Don Boehly Update

9/11 Cycling Tour
... and fire departments across the country. Today, Don Boehly stopped at the Jacksonville Fire Department. So far, he's seen 32 states ...

bicyclist news

Bicyclist stabbed to death in Chino Hills
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin - Ontario,CA,USA
CHINO HILLS- A man riding a bicycle was stabbed in the chest and later died of his injury Monday. Larry Moreno, 45, of Chino Hills ...

Bicyclist dies after being hit by car
San Diego Union Tribune - United States
OAK PARK -- A bicyclist died last night after he ran a stop sign and was hit by a car, San Diego police said. The bicyclist , 21 ...

Slain bicyclist had a lot of love, little money
Long Beach Press-Telegram - Long Beach,CA,USA
By Tracy Manzer, Staff writer. He didn't have a lot of money, but there was no doubt in anyone's mind that Kenny Clary was devoted to his family. ...

Bicyclist Hit, Killed By Vehicle
10News.com - San Diego,CA,USA
SAN DIEGO -- A 21-year-old bicyclist died from injuries he suffered when a vehicle struck him in an intersection in the Oak Park area, police said Tuesday. ...

Bicyclist dies in collision with truck
Ventura County Star (subscription) - Ventura county,CA,USA
By Marissa Navarro, mnavarro@VenturaCountyStar.com. For the third time since 2003, a Ventura County bicyclist has collided with a garbage truck and died. ...

Don Boehly News

9/11 Cycling Tour
... and fire departments across the country. Today, Don Boehly stopped at the Jacksonville Fire Department. So far, he's seen 32 states ...

cyclist news

Text-Messaging Teen Pleads Guilty In Cyclist Death
TheDenverChannel.com - Denver,CO,USA
-- A teenager who was text messaging when he lost control of his vehicle and struck and killed a cyclist has pleaded guilty to careless driving causing death. ...

Cyclist riding to help AIDS orphans
Providence Journal (subscription) - Providence,RI,USA
South African native and Barrington resident Katherine Coster is hoping people will sponsor her 69-mile ride to raise money for a home for children abandoned ...

Cyclist Norizan Rides Into Commonwealth Games Squad
Bernama - Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 (Bernama) -- Cyclist Norizan Nusa became the latest addition to the Malaysian contingent, bound for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. ...

Cyclists urge Cape drivers to be cautious
Independent Online - Cape Town,South Africa
... "An effective tip is to give a light tap on your hooter when coming up behind a cyclist to alert him or her that they are about to be overtaken. ...

emergency medical services news

Safety Recommendation A-06-12-15
Nieuwsbank (persbericht) - Netherlands
Emergency medical services (EMS) aviation operations (conducted with either helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft) provide an important service to the public by ...

Buncombe paramedics get raise
Asheville Citizen-Times - NC,USA
... expensive to live.". Several mountain counties had openings on the NC Office of Emergency Medical Services Web site. Henderson County ...

Fire Calls
The News Journal - Wilmington,DE,USA
Accident. Christiana and Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder of Newark fire companies assisted by county Emergency Medical Services. 2:46 pm -- 56 Welsh Tract Road. ...

Student views Coretta Scott King funeral as `end of an era'
Charlotte Observer - Charlotte,NC,USA
... Gaston Emergency Medical Services received a call about 11:30 am of a man whose arm was trapped in a boring machine in a trench near Wilkinson Boulevard, said ...

emergency medical service news

Safety Recommendation A-06-12-15
Nieuwsbank (persbericht) - Netherlands
... 6 National Transportation Safety Board, Commercial Emergency Medical Service Helicopter Operations, Safety Study NTSB/SS-88-01 (Washington, DC): NTSB, 1988. ...

Buncombe paramedics get raise
Asheville Citizen-Times - NC,USA
... VeHaun said Buncombe County also faces competition for paramedics from Mission Hospitals, which provides emergency medical service in several surrounding ...

