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Friday 12 November 2010 “Communication – Cooperation – Collaboration” Volume 5, Number 15 

Greetings Coalition Family! 

If you wish to change the world, do not expect the 
residents to agree with you… Madu 

Help reduce organizational paranoia, share ideas and solutions, 
“Communicate… Cooperate… Collaborate” “We each hold a piece to 
the puzzle.” 

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“It is easier to build children than it is to repair men.”…Frederick Douglass 

$100 Stipend for participating families 

CHOPs LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and 
Related Disabilities) is looking for families to participate in a valuable 
part of their training program. Families will be asked to invite students to 
visit them to observe their regular daily routines and learn about how 
autism affects family life. There is a $100.00 stipend for the participating 
family. Fellows will make 2 visits between now and May 2010. Contacts 
and visits will be scheduled at mutually convenient days and times. Of 
course, confidentiality will be completely respected. 

Amy Kratchman is the family Collaboration Director. She has also 
participated in the program for the past 2 years and she will be happy to 
answer any questions you may have. You can reach her at: 

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Education/Civil Rights/Bullying Letter 

In a 10-page letter to schools, colleges and universities, Russlynn Ali, 
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education (ED), 
advised that bullying may violate students' civil rights. The letter outlined 
the legal obligations that school staff has to protect students from peer 
harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex or disability. 
Secretary Ali reminded schools that Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 
of 1973, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act, prohibit 
discrimination based on disability status. In August of this year, the 
Obama Administration hosted the first ever National Bullying Summit 
and launched the Stop Bulling Now campaign, a national database of 
effective anti-bullying programs (see: To read a 
copy of the letter, go to: 

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The Neighborhood Youth Achievement Program "Roll With Us To 
Success" after school program purpose is to assist in preparing students to 
be successful in their continuing education, to create positive learning 


habits and work habits, to prepare students to be successful in their 
careers, to teach students to be responsible and informed citizens, to teach 
students to communicate effectively, and to create a basis for a desire for 
lifelong learning through positive activities. Activities such as: healthy 
cooking is cool, music, dance, arts, computer skills, 1000 Reading Book 
Challenge, Go Green & Garden, Africa to America History, Image 
Development, Writing, Poetry, Cultural trips and more. 

Cost: scholarships and family discounts available 

Location: 5806 Master Street 

To Register email us today: 


The organization mission is to help develop at risk youth to become 
healthy, productive adults through holistic programs and services. We 
create a safe environment where children can have fun participating in a 
variety of enriching extended day activities. 

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Cap4Kids Hint of the Week 

Did you know that the Phila. School District provides FREE classes to 
parents on many issues that affect families and can help improve parental 
skills in many areas. On the website, 
under the Education as well as the Parenting Resources handouts, you will 
find info on Parent University as well as a course directory 
The Parent University of Philadelphia provides: 
Classes and workshops for parents 
Family Literacy, Financial Literacy, Health/ Wellness & Cultural 
Information on the SDP and community resources 
that is available to parents and their children 
Multi-lingual programs 
Certificates, Professional Certification and College Degree attainment 
Classes and workshops will be conducted at the Education Center located 
at 440 N. Broad Street 
and other sites across the city. Parents can attend classes and workshops 
that best meet their needs and that are accessible to their homes and places 
of employment. This new and exciting educational opportunity is free to 

parents who have students in the Philadelphia School District. 

The Low Income Home Energy Assistant Program (LIHEAP) is now 

open for families in need of utility relief. 

Did you know that over 50,000 homes that are eligible for this program 
and don't know this? 
On the Cap4Kids website, under Housing, you will find information about 
this and other programs as well as the most current application. 

Please see announcement from the Phila Dept of Public Health below. 

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grants 
help pay winter heating bills and can help restore service if service is off.

The LIHEAP Program opens Monday, November 1, 2010. 
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has begun 
mailing pre-printed applications to last year's LIHEAP recipients. 
If you receive a pre-printed application, review the Eligibility for 
and How to Apply for LIHEAP pages 

What is LIHEAP? 
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps low-income 
families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant. You do not have to 
repay it. The grant amount is determined by household size and income; 
the minimum grant is $300.00, the maximum grant is $1,000.00. 
To receive help: 
You don't have to be on public assistance 
You don't need to have an unpaid heating bill 
You can either rent or own your home 

Important Information for CRP Customers Who Are Applying for 
PGW will apply the LIHEAP grant directly to the "Please Pay" amount 
for CRP customers. This means that a LIHEAP grant will lower your bill 
because it will reduce the amount you are asked to pay. 

More Information 
To hear additional, pre-recorded information and updates to the LIHEAP 
program, please call the PGW LIHEAP Hotline at (215) 684-6100. 

Crisis Grant 

Crisis is a federal grant designed to help pay for heating costs in a heating 
emergency, when service is shut off or threatened to be shut off. 

The UESF program is now open. 
Utility Emergency Services Fund 
UESF grants are available to income-eligible customers whose service has 
been terminated and to those who have received a shut off notice, to help 
them pay off the balance of their bill. 
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Teen pregnancy is a major issue that many of our communities face. 

Here are the facts: 
The U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world – 
twice as high as in England or Canada. 
2006 saw the first rise in the U.S. teen pregnancy rate in 15 years. 
An estimated 750,000 teens will become pregnant this year. 

About 1 in 3 women become pregnant at least once before they're 
A sexually active teen girl who does not use contraceptives has a 
90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year. 
It affects education - only a third of teen mothers earn their high 
school diploma. And only 1.5% has a college degree by age 30. 
It also affects their kids - girls born to teen mothers are more likely 
to be teen mothers themselves. Boys born to teen moms are more 
likely to end up in prison. 
75% of girls and over half of boys report that girls who have sex do 
so because their boyfriends want them to. 
8 in 10 girls and 6 in 10 boys say they wish they had waited until 
they were older to have sex. Most teens (6 in 10) and adults (3 in 4) 
believe that teen boys often receive the message that they are 
“expected to have sex.” 
Diapers are expensive, but it's nothing compared to the $9 billion that teen 
pregnancy costs the United States each year. This includes increased 
spending in child welfare costs and public sector health care. 
To address these issues, on the 
website, under Pregnancy and Infant Resources, 
there is a section on Teen Pregnancy resources 
including the ELECT Teen CPC centers with a newly posted referral 
sheet, fact sheet (see attached), and Middle Years and MARS programs. 


Please become familiar with these resources and 
refer families and teens in need. 

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Help For Parents With School-Age Children 

Are you a parent, relative, or health care professional with any of the 
following scenarios? 

* Not too sure how to register child for Kindergarten or Head Start. 
* Trying to decide on what type of school best fits a child's needs. Public 
or Charter or Magnet or Catholic? 
* Want to get a child motivate and focused on college. 
* Want to get child back in school after taking a leave, but don't know 
what options there are for out-of-school youth. 
* Child being bullied in school and don't know what to do. 
* Child not doing well in school and may have a learning difference. 
On the website, under the Education 
parent handout 

and the Resource tab there are resources 
in the community to help advocates for children find help for their child's 
educational needs. Please become familiar with the listed resources and 
continue to bridge the gap between families in need and the agencies and 
resources that serve them. 

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Black College Tours 2010 (40+) 

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With a little over 50% of our kids graduating high school on time 
and only 18% graduating college, we MUST all work on this issue 
together for the future of our city. 
The Mayor's office recently created an office called "PhillyGoes2College" 
that will start working to improve these statistics 
ocus_on_increasing_college_admissions.html), and on the website, under the Education Handout, 
you will find multiple sources for children, families and child advocates 

to help, from an early age, on the road to educational success 
Here you will find listings for various school choices, timelines, and 
resources for out-of-school youth, and college prep and college admission 

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The Food stamp program under the new stimulus package is now 
called the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). 

Did you know? 
Eligibility for SNAP benefits changed so many more families in food 
insecure households are now eligible. 
On the website, under the Food and 
Nutrition parent handout, you will find several organizations who can 
help families find out if they are eligible. Also, on the COMPASS website 
they can apply for these benefits and many others. 
For more info you can also go to 

Please continue to link families in need with the appropriate social 
services agencies that serve them through Cap4Kids. Thanks. 

