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senate, assembly to fix east ramapo New ideas emerge as law-makers scramble to fix the East Ramapo district

A. Moeller




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Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (L) wants to study to see if creating two school districts in East Ramapo would better serve the residents. Senator David Carlucci (R) has also called for a reform of the school tax system.

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of March. Those going to the Polls with contested positions are Airmont, Chestnut Ridge, Grandview, and Hillburn. Hillburn is seeing more than its usual share of action this election, with incumbents hoping to keep

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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. “At some point we have to face the reality that the old cont. Page 11

Monsey Family Medical Center highlights Monsey Family Medical Center attends youthfest 2013

This past Sunday, Community Medical and Dental Care, Inc. attended Youth Fest 2013. This very popular event drew thousands from all over Rockland to Incumbents in the Village Hillburn Mayor Bernard Jackson (L) and Village the RCC Field Trustee Thomas Scott are both up for reelection next week house. This cont. Page 19 was the second year in a row FEMA deadline extended to March 29 CMADC represented their two County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef, and Laurence O. Toole, Clerk to the health centers, Legislature were among those who attended Youthfest/ Government day at RCC Sunday Gilman Residents of thirteen declared counties may apply for Ben Spring Valley FEMA disaster assistance through March 29, 2013 Family Medical Center and Monsey Family Medical Center respectively. Government day took place simultaneously at RCC that afternoon. About 20 For more info turn to the county departments were present. They included the County Clerk’s Office,

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A few villages in Rockland will hold elections on the 19th

Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (DRockland) announced Tuesday 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. “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.

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Publisher's Desk A Weekly Editorial By:

Mendel Hoffman


ssemblyman Ken Zebrowski is proposing a split of the current East Ramapo School District. 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 overpopulated Gov. Andrew Cuomo said police around private schools and Yeshivas and the under enrolled public schools, could be re-districted . 8 a.m. stormed an abandoned bar were 64-year-old Kurt Myers was holed up This is something we have been proposing for years. Every year when tax payers rally and try to defeat the budget, we say, after ambushing customers at a barber- why pay for services we don’t use? Finally it has come to the attention of lawmakers. Why did it take this long to realize the shop and car wash in Mohawk and Hercurrent situation is not sustainable. kimer on Wednesday morning. “Law enforcement officials entered the Assemblyman Zebrowski has thought out a good plan that will both beneficially affect the students and give a fair tax break to building and, after being fired upon, shot residents. It is a good plan and we commend him for his efforts. As always he has opened the forum up to the public, and when and killed the suspect, Kurt Myers. There his study is concluded, we welcome your letters on how to work with his proposal to fix East Ramapo. were no injuries to law enforcement officials, though an FBI police dog was fatally shot,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We commend the courage and extraordinary efforts of the state police, the FBI, and local law enforcement officials in finding the suspect and ending this horrific spree of violence and bloodshed,” Cuomo continued. “It is now time for mourning those who we lost in this senseless act of violence.”

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Dear Editor, Healthy and clean communities are the bedrock of prosperity As a New York state senator, the most important priority I have is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of the Hudson Valley and of New York. I want to discuss two steps that I am taking and to ask for your support to help make them a reality. The first deals with our most precious resource, our drinking water. The decision whether to allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing is coming — and it rests squarely on the shoulders of Governor Cuomo. The deadline for his decision is scheduled for later this month. As have other senators, I have pressed the governor to strongly consider the long-term negative effects that allowing this practice would bring to our communities. A popular "solution" to the toxic fracking wastewater prob-

lem is to sell it for the manufacture of road de-icing products. I have submitted a bill, the NY Clean Street Act, which will ban these products from being used on New York roads, thus preventing toxic runoff from coming into direct contact with our children, leaching into our water supply and infesting the crops raised on roadside farms. The health of the people of our region is also threatened by the acceleration of tick borne illness such as Lyme. We must respond to these complex and debilitating diseases with every resource at our disposal. My bill, TickBITE, (Tick Borne-Illness Treatment and Education Act) provides funding for tick-borne illness prevention and education programs. It will also hold insurance companies accountable for covering treatment costs. Protecting our health, safety and environment is a key to economic development in our region, a priority all of us share.

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Healthy and clean communities are the bedrock of prosperous communities. My two bills will help lay a foundation for strong, economic growth. Senator Terry Gipson, Senate District 41

Dear Editor, What can be done to clean all the garbage in back of Orange and Rockland? The old train tracks are now littered with years of garbage. Who will step in and clean this mess? Concerned Resident

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national & international news updates Obama And Entourage Will Eat Kosher During Upcoming Israel Visit Due to unavoidable timing, President Barack Obama and his entire entourage will be limited to a kosher menu at their hotel during the president’s upcoming visit to Israel. HAARETZ reports that the King David Hotel, where Obama and his entourage will occupy all of its 233 rooms from Wednesday March 20 through Friday March 22, has been forced to limit its menu due to the proximity of Obama’s visit to the upcoming holiday of Pesach. Time restraints would have made it impossible for the hotel to transition quickly enough for the holiday after the president’s visit. “We’re used to hosting heads of state and also American presidents, but this situation is very special for us because it’s so close to Pesach,” says Dror Danino, King David Hotel manager. “For us it will be double preparations.” In accordance with strict, additional security measures that accompany a presidential visit, all necessities required to properly service

Obama’s three-day stay must be delivered and stored prior to his arrival. Subsequently, the King David has been forced to rent massive refrigerated containers that will store food and beverages deliveries they will be unable to accept while the president is in residence.

Schalit Signs Petition Urging Obama To Release Pollard Former kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit became the latest wellknown Israeli to sign a petition Monday calling upon US President Barack Obama to commute the life sentence of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard. The petition has been signed by nearly 150,000 Israelis, including Nobel prize winners, dovish authors, and politicians from across the political spectrum. Schalit urged his Facebook friends to sign the petition. “Freedom is a great gift and a right,” Schalit wrote. “Thank you to those who worked on my behalf. Now join to save Pollard.” Officials in the Free Pollard campaign said the message was Sch-

alit’s private initiative. Pollard’s wife Esther told Channel 2 that her husband was encouraged by the petition, and asks her about it frequently. Croatia Orders Withdrawal Of

Its Troops From Golan Heights

Croatia - Croatia’s parliament has approved the withdrawal of some 100 peacekeeping troops from the Golan Heights amid fears they could be targeted by Syrian government troops fighting the rebels. Croatian Defense Minister Ante Kotromanovic said Wednesday the pullout will start “very soon” but refused to specify the date for security reasons. The withdrawal, which had been proposed by the country’s president, follows reports claiming that Syrian rebels trying to topple Bashar Assad have been armed with Croatian weapons — including machine guns, rifles and antitank grenades — in an operation approved by the United States and sponsored by some Arab countries.

