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A decade old federal discrimi- the 'shteibel' case thus ennation lawsuit against the Vil- abling shuls to be opened on lage of Airmont came to an end Airmont's tab. ON THE BACK last week as Preet Bharara, the The settlement ensures that United States Attorney for the- the vilSouthern District of New York, lage will announced that the United- p e r m i t States had settled a civil rights M i s h lawsuit it filed against the Vil- k n o i s lage of Airmont. Lavier To better serve our patients, The ruckus the Village has Yakov to Dr.upBaldinger has stirred over the past two construct decades cost them a great a Yeshiincreased his hours. deal as they were forced to with He is now available everyvaThursday. go back to the drawing board h o u s i n g with its zoning code to allow for sturesidential shuls also known dents on Dr. B. Albetter as shteibelach. Records show a plot suggests you they spent about $1 million in of land fees over the last decade in it purLEARN MORE ABOUT:


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By: M. Rubin

Ramapo town officials have created a new program that helps owners fight their assessments more easily, so that their taxes can be lowered. Property taxes are based on the assessed value of one’s home, so if a homeowner gets their house assessed at a lower value, their tax bill

becomes smaller. With the decline in the real estate market, housing prices everywhere have fallen, and though that may mean that homeowners don’t have the asset in their homes they once did, it does mean they can save a great deal on taxes because of it.

WASHINGTON -- Osama bin Laden's death doesn’t end the post-9/11 era, but it does provide an occasion to look back at everything that’s happened since the attacks nearly 10 years ago and reassess the costs. It’s been a long, grueling and enormously expensive time for this country, a time of endless

war and massive fortification, of borrowed money and of missed opportunities. There’s the human toll. More than twice as many Americans -- over 6,000 -- have now died in the two wars that followed 9/11 than did in the original attacks, along with more than 100,000 Iraqis and Afghans. Over three


chased in 2001. The settlement also provides that the lawsuit can be reinstated if Airmont fails to amend its Zoning Code to comply with federal law prohibiting discrimination and unreasonable impositions on religious freedom by October 15, 2011. The settlement, in the form of a Consent Decree, was approved on May 6, 2011,

by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan and entered Monday. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in an official statement: "The Village of Airmont did the right thing by agreeing to amend its zoning law and by allowing Congregation Mishknois Lavier Yakov to build a school and student housing on land it purchased almost 10 years ago. As this case demonstrates, we will vigorously enforce the federal civil rights laws against those who discriminate based on religion." According to the Complaint filed in Manhattan federal court SEE




The siren that had announced area fires from the Brewer Fire Company firehouse in the Monsey Fire District has been closed down. The Monsey Board of Fire Commissioners voted to close down the siren after months of opposition to the si-

ren had been raised during the fire commission meetings. Local residents, particularly those who live within earshot of the firehouse, had protested the siren, and had even created an ad hoc group that did not let up in their request to

million Iraqis and 400,000 Afghans remain displaced. Several hundred thousand U.S. soldiers suffer from long-term war-related injuries and health problems, with more than 200,000 diagnosed with traumatic brain injury alone. And there’s the extraordinary financial toll. Indeed, even as

Washington officials panic about the growing deficit, much of the problem can be traced back to 9/11 -- not to the attack itself, but to the response, and particularly to the decision to go to war in Iraq. The actual 9/11 attacks pro-




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INDIAN POINT SIRENS TEST: ALMOST PERFECT BUCHANAN — Indian Point's quarterly emergency siren test went off yesterday morning with all but two of the 172 in the system sounding properly, company officials said. The two sirens that failed were in Putnam and Rockland counties. All the sirens in Westchester and Orange, the two other counties within the nuclear plant's 10-mile emergency planning zone, functioned correctly. The 98.8 percent total system score easily exceeds the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's 94 percent minimum and has for a number of consecutive quarterly tests since a decades-old system was replaced.

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The people of Ramapo now have the power to work to lower their taxes. Town officials unveiled a comprehensive array of information that all taxpayers can gain easy access to in order to fight their home’s assessed value and lower their tax bill. This revolutionary idea make it incredibly easy for anyone to file a grievance and have their assessments lowered, without paying anyone to do it, or doing all the research themselves.

Mendel Hoffman

Town officials have made it easier than ever for people to lower their taxes, and everyone should take advantage of that. While everyone complains – often rightfully so – that taxes are still too high, they at least justify their complaints by stating the truth, which is that as ordinary citizens they are powerless to do anything concrete to change that (barring voting on Election Day). While it is true that elected officials are the ones responsible for taxes, this tax season, it’s the people. With the opportunity presented like never before, each taxpayer can take a little time and do a little work to possibly get a lower tax bill. They don’t have to run for office or propose massive changes to government officials in an effort to pay a little less on their taxes. They only need to get access to the town’s taxpayer toolkit and apply. It is incredible that we have government officials who are interested in helping their residents. Ramapo has always been a place hospitable to all, and now they have done a lot of work so that each person does not have to. This is another great step in the right direction that our government is taking to care for taxpayers. We would like to thank the Town for what they didbut in reality the homes should be assessed for what they are worth, according to market , the demand should not dictate the house value.

During this test, the sirens sounded full-volume for approximately four minutes in the four counties. No response on the part of the public was necessary because it was a test.

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I was shocked when reading the Advocate editorial (Parshas Emor), when quoting “V’hi sheomda lavosainu”, the most important verse “Vehakodosh Boruch Hu, Matzileinu Meyodom”, ; was omitted that it is the Almighty Hashem “who saves us from the hands of our enemies” Please, let us never forget that it is not “we” who defeat our enemies, but Hashem who defeats them for us in “every

Thank you, S.S.R. Monsey

The Advocate Responds: Dear reader, We felt that this particular pasuk/verse was well known and therefore decided not to quote it in its entirety. We, like all people with Ye'aras Shamayim, obviously did not mean to infer that it is with ‘our might’, that we are saved.

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The Advocate meant to allude to the fact that it is our davening, t’felos, and efforts we do that gain the z'echus from Shamayim. We hope that this clarifies the matter and we apologize for being misleading. The paper does not generally elucidate issues in tnach nor does the newspaper consider itself a halachic authority. thank you, The Advocate

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TAX FROM PAGE 1 The town announced the program a few weeks ago, and has received a great response from taxpayers all over Ramapo. The town sent out a mailing to all the taxpayers informing them of this program, and guiding them through the process of challenging their home’s assessment. The town has placed a “toolkit” online, where anyone can gain immediate and easy access to information relating to all assessment information. Included in this is access to a database that allows someone to enter any address – be it their own or anyone else’s in the neighborhood or town. Information about every property is available for viewing, and it includes the assessed value of the land, the assessed value of the property and its market value, the square footage of the house as well as the acreage, and other information relating to the property itself. The toolkit also includes a spreadsheet of all the recent home sales in the town, so that people can look at the sale price for homes in their area to get a reasonable idea of what the market value of their home would be. Additionally, the entire tax roll for the town is available for viewing. In addition to the information one needs to begin the re-assessment process, instructions are provided on the exact steps that need to be taken. There is information available about how to determine whether or not your home is over-assessed, based on examining home sales and property values in your area. The actual application that needs to be submitted is also part of the toolkit, and can be completed on the computer or by hand. The process for applying to have a home reassessed has a deadline of May 24th. The new program is intended to

