(NAPSI)—Reality TV shows, online webcasts and YouTube videos have encouraged many people to try the do-it-yourself (DIY) route when it comes to tackling less-complicated home renovations or fixes. Often, there are advantages to DIY projects, such as financial savings, learning new skills, environmental benefits and more.
The city’s Community Emergency Response Teams, also known as CERT, are looking for volunteers who wish to be trained in disaster preparedness and emergency response.
CERT volunteers play a supporting role to the city’s first responders in the event of serious fires or explosions, major accidents and natural disasters.
Diana Tarantola asked the tow truck driver where on the receipt she should sign. When he pointed to the line, she sighed.
“I should know how to do this by now,” she said.
(BPT) - Congratulations, you're engaged. Once the excitement of sharing the news with your loved ones and Facebook friends dies down, there are several important issues to consider. This includes building your guest list, setting a budget, picking a venue, DJ versus band and other to do’s. However, there are also some vital details pertaining to insurance that many prospective newlyweds overlook. True, it's not the most exciting topic, but it is, nonetheless, something that should be considered before marriage.
(BPT) - Though most states require drivers to have car insurance, there are still motorists who take their chances and drive without coverage or with insufficient coverage. Nationwide, an estimated 14 percent of drivers are uninsured, and, in a handful of states, that figure tops 20 percent, according to the Insurance Research Council.
(BPT) - Your wedding is supposed to be a magical day you remember for the rest of your life. It also is sure to be one of the most expensive days of your life. From the dress to the catering to the photographer, the average wedding costs nearly $30,000. With all that money and emotion on the line, you want to do everything you can to ensure this special day goes flawlessly.
Kisook Ahn, the Woodside nurse who was killed in the Dec. 1 Metro North train derailment near the Spuyten Duyvil station, was remembered at a funeral Mass last Saturday as a kind and extremely bright nurse, outstanding student and devoted family member.
The service at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Woodside was attended by more than 150 family members, friends, colleagues and fellow parishioners.
Residents on 68th Avenue near 79th Street witnessed an inferno on Monday night that incinerated several homes in Middle Village.
Gary Zammett Sr. left his house in Canarsie on Wednesday evening to go to Howard Beach to buy a slice of cheesecake for his wife, Celeste. He hopped on his bike and pedaled across the borough border.
Less than two hours later he was dead at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.
To revive what has been dead for over 50 years is never an easy proposition, but the Queens Public Transit Committee is determined to do just that with the Rockaway Beach Line of the Long Island Railroad, which went out of service in 1962.
On Saturday, at a rally a couple of blocks from a rail overpass that stands as a reminder of what once used to be, group member Philip McManus addressed a modest crowd that had gathered at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Metropolitan Avenue in an effort to call attention to the project.
If the two previous town hall meetings in Howard Beach discussing the neighborhood’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy were any indication, many entered St. Helen’s Father Dooley Hall on Sunday afternoon prepared for a showdown; a raucous meeting of angry, frustrated and confused homeowners loudly expressing their concerns and obstacles in the recovery from the community’s worst disaster, perhaps in it’s history.
But that’s not what happened Sunday. Whether it was the length of time since Sandy — almost eight months to the day — or the tone of the questions asked, the town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), featuring re
presentatives of the Department of Financial Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, yielded answers to a number of questions. Those inquires, including “Do I have to raise my house?” and “Will Build It Back, the new city-sponsored recovery program, help pay for what insurance and FEMA didn’t?” were not answered with “I’ll get back to you,” but rather something substantive.
A little before 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Vincent Bruno, a UPS driver in Long Island City, heard an “un-normal” boom and then saw at least a dozen workers with hard hats running from the TF Cornerstone waterfront construction site behind the iconic Pepsi Cola sign.
A 300-foot red crane had collapsed at 46th Avenue and Center Boulevard, trapping several people and injuring seven, according to the fire department.
Take your big-ticket 2012 headlines about superstorms and elections and throw them out the window for a moment. Sure, the year was filled with its fair share of natural and political change. But scratch a little deeper and you’ll find 2012 was the year residents felt divorced from their government, when city agencies were called out for dubious practices.
The year was pockmarked with calls for transparency and fair representation. In short, there was often a gulf between government’s practices and voters’ desires.
Politics dominated much of the news in South Queens in 2012. With local and national elections looming, the communities were the epicenter of a hard-fought state legislative race with statewide implications.
