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January 31 2013
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Ramapo Councilman Daniel Friedman, a Spring Valley resident for 13 years, has announced his candidacy to be the next Mayor of the Village of Spring Valley. Friedman announced his candidacy on social media, highlighting his belief that government needs to promote new ideas, technology, and innovation to solve its challenges. In Ramapo, Friedman’s leadership in utilizing new technologies has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings to Ramapo taxpayers. “I am running for Mayor because Spring Valley is broken – and I
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Monsey Family Medical Center highlights Countdown to Affordable Health Insurance By: Kathleen Sebelius U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
We're starting an important countdown, first to October 1, 2013, when many of you will be able to begin to shop for health cont. Page 16 insurance that meets your needs at the new Health Insurance at HealthCare.gov. Cuomo Administration Issues New Marketplace The countdown continues on to Law to Save Lives at Hospitals January 1, 2014, the start of new health insurance coverage for Under a new initiative of the enth leading cause of death in millions of Americans. Cuomo administration, New York will be the first state to require all hospitals to adopt best practices for the early identification and treatment of sepsis.
Sepsis is a progressive shutdown of the body's organs and organ systems caused by a systemic inflammation due to an infection that enters the blood or soft tissue. The medical condition is the leading cause of death in hospitals and the elev-
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will utilize my knowledge and experience in government to fix it,” said Friedman. “By replicating the successes I have had in Ramapo through cutting costs and increasing revenues by using new technology, instituting efficiencies, promoting consolidation, and strengthening our partnership with Governor Cuomo and leaders in Albany, we can restore fiscal sanity. Councilman Daniel Friedman reduced the Town of Ramapo’s energy expenditures by over 30% saving over $600,000 to date – by renegotiating contracts, passing
will have new access to affordable health insurance coverage. Over the last two years, we've worked closely with states to begin building their health insurance marketplaces, also known as Exchanges, so that families and small-business owners will be able to get accurate information to make apples-to-apples comparisons of private insurance plans.
the United States.
Dr. Nirav Shah commissioner of the Department of Health also announced regulations that target pediatric patients and their distinctive needs. The regulations will require hospitals to post a "Parents' Bill of Rights" letting the parents and patients know of the protection provided under the new regulations. The new initia-
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This is an historic time for those Americans who never had health insurance, who had to go without insurance after losing a job or becoming sick, or who had been turned down because of a pre-existing condition. Because of these new marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans for more health news see page 6
as we go to press UN Human Rights Council: Israeli Settlements Are Illegal In its report to the 47-nation Human Rights Council, a panel of investigators said Israel is violating international humanitarian law under the Fourth Geneva Convention, one of the treaties that establish the ground rules for what is considered humane during wartime. The Israeli government has persisted in settling Palestinian-occupied territories, including East Jerusalem and the West Bank, “despite all the pertinent United Nations resolutions declaring that the existence of the settlements is illegal and calling for their cessation,” the report said. The settlements are “a mesh of construction and infrastructure leading to a creeping annexation that prevents the establishment of a contiguous and viable Palestinian State and undermines the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination,” it concludes. French judge Christine Chanet, who led the panel, said Israel never cooperated with the probe, which the council ordered last March. At a news conference, she called the report “a kind of weapon for the Palestinians” if they want to take up their grievances before The Hague-based International Criminal Court.
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The Advocate has always tried to help bring people to find jobs and employment. This year, we are happy to be a co-sponsor of the Parnassah Expo. This historic event brings together employer-and employee. Thousands of our community’s men and women have been placed in jobs, received precious advice and mentoring, found investor capital for their ideas, grew their client base. the Parnassah Network’s ability to network them with the right people, businesses and ideas will only bring a brighter future. Countless prominent businessmen and askanim from communities as diverse as Boro Park, Williamsburg, Lakewood, Far Rockaway/ Five Towns, Marine Park, Los Angeles, and well beyond, have reserved space at the expo and are reaching out to their communities and business peers. A special committee with representatives of all major chassidishe communities was formed to help reach out to their members. The Advocate will be at the Parnassah Expo, come to our booth and say hello. For more information,see the ad displayed on page 12 of this week's Advocate.
letters to the editor Dear Editor,
Our efforts to prevent gun violence just got a big boost. Today, Republican Senator Mark Kirk and I introduced a bill to fight gun trafficking.
After months of advocacy at the Advocate Action Desk, I am happy to see that the Village of Spring Valley and the Dept of Transportation have heard our concerns and we are all happy to so see the repair on Robert Pitt Drive. You may not have noticed for a while-avoiding have been avoiding the troubled street, but go take a drive. It has all been fixed.
This is the first bipartisan action since the tragic shooting in Newtown. It would define gun trafficking as a federal crime, impose stiff penalties on perpetrators and help stop the flow of illegal weapons onto our streets. We need to pass it. Gaining Senator Kirk’s support is an enormous help, but it does not guarantee success. As you know, any proposed gun law is going to meet stiff resistance in Congress. That’s why I need you to speak out now in support of this bill. The only way to press forward is by accepting nothing less. Sign my petition today, and tell members of Congress to pass The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act. Let lawmakers know that you demand action to stop rampant gun violence. It shouldn’t take the senseless killing of innocent children and teachers to get strong gun laws in place. Now that we’re here, we must do all we can to prevent something like this from happening again.
