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County Offers Free Measles Shots to Combat Largest Outbreak of Measles in Years

WPCNR HEALTH WARNING. From the Westchester County Department of Health. November 20, 2018:

With the largest measles outbreak in the state in decades underway in nearby Rockland County (Editor’s Note: the outbreak is related mostly to t Rockland County, due mainly to widespread relicligious beliefs in the county population in not vaccinating their children), Westchester County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler recommended County residents verify their own measles vaccine status, and assured County residents that the Health Department is closely monitoring the situation in Rockland County.

Sherlita Amler, MD, said: “We are in close communication with Rockland County and New York State health officials and are prepared to respond should any cases develop here. Measles is very contagious and can be dangerous for anyone who is unvaccinated or whose natural immunity is suppressed. Now is a good time to check with your doctor about your own and your children’s measles vaccine status, and to get the MMR vaccine if you are not up to date.”

The MMR vaccine provides protection from measles, mumps and rubella. The County Health Department offers appointments for MMR vaccine at no cost for children and adults who are under-insured, uninsured or are college students. To schedule a Friday vaccine visit at the County clinics in Yonkers or White Plains, call (914) 995-5800.

Individuals are considered protected or immune to measles if they have had a lab test confirming immunity. Those born before 1957, and those who have medical documentation of having received two doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, are also considered immune. Children usually get the first dose of MMR vaccine when they are 12 to 15 months old and again when they are 4 to 6 years old.

If you are unsure if you are immune to measles, contact your healthcare provider. Two doses of the MMR vaccine can offer 97% protection from the measles.

Amler added: “Anyone planning to travel overseas with a child six months or older who has not yet received a first dose of MMR should talk with their child’s doctor about getting the vaccine before leaving the U.S. This will provide some protection against measles outbreaks abroad. Your child will still need two doses of MMR at the regular time.”

To check the latest travel notices about measles, go towww.cdc.gov/measles/travelers.html

In New York State, measles immunization is required of children enrolled in schools, daycare and pre-kindergarten. Since August 1990, college students have also been required to demonstrate immunity against measles.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people. Measles can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children, as it can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, deafness and death. Others who are at high risk for complications if they get the measles include pregnant women who are not immune, as well as those who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed (when your body can’t fight disease). About one out of four people who get measles will be hospitalized.

Symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red watery eyes) or runny nose. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash. Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as 7 days and as late as 21 days after exposure.

If you think you may have been exposed and have symptoms consistent with measles, contact your health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care. This will help to prevent others from being exposed.

Health care providers should immediately report all suspect cases of measles in Westchester to the Westchester County Department of Health Communicable Disease Program staff at (914) 813-5180 during regular business hours, or (914) 813-5000 after hours/weekends. For more health information, go towww.westchestergov.com/health.

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Mayor’s Offices Issues Statement on the Snowstorm Response

WPCNR TRAFFICA. From the Mayor’s Office, City of White Plains. November 16, 2018:

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GRIDLOCK GRINDS WHITE PLAINS, GREENBURGH, PELHAM, WESTCHESTER TO A HALT. WET SWIFT FALLING SNOW OF 2 to 3 INCHES CREATES HAVOC: SLOW SLIPPERY CONDITIONS–STAY OFF THE ROADS PERSONS CALLING FROM CELLPHONES SAY. INTERSECTION TRAFFIC DIRECTING WAS NEEDED.

A Snow event arriving as predicted at 3 PM has created road havoc and a very nasty night for travelers in Westchester and White Plains

WPCNR TRAFFICA. From WPCNR Correspondents. November 15, 2018:

Rush hour in Westchester County has turned into a bumper car mess. Traffic is snarled in central White Plains, with motorists reporting that cars are stalled in intersections due to slippery, uncleared, apparently untreated roads creating slippery conditions on even flat roadways.

It has taken one motorist 3 hours to get from Elmsford into White Plains.

The White Plains conditions, usually with the best snow preparations in Westchester, are inexplicable.

WPCNR advises those comtemplating travel in White Plains this evening not to start out.

The experience one caller told WPCNR was that Route 119 (Tarrytown Road) was at a standstill from Exit 5 west bound on I-287 into Main Street in White Plains. From South Lexington to Bank Street nothing was moving. They also reported I-287 was backed up in both directions.

“I am absolutely shocked there were no White Plains Police officers at intersections to keep traffic moving.”

As of 7:45, the motorist said, Mamaroneck Avenue was clear and plows were beginning to come through.  At point they said they stopped to let a car through an intersection, then they could not get their vehicle moving again. They also said the windshield wipers froze to the windshield.

As of 8 PM it appears to be sleeting.

Paul Feiner, Greenburgh Town Supervisor filed this report:

The roads continue to be horrible. School children have been stuck on buses—caught in traffic gridlock for hours.  And, parents are worried about their children. Some residents report that they have been abandoning their cars on roads –walking home.

That’s a mistake. It makes it difficult for our highway crews to clear the roads and cars left in the middle of the road may have to be towed.  Many fender benders.  Just got a call from a resident whose husband has been stuck on the Saw Mill River Parkway for  two hours.