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AIRMONT FROM PAGE 1 draw a lot of attention from town residents, and it has. The town estimates it will spend about $25,000 in total for it, including the cost of the mailing, the toolkits, and extra staff hired on a temporary basis to handle the amount of incoming requests for reassessment. Ramapo Supervisor Chris St. Lawrence said that this program is about ensuring that people only pay the taxes that they are required to, and homeowners whose homes have a lower value than they used to should pay less in taxes. “People should just be taxed fairly,” the supervisor told The Advocate. “This is about educating the public so they know how to best fight for the correct assessment so that they pay just what they owe, and not a penny more.” Town Councilman Yitzchok Ullman agreed with the supervisor. “Not everyone has access to the information and legal forms that are required as part of the reassessment process,” he said. “This program is designed to make it easier for residents to lower their tax bill.” Residents may have received letters from at least one company that specializes in fighting assessments, informing them that residents just needed to let their company do the fighting for them, in exchange for a portion of the amount saved. That, according to Councilman Daniel Friedman, is misleading to taxpayers. “These businesses are essentially out to make a profit at taxpayers expense,” he said. “They take as much as 70% of the amount of taxes saved as a fee, robbing taxpayers of money that is rightfully theirs. This town program is a free, great way to protect taxpayers and ensure they get the full reduction they are entitled to,” he concluded. For more info please see

in June of 2005: Airmont violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act ("RLUIPA") and the Fair Housing Act ("FHA") by denying an application to build a yeshiva with housing that was submitted by the Congregation, a religious congregation. In 2001, the Congregation purchased a 19-acre tract of land located in the village. In 2002, the Congregation applied to the Planning Board for a permit to build a religious school on the land. The board denied the Congregation’s application on the sole basis that Airmont’s Zoning Code prohibited residential student housing. Airmont’s Zoning Code prohibits boarding schools, including religious boarding schools, from operating anywhere within the village. At the same time, it permits a variety of other building projects with similar group residential components, such as condominium developments, "family and group care" facilities, sleep-away camps, hotels, and nursing homes. The Complaint charged that Airmont’s denial of the Congregation’s application to build a yeshiva violated RLUIPA, which among other things prohibits governmental entities from implementing land use laws in a manner that imposes a substantial burden on religious rights without a compelling government interest. In addition, the United States charged that Airmont violated the FHA by making residen-

tial student housing unavailable to the Congregation based on religion. The Village has until October 15, 2011, to amend its Zoning Code to permit educational institutions with accessory housing, and has agreed to permit the construction of the Congregation’s yeshiva, subject to relevant law. The United States has the option to reinstate the lawsuit if AIRMONT fails to amend its Zoning Code in compliance with the FHA and RLUIPA. The Mayor of Airmont, Dennis Kay said in a statement, “We are pleased to have updated our zoning codes to be in compliance with the law.” They also have agreed not to discriminate on the basis of religion or to impose or implement any land use regulation in a manner that imposes a substantial burden on the religious exercise of any person, assembly, or institution. They have further agreed to comply with certain notice and record-keeping requirements to ensure that Village officials are knowledgeable about and comply with RLUIPA and the FHA, and to allow the Government to monitor Airmont's compliance. The Village has also agreed to pay the United States a $10,000 civil penalty. "Hopefully the offices in the Village of Airmont have learned once and for all that federal law ensuring the right to freely practice one's religion applies there are well," said John Stepanovich, the shul’s lawyer.

ALARM FROM PAGE 1 have the siren shuttered. Many residents went so far as to sign petitions stating that they were aware of all the sides of the issue, but still felt it was important to close the siren. Firefighters have raised concern over the move, stating that they were now left with only one notification system, pagers. That alone, they claim, would not be sufficient to respond to a fire timely. Firefighters are supposed to have two methods of communication for notification of area fires. That issue might come up when homeowners seek insurance coverage. Without two means of notification for firefighters, insurance companies may charge more to insure a home because of the anticipated issues that could arise. Monsey is not the first department to close its siren. The Spring Valley Fire Department does not have a working siren, and handles numerous calls for fires in the area. They are also recog-

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nized as a very effective fire department. The decision was not made in haste, and follows months of debate and discussion between officials, firefighters, and residents. A point of contention had been over when the siren actually sounds. While fire officials have maintained that the siren was never sounded after 10 PM, residents said they heard it during the night hours, including after midnight. The area, populated by many families with young children, had the additional issue of young children waking up in the middle of the night after being frightened by the siren, according to some who spoke during fire commission meetings over the last several months. The fire commissioners have not made any public pronouncements on this new policy, and it is not yet known if there will be a second method of notification provided to firefighters.

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be bogged down in Afghanistan, would oil prices be where they are, would we have lost duced insured losses of about so much blood and treasure, $40 billion and delivered a temporary blow to the econo- would the national debt be my. But that was just the very as high as it is, if we had not beginning of the financial made the decision to go into Iraq? “ Bilmes said. “I think the hemorrhage. answer is 'no' to all those quesHarvard scholar Linda Bilmes tions.” and Nobel-Prize winning Columbia University economist “We could have gone down Joseph Stiglitz now estimate a different path,” said Neta that the two post-9/11 wars Crawford, a Boston University will end up costing taxpay- political scientist and one of ers somewhere between $4 over a dozen scholars emtrillion and $6 trillion. That in- barked on a cross-disciplinary cludes not only money already assessment of the costs of the appropriated for the military post-9/11 era. Their report is campaigns ($1.3 trillion at last due in late June. count), but also the immense Her group's cost estimate cost of long-term health care promises to be even higher for returning soldiers, and such than that of Bilmes and Stithings as interest payments on glitz. “Many of the things that all the extra borrowed money we thought we knew about and the increased volatility of the cost of this war have actuoil prices since the invasion of ally been uncounted,” Crawford said. Iraq. "One of the main reasons The new assessment will inthat our national debt has clude, among other things, increased so much over this domestic security spending. past decade is because of the "We spent on homeland sespending on the wars and curity at least a few hundred the military buildup,” Bilmes billion dollars more than we told The Huffington Post. “All otherwise would have spent," of that money has been bor- said Anita Dancs, who teaches economics at Western New rowed.” England College and is charge of that secCHINA in tion of the study. TAJIK. Dancs cites "blank Abbottabad check syndrome" for Al Qaeda much of the increase. leader Osama "Over the course of the decade, an enormous bin Laden amount of money was killed by U.S. just thrown at homeAFGHAN. land security without forces Kyber really thinking through Kabul Pakhtunkhwa how necessary it was," she said. Much of the spendPeshawar INDIA ing was aimed specifically at preventing or Islamabad responding to acts of terror -- which, Dancs noted, is not the most 200 km imminent threat facPAKISTAN ing most American communities. "They’re 200 miles much more likely to have to deal with a tornado, a hurricane, PAKISTAN some sort of manmade or natural disaster, than they are a terrorist attack," Dancs said. The post-9/11 © 2011 MCT era is defined by a series choices, the biggest "There is an opportunity cost Source:ofESRI and most expensive of which to putting so much energy was President George W. and money into this direction Bush's decision to invade Iraq. of homeland security," she When it comes to the $4-6 tril- said. "I believe it has come at lion estimate, “I think between the cost of neglect to the comtwo thirds and three quarters mon everyday occurrences." of it is Iraq," Bilmes said. In fact, Dancs argues that the "I ask myself, would the econo- famously botched federal remy be so weak, would we still sponse to Hurricane Katrina


was due in part to the fact that the Bush administration was "so narrowly focused on the less likely terrorist threat." That and the fact that "a lot of the Louisiana and Mississippi National Guard and reservists were fighting in Iraq." The cost of the extraordinary expansion of the nation’s intelligence and surveillance apparatus is almost impossible to assess. Our top-secret world, in the words of Washington Post reporters Dana Priest and William R. Arkin, “has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.” Yet a 2002 Congressional Research Service report did anticipate the effects of post9/11 spending with great accuracy: "Large amounts of resources are and will be committed to making production, distribution, finance, and communication more secure in the United States," the report said. "Resources that could have been used to enhance the productive capacity of the country will now be used for security. Since it will take more labor and capital to produce a largely unchanged amount of goods and services, this will result in a slower rate of growth in national productivity, a price that will be borne by every American in the form of a slower rate of growth of per capita real income." The staggering sums that went to the war effort -- which could have had a widely-felt stimulative effect on the economy -- ended up enriching big contractors, leaving behind a smaller, less ready and more beaten-up armed forces. The money could have gone elsewhere. For starters, the country might not have spent it at all -- in which case we wouldn't be in nearly as much debt. And for comparison purposes, according toestimates by Oxfam, the international relief organization, a fraction of the money spent on wars and security ($151 billion a year) could end extreme poverty worldwide; a small fraction ($16 billion a year) could provide schooling for the 72 million children in poor countries who are missing out on primary education, and a tiny fraction ($5 billion a year) could provide improved medical care to save the lives of about 2 million mothers and children.

