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Monsey, NY – Group Fined for Conditions at Kapuras Ceremony

January 16, 2008 at 08:54 PM
Monsey, NY - A group that used county-owned land for a religious ceremony involving 11,000 live chickens was fined $3,000 today for leaving the property strewn with blood, feces, feathers and other garbage that attracted flies and maggots and caused the potential for disease.Moshe Lefkowitz organized the kapuras ceremony, which was held near the site of the long-closed Rockland Drive-in on Route...

New York, NY – Syrian Man Gets Only Six Months Prison for Attack Hoax

January 16, 2008 at 07:12 PM
New York, NY - A Syrian man convicted of giving a false tip to a New York City anti-terrorism hotline, leading to five innocent men being investigated on suspicion of terrorism, was sentenced today to six months in prison. Rimon Alkatri, 35, was convicted in November of calling a hotline that five fellow Syrians were planning a suicide attack on NYC subways over the July 4 holiday weekend, as...

Middletown, NY +Fire at Times Herald Record Building+

January 16, 2008 at 07:01 PM
Orange County, Middletown, NY +Fire at Times Hearald Record Building+ Fire Department on the scene at 40 Mulberry Street for a working fire at the Times Harald building U/D: 19:21 Fire is under control, all companies returning. Fire investigator has been requested to respond to the scene...

New York, NY – NYC Plans Bedbug Education Amid Increased Complaints

January 16, 2008 at 04:22 PM
New York, NY - Don't try to spray with regular roach killer. Do seek out professional help. Don't pick up couches off the street. Do make sure your new mattress is wrapped in plastic when it's delivered. Faced with thousands of complaints about bedbugs in the past few years, the city announced a series of seminars Wednesday to teach people how to deal with the apple seed-sized vermin that...

Washington – Congressman for Jihad Indicted

January 16, 2008 at 03:24 PM
Washington - A former congressman has been indicted as part of a terrorist fundraising ring. Mark Deli Siljander is a former Republican congressman from Michigan. He also served as delegate to the United Nations. He's accused of being involved with a ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to a supporter of al-Qaida and the Taliban. Siljander is charged with money laundering, conspiracy and...

United Kingdom – Autistic Man Wants to Become a Rabbi.

January 16, 2008 at 12:39 PM
United Kingdom - Autism can severely restrict an individual's ability to communicate with the outside world, and that poses a big problem when it comes to effectively educating someone with the disability. Incredibly, Josh Harris, a young man with autism from the Orthodox Jewish community in Salford, has overcome this blockage and has come as far as preparing to become a rabbi. Having been...

New Jersey Bergen County Rt 17 – Route 17 To Widen

January 16, 2008 at 12:10 PM
New Jersey Bergen County Rt 17 - Governor Jon S. Corzine today announced plans to reduce congestion on a 7.6-mile segment of Route 17 in Bergen County, highlighting the need for a long-term funding source for critical transportation projects. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will widen Route 17 to a consistent six lanes from Williams Avenue in Hasbrouck Heights to south of...

Seattle, WA – Trial Begins of Council Aide Pedestrian Killed in MVA

January 16, 2008 at 10:54 AM
Seattle, WA - The man accused of hitting a Seattle City Council aide with his car in a West Seattle crosswalk 14 months ago went on trial in Seattle Municipal Court, he is being charged with assault in his death. On trial in front of Seattle Municipal Judge George Holifield, is Ephraim Schwartz, a rabbi. He was driving his 12- year-old daughter to school on a November morning in 2006...

New York, NY – Frum Girl Reunited with Rescuer

January 16, 2008 at 10:08 AM
New York, NY - Lisa Donath, the frum girl rescued from death in the NYC subway two weeks ago (as we reported here) is finally reunited with the man who saved her, as reported by WCBS TV. "A woman who fell onto subway tracks and was rescued by an unidentified Good Samaritan has finally been reunited with the man who saved her life, thanks to CBS 2 Lisa Donath choked back tears as she met Ismael...

Monticello, NY – Deadline Nears For Delinquent Property Tax Payers.

January 16, 2008 at 09:04 AM
Consumer Alert! Monticello, NY - Sullivan County property owners who received a tax foreclosure notice during October, 2007 are reminded that the deadline to pay is 5 p.m., January 31. Payments postmarked January 31, will be accepted. Unless the unpaid tax delinquencies are paid in full, the property will be foreclosed and slated for sale at public auction. Sullivan County Treasurer Ira Cohen...

Brooklyn, NY – FBI Investigating Missing Woman Who Worked On Mob Cases

January 16, 2008 at 08:35 AM
Brooklyn, NY - Federal agents are helping NYPD detectives determine if a missing Russian court translator disappeared because of her work on sensitive mob cases, officials said yesterday. The FBI is scheduled to visit Irina Malezhik's Brooklyn apartment today hoping that the piles of documents in her messy apartment will provide some clues to what happened to her. Malezhik, 47, was last seen...

New York – Food Stamps Program No Longer Requires Finger Prints.

January 16, 2008 at 08:29 AM
New York - Most working families will no longer have to give the state their fingerprints to get food stamps. The fingerprinting program, implemented in 1998 under then-Gov. George Pataki, is being discontinued, said David Hansell, commissioner of the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Officials say it has become a deterrent for working families entitled to food stamps...

Long Island, NY – Another Doctor Reuses Syringes

January 16, 2008 at 07:59 AM
Long Island, NY - The state Health Department is advising 36 of a Long Island obstetrician-gynecologist's patients to be tested for hepatitis and HIV, saying that the doctor sometimes used the same syringe full of flu vaccine - but not the same needle - on more than one patient. The agency says there's no evidence that the shots infected any of Dr. E. Jacob Simhaee's...

New York – Rise in C-Sections Is Stirring Worry

January 16, 2008 at 07:26 AM
New York - The rate of babies delivered by cesarean section in New York City increased to 30.6%, in 2006, up from 29.7% in 2005, in a trend that some politicians, doctors, and women's health advocates say is cause for concern. The citywide increase reflects a national upward trend in the number of cesarean deliveries in recent years. Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Brooklyn, NY – Chanukah Subway Thug Gets Extra Jail Time

January 16, 2008 at 07:22 AM
Brooklyn, NY - A thug's arrest last month on charges of attacking Jewish subway riders earned him an extra year in jail for an earlier hate crime conviction. Joseph Jirovec, 19, had pleaded guilty to the earlier racially motivated robbery of black teens in return for a six-month sentence, but his latest exploits on a Brooklyn Q train breached the deal and the judge agreed with the...

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