Readers should be aware that their concerns on local issues have been heard, and the Advocate, which continues to write, call and urge local elected officials to help the community they serve, should be thanked. Readers should understand that every time someone complains or brings an issue to the Advocate Action Desk’s editor, your voice is heard. This way the town , or village feels pressure to react, as they do care about the needs of their constituents. Residents have to understand that it is YOU who have a voice in the community, and together with local government we can bring out the best our county has to offer. Robert Pitt Drive is fixed, next let us fix the County Budget! Sincerely, Kalmen Klein Monsey
It’s up to us – all of us. Sincerely, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
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Attention Monsey Drivers!
Toyota Recalls Almost 1.3 Million Vehicles on Airbags and Wipers Toyota Motor Corp. (7203), the world’s biggest carmaker, recalled almost 1.3 million vehicles because of defects associated with airbags and window wipers. The company recalled 901,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles worldwide on concern that a malfunctioning chip could inadvertently deploy the front-seat airbags or activate the automatic seat belt restraints, Ryo Sakai, a spokesman for the Toyota City, Japan-based automaker, said by phone today. About 385,000 Lexus IS cars are also being recalled as their windshield wipers may not be adequately tightened, he said. It’s the third time since October that Toyota, which called back more than 10 million vehicles in 2009 and 2010 for defects associated with unintended acceleration, has announced a recall involving more than 1 million vehicles. In October, Toyota announced a recall involving 7.43 million vehicles followed by one involving 2.77 million units the next month.
“With more models being shifted into carrying the same platform, I’m sure that going forward, when recalls happen, they will be massive like this one,” Yuuki Sakurai, president of Fukoku Capital Management Inc. in Tokyo, said by phone. “The costs are sure to build up too, because you need to replace the entire system, not just fix one part.” In North America, Toyota is aware of 18 incidents involving the Corolla models where malfunctions may have caused scratches and detected defects in 46 cases, Sakai said. No accidents or injuries have been reported related to the Lexus IS recalls, while the company is aware of 25 cases of defects globally, he
said. The cars being recalled are the 2003 and 2004 models of the Corolla and Matrix variant, involving vehicles sold in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Japan, Toyota said. For the Lexus IS, the company is calling back models from 2006 through 2012 in markets including the U.S. and Europe, it said.
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Cuomo Administration Issues New Law to Save Lives at Hospitals continued from page 1 tives called "Rory's Regulations" were announced by Shah alongside Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton, who lost their 12year old son Rory to sepsis in April 2012. The Stauntons have since become advocates to increase awareness of sepsis and the preventative measures that hospitals could undertake to decrease the numbers of deaths a year. More than 750,000 Americans are diagnosed with sepsis each year, and roughly 200,000 die from the medical condition. According to Shah, those who don't die from sepsis "often experience life-altering consequences like missing limbs or organ dysfunction...Sepsis is
a huge driver of medical costs, accounting for an estimated $17 billion annually in national healthcare expenses." "By adopting the regulations proposed today, New York will lead the nation and establish a gold standard for patient care that others states should follow," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "I commend those in the health care community who work closely with our Department of Health to develop these new regulations which are expected to save thousands of lives in New York. I extend my most sincere appreciation to the Staunton family for their strength and unwavering commitment to this vital effort."
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national & international news updates Army Warns Unrest Pushing Egypt to the Brink Egypt’s army chief said political unrest was pushing the state to the brink of collapse – a stark warning from the institution that ran the country until last year as Cairo’s first freely elected leader struggles to curb bloody street violence. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a U.S.-trained general appointed by President Mohamed Mursi last year to head the armed forces, added in a statement on Tuesday that one of the primary goals of deploying troops in cities on the Suez Canal was to protect the waterway that is vital for Egypt’s economy and world trade.
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 anti-aircraft missiles, which would be strategically “game-changing” in the hands of Hezbollah.
Bill de Blasio Announces He's Running For NYC Mayor
in Brooklyn’s Park Slope.
Troubled housing market
many homeowners underwater, or owing more on their mortgage than their house is worth, and foreclosures stubbornly high, The Democrat’s slogan is: With the Obama administration is trying another program to help struggling homeowners refinance. “We only succeed if we The program leave no New Yorker be- Percentage of homes with negative equity in the second quarter of 2011 0 - 15% 16 - 30% 31 - 45% 46 - 60% Data not available Federal officials are making major hind.”
The 51-year-old candidate says that means he’ll conduct what he calls a “true citywide campaign” — starting Monday in all five boroughs.
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The election to replace outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in November.
Israel conducted an airstrike inside Syria overnight near the border with Lebanon, hitting a convoy of trucks, U.S. and regional officials said Wednesday.
New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has announced he’s running for mayor.
The regional officials said Israel had been planning in the days
The public advocate announced his run Sunday outside his home
De Blasio says the billionaire mayor’s policies have been good for some, but many middle-class New Yorkers “have been ignored or priced out.”
Israel Hits Target In Syria Border Area
The field of candidates includes City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson, a former city Alaska comptroller — both Democrats — and Republican Joe Lhota, former chair- Percentage of U.S. homes man of the Metropolit- with negative equity Transportation Authority. 30%
Number of homes entering foreclosure, in thousands*
Number of refinancings, in thousands**
250 2nd quarter
Senate confirms John Kerry as Secretary of State
Sen. John Kerry was easily confirmed by the Senate Tuesday to become the next secretary of state, installing the first key member of President Barack Obama’s national security team in his second term. The vote was 94-3, with Kerry voting present. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Texas Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz voted no.
