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Wesley Hills, NY – Bomb Scare Prompts Evacuation

January 6, 2008 at 05:59 PM
Rockland County, Wesley Hills, NY - The discovery of a device made to look like a bomb inside a vacant village home led to the evacuation of surrounding residences.Ramapo police and the Rockland County Sheriff's Bomb Squad spent several hours at 17 Van Winkle Road after a cleaner hired by a local real estate agent found a device comprising three thin tubes, wires and a timer. The tubes were...

New York, NY – Average FDNY Response Time Decrease

January 6, 2008 at 04:12 PM
New York, NY - The fire department's average response time decreased last year for the second consecutive year. The average response time for all incidents was 4 minutes and 49 seconds in 2007, a decrease from 4 minutes and 54 seconds in 2006, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said. In 2005, the average response time was 5 minutes and 9 seconds, he said. The city's firefighters...

Mainz, Germany – Ancient Jewish Gravestones Found Near Old Cemetery

January 6, 2008 at 03:25 PM
Mainz, Germany - A number of Jewish gravestones were found next to an old Jewish cemetery during construction work for a new housing project.Mainz, a city on the Rhine, was home to a famous Jewish community from the 10th century onward until the Holocaust. It was a vibrant center of Jewish heritage and scholarship for one thousand years and produced many giants of Jewish scholarship, the most...

Brooklyn, NY – Kudos, School Offers Hope To Potential US Yeshiva Dropouts.

January 6, 2008 at 02:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A new partnership between the educational arm of Chabad and a technical training college will give haredi youth in New York who are at risk of dropping out of yeshiva an alternative course of study where they can learn a trade within an Orthodox environment. Starting this fall, the new Jewish vocational training school - a partnership between Chabad and International Bramson ORT...

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY – City Doesn’t Pay the Ferryman

January 6, 2008 at 01:49 PM
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY - The abrupt shutdown of winter ferry travel between Manhattan and Williamsburg and DUMBO is a result of the city's failure to properly subsidize the service. "We've been led to believe that the city is ready, willing and able to assist us, but we're still waiting for them to decide what role they want to play in supporting waterborne...

New York, NY – Buildings Department Tightens Watch On Contractors

January 6, 2008 at 01:21 PM
New York, NY - There is no shortage of construction in the city, and with that comes no shortage of accidents. As a result, city Buildings Department is trying to be more proactive in its efforts to protect residents and property. A special enforcement team was put into place just to monitor contractors doing excavation. This team makes unannounced visits to construction sites, trying to...

New York, NY – School Bus Safety Violations Soar after Surprise Inspections

January 6, 2008 at 12:20 PM
New York, NY - School buses have been cited with more safety violations in the first four months of this school year than in all the previous year — before officials made sure surprise inspections are truly surprises. Inspectors have logged more than 12,000 violations since September. That compares to about 10,100 throughout the 2006-07 school year, and 9,600 the year before. City ED...

Israel – Hebrew Rose From The Dead.

January 6, 2008 at 12:03 PM
Israel - In the annals of language, the revival of Hebrew counts as a singular achievement, a feat unequalled in all the millennia that have stuttered past since humans first dispensed with grunting and began to speak. "I don't know if there's any other language not spoken for so long and then revived as a spoken language," says Ken Frieden, a professor of Hebraic studies at the University of...

New Bedford, MA – Kidish Hashem: Newspaper Profiles Frum Prominent Doctor For His Righteousness.

January 6, 2008 at 11:44 AM
New Bedford, MA - Who in this faction-ridden city by the sea has been the most effective over the past 20 years in gaining the greatest good for the greatest number of people — without great material benefit for themselves? Stuart I. Forman, age 60, now engrossed full-time in Jewish studies. Probably few people in Massachusetts know more about the immense problems of health care delivery and...

New York – Thruway Toll Increase Takes Effect

January 6, 2008 at 11:08 AM
New York - As of Sunday morning, toll rates on the New York State Thruway have gone up in price.  For people paying cash, that means paying 10-percent (10%) more. EZ Pass holders do get a break on the higher rates, who make up more than 60-percent (60%) of Thruway toll business. Tolls are scheduled to go up another five-percent (5%) next year, and again in 2010. [wten...

Mount Hope, NY – School Systems Delinquents Mar County Tax Tolls

January 6, 2008 at 09:10 AM
Mount Hope, NY - Hundreds of Orange County property owners still haven't paid property tax bills they got a year ago. Most of those with the largest unpaid bills were businesses or developers. Each who could be reached had his or her own explanation, from disputes over the taxes to the-dog-ate-my-homework variety. Two large tax debts exist for 160 bucolic acres in Mount Hope, where a...

Brooklyn, NY – New Revolutionary Medical Assistance For Frum Community.

January 6, 2008 at 09:00 AM
Brooklyn, NY - Community advocates from the Community Choices Assistance organization have spearheaded an effort to bring medical services to the neighborhood, home to a large Hasidic Jewish population. “The average family has about 8 kids and with so many kids the odds of problems is usually more and as an organized community we have found that there is a need in this area. There is no...

Papeete, Tahiti – Tahiti’s Orthodox Jews Try To Keep The Shul Alive

January 6, 2008 at 08:37 AM
Papeete, Tahiti - Bright morning sunlight illuminates the synagogue floor as Francois Yonah Poul sits alone in a dark corner wrapped in a tallit and tefillin. Praying in the Quarter Fariipiti of the bustling port city of Papeete, the 48-year-old Poul is among those trying to keep the Jewish community alive on this exotic, 400-square-mile island in the South Pacific with no rabbi or cantor and...

Melbourne, Australia, – Father of Crown Heights Riot Murder Victim Dies

January 6, 2008 at 07:59 AM
Melbourne, Australia, - Max Rosenbaum, whose son Yankel was killed in an assault that sparked violent race riots in New York in 1991, has died after suffering a major heart attack. He was 85. Rosenbaum died at a hospital in the southeastern city of Melbourne, said his surviving son, Norman. His other son, Yankel Rosenbaum, a Hasidic scholar, was attacked by a mob after a Hasidic driver...

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