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RCS Public Library Thanatology Café Program Preview

The April Thanatology Café Gathering is on
Saturday, April 9th, 2016, at the

The RCS Community Library

95 Main Street

Ravena, NY

Program starts at 2:00 p.m. and runs until about 4:00 p.m.

Visit and follow the Thanatology Café blog. Follow @thanatologycafe and on Facebook’s  Thanatology Café group.


death a personal understandingThanatology Café. Where the conversation is about death, dying and life. Will launch at the RCS Community Library on April 9, 2016.

The program will launch with a series of 10 short videos — one each month for 10 months — on various aspects of death, dying and grieving, “Death: A personal Understanding,” and the April 9 session will also include a short award-winning animated video clip, “The Life of Death.” Discussion of the videos will follow. Refreshments will be available. The program is free and the public is welcome.

A Hauntingly Beautiful Short Film About Life and Death -The Life of Death is a touching hand drawn animation about the day Death fell in love with Life.

A Hauntingly Beautiful Short Film About Life and Death -The Life of Death is a touching hand drawn animation about the day Death fell in love with Life.

 

Thanatology Café at the RCS Community Library: Registration Form

Please Note: We have just been informed by the RCS Community library that the Thanatology Café sign-up sheets at the RCS Community Library are kept in a binder behind the check-out desk. You must ask a staff member for the book to sign up. 

register-nowWe recently announced an exciting new program coming to the RCS Community Library. The program, which plans to meet regularly monthly and will be supplemented by extraordinary meetings for smaller groups to discuss special topics focusing on death, dying, coping, grief, and death-related topics, has published its Initial Registration Form that can be completed before the Saturday, April 9, 2016, session at the RCS Community Library, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The organizers encourage interested participants to download and printout the form and to bring it the the April 9 session; that will save time and will leave more time for the conversations.

Sign-up sheets are also available at the RCS Community library, but interested persons can also R.S.V.P. their intention to attend by sending an e-mail to thanatology.cafe@gmail.com.

We are informed that local churches, fire and rescue departments, police departments, EMS, schools and local funeral directors have been contacted and urged to send representatives.

It’s an important program and will deal with a subject that really needs to be talked about more. It promises to be an outstanding opportunity for sharing, learning and information. Don’t miss it.

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Initial Registration Form

Of course, if you have any questions, please e-mail the organizers at thanatology.cafe@gmail.com. They will get right back to you with an answer.

Please click the Register Now image to display and download or print out the Initial Registration from, fill it out as completely as possible, and bring it with you to the Thanatology Cafe session on April 9, 2016, at the RCS Community Library, 95 Main Street, Ravena, New York. The session starts promptly at 2 p.m. so please be on time.

And in the meantime, visit the Thanatolgy Café blog.

Well be there and we hope you will be too; we are looking forward to meeting and chatting with you on April 9th!

The Editor

The Editor

 

 

Thanatology Café: Where the conversation is about death.

Two great things about death and dying are happening right here in Ravena. First of all, A.J. Cunningham Funeral Homes has expanded their operations to a new location in Ravena, at 9 Main Street, in the former Pero Memorial Chapel. Now the Ravena area has a choice; no more funeral monopoly in Ravena. Maybe there’s not much choice in life in Ravena but at least there’s a choice in death.

The second great thing is that Thanatology Café: Where the conversation is about death, is being launched right in Ravena, at the RCS Community library.

Be sure to mark the date: Saturday, April 9, 2016, 2-4 p.m. The program starts promptly at 2:00 p.m. so don’t be late. There will be light refreshments.

The organizers do ask that you sign up at the RCS Community Library using the sign-up sheets available there. You can also sign up at thanatology.cafe@gmail.com. When you sign up via email, you’ll receive an initial registration form that you should fill out and bring with you to the program on April 9.

What is Thanatology Café?

We thought you’d never ask!

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Thanatology: [than-uh-tol-uh-jee] the study of death and dying, and bereavement, especially the study of ways to understand the coping mechanisms, meaning-making, transcendence and transformation to support the bereaved and mourners, and to lessen suffering and address the needs of the dying and their survivors.


It’s a  totally unique program and it’s called

Thanatology Café.

It’s a place where anyone can come in and talk about their thoughts, concerns, and interests centering on death and dying, bereavement, grief, society and death, spirituality and death, the death industry, our responsibilities as human beings who will die some day.

Thanatology Café is a safe place to talk about the ultimate mystery and to share thoughts and concerns about death and dying. It’s a place where you won’t be judged, no agenda will try to convert you or attempt to sell you something. It’s neutral ground, a sacred space where you can open your heart and mind to benefit everyone.

Thanatology Café will also be a source of valuable information from professionals who work in the field of death and dying. The program will include speakers, presenters, or even a film for discussion. But most of the time it will simply be a place to freely express ideas and thoughts, to share with the entire group or in smaller groups working off their own energies, monitored by a facilitator.

Thanatology Café is going to be offered in at least four counties: Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Greene to start. Since community libraries are centers for education and information and are central to most communities, the organizers will be holding the regular monthly sessions in community libraries throughout the area. There will also be other sessions for special interests or to organize special events like tours etc. to historic sites. One such site is Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, where Uncle Sam is buried along with a slew of other historic figures. But the crematorium chapel is a must see and TC is working on a tour for sometime in May or June 2016.

