WATCHOUT WESTCHESTER! EXPECT AGGRESSIVE, ARROGANT, MANEUVERING, PASSING ON RIGHT, BUMPER TO BUMPER INTIMIDATION, FLASING HEADLIGHTS TO GET YOU TO GET OF THEIR WAY, AND NASCAR SPEEDING ON WESTCHESTER HIGHWAYS

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Second Weekend Crash in Two Weeks Creates Long Delays on Speedy Sprain Brook Parkway.

WPCNR TRAFFICA. News and Comment by John F. Bailey. May 19, 2024:

I usually do not cover accidents.

But I and hundreds of southbound drivers yesterday were backed up by the second serious accident in a week on the weekend.

It happened again  to me and hundreds of drivers for the second consecutive week.

A serious accident in the left lane northbound last week created a long backup in both directions last weekend. On my return journey to White Plains from Peekskill  yesterday, Saturday it happened again: a serious accident backed up the Sprain from the I-287 exit southbound north to the Eastview exit where I diverted.

It’s dangerous out there.

The Taconic and Sprain Brook Parkways are notorious for the aggressive speeding and passing at high speeds by many drivers going as high as 25 miles over the speed limit and passing at high speed motorists ahead of them.  I have to assume that the Saw Mill, the I-684 and I-287 are subject to the same “Cowboys” maneuvering in and out  and around cars they feel are driving too slow and holding them back.

I rarely see such menaces to other drivers pulled over.

The Westchester roads subject to highly dangerous traffic extends to cities like White Plains.

In White Plains, we drivers have to not only be alert for U-turns on Mamaroneck Avenute by motorists blatant making a “U-ie” when they miss a turn or want to go back the way they came.

We drivers must also be alert for aggressive pedestrians jaywalking in the middle of Mamaroneck Avenue and other streets  heads in their cellphones, leaving us to see them even when the pedestrians are wearing dark clothing. The walkers in White Plains are overenergizing the streets of White Plains, but they are using all of every street as if they have the right of way all over every street using it as one big crosswalk,  by the jaywalking in the middle or anywhere they want to all along the blocks .

I am no personal injury lawyer, but by White Plains tolerating such trends as U-turns, and out of control jaywalking, (also aggravated by pedestrians using a crosswalk and starting to by stepping into a cross walk when cars are making right turns and have the green light), if I as a driver do not see a jaywalker and I hit them, the city could be sued for liability for not enforcing against jaywalkers.  The city needs to pass a no-jaywalking ordinance if it does not already have one. Let alone the driver hitting a jaywalker with a vehicle and sued in a civil suit.

Driving in cities and major county roads is no longer safe. Too many drivers are violating speed restrictions by 15, 20, 30 miles over the limit and more and playing NASCAR by passing recklessly often very close to clipping the car they are cutting around.

You drive at the speed limit in this county you have to look in your rear view mirror to spot one of these cowboys coming at you with frightening speed (no shot at stopping) and it freezes you.

Just a friendly observation, hoping that “honchos driving too fast,” as Jan and Dean called them in their great ode to the California State Police, Freeway Flyer, would slow down for their own safety, you have no shot if you misjudge your passing cut-in. You get clipped, flipped and you go fly into oblivion.

Pedestrians!

Please! You have to curtail your jaywalking habit. Cross at the corner at a cross walk. Even if you’re impatient. Just tell your date you do not want her to get hurt. Also what happened to wearing white at night? Do it to be seen crossing streets legally.

As White Plains  and other cities and town apartments open and fill up, the streets will be like New York City-ized.

There needs to be police on the beat to write jaywalking and crossing cars and u-turning cars.

We need some traffic control initiatives not only on moving violations like U-turns, but jaywalkers, and crosswalk violations when cars have the light to turn.

I do not need official statistics.

I see the violations.

I see them every time I drive in to White Plains, or put on my NASCAR crash helmet, fireproof suit and activate my perimeter radar to  drive the Taconic Parkway (on weekends particularly), The Sprain I-684, hope I see the “honchos” before they make a slip.

Be careful out there.

More careful.

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TONIGHT! 7:30 THE WHITE PLAINS WEEK MAY 17 REPORT ON FIOS COUNTYWIDE CH 76, WHITE PLAINS OPTIMUM 76 AND WWW.WPCOMMUNITYMEDIA.ORG YOUR TELEVISION STATION.

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THE CONGESTION PRICING COURT FIGHT

JOHN BAILEY AND BRENDA STARR

SPECIAL REPORT CAR VS. TRAIN THE DOLLAR STORY

 

YOUR LOCAL EPIDEMIOLOGIST KATELYN JETELINA ON 

WOMEN UNDER 40 SHOULD HAVE MAMMOGRAMS

WORDS INCOMING!

