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Oh Zone

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Ozone season is here once again, and it presents a health hazard to all New Yorkers. Ground level ozone is a harmful pollutant and the main ingredient of “smog”. It forms on hot, sunny days when pollution reacts with sunlight. Ground level ozone can be especially bad for sensitive groups: children, elderly, and those with heart or lung problems. Plants are also at risk for damage from ozone, both directly and indirectly.

There are several things you can do to help reduce ground-level ozone:

Use public transportation. Ride a bike, a train or a bus.

Take a Tropical Journey

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Beginning on 1/ 21– 2/ 26 - 2012

Visitors to The New York Botanical Garden this winter can escape to Caribbean Garden, a look at the tropical trees, flowers, and foliage, including orange-yellow crotons, fuschia bromeliads, and rosy red hibiscus, in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory’s permanent collection. Through self-guided strolls, use of free audio tours (including a new virtual tour, “The Beauty of the Caribbean”), or participation in docent-led tours of the Conservatory, visitors can encounter many surprises in the largest Victorian-style glasshouse in the country. Visitors can also enjoy a display of photos from the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition and partake in salsa and photography lessons on weekends. Children can participate in a scavenger hunt that begins in the Conservatory.

POLAR BEARS ALL

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Pelham Bay Park General Manager Marianne Anderson tells City Island Images that if this looks like fun, then come on...

But another possibility of snow and freezing winds will keep us from joining this group, but will not stop these fanatics. In fact, it will bring out the best in Bronx Polar Bears Club this Saturday.

For additional information, please contact the park directly.

http://www.nycgovparks.org/

Here's a flyer and photo of these brave, or nutty souls.

Making Pelham Bay Park Accessible To All

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‘POND WALK’ - An accessible path and viewing platform that will provide an opportunity for children of all abilities to get in touch with nature through play and exploration at the edge of a pond in Pelham Bay Park's Playground for All Children.

Thursday, March 22
6 pm – 8 pm
Pelham-Split Rock Golf Clubhouse
Shore Road, Bronx, NY

Celebrate Spring and help raise funds for an accessible viewing platform and play piece, encouraging children of varying abilities to connect with nature in fun and intimate ways.

NYC POOLS OPEN

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NYC Politicians, public servants and neighborhood children celebrate the opening day of the citywide outdoor pool season today.

All 55 outdoor pools in the City open to the public beginning today and they will close on Labor Day – Monday, September 1. Daily hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week.

There will also be a ribbon cutting celebration on a new $1.6 million spray shower. This

Beach Quality and Safety

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The 2012 Beach Season begins Saturday May 26th and since New York City’s beaches are a favorite recreation destination, the Health Department provides the latest water quality information to ensure that your trip to the beach will be a safe and healthy one. Water quality conditions are analyzed on a regular basis and beaches are classified as either "Open for Swimming," "Under Advisory," or "Closed – Temporarily Restricted for Bathing." If there are advisories due to wet weather conditions or increased pollution levels, they will be available here or by calling 311.

Catalonia Defies Spain

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The president of Spain's powerful northeastern region of Catalonia is calling for an independence referendum. This is the latest secession push in Europe and one of the most serious challenges to the Spanish state in recent years.

Journalist Justine Demirkol Maldonado, who now lives in Bercelona tells City Images "I think it's a far shot, especially after Scotland but the nationalistic sentiment sure makes waves."

Check out this amazing video to see the demonstrations they had on Sept. 11 supporting independence:

CITY ISLAND LIBRARY PROGRAMS - SEPTEMBER

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Serving The City Island Community & the Public Since 1911—101 years

Our hours are: Mondays and Thursdays 11 AM-7 PM

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11 AM- 6 PM

Fridays and Saturdays 10 AM-5 PM

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS- SEPTEMBER 2012

Read Aloud Story Time Read aloud picture books: Every Thursday, at 3:30 P.M. Ages 4-10.

BILINGUAL BIRDIES Tuesday September 4th, October 2nd and November 6th at 11:00 AM, Newborn to 5 years.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: Please check our fliers or call for any special children’s programs for the month of Sept.

DO NOT CALL

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If you are like most people who regularly receive Robo-calls, or from people trying to sell or ask for money, The National Do Not Call Registry gives you an opportunity to limit all those telemarketing calls.

Once you register your phone number, telemarketers covered by the National Do Not Call Registry have up to 31 days from the date you register to stop calling you.

www.ftc.gov/bcp/rulemaking/tsr/tsrrulemaking/index.htm

1-888-382-1222

Help bury Wayne Cochrane

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If you are a City Islander, you probably ran across Wayne Cochrane. He was one of our elderly neighbor and a friend. Yo may recall that he enjoyed visiting the Post Office.

He passed away 2/19/2013. At this time his body still lies in the morgue. His friends are taking care of the cat who gave him so much pleasure. Unfortunately, his tiny house caught fire on 12/6/12 and he received second degree burns. Wayne was in the hospital and then rehab.We took him to his various doctor appointments, did shopping for him took care of his basic needs as best we could.

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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.