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Vol. 28 No. 23•

Rockland’s Independent Jewish Community Newspaper Since 1985

• 5 Tamuz 5773

• June 13 2013

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thoUsands attend rally against IDF enlistment M. Rubin

While thousands gathered in New York, a few dozen protested in Washington that same day. At Foley Square, one speaker portrayed the conscription effort as only the latest in a series of failed attempts throughout history to destroy Judaism. Conscription exists in Israel for all Israeli citizens over the age of 18, The mass rally in Manhattan's Foley but exceptions are generally made Square drew an estimated 35,000 on religious, physical or psychologiparticipants mainly from New cal grounds. York’s community. Some 2,000 rabbanim attended, while 300 NYPD Last month the Knesset passed a sigpolicemen secured the event. Pro- nificant law stating that Haredi men testers held signs which read "The will be drafted into the IDF from Israeli draft law is an attack on free- age 21. The enlistment law won't go into effect for another four years. dom of religion.” In a large display of unity thousands of protesters peacefully made their way by foot, bus, and rail to assemble Sunday afternoon in Manhattan. The protesters' objectives were to rally against efforts by the Israeli government to draft ultra-Orthodox Israeli men into the IDF.



Anxious about Camp? page 7 Local Politics page 5 RCDC Healthy Neighborhood Program Page 13

June 18 East Ramapo Re-Vote A $209.5 million budget with a 2.8 percent tax increase will be voted on next week. While the original proposed increase of 3.13 failed last month, voting turn-outs differ in June, and usually pass the second time around. Joel Klein, superintendant of East Ramapo is hoping voters will go out and vote yes on the budget.


Legislator Wieder is concerned about the untenable situation in the district and the draconian budget cuts that have been af-

fecting and will continue to affect our students and their families for years to come,which is why he is in favor of the upcoming Budget initiative. “Our children are our future,” said Legislator Wieder, “and we must not sit silently when available remedies are possible from our state representatives. This is true for our school district and for our local government, but the students of the public schools of East Ramapo need Albany’s assistance now more than ever.”

CUOMO SAYS NO TO corruption in state politics


Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled the legislation for his Public Trust Act, a comprehensive reform package aimed at curbing corruption in New York state politics and restoring the public's faith in Govern-

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Monsey Family Medical Center highlights

national men's health week Seven Habits to Practice for Men’s Health Week National Men’s Health Week, June 10-16, is a good time to focus on how men can take care of their own physical and mental health for themselves and for the well-being of their families. That means eating right, being active and a number of other important steps you can take to do your most to stay healthy. Studies have shown a father’s own health makes a difference to their children’s health. Active toddlers, for example, are more likely to have fathers with a lower Body Mass Index than less active children. 1. GET ENOUGH SLEEP Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Also, insufficient sleep is responsible for

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motor vehicle and machinery-related accidents, causing substantial injury and disability each year. Sleep guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation have noted that sleep needs change as we age. In general, adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep. 2. STOP SMOKING It’s never too late to quit. Quitting smoking has immediate and longcont on

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THE ADVOCATE June 13, 2013

as we go to press Verizon Stock doing well, Despite spies


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Publisher's Desk A Weekly Editorial By:

Mendel Hoffman

Verizon customers may be fuming over the Flood of Jobs down Route 59 recent revelation that the company is dutifew years ago the Department of Transportation said they were taking steps to fix the flooding on Route 59, and that they were fully turning over customer phone records specifically going to address some of the flooding concerns. Now after $31 million dollars to fix flooding on Route 59, the road is in compliance with government orders -still closed (some days) due to dangerous conditions. but that news didn't seem to hurt the company's stock performance on Thursday. Thanks to Federal and State money, we have many projects like this, going on for years. Well, we have seen in the last few days, no change, Verizon's stock price rose 3.46 percent no improvements. You know what?..with all the rain, its going to get worse. So where did the $31 million go? It went to some local busiThursday, making it the best-performing nesses. Want to keep business local? Don’t fix the problems, keep the grant money flowing down Route 59. stock in the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the day. Overall, the Dow rose 80 points Maybe its not their fault, maybe the road has a problem. In fact our Senator David Carlucci Said; The recent flooding along Route 59 raises Thursday, ending back over 15,000 after serious questions and concerns over the success of the recent construction project. It is clear that a thorough review and detailed assessment is what's needed to determine the cause of continued issues along this roadway." tumbling more than 200 points Wednesday. Verizon was at the center of one of Thursday's biggest news stories after the Guardian reported that the National Security Agency is collecting the phone records of millions of Verizon Communications customers as a result of a top-secret court order that was issued in April. But Verizon To all my fellow Ramapo 2) In 2012, I announced During elections, rumors are may not be the only company involved in residents: that I am running for Town always put out to hurt, conthe government's surveillance efforts. Supervisor after planning it fuse, and destroy others just


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I am Scott Goldman, the candidate for Town of Ramapo supervisor. Over the past weeks, I have heard some strange rumors and I must set the record straight.

1) I am not nor ever have been a member or supporter of Preserve Ramapo or their new group Preserve Rockland. Two years ago, I even ran against Preserve Ramapo for Town council. Preserve Ramapo ran three candidates against me last year for committee and took away my committee seat which I held for years as a vocal Democrat.

for over two years. Rumor has it that Preserve Ramapo is planning to run someone against me once again because I believe in fairness for all of our communities. I have no interest in their line or for their backing because their plans for Ramapo are wrong and will only tear our town further apart.