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Online resources for parents:,, 


PUP’s 35th Anniversary 

Friday November 12, 6 PM 
The View 
800 N. Broad Street 


John Meyerson, PUP Board Chair and Legislative Director of 
UFCW Local 776 
PUP Alumni 
State Senator Shirley Kitchen 

State Representative Vanessa Brown 

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"The more we express our 
gratitude to GOD for our 
blessings, the more he will 
bring to our mind other 
blessings. The more we are 
aware of to be grateful for, 
the happier we become." - 
Ezra Taft Benson 

All entries for 
submission should 
be received by 
noon, the Monday 
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Entertainment by Legendary Cobolt Blues Band 
Honor 35 Years of Organizing for Justice for Poor 
and Unemployed Workers. 
Tickets $70 - PUP members $35 
Scholarships available for low income 
Ads for the Ad book are still available. 
For more information call Philadelphia Unemployment Project at 215557-
John Dodds, Director, 
Philadelphia Unemployment Project 
112 N. Broad St. 11th Floor 
Philadelphia, PA 19102 
215-557-0822 ext. 102 
fax 557-6981 
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sponsors first 
Youth Leadership Summit 
On Saturday, November 13th, 
Eastern North Philadelphia Youth Services Coalition's 
youth leaders will host its first annual 
“Let's Walk and Talk" 2010 Youth Leadership Summit 
LaSalle University from 
10am to 4pm. 
The summit is a one day event led by ENPYSC Youth Leaders. Its 
purpose is to inspire youth to become positive catalysts for change in their 
homes, schools, communities, and ultimately, their own lives. A number 
of interactive workshops and discussions will cover topics on college, the 
portrayal of urban youth in the media, gang violence, improving 
communication between adults and youth, and helping out-of-school 
youth return to school. 
For more information, visit here. 
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When I think of work, it's 
mostly about having control 
over your destiny, as 
opposed to being at the 
mercy of what's out there. - 
Gary Sinise 


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The African Family Health Organization 
(AFAHO) will host its 
1st annual African & Caribbean Health Forum 
Sunday, November 14th at 12 noon 
at the 
African Cultural Center 
5000 Springfield Avenue 
Philadelphia, PA 19143 

AFAHO, Palm Solutions, GILEAD and Abbott 
Pharmaceuticals are sponsoring the event with the collaboration of 
The AIDS Care Group, Jefferson Medical College Refugee Health 
Partners and Temple University 
Kornberg School of Dentistry. 

There are an estimated 200,000 African and Caribbean immigrants and 
refugees in the greater Philadelphia area and we hope to attract hundreds 
to this forum. Health professionals will provide education on various 
health issues as well as HIV testing, blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, 
dental, eye and Hepatitis B screenings. Community members will be able 
to discuss their concerns with staff and volunteers in 
English, French, Haitian Creole and several African languages. 
Free flu shots will be offered. 

About the African Family Health Organization (AFAHO): 
AFAHO was founded in 2003 by Ms. Tiguida Kaba, an African 
immigrant to address an unmet need among members of the African and 
Caribbean immigrant and refugee communities in the Philadelphia area 
who experience difficulties accessing healthcare and social services due to 
cultural, geographic, linguistic, and other barriers. AFAHO 
assists, serves and empowers members of these communities in order to 
improve their access to these services. 

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The 22nd Annual National Dropout Prevention Conference: 
From Rhetoric to Action: Ready, Set, Graduate! 

will take place 

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It isn't enough to talk about 
peace, one must believe it. 
And it isn't enough to 
believe in it, one must work 
for it. - Eleanor Roosevelt 


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from Sunday, November 14th to Wednesday, November 17th 

at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel 

12th and Market Streets. 

The conference, sponsored by the National Dropout Prevention 

Center/Network at Clemson University, is designed to enhance the 

leadership skills of all adults who are seeking to strengthen interventions 

among school, community, and families especially those in at-risk 


The conference program includes middle/high school transition, parental 

involvement, urban education, best practices in multiple pathways to 

graduation, extended learning opportunities, legislative affairs, 

research/early warning indicators, career and technical education, and 

literacy strategies. 

For details, go here. 

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Green Job Readiness Training 

Can I enroll in the program? 
YES! If you are 25+ years old, male or female, and live in ZIP codes: 
19102, 19103, 19106, 19107, 19112, 19123*, 19130*,19145, 19146, 
19147, 19148 
YES! If you can pass a drug test 
There will be a short placement test (reading and math) after the 
orientation. Please bring your state issued photo ID. 
How long is the training? 
9 weeks (5 days a week from 9am - 4:30pm) 
Training at Mamie Nichols Center & Houston Center 
When can I start? 
Upcoming Start Dates are: 03 Jan 2011, 21 Mar 2011, 06 Jun 2011, 22 
Aug 2011 
Attend one info session, to be considered for the next class, at: 
Mamie Nichols Center, 1529 S. 22nd St. (every other Tuesday) 
Houston Center, 2029 S. 8th St. (every other Friday) 
CALL NOW to register for the info session 
or find out more! 215-336-1111 Ext. 

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FEMA positions up to six figures available in online Coalition Group 
ongoing updates will be posted as they become available. 

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The Iraqis who have risen 
up against the occupation 
are not 'insurgents' or 
'terrorists' or 'The Enemy.' 
They are the revolution, the 
Minutemen, and their 
numbers will grow - and 
they will win. - Michael 

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Inc. web site 

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CCP Job Ready program offers green-collar training 

Community College of Philadelphia’s 

Job Ready Training Program 

is providing 12 week, career-specific training that will lead to emerging 
green-collar careers and industry-recognized certificates 
for program completers. 
The College and its partners will provide education and training to 
qualified veterans, unemployed workers, ex-offenders and other residents 
who live in portions of North Philadelphia, Kensington and Port 
Richmond for entry-level jobs in the green manufacturing and 
weatherization industries. 
For more information, call 215-496-6148 or email here. 

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13 Ways to Never Get Cancer 
Healthful lifestyle choices can dramatically lower your cancer risk. 
Here's exactly what—and what not—to do. 

By Richard Laliberte, Prevention 
First, the good news: You probably won't get cancer. That is, if you have 
a healthy lifestyle. "As many as 70 percent of known causes of cancers 
are avoidable and related to lifestyle," says Thomas A. Sellers, PhD, 
associate director for cancer prevention and control at Moffitt Cancer 
Center in Tampa. Diet, exercise, and avoidance of tobacco products are, 
of course, your first line of defense, but recent research has uncovered 
many small, surprising ways you can weave even more disease prevention 
into your everyday life. Try these novel strategies and your risk could 
dwindle even more. 

1. Filter Your Tap Water 
You'll reduce your exposure to known or suspected carcinogens and 
hormone-disrupting chemicals. A new report from the President's Cancer 
Panel on how to reduce exposure to carcinogens suggests that home-
filtered tap water is a safer bet than bottled water, whose quality often is 
not higher—and in some cases is worse—than that of municipal sources, 
according to a study by the Environmental Working Group. (Consumer 
Reports' top picks for faucet-mounted filters: Culligan, Pur Vertical, and 
the Brita OPFF-100.) Store water in stainless steel or glass to avoid 
chemical contaminants such as BPA that can leach from plastic bottles. 
Bing: Cancer symptoms 

2. Stop Topping Your Tank 
So say the EPA and the President's Cancer Panel: Pumping one last squirt 
of gas into your car after the nozzle clicks off can spill fuel and foil the 
pump's vapor recovery system, designed to keep toxic chemicals such as 
cancer-causing benzene out of the air, where they can come in contact 
with your skin or get into your lungs. 

3. Marinate Meat Before Grilling 
Processed, charred, and well-done meats can contain cancer-causing 
heterocyclic amines, which form when meat is seared at high 
temperatures, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which get into food 
when it's charcoal broiled. "The recommendation to cut down on grilled 
meat has really solid scientific evidence behind it," says Cheryl Lyn 
Walker, PhD, a professor of carcinogenesis at the University of Texas 
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. If you do grill, add rosemary and thyme to 
your favorite marinade and soak meat for at least an hour before cooking. 
The antioxidant-rich spices can cut HCAs by as much as 87 percent, 
according to research at Kansas State University. 

