety of If the National Rifle Association's plan to be listed as NOT having a gun or it our communities we can no longer tol- to curb violence was, in part, arming may have been a case of the Journal erate,” added Lowey. “I am proud that school employees with guns, President News giving prime advertising to the under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, gun industry, unintentionally becoming New York is leading Haverstraw, the state and the nation the way in enacting the NRA's best sales reps.” strong gun safety desperately need more control over Regardless of the paper's right to com- measures. But as pile that information and release it long as other states who can obtain guns, and what kinds of publicly, the question is what purpose play by a differit served. Senator Chuck Schumer has ent set of rules, the guns the average citizen can possess. said, "moderate gun owners have be- federal government Reasonable and rational gun control come convinced by the NRA ... that must act to keep the the goal of all gun-safety advocates is deadliest weapons can be a reality,” said Michael Kohut, to take away their guns. These owners out of the hands of Haverstraw Village Mayor and member view even the most reasonable gun- the most dangerous of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns safety proposals with suspicion, fear- individuals.” ing a slippery slope to a ban on firearms. This paranoia is what gives the Lowey also noted that in addition to Obama wants to arm them with somegun lobby its power." In any event, if mass shootings such as the tragedy thing quite different: mental health the Journal’s concern is gun violence, in Newtown, Connecticut, every day training. The president's plan centers publishing a map that singles out gun in the United States an average of 34 largely on training teachers and othowners would seem to be counterpro- people are killed as a result of gun vio- ers who work with children, teens and young adults to recognize mental illlence. ductive. ness as it's developing. In fact a New York State court's ruling Congresswoman Lowey has been a Tuesday that the addresses of gun own- longstanding voice for federal action to The president has pointed out; “I need ers must be redacted in Freedom of In- reduce gun violence. As a strong pub- everybody who’s listening to keep the formation Law requests makes the map lic safety advocate, she is a longtime pressure on your member of Congress of gun permit holders published by the supporter of the Brady Bill to estab- to do the right thing." House Democrats Journal News pretty much impossible lish background checks for individuals will unveil 15 proposals for curbing to recreate. The state's new gun laws purchasing firearms. Congresswoman gun violence that resemble President had made it possible for individual Lowey is also a supporter of the Stop Barack Obama’s plan and will include permit holders to ask for their names Online Ammunition Sales Act, which a call for banning assault weapons, and addresses to be removed from the would require face-to-face sale of am- those familiar with the package said state's database, but this decision says munition; the Large Capacity Feeding Wednesday. Device Act, which would reinstate the the addresses, at least, ban on high-capacity ammunition feedUniversal background checks are the ing devices; and the Fix Gun Checks
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salt is in un-expected places Nine out of 10 American adults consume too much salt and the leading culprit is not potato chips or popcorn but slices of bread and dinner rolls, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has said.
salt intake. A single slice of white bread could contain as many as 230 milligrams of salt, according to the CDC. High salt intake can raise blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease and stroke. the CDC said.
Forty-four percent of salt consumed can be linked to 10 types of foods, CDC said. Bread and rolls lead the list followed by cold cuts and cured meat, pizza, poultry, soups, sandwiches, cheese, pasta dishes, meat dishes and snacks such as pretzels and potato chips.
The average American consumes 3,266 milligrams of salt daily, not counting salt added at the table, which is far above the recommended 2,300 milligrams, the CDC said.
Bread may not have much salt in a single serving, but when eaten several times a day can raise daily
For six out of 10 Americans, including those who are over age 51 or have high blood pressure or diabetes, 1,500 milligrams is the recommended daily salt limit.
Tylenol may Worsen Asthma For children
Parents and doctors around the world have been alarmed by the dramatic increase in childhood asthma. One factor in the upswing is better detection by doctors, but at least one doctor thinks a common over-thecounter drug also has something to do with it. All the studies he looked at showed a link between asthma and acetaminophen. The more acetaminophen somebody takes, the more likely it is that they
have asthma. Also, there's an incredible consistency. Everybody around the world who's looked for this association has been able to find it. In asthma, the airways of the lungs get blocked by mucous that leads to wheezing and shortness of breath. The rise in asthma has closely paralleled the increased use of acetaminophen. There are no scientific studies proving the medication causes asthma, but experts say it may make asthma worse in kids who already have it.