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Reaction to bin Laden’s death How Americans reacted to the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden: Relieved


• Who deserves a “great deal” of credit for killing bin Laden U.S. military CIA, intelligence agencies


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• President Obama’s job approval May 2 March 30-April 2



Source: Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and The Washington Post poll of 654 adults, May 2, 2011; margin of error: +/-4.5 percentage points Graphic: Judy Treible © 2011 MCT







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Landing gear Retractable to help avoid radar Fuselage Harder edges to reflect radar



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The Blackhawk helicopters used in the raid on Osama bin LadenÕs compound appear to have undergone changes to help them reduce radar, acoustic and infrared detection. How the helicopters may have been modified: Main rotor blades Somewhat longer, with a cover on the hub to reduce blade noise



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By: S. Mandelbaum WASHINGTON Debate Over Osama Reward Money Osama bin Laden eluded capture for almost a decade since the 9/11 attacks, and Congress, private donors, and the State Department, joined together to put a $50 million bounty on his head. The money was slated to go to the person or people who would provide information that would bring Osama to justice. With that taken care of, the question has arisen of what to do with that money. Guantanamo detainees gave information leading to last weeks’ events, but it is unlikely they will ever get any money. Congressman Anthony Weiner and others want the money to go to victims of 9/11, a noble goal. Barring that, they say, it should go to a charity, or a fund for wounded soldiers. The federal government has said the money will likely not go to anyone, and the government will keep it, since nobody met the requirements to win the bounty, but one man disagrees. The man, Gary Brooks Faulkner, made headlines last year after he went to Pakistan to hunt for Bin Laden. Pakistan police arrested him and found him with weapons and a sword. Faulkner said he was there to find Bin Laden and kill him, but the Pakistanis sent him back to the United States. After Osama’s killing, Faulkner lay claim to some of the prize money. He said that he had been the one to chase him out of the Afghan caves


he had been hiding in right after the 9/11 attacks and scared Osama into hiding. Faulkner will not be getting any reward. Heller Appointed Senator Dean Heller, a Nevada Congressman, was appointed to the United States Senate following the resignation of scandal-plagued Senator John Ensign. Heller, a Republican, was appointed by the governor of Nevada following Ensign’s resignation, in accordance with the law. Heller was sworn in on Monday by Vice President Joe Biden, and was welcomed on the floor of the senate by Majority Leader Harry Reid, also from Nevada. Stevens Writes Memoir Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has written a memoir about his career, including his 35 years on the Court. The book features anecdotes and information about all the five Chief Justices he interacted with, as well as little known details about how the justices and the Court itself works. The book will be released the first Monday in October, traditionally the first day of the new session of the Court. Boehner Wants Daniels To Run


House Speaker John Boehner said in an interview that he believes that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Mitch Daniels of Indiana should run for president and that both

would be very strong candidates. He said that Christie’s plainspoken nature and direct actions would appeal to Americans, particularly as they relate to his record of fighting unions and cutting spending. Christie said he will not run for president, but several major donors from Iowa are traveling to New Jersey to try to convince him to run. Those same donors were successful in convincing another governor to run for president in 2000: George W. Bush. Daniels, meanwhile, is likely to announce his candidacy shortly. Snowe’s Opponent Tells Her To Resign Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, a moderate Republican up for re-election next year, is being challenged by a fellow Republican in a primary. Her opponent said Snowe should resign because of a scandal surrounding her husband, who used to be the Governor of Maine. A federal lawsuit now alleges that Snowe’s husband used education funds for purposes it was not intended for, something her opponent says made her very rich. Sweet Corn To Be State Veggie One of the lighter debates in Albany revolved around the choice for the official state vegetable. The issue arose after local Senator David Carlucci proposed that the state adopt the black dirt onion, native to the Orange County region, as the official state

vegetable. Senators from the northern part of the state countered that the sweet corn, prevalent in their districts, should be the official vegetable. After some debate, it was decided that whichever vegetable was more common in the state would be chosen, and that appears to be the sweet corn. New York Gets $354M In Rejected Funds New York is getting an additional $354 million of funds for high-speed rail and similar transportation projects after the money was rejected by Florida. Florida Governor Rick Scott rejected the $354 million after he canceled a project that would have built such infrastructure in his state, and the federal government gave it instead to New York. Huntley Under Investigation State Senator Shirley Huntley is under investigation for steering about $400,000 in government funds that she alone controlled as a senator, to groups involved with family members. The funds, part of “member items” that are given to senators to dole out as they please, have been controversial at times because for their frequent misuse. The federal government has subpoenaed records from Huntley’s office, and have joined with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate the matter.

Another Tax Cap Proposal In response to Governor Cuomo’s push for a property tax cap measure, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he would propose his own version of a tax cap. Silver’s proposal, like Cuomo’s, would cap tax increases to 2% a year, but his would expire in 3-5 years. Cuomo rejected the idea, saying that the tax cap needs to be a permanent one. While Cuomo admitted that some legislators might see his tax cap as “too rigid,” he said he would be open to discussions on potential alternatives. Cuomo Not Endorsing Dem In Special Election Governor Cuomo is raising eyebrows for his decision not to endorse fellow Democrat Kathy Hochul in a special election for a congressional seat in a district in upstate New York. Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been stumping for Hochul, but the governor does not want to follow suit, according to insiders, for two reasons. Firstly, he is afraid she will lose and that might be a poor reflection of the effectiveness of his endorsement. Secondly, a recent poll showed that he has the support of a majority of Republicans. He ahs also been working with Republicans on several issues in the state, and is concerned that his involvement in the race could make things more partisan for him in Albany and cost him Republican support.


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NRC CHIEF MEETS WITH COUNTY EXECUTIVES TO DISCUSS INDIAN POINT BUCHANAN, NY -Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef met on Tuesday with the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory B. Jaczko, where he was joined by the three other county executives in the four-county Indian Point Region: Paul J. Eldridge of Putnam, Robert Astorino of Westchester, and Edward A. Diana of Orange. The meeting took place at the Westchester County Airport following NRC Chairman Jaczko’s tour of Indian Point. Jaczko briefed the county executives on his perspective on the differences between the Japanese and American evacuation zones, emphasizing that the 10-mile planning zone was the one that should be used in the United States. “Cheap electricity is not worth one injury, in the event that something went wrong there,” Vanderhoef said at a news conference following the meeting, where he reiterated his long-time opposition to the recertification of the Indian Point plant. “We recognize that Indian Point is an important part of the electricity grid. As long as that plant is there, we are responsible as county executives to ensure the public’s safety.”

“As the County Executives for the residents most directly affected by the operation of Indian Point, our paramount concern is safety. We are united in our commitment to holding the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, FEMA, Entergy and all others responsible for plant safety to the highest standards when it comes to protecting the health and well being of our residents.