30 Ways to cancer-proof your life. 

4. Caffeinate Every Day 
Java lovers who drank 5 or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day had a 40 
percent decreased risk of brain cancer, compared with people who drank 
the least in a 2010 British study. A 5-cup-a-day coffee habit reduces risks 
of cancers of the pharynx and mouth almost as much. Researchers credit 
the caffeine: Decaf had no comparable effect. But coffee was a more 
potent protector against these cancers than tea, which the British 
researchers said also offered protection against brain cancer. 

5. Water Down Your Risks 
Drinking plenty of water and other liquids may reduce the risk of bladder 
cancer by diluting the concentration of cancer-causing agents in urine and 
helping to f lush them through the bladder faster. Drink at least 8 cups of 
liquid a day, suggests the American Cancer Society. 

6. Load Up On Really Green Greens 
Next time you're choosing salad fixings, reach for the darkest varieties. 
The chlorophyll that gives them their color is loaded with magnesium, 
which some large studies have found lowers the risk of colon cancer in 
women. "Magnesium affects signaling in cells, and without the right 
amount, cells may do things like divide and replicate when they 
shouldn't," says Walker. Just ½ cup of cooked spinach provides 75 mg of 
magnesium, 20 percent of the daily value. 

Make it tonight: The perfect cancer-fighting salad. 

7. Snack On Brazil Nuts 
They're a stellar source of selenium, an antioxidant that lowers the risk of 

bladder cancer in women, according to research from Dartmouth Medical 


School. Other studies have found that people with high blood levels of 
selenium have lower rates of dying of lung and colorectal cancers. 
Researchers think selenium not only protects cells from free radical 
damage but may enhance immune function and suppress formation of 
blood vessels that nourish tumors. 

8. Burn Off This Breast Cancer Risk Factor 
Moderate exercise such as brisk walking 2 hours a week cuts risk of 
breast cancer 18 percent. Regular workouts may lower your risks by 
helping you burn fat, which otherwise produces its own estrogen, a known 
contributor to cancer. 

9. Ask Your Doc About Breast Density 
Women whose mammograms have revealed breast density readings of 75 
percent or more have a cancer risk 4 to 5 times higher than that of women 
with low density scores, according to recent research. One theory is that 
denser breasts result from higher levels of estrogen—making exercise 
particularly important (see previous item). "Shrinking your body fat also 
changes growth factors, signaling proteins such as adipokines and 
hormones like insulin in ways that tend to turn off cancer-promoting 
processes in cells," Walker says. 

12 Myths about breast cancer. 

10. Skip The Dry Cleaner 
A solvent known as perc (short for perchloroethylene) that's used in 
traditional dry cleaning may cause liver and kidney cancers and leukemia, 
according to an EPA finding backed in early 2010 by the National 
Academies of Science. The main dangers are to workers who handle 
chemicals or treated clothes using older machines, although experts have 
not concluded that consumers are also at increased cancer risk. Less toxic 
alternatives: Hand-wash clothes with mild soap and air-dry them, spot 
cleaning if necessary with white vinegar. 

11. Head Off Cell Phone Risks 
Use your cell phone only for short calls or texts, or use a hands-free 
device that keeps the phone—and the radio frequency energy it emits— 
away from your head. The point is more to preempt any risk than to 
protect against a proven danger: Evidence that cell phones increase brain 
cancer risk is "neither consistent nor conclusive," says the President's 
Cancer Panel report. But a number of review studies suggest there's a link. 

The most powerful cancer fighting foods you can eat. 

12. Block The Sun With Color 
Choosing your outdoor outfit wisely may help protect against skin cancer, 
say Spanish scientists. In their research, blue and red fabrics offered 
significantly better protection against the sun's UV rays than white and 
yellow ones did. Don't forget to put on a hat: Though melanoma can 
appear anywhere on the body, it's more common in areas the sun hits, and 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found that 
people with melanomas on the scalp or neck die at almost twice the rate 

of people with the cancer on other areas of the body. 

13. Eat Clean Foods 
The President's Cancer Panel recommends buying meat free of antibiotics 
and added hormones, which are suspected of causing endocrine problems, 
including cancer. The report also advises that you purchase produce 
grown without pesticides or wash conventionally grown food thoroughly 
to remove residues. (The foods with the most pesticides: celery, peaches, 
strawberries, apples, and blueberries.) "At least 40 known carcinogens are 
found in pesticides and we should absolutely try to reduce exposure," 
Sellers says. 
Also see: 

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Dental surgery may be linked to heart problems 

By Zach Gottlieb 
NEW YORK | Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:58am EDT 
(Reuters Health) - For people who have dental surgery, the risk of heart 
attack and stroke may grow during the weeks following the procedure, 
British research suggests. 

"This is the first sign of increased risk for heart attack or stroke after a 
dental procedure," co-author Dr. Francesco D'Aiuto, a dentist and 
researcher at University College London Eastman Dental Institute, told 
Reuters Health. "This is not to say that this will happen with every dental 
procedure, but we are saying we need to look more into it." 

It's hard to know exactly what's going on, because the researchers didn't 
have access to information about the drugs patients were taking around 
the time of their surgery. If they cut down on certain medications, for 
instance, that alone could have upped their chances of suffering a heart 
attack or a stroke. 

Still, because these conditions affect more than one million people in the 
U.S., the increased risk could be significant. 

According to the study, heart attack and stroke occurred more often in the 
first four weeks after the operation than any other time during or after the 
recovery period. 

The researchers tapped into Medicaid data provided by GlaxoSmithKline 
-- which makes drugs to treat heart disease and stroke -- on a group of 

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A German, looking for 
directions in Paris, pulls up 
to a bus stop where two 
Americans are waiting. 

"Entschuldigung, sprechen 
Sie Deutsch?" he asks. The 
two Americans just stare at 

"Parlez-vous français?" he 

The two continue to stare, 
so the German tries again 
"Parlate italiano?" 

No response. "¿Hablan 
ustedes español?" Still 
nothing. Frustrated, the 
German guy drives off. 

The first American says, 
"You know, we should 
learn a foreign language." 

"Why?" asks the other. 
"He knew four languages, 
and it didn't do him any 

U.S. Medicaid patients receiving dental work, including simple 
procedures like removing a tooth. 
D'Aiuto explained that heart attack and stroke are linked to bacterial 
infections and inflammation after other invasive treatments, likely 
because inflammation can damage the walls of arteries and contribute to 
the formation of plaques that clog arteries. 

The authors, writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine, said that this led 
them to wonder about the role of dental surgery as well. 

They couldn't find a lot of suitable patients to test, however. The 
Medicaid claims database includes information for close to 10 million 
people, but there were only 1,150 people who had an invasive dental 
procedure and a heart attack or stroke in the 4-year period they focused 

In that population, 40 cases of heart attack or stroke occurred in the first 
four weeks after dental work -- one and a half times the baseline rate. 

Dr. Howard Weitz, a cardiologist at Thomas Jefferson University in 
Philadelphia and co-author of an editorial about the study, told Reuters 
Health that the study was not designed to determine if dental surgery 
causes heart problems, only to see if they are associated with each other. 

He also said previous research shows that errors in recording information 
in a database like the Medicaid one are fairly common. 

Even when it's correct, Medicaid information does not include the use of 
aspirin and other over-the-counter medications that help to prevent heart 

In some cases, doctors require patients to stop using aspirin in order to 
help prevent excessive bleeding during surgery. Weitz explained that 
cutting off aspirin could put some of these people at greater risk for heart 
attack or stroke later on. 

Right now, he said there is not enough evidence to suggest people should 
start delaying dental procedures, which could potentially create other 
complications. Instead, people should speak with their doctors about their 
heart condition and let dentists know if they are at risk for a heart attack 
or stroke. 

"This study could bring a lot of attention to dental procedures," said 

Weitz, "but I don't think people should look at this as a reason to be 

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A little girl asked her 
father, "Daddy? Do all 
Fairy Tales begin with 
'Once Upon A Time?'" 

He replied, "No, there is a 
whole series of Fairy Tales 
that begin with 'If elected I 


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SOURCE: Annals of Internal Medicine, October 
18, 2010. 

