Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mazel Tov Steinhausers!

Mazel tov to Meir and Chemda Steinhauser on the engagement of their son Yossi to Faige Skaist of Monsey!

The Vort will take place this Motzai Shabbos, April 17, at the Skaist home, 4 Waverly Place, from 9:30 PM to midnight.

Bracha Meshchaninov's Weekly Shiur Available Online

Mrs. Bracha Meshchaninov gives a weekly Parsha class for women every Wednesday morning at 10:30 AM at her home, 32 South Gate Drive.

The shiurim, including the one given today, are recorded and posted on her website for those who cannot make it in person.

Parshat Tazria-Metzorah - Twittering , Improper Speech & Hyssop:
This week's parsha deals, amongst other things, with the issue of tzaraas that afflicts a person who has been speaking lashon hora (slanderous speech). We see in the Torah many harsh punishments for this particular sin. But why? And what is the Torah's recommended fixing for this improper behavior?

Click here for the audio file with today's shiur.

Rockland to Get $2.3 Million in Grants

By Alex Taylor, The Journal News

HAVERSTRAW — Rockland is set to receive more than $2.23 million in federal funding for municipalities and more than a dozen nonprofits.

The money, which comes in the form of Community Development Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is meant specifically for towns, villages and organizations that provide social services, housing revitalization and improvement programs for low- and moderate-income residents.

As in past years, Spring Valley is the biggest beneficiary, with a $200,000 grant going toward Kennedy Park. The grant will pay for the installation of benches, picnic tables and construction of a pavillion on the five-acre park, as well as for building walking trails. The village will also receive $5,000 for a program sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People that provides 600 children in low-income households with books and school supplies.

"We were very fortunate this year," Mayor Noramie Jasmin said Tuesday. "All of these programs are going to be beneficial for Spring Valley."

Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef announced the grants Tuesday morning at a ceremony at Bowline Point Town Park in Haverstraw. The park was set to receive $100,000 for the installation of "turn of the century" lighting.

Vanderhoef, who said he was usually a critic of federal spending, championed the community development grants at time when many cash-strapped towns in Rockland could not afford to fund new programs or improvements.

"We in Rockland are literally looking for every $10,000 in this economy," Vanderhoef said. "These grants are going to be very significant."

Road and infrastructure projects ranked high on the list of grants, with Haverstraw, Ramapo and the Village of Kaser each getting $100,000 or more in grants. Suffern will receive $100,000 for the installation of additional lighting on Lafayette Avenue as the first part of a five-year downtown revitalization plan.

Grants will also fund a host of social programs. Haverstraw village is also receiving $15,000 for gang prevention programs and $18,000 for the Arts Ablaze reading program for students in low- and moderate-income households.

Clarkstown will get $75,000 to add vehicles to its fleet of buses and improve senior transportation programs.

Also receiving grants are more than a dozen local nonprofits ranging from $7,500 going to the Chiku Awali African Dance company in Spring Valley to $40,000 going to the Legal Aid Society, a tenant advocacy group that helps renters secure housing.

The block grants were made by the county Office of Community Development through an eligibility review that started in June. Joseph Abate, director of housing and community development; Haverstraw Mayor Michael Kohut; and Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence assisted in the selection.

Monsey Rav Paskens on Crown Heights Leadership

Prominent Monsey Dayan Rabbi Avrohom Boruch Rosenberg, who supervised a group of Chabad Rabbanim pertaining to the Din Torah between various leaders and Rabbonim in Crown Heights, has issued a psak in the case. To read the full psak din click here (PDF in Hebrew).

Sidewalks May Come to Route 59 in Monsey

By Khurram Saeed, The Journal News

MONSEY — The state Department of Transportation is reviewing whether to install
sidewalks along a stretch of Route 59 heavily used by pedestrians, particularly young families.

The agency has already put up countdown timers at pedestrian crossing signals on Route 59 at Robert Pitt Drive and Route 306.

People routinely walk along the shoulders of Route 59 and cross three lanes of traffic to reach grocery stores, shopping centers and bus stops. Since 2006, one Monsey woman has been killed and several pedestrians have been injured along that
part of the road.

The safety improvements follow a DOT traffic study, which Rockland County Legislator Alden Wolfe requested last summer.

A DOT official today said the sidewalk project was still in the planning stages and a final determination still must be made. If the project were to move forward, public input would be accepted. The project, if approved, wouldn’t begin until 2011 at
the earliest, that is, if funding could be found.

For an updated article click here.

Shusterman L'chaim

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