Write to Your Representative in Washington, DC

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NY - Sen Charles Schumer - D http://www.facebook.com/chuckschumer
NY - Sen Kirsten Gillibrand - D http://www.facebook.com/KirstenGillibrand
NY - 1 Timothy Bishop - D http://www.facebook.com/RepTimBishop
NY - 2 Steve Isreal - D http://www.facebook.com/RepSteveIsrael
NY - 3 Peter King - R
NY - 4 Carolyn McCarthy - D
NY - 5 Gary Ackerman - D http://www.facebook.com/RepAckerman
NY - 6 Gregory Meeks - D
NY - 7 Joe Crowley - D http://www.facebook.com/JoeCrowleyNY
NY - 8 Jerry Nadler - D http://www.facebook.com/CongressmanNadler
NY - 9 Vacant

I'M SORRY...

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This is what Rupert Murdoch's said as two of his top media executives resigned. Their boss has apologized to one of his company's phone-hacking victims and "mea culpas" could possibly continue for some time.

Shortly after Rebekah Brooks stepped down, media mogul Murdoch said he was sorry to the family of slain 13-year-old Milly Dowler. Then, Les Hinton, chief executive of News Corp.'s Dow Jones & Co. and another one of News Corp.'s top executives also resigned in the wake of the scandal that has victimized innocent citizens and has rocked the newspaper business.

Headlines 7/15/11

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DEBT CEILING TALKS... Or Else. President Says Time Running Out.

NEWS CORP EXECUTIVE RESIGNS. News Chief Brooks Quits.

SPACE SHUTTLE MORNING FIX. Computer Fix From Afar.

CALIFORNIA CARMAGEDDON. Crosstown Traffic Nightmares Expected in LA.

WONDERFUL WEATHER. WAY TO CELEBRATE WEEKEND.

The Write Stuff and Much More

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If you’re a young citizen journalist, or think you've got the write stuff and are between 12 and 18 years old, this Write Bus is pulling up at a stop near you. The first tour was a free improv class and a ride through the ever-changing cityscape of New York. Don’t miss the next adventure of the Bronx Write Bus.

Sing up for it on Tuesday, July 19th. Explore the architecture, style and history of another NYC borough and see things you’ve never seen before. - And there is such a thing as a free lunch... To top off your writing adventure.

NYC School Budget Axe Compensations

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In addition to its role as the New York City's legislative body, the city council works with the Mayor to develop and approve the city’s annual budget. Unfortunately city schools are contending with a third straight year of budget cuts.

To ensure that the budget that is passed reflects New Yorkers’ needs and priorities, the council members conduct a review of all city agencies, the policies, the programs and the expenses. The Council says it wants to ensure that the process is as transparent and accountable as possible.

SUMMER MUSIC FESTIFAL

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THIS SUNDAY, JULY 17 - REVELS WITHOUT A CAUSE
Rockwood Drive, Van Cortlandt Park* & Fordham University Church

Theresa Norris, flute/piccolo
Mitchell Kriegler, clarinet
Bruce Wang, cello
Kenneth Cooper, harpsichord

Trio in D................................Joseph Haydn
Moonbeams...........................Walter Milbank
Mississippi Rag.......................William Henry Krell
Papageno-Polka......................Joseph Stasny
A Ragtime Skedaddle..............George Rosey
Bulgariana..............................Ken Cooper
Concerto La Pastorella.............Antonio Vivaldi

RECONNECT WITH FAMILY THIS SUMMER

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This is going to be difficult, but these are surefire ways to unplug for the summer.

What do you think is the greatest challenge facing families this summer? Hot weather? Cancelled plans?
No, it is unplugging from our 24/7 schedule. This means no Texting, no iPod, no Computer. For parents, it means cutting the cord that keeps us connected to work, Twitter, Facebook, or Podcasts.

These suggestions are for all in the family, no matter how old you are.

But with planning and a major dose of self-control, you can ditch the gadgets and enjoy some family face time.

Headlines 7/14/11

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TALK$ & TEMPER$. US Debt Ceiling Talks Heat Up.

HOME FORECLOSURES NUMBERS DOWN. System Bogged Down.

SCHOOL BUDGETS CAUSE CRUNCH. NYC Principals Submit Budget.

GIULIANI AND PALIN MAY RUN. Presidential Hopefuls Numbers Grow.

LEIBY KLEZTKY FUNERAL. 35 Year Old Murder Suspect Was Predator Creep and Loner.

MORE COMFORTABLE TEMPERATURES. Enjoy These Days while They Last.

WOMEN SOCCER TEAMS WINS AGAIN. The Americans Take On Japan on Sunday

WEBSITES 4 KIDS

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Since the market is potentially lucrative, some companies are gearing up for the gold rush by creating websites strictly for kids, and these websites allow parents to create profiles for their own children.

Common Sense Media reviews the media in kids' lives and keeps an eye on kid-oriented social networks.
Here is their top ten Pix over the last few years.

ScuttlePad (2010) Age 7+

Social network with training wheels is safe but limited.

Togetherville (2010) Age 7+

Kids' social site connects to parents' Facebook friends.

WhatsWhat.me (2011) Age7+

BEACH WHEELCHAIRS

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The Friends of Pelham Bay Park, joined by NYC Parks & Recreation, the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, several donors and friends to announce the purchase of two new beach wheelchairs to be used on Orchard Beach. Wheelchair-bound beach goers were given a chance to test out the new chairs on the sand.

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