Vol. 28 No. 3 • Rockland’s Independent Jewish Community Newspaper Since 1985 • 6 Shvat 5773
January 18 2013
Leg. schoenberger's county executive run Rockland County Legislator Ilan Schoenberger, running for County Executive has a rich history in Rockland Politics
County Executive Candidate, Legislator Ilan Schoenberger with Advocate Publisher Mendel Hoffman
After serving in county government for over 35 years, Rockland County Legislator Ilan Schoenberger has decided to seek the office of Rockland County Executive. Schoenberger told the Advocate his mission for the position. "I will work to eliminate the deficit, have the County run more efficiently, remove duplication of services, and put an end the divisiveness in Rockland," explained the Legislator. Ilan
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"It was all very bizarre” explains bus driver Avrohom Werdiger, a 35-year-old chareidi from Bnei Brak employed by Egged for about a decade. Werdiger is the bus driver whose actions halted what could have been a bloody incident as he was attacked by a
knife-wielding passenger. Werdiger, who is also a Zaka volunteer explains “The moment I understood that there was a danger to my passengers I quickly opened the doors and permitted passengers to run for it. We were near the stop of Ra’anana Junc- cont. Page 16
NEW YORK FIRST TO RESPOND New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a package of tougher gun measures Tuesday, soon after the state Assembly voted to bolster the state's ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The Democratdominated Assembly passed the bill Tuesday by a 104-43 vote after the state Senate ap-
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Schoenberger has lived in Rockland since 1961, and has raised two daughters here. His is a family whose roots run deep within our great community. For over 40 years, he has been a practicing attorney in Rockland, and put his knowledge and experience to use for the public, serving for almost 20 years in the office of the County Attorney. He also previously served as Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Ramapo.
In 1995, Ilan Schoenberger was elected to the Rockland County Legislature, and served for over 17 years since then. As a legislator, he served as a member and chair of numerous key committees, and also served as the Chair of the entire Legislature in 2001 and 2002. Even before there was an office of the County Executive in Rockland, he served the people of this county in helping to run the county government that existed in the 1970’s and 1980’s. He had a hand cont. Page 10
Monsey Family Medical Center highlights
Dr. Perry Hoffman, Clinical Psychologist, Presents at Project Ohr Lecture Series
The therapist of Project Ohr, were proud to welcome renowned clinical psychologist Dr. Perry Hoffman this past Monday. Dr. Hoffman gave a seminar to the therapists on Borderline Personality Disorder and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Hoffman is president of The National Edu-
cational Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorders. Its mission is to raise public awareness, provide education, promote research on borderline personality disorder, and enhance the quality of life of those affected by this serious mental illness.
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The Woman’s Care Center is proud to announce Ayelet Hoenig, WHNP-BC has joined the staff.
The Woman’s Care Center is proud to announce Ayelet Hoenig, WHNP-BC has joined the staff. Dr. Kirschner-Lankowsky, an OB/GYN on staff at the Women’s Care Center said, “I am very impressed with Ayelet Hoenig’s resume and I was equally impressed after meeting with her. It is easy for Ayelet to identify with proved it by a wide margin late the Monsey community, as she Monday.
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is familiar with the customs and concerns of the women of our community.” Dr. Joel Allen agrees and says, “I am confident Ayelet Hoenig will become a very popular member of the Woman’s Care Center team”. Mrs. Hoenig comes to the Woman’s Care Center with experience in all aspects of woman’s care.
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BUS DRIVER STRIKE A standoff between striking school bus drivers and aides looking for job protections and a city administration that says they just can’t have it has the potential to go on for some time, observers said, as parents scrambled for a second day to figure out alternatives for tens of thousands of students who need to get to school. Union head Michael Cordiello said the drivers will strike until Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city agree to put a job security clause back into their contract. “I came to urge the mayor to resolve this strike,” Cordiello, president of Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, said on Tuesday. “It is within his power to do so.” But Bloomberg said the strike “is about job guarantees that the union just can’t have.” The city has put its contracts with private bus companies up for bid, aiming to cut costs. Local 1181 says drivers could suddenly lose their jobs when contracts expire in June. Bloomberg has said the city must seek competitive bids to save money.The union sought job protections for current drivers in the new contracts. The city said that the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, has barred it from including such provisions because of competitive bidding laws; the union said that’s not so.
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Can a politician do something good without any critics criticizing him ? Not likely. Good-government groups and rank-and-file lawmakers criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for pushing his stricter gun control measures into law through secret meetings with a few legislators, and without time for close review or public comment. Gov. Cuomo was elected by the people, he works for the people. The Senate passed the bill Monday; the Assembly approved it Tuesday and Cuomo signed it into law less than an hour later, making New York the first state to pass tougher gun control laws since the Connecticut school shootings. That was fast indeed, but it was for the benefit of the people. Even if a politician would do everything perfect, there would still be people complaining. The Governor should be congratulated as he proved himself- signing a swift, and powerful law. New Yorkers should be proud that NY State has a Governor who was the first to react to this tough issue.
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The House of Representatives is poised in the coming days to take up a supplemental aid package that will provide much-needed help to the areas and victims affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our Washington Office is calling on Congress for quick passage of the measure. But we are also calling on our constituents around the country to pick up the phone today and convey a clear message to your congress persons, whether Democratic or Republican: The toll Hurricane Sandy has taken on the lives and well-being of our fellow Americans is devastating and the work of rebuilding is daunting. Congress has a responsibility to craft a bill that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on, that can be passed by both House and Senate, and that can be signed by the President as expeditiously as possible. This is no time for partisanship or for insistence upon provisions or amendments that will slow down passage. All this must be put aside because the needs and suffering of the victims are paramount and urgent. We urge you to contact both the Washington Office and District Office of your congress person and convey the above message promptly, as time is of the essence. Phone numbers and other contact information for members of Congress can be found at: www.congress.org.
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THE ADVOCATE January 18, 2013
Legislature Passes Resolutions Relating to Gun Safety and Permit Confidentiality
he Rockland County Legislature passed resolutions at the January 15th meeting relating to gun safety and confidentiality for pistol permit holders. By a unanimous vote, Legislators passed a resolution sponsored by Legislators Ilan Schoenberger, Frank Sparaco, Jay Hood, Jr. and
Sheriff Louis Falco to provide free gun safety locks, obtained through grants and private donations, to County residents. The Sheriff’s Office currently has 1600 firearms cable locks, a device that prevents live ammunition from loading into a firearm by blocking the chamber, which will be provided for free to County residents on a first-come-first-serve basis, with a maximum of four per household. The current supply if depleted will be replenished through grants and private donations. A second resolution sponsored by Legislators Sparaco, Schoenberger, Hood, Jr., Wieder, Toney Earl, and Cris Carey to urge the State Legislature to Legislator Schoenberger with Sheriff act to pass bills to Lou Falco at his recent fund raiser amend the Penal Aron Wieder to reintroduce Law in relation to the cona program administered by fidentiality of information the Office of the Rockland contained in an application
The rate of gun-related homicides in the U.S. is far higher than that of other large and affluent countries.