In this week's New Yorker article "Snacks for a Fat Planet," John Seabook explores PepsiCo's attempt to create healthier snack food, while still remaining the largest food-andbeverage company in the United States and the second largest in the world, after Nestlé. CEO Indra Nooyi has made it her mission to increase "good for you products" from its current $10 million business to $30 million by 2020. Below are some highlights from the eye-opening article:

We also recognize the economic importance of Indian Point, which supplies roughly 25 percent of the region’s energy needs, as well as providing jobs and taxes to local communities. Our approach as County Executives is to work closely together to gather information aggressively, assess risks objectively and manage risks in a factbased way that protects all the interests of our citizens.

• PepsiCo was able to develop "'15 micron salt,' a new kind of salt that produces the same taste curve as the salt the company has been using—a pyramid-shaped crystal known as Alberger salt—but contains twenty-five to forty per cent less sodium." By the end of 2012, expect to see 15 micron salt in a bag of Lay's.


• PepsiCo has a network of "trekkers" from around the world that collect interesting products, and the robot tastes these samples. The samples include: fruits, plants, roots, chili peppers,bugs, beetles and bee larvae. • Nooyi explains that if you give a kid a carrot, the kid might not want to eat it. But, if you turn it into a drinkable form, maybe they will. She explains, "I’ve drinkified the snack!"Alternatively, she is also interested in snackifying drinks (think fruit juice in squeezable form). It is a "glorious area" of new convergence, Nooyi believes.

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We are grateful to Chairman Jaczko for taking the time today to meet with us and to continue our dialogue with him and his staff to bring the best information possible to bear on the operation of Indian Point.”

• In 2010, PepsiCo spent $3.4 billion in marketing and advertising and Pepsi, Lay’s, and Mountain Dew together accounted for more than $30 billion dollars in sales in 2010.

• PepsiCo’s has "a robot that the company’s scientists have fitted with human taste buds." In "the quest for the holy grail" of a natural, zerocalorie sweetener that tastes exactly like sugar, PepsiCo scientists grew cultured cells, injected the genetic sequences of the four k n o w n taste receptors (leaving out salt) into them, and then hardwired the cells to a computer.


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China has loosened some of its trade restrictions, making it less difficult for U.S. companies to bid on government contracts and sell mutual funds.

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O U R R E A D E R S W A N T TO K N OW Genes and GMO's All life is made up of millions of cells. Each cell contains a nucleus, and inside each nucleus are strings of molecules called DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). Each strand of DNA is divided into small sections called genes. These genes contain a unique set of instructions that determine how the organism grows, develops, looks, and lives. During genetic engineering processes, specific genes are removed from one organism and inserted into another plant or animal, thus transferring specific traits. Genetic engineering (GE) is the process of transferring specific traits, or genes, from one organism into a different plant or animal. The resulting organism is called transgenic or a GMO (genetically modified organism). 70% of processed foods in American supermarkets now contain genetically modified ingredients. Opponents to genetic engineering state that GE foods must be proven safe before they are sold to the public because their safety has not yet been proven. Specific concerns over genetic engineering include: • Allergic reactions. There are two concerns regarding allergic reactions. The first is with known allergens. For example, if genes from nuts are inserted into other, widely consumed foods, it could provoke severe reactions in people with nut allergies. Therefore, there is concern that people with known allergies will not be aware that the genetically engineered food they are eating contains substances to which they are allergic. The second concern is over the possibility of creating new allergies. The new combinations of genes and traits have the potential to create allergic reactions that have never existed before. • Gene mutation. Scientists do not know if the forced insertion of one gene into another gene could destabilize the entire organism, and encourage mutations and abnormalities. Likewise, no one knows if or how eating mutated food could affect people’s own DNA. • Antibiotic resistance. Almost all GE food contains antibiotic resistance marker genes that help producers know whether the new genetic material was transferred to the host plant or animal. GE food could make disease-causing bacteria even more resistant to antibiotics, which could increase the spread of disease throughout the world. • Loss of nutrition. Genetic engineering may change the nutritional value of food. xv • Damage to the environment. Insects, birds and wind might carry genetically altered pollen to other fields and forests, pollinating plants and randomly creating new species that would carry on

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the genetic modifications. • Gene pollution can not be cleaned up Once released into the environment, genetically engineered organisms cannot be cleaned up or recalled. So, unlike chemical and nuclear contamination which can at least be contained, genetic pollution cannot be isolated and separated from the environment in which it is spreading.

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Superweeds GE crops can cross-pollinate with weeds, potentially creating superweeds that could become difficult to control. Te r m i n a t o r seeds Some GE seeds are engineered so that plants cannot reproduce seeds. In many parts of the world, saving seeds from season to season is the only way farmers are able to survive and continue growing food. However, with GE technology, seeds can be sterile, forcing farmers to rely on seed companies for their livelihood, an expense they may not be able to bear. What genetically engineered foods have been approved for commercial use? •


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Did You Know? • 4 countries have 99% of the world’s GE acreage, they include: o

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China (3%)

• More than 75% of soybeans grown in the US in 2003 were bioengineered • Herbicide tolerant GE crops have created weed resistance, causing pesticide use to increase by 70 million pounds between 1996 and 2003.

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Kids Health Matters

Goose bumps Occur in mammals when muscles at the base of hair, called arrectores pilorum, contract and elevate hair above the skin. Now that humans have shed most body hair, the reaction serves no known purpose. Hair shaft

Goose bump

Hair follicles

Arrector pili (hair erector muscle)


Name’s history

Cold In fur-covered animals, erect hairs trap air to create an insulation layer

Skin’s appearance looks like that of a plucked goose, though without hair, geese cannot get the bumps; other names: • Gooseflesh • Goose pimples • Chill bumps • Horripilation • Cutis anserina

Fear Erect hairs make an animal appear larger, more intimidating to enemies Excitement Adrenaline rush causes nerve discharge that contracts the muscles Source: Skin Care Forum, Graphic: Angela Smith, Garrick Gibson

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Mississippi River washes over evacuated Delta neighborhoods (MCT) LOS ANGELES -The rain-swollen Mississippi River inundated evacuated neighborhoods in the Delta on Wednesday and washed away precious crops, as residents farther downstream prepared for the looming floodwaters. After cresting at 47.8 feet Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn., the river's high waters moved south, reaching 58 feet and growing in Natchez, Miss., according to the National Weather Service. The river is expected to crest there at 64 feet on May 21. Across Mississippi, about 1,000 structures have been hit by floodwaters and officials expect to evacuate between 2,000 and 5,000 people in coming days. Sixteen casinos along the river were closed and three are expected to close later in the week, leaving 13,000 employees out of work and costing state and local governments between $12 million and $13 million in taxes per month, according to the Mississippi Gaming Commission. In Vicksburg, Miss., 65 homes were underwater, displacing about 250 people, said Deputy Chief Mitchell Dent of the Vicksburg Police department. Crews used bulldozers and dump trucks to fortify levees ahead of incoming floodwaters, as law enforcement patrolled flooded neighborhoods in boats, said Mayor Paul E. Winfield. "We're making sure we do all that we can to prepare residents,"

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Winfield said. "We're going to get through this." The river is expected to crest there at 57.5 feet on May 19, about 1.5 feet above the record crest of 1927, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. Evacuated residents might be displaced longer than first expected because the river could take weeks to draw back, said Jeff Rent, a spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. "This is not a sprint, it's a marathon," Rent said. "It's slow to develop and slow to recede."

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened 38 more gates to the Bonnet Carre Spillway in Norco, La., diverting floodwater into Lake Pontchartrain. So far, 110 of the 350 gates to the spillway have been opened.


