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Gov. Blagojevich announces Flood Recovery Assistance Hotline to help flood victims

Illinois Seal1-866-848-2067 will link people affected by floods with state

assistance programs

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that the state is setting up a toll-free hotline to provide flood victims with easy access to information and assistance that can help them begin the recovery process. The Governor said the hotline will link people with state assistance while the state awaits President Bush’s decision on his request for expedited federal disaster assistance. If granted, federal assistance would offer help with temporary housing and grants or loans to help with flood losses.

“People who have been forced from their homes by floodwaters need assistance right now,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “Many of our state agencies and offices have information and programs that can help flood victims get on the road to recovery. The Flood Recovery Assistance Hotline will give them prompt, easy access to these services. I am pleased that we are providing assistance in a unified manner with other constitutional offices.”

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Gov. Blagojevich declares Knox and Madison counties state disaster areas for flood-related issues

FloodSPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today added Knox and Madison counties to a state disaster declaration to help those areas respond to flooding issues along the Mississippi River. Since Wednesday, the Governor has declared 19 counties state disaster areas.

“We continue to plan for all possible situations as flood waters continue to threaten communities along the Mississippi River. We are mobilizing resources, not only to shore up levees to protect lives, homes, roads and critical infrastructures, but also to prepare for all contingencies should flood waters break through,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “We are working around the clock to protect residents and the communities they live in and to make sure they have the resources they need during this critical time.”

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FEMA
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FEMA coordinating Federal response to Midwest storms

FEMAFederal Agencies Support State and Local Governments Following Floods and Tornados

WASHINGTON– The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to support the states impacted by tornados and floods.

In each case, state and local resources are addressing the most immediate needs as federal resources support their efforts. FEMA is coordinating activities in Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, and Kansas.

FEMA Administrator David Paulison noted these activities are an example of the New FEMA’s commitment to “Engaged Partnerships” between federal, state and local governments, volunteer organizations and the private sector. “I have reached out to governors and local leaders to make sure we are responding to them quickly and efficiently. I am personally visiting some of the affected areas to make sure they are getting the support they need,” said Paulison. Paulison was in Iowa this morning with Governor Culver, Office of Management and Budget Director Jim Nussle, Acting Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza and members of the Iowa Congressional delegation. Paulison also will travel to Indiana and Wisconsin.

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Fow of Federal resources to Midwest continues

FEMAPresident Bush signs disaster declaration for Wisconsin.

WASHINGTON– The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal departments and agencies continue to support the states affected by floods and tornadoes in the Midwest, as FEMA Logistics continues to coordinate with the agency’s Region V and Region VII to maintain the flow of resources to Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Kansas.

Meanwhile, FEMA is moving ahead with contingency plans for the provision of resources and assistance that it anticipates may be needed next week, amid concerns about potential flooding along the Lower Mississippi River as flood waters flow south from up river.

The president has approved a major disaster declaration for the State of Wisconsin for weather events that began June 5, 2008. The declaration provides for Individual Assistance for Crawford, Columbia, Sauk, Milwaukee and Vernon counties; and for Hazard Mitigation statewide. The existing federal disaster declaration for Iowa has been expanded to include an additional 15 counties for Individual Assistance and 10 counties for Public Assistance; 14 counties were added in Indiana for Individual Assistance.

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FDA – Dental Fillings Found to Have Health Risks

FDA LogoFollowing a recent court case in California the FDA has been forced to take a closer look at dental mercury/metal fillings. The group “Mom’s Against Mercury” has won a court settlement, which now forces the FDA to reconsider the status and safety of mercury metal fillings. The settled agreement calls for the FDA to complete its reclassification of dental amalgam by July of 2009. At that point there will be specific guidelines and descriptive health risks associated with mercury/metal fillings. As for now, the FDA has updated its consumer information on the subject of mercury metal fillings. The FDA no longer claims mercury is harmless. The language has now been dramatically changed.

“Dental amalgams contain mercury which may have neurotoxic affects on the nervous system of developing children and fetuses. When amalgam fillings are placed in teeth or removed from teeth they release mercury vapor. Mercury vapor is also released during chewing. FDA’s rule making will examine evidence concerning whether release of mercury vapor can cause health problems, including neurological disorders, in children and fetuses. Pregnant women and persons who may have a health condition that makes them more sensitive to mercury exposure, including individuals with existing high levels of mercury bioburden, should not avoid dental care, but should discuss the options with their health practitioner.”

