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GIVE TO THE AMERICAN RED CROSS

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Over the past several days, 95 confirmed tornadoes and violent storms have ripped through 11 Midwestern and Southern states, leaving a path of destruction and fatalities, as well as dozens of communities without power, food and water.

If you or someone you know were affected by these storms, please reach out to American Red Cross now. Here are ways that you can get help now.

VETERANS' ADVOCATE

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On this Memorial Day, City Island Images wishes to pay special tribute to a local veteran who tirelessly volunteers much of his time to assist The NYC Mayors Office with providing dignified military burials to indigent veterans, who have family members.

James Mullarky serves as NY State Commander of the Catholic War Veterans and as an active veterans advocate, he actively lobbies government officials to fill out the paperwork so that deserving veterans may receive their distinguished service awards, although sometimes posthumously.

2 WEEKS LEFT TO VOTE

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It's in your hands... There are only 14 More Days of Voting... That's just two weeks!

City Island Nautical Museum is one of 40 NYC sites selected for the Partners in Preservation initiative program that raises awareness of historic preservation by involving the public in distributing grants.

City Islanders and friends should continue being steadfast and keeping City Island Historical Society and Nautical Museum in consideration. The voting appears to be relatively stable and not too much movement. Could it be the calm before the storm?

Outstanding Hispanic Student

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The first recipient of The College of New Rochelle’s Mariano Rivera Scholarship has been announced. Tiffany Tavarez, a resident of the Bronx, was selected to receive the scholarship for being an outstanding Hispanic woman who has achieved academic excellence while being actively involved in her church and community.

While at the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, Tavarez performed well in her academic studies and was active in many church and community service projects.

Hell Freezes Over?

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It's going to get cold and I am not just talking about the cold shoulders the Democrats will be feeling in halls of Congress this week. Reach out to your US Representative and insist that they do some work, not like the last two sessions of US Congress. If you're not sure of your congressional district, or who your member is? This service will assist you by matching your ZIP code to your congressional district, with links to your member's website and contact page. http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Save the Putnam Trail

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The NYC Parks Dept blatantly lied to the community regarding its plans for the Putnam Trail project in the Bronx. It makes those who stand by and allow these lies to continue complicit in the lies.

The NYC Parks Dept told the community that:

1. A stone dust Putnam Trail would NOT be wheelchair accessible or meet the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act.
This statement is completely false. A stone dust trail totally adheres to ADA guidelines and is wheelchair accessible

Free Mammograms

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In partnership with American Italian Cancer Foundation NYC Councilmen Jimmy Vacca is offering a free service tomorrow, Thursday, February 7th at 10:00 A.M.

James Vacca will join representatives of the American Italian Cancer Foundation, as well as constituents, as he once again welcomes the Mammogram Van back to the district.

The van, which is a partnership with the American Italian Cancer Foundation, has visited the district every February for the last six years to offer free mammograms to women of the Bronx over the age of 40.

AIR POLLUTION CAUSES BRIAN DAMAGE

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Investigators from the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have published their findings in the journal Stroke.

Exposure to elevated levels of air pollution was associated with smaller total cerebral brain volume, a marker of age-associated brain atrophy, and with higher odds of covert brain infarcts.

These scientific findings suggest that air pollution is associated with insidious effects on structural brain aging even in dementia- and stroke-free persons.

NY Botanical Garden Tours

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THE Secret Garden offers a stroll through the New York Botanical Garden, which has two daily tours throughout its 250 acres. Take an in-depth look at places like the Perennial Garden, Conservatory, and old-growth forest. Free with admission. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. New York Botanical Garden, 200th St. and Kazimiroff Blvd., Bronx. (718) 817-8700.

Online polling is power to the people

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Polls can be inaccurate and all include a margin of error. We must also keep in mind that polling organizations that track elections do not always identify the wave that leads to strong majorities in voter turnouts.

What is the future for election polling? There isn’t a clear answer that includes a sure fire solution. The present system is broken and no one has yet figured out how to fix it. Political polling has progressively gotten less accurate as a result, and it’s not going to be repaired in time for the 2016 VOTE.

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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.