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.
It’s rare that civic officials are thrilled to have their city portrayed as a headquarters for a narcotics manufacturing operation, even a fictitious one, but Albuquerque tourism executives were grateful that the recently concluded popular AMC series, “Breaking Bad,” was filmed in New Mexico’s largest city. There are even bus tours that will take you to locales where the series was shot similar to the “Sex & The City” and “Sopranos” tours here in New York.
A lot of baby boomers became aware of Albuquerque in 1978 when a trio of its residents, Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman, made the first successful transatlantic hot air balloon flight, which started in Maine and ended in Northern France. Today Albuquerque is the unquestioned world capi
tal of ballooning and companies such as Rainbow Ryder will take you up for an hour’s journey. If you want to learn about the history of this unique form of flight, you should visit the Anderson-Abruzzo Internal Balloon Museum, which is located a stone’s throw from Albuquerque’s most famous attraction, the Sandia Tram, which is a cable car that climbs 2.7 miles along the Sandia Mountains and leaves you off at an observation deck, which is over 10,000 feet above sea level. Once at the summit you can hike or even ski if it’s winter.
On Friday, June 27, Chapin Home for the Aging in Jamaica inducted into their “Century Club” 14 residents: Thirteen are 100 plus and one almost there at 99. These residents, families and friends were treated to an afternoon of celebration receiving proclamations hand-delivered by NY state Sen. Tony Avella who gave a spirited speech on what the celebrants have meant to our city and state.
Avella made his way around the crowded room making sure to greet each celebrant with a handshake and kind word. Also sharing words of support and celebration were Assemblyman David Weprin who also arranged for certification for each of the centennial celebrants and Councilman Rory Lancman. Although unable to attend, City Councilman Paul Vallone made sure to send certificates from his office.
The Queens Interagency Council on Aging, or QICA, a senior advocacy group founded in 1971, held its annual town hall meeting at Queens Borough Hall on June 18, spreading news of improved benefits for those who qualify and eliciting concerns that participants would like to see covered in next year’s programs, beginning in the fall.
Many of the estimated 100 seniors in attendance seemed most excited to learn of the new income requirement for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption, or SCRIE.
Although it doesn’t receive the public and media attention that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame does (though that has waned considerably in recent years), the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which is located in a wing in the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles, actually predates its Rock Hall cousin’s inductions by 17 years, as it has been honoring artists since 1969. The 45th induction ceremonies took place last month at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
2014 represents the 50th anniversary of the figurative British Invasion of the American pop charts that was led of course by The Beatles. Sir Paul McCartney and the late John Lennon and George Harrison have long been enshrined in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In an effort to lend a helping hand to the increasing senior population, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) hosted a 50-plus job fair at the Queens Community House in Kew Gardens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 30, an event that organizers estimated drew over 600 applicants during the first two hours alone.
For baby boomers and their parents, Westerns were an entertainment staple. Gary Cooper became a film icon playing the good guy sheriff who said little but always defeated the villains. Roy Rogers and Gene Autry delighted both kids and adults with their short films, and even their respective horses, Trigger and Champion, were household names. Two of the longest running television shows of all-time were “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke.”
The philandering husband has long been a staple of TV soap operas and probably every other show that has ever been broadcast on cable’s Lifetime Network.
Film studios have generally shied away from making spousal cheating a central focus of a film because it has been done so frequently on television. A notable exception was 1996’s witty comedy “The First Wives Club,” which starred Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler as the exes of successful men seeking revenge on their former husbands for ditching them for younger women.
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When a client comes to our office for an initial consultation the attorney that the client is meeting with will obtain information about the client’s family structure, asset picture and the client’s particular goals. Most often, a primary goal of our prospective clients is to “protect” their assets so that such assets can be passed to their children (or other loved ones), upon the client’s passing, as efficiently and with as much value retained as possible. In helping our client reach this goal, “trusts” are often employed as extremely useful tools.
The Federal Trade Commission has moved to close down what it calls a multi-million dollar telemarketing fraud that targeted U.S. seniors across the nation, scamming tens of thousands of consumers.
With three decades or so standing in between their careers, and very different styles of music as their focus, Gloria Estefan and Doris Day wouldn’t seem to have all that much in common. But two new albums of standards just may lead you to think they do.
If you’re considering an independent living situation in Queens for yourself or a loved senior citizen, local experts say there are plenty of options that can be narrowed down by first sorting out the facts and then considering the feeling you get about a residence.
“There’s a perfect community for every resident,” in Queens, according to Erika Ribaudo, a senior living advisor with A Place for Mom, a free advisory service for seniors and their families that is funded by senior communities and residences. Ribaudo is based in Forest Hills and is one of the counselors whom Queens families might speak with if they call the service. “The personality of each place is going to be very different,” she said.
Ruth Goldberg is about to turn 99. For the past seven years she has been living at Atria Kew Gardens, an assisted living facility in a historic residential neighborhood near Forest Park.
According to her daughter, Judith Mermelstein of Hillcrest, the facility was chosen, over a period of several months, “by process of elimination. There were four I had considered. One was very chilly. Another was a former hospital and I realized that the dining room had been the morgue. The third has a lot of Chinese and Russian residents and my mother doesn’t speak Chinese or Russian.”
Choosing a nursing home for oneself or for a relative can be one of life’s most overwhelming tasks — right up there with picking a college or buying a house. In the selection process, there are certain obvious factors to consider, but perhaps even more important are some of the frequently overlooked details.
Most experts in the field agree on the basic steps involved in finding a nursing home that is suitable for an individual’s particular needs.