2) There is a rumor that I switched political parties just to obtain the Republican line. I am a life-long democrat and I have always stood with my party. The answer is “NO!” I did not nor will I change parties.

to keep them from being elected; even if that person can bring forth change and repair all of the problems within our town; from financial to housing, while bringing all of the communities together. I am the man for the job; I am trustworthy, honest, and hard-working. I want to look out for all of Ramapo’s residents fairly and equally. I look forward to your support in becoming the next Supervisor of Ramapo. Thank you, Scott Goldman

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Cornell Cooperative Extension is an Affirmative Action Employer and Educator. Funding for this resource was provided by USDA’s Food Stamp Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County in cooperation with the Rockland County Department of Social Services. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, Washington, D.C. or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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‫דער אדוואקאט חוקת‬

national & international news updates ACLU sues over NSA surveillance program

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA.)

few years against non-Jewish businesses as well.

energy legislation for yeshivas

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of the U.S. government surveillance program that collects the telephone records of millions of Americans from U.S. telecommunications companies.


The Government is collecting metadata from your phone

A bill that would allow nonpublic and religious schools to tap into substantially discounted electricity already providing big savings to public schools is progressing in the Legislature.

It is the first substantive lawsuit following reports in The Washington Post and the Guardian last week that detailed two vast surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency under laws authorized by Congress after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In addition to the phone records collection, The Post reported on a surveillance program known as PRISM, which allows the government to collect video, photos, e-mails, documents and connection logs for the users of nine leading Internet companies. The government obtained the data through orders approved by the secret court established by,

Over this past weekend two kosher restaurants in Montreal were firebombed by makeshift molotov cocktails: Café Shalom on Friday, a private home on Saturday (a Jewish home in the Cote St. Luc suburb), and Chops Resto Bar early Sunday morning. Café Shalom and Chops are down the block from one another on Queen Mary Rd. 30 people were dining inside Chops during the incident, but no one was injured. Chops was firebombed less than a year ago in October 2012. Cafe Shalom was closed during the attack. According to the article in the Forward, both the police and Montreal’s Jewish Federation, CJA, were quick to announce that they cannot conclude that these attacks were anti-Semitic or hate fueled. Dozens more firebombings have taken place in Montreal over the past

Metadata is information generated as you use technology, and its use has been the subject of controversy since NSA's secret surveillance program was revealed. Examples include the date and time you called somebody or the location from which you last accessed your email. The data collected generally does not contain personal or content-specific details, but rather transactional information about the user, the device and activities taking place. In some cases you can limit the information that is collected – by turning off location services on your cell phone for instance – but many times you cannot.

The "Energy Parity Act" would allow the schools to draw energy from the New York Power Authority. The authority provides lower cost energy, often as incentives to businesses.

Democratic Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo says that the savings can be as much as 50 percent and allow schools to focus on education. Republican Sen. Martin Golden says there's no reason the nonpublic schools shouldn't also be able to save thousands of dollars a year on energy. The bill moving through committee is pushed by the Orthodox Union, a national Jewish organization, and a coalition of school advocates.

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Albany & washington news briefs F e lde r Intro duc es Bi ll R eq u i r i n g C e m e t e r i e s To Acco m m o dat e Sam e- day B ur i al s Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has introduced legislation which will force cemeteries to perform same-day burials. Currently, someone who dies after 11:00 A.M. cannot be interred until the next day. When a person passes away on a Friday or just before a holiday, the wait for burial can be as long as two to three days. Such is not the case in neighboring New Jersey, where burials are conducted at any hour for an additional fee. “The need for this bill is long overdue,” said Senator Felder. “Countless New Yorkers adhere to a belief system which requires same-day interment for the deceased. This legislation is about redressing a grievance for these citizens and allowing grief-stricken mourners to begin the healing process in a timely way.” On a recent chol ha’moed Pesach, the funeral of a Torah scholar who died at 11:00 A.M. had to be postponed until the following day. The Long Island-based cemetery where he was to be buried refused to arrange for a grave opening even though sunset was not until after 7:00 P.M.

A similar incident arose with the same cemetery on an erev Sukkos. A respected community member passed away sometime after 11 o’clock in the morning, and initially, cemetery administrators refused to prepare the grave despite the still early hour. This would have significantly delayed interment and forced the family to wait to begin sitting shiva. The cemetery officials eventually relented after being convinced of the urgent need to bury this individual on the same day. The provisions of Felder’s bill state that cemeteries must be notified at least two hours prior to burial, and the decedent has to be brought to the cemetery at least a halfhour before sundown. If a cemetery is unable to perform the burial, it must provide written justification explaining its inability to do so.

Booker, Christie with Solid Leads in Their Respective Races Newark Mayor Cory Booker has a huge lead in the Democratic primary for New

Jersey’s special Senate election, according to a new poll out Monday morning. Booker, who formally joined the race this weekend, takes 53 percent in the poll. Rep. Rush Holt is a distant second with 10 percent, and Rep. Frank Pallone takes 9 percent. Quinnipiac also polled Christie’s race for reelection in November: He leads Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono by 30 points, 59 percent to 29 percent. Other polls have similarly found Christie ahead by a huge margin.