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Predicted river crests (As of 8 p.m. EDT May 10) Crest height

Flood stage

May 10

64.5 ft. (19.7 m)

48 ft. (14.6 m)

May 19

57.5 ft. (17.5 m)

43 ft. (13 m)

May 21

64 ft. (19.5 m)

48 ft. (14.6 m)

May 22

47.5 ft. (14.5 m)

35 ft. (10.6 m)

May 23

19.5 ft. (6 m)

17 ft.* (5.2 m)


* Levees protect New Orleans to the 20-ft. (6 m) stage © 2011 MCT Sources: U.S. National Weather Service, Reuters Graphic: Ray Enslow, Los Angeles Times


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The Mississippi River is surging toward near-record levels in its southern reaches.

Memphis, May 10 River crested at 47.8 ft. (14.6 m)

Top manufacturers of household appliances worldwide, in number of units sold, 2010:

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Downstream in Louisiana, residents and officials continued to prepare for major inundations and a probable opening of the Morganza Spillway, north of Baton Rouge. That would send water levels of up to 25 feet into the lower Atchafalaya Basin, but reduce the likelihood of flooding in more populated cities like New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Water levels have not yet reached the "trigger point" of 1.5 million cubic feet per second at a gauge north of Baton Rouge to open the floodgates, but a decision could come as soon as Saturday.

River of trouble

Counties on flood warning






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Understanding Allergies: Allergies reflect an overreaction of the immune system to substances that usually cause no reaction in most individuals. These substances can trigger sneezing, wheezing, coughing and itching. Allergies are not only bothersome, but many have been linked to a variety of common and serious chronic respiratory illnesses (such as sinusitis and asthma). Additionally, allergic reactions can be severe and even fatal. However, with proper management and patient education, allergic diseases can be controlled, and people with allergies can lead normal and productive lives. Common Allergic Diseases • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever or “indoor/outdoor,” “seasonal,” “perennial” or “nasal” allergies): Characterized by nasal stuffiness, sneezing, nasal itching, clear nasal discharge, and itching of the roof of the mouth and/or ears. • Allergic asthma (asthma symptoms triggered by an allergic reaction): Characterized by airway obstruction that is at least partially reversible with medication and is always associated with allergy. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or rapid breathing, chest tightness, and occasional fatigue and slight chest pain. • Food Allergy: Most prevalent in very young children and frequently outgrown, food allergies are characterized by a broad range of allergic reactions. Symptoms may include itching or swelling of lips or tongue; tightness of the throat with hoarseness; nausea and vomiting; diarrhea; occasionally chest tightness and wheezing; itching of the eyes; decreased blood pressure or loss of consciousness and anaphylaxis. • Drug Allergy: Is characterized by a variety of allergic responses affecting any tissue or organ. Drug allergies can cause anaphylaxis; even those patients who do not have life-threatening symptoms initially may progress to a life-threatening reaction. • Anaphylaxis (extreme re sponse to a food or drug allergy): Characterized by life-threatening symptoms. This is a medical emergency and the most severe form of allergic reaction. Symptoms include a sense of impending doom; generalized warmth or flush; tingling of palms, soles of feet or lips; lightheadedness; bloating and chest tightness. These can progress into seizures, cardiac arrhythmia, shock and respiratory distress. Possible causes can be medications, vac-

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cines, food, latex, and insect stings and bites. • Latex Allergy: An allergic response to the proteins in natural, latex rubber characterized by a range of allergic reactions. Persons at risk include healthcare workers, patients having multiple surgeries and rubber-industry workers. Symptoms include hand dermatitis, eczema and urticaria; sneezing and other respiratory distress; and lower respiratory problems including coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. • Insect Sting/Bite Allergy: Characterized by a variety of allergic reactions; stings cannot always be avoided and can happen to anyone. Symptoms include pain, itching and swelling at the sting site or over a larger area and can cause anaphylaxis. Insects that sting include bees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets, and fire and harvest ants. • Urticaria (hives, skin allergy): A reaction of the skin, or a skin condition commonly known as hives. Characterized by the development of itchy, raised white bumps on the skin surrounded by an area of red inflammation. Acute urticaria is often caused by an allergy to foods or medication. • Atopic Dermatitis (eczema, skin allergy): A chronic or recurrent inflammatory skin disease characterized by lesions, scaling and flaking; it is sometimes called eczema. In children, it may be aggravated by an allergy or irritant. •

Contact Dermatitis (skin allergy): Characterized by skin inflammation; this is the most common occupational disease representing up to 40 percent of all occupational illnesses. Contact dermatitis is one of the most common skin diseases in adults. It results from the direct contact with an outside substance with the skin. There are currently about 3,000 known contact allergens. • Allergic Conjunctivitis (eye allergy): Characterized by inflammation of the eyes; it is the most common form of allergic eye disease. Symptoms can include itchy and watery eyes and lid distress. Allergic conjunctivitis is also commonly associated with the presence of other allergic diseases such as atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis and asthma. To discuss this and other healthcare issues with our allergists, Dr. Renata Witkowska, or Dr. David Menchell Please call the Medical Center 845.352.6800

Dr. Albetter says;

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Dr. Albetter asks;


Dr. Renata Witkowska & Dr. David Menchell CAN HELP YOU.

For an immediate appointment with the Department of Allergy and Immunology Call 352-6800 today.

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13 Dr. Albetter asks;

“Did your child act out in school this year?”

Find out what the issues are. Help your child get ahead this summer and look forward to a happy and successful school year. Schedule a confidential consultation with

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Science Matters

Sea + fresh water = power In places where a freshwater river enters the sea, it may be possible to generate electric power in a simple, nonpolluting way.

Battery’s power cycle


Battery is slightly charged, pulls ions from electrodes into water

Salt water

Dr. Samuel Wong MD Ophthalmologist


Fresh water

Satellite image of mouth of the Amazon River

Fresh water


Sea water is replaced with river water

Fresh water

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Salt water Sodium ions

– + –+ –+

Negative electrode

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Fresh water is replaced with sea water and its ion

Chlorine ions

+ – Positive electrode



Stored energy flows from battery for use as electric power; ions return to electrodes

++ +

– – –

Its potential for generating power Flow of 50 cubic meters (13,000 gal.) of fresh water per second

Source: Yi Cui of Stanford University

100 megawatts of power (enough for 100,000 households)

Graphic: Helen Lee McComas

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If you think you're the only one who suffers from belching, stomach bloating and abdominal discomfort on a regular basis, think again: The most current statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention state that the average number of annual visits to physician offices and hospitals regarding digestive system conditions total 42.2 million. More than 95 million Americans suffer from poor digestion. STOMACH-SENSITIVE FOOD: MINT-Why it can affect you: While peppermint has numerous benefits, including aiding in digestive issues, it can also have the reverse effect and increase heartburn symptoms. Mint increases the chance of acid reflux because it relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter, a muscle that is located at the end of the esophagus, allowing acid from the stomach to back up into the food pipe. Keep in mind this holds true for anything that contains mint, such as peppermint tea and even peppermint gum and breath mints. STOMACH-SENSITIVE FOOD: SODAS AND FRUIT JUICES-Why they can affect you: Both of these beverages contain a whopping 3/4 teaspoon of sugar per ounce. Many people have heard of lactose intolerance, but fructose intolerance is another major cause of IBS. He further explained that as many as 30 percent of adults have fructose malabsorption, meaning their bodies can absorb less than 25 grams of fructose (six spoons) at a time. "Whatever the body cannot absorb acts like a sponge by sucking water into your gut while triggering unhealthy infections in the colon." STOMACH-SENSITIVE FOOD: BEANS-Why they can affect you: Beans can produce intestinal gas because they contain oligosaccharide, a type of complex sugar comprised of large molecules too big for the small intestine. In addition, the body cannot break down this complex sugar because it lacks the enzyme to do so. Stomach-sensitive food: coffee-Why it can affect you: The acids in coffee can irritate the stomach lining, which can cause excessive production of hydrochloric acid, leading to indigestion and reflux, especially for those with ulcers or who are prone to heartburn. Decaf contains the same acids and will result in the same reaction. STOMACH-SENSITIVE FOOD: BROCCOLI-Why it can affect you: Broccoli is a gas-producing veggie that may cause stomach issues for those who deal with IBS. Broccoli is placed in the category of soluble fiber, a type of fiber that doesn't break down until it reaches the large intestine, where digestion causes

