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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The Azalias Tough Loving Like Mom

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Mom: The Azalea

 

Like Mom they are always there always.

An azalea like mom is always with you.

No matter what  the cold bitter days,

The happy joyous days the melancholy Dismays.

 

The Azalea like Mom conquers and lasts.

Endures personal disappointments.

Rejoices in smiles and hugs in your achievements

Mom The Azalea always comes back in Spring’s presence.

 

She blooms in cheer brightening life’s drear.

She withers in endless rains but as flowers fade

Her summer’s green cheer grooms recalls  summer shade

As fall days shorten and leaves fall in colorful cascade.

 

As child turns to adult and drifts away from Mom The Azalea

Building life of the unknown, the unexpected, the joyous day

The crushing losses, the proud triumphs, the mistakes along way,

Mom The Azalea in winter green and loving Mother’s Day softens what be May

 

The Azalea resplendent in sun and rain this time of year

Reminds you of your mom, the clean-up-your-room Mom.

The fashion mom always enduring unfortunte fashion whims

The always-accepting-coping-solution mom ready with the elizir.

 

Sweeping through your life even through her life’s essence

No longer manifests, Mom, like The Azalea is omnipresent

There in bloom lifting life’s gloom, her wise advice  echoing

Calming your mind anxiety, with you like God to rely in deciding.

 

From a mother’s first sight of you being born to your grief

When her presence departed but now is your companion still

A voice of past and present in future with you with steadfast belief

In you, your promise, ability, courage dispensing wisdom and will.

 

As I write this about my mother, from her cross “Johnny Bailey!”

Or my wife’s mother’s, “Oh dear God, Janet” when Janet misbehaved

Their wisdoms, homilies, and dedication to their children who are old

Is forever there to draw new courage, new wisdom untold.

 

Mothers are always remembered even when we are unable to go to

The Old Kittle House for a Mother’s Luncheon today in that old white table cloth dining room

Overlooking the immense green on a sunny day.

With Dad in white shirt and tie, children in suits and dresses

This stanza does not rhyme because The Mom The Azalea

Influences, helps, always she loves us.

 

Thanks Mom. You were my first teacher. My first love. I so admired you

Never knew how much until now.

You’re not gone. You are not a memory. You are a presence in my life always

 

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HEY MOM!

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(This is for all you Moms out there. We know what you go through!)   “HEY MOM!”   Hey Mom– Bring me two waters so I’m set? Where’s my underarmor? And my visor? Are my tights washed? My skates are dull. Hey Mom, can you call the advisor?   Hey Mom,  I wasn’t yelling at you. I didn’t mean to! You were yelling at me! You never let me do anything my friends do Hey Mom, would you chill, lighten up, just do!   Hey Mom, I don’t like the way this looks for the prom – I don’t like the color, how could you think this was me? I just can’t wear this, it’s this, it’s that it’s…Oh, Mom!?!    Hey Mom, I’ve been studying all morning getting knowledge. Can’t I go out, I’ll be back by ten? But, I know the material, gone over it again and again. Oh, Mom – I hate my life! I can hardly wait until college.   Hey Mom – But I did call and let you know Don’t you understand, I couldn’t call at that time. No, you can’t not let me go – it’s a great band Oh, Mom – I hate you! You never understand!   Hey, Mom, please don’t embarrass me at the game By screaming so loud, it’s just so tacky But, hey mom, I like that you’re over there in the stand Watching me play, you know that don’t you Mom, you understand?   Hey Mom, can you get me to the rink At 5 – I know you have to take off from work early? Thanks, Mom, I’m so sorry but the team has a special thing I have to be there, thanks Mom – I love you—really.   Hey, Mom, please when you pick me up at the dorm Don’t come inside. Just wait outside, call me on the cell I’ll be right down — it’s the norm. Don’t ring the bell!   Hey, Mom, I’ve read the classifieds There are no jobs, I can’t make all those calls. Well, OK, I guess  I can send that resume you made for me (sigh). OK, I’m lost, where’s the post office, down Lexington to what?   Hey Mom, well I’m bringing my friends by, Don’t let Dad embarrass me with his jokes, OK? I’ll just die if he’s silly again — you won’t let him do that? You’ll talk to him about that?   All right, Mom I’ll take that extra course. But I’ve just been going to school for months it never ends! Can’t I have a little vacation, I don’t know what’s worse Can’t I spend a little time with my friends?   You do like him, Mom? Oh, I hoped you would. Yes, I really do I am so glad you do too!   Hey Mom, can you take care of the kids this weekend? We’re going to Vermont with a friend. And Mom, the cats get kibble in morning and meat at night, We love you mom, sorry for the short notice, talk to you tonight.   Hey Mom, I’m sorry I can’t see you Mother’s Day. Are you all right, what will you be doing today? Going to a play – great – you know we love you in every way? Though we may not show it you’re always with us even when you’re away.
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A FEINER FIND: OPENING TODAY: “WOOPS! MACAROONS AND GIFTS” AT THE WESTCHESTER WHITE PLAINS NY USA

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WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER fROM PAUL FEINER MAY 11, 2024

Edgemont resident Sylvia Emmer was a guest on my cable TV show and discusses her new business Woops! Macarons & Gifts.

https://youtu.be/iwU-ZnrH2ks

Woops! Macarons & Gifts Westchester, offering delectable macarons and charming gifts, is having its grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 11 from 2-4pm (just in time for Mother’s Day!).

The boutique kiosk offers a wide variety of French macaron flavors, including classic favorites and seasonal specials, such as birthday cake, red velvet, cookies and cream, blueberry cheesecake, and honey lavender. Customers can also explore beautifully packaged macaron gift boxes, perfect for any occasion.

LOCATION:

The Westchester Mall

125 Westchester Ave.

White Plains, NY 10601

The kiosk is across from the Apple Store on Retail Level 3

Mall parking garage entrance closest to kiosk: 62 Westchester Ave., White Plains, NY

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COFFEE WITH WHITE PLAINS WEEK SATURDAY 8:30 A.M. THE DEC 10 “CITY BUDGET REPORT” ON FIOS CH 45 AND OPTIMUM CH 76 & WWW.WPCOMMUNITYMEDIA.ORG

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 THE CITY PRESENTS, DEFENDS $212 MILLION 2024-25 BUDGET

THE WHITE PLAINS  LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SCHOOL  BOARD FORUM FULL HOUSE. CRACKLING DEBATE

PLAYLAND OPENS MAY 18

 

WHITE PLAINS IN THE MONEY SALES TAX DOLLARS SURGE–9% AHEAD THROUGH 9 MONTHS

 

GHOST GALLERIA TRANSIT DISTRICT SCOPING DOCUMENT CLEARS COMMON COUNCIL

LEXINGTON AVENUE EYED FOR WIDENING TO RELIEVE WHITE PLAINS HOSPITAL AREA TRAFFIC CONGESTION

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