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Vitamin B12 tied to Alzheimer's 

New Alzheimer's guidelines aim for early diagnosis 

Mon, Oct 11 2010 
By Frederik Joelving 

NEW YORK | Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:17pm EDT

 (Reuters Health) – 

Vitamin B12 may help protect against Alzheimer's disease. 

The study suggests that seniors with more of the active part of the vitamin 
in their blood have a lower risk of developing the disease, which eats 
away at the minds of one in eight Americans aged 65 and older, according 
to the Alzheimer's Association. 

However, the findings don't necessarily mean that taking B vitamin 
supplements will stave off mental decline. 

Just last summer, for instance, a pair of studies deflated long-held hopes 
that B vitamins -- like B12 and folic acid -- would help patients who had 
suffered strokes or heart attack 

(see Reuters Health stories of June 22 and August 4, 2010). 

"More research is needed before we can get a conclusion on the role of 
vitamin B12 supplements on neurodegenerative diseases such as 
Alzheimer's disease," said Dr. Babak Hooshmand from Karolinska 
Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, whose findings appear in the journal 

But he added that many elderly people suffer from B12 deficiency, so the 
results could turn out to be important. 

"Our findings indicate that vitamin B12 and related metabolites may have 
an important role in Alzheimer's disease," Hooshmand told Reuters 
Health by e-mail. 

The researchers took blood samples from 271 Finnish seniors without 
dementia. At a second examination about seven years later, they found 17 

(six percent) had developed Alzheimer's. 

Those who did had higher levels of holotranscobalamin -- the active 
portion of vitamin B12 -- and lower levels of homocysteine, an amino 
acid tied to mental decline, stroke and heart disease. Folic acid was not 
linked to Alzheimer's. 

B vitamins decrease homocysteine levels, and so have attracted a lot of 
attention as a potentially cheap and safe treatment. But it is unclear if they 
are just a sign of disease or have a causal role. 

Neurologist Dr. Sudha Seshadri, of Boston University, said he wouldn't 
advise taking extra B vitamins unless a doctor had diagnosed signs of 

"Too much folate in the presence of B12 deficiency can be harmful," he 
told Reuters Health by e-mail. 

However, he added, "A healthy diet with adequate B12 may still be useful 
in reducing risk despite the failure of initial clinical trials to show a 
benefit on cognition." 

Vitamin B12 is found in a variety of foods, including dairy, eggs, fish and 

SOURCE: Neurology, October 19, 2010. 

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Collards and carrots may ward off breast cancer 

By Lynne Peeples 
NEW YORK | Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:19pm EDT

 (Reuters Health) - Eating lots of carrots and cruciferous vegetables -- 
collard greens, cabbage, broccoli -- could reduce breast cancer risk, 
particularly an aggressive form common among African American 
women, suggests a large new study. 

The researchers looking at data from the ongoing Black Women's Health 
Study did not find a similar benefit from fruit intake. 

Previous studies of the relationship between fruit and vegetable 
consumption and breast cancer in white women have led to conflicting 
results, and no prior research has investigated this link separately among 
African American women, lead researcher Dr. Deborah A. Boggs, of 

Boston University, told Reuters Health in an e-mail. 

Boggs noted her team's earlier work showing that a so-called "prudent 
diet" high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fish led to a lower risk of 
estrogen receptor-negative breast cancers among African American 

The ER-negative form of breast cancer, which is insensitive to the 
hormone estrogen, is more common in this population than among white 
women. It is also more difficult to treat and more often fatal than 
estrogen-sensitive cancers. 

Overall, breast cancer is the second leading cancer-killer for both African 
American and white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control 
and Prevention. Approximately 1 in 8 American women will develop the 
disease at some point in life, although age, heredity and environmental 
factors can increase an individual's risk. 

Boggs and her colleagues wanted to find out whether fruits and vegetables 
drove the beneficial effect they saw in women eating the prudent diet and 
whether specific varieties are particularly protective. 

They tracked the diets and health of more than 50,000 African American 
women from across the U.S. for 12 years. About 1,300 of the women 
developed new cases of breast cancer during that period, 35 percent of 
them ER-negative. 

The researchers found, however, that women who ate at least two servings 
of vegetables a day had a 43 percent lower risk of ER-negative breast 
cancer compared with women who ate fewer than four servings of 
vegetables each week. 

Further, they identified certain types of vegetables that appeared to reduce 
the risk of all types of breast cancer, including broccoli, collard greens, 
cabbage and carrots. 

Women who ate three or more servings a week of carrots, for instance, 
had a 17 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer than women who 
ate carrots less than once a month. 

The results for all vegetables held after accounting for other potential 
breast cancer risk factors, such as physical activity, smoking, alcohol 
consumption and education level, as well as consumption of other 
components of the prudent diet, the researchers report in the American 

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Journal of Epidemiology. 

Still, it is too early to determine if this is a true cause-and effect-
relationship, they note. High vegetable consumption could mark a 
healthier lifestyle in general or some other unknown mechanism that 
accounts for the apparent protection. Vegetables' cancer-staving power 
needs to be confirmed in further studies, the researchers write. 

"Most Americans do not meet the recommendation of five servings of 
vegetables per day, based on a 2,000-calorie diet, and African Americans 
in particular eat fewer vegetables on average than do whites," said Boggs. 

"It is clear that, in addition to potential protective effects against breast 
cancer, higher vegetable consumption can lead to many health benefits, 
including lower risk of cardiovascular disease," she added. "Therefore, we 
recommend that African American women try to increase their daily 
intake of vegetables to meet the established guidelines." 

SOURCE: American Journal of Epidemiology, 
online October 11, 2010. 

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New guidelines drop the "P" from CPR 
(Reuters Health) - After 50 years of loyal service, traditional CPR is being 
replaced by a new, bare-bones version of the life-saving emergency 

Forget about yucky mouth-to-mouth contact -- the P in cardiopulmonary 
resuscitation (CPR) -- and get right down to pumping hard and fast on the 
chest, the American Heart Association said on Monday, 

That will keep oxygen-rich blood flowing to the brain until trained 
rescuers can take over. 

"Chest compressions are the most important part of CPR," said Dr. 
Michael Sayre, a spokesman for the American Heart Association. "The 
major change is switching to starting CPR with chest compressions rather 
than opening an airway and doing rescue breathing." 

Only if a rescuer has been specifically trained in conventional CPR should 
they give rescue breathing as well, added Sayre, also of Ohio State 
University in Columbus. 

Recent studies have shown that CPR without rescue breathing works as 

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"Not to forgive is to be 
imprisoned by the past, by 
old grievances that do not 
permit life to proceed with 
new business. Not to forgive 
is to yield oneself to 
another's control... to be 
locked into a sequence of 
act and response, of 
outrage and revenge, tit for 
tat, escalating always. The 
present is endlessly 
overwhelmed and devoured 
by the past. Forgiveness 
frees the forgiver. It 
extracts the forgiver from 
someone else's nightmare." 

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well as or better than the full version in most people who suffer cardiac 

And it might also get more people to do CPR, which is currently 
performed only about half the time when someone witnesses a person 
collapse from cardiac arrest. Some 300,000 Americans suffer cardiac 
arrests every year, and less than one in 10 survive. 

That dismal number hasn't changed in three decades. But doctors say it 
could, and part of the solution is to get more bystanders to roll up their 
sleeves and start chest compressions in the center of the chest. 

The ideal rate is at least 100 compressions per minute -- coincidentally, 
about the same pace as the Bee Gees 1977 disco hit "Stayin' Alive." Each 
compression should be about two inches (five centimeters) deep in adults 
and children, and about one and a half inches in infants. Rescuers should 
not lean on the chest between compressions; it's important to let the chest 
return to its starting position. 

"If you see the victim suddenly collapse -- one minute they're walking and 
talking and the next minute they are on the ground -- then the odds are 
high that it is cardiac arrest," Sayre said. 

If the victim is not breathing or not breathing normally, "Tap on their 
shoulder to see if you can wake them up. If you can't, then we recommend 
starting chest compressions after calling 911." 

If you start CPR on someone who collapsed for some reason other than a 
cardiac arrest, "they usually just wake up," said Sayre, adding that serious 
injuries were rare. 

Earlier this month, Arizona saw the effects of a state-wide campaign to 
get bystanders to do hands-only CPR. 