TAX FREE NY HAS OPPOSITION Representatives from nine advocacy groups held a press conference in Albany Tuesday to urge legislators to vote no on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Tax Free New York plan. The proposal would provide an incentive for businesses to locate on or near SUNY campuses to develop zones of economic development across the state. In return, those businesses and their employees would operate tax free for a number of years.

STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR ON ANNIVERSARY EQUAL PAY ACT Today (Monday) marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the federal Equal Pay Act – an occasion that both demonstrates the progress we have made to achieve pay equity and highlights the work that remains to be done to fulfill this mission. Today in New York, women earn 84 percent of what their male counterparts earn. Over a lifetime, they will earn $500,000 less than men. In 2013, this is unacceptable, and one of the main points the Women’s Equality Act works to overcome. It would require employers to base their pay decisions on qualifications and not gender.

U.S. Attorney General No Plans To Step Down U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday he has no plans to leave his job despite a stormy tenure marked most recently by a cascade of criticism about how his Justice Department handles leak probes.


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rockland & regional Leg. Schoenberger campaign in full swing

Friends of Ilan Schoenberger kicked off a major campain Sunday in support of his run for County Executive. The attendees hailed Ilan as a fighter for the middle class and the best candidate to restore Rockland’s finances. Ramapo Town Councilman Pat Withers said: “I believe Ilan has accomplished so much in his life, but the proudest things he's accomplished in his life is his wife, his daughters, his granddaughter, and son-in law. That's what Ilan is about. He gets that it's hurting for everyone out there. He's about family, as well.” Ramapo Town Councilman Daniel Friedman said: “When you look at the people running for County Executive, you have poeple who have no experience or the wrong experience, but there is one candidate who has the right experience, that's Ilan Schoenberger. With Ilan at the helm of this County we can turn our challenges into opportunities. We can solve our deficit, we can solve the challenges that we face in all 5 towns, whether it's financial or social or environmental. We can do those things because we can only do them with the right leadership and real leadership at the top. He offers those solutions, real solutions to the challenges we face in Rockland County. That's why I'm proud to support Ilan for County Executive.” Clarkstown Shredding Day

Supervisor Alex Gromack announced today the Town of Clarkstown is once again offering Clarkstown residents a day of free shredding services on Saturday, June 15, 2013

from 9am to 1pm (or until the shred truck is full). The event will be held at the Town of Clarkstown Parking Lot located at 10 Maple Avenue, New City. Residents can bring three small boxes or the equivalent of two Town recycling bins to be shredded by a shred truck in the Town Hall Parking Lot. Proof of residency is required. “This is a great opportunity to offer residents a convenient way to get rid of all those piles of papers lying around,” said Supervisor Gromack. For more information residents can call the Supervisor’s office at 639-2050 or email Wieder Calls for Formula Change for East Ramapo Schools

Wieder spoke at the June 4, 2013 Rockland County Legislative meeting about the inequities in the state funding formula for the East Ramapo Central School District. “The Rockland County government has no jurisdiction over the K-12 public schools, but is under the auspices of state government,” said Legislator Wieder, “so it behooved me to reach out to our repre-

sentatives in Albany to work harder towards solving the issues facing our children and their future by changing the faulty state funding formula for East Ramapo. Under the current formula, East Ramapo is considered among the wealthiest school districts in Rockland County. It makes no sense,” added Legislator Wieder, “that the East Ramapo Central School District and the Clarkstown Central School District are both classified as wealthy school districts, when many of the county’s neediest families reside in East Ramapo. The faulty formula affects the quality of public education in East Ramapo and must be remedied to prevent further deterioration.” Vice Chairman of the Rockland County Wolfe Proposes Local Law

Legislature Alden H. Wolfe has proposed a local law that would prevent the rehiring of former county government employees who retired or separated from county government and are receiving compensation for unused fringe benefits or accepted incentives. The law would also prohibit hiring the former employees as consultants or outside contractors.

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One Village For All Communities: Friedman Wants A Real Funding Assessment Plan For Community Groups Spring Valley is a wonderful community with a diverse population that hails from over 70 nations. Our community has a number of non-profits and community organizations that play a vital role in the lives of Spring Valley residents. Many of these groups provide much needed services, such as tutoring and youth activities, including important after-school programs. Non-profits and community groups enrich the lives of numerous Spring Valley residents, and many deliver services that local governments would otherwise be required to. Unfortunately, due to financial mismanagement, the government of Spring Valley has been unable to provide the funding necessary to deliver those services in the way they ought to be, to the detriment of thousands of Spring Valley residents who rely on these organizations. If Spring Valley is to be rebuilt, we need to rebuild more than Village Hall. We need to work to increase municipal revenues so that we can responsibly fund these needed groups and the services they provide. In the third point of my “Five Points For A New Future” blueprint for a New Spring Valley, I detail how we can increase governmental revenues under my plan entitled, “New Revenue Sources – Not New Taxes – For A New Era.” As a Ramapo Councilman, I was able to reduce costs and increase

revenues to our town government, and advocated that some of those additional revenues be used to fund much needed community work, which they were. Several Spring Valley organizations were better able to manage, and helped numerous residents because of those funds. I understand the growing needs of our population and how these organizations can improve the lives of so many. What Village Hall needs to do is create a system by which organizations will be funded by newly created revenues under a model that takes into consideration the value of the services provided, the reach of the organization, and the need for funds. By creating an assessment plan, we will ensure that funds are used for intended purposes, and track the many benefits the community at large receives from them. Village Hall needs to reconnect itself to the community and be more invested in the well-being of its residents and nonprofits. It is a fundamental flaw to ignore the incredible good being done by the people of Spring Valley. Sadly, headlines of corruption, and the constant news of financial waste, higher taxes, and abuse of power have overshadowed the great work being done by ordinary residents who achieve extraordinary things every day for our children, our families, and our community.