Received an e mail from a woman stuck on an exit from the Henry Hudson Parkway near Pelham.

Lohud.com reports that the “Thursday evening commute is gridlocked all over. “The number of accidents quickly added up and blocked lanes on almost every major interstate and highway.  Traffic is stop and go for miles. All primary roadways in Pelham and surrounding jurisdictions in Westchester County are currently in major gridlock. All highways are either temporarily closed or at a complete standstill, the Pelham Police posted.”

If one subscribes to the notion that misery likes company –it seems like every community is experiencing similar problems.

Lohud pointed out –—“the slip and slide conditions that caused the high number of accidents Thursday evening and turned the highways into parking lots are because of a thin layer of ice under the snow. When the snow came in, it came in intense, and the ground was very cold so it accumulated quickly….the snow that first fell melted, refroze, and created a layer of ice under the snow.”

Another reason for the problems every community in Westchester and the town of Greenburgh are experiencing: the snow came down around rush hour. Many people left work at the same time. If a car is in an accident – there is gridlock on the road.  Causing hours of traffic congestion.

  Many of the roads that have experienced problems (W Hartsdale Ave, Dobbs Ferry Road, Knollwood) are NYS roads. And –the NYS highway crews have not been as visible as we would have liked.

As the evening progresses – road conditions should improve.   I’m staying at the office for a while.  We have all our crews out trying to do the best we can. But, if a truck is stuck in traffic gridlock and can’t move –the highway vehicle can’t do much good for anyone.

Sorry for the inconveniences.   I have been talking with the Deputy Commissioner of Public Works all night and with the Police Chief. We will review what happened. And try to learn from this horrible experience. We will try to do better in the future.

PAUL FEINER

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45 Government Officials Demand AMTRAK COOPERATION ON WESTCHESTER RAIL ACCESS TO PENN STATION

WPCNR ALL ABOARD. From the Westchester County Department of Communications. November 14, 2018:

In a letter to Amtrak Chairman Anthony R. Coscia, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, joined by 45 leaders in a bi-partisan fashion including Westchester’s House of Representatives delegation and the entire Board of Legislators, requested Amtrak’s cooperation in moving the Penn Station Access project forward.  This would provide a critical rail connection for Westchester to the west side of Manhattan and the East Bronx.

Latimer said: “This project would significantly revitalize our region through its creation of a one-seat ride into Penn Station from Westchester for the first time ever. Not only would this save significant time and money for hard-working commuters, it would also alleviate congestion issues at Grand Central Terminal while providing flexibility to the thousands who commute from the Bronx to Westchester each day.”

This project is long overdue. The existing rail lines already exist and the MTA has even agreed to pick up some of the costs of rebuilding certain portions of the line infrastructure to get this project to the finish line. Amtrak has decided to requested additional fees on top of this commitment, fees it does not collect from other commuter lines.

Currently, MTA Capital Construction (MTACC) has a plan to build four new Metro-North Railroad (MNR) stations in the East Bronx that would also service Westchester commuters by connecting the New Haven Line to Penn Station directly. To move forward with this vital project, Amtrak must sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which is an agreement that aligns work schedules and scope and allows MTACC reasonable access to Amtrak-owned tracks and right-of-way. MTACC was prepared to bring the contract for preliminary design to its Board in May, but this action has been delayed due to the lack of a negotiated MOU.

The letter, signed by federal, state and local officials, goes on to say “Our continued economic development relies on stronger public transportation options and we encourage Amtrak to be a partner in these ongoing efforts. We are calling on Amtrak to come to an agreement on the MOU and allow work to move forward on the Penn Station Access project. Our offices stand ready to assist in any way possible to ensure MTACC and Amtrak can quickly reach a mutually beneficial agreement.”

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Bronx Borough President: Amazon Must Give Back for All It’s Getting

Bronx Borough President Reuben Diaz on left shown with Westchester County Executive George Latimer on Mr. Latimer’s visit to the Bronx earlier this year. WPCNR PHOTO ARCHIVE

WPCNR TALK OF THE BIG TOWN. From Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.. November 14, 2018:

 

“My office led the effort to bring Amazon to The Bronx. While Amazon will not make our borough their home, we are encouraged that they will come to New York City nonetheless and congratulate our neighbors in Queens.
“Given the level of subsidies the company is receiving, Amazon must do more as part of this agreement to define benefits for its future employees and the community-at-large. As I have always said, companies that receive heavy taxpayer subsidies must do better by their workforce. This was the driving idea behind our push for a ‘living wage’ law in New York City—if you want charity, you must be charitable. Those values are more important today than ever before.
“The company must accept a strong local hiring agreement, and should also respect the rights of their workers to organize and accept a labor peace agreement for their forthcoming Long Island City headquarters. While the proposed benefits for the residents of the Queensbridge Houses are commendable, we should work with Amazon to find additional pathways and opportunities for NYCHA residents from all over the city to work and train with the company. Amazon should also develop a formal agreement with the City of New York to provide direct commitments for employment to CUNY graduates.
“The dedicated infrastructure funding stream agreed to by the city, state and Amazon demonstrates how important it is to develop transportation solutions for our region. We should not only focus on improving existing service, but expanding new services as well.
“As this process continues I look forward to working with my colleagues, Amazon and other stakeholders to review the components of this agreement and develop programs and incentives that benefit residents of all five boroughs,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
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100 Years Ago the War to End All Wars Ended.

