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Sunday, January 20, 2019

MOUNT VERNON LEDGER: Ten year-old Kaitlyn Smith, CEO of #KaitlynCares held her first community event on Saturday, January 12th at the Mount Vernon Public Library.

JOURNAL NEWS: New Rochelle looks to attract farm brewery tasting rooms

More enthusiastic was Chris Sheldon, a New Rochelle native who once expressed interest in opening a small farm brewery in his home city but ended up establishing Diner Brew Co. in #MountVernon instead.
He doesn't intend to move his production facilities to another location now that they're established, but he is happy about the prospect of being able to sell his products in his hometown....

RUMORS: There Is Snap Chat Group Where Mount Vernon High School Students Are Sharing Videos Of Teachers And Guards Flirting With Underage Girls And Other Nasty Stuff.

CLOCK IS TICKING: It Is Probably Just A Matter Of Time Before These Leak Out And Parents Get To See What Mount Vernon High School Is Really Like For Their Daughters

DAILY VOICE: Sex Offender Convicted Of Touching Woman, 68, Reports Move In Mount Vernon

A registered sexual offender convicted of having sexual contact with a 68-year-old woman has reported an address change in Westchester County.
The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services issued an alert this week to Westchester residents regarding the residency of 60-year-old Fred Smith, who has reported an address change from Westchester County Jail to a residence on Highland Avenue in Mount Vernon......

Due To Federal Government Shutdown, County Executive George Latimer is Allowing Mount Vernon SNAP Precipitants To Access Their February Benefits Early

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: As the federal government shutdown nears the end of its fourth week, Westchester County Executive George Latimer and the Department of Social Services are helping residents who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) access their February benefits early.
PRESS RELEASE: If you received SNAP benefits in January and were scheduled to receive SNAP benefits in February, your February benefit will be made available now, rather than in February. Recipients can begin to use their benefits immediately.
QUOTE: Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “As the federal government shutdown continues with no end in sight, it’s understandable that our SNAP recipients are starting to feel the pinch. The SNAP program provides nutritional assistance to thousands of our eligible, low-income families, and we are happy to assist them with the process of accessing their benefits two weeks early. Every little bit helps.”
Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Social Services #KevinMcGuire said: “We share recipients’ concerns about their important Federal SNAP benefits, and are carefully monitoring developments at both the State and Federal levels to provide as much information and help as possible, and offer assistance to residents with questions about their benefits. Our Westchester County Case Management Information Center team can be reached at (914) 995-3333 and stands ready during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., to answer any questions regarding these or other available benefits.”
The payment is the entire February SNAP benefit, not an additional payment for the month of January.
The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) has not yet received any information on how the federal government shutdown may impact March SNAP benefits.
SNAP recipients are welcome to visit any of Westchester County’s DSS District Offices for assistance.
They can also call the Westchester County Case Management Information Center at (914) 995-3333.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: The 54 Page Proposed 2019 City Of Mount Vernon

PUBLIC HEARING: A City Council Public Hearing On January 22nd At 7 PM At City Hall
Mount Vernon City Hall
Address: 1 Roosevelt Square N, Mt Vernon, NY 10550
Phone: (914) 665-2300

MV EVENTS: Mount Vernon Youth Bureau Winter After School Youth Employment and Training Program


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Resources For Critical Readers

The critical readers of Mount Vernon Roundup know that when reading, viewing, or listening to any local "mainstream" news report or blog post, the main thing to realize is that truth and objectivity may be partialy obscured or totaly absent.

While local "mainstream" media outlets and blogs often self-righteously proclaimed that only the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, is published, the critical reader knows that local news reports in "mainstream" media have three primary purposes: (a) to entice their readers, (b) to be "politically correct" so as not to offend the powers that be, and (c) to lure advertisers by showing the number of docile readers the local publication draws.

Beyond these less than honorable motivations listed above, local "mainstream" reporters, editors and especially publishers are also prone to inject their own personal prejudices and biases, either consciously or unconsciously.