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Family Health Talk

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Ben Gilman

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


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


Dr. Jamie Giraldo


Dr. Joel W. Allen Dr. Debra Kirschner Melissa A. Carco, PA Ayelet Honig, NP


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

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

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national men's health week..........from front page term benefits. It improves your health and lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses.” Smoking is one of the leading causes of high blood pressure and hypertension,” cautions Dr. James Israel on staff in the Department of Internal medicine at Monsey Family Medical Center. Avoid being around secondhand smoke. Inhaling other people's smoke causes health problems similar to those that smokers have. Additionally, babies and children are still growing, so the poisons in secondhand smoke hurt them more than adults.

3. EXERCISE Adults need at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) every week, and muscle strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms) on two or more days a week. “You don't have to do it all at once,” notes Dr. Arthur Landau, an Internist at Monsey Family Medical Center, “But you do have to have some aerobic activity.” He advises men to spread out activity during the week, and break it into smaller chunks, like a walk, sometime during the day. 4. NUTRITION Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. They are sources of many vitamins, minerals, and other natural substances that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol. Choose healthy snacks. 5.GOOD AND BAD STRESS Sometimes stress can be good. However, it can be harmful when it is severe enough to make you feel overwhelmed and out of control. Take care

of yourself. In general avoid alcohol as a way of self medicating, a glass of wine for Kiddush is fine, but don’t over do wine either. Speak to a therapist if you feel that the stress is overwhelming. Project Ohr has a great team of therapists who speak with men about their unique issues. 6. REGULAR CHECKUPS See your doctor for regular checkups. Certain diseases and conditions may not have symptoms, so checkups help diagnose issues early or before they can become a problem. 7. IMMUNIZATIONS Get vaccinated. Immunizations help you stay healthy, no matter how old you are. Even if you had vaccines as a child, immunity can fade with time. Vaccine recommendations are based on a variety of factors, including age, overall health, and your medical history. Vaccines can help protect you from serious diseases like: influenza (flu); shingles; pneumococcal disease; human papillomavirus (HPV) infection; and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whopping cough)—all three of which the Tdap shot protects against. Other vaccinations you may need include those that protect against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox (varicella), measles, mumps, and rubella. Ask your doctor which vaccines you need to help you stay healthy. To schedule an appointment for a yearly physical or if you have a specific issue you would like to discuss with your primary care physician, please call 352-6800 for an immediate appointment.


NUTRITION WORKSHOP Community Medical and Dental Care, Inc. in partnership with Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Rockland County will be providing free nutrition education classes at the Monsey site beginning Monday June 24th. The six part weekly series will focus on providing simple healthy recipes for meals and snacks which include fruits and vegetables. Those in attendance will learn how to exercise and stay fit without spending a dime. Reading food labels will also be on the agenda. The classes are free to anyone who receives free or reduced lunches, Food Stamps, Medicaid, WIC, SNAP-ed, SSI or are eligible for food pantries.

To register, please call Mrs. Teitelbaum at the Monsey Family Medical Center. 845-352-6800 extension 6844. classes are filling up! call to reserve a seat. see ad on page 3 for more information

Possible dangers in asthma drugs

More than 25 million Americans have asthma, a disease that causes inflammation in the lungs and constriction of airways. Inhaled corticosteroids are the main treatment for many. For some, a second drug, known as a long-acting beta-agonist, may be prescribed. Some drugs, such as market leader, Advair, combine both a steroid and a long-acting beta-agonist. However, long-acting beta-agonists have been linked to an increased risk of asthma deaths.

The risk involved

One theory from researchers for why Advair and similar drugs bring increased risk of deadly attacks is that the long-acting beta-agonists can mask worsening inflammation; patients feel better in the short-term, but may suffer a catastrophic asthma attack down the road Mucus gland

Normal passageways



In people who don't have asthma, airways remain open and free of inflammation

Muscle layer

Asthmatic passageways Trachea


In people with asthma, inflammation can be treated with an inhaled steroid; constriction in those airways can be treated with a long-acting beta-agonist Bronchus Bronchioles

Source:,,, Journal Sentinel research Graphic: Enrique Rodriguez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Alveoli Air sacs where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged

Muscle layer contracts

Reduced airflow


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Family Health Talk Ben Gilman

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


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

Is your child anxious about summer camp?

arents are in the midst of getting their children ready for camp. The excitement of summer camp, however, is often mixed with the anxiety of going off to camp – perhaps for the first time. Even kids who aren’t particularly anxious often get a little nervous as this summer event approaches.

