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Shoe Box Joins the "11 in 11" Campaign with a She Drive to Benefit Soles 4 Souls

Soles for Souls Logo

Plainview, NY - May 1st - Soles4Souls Inc. has committed to collect and distribute 11 million shoes in 2011 to people living in extreme poverty and recovering from natural disasters through its "11 IN 11" campaign. The shoe charity provides one pair of shoes to a person in need every 7 seconds.  Since 2005, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 13 million pairs of shoes because of the generosity and commitment of people and organizations like SHOE BOX.

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Students and Senior Citizens Join Forces on Medicare Reform

Public Discussion on Fraud and Affordable Coverage on Monday, May 2, 2011

Health psychology students from Montclair State University and senior citizens from PineRidge of Montclair senior living center will host a public discussion on Monday, May 2, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the University Hall Conference Center during which they will present recommendations to be sent to legislators on ways to reform Medicare.

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Once Again, It's About Choice


Connie Schultz
Sixty-year-old Sandy grew up in poverty. When she started talking about her childhood in Cleveland, her voice shifted into present tense.
"I'm the third of four girls, and we're all wearing donated clothes," she said over coffee last week. "We never know where the clothes are coming from. By the time they get to me, they're in rags.
"Every piece of clothing has somebody else's name in it, because the schools make you do that, you know, label all of your stuff. So I have to write my name under theirs."

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Paramus Earth Day

Paramus Earth Day
Free Admission, Bring your family & friends!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
12:00—4:00 PM Rain or Shine
Behind the Paramus Public Library
Century Road

Sponsored by: Paramus Environmental Commission  www.paramusec.org

Music, Exhibits, Workshops, Shows, Food, Fun, Projects, Protect & Celebrate our Planet

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Maxine Waters: Swamp Queen

Michelle Malkin
Confirmed: "Drain the swamp" is Washington-speak for "Let it fester." While House ethics watchdogs dither, it's shady business as usual for ethics scandal-plagued Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters. Last summer, the House Ethics Committee charged the entrenched California congresswoman with three violations related to her wheeling and dealing on behalf of minority-owned OneUnited Bank in Los Angeles. The panel accused Waters of bringing discredit to the House for using her influence to seek and secure taxpayer-subsidized special favors for the failing financial institution.

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Honor Thy Children, Too


Connie Schultz
It's starting to look as if the heartland may be losing its pulse.
This latest Code Blue is brought to you by Michigan, where state elected officials are debating whether foster children deserve to wear new clothes.State Sen. Bruce Caswell wants the government to pay only for used clothes, insisting that the retreads of thrift shops are just fine for children who already have lost their homes and the parents who were supposed to love them.

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EPA Honors New Jersey Environmental Leaders

(New York, N.Y. – Apr. 29, 2011) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it has honored 10 individuals or organizations from New Jersey with Environmental Quality Awards for their achievements protecting public health and the environment. EPA also recognized a student from Delanco Township who is one of ten students selected from across the country to receive the President’s Environmental Youth Award. EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck was joined by Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez to present the awards to this year’s recipients at a ceremony at EPA’s offices in Manhattan.

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$70 million+ cut in Medicaid reimbursement for nursing homes and specialty hospitals

To the Editor:
Could a $70 million+ cut in Medicaid reimbursement for nursing homes and specialty hospitals endanger our most vulnerable citizens? Could it create nursing home nightmares?
The proposed cuts in the State Budget could threaten the quality of care for many seniors who do not have options other than nursing home care. The State ought to do more to provide home- and community-based care options, but until it does, we need high-quality nursing home care firmly in place.
During an AARP “teletown hall” on April 20th, AARP asked Governor Christie to review the proposed budget cuts and possibly restore some of the funding. The Governor gave an affirmative response and stated his shared concern regarding quality of care. That’s good news. AARP trust he will to do his best to protect our most vulnerable citizens.
Cuts to nursing facilities could easily result in personnel layoffs, and for vulnerable people in nursing homes, this could be dangerous. Less is definitely NOT more when it comes to nursing care!
Christine Mancuso
AARP Outreach Volunteer

For confirmation, please contact:
Jane H. Margesson
Communications Director
AARP New Jersey
101 Rockingham Row - Forrestal Village
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 452-3908 office
(609) 571-0526 cell
(609) 987-4634 fax

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Fourth Annual Cooking for Kids: Gourmet Fare from Everywhere!

National and Local Chefs Come Together for Children at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital

National and local chefs will come together for the fourth annual “Cooking for Kids: Gourmet Fare from Everywhere,” an evening of exquisite cuisine tastings on Monday, May 2, 2011, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with a VIP Reception starting at 6:00 p.m. This popular signature event, held at Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ, will raise funds for pediatric programs and services at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson, NJ. Guest of Honor Lidia Bastianich, acclaimed Public Television personality, chef, restaurateur, and best-selling cookbook author, will welcome other celebrity chefs and guests.

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The Melting Pot Of Westwood Offers A Limited Time Food Tour Of Latin America

Melting Pot Westwood

One might call this warm and friendly restaurant a melding pot of good flavors. Not only was the presentation tasteful and tasty, when we left, there was a rainbow in the sky, a fitting way of departing after a delicious meal. Co-publisher Sophie Stone and I visited the Pot and were embraced by General Manager Tara Lynn Masterson. Tara seems to know many of her patrons by first name.

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