The critical reader should be aware of these potential problems.The critical reader needs to have many questions in his mind when examining local "mainstream" media items and blog posts.

Many times the vocabulary employed by local "mainstream" journalists and editors is often pejorative and very value laden.

Actually, this is an argument in and of itself that there is a bias.It is up to the critical reader to point this out by means of blog posts and letters to the local "mainstream" newspaper editors and publishers..

There are honest and objective local "Mainstream" journalists, editors and publishers who try and produce a newsppaper that presents all sides of every issue.

However, these local journalists, editors and publishers who have succeed in resisting the pressures to be biased are few and far between.

Many times the critical reader will discover that these local "mainstream" journalists, editors and publishers cave in to pressures, and/or who are prejudiced and nonobjective by nature.

It is therefore up to the critical reader to carefully evaluate and then reject or accept the claims and assertions that are made in any given news story or blog post.

Local "mainstream" journalists, editors and publishers need to make sure they produce well-researched articles that are based on objective description of empirical facts.

One of the goals of Mount Vernon Roundup is to help these local "Mainstream" journalists, editors and publishers need to strive to convey reality and contribute to enlightenment of Mount Vernon.

However, the critical reader must understand that journalism which abandons these criteria can be misleading and destructive, pandering to the powers that be rather than courageously and honorably serving truth and justice

Resources for Letter Writers

Mount Vernon Roundup publishes email addresses for reporters, editors, and publishers when such addresses are publicly made available.

We encourage our reader to send intelligent, civil, and reasonable emails to these journalists, editors and publishers.

However, a critical reader who sends some correspondence to an email address obtained from this website is, in one sense, representing this blog.

What the writer says, and how it is said, reflects directly on Mount Vernon in general and on this site in particular.

Local "mainstream" reporters, editors and publishers are interested in deadlines and getting stories written that people will read.

If a critical reader can help them do that, then their contributions will be greatly appreciated.

Remember, good stories are factual and well organized, but they also communicate something of the human spirit.

Likewise, letters to local "mainstream" reporters, editors and publishers, while based on heartfelt convictions, also should be well organized, with points and logic developed in a rational sequence.

Proper grammar, spelling, and capitalization also help the local "mainsteam" reporter, editor or publisher view the received letter as worthy of serious consideration.

Brevity and conciseness are very important, and a long-winded rambling discourse is not likely to be given serious consideration.

For that matter, a "letter" does not even have to be a letter, a single sentence can get a point across.

Nor does a letter have to be for publication or even come from a verifiable source, all it needs to do is provide valid food for thought.

Resources For Blog Comments

More and more local "mainstream" media-sponsored web sites are providing submission forms or links where anyone and everyone can post "comments" on their stories.

Some sites also provide various forums of one type or another.However, these forums may require registration.

Many of the comments, suggestions, and cautions that we have provided the critical reader about the submission of comments are very applicable to participation in these forums.

There are no established "standards" for the submission of these comments, and it is necessary and important to very carefully read the instructions, requirements, and limitations for submitting your comments.

Some local "mainstream" newspaper or blog sites may ask for a name, but these are not checked, so there is no need to use your real name if you do not want to.

Other local "mainstream" newspaper or blog sites may allow only a first name, some may permit the inclusions of URL references, links, HTML code, and email addresses, whereas others may not.

When submitting such comments, it is important to "take the high road."Personal attacks, hatefulness, rash accusations, snide insinuations, misleading assertions, and outright lies are the stock in trade of many posters, but the most effective way to disarm and dismiss these posts is to rise far above such tactics.

Name-calling, abrasiveness, unsupported and insupportable assertions, and otherwise descending to the level of negative posters' inanities not only undermines one's credibility, but reduces the likelihood that one's comments will be accepted and printed.

Submissions should be brief and concise.

Two or three short paragraphs is about all that the average reader will assimilate .

Be polite, but factual.

Try to deal with reality, and not with far out ideas or wishful thinking.

Take your own concept or idea and address it as thoughtfully, professionally, and concisely as possible.

But first read the existing comments and make sure you are not repeating what someone else has already posted.

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