Book Returned 69 Years Late To Estonia Library An Estonian man has returned a library book 69 years late, partly blaming a World War II aerial bombing that damaged the library for the late return. Ivika Turkson of the Tallinn Central Library says that last week the man in his mid-80s returned the overdue book – which was checked out on March 7, 1944, while Estonia was occupied by Nazi Germany – along with an apology and an offer to pay a late fee. Turkson said Tuesday that the library waived any penalty for the late return of the tome, which still contained the original emblem and serial number, allowing librarians to identify it. It was not immediately clear why the man waited so long to return the book, a work of fiction by Estonian author Eduard Vilde.

China Accident Inside Coal Mine Kills 21 Workers; 4 Others Still Missing China says 21 coal miners have been killed and four more are missing following an accident in-

side a mine in the southern province of Guizhou. The State Administration of Work Safety said Wednesday that a rescue effort has been mounted. State media reported that another 58 miners safely escaped the accident. China's mines have long been the world's deadliest, although the government announced last month that the death toll fell by more than 30 percent last year to 1,384 as a result of stricter management.


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Albany & washington news briefs Lowey Statement on the House Republican Budget Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the release of this year’s House Republican budget by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan: “Mr. Ryan writes in the introduction to his resolution that a budget is an ‘expression of governing philosophy.’ His uncompromising budget makes the Republican philosophy quite clear: place the burden of deficit reduction on middle class families and communities and decimate investments that will make us competitive in order to protect wasteful tax loopholes for special interests and the very wealthiest Americans. “This budget is not only wildly out of step with the fair and balanced approach that Americans expect and deserve, it is economically irresponsible. Instead of helping Americans get back to work and strengthening our economy over the long term, its steep reductions would undermine job growth by slashing investments in education, research and infrastructure. We cannot balance the budget on the backs of our middle class by ending the Medicare guarantee, shifting health care costs to seniors, and cutting Pell Grants.

“I will continue to support a responsible alternative that focuses on our fragile economic recovery and positions us for growth while providing a long-term plan to address our fiscal challenges.” Senate Democrats Unveil BudgeT Senate Democrats unveiled a largely stand-pat budget Wednesday that calls for $1 trillion in new tax revenues over the coming decade but actually increases spending, while protecting the party's domestic policy priorities and adding $4 trillion more to the national debt than a slashing alternative from House Republicans. The plan by Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., blends about $1 trillion in modest cuts to health care providers, the Pentagon, domestic agencies and interest payments on the debt with an equal amount in new revenue claimed by closing tax breaks. But because Democrats want to restore $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts over the same period - cuts imposed by Washington's failure to strike a broader budget pact - Murray's blueprint increases spending slightly when compared with current policies. On the other side of Capitol Hill, House

Budget Committee Republicans barreled ahead with an entirely opposite approach that whacks spending by $4.6 trillion over the coming decade, promises sweeping cuts to Medicaid and domestic agencies while setting a path to balancing the government's books within 10 years. The House panel was expected to approve the plan, by Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., late Wednesday; Murray's plan was set to be approved by the Democratic-led Senate panel on Thursday. Both measures face floor debates next week. Cox to Cuomo: Stop Managing the Decline of New York and Put Job Growth First NYGOP Chair Ed Cox today released the following statement on the new unemployment numbers: "Governor, where are the jobs? For the second year in a row, no single area of New York saw a decline in unemployment. Not one. Today, 35 of New York's counties have unemployment rates above 10%. "New Yorkers deserve a governor less focused on making New York the 'progressive capital' of America and more focused on creating jobs for out-of-work New Yorkers. "Until Andrew Cuomo gets serious about job creation, all he's doing is managing the decline of New York."

Koch’sWill Leaves $500K CashTo Sister According to a will filed on Monday, Koch gave Pat Thaler and her husband $500,000 cash and all his personal belongings not earmarked elsewhere. Koch also gave $100,000 to his longtime secretary and another $100,000 to the LaGuardia and Wagner Educational Fund to create a program bearing his name to promote public and government service. He also donated some photographs and memorabilia to the NewYork Historical Society GOP frontrunner Joe Lhota raising funds for mayor Former MTA chairman and GOP frontrunner Joe Lhota raised about $730,000 in the past two months – almost $100,000 a week since announcing he is running for NYC mayor -- sources tell The Post. Assuming he raises enough to qualify for matching public funds, that figure grows to more than $1 million. Rudy Giuliani, Lhota’s most prominent backer who has personally called donors to urge them to give money to his former deputy mayor, said “cracking” $500,000 is a solid start given the city’s strict contribution limits. Giuliani said he will be hosting fund-raisers for Lhota in the next quarter, like a large banquet style event and a smaller one.


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rockland & regional All-women Version Of Hazolah Gets NY State Approval Ezras Nashim, a women-only crew of Orthodox emergency medical technicians, has received New York State approval to begin work as an emergency medical service.

Ezras Nashim currently has forty certified EMTs and according to attorney Ruchie Freier who has spearheaded the group’s efforts, another twelve women are currently training to become certified. Freier herself has received EMT certification after taking the classes together with her mother this past summer.

increased to its maximum level after Congress passed bipartisan Sandy aid legislation in January 2013. Congresswoman Lowey helped lead the bipartisan effort to pass the full assistance package. “This announcement is good news for Clarkstown as it continues to recover from Sandy,” said Lowey. “Not only did Sandy devastate communities in Westchester

and Rockland Counties, but responding to the storm placed huge burdens on the budgets of local counties and towns. This kind of badly-needed and longawaited federal assistance will help Clarkstown meet its financial

Earlier plans for the women to become a separate division of Hatzalah were shelved in favor of creating a new agency and the group was endorsed by Rabbi Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Costco Craig Jelinek, right, as co-founder Jim Sinegal Yechezkel Roth, a prominent CEO watches at center, after Biden arrived to shop at the new Costco store in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 29, halachic authority. 2012. Biden went shopping for presents and to highlight the importance of renewing middle-class tax cuts families and businesses have more certainty at this first so critical time for our economy.