Homicide by firearm, rate per 100,000 population
0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.03 0.01
0.7 0.6 0.5
NOTE: List includes countries with a per capita GDP of more than $30,000 and a population of 20 million or more; all data for the most recent year available Source: U.N., CIA World Factbook
*Does not include Northern Ireland
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Legislator Schoenberger. Schoenberger added that he was not an original sponsor of the resolution condemning the Journal News. However, his opinion changed when informed by Sheriff Falco that prisoners in the County Jail have been made aware of the information through outside sources and are confronting Correction Officers with their knowledge of officer’s home addresses. “The publication of this information endangers lawabiding citizens, victims of domestic violence, and current and former members of law enforcement,” said Schoenberger. “Furthermore, we have learned that some of the information is outdated because people have moved, people have died; yet addresses have been revealed as an address of a gun owner. So both owners and non-owners are now exposed to safety concerns. This was poor judgment on the part of the Journal News and I am upset by their failure to recognize that what they have done jeopardizes the safety of law abiding citizens.”
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
Gun-related homicides U.S. Italy Taiwan Canada Spain Germany Australia U.K.* France South Korea Japan
for a pistol license passed by a vote of 11 to two. Legislators Joseph Meyers and Nancy Low-Hogan opposed the measure. Legislators John Murphy, Frank Sparaco, Patrick Moroney and Aney Paul were absent from the meeting. A third resolution condemning the Journal News on its decision to create an interactive website revealing the names and addresses of all lawful pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester Counties was also passed by a vote of nine to four. Legislators Low-Hogan, Meyers,Michael Grant and Chairwoman Harriet Cornell opposed that resolution. “Both of these resolutions relate to matters of privacy and public safety and are bipartisan issues and I am pleased that our membership has approached them in this manner. At present, the State Senate is working to propose a package of guns laws that could allow owners to exempt their information from being disclosed. It is important that our State leaders are made aware of our support for confidentiality,” said
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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
NEW YORK FIRST TO RESPOND continued from page 1 The vote makes New York the first state to enact tighter restrictions on guns after the Dec. 14 massacre in Newtown, Conn. "What we're saying today is some of these weapons is beyond what we believe to be reasonable for purchase for New Yorkers," said Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, a Manhattan Democrat who chairs the state chapter of State Legislators Against Illegal Guns. The gun-control package makes changes and additions to a broad swath of state law, ranging from requiring universal background checks for all gun and ammunition sales, boosting the state's power to confiscate firearms from the mentally ill and increasing penalties for gun-related crime. Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee said “I have always supported public health and safety legislation,” said Jaffee. “The intent of this bill is to save lives and to avoid hor-
rific tragedies like the massacre of schoolchildren and their teachers in Newtown, CT and the murders of first responders in Webster, NY: Today was the right time to act on behalf of those innocent children, those brave men and women just doing their jobs.” The new bipartisan legislation strengthens gun-control measures and safety by prohibiting assault weapons, banning all high-capacity ammunition clips that hold more than 7 rounds, increasing the penalty for having a gun on school grounds, and adding first responders to the aggravated murder statute, ensuring that murderers of first responders face life in prison without parole. The legislation does include a grandfather clause for current owners of legal semi-automatic weapons provided they register them with the state police, recertify the registration every 5 years, and
undergo a background check. The comprehensive measure also increases criminal penalties for the illegal use of guns and toughens penalties for drug dealers and violent criminals involved in illegal gun use. In addition it addresses mental health problems by ensuring that those who might be a danger to themselves or others because of a mental illness do not have access to firearms. “Sadly horrendous gun violence is becoming all too commonplace across our country and our state, in our rural towns and big cities. I know there is no quick fix to end gun violence; there isn’t one approach,” said Jaffee. “But this groundbreaking legislation is a significant first step. It provides concrete ground rules that tackle a serious public health and safety problem, and today I’m proud to be part of that.”
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national & international news updates National Jewish Democratic Council Backs Hagel President Barack Obama’s unprecedented pro-Israel credentials are unquestionable, and setting policy starts and stops with the President. While we have expressed concerns in the past, we trust that when confirmed, former Senator Chuck Hagel will follow the President’s lead of providing unrivaled support for Israel—on strategic cooperation, missile defense programs, and leading the world against Iran’s nuclear program. – NJDC
Stockman Threatens To Impeach Obama Over Gun Control Push Recently reelected Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) has barely had a chance to get his feet wet in Congress again, after serving one term from 1995-1997. But already he's making bold threats to file articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama over gun control measures being sought in the wake of December's mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.
In a statement released Monday, Stockman accused Obama of seeking an "unconstitutional and unconscionable attack on the very founding principles of this republic" in the president's recent suggestion that he was willing to undertake executive action toward the goal of reducing gun violence.
Jewish Inmates Win Right To Eat Kosher Food in florida The Department of Corrections agreed to serve kosher food to Jewish inmates, ending a fiveyear struggle that saw the US Justice Department file a lawsuit against the state. The Florida Department of Corrections eliminated its prison kosher food program in August, 2007, at which time an estimated 250 prisoners in Florida were enrolled in the meal program. However, a Justice Department complaint filed last year accused Florida of impinging on the rights of Jewish inmates by failing to offer kosher food, citing a violation
of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 which protects prisoners’ freedom of worship.
German Court Convicts Holocaust-Denying Bishop A German court has fined an ultraconservative British bishop (EURO)1,800 ($2,400) for denying the Holocaust in an interview. German news agency DPA reported that an administrative court in Regensburg convicted Richard Williamson of incitement and levied the fine on Wednesday. The case was retried after an earlier conviction of Williamson was overturned on procedural grounds. The 72-year-old Williamson told a Swedish station in 2008, during an interview conducted near Regensburg, that he did not believe Jews were killed in gas chambers during World War II. Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany.
petitions to succeed from country answered by white house The White House responded to a host of petitions filed after President Barack Obama's reelection calling for states to be granted permission to secede from the union late Friday. "As much as we value a healthy debate, we don't let that debate tear us apart," said Jon Carson, the Director of the Office of Public Engagement in a post on the White House "We The People" website. Carson's post invokes the bloody legacy of the Civil War and the permanence of the Union. "More than 600,000 Americans died in a long and bloody civil war that vindicated the principle that the Constitution establishes a permanent union between the States," the official response said. "And shortly after the Civil War ended, the Supreme Court confirmed that "[t]he Constitution, in all its provisions, looks to an indestructible Union composed of indestructible States."
