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SENDING OUT AN SOS

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SOS stands for Summer Outing Spectacle. This has been a splendid summer, but too short in my opinion.
However, this weekend weather could not be better in NYC. I hope someone get my message in the bottle.

Although technically there are a couple of weeks left before Fall officially arrives, Labor Day Weekend signals the end of Summer. However, Summer is not over yet and we've got weeks left until September 22, which is the last official day of the season. Everyone, please, stop the rush to Autumn. In case you are counting the hours, here is the official timekeeper.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

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Concerned citizens all over America are taking to the streets tonight during National Night Out. It is a national effort to help battle crime and take back our neighborhoods.

There are events are being held across this country, including one at the Metropolitan Oval where Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to be in attendance.

Police officials say National Night Out is a unique opportunity for them to connect with the community and send a strong message that residents are going to stand up against crime and violence.

ONLY 6 WEEKS?

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Americans have been given six extra weeks to buy health coverage before facing a government penalty.

Those who buy health insurance through their new online marketplaces now have an extra six weeks to obtain required coverage before they incur a penalty.

This last minute announcement means that those who purchase coverage through the exchange will now have until March 31 to sign up for a specific plan, according to US Department of Health and Human Services.

Apple Eco-Friendly Cleaning

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Apple Eco-Friendly Cleaning

Apple Eco-Friendly was founded by a group of low-income NYC women workers, who against odds have developed a way to organize themselves in the quest for a better job, better treatment and eventually a better quality of life.

Their unique green cleaning business model is based on social responsibility, environmental justice, and collective ownership.
In order to achieve their mission; empower women day laborers to gain a voice at the workplace and create democratic economic alternatives, they focus on four core pillars.

PRIVACY PROTECTION

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The FCC is reviewing steps towards protecting the privacy of customers of broadband and other telecommunications services. There currently is an open proceeding about this matter: Docket 16-106.

You may wish to add public comments to this proceeding's record.

If so, you can search for the proceeding and submit your comments through this portal:

http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs

https://www.fcc.gov/proceedings-actions

City Island Images - Updated and Upgraded

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So far this year, City Island Images seems to be a lightning rod for gossip and news developments. We have heard from professional journalists and local citizens alike. People like to talk, and it appears to cimages.me that most feel like it is much easier to talk about others than it is to talk about yourself.

Within days of returning to City Island following a trip out of town, we were advised of several developments and news stories:

MORE THAN A FOOT OF SNOW

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Some weather forecasters are walking a fine line and predicting between 12 to as much as 14 inches of snow in New York City and portions of the region after the storm slammed the the Southeast and is getting closer.

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EST FRIDAY...

* LOCATIONS...HUDSON...SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER...NEW YORK...BRONX...
RICHMOND...KINGS...NORTHERN QUEENS...SOUTHERN QUEENS.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 8 TO 12 INCHES.

* WINDS...NORTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...LOWER 30S.

US Loves Ricky

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On the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary television pioneer Desi Arnaz March 2, 1917, we celebrate a TV icon who not only co-starred in my favorite comedy of all time, I Love Lucy, but the Cuban-born immigrant was one of the most important behind-the-scenes figures in the history of broadcasting.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT - WORDS OF WISDOM

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Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

FREE FISHING WEEKEND

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Free Fishing Weekend
June 28-29, 2014

During the last weekend in June, anyone can fish the fresh or marine waters of New York State and no license is required!
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Try fishing for the first time.

Haven't fished in a while? Remember the joy of catching a fish again for free!

Become an ambassador to the sport; take a friend fishing for the first time.

Invite a friend to New York to fish.

Take a spouse or significant other fishing.

Take the family fishing...and don't forget the grandparents!

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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.