Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00The jury is in: Radio Frequency (RF) emissions – those coming from microwave ovens, cellular phones and communication tower base stations produce substantial electromagnetic radiation (EMF). There is no standard for safe levels of exposure. Each country sets its own level of safety and the U.S. level is among the highest.
While all people and wildlife populations are at risk, children are the most vulnerable. The closer you are to RF devices the more the absorption. Studies in Germany, Brazil, Israel, and England point to strong evidence the EM radiation from cell towers is damaging to health. Empirical evidence leaves little doubt as to the danger of this invisible threat.
Cell tower numbers have grown exponentially in recent years. Something obviously not projected by Telecommunications Act of 1996. Numbers are in the hundreds of thousands. Most don’t have to be registered with the FCC. The public has scant knowledge as to location and exposure.
While thermal (heat) levels can be calculated in numbers, biological levels can be measured in blood levels of serotonin and melatonin (hormones). Measured in immune system changes. Measured in a wide range of cancers in individuals living within 400 meters of towers. When on rooftops, residents on top floors complain of health problems. Locally, a nearby school removed a cell apparatus when three female employees working on the top three floors were diagnosed with a type of cancer.
Effects of a cell tower on a herd of dairy cattle was conducted in Bavaria and published in 1998. The study equated the EMF generated by a pasture tower as producing extreme stress on the animals. Cows displayed conjunctivitis and itching. Many turned their heads in the same direction, away from the transmitting antenna. Put out to graze, they did so briefly and then sought cover behind the barn. Milk production decreased by half. There were changes in milk composition. Those who recently calved showed trembling and weakness. Some died in a few weeks. Autopsy showed acute heart/circulatory collapse and bleeding from organs! Cows that separated from their original herd and moved 20 kilometers away from the EMF after five days did not show abnormalities and returned to full milk production.
Low-frequency magnetic fields can penetrate any matter. High-frequency magnetic fields can cause biological effects. This “Electro smog” cannot be discounted. While not seen, heard, tasted, or smelled this lurking danger can be felt with ill health or ultimately death.
To paraphrase Jane Goodall: when you are aware you care; when you care you do something. Call your village, town, county, state, and federal government today!
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Attendees of the Port Washington Memorial Day parade might see a familiar face waving from the American Legion convertible this year. 90-year-old army veteran Ed Balcourt will be this year’s Grand Marshal.
Balcourt, who was raised in Brooklyn, was attending medical school at the height of the U.S. involvement in World War II. He was deferred from the draft, but at 19, decided to join the army.
“All my friends had been drafted. When I walked outside, I could feel all the women looking at me. I felt a little guilty. I wanted to go fight,” Balcourt said.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The Port Washington Veterans of Foreign Wars has selected Peter Ripullone, a decorated soldier and architect, as Co-Grand Marshal of this year’s Memorial Day Parade. The Ripullone family has a long tradition of military service, which dates back to World War I.
Ripullone followed the family tradition and entered military service as a second lieutenant in the army, in 1966. After completing his combat engineering training, he was certified as a combat engineer unit commander. Prior to his service in Vietnam, he spent three months with the 91st Combat Engineers, assisting in the training of West Point cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, for various combat engineering missions, including various types of bridge construction, building and fortification structures, road and runway construction, mine warfare and demolition training.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Elimination in the first-round of the county playoffs, though disappointing, can’t take anything away from what the Schreiber High School girls softball team accomplished this year, according to coach Eric Sutz.
A comparison between what happened to the team last year and what the team did this year is a study in contrasts. “Last year we didn’t win one league game,” Sutz explained. “This year we were undefeated in the league.” The Vikings won all 14 of their league games and were 15-4 overall. They were conference champions for the first time since 2004.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
The fact that Port Washington Youth Activities (PYA) is celebrating its 50th year of working with area boys and girls is quite an accomplishment. Ron Henderson, its executive director for the past 20 years, also has a long history with PYA’s Lions Field that extends all the way back to 1958.
“I played in the first games ever held at the field back then when it was the Port Washington Little League,” said Henderson. “That was before the field was renovated.” The renovation, which began in 1999 and forced the PYA to relocate for two years from its Glen Lane site, now features four Little League fields and one major league field, all on pesticide-free, natural grass. During the fall, the fields are converted for lacrosse and football programs.