(Family Features) Now is the season for enjoying backyard BBQs and poolside parties with friends and family - not being trapped in the house for pre- and post-party cleaning. With a little planning, you can minimize time spent on daily chores and maximize time spent soaking up the sun and creating memories with guests.
(NAPSI)—Sergeant First Class Michael D. Smith’s severe injuries sustained in a 2011 hit-and-run accident ultimately led to the loss of his right arm, but his optimism never wavered. Recovering at the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Smith worked toward one goal: remain in the Army for 20 years. Three years later, Smith became the first above-the-elbow amputee to return to active duty.
Dallas, Texas native Sgt. 1st Class Michael D. Smith exemplified resilience in the cycling competition at the U.S. Army Warrior Trials on June 15, 2014, at West Point, N.Y. He finished strong, even after his prosthetic arm broke off in the middle of the track, and took home a bronze medal. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Lieber.) (NAPS)
(BPT) - Whether snuggling in for the night or just trying to catch a few quick winks, your environment plays an important role in determining if you’re counting sheep or counting Zzzs. From noise reduction to lighting, there are a few easy ways you can turn your bedroom into a tranquil oasis.
There’s another delay for Phase 1 of the $656 million Police Academy in College Point, now set to open in January.
The city’s Department of Design and Construction would not confirm published reports that a state-of-the-art polyurethane gym floor has to be replaced due to its buckling.
Members of the Metro Parrot Head Club recently volunteered at the Cycle for Life cystic fibrosis fundraiser in Riverhead, LI. With them is their new mascot, Marty the parrot.
The Metro Parrot Head Club likes to party with a purpose and its Bayside president is making sure that effort continues.
Fans of musician Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band are legendary. They attend his concerts dressed in tropical garb and many join one of the 200 Parrot Head clubs in the United States.
The Queens neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park should be keeping up appearances in the year to come thanks to a fresh infusion of funds for the Doe Fund.
City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Doe Fund legislative director Michael Cohen announced Wednesday in Forest Hills they have secured funds to renew cleanup operations along three area stretches.
(BPT) - Soreness, stiffness, tenderness – joint pain can have a direct impact on quality of life. Fortunately, there are a number of proactive steps that incorporate all-natural solutions to help improve joint health and overall wellness.
(BPT) - When it comes to men’s health, people often know about the leading conditions - heart disease, prostate cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure - but remain unaware of other conditions that potentially affect hundreds of thousands of men. People might be surprised to learn that 3-9%1 of adult men may be diagnosed with Peyronie’s disease (PD) in their lives. That means that up to 9 out of every 100 men may develop inelastic scar tissue, also known as “Peyronie’s plaque,” under the skin of the penis, causing it to curve when erect.1
(BPT) - Babies are curious and even at very young ages, they tend to get into things they shouldn’t. That’s why there’s no better time than today to take steps toward securing your home, and the laundry room is a great place to start.
(BPT) - Fall’s cooler temperatures are on their way, if you haven’t felt them already. And when you feel that first chill, your natural response is to reach for the thermostat. Many people do the same thing, sacrificing energy efficiency in the name of comfort. But you can have both. October is Energy Awareness Month, and to celebrate, here are five ways you can conserve energy in your home now and throughout the cooler months ahead without sacrificing comfort.
(Family Features) With apps that offer comfort, convenience and security, homeowners are getting more out of their smartphones to make their homes better, smarter places to live. Smart home apps such as those from Nest are expected to link various home devices together to bring peace of mind, control and even energy savings to our lives.
(BPT) - Exploring different cultures has become increasingly mainstream in today’s culinary world. Fusion cuisine has claimed its stake on restaurant menus and can make an appearance in home kitchens for less effort than you might imagine. By utilizing popular and emerging ethnic flavors, home chefs can experiment with dishes to bring an international flare to their food.
(NAPSI)—While intimate partner violence (IPV), or domestic violence, is one of the most common health risks to women in the United States and can have a profoundly negative impact on health and well-being, there are ways to prevent it. Unfortunately, every minute, 24 people are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by a partner or spouse in the United States, according to a National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.
(Family Features) Engaging in outdoor activities are a great way for families to stay active and spend quality time together, but between tree-climbing, nature hikes, and backyard barbecues, outdoor adventures can lead to piles of dirty, dingy and stained clothing.
(NAPSI)—There’s good news for homeowners who want to protect their family and property from the damage and discomfort that can be caused by a power outage.
(BPT) - Everyone wants to go green, but because the movement has been around for many years, it’s hard for homeowners to get a firm grasp on what products will keep the environmental footprint created by their homes smaller.
A bill that aims to “prohibit discrimination based on one’s consumer credit history” by banning employers from doing credit checks on job applicants will be the subject of a City Council hearing set for 10 a.m. Sept. 12 at City Hall
The main sponsor of the bill, which was introduced in April and is being debated in the Civic Rights Committee, is Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn). The legislation has 38 co-sponsors who have signed onto it; among them are several members of the Queens delegation: Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), Peter Koo (D-Flushing), Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale), Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica) and Daneek Miller (D-St.Albans).
(NAPSI)—For the fifth consecutive year, warrior-athletes from across the country compete in Paralympic-style competitions—demonstrating their resilience, camaraderie and courage.
(BPT) - You’ve survived the back-to-school season, and transitioned from lazy summer days to the familiar routine of early rising and the roar of school buses in the neighborhood. But before you usher your children out the door tomorrow, you should know a few things about that lunch you may have packed bleary-eyed in the wee hours of the morning.
Transportation Alternatives declared Sunnyside to be the first Bike Friendly Business District outside Manhattan and community leaders are thrilled.
The district is a system of businesses and community organizations in an area deemed bike-friendly. The participating businesses often utilize bikes for deliveries or day-to-day operations and may also offer special deals to customers who ride their bikes to shop.
(Family Features) Ever hear the saying “Kitchens sell a home?” Well it’s true; the kitchen is the most important room in the home. Whether you’re considering putting your house on the market or investing in your home for personal long-term enjoyment, an upgraded and attractive kitchen can make your home irresistible.
Come budget season this fall, Councilmembers Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn, Queens) will be kicking their feet up and allowing constituents to do at least a portion of their work for them.
The two lawmakers have announced they will be introducing participatory budgeting into their districts in the 2014-15 budget cycle, with residents getting the chance to brainstorm and vote for how $1 million in funds will be allocated in the area.
(Family Features) For many families, clothing represents the largest share of back-to-school expenses each year. The amount of money that goes into a new school wardrobe paired with the reality that kids tend to be careless about their stained clothing can be daunting, but with proper care, you can take steps to better protect your investment.