Time short for fire district
Arizona Republic - Phoenix,AZ,USA
... overlay district. If that occurs, the district would seek bids from private fire and emergency medical service providers. If no ...

ambulance news

Ambulance staff working to rule
BBC News - UK
Ambulance workers have begun working to rule as part of a campaign for improved pay and conditions. The indefinite action by West ...

Concerned ambulance crew calls sheriff's office
News 10 Now - Syracuse,NY,USA
Tuesday afternoon, 911 got a cell phone call from a man asking for an ambulance for an unconscious female at a residence on Brandt Road. ...

Ambulance Diverted Each Minute
International News Service - Sydney,Australia
By DAWN WITLIN. An ambulance is diverted every minute of the day in America, a new study released yesterday concludes. In Greater ...

Emergency Departments Divert an Ambulance Every Minute in the US ...
Kaiser network.org - Washington,DC,USA
An ambulance in the US is diverted to a different hospital every minute, on average, because of emergency department overcrowding or bed shortages, according ...

EMS News

Rescue squad couldn't respond, so relatives take matters into ...
WDBJ7.com - Roanoke,VA,USA
... to Lynchburg General Hospital. So Sipe called Lynchburg's paid EMS staff but was told they couldn't respond either. Faced with no ...

Mount Laurel to hold public meetings on proposed fire district ...
Cherry Hill Courier Post - Cherry Hill,NJ,USA
... The fire department include firefighter and the emergency medical service department. Since 1993, EMS and firefighter call volume has more than tripled. ...

Mundinger: Baytown is prepared for the future
Baytown Sun - Baytown,TX,USA
... He said several charter amendments and two public safety sales tax districts, one for police and one for fire and EMS, would help the city address current and ...

Warrenton fire, rescue companies become one
TimesCommunity.com - Leesburg,VA,USA
... Consolidating resources will ultimately result in improved efficiency by allowing firefighters and EMS personnel to train together and operate under one chain ...

bicycle news

Car strikes, injures girl on bicycle
AZ Central.com - AZ,USA
MESA - A car struck and injured a 12-year-old girl on a bicycle near 24th Street and the US 60 overpass Tuesday. The girl, whose ...

Deliberations expected to begin today in bicycle lawsuit
Marin Independent-Journal - San Rafael,CA,USA
... Mart Stores Inc. and a San Rafael bicycle importer knowingly sold defective bicycles that caused injuries to children. In closing ...

Vietnamese bicycle racers to detour across Laos on domestic cup
Thanh Nien Daily - Ho Chi Minh city,Vietnam
One of Vietnam's popular bicycle races is to see its route extended to neighboring Laos this April, said a top official. Nguyen ...

Teammates razz Humphrey about bicycle accident
Independent Florida Alligator - Gainesville,FL,USA
By DAN TREAT. Lee Humphrey shoots above Vanderbilt's Derrick Byars during the Gators' 81-58 win against the Commodores on Jan. 28. ...

Bicycle Safety
NBC5i.com - Ft. Worth,TX,USA
Bikes can be a lot of fun, but don't forget to proceed with caution. Bikes are not toys, they are vehicles, just like cars and trucks. ...

paramedic news

Buncombe paramedics get raise
Asheville Citizen-Times - NC,USA
... Buncombe County paramedic Sarah Lang, 29, started her job two months ago after graduating from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. ...

Helicopter crashes in near Foothill
The Record-Courier - Gardnerville,NV,USA
... Douglas County Sheriff's Office and East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts and Minden-Tahoe Airport responded to the crash, which is under investigation by ...