Ezras Nashim received its approval from the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York City in late January, the first step in the process of receiving approval from the State’s Department of Health. Congresswoman Nita Lowey Announces $2.4 Million in Federal Sandy Aid for Clarkstown

Funds will help Clarkstown with costs of its Sandy response

Congresswoman Nita Lowey ( D - We s t c h e s t e r / R o c k l a n d ) , the senior Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, announced a $2.4 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant for the Town of Clarkstown. The grant will help reimburse Clarkstown for the costs of its response to Superstorm Sandy. The grant comes from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, which was

needs as it restores vital services to the community and prepares for future natural disasters.”

wage to $10.10 an hour. “At Costco, we know that paying employees good wages makes good sense for business,” Jelinik said in a statement last week. “Instead of minimizing wages, we know it's a lot more profitable in the long term to minimize employee turnover and maximize employee productivity, commitment and loyalty. We support efforts to increase the federal minimum wage.” Costco is known for paying its workers wages that are generally above average for the retail industry. An average Costco worker made about $45,000 in 2011, according to Fortune. That’s compared to an average of about $17,486 per year for a worker at comparable Walmartowned Sam’s Club.

Free Mulch Available for Ramapo Residents at Provident Bank Park

Free, untreated root mulch will be available for pick-up by Ramapo Residents at Provident Bank Park starting Tuesday, March 12th through Sunday, March 17th from 9:00 AM to dusk, while supply lasts.

Provident Bank Park (west side of the parking lot) Fireman's Memorial Drive (off Rte. 45), Pomona, NY 10970

Monsey Family Medical Center is pleased to welcome

Soren White, MD

to the Department of Dermatology

“We are grateful for the reimbursement funding that the Town of Clarkstown will receive from FEMA for the work our Town did during Superstorm Sandy,” said Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack. Costco's Profit Soars To $537 Million Less than a week after Costco CEO Craig Jelinek spoke out in favor of raising the minimum wage, the big-box retailer’s earnings showed that paying workers a living wage doesn’t always hurt business. Costco reported a profit of $537 million last quarter, up from $394 million during the same period last year, according to the Wall Street Journal. The healthy earnings report comes just six days after Jelinik urged lawmakers to raise the minimum

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Family Health Talk Ben Gilman

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


Dr. Esther Bekritsky Dr. Gerson Gluck Dr. Rafael Nunez


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

‫רופא חולים‬ YOUTHFEST Cont from page 1 the Health Department and many other local government groups. CMADC welcomed legislator Aney Paul, (D) Nanuet, who is a nurse herself, stopped by the CMADC booth for some information. In addition to Legislator Paul, CMADC was greeted by County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef, Legislator Wider, and Councilman Pat Withers.


On display for CMADC was a mobile dental unit, that CMADC operates and that serves the under privileged and under-insured community. Stationed adjacent to Dental Care on Wheels, the outreach staff greeted every attendee with a healthy smile, encouraging healthy dental hygiene. The outreach staff distributed branded CMADC book bags stuffed with brouchures with information related to health needs from the two centers. Those who took the time to talk about their health with CMADC education staff, were offered more giveaways including water bottles with the CMADC logo, bubbles, key chains, and for some lucky ones, pizza.


CAMADC had a staff of medical assistants on site for the duration of the entire event. If there was a need for an attendee to discuss any health issues, they were encouraged to make an appointment at one of the two sites. In addition, the medical assistants offered blood pressure screenings and urged to learn more about their cardiovascular health


Dr. Jamie Giraldo

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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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acne and its causes For most people, acne is something that occurs during the teenage years and goes away, never to return. For the lucky ones, it doesn't last long, and there is no permanent damage. Others struggle with it well into adulthood. Unfortunately, the social pain of acne can be equally as painful as, if not more than, the physical impact. Acne can be devastating to anyone's psyche, especially those in their teenage years.


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Ask the Doctor Dr. James Israel Dept of Internal Medicine Q: What Is High Blood Pressure? A: "High blood pressure (HBP) is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems. "Blood pressure" is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways. About 1 in 3 adults in the United States has HBP. The condition itself usually has no signs or symptoms. You can have it for years without knowing it. During this time, though, HBP can damage your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of your body."

Women’s Health

Heart disease in women

Millions of women have a serious condition that goes untreated because it can’t be detected in the standard test for heart disease.

Coronary microvascular syndrome Narrowing or stiffening of tiny arteries that feed the heart (coronary)

Plaque evenly coats, narrows small arteries; not visible on angiogram

For reasons no one completely understands, follicles, often called pores, sometimes get blocked. Sebum (oil) which normally drains to the surface gets blocked and bacteria begins to grow. A papule  occurs when there is a break in the follicular wall. White blood cells rush in and the pore becomes inflamed. A pustule forms several days later when white blood cells make their way to the surface of the skin. This is what people usually refer to as a "pimple". An inflamed lesion can sometimes completely collapse or explode, severely inflaming the surrounding skin, and sometimes engulfing neighboring follicles. These lesions are called nodules or cysts:

Oxygen flow to heart reduced; causes chest pain

Milia are tiny white bumps that occur when normally sloughed skin cells get trapped in small pockets on the surface of the skin. They are common in newborns across the nose and upper cheeks and can also be seen on adult skin. The bumps disappear as the surface is worn away and the dead skin is sloughed. In newborns, the bumps usually disappear within the first few weeks of life. However, for adults milia may persist indefinitely. “Millia is less common in children, but still treated”. Says Dr. Philiip Fried, a dermatologist at Monsey Family Medical Center Adults can have them removed by a physician for cosmetic improvement. Many people believe that the more they wash their face, the less chance of a pimple. But in reality, facial blemishes are not caused by dirt. Contrary to what you may have seen in advertisements, pores do not get blocked from the top down due to "impurities". Rather, the walls of a pore stick together deep within the skin, starting acne formation. Far from preventing acne, frequent washing may actually irritate pores and cause them to become clogged. A washcloth can add even more irritation. The best bet is to wash very gently with bare hands, and only wash twice a day.