The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion, the financially struggling agency says. In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August. The move accentuates one of the agency’s strong points — package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the
delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use. Under the new plan, mail would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays.
Large Sugary Drinks to be Banned Soon in City Opponents are pressing to delay enforcement of the city’s novel plan to crack down on supersized, sugary drinks, saying businesses shouldn’t have to spend millions of dollars to comply until a court rules on whether the measure is legal. With the rule set to take effect March 12, beverage industry, restaurant and other business groups have asked a judge to put it on hold at least
until there’s a ruling on their lawsuit seeking to block it altogether. The measure would bar many eateries from selling high-sugar drinks in cups or containers bigger than 16 ounces. City lawyers are fighting the lawsuit and oppose postponing the restriction, which the city Board of Health approved in September. They said Tuesday they expect to prevail.
Job market in holding pattern U.S. unemployment rate has plateaued and job growth has slowed as companies rely on temporary workers.
Net gain in jobs (In thousands) 300
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amp homes are often uncomfortable and pose serious health risks. Health risks associated with dampness include illnesses resulting from mold spores, mites and bacteria. Spores and mites may enter your home as a result of dampness. A damp atmosphere is the perfect home for bacteria, mites and spores because it fosters growth. Bacteria, spores and mites can all harm the respiratory system and potentially the nervous system. Respiratory problems are manifest by coughing, sneezing, wheezing and labored breathing. Research has recently indicated that mold can cause depression either because of chronic headaches or because of the type of atmosphere mold generally grows in. (If you suspect you have a mold problem or a potential mold problem due to a damp home, seek confirmation from an inspector or health specialist.) Your geographical area may be a predictor and contributor to a damp home. If you live in a particularly humid or rainy area, your chances of having a damp home increase significantly. Check with your local government office or public library for information on the humidity and rainfall in your town. Damp homes often have an influx of water from the outside because of a leak in the foundation of the home or because of a leak in a window
or door. Two key indicators of where water is entering from the outside are water tides on paint or white salt deposits on brick. There are three main tactics for preventing dampness in the home. The first thing you should do is find the source of your leak or influx of water. Once you have properly identified the source of your problem it is time to seal the deal. If a window is the culprit, you may need to apply additional rubber caulking to keep out moisture. If your problem lies in the foundation of your home, you may need to seek the help of a construction crew. The next item of business is increasing or improving the insulation of your home. Increasing insulation will require the aid of properly trained individuals, so check out your yellow pages. The last major step in reducing dampness is increasing ventilation (air flow). During the day, you may create a cross breeze in your home by opening windows opposite each other in a room. Beyond these major, necessary steps you may also consider limiting boiling time of water (this releases water in the air), covering saucepans when cooking and discontinuing use of portable gas heaters. If you spot mold or continue sensing a musty, damp feeling in your home seek professional help.
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Bernanke Voiced Alarm Over Credibility of Ratings Firms
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Federal Reserve policy makers including Chairman Ben S. Bernanke voiced alarm in August 2007 over a loss of investor confidence in ratings companies, warning that the declining credibility could worsen market turmoil. “There is an information fog” that “is very much associated with the loss of confidence in the credit-rating agencies,” Bernanke said at a meeting on Aug. 7, 2007. The firms’ “credibility has been shot” and “it is much harder to see that this market will unwind itself in a rather kind and comforting environment,” said Kevin Warsh, then a Fed Governor. The 2007 transcripts
of the Federal Open Market Committee, released last month, open a window onto how Fed officials viewed ratings companies during the end of the period that is the focus of a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit against McGraw-Hill Cos. and its Standard & Poor’s unit. The Justice Department filed a civil complaint yesterday in Los Angeles accusing McGraw-Hill and S&P of three types of fraud, the first federal case against a ratings company for grades related to the credit crisis. The U.S. is seeking as much as $5 billion in penalties in punishment for inflated credit ratings that Attorney General Eric Holder said were central to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
The Federal Reserve extended its time frame for keeping rates at record lows to at least late 2014 to help support a stronger recovery.
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Where are your finger muscles?