 

WRAP UP OF THE SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES

THE D.A. PRIMARY MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION

 

 

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WITH THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW THEY DO NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW

EVERY WEEK ON WHITE PLAINS WEEK FOR 23 YEARS

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MAY 15 —NEW! APPLE CINEMAS AT CITY CENTER OPENS TOMORROW AT NOON

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I’m excited to announce that Thursday, May 16, 2024 is opening day for the new state-of-the-art movie theater complex, Apple Cinemas, (where Showcase Cinema de Lux location had been at the White Plains City Center, 237 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY).

Guests will enjoy a newly renovated lobby, self-serve popcorn machines, reclining seats, and an upcoming on-site restaurant, BurgerFi, offering a variety of burgers, chicken sandwiches, and more.

Also in the works, and planned for the end of the month, is both an IMAX and Apple Cinemas Premium Large Format ACX screen featuring 4K LASER and Dolby ATMOS 360-degree immersive sound. This includes IMAX with Laser, a groundbreaking, next-generation laser projection and 12-channel sound system which delivers increased resolution, sharper and brighter images.

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NEW BREAST SCREENING GUIDELINES FROM YOUR LOCAL EPIDEMIOLOGIST

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Screening guidelines for breast cancer have recently changed, and vaccines are in the works.

Here’s the news! And, more importantly, the “why” so you can make evidence-based decisions.

The age to start screening is now 40 years old

Last week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF, volunteer panel of national experts) released new guidelines for breast cancer screeningYounger women should get screened. Specifically, those assigned female at birth who are at average risk of breast cancer should get a mammogram beginning at age 40 and ending at age 74. (NOTE: Guidelines are different for high-risk women, such as those with family history or genetic predisposition. Not sure? Try this risk assessment tool.)

The science around who should get screened for cancer and how often is always evolving—in part because technologies and patterns of cancer continue to change.

Policymakers are charged with routinely weighing the evidence on benefits and harms of screening. Detecting a cancer early can potentially make a huge difference in prognosis and burden of treatment, but it can be hard to demonstrate what didn’t happen. Potential harms include false positives and treating “pre-cancers” that wouldn’t necessarily have becomes a problem (called overdiagnosis) and the related physical, psychological, and financial impacts. This benefit/harm balance has been debated for years, mainly because of the uncertainty of numbers (e.g., lives saved vs. overdiagnosed).

Before the recent change, USPSTF recommended starting screening at age 50, which was controversial and disagreed with a number of other organizations. For example, the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommended everyone start screening at age 45.

Several factors drove UTPSTF to recommend screening at younger ages:

  1. Breast cancer is increasingly occurring at younger ages. It’s estimated breast cancer in people under age 50 has increased by 2% each year, and more rapidly in recent years. Breast cancer is typically more aggressive when it occurs in younger people (before menopause in particular). Because cancer has typically been thought of as a disease of aging, younger people often don’t discover cancer until it is more advanced. 

New Breast Cancer Cases Among US Women Aged 20 to 49 Years, 2000-2019. Figure SourceJAMA Netw Open. 2024;7(1):e2353331.

  1. Technology improvements such as 3D mammograms have made screening more effective in identifying cancers. This is important because it reduces overdiagnosis and the psychological distress related to an abnormal result. We are curious to see how AI can help with this, too.
  2. For example, a Lancet study showed a modest increase (4%) in cancers detected when a radiologist+AI looked for cancer on a mammogram compared to two radiologists.  
  1. Strikingly high breast cancer mortality among Black women, in particular, could be reduced by earlier screening. A recent study projected that beginning cancer screening at age 40 would reduce cancer deaths among Black women by 24%. This is crucial since Black women have higher mortality from breast cancer than women of other races or ethnicities.

How often to screen is up for debate

Although the ACS and USPSTF now agree on younger screening, they still disagree on some specifics, including how often to screen. USPSTF recommends doing so every other year, while ACS recommends an annual mammogram once you’re 45. (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, or ACOG, lands in the middle.)

This is a problem. Conflicting recommendations create confusion, leading to population-level patterns of delay. In addition to absolute benefits and harms, policies and guidelines should incorporate evidence on human behavior (AKA behavioral science). For example, preventive health behaviors are easier when guidelines are clear, behaviors are simple, and the timeframe is reasonably narrow. I can probably remember when it’s been about a year since my last mammogram, but two years? This shifts more burden to the health system to track my mammograms and remind me.

Breast cancer vaccines? 

Even if detected early and treated, some cancers can recur or spread and, in the process, mutate to become more resistant to treatment. This stubborn process has driven scientists to try and develop vaccines to prevent and/or achieve durable “immunity” to cancer.

One form of breast cancer called triple negative breast cancer, or TNBC, is more difficult to treat because there are fewer “targets” for currently available drugs. The Cleveland Clinic has been working on a breast cancer vaccine for 20 years that trains the immune system to identify and destroy TNBC cells, which secrete a protein called alpha-lactalbumin.

  • Preliminary results from the first portion of the phase I clinical trial were presented in April 2023. The scientists enrolled TNBC survivors who were at risk of their cancer returning.
  • The purpose of this trial was to test safety, but scientists also looked at immune responses. All participants built some immune responses, and the vaccine was safe. 