Heart disease: Women vs. Men

Can be high risk for heart attack



Stiff arteries can’t dilate to increase blood flow to heart

Where Shortness of breath; symptoms fatigue, lack of energy typically felt

Chest pain; pressure radiating into arms

When symptoms occur

During exercise

During normal daily activities; periods of mental stress

What X-rays, Arteries may angiograms appear normal show Source: National Institutes of Health (U.S.), European Society of Hypertension, New York Times, USA Today Graphic: T.G. Tso, Judy Treible

Major plaque blockages of large arteries

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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

anger problems may be taking away time from your life

nger is a very powerful emotion that can stem from feelings of frustration, hurt, annoyance, or disappointment. It is a normal human emotion that can range from slight irritation to strong rage. Anger is a universal emotion found in all people throughout the world. Every human has experienced anger. Experiencing anger isn't a problem. It's how much of it that you experience which can be a problem. If you're extremely angry all the time, you'll pay a price. It's this unhealthy level of anger and its effects that can wreak havoc in your life. That's why it's important you get on top of your anger management issues. People who don't learn how to express their anger appropriately often find themselves using food as a way to comfort themselves. Chronically angry people are at 3 times the risk for high blood pressure than non-angry folks. They also have 3 times the risk of heart attack and twice the risk of coronary artery disease compared to people who are more relaxed. High levels of anger -- not a preoccupation with work or a sense that time is urgent -- have been shown in medical studies to be related to higher levels of bad

(also known as low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. People who are prone to anger have more jobs over their lifetime due to quitting, getting fired, or being forced to take whatever comes along. Adults who had anger problems as children and teenagers leave school more often than their nonangry counterparts, leaving them with a disadvantage in today's global marketplace. Anger can cause you to engage in counterproductive work behavior. Behaviors such as coming to work late without permission, making fun of someone at work, behaving nastily to a co-worker, blaming others for your mistakes, and trying to look busy while doing nothing. Being unable to deal with anger in a marriage can lead to divorce. It can lead to loss of friendships as people don't like having anger constantly directed at them. If you're the one directing chronic anger at your family: Your anger can tire your family out, hurt their job performance, and contribute to their illness. If you were the victim of abusive anger as a child, as an adult you may be suffering from low self-esteem, a lack of self-identity, suppressed anger, depression, a desire to please others at the expense of yourself, and a lack of intimacy in your adult relationships.

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SOME TIPS ON DEALING WITH ANGER: -When you start feeling angry, try deep breathing, positive self-talk, or stopping your angry thoughts. Breathe deeply from your diaphragm. Slowly repeat a calm word or phrase such as "relax" or "take it easy." Repeat it to yourself while breathing deeply until the anger subsides. -Although expressing anger is better than keeping it in, anger should be expressed in an appropriate way. Frequent outbursts of anger are often counter-productive and cause problems in relationships with others. -Anger outbursts are also stressful to your nervous and cardiovascular systems and can make health problems worse. Learning how to use assertiveness is the healthy way to express your feelings, needs, and preferences. Being assertive can be used in place of using anger in these situations. -Seek out the support of others. Talk through your feelings and try to work on changing your behaviors. -If you have trouble realizing when you are having angry thoughts, keep a log of when you feel angry. -Try to gain a different

perspective by putting yourself in another's place. -Learn how to laugh at yourself and see humor in situations. -Practice good listening skills. Listening can help improve communication and can facilitate trusting feelings between people. If you believe that your anger is out of control and is having a negative affect on your life and relationships, seek the help of a mental health professional. A licensed mental health professional can work with you to develop techniques for changing your thinking and your behavior. A behavioral health professional at Project Ohr Department of Behavioral Health can help you to deal with your anger in an appropriate way. Feel free to call for a confidential consultation 845 352 6800 x 6849

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NYC’s Appeal Of Soda Ban Ruling To Be Heard In June

The legal battle over New York City’s ban of large sugary drinks is set to continue in early June, after a New York appellate court agreed on Wednesday to hear the city’s appeal of a ruling that struck down the new law.


Hours after state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling invalidated the ban in a last-minute decision on Monday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has made the ban and other health measures a cornerstone of his tenure, expressed confidence the ruling would eventually be overturned.


The city filed its intention to appeal on Tuesday, and the Appellate Division, First Department, a mid-level appeals court, said it would hear the case during the first week of June.

What to look for when you’re shopping for foods that come in a bag, a box or a jar. Manhattan Buses Will Have NextReal-Time time you’re browsingStatus the aisles ofUpdates your favorite

grocery store, trying decide which products to toss Real-time busto information is coming to spreading around the NYC transit into your cart, whip out your Natural Health’s Good system. The New York City version of liveRules. updates location Food Createdonby bus Natural Health’s known panel of as experts, this handy wallet-size list will help you make smarter choices for you and your family.

Bus Time will expand to Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. But those three boroughs won’t be fully wired until April 2014 — four months later than expected. The MTA says Manhattan will have the service by year’s end, the other boroughs will come later. Bus Time currently operates only in the Bronx and Staten Island. The MTA says the delay in rolling out the service to other areas is because of Sandy-related delays. Right now, riders in Staten Island and the Bronx can use their cell phones or computers to text or look up exactly when the next bus will arrive at their stop, or as the MTA puts it, “Bus Time takes the wondering and uncertainty out of waiting for the bus. “ Bus Time, customers can send a text message to 511123 to find out where the nearest bus is … if that bus is GPS tracked in the system. While other cities have real-time location data for their fleets, Manhattan’s cavernous avenues have proved a challenge in designing a reliable GPS-based system. The NYC MTA operates the largest bus fleet in North America with 5,700 buses and about 300 routes.

good Print out the Good Food Rules, cut along thefood dotted line, fold it twice and keep it in your wallet. Good Food Rules - What to look for when you’re shopping for foods that come in a bag, a box or a jar. To judge the hundreds of products we received, we followed these guidelines created by our panel of experts. Use ’em as a guide when you’re at the grocery store, reading food labels and trying to figure out whether or not to toss a product into your cart.


There should be none of following food additives: hydrogenated fats; artificial food colors; nitrites and nitrates; sulfites; artificial sweeteners (aspartame, acesulfame-K, and saccharin); MSG; preservatives (BHA, BHT, EDTA, THBQ); artificial flavors; refined flour.


There should be reasonable amounts of sodium and sugars per serving. Actual numbers for sodium and sugars will vary greatly depending on the food. For example, a canned soup with higher levels of sodium, but that’s loaded with whole ingredients and no artificial additives, is fair game.


The first ingredient should be representative of what the product is. For example, the first ingredient listed on a package of mango juice should be mangos—not apple juice.



Ingredients should be mostly recognizable. The following (often unrecognizable) additives are safe: acids (citric, sorbic, lactic); alginates, annatto; carrageenan; casein and lactose; gelatin; glycerin; lecithin; monoglycerides and diglycerides; natural flavorings; pectin; sorbitol; vanillin.