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Did you ever think a cavity could be contagious? According to two studies, cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth can be transmitted from person to person. "Particularly, the easiest way to catch a cavity is when a mother is feeding a child," points out Dr. Stacy Lubetski, a Pediatric Dentist at Monsey Family Medical Center. The mother will taste the food to check the temperature and then continue feeding the child. "Immediately, that's how kids get cavities," she says. Bacteria known as streptococcus mutans and streptococcus sobrinus are the culprits. One study, conducted in 2007 at the School of Dentistry in Australia, shows each of these bacteria have a 30 percent prevalence rate in 3-month-old babies to over an 80 percent prevalence rate in 24-month-old children with primary teeth. The 1993 study from the Institute of Dentistryin in Finland studied families. The study results showed oral bacteria can be transmitted between family members who shared food. "Streptococcus mutans is very common and travels easily," Dr. Lubetsky says. She recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. "The most important time to brush is at night," she says. During the day, saliva, which cleans the mouth, is produced; however, a person's mouth dries at night and less saliva is produced causing bacteria to flourish and attach to your teeth and gums at night. For babies and small children who cannot effectively brush their teeth, parents should clean their teeth with warm water and gauze. For adults and children old enough to brush their teeth, Dr. Lubetsky recommends toothpaste with fluoride. In addition to steering clear of candies like caramel that can stick to your teeth, rinsing with mouthwash after you eat, drinking water throughout the day, and flossing can also help keep harmful bacteria off your teeth and away from your gums. Gum that contains xylitol, a naturally occurring carbohydrate found in many fruits and vegetables may fights bacteria and prevents tooth decay. But above all brushing your teeth is the most important measure you can take to prevent cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. For more information or to schedule and appointment with one of our Dentists; Dr. Genady Benyaminov, Dr. Leonard Kundel, Dr. Stacey Lubetsky, Dr. Ramin Kashani, Dr. Jacklyn Tadros, Dr. Mark Raider, Dr. Sarah Hanna, Jana Barkin, Hygienist at the Monsey Family Medical Center please call 845-352-6800.

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STOMACH-SENSITIVE FOOD: TOMATOES-Why they can affect you: "Tomatoes can be an esophageal irritant, bringing about symptoms of acid reflux, heartburn or making heartburn worse," cautions Dr. James Israel, a gastroenterologist at Monsey Family Medical Center. This juicy red fruit is highly acidic, which, in turn, stimulates the production of extra digestive acids in the stomach. As a result, these acids can creep back up the esophagus, aggravating a sensitive esophagus or further damaging the lining of the esophagus. Tomato-based foods, such as marinara sauce, pizza sauce and salsa, fall under this umbrella, as well.

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Healthy Living

Cool mint

Mint has been valued since ancient times for its fresh taste, delightful fragrance and calming qualities.

Not just juleps • Well known as a key ingredient in mint can be used to brew julep cocktails, mint also a pleasant tea, a good digestive aid • Pairs well with chocolate, makes a delightful jelly or chutney and adds freshness to fruit salads and cold, tomato-based soups

• A popular perfuming oil, mint leaves can be used as an aromatic in the home; peppermint oil can be used in the bath for a soothing soak • Among its healing qualities are its ability to calm the digestive system, curb the growth of bacteria • When possible, use fresh rather than dried Source: World’s Healthiest Foods, Graphic: Pat Carr

an extended period of time. As a result, the body automatically produces extra stomach acid in order to aid in digestion. Keep in mind that overeating (in general) will also cause a delay in digestion and will stimulate the stomach to secrete more acid.

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STOMACH-SENSITIVE FOOD: MILK-BASED PRODUCTS-Why they can affect you: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 30 to 50 million American adults are lactose intolerant/ Many people lose the ability to digest lactose -- the milk sugar -- as they grow into adulthood. Lactose intolerance is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme lactase, which is produced by the cells lining the small intestine, Substituting "real" milk, ice cream and cheese for dairy products labeled lactose free should ease this problem, along with choosing milk that contains lactase and hard cheese, since it naturally contains less lactose than soft cheese. STOMACH-SENSITIVE FOOD: FATTY FOODS-Why they can affect you: Foods high in fat, including fried foods, can increase symptoms of acid reflex and IBS. The reason: Fatty foods take longer to break down in the body, so they remain in the stomach for

STOMACH-SENSITIVE FOOD: ICED DRINKS (WITH MEALS)-Why they can affect you: "Digestion relies largely on stomach acid and digestive. Your digestive enzymes work best at 98.6 degrees -- and ice-cold drinks can inactivate them, causing indigestion. Drinking something hot (like tea or hot water with lemon) when you're dining and snacking could help the digestive process. STOMACH-SENSITIVE FOOD: CHOCOLATE-Why it can affect you: Last (and certainly least) is the beloved treat. While chocolate has been proven to have health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health and reduced risk of stroke, it can also cause indigestion and heartburn. Chocolate contains concentrations of theobromine, a compound that occurs naturally in many plants such as cocoa, tea and coffee plants- this compound has the ability to relax the esophageal sphincter muscle, letting stomach acid squirt up into the esophagus. Chocolate also contains caffeine, another agent that encourages the stomach to produce excess acid.

To discuss this and other healthcare issueswith our providers Dr. James Israel, Dr. Arthur Landau Dr. Debra Grohman, Dr. Eric Goldman, Dr. Ryan Banach, Family Medicine, Brian Blitz, or Elana Klein, please call the Medical Center at 845.352.6800

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Behavioral Health

SOCIAL PHOBIA Reviewed Tziporah Spira, LMSW

Most people feel nervous in certain social situations, such as at a job interview or giving a speech at an event. We often worry about what we're going to say, do or even wear during events like this. These situations often become easier with some experience. However, for people who have social phobia (also called social anxiety disorder), these events and other social situations can be very frightening and disabling. People who have social phobia usually begin to notice it when they are in their early teens, although some people have had it for as long as they can remember. For others, it develops later in life, as social demands increase. Social phobia often runs in families. Sometimes it leads to other problems, such as depression or substance abuse.

thought of them. Social phobia can make it difficult to go to work, school or take part in other daily activities. Some people have social phobia in only a few situations, such as performing in public or talking to an important person. Others will have it in many situations, which may include using a public bathroom, eating in a restaurant, talking on the telephone or signing their name in front of people (for example; when writing and signing a check at the grocery store). Social phobia is an ongoing disorder that usually needs to be treated with medical care. It's not just shyness and usually does not go away on its own. Your doctor can help you find ways to control your fears.