Ellington Shul: Shabbos Services This Week

Dear fellow congregants;
This weekend is the third Shabbos of February and we'll be having our scheduled Shabbos Services at 9am at our shul in Ellington. We are currently having Shabbos services every first and third Saturday of the civil month.
As I wrote to you all last week, I'm hoping that more of you all will come so that we can have a minyan this week. It seems silly that we mostly have minyanim when guests visit from New York City when we have sufficient members to do it on our own if only we all had the initiative to come.
Purim is also fast approaching us all. I myself will be away on my first ever trip to Israel. Last year's Purim Party was well received by everyone who came, and I would like it if we were to have on  this year too. However I need to have someone volunteer to organize it this year- I can't do it by remote control! Some others who I've approached will be away themselves, so don't assume that someone else will do it for you- call or email me so we can do this.
I am attaching a very nice essay about this week's parsha from Aish Ha'Torah, I hope you all like it as much as I did.
As always, please feel free to forward this email to any of your friends or acquaintances whom you feel might be interested in it. If they would like to sign up to get these announcements directly to themselves, they can subscribe either by visiting our website or by sending an email to  Ellington-Shul-subscribe@googlegroups.com.
I will be calling tomorrow. Shalom.

Elias Friedman, Co-President
Congregation Knesseth Israel

---------- Forwarded message ----------
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Date: Feb 13, 2006 11:59 AM
Subject: Kol Yaakov - God's Love For Us
To: Elias Friedman <elipongo@gmail.com>

Welcome   See this article online:
God's God's Love for Us

Purchase "Forever His Students" by Rabbi Baruch Leff.

Have you ever felt uninspired in your Judaism? Did you ever wonder if there was some kind of special weapon that can be used against despair and hopelessness in spiritual growth? Isn't there any quick 'pep' talk section in the Torah that will get you going again?

It would appear that such a segment does indeed exist and is found in this week's Torah portion, all in the span of two and a half verses.

The Revelation at Sinai is about to occur. The most significant event in all of world history -- God's communication of His laws and directives to the world -- is at hand. God tells Moshe that he should make some introductory remarks, in God's name, before God Himself talks to the Jews at Sinai.

So shall you say to the House of Jacob and tell to the Sons of Israel: "You have seen what I did to Egypt and that I carried you on wings of eagles and have brought you to Me. And now if you listen well to Me and you will keep My covenant, you will be a treasure to Me from all the peoples, although all of the earth is Mine. You will be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." These are the words that you should speak to the Children of Israel. (Exodus 19:3-7)

Rashi comments on the phrase "These are the words": No more, no less.

This comment begs the following question. Why does God suspect Moshe to suddenly change or distort His words? God testifies about Moshe that he is the most faithful person alive (see Bamidbar 12:7), which is perhaps the reason why Moshe is chosen to be the messenger of God to transmit the Torah. If so, we know clearly that Moshe never added or subtracted anything from the way in which God instructed him to say something. What then could Rashi's comment "no more, no less" mean?

The explanation is as follows. We derive from here the method that Moshe used to relate God's words. First, Moshe would say: "These are the exact words of God." Then, when he would finish stating God's words, without adding or subtracting a single one of them, Moshe would begin to explain and exhort, to admonish and to urge. He would isolate certain concepts from God's words, individually, and use his own words to clarify or motivate.

At times, Moshe felt the need to mention and discuss a concept that was not directly or specifically mentioned in God's words. This being the case, God tells Moshe that in this instance, in the introductory words of motivation for the Jewish People's acceptance of Torah should be "no more, no less." The concepts discussed by God here are the only concepts that are necessary for the Jew's commitment to God's Torah and Covenant. God does not want Moshe bringing up any other reason or motivation for the acceptance of Torah. The ideas in these two and a half verses are all that's required.

So, if we want to know how we can further our personal acceptance and commitment to Torah, and conquer disillusionment and despondency, we must look at these verses and discover its ideas for motivation. God informed Moshe that everything one needs to become inspired to accept Torah can be found in these verses -- nothing more, nothing less. One shouldn't think that long, involved speeches or actions are necessary. If we read and study these verses seriously, we will have all that is required to begin spiritual growth and closeness with God.

What do these verses stress?