Ray LaHood to resign from Obama administration Chairwoman of the Assembly Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts, and Sports Development, Margaret Markey presided over a public hearing last Tuesday to discuss the redevelopment of New York state's "I Love New York" brand and its potential influence on the state's economy. In 2011 the "I Love New York" campaign was redeveloped with the goal of using New York's tourism industry, which sustains 700,000 jobs statewide, as a key component to reinvigorate the state's economy.
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.
Cuomo’s approval rating down since gun law Cuomo’s approval rating — which has been virtually unblemished since he took office in 2011 — fell from 74 percent to 59 percent, according to the Quinnipiac University poll. Voters in non-gun homes approved of the Democratic governor 68 percent to 19 percent. Voters in households with a gun disapproved of him 50 percent to 40 percent, the poll said. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating dropped 15 percentage points because of voters’ concerns about the new gun-control law.
laws to prevent future mass killings. “Thank you for inviting me here today,” she said. “This is an important conversation for our children, for our community, for Democrats and Republicans. Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important.” She continued: “Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something. It will be hard, but the time is now. You must act. Be bold, be courageous. Americans are counting on you.”
objections to Obama’s choice of Hagel Washington - As Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Pentagon, prepared to meet with senior New York Senator Chuck Schumer in mid-January, the White House stepped in and ensured that the get-together would take place quickly and in the West Wing.
Giffords surprise at Senate gun hearing
Some of the loudest objections to Obama’s choice of Hagel for secretary of defense stemmed from lawmakers’ concerns about his past comments on Israel and Iran.
JFormer Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) made a surprise appearance at the beginning of Wednesday’s Senate committee hearing on gun violence, telling members they must be “bold” and “courageous” when enacting
And with Schumer, the leading Jewish Democrat in Congress, among those expressing doubts, the administration wanted to make absolutely clear that it expected his support. Hosting the meeting in the White
• Eliminates fees for borrowers who refinance into shorter-term mortgages • Waives some legal liabilities for lenders about the quality of the loan that have made them hesitant to approve a refinance • Requires the borrower to have no late payments in the last six months and no more than one late payment in the last year • Extends the program’s life 18 months until the end of 2013
**For Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans
• No longer requires a new appraisal in many cases, substituting an automated estimate based on comparable properties
*Notices of default, the first step in the foreclosure process; data for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages
• Removes limit on borrowers who owe more than 125 percent of the value of their home, meaning people can refinance no matter how much the value of their property has dropped
• Mortgages must be guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, or sold to the firms by May 31, 2009
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changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program to let more underwater borrowers qualify for refinancing
© 2011 MCT Source: Zillow, CoreLogic, Federal Housing Finance Agency Graphic: Scott J. Wilson, Joe Bel Bruno, Jim Puzzanghera, Robert Burns, Lorena Iniguez Elebee, Los Angeles Times
House wing housing the president’s official offices was a symbol of its importance to the administration
Stop the Honking? New York Suggests It’s a Lost Cause "Don't Honk" signs for some time have been ignored, and apparently the DOT has now decided to do something about it. According to the Times the Department has been slowly removing all of the essentially useless signage from the city, with the last expected to come down by the end of the year. But this is New York, so not everyone is happy about this development. Councilwoman Gale Brewer, for instance, tells the Times she gets a steady stream of requests for the signs on the Upper West Side (raise your hand if you are surprised) and has written the DOT commissioner about her distaste for the change. "The notion of taking down information when information is so hard to get in New York City is pretty bad.," she said.
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rockland & regional Zebrowski named Assembly Chair of the Administrative Regulation Review Commission
Senator Carlucci Hosts Successful Flu Shot Clinic for Rockland Residents
Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (D-Rockland) announced that he was appointed chair of the Administrative Regulation Review Commission (ARRC) in the New York State Assembly. The commission oversees and reviews the rules and regulations that are promulgated by New York State’s various agencies.
NANUET, NY – In the midst of one of the most widespread flu seasons seen in nearly a decade, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) today held a free flu shot clinic for Rockland County residents who have yet to be vaccinated. The event, held at Senator Carlucci’s district office in Nanuet, was conducted in partnership with Nyack Hospital, who provided on-site nursing staff and pharmacists to administer vaccines that guard against influenza.
"I am excited to get to work as chair of this Commission and believe it will afford me the opportunity to address the concerns of New Yorkers on many different issues," said Assemblyman Zebrowski. The Administrative Regulation Review Commission has recently been involved in public hearings relating to pending hydrofracking regulations. In the past, the Commission has been active in reforming the rulemaking process to make it more transparent. MAJOR DRUG SWEEP FOLLOWING UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe on Wedesday announced the filing of criminal charges against 28 individuals on drug and other charges following a four-month undercover investigation targeting narcotics trafficking activities in the community. The defendants - who range in age from 24 to 53 - are charged with selling crack and powdered cocaine, heroin, ketamine, oxycodone, Ecstasy, Percocet, marijuana and other controlled substances to undercover police officers on more than 75 separate occasions during the past several months in Haverstraw, Clarkstown, Orangetown and Ramapo. The 28 defendants are variously charged with numerous counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class “B” felony and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class “B” felony, each punishable by up to nine years in prison. Rockland County Drug Task Force Director Christopher Goldrick said, “These long-term drug investigations arrests have been a collaborative and coordinated response to open-air drug dealing complaints from our residents. The Drug Task Force, along with the Street Crime Units, Detective Bureaus and Uniform Patrol Officers will continue to dismantle open-air drug dealers and gang members that fuel all other crimes that deteriorate our communities. The Rockland County Drug Task Force recognizes the valuable partnership it has established with our federal and state agencies.” The investigation continues into the reach and scope of illicit drug trafficking in Rockland County and further arrests will be made.
