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Seniors Safe At Home
County Clerk offers ways to avoid home repair rip-offs
WHITE PLAINS, NY: Westchester County residents are fed–up with recent storms including Hurricane Irene and the surprise Nor’easter which dumped many inches of snow and rain, brought down hundreds of trees and wires, and caused a record number of widespread power outages throughout the county.
“Among the hardest hit by these devastating storms are seniors,” shared Westchester County Clerk Timothy C. Idoni, who has visited with more than seven hundred seniors throughout the county this fall. “As many seniors live alone, they may be more vulnerable to home improvement rip-offs,“ continued Idoni who visits senior centers throughout the county to alert our older residents about rip-offs targeting seniors.
To help avoid common pitfalls that can unnecessarily cost seniors their hard-earned life savings, County Clerk Idoni offers these helpful tips:
• Beware of unsolicited “Home Repairmen” showing up at your home.
• Ask to see proof of a license before allowing a contractor, plumber or electrician into your home.
• Contact the County Clerk’s Licensing Division at (914)995-2657 to review plumbers’ and electricians’ licenses and the County’s Consumer Protection department (914)995-2155 to check a contractor’s home improvement license.
• Consult trusted family members, friends or an attorney before signing a contract or entering into a financial arrangement for repairs to your home.
• Make sure to get any arrangement in writing and understand what you are signing, including reading the fine print before you agree to the provisions.
• Don’t make a final payment until you are satisfied the work has been completed.
• Ask “officials” such as utility workers to produce identification and confirm their employment status before letting them into your home.
The Licensing Division in the Office of the Westchester County Clerk is located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., White Plains and is open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. A list of licensed electricians and plumbers in Westchester County is also available on the County Clerk website at www.WestchesterClerk.com.
Join us for another fireside chat, Topic – Bait of Satan on November 5th from 2-5 P.M. in the fellowship Hall
With the anointed and spirit-filled Rev. Angie Ryan, who is well equipped to speak on this topic.
Not sure this event is for you, well ask yourself these questions:
· Having a bout with bitterness, anger or animosity issues?
· Trouble forgiving a love one and or forgiveness from church hurt?
· Disobedience – refusing to walk in the love of God even after an offense?
· Are you a pleasure seeker of food, sex, drugs, alcohol, bad company, etc.?
Don’t miss this opportunity to break free! Refreshments will be served. Feel free to contribute a dish you would like to share.
In addition, GC Singles Ministry has been asked to host Frangelism after the 9:30 and 12:00 service this Sunday in the small dining room. If you would like to help out please contact me via email. We would purchase, prepare and serve refreshments to our visitors.
Don’t miss this opportunity to break free! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Love Shouldn’t Hurt – Domestic Violence Candlelight vigil presented by Women’s Ministries Council, Men’s Ministry, STAND, and Health Ministry This Saturday @ 6:00 P.M.
Special Request for the Singles Ministry, following our fireside chat on November 5th @ 6:00 p.m. to join in the candle light vigil outside the steps of Greater Centennial Church with Pastor Moore, members of the United Black Clergy and other invited guests to support, empower and memorialize the lives impacted by domestic violence.
Reserve Now for Upcoming Christmas Production Sunday, Dec 18th 4:00 PM
Show – Nativity: Birth of a King
DMI Productions @ Lehman College of the City University of New York – The Lovinger Theatre
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx, New York 10468
Mezzanine Seats @$35.00 per person, Church bus TBD
Payment Deadline for group sale November 18, 2011
Monies will be collected every Wednesday @ 6:45 in the small Dining room and at every Singles Ministry Event.
The Macedonia Family invites you to join us and Pastor Robert Keith Williams of the White Rock Church for a Gospel Concert, featuring the Legendary Mighty Clouds of Joy on Sunday, November 6th at 4pm. Other performances included Praise United Dance Ministry, White Rock Baptist Mass Choir, and Pastor Marshall Morton of Community Worship Center for All People.
We are looking forward to worshipping with you
Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church
Tarrytown, NY…Junior Achievement of the Hudson Valley will be holding its Battle of the Banks Bowl-a-Thon on Friday, Dec. 2, at AMF White Plains Lanes in White Plains, NY.Banks and financial institutions are invited to rally together to help raise money in support of Junior Achievement educational programs, providing financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship skills to students.The goal for this event is to raise $20,000 through fundraising and sponsorships.Each team consists of five bowlers who each raise a minimum of $100. Bowlers enjoy a night of bowling, food, music, and mingling with other Junior Achievement supporters, along with the chance to win prizes.The Battle of the Banks will be held in conjunction with the Fall Bowl for Kids. Proceeds from the events will help fund Junior Achievement programming in underserved school districts throughout Westchester County. Junior Achievement programs provide the skills, knowledge and motivation necessary to succeed in school, in the workplace, and in life. For more information on how to participate in the Bowl for Kids, please visit http://hudsonvalley.ja.org or contact (914) 524-9760.About Junior AchievementJunior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches four million students per year in 124 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 119 other countries worldwide. Locally, Junior Achievement of the Hudson Valley, Inc. is located in Tarrytown and serves the counties of Westchester, Rockland, Orange, and Putnam in the state of New York. All programs align with New York State learning standards. Since its establishment in 1973, Junior Achievement has educated more than 270,000 students in the Hudson Valley area. The JA promise ensures a cooperative effort among business, education, and community to focus on the children and their successful future. JA provides students with the skills, knowledge and motivation to be successful in the school, the workplace and in life.