The apprehension -- or excitement -- can manifest itself in dreams and nightmares and general irritability. But there are

simple things parents can do to alleviate children’s anxiety, whether they’re heading to day camp or spending a few weeks away from home. "Even if your child is excited about going away to camp, it’s still can be stressful to leave home for an extended period," said Zvi Weisstuch MD, a clinical psychiatrist at Project Ohr, Department of Behavioral Health at the Monsey family Medical Center. "Parents should be on the alert for signs of anxiety, especially if their child was anxious about going to school." "A real fear is the feeling one gets when dealing with a threatening situation that is happening or has a fairly large probability of occurring,” explained Naomi Franklin, licensed therapist on staff in the department. For example, if a child runs into a busy street or gets into a car with a stranger, there is real danger of harm. However, if we let our imaginations run wild over some harm that could happen -even if the probability of it occurring is extremely small [like the probability of a plane crashing into our building when we live very far from an airport]-and we begin to feel the physical sensations that characterize real fear…that is anxiety.

Anxiety is being victim to all the “what if” negative scenarios that may be imagined. "Anxiety may produce all the physical sensations associated with the ‘flight or fight’ response," notes Mrs. Franklin. These are hard-wired into people to help them and their bodies deal with real physical threats. The adrenaline and stress level rises and one may feel: heart palpitations, faint or dizzy, sweaty, shaky, stomach ache, head ache, tingly, breathless, or weak. Children can vomit or faint when their physical responses kick in to fears that may be pretty far fetched, but feel very threatening to the child. And even when children may not have such dramatic responses, they may withdraw in shyness or be paralyzed with fear in normal situations, impacting their lives and the lives of their families.

Responding to Separation Anxiety as Kids Go to Camp When kids leave home – whether it’s for a week or the entire summer – parents should expect some separation anxiety. To help your child adjust more quickly: Keep the good-byes short. Difficult as it may be to peel a crying, clinging child off your leg and walk out the door quickly, it’s the best strategy. Lingering just delays the agony and confuses the child. Camp counselors will assure you that almost all of these same children will start mingling with other kids within moments of their parents’ departure. Be a model of confidence, yet show empathy. Make it clear you understand that being away from home can be scary, but show that you are confident your child will do okay. Kids pick up anxiety from parents, so if you’re anxious, they probably will be too.

Focus on all of the good things about camp. Talk to your child about what he will do and learn over the summer. Remember, camp is about learning new things and meeting new people, all of which builds a child’s self-confidence. Give the child something from home to bring with her. Whether it’s a note, a picture of the family or even a parentdelivered kiss on the palm of the hand, a reminder of home will comfort some children. Be forewarned, however, that this tactic may have the opposite effect on some children, and make them miss home all the more. Separation anxiety is normal at first, but if it lasts long or is having an impact on your child, more help may be needed. Be sure that there is nothing more serious going on at camp that may be upsetting your child. For instance, make sure he isn’t being bothered by a bully. Help your child reassess her anxious thinking. "Anxious children often have extreme thinking – worrying about the worst thing that could happen," said Dr.Weisstuch. Ask your child what her biggest fear is, and talk her through it. Ask the child to come up with his own solutions, like what would make him feel more comfortable – short of staying home! Get feedback and help from many sources. Talk to the child, the camp counselor, camp director, parents of friends at camp, etc. Find out how the camp addresses homesickness and ask for advice. There are some children that are not made to be away at camp. If your child exhibits extreme feelings of loneliness o anxiety, there is nothing wrong in allowing your child to leave camp and perhaps spend a more relaxing summer vacation at home. If your child is exhibiting signs of stress or anxiety, or if you as a parent feel you need better parenting skills, do not hesitate to seek professional help. Speaking to a therapist does not mean that there is a serious problem, just that more help is needed. For instance, Dr. Weisstuch and the staff of therapists at project Ohr often successfully teach relaxation techniques to children who are extremely anxious as well as to adults. Call for a confidential consultation at 845-352-6800 ext 6849.

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Smokers: You Cost Your Boss an Extra $6K a Year

As more employers decide not to hire smokers, a new study underscores why: Puffers cost employers $5,816 more per year than non-smoking employees. The author, an expert in public health law, teamed up with economists and dug into the topic after realizing there "wasn’t any really good study out there." NBC News shares the findings, which resulted from aggregating other studies to arrive at the final number—and included one morbid adjustment. The researchers took into account the fact employers might save on pension costs since smokers typically die younger. Smokers who take 8 minutes' worth of smoke breaks per day cost their em-

ployers $1,641 per year in lost productivity. (And that's likely overly conservative; two 15-minute smoke breaks clock in at $3,077.) Thanks to higher rates of myriad diseases, healthcare costs an extra $2,055 per smoker. Even when smokers aren't on an actual break, researchers say they experience productivity loss due to the withdrawal symptoms that kick in after each cigarette. Estimated cost: $461 per year; add in another $517 for increased absences. Notes the author: "Employers try to correct for the idea that smokers cost more by paying them somewhat less. Even when we adjusted for that— smokers still cost more."

