October 7, 2016
This Veteran’s Day, yoga teachers from coast to coast will be holding donation-based yoga classes to benefit the work of Veterans Yoga Project whose mission is to support recovery and resilience among veterans, their families and our communities.
Join Soul Flyte in giving back! Friday, November 11th at 7:30-8:45pm.
All donations accepted! Sign up required: www.soulflyte.com.
September 11, 2016
Rockland County Residents
Calixto Anaya Jr. 35 Suffern NY
Japhet J. Aryee 49 Spring Valley NY
Richard E. Bosco 34 Suffern NY
Sgt. John Gerard Coughlin 43 Pomona NY
Welles Remy Crowther 24 Upper Nyack NY
John D’ Allara 47 Pearl River NY
Bernard D. Favuzza 52 Suffern NY
Thomas Foley 32 West Nyack NY
Andrew Fredericks 40 Suffern NY
Robert Joseph Gschaar 55 Spring Valley NY
Dana Hannon 29 Suffern NY
Capt. Frederick Ill Jr. 49 Pearl River NY
Farah Jeudy 32 Spring Valley NY
Joseph Marchbanks Jr. 47 Nanuet NY
John Marshall 35 Congers NY
Patricia A. McAneney 50 Pomona NY
Robert Garvin McCarthy 33 Stony Point NY
Robert William McPadden 30 Pearl River NY
Luke G. Nee 44 Stony Point NY
Gerald O’Leary 34 Stony Point NY
David Ortiz 37 Nanuet NY
Lt. Vernon Allan Richard 53 Nanuet NY
Thomas G. Schoales 27 Stony Point NY
Mohammed Shajahan 41 Spring Valley NY
Gregory Sikorsky 34 Spring Valley NY
Catherine T. Smith 44 West Haverstraw NY
Robert W. Spear Jr. 30 Valley Cottage NY
Loretta A, Vero 51 Nanuet NY
Benjamin Walker 41 Suffern NY
Weibin Wang 41 Orangeburg NY
Steven Weinberg 41 New City NY
The air at Ground Zero contained pulverized concrete, shards of glass and carcinogens, according to a 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
August 26, 2016
7 Steps to Effective Listening
Listening is the key to great relationships and good understanding. It’s important in today’s society, with all of our high-tech communication capabilities, to tune in and really listen to one another whenever possible. Effective listening is the secret that saves jobs, marriages and families from breakups and breakdowns.
Here are seven steps to effective listening:
1. Look the Speaker in the Eyes
This shows that you’re being attentive and actually care about what they are saying. By no means should you engage in other activities like texting, reading, writing or gazing at the television. Stay focused on the conversation at hand and nod accordingly to let the person know you’re getting what they’re saying.
2. Avoid Interrupting and Wait to Interject at the Right Time
Let the speaker finish their point. Wait for a pause to interject or ask for more clarity. A big mistake would be to jump in with an interruption, ask a question or make a comment before the speaker is done speaking. This can be very frustrating and can cause the speaker to lose sight of what they were trying to say. Interruptions can create a wall between the speaker and listener, making it hard to communicate successfully.
3. Be Prepared to Listen
Relax your mind and body so that you can receive information objectively. Clear your mind of distracting thoughts by breathing in deeply. (Inhale and exhale at least three times.) Turn toward the speaker and sit up straight to show that you’re present and attentive. Your physical engagement also sends a message to your mind to focus on the speaker.
4. Learn to Keep Your Mind from Wandering
A untrained mind can easily be distracted by noises, random objects, background chatter or your even own thoughts. You may find yourself thinking of what you should be getting done in that moment. However, when you’re notfocused on the conversation, it is evident to the other person.
Journaling is the most effective way to train your mind to listen. Get quiet every day for at least 20-30 minutes and tune out all noise and distractions. Then ask yourself a question you want answered about your life or career. Sit, listen and record your response in a journal. Soon you’ll learn how to effectively listen to both your inner thoughts and to others.
