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• June 6 2013

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his week a new drive in Monsey has been set up to enroll yeshiva students into East Ramapo’s district. While parents of public school children have been proposing a merger of East Ramapo with other Rockland school districts, some parents in Monsey want to do just the opposite; Enroll more children into East Ramapo and increase the budget. This novel idea comes at a time when school funding seems to be slipping away at the expense of the students and at the expense of the tax-payers. Since the tax formula is generated through property taxes, many home owners feel they are not getting their money’s worth. While public school students walked out last week, yeshiva students may begin to walk in.

The rough estimate is about 5,000 yeshiva students would potentially enroll, leaving school officials scrambling for resources. 175 new classrooms would need to be filled. 200 new teachers would need to be hired for the school year. Special classes like ESL would also be required. The yeshiva students’ curriculum, (the secular subjects) are part of the State’s core curriculum, and by law, each yeshiva in the State must reach those minimum requirements. Since the funding formula does not grant the yeshivas enough money to run with State monies, tuition costs are often very high.

former board member told the Advocate. “I do not know what I am going to do with my daughter next year, one parent told the Advocate. “The high school in the region wants $20,000,” explained the parent in desperation. The idea of sending to Yeshiva is, for some a mandatory expense while prohibitively expensive for others. “If we could get enough children together we could all enroll in the public schools. They did it in Great Neck [Long Island] why can’t they do that here?” While neighborhoods like Great Neck have a more cohesive mix of parents, East Ramapo tax payers are fed up and are looking for solutions.

“It is a pity that the only way this will happen is if we leave the yeshivas, and create a 'public yeshiva system'. In reality, yeshiva’s are not getting the funding they need to operate,” a

According to numbers provided by school officials of the approximately 8,500 students enrolled in the district with a $200 million, a large percentage does go to yeshiva expenses, but

Michael Koplen Running for Ramapo Town Supervisor


A familiar face is looking to make a big comeback in the political arena this November. A Trustee of the Village of New Hempstead, Michael Koplen has officially announced he will run for Town Supervisor. Koplen is no stranger to politics having served in the Rockland legislature from 1994 to 1997, and worked as assistant County Attorney. “I feel that the voters in Ramapo are unhappy, I sense a big push for change. Whether it is in In Monsey or

Sloatsburg. People are angry." He plans on addressing plummeting property values, tax burdens, and using his skills as a bankruptcy litigation expertise and try to apply that to the fiscal woes the Town has seen. “This election is not about political party or affiliation”, he maintains, though he is the official Republican candidate for the position. Marino Fontana, Robert Romonowski will run on Koplen’s ticket for the position of Town Board.

NEW law: 5 points on license for texting and driving New York state has put tougher penalties in place for texting-while-driving for all drivers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at a news conference Sunday. Cuomo said he directed New York state police to increase enforcement of the texting-while-driving ban dur-


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Insiders in the school district estimated that if every private school student enrolled in the public schools, the budget would be increased an additional $525 million. Another half a billion would need to be allocated to house the students in buildings. (the State is required to fund about half of the expenses of the district) Although the budget was voted down a few weeks back, the revote on the budget will be held Tuesday, June 18 In East Ramapo the cost of education is approximately $11,000 per student, $20,000 per special ed student. Several spending solutions have been put forward recently to balance the budget proposals in East Ramapo. Among the ideas proposed is splitting the district in two, and changing the State's funding for cont. Page 11

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new bullying laws & Bully awareness Rabbi Moshe Abramczyk LMSW,

A Wisconsin town might have finally figured out a way to deal with childhood bullies: fine their parents. As part of an anti-bullying ordinance that passed in Monona late last month, parents of repeat offenders can be ticketed by police and fined up to $114 the first time, and $177 for any other violations during the same year. Before the first fine, parents would be warned that their children were on notice, the Wisconsin State Journal reports, and those who are really trying to deal with the behavior would not be ticketed.

The director of the National Bullying Prevention Center says she knows of no other similar tactic. And the executive director of a bullying prevention nonprofit calls the move "fantastic." The ordinance also includes fines for the bullies themselves, as long as they're at least 12 years old, and it does include cyberbullying. As of July 1 2013, the law in New York will change as well. In New York law is designed to strengthen a school's response to harassment and bullying through improved reporting, investigation, incont on

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as we go to press Obama Administration Defends Collecting Verizon Phone Records The Obama administration on Thursday defended the National Security Agency's need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens, calling such information "a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats." While defending the practice, a senior administration official did not confirm a newspaper report that the NSA has been collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order. The order was granted by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on April 25 and is good until July 19, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported Wednesday. The order requires Verizon, one of the nation's largest telecommunications companies, on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries. The newspaper said the document, a copy of which it had obtained,shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of U.S. citizens were being collected indiscriminately and in bulk, regardless of whether they were suspected of any wrongdoing.

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inally a solution to the East Ramapo budget, enrolling private yeshiva students in the public schools of East Ramapo. It is the only option. Increase the budget, and everyone will be happy. Fix the old buildings, and build brand new ones for the thousands of new students. Restore funding for all public school programs, and at the same time, fund the new curriculum full of yeshiva students. No one will have any complaints that the board is only working for the Orthodox student population. Since we see that the public school population is not happy, even though they had their own parents elected to the board, we are left with only one option: merge public with private. Many ideas have been put forth on how to fix the public schools in the County and in the district. Perhaps this is the best option-all the yeshivas should close and enroll the students into the public schools. The situation in East Ramapo is a unique one, and this needs to be addressed. Things could get very interesting. If that scenario plays out and 5,000 students enroll, there would be at least a 200 percent increase in tax alone. This would cover new staff, busses, maintenance and other costs. While the State has to fund half, taxpayers will have a big bill next year. But the budget will increase, and pass every year, restoring funding for all programs across the board. Then will everyone be happy?

