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Helen Keller Would Have Appreciated Social Security’s Efforts

By Everett M. Lo

Social Security Administration’s Regional Public Affairs Office in the New York Region


June 27 is Helen Keller Day, a commemorative holiday established by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 on her 100th birthday. The first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, Helen Keller was a world-famous speaker, author, and advocate for people with disabilities. She undoubtedly would have appreciated all that Social Security does for the disabled community and their families.

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AccuWeather Provides Severe Weather Information in the Field on Motorola Solutions' Intelligent Data Portal

Motorola Solutions' Intelligent Data Portal and AccuWeather Enterprise Services will help public safety agencies, first responders, and enterprises by providing breaking severe weather data Hi Res Radar Moto IDP

AccuWeather Global Weather Center -- 16 June 2014 -- AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in digital weather information, is pleased to work with Motorola Solutions as the sole provider of real-time weather data through their Intelligent Data Portal to help increase situational awareness for first responders in the field. 

"Clearly, breaking weather information plays a key role in proper situational awareness, not only in the case of severe weather events but with virtually any kind of disaster," said Casey McGeever, Chief Commercial Officer for AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions. "AccuWeather is proud to work with Motorola Solutions to provide this critical data layer which can be shared across agencies and enterprises to keep on top of changing weather conditions and ultimately better protect life and property for private staff and public safety workers and for the public at large." 

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Boat Buying Season Scams

Some Red Flags You’re About to be Taken for a Ride

 It’s summer boating season and some boat buyers and sellers are getting ripped off, say’s Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). The national boater advocacy, safety and services group outlined the top boat selling scams reported to its Consumer Protection Bureau and offers some ways to greatly improve your chance of a smooth sale or purchase – and when to walk away.

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Fairway Fireman Fathers Day Fare

Fairway Fireman Each year, for the past four years, Fairway Market has held a Fireman's Cookoff with a charitable ending. The winning team gets to pick a charity of their choice and a shopping day is held with part of the proceeds going to the charity. This year, a Paramus Fire company joined the cooking arena to compete against Park Ridge, Ridgewood and Hackensack fire companies.

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Enhance Your Entertainment Experience!

As a frequent guest at bergenPAC, you already know the unique excitement of live performances in an intimate setting. But did you know that by becoming a member you can make your experience even more special? Our annual membership benefits offer value at all levels, including:
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Sweltering Heat to Hit Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic

AccuWeather Global Weather Center -- 16 June 2014 --AccuWeather reports  sweltering heat and humidity will advance into the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic this week, bringing the hottest weather of the year to date for some.

In wake of a weekend that brought widespread low humidity and comfortable weather to the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic, heat and humidity will return in a big way.

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Americans Pay More for Healthcare But Less Healthy Than Those in Other Developed Nations

SHOCKING FACTS: Workers pay 47% more for healthcare today than in 2005: Health in America cost $2.4 trillion dollars in 2008, over twice as much per capita as any other country on Earth and yet Americans rank 37th in overall health outcomes according to the World Health Organization. The Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) only tweaks around the edges and is wasteful because it expands the role of the private insurers: 30 cents out of every dollar goes to pay for paperwork, marketing and profits for the 1,000 insurance companies in America: The ACA still leaves 23 million Americans uninsured: 62% of all bankruptcies are caused by medical debt: No other developed country has such a badly functioning healthcare system.
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MaxLite Unveils Small DLC-listed LED Flood Lights With Patent-Pending MaxFOCUS Technology That Delivers Unique Narrow Beam

MaxLite introduces Small LED Flood Lights with the  patent-pending MaxFOCUS light collimator and thermal pressure plate that are designed to narrow light distribution and reduce operational temperatures for greater energy cost savings. The flood lights are DesignLights Consortium-qualified (DLC) and available in 15-, 25- and 45-watt styles that deliver narrow beam optics from 72 degrees and wide beam from 101 degrees. They are eligible for rebates up to $150 available through select utility rebate programs nationwide.
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BPC Immigration Task Force Co-Chairs: Immigration Reform is Still Needed

Former Governors Haley Barbour and Ed Rendell and former Secretaries Henry Cisneros and Condoleezza Rice, co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Immigration Task Force, released the following statement today:
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Gender Pay Equity, Protecting Civil Service, Delaying Standardized Testing & Improved Sandy Relief Oversight Top Monday

Amber Alert Fix, Anti-Gang Program, Home Elevation Protections, Requiring Privatization Study, CPR in Schools, Bike & Pedestrian Safety, Ads on State Websites, Casino Security & Salt Water Candy as State Candy Also on Tap

(TRENTON) – Gender pay equity legislation, invalidating the Christie administration’s attack on Civil Service protections, delaying the implementation of standardized state tests and changes to the teacher evaluation system and requiring oversight reporting on Sandy recovery funding top Monday’s Assembly voting session.

