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Minimum Wage Increases


This year, there are 20 states, plus Washington, DC all across the US, which have increased their workers' minimum wage. In other words, 3 million employees are receiving a salary increase.

Therefore, this year 29 states will have a higher minimum wage than the federal minimum wage, which is still $7.25 an hour.

These city and state-led reforms are mounting pressure on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, but Congress does not always follow the will of the people, so don't hold your breath, because we're not there yet.

Drinking, Smoking, and Quitting


Addiction can be devastating. Recent scientific advances have shaped our understanding of this common and complex problem. The good news is that there are a number of effective treatments for addiction, including self-help strategies, psychotherapy, medications, and rehabilitation programs.



Russia and France and other countries are commemorating the massacre 100 years ago by Ottoman Turks.

Comcast decides not to buy Time Warner Cable. A $45 billion proposal deal between the largest cable companies.

Tonight on ABC at 9 P Bruce Jenner spills the beans to Diane Sawyer during an exclusive interview.

Hubble telescope's story went from national disgrace-to treasure. Its the 25th anniversary of its launch into orbit.


Big Apple Residents Do Not Like To Read


According to a new study, New Yorkers don’t Like to read. This shocking information has been compiled by, which sorted through purchases made on their site and came up with the top 20 most well-read cities. The study took into account book, magazine and newspaper sales – in print and Kindle format since be beginning of 2011.

According to these questionable figures, Cambridge, Massachusetts has the most readers and a lot of Amazon shoppers because it is listed as number one. Believe it or not, New York City didn’t even make that top 20 list.

New Yorkers have plenty of independent bookstores to shop at in our concrete jungle. We don’t need AMAZON.
If you still want to look at that list, which does not include NYC...

Latinos 50, New American Vanguard


Given Corporate America's ongoing obsession with the Youth and Millennials, this has been an appealing selling point that many have used to gain the commitment of marketers and secure marketing budgets. While true, the tide has officially turned and the 50+ segment of the Hispanic market gained some much-deserved attention at two concurrent, high profile industry forums.

The presentation highlighted several demographic updates and provided compelling insights to demonstrate why marketers should care about Hispanics 50+. These included:



Climate Change:

The Earth's climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events—like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures—are already affecting society and ecosystems. Scientists are confident that many of the observed changes in the climate can be linked to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, caused largely by people burning fossil fuels to generate electricity, heat and cool buildings, and power vehicles.

Individual Rights:

Freedom is not a product of historical destiny, divine intervention or happy accident. Freedom is an intellectual achievement that depends on the vital concept of individual rights.

The right to life is the only fundamental right. It is the moral entitlement to engage in every type of action objectively necessary to sustain a human life. All other rights—including property rights, without which no other rights can exist—are implications of this bedrock right.

A New and Improved PS 175


When City Island school children return to classes next month, they will enter a refurbished school building with new windows and interior walls. The city has contracted Inovax Pilar to complete this massive project.

Focal Point


Focal Point Gallery
321 City Island Ave.
Bronx NY 10464
718 885-1403
Ron Terner

Calendar of Exhibitions

November 4th - November 30th
Artist's Choice
opening reception
Friday, November 4th, 7pm - 10pm

December 2nd - December 31st
Artist's Choice
opening reception
Friday, December 2nd 7pm - 10pm

If you are an artist and would like to take part in the above exhibitions
call: (718) 885-1403 to make an appointment to bring in your work.
All work has to framed and ready to hang.



Have you checked out C-SPAN Bell Ringers? The website features video clips of C-SPAN programming, separated into twelve categories.

Each Bell Ringer contains a brief summary, and will connect you with real world examples of civics in action!

View the complete list of Bell Ringers here:

New York Drought?


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a drought watch for the entire state of New York following consultation with the State Drought Management Task Force and Federal partner agencies.

"While most public water supplies are still generally normal throughout the state, below normal precipitation over the last 9 months, low stream flows, and reduced groundwater levels have prompted the need for this action," Commissioner Seggos said. "We are encouraging residents throughout the state to conserve water whenever possible during the coming months."



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.