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Dear Editor,

May 21st has come and gone. This year again we were successful in electing our slate and voting down the budget. The people involved deserve kudos. A job well done. However,we have done the same thing for many years and always had the outrageous budget passed on a revote. Why? Where are the sound cars? where are the flyers to take home? Where are the large signs warning about the tax increase? Where are the signs with numbers for transportation to a person's voting booth or information? For years we have gone through the same folly. If the budget was important on May 21st, it will still be important at the revote. The earnestness of the community leaders should be gauged by their willingness to put the same effort into defeating the budget on the revote that they put in on the first vote. Feeling good and then not following up is why we have such a bloated school budget today.

As our nation now moves closer to enacting immigration reform, New York state should live up to its progressive mantra and enact legislation that will protect over two million non-citizen immigrants, including the more than 800,000 undocumented immigrants living throughout New York from unscrupulous immigration service providers.

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The State Senate has failed to allow this important consumer protection, immigrant-friendly legislation to move, thereby preventing the proposed law from reaching the Governor for his signature. This proposal to stop immigration-services fraud is needed before the flood-gates open for undocumented immigrants seeking to apply for proposed Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status. And it is here where fraudulent immigration service providers will see their chance to strike gold by targeting those immigrants. Over 11 million undocumented immigrants will be required to file lengthy paper-

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work with the federal government to qualify for the Registered Provisional Immigrant status which is a prerequisite for obtaining American citizenship. Lawful and undocumented immigrants will rush and seek help to comply with the federal immigration reform that is expected to become law soon. My proposal also raises fines substantially to discourage fraud. Our nation is in the midst of longoverdue immigration reform. The past decade has witnessed perhaps the most anti-immigrant epoch in American history: Thousands of families torn apart, wholesale civil rights violations, and systematic attempts to stigmatize entire communities. We need to make sure that the new and complicated path towards citizenship is not sidetracked by fraudulent immigration assistance service providers. Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo, Chair, Assembly Task Force on New Americans

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national & international news updates Syria's Qusair Captured By Syrian Army The Syrian army captured a strategic town near the Lebanese border on Wednesday after a grueling three-week battle, handing a heavy defeat to rebels and solidifying a shift in the country's civil war in favor of President Bashar Assad's regime. Both sides had dug in for an all-out battle for Qusair, which rebels seized last year, a sign of its importance for both as a key crossroads of supply lines between Damascus and western and northern Syria. The regime assault also marked another key turning point in the conflict: the most overt involvement yet by its Lebanese Hezbollah allies, whose fighters boosted the military's firepower in overcoming the rebels. The town's fall could boost the momentum for Syrian troops in rolling back rebel gains in central Syria in past months. The blow to the rebel movement could also further discourage it from entering peace negotiations with the

regime, which the United States and Russia have been trying to put together in Geneva.

which has been under Israeli sovereignty since 1948.

Bipartisan House Israel Caucus Urge Obama To Move US Embassy To Jerusalem

“The deep commitment and friendship to the State of Israel transcend political differences,” said Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08).

The heads of the bipartisan Congressional Israel Allies Caucus on Tuesday urged the Obama administration to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

The event, which was attended by dozens of lawmakers around the world, was broadcast simultaneously in parliaments in Europe and Jerusalem.

“We strongly believe that Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of Israel with no waivers and no caveats,” said Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05), in an event on Capitol Hill Tuesday marking 46 years since the reunification of Jerusalem.

Christie Now Popular Among Democrats and Republicans

“It is long overdue for the US government to relocate our embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem,” said Congressman Brad Sherman (CA-30), noting that the move was a “no brainer” because the location of the planned US Embassy in Jerusalem is in a part of the city

licans and independents according to a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll. As Christie – who on Tuesday won the primary contest to be the Republican nomination for governor – looks to reelection this fall and possibly to the White House in 2016, he has forged a close relationship with President Barack Obama. It’s a combination that’s led to 40 percent of Republicans, 41 percent of independents and 43 percent of Democrats see-

ing him in a positive light. Compare Christie’s appeal to Obama, who’s seen favorably by 84 percent of Democrats vs. 11 percent of Republicans. And Hillary Clinton — who left domestic politics to become secretary of state, and may be mulling her own presidential bid — is also seen as polarizing, with 83 percent of Democrats viewing her positively compared to 15 percent of Republicans.

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Albany & washington news briefs NJ Sen. Lautenberg Passes Away at 89

Marco Rubio: I'll Vote Against My Own Bill

Frank Lautenberg, the New Jersey Democrat who was the oldest sitting member of the United States Senate, died this morning of viral pneumonia at the age of 89, reports the Record. Lautenberg, who had been diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2010, had been in ill health since late last year and said in February he would not run for re-election in 2014. Gov. Chris Christie will appoint his temporary replacement and schedule a special election; Cory Booker has not been shy about his intention to run for the seat. A few notable facts, by way of the Record, AP, and Washington Post: Lautenberg was New Jersey's longest-serving senator ever, the chamber's last World War II vet, and the author of the bill that banned smoking on domestic airline flights.