Kudos to companies implementing eco-conscious practices. Organic, fair trade, compostable packaging— these mean great things for our health and environment.



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SENATOR CARLUCCI fighting for those with DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ONLINE PETITION CALLING FOR FULL RESTORATION OF CUTS TO THE OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES With residents and agencies now fearing the potential fallout over possible budget cuts to our most vulnerable populations, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/ Westchester) today announced a grassroots call to action to convince Governor Cuomo to join with state legislators in fully restoring the proposed 6% cuts to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, or OPWDD. In doing so, the Senator has launched an online petition encouraging residents to demand that $120 million dollars in state-aid be reinstated to OPWDD, which in total would actually amount to $240 million dollars with a federal match included. The petition has been created to provide New Yorkers the opportunity to voice their growing concerns over the impact this will have on not-for-profit providers –

those who provide critical services to the developmentally disabled. Agencies now fret that without this crucial funding staff personnel, salaries, and benefits will all fall on the chopping block, leaving developmentally disabled individuals scrambling to find services at their disposal. "With budget negotiations now into the next phase, we don't have much time to convince the Governor and our legislative leaders that restoring these cuts is vital to the well-being of our most vulnerable," said Senator Carlucci. "We need action, and we need it now. My hope is that by creating this grassroots effort to restore these cuts, we will ultimately prevail by putting the pressure on Albany until this milestone is reached." Ultimately each signature on the petition will be hand delivered to the Governor’s office next week, including comments accumulated from those who have signed and written a letter of support. To sign up for Senator Carlucci’s petition in his call to action, please visit

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f you remember when kosher wine meant mostly cheap and sweet, you probably also know that the second part is no longer true. Today, there are plenty of quality kosher wines being made around the world. But did you also know that kosher wine has come so far there now are even superpremium bottles that go for more than $100 a bottle? The Advocate staff recently visited Royal wine's annual Kosher Food and Wine Experience. Below are the results:


2009 3 (tie) Barkan, Classic, Pinot Noir, 2010 4 Binyamina, Reserve, Shiraz, 2009

Top Red Wines 1 Shirah Wine, Power to the People, Syrah, 2009 2 Covenant, Sauvignon, 2009


3 (tie) Alexander, Reserve, Syrah, 2009 3 (tie) Golan Heights Winery, Yarden, Pinot Noir, 2007

5 Teperberg, Silver, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 6 (tie) Borgo Reale, Maturo, 2009 6 (tie) Galil Mountain, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 7 Cantina Gabriele, Pinot Noir, 2010 8 (tie) Capçanes, Peraj Petita, 2009

4 Dalton, Shiraz, 2009

8 (tie) Beit-El, Sauvignon, 2010

5 (tie) City Winery, Pinot Noir, Williamette Valley, 2009

9 (tie) Shiloh, Shor, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, 2007

5 (tie) Hagafen, Prix, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006

9 (tie) Gush Etzion, Spring River, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, 2009

6 Bazelet HaGolan, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 7 Hagafen, Sauvignon, 2009


8 (tie) Shiloh, Secret Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009


10 (tie) Carmel, Appelation, Merlot, 2006 10 (tie) Don Guillermo de Mendoza, Pinot Noir, 2010 10 (tie) Recanati, Merlot, 2010

8 (tie) Tura, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, 2009

10 (tie) Recanati, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010

9 (tie) Alexander, Sandro, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, 2007

10 (tie) Recanati, Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009

9 (tie) City Winery, Obsidian Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009

1 Shirah Wine, Power to the People, Syrah, 2009

9 (tie) Domaine Netofa, Red, 2010 9 (tie) Golan Heights Winery, Golan, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 9 (tie) Tishbi, Estate, Shiraz, 2007 9 (tie) Weinstock, Cellar Select, Petite Sirah, 2010 10 Livni, Sdeh Kalev, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009

Top Red Wines $25 and Under 1 Dalton, Shiraz, 2009 2 (tie) Alexander, Sandro, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, 2007 2 (tie) Domaine Netofa, Red, 2010 2 (tie) Weinstock, Cellar Select, Petite Sirah, 2010 2 (tie) Tishbi, Estate, Shiraz, 2007 3 (tie) Golan Heights Winery, Golan, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 3 (tie) Weinstock, Red by W,

Top Red Wines Over $25

2 Covenant, Sauvignon, 2009


3 (tie) Alexander, Reserve, Syrah, 2009

11 Dalton, Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 12 Alexander, Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 13 (tie) Segal, Dishon Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 13 (tie) Psagot, Sauvignon, 2009


13 (tie) Barkan, Altitude +624, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 13 (tie) Gush Etzion, Lone Oak, Syrah, 2009 13 (tie) Psagot, Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007

Top Wines over $35 1 Shirah Wine, Power to the People, Syrah, 2009 2 Covenant, Sauvignon, 2009


3 (tie) Alexander, Reserve, Syrah, 2009 3 (tie) Hagafen, Prix, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 3 (tie) City Winery, Pinot Noir, Williamette Valley, 2009 4 Bazelet HaGolan, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 5 Domaine du Castel, Blanc du Castel, Chardonnay, 2009 6 Hagafen, Sauvignon, 2009


7 Tura, Cabernet SauvignonMerlot, 2009

3 (tie) Golan Heights Winery, Yarden, Pinot Noir, 2007

8 City Winery, Obsidian Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009

4 (tie) Hagafen, Prix, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006

9 Hagafen, Cuvee De Noirs, 2007

4 (tie) City Winery, Pinot Noir, Williamette Valley, 2009

10 Alexander, Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009

5 Bazelet HaGolan, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009

11 (tie) Psagot, SingleVineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007

6 Hagafen, Sauvignon, 2009

11 (tie) Segal, Dishon Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007


7 (tie) Shiloh, Secret Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 7 (tie) Tura, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, 2009 8 City Winery, Obsidian Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 9 Livni, Sdeh Kalev, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 10 (tie) Gush Etzion, Lone Oak, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 10 (tie) Golan Heights Winery, Yarden, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

12 (tie) Gofna,Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 12 (tie) Capçanes, Ha’Abib, 2008


12 (tie) City Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bettinelli Vineyard, 2009 12 (tie) Yatir, Red Blend, 2007

Resveratrol is a phytochemical most commonly found in bilberries, blueberries, cocoa, cranberries, grapes (purple grape juice and red wine), peanuts and walnuts. Over the last few decades, it has received a tremendous amount of attention in the research community. In fact, a recent search of the word “resveratrol” in the scientific literature returned over 2,700 citations. Experiments conducted in animal models have demonstrated a possible anti-aging effect and prolongation of lifespan in various test subjects, including fruit flies, worms, fish and mice. Laboratory studies also suggest an application for this polyphenol in supporting cardiovascular health and discouraging the growth of a variety of cancers. But there’s another powerful role that is emerging in the study of resveratrol – that of liver protector. At present, it can’t be said that resveratrol is the “cure all” that many marketers claim it is. But I continue to be intrigued by recent reports, such as the one published in the April issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. It found that men who drink small amounts of wine (a glass or less per day) live up 5 years longer than those who don’t drink at all. The authors believe this is primarily due to the cardiovascular protective effects of this grape derivative.