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“Drawing residents from Stony Point to Sloatsburg, our flu shot clinic was an overwhelming success that ultimately will protect residents and keep them healthy in the months ahead,” said Senator Carlucci. “I would like to thank Nyack Hospital for their efforts and for working together for the benefit of the entire community.” In total, over 50 residents attended the three hour clinic that ran from the late afternoon through the early evening.” Mayor Lacorte Discusses Transparent Issue-based Campaign & Text Message at House Party in New City Mayor Dagan Lacorte discussed his issuebased transparent campaign at the home of Wendy and Tom D'Arminio last night in New City. In front of a crowd of forty supporters and press, Mayor Lacorte also issued a statement concerning the text message he mistakenly sent to opponent David Fried. A copy of the statement is attached below. Mayor Lacorte accepted responsibility for his actions, saying, "I called Judge Fried today to apologize for this mistake. I apologize to my supporters, who have rallied behind this campaign because you believe I can be a new voice for solving Rockland's fiscal crisis." Mayor Lacorte said that he is 100% committed to this race and will continue to address all the issues that impact the residents of Rockland County. "As Mayor Lacorte said tonight, this race is not about texts but about taxes. I have seen his passionate leadership first hand in Suffern as a two-term President of the Suffern Chamber of Commerce. No one has done more to move our downtown revitalization forward. Because of Dagan, we have tens of millions of dollars of new investment in Suffern and a multiyear facade program that will continue to beautify our downtown. Everyone makes mistakes. Dagan took responsibility for his. He had and will continue to have my vote," said Vince Crapella forty-year Rockland resident and business owner.
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Countdown to Affordable Health Insurance
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That is why the administration is so excited about launching the newly rebuilt HealthCare.gov website, where you'll be able to buy insurance from qualified private health plans and check if you are eligible for financial assistance -- all in one place, with a single application. Many individuals and families will be eligible for a new kind of tax credit to help lower their premium costs. If your state is running its own Marketplace, HealthCare.gov will make sure you get to the right place. The Marketplace will offer much more than any health insurance website you've used before. Insurers will compete for your business on a level playing field, with no hidden costs or misleading fine print. There is still work to be done to make sure the insurance market works for families and small businesses. But, for millions of Americans, the time for having the affordable, quality health care coverage, security, and peace of mind they need and deserve is finally within sight.
Stomach Virus is going around The New York area has seen increases of a specific type of stomach flu in the last few weeks. "Mainly a viral gastroenteritis has been coming into the center," said Dr. Arthur Landau, an internal medicine doctor on staff at Monsey Family Medical Center. "We've had a 20-25 percent increase in what looks like the stomach flu." Viral gastroenteritis, also known as the "stomach flu" should not be confused with true influenza. Your flu vaccination won't help because they are different viruses. You can catch the stomach bug through close contact and drinking or eating food that has been contaminated. Nurses at Monsey Family Medical Center are spreading the message that hand washing is the best defense. The stomach flu tends to appear with small outbreaks, lasting 2-5 days. Symptoms include nausea, fever, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. Without rest, your immunity weakens. Since antibiotics wouldn't work in treating a gastroenteritis virus, plenty of fluids and sleep are crucial for self-recovery. While stomach bug cases increase, there is better news on the influenza front. Local doctors have seen very few cases of true influenza this year. So far, the vaccine mix seems to be effectively fighting the flu strains that were anticipated this year. Doctor Landau also said the mild winter may have prevented influenza cases as people aren't spending so much time in closed quarters this season. The flu is more likely to spread when people stay inside in close contact. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control is calling this the latest start to the influenza season in 25 years. There is no medicine that will kill stomach flu viruses (antibiotics are not effective against viral infections). Therefore, stomach flu treatment goals are focused on providing supportive care while the body fights the stomach flu. Supportive care involves treating symptoms, such as dehydration, that can occur as a result of the stomach flu. Fortunately, for people with healthy immune systems, the body is able to effectively kill stomach flu viruses, and after 1 to 10 days (depending on the virus), stomach flu symptoms generally improve. Your body needs fluids to function. Dehydration is the loss of fluids from the body, Children with stomach flu present special concerns. Because of their smaller body size, infants and children are at greater risk of dehydration from diarrhea and vomiting. For this reason it is very important to speak to your physician at the first sign of flu like symptoms in children.