Google Buys Maps Israeli Map Company 'Waze' for $1 Billion

Google mapped out a key strategy with its $1 billion acquisition of map-software provider Waze on Tuesday. "I am excited to announce today that we have accepted an offer to join Google," Waze CEO Noam Bardin said in a blog post Tuesday morning. Google has mulled a deal with Waze since late May, according to Bloomberg. The acquisition plan was first reported Monday by Globes, an Israeli financial daily. It listed the price as $1.3 billion. (Wave was started in Israel and moved its headquarters to Silicon Valley.) Waze's mobile app solicits

input about 50 million users to improve directions and display traffic and road-hazard details. Waze raised $30 million in 2011 in a funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing's Horizons Ventures Hong Kong.

Obama Administration is Moving Towards Providing Weapons to the Syrian Opposition

U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (NY-16), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement today in response to reports that the Obama Administration is moving towards providing weapons to the Syrian opposition. The statement follows: “I welcome reports that the Obama Administration is moving towards providing arms to vetted Syrian opposition members – a decision that is long overdue. The illegitimate Assad regime is now winning the fight, thanks to assistance from Russia, along with Iran and their terrorist proxy Hezbollah. The only way to stop the slaughter and to prevent the Syria conflict from engulfing the entire region is to empower the moder-

ate opposition and help ensure they have a role in the future direction of Syria. Otherwise, we will see more killing, more refugees, more sectarian violence in Lebanon and Iraq, more pressure on our ally Jordan, and an increasing likelihood that al Qaeda and its affiliates will control the heart of the Levant region.” In March, Representative Engel introduced the Free Syria Act (FSA) of 2013, the most comprehensive congressional bill on Syria, authorizing the President to provide appropriate assistance, including limited lethal equipment, to vetted Syrian opposition members, increase humanitarian assistance to affected Syrian populations, and begin planning for a post-Assad Syria to include lifting of Syrian sanctions.

Energy Drinks' Secret Ingredients Don't Work There is exactly one ingredient in energy drinks that actually perks you up, a new study suggests: good old caffeine. None of the other ingredients that supposedly give the drinks an edge actually improve alertness, researchers concluded. They gave participants water, water with caffeine, and 5-Hour Energy, and had them attempt to respond to changing letters on a screen while scanning their brains, LiveScience reports.

The result? There was zero difference between the group that had the caffeinated water and the group that had the 5-Hour Energy. "A lot of people take the energy drinks because they think they have that extra boost over caffeine," one of the researchers said. But a cup of coffee "would do you just as well," assuming it had the same amount of caffeine. Of course, that's usually not the case; each 2-ounce 5-Hour Energy bottle packs about as much caffeine as two cups of coffee.

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Stunning Archaeological Discovery Shines New Light On Jewish American History Old Chesterfield, CT - The stunning discovery of a "mikveh" by University of Connecticut researchers at an excavation site unearthing remains from 19th century Jewish community located in Old Chesterfield has historians and experts in Jewish-American history giddy with excitement, as well as rethinking their views on the spiritual lives of early Jewish communities. UCONN researchers reported that the two researchers heading-up the dig, Prof. Stuart Miller, Academic Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at UConn, and State Archaeologist, Nicholas Bellantoni, say that the "mikveh" might be the first excavated outside a major North American city, and the sole one unearthed at one of the upstart settlements conceived by a wealthy New York philanthropist in the 1890s. Old Chesterfield was the first settlement started by German-born Baron Maurice de Hirsch, a railroad tycoon, who envisioned and funded the relocation of Jewish immigrants from overflowing neighborhoods in New York's Lower East Side to agricultural communities in the rural northeast. Bellantoni said that one of the most revealing aspects associated with the "mikveh" is that it runs contrary

to current viewpoints that Jews in these settlements were increasingly "assimilating" to American life, and that documents of the time reveal that rabbis were constantly decrying a decline in traditional religious practices.

Bellantoni called it a "marvel," and said there is really nothing else like it in the United States. Miller said the discovery of the "mikveh" is, "Going to enable us to write a chapter in Jewish history which to my knowledge hasn't been written." Miller will be speaking on the discovery on June 13th in West Hartford at an event sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford.



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Life cycle of a tick

Although there are different life cycles among species, most hard tick species, like the dog tick, are known as three-host ticks.


Female lays thousands of eggs on the ground



Third host Adult ticks feed and mate on larger mammals, then drop to the ground; male soon dies, female develops eggs

The cycle may take 1-2 years depending on whether or not the tick can find a suitable host between stages


First host

Six-legged larva feeds on a small mammal, then drops to the ground and molts


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Eight-legged nymph feeds on a small mammal, then drops to the ground and molts

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Avoiding ticks • Walk in the center of trail • Wear light-colored clothing and tuck pant cuffs into socks • Apply insect repellant containing DEET

• After time outdoors, put your clothes in a hot dryer • Check your skin and your pet; repeat next morning • Keep grass cut short near your house and play areas

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If a tick is found • Remove with fine-tipped tweezers, pulling slowly straight up; wash bite area and hands with soap • See your doctor if you develop an unexplained rash or illness with fever


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thosands attend rally against IDF enlistment from page 1