Marco Rubio may have been one of the driving forces behind the Gang of Eight's immigration reform bill, but that doesn't mean he's planning to vote for it. He told radio host Hugh Hewitt yesterday that the parts of the bill related to border security need to be strengthened before the bill heads to final Senate consideration, because he doesn't want the bill to "give overwhelming discretion to the Department of Homeland Security." And if those amendments aren't made, "then I think we’ve got a bill that isn’t going to become law, and I think we’re wasting our time," and he wouldn't support it, Rubio said. The Washington Examiner says such a move would be "an extraordinary turn of events," since Rubio has been the public face of the legislation. Byron York doesn't understand Rubio's change of heart, since the Senate Judiciary Committee actually did strengthen and expand the security measures when it approved the bill. But Rubio could simply be concerned the bill won't pass: He also told Hewitt there aren't 60 votes in the Senate for the bill, and there won't be unless the bill is strengthened, because "the majority of our colleagues are prepared to do immigration

reform, [but] they’re only prepared to do it if we ensure that this illegal immigration problem never happens again."

Thompson Kicks Off Five Borough Tour Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign has watched rival after rival host high-profile campaign kick-offs with an entourage of press at every rinky-dink stop along the way. But Mr. Thompson, who announced his electoral plans over two years ago in a New York Times interview, couldn’t really do the same. Yesterday, however, his campaign chose the next-best option: launching a carefully-scripted, five-borough tour that had the look and feel of an official kick-off. And Mr. Thompson, a former city comptroller who nearly unseated Mayor Michael Bloomberg four years ago, insisted that this is his year. “No matter what you did in ’09, it was hard to get a message out,” he told Politicker on a 3 train between events. “This is a more level playing field in 2013, so it is easier to be able to get a message out and that shows up some place, that somebody pays attention to. That is one huge difference–and it’s a good difference, a very good difference.”

Obama’s National Security Advisor Tom Donilon Resigns President Barack Obama’s top national security adviser Tom Donilon is resigning and will be replaced by U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, marking a significant shakeup to the White House foreign policy team. A White House official confirmed the personnel changes Wednesday morning ahead of a planned announcement by the president later in the day. Donilon has been a key foreign policy adviser to Obama since he first took office. But the 58-year-old had been expected to depart sometime this year, with Rice seen as the likely candidate to replace him.

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. President Barack Obama appointed Holder as attorney general in early 2009 and kept him on for the start of Obama’s second, four-year term this year.


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rockland & regional Clarkstown Board Member Housner named to Forward's 36 under 36 Stephanie Hausner made the annual list of the paper's most influential Jews under 36. According to the report, "She decided to run for office because “a number of town board members had been there a long time, and I thought we needed a youthful voice. Young people were not moving back to Rockland County and specifically to Clarkstown in the numbers they used to. We needed more jobs and housing. I thought, ‘Hey, I could do this.’” She was elected in 2010, defeating a 37-year incumbent. Now she’s also a member of the Democratic National Committee, and in June, 2011, was one of 150 young elected officials invited for a White House briefing.

Bill Advances to Allow Teens to Pre-Register to Vote Senator David Carlucci and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh announced that their legislation allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote has advanced in both houses of the legislature. The bill, sponsored by Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and Senator David Carlucci, would allow teenagers to preregister so that their registration becomes effective immediately on their 18th birthday, the legal age for voting in New York. The legislation (A02042A/ S1992-A) was approved by the Assembly Election Law Committee, Chaired by Assemblymember Michael Cusick, and the Senate Elections Committee, Chaired by Senator Tom O'Mara. It is intended to increase voter participation, especially among younger voters. It should also facilitate processing of registrations by local election boards which are often burdened with large numbers of new registrations immediately before major elections. The bill now advances to the floor of the Senate and to the Ways and Means Committee

in the Assembly. The issue of youth voter registration is of national concern, with only 59% of eligible voters between the ages of 18-24 registered, as compared with 71% of voters of all ages. In addition to allowing for pre-registration, the bill would require local boards of education to adopt policies to educate students about the value of voter participation.

gas leak cause of fire in nyack Authorities said seven people were injured Tuesday in an explosion on the Nyack College campus that blew out

windows and sent debris sailing. The building was extensively damaged in the blast. Rockland County Director of Fire and Emergency Services Gordon Wren Jr. said a fire alarm and report from police about hearing a large explosion on the campus came in at approximately the same time. He said the Nyack Fire Department was on the scene within three minutes at around 11:51 a.m. He said that the building was on fire, but it had a sprinkler system that helped put it out quickly. Eight people were injured in the blast. Structural engineers have already done a preliminary investigation of the building. It will be several weeks before a final determination can be made about the extent of the damage and strategy for repairs and renovation. The building will remain unoccupied until further notice.

Friedman calls for New Revenue Sources In the current year’s budget, nearly $22 million of the $28 million in the budget comes from property tax revenues. The Village of Spring Valley has failed to create alternative sources of revenue that

would wean Village Hall off of individual taxpayers. Creating new revenues would diversify revenue sources so that village government could stop being over reliant on our struggling taxpayers to make up for budget shortfalls caused by the Mayor and Board. Spring Valley’s skyrocketing property taxes – which soared 94% in a decade – indicates that the village has a tax problem. The reality is Spring Valley does not just have a tax problem; it has a revenue problem. In this campaign for mayor, every candidate will make the cliché claim that they oppose tax increases. No other candidate, however, has produced a plan to make it possible to put an end to runaway tax increases. Friedman said, "I am proud of what I have been able to do for Ramapo taxpayers. Using new technology and ideas from my GREEN program and other initiatives I sponsored and passed on the Town Council, we have been able to reduce numerous budgetary expenditures and have saved over $700,000 for taxpayers.

Engel speakes Regarding Iranian Oil Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to an announcement by the U.S. Department of State that exceptions have been renewed for nine countries that continue to purchase Iranian crude oil, in contravention of U.S. sanctions laws. The statement follows: “I am disappointed that exceptions have been granted once again to countries that buy Iranian oil and help prop up the Iranian regime’s finances. The grounds for an exception are clearly too loose. To remedy that problem, the House will vote in a matter of weeks on legislation that I have co-authored to tighten the standards for granting exceptions. We must strengthen our sanctions on countries that continue to buy Iranian oil.”