Thanatology Café is an important resource for first responders, church bereavement groups, bereavement ministries, and even funeral directors (TC will host several presentations by funeral directors with Q&A sessions).

Thanatology Café is for everyone and the invitation is open to anyone who needs or wants to talk about death, dying, grief, mourning, spirituality, traditions and superstitions, the funeral business. The field and conversation is wide open. Only the participants will decide.

Click the link to visit the Thanatology Café blog.

Don't be one. Join us at Thanatology Café on April 9th, RCS Community Library. The Editor

Don’t be one. Join us at Thanatology Café on April 9th, RCS Community Library.

The Editor

 

Laszlo Polyak Running for Ravena Village Justice, as Write-in

Ravena voters have the chance on March 15 to finish cleaning up Ravena village hall and sweeping out the last bits of garbage left after Ravena voters gave mummy mayor John Bruno the boot. On March 15 Ravena voters can put Nancy Warner and her corrupt hubby, Harold “Hal” Warner, at the curbside for pick-up by County Waste, and complete the Village Hall Clean-up started two years ago.

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Vote Laszlo Polyak, Village Justice, Write-in Candidate!

It’s official: Laszlo Polyak, a familiar resident advocate for fairness and protecting RCS kids, is running for the office of Ravena village justice on March 15. It’s been kept hush-hush til now because Laszlo’s supporters wanted to avoid the vile tactics so well-known in local elections in RCS and the lies and ambush methods so well-known in the Warner circle of fiends. Laszlo’s supporters’ stealth tactics should pay off because Nasty-Nancy and Hooligan-Hal and their mob won’t have much time to lauch their mud-slinging and filth.

The Warners, the husband and wife pair, have been haunting village hall at both ends of local government: the village hall office and the village court, where they have been able to intimidate and mess with residents and even outsiders in the court, to serve and protect their friends and supporters. This corruption has to stop and Ravena village voters will have the chance on March 15th to get rid of both of them in one election.

Don’t forget how Nancy Warner conspired with the Delucas (Cathy and Dirty-Hands Jerry) and John Bruno to harass Ravena teenagers and violate their civil rights; how hard Nancy and her mob worked to kill the Teen Activities Center; how Nancy Warner and her mob spent $40,000 of Ravena taxpayer money to buy Bob Fisk’s scrap metal fitness equipment; how Nancy Warner and her mob kept her bosom buddy Cathy Deluca in a job at the cost of more than $100,000 a year of Ravena taxpayer dollars, and Cathy Deluca managed a third fitness center into failure! All at Ravena taxpayer expense. Only Nancy Warner’s friends get taxpayer dollars.

And do we have to remind our readers and Ravena voters of the fact that it was Nancy Warner who wanted the RCS Community Library out of their space in the village hall building so that Cathy Deluca’s fitness center could move in? Have you forgotten how hard Nancy Warner and her mob worked to EVICT the library. Have you forgotten that Nancy Warner and her mob raised the library’s rent by more than $700 while they were waiting for Persico to finish the new library? By the way, by increasing the library’s rent by an additional $700 Warner and her mob was eating up the library’s budget and punishing the community. Is that the kind of local government you want to keep?

And lets not forget Hal Warner’s special brand of justice: retaliative justice. He uses his corrupt version of justice to take personal revenge. Let’s not forget the Warners daughter, Carmen Warner, who was disgraced when she was fired from P. David Soares’, Albany County District Attorney, for posting indecent pictures of herself and her girlfriend on Facebook. If Carmen Warner is any indication of her parents’ character and morality, we’re all cooked! So make the right decision on March 15, and put Nasty-Nancy and Hoodlum-Hal back on the street. (Nancy Warner is actually Nancy Biscone-Warner, so it was no surprise that Carmen was later hired by the Biscone law firm. Surprised?) Now old Hal is harassing the assistant district attorney to punish Soares. Is that what we need our court for? To exact private vengence? To pursue private vendettas?

On March 15th
Vote Dan Baker for Village Trustee
Vote Laszlo Polyak (Write-in) for Village Justice

spring-cleaningYou don’t have a choice with Bill Bailey, since both parties are using him as a pawn to prevent anyone with a real brain from running for village trustee. But he’s useless even if his party has a majority. We recommend casting your vote for useless Babbling-Bill, because it’s the safest one to cast for the second trustee seat.

Here are our recommendations for March 15th:
DAN BAKER
LASZLO POLYAK (write-in, see below for instructions)
William Bailey (by default)

Please see below for instructions on how to vote for LASZLO POLYAK as a write-in. It’s very important you do this right and make sure you spell his name correctly when writing it in. The Warner mob will use any excuse to disqualify your vote. It’s been done in the past.

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Editor’s Note:  It will be interesting to see what Nancy Warner’s reaction will be when her husband is given his walking papers and Ravena finally has a real justice court. Our guess is that her first move will be to take steps to abolish the village court, just out of her characteristic nastiness, just to make certain no one else can preside. Let’s just wait and see.

So, Friends and Neighbors, do the right thing on March 15th, and finish cleaning up Ravena village hall. Give Nasty-Nancy and Hooligan-Hal their walking papers. Let’s give Ravena some fresh healthy air in Ravena village hall. The stench of corruption has been in Ravena village hall long enough!

Finish the clean-up, Ravena. Give the Warner's the boot! The Editor

Finish the clean-up, Ravena. Give the Warner’s the boot!

The Editor