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how to ensure your childen have healthy teeth
he dentists at Monsey Family Medical Center all agree that a child needs foods from all the major food groups in order to grow properly and stay healthy, but when starches and sugars dominate a child's diet, the risk of tooth decay goes way up. That's because some bacteria in the mouth use these starches and sugars as food to produce acid. The acid is strong enough to dissolve tooth enamel and cause decay. "It can be a challenge for parents to make healthy food choices for their children. However, what parents allow their children to eat and drink seriously affects their overall health, including their teeth and gums," says Dr. Ramin Kashani, a pediatric dentist at Monsey Family Medical Center. To help children make sensible food choices, the dentists at Monsey Family Medical Center recommend the following to parents: Recognize foods that are "high risk" for tooth decay. Most people know that sweets such as cookies, candy and cake are poor snack choices for healthy teeth. However, some foods aren't so obvious. Snacks that stick to teeth can cause as much tooth decay as candy and cookies. These foods include some cereals, chips, crackers and even dried fruits. Limit the number of snacks a day. Remember that each time you give your child a meal or a snack, you are also giving a "snack" to the cavity-causing bacteria in your child's mouth. The more snacks, the more times the bacteria can attack your child's teeth. It's important to make sure your child maintains a healthy diet that includes set mealtimes and snacks. But continuous snacking is a risk for cavities. Restrict high-sugar foods to set mealtimes. We all enjoy a sweet treat now and then. But according to Dr. Stacy Lubetsky, a Pediatric Dentist at Monsey Family Medical Center, “having your child eat it as part of a regular meal, rather than by itself as a snack, can limit the risk of tooth decay.” Choose milk or water, instead of sugary drinks or juice. What children drink is just as important as what they eat. Most juices and sodas are loaded with sugar. Sipping on fruit juice, sodas, or sport drinks keeps sugars washing over the teeth. This can contribute to tooth decay. Choosing milk or water will help ensure a healthy mouth and body for your child. Remember that a nutritious diet is just one way of preventing tooth decay. Be sure that your child also brushes twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Your child also needs to have a "dental home," where he or she can have regular checkups by the dentist. “Rockland County water does not have fluoride added to it, so it is very important to supplement with drops.” Explains Dr. Lubetsky.
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Family Health Talk Ben Gilman
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Psychiatrists Add Many Changes To Diagnosis Manual The now familiar term "Asperger's disorder" is being dropped. And abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums will be given a scientific-sounding diagnosis called DMDD. But "dyslexia" and other learning disorders remain. "It is happening all over the world," notes psychiatrist Dr. Zvi Weisstuch, at Project Ohr. "We are seeing this broader spectrum occur in people from all around the world in many circles."
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.
The revisions come in the first major rewrite in nearly 20 years of the diagnostic guide used by the nation's psychiatrists. Changes were approved this past week.
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Full details of all the revisions will come next May when the American Psychiatric Association's new diagnostic manual is published, but the impact will be huge, affecting millions of children and adults worldwide. The manual also is important for the insurance industry in deciding what treatment to pay for, and it helps schools decide how to allot special education. One of the most hotly argued changes was how to define the various ranges of autism. Some advocates opposed the idea of dropping the specific diagnosis for Asperger's disorder. People with that disorder often have high intelligence and vast knowledge on narrow subjects but lack social skills. Some who have the condition embrace their quirkiness and vow to continue to use the label. And some Asperger's families opposed any change, fearing their kids would lose a diagnosis and no longer be eligible for special services. But the revision will not affect their education services, experts say. The new manual adds the term "autism spectrum disorder," which already is used by many experts in the field. Asperger's disorder will be dropped and incorporated under that umbrella diagnosis. The new category will include kids with severe autism, who often don't talk or interact, as well as those with milder forms. People with dyslexia also were closely watching for the new updated doctors' guide. Many with the reading disorder did not want their diagnosis to be dropped. And it won't be. Instead, the new manual will have a broader learning disorder category to cover several conditions including dyslexia, which causes difficulty understanding letters and recognizing written words. 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
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Autism researcher Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer for the advocacy group Autism Speaks, said small studies have suggested the new criteria will be effective. But she said it will be crucial to monitor so that children don't lose services. Other changes include: A new diagnosis for severe recurrent temper tantrums – disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. Critics say it will medicalize kids' who have normal tantrums. Supporters say it will address concerns about too many kids being misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder and treated with powerful psychiatric drugs. Bipolar disorder involves sharp mood swings and affected children are sometimes very irritable or have explosive tantrums. Other changes include: A new diagnosis for severe recurrent temper tantrums – disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. Critics say it will medicalize kids' who have normal tantrums. Supporters say it will address concerns about too many kids being misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder and treated with powerful psychiatric drugs. Bipolar disorder involves sharp mood swings and affected children are sometimes very irritable or have explosive tantrums.
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Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys Autism prevalence figures are growing Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism • There is no medical detection or cure for autism • National Institutes of Health Funds Allocation
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Coffee cuts Oral Cancer rates As if there weren't already a host of other reasons to love coffee, a new study links drinking several cups a day with a decreased risk of dying from oral cancer. The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, shows an association between drinking more than four cups of coffee a day and a halved risk of dying from oral and pharyngeal cancers. However, it's important to note that researchers only found an association, and more work is needed to figure out what exactly might be at the root of the finding. "Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, and contains a variety of antioxidants, polyphenols, and other biologically active compounds that may help to protect against development or progression of cancers," study researcher Janet Hildebrand, MPH, said in a statement. "Although it is less common in the United States, oral/pharyngeal cancer is among the 10 most common cancers
in the world. Our finding strengthens the evidence of a possible protective effect of caffeinated coffee in the etiology and/or progression of cancers of the mouth and pharynx."
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.
ence 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.
The study is based on 968,432 people who were part of the Cancer Preven- And people didn't have to regularly tion Study II, who were followed for 26 drink four or more cups a day to experiyears. No one had cancer at the start of the study, but by the end of the In small doses, like those contained in the gum, nic- research, and there have not been any long-term ranstudy, 868 otine is generally considered safe. But it does have domized studies specifically addressing this quesp e o p l e stimulant properties that can raise blood pressure, tion in people. One recent reportthat reviewed the had died increase heart rate and constrict blood vessels. One evidence on nicotine replacement therapy and cancer from oral/ large report from 2010 found that compared to people concluded that, “the risk, if any, seems small compharyngeal given a placebo, those who used nicotine replacement pared with continued smoking.” therapies had a higher risk of heart palpitations and Ultimately, the biggest problem with using nicotine cancers.