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Friedman's Plan For a New Century Repair The Decades-Old Potholes & Crumbling Streets

It doesn’t take long to see that the roads in Spring Valley rank among the worst in Rockland County. Potholes formed during over a decade of winters have never been repaired. When village residents complain, they are told that there is no money in the budget to repair them. However, every year, there seemed to be enough money in the budget for the Mayor and Village Board to give each of themselves thousands of dollars in pay increases.

Taxpayers have had enough of the “Tax You and Pay Me” vision of government that has been aggressively pushed by the current administration and board. It is a vision of government that has failed residents, and has led to the near doubling of taxes in a decade, and the near tripling of board members’ salaries at the same time – all at the expense of vital services those taxpayer dollars ought to be going to. As a Ramapo Councilman, I was able to serve on a board that constantly monitored the state of our roads. At every workshop meeting of the Town Board we discussed our roads and infrastructure with our Director of Public Works. The Spring Valley board does not. As a Councilman in Ramapo, I oversaw, along with my colleagues in town government, over 90 miles of road in all the unincorporated areas in our town. We also managed a total of over 200 miles of road when taking into account the roads in villages that the Town DPW oversees. Spring Valley has failed to maintain its roughly 27 miles of village roads. During snowstorms, the mayor routinely ordered that plow trucks not plow the streets so that taxpayer money would not be used. This has created hazardous conditions, and also allowed snow to accumulate, making it more difficult to remove the same snow when the trucks eventually were

allowed to do their work later on. To the chagrin of residents, their streets were cleared last, long after other municipalities had sent plows out to clear their roads. There are two underlying issues causing the breakdown of Spring Valley’s roads and infrastructure: A lack of leadership, and a lack of fiscal priorities. As mayor, I will take the following three actions to finally resolve these longstanding crises: 1. Following Points Two and Three of my “Five Points For A New Future,” we will put an end to wasteful spending on pet projects and unnecessary pay increases for elected officials and create new revenue sources so that we will have an honest balanced budget that works for taxpayers. This will set the village on the path to financial discipline and will allow the village to have a responsible budget set aside to repair our roads. 2. The Director of DPW will be present at all Village Board workshop meetings, and will report to the board the state of village roads, and update the board on the status of all ongoing infrastructure issues and projects. Residents and the board will also make recommendations on priorities for road repairs and other issues. 3. We will examine potential intermunicipal agreements with Rockland County and the Town of Ramapo to reduce duplication of highway services, and save taxpayer dollars while providing the needed highway services that have been lacking for too long.

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Family Health Talk Ben Gilman

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“Pre-cancerous skin lesions are benign,” explains Dr. Soren White, a Dersee ad on page 3 matologist on staff at Monsey Family Medical Center. “They will not shorten your life or harm your health. Howevanticancer cream may be prescribed for in-home er”, cautions Dr. White, “pre-cancers usually re- use over a period of weeks, which irritates and dequire treatment not only due to the higher risk of stroys actinic keratoses. developing cancer, but also because they can be unsightly, crusty, tender and may not heal, “ Dr. · New Aldara prescription cream is the latest deWhite concluded. These lesions are slow growing velopment in the treatment of actinic keratoses. and may reach a size of one inch in diameter. It is Aldara works by boosting your body's immune not uncommon to develop more than one, or even system and shrinking pre-cancers from the inside multiple actinic keratoses, at one time. out. Know The Warning Signs

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Family Health Talk Ben Gilman

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bullying awareness, from page 1, tervention, training and prevention. The new law requires schools to take action when students experience cyberbullying or other forms of harassment. It ensures that school districts take immediate steps to end harmful behavior, prevent recurrences, and ensure the safety of the targeted students. The legislation also establishes improved training to help teachers and administrators better prevent and respond to bullying and other harmful acts. "We must do all we can to ensure that every child in New York State feels safe in the classroom, and this new law will help our schools create an environment that is conducive to educational success," Governor Cuomo said. "Under this new law, schools will play an important role – working with families, communities and law enforcement – to prevent harassment, bullying and discrimination, and to support a student's right to learn. I commend Majority Leader Skelos, Speaker Silver, the bill sponsors, and the many advocates who worked hard in helping put this comprehensive bill together." Cyberbullying is an especially harmful form of bullying. Through the use of technology, bullies are able to harass their targets at a distance, outside of schools, in front of broad audiences and sometimes under the protection of anonymity.

For teachers, Rebbes, and Moros , in addition to all the routine preparation that is necessary before schools start a new semester, the last few years has seen a new dimension added that causes much concern and anxiety. We reflect upon the bullying situation in our schools and yeshivas. Bullying is, unfortunately, a common experience for many children and adolescents. For those children who have experienced bullying in past years, the new school year can be a period of much trepidation. To the credit of our Hanhalas and parents, Baruch Hashem, we brought this issue very much to the forefront in the past year and we are proactively dealing with the concept. The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation produced

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a video on bullying that was shown in many schools. The video was further publicized as the Tisha B’av children’s program. This allowed the year to be a ‘positive bully awareness year.” The secular world released in March of this year “Bully”, a documentary that describes in great detail that the average American school child cannot defend himself or herself against ridicule. The film follows the lives of five students who faced bullying on a regular basis. As a result many bullying laws and school policies were enacted. The professionals at Torah U’mesorah have long recognized the severity of the situation in our schools and take an active role in dealing with the bullying both in the Yeshivas and the Bais Yaakovs. Unfortunately though, many school administrations continue to turn a blind eye to the situation. I recently met with a number of Rebbeim that refused to recognize that there is bullying in their classes. What is bullying? Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior evident by the use of force or intimidation to affect others, particularly when the behavior is habitual and involves a power imbalance. Bullying has many forms. It may be verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and is often directed repeatedly towards specific victims. Amongst boys, bullying tends to take on a form of physical intimidation and threats. Amongst girls there is a stronger tendency towards verbal aggression. Tactics such as spreading rumors, mocking, and isolating are commonly used by the bully. Bullying can range from simple one on one bullying to more complex cases in which an individual is picked on over and over again by a group. Even in simple one on one cases, the victim seldom has anyone willing to stand up for them. Victims have often reported that they felt that they never had real friends that would stick around and help them.


