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State takes on religious argument against vaccination mandate

Defending a state-declared vaccination mandate for health care workers, a court filing by state health officials took on the heart of one of the arguments made by those resisting coronavirus vaccines based on religious objections. In their written response late Wednesday to a lawsuit filed by 17 anonymous health care...
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Valley Stream Black women entrepreneurs talk cannabis business

There’s been this entire underground cannabis club that most minorities are not a part of”. Social equity has been a major thrust of New York’s cannabis reform law. Social equity and business have become inseparably linked in the language of the law, as the legalization of the fast-growing and competitive cannabis industry has also meant providing the greatest possible participation to those communities most harmed by its historical prohibition, according to state officials.

Gold Star Mothers, Fallen Soldiers Honored At War On Terror Memorial In Rockland County

HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Rockland County community held a solemn ceremony Friday to honor gold star mothers, whose children died serving in the U.S. armed forces. “I want to thank all of you for your perseverance, thank the sacrifices of your loved ones, and please don’t forget we’re here for you,” said Ret. U.S. Army Col. Ronald Diz. It was a warm embrace for Yolanda Lopez. Her son, Manny, was the first Rockland resident to die in the Iraq War 16 years ago. He was 20 years old. Manny’s name is etched on a panel at the War on Terror memorial in Haverstraw. It was read aloud by Renee D’Angelis, a Gold Star Mother, during the ceremony. “When I see this kind of gathering for our children, it lets us know that they’ll never be forgotten. Yes, they sacrificed their lives for us, but they will be remembered,” Lopez said. Many others at the ceremony were old soldiers who made it home and recalled friends who did not. “Makes you think, what could have been,” said Bob Schreiner, a Purple Heart recipient. Their sacrifices must be honored and remembered.

The Intersection Between Food Justice , Technology, South Jamaica & Black Women

Self-determination and food sovereignty have been growing at South Jamaica Houses for over 20 years. Behind the building, located at 108-10 159th is a green oasis of healing, health and hope. If you ever take the Long Island Railroad train from Southeast Queens heading into Jamaica when you look out the window and peer down, you will see the labor of love of the South Jamaica residents who provide free vegetables to those in need. With pure admiration and respect, DIVAS for Social Justice proposed to the Verizon Foundation the opportunity to make this community farm interactive.

Glen Ridge family to be featured on home-makeover show

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Siblings Zoe and Alex LeRoy are no longer sharing a room at their home in Glen Ridge. Their family will be featured on the Sept. 25 episode of NBC’s “George to the Rescue,” a home-renovation series that features families facing challenges. Eight-year-old Zoe, a student at Ridgewood Avenue School, has been going through cancer treatment and watched the show while she wasn’t feeling well, so her parents decided to write to the producers and apply to be in an episode. They were chosen, and host George Oliphant and his team turned the family’s attic into a bedroom for Zoe and redid the room that she and her older brother, Alex, 10, were sharing.

3 Pawesomely Fun Events to Help Hudson Valley Shelter Animals

The one thing I can say about my friends with pets, and myself for that matter, is that we love animals. Maybe not as much as we love our own animals, but as a rule, we love all animals. The other thing I can say about my animal loving friends is that we love to party. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could combine our love of animals and parties? Well, I’ve got great news. There are 3 events coming up that do just that and the first one is tonight.

Orange recognizes 58th anniversary of church bombing in Alabama

ORANGE, NJ — On Sept. 15, Orange recognized the 58th anniversary of the 1963 terrorist attack that killed four innocent young girls attending church. That morning, a bomb exploded in the basement of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Prior to the bombing, the church had been used by Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph David Abernathy Sr. and Frederick Lee Shuttlesworth for civil rights organizing activities.

WNY To Hold Food Drive on Tuesday, September 28

On Tuesday, September 28th at 12PM, West New York will sponsor a food drive at the Little League Field, located at 53rd Street and Broadway. Residents in need will be able to pick up food for their families on a first come, first serve basis. During this COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor...

Columbia Bank Hosts Thirty-Third Annual Charity Golf Classic

Funds Provide $100,000 of Support to OASIS – A Haven for Women and Children, in New Jersey. Fair Lawn NJ, Columbia Bank is proud to announce its ongoing support of OASIS – A Haven for Women and Children, located in Paterson, NJ. The mission of the nonprofit is to change lives by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate, and empower women and children in need. On September 13, at its 33rd Annual Golf Outing, Columbia Bank raised $100,000 to benefit the organization which Columbia Bank has assisted throughout the years. 144 golfers participated in the annual fundraiser which took place at North Jersey Country Club in Wayne, New Jersey.