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chest pains. That’s one reason that nicotine gum should, ideally, be used for no more than four to six months, said Lauren Indorf, a nurse practitioner with the Cleveland Clinic’s Tobacco Treatment Center. Yet up to 10 percent of people use it for longer periods, in some cases for a decade or more she said. Some research has raised speculation that long-term use of nicotine might also raise the risk of cancer, though it has mostly involved laboratory and animal
gum for long periods is that the longer you stay on it, the longer you remain dependent on nicotine, and thus the greater your odds of a smoking relapse, said Ms. Indorf. “What if the gum is not available one day?” she said. “Your body is still relying on nicotine.” If you find yourself using it for longer than six months, it may be time to consider switching to sugar-free gum or even another replacement therapy, like the patch or nasal spray.
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mo, who personally endorsed the proposal and awarded Ramapo a $50,000 grant to complete it. As Mayor, Friedman will ensure that this consolidation will finally become a reality in Spring Valley. Friedman stressed that votes is what it comes down to. "It is important for people to go out and register to vote, there are tremendous issues in Spring Valley, that will only be addressed by a change in leadership.” Making it affordable for people to stay here in Spring Valley is a major issue, Friedman told the Advocate in an interview. “Taxes almost doubled in the last ten years. People are getting less and less." He continued, “A lot of people know that with Ramapo Chief of Police Peter Brower and his official vehicle - a Ford Fusion hybrid purchased under Friedman's hybrid vehicle legislation! their taxes go up every year, but people did not realize their Spring Valley property taxes have gone up 94 % over ten years." “In this election, the distinction between myself and the Mayor cannot be clearer,” said FriedAt the Areivim Dinner with Rabbi Klatzco and Rabbi Gluck man. “I voted against tax increases in Ramapo and Friedman also proposed a groundbreaking government consolidation proposal reduced expenses and taxes, while the for Spring Valley, which will eliminate Mayor has voted to increase taxes in three special governments and consoli- Spring Valley by 94% since taking ofdate them into one. The consolidation fice a decade ago. I voluntarily took a program would reduce fire taxes for pay cut in my position as Councilman Spring Valley area residents by 28% because of the difficult times we are - 73%. The plan has won widespread in." Speaking against ofensive anti-Irish apparel and gifts during a press conference support, including from public safety Friedman said the issue of fiscal prioriat the Rockland County Legislature. (L to R) Councilman Pat Withers, officials, and Governor Andrew Cuo- ties is a focal point of the campaign. Legislator Ilan Schoenberger, and Legislator Pat Moroney. legislation, bringing in new techn o l o g y, a n d working to bring thousands of dollars in state aid to offset energy expenses. As a Councilman, Friedman has been proactive in working to support shuls and yeshivas in Ramapo and Spring Valley - helping them with matters big and small, including helping them navigate the often complicated red tape of government. His work has earned him the support of rabbanim, yeshivas, mosdos, and community leaders, and as a Councilman, he has been recognized and honored by them for his dedication and hard work on behalf of them and the entire community.
Where gold is stored
The U.S. gold bullion reserves, in the form of bars, are kept in six facilities across the country. With the exception of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, all are under jurisdiction of the U.S. Mint and are classified locations allowing no visitation.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York Philadelphia Mint
Standard mint gold bar . 3.625 cin (9.2 m)
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Troy ounces 400 Value $16,888 Weight 27.5 lb. (12.5 kg)
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Value of gold currently kept at Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in billions, based on leading-month futures price at one-month intervals
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. 1.75 in m) (4.45 c
Aug. 7 (all nations)
$341.3 billion 400
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More Listeria Brings Another Recall of Smoked Salmon
food companies Schumer Announces Major Victory in Petitioning USDA to Begin Pilot to Place Healthy Greek Yogurt (made in NY) in School Meal Programs Across the Country Schumer: Schools Can Soon Say They’ve ‘Got NY Greek Yogurt’ U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he successfully petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase the availability of New York-made Greek yogurt in school meal programs in New York State and potentially across the country. In a letter to Senator Schumer, the USDA committed to initiating a pilot program that is expected to place Greek yogurt in schools across the country as early as April 2013. Specifically, thanks to Schumer’s June 18th efforts, the USDA initiated this process, which will first increase school’s access to Greek Yogurt on a pilot basis. If successful, this could become a permanent part of the USDA Foods List for schools nationwide, and could lay the groundwork to create a separate crediting standard for strained yogurt – also known as “Greek” yogurt – to reflect its higher protein content. Schumer explained that through this pilot, the USDA will now work towards adding Greek yogurt to the USDA Foods List, which is a list of over 180 nutritious foods that state agencies are eligible to buy with USDA food
entitlement money. The pilot will help test market demand for Greek yogurt in schools, which would be categorized on the Foods List as an additional protein option – a meat alternative to achieve meal nutrition requirements. New York schools are also highly supportive of Schumer’s efforts to make this a food option that is eligible for upfront entitlement money, rather than federal reimbursement. Schumer’s efforts to place Greek yogurt in more school cafeterias will provide a boon for the largely New York-based Greek yogurt industry, including companies like Chobani, Fage, Alpina, the future Muller Quaker, and others throughout New York. In addition, because Greek yogurt requires more milk than regular yogurt, New York’s dairy farmers would also benefit from Senator Schumer’s plan. “Soon, New York-made, healthy and protein-rich Greek Yogurt could be what’s for lunch in schools across New York and even the country,” said Senator Schumer. “I applaud the USDA for heeding my call and working diligently and effectively to initiate a pilot program to bring New York Greek yogurt to school cafeterias as early as April 2013. The USDA’s pilot program will serve as an important first step in boosting nutrition for New York students, all while bolstering business for our dairy farmers and Greek yogurt producers alike. To put it simply: New York schools will soon be able to say they’ve ‘Got Greek Yogurt.’”