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Signs of bullying: Most children don’t tell anybody that they are being bullied. Recognizing the signs and doing the right steps can assist an effected child develop to his/ her fullest potential. Some of the warning signs of bullying: Avoidance of recess and class activities Frequent complaints of headaches and stomachaches Often asking to stay home from school, or frequently going late or coming home early Frequent loss of personal belongings


Individual, Couple Child & Family Therapy Malka Harris Susswein LCSW, Clinical Director Project Ohr, Adult and family therapy Gelly Asovski LCSW, Play therapy Sharon Kronenberg LCSW, Adult and teen therapy Chana Simmonds LCSW, Family and adult therapy Gila Zelinger LCSW, Family Family and adult therapy Rabbi Aryeh Frankel LMSW, Couples, teens & adult therapy

Signs of physical bruises without adequate explanation

Naomi Franklin LCSW, Child therapy

Effects of bullying:

Yael Kahan LMSW, Family, Teens and adult therapy

Bullying can bring fear and hopelessness into the life of an innocent child. Victims of bullying experience suffering that can interfere with their social and emotional development. Children that are bullied are more likely to struggle with their school work, miss classes, or drop out. Some victims of bullying have even attempted suicide rather than continue to endure the harassment and punishment. Adults who have been bullied as children are more prone to low self-esteem, stress, anxiety and depression. To be continued next week

Esther Rothbaum LMSW, Child therapy Toby Spitzer LMSW, adult couples, & family therapy Tziporah Spira LMSW Family, teens and adult therapy Aviva Cohen LMSW, Pre-Teens, teens, and child therapy Rabbi Moshe Abramczyk LMSW, Family, & child therapy Boys Ages 12 and above


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HEALTH NEWS FDA On Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery operated products designed to turn nicotine and other chemicals into a vapor. You then inhale the vapor. These products are often made to look like: • Cigarettes

• Pipes

• Cigars

• Pens

E-Cigarettes may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans. Because clinical studies about the safety of e-cigarettes have not been submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you have no way of knowing: • If they are safe

• Which chemicals they contain • How much nicotine you are inhaling Nicotine is a highly addictive substance. Additionally, these products may be attractive to kids. Using e-cigarettes may lead kids to try other tobacco products—including conventional cigarettes—which are known to cause disease and lead to premature death. Although e-cigarettes may be marketed as a tool to help smokers quit, they have not been submitted for FDA evaluation or approval and there is no evidence to support those claims.


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Paper Towels More Hygienic Than Hand Dryers

Paper towels may not be the most environmentally friendly way to dry your hands, but they are the most hygienic. Australian scientist Cunrui Huang reviewed 12 studies on hand-drying, and found paper towels were the superior method in a public restroom, because they dry your hands more quickly than air dryers, and bacteria spreads more rapidly on wet hands, the AAP reports. "A hand dryer takes 30 seconds longer to achieve about the same dryness as a towel," says Huang. "This is important because most people spend less than 20 seconds drying their hands."

"It is likely that paper towels also work better because they physically remove bacteria from the hands, whereas hot air dryers and jet air dryers cannot," he adds. Even worse than a quickie blast

under an air dryer? R u b bing your hands together w h e n you do it, reports Wired. "Rubbing hands while under hotair dryers leads to greater bacterial numbers and airborne dissemination," Huang says. "It might be that rubbing hands causes bacteria to migrate from hair follicles to the skin surface."

Feds Raid Calif. Capitol for First Time in 25 Years

FBI agents swooped down on the offices of a California state senator and the Latino Legislative Caucus in the first raid of its kind in the state's Capitol since the "Shrimpscam" corruption scandal 25 years ago, the Los Angeles Times reports. Law enforcement sources say Sen. Ron Calderon—a

member of a political dynasty that goes back decades—is the target of a corruption probe with its roots in Los Angeles County. After a search that lasted long into the night, investigators emerged from Calderon's offices with multiple boxes.

Philadelphia Building Collapse: People Trapped Under Center City Building Rubble

A building that was being torn down collapsed with a thunderous boom Wednesday, raining bricks on a neighboring thrift store, killing a woman and injuring at least 13 other people in an accident that witnesses said was bound to happen. The woman who died was 35 years old, the mayor said, but no other information about her was released.

Rescuers pulled another woman, trapped amid the rubble of a Salvation Army thrift store, after they heard her voice, city fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said, and the search for survivors continued hours after the 10:45 a.m. collapse on the edge of downtown. Rescuers used buckets and their bare hands to move bricks and rubble. "We do not know how many people were actually in the thrift store this

morning when the wall collapsed on the building," Mayor Michael Nutter said late Wednesday afternoon. Survivors were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, Ayers said. The collapse involved an empty building that once housed a firstfloor sandwich shop and apartments above. The thrift shop was on one side. The other side was an adult bookstore and theater that had been taken down within the last few months. Several witnesses said they had been casting a wary eye on the demolition site and questioned how the workers were tackling the job. That raised questions about how closely the highly visible spot on Market Street – one of Philadelphia's signature boulevards – was being monitored.

