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Local Officers Take Initiative to Save lives on the Road

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

The phenomenon of tired drivers is common and very dangerous, especially on Lag Ba’Omer, when thousands of people return from an all-night event at the grave site of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai at Meron in Northern Israel.

To properly combat this problem, police officers from the Jordan Valley region, in conjunction with volunteers and the local municipality, have initiated a stop-over refreshment station on one of the main routes from Meron. The aim is to identify tired drivers and enable them to freshen up. They are offered beverages and light refreshments, a place to rest, wipes to cool themselves and various materials on safe driving. The station is open throughout the day.

This is the second year the station is operating. It has great significance when looking back at previous accidents that occurred on Lag Ba’Omer, especially the one in 2009 in which five passengers were killed in a head-on collision with a bus. It is assumed that the driver fell asleep on the way back from Meron.

The police officers volunteered to run this station to minimize such occurrences. Chezi, one of the volunteers on site, told Tazpit News Agency that thousands of cars come through the check point, and all drivers are invited to pull over and freshen up; the drivers admit that they are fatigued to the point that they are practically sleeping at the wheel. He told of one incident in which a driver was basically asleep, but refused to pull over. His wife, sitting in the back seat, began to shout at him, accusing him of driving as if he was inebriated. He finally agreed to stop for a rest, and that may have prevented another accident, saving lives.

“This is not the first year the station is active”, Chezi said, “The drivers are used to finding us here on Lag Ba’Omer. Last year we were successful in completely preventing car accidents on this route, and we hope to be successful this year as well. It’s important for the police officers that drivers maintain their well-being”.

Video: Five to Eight UFOs in Israel’s Sky Wednesday Night

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Moti Gaber, a resident of Kfar Yonah, a suburb of Netanya, Israel, was coming home with his son Wednesday night around 8:00 from the Lag Ba’Omer festivities, when he saw something quite literally out of this world.

“I saw something very strange,” he told the Jewish Press early Thursday morning. “I arrived at the parking bay in my housing complex, I look up and, alongside the top of the buildings, I see these orange balls. They were moving in formation, eight altogether.”

Gaber, who served in the IDF in a combat unit, said he can tell the difference between a fireworks pencil, or flares, and what he saw last night. “It looked nothing like any of those things,” he insisted. “If they were fireworks pencils they would have dropped and evaporated. And they just didn’t look like flares. As to balloons, what can I tell you, it makes no sense for a balloon to move horizontally like that.”

Gaber also didn’t think what he had seen were any kind of aircraft known to him, and he contends the objects were perfectly silent and flew too close together to be planes or drones.

“They disappeared from view, I looked for them behind the buildings and saw nothing,” he said.

The police center for special reports told the Jewish Press there were no unusual reports last night in the Netanya area.

Crossword Puzzle – Lag B’Omer

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

 

 

 

Across

1. 1201 to the Romans

5. Aussie bird

8. Teeming, like some bugs

14. Fit

15. Prefix with satisfied or comfort

16. Barry Gibb, e.g.

17. Marty McFly’s mom

19. Agassi and The Giant

20. Lag Ba’Omer sight at the city found diagonally in the four corners of this puzzle

22. Fools

23. ___time

24. Asian currency

26. Asian giant

29. Work by Keats

31. Coup d’____

35. Olympics cheer, perhaps

36. Great Bobby on ice

37. Some who circle

39. Lag Ba’omer rabbi associated with the city found diagonally in the four corners

43. Truth liquids

44. Pool tool

45. Excitement letters in a text

46. Flip your lid

47. Chemistry molecule

48. Actor Matthew ___aughey

50. SNL locale?

52. Skip game

53. Texas siege city

57. Ahead of the pack

61. Get to

63. Lag Ba’omer event for a child often done in the city found diagonally in the four corners

66. Not as fake

67. Ewe sound

68. Part of the Old McDonald refrain

69. Houses for ministers

70. Cunning

71. Room for a Stern girl, maybe

 

Down

1. Sports org. with sticks

2. One with an MBA, usually

3. Word associated with Atkins

4. Invasion

5. Teach Eliza Doolittle

6. Small

7. ___-friendly

8. Humble oneself

9. Abbr. for McCain

10. What do ___ ___ now?

11. Where to find the Taj Mahal

12. Coral formation

13. A teen’s room, perhaps

18. Karenina of literature

21. Spot

25. Emperor who appointed Vespasian as general

26. Shrek character

27. Jacob’s eighth son

28. Nigerian currency

29. Pluto, e.g.

30. Rival of a notable Harry

32. Disease bringing insect

33. A type of committee

34. I love you in Puerto Rico

36. Add-___

37. Seeya

38. Talk without talking?

40. Face

41. Indication

42. Go for office

47. Hosp. section

48. Aug. or Sept.

49. An Australian (pigeon-like) bush call (past tense)

51. Some South Africans

52. Take back

53. Friendly

54. Locale

55. Kind of berry

56. Motor and body

58. Vats

59. Major Australian stone

60. ___rity (of importance)

62. Acute angled letter

64. Letters than can follow salt or bulk

65. Math strategy game

 

(Answers, next week)

Yoni can be reached at yglatt@youngisrael.org

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/kidz/gamez/crossword/crossword-puzzle-lag-bomer-2/2011/05/05/

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