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Donna Chmara, Paul Bosse, Bozena Bienkowska.
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American Council for Polish Culture Board Meeting in Trenton, NJ

By Jo Louise Winters, PR Chair

The recent weekend Spring Board Meeting of the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC) was hosted by the Polish Arts Club of Trenton, NJ. Led by the enthusiastic and energetic Club President, Mrs. Donna Chmara, the Council’s Board members enjoyed a very hospitable reception Friday evening, and a splendid working lunch on Saturday. The superb climax was the Club’s 62nd Annual Polonaise Ball and Scholarship Awards Dinner at the Trenton Country Club. Ceremonies included scholarship awards to eight high school graduates who will be attending a college or university this fall. Two distinguished Polonia activists in the region, Bozena Bienkowska and Karol Nawarynski, were recognized and honored at this event.

[caption id="attachment_26616" align="alignnone" width="500"]Donna Chmara, Paul Bosse, Bozena Bienkowska.Pictured: L/R – Donna Chmara, Paul Bosse, Bozena Bienkowska.[/caption]

Mrs. Bienkowska emigrated with her husband and daughter to the U.S. in 1989. She continued her education and just two years after arriving in this country, she opened a travel and tax services business. While running a successful business she devotes herself to helping recent immigrants, assisting with translations in government offices, hospitals and the Immigration & Naturalization Service. She sings in the church choir, is president of the Rosary Society and helps organize the annual pilgrimage to Czestochowa.

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The Rezko Corruption Verdict

Tony RezkoStatement from Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna regarding the Tony Rezko verdict:

„Today’s guilty verdict for Tony Rezko is another sad reminder of the broken political system in Illinois and the continuing nightmare of corruption in this state.

„The headlines tomorrow will reduce an already diminished faith in public service from a people – who in Illinois – face the highest gas prices in the nation, huge taxes and out-of-control spending.

„Democrats promised change and the people of Illinois have gotten the same old song and dance.

„Now that the trial has come to an end, it’s time Rod Blagojevich came clean with the people of Illinois and answered the numerous questions surrounding his involvement with Tony Rezko.”

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Oil Solution.org Gives 3-step plan to drive oil and gas prices down 15% In 30 Days

Gas pricesPHOENIX, May 27 /PRNewswire/ — Americans who are feeling frustrated, squeezed and powerless to solve the emerging oil and gas crisis are now being offered a serious solution from „Black Gold Stranglehold” author/oil expert Craig R. Smith.  

During your Talk Show interview with Craig Smith he shares with your audience how surging oil and gas prices are fueling ever-higher inflation– particularly in the food market due to increased transporation costs.

Craig explains that the average  U.S. gasoline price rose to $3.83 a gallon last week, up 22% from its year-ago  price of $3.10 a gallon. Crude oil prices are up 34% so far in 2008, with some  experts predicting $150 to $200 a barrel.  

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Polish Americans Register to Vote
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Just like 100 years ago, Polish Americans register to vote

Polish Americans Register to VoteBrooklyn, N.Y. ..To encourage their participation in the upcoming presidential election, the Polish American Congress took its 2008 Voter Registration Drive to Williamsburg and the members of Our Lady of Consolation Church.

Shown above are some members of the committee as they help the parishioners complete their Board of Elections registration forms Chris Rybkiewicz (left) who heads the registration unit and Frank Milewski (center), president of the Downstate N.Y. Division of the Congress.

As they arrived in New York’s Ellis Island at the start of the 20th Century, many of the immigrants from Eastern Europe chose to settle in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

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Dan Lipinski
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Lipinski Hails Passage of Renewable Energy Legislation

Dan Lipinski[WASHINGTON, DC] Today, Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) helped pass sweeping energy legislation that will revolutionize America’s energy economy by freeing the United States from its dependence on foreign oil, creating millions of new jobs, and reducing the threat of climate change. The Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008 (H.R. 6049) would provide nearly $20 billion in tax incentives for renewable energy, carbon capture and sequestration projects, energy efficiency, and conservation.

America’s current use of energy threatens our pocketbooks, our environment, and our national security,” said Rep. Lipinski. “Americans are ready to chart a new, diverse energy future where we use domestically-produced, clean, renewable fuels in the most efficient manner possible. This bill will get us to that brighter future.”

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