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paradigm is not working for the problems facing the East Ramapo School District. The conflict between the current board and parents has reached an unprecedented level while the children suffer. I have yet to hear any plan that would provide a long term solution or workable model for the district in the future. I believe its time that we examine all options; even those that may have seemed previously unrealistic.”

Assemblyman Zebrowski will be working to secure funding in this year’s budget to study this proposal, and others that will provide a long term workable framework for the district. The study will examine the impact of reorganization on the tax levy, state aid enrollment and educational program for all students. Following the study, the recommendations will be presented to the public to solicit input and comment. “The study will provide our community with the information necessary to make bold and innovative decisions regarding the future of the East Ramapo School District,” concluded Zebrowski. After the resignation of two board members last month the East Ramapo school board finally appointed two new members Tuesday night. The board chose Bernard Charles, who is also a candidate for Mayor in the Village of Spring Valley and Nathan

Losman, an attorney who lives in New Hempstead. The appointments go into effect upon oaths. They are not elected officials but can run in the general school board race. They will serve as board members until the normally held school board election in the middle of May. Another possibility, pushed by the district’s administration and pursued by local elected officials — including Zebrowski, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, D-Suffern, and state Sen. David Carlucci, D-New City — is changing the state’s school funding formula that doesn’t take into account East Ramapo’s disproportionate population of private school students, which is unique.

Suburban Shootout: Election 2013 and the Politics of Gun Control an op-ed by Ryan Karben


hile the 2013 New York City Mayoral election will stir the downstate political pot this year, the electoral fortunes of Democratic Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and State Senate GOP Majority Leader Dean Skelos will be colored by battles for three County Executive seats in the city’s suburbs. Voters in Nassau, Rockland and Westchester will head to the polls this November to pick their counties’ CEOs. While the fiscal challenges facing those communities will dominate the campaigns in each, it’s already clear that the dicey politics of gun control is also shaping the electoral landscape. Democrats have incumbent GOP County Executives Rob Astorino of Westchester and Ed Mangano of Nassau in their sights. Rockland’s Republican incumbent, C. Scott Vanderhoef, is stepping down. The Cuomo administration, with its relentless focus on the suburb-friendly property tax cap, is keenly aware of its political needs in these swing counties. The suburbs abandoned Governor Mario M. Cuomo for George Pataki in 1994, costing the Democrat his re-election. Gun violence is on the front pages everywhere because of the Newtown massacre. The issue was further inflamed in Rockland and Westchester when The Journal News, the regional Gannett daily, posted an interactive map of lower Hudson Valley gun permit holders on its website. Protests ensued. Polling shows strong public support for Cuomo’s gun control measures, known as the SAFE Act, in the suburbs. Support is high among the moderates who determine electoral outcomes and most fiercely among likely Democratic primary voters. Astorino and Mangano appear determined to keep the focus on school safety and illegal guns, while steering as clear as they can of the Albany gun control debate in which they either alienate their anti-gun control base in the Republican and Conservative Parties or turn off general election moderates. In Rockland, Vanderhoef is not running again and has kept mum. But, strangely, Democrats on the Rockland County Legislature provided the votes to pass a strong anti-gun control and anti-Cuomo resolution that was proposed by the GOP candidate for County Executive, Legislator Ed Day. Following the Newtown tragedy, Mangano immediately went on the offense on school safety, organizing multiple “Active Shooter” forums for Nassau schools to address potential school intruder scenarios. Mangano also hung tight to Nassau DA Kathleen Rice (who recently passed on challenging him) in announcing and implementing a Gun Buyback Program for illegal weapons. Nassau, of course, is home base for Skelos, the GOP Sen-

ate Leader who governs with Independent Democrats, and who is taking flak from the party’s base for letting Cuomo’s gun bill on the Senate floor. Many Senate Republicans opposed the measure, but Nassau’s Republican senators, worried about their appeal to the swing voters in their districts, backed it. But the heat from the right is on—Long Island’s Sen. Phil Boyle is now calling his support for the measure a “mistake.” Skelos’ power base is the Long Island delegation and if they are weakened by a local gun debate, so is he. Mangano has been able to demonstrate a concern about school safety, a huge concern for the women with children who strongly back gun control, without wading into the intense conservative opposition to the state’s recently passed gun control legislation. Mangano’s website lists no press statement on the SAFE Act. Mangano’s Democratic opponent will be either former Exc Tom Suozzi or Adam Haber. Neither has made gun control a major point of distinction with Mangano to date but cracks in the Senate delegation will keep the issue on Newsday’s front page and the county executive will have to be clearer about his views without angering his partisans or the county’s pro-gun control moderate voters. Astorino has followed a similar strategy in Westchester, though the Democratic-controlled Board of Legislators there successfully (and unanimously) passed a bipartisan resolution backing a federal assault weapons ban. Astorino held a very high profile school safety summit with former NYC Police Commish Bill Bratton and released his own safety plan. With Astorino now drawing a primary opponent to his right, however, he will feel political pressure from the Republican base to vocally oppose the state’s gun control law. His failure to do so may make his primary tighter than he’d like, and weaken his prospects for the GOP’s gubernatorial nomination to take on Cuomo in 2014. Astorino has drawn generally favorable press and adeptly hewed to the anti-tax message that allowed him to upset Democrat Andy Spano four years ago. While he has played to the GOP base by vigorously questioning the county’s settlement of a housing discrimination case with HUD, social issues are not his game.