Despite a general impression that the majority of Israeli citizens are conscripted, only about 50% of potential conscripts actually serve in the military. Others do not serve for a variety of reasons, including religious study, minority community exemptions, refusing to serve, "low motivation", and a criminal record. Speakers at the event included Rav Yaakov Weiss, Rosh yeshiva in Satmar Yeshiva of Kiryas Yoel. Rabbi Elya Ber Wachtfogel, Rosh yeshiva of South Fallsburg, delivered the keynote address. “Generals in the Israeli army have all agreed that they have no use for the yeshiva students in the army,” he said. “The current push to draft them is politically and ideologically motivated; it is an effort to mainstream, normalize and assimilate the Orthodox Jews into secular Israeli society. And this is only the first step. One of the Israeli leaders said recently, ‘When we finish drafting the yeshiva students, we will start drafting the girls.’ Their goal is to uproot Torah and religion. The steady growth of the yeshiva world over the last sixty years is a thorn in their eyes. And they cannot tolerate it; they have to uproot it.” Other speakers included: Rabbi Yechiel Yitzchok Glick; the Galanater Rebbe; Rabbi Noach Isaac Oelbaum, Rav of Nachlas Yitzchok in Kew Gardens Hills;

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The Healthy Neighborhood Program is a free program dedicated to improving the quality of life of families by reducing exposure to health and safety risks at home. No cost Healthy Neighborhood home visits are provided to address health and safety concerns in the home environment. The program will look for health and environmental hazards and can provide you with free services and products including:

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news from albany CUOMO SAYS NO TO corruption in state politics from page 1 that have dominated New York state politics, tarnishing the reputation of not only those involved in the controversy, but the entire Legislature. Perhaps the most controversial piece of the Public Trust Act is campaign finance reform, long lobbied

for by Democrats, and steadfastly opposed by many Republicans. The proposed legislation would strengthen weak campaign laws and help keep special interest donors out of elections. The bill will attempt to improve on New York

"We've had a set back over the last few months. There have been a number of cases, a number of charges, that really has shaken the public's trust in government once again. Now if you go case by case and argue that this was an unrelated act by the legislator, it had nothing to do with governments, argue the merits of the cases but it doesn't matter. We had a series of cases that have gone on for weeks and weeks, and the cumulative effect has been to give the people of this state the feeling that you can't trust the government."

state's last-place national ranking for public funds in campaigns by implementing a system similar to that in New York City, matching public contributions 6-to-1, up to $175. The bill would also create the nation's toughest laws on funding, requiring

political advertisements that "expressly advocates for election or defeat of a candidate" to fully disclose who is paying for campaigns and ads.

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Time to Prepare Your Home for an Emergency!


ounty Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef and the Rockland County Department of Health encourage residents to take time, during Home Safety Month in June, to prepare your home and family for an emergency, since natural events, like floods, or man-made events, like terrorist attacks, can happen with little or no warning. “The real life experience of Superstorm Sandy here in Rockland this past October showed us how important it is to be prepared for emergencies,” said County Executive Vanderhoef. After an emergency, help will be on the scene, but they cannot reach everyone right away. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. Follow these three steps:

1. Put together an emergency supply kit: There are some basic items that every person needs: • One gallon of water per person per day for three days and food for your family for three days • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, first aid kit, and supplies for your baby (baby food, water, medicines and any special supplies your baby may need)


7 Little Habits That Are Making You Tired Always tired? You’re not alone. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 58 percent of people age 55 and over sleep less than seven hours a night. The study also found that 80 percent of people age 55 and over had unintentionally fallen asleep at least once during the day within the last month. SLEEP

prescription drugs,

While the correlation between sleep and aging is undeniable, it might surprise you to know that energy does not necessarily diminish with age or lack of sleep. In other words, you might be tired because of little things you’re doing throughout the day.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 76 percent of Americans 60 and older use two or more prescription drugs, and 37 percent use five or more. “Prescription medicine certainly has its place,” says Hammerstein, “but medication can stress the liver, which is what frees the body of toxins.” And if the liver is fatigued, so is the body. Talk to your doctor about whether this is a concern, and make sure you’re taking only medication that is essential.

ENERGY MYTHS It’s a myth that if you eat carbohydrates it can zap your energy later on. In reality, your body needs carbs to produce fuel.

Special supplies you and your family rely on for health and safety, such as: at least three day's supply of medicines or medical treatments; important documents; a copy of prescriptions, dosage and treatment information; copies of insurance cards, and information on equipment or life-saving devices you use; eyeglasses; hearing aids and batteries; wheelchair batteries; and oxygen

2. Make a family emergency plan:

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A study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that low-carb dieters experienced greater fatigue and reluctance to exercise than dieters who ate more carbohydrates. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found similar results. The key here is the kind of carbs you’re eating. Sugary cereals and white toast are not so good for you. Natural, unprocessed carbs (whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are your best sources). And if you don't get them, your brain will steal energy that is stored in your muscles. Over time, this causes a loss in muscle mass and a slower metabolism. You’ll feel slower altogether.

CLUTTER Papers covering your desk? This clutter could be zapping your energy. When clutter is around it can make your brain feel overwhelmed and unable to focus, according to research from the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute, and that can make you fatigued. Best solution: clean up a small area that’s cluttered and see how it changes your mood and energy level. Once you see the amazing effects a little order can have, you can get going on the rest of the mess!

Your family may not be together when an emergency strikes, so plan ahead. Know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together, and what you will do in different situations.

3. Be informed: During an emergency, information will be available: •

On the radio, including local radio stations 1640 AM, 1300 AM and 100.7 FM.