One lot code of 4-ounce Salmon — cold smoked and sliced—and sold in stores in 12 states has been recalled by the Austin-based Whole Foods Market because it tested positive for Listeria Monocytogenes. No illnesses have yet been reported. The recalled sockeye was being sold in Whole Market stores in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, and Utah. The recalled salmon is sold in blackand-gold, flat, rectangular vacuumsealed packages; the lot code being recalled is 7425A2298B. The lot code is ink-jet printed on the back of the package, on the upper left side. The UPC code is 0 99482 40880 0.
Listeria can cause a sometimesdeadly infection. Symptoms include high fever, severe headaches, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Smoked salmon recalls spiked during the last two months of 2012, and that trend is apparently continuing.
Stress and the Heart A study indicates that people with stressful lives are more likely to develop heart disease and even die of it. At Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, Donald Edmondson reviewed 14 years of data from six studies involving nearly 120,000 people who had reported their stress levels. Edmondson says the risk of disease and death rose about 27 percent:
“It’s a moderate increase in risk comparable to about five extra cigarettes a day or three points of blood pressure increase.” Edmondson suggests working things into your day that reduce stress, such as a brisk walk, stretching, or spending time with people you like. The study in the American Journal of Cardiology was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
Job market in holding pattern U.S. unemployment rate has plateaued and job growth has slowed as companies rely on temporary workers.
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China manufacturing agent. Special education service. Etc. Etc. Etc. Etc. What do the above mentioned entities have in common? On an ordinary day: perhaps nothing. On February 12th, 2013: everything. The above is a very small sampling of those who have reserved booths at the upcoming Parnassah Expo at the Meadowlands Exposition Center. This may be the first time that they would ever find themselves at the same venue. And they may each be there for an entirely different reason. But that’s precisely the point. “The expo’s goal is to gather as many useful resources as possible under one roof, under one umbrella,” Reb Duvi Honig, founder and director of Parnassah Expo, explains. “We want every yid who walks through the doors to have made a worthwhile trip.” To understand the parameters of such a multifaceted event, you need to do no more than speak to Reb Duvi for two minutes. He is inimitable in his drive and originality. With a new idea or project hitting his mind every five minutes or so, Reb Duvi will not allow the calendar or clock get in his way of trying to implement it. The notion of using a cross section of resources from frum communities across North America to help members of frum communities across North America may sound simple in concept, but the sheer magnitude of the task has deterred that from ever being done before. In the short years since its inception, Parnassah Network has brought the gamut of guidance and resources to anyone who can use them. Thousands of our community’s men and women have learned new skills, been placed in jobs, received precious advice and mentoring, found investor capital for their ideas, grew their client base, and more, due to Parnassah Network’s ability to network them with the right people, businesses and ideas. The expo is a job fair, business to business networking event, education fair, seminar event, investment service, community development fair, and a lot more –all in one. Though large in both quantity and breadth, the Parnassah Expo is meticulously organized into sections, each one designed to maximize the benefit for everyone involved. This is a result of Reb Duvi’s boundless energy and imagination, complemented by the hard work and sage advice of the veteran businessmen and askanim that are actively working to make the Parnassah Expo a resounding success, b’ezras Hashem. Prominent rabbanim, such as Harav Malkiel Kotler, shlit”a, Rabbi Dovid Weinberger, shlit”a, and Rabbi Eytan Feiner, shlit”a, have issued public declarations of support for the event. Noted figures, such as Rabbi Aaron Kotler, Menachem Lubinsky, Chesky Kauftheil and Shea Rubenstein, have taken a leading role in Parnassah Expo activities and a comprehensive media campaign is underway. Countless
prominent businessmen and askanim from communities as diverse as Boro Park, Williamsburg, Lakewood, Far Rockaway/Five Towns, Marine Park, Los Angeles, and well beyond, have reserved space at the expo and are reaching out to their communities and business peers. A special committee with representatives of all major chassidishe communities was formed to help reach out to their members. Simply put, the expo will feature a collection of resources and a breadth of attendees incomparable to any community resource currently available, opening broad horizons that previously seemed to be just a dream. Never before has there been such an opportunity to sell your service to potential clients from throughout the continent
and/or find valuable resources to help you run your business, many of which you have not even known exist. Job openings, as well as related career services, such as training, career coaching and resume’ writing, will be featured as well. The following is a general partial breakdown of the resources at the expo: Industries Section The “Industries” section will feature a breadth of business resources like no other. The section will be subdivided into sections for the real estate, healthcare, technology, manufacturing and import/export, and “other” industries. Any business that can be of particular use to someone in a particular field will be featured there. For instance, companies providing mortgages, property management, lead abatement, exterminating services, janitorial supplies, real estate investment opportunities, etc., will all find their place in the real estate section. Unlike typical B to B events, vendors
markets States move forward to implement health care law, build health insurance marketplaces Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that three more states are on track to implement the health care law and establish health insurance marketplaces, or Exchanges, in their states. HHS issued the first conditional approval of a State Partnership Exchange in Delaware and Minnesota and Rhode Island are conditionally approved today to operate a State-based Exchange. The conditional approval provided to Delaware today is the first of its kind and shows the vast progress Delaware has made ahead of the Feb. 15, 2013, deadline to apply to operate a State Partnership Exchange. The State Partnership Exchange
will not only have the opportunity to showcase their services to the potential clients visiting their section, but attendees are welcomed to approach vendors and offer them services that would be useful for their business too. This makes it particularly worthwhile for freelancers and others who do not reserve booths to attend and find opportunity as well. The spirit of “networking” in any fashion will permeate the expo, bringing worlds of benefit to all, although exposure is significantly increased by reserving a booth . In addition, a spacious section will be designated near each industry section for networking between anyone interested in that industry. There will be a panel of
model is an option provided to states that want to manage part of the Exchange in 2014. A Partnership Exchange allows states to make key decisions and tailor the marketplace to local needs and market conditions. In addition to Delaware, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, and North Carolina have also expressed early interest in establishing a State Partnership Exchange. Because of the Affordable Care Act, consumers and small businesses in every state will have access to a new marketplace starting in 2014 where they can access quality, affordable private health insurance. These are similar to those choices that will be offered to members of Congress.