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5. Be Open-Minded
Always remember the three Js to being open-minded:
- No Judging:Listen without being critical of the other person. Judging the matter before you hear it all out can cause you to respond inappropriately.
- No Justifying:Avoid the need to justify your own thoughts or beliefs on a matter before listening to a person entirely. If you don’t allow a person to finish what they’re trying to say, you’ll never really get to know how they feel or think about the situation.
- No Jumping In:Be patient and try not to figure out what youthink the speaker is trying to say by finishing their sentences or blurting out your thoughts. The best way to learn exactly what they’re saying is by remaining quiet and listening closely. Concentrate on what they’re saying (even if it annoys you). Effective listening should be free of interruptions and pre-supposed solutions.
6. Practice the Art of Mirroring
A good listener knows how to mirror the same energy or emotions as the speaker. Show that you’re engaged by responding with matching expressions. Reflect their feelings by responding with a smile when they smile and nod when they’re looking for clues that you’re getting what they’re saying to you. For big news, show an appropriately excited expression to convey that you’re feeling what they are feeling. This assure them that you’re really listening and engaging.
7. Give Positive Non-Verbal Feedback
Your facial expression is a clear indicator of your thoughts and mood. Be conscious of your body language. Rolling eyes, slumping shoulders, excessive fidgeting or sternness of face all show that you’re detached from the conversation. Look at the person talking, point your body in their direction, smile and listen closely.
For a quick summary of these steps, you can consult the infographic below:
Practice listening effective every day for one week. Record your thoughts and outcomes in a journal so you can chart your progress and feedback.
Aside from a life coach and career expert, Stacia Pierce is the CEO of Ultimate Lifestyle Enterprises. She has shared her knowledge by writing 21 books, being featured on ABC News, FOX, CBS, NBC and hosting the annual Women’s Success Conference, which attracts over 5,000 women each year. She was a top winner on Oprah’s OWN Network contest with 7.6 million votes.
June 8, 2016
A Message From the President of NYSVARA
Friends and colleagues, Sunday 6-5-16, the EMS community lost a great man. Rich Beebe passed away as a result of injuries he sustained in an accident when a van cut in front of his motorcycle. Ironically, he was on his way home after having taught an EMS class.
Rich spent more than 30 years in EMS as a paramedic, nationally known educator and author. He had a great and unique gift. Besides having the ability to present the material he was teaching, he had the ability to make his students THINK. He was comfortable teaching any level student from basic EMT students to nurses and physicians. The name of his consulting company was called Medic Think. That says it all.
Rich, together with Mike McEvoy, were the Education Coordinators for NYSVARA’s Pulse Check Educational Conference for the past several years. Rich’s specialty was the BLS Pre-Conference and an original member of “The 3 Wise Men”. He truly was a wise man!
Rich touched the lives of literally thousands of people. He always had a smile or a joke. He made everyone who met him feel comfortable. He enjoyed the occasional good cigar and a little bit of bourbon. At our conference, at the end of the day, a few of us would gather in front of the hotel and Rich would “hold Court”. It was a great way to end the day. I had the honor and privilege to call him my friend.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of NYSVARA, I want to send my deepest sympathy to the Beebe family. Rich may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. Eternal peace and Godspeed my brother!
***Update: The Memorial Service is being moved to Guilderland High School to allow as many people who wish to attend to do so. The Guilderland High School is located at 8 School Road, Guilderland Center NY 12085. It will start at 1pm as previously planned and will end with a procession to the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad as previously planned (WTRS is at 200 Centre Drive, Albany NY 12203)
Members of Service, who plan on attending are asked to wear their uniforms to honor Rich. A reception will be held at Western Turnpike Rescue Squad Western Turnpike, Guilderland NY.
February 29, 2016
2016 SUSY SCHWARTZ MEMORIAL FUND BENEFIT CONCERT
Sunday, April 3, 2016 • 24 Adar II 5776
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Neve Shalom Ballroom
December 24, 2015
My brother-in-law is in need of a kidney, anyone in the U.S. can help. A living donor (we’re born with 2 kidneys but only need 1) is best, Please help.
