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ALCOHOL IS A DRUG

Problem

Dangers of Drinking

Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for too many Americans.
Alcohol-related car crashes are the number one killer in the United States.
Alcohol is the number one drug problem in America.

If you think it can't happen to you, look around. Check the stats for the last ten years. How many were related to an individual who was killed in a drunk driving crash?

Ask your friends how many people they know who have had bad things happen to them when they or someone else was drinking.

CUBA SEA, YANKEE DOUGH

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US government has approved the first ferry service in decades between the United States and Cuba, opening a new path for the hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of millions of dollars in goods that travel between US and Cuba. The New York metropolitan area has the second largest Cuban-American population in the United States, second to Miami.

Baja Ferries received a license from the U.S. Treasury Department, along with Havana Ferry Partners, United Caribbean Lines and Airline Brokers. However, there is no announcement from officials in Cuba.

Meet Our Public Representatives

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Jimmy Vacca is a life-long resident of the Bronx. He was born and raised in nearby Pelham Bay and educated in the New York City public school system, where he attended P.S. 71, J.H.S. 101, and then Christopher Columbus High School. Jimmy earned his bachelors degree from the State University of New York, and a Masters degree in Urban Studies from CUNY Queens College.

Healthcare Justice Forum

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Please join the New York State Nurses Association, Physicians for a National Health Program and Bronx Health REACH on July 29th at 6pm for a discussion about ways the community can come together and join the fight for healthcare justice. The panel will take place in the 4th floor auditorium of Jacobi Hospital, Building 1.

Mexicans Leaving US

Issue

More Mexican immigrants have returned to Mexico from the U.S. than have migrated here since the end of the Great Recession, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of newly available government data from both countries.

The same data sources also show the overall flow of Mexican immigrants between the two countries is at its smallest since the 1990s, mostly due to a drop in the number of Mexican immigrants coming to the U.S.

PARKS PEOPLE

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Adrian Benepe, Commissioner
Appointed January 25, 2002
Manhattan Borough Commissioner (1996-2001)
Tel: (212) 360-1305, Fax: (212) 360-1345

Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner
Appointed February 13, 2002
Tel: (212) 360-1307

Larry Scott Blackmon, Deputy Commissioner, Community Outreach
Appointed February 16, 2010
Tel: (212) 360-3484

Therese Braddick, Deputy Commissioner, Capital Projects
Appointed July 18, 2008
Tel: (718) 760-6602

Robert L. Garafola, Deputy Commissioner, Management and Budget
Appointed February 14, 1986. Re-appointed March 14, 2002

CRISIS IN AFRICA

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City Island Images wants to reach out and give you a heads up about a special event tomorrow with USAID and the White House.

As you may know, over 13.3 million people are in crisis in the Horn of Africa. To raise awareness, USAID and the Ad Council will launch the FWD campaign. FWD stands for Famine, War, and Drought, the three crises affecting the Horn right now. We’re hoping that you’ll take a look at www.usaid.gov/FWD, read the facts, and simply share them with the people you know so that this tragedy no longer goes overlooked.

CITY ISLAND CIVIC MEETING

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The last meeting for this year of The City Island Civic Association will take place tomorrow at The Fordham St. Community Center.

GPS

Solution

Remember pulling over to check a map, or ask for directions? No way, no how, no more. Global Positioning Systems allow us to drive anywhere and without planning a trip. Some say they make us dumb robots, others can't live without the.

Veering off the beaten path (aka going GPS-free) can improve your geographic knowledge. http://bit.ly/2bf9dAU

http://www.gps.gov/

Best GPS Buying Guide - Consumer Reports http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/gps/buying-guide.htm

UN for International Day of Happiness

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http://24hoursofhappy.com/ Following his Academy Awards performance of his Oscar-nominated hit “Happy”, Pharrell Williams is partnering with the United Nations Foundation to promote the annual International Day of Happiness, Thursday, March 20.

“Happy,” is featured on the film Despicable Me 2 and has become an international phenomenon reaching #1 in more than 75 countries. Happy people from Toronto to Ireland have edited dance videos to the catchy song and posted them on YouTube.

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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.