respected businesspeople within that industry who will answer any questions for attendees. Special structured networking sessions will also be held in this area, hosted by the panelists. Business Enhancement Tools and Services There are some products and services that are useful to just about every business and institutional venture out there. Examples include accounting, marketing, legal services, mentoring, office furniture, answering service, etc. As with the specific industries sections, vendors will be able to both offer their services and receive useful offers and contacts at the same time. This section
will likewise also feature its own spacious networking section. Investors Circle Many of us dream of owning our own business and have some great ideas for ventures, but lack the funds to get it off the ground. The expo’s Investors Circle in the center of the floor will be a gathering place for investors looking to put their money behind promising ventures to network with aspiring entrepreneurs “selling” their ideas or ongoing projects. Parnassah Network has extensively devoted itself to this arena, and has its own private equity branch. Many successful businesses, including chain store franchises in Manhattan, continued next page
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have been opened due to Parnassah Network and Parnassah Expo. Government The expo will feature several representatives of government related entities from the region. Officials who deal with a variety of economic development issues, including UEZ, will be present. Representatives of various area municipalities will be at the expo as well. Businesses who have products and services that can be of use to government entities will have a unique opportunity to make new contacts. Job Fair Parnassah Expo is indeed a lot more than a job fair, but it will have a full services job fair as well. A long list of businesses and organizations of all sizes, in a variety of industries, that are looking to fill job positions, will be present to discuss their openings and field resume’s. The job positions offered will range from entry level to experienced, from secretaries to highly accredited professionals, and everything in between. In addition to the vendors who reserve booths in advance, the fair will welcome attendees who show up at the expo door and purchase a “Hiring” tag. This was
designed to maximize the number of positions to be offered at the fair. Entities that have only one or two openings, were not aware of their openings until shortly before the expo, or otherwise decided against reserving a booth, will have the opportunity to offer their positions as well. Community Development The list of frum communities across the continent is constantly growing, bli ayin hora. The character of each community is unique, as are the opportunities they offer new residents. Smaller, out of town communities typically offer a more affordable cost of living than major metro area communities. These growing communities also feature promising job openings, in both kehilla/chinuch capacities and business/career fields, that would typically be out of reach. Representatives of several such communities will be present at the expo, offering and fielding information from any potential new resident or business contact. Training A full section will be dedicated to myriad academic and vocational training courses available to our community, from both general academic resources to community
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based entities. Attendees will get to review their options to attain any skill that could help them advance in their business or career endeavors, including academic degrees in every field, blue collar vocational skills, expedited degrees, and the like. Social Services The business world is highly competitive and complex and people will often need some social service venture to help them on the way to an independent secure livelihood. Organizations can help individuals navigate confusing government social programs to see how they can remain afloat with a low or middle income. Organizations can also help individuals attain funding for job training and assist with placement. In addition to government and non-profit services, there are various private headhunting corporations with experience in placing job seekers into promising positions. All of the above and more will be featured at this expo section. Seminars “You can either learn from experience or learn from the experienced,” goes the saying.
Guidance from people who have broad knowledge of and experience in a particular career or business field is invaluable to anyone dabbling in those areas. Parnassah Expo will feature a full schedule of seminars from top-ofthe-line industry experts, marketing professionals, career coaches, successful CEOs, and others, on a wide range of topics. Accommodation There is virtually no one out there who doesn’t have the opportunity to gain immensely from attending the expo and/or reserving a booth. Special consideration was given to those unable to take off from work and the expo will be in full swing from noon until 8pm. “With all the work we’ve done to bring us to this day, the primary goal was to ensure that no one is left out,” says Reb Duvi. The Advocate will be at the Expo, come say hello. For more information, please call (732) 987-7704, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.parnassahexpo.com.
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FOOD ALLERGIES What is a Food Allergy?
Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food, triggered by the body’s immune system. In individuals with food allergies, the immune system mistakenly responds to a food (known as the food allergen) as if it were harmful, triggering a variety of negative health effects. Some food allergies can be outgrown, but some are lifelong; there is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of the food allergen is the only way to prevent a reaction.
Common Food Allergens More than 170 foods are known to cause a reaction in some people; however, eight foods account for 90% of all allergic reactions to food. They are: • milk • eggs • peanuts • soy • wheat • tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans) • fish • shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, shrimp) While these eight allergens are the most common, a student may have a severe, lifethreatening allergy to a different food, and they may be allergic to more than one food.
4 out of every 100 U.S. children have a food allergy.
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