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2014 NEWS TRIBUTE

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For the new year 2014, City Island Images wishes to pay tribute to journalists and newspaper delivery persons. Working long hours, they write, report, or deliver the first draft of history aka the morning paper.

These public servants profile people in trouble, building on fire, and many other irregularities. They have a history of saving lives, protecting property and avoiding mayhem throughout the years.

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

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Mothers Day exists as a result of a daughter's determination. Anna Jarvis wanted to pay tribute to her mother, Mrs Anna M Jarvis and all other mothers of the world. But please, no flowers or presents.

Jarvis dedicated her life to fulfill her mothers dream of the recognition of day for honoring mothers. She was never a mother, but The Mother of all of Mother's Day, is a fitting title to define the remarkable woman's ceaseless devotion to her mother and motherhood in general.

A LARGER AND LESS EQUAL HUMANITY

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Is it lucky seven? Not actually, we are now more than seven billion people and the population on earth grows by roughly the size of the population of USA every three years, but ninety percent of the growth is in developing counties.

The global population has passed 7 billion and the challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment. It also offers a rare call-to-action to renew the global commitment for a healthy and sustainable world for all.

BIKING NYC

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Biking is a great way to see the city. It's good exercise, easy on the wallet and good for the environment.

It's even more fun to ride if you know where to go, where to find a good bike shop and how to connect with local riders. A city’s bicycle community can point you in the right direction for the type of riding you like.

Ir was in June of 2009 when the city reached its ambitious goal of building 200 bike-lane miles in all five boroughs. In just three years, it nearly doubled the citywide on-street bike network while reshaping the city's streets to make them safer for everyone.

RIP Madeline Provenzano

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City Images mourns the passing of former NYC Council Member Madeline Provenzano. Madeline was The Bronx district's first female Council Member. She was kind, passionate, independently fierce, and cared deeply about The Bronx, NYC.

I first met Madeline Provenzano when I moved to City Island to launch News 12 The Bronx and her friendship, insights, help and advice were always appreciated. May God bless her family during this difficult time.

WELL BEING SURVEY

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Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has announced the release of the results of his office’s first-ever “Well Being Survey.” The survey, which was conducted between late August and the end of October, was designed to measure the opinions of Bronx residents and those who work in the Bronx on a variety of issues that impact their communities.

Approximately 1,900 individuals took part in the survey, which was available both online and in print at a wide variety of locations across the borough. Of that number 92.6 percent, or more than 1,750 individuals, live in the Bronx.

Saved Lehman High School

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NYC Council member Jimmy Vacca says he has been officially advised that Lehman High School has now been taken off the closure list by the Department of Education.

Vacca says "This is once again a major victory for our community"

http://www.lehmanhs.com

EASTER SUNDAY

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Easter Sunday is one of the most festive events among Christians worldwide. It commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death, as written in The Bible.

Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus' resurrection and many Christians worldwide celebrate Easter with special church services, music, candlelight, flowers and the ringing of church bells. Easter Sunday is sort of like the Super Bowl for preachers.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT - WORDS OF WISDOM

Idea

" No great man ever complains of want of opportunities."

ELECTION = DEMOCRACY?

Idea

If elected officials refuse to be accountable for all their actions, then democracy seizes to exist and the entire system collapses and dies.

If democracy breaks down, elected representative can easily transform him, or herself into a despot. History has examples of democratically elected leaders who evolved into tyrants. Here are three instances in Asia, Africa and Europe.

Ferdinand Marcos - He was first elected as an idolized figure of the resistance against the Japanese in WWII. When he was ousted in 1986, his government was synonymous with corruption and repression.

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SPEAK UP AND SILENCE CENSORSHIP

The definition of censorship is the control of information and ideas circulated within a society. In the 20th Century, censorship was achieved through the examination of books, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other forms of communication for the purpose of altering or suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive. The rationales for censorship have varied, with some censors targeting material considered indecent or obscene; heretical or blasphemous; or seditious or treasonous. Thus, ideas have been suppressed under the guise of protecting basic social institutions: Family, Church, and State.

To understand censorship, and the impulse to censor, it is necessary to strip away the shock epithet value that is attached to the word at first utterance. One must recognize that censorship and the ideology supporting it go back to ancient times, and that every society has had customs, taboos, or laws by which speech, dress, religious observance, and sexual expression were regulated.

In Athens, where democracy first emerged, censorship was known as a means of enforcing the orthodoxy. Indeed, Plato was the first recorded thinker to formulate a rationale for intellectual, religious, and artistic censorship. In his ideal state outlined in The Republic, official censors would prohibit mothers and nurses from relating tales deemed bad or evil. Plato also proposed that unorthodox notions about God or the hereafter be treated as crimes and that formal procedures be established to suppress heresy. Freedom of speech in Ancient Rome was reserved for those in positions of authority...etc.