Democrats—whether they nominate Legislature Chair Ken Jenkins, Mayor Noam Bramson or Legislator Bill Ryan—are determined to make Astorino squirm. Gun control is popular in Cuomo’s Westchester backyard and the Governor himself will no doubt drive that message home. At the same time, Astorino can’t hug gun control unless he wants to become the Steve Saland of 2013, where a broadly popular GOP moderate is undone by a third party challenge from the right (Saland backed marriage equality). Defeating Astorino would be a political twofer for Cuomo, reclaiming Westchester’s top post for a Democratic Party he successfully rebranded with the tax cap and sidelining a well-


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Chinese student boom

The number of Chinese undergraduate students attending college in the United States has increased nearly sixfold since the 2000-01 school year.

Chinese students attending U.S. colleges

Undergraduates, by school year, scale in thousands 60 50

2010-11 56,976 590% increase since 2000-01

40 30 20 10 2000-01

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financed, high-profile potential re-election challenger. Because debate on social issues like guns and choice are very effective in peeling Democratic women away from Republicans who run as moderates, expect an intense effort to paint Astorino as out of the mainstream on gun control. Rockland is the most peculiar case. Vanderhoef, who opted not to run for a sixth term, is focused on salvaging his fiscal legacy before he leaves office. He is struggling mightily to convince county legislators to make the spending cuts that can bolster the county’s worst in the state bond rating and reduce its $100 million deficit. Gun control is not on his agenda. But it is powering the campaigns of his four (or five) potential successors. Two of them are influential county legislators, Ilan Schoenberger (D) and Ed Day (R). Both are members of local gun rights organizations and they oppose Cuomo’s SAFE Act. The other candidates are Suffern Mayor Dagan Lacorte (D) (disclosure: I have done political consulting for and contributed to Lacorte’s campaign) and former County Legislator and Spring Valley Justice David Fried. Lacorte strongly backs gun control, is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and does not own a firearm. Fried, a gun owner, has taken a more nuanced position on gun control, not directly supporting any specific proposed state or federal legislation. Guns provided an early point of contrast in the campaign, when a local website solicited the candidates’ views post-Newtown. But the battle really amped up when Day introduced a resolution in the County Legislature blasting Cuomo’s SAFE Act. He was backed up (though some say simultaneously sidelined) by fellow GOP Legislator Frank Sparaco, who proposed a number of amendments to the resolution. Sparaco is rumored to be looking at the exec race too. The Republican minority lacked the votes to pass the bill. To their aid came Schoenberger, who pioneered the county’s program to hand out trigger locks for gun safety but had taken a clear position against the SAFE Act. Sparaco himself credited Schoenberger’s parliamentary skill for garnering votes from 6 of the Legislature's Democrats to pass the resolution. 5 Democrats were opposed. It is an unpopular position for Schoenberger with Democratic primary voters, and the Governor’s office has made its intense displeasure with his vote known. A political alliance with Sparaco, who holds sway over the Independence Party endorsement, has upsides, however. Progressive Lacorte is unlikely to let the issue go away in the primary—but an upsurge in turnout by gun owners, a significant Rockland constituency, could help Day in November. And there are many pro-gun Democrats, who will now gravitate towards Schoenberger in the primary. The great progressive achievement of Cuomo’s first year in office, marriage equality, impacted State Senate races in 2012, but did not reorient New York’s tribal and geographic politics. Gun control, another pillar of the Democratic social agenda, may. The suburban gun politics of 2013. They are watching in Albany. And in New Hampshire.


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Complain to the crew if turned off; filters trap 99 percent of particles and bacteria

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The study included 52 sedentary patients with chronic pain in their lower backs. The participants were between

More ways to fight germs and keep healthy on your flight

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A recent study suggests that a simple regime of daily walking may aid individuals with lower back pain. This is especially relevant research for people who suffer from lower back pain and turn to pricy rehabilitation facilities.

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Relief from back pain could be as simple as taking a stroll, a new study suggests.

Dr. Michal Katz-Leurer from Tel Aviv University’s Stanley Steyer School of Health Professions at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine and colleague Ilana Shnayderman, a graduate student at the Department of Physical Therapy and a practicing physiotherapist at Maccabi Health Care, published their findings in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation.

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Walking Could Help Ease Lower Back Pain, Study Finds

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Half of the participants undertook a muscle-strengthening program for two or three sessions per week over the course of six weeks. This type of program is typical of clinics. The other half began walking 20 minutes on the treadmill twice a week and then moved on to 40 minutes as their endurance increased. The results indicated that both groups had improved in all the factors that the researchers had assessed. The walking treatment is “as effective as treatment that could have been received in the clinic," Katz-Lerer said in a statement.

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How does it look?

Now look through the jar at some small letters

What happened? The cylinder of glass and water acts like a lens and bends or refracts light

It magnifies the type on the page Ð and your eyes Ð when held close to them

Source: Lois Nicholson, American Association for the Advancement of Science © 2013 MCT Graphic: Paul Trap


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If you have a turn off notice from Orange and Rockland you can contact RCDC Housing for help signing up for the Neighbor Fund for some monetary assistance. Call 845-352-1400

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RCDC HOUSING DEPARTMENT The following information is provided to the community by the RCDC Housing Department as a public service

Governor Cuomo Announces FEMA Disaster Assistance Deadline Extended Residents of thirteen declared counties may apply for FEMA disaster assistance through March 29, 2013 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced last week that the deadline for residents living in one of the thirteen disaster-declared counties to register for FEMA assistance has been extended to March 29, 2013. The previous deadline was February 27, 2013. Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Residents in the following counties are eligible for assistance: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Rockland, Westchester, Suffolk, Queens, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster. “It is clear that many New Yorkers impacted by Hurricane Sandy are still in need and must have access to disaster assistance and resources to help them get back on their feet,” Governor Cuomo said. “This extension from FEMA will provide impacted residents with more

Is your home drafty? Is it cold in your home during the winter? Are your heating bills high? If you answered YES to any of these questions then give us a call to find out if you are eligible for the New York State WEATHERIZATION Program

time to get help so they can rebuild as soon as possible.” The state’s request also included a 30day extension for individuals and businesses to apply to the Small Business Administration for lowered-interest loans. Individuals can register online at www. or via smartphone or tablet at The SBA Disaster Customer Service Center toll-free number is: 800-6592955 (TTY 800-877-8339). FEMA and SBA representatives are available to answer questions at each Disaster Recovery Center. To find the nearest disaster recovery center, use the locator at or, with a tablet or smartphone, go to

Weatherization is a New York State funded program open to income eligible homeowners and renters. If eligible, you would receive a home energy audit to determine how your home’s efficiency could be improved. We replace windows and doors, insulate attics and walls (all determined at your audit) as well as do overall measures to better airseal your home. Weatherization works! Call today for an application.