Jacob Lew Likely nominee for secretary of Treasury
Born In 1955, in New York City Education BachelorÕs degree, Harvard University, 1978; law degree, Georgetown University, 1983
1974-1975 Legislative aide to Rep. Joe Moakley (D-Mass.) 1979-1987 Domestic policy advisor to House Speaker Thomas OÕNeill (D-Mass.); liaison to committee that reformed Social Security
1993-2000 Served President Bill Clinton as special assistant (1993-1994), deputy director of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) (1995-1998) and OMB director; steered budget to a surplus 2009-present Served in the Obama administration as deputy secretary of state for management and resources (2009-2010), OMB director (2010-2012) and White House chief of staff; valued for his mild manner and steady hand
Selected other work
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• Administrator and professor at New York University
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Albany & washington news briefs Obama: "I'm a pretty friendly guy, I like a good party" President Obama on Monday said his difficulties driving bargains with congressional Republicans had little do with the personal relationships he has with members across the aisle, instead arguing that partisan politics were to blame. "I'm a pretty friendly guy. I like a good party," Obama said during his press conference Monday at the White House. He joked that, "now that my girls are getting older, they don't want to spend that much time with me anyway, so I'll be probably calling around, looking for somebody to play cards with.
Hakeem Jeffries Appointed to House Budget Committee A new poll finds New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has a big lead in a Democratic primary for mayor. The Quinnipiac University poll shows Quinn could get 35 percent of the vote. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has 11 percent. He’s followed by 10 percent for former City Comptroller William Thompson and 9 percent for Comptroller John Liu.
Flu: N.Y. declares state of emergency New York governor Andrew Cuomo (D) declared a statewide public health emergency on Saturday in response to this season's ongoing influenza epidemic. The executive order declaring the emergency provided temporary authorization for pharmacists to administer flu vaccine to children as young as 6 months to allow for as many people to be immunized as possible. The order temporarily modifies -- for 30 days -- the relevant state laws that restrict pharmacistadministered vaccination to individuals 18 and older. There have been reports of vaccine shortages in the face of increased demand as influenza activity picks up
Anti-Gun Control Ad condemned by white house Hours before President Barack Obama was due to unveil proposals on Wednesday to prevent mass shootings like the one in Newtown, Connecticut, last month, the National Rifle Association released an advertisement that referred to his two school-aged daughters. “Are the president’s kids more important than yours?” a narrator says in the 35-second spot. “Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools
when his kids are protected by armed guards at their schools? Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but he’s just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security.” The White House condemned the ad. “Most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be used as pawns in a political fight. But to go so far as to make the safety of the president’s children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
senetor's Bill to have Health Department prescribe new drugs While Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this year said that he thinks the risks of medical marijuana outweigh the benefits. The battle over medical marijuana will be on the agenda when lawmakers return to Albany for the new legislative session. State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore) plans to introduce her bill legalizing medical marijuana into the Senate in January. But not all of her colleagues in Staten Island's Albany delegation are convinced
that medical marijuana is the way to go. The bill would allow seriously ill patients to purchase the drug through a registered dispensing facility, under medical supervision. Patients would have to register with the state Health Department. The bill would not allow people to grow pot for their own use, Ms. Savino said.
NY Assemblyman Wants To Prevent New Banks From Opening On 13th Avenue In Borough Park In an effort to protect small businesses, Brooklyn Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind has announced he is working to prevent any additional banks from opening up along 13th Avenue in Borough Park. In a press release, Hikind said that the growing number of bank branches along the popular shopping strip has driven up the cost of rents, and has left small business owners unable to compete with the demand for rent increases. According to Hikind, two long-time community fixtures along 13th Avenue – Kosher Delight and the Donut Man – were recently forced to close their doors owing to the higher rent costs.
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rockland & regional Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Jenny Rivera, to State Court of Appeals. Professor Rivera, a longtime Bronx resident and New York native, has had a long and distinguished career in public service. She has held many varied positions, as a staff attorney at Legal Aid Society of New York City, as an Associate Counsel for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (renamed Latino Justice PRLDEF), and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was Commissioner of the NYC Commission on Human Rights from 2002 to 2007. In 2007 she joined the Office of New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo as Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights. New undersheriff appointed Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco III has appointed Robert Van Cura as undersheriff effective on Monday to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Undersheriff Thomas Guthrie, who served the sheriff’s office for 30 years. Guthrie joined the department in 1982 after a career with the NYPD and served under three sheriffs. Van Cura served with the South NyackGrand View Police Department for more than 30 years and was named chief in 2004. He is also past president of the Police Chiefs’ Association of Rockland County. He also served as the chairman and vice chairman of Counter Terrorism Zone 4 for two terms, working with a command level officer of the State Police and a county sheriff to assist agencies in Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties in the coordination of law enforcement counter-terrorism operations. Gun map controversy: Statement by Senator Carlucci Calling On The Journal News to Remove their Map "Lawful gun owners and all citizens have been outraged by the mass shootings around our country. However, the timing of the disclosure
of individuals possessing pistol permits by The Journal News when families are reeling from the tragedies in Newtown and Webster is troubling. While exploiting the privacy of law abiding citizens may technically be legal, it is not the appropriate course of action. Because of the safety concerns that have been brought to my attention by the residents of the Hudson Valley, I ask the Journal News to remove their map." Rockland County Pilots Solar-Powered Bus Shelter
Law enforcement plans rally to hold Journal News Accountable Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I) announced that a burglary has been reported on Davis Ave. in White Plains, New York that evidently ties into The Journal News gun maps. It is reported that the burglar used The Journal News’ interactive gun map to target a home included on the map. Luckily the gun was locked up and no one was hurt. “The Journal News has placed the lives of these folks at risk by creating a virtual shopping list for criminals and nut jobs. If the connection is proven, this is further proof that these maps are not only an invasion of privacy but that they present a clear and present danger to law-abiding, private citizens. Former convicts have already testified to the usefulness of the asinine Journal News ‘gun maps’ yet the reckless editors are evidently willing to roll the dice, gambling with the lives of innocent local homeowners,” said Senator Greg Ball.
Spreading across the country Sporadic
Week ending Dec. 22
What do we all have in common?