White House Spokesman Fields Fox Reporters White House spokesman and Fox News correspondent Ed Henry continued their years-long duel on Wednesday. Henry was asking Carney about Susan Rice, who was named President Obama's new national security adviser and who got into trouble over the Benghazi controversy. BuzzFeed noticed the spiky exchange: "You described her as one of the most qualified, experienced foreign policy experts in America," Henry said. "If that’s the case, how

did she get the information on Benghazi so wrong five days after the attack?" "And I welcome the opportunity to correct the record, especially for some news outlets who persist in misrepresenting the facts," Carney shot back. We wonder who he was talking about? It's hardly the first time Carney has brushed back an aggressive question or two from Henry, and it will very likely not be the last time either.

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Organic Costco Berries Linked to Hepatitis A The FDA is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to a frozen organic berry mix sold by an Oregon company. Thirty illnesses are linked to Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, which contains pomegranate seed mix. Illnesses were reported in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and California. Several of those who fell ill reported buying the berry mix at Costco, according to the CDC. Costco has removed the product from stores and is attempting to contact members who purchased the product in recent months. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can last from a few weeks to a several months. People often contract it when an infected food handler prepares food without appropriate hand hygiene. Food already contaminated with the virus also can cause outbreaks. The government has not announced a recall, but the CDC recommended that retailers and other food service operators should not sell or serve the Townsend blend. A lawyer for Townsend said the frozen organic blend bag includes pomegranate seeds from Turkey. Healthy Living

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Agudath Israel Introduces “Front Door” for the Developmentally Disabled

By Judith Dinowitz

Brooklyn, NY – Last Wednesday, May 22nd, Agudath Israel hosted a meeting on recent changes in the way that services to the developmentally disabled can be delivered and how this affects those eligible. Close to 40 special education yeshiva administrators and advocates, representatives from Community Based Organizations, and members of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) attended. Janet Strauss, from the Brooklyn Developmental Disabilities Services Office (DDSO), explained that OPWDD is the new name for the Office for Persons with Mental Retardation, to reflect the provision of services to clients with a wider variety of developmental disabilities including Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. OPWDD has adopted a more person-centered approach, giving parents of developmentally-disabled children the option of directing their own cases, rather than going through an agency. Unfortunately, many individuals in our community are not yet aware of the changes, necessitating this workshop. In the new person-centered approach, the state determines the level of funding available for the disabled person. These funds are then put into a personal resource account, which the family may draw from to create a service plan that is tailor-made for that individual. The participants then attended a lively question and answer session on the presentation, after which the discussion broadened to include such topics as challenges in the Carter reimbursement process and the resulting financial burden on the parents and schools. Mrs. Leah Steinberg, Agudath Israel's Director of Special Education Affairs, mentioned that the organization has been working to resolve these issues.


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Rabbi Weiss from the Jewish Center for Special Education (JCSE/Chush) expressed his appreciation to Agudath Israel for organizing the gathering, and said it was important for all the schools to meet on a frequent basis. He declared, "Hashem is watching over these special children and keeping these schools alive. A few years ago, individuals were giving a lot of money, funding many of these schools. The funding dried up. We would have had to close down if not for the CARTER reimbursements – an area on which we rely on Agudath Israel’s Special Education Department." Rabbi Zev Horowitz, Principal of Bonim Lamakom, a special education school in Brooklyn for boys with Downs Syndrome, said, "The meeting was very beneficial for our program because we do have students that are aging out and parents who are looking to us for advice…this is a significant change. Until now, students were only getting service through agencies. Now parents can steer the services their children receive." Rabbi Gedaliah Weinberger, Chairman Emeritus of Agudath Israel’s Board of Trustees, in whose offices the gathering took place, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to contribute. "Agudath Israel has been involved with Special Education for many years. The organization has advocated for the children in our schools, working to get legislation passed on their behalf and to give them the aid and support they deserve. We're very happy to host the meeting and support this work."


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Beth Raskin, Executive Director of Kulanu, a special education school in the Five Towns for children with Autism, said, "It's wonderful that Agudath Israel understands that families literally fall off the cliff after the age of 21. By bringing OPWDD to the table, it allows us to bring a whole new funding source to our families."


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yeshiva students enrolling in East ramapo from page 1 the district.

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Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski said that he is proposing a redistricting of the current East Ramapo School District that will partition territory to create a new public school district that better represents public school enrollment. The proposal is an effort to develop a long term solution to the challenges that have plagued the district over the past several years.

The efficiency awards will be granted to school districts in the state that have most effectively cut unnecessary bureaucratic costs while maintaining the integrity of educational programs and services for our students and teachers. Districts will be asked to submit applications that show cost savings in management efficiencies through eliminating administrative redundancies, reducing transportation costs and cutting other administrative overhead. Districts will also have to show they are engaging stakeholders in cost cutting efforts, including consulting parents and teachers about cost saving proposals.

