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STREET PEACE

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On Saturday, September 17, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., together with members of the Bronx Clergy Task Force as well as elected officials and local community leaders, will bring his office’s “Peace in Our Streets” initiative to the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx.

IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP

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Remember when you could fall asleep as soon as your head hit the pillow and not wake up until the alarm went off?

As we get older, it becomes a little harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. But although our sleep patterns change, our need for sleep doesn’t. Just like diet and exercise, a good night’s sleep is essential for your good health, for keeping you alert and energetic, and for building your body’s defenses against infection, chronic illness, and even heart disease.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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We enter the new year with words of wisdom from an old philosopher.

Socrates was born 470 BC, in Athens, Greece. We know of his life through the writings of Plato. His "Socratic method," laid the groundwork for Western systems of logic and philosophy. When the political climate of Greece turned, Socrates was sentenced to death by hemlock poisoning in 399 BC. He accepted this judgment rather than fleeing into exile.

THANKSGIVING

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TIME TO BE THANKFUL

Be thankful that we don't already have
everything we desire. If we did, then
what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when we don't know everything,
for it gives us the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for those difficult times.
During these we can grow.

Be thankful for our limitations,
because they give us ample
opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for challenges,
because it will build our
strength and character.

Be thankful for all our mistakes.
They will teach us valuable lessons.

LATINO / HISPANO * Señor Presidente?

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What do William Blaine Richardson III and Benjamin "Ben" Fernandez have in common? They were trailblazers.
The first two Hispanics to run for President of The United States of America. Richardson in 2008 and Fernandez in 1980. Today, America made political history with 2 Latinos running for President. US Senators Cruz and Rubio

BRONX SPEAK UP

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Lehman College hosted the 18th Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up! -
Green Spaces for All Generations, with presentation from Bronx Parks Commissioner.

Also in attendance were were representatives from Energy Efficiency - IOBY
Harlem River Working Group - Friends of Pelham Park -Shape Up NY.

The workshops held included:
Rain Water Harvesting
Organic Growing Techniques
Worm Bins Made Easy (composting)

Panel Discussion
Sustainable/Green Community Development

The attendees learned all about the resources for community groups, educational opportunities and volunteerism.

CIMAGES' SOTO BRONX VOLUNTEER FIRST RUNNER UP

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Despite a very active race, Roberto Soto, Executive Editor and Publisher of City Island Images did not lead with the top popular vote count this year. However, he did finish in second place.

The 400 + votes http://cimages.me received are a true testament to the value the City Island Images 24 hour news and information service has had to our online community.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS & EVENTS

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Event: Retirement Issues 2012
When: June 10-13, 2012 (Deadline: April 30)
Where: Washington, D.C.

Oh No... Not Again!

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What ever happened to reflecting the audience you serve? The three major TV networks may have decided to deny diversity dictates from multicultural and gender equality efforts. All three network news anchors are once again white men.

FUTURE OF AMERICAN TV

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The majority US households are PAY-TV subscribers, according to new consumer research from Leichtman Research Group, which finds that about 83% of all households nationwide subscribe to some form of pay-TV service. The percentage of households that subscribe to a pay-TV service is down from 87% in 2010, but up from 81% in 2005.

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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.