If you were given only 5 minutes to speak to an audience about God and religion, and these 5 minutes would be the only opportunity for this audience to hear about God in the entire lives, what would be the most important topic to discuss? It would probably be the fact that God loves and cares for each and every one of us. Through hearing such words, people would begin to discover God's love and concern and want to relate to God. If I hear that someone loves me, I usually try to find out who he is and in most cases attempt to love him back. In God's case, my quest to discover His love for me will lead me to perceive the love through His Instructions for Living, which is the Torah.

God tells us in these verses: "You saw what I did to Egypt. You know why I destroyed and punished them. It was not due to my anger for their evil sins and immorality. They were deserving of punishment long before they met the Jewish nation. I was waiting, thinking perhaps they might repent. But as soon as they began making life difficult for you, I started striking against them. This could only be because I love you. I was even willing to protect you like an eagle defends his young." (Paraphrased based on Rashi.) God continues to relate: "If you keep my Torah, you will be my treasure. I only want the best for you and I want you to be my holy nation and kingdom of important ministers."

There are, of course, many details and subjects in these verses that are discussed, but in general they are all messages of God's love for us and how we are to maintain that love. This is the key element to inspire a nation to accept a Torah at Sinai and the main thrust necessary to motivate individuals to commit or re-commit themselves to spiritual growth through God's Torah.

So, if you are down and out, and have just about had it with trying to grow spiritually, remember God loves you. He cares about everything that is going on in your life and anxiously awaits your relationship with Him.

This article can also be read at: http://www.aish.com/torahportion/kolyaakov/Gods_Love_For_Us.asp

Author Biography:
Rabbi Boruch Leff is assistant principal at RITSS High School in Cincinnati and is the author of the Kol Yaakov column at Aish.com. His book, "Forever His Students" (Targum/Feldheim) contains practical and powerful contemporary insights, inspired by the teachings of Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg, of blessed memory.

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CT IceBiking & L300 Update

Well, there was finally some IceBiking to be done here in Connecticut! We’ve had snow before but for the most part they’ve turned into slush storms more than snow storms. Today we’ve had what NOAA weather radio is calling what is “so far” Hartford’s second worst snowstorm ever recorded with the worst back in 1905! They’re saying that Hartford’s gotten Twenty-one inches so far today… and it was in the fifties just the other week, gotta’ love New England!

Last night when I rode in, and this morning as I prepared to ride home, most of my co-workers were asking me, “Don’t you know it’s going to be snowing?”, or ,” It’s really cold out there!”. I kept on telling anyone who asked that the snow and the temperature were really non-issues per se, but that the TWENTY MILES PER HOUR HEADWIND would be a problem.

My new Trek L300 that I bought and had modified for this year’s winter performed admirably! There were absolutely no issues whatsoever with the drive train or its shifting, even though they ended up completely enclosed in ice! The dual roller brakes worked just great too, completely unaffected by the foot deep drifts I plowed through at many points. The Nokian studded tires were a lifesaver quite literally! They kept me steady and saved my from spills several times, especially when I was going through rutted intersections. The cables running to the shifter hub and the rear brake that run exposed over the bottom bracket did indeed get completely encased in snow and ice as I feared they would, but that didn’t seem to effect their performance any.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t really as much a fun Icebike ride as I would’ve hoped for. I live pretty much directly north of work and of my thirteen mile ride I got to ride at most about a mile perpendicular to that 20mph headwind. Between the wind, hills, and snowdrifts; I was mostly in first or second gear for much of the trip and I had to rest several times. My glasses (and eyebrows!) got completely encrusted with ice so that I couldn’t see the ruts in the snow clearly, that’s where the Nokian tires came in handy!

What usually would have taken me about an hour to ride, took me nearly two hours this morning. I got home and was ravenously hungry but still had to shovel out a space for the Pongo dog to be able to walk and do his business and clean up the messes he made. I’m glad I had some left over chicken from what I had made last night before work!

Just got up, took some Ibuprofen, wrote this, and am now going to get ready for the ride back to work for tonight! It will be nice to have the wind mostly at my back rather than in my face!