“East Ramapo is a school district in crisis. This type of instability is not healthy for the community and is certainly not healthy for the education of the students,” said Assemblyman Zebrowski. While state law provides for a school district to pay some private school expenses, for transportation, textbooks and special education, the complaint is that East Ramapo has been too quick to move some children into special education programs in private schools. Under Zebrowski’s proposal, an independent, external organization that specializes in education policy will study the feasibility of creating two separate districts. The proposal aims to create a new public school district that will consist mostly of public students. It also will include an inter-district school choice program that will allow students, regardless of their residence, the opportunity to attend public school. The reorganization proposal will provide the public school community the autonomy of governance over their children’s education. About a year ago Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of the School District Management Efficiency Awards program to reward school districts that have implemented long-term efficiency or cost saving measures in school district management and operations. The efficiency awards program is designed to help school districts create comprehensive and innovative strategies which lead to improved results for students, long-term gains in school and school system capacity, reduced costs and increased

“To make New York a national leader in education we need to invest less in the bureaucracy and more in our students,” Governor Cuomo said. “For years, our state has believed the only way to fix education was to spend more of the taxpayers' money but while we spend more than any other state on education, we are still 38th in results. This competitive award program will reward school districts that reduce waste and cut through the bureaucracy to provide better education services to our students. This program, along with the ongoing performance grants, will make our education system prioritize delivering better results and raising student achievement to give all our students a better education. Currently, education aid is primarily distributed through formula-based grants without performance incentives or requirements. To transform the state's education system, Governor Cuomo created in his first Executive Budget two performance-based competitive award programs to incentivize student performance and management efficiency. In the past years the East Ramapo board had tried to come to a funding solution to no avail. They visited Albany to state their case but no fiscal study, like the one proposed by Zebrowski was ever conducted in a proper manner. This year many will try to finally address the issue of education in East ramapo.



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news from albany NEW york law: 5 points on license for texting and driving state throughout the summer when more drivers are on the road.

road and hands on the wheel, while putting stronger penalties in place for drivers of all ages who violate the law and put others in danger. No parent should have to experience losing a child at the hands of a text message."

"As the father of three teenagers, I know firsthand the importance of instilling safe practices in our young drivers who are developing lifelong habits as they learn to navigate the road," Cuomo said in a statement.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles will increase the number of points earned against an individual's driving record upon conviction for textingwhile-driving and cellphone-related infractions from the current

"Inattention and inexperience is a deadly combination -- one this legislation seeks to deter. We are urging young and inexperienced drivers to keep their eyes on the


Widening gap

The wealth gap in the U.S. between whites and minorities has grown to a record high after the recession erased decades of minority gains. Whites now have roughly 20 times the net worth of blacks. 2005

Median wealth ratios*

Household median net worth White Hispanics Blacks

... but the gap still widens



18,359 6,625


12,124 5,677




Percent change

$134,992 113,149


12 8








15 11

10 10 77






*Because of a change in how ethnicities are classified by the U.S. Census Bureau, this chart adjusts 2009 wealth ratios so that they compare with older data in a consistent manner. Previously, the census allowed people of Hispanic origin to be counted within white or black categories. Source: Pew Research Center

“Today (Wednesday) the New York State Legislature passed legislation that strengthens penalties for new and young drivers who are found textingwhile-driving or using a handheld electronic device while behind the wheel. Under this legislation, penalties will be strengthened for individuals holding


In 2011 alone, there were more than 25,000 cell phone-related accidents in which someone was injured or killed. In that same frame, 4,600 were caused by drunken driving.

Falling income for all ...

three points to five points, Cuomo said.

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DMV Web Link to National Insurance Crime Bureau Identifies Storm-Damaged Vehicles Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued a consumer alert warning used car buyers from purchasing storm damaged cars. A link on the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website https://www. allows consumers to immediately determine whether a used vehicle is a “flood car” from Super Storm Sandy or damaged following other storms or circumstances. Approximately 400,000 vehicles were flooded following Hurricane Sandy. “The monumental devastation caused by Super Storm Sandy left an opening for unscrupulous individuals to try to sell salvaged vehicles to unsuspecting consumers,” said Governor Cuomo. “The information posted on DMV’s website can help consumers avoid the costly expense of purchasing a flood damaged vehicle.”

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junior and probationary licenses if they text and drive. Inattention and inexperience is a deadly combination and no parent should have to experience losing a child at the hands of a text message. I applaud my colleagues in the Legislature for their swift action in passing this necessary law.” Said Governor Cuomo on Wednesday.

The NICB’s VINCheck permits anyone to enter the vehicle identification number (VIN) to determine the status of the vehicle. If the vehicle had been declared as salvage by a VINCheck-participating NICB member insurance company, the NICB site reports both the date of loss and the cause of the damage. DMV Commissioner Barbara J. Fiala said, “The link on our website provides consumers a fast and easy way to discover whether the vehicle they are looking at is still road worthy.” NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle said, “We are united in our efforts to prevent fraud and protect innocent con-

sumers from unknowingly buying a vehicle that has been salvaged as a result of Sandy. NICB appreciates the opportunity to help protect consumers that Commissioner Fiala has given us by hosting the VINCheck link on the DMV website.”


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his past Sunday, June 2 , Ohr Somayach Monsey celebrated its 34th anniversary dinner at the Atrium Plaza in Monsey, NY. Over 350 guests arrived at the hall with excitement and anticipation to hear from the Rebbeim and most importantly from the talmidim of the Yeshiva who never fail to inspire the participants with the fascinating stories of their own teshuva odyssey. nd

Torah heritage and grow spiritually. Shimon and his wife Naomi, have established a beautiful Torah home in Switzerland, where Shimon is deeply involved in strengthening the Torah mosdos of the community.

Having concluded the dispensation of the various awards and honors, the chairman of the board, Mr. Yerachmiel Simins, took The master of ceremony, Rav Yoel Gold- to the podium to deliver a" mini state of berg, launched the evenings’ proceedings by the union" address. “It is no secret”, he assuring all assembled that the dinner will said, “that the last few years have been be brief and will run in true Ohr Somayach very trying for Ohr Somayach as it faced tradition-"on time". His first task was to in- enormous financial challenges and experienced a decline in its full time enrollment.” During the past year, faced with such an existential crisis, the board and the hanhala of the Yeshiva have galvanized their energies to realize a turn around and rejuvenation of the yeshiva’s 'outreach' and 'inreach' efforts. To a large extent they have succeeded in stabilizing the financial situation of the Yeshiva and have successleft to right- Rabbi Eliyahu Rokowsky Executive Director, fully launched a series of Rabbi Yisroel Rokowsky Rosh Yeshiva, Mr. Moshe Raiken awardee, Rabbi Avraham Braun Menahel important initiatives that photo credit:Benjamin Kohn are affecting a complete turnaround in all programs operating within the Yeshiva campus and strengthening the impact Ohr Somayach is having on the broader community.

