Seen on Sunday morning: August 17th

August 17, 2008 7:41:21 AM PDT
Interview segments seen on Eyewitness News on Sunday morning, August 17, 2008.-----THE SSMAC-----

A unique hotel in New York City is exclusively for members of the armed forces, and they can stay there for as low as $25 a night.

It's been open since 1919 and now, it needs a little bit of a facelift. And you can help.

Hazel Cathers is the executive director of Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Coast Guard and Airmen's club, or the SSMAC.

Talking Points:
Q1. What is SSMAC?
Q2. Who can stay at SSMAC?
Q3. How much does it cost to stay at SSMAC?
Q4. When was SSMAC founded?
Q5. How do I get further information about SSMAC?
Q6. How is SSMAC funded?
Q7. You have a ball coming up to raise funds?

A1-Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Coast Guard and Airmen's Club (SSMAC) is a nonprofit club located in Manhattan that is the only private organization in the United States that provides reasonably-priced accommodations to those who serve or have served their country.

A2-Members of the armed forces, active, retired, military cadets, veterans, reservists, National Guard members, families, foreign military travelers and veterans of our allies. Since September 11, 2001, fire fighters, police officers and civil defense workers are also invited to stay at the club.

A3-Rates range from $25-$60 per night depending on military rank.

A4-The club was founded in 1919 to accommodate armed forces members returning from World War I.

A5-Online at or by calling 800-678-8443.

A6-SSMAC is not affiliated with the federal government and receives no grants or subsidies. It is funded solely through tax-deductible individual donations.

A7-Annual Military Ball

Friday, October 3, 2008
Honoring the United States Navy
at The Pierre Hotel, New York City
Admiral Gary Roughead, CNO
Hon. J. William Middendorf, Former SECNAV


MISSION: "To promote the general welfare of Servicemen and Servicewomen (and their families) of the United States and its Allies and to maintain club houses and/or other facilities. We also proudly serve the N.Y.P.D., N.Y.F.D., and E.M.S. personnel who, after 9/11, are likewise on the "Front Lines". We are hereby dedicated to support our Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine and Navy personnel and their dependents."

CREED: "Service To Those Who Have Served Their Country"

The Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Coast Guard and Airmen's Club is an outgrowth of the Servicemen's Club founded in 1919 to accommodate servicemen returning from overseas duty in World War I. Mrs. Cornelia Barnes Rogers (who served with the American Forces in France in 1918 as a civilian ambulance driver) and Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (who served in France in 1918 with the American Red Cross) with the support of General John J. Pershing, raised the money to start the Club. It was named the Soldiers' and Sailors' Club.

The Club has been operating continuously for nearly 90 years, offering a "Home Away From Home" to all service personnel, military retirees, veterans - and their dependents and sponsored guests. Since 1919 we have provided accommodations for millions of eligible guests and their families.

The Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Coast Guard and Airmen's Club is a 501(C) 3, NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION funded by private citizens to express their gratitude for the sacrifices of our Servicemen and Servicewomen by providing affordable, comfortable and safe accommodations.

Our annual deficit of $ 300,000.00 is supported only by your tax-deductible donations.

The Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Coast Guard and Airmen's Club, since 1919 continues to fulfill its mission, as the only private organization in the New York area to provide accommodations at subsidized rates and club-type facilities for Servicemen and Servicewomen, Military Retirees and Veterans and their families visiting New York City.


Products around your home can heal. Dr. Jared Schulman is a medical expert with

Table Salt to help cure Cold Sores: Table salt dries out cold sore and helps fight infection-when you feel things sting its usually because they're infected and something is trying to fighting the infection. Table salt won't necessarily be a cure-all but it will certainly help w/ the overall healing process healing; an alternative is zinc oxide

Cucumber Extract to clear up Body Rashes : Cucumbers are extremely high in ascorbic acid (vitamin C) which is high in antioxidants; it helps to reduce erythema (redness) brought on by UVB rays. Alcoholic extracts have also been found in cucumbers and related vegetables that have been shown to offer up some analgesic properties to help with inflammation.

Tomato Juice and Rubbing Alcohol to help Skin Breakouts: Tomatoes have a ton of anti-oxidant properties but there are no clinical studies to prove it. That said, rubbing alcohol kills bacteria on skin which can help ward off acne. BEWARE: alcohol it can dry out the skin. Other similar options are 2% topical tea lotion or 5% tea tree oil which have both been shown to have similar effects, but fewer side effects than benzoyl peroxide (The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil, for example)

Mint, Olive Oil and Vinegar to treat Sunburns: This concoction is more soothing than anything else-mint soothes the skin while the olive oil keeps skin moist and vinegar acidifies it-all helping to fight inflammation.