County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef has announced that the Department of Public Transportation recently retrofitted one of its bus shelters with solar panels and a light box designed to provide cost-efficient and reliable power, increased safety and improved delivery of customer information for its Transport of Rockland (TOR) and TAPPAN ZEExpress (TZx) bus services. The installation is a pilot project, and the equipment is currently in the testing phase. The shelter is located on Route 59 East at the NYS Thruway Exit 14 Park & Ride lot.
Flu surveillance reports from the CDC show increased flu activity in the last three weeks.
Flu activity estimates
Week ending Dec. 29
NOTE: Activity indicates the geographic spread of viruses, not the severity of flu activity Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Graphic: Chicago Tribune
Dr. Esther Bekritsky, Dr. Gerson Gluck, Dr. James Israel, Dr. Arthur Landau, Dr. Debra Grohman, Dr. Jaime Giraldo, Brian Blitz PA, Eric Araujo, PA Elana Klein, PA urge you to get
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Week ending Jan. 5
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Family Health Talk
Spring Valley Family Medical Center 175 Route 59, Spring Valley NY 10977
Dr. Esther Bekritsky Dr. Gerson Gluck
Dr. James Israel Dr. Arthur Landau Dr. Debra Grohman Dr. Delatre Lolo Dr. Manoj Pulicottil Elana Klein, PA Erick Araujo, PA Brian Blitz, PA
Dr. Michael Safran Dr. Jamie Giraldo
Dr. Joel W. Allen Dr. Debra Kirschner Melissa A. Carco, PA Nancy Solomon, CNM
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Her experience includes fertility evaluation, menopause health and problem management, adolescent health care, and areas of special needs to the community. In addition to clinical care, Mrs. Hoenig is excited to bring many new programs to the Woman’s Care Center. Some of the programs in development are triaging
Dr. Genady Benyaminov Dr. Stacey Lubetsky Dr. Ramin Kashani Dr. Jacklyn Tadros Dr. Sarah Hanna Dr. David Horowitz
Mrs. Hoenig looks forward to meeting all the patients of the Woman’s Care Center and all the new patients who join our family daily.
Kids Health Matters
Getting enough sleep
schedule your appointment today: Monsey Family Medical Center 40 Robert Pitt Dr. Monsey, NY 10952
Borderline Personality Disorder is a condition in which people have long-term patterns of unstable or turbulent emotions, such as feelings about themselves and others. These inner experiences often cause them to take impulsive actions and have chaotic relationships. The causes of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are unknown. Genetic, family, and social factors are thought to play roles. People with BPD are often uncertain about their identity. As a result, their interests and values may change rapidly. People with BPD also tend to see things in terms of extremes, such as either all good or all bad. Their views of other people may change quickly. A person who is looked up to one day may be looked down on the next day. These suddenly shifting feelings often lead to intense and unstable relationships. -Other symptoms of BPD include: -Fear of being abandoned
Here’s a look at how much sleep your child needs when aging from infant to teen:
-Feelings of emptiness and boredom -Frequent displays of inappropriate anger -Impulsiveness with money, substance abuse, personal relationships, binge eating, or shoplifting -Intolerance of being alone
4-12 months Establishing healthy sleep habits should be a primary goal
1-3 years Transition child to just one nap per day
3-6 years Dr. Harry Baldinger - Podiatry Dr. Michael Ginsburg- Podiatry Dr. David Schwalb - Urology Dr. Renata Witkowska - Allergy Dr. Samuel Wong - Ophthalmology Dr. Alfred Hellreich - Dermatology Dr. Philip Fried - Dermatology Dr. Yoel Kantor - Endocrinology Hanna Raice MS, RD, CDENutrition Counseling Aaron Muller, Speech Therapy Melech Karp, Speech Therapy
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patients over the telephone and offering seminars dealing with topics of concern for the newly married, new mothers, and adult women going through the many changes in their lives.
Sleep comes in short periods, 2-4 hours at a time
Monsey Family Medical Center 40 Robert Pitt Dr. Monsey, NY 10952
Dr. Perry Hoffman,
Ayelet Hoenig, WHNP-BC
More regular sleep patterns emerge
MONSEY FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER
Naps become shorter, usually end around age 5
6-12 years More daily activities can shift bedtimes later gradually
12-18 years Sleep needs remain vital, but schedules often become difficult
Source: WebMD Graphic: Angela Smith, Garrick Gibson
10.75-12 hours 10-11 hours
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very parent knows that a tired kid is a cranky kid. Now, scientists are discovering that children with chronic sleep problems are at increased risk for developing a mental illness later in life. Recent studies show that children who have persistent sleep problems, such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or not getting enough night-time shuteye, are more likely later to suffer from depression and anxiety disorders and to abuse alcohol and drugs than kids without sleep problems. The findings add to previous research that has linked children's sleep problems to a host of issues, including aggressive behavior, learning and memory problems and obesity.
-Repeated crises and acts of self-injury, such as wrist cutting or overdosing Many types of individual talk therapy, such as dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), can successfully treat BPD. Dr Hoffman discussed the basic foundations of DBTthere is no one absolute truth, everyone is doing the best they can in the moment, and everyone can do better. Dr. Hoffman and the therapists discussed the foundation of the DBT approach- dealing with life threatening behaviors, therapy interfering behaviors, general life problems etc. Skills training, which is the most popular part of DBT was discussed as well. There are four modules in skills training; mindfulness practice, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. Therapists learned how to incorporate skills trainings approach in their work with their clients. Malka Susswein, Project Ohr Clinical Director, said, “Project Ohr attracts high-quality therapists because of the ongoing commitment to continuously train its providers on topics of concerns for our community.” Gelly Asovski, LCSW, Play Therapist on staff at Project Ohr specifically thanked Dr. Perry Hoffman and the CMADC Executive Staff for allowing the time for the therapists to receive such exceptional training. Mrs. Asovski concluded; “As a therapist, the learning process never stops when one is committed to their clients.” The goal of Project Ohr is to ensure our clients receive the highest quality care for all of their concerns. If you feel a family member, someone you know, or yourself would benefit from seeing a therapist, or if you have any questions, please call Project Ohr at 845-352-6800 ext. 6849 for an confidential consultation or appointment.
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Family Health Talk Ben Gilman
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Emotional Eating Reviewed by: Rabbi Aryeh Frankel LMSW
Children (as well as adults) use food for reasons other than to satisfy their hunger and nutritional needs. In fact, obese youngsters often eat in response to their emotions and feelings.