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troduce Rabbi Avraham Braun, the Menahel, who, in turn introduced the three honorees of the evening. The first awardee, Rabbi Moshe Kracko, was presented with the distinguished alumnus award. Moshe and Zahava Kracko are highly respected members of the Monsey community, Moshe is a mechanech and marbitz Torah at Yeshiva of Spring Valley and in other local schools where he gives inspiring shiurim and one on one guidance to students that need a little extra support. Moshe, is a cherished talmid of the Yeshiva and serves as a role model to our current students. He is also a mispalel at Kehilas Ohavei Torah, whose Rav, Rav Fishel Becher shlita, serves as a senior maggid shiur at the Yeshiva. The Guest of honor awardees were Shimon and Naomi Khalili of Geneva, Switzerland. Shimon studied at Ohr Somayach twenty five years ago where he arrived from Sao Paulo, Brazil with a thirst to explore his

This past year saw the arrival of a new dynamic and highly qualified director of outreach, Rabbi Boruch Chaim Dunner, who has successfully reached out and visited numerous campuses nationwide, securing a new and steady stream of full time students for the Yeshiva’s Bais Medrash program. He has similarly initiated a number of kiruv programs geared to meeting the needs of mekarvim who wish to bring their students to a Yeshiva environment for a short, yet powerful, taste of authentic Torah learning and living. Mr. Simins continued outlining the successful development of Ora V’Simcha; Ohr Somayach’s family division, that has grown significantly during the past year under the dynamic leadership of Rabbi Naftalie Reich. Ora V'simcha successfully concluded 12 family retreats during the past year at Beit Shvidler impacting hundreds of families and providing them with the tools and tips to secure the foundations of a happy and wholesome home environment. The dinner concluded on a high note as all the participants left with a spring in their step and a Tefilla for Ohr Somayachs Monsey's continued growth and success in the year to come.

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Are You Ready for a Real Wilderness Adventure? Take a look at the sidewalks in your neighborhoods. There they are by the tens, or even hundreds. Sleeved arms swinging, skirts flapping, never breaking stride. They also find more secluded places to do this. Gyms, private trainers, elliptical machines and treadmills. They are women you know- frum and active, with busy lives. They are mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. And they are all trying to achieve something: a healthier lifestyle perhaps, or a moment to think, to breath and to sweat off the stresses of daily life. Isn’t it interesting how we so often have to bend our schedules and push off other demands just to accommodate what ought to be an expected, integral part of our lives? Avanim Adventures is a Coloradobased shomer shabbas and kashrus wilderness guiding service. And their goal is simple: Help Orthodox Jews get outdoors. Owners Ari Hoffman and Elie Ganz have been guiding in the wilderness for years. They are both certified Wilderness First Responders, two of only a handful of frum people to hold this wilderness medicine and emergency protocol certification. Avanim Adventures’ services include backpacking, paddling (ca-

noe, kayak and rafting) and even rock climbing adventures. “We have created trips for and guided families, including the families many prominent rabbanim. We also pre-arrange trips with complete itineraries for people to join. We have a popular Avos uBanim program to encourage fathers and sons to spend quality time together in the great outdoors”, says Hoffman, who is also a full-time therapist. Now Avanim Adventures is introducing a new venture: a Ladies Only program. “This will be the first time frum women have the opportunity to join other like-minded women on a genuine wilderness adventure. As always, safety is our highest priority and everything on this trip will meet our strict standards of safety and halacha.” This trip is for beginner and experienced women alike. Avanim Adventures keeps prices low- lower in fact than most non-Jewish guiding companies. “We do what we love”, says Ari. “And what we love, we want to share with Am Yisrael.” To learn more about Avanim Adventures and the Ladies Only adventure (scheduled for July 2-4), contact them at avanimadventures@gmail. com or call 303-803-4832. (mention this article for discounts)

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Stocks Dive as Traders Lose Faith in Fed Major U.S. stock averages slumped Wednesday as a spate of weak economic reports prompted investors to question whether the Federal Reserve's stimulus measures are sufficient to prop the U.S. economy. The S&P 500 fell 1.4% to close at 1,608.90 while the Dow Jones Industrial Average also declined 1.4% to 14,960.59. The blue-chip index on Wednesday suffered its third biggest percentage drop this year. The Nasdaq lost 1.3% to 3,401.48. "Nervousness has definitely increased this week and most of the economic data has been a little worrisome," said Ryan Detrick, Cincinnati-based senior technical strategist with Schaeffer's Investment Research. "With the monthly jobs data coming out on Friday, concerns of Fed tapering and a slowing economy has created a sell first, ask questions later mentality."

CIA Drone Strikes Under Fire The CIA did not always know who it was targeting and killing in drone strikes in Pakistan over a 14-month period, an NBC News review of classified intelligence reports shows. About one of every four of those killed by drones in Pakistan between Sept. 3, 2010, and Oct. 30, 2011, were classified as "other militants,” the documents detail. The “other militants” label was used when the CIA could not determine the affiliation of those killed, prompting questions about how the agency could conclude they were a threat to U.S. national security. The uncertainty appears to arise from the use of so-called “signature” strikes to eliminate suspected terrorists -- picking targets based in part on their behavior and associates. A former White House official said the U.S. sometimes executes people based on “circumstantial evidence.”

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