The muscles that bend your knee are inside your leg, and the muscles that bend your elbow are inside your arm, but do you know where to find the muscles that move your fingers and make them hold things?
The muscles that move your fingers and thumb are in your forearm, not your hand
Watch your hand and arm as you bend your index (pointer) finger and straighten it several times
Did you see anything move?
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Roll up your right sleeve to your elbow and hold up your arm so you are looking at the palm of your hand
Thin cords called tendons connect your fingers to those muscles
Tendons on the back of your hand help straighten your fingers, and tendons in the palm of your hand help curl the fingers
With the fingers of your left hand, feel your arm just below your wrist as you move your index finger
Did you feel anything move?
Watch and feel your arm as you move each of your fingers and thumb
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living tips Fisher-Price recall: Almost a million baby sleepers from Fisher-Price have been recalled due to concerns about mold. Fisher-Price Inc has announced a recall of about 800,000 infant recliner seats. If you see mold growing on the seat, stop using it immediately, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday.
cliner seats for mold under the seat cushion, the CPSC said in a statement on its website. Consumers can call the company for cleaning instructions or further help if mold is found, it said. Seats in stores were not included in the announcement.
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'Canned Fresh Air' Product for Sale As Pollution Worsens In Beijing, China China's Chen Guangbiao, the eccentric millionaire philanthropist known as much for his wacky charitable endeavors as for his generous humanitarian deeds, is reportedly making a killing in his "canned fresh air" business venture.
Chen, a millionaire believed to be one of China's richest individuals, recently began selling canned fresh air in response to Beijing's ever-worsening air pollution problem. Offered in a variety of flavors, such as "pristine Tibet" and "post-industrial Taiwan," the air is being sold for about 5 Chinese Yuan ($0.80) a can. "Every day, we are inhaling the exhaust fumes of cars," Chen told China's Sina News last year of his canned air idea. "And now we have pollutionfree air to sell -- a benefit to everyone's health and longevity." Though Chen's idea was initially seen by some as an outlandish publicity stunt or a mere novelty, it appears that his promise of fresh, clean air has become irresistible to many urbanites, wrapped this week in an unusually thick blanket of toxic smog. On Friday, Want China Times reported that Chen has sold "more than 8 million cans" of fresh air
over the past 10 days, as particularly poor air quality has been forcing residents of several cities in China, including Beijing, to seek protection indoors or behind surgical masks. The severe air pollution has reportedly also caused a spike in patients suffering from respiratory diseases. This week, the Toronto Star reported that air pollution had reached "hazardous" levels in China's capital, causing the cancellation of flights and the shutdown of factories. The newspaper, quoting the American embassy in China, wrote the following on Tuesday: Peak levels of PM2.5 -- microscopic particulate matter that can embed deep into the lungs and pose a serious health risk . — were 526 micrograms per cubic metre over a 24hour period, according to the embassy’s monitoring station in Beijing. The level recommended by the World Health Organization is just 25 micrograms per cubic metre.
Legally Speaking Ryan Scott Karben, Esq. This week, we'll take a break from a discussion from the intricacies of the Zoning Law to discuss the assessment of real property taxes. The taxable status date for real property in the Town of Ramapo is March 1st. That means that a property is assessed based on its condition as of March 1st. For example, a house that is 50% completed as of March 1st of a given year will be assessed at 50% of its construction value even though the house will completed during the coming tax year. For tax exempt properties, they must comply with all of the requirements for real property tax exemption as of March1st of a given year. While this might sound arbitrary at first, the law understands that there needs to be a fixed date for assessable status. This date needs to apply to all properties so that an equitable assessment role can be established. The deadline for applying for a real property tax exemption for a property owned by a non-profit is March 1st. This is paperwork intensive process, so churches, synagogues, schools and other non-profits should make sure they have plenty of time to prepare the application. Properties that change in status (for example change from a single-family home to a multi-family condominium) are also assessed as of their status on March 1st of a given year. Based on any changes (or the absence of changes), the Assessor will assign each property in the town a tentative assessment. (Some village, such as Spring Valley, have their own assessor and their own deadlines. A property can legaly be assessed at difference values by the different municipal jurisdictions in which it is located. The trend has been toward consolidation of assessment functions. The Village of Pomona,
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for example, turned the assessment of property in is border over the the Towns of Ramapo and Haverstraw, respectively, a few years ago).