Consider whether your own parents used food for comfort in your household. This is a common phenomenon, beginning at birth. A baby’s crying or irritability is typically met with breast milk or infant formula, and feeding becomes a way of calming and quieting him. At birthdays and Shabbos, when children are surrounded by family and are feeling loved, they’re often given cookies or other desserts that become a symbol of this love and caring. These days, whenever your own child is feeling anxious, perhaps related to an upcoming math test or because he’s being teased at school, he may turn back to food as one way of making him feel better. At the same time, however, there are many other reasons beyond comfort that may prompt children to eat. Does your youngster sometimes reach for food when he’s experiencing any of the following? • Boredom • Happiness • Insecurity • Stress • Anger • Fatigue • Depression • Frustration • Loneliness • Resentment Even though food can become a welcome companion for your child, the outcome may not be quite what he expected. Ironically, if he overeats as a way to soften feelings of insecurity or depression, for instance, or perhaps because of stress over an oral report he needs to give at school, he may feel even worse after a food binge, knowing that it can aggravate his weight
problem. Before the food is even digested, he might be feeling guilt or shame. In fact, one of your biggest parenting challenges is for you and your child to determine whether he’s eating for the right reasons. Ask yourself questions like, does he eat at times other than regular mealtimes and snacks? Is he munching at every opportunity? What factors might be contributing to his overeating that call for you to intervene? Avoid rewarding children with food Some parents inadvertently contribute to their children’s obesity by rewarding their youngsters with food (does an A on a test sometimes lead to a trip to the ice cream shop?). There are other, healthier ways to offer praise and rewards. For a young child, how about giving him a few stickers as a reward, or perhaps schedule a shopping trip to buy a toy or new pair of shoes? Don’t overlook the importance of verbal praise. When your child is doing things right, tell him. Notice how words of approval can boost his self-esteem and help keep him motivated to continue making the right decisions for his health and weight. Even when he’s having difficulties staying on course with his diet, look for other ways to offer praise (“You walked more than half a mile today, that’s so great!”).When he backslides, don’t nag him or make him feel like he has failed. Encourage him to keep moving forward, and even if he complains from time to time (“I want a soft drink, not ice water”), encourage him to stay the course. Offer him all the support he needs and deserves. Watch your words It’s important for parents to listen to how they’re speaking to their children. Is it mostly negative? Is it often critical? It’s hard for anyone, including children, to make changes in that kind of environment. Some parents actually try to embarrass their overweight children into making changes (“Baruch, you’re getting fatter again!”), figuring that if he sees himself as unsightly, he’ll be motivated to lose weight. Don’t count on that strategy working. Even if your child is able to make changes under these circumstances, those improvements are not likely to last without some parental praise and positive reinforcement along the way.
The report is the first of a series that will probe more deeply into the nature of the change in these children's status. Having been diagnosed at one time with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), these young people now appear to be on par with typically developing peers. The study team is continuing to analyze data on changes in brain function in these children and whether they have subtle residual social deficits. The team is also reviewing records on the types of interventions the children received, and to what extent they may have played a role in the transition.
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Some children with autism lose symptoms and diagnosis as they grow older Some children who are accurately diagnosed in early childhood with autism lose the symptoms and the diagnosis as they grow older, a study supported by the National Institutes of Health has confirmed. The research team made the finding by carefully documenting a prior diagnosis of autism in a small group of school-age children and young adults with no current symptoms of the disorder.
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Remember that interruptions will pop up and accomplishments don't always start out as to-do's. You are probably getting a lot of stuff done that you're not giving yourself credit for. So record and celebrate your dones, and let that motivation push you to tackle the next day or week's tasks. The shorthand name for the new edition, the organization's fifth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, is DSM-5. Group leaders said specifics won't be disclosed until the manual is published but they confirmed some changes. A 2000 edition of the manual made minor changes but the last major edition was published in 1994. One reason for the change is that some states and school systems don't provide services for children and adults with Asperger's, or provide fewer services than those given an autism diagnosis, she said.
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Autism researcher Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer for the advocacy group Autism Speaks, said small studies have suggested the Gitty Kleinman, Intern new criteria will be effective. But she said it will be crucial to monitor so that children don't lose services.
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February 10th , the Annuel JEP Uncle Moishy Concert Comes to Monsey Sunday is “anything but” a quiet, ordinary day in the Monsey/Spring Valley area. In fact, in some ways it may just be the most hectic day in the week with carpools, shopping, and all sorts of chores that are somehow put off all week long, because they can only be done on Sunday. In any event, try to find some time to circle Sunday, February 10th, on your calendar, as being an exceptionally busy day - because that’s when Uncle Moishy and His Mitzvah Men are coming to town. JEP of Rockland has been bringing Uncle Moishy to Rockland County for decades now. Kids who toddled in clinging to the fingertips of their own parents, are now parents themselves, strolling into the concert with kids of their own – wide-eyed and excited – while clinging to the hands of their own mothers and fathers.
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Every year families gather at the Ramapo Senior High School - some for the very first time, others for a third or fourth time - to hear the delightful blend of Jewish song and inspiration as only Uncle Moishy can deliver it. Adults have Jewish musicians that uplift and inspire them through melody and verse; and Jewish children - who also respond to the joyous sound of music - have Uncle Moishy. With his gentle and delightful manner, with his songs that touch upon so many vital Jewish themes, Uncle Moishy has a way of speaking to and touching every listener in his audience. If you attend an Uncle Moishy concert as an adult, it’s interesting to look around and see the responses and faces of the children. They are captivated by the music, they seem to know all the words, and they are focused and ex-
Jewish Life in a Muslim Empire The NY Times published a story on January 15, 2013 shedding light on old Sefardik traditions throughou the Arab world: some highlights include: A batch of 1,000-year-old manuscripts from the mountainous northern reaches of war-torn Afghanistan, reportedly found in a cave inhabited by foxes, has revealed previously unknown details about the cultural, economic and religious life of a thriving but little understood Jewish society in a Persian part of the Muslim empire of the 11th century. The 29 paper pages, now encased in clear plastic and unveiled here this month at the National Library of Israel, are part of a trove of hundreds of documents discovered in the cave whose existence had been known for several years, with photographs circulating among experts. Remarkably well preserved, apparently because of the dry conditions there, the majority of the documents are now said to be in the hands of private dealers in Britain, Switzerland, and possibly the United States and the Middle East. "This is the first time that we have actual physical evidence of the Jewish life and culture within the Iranian culture of the 11th century," said Prof. Haggai Ben-Shammai, the library's academic director. While other historical sources have pointed to the existence of Jewish communities in that area in the early Middle Ages, he said, the documents offer "proof that they were there." The texts are known collectively as the Afghan Geniza, a Hebrew term for a repository of sacred texts and objects. They were written in Hebrew, Aramaic, Judeo-Persian, Judeo-Arabic and Arabic, and some used the Babylonian system for vowels, a linguistic assortment that scholars said would have been nearly impossible to forge. One text includes a discussion of Hebrew words that are spelled the same but have different meanings. Another is a letter between two brothers in which one denied rumors that he was no longer an observant Jew. There are legal and cited about the messages in the songs. Music can be a powerful teacher, and Uncle Moishy employs his music to teach some wonderful and meaningful lessons about Jewish living to our upand-coming generation. Of course, the concert comes fully equipped with Nochum, the acrobat, juggler, and clown, whose antics have that special knack of appealing to both children and adults. But when the giggling dies down, and the children start clapping their hands in unison, you know that it’s really Uncle Moishy that they’ve come to see. Many years of experience would indicate that Uncle Moishy concert tickets
economic documents, some signed by witnesses, recording commercial transactions and debts between Jews and their Muslim neighbors, and other mundane yet illuminating details of daily life like travel plans. One missive between two Jews, Sheik Abu Nasser Ahmed ibn Daniel and Musa ibn Ishak, dealing with family matters, was written in the Hebrew letters of Judeo-Persian, but had an address in Arabic script on the back, presumably for the benefit of the Muslim messenger. One document has a date from the Islamic calendar corresponding to the year 1006. The most important religious text among those acquired by the National Library is a fragment of a Judeo-Persian version of a commentary on the Book of Isaiah originally written by the renowned Babylonian rabbinic scholar Saadia Gaon, a previously unknown text. A sliver of it has been sent to the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot for carbon dating. The exact source of the documents is murky. The manuscripts are said to have come from a remote area near the borders of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, wild terrain largely controlled by warlords. Jews probably migrated there in the early Middle Ages to engage in commerce along the Silk Road, the important trade route linking China and Europe. Scholars say the texts were probably found several years ago and have been sold and scattered around the globe. An Israeli antiquities dealer obtained 29 of the texts and, after a year of negotiation, sold them several weeks ago to the library for an undisclosed sum.