Peppermint and Eucalyptus Oil to help relieve Headaches: has been shown to relive pressure on constricted blood vessels, alleviating patients 'awareness' of headache.


Stop relying on quick pick me ups like sugar and caffeine to keep you going during the day. Instead, you can fight fatigue by planning balanced meals that contain certain properties.

Tanya Mancini is the senior editorial director at AOL Health.

1. Balance Protein and Carbs

To keep your energy at peak performance, pick foods that will keep you going longer than the quick, but fleeting jolt of a sugar rush. Plan meals and snacks that combine protein and carbohydrates, such as whole grain crackers with peanut butter or cheese. The carbohydrates will give the more immediate energy boost, while the protein will have real staying power as your body gradually digests it and uses its energy over time.

2. Snack Smart

You're eating three full meals a day, so why do you feel drained? Do not let yourself go too long without eating, because that can zap your energy. Your mind runs better on small meals and snacks every few hours, rather than large meals, according to Harvard Health Publications. To keep you from slowing down, space meals about five hours apart and snacks about two and a half hours after each meal. Don't go overboard -- a piece of fruit or handful of nuts will suffice.

3. Enhance Your Endurance with Vitamin C

This antioxidant rock star aids normal bodily functioning and growth and also improves the body's ability to absorb iron, which helps fight off anemia-related fatigue. Getting 250 to 500 milligrams of this vitamin two times per day may help reduce the symptoms of chronic fatigue by enhancing endurance and immunity, according to the University of Maryland's Medical Center (UMMC). Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines, as well as, kiwi, mangos, apricots, strawberries, cantaloupes, and watermelons are all packed with vitamin C. For veggies rich in vitamin C, try broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, potatoes, and leafy green vegetables like romaine lettuce, turnip greens, and spinach.

4. When You Need Omega-3s

Days where you feel truly exhausted may because you're not consuming enough omega-3 fatty acids. Other symptoms of deficiency of this nutrient include poor memory, dry skin, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation, according to UMMC. To up your omega intake, add more fish, walnuts, and oils like canola, soybean, flaxseed/linseed, and olive oil to your diet. A study published in a 2005 issue of the journal 'Neuro Endocrinology Letters' suggested that people with chronic fatigue syndrome would respond favorably to a treatment including omega-3s.

5. Pump up the Iron in Your Diet

When your body is running low on iron -- a nutrient found in high amounts in animal products like oysters, clams, red meat, poultry, fish, and shellfish -- it can be a drain on your whole system. Iron deficiency wreaks havoc on the production of red blood cells, the delivery of oxygen to the cells, and on your overall immunity. In addition, low iron levels causes anemia, fatigue, poor work performance, weakness, dizziness, and breathlessness. Women, who lose iron-containing blood during their periods, are at greatest risk for becoming iron-deficient.

We get iron from foods in our diet, but only 1 milligram of iron is absorbed for every 10 to 20 milligrams consumed, according the UMMC. Iron from plant sources like spinach, peanuts, peanut butter, almonds, lentils and dried fruits isn't absorbed as efficiently as iron from animal products.

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Now is the time to start planning your fall garden. Chris Cipriano is the CEO of Cipriano Landscape Design.

Fall landscaping tips: Prepare now for year-round beauty.

Fall is the perfect time to plant bulbs for beautiful spring blooms
Example: Mums (potted, in baskets and in ground) for Fall harvest colors
Daffodil Bulbs
Tulip Bulbs

Plant new gardens and landscaping in fall since average weather helps promotes growing process two seasons before the spring.
Example: Adjuga Blooming Carpets
Sedum Blooming Carpets
Ornamental Grasses

Remember that chipmunks love tulip bulbs. Need to replace more often

Plant trees and shrubs to give an early start on rotting for beautiful spring growth
Example: Montgomery Spruce
Nellie Stevens Holly

Fall is best time to install masonry patios.
Examples: Pennsylvania Bluestone Channel 7 Logo stone

Protect masonry with an earth-friendly water-based stone sealer
Example: demonstrate using sponge to put sealant on stone

Do major law repairs during the fall in order to apply weed control before spring planting
Example: 2 photo boards of before/after pool project - will need 2 easels

Get plans from certified landscape architect

Get plans from site engineer

Apply for all township approvals and permits

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