There’s a long way to go to show an impact on TNBC, and many larger breast cancer vaccine trials have failed to get a vaccine to market. Still, we’re keeping an eye on this space, and keeping our fingers crossed.

Bottom line

Get your mammograms starting at age 40. It’s likely easier (and more proactive) to do it every year, but you can weigh the potential benefits and harms for yourself.

Love, YLE and AB


Andrea Betts, MPH PhD, is a behavioral scientist whose research focuses on cancer in adolescents and young adults. 

“Your Local Epidemiologist (YLE)” is founded and written by Dr. Katelyn Jetelina, MPH PhD—an epidemiologist, wife. During the day, she is a senior scientific consultant for several organizations, including CDC. At night, she writes this newsletter. Her main goal is to “translate” the ever-evolving public health world so that people will be well-equipped to make evidence-based decisions. This newsletter is free, thanks to the generous support of fellow YLE community members. To support this effort, subscribe below:

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SUMMER PLANS OUTBREAK OUTLOOK NORTHEAST

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TRAIN VS CAR AFTER CONGESTION PRICING BEGINS

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TRAIN $49  CAR: $79

The METRO NORTH EXPRESS TO GRAND CENTRAL, 10:37 A.M. arrives. Our engineer was a woman and she rattled off the stations on the line to come with the nostalgic rat-a-tat delivery of conductors of old, crackling  “next stop Hartsdale, Scarsdale, Crestwood  change to Bronx and South, 1-2-5 and Graaaaand Central”  This excitement in her voice thrilled me with the drama of a train,  and she eased her No. 6 gently to stops and on the glide into  111 year old Grand Central she babied the big train into Track 105 to a whisper stop. NO squeak. Positively flawless train engineering. Breathtaking.

The Number 6 (BMT) Subway, roaring in. (MTA photo)

WPCNR TRAFFICA. News & Comment  By John F. Bailey May 13, 2024:

Brenda Starr and I took in a matinee Saturday with friends from Long Island and learned just how much congestion pricing would cost us vs taking the train into The Greatest City in the World would cost us, as well as the environmental experience.

The bottom line: paying the $15 congestion tax scheduled to start July 1,  at whatever entry we choose to enter Manhattan Central Business District by our car would cost us $79 for a Saturday trip while taking the train from White Plains on a Saturday would cost just $49, a $30 saving.

Here is our cost for two going in by train Saturday from White Plains to Grand Central and subway to Bleaker Street:

Parking White Plains Station Parking Facility: $9.75

Round Trip to Grand Central Weekend (2 Persons): $26

BMT SUBWAY N0.6 TRAIN 2 PERSONS TO BLEECKER & BACK: $13.00

Total : $48.75

Cost to Drive from White Plains to Bleaker Street and Parking

CONGESTION TOLL: $15.00

SPUYTEN DUYVIL BRIDGE: $4.00

GARAGE PARKING: $50.00

GAS (35 MILES) $10.00

TOTAL CAR: $79.00

The train trip saves  you $30 over driving your once the Congestion Pricing starts.

 

42ND STREET OLD BMT TILES OF THE PAST–LOOK FOR THEM.

 

BLEECKER STREET STATION TILES SPIFFED UP SO OLD NEW YORK BRAND NEW

It saves you the aggravation and danger of the Hutchinson River Parkway, Cross County Parkway and Henry Hudson Parkway, Spuyten Duyvil Bridge  onto the West Side Highway and stress of New York traffic.

The railroad is a clean and scenic ride and treats you to the scenic whisk of an express into Manhattan. You then take the subway uptown or downtown for 3.00  a person with the convenience of credit card tap on the turnstile, followed by the high energy rumble and roar of the greatest subway in the world enabled New York to grow. The cars are cleaner, ride swift, and the antique and nostalgic subway stations regale you with tile designs, explicit signs to look at.

The subways are not good if you are disabled. Hard to find elevators. Entrances from the street level for your return uptown or downtown are stairwells.

And you emerge from the subway into the chock-a-block dazzle of the New York modern with the New York classic architecture. From tenements to majestic exterior designs of century old buildings whose architectural features set your heart soaring with their beauty and whimsy.

Nothing I have ridden on thrills me more than the New York City “Subway In a Hurry!” It takes you new worlds! Better than a roller coaster.

Congestion Pricing  will be recorded by gantry at whatever entry we choose – exits off the West Side Highway beginning at 60th Street will all have overhead gantries to electronically record E-Z Pass equipped cars, trucks, and vehicles subject to the toll departing the West Side highway at 59th Street. The 59th Street Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, and Williamsburg Bridge, Lincoln and Holland Tunnels  and Brooklyn Battery Tunnel are subject to tolls. Previously the bridges were free.

This MTA website explains who pays, and  discount plans here:

https://congestionreliefzone.mta.info/tolling

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