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Ogdensburg, NY – Ahava Cheese Company Facing Mounting Financial Woes

July 1, 2008 at 11:44 PM
Ogdensburg, NY - Sixty jobs are in the balance as the Kosher cheese plant in Ogdensburg is battling severe debt to keep operating. The plant’s owners are past due in property taxes, mortgage payments, loans, and water and sewer bills. Kosher plant owner Moise Banayan owes the city more than a half million dollars while the county Industrial Developement Agency is owed close to $335,000 on...

Blagoveshchensk, Russia – Court Gives Slap on the Wrists for Anti Semitic Extremists

July 1, 2008 at 10:19 PM
Blagoveshchensk, Russia - Three antisemitic extremists who called for violence against Jews and other minorities were given suspended sentences in Blagoveshchensk, Russia (Amur region). The three members of the local branch of the Union of the Russian People (a group named for an organization that murdered Jews in the last days of the Tsarist empire) were convicted of inciting ethnic hatred...

New York, NY – Building Department Modernizes Building Codes, Increase Penalties

July 1, 2008 at 09:28 PM
New York, NY - The city is revamping its building codes for the first time in four decades to require new safety measures for construction sites and increase penalties for violations. Acting Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri says the new codes will "raise construction safety standards to a level never seen before." The changes include a new violation classification system that will...

Grand Forks, ND – Charges Dropped Against Student in Ice Cream Graffiti Case

July 1, 2008 at 07:57 PM
Grand Forks, ND - A judge has dismissed charges against a University of North Dakota student accused of writing a Jewish slur in ice cream on a dorm elevator. Spencer Garness had been charged with disorderly conduct. Court records say prosecutors moved to dismiss the charges, citing a lack of evidence. Judge Sonja Clapp dismissed them. The charges stemmed from a March incident in which...

Israel – Haredim Invest Billions in Israeli Real Estate But Are Extremely Secretive About It

July 1, 2008 at 06:53 PM
Israel - A growing group of haredi businessmen, mostly from the US and Britain but also some locals, have become a force to be reckoned with in the Israeli commercial real estate market, investing NIS 4 billion in the last two years alone. The investment data is part of a survey conducted by financial reporters for Hamodia, a haredi daily controlled by the Ger hassidic sect. "Twenty or 30...

New Jersey – Poison Control Officials Nationwide Alert: 1 dead, 5 sickened After Mistaking Torch Oil For Apple Juice

July 1, 2008 at 06:53 PM
New Jersey - Six New Jersey residents have been sickened, including an 84-year-old Burlington County woman who died Monday, after ingesting a small amount of torch oil which was mistaken for apple juice, New Jersey poison control officials officials said today. One of the victims critically injured was an 8-year-old Bergen County girl whose lungs sustained permanent damage after she drank from...

Seattle, WA – Starbucks Closing 600 Stores in The U.S.

July 1, 2008 at 05:50 PM
Seattle, WA - Starbucks Corp. said Tuesday it will close 600 stores in the United States in the next year and cut back the number of new stores it had planned to open. Starbucks said 70 percent of the stores slated to be closed had opened since the start of the 2006 fiscal year. The total includes 100 previously announced store closures. CEO Howard Schultz says unprofitable stores were...

Miami FL – Judge: Secret Swiss Bank Accounts Must Be Revealed To The I.R.S

July 1, 2008 at 05:17 PM
Miami, FL - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Swiss banking giant, UBS, to turn over the names of wealthy clients to prosecutors as part of an investigation of its offshore private banking practices. The ruling, by Judge Joan A. Lenard of Federal District Court in Miami, is a setback for UBS, which is struggling to maintain its tradition of Swiss banking secrecy amid the rapidly unfolding...

New York City – Agudath Israel: We Are In The Dark For Being Singled Out In Cut Of Funding

July 1, 2008 at 04:47 PM
New York City - Leaders at Agudath Israel of America, a nonprofit that provides a variety of community services to the Orthodox Jewish community (mostly in Brooklyn) are seething over the dramatic cut in discretionary funding they're on tap to receive in 2009, dropping from $383,000 to a mere $3,500. In 2008, Agudath received $33,000 from the Council ($25,000 directed by Councilman Mike Nelson...

Rockland County, NY – Assemblyman Introduces Legislation To Assist Volunteer Emergency Responders With Rising Fuel Costs

July 1, 2008 at 04:23 PM
Rockland County, NY - Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (D-New City) recently introduced the “Volunteer Fuel Reimbursement Act”, which would assist volunteer emergency workers with the rising fuel costs. It provides an income tax credit for fuel costs incurred while responding to emergencies. In the past year, New Yorkers have experienced a dramatic increase in the cost of motor fuel and, as a...

New York City – Met Council Rapfogel Salary Under The Microscope

July 1, 2008 at 03:48 PM
New York City - Some politically connected nonprofits continue to get a good deal of money in City Council-distributed member items. a vigorous discussion ensued about the size of the salary earned by executive director William Rapfogel of the not-for-profit Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, which got $500,000 in member items this year. For the record: he makes a lot of money by...

New York, NY – City Job Growth 5 Times National Level

July 1, 2008 at 03:45 PM
New York, NY - The metro area added 39,800 new jobs over the past year, despite the slow economy - with the five boroughs accounting for 92 percent of those jobs, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The city's job-growth rate for the year was five times the national level, according to BLS national survey. But that still amounted to an annual growth of only 1 percent, the weakest since...

London – Man stabbed in Golders Green

July 1, 2008 at 02:56 PM
London - A 55-year-old Jewish man was stabbed on Woodstock Avenue in Golders Green last night, just metres from the scene of double stabbing in April. A police spokesman said the man was found with a single wound under his arm, but the injuries were not thought to be life threatening. He was taken by ambulance to a north London Hospital in a stable condition. A 39-year-old man, who is also...

New York City – Property Tax Cut and $400 Rebate Preserved in ‘09 Budget

July 1, 2008 at 02:21 PM
New York, NY - The New York City Council preserved last year’s 7% property tax cut and the $400 rebate in passing the 2009 fiscal year budget. In April, Council Members Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) and James Vacca (D-Bronx) gathered the support of nineteen of their colleagues in the Council to send a message that raising property taxes was out of the question. “This was a very difficult...

Borough Park, NY – Union Backs Felder Opponent

July 1, 2008 at 01:56 PM
Borough Park, NY - Kevin Parker, the state senator from Brooklyn facing two well-established primary challengers, just got the endorsement of the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1500. According to a statement from campaign spokesperson Ronnie Sykes, the union's decision wasn't a close one: "The union endorsed Senator Parker without conducting an interview. The decision was made based...

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