If you disagree with the tentative town assessment, or believe you were entitled to either a full or partial exemption, your period to challenge that assessment runs roughly through the end of May. The relevant municipality will publish a notice of times that the assessment role can be inspected and the time period to file a challenge to your assessment. Attorneys and property tax challenge services can assist you with this process, though some individuals choose to gather the data and file the paperwork on their own. After you file a tax challenge, also known as a grievance, the Assessor and the Board of Assessment review will review your evidence and ether uphold, reverse or modify the determination of the Assessor. If you are still unsatisfied with the outcome, you retain the option to take the municipality to court through either a SCAR petition (Small Claims Assessment Review, for homeowners) or a full property tax challenge for commercial and non-profit exemption cases. Assessments vary widely based on improvements to real property and the year in which the property was assessed. Despite a court order going back more than a decade, Rockland County has failed to implement a countywide reassessment of properties, leading to multiple complications in comparing the appropriate value for taxation of properties in multiple municipalities and even in the same jurisdiction. This lack of reassessment generally benefits older, unimproved homes, some of which have not had their assessment updated for decades.
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Survey: U.S. wealth shrank Highlights of a new report by the Federal Reserve on consumer finances, 2007-10, reflects the huge impact of the Great Recession. 2007
Fell 7.7 percent
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Median net worth, the value of assets minus the value of debts, fell 39 percent
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No one likes feeling like they might be taken advantage of. I hate that feeling. But there are definitely pluses to working with a financial advisor. Much like you'd go to the doctor for health reasons—you may want to build a relationship with a "money doctor". Financial advisors often have the knowledge and experience in working with all sorts of financial products and services that you may not have the time to devote to learning. There are basically two types of folks working in the industry that you need to be aware of and who you could run into: brokers (but sometimes go by other names) and financial advisors/ planners. Brokers are the guys you'll probably want to stay away from. They work on commissions to sell you certain products and will get paid directly from those providers. It's not necessarily in their best interests to look out for your long-term financial wellbeing—but to sell you more products that affect their bottom line. Their main interests typically lie in the brokerage house who employs them or pays them commissions. Financial advisors/planners are (generally) obligated to work in your best interests and will disclose—upfront— fees they will be charging you based on your investments. Fee-only advisors tend to be the ideal advisor as they can provide you many different financial products and services because they're not tied down to one company or institution. They will work with you in a fiduciary capacity (your interests before theirs) and charge you based on a percentage of your portfolio or up-front fee. Selecting a Fee-Only Advisor In determining which advisor to go with, Murray and Goldie recommend a few guiding principles.
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Their designation: Many different advisors will have different designations behind their name. Some will be CPA (certified public accountant), CFA (certified financial advisor), and/or CFP (certified financial planner). You'll want to ask about their education and experience.
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Length of service. Obviously, it's typically best to go with someone who has a proven track record and years of experience under their belt. With advisors, it's not always best to go with someone fresh in the field (unless they have years experience in accounting, etc). Ask about their work history. Philosophy of investing. You'll find many different advisors with differing philosophies on money and investing. Be sure to ask them about theirs and see if they meld with your own. Or, if their philosophies cause any red flags. Fee structure. Don't be afraid to ask up front about their fee structure—how they earn their money and if they are affiliated with anyone. An independent fee-only advisor will be just that—independent and not affiliated with a larger firm or investment house. It's generally the advisors who don't disclose and you never really know how they are getting paid—that you'll want to stay away from. The good ones will always disclose whenever they recommend a product to you what they will be getting paid from the sale. Typical client. Murray and Goldie recommend clients ask their prospective advisor "Who is your typical client?" Some advisors only deal with the high-buck client. While others prefer to work with a certain profession. You'll want to be sure you're not atypical. Trust. The last factor is certainly not the least. You will be divulging some very personal and important information to your advisor. You'll want to go into the relationship fully trusting this individual. Check and see if they 41% will give you refer29 ences of present clients. Or, ask your friends or relatives for recommendations. Do your homework and interview a few prospects. No need to rush. Your advisor is someone who you may want to have a long-term working relationship with.
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