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(Family Features) Holidays are always more festive and fun once you've bought a sleigh full of gifts for everyone on your list. Make all of your family and friends merry this year with great gift ideas, like a classic toy. Stuffing their stocking with the gift of good vision and eye health is also a wonderful way to put a smile on anyone's face. Perhaps, you need a gift for the music lover in the family. Tails will be wagging when you give a snuggly gift to your favorite furry companion. And, there's nothing more thoughtful than a beautiful, customized photo scrapbook created by you. After all, nothing makes the holidays happier than knowing your gifts will bring joy to all the special people on your list.
(BPT) - Businesses of all sizes, especially small and mid-size businesses, have faced a number of divergent economic headwinds since the onset of The Great Recession in late 2008. Chances are good that during that time, a business held on tightly to the cash it had, put its growth plans on hold or both.
(BPT) - Nearly 150 days separate the last day of the winter holidays from the first unofficial day of summer – Memorial Day. After holiday decorations get packed away, and winter sets in, it’s not uncommon to experience a touch – or more – of winter boredom.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and New York City Department of Investigation (NYC DOI) Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn today announced the arrest of a nonprofit executive accused of pocketing taxpayer dollars intended for public services and capital improvements in New York City. A multi-agency joint investigation, including NYC DOI and two federal agencies, exposed the theft of approximately $373,000 in public funds provided by New York State, the New York City Council, and federal earmark grants.
City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland on Tuesday announced a number of initiatives aimed at managing storm water and alleviating flooding in neighborhoods throughout Southeast Queens.
“The city’s sewer system protects public health and promotes economic growth, which is why we have invested more than $383 million over the last 10 years to continue to extend sewers throughout Southeast Queens,” Strickland said.
The heavy rain and high winds did not dampen the holiday spirits at Resorts World Casino New York City on Nov. 26.
Celebrating its third holiday season in business, the casino held its annual tree lighting. The tree stands 40 feet tall inside the casino’s main entrance foyer. It is fully decorated with 1,500 ornaments, 5,400 feet of ribbon and 6,500 LED lights. Festive decorations, including gift boxes and oversized Christmas ornaments, surround the tree.
With the old mural underneath the 63rd Drive Long Island Rail Road underpass in Rego Park fading away, plans for a new, more elaborate design are taking shape.
The Rego Park Green Alliance is planning to replace the aging mural painted by area children in 2009 with up to six new 4-by-6-foot boards attached to the underpass wall, containing photographs taken by Rego Park residents detailing the neighborhood’s past, present and future.
City Comptroller John Liu is not wrapping up his term in office quietly.
Liu announced on Wednesday that his office is suing the Bloomberg administration in order to access data on tax records that the city has denied even after being subpoenaed for it by the comptroller in October.
The Bayside Business Improvement District welcomed Santa Claus and the holiday lights to Bell Boulevard on Monday night.
With Thanksgiving just over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, it’s time to take action for the Queens Chronicle’s annual holiday toy drive for homeless youngsters in Queens.
Our toy box is only half filled and there are more than 300 youngsters waiting for a present at the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst, the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst, both city homeless shelters, and Dove House, an emergency shelter for battered men or women and their children in Eastern Queens.
How disappointing to learn that “Council OKs school at Keil Brothers site” (Domenick Rafter, Nov. 21, multiple editions). Keil Brothers Inc., established in 1930 as a flower shop, grew into a well-respected, full-service garden center.
The owners of Keil Brothers had annual revenue in the millions and they provided gainful employment to over a dozen people. Many are our neighbors. Both the owner and employees pay taxes like the rest of us. They also generate employment for many suppliers, along with gardeners and landscapers who purchase their products. With 8 percent of residents out of work, 7 percent who have given up looking and many more looking to upgrade from minimum-wage or part-time jobs, the last thing we need is to drive more stores such as Keil Brothers out of business.
Many residents oppose construction of a school on this site for good reasons. It is primarily a residential neighborhood with two other schools located only blocks away.
The site rests along two major bus routes, and is next to a large thoroughfare in an area made up mostly of narrow residential streets. These capacity-constrained streets will be negatively impacted by both school buses and parents dropping off their kids during rush hour taxing strained city resources. Street crossing for students could be dangerous.
The City Council approved this new school by a vote of 36-2. Only aspiring candidate for Council Speaker Mark Weprin and outgoing Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. voted no. Weprin was unable to convince 49 other Council members to protect a thriving business and residential neighborhood. How effective would he be as the next Council speaker? Perhaps there are better candidates for than Weprin, ones who can protect small businesses and the residential neighborhoods which make up the heart of New York City.