But much like T.S. Eliot’s explanation of the apocalypse in “The Hollow Men,” the campaign ended not with a bang, but with a whimper, shoved from the top of people’s minds by the most devastating natural disaster to strike South Queens in a lifetime.
The Department of Transportation DOT is cutting the number of car lanes and installing a bike lane on Jewel Avenue and 69th Road between the Grand Central Parkway and Van Wyck Expressway.
The DOT proposed those changes and others to increase pedestrian safety and ease the flow of traffic in the area. The bike lane at this point is just a buffer between cars and the sidewalk, and is expected to become an official bike lane in the spring.
The weeks since Hurricane Sandy’s landfall provided an object lesson in Murphy’s Law. Not only were homes flooded, some moved off their foundations or scrubbed clean off the map. Felled trees used homes to soften their landings. Power outages progressed from a mere nuisance to a life-threatening detachment from society. Much of Breezy Point, even with Sandy’s surge waters still high, managed to burn to the ground.
Every raw figure, distressed resident and upset elected official pointed to a greater failure. Yes, Sandy packed a historic wallop, but some believe a city that survived Sept. 11, a blackout, a tornado, a transit strike and Hurricane Irene should have been better prepared. What went wrong?
Gov. Cuomo on Sunday said new shuttle bus service linking the Rockaway Peninsula with the A train’s Howard Beach station will remain in place until the heavily damaged North Channel rail bridge and subway infrastructure through Broad Channel is replaced.
The city and state are continuing to restore transportation to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, and are improvising where they cannot.
As Howard Beach struggled through the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the neighborhood stood shellshocked by an unexpected storm surge and blackout of undetermined length. Stores on Cross Bay Boulevard were closed, and while some had cars to drive north away from the disaster zone, many lost their vehicles in the floodwaters and were stranded in their devastated neighborhood.
Disaster-struck residents of Queens struggled to bring their life back on track amid a heartfelt but chaotic relief response a week after Hurricane Sandy flooded their neighborhoods. Throughout the battered borough streets, distressed families spent much of the week cleaning up their homes and walking miles in search of food and comfort.
In the Rockaways, Howard Beach and Broad Channel — the hardest hit neighborhoods in Queens — stunned residents could often be heard describing what they saw as a “war zone” or a scene from the “developing world.”
The morning after Hurricane Sandy left Queens many found themselves staring down the daunting task of collecting the pieces of their former lives and hoping to get a quick answer from insurers. The good news is if your car and home are insured, a system is in place to handle the damage. First, don’t panic. A few common-sense steps will help you navigate the waters with less stress.
They came from fields that include business, economics, biology and aviation safety.
And all but one said the North Shore Marine Transfer Station now under construction in College Point is a disaster waiting to happen at the foot of one of the busiest commercial runways in the world.
Opponents of a garbage transfer station under construction near LaGuardia Airport are pressing their case in the wake of a bird strike last week that forced a Delta flight with 179 people on board to make an emergency return to Kennedy Airport.
A bird strike shortly after takeoff forced a Delta 757 to make an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport with 179 people on board last Thursday afternoon.
“I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” That catch phrase from a late 1980s medical alarm company commercial has become part of American pop culture and provided material for numerous satires and parodies— but the sad fact is, falls among older adults can lead to serious injury, hospitalization and even death — something that is no joking matter.
One in every three adults age 65 and older falls annually, and it is the leading cause of injury-related death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2008, more than 19,700 seniors in the United States died from unintentional falls. Non-fatal accidents can lead to a number of injuries — everything from lacerations to head traumas. Fractures to the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand are also common. In 2009, 2.2 million seniors were treated in emergency rooms due to non-fatal falls, and more than 581,000 of those patients needed to be hospitalized, according to the CDC.
“Why would you want to create a hazard at the end of one of the busiest runways in the world?”
Jim Hall, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board under President Bill Clinton, asked the question in an interview on Monday, three days after federal judges heard oral arguments in a lawsuit aimed at stopping construction of a city garbage transfer station on 31st Avenue in College Point.
Western Queens had a big year news-wise. Protests as far-flung as the Middle East and as close as Wall Street impacted Astoria and Jackson Heights, while homegrown stories — like the renaming of the Queensboro Bridge and the ongoing transformation of Queens’ waterfront — kept our reporters busy.
The fight for gay marriage rights, an issue taken up by openly gay Council members Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), culminated in New York State’s first legal gay marriages.