On the County website www. which can all be accessed on your smart phone even if you lose electricity.

For more information about how to prepare for emergencies, visit the Health Department’s webpage at health/emergency-preparedness/ or call 845-364-2660. Schedule a “Get Ready Rockland” presentation at your community organization, faith organization, or place of work, by calling the Health Department at 845364-2526.

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press time news briefs Walgreens Slapped With Record $80M Drug Fine Walgreens made history yesterday ... by being ordered to pay the largest fine in the history of

the US Controlled Substances Act. The drugstore empire was slugged for $80 million for "an unprecedented number" of violations in its sale of oxycodone and other controlled substances, following a probe by the DEA, USA Today reports. The agency says Walgreens allowed the highly addictive painkillers to reach the black market by systematically failing to report unusually large or frequent orders from its pharmacies, and dispensing to customers even when their prescription was flagged as problematic. "Walgreens pharmacists blatantly ignored red flags," says a DEA special agent. Six of Walgreens' Florida pharmacies were

ordering more than a million oxycodone pills a year, the DEA found. One pharmacy in a town of 34,000 people ordered 2.2 million pills in 2011; the average US pharmacy orders 73,000 a year. Those pharmacies have had their controlled substance licenses suspended until May 2014 and the company has been barred from distributing controlled drugs from its Florida warehouse—the largest supplier of oxycodone to pharmacies in the state—until September 2014.

CIA Informant Not Hiding The former CIA employee who leaked top-secret information about U.S. surveillance programs has said in a new interview in Hong Kong that he is not attempting to hide from justice there but is using the city as a base to reveal wrongdoing. Edward Snowden dropped out of sight after checking out of a Hong Kong hotel on Monday. The South China Morning Post newspaper said Wednesday that it was able to locate and interview him. It said Snowden, who has been both praised and condemned for releasing documents about U.S. telephone and Internet sur-

veillance programs, said he was “neither a traitor nor hero. I’m an American.” Asked about his choice of Hong Kong, Snowden said “I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality.”

Oldest Jewish Person on Record Dies At The Age Of 113 Funeral services were held yesterday for the world's oldest living Jewish person, a Brooklyn resident who died Tuesday morning at Maimonides Medical Center. Evelyn Kozak was 113 years old at the time of her death and just 64 days shy of her 114th birthday. Mrs. Kozak is credited with having been the seventh oldest person in the world and the oldest verified Jewish person in history. The daughter of Isaac and Katie Jacobson, Mrs. Kozak was born on August 14, 1899 and was one of nine children. The Jacobsons, who lived on the Lower East Side, were an affluent family and were well known for their acts of kindness.

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For a product to be called Made in USA, or claimed to be of domestic origin ... the product must be Òall or virtually allÓ made in the U.S.

Products that contain small amounts of foreign material or processing can be labeled ÒMade in USAÓ if those materials are not significant parts of the final product or make up a significant cost of the productÕs processing; this also extends to the productÕs base materials; for example, a computer with a ÒMade in USAÓ label can use imported steel in the CD drive, but a wrench that was made in the U.S. with imported steel cannot be labeled ÒMade in USAÓ

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Rockland’s farmers’ Markets Are open for business! Pomona, NY – Want fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, picked at the peak of flavor and packed with vitamins and minerals? If your answer is yes, the Rockland County Department of Health suggests you shop at one (or more!) of the many Farmers’ Markets in Rockland. “As part of our New York State Department of Health Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play grant, there are now two more Farmers’ Markets in Rockland. One new Farmers’ Market is in Pomona, at Eugene Levy Park, and the other is in West Haverstraw, at Peck’s Pond Park,” said Kathleen M. Henry, R.N., M.A., Acting Commissioner of Health. Shop at one (or more!) of our local farmers’ Markets: Nyack farmers’ Market, thursdays from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, through November 21 Located at the municipal parking lot on Main Street Bus Routes: TOR #59, #91, #92, TAPPAN ZEExpress, Rockland Coaches #9 - 9A This market accepts FMNP (WIC/Senior Checks). Spring Valley farmers’ Market, wednesdays from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, June 19 - November 20 Located Memorial Park Community Parking Lot, 1 Veterans Drive Bus Routes: TOR #59, #91, #92, #94 TAPPAN ZEExpress, Rockland Coaches #11A and #11C This market accepts SNAP (EBT) cards and FMNP (WIC/Senior Checks). Ramapo farmers’ Market, Sundays from 12:30 - 4:30 pm, through october 27 Located at Eugene Levy Park, 920 Route 45, Pomona Bus Routes: TOR # 91 This market accepts FMNP (WIC/Senior Checks). Some markets accept the New York State Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) to buy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. To see if you qualify for this program, based on your income, WIC participants can call (845) 364-2577 and seniors can call the Office for the Aging at (845) 364-2110. “Residents can now use their food stamp benefits to buy fresh, healthy, affordable, locally grown foods at three Farmers’ Markets this season. Last season only one Farmers’ Market accepted these benefits,” said Kathleen M. Henry, R.N., M.A., Acting Commissioner of Health. For more information visit or call Information Rockland at (845) 364-2020. For more information about Rockland’s Farmers’ Markets visit or call the Health Department at (845) 364-2500. ###

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