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Making strides against breast cancer

This Sunday, more than 700 teams and 3,000 participants are expected to attend the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.The 3-mile-long walk, beginning at the Unisphere and the Fountain of the Planets, raises money for breast cancer research. It will take place rain or shine.

Thursday 10/02/2014
How to choose a home healthcare agency
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:52 pm

For many seniors, everyday tasks that were simple years earlier can prove difficult or even impossible as they get older, leaving children or other younger relatives to devote large chunks of time to caring for their elders.

Instead of contemplating a move to an assisted living facility to ease the burden of accomplishing increasingly difficult daily tasks or assisting one’s aging family member, there are a variety of home care agencies available to seniors, allowing them to age in place.

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Medicare Advantage options
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 1:35 pm

For seniors who are anticipating the beginning of this year’s enrollment period for Medicare Advantage on Oct. 15, the quest for a plan before the window closes on Dec. 7 may feel overwhelming.

Medicare, a government-run social insurance program, is available to those aged 65 or older and to younger people with certain disabilities. Understanding exactly how it all works can be a bewildering task.

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Elderly should update important documents
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Many Queens seniors may think they protected themselves long ago by creating such important documents as a healthcare proxy, last will and testament, power of attorney and other important papers.

But often, these were done at a different stage of life to protect a spouse, children or personal health. Children grow up, marital circumstances change and even our own wishes concerning medical treatment are likely to change over time.

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Thursday 09/18/2014
What you need to know about aesthetic facial surgery
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 12:51 pm

There are three aesthetic layers of the face. These layers include the skin, the subcutaneous tissue, i.e. the fatty layer, and the deep fascia including the muscle. Most aesthetic surgery is focused on these three main layers.

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Monday 09/15/2014
Dorm life/bachelor pad 101
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 11:12 am

Going out on your own is never easy, whether it be as a freshman in your first dorm, or leaving your folks’ home for your first apartment. There are a number of consumer goods out there to make your life a bit easier.

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Thursday 09/04/2014
El Paso: A city unfairly hurt by misconceptions
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 3:47 pm

There are a lot of misconceptions about El Paso, Texas. This summer there were plenty of news reports about refugees from Central America overwhelming Texas border towns. President Obama even met with Texas Gov. Rick Perry about it in June. What wasn’t said was that the problems were contained to basically Brownsville and McAllen, Texas, which are nearly 800 miles from El Paso.

There is also the mistaken notion that El Paso, being a border town, is seedy and dangerous. The 2008 Academy Award-nominated film “No Country For old Men” certainly played up that myth even though it wasn’t filmed there. The reality is that El Paso is quite modern and is considered to be one of the safest cities in the United States.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Back to School & Fall Guide 2014
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 4:01 pm

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City preps for universal pre-K, year one
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:57 pm

If it goes off without a hitch, it may be the shining moment of Mayor de Blasio’s term in office so far. If it doesn’t, it could be a black eye to any chances of a second.

As summer winds down, a new school year prepares to start up, and with it, 50,000 new prekindergarten students, the first class of the city’s universal pre-K program who will be entering the classroom for the first time on Sept. 8.

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Mom’s got a long checklist to go through
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Our family’s traditional August soaking detachment from all responsibilities was slothing happily along when, on Aug. 19, I received a Facebook message wishing me a Happy Hoo Hah Day. That’s how I knew it was time to start thinking about back-to-school.

When my siblings and I were teens, my brother invented Hoo Hah Day as a way to indulge while still sheltered by several weeks from summer’s last call on Labor Day. We observed by concocting a favorite beverage and running wild in the yard at night. Now as the mother of a 9-year-old, my first priority for back-to-school season is still to happily top off summer before we yield to practical preparations.

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Parents seek to weaken teacher job protections
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:56 pm

As students and teachers head back into the classroom, some parents and union officials are heading into the courtroom.

At issue are teacher tenure and other job protections for educators. The plaintiffs in two lawsuits filed against the state this summer — including two parents from Queens suing on behalf of their children — contend that tenure and the lengthy process for removing teachers are so onerous that many bad educators remain in the system, denying children their constitutional right to a sound basic education.

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Education never ends at the Queens Library
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Career counselor Nancy Cafferty sits at a small round table opposite two young ladies who have come for guidance in their search for fulfillment in the workforce.

Kafayat Onanuga, of Jamaica, is in her mid-20s and has been through the process before. Leandra Cedeno, who lives in Ridgewood and is also 20-something, has come for the first time.

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Keeping players healthy is the name of the game
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:55 pm

The debate over player safety and the impact of playing sports on an athlete’s body has raged on the professional level for years.

News of a major league pitcher needing elbow reconstruction surgery or an NFL star getting a concussion are often top stories on ESPN and professional sports leagues have made player safety one of, if not the, highest priorities.

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2014-15 Public School Year Calendar
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Sept. 4, Thursday SCHOOL SESSIONS BEGIN FOR ALL STUDENTS. (Partial day for prekindergarten.)

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Is one test the best HS admissions standard?
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 9:26 am

Bills to change the admissions criteria for the specialized high schools were defeated in the last state legislative session and won’t come up again until January when the next one starts. But that hasn’t stopped advocates on both sides of the issue from pushing their agendas, especially since election season is approaching.

The issue is especially hot in Queens, which sends more students (1,119) than any other borough to these high schools — Bronx Science, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, the High School of American Studies at Lehman College, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, Brooklyn Latin School, the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College and Staten Island Tech — which currently require that admission is based on a single entrance exam, as mandated by the Hecht-Calandra Act of 1971. Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Arts is the only specialized high school that does not require that students take the Specialized High School Admissions Test, but rather admits them through auditions.

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