“Many years ago Del Du-Bois was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys. In 1968 Del lost a kidney to PKD and has been managing for the past 46 years with his remaining kidney,” explained Bobi, Del’s loving wife of 45 years.
Unfortunately he is losing this battle and time is running out, he recently was put on dialysis.
If you know of someone, or yourself, who would consider donating a kidney, please consider getting tested: please contact Robert Wood Johnson Transplant Center, New Brunswick, NJ at (732) 253-3699 or 1-877-NUKIDNEY and follow the prompts for the living donor program. Tell them you are calling on behalf of Del Du-Bois.
Even if you are not a compatible match, there are “Paired Donations“, you can give a kidney to a stranger and in turn save a loved one’s life.
Please help spread the word about our need — hang a note on your church/synagogue/temple bulletin board, notify folks at work, talk it up at your social club — we appreciate anything you can do to help us.
December 9, 2015
Popular vote elects MOST candidates – however YOUR vote is not what elects the President & Vice-President of the United States; the Electoral College chooses who wins the presidential election.
BUT before you decide your vote doesn’t count…
Before the election, each party backing a candidate chooses ELECTORS in each state, and the POPULAR vote of that state decides WHICH electors are chosen to actually vote. In other words if your state’s popular vote supports Candidate A then the electors who are going to vote for Candidate A are chosen. Except for two states, all electors go to the popular candidate; in Nebraska and Maine chooses the electors on a proportional basis based on the percentage of votes for each candidate.
So while it is possible that a candidate will receive the Popular National Vote and NOT win the election, it is rare. It has happened in three elections: 1876, 1888 and 2000;, in these cases the popular vote is generally very close. In 2000 Gore/Leiberman received the national popular vote by approximately a 540-thousand difference (out of 105,363,298 total votes) BUT Bush/Cheney received 271 Electoral College votes as compared to Gore/Leiberman’s 266 votes.
Each state has a different number of votes in the Electoral College based on the percentage of over-18 voters in that state; in states where each Electoral College vote represents fewer voters, those voters actually have a greater vote power.
The states with the fewest people per electoral vote, and therefore the highest “vote power,” are Wyoming, Vermont, and North Dakota. In Wyoming, there are 143,000 people for each of its three electoral votes. The states with the weakest votes are New York, Florida, and California. These states each have around 500,000 people for each electoral vote.
Your individual vote IS important because YOU help decide which candidate will win YOUR state’s Electoral College votes.
Please vote & let YOUR voice be heard.
November 11, 2015
from the By-Lines family
October 16, 2015
Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest doggy daycare and overnight camp, offers a list of important tips for Halloween Pet Safety
Tips for Halloween Pet Safety
- Fido may look adorable in his new superhero costume, but that cape won’t necessarily keep him out of harm’s way. Dressing up your pet for Halloween can be harmful. Costumes should not constrict the animal’s movement, hearing or sight, or impede their ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, it may be helpful to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, don’t bother.
- Before your pet participates in any Halloween activities, take a closer look at his or her costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that they could choke on. Also, watch out for ill-fitting outfits which can get twisted on external objects on your pet, leading to injury.
- Putting make-up or face paint on your pet can be harmful. Paints could potentially irritate their skin, or may be eaten. Even make-up that is non-toxic could cause stomachaches or worse.
- Candy bags are strictly for the enjoyment of trick-or-treaters, not your pet. Chocolate in all forms, especially dark or baking chocolate, can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Give your pooch their own Halloween candy by treating them to their favorite doggy snack. If you do suspect that your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or your local control center immediately.
- Keep an eye out for decorative edible items like Halloween pumpkins and candy corn, when participating in this year’s festivities with your pet. While these are considered to be relatively nontoxic, they can be harmful, causing stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.
- Do not take your pets trick or treating. It’s possible that your dog could get spooked by a ghost or goblin and a dog bite or fight could occur.