sell rather quickly - oftentimes leaving patrons disappointed at the door. To avoid that kind of predicament, especially for your children, you may want to consider checking in with the following ticket outlets prior to the concert: Tuvia’s on Rt. 59; you can also call 845-222-6436, or go to email@example.com. The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. and will take place in the Ramapo Senior High School located at 400 Viola Rd., Spring Valley. Doors open an hour prior to the concert. If you have any further questions, you can also call the JEP office at 845-425-7556.
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in writing up the County Charter, and when the County Executive’s office was originally proposed, he helped create it as County Attorney.
“My knowledge of county government runs truly deep,” Schoenberger told The Advocate. “That is why when I look at the situation our county is in, I know that the next county executive will need to have the experience and understanding that I have gained over the years to find the solutions our county needs.” “Government is very complex,” explains Schoenberger, “There are no simple solutions to these [problems], beware of anyone [running for office] who offers you a 60 second sound bite.” In the Monsey area, no
Chief among those causes is the challenge of meeting the unfunded and mandated costs that New York State requires our county to meet. Mandated programs include early intervention programs, Pre-K, several social services programs, retirement costs, Medicaid expenses, and more. As a leader in the legislature, Ilan Schoenberger
Legislator Schoenberger working on a recent community project in Spring valley
candidate has been as helpful to the community over the years like Legislator Schoenberger. He has been able to resolve issues with shuls and yeshivas of every type for decades, assisting them in working through the red tape of government to get what they need done quickly. That is why in every campaign he has run he has been supported by rabbonim and mosdos throughout the area. Legislator Schoenberger fought hard to pass a law that greatly reduced taxes for those with a Pesach kitchen. Previously, residents were being double-taxed for having two kitchens. Schoenberger’s actions helped save numerous Monsey families thousands of dollars because of his intervention. Schoenberger points out that Rockland County’s financial problems were not caused by a single issue.
pushed for early retirement programs for county employees, so that the county could reduce its workforce responsibly and cut the budget. Over time, there were three such early retirement programs for county employees. The first one realized a savings of over $8 million, making it a tremendous success. However, the very next year, the state increased its unfunded mandates and wiped out all the savings the county would have realized. State mandates are a tremendous burden on taxpayers and government, and should not be taken lightly. As County Executive, Ilan will be able to work with the partners he has made in Governor Cuomo’s office and in the legislature to reduce the burden unfunded mandates places on our county government. “I believe that the sustainability of our county
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government hinges on our ability to make it a smarter government,” Schoenberger said of the future of Rockland. Firstly, Rockland County needs to build partnerships with the five towns to share services and eliminate duplicated services. He believes that analyzing the functions of all of our county, town, and village highway departments and finding ways to share and consolidate services in a way that makes sense is a perfect example of how we can all achieve savings. Examining each county department and each position and its function can also help us to consolidate government and make it do more with less. As a result of his lengthy experience as a legislator, Ilan is the only candidate running for county executive to have become familiar with every county office, its staff, and its responsibilities. This has enabled him to work on reducing the county workforce. In 1990, there were 3,169 county employees, and today there are 2,199 – a reduction of more than one-third and almost 1,000 employees. Finally, Ilan Schoenberger will put an end to the intergovernmental disputes that have ultimately come to hurt our taxpayers. “The county, the towns, and the villages all need to work together, for in the end, we serve the same taxpayers,” he said. “Disputes between governments only serve to increase taxes on the people we are all in office to serve, and only lead to the hampering of progress and success. Whether it is differences between governments or differences between the diverse residents who call Rockland County their home, we need a county executive who will work to unite everyone. In the end, none of the problems we face can ever be resolved if we do not.” Ilan Schoenberger cites his 35 years of experience in running for County Executive. That experience is what it will now take to restore confidence in our county government, and to dramatically shift the administration of our government to be able to finally resolve the great challenges we all face together.
New Cabinet taking shape Here are President Barack ObamaÕs recent Cabinet nominations and possible replacements for some other positions. Nominations must be confirmed by the Senate.