Most people who have social phobia have a strong fear of being judged or embarrassed in front of other people. They feel as though everyone is watching them and will see them blush, sweat or otherwise expose their fear and anxiety. They often believe that showing anxiety is a sign of weakness or inferiority. They also believe that other people are more confident and competent than they really are. People who have social phobia usually know their fears are not completely rational, but they still find themselves dreading social situations. They may go out of their way to avoid going to some events. If people with social phobia do go to a wedding or Bar-Mitzvah , they usually feel very nervous before and after the event. Physical symptoms include: • Blushing • Sweating • Nausea • Trembling or shaking • Difficulty talking or making eye contact

Cognitive behavioral therapy helps people think about social situations differently so they don't fear them. The therapy also involves learning how to reduce anxiety, as well as improving social and conversational skills. Medicines such as antidepressants and benzodiazepines can also help some people with social phobia. People who have a certain form of social phobia, called "performance anxiety," can take medicines called beta-blockers just before they perform to ease their anxiety. Sometimes a combination of therapy and medication works the best. You should not have to feel nervous in an otherwise happy event. Simchas should be enjoyable. If you would like to discuss this or any other issues with a professional therapist-Please call Project Ohr Department of Behavioral Health at 845.352.6800 Ext. 6849

Afterward, the unpleasant feelings may linger as they worry about what other people at the event

Frustration Quiz: How Frustrated Am I? To determine your success at coping with this emotion, ask yourself: • • • • • • •

Am I often frustrated and irritable? Do I typically respond to frustration by blaming others? Do I self-medicate letdowns with junk food, or alcohol? Do my reactions hurt other people's feelings? When the frustration has passed, do I usually feel misunderstood? During a hard day at work, do I tend to lose my cool? When I'm disappointed, do I often feel unworthy or like giving up?

PROJECT OHR Department of Behavioral Health ADULT PSYCHIATRY Seymour Kushnir, MD Allan Flaggman, MD CHILD PSYCHIATRY Zvi Weisstuch, MD SOCIAL WORK Individual, Couple Child & Family Therapy Malka Susswein, LCSW Gelly Asovski, LCSW Shoshana Weisz, LCSW Gila Zelinger, LCSW Chana Simmonds, LCSW Rabbi Aryeh Frankel, LMSW Sharon Kronenberg, LMSW Naomi Franklin, LMSW Avi Riber, LMSW Esther Rothbaum, LMSW Tziporah Spira, LMSW For a confidential consultation call

PROJECT OHR Tel. 845.352.6800 Ext. 6849

Answering "yes" to five to seven questions indicates an extremely high level of frustration. Three to five "yeses" indicates a high level. Two "yeses" indicates a moderate level. One "yes" indicates a low level. Zero "yeses" suggests that you're dealing successfully with this emotion. Next week we will discuss what you can do to feel less frustrated.

THE ADVOCATE May 12, 2011

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HEALTH NEWS YOU CAN USE MOST UNINSURED UNABLE TO PAY HOSPITAL BILLS A new report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that few families without health insurance have the financial assets to pay potential hospital bills. On average, uninsured families can only afford to pay in full for approximately 12-percent of hospital stays they may experience – and even higher income uninsured families are unable to pay for most potential hospital stays. Hospital stays for which the uninsured cannot pay in full account for 95-percent of the total amount hospitals bill the uninsured. Other studies have estimated that the bills for all types of health care that the uninsured cannot pay – the uncompensated cost of care – is up to $73 billion a year, a significant portion of which is shifted into higher costs for Americans with insurance and their employers. “One of the most enduring myths in American health care is that people without health insurance can get care with little or no problem. Nothing could be farther from the truth,” said HHS Secre-

tary Kathleen Sebelius. “The result is families going without care – or facing health care bills they can’t hope to pay. When the uninsured cannot afford the care they receive, that cost must be absorbed by other payers. This is why expanding access to affordable health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is so important.” Approximately 50 million Americans are uninsured. The report found that most uninsured people have virtually no savings. In fact, the median financial assets for all uninsured families are just $20. Even among higher income families, assets are low. Half of families with income at 400-percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), or $89,400 a year for a family of four in 2011, have financial assets below $4,100. Every year, nearly 2 million uninsured Americans are hospitalized. With 58-percent of these hospital stays resulting in bills of more than $10,000, most uninsured people are unable to afford potential hospital bills. Even the top 10-percent of uninsured families with the most assets are estimated to be able to pay the full bill for only half of potential hospital stays. Uninsured families can, on average, afford to pay the full bills for only about 12-percent of the hospital stays they might experience, bills that account for just 5-percent of the total amount hospitals bill them. “Health insurance is critical in helping

protect families from unexpected hospital costs,” said Sherry Glied, HHS assistant secretary for planning and evaluation. “This report shows that even higher income uninsured families are struggling to meet the high costs of health care. No family should bear the burden of being one illness or accident away from bankruptcy.” The high cost of hospitalization means that lacking health insurance poses a greater risk of financial catastrophe than lacking car insurance or homeowner’s insurance. Although people are 50-percent more likely to have car accident than to be hospitalized in a given year, the average bill for a hospital visit is over two and a half times higher than the average loss for a car accident. And, while the bill for a single hospitalization is about the same as the average loss from a house fire, a person is ten times more likely to be hospitalized than to experience a house fire.

If you have lost your health insurance or if you do not have health insurance the department of Case Management will help ascertain if you are entitled to Medicaid Managed Care or help you complete a sliding fee application. Please call 845-352-6800 x. 6831

NEED SLEEP? From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Lots of us get too little sleep, and it shows. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined survey data on almost 75,000 adults in 12 states.

The researchers say more than one third reported getting too little sleep, which the National Sleep Foundation defined as less than seven hours a night. The CDC’s Lela McKnight-Eily says the effect of that lack of sleep shows up in problems people reported they had at least once a month: ``More than a third reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least one day, and one in 20 reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving.’’ The study is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

UNBUCKLING THE DIABETES BELT Researchers have identified 644 counties that make up a diabetes belt – where more than 11 percent of people have diabetes. The scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the belt spans parts of 15 mostly southeastern states from Texas into West Virginia. Researcher Lawrence Barker says this county-level data can help agencies fight diabetes. And he says there’s much that individuals can do: ``The most important factors for people to be aware of are physical inactivity and obesity, because those are factors that we can do something about.’’

Kids Health Matters

Avoiding BPA

Recent news concerning the safety of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) has many stores and parents scrambling to find BPA-free alternatives.

What is BPA? A chemical used in producing shatterproof plastics (code 7) and epoxy resins coating food cans, bottle tops

Protecting your kids

Use bottles with disposable liners

Many baby bottles contain BPA; when making a purchase choose:

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Ben Gilman Spring Valley

Family Medical Center 175 Rt. 59 Spring Valley, NY 10977 845.426.5800

Glass bottles; can be found with silicone sheaths to reduce breaking Plastic bottles made of polyethylene or polypropylene (codes 1, 2 or 5 on bottom)

BPA also is found in toddler “sippy” cups; instead try: Stainless steel or aluminum sippy cups

Regarding BPA lining baby formula cans: • Breastfeed • Powdered formula reduces exposure compared to liquid

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AP Graphic: Angela Smith, Garrick Gibson

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THE ADVOCATE May 12, 2011


RCDC Housing, Inc. would like to help you...

We have a certified foreclosure counselor on staff who can assist you Call us for more information

(845) 352-1400 ext. 3243

The Heap department will be closing at the end of the business day on Friday, May 13th. You will have to hand in your application to the main Heap office by that time. The number is 364-3480 and they are located in building L on Sanatorium Rd at the Robert Yeager Health Center in Pomona

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

11 WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SUMMER HEAT Summer is coming. Before it gets hot, you might want to check that you and the house are ready for the summer heat. That means you start by checking your home's heat and air-conditioning system. 1. To begin, change your filters in your heating/ cooling system. Change them regularly - at least monthly. 2. Next change your thermostat over to "cool" and test the system by turning the temperature down. If the air conditioner does not turn on, first check to make sure no breakers are tripped. If you can't figure out the problem, call your heating and airconditioning repair person. Calling early may keep you from making an "emergency" call when the temperatures are soaring and the repair people are super busy and expensive. 3. If your cooling system turns on, make sure it is putting out adequate cooling. If it's not, and you can't figure out the problem, call your heating and air-conditioning repair person. Set the thermostat at 78 degrees. 4. If your air conditioner needs replacement do it before the hot weather hits so you're not wilting because the heating & air-conditioning repair people are very busy. And more than likely, some other things around your home might need attention as well.