Five years after health officials started promoting the technique, the 
chances of surviving a cardiac arrest had more than doubled, reaching 
close to 10 percent. And those victims who received hands-only CPR had 
more than 1.5 times the odds of making it compared to those who got 
conventional CPR (see Reuters Health story of Oct 5, 2010). 

"I don't see any reason why in the future you wouldn't have a better 
chance of surviving than dying of a cardiac arrest," Dr. Bentley J. 
Bobrow, of Arizona's Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma 
System, told Reuters Health at the time. 

He noted, however, that factors such as public-access defibrillators -- 
which can jolt the heart back to its normal rhythm -- and better hospital 

care are also important. 

For people who are trained in conventional CPR, the new guidelines 
recommend giving two breaths after 30 compressions, and then repeating 
the cycle. 

That may be especially helpful for many children and people who have 
drowned, because their blood is out of oxygen. 

But for the majority of American adults with cardiac arrest, the heart 
gives in suddenly because the arteries that supply it with blood get 
clogged by cholesterol. For those people, keeping the blood flowing 
without interruption appears to be vital. 

The American Heart Association has created a short web tutorial that 
shows how to do effective CPR. It's available at 

SOURCE: Circulation, October 18, 2010. 

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Health coverage for uninsured still available 

One of the key programs of the health reform act passed by Congress is 
March is the high-risk insurance pools program, designed for individuals 
with pre-existing medical conditions who were previously unable to get 
health insurance. 
Pennsylvania’s program, called PA Fair Care, still has a few slots open 
for eligible individuals before a waiting list is created. The program was 
initially intended to serve about 3500 people. 
Those who qualify for the coverage should act quickly as these slots will 
almost certainly not fill the need of all Pennsylvanians who qualify. The 
slots are filled on a first come first served basis. 
To be eligible for Pennsylvania’s high-risk pool, individuals must be a 
resident of Pennsylvania, be a UW citizen or legal resident, have been 
uninsured for six months prior to the date of application, and have a preexisting 
condition, as listed by the state Department of Insurance. 
The plan's benefit package will include preventive care, physician 
services, diagnostic testing, hospitalization, mental health services, 
prescription medications and much more, with subsidized premiums of 
$283 a month. 
For more information or to apply, go here 
or call 888-767-7015 (TTY 1-888-767-7018). 

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Too much fructose could raise your blood pressure 

By Frederik Joelving 

 (Reuters Health) - Do you need a reason to cut down on sweetened 
beverages? Their fructose content might increase your blood pressure, 
doctors said Thursday. 

Although not all studies agree, the findings add to a growing body of 
evidence that too much of the ubiquitous sugar -- found in fruits as well as 

high-fructose corn syrup and table sugar -- can have important health 
consequences. (See Reuters Health story of May 24, 2010.) 

High blood pressure, for example, increases the risk of strokes, heart 
disease and kidney failure. 

Close to one in three Americans suffer from elevated blood pressure, a 
rate that has tripled in the past century, the researchers say in the Journal 
of the American Society of Nephrology. While the reasons aren't clear, 
diet and lifestyle changes are the main suspects. 

To test the link between blood pressure and fructose, they used nationally 
representative survey data from more than 4,500 adults. The survey 
included questions about all sources of fructose, whereas most earlier 
studies had focused on soft drinks. 

On average, they found, people said they consumed 74 grams of fructose 
per day -- roughly the amount in four soft drinks. Even though none of 
them had experienced blood pressure problems, about a third turned out to 
have borderline high blood pressure and eight percent had hypertension 
(readings of at least 140/90 mmHg, compared with normal values of 
120/80 or less). 

The more fructose their diet included, the more likely they were to have 
high blood pressure. Of course, that could have been influenced by a 
variety of factors, such as obesity and disease, or getting too much of 
other sugars, salt or alcohol. 

But even when adjusting for all these factors, the odds of having high 
blood pressure increased in those whose fructose intake was above 
average. For the most severe form -- stage 2 hypertension -- the odds were 
7 percent higher. Given the new findings, people might want to think 
twice about what they throw into their shopping carts, said Dr. Michel 

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Chonchol of the University of Colorado Denver, who worked on the 

"In the grocery store, you see food without high-fructose corn syrup," he 
said, adding that it would make sense to reduce fructose intake by 
choosing those products and avoiding the ones containing added sugars. 

"There is no question that fructose itself appears to have effects that other 
sugars don't have," said Chonchol. The exact mechanisms are unclear, 
although several have been proposed, he added. 

"What we need now are clinical trials, where you take people with 
hypertension and place them on a diet with low fructose and see if that 
lowers their blood pressure," said Rachel K. Johnson, a professor of 
nutrition at the University of Vermont in Burlington, who was not 
involved in the research. 

Until then, she said the message is clear: "Sugar-sweetened beverages -- 
avoid, avoid, avoid! That's the major source of added sugars for 

Getting fructose from eating fruits appears to be less of a problem, she 
said, perhaps because they also contain many healthful substances like 
antioxidants and fiber. Fruit has just 4 to 10 grams of fructose per serving, 
while a can of Coca-Cola has 39 grams of high-fructose corn syrup, about 
half of which is fructose (the rest is glucose). 

Last year, Johnson helped prepare a statement about sugar and heart 
disease from the American Heart Association, which included dietary 

"For most American women," she advises, "no more than six teaspoons or 
100 calories a day of added sugars, and no more than nine teaspoons for 

That is less than one can of Coca-Cola. 

In a press release about the new study, the Corn Refiners Association, a 
U.S. trade group, said the researchers had muddled the differences 
between fructose and glucose, the other half of high-fructose corn syrup 
and table sugar. 

"The rise in glucose consumption also mirrors the dramatic rise in 
hypertension," the release said. 


Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, online July 1, 2010. 

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Experts say 40 percent of cancers could be prevented 

Kate Kelland 

LONDON (Reuters) - Forty percent of the 12 million people diagnosed 
with cancer worldwide each year could avert the killer disease by 
protecting themselves against infections and changing their lifestyles, 
experts said… 

Read the full story: 

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Get Fresh! 

Volunteer with Philabundance Fresh for All 
You recycle out the wazoo and consider yourself consigliore of the 
enviro-sack mafia. 
Hence, a cause you can believe in: Philabundance wants to fill those 
ubiquitous bags with produce through its new Fresh for All programs. 
And you can help by volunteering. 
The nonprofit hands out perishables at six sites in the 
Delaware Valley — where nutritious diet staples are hard to come by, 
especially in tough times. 
With a minimum three-hour commitment, you’ll keep busy. Help with 
admin, approve clients, or do community outreach (posting mailings, 
making phone calls). 
Looking for something physical? 
Take food to sites, divide apples, and dole out the goods. You’ll be doing 
a major part to help people get the fruits and veggies they need. And 
that’s a green movement to be proud of. 
To participate in Fresh for All, contact 
Tunisia Garnett (215-339-0900 ext. 238 or 
For more information, go to 

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Tips for making oatmeal appealing to kids 
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Website Offers Revolutionary Green Alternatives 
for Communities/Nations 

Greetings. I hope that you and your business/ organizations are all 
doing well. As we enter into a new year, I expect that many of us 
have already envisioned what we would like to accomplish in this 
new year. As long as we have positive intentions for not just ourselves 
but also our fellow inhabitants on this planet 
as well as the mother Earth herself, may the Creator of the Universe bless 
our visions and goals to become a material manifestation. 

I would like to invite everyone to visit 

I am one of the co-founders of this organization. While the initiative 
of this organization focuses on improving the lives of the African 
Diaspora and building up eco-friendly, peaceful, self sustaining and 
prosperous communities in their ancestral lands, we extend a welcome 
hand for all to check a part of our vision out by visiting our site. 
Our site was put in video format for simplicity and visuals to keep 
the interests of our visitors. When you first click on the provided 
website address, you will notice that we begin with our goals on 
dealing with electricity. There are actually two clips explaining the 
same technology, we recommend the second clip for a more detailed 
explanation on how this technology works. The following two clips 
deals with how we plan on providing clean water to the citizens and then 
water recycling. 
The fifth video demonstrates how sewer systems are unnecessary. 
There are many issues that we tackle on our site. We are currently in 
talks with university and reverse engineers to have these technologies 
made at a lower cost and with high quality specifications. 
Any feedback or suggestions is welcome and 
any donations would be highly appreciated. 
There is a lot of useful information and we encourage all to take 
advantage of it and to view it for themselves, we're 
confident that you will be excited as we are once you see 
the potential in such technology. 

