SEVERE WEATHER WARNING

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STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL IMPACT NEW YORK CITY... NORTHERN NASSAU...SOUTHEASTERN BERGEN AND SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER COUNTIES...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR IS TRACKING STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM YONKERS TO BATTERY PARK...OR ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM YONKERS TO JERSEY CITY...AND MOVING EAST AT 20 MPH. SMALL HAIL...AND WINDS UP TO 45 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH THESE STORMS.

LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES NUMBER ONE KILLERS. REMEMBER...IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER... YOU"RE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. MOVE TO SAFE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

NYC BLUES

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There are persistent differences in self-reported subjective well-being across U.S. metropolitan areas, and residents of declining cities appear less happy than other Americans.

Newer residents of these cities appear to be as unhappy as longer term residents, and yet some people continue to move to these areas. While the historical data on happiness are limited, the available facts suggest that cities that are now declining were also unhappy in their more prosperous past.

CITY ISLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

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PROGRAMS AT THE CITY ISLAND LIBRARY - AUGUST 2014 718-885-1703 Serving Since 1911

Monday, Thursday 11 AM-7 P Tuesday, Wednesday 11 A- 6 P Fridays and Saturdays 10 A-5 P

AUGUST CHILDREN’S and TEEN’s PROGRAMS

Summer Arts & Crafts: We will supply the scissors, glue and construction paper, please bring your own imagination and artistic flair as we make arts and crafts to celebrate summertime. Friday, August 22nd, All Day.

Bilingual Birdies: Every Friday at 11:00 a.m. for the whole summer. August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.

GAZA WAR CRIMES

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At least 657 Palestinians and 31 Israelis have been killed so far during the during the two week conflict, including 147 children and 74 women.

United Nations human rights officials have warned both sides not indiscriminately attack civilians, and added that these violations may amount to war crimes.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday around three-quarters of those killed in the Gaza Strip were civilians and thousands more have been injured.

THE ROYAL ONE

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Guess who turns one year old today? The future king of England. Prince George of Cambridge.

Britain's Prince George is watching everyone celebrate his birthday amid a media frenzy that involves glossy specials, a commemorative coin, and they've even coined a new word "Georgeous" to describe him.

BBC News - Birthday celebrations for Prince George http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28415752

He is the fresh prince People talk about: Prince George's Wacky Gifts: From a Baby Crocodile to a Field of Flowers http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20395222_20836343,00.html via @PeopleMag

VOTES ARE NOT US

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Way too many US voters are staying home and choosing not to cast their ballots. Why have more than half the states holding primary elections seen record-low turnouts?

Total number of Americans eligible to vote 206,072,000
Total number of Americans registered to vote 146,311,000
Total number of Americans who voted in the 2012 Presidential election 131,144,000

According to Pew researchers, US partisan polarization is the vast and growing gap between Republicans and Democrats and is a defining feature of politics today.

DO YOU WANT TO BUY A BRIDGE?

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Is buying a bridge is on your bucket list? Lets face it, this is not on most to-do lists, but anyone seeking a historic span need look no further. Do we have a deal for you.

Would you like to purchase a bridge? http://reut.rs/1nuYdRj

This Week in Her and History

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This Week in History, Jul 20 - Jul 26

Jul 20, 1969
Armstrong walks on moon. At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon. The American effort to send astronauts to the moon has its origins in a famous appeal President John F. Kennedy made to a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: "I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth." At the time, the United States was still trailing the Soviet Union in space developments, and Cold War-era America welcomed Kennedy's bold proposal.

Jul 21, 1861
The First Battle of Bull Run. In the first major land battle of the Civil War, a large Union force under General Irvin McDowell is routed by a Confederate army under General Pierre G.T. Beauregard. Three months after the Civil War erupted at Fort Sumter, Union military command still believed that the Confederacy could be crushed quickly and with little loss of life. In July, this overconfidence led to a premature offensive into northern Virginia by General McDowell. Searching out the Confederate forces, McDowell led 34,000 troops--mostly inexperienced and poorly trained militiamen--toward the railroad junction of Manassas, located just 30 miles from Washington, D.C. Alerted to the Union advance, General Beauregard massed some 20,000 troops there and was soon joined by General Joseph Johnston, who brought some 9,000 more troops by railroad.

HARLEM OPERA NIGHT

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Approximately 100 locals turned out to the Harlem Yacht Club to watch this lovely sunset and attend Opera nigh on City Island. These folks enjoyed an eclectic evening of fine music and memories that will last forever.

Star, diva and soprano Melissa Primavera, who will soon be traveling to Europe after performing the role of Clotilde in Bellini’s Norma for St. Petersburg Opera was joined by City Island's Freddie Lando for an evening of opera classics and Broadway favorites.

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