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Assembly Panel Moves Bill to Halt Patient Transition in Developmental Center Closings

 An Assembly Panel approved on Thursday legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), Tim Eustace (D-Bergen, Passaic) and Carmelo Garcia (D-Hudson) to temporarily stop the transition of residents until an action plan for the impending closure of developmental centers is presented by the state Department of Human Services.
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Bill Package to Improve & Expand Vocational Education throughout New Jersey Released by Assembly Panel

 A sweeping reform package Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., Joseph Lagana, Mila Jasey and Angelica Jimenez sponsored to improve and expand New Jersey’s vocational school programs was released Thursday by an Assembly committee.

Prieto had said when he became Assembly Speaker in January that improving vocational education would be one of his top priorities, citing it as key to making sure all New Jersey students are ready for work in today’s ever-changing economy.

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Pascrell, Menendez, Booker Announce Major Grant to Paterson Fire Department

Federal grant will provide turnout gear for more than 250 firefighters

WASHINGTON, DC – In continuing their efforts to ensure our nation's first responders have the resources they need to protect our communities, today U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded a new federal FIRE Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to the Paterson Fire Department in the amount of $639,576 for the purchase of turnout gear for 252 firefighters including protective coats, pants and helmets.

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Rep. Pascrell Renews Call for Increased Awareness of Domestic Terror Threats

Cites tragic Las Vegas shooting in letters to Homeland Security officials

WASHINGTON, DC – Following this weekend’s tragic shooting in Las Vegas, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), an original member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, today wrote to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson urging DHS to renew their efforts to monitor and counter the threat of domestic extremism. In a separate letter, Rep. Pascrell urged House Committee on Homeland Security leadership to conduct oversight hearings into the ongoing threat of domestic terrorism.

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Retail Sales Unchanged in May

The National Retail Federation calculated May retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, unchanged seasonally adjusted month-to-month yet increased 3.0 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

On the surface, May retail sales were disappointing and weaker than expected; however April's upward revisions still indicate positive growth for the remainder of the year.

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Morey’s Piers Presents “Third Thursdays” at artBOX

Featuring Specialty Art Classes, Artist Demonstrations, Live Music, Free Food Samples, and More  This summer, Morey’s Piers, located on the boardwalk of Wildwoods, NJ, introduces “Third Thursdays” at artBOX, the interactive artists’ colony crafted from 11 re-purposed shipping containers on Adventure Pier. Taking place on June 19, July 17, and August 21, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm, “Third Thursday” events provide opportunities for the artistically minded to mingle with resident and visiting artists, take art lessons, enjoy live entertainment, and more.  

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K’NEX® Brands Unveils New Additions To Its Popular Line Of Super Mario® Building Sets

Officially-Licensed Toys Allows Kids to Bring their Favorite Mario Characters to Life!

  K'NEX, the only US construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love®, is pleased to announce  new additions to its successful line of  Super Mario building sets.  New, officially licensed building sets are inspired by the most popular Super Mario game titles such as Super Mario 3DLand™ and New Super Mario Bros. U™.

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Retail Sales and the Fed

It's been a light week thus far in terms of economic data. This morning's sales report is the first of a few key reports scheduled for release over the next two days. Retail sales are expected to rise 0.6% in May after a minimal 0.1% rise in April.

Those calling for 4% GDP in the near term are looking for a resurgence in spending this month, otherwise the economy will be struggling to reach 2% in the current quarter. Keep in mind, however, even with a 4% rise in Q2, coupled with first quarter's one percent drop, the economy would remain in the stagnant 1.5-2% range of the last several years.

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AFP Directs Lawmakers to Oppose Film Industry Tax Breaks

Americans for Prosperity, the state’s leading grassroots, free-market group, is calling on Senate lawmakers to oppose corporate welfare tax breaks to the film industry. State director Daryn Iwicki sent a letter to Senate lawmakers yesterday urging a no vote on Senate Bill S779, which is scheduled for a vote in the upper chamber Thursday afternoon. The measure would provide a total of $60 million in tax breaks for the film and digital media industry in an effort to lure them to the state.

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Currie On Christie's Late Night Comedy Appearance Tonight

(Trenton) — As news reports highlight New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie scheduled appearance on Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight" show this evening, the New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie is asking whether perhaps the people of New Jersey would laugh better and louder if their governor saved the kidding for later. No joke.

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