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Travel Day Tips


Despite some holiday-related closings, it’s going to be a busy weekend in New York. Among the many things to do this weekend are the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar and a film festival screening cinematic “turkeys.”

However, if you’re traveling and hitting the road with an eye on enjoying a turkey dinner with friends or family, you’re not alone. Today, which is the day before Thanksgiving is typically the busiest travel day of the holiday weekend, according to AAA



The Crucible

By Arthur Miller

Direction by

Maria Provenzano & Nick Sala

Food For Thought - Good and Bad Listeners


Good Listeners:

focus attention on the message.
control reactions to trigger words.
set aside personal problems when listening.
work to overcome distractions.
don't let their biases interfere with listening.
don't let speaker mannerisms interfere with listening.
listen for things they can use.
recognize the role of the listener in communication.
listen actively.
reserve judgement until a speaker it finished.

Bad Listeners:

allow their minds to wander.
respond emotionally to trigger words.



The Smithsonian Institution had taken the photo on November 22, 2013, showing panda cub Bao Bao as she receives a check up earlier in the week, at the Smithsonian National Zoo, in Washington, D.C., December 1, 2013.

Zoo officials announced her name today at a ceremony Sunday with China's ambassador as the female cub turns 100 days old, following Chinese tradition.

Voters selected Bao Bao, which can means "hugs", "baby", "precious", or "treasure," from five Mandarin Chinese name options.

9/11 Tribute


Who, When, Why, What, Where and How?

I recall being on Broadway in Manhattan when the first plane crashed. My Associated Press office was located at 1995 Broadway, where I stayed with my Tocayo Bob Feldmnan to service AP's hundreds of clients until I later decided to visit Ground Zero. There, I ran into a former staff member, who asked if I was OK? My eyes turned watery, while I tried to assure myself that it was from dust and not rage that human beings could do this to US.

9/11 - amateur video of plane crashing, towers on fire via @YouTube



It's about time because it took long enough. But if you believe NYC Parks this time, City Island's Belden Point capital project will soon create a small green space and plaza at the southern end of City Island Avenue including new pavement, benches, bollards, and railings.

Bronx county allocated $170,000 for this project, and NY State secured an additional $170,000 grant. The project has been awarded to a contractor, and a contract was registered on March 10. They are currently negotiating a start date with that contractor.

We're # 1


This independence day, as we celebrate the birth of democracy, it's worth remembering that America is truly an exceptional nation in many ways good, and some not so much. Above are charts of ways that the USA is #1.

Whether you measure it using exchange rates or get down with PPP, the U.S. is still the world's largest economy.

We pay the most for healthcare. Yes, it is insanely expensive. But it's always good to have a reminder of just how expensive it is compared to other developed nations.




Initiative Aims to Improve Educational Outcomes in the Bronx by Raising High School Graduation Rates, Enhancing College Readiness and Maximizing College Enrollment

Bronx Borough President and Mercy College President, Harry S Truman High School Principal today announced the launch of The Bronx Achievement Pact, an innovative new educational initiative that aims to raise high school graduation rates, enhance college readiness and maximize college enrollment.



Read all about it: These news items and many other worthwhile news and information content.

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City Island Chamber Event


The Chamber will be sponsoring a concierge/tour operator day on June 26th. We will be escorting our guests to the Pelham Split Rock Golf Course, Bartow Pell Mansion, City Island Nautical Museum and other various City Island Chamber member businesses.

The day will end with a cocktail reception at 5pm for our members, elected officials and our guests. Don't miss this networking opportunity, only available to Chamber members. If you have not yet paid your annual dues, please do so asap. Dues can be dropped off at Kaleidoscope Gallery 280 City Island Ave. Applications are available:



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.