“Come to the cabaret,” Liza Minnelli famously sang. And now, courtesy of the Bay Terrace Jewish Center in Bayside, cabaret is coming to you — for one night only, though the engagement could be the start of something big.
“We hope the cabaret will take off,” leading to other bookings in the future, said Martha Stein, a member of the committee responsible for organizing the event.
I’m not a fan of organized religion but this new pope is “The Man”! How will Republicans respond to him basically calling them scum? Francis attacked the “idolatry of money” and beseeched politicians (Republicans) to guarantee all citizens “dignified work, education and healthcare.”
He asked, “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses 2 points?”
He added, “As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.”
And finally: “I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians [Democrats] who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor.”
I’m waiting for the GOP response. “Palin and Cruz call for impeachment of socialist pope!” “Demand recount of Papal Conclave!” “Obama to blame!”
Here is why Republicans are the biggest hypocrites in the world, Rush Limbaugh supported drug treatment as opposed to incarceration only after he got arrested for possession of pain killers. Nancy Reagan only supported stem-cell research after Ronald Reagan got Alzheimer’s. Dick Cheney started supporting gay rights only after his daughter came out as gay. Megan Kelly of Fox News was against paid maternity leave, that is until she had a baby. Then her views miraculously changed. Once it happens to them their opinions change. Perhaps they wouldn’t vote against food stamps if a member of their family was poor.
Finally, the Democrats smacked the GOP in the face. Changing the rules and allowing presidential nominees to be approved by a simple majority (the way it should be). The GOP can cry all they want, but the fact is that in all of American history there were 12 filibusters until 1992, when Clinton became president. Clinton took over and in his term alone there were 12. Obama is in the beginning of his second term and it’s already 82! When Lyndon Johnson was the majority leader of the Senate he had to deal with three GOP filibusters. Harry Reid has dealt with 4 ... hundred!
Could it be only because Obama’s a Democrat? Or does his “tan” have something to do with it? Mitch McConnell threatened future retaliations of obstruction, or as the GOP calls it-business as usual.
Art of Ink in America, “Gesture and Beyond,” Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Dec. 30, Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; opening reception, Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m. An East/West exhibition of contemporary calligraphy.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last Friday that he will allocate $50 million from the state’s share of the $67 billion federal Hurricane Sandy aid package toward rebuilding protective marshland in Spring Creek Park to serve as a stronger barrier between Howard Beach and Jamaica Bay and alleviate future flooding in storms like Sandy.
The project, developed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, will involve excavation, recontouring, and revegetation to establish a self-sustaining system of wave-dampening barriers to reduce storm damage on the south and west coasts of Howard Beach. It would also make the land, which is a public park, into a more inviting and functional space.
Three men, Redinel Dervishaj, Besnik Llakatura and Denis Nikolla, have been charged with extorting money from an Astoria restaurant owner.
“The defendants told their victims they offered ‘protection,’ but in reality, they peddled fear and intimidation through the Albanian community — their community — of Queens,” said United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch. “When one victim turned to law enforcement for help, he was betrayed again by a corrupt officer on the take, who turned his back on his badge, his oath, and his friend in exchange for extortion money in his pocket.”
Queens officials are hailing the City Council’s passage of a bill that will result in speed humps on busy streets that run past schools, and are pulling for one that would reduce speed limits on some side streets while mandating approval of slow zones.
Bill 732-A, introduced by Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-Staten Island), mandates that the Department of Transportation install one or more speed humps on a minimum of 50 streets per year adjacent to public or private schools.
The right of way exists, the tracks exist, the infrastructure, although it needs work, still exists — if we want to improve Queens transportation and stimulate economic growth for future development of our borough, the complete restoration and rehabilitation of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line is our best option.
Sandy revealed what our communities have known for too long: We need more transit options for our families in Queens. There is no better time than right now.
(NAPSI)—The next time you give someone a gift of fine jewelry, you can also give yourself the gift of knowing you’ve done so responsibly.
(NAPSI)—The most important part of preparing your home’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system for cold or warm weather may be selecting a qualified contractor. Finding one who is trained to maintain, repair and/or replace the components of your system is key.
(StatePoint) With the holiday season in full swing, minding one’s budget can sometimes be as much of a challenge as watching your waistline. Despite signs of an improving economy, consumers have identified managing spending at the top of their holiday stress list, according to a recent poll conducted by Ally Bank, Member FDIC.
(BPT) - If you run a small business or you manage your family’s household, you know that time is a precious commodity, one that you never seem to have enough of. And despite your best efforts, you can’t create time. So how do you save it and make yourself more efficient?
Eight efficient organization tips for your busy life