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Wednesday, August 16, 2006
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t r JUGGLING u r""!J o DEER MOUNTAIN DAY CAMP FOCUSES STOCK UP AT PIERMOINfTS 4 . - WORKING MOTHERS MAKE WORK FOR THEM WORK 8C ON SWIMMING, FUN IB LOCAL BICYCLE HIT THE ROAD 1C CLUBS CW- COMMUNITY MARKETED 0 NEW E-TEAM ENTERTAINMENT isl BLOGS I WEBCAST uS Wednesday August 16, 2006 -TWA v 7 l rfkflftftif H r 1 ri 50 cents Surgeon to lead new heart center Suffern hospital hopes program will save lives Jane Lerner The Journal News SUFFERN A Pennsylvania heart surgeon will become the director of Rockland's first advanced cardiac care center when it opens at Good Samaritan Hospital in January. Dr. Edward F. Lundy will lead the new $25 million program, which the hospital hopes will reverse the county's high rate of death from heart disease. "Dramatically reducing that high mortality rate is our primary goal," Lundy said, as hospital officials intro duced him yesterday to community and business leaders. Lundy said he was impressed by the hospital's commitment to improve cardiac services and was "taken aback" by the community's desire to have such a program. Good Samaritan tried for nearly 20 years to bring advanced cardiac care to Rockland. It won state approval for the cardiac center in February 2005 despite strong opposition from Nyack Hospital, which argued that Rockland didn't need such a service. As part of its application, Good Samaritan cited statistics showing that residents of Rockland and neighboring Orange counties develop heart disease at a lower rate than the national average, but Please see SURGEON, 7A PARENT TEACHES CHILDREN JAPANESE Learning their mother tongue hp .orr " v- i m I'm a Lr . 'tf - i v Al'r , " It) , ...... f i; j-IIa V V'tt , Tom NyczThe Journal News Kimiyo Matthews, center, of Tomkins Cove is teaching Japanese to her children, from left, Christabel, 11, Henry, 9, William, 5, and Thomas, 12. "My children, they are half-Japanese. I think it's important for them to know where they came from," Matthews said. Trips to Asia help, but the kids have trouble becoming bilingual Akiko Matsuda The Journal News TOMKINS COVE One recent morning, 5-year-old William Matthews came to the living room and asked his mother in Japanese if he could snack on some yogurt. Kimiyo Matthews, 44, answered in her native language that he could go ahead and do so. This small daily conversation in their Buckberg Mountain Road house is one of the results of Matthews' effort since the birth of her first child, Thomas, who is now 12. Please see JAPANESE, 4A .www ' mini i.i t r Zv k : 4 r I I A I I '" B loil William, 5, and Henry Matthews, 8, read a children's book in Japanese at their Tomkins Cove home. They are learning Japanese through daily conversation and reading and writing, using Japanese picture books. Kathy Gardner The Journal News For more info The Japanese Weekend School of New York is operated by private funding with support from the Japanese government. The school is open every Saturday. The first session this month is Aug. 26. The school's main office In New Rochelle can be reached at 914-636-3770. ittin tram's raining cost 1 1 Taxpayers to lose millions more than in settlement, analysis finds Akiko Matsuda The Journal News HAVERSTRAW The Mirant tax-challenge ruling on the Bowline power plants will cost the town and the North Rockland school district's taxpayers $190.5 million $80 million more than the proposed settlement voted down by Stony Point, according to a consultant's analysis. Laurence P. Farbstcin, president of Industrial & Utility Valuation Consultants Inc., announced the figures after a closed-door meeting with officials from the school district, the town and its villages to discuss Friday's ruling by a state Supreme Court justice. The town of Haverstraw will have to pay Mirant about $27.5 million, according to the analysis. The school district will have to pay $163 million. On Friday, Justice Thomas Dickerson in White Plains issued his ruling on Mirant's challenge, lowering the plants' assessments for 1995 through 2003. Mirant filed its tax challenge in state Supreme Court in White Plains, arguing that it had been overassessed on its Bowline plants in Haverstraw for 1995 through 2003, and on the Lovett plant in Stony Please see MIRANT, 4A T u ' no-.-.. , t ll - 8 S i ' i t ' 1' m Angela GaulThe Journal News SUV plunges off Thruway Rescue workers look at a Ford Explorer resting on the bank of the Stony Brook yesterday after it flipped over a guardrail on the New York State Thruway in Sloatsburg. The 70-year-old driver of the sport utility vehicle was hospitalized. Details, 4A Classified IE Movies 4D Comics 2D Obituaries 7B Crossword 9E Opinion 6B Dear Abby 4D Scoreboard 7C Lotteries 2B Television 4D Today: Sunny. High 85. Tonight Clear. Low 60. Weather, 9A n Football E "Pdate liajOI The latest NC50 from the Jets at LoHud.comblogs - gMm "'-V'!.C''t Tomorrow in Life&Style What's new in dorm decor. 2006 The Journal News For home delivery: 800-942-1010 Main number: 845-358-2200 Terror plot mars students' return trip Delay in England is learning experience for 44 local teens Gerald McKinstry The Journal News A group of students who recently returned from an educational tour of Europe learned a bit more about international affairs than they anticipated. The delegation of 44 seventh-and eighth-graders from the Lower Hudson Valley, traveling with the People to People Student Ambassador Programs, spent about 20 days in England, Scotland, Inside Authorities in Britain and Germany are investigating a potential link between a plot to bomb U.S.-bound planes and a fugitive in the Sept. 11. attacks, 3B Wales and Ireland. Much of their last day, Thursday, was spent at London's Gatwick Airport after British authorities foiled a terrorist plot to blow up U.S.-bound jetliners from London over the Atlantic. "That right there is an experience we've never had before," said Bryan Boyd, a 41-year-old Yon-kers man who had been a delegation leader since 2001. This trip was different because we were in heightened security. ... We get to the airport, and it was chaotic. We knew very little. We knew what the news told us." Although the group did not know all the details at the time, British authorities had arrested 24 people they said planned to sneak liquid explosives onto planes in drink bottles and blow up the aircraft in midflight. It was reported that authorities foiled the plan just days before an attack was to occur. Airports around the world stepped up security, and authori ties imposed restrictions on travel, causing cancellations and massive delays. The student ambassadors arrived at the airport about 8 a.m., were on their plane by 10:45 a.m. and remained on the tarmac for hours while security checked planes. "It did make it more real," Harris Tucker, a 14-year-old who will be a freshman at Tappan Zee High School next month, said of the last leg of the trip. "We were living inside it." The Piermont teenager said restrictions prohibited people from bringing anything on the plane except a wallet and passport Please see TRIP, 4A ii r. 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