WPCNR STARS AND STRIPES. By John F. Bailey. November 11, 2018:

It is the 11th day of the 11th month, and it is 1918. Armistice Day  100 years after the day when World War I “The Great War to end all Wars” officially ended.

Sadly, the way “The Great War” ended and subsequent reparations penalties on Germany, was the beginning of a century of war:  the Spanish Civil War,  World War II, the Holocaust, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the 6-Day War,  the first Iraq War, the Afghanistan War that never ends, and of course the war on immigrants and refugees.

I wrote the piece that follows in 2013 that delivers some of the feelings of about this ironic day.

WPCNR STARS AND STRIPES. By John F. Bailey. November 12, 2013:

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I attended the Veterans Day Ceremony in White Plains Rural Cemetery Monday.  I met Ross Marsico,(above) the 90 year old  veteran of World War II who fought with the Third Army in France, Belgium and Germany. He was wounded by shrapnel, spent 45 days in a hospital THEN returned to active duty.

Mr. Marsico returned to the USA and spent 30 years as an active policeman in Harrison. He was honored as the 2013 Veteran’s Day Honoree

Mr. Marsico is a native of White Plains, just turned 90 yesterday, is an outstanding person to have the honor to meet. When he was asked questions how he felt about being  honored, he said he just represented all the other veterans and every day people who had served, that it was not about him. Then he teared up.

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Veterans day makes you tear up.

Chaplain Bob Donnelly of American Legion Post 135 in the invocation observed that the gathering was there to honor persons who had written a “blank check to the United States of America, good for everything including their life in service to their country.”

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Adele Zucker(above , Past President of Jewish War Veterans Ladies Auxiliary, said  Veterans day was to honor the veterans who came back and have contributed so much to their hometowns in addition to their military service. 

Chaplain Bob Donnelly noted that when he returned from the Vietnam war he was spat upon by a woman in an airport and called a baby killer, and observed today’s veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan  conflicts are much more respected.

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Then came brief  inspiration remarks by the Mayor, Tom Roach, who proclaimed Monday Veteran’s Day in White Plains  and U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Jason Freeland(below)

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Sergeant Freeland, in his most recent tour, was responsible for training Afghan army and police recruits. He is now head of recruiting for the Marines in White Plains. He mentioned how honored he was to be among the veterans attending, and how it was their and those like them who service that make it possible for him and today’s servicemen and women to perform and live up to the veterans’ example. This  truth was echoed again how you serve matters and it is an inspiration to those who come after you.

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Mayor Roach with Commandant Jack Collins of American Legion Post 135  places the Mayor’s Veteran’s Day Board Wreath at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

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The Home Defense Wreathis placed by members of the White Plains Police and Fire Department

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Dennis Jones, left, places the White Plains Historical Society Wreath. Joan Steere , Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution placed the final commemorative wreath.

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The White Plains Middle School Band played Anchors Aweigh, The Caissons Go Rolling Along, The Marines Hymn, Semper Fidelis (Coast Guard), and Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder (Air Force).

Crisp. Inspiring, evoking the rich traditions and pride and sacrifice of the American armed forces.

As the gathering left, the tent was folded, and the crowd drifted away, until another Memorial Day another Veterans Day.

I remained and watched the tombstones of the Revolutionary War Dead…names no longer readable on the stones, they still spoke as one.

Cemeteries like the White Plains Rural Cemetery inspire by the testimony of the simple stones, the tiny flags denoting veterans and the stones too of every day people of long ago who lived well. As I read their stones I wonder what their lives were like their thoughts, their actions in that long ago time.

Cemeteries are not places of regret, but, instead inspiration to ignite in us, with their  memories, to continue to work on our own lives and live up to the examples of persons like the veterans still with us and those who have departed.060

Rifle Salute to the Departed Veterans by American Legion Post #135, was followed by Taps, played by Bob Freis

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The veterans are getting older.

James Dwyer of American Legion Post 135 was scheduled  to read Flanders Field. He could not  due to illness according to Commander Jack Collins. This is the touching poem penned in World War I, Mr. Dywer would have read. He could not, so I will publish it for him.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders field

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AMERICAN AUTUMN IN COLD SPRING NY

WPCNR VIDEO ROVER. NOVEMBER 11, 2018:

The glory of fall in the northeast is just about ended as these panoramas of Cold Spring, NY, Westchester’s favorite autumn day trip attest.

At Peekskill, an oil barge wends its way down the big Hudson, a harbinger of the winter to come.

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Labor LEADERS DISCUSS POST ELECTION ISSUES ON PEOPLE TO HEARD NOW ON THE INTERNET

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TOM CAREY,

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LARGE VARIATION IN FEES FOR SAME MEDICAL PROCEDURES OPERATIONS BEHIND STAGGERING MEDICAL COSTS. SHOULD THE CONSUMER “SHOP AROUND”

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