John F. Kerry
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• Outgoing Leon E. Panetta
• Resigned David H. Petraeus
Updates on other key administration positions Attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr., will stay for second term
Homeland Security Vacant if Napolitano becomes attorney general
• Possible replacement Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen; New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly; former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton
Environmental Protection Agency
• Outgoing Hillary R. Clinton
• Outgoing Timothy F. Geithner
Energy Steven Chu, expected to resign • Possible replacement Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter; National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling; former Colo. Gov. Bill Ritter; former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.); Center for American Progress founder John Podesta; former Mich. Gov. Jennifer Granholm; Dan Reicher, Stanford University
Transportation Ray LaHood may step down
Labor Hilda Solis is resigning
Lisa P. Jackson, stepping down • Possible replacement Wash. Gov. Chris Gregoire; EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe; EPAÕs assistant administrator for air and radiation, Gina McCarthy; head of the California Air Resources Board, Mary D. Nichols
Commerce • Vacant
Rebecca M. Blank is acting secretary
Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will stay for second term
Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki will stay for second term
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One of the most common problems that homeowners deal with is mold. Even those who say that they do not have mold in most cases really do have it. What are the side-effects of having mold? Well, these will vary from person to person. Some people who are severely allergic will find it more difficult to breathe. While other people may suffer from headache, itchy or watery eyes, asthma, and still others will have no problem. In any event, whether it affects your health or not, mold is something that needs to be taken care of. Alleviating mold is a simple home improvement that you can do to make life a little easier. You will probably also be surprised at how well you will breathe after taking care of the mold. The first step is to determine where the mold is. Is it all over the house or just confined to one area? One of the most common places to have mold is in the basement since it is usually damp down there. Or many people have it in their bathrooms due to the moisture.
Use a dehumidifier in the house where the mold is occurring. This will help make the air less humid, making it harder for mold to grow. Also, for the bathrooms use the exhaust fan when taking hot showers or baths to keep the degree of steam down to a minimum. Secondly, check for leaks in the house to make sure that there is not a busted water pipe, which could lead to a mold infestation. Now comes the hard part, the dehumidifier is to prevent the mold from occurring, however how do you get rid of the mold now? Most people recommend using a bleach and water mixture to kill the mold. There are other green alternatives to those not to keen of using the chemicals. When cleaning the room remember too wet the mold down with water to start off, if you start scrubbing on dry mold it can float on the air into another room and begin attacking it as well. That is why it is a good idea to close off the rooms, but allow for some sort of ventilation, especially when using chemicals.
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The armed passenger however did not run, but he continued efforts to commandeer the bus. “He began beating me so I pulled my pistol and fired warning shots in the hope of distancing him. It worked. He fled.” Auxiliary policeman Yaron Ganur heard the shots as he was passing, heading to a shift with traffic police. He apprehended the perpetrator, a male in his 30s.
As for Werdiger, Baruch Hashem his injuries were all light. He was showered with praise for his quick thinking and appropriate actions. Egged spokesman Ron Ratner praised him as well “for acting as he should by pulling his weapon.” After giving his statement to police, Werdiger was transported to Ichilov Hospital where he was treated for minor cuts to an arm and for bruises to his head.
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Coca-Cola To Address Obesity For First Time In Ads Coca-Cola became one of the world’s most powerful brands by equating its soft drinks with happiness. Now it’s taking to the airwaves for the first time to address a growing cloud over the industry: obesity. The Atlanta-based company on Monday will begin airing a two-minute ad in hopes of flexing its marketing muscle in the debate over sodas and their impact on public health. The ad lays out Coca-Cola’s record of providing drinks with fewer calories over the years and notes that weight gain is the result of consuming too many calories of any kind — not just soda.
The company declined to say how much it was spending on the commercials, which it started putting together last summer. For Coca-Cola, the world’s No. 1 beverage company, the ads reflect the mounting pressures on the broader industry. Later this year, New York City is set to put into effect a first-in-the-nation cap on the size of soft drinks sold at restaurants, t, sports arenas and other venues. The mayor of Cambridge, Mass., has already proposed a similar measure, saying she was inspired by New York’s move. Recent studies have also suggested that sugary drinks
cause people to pack on the pounds, independent of other behavior. A decadeslong study involving more than 33,000 Americans, for example, suggested that drinking sugary beverages interacts with genes that affect weight and amplifies a person’s risk of obesity beyond what it would be from heredity alone.
Public concern over the calories in soda is apparent in Coca-Cola’s changing business. In North America, all the growth in its soda business over the past 15 years has come from low- and no-calorie drinks, such as Coke Zero. Diet sodas now account for nearly a third of its sales in the U.S. and Canada. Other beverages such as sports drinks and bottled water are also fueling growth. Even with the growing popularity of diet sodas, however, overall soda consumption in the U.S. has declined steadily since 1998, according to the industry tracker Beverage Digest.
Congressmen Draft Bill To Add Israel To Visa-Waiver Program A bipartisan, bicameral group of congressmen has drafted legislation that would allow Israelis to visit the United States for 90 days without a visa. The bill, announced at a press conference Tuesday, would grant Israel the same
status as 37 other US allies and help Israeli tourists and businessmen come to America more easily. Rep. Brad Sherman (DCalifornia), who is sponsoring the house version along with Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas), said that he believed the measure would pass during the
two-year tenure of current Congress but could take many months. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) is entering similar legislation in the US Senate. Several years ago, the US passed a law allowing countries for which less than 10 percent of visa ap-
plications are turned down to participate in the visa waiver program. Since 2007, many countries with higher refusal rate’s than Israel’s 6.9% were approved by the State Department, including Lithuania, Latvia and Hungary, whose 2008 refusal rates were 9%, 8.3% and 7.8% respectively.
Large Study Confirms Flu Vaccine Safe In Pregnancy A large study offers reassuring news for pregnant women: It’s safe to get a flu shot. The research found no evidence that the vaccine increases the risk of losing a fetus, and may prevent some deaths. Getting the flu while pregnant makes fetal death more likely, the Norwegian research showed. The flu vaccine has long been considered safe for pregnant women and their fetus. U.S. health officials began recommending flu shots for them more than five decades ago, following a higher death rate in pregnant women during a flu pandemic in the late 1950s. But the study is perhaps the largest look at the safety and value of flu vaccination during pregnancy, experts say. “This is the kind of informa-
tion we need to provide our patients when discussing that flu vaccine is important for everyone, particularly for pregnant women,” said Dr. Geeta Swamy, a researcher who studies vaccines and pregnant women at Duke University Medical Center. The study was released by the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday as the United States and Europe suffer through an early and intense flu season. A U.S. obstetricians group this week reminded members that it’s not too late for their pregnant patients to get vaccinated. The new study was led by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. It tracked pregnancies in Norway in 2009 and 2010 during an international epidemic of a new swine flu strain.
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Airline seats are not all created equal. The amount of room a passenger gets varies widely in economy class, depending upon the airline and the plane. Most legroom United Airlines, Frontier Airlines
Widest Virgin America 19.7 in. (50 cm)
36 in. (91 cm) The distance from the back of one seat to the back of the next, known as pitch
Least legroom Spirit Airlines
Narrowest Multiple airlines*
28 in. (71 cm)
What about first and business class? Most legroom Pitch of 94 in. (239 cm)
Least legroom Pitch of 32 in. (81 cm)
US Airways Airbus 330-300
United Airlines Turbo prop Bombardier Q400
17 in. (43 cm)
*United has upgraded their seats in
Seat size varies even more, depending on the type of plane.
some of the newer airplanes, this is only a partial list.