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Here are some interesting facts that might make your world spin! 

The garbage in a landfill stays for about 30 years. 
In 1995 over 200 of the world landfills were full. 
Each person throws away approximately four pounds of garbage 
every day. 
One bus carries as many people as 40 cars! 
More than 1/3 of all energy is used by people at home 
Most families throw away about 88 pounds of plastic every year 
We each use about 12,000 gallons of water every year 
1/3 of all water is used to flush the toilet. 
The 500 million automobiles on earth burn an average of 2 gallons 
of fuel a day. 
Each gallon of fuel releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the 
Approximately 5 million tons of oil produced in the world each ear 
ends up in the ocean. 
The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to 
light a traditional light bulb for four hours 
For every 2000 pounds of paper (1 ton) recycled, we save 7,000 
gallons of water free from chemicals. 
Recycled paper requires 64% less energy than making paper from 
virgin wood pulp, and can save many trees 
Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees 
The amount of wood and paper we throw away is enough to heat 50 
million homes for 20 years 
Earth is 2/3 water. But all the fresh water streams only represent 
one hundredth of one percent. 
14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year 
It takes 90% less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to make 
new ones 
5 billion aluminum cans are used each year 
84 percent of all household waste can be recycled. 
Computers pose an environmental threat because much of the 
material that makes them up is hazardous. A typical monitor 
contains 4-5 pounds of lead. 
Each year billions of used batteries are thrown away in the United 
States. This constitutes 88% of the mercury and 54% of the 
cadmium deposited into our landfills 
Approximately only 10 percent of every landfill can be cleaned up. 
Ivory comes from dead elephants, its best not to buy it. 
Fur coats often come from endangered animals, 
it's best not to buy them. 

One gallon of motor oil can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of 
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I couldn't decide whether to 
go to Salt Lake City or 
Denver for vacation, so I 
called the airlines to get 
prices. "Airfare to Denver 
is $300," said a cheery 

"And what about Salt Lake 

"We have a really great 
rate to Salt Lake. It's 
$99.00, but there is a 


"In Denver." 

water. So dispose of properly! 

Here is an example of the water we use everyday: 
3-7 gallons for toilet, 
25-30 gallons for tub, 
50-70 gallons for a 10 minute shower, 
1 washing machine load uses 25-40 gallons, 
1 dishwasher load uses 9-12 gallons 
Here is an example of how long it takes some things take to break 
down: plastics take 500 years, aluminum cans take 500 years, 
organic materials, take 6 months, cotton, rags, paper takes 6 
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Don't throw your old TVs away! 

All electronics can be dropped off for recycling at either 
Domino Lane & Umbria St. 
State Rd. & Ashburner St. in Philadelphia 
at the 
Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers, 
Monday through Saturday 
8:00 am to 6:00 pm. 
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Weavers Way #5 plastics recycling resumes 

Fellow Recyclers, Weavers Way collection of #5 plastics, which are not 
included in the City’s recycling program, will be on the 3rd Saturday of 
each month: The collections take place at the co-op's garage, 
at 542 Carpenter Lane, 
which is across the street and a bit further down the block from the Big 
Blue Marble bookstore. 
Please note that we need volunteers to keep this project going. (Weavers 
Way members can get work credit for helping us; work shifts are 
available on co-op's the online calendar.) 

The #5 category includes yogurt cups, sour cream containers, hummus 
tubs, some medicine bottles, and more. Your recyclables must be clean 
and dry to be accepted. Check to make sure there are no other materials 
(paper, screws, other number plastics) on the items you bring in. 
Impurities of any kind compromise the recycling process and usually lead 
to the discarding of an entire batch. Exclude any lids unless they are 

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clearly marked #5. (Most lids from #5 containers are #4 plastic, but this is 

not always the case.) 

We ask recyclers for a small donation to cover postage costs of mailing 
the recyclables to the Gimme 5 processing facility in New York. 
Before bringing your #5s to the collection, be sure that they meet the 
requirements for Gimme 5: 
All items must be CLEAN and DRY. If they contained food or any oily or 
dirty product, make sure they have been washed, not just rinsed. Items 
stacked when wet tend to stay wet, so allow washed items to dry fully 
before stacking or packing. 
The #5 stamp needs to be visible on each item. Lids are separate items. 
Don’t assume lids are the same number plastic as the container; 
sometimes they are but usually they are not. Check to make sure there are 
no other materials (labels, paper, and other number plastics, metal) on the 
items you bring in. 

Brita filters are also welcome! Let them air dry for several days to make 
sure they are completely dry. 

We'll see you soon! 
Carolyn, Helen, Priscilla and Stevik 
of the Weavers Way Environment Committee 
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Recycling Services Inc. in Pottstown takes styrofoam on Saturday and 
Tuesday mornings. 

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For sustainable enterprise go to Green Jobs Philly 

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40 Ways to Save on Almost Anything 


What Are Some Tips for Being Safe on Public Transportation? 

The most important way to protect yourself on public transportation is to 
be aware of your surroundings. Avoid using a cell phone or another 
electronic device, not only because it will distract you, but also because it 
makes you an appealing target for thieves. Try to stay awake, especially at 
night, and take note of the people sitting around you and their behavior. If 

you feel uncomfortable, move to another seat. If you are waiting at a bus 
stop or station, try to stay in the light, and near a public safety officer, if 
one is on duty. By being alert, you can protect yourself by preventing an 

It is also important to be aware of your personal belongings on public 
transportation. Try to keep the number of bags you have to a minimum, 
and keep valuables and important belongings close to your body. Keep 
wallets zipped in internal pockets to make them more difficult to steal, 
and keep your bags close to you. On crowded public transportation, it can 
be difficult to prevent people from handling your bags, but try sticking 
them under the seat or between your legs to make them less accessible. 

When boarding public transportation, have your pass or fare ready. This 
will speed up the boarding process and prevent you from having to 
rummage in a wallet or purse, potentially revealing money or credit cards. 
If you are getting on late at night, sit as close to the driver as possible, and 
tell the driver if you notice strange behavior or you feel uncomfortable 
about another passenger. When getting off, make sure that you know how 
to get to your destination, and keep an eye on people getting off with you. 
Try to avoid poorly lit areas at night, and travel with a companion on 
public transportation, if you can. 

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Frator Heru Institute Fall Semester 2010 Course Catalogue 

The Frator Heru Institute has published its Fall Semester 2010 Course and 
Program Guide for its class schedule ending December 9th. 
The Institute offers a variety of educational and cultural programs serving 
the African American community in North Philadelphia. 
Download the guide here. 

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Jack Balousek 


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USDA offers Hunger-Free Communities grants 

The US Department of Agriculture is offering Hunger- Free Communities 
grants to help cities and towns across the country fight hunger and food 
insecurity and promote healthy eating. 
The grants will help fund research, planning and hunger relief activities 
such as food distribution, community outreach, development of new 
resources, and strategies to reduce or prevent hunger and food insecurity. 
Two models of grants are available: planning and assessment grants or 
implementation grants. 
For more information, go here. 

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Aspen Institute offers scholarships to students of color 
The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation in 
Washington is offering scholarships to introduce a diverse group of 
students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social 
enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. 
The $2,000 fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, 
is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. Fellows 
undertake research, writing, logistical, and administrative support for 
PSI's leadership initiatives, public programs, and convenings. 
Application guidelines are available here. 

200 Free Scholarships For Minorities (NEW UPDATED 2010 
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HIV/AIDS Prevention Workshop 

Workshop Summary 

Culturally-Relevant Communication about HIV/AIDS is an interactive 
and user-friendly workshop. Ivan J. Juzang, MEE President and Founder 
will examine the environmental influences, attitudes and behaviors and 
unique communication style of urban, ethnic and other hard-to-reach 
audiences; review theories and techniques for developing cost-effective 
and culturally-relevant communication strategies; and then show session 
attendees how to apply these learnings to their own HIV/AIDS testing 
programs, prevention services and outreach efforts. 

