US Troops May Soon Begin To Leave Afghanistan

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US President Barack Obama is expected to make good on his promise to start drawing-down on the 100,000 US troops in Afghanistan.

The speech, which is expected to be delivered tonight has many questions left to be answered, like the final troop figures, which remains the subject of speculation, but guessing precisely what those figures will be was insider Washington’s popular political game.

On this First Full Day of Summer...

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Summer 2011 officially began yesterday, marking the most extreme annual northern hemisphere tilt toward the sun of 23.4 degrees as well as the longest period of daylight (whereas the reverse is true for our Southern Hemisphere readers).

In case some of you northerners and New Yorkers need a reminder of our past winter, here is a photo taken on City Island, NYC showing one of our famous, or some would say infamous snow storms. ENJOY!

ALSO check out GOOGLE: Images for summer 2011

Way to go, JIMMY

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Bronx Councilman Jimmy Vacca-D 13th District is sponsoring bills which NYC lawmakers are expected to consider, aiming to increase fairness to our citizens in city parking regulations.

One bill would institute a pilot program requiring agents to photograph violations before issuing tickets.
Other measures include new parking placards to be be scanned and verify authenticity, also one-day permits for residents who are moving and suspension of alternate-side regulations when movie shoots tie up spaces.

The Steps Required beweeen MAD & HUG

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My older brother, who is a shrink would certainly agree that there is a right and wrong way of telling someone you are angry at them, or disappointed with their actions. Consider expressing yourself in the following way;

CALM DOWN: Take a walk, rest and allow your emotions to cool. Identify the cause and find a time to chat.

ACKNOWLEDGE THE DIFFICULTY: This is hard for me to say and difficult for you to hear, but....

SAY I, NOT YOU: I feel hurt, or sad. When someone is accused, they often respond by defending themselves.

FIND OUT WHY? Ask for the other person's viewpoint, and pay attention of what they think?

11th Hour Resignation

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Following many days of political foot-dragging, US Representative Anthony Weiner, D NY will officially submit his long awaited resignation on Tuesday @ Midnight.

Rep.Weiner was undone by his sexting, officially notified Speaker John Boehner and New York state officials in a resignation letter which is to be read on the House floor Tuesday, his last day in Congress.

This move can not come soon enough for many, who called for Weiner's resignation after he admitted tweeting explicit photos of himself to women. Weiner was elected in 1998.

Summer Swings In Tomorrow @ 1:16P

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Ready or not, we are getting closer to the first day of Summer June 21st, 2011- The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, the Sun reaches its most northern point in the sky at local noon.

All our the days start getting shorter, so get busy and complete all this tasks you have been putting off.

To celebrate, the Federal Government has announced that everyone will be allowed Free Entrance Days in all the National Parks.

America's Best Idea – the National Parks – gets even better with fee-free at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.*

Additional 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.


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

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

One item that both young and old can enjoy

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There is something else besides worrying about the economy that unite moms, dads and children these days.

They all appear to enjoy using digital cameras. Some even go as far as describing themselves MA-Memory Archivists. The latest digital cameras make it easier to take better pix.

Statistics indicate more photos are taken and shared during Fathers Day, Mothers Day and other major holidays.

The type of digital cameras vary with millions having been sold over the years. One thing for sure, there are new features constantly being developed and introduced into the marketplace.

Why is It That Most Women Behave Better Than Men?

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Perhaps more men could learn how to behave by taking lessons from our better half - WOMEN.
Men should consider following the behavior of those ladies in their lives as a very best role model.

Over the past few weeks, we have seen too many men behaving badly. The latest to re surface is John Edwards, who may be facing as many as five years in prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fines for allegedly violating campaign laws to cover up a love affair with a former staffer was photographed by the US Marshall's Office.


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Andy Garcia earned an Academy Award nomination for playing an Italian mobster. Andy Garcia was born in Havana. After the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, the 5-year-old Garcia left Cuba for Miami, where his family set up a successful perfume business.

Garcia speaks out regularly on behalf of Cuban political prisoners and in favor of democratic change on the communist island.