Widest 36 in. (91 cm)
American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
Narrowest 17 in. (43 cm)
United Airlines Turbo prop Bombardier Q400
*American, Alaska, Allegiant, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Sun Country, United, US Airways; seat measurements shown here represent the maximum and minimum dimensions offered, according to Seatguru.com Source: Seatguru.com Graphic: Hugo Martin, Raoul Ranoa, Los Angeles Times
reasons not to buy a smartphone
Take a seat
Economy seats, U.S. flights
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Smartphones are taking over the cellphone market. In the first quarter of 2012, 44 percent of the U.S. population had smartphones, according to research by Google and Ipsos MediaCT released in May 2012. "I think the reasons for not getting a smartphone are getting pretty few and far between," says Scott Stein, a senior editor at CNET.com.
your old phone off your hands, and they may even give you money or a trade-in value for it, depending on the condition.
Is now the time to draw the line in the sand and say no to 24/6 (excluding Shabbos, Baruch Hashem) connectivity and nearly all of the information in the world literally in your pocket? Where will it end?
There's a significant acquisition cost when buying a smartphone, as they're all varying degrees of pricey. But the bucks don't stop there -- data plans are increasingly expensive.
Only you can decide. Here are a few considerations. New smartphones are released about every five minutes -- or so it seems. Near-constant upgrades may be great for companies and the economy -not to mention the 401(k) plans of millions of people who benefit from the relentless growth of technology juggernaut Apple, but it's plainly not great for the planet. "The average life of a phone is something like 18 months -- and that is an older statistic, so it is probably even less," says Brenden Sherratt, social media and marketing expert at Sortable.com, a website dedicated to helping consumers make electronics decisions. One point in favor of smartphones is that many do have resale value. Phones can be sold to other individuals, or some companies will buy back newer phones. Major companies and carriers -- Apple, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile -- all offer to take
At the very least, they'll recycle your old phone for free, which may assuage some of the buyer's remorse you'll feel when the next new phone comes out in four minutes.
"Data becomes such a huge part of the package that a lot of people might prefer to just pay for a voice plan and say, 'I do not want any part of that data access because it is getting too expensive,'" Stein says. While talk is cheap, literally -- who wants to talk on a phone these days? -- data plans get expensive, and they're somewhat redundant. The average U.S. household has five devices connected to the Internet, according to a survey by Chetan Sharma Consulting, a management consulting firm focused on mobile and voice communications. Some households have more than 15 devices. One option for consumers: Get a simple phone and a tablet with a cellular package. "Those often cost less, and you can choose to turn it on and off. That way, you can sort of connect as much as you want, but then your phone is not the thing that is carrying all of that burden," Stein says.
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Thinking about risk A list of which bank products are insured by the federal government and which are not:
Insured: Checking accounts, including
money market deposit accounts, savings accounts, certificates of deposit (CDs) and some retirement accounts
Insurance limits: Bank accounts are
insured up to $100,000 per depositor (joint accounts up to $200,000); qualified retirement accounts up to $250,000
Not insured: Investments in mutual funds (stock, bond or money market funds), annuities and investment products, such as stocks, bonds and Treasury securities, even if the products are bought at a FDIC-member bank
Deposits at FDIC-insu re banks, 2007 d
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A thirst for sugary drinks
Half of Americans drink a sugar-sweetened beverage daily, despite the fact that these drinks are linked to obesity.
Percentage of Americans older than 2 years who consume a sugared beverage daily
Link to disease
How much the likelihood of a person being overweight or obese increases by drinking one sugared beverage a day: Adults
Number of teaspoons of sugar in one 12-oz. (340-g) can of regular soda (130 calories)
Children 60% © 2012 MCT Source: American Heatt Association Graphic: Chicago Tribune
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open letter to Governor Cuomo
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Dear Governor, New York Republicans listened to your 2013 State of the State address with great interest, eager to hear your plans to strengthen New York's economy. Unfortunately, New York is still the tax capital of the Nation, with the highest state debt per capita, the worst-in-theNation business climate and poverty and unemployment rates above the national average. Our current state budget contains $4.5 billion in temporary resources, including your temporary tax increase of $2.6 billion. While we were heartened by your pledge not to raise taxes again and to reform our unemployment insurance and workers compensation schemes and our antiquated job training programs, there is still much more to be done to make New York competitive. Your address missed that mark by a wide margin. You proposed to use government funds to pick ten venture capital "winners." When government picks winners, "Solyndras" result. The best way to provide investment capital for fledging companies and to keep successful ones here is to stop taxing capital gains under New York's punishing ordinary income tax regime. And since small businesses create most new jobs, where are your proposals to reform that ordinary tax regime? What about proposals to eliminate corporate taxes on our steadily thinning critical mass of increasingly high tech manufacturing companies that are struggling
and need capital to survive? Your lack of executive action has killed the development of New York's natural gas reserves, driving this new, hightech industry - and nearly 60,000 new jobs - into Pennsylvania. Our extraordinary 2009 Republican victories highlighted voters' frustrations with burgeoning property taxes, and the resulting bipartisan property tax cap put the brakes on rising property taxes. But local governments are still burdened with unfunded state mandates and use reserves or gimmicks to stay within the cap and still provide vital services. Why was your speech silent on unfunded mandate relief? Charter, parochial and independent schools have been the proving grounds for the K-12 reforms you proposed, but received no mention. New York has the highest per pupil K-12 costs in the Nation, and these independent schools are doing a better job at a significantly lower costs. Support, in the form of tax credits or otherwise, for these schools should be on the table. You were right to acknowledge that New York has experienced decades of decline. We need to do more than just manage that decline. To reverse the trend, New York needs a pro-growth job creating agenda first and foremost. Ed Cox Chairman, New York Republican State Committee
Plate over pyramid
The U.S. Department of AgricultureÕs ÒChoose MyPlate,Ó helps prompt consumers to think about what they eat.
• Updates USDA food patterns for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans • Features a plate icon (pictured) rather than familiar food pyramid; new icon designed to remind people to eat healthfully, but not provide specific dietary guidance
Recent USDA food pyramids
Featured six segments of food groups and suggested daily consumption
Featured color bands of different widths as a guide to food groups and proportions to be eaten
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, choosemyplate.gov
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Kids Health Matters
preventing flu, as simple as Wash, wash, wash your hands a good hand-wash Though you can never keep hands completely germ-free, there are some times when hand washing should be a top priority. • After using the toilet, both in public restrooms and at home • After touching animals or their waste
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