5. Your air ducts may need testing for leaks and then sealed. Your attic insulation probably has compacted, so you need to add an additional 5 to 8 inches. Your windows and doors and other parts of the building envelope may need caulking and weather stripping. Think about solar window film to keep out the heat.

6. Consider changing your old thermostat to a programmable one. You can save up to $100 a year by using a new set-back thermostat. If your thermostat is really old and uses a mercury switch (a glass tube filed with yes, mercury, a silvery substance) call your local public works department to find out how to dispose of this toxic material. 7. Consider installing a whole-house fan that uses cool air in the evening to cool the entire house and push hot air out of the attic area. 8. If you cover your air conditioner's condenser unit (the part that is outside the house) for the winter, take off the cover and clean the coils. Clear areas around the condenser unit so that it has full air flow. 9. Ceiling fans or whole house fans can help reduce your need to use the air conditioner. 10. Take down the old storm windows (if you live in areas where you need them) and get those screens cleaned and ready to put up. 11. And don't forget your car. Get it ready for summer and any vacations by filling up the tires, changing filters, checking the fluids and getting a tune up if it's needed. If you haven't turned on your car air conditioner for months it may be out of coolant, check it before taking a long, hot, summer drive.

RCDC is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Abraham Stauber, as new Program Coordinator for the RCDC Employment/Parnassah Project. As a SCORE volunteer since 2004, Mr. Stauber has recognized the needs and unique requirements of the community’s entrepeneurs. Mr. Stauber is a professional Business Counselor, specializing in helping small businesses and those looking to work. Every week the Advocate will bring the public listings of job openings, in addition we will help employers find suitable candidates to fill job openings. It is our hope that this parnasah service will benefit the community.

Please call Abraham Stauber: 646-235-4547 Or e-mail: for more information on the RCDC Employment/Parnasah Project or if you have any job leads.

How to Pick the Right Size Bathroom Fan

The perfectly sized bathroom fan depends heavily on the size of the room. Bathroom fans need to be able to properly circulate the air in a room, and a fan that's too small will not be able to do its job properly. If your fan is too large, it could cost you more on your electrical bill than it has to. You can pick the right bathroom fan for your bathroom by taking a few measurements and performing a specific calculation. -Measure the exact length of your bathroom. If your bathroom is square shaped, it doesn't matter which two walls you use to find this measurement. If your bathroom is rectangular, measure one one of the two long walls. Be as accurate as possible, as exact measurements can help ensure that you're purchasing the correct bathroom fan for your particular size. -Measure your bathroom width. If your bathroom is square shaped, the length and the width will be the same. If your bathroom is rectangular, measure one of the short walls to find this measurement. -Measure from the floor to the ceiling in your bathroom to find the height.4 -Multiply the three measurements to get the volume of the room. Divide the volume of your bathroom by 7.5. The represents the minimum CFM rating for any bathroom fan you purchase. Look on the box of a bathroom fan to find its CFM rating. Purchase a fan with a CFM rating that is at least as high as the number you calculated.

THE ADVOCATE May 12, 2011

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Mrs. Esther Bayla Schwarz’s  

Sunday morning class in  



Mrs. Esther Bayla Schwarz 

May 8, 15, 22, 29;   June 12, 19, 26. 

Thursday mornings:  May 12, 19, 26;   June 2, 16, 23, 30. 

from 10:30 ‐ 11:30 a.m.

1st class: 9:30 a.m.       2nd class: 11:00 a.m.

Ongoing: Tuesday mornings 11:00 ‐ 12:00. Beginning May 3. 

INSIGHTS INTO SEFER MISHLAY  Instructor:  Rabbi Label Lam 

There’s nothing  like  it  ‐  anywhere!  Rabbi  Lam’s  unique  blend  of  stories,  humor,  insight  &  inspiration is simply indescribable. You just have to come...see...and hear for yourself.           Join  us  ‐  once  ‐  on  a  Tuesday  morning  at  JEP,  and  we  think  you’ll  be  there  every  Tuesday  after that.

Ongoing: Tuesday mornings 9:30 ‐ 10:30 a.m. Beginning May 3. 

Relationships & Personal Growth  Instructor: Rabbi Doniel Frank 

Informal, informative,  and  imminently  practical,  the  focus  here  is  to  provide  insights  and  develop skills you can apply in all manner of home, in the classroom, workplace,  or on the street.     Here  is  a  wonderful  opportunity  to  enhance  the  quality  of  your  own  life,  and  the  lives  of  those around you.   Please Note: Class schedules are sometimes subject to change. Therefore, please call in advance to find out if there are any changes in the times listed above. All classes take place at the JEWISH EDUCATION PROGRAM

Monsey Family Medical Center 40 Robert Pitt Dr., Monsey, NY 10952 845.352.6800

Ben Gilman Spring Valley

Family Medical Center 175 Rt. 59 Spring Valley, NY 10977 845.426.5800

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FOR SALE 2 plaid sofas, 2 white formica end tables 1 TV/audio wall unit 1 Glass and gold colored metal wall unit Call for info: 845-634-8787 or 845-323-9387

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We start with design • Continue with quality • End with satisfaction!



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Bruchy Mayers Small Childbirth Class will leave you feeling confident and ready for birth.


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CALL NOW for The Best Fine Art Classes In Rockland. Classical teaching method, ALL students are taught to paint on a personal level to make your art your own. You want to do it but have various excuses not to take time for yourself. NOW is the time and my unique studio is the place. Classes ongoing, all levels, references available from happy, creative students.


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(near the Monsey Medical Center)




Kagan Realty

Looking to buy or sell-? Give the Kagan Team a call -Rivky Kagan 845.659.2056 Yaakov Miller 914.414.3619 Kagan Realty

At a fraction of the original price! 40 Robert Pitt Dr.

(917) 776 – 8542


Value is in the land, over a half an acre. For more info please call Rivky Kagan 845.659.2056.

Good Wood has quality pre-owned furniture at great prices

Private Classes are available Call now and join our class!

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‫ךילנעזרעפ רעסענזיב ןעכוזאב ךרוד‬, ‫ןעק רעדא‬ ‫יד ףיוא ןאפעלעט ן'כרוד זיוה ןופ ןהוט סע ןעמ‬ ‫טייצ ענעגייא‬, ‫ןאפעלעט עמענעגנא ןא ןעבאה זומ ןעמ‬ ‫עיצאקינוימאק‬, ‫!הסנרפ ןייש ןעכאמ וצ קשח א ןוא‬ ‫טריסערעניא טנעז ריא ביוא‬, ‫וצ ךיז טדניבראפ עטיב‬

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TAXI AVAILABLE Cheapest In Town Mini Vans Available Pay after Shabbos or Yom Tov 24 hour service Local or Long Distance


Herb and Flower Gardens This summer make your home or yard a little bit more special with some herbs. tasty, fragrant, and cheap. call 914-419-6717 and start growing today!


Local and Long Distance Service 15 Passenger Van, Minivan, Town Car $7 Monsey to 222 Rt. 59, Suffern - $9 Monsey to Good Sam Hospital $11 Monsey to Palisades Mall - $14Monsey to Nyack Hospital $5 Monsey to College Road

Pay after Shabbos or Yom Tov 845-356-2602

To place a classified ad please call 845.770.1950 or E-mail

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