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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha Where are the golden years?... These are more like "the rusty years," according to my spouse. Not so funny, is it? Everything hurts. Getting old is the pits! This is the anniversary of the worst attack in United States history: Sept. 11. We were all touched by this, I think, some of us more than others, but all of us for sure. We will never forget New York's Twin Towers and the thousands of lives lost there as well as the lives lost at the Pentagon and in a Pennsylvania field. • At least we haven't experienced bad hurricanes yet. Maybe I shouldn't jinx it. The rest of the world is suffering, though. This was taken from an Associated Press Internet report: LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP)--Hurricane Jimena weakened to a Category Two storm as it bore down on the coast of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. By early last Wednesday, Jimena's maximum sustained winds had decreased to near 105 mph (165 kph) and the National Hurricane Center in Miami said it was expected to weaken further. Jimena's change in status came after the hurricane brushed passed the resort towns at the southern tip of the Baja California on Tuesday, lashing them with driving rain and winds. Despite the pummeling by the fringes of the then Category Three hurricane, the Mexican peninsula's biggest resort, Los Cabos, appeared to be escaping major damage beyond power outages and mud-choked roads. Dozens of people evacuated from the Los Congrejos shanty- town huddled in darkened rooms at a school after electricity failed during the storm. Trying to calm Squalling babies and ignore hunger from having little food, the evacuees waited for dawn, and a chance to 10ok at what the hurricane did to their homes made of plastic sheeting, wood and tar paper. 'Instead of giving out a few sheets of roofing every year, they should give us materials to build real houses...wood, or even bricks,'.said Paulino Hernandez, an out-of-work mason who sought haven at the school. 'Every year it's the same thing: They (officials) give out a few sheets of roofing, and the next year it has to be replaced' when a hurricane comes. Officials in Baja California Sur state prepared shelters to hold up to 29,000 people as Jimena churned northward. And speaking of California...this is also from the AP on the Internet: "Crews battling the massive wildfire north of Los An- geles have gotten major assistance from the weather, allowing them to build lines around a quarter of the blaze, but the fight is far from over. Fire officials fear the winds could kick up as flames creep closer to homes and a historic observatory. More humid weather and a slight break in the blazing heat helped the brush resist bu. rning, but crews were bracing for the possibility of thunderstorms, dry lightning and wind. Firefighters on Tuesday [Sept. 1] lit backfires and hand crews and bulldozers combed the foothills of the San Gabriel Moun- tains, cutting broad and winding fire lines, raising containment to 22 percent. Since erupting Aug. 26, the blaze has destroyed more than five dozen homes, scorched 199 square miles of tinder-dry brush'and forced some 12,000 peol~le to flee their homes. In a hillside neighborhood of Glendale, Frank Virgal- lito stood in a group anxiously watching a controlled burn edge toward their neighborhood. Virgallito said he and his ne{ghbors had been on high alert since last Friday [Aug. 28] but ignored a voluntary evacuation. 'You don't sleep well,' Virgallito said. 'I get up every hour and a half or two hours to get a good view of where the fire is. For four days we've been a little sleep-deprived. It's unnerving.' Virgallito said he saw deer, coyote and skunks scampering down his street away from the heat and ash of the smoldering wilderness. (I worry about the poor animals. They are defenseless against fire and they never, ever start one. That is exclusive to human, s.) Other than hurricanes and fires, there are still dangers. Also from the AP on the Internet: "A powerful earthquake rattled a large swath of southern Indonesia on Wednesday [Sept. 2], killing at least 11 people, injuring dozens and causing extensive damage to houses and buildings. The quake struck at 2:55 p.m. (0755 GMT) off the southern coast of the main island of Java with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0. It hada depth of about 30 miles (50 kilometers), the U.S. Geological Survey said. A tsunami alert was issued, but revoked less than an hour later. Some of the victims were killed in arock slide near the southern coast of Java island, while the others died when houses or buildings collapsed, disaster of- ficials said. Hospitals across the region were admitting scores of injured people." (So far, so good for us. But, as you know, I write this column way in advance of publication.) A wonderful guy is retiring... You know I mean MARVIN FRIEDMAN, former execu- tive director of the JCC. And if you didn't know, I Will ask you: "Where have you been all these years?" On Sunday, Sept. 13, there will be a big celebration and retirement party for Marv at the Roth JCC in Maitland from 4-7 p.m. It is open and free to all in the community...just RSVP on the website www. Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 tenderizing) that should be "tasty" for one and all. (A lot of comedy will be featured, if you get my drift.) Also, if you are not on a computer, phone the JCC at 407-645-5933 and tell them you want to attend. • Plan NOT to miss this event. It will be an evening of nosh and nachas and a fond farewell to a terrific man, Marvin Friedman. Not just a fabulous defense lawyer... I'm referring to author, MILTON HIRSCH who will be signing his novel, TheShadow of Justice at Urban Think! Bookstore on Sept. 12. Milton will be there from 1-4 p.m. to sign his book, "The Shadow of Justice," the first time in its 126 year history, theAmerican BarAssociation, through the Criminal Justice Section, has published a work of fiction. The story provides a realistic view of the inner workings of the criminal justice system through the eyes of protago- nist Circuit Court Judge Clark Addison...as seen by noted Attorney Milton Hirsch Miami criminal defense at- torney Milton Hirsch.° Awakened one morning and informed that one of his oldest friends has shot and killed his family and himself, Judge Addison has little time to react. Soon after, he is on the bench, facing another of his oldest friends, Jack Sheridan, now a defense at- torney trying a case in Addison's court. Over the course of the next week, Addison describes his trial and, in flashbacks, traces his intertwined relationships in a search for meaning, a search for truth...and a search for justice. " Also onSaturday, Sept. 12 from 4-6 p.m., William G. Hyland will sign "In Defense of Thomas Jefferson." This is a quote from BOOKMARKS Magazine: "The belief that Thomas Jefferson had an affair and fathered a child (or children) with slave Sally Hemings and that such an allegation was proven by DNA testing has become so pervasive in American popular culture that it is not only widely accepted but taught to students as historical fact. But as William G. Hyland Jr. demonstrates, this is nothing more than the accumulation of salacious rumors and irrespon- sible scholarship over the years, much of it inspired by political grudges, academic opportunism and the trend of historical revisionism that seeks to drag the reputation of the Founding Fathers through the mud. In this startling and revelatory argu- ment, Hyland shows not only that the evidence against Jefferson • is lacking, but that in fact he is entirely innocent of the charge of having sexual relations with Hemings. Historians have the wrong Jefferson. Hyland, an experienced trial lawyer, presents the most reliable historical evidence while dissecting the unreliable. and in doing so he cuts through centuries of unsubstantiated charges. His book is provocative and thoughtful. On Sunday, Sept. 13, from noon till 2 p.m. Leslie Poole will sign her book "Maitland." Though many people consider it simply a suburb of Winter Park, Maitland is actually a viable and historic city of its own standing. Today author, Leslie Poole presents this new.book fron Arcadia Publishing. Newcomers as well as long-time residents will love this com- pilation of history and photographs. All this is happeningat Urban Think!Bookst0re, 625 E. Central Bird, Orlando; 407-650-8004. One for the road... This is one my granddaughter, LAUREN loves: A mother says to her son, "Wake up. It's almost time for school. You have to get ready!" The son responds, "I don't want to go to school!" The morn replies, "You must go to school. Why don't you want to attend?" The son answers, "The children are wild and mean to me. They are a horror to be around!" The morn says, "But son, you must go to school. You're the princilial!" can be purchased at the following locations: Orange County JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland • Borders, 600 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park • SOJC, 11200 S. Apopka Vineland Rd., Orlando • Select Publix Supermarkets Seminole County Heritage News, 207 O'Brien Rd., Fern Park • Ole Gourmet, 7800 South US Hwy 17-92, Suite 194, Fern Park • Borders Books and Music,880 W. S.R. 436, Altamonte Springs • Bagel King, 1472 Semoran Blvd., Casselberry • Borders Books and Music, 8285 Red Bug Lake Rd., Oviedo ° Kosher Kats, 744 W. S.R. 434, Longwood • Central Florida Hillel, 4250 Alafaya Trail, Ste. 212-363, 0viedo • Select Publix Supermarkets Volusia County Federation of Volusia/Flagler, 470 Andalusia Ave., Ormond Beach * Select Publix Supermarkets Osceola County Cindy M. Rothfield, P.A., 822 W. Bryan St., Kissim- mee • Walden Books, 3105 W. Vine St., Kissimmee • Select Publix Supermarkets • Verandah Place Realty, 504 Celebration Ave., Celebration Development Corporation for Israel State of Israel Bonds She ryl Weitman 12600 South Belcher Road, Suite 101A Executive Director Largo, Florida 33773 727-539-6445 - 800-622-8017 Reva Pearlstein reva.pea rlstein@israelbonds.com Assistant Director www.israelbonds.com Monica DiGiovanni Registered Representative %. HANDYMAN SERVICE Handy man and General Maintenance • Air Conditioning • Electrical • Plumbing • Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960 There's no place like USA.gov. It's the official source of federal and state government information. It can make • you as all-knowing as the Wizard of Oz. " orlandojcc.org, i i Featured will be "Marvin, USAetOV The Musical" and also some 1 ( 8 0 0 ) F E D - I N F O. i gentle roasting (basting and Marvin Friedman "*