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you should never say 
anything important to a 
person: when he is tired, 
when he is angry, and when 
he has just made a mistake. 

- Unknown 

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Learning Objectives 

After attending the session, attendees will have the background necessary 
to more effectively communicate with their target audiences about sex, 
sexuality and HIV/AIDS. They will also have a clearer understanding of 
media consumption patterns and other social factors that impact sexual 
decision-making; and the attitudes, motivations and perceptions of 
minorities on healthy sexuality and HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and 
treatment. Such information will help interventionists, community-based 
organizations and service providers develop innovative and effective 
messages and services targeted to minority audiences. 

Workshop Description: 

Topics explored during the session include: 
The environmental context, peer group dynamics and social interactions 
that influence sexual behaviors; 
How service providers can be more culturally aware, and increase the 
effectiveness of their outreach, media and materials; and 
Strategies for attracting the hardest-to-reach audiences to HIV-prevention, 
testing and treatment programs. 

To inquire about a MEE Workshop at Your Organization call 

215.829.4920 or Email here 
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Risk Youth 

Annie E. Casey Foundation 

A private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures 
for disadvantaged children in the United States. The foundation offers 
community-focused grants. The site also has several publications. 
Provides funding to both 501(c)(3) and local/state government. 
Organizations wishing to send a proposal to the Foundation should submit 
a letter of no more than three pages explaining the organization and its 
project and how the money will be used. Send the letters to: The AEC 
Foundation; Attn: Office of the President; 701 Saint Paul St.; Baltimore, 
MD 21202. 
Phone: 410-547-6600 

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AOL Time Warner Foundation 

The AOL Time Warner Foundation is dedicated to using the power of 

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constantly in terms of I can, 
I will, and I am. Losers, on 
the other hand, concentrate 
their waking thoughts on 
what they should have or 
would have done, or what 
they can't do. - Dennis 


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media, communications and information technology to serve the public 
interest and strengthen society. However, rather than simply providing 
grant monies or funding unsolicited requests, the foundation prefers to 
enter into sustainable strategic partnerships with organizations that have a 
demonstrated commitment to pioneering innovative ways of meeting four 
priorities: Equipping kids for the 21st century; Extending Internet benefits 
to all; Engaging communities in the arts; and Empowering citizens and 
civic participation. 
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AT&T Foundation 

The AT&T Foundation seeks to educate, enrich, engage, and empower the 
communities served by AT&T. The Foundation's funding areas are 
education, civic and community service, and arts and culture. 

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Beaumont Foundation 

The Beaumont Foundation of America (BFA), a non-profit philanthropic 
organization, is dedicated to the enriching the lives of individuals by 
providing technology to historically underserved schools and 
communities. The foundation believes technologies are essential tools for 
progress in the 21st century, and that given access to digital information, 
people will have an equal opportunity to advance socially, economically 
and intellectually. 
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The Student Achievement Grants program provides grants of $5,000 
each to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in 
critical thinking and problem solving that deepen knowledge of standards-
based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of 
inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Proposals for work 
resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, 
advanced placement, and other challenging curricula are particularly 
encouraged. Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, 
equipment, transportation, software, and scholars-in-residence. 
Applicants must be practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades K-12, 
public school education support professionals, or faculty and staff at 
public higher education institutions. 
Visit the NEA Foundation Web site for complete grant program 
RFP Link: 

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Send your information 
to: News From The 
Coalition, Inc. 

All entries for 
submission should be 
received by noon, the 
Monday prior to 
publish date and in 
Press Release form. 

For additional RFPs in Education, visit: 
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Banta Company Foundation 

The Banta Company Foundation provides funding for at-risk youth and 
delinquency prevention initiatives. The funds can be used for equipment, 
general/operating expenses, seed money, program development, as well as 
other areas. For more information please contact: 
Banta Company Foundation 
225 Main Street 
PO Box 8003 
Menasha,WI 54952-8003. 

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Best Buy Children's Foundation 

The mission of the Best Buy Children's Foundation is to improve the lives 
of youth aged 5 - 18 in communities where Best Buy maintains a business 
presence. The Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations with 
innovative approaches to developing life skills in young people through 
education, mentoring, and leadership development. Funds can be used for: 
program development; direct project support; specific curriculum 
development; and scholarship aid for participants in life skills or 
mentoring programs. The Foundation typically awards grants ranging 
from $2000 - $10,000 to nonprofits. 

Healthy Community Outreach Program 

will be granted to nonprofit organizations to support grassroots efforts 
which increase awareness on critical health initiatives through health 
walks, health fairs and health education outreach. 
Grants up to $25,000 will be considered. 
Please provide all levels of event sponsorships on your application. 
Nonprofit organizations with evidence of IRS 501(c)(3) designation or de 
facto tax-exempt status may apply for a grant, with the following 
exceptions: advertising; capital campaigns; grants or scholarships to 
individuals; multiyear requests; political causes and events; or religious 
organizations in support of their sacramental or theological functions.>Awards 

Ongoing Deadline 
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Ben and Jerry's Foundation 

Ben and Jerry's Foundation has no specific program areas. The 

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go to: 

and download a copy 
of the Pledge of 
Commitment and 
return it to us 

Send your information 
to: News From The 
Coalition, Inc. 

All entries for 
submission should be 
received by noon, the 
Monday prior to 
publish date and in 
Press Release form. 

Foundation seeks projects that lead to societal change or address the root 
causes of problems. The Foundation awards grants ranging in amount 
from $1,000 to $15,000. Applicants must submit a letter of interest at any 
time during the year. 
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SpotLight On Our Efforts 
Please spread the word 
Hosts for Hospitals is a little nonprofit that matches people with houses in 
West Philly who can volunteer a room for the family of a child 
hospitalized at CHOP or an adult at HUP or Presby. This way, they can 
stay nearby while their person is in the hospital--and otherwise they may 
not be able to afford to. This is a terrific organization, and believe me, 
they have thought of absolutely everything (can only accommodate one 
person? Check. Only want a visitor for two days or less? Check. Etc, etc.). 
This is a great opportunity for both the host family (especially people who 
know what it's like to have a family member in the hospital) and the 
visitor---it often fosters lasting friendships. Some of the families are from 
other countries, so it's also sort of an international exchange program. 
Here's their web site: 
Their office is at 4719 Pine Street. 
Contact them at: 215.472.3801 
or email Tammy at: 
They also need volunteers in their office, and folks to ride their bikes 
around the neighborhood to pin up flyers for them once a month. 
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is a mentoring program that will provide guidance, support, 
and opportunities for young girls, enabling them 
to develop their creative, independent voices, and 
learn how to make healthy choices in all areas of their lives. 
In combination with a creative, fun and writing activities, 
BLOOM will foster positive relationships and provide opportunities 
for girls to build self-esteem and discuss issues that are 
important to their overall development. 

For more information: Ph: 267-386-8204 ext. 2 or 

Just as seeds start small and flourish into beautiful flowers, 
BLOOM's focus is to help transform young girls into spectacular women. 

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Lest We Forget Slavery and Holocaust Museum 

To all who have visited our museum and supported us in the past, to those 
who have heard of us, have talked about us, and want to know about it, 
and those that are asking if they can help, 
the answer is yes you can! 
Here’s how! 
We of 
are having a "Fundraiser to remember and honor those who passed thru 
the ‘doors of no return’ by the building of a 

"Tunnel of Remembrance" 

To our ancestors and all those who fought and died for the great cause of 
"freedom". This tunnel is dedicated to those devoted to the freedoms for 
all people and the eradication of that awful slave trade. As we share our 
memories with in this tunnel, we ask that you place a piece of your history 
in it also, by the purchase of a 

"Brick of Remembrance". 

Bricks can be purchased on our web site, 
or mail in the brochure, Be sure to print legibly, Each brick will be etched 
with the names and memories of loved ones, Friendship, Sacrifice, 
Courage, and those who are gone but not forgotten, those brave 
abolitionists White and black, whose lives were not spared but suffered 
the same fate, Let us also keep in mind those still with us on the front 
lines letting us know for sure, Freedom is not free "Lest We Forget". 