You may also text “DRC” and your Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA). For example, if you lived in Staten Island, you would text: DRC 10301. Or call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).

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Pesach preparations and candles, (submitted by a concerned residdent of the community)

When preparing, cleaning and kashering (stoves, ovens) be sure to exercise extreme caution to avoid fires and accidents. Before using electrical appliances including unfamiliar or make-shift cooking equipment read directions carefully and heed all manufacturers warning. During Pesach stay awake and in the house while candles are lit. Keep an eye on them for safety and inspiration. Have a happy, kosher and safe Pesach.

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RECALL NEWS Nissan, Infiniti recall five of their newest models The cause is a potentially faulty sensor that could cause the front passenger airbag to fail to deploy in a crash. Nissan, which lately has been advertising its spate of models redesigned for 2013, has just recalled a bunch of them. The cause is a potentially faulty sensor that could cause the front passenger airbag to fail to deploy in a crash. The sensor is supposed to enable the bag if the seat is occu-


pied, disable the bag if it is not. According to documents posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. the recall covers certain of Nissan's redesigned 2013 Altima mid-size sedan, the Pathfinder crossover SUV and the Sentra compact. Altima is Nissan's volume model, with 49,189 sold through February this year, according to Autodata.


Also covered are certain of the 2013 Nissan Leaf electric car and the Infiniti luxury unit's JX35 crossover SUV, a new product just introduced in 2012. The problem involved a supplier for the sensor that changed a manufacturing process that caused the part not to be up to specifications. If it malfunctions it could permanently disable the bag. The number of vehicles that might have gotten a bad sensor and the dates they were built still are being determined, the documents say. Nissan discovered the problem because of warranty claims and bag warning lights illuminated in some cars at Nissan's Tennessee plant.

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Clarkstown Seeks Nominations for Town's Environmental Excellence Award Nominations Due by April 1, 2013

Supervisor Alex Gromack and Councilwoman Shirley Lasker announce that the Town of Clarkstown's is seeking nominations for its Environmental Excellence Award. The nominations are based on the nominee's contribution to environmental preservation, beautification and improvement within the Town of Clarkstown. Also considered will be the nominee's involvement as a volunteer or coordinator in Town environmental programs, and any innovative programs or measures the nominee has taken or developed to better the Town's natural environment. Consideration will also be given to the nominee's length of service in these activities. "The Town of Clarkstown is a leader in environmental initiatives from purchasing to policy to public education," said Supervisor Alex Gromack. "This award will give us the opportunity to recognize those in our community who share our dedication to our environment." Applicants may be organizations, businesses or individuals located, operating or residing in the Town. Deadline for submission is Monday, April 1, 2013. The application consists of a one page nomination form, 100-150 word synopsis, and supporting materials. Residents can access the application on the town's website or by calling the Town Council Chambers at 639-2056.

Healthy Living

Nutritious and refreshing

The flesh and edible seeds of papaya fruit are a delicious source of vitamin C.

Nutrient count

In 1/2 cup fresh papaya, cubed Calories 30 Carbohydrates 8g Protein 1g Vitamin C 50 mg

Still vs. fizzy

Water contains no fat, sugar or calories and, in terms of nutrition, thereÕs no difference between noncarbonated and sparkling water.


Some spring water has excellent taste, but bottled still water is more expensive than tap water; use water filters to improve the taste and remove impurities from tap water


Sparkling, or carbonated, water is a healthy alternative to soda, which has high amounts of sugar

Not for some salads

Avoid using papaya in fruit-and-gelatin salad; an enzyme in papaya breaks down protein, which will keep the gelatin from thickening Source: The Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition, MCT Photo Service

Healthy Living

Water and weight loss

© 2012 MCT

Drinking plenty of water is often recommended as part of a weightloss regime; water keeps the body hydrated and can encourage healthier eating habits

© 2012 MCT

Source: BBC Health MCT Photo Service

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their seats in a Village with much political turmoil. Mayor Bernard Jackson and Trustee Thomas Scott over the years have and worked to obtain federal and state funding for improvement projects including new sidewalks in several areas throughout the Village, replacement of a fire hydrant on Ramapo Avenue and replacement of the guardrail on Suffern Road. Other projects included supervision of the Sewer Installation Project and ensured that the Village was safe from improper blasting techniques. According to Scott, “ We have worked to regain and maintain peace and tranquility in all areas of our Village to ensure that all residents can enjoy their homes.” Tustee Scott told the Advocate, “We have established respectful working relationships with many State, County and Town officials, including Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Senator David Carlucci and Ramapo Police Chief Peter Brower.” Jackson was recently present and spoke at a press conference held by Congresswoman Nita Lowey on Gun safety.

Jackson is running against Craig Flanigan, and current Village Trustee Miranda Escobar. Scott is running against Elinore DeVoe. Airmont looks to seat a new mayor as Nancy M. Guirand will try to challenge longtime Chestnut Ridge Rosario "Sam" Prestir a Village Trustee Since 2010 and Village Planning Board Member from 2000 is Running for Mayor in Chestnut Ridge. Jerome Kobre announced that he plans to retire earlier this year. Howard Cohen a trustee for the Village of Chestnut Ridge since 1993 and Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals 1989-1993 will also be running again for his seat. Howard Cohn told the Advocate is is not exactlt sure who Nancy is, but that she seemed to come out of nowhere to run for Mayor. Joseph Suarez is running for Village Justice. He has held the position since 1997. In Airmont Veronica Boesch hope to retain her seat as Mayor. Dennis Cohen, Ralph Bracco and Philip Gigante are running for Trustee.

Banning plastic bags

Hawaii has become the first state to prohibit plastic bags, with the last of its four counties enacting a ban. Local U.S. communities that have curbed the use of plastic bags: Communities with full or partial bans on plastic bags

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What does dirt have to do with wine?

“Terroir” is a term used within the wine world that loosely means ‘a sense of place.’ Most winemakers agree that wine starts in the vineyard, with geology and climate playing a vital role in the quality of the grapes. Many winemakers view their job, when given high quality grapes, as not to interfere. So, the quality of the wine is dependent upon the quality of the grapes, which is,

in turn, dependent upon good climate and superior soil. While we cannot control climate, we can influence the grapes by carefully selecting the soil in which we plant. Barkan’s Assemblage line of wines were made with soil in mind. From the volcanic rock in the Upper Galilee— Reichan—to the limestone—Tzafit—

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