It was disappointing (and surprising) that Steve Israel’s letter about his “Telephone town hall with senior citizens in my district to share tips on how they can protect themselves from these (identity theft) scams” did not include the following tip (which I read somewhere)—-which will allow people to keep your Medicare card with you at all times without risking some identity thief obtaining their Social Security number if their Medicare card ever becomes lost or stolen. By following this tip, seniors will not have to worry that keeping their Medicare card for medical emergencies will make them more vulnerable to financial fraud or identity theft.
Let me introduce my wonderful nephew, Dr. Yevgeniy “Gene” Gincherman. He was born in Russia and came to America in 1988. He went to Middlebury College and then to medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He married Daryl Colodzin and has two children, Maya 7 and Ella 5. Read about his trip to Haiti:
It’s early morning on Longboat Key, a 10-mile strip just above Sarasota where my wife and I are spending our fifth winter. Out on the beach the light is hard, one’s senses are fresh and birds are feeding, It’s the best time to see the beauty of Gulf Coast birds.
I have been invited to and gone to, many bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings, baby namings, circumcisions, funerals and wakes all over the United States of America. I have traveled to Seattle, WA; Albany, NY; Miami, FL; Vail, CO; Philadelphia, PA; Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Cleveland, OH; San Diego, CA; Los Angeles, CA, and Toronto, Canada. Pretty much, “If you invite me and my wife Lorraine, we will come.”
Each winter, New Yorkers and families across the country are directly confronted with one of the most crucial financial concerns regarding their teenage children – how to pay for their college education.
I approached the ticket seller at the Westbury Brush Hollow Stadium Movie Theater with my $20 bill in my hot little hand. I said, “Two senior citizens please” and laid my bill down. She said, “Twenty-three dollars please.” I was expecting $4 change but I now had to add three more dollars to my entrance fee.
By simply glancing at the morning newspaper or flipping on the TV, one can gain a sense of how the current climate of our economy is impacting the personal finances of Long Islanders.
About 10 years ago, I wrote a column concerning “Where does the lost love go?” in a bitter divorce. The couple was enthralled with each other when they said, “I do.” They vowed love and kisses forever when they stood before the minister or rabbi.
I have always enjoyed a sincere list of gripes.
I found such a group of petty irritations in an article in the Jewish Week, Jan. 15, 2010 edition. It was written by Mark Pearlman of Jinsider.com. Here is the list with a bit of “Over 60” commentary:
The heartbreaking news of the catastrophic earthquake that hit the small island nation of Haiti on Jan. 12 has caught the attention of people the world over. The great melting pot that is New York has a large Haitian community and many of our neighbors are suffering in heart and soul along with their friends and relatives on the devastated island. Many people with no personal connection other than a concern for their fellow man are looking to aid the victims of this enormous natural disaster.
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