J. Justin Ragsdale Director/Chief Curator 
LWF/Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery 
Telephone: 215-397-6060 

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I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the 
place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow 
his vision wherever it takes him. Pauline Kael 

Jus’ Words at Dowlings Place 

1310 No. Broad St. Phila 

Every Thurs. 9pm to 1am 

Spoken Word Artists 
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2010 Benefit Fashion & Cocktail Event 

The 3rd Annual Fashion Show and Cocktail Reception 

to benefit the 
Evoluer House 

December 3rd 2010 
The University of the Arts 
Dorrance Hamilton Hall 
7:00 PM – 10:00 
320 So. Broad Street 
Philadelphia, PA 


Sarah Dash of the star trio LaBelle 
Loris Diran, internationally renowned designer and creative 
director of Loris Diran 
The Honorable Dame Jennifer Smith, DBE, JP, DHumL, MP 
Cindy Bass, Senior Policy Advisor to US Congressman Chaka 
Millie E. Bell, President, DermHA/Skin Health Solutions 
Mariska K. Bogle, Strategic Planning and Development, The 

Philadelphia Tribune 

Megan Day, RN, Devereaux 
Sarah Haley, PhD, Assist. Professor at UCLA & Visiting Fellow at 
Princeton University 
Judith Peters, MBA, Office of Health, Safety & Physical 
Education, HIV Prevention Education Program, The School 
District of Philadelphia 
Kyeongha Song, MBA Candidate, Wharton School of the 
University of Pennsylvania 
Susan Tew, RN, President of Heartystew Resources 
Kim Venzie, Attorney, Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees 
Sharene Wood, President & CEO of 5001 FLAVORS 

Hors d' oeuvres and Cocktails 
A fashion show under the creative direction of New York City 
celebrity fashion stylist Micah Lamar 
Fabulous Raffles 
All proceeds raised will directly support the Evoluer Personal 
Development Programs and Evoluer House. 
For members of the press looking for more information, call: 215-5928988 
or email: 

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Executive volunteers offer IT consultation 

Volunteer Executive Consultants, a program of RSVP of Montgomery 
County, is offering low-cost consultation to help nonprofit reduce their 
technology costs and improve their effectiveness. 
VEC-TEC will perform a technology assessment with written 
recommendations for $50. Additional time is billed on a sliding fee scale. 
For more information, call Elaine Gershenson at 610-834-1040, ext. 11 or 
email here. 

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Group offers low-cost web access to nonprofits 

Mobile Citizen, a provider of mobile broadband for education and 

nonprofits, will offer a Technology Assistance Grant program beginning 
in January to provide non-profit organizations with affordable access to 

the Internet. 
Available only in Portland, Oregon, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia, the 
grant includes reduced-price service from Mobile Citizen, with unlimited 
usage for only $10/month or $120/year per account. It bundles Mobile 
Citizen’s wireless broadband, powered by WiMAX, a fourth generation 
(4G) technology from Clearwire Corporation with a variety of benefits 
available only to grantees, including: 
-- 12 months of service from Mobile Citizen extended to 15 months at no 
additional charge. With this, nonprofits receive three free months of 
service per account. 
-- Dedicated Mobile Citizen Customer Care customized for non-profit 
-- A free one-year membership to NTEN, a nonprofit technology network, 
ongoing information and news as well as access to a support community. 
-- A choice of additional benefits including an educational webinar series. 
For more information, email Free Trial. 


"None of us has gotten where we are solely by pulling ourselves up from our own bootstraps. We got 
here because somebody bent down and helped us." - Thurgood Marshall 

Hunger Coalition starts Adopt-A-Pantry project 

Food pantries and soup kitchens feed more than 316,000 people in 
Philadelphia every year. 
To support them, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger 
Coalition has initiated an online Adopt-A-Pantry program. 
Visitors to the Coalition’s site are offered an opportunity to read the 
stories behind area food pantries and soup kitchens and “adopt” it by 
making a recurring monthly donation to help the program buy food, paper 
goods, cooking utensils, kitchen equipment and other necessities. Donors 
can also make a one-time contribution. Donation is 100 percent tax-
For more information or to donate, go here 

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Skip A Meal For Haiti 

Most Americans eat at least three meals a day. Some eat more often. 
Millions of people in Haiti have not had a meal in one week and a good 
meal in recent memory. Will you skip a meal for the people of Haiti and 
send the money to a relief agency? 

Will you not eat one meal, on one day so that they can eat for a week? 

The cost of lunch at almost any affordable restaurant in America is 
between $5.00 and $14.00. Some restaurants have menus that serve four 
and five course dinners that can cost as much as $100.00 per person, not 
including beverages. For as little as two dollars a day, you can help 
provide food, drinking water and some sanitation supplies for a Haitian 
child or adult. A $14.00 contribution can help feed and hydrate a Haitian 
child for a week. We can all afford to make a difference! 

The Black Star Project is asking you to miss at least one meal this week 
for the people of Haiti and to send the money that you would have spent 
on your breakfast, lunch or dinner to a relief fund that is on the ground 
working in Haiti. 

Many people say they want to go to Haiti to help those affected by the 
earthquake. The cost of a round trip flight from New York City to Portau-
Prince, Haiti is more than $2,000.00. Decent hotel lodging, which is 
virtually impossible to find in Haiti, might cost another $2,000.00 for one 
week. And your mouth would become another mouth to feed of more 
than 2 million people who need food and water day. 

Instead of going to Haiti, will you miss a lunch for Haiti and send the 
money you would have spent on that lunch to one of the on-the-ground 
relief agencies listed below: 

The Black Star Project (773.285.9600) recommends that you send your 
contributions to: 
Yele Haiti (Wyclef Jean's Relief Effort) at or text YELE to 
501501 to donate $5.00 on your phone bill 
UNICEF at or call 800.367.5437 
Doctors Without Borders at or call 
American Red Cross at or call 800.REDCROSS 
(800.733.2767) or 800.257.7575 (Espanol) 
Partners in Health at or call 617.432.5256 
Charity water at 

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America’s Original Savings Network 

As amazing as it may sound many people do not realize how easy it is 

to LEGALLY stop paying for their groceries! This is how the one hour 
television show began for the company whose website is at: 


Q: Are these manufacturer coupons or coupons that I print on my 
A: All of our coupons are actual manufacturer coupons. Fewer and fewer 
retailers accept coupons that are printed from your computer because of a 
huge increase in counterfeit coupons. Actual manufacturer coupons which 
we issue are accepted everywhere that coupons are accepted. 
Q: Can these coupons be doubled? 
A: Yes. These are manufacturer issued coupons and may be doubled in 
any store that offers double coupons. 
Q: What are the face values and the expiration dates of these coupons? 
A: Being manufacturer coupons, the manufactuer determines the face 
values of the coupons. We currently stock coupons ranging in value from 
40 cents to 5.00 dollars. The coupon expiration dates are generally valid 
for 90 days. 
Q: How can I use $1,000.00 worth of coupons in 90 days? 
A: With our program, you get to choose the coupons you want, when you 
want them. This way you never have to worry about the coupons expiring. 
Q:How do I choose the coupons I want? 

A: Each coupon book contains coupon request slips which you fill out and 
send in. Those coupons are then mailed to you. 
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Volunteer In Africa 
Explore a Continent of Contrasts while Volunteering in Africa 

For over a decade, Cross-Cultural Solutions has supported thousands of 
volunteers in Africa on programs in Ghana, Morocco, 
South Africa and Tanzania. 
CCS volunteers work side-by-side with local people in community 
organizations focused on supporting social services, education, 
and health initiatives. 
Discover one of the world’s most diverse continents and see firsthand the 

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challenges it faces and how you can make a positive impact with CCS. 

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Our group A HAND UP! Is now open, please go to: 


In response to the needs of many grassroots organizations for the basic 
tools to implement and sustain their ideas and projects, The Coalition, Inc. 
members have come together to establish a network to facilitate the 
distribution/re-distribution of unwanted, unneeded, surplus and even 
repairable items for recycling. 

To join: A Hand Up! 
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Remember to support The Coalition, Inc.’s on-air personalities… 

Sister Phile Chionesu, organizer of the Million Woman March, 
“Nu Day Resurrection and Liberation" Show LIVE each Saturday 
evening 10:30 PM--12:00 midnight EST. 
"NU Day" is heard in Philly and, worldwide, through the internet at: Or you can tune in via podcast at 
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