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What Do You Got?

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What makes you angry? What do you believe is worth rebelling against?

Bullying at work, stress in a relationship, global warming, toxic waste, government inaction, lazy politicians, high taxes, noisy neighbors, discrimination, insensitivity, stupidity?

THE FATHER OF SALSA MUSIC

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Arsenio Rodríguez was a Cuban musician who played the tres in son-based music, and congas in folkloric rumba. In the 1940s and 50s Rodríguez reorganized the son conjunto and developed the son montuno, the basic template of modern-day salsa. There is an effort underway to honor this “Father of Salsa Music" by having the corner of Intervale and Dawson named after him Bronx.

Alcohol Alerts

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Do you consider yourself as someone who drinks a lot? The top 10 percent of American drinkers are said to consume more than 10 drinks per day.

Do you like to enjoy one drink with dinner every night? That puts you in the top 30 percent of American adults in terms of per-capita alcohol consumption. If you drink two glasses, that would put you in the top 20 percent.

Smarter, Healthier Eating

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To eat well, you need to combine nutritional science, a jolt of common sense, and pure enjoyment. Most of us know that fresh salad, berries, and slowing down when eating are better for us than wolfing down energy bars and sweets. But how to make that leap from our current habits to healthier ones?

Here are six ways you can eat healthy, delicious meals, and really enjoy what you’re eating.

1) Ditch whole milk

Not only does this reduce saturated fat in your diet, it shaves off calories.

Privacy Lost?

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Did you know that Facebook has modified its privacy and data use policies, and allow advertisers to include a “buy” button directly on targeted advertisements on a user’s page. Facebook will also allow advertisers to use the location data gathered from tools like “Nearby Friends” and location "check-ins” to push geolocation-based targeted advertisements.

Saved Lehman High School

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NYC Council member Jimmy Vacca says he has been officially advised that Lehman High School has now been taken off the closure list by the Department of Education.

Vacca says "This is once again a major victory for our community"

http://www.lehmanhs.com

NY SACRED SITES

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If you're one of those individuals who does not usually frequent houses of worship, here is an idea for you.

Since 1986 The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites program has supported more than 700 religious institutions throughout the state which have received over $8.7 million in matching grants. Sacred Sites is the country’s oldest and largest statewide grant program to help landmark religious properties. Some 200 New York City congregations have received $2.9 million of that grant total.

TODAY, you may participate in New York Sacred Sites Open House Weekend 2015.

City Island Theater Group AUDITIONS

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CITG announces auditions for Peggy the Pint Sized Pirate by D. M. Bocaz-Larson.

Peggy is a little pirate who wants to sail the seas but is always picked last for a crew. But when the other pirates are captured by a sea monster, it's up to Peggy to save the day.

Seeking:

PEGGY - a small pirate who sets out to rescue the pirates from a sea monster

SCUMMY - young pirate who says mean things to PEGGY

BOB - the Brave can be either gender (Bob can be short for Roberta). One of the mean pirates picks on PEGGY.

SUE - the Smelly can be changed to Sam. Another mean pirate.

NYC Bridge and Street Closures – August 10-11

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The Brooklyn Bridge will be closed to Manhattan-bound traffic from 12:01 am on Sunday to 5 am on Monday for rehabilitation work. Motorists should consider using the Williamsburg Bridge or the toll facilities at the Hugh L. Carey (formerly Brooklyn Battery) Tunnel, RFK Bridge or Queens Midtown Tunnel. Throughout this closure the Manhattan Bridge will accommodate 5 lanes of traffic inbound/westbound and two lanes outbound/eastbound.

The following streets in Manhattan will be closed on Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm for DOT Summer Streets:

Informed Delivery?

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USPS is offering e-mail, seriously? If you cant beat them, join them. The post office is making available a new service that lets US SEE WHAT'S COMING. We will be able to see our household mail, even while traveling.

Participate in this new USPS service enhancement test and get images of the mail that will be placed in your mailbox each day. Black and white images of your actual letter-sized mail pieces, processed by USPS sorting equipment, will be provided to you each morning. Flat-sized pieces, such as catalogs or magazines, may be added in the future. Participation is limited to certain ZIP Codes ™ at this time.

Get up to 10 mail piece images in your morning email, which can be viewed on any computer or a smart phone. Get more mail than that? Additional images are available for viewing on your online dashboard - in the same place you track your packages! Don't worry if you are on travel; if you have email or online access, you can see much of the mail that will be delivered to your mailbox. Be the first in your block to block bills before arrival.

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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.