White Plains, NY – The Democratic leadership team of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) vowed to keep the County’s responsible fiscal actions and decision-making on the agenda following the decision by the BOL Republicans to hold over a resolution that commits the BOL to delivering a 2012 Budget that will protect the County’s AAA bond rating. Among the Democratic leaders there was stated disappointment that the entire membership was not given an immediate opportunity to voice its approval for some of the actions that are called for in the resolution at the October 17 meeting of the BOL. After all, the inherent message of the resolution was to reinforce the BOL commitment to its Triple A rating, which will put the County in the best position possible to invest in projects that generate private sector jobs. “Since Westchester County will be going to the bond market next month with a number of offerings that will create jobs and improve infrastructure, it is important that our actions and decisions reflect the excellent health and stewardship of the County’s finances,” said BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers). “This resolution would have affirmed that this is the Board’s focus and determination, and so I am disheartened that the Board Republicans passed on this opportunity to show the various credit agencies that they are not willing to play politics with the County’s credit rating.” Earlier this year, the BOL adopted the bi-partisan 2011 Budget with a historic 2.2% tax levy decrease (double of what the County Executive proposed), reduced spending by $30 million and reduced the County workforce voluntarily by 10%—all of which confirmed that Westchester was moving in a smart and responsible direction with its financial obligations. Later, the County announced that $67 million was being returned to the General Fund, and had the County chosen not to increase the fund balances in both the Health Insurance and Retirement Funds, the General Fund balance for 2011 would have increased by an additional $14.1 million. Fitch Ratings applauded the county’s “active management of expenses” and a “…demonstrated willingness to reduce expenditures to moderate larger budget gaps and budget conservatively” when affirming Westchester County’s strong credit profile and “Triple A” rating. “The Board of Legislators and its professional staff worked hard to keep the County’s finances on track,” noted BOL Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon). “Smart fiscal management of taxpayer dollars has been our focus from the start.” On July 25, however, Moody’s Investor Service revised the outlook on Westchester County’s debt from stable to negative because Budget Director Laurence Soule said that the fund balance would not be replenished this year—a comment he now claims was “misinterpreted.” “This is why both the chairman of the Board and the chairman of the Board’s Budget and Appropriations Committee should be included in any rating agency meetings or conference calls,” said BOL Majority Leader Peter Harckham (D-Katonah). “It just makes sense to have a larger perspective of the County’s financial management represented.” The resolution that the BOL Republicans held over also pushes Soule to finally communicate with Moody’s about his “misinterpreted” statement regarding the fund balance, which he promised to do in a BOL Budget & Appropriations Committee meeting in August. For the 2011 Budget, the County Executive proposed using $36 million from the Fund Balance and the BOL added $5 million to that for infrastructure repairs and valuable social programs. Also, the County Executive proposed the credit-killing move of borrowing for operating costs, which the BOL wisely eliminated from the adopted Budget. Democrats then rejected a proposal by the County Executive to change health care providers for County employees—at a whopping $14 million in additional costs to County taxpayers. “We need to do everything we can to protect our excellent bond ratings,” said Majority Whip Judy Myers (D-Larchmont). “It’s time to put smart financial decisions and actions ahead of political gamesmanship for once and for all.”
White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) will celebrate Italian Heritage & Culture Month with a special program that will include a presentation of proclamations and a musical performance on MONDAY—October 17 at 6:30 PM. The program will take place here in the Westchester County Board Chamber prior to the regular meeting of the BOL.
This year, Italian Heritage & Culture Month is commemorating the 150th anniversary of Italian unification, or il Risorgimento, in which the different states then extant on the Italian peninsula came together to form the nation of Italy.
The members of the BOL will be presenting proclamations to Carlo Sclafani and Vincent Zuccarelli, co-presidents of the Westchester Coalition of Italian American Organizations. The musical interlude will be performed by soprano Mary Mancini and accordionist Mario Tacca.
Who: The Westchester County Board of Legislators and special guests, including Carlo Sclafani and Vincent Zuccarelli, co-presidents of the Westchester Coalition of Italian American Organizations
What: A celebration of Italian Heritage & Culture Month with a special program
When: MONDAY—October 17 at 6:30 PM
Where: Westchester County Board of Legislators Chamber
148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor
White Plains, NY