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Merry Christmas


According to Journal of Happiness Studies, An Interdisciplinary Forum on Subjective Well-Being; Despite the importance of Christmas within many cultures, research has not examined the types of experiences and activities that are associated with holiday well-being.

They asked 117 individuals, ranging in age from 18 to 80,to answer questions about their satisfaction, stress, and emotional state during the Christmas season, as well as questions about their experiences, use of money, and consumption behaviors.



Sunday, Council Member James Vacca will join the Edgewater Park Ladies Auxiliary to host a coat drive at the Edgewater Park Firehouse. Donations of gently used coats will be accepted from 10 AM to 1 PM. Vacca will be on hand starting at 12:30 PM. All donated coats will benefit homeless families living at St. Peter’s Shelter.

WHO: Councilman Vacca, Edgewater Park Ladies Auxiliary, community members

WHAT: Coat drive for those in need

WHEN: Sunday, 11/ 6, 2011 @ 10 AM to 1 PM (Media availability at 12:30 PM)

2016 Peace Prize


There were a few notable surprises in these announcements this year. Alfred Bernhard Nobel was born on 21 October 1833 – and died 10 December 1896. He was a Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist.

Nobel was best nown for inventing dynamite, Nobel also owned Bofors, which he had redirected from its previous role as primarily an iron and steel producer to a major manufacturer of cannon and other armaments. Nobel held 355 different patents, dynamite being the most famous.



Many common food items have been scientifically shown to increase cancer risk, and some of them substantially. Here are the most unhealthy, cancer-causing foods that you should stay away from:

Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)



We're not suggesting you send your partner a Valentine’s Day cards, or bring candy or flowers each and every day. We're suggesting that it’s easy for couples to develop some habits which may undermine their relationship, especially when children enter the picture. Facts and figures indicate that around two-thirds of couples see the quality of their relationship lower within a few years after a child arrives. Here are some key suggestions to help improve that sought after ambiance.



For Christians everywhere, Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday.

Many celebrate the first joy of the season, Jesus's triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, where he was welcomed by crowds worshiping him and laying down palm leaves before him.

It also marks the beginning of Holy Week, with the greatest tragedy and sorrow of the year.

Rally to Protest Proposed Beacon Cuts


Vital Childcare, After-school, and Adult Program Slated to Close June 30th

On Monday April 16, Council Member James Vacca will join community and school leaders at the I.S. 192 Piagentini and Jones Beacon Campus to protest the proposed Department of Youth and Community Development cuts to vital city after-school programs.



The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance in Partnership with the Harlem School of the Arts

Presents PUEBLO HARLEM Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Familia, Comunidad y Artes/Family, Community and the Arts

SEPTEMBER 20, 2014, 11 am – 7 pm FREE ADMISSION

UN Prioritizes Journalist Security


Two reports on attacks against the press, presented at the United Nations Human Rights Council, rely a great deal on CPJ research and bring unprecedented international attention to how anti-press violence imperils our collective right to information.



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.