(Family Features) Preparing for an unexpected emergency, especially one brought on by severe weather, is one of the most important ways you can protect your home and family. Proactively addressing storm-related issues ranging from property damage to power outages can minimize a potentially disastrous situation.
A recent crackdown on so-called dollar vans near the Archer Avenue-Parsons Boulevard transit hub was prompted by a recent visit by the mayor and compounded by a high-speed police chase that seriously injured a 22-year-old woman two weeks ago.
Leaders from Southeast Queens gathered on Monday to say that neither ever needed to happen. They are calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide more buses in the region, and for the Taxi and Limousine Commission to completely overhaul its enforcement operations against illegal vans.
After years of remaining flat, both the minimum and the maximum amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid out to jobless New Yorkers will increase starting Oct. 6, Gov. Cuomo said last week.
(NAPSI)—In a recent survey by the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Philips, 96 percent of senior respondents said it’s important to be as independent as possible as they get older. For seniors to maintain that independence, it pays to age “SMART.” By combining basic physical and mental wellness techniques with technology, seniors can continue living the full, active lives they want and deserve. Consider these ideas:
“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Opening reception: Fri., Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: (718) 784-3680, resobox.com.
Some Ridgewood residents can now breathe a little easier.
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, which is located in Bushwick but serves residents in nearby Queens, hosted a health fair Sunday afternoon in Rosemary’s Playground on Woodbine Street.
When Queens residents Patricia Workman, Joe Ramondino, Christian Foggy and John Licato awoke from their slumbers 13 years ago today, little did they know that war would be waged against their city and their country that sunny late-summer morning.
For these four responders and thousands more just like them throughout the New York area, a different kind of war has raged on internally in the years since the attacks of Sept. 11.
A young man from Yonkers allegedly decided to beat up a United Airlines employee at LaGuardia Airport the night of Aug. 27 rather than show a ticket in order to pick up his luggage.
Antonio Sappleton, 22, allegedly argued with the victim, who was not named and is reported to be 23, when he was asked to show his checked bag ticket at around 8 p.m. Port Authority Police spokesman Joe Pentangelo said Sappleton allegedly punched the airline employee repeatedly, and he when he fell to the floor, “continued the assault by kicking the victim.”
After nearly 67 years of helping residents, the Whitestone Volunteer Ambulance Service just got a bit of help themselves.
At a meeting on Aug. 20, the Woman’s Club of Malba presented the free 24-hour ambulance service with a $100,000 donation for a modern new ambulance — the largest check in the woman’s club’s history and the largest donation to the WVAS since the 1970s.
John Liu said last Friday that if the state truly wants to make veterans’ issues a priority, it’s time to show it.
The former comptroller, who is challenging state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the Sept. 9 primary in the 11th Senate District, was joined by about two dozen veterans whose service ranged from World War II to Iraq as he outlined a multifaceted plan aimed at improving veterans’ services at the Korean War Memorial in Kissena Park.
As the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center prepares for its 125th anniversary, the acute care teaching hospital located on the border between Queens and Brooklyn held its annual Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday to promote good health and offer free screenings to members of the community.
Seniors getting their blood pressure checked and youngsters getting fluoride applied to their teeth in an effort to prevent cavities were among the local residents who turned out in huge numbers seeking medical advice. Tables manned by hospital staffers and volunteers, spread around Stockholm Street between Wyckoff and St. Nicholas avenues and surrounding areas, offered information on everything from stroke prevention and endoscopies to food addiction and podiatry services.
The 114th Precinct went all out for its Night Out Against Crime event, held in Astoria Park, a neighborhood staple. Scores of people were in attendance, from community leaders such as Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), to Queens’ favorite baseball mascot, Mr. Met. Aside from the traditional balloons, dunk tank, face painting and bouncy castles, residents were able to chow down on hot dogs grilled up by Officer Judge Coleman as well as meet and adopt puppies from Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue. Officers from the 114th Precinct gave away free prizes to the children who attended. Throughout the night, a series of silly clowns walked around and played with the children, while representatives from the Fire Department, Emergency Medical Service and the NYPD were on hand to answer a host of safety questions. As the event wound down, families gathered around the huge inflatable movie screen — usually used for Socrates Sculpture Park’s Outdoor Cinema Series — to watch the summer smash hit “The Lego Movie” on the park lawn. Kids and adults alike laughed at the funny flick into the night. — Tess McRae
While the death of Eric Garner in police custody is a tragedy that must be fully investigated to see if it warrants criminal charges or at least disciplinary action, it should not be exploited to stir up fear and division among city residents. Nor should it be used as an excuse to attack yet another of the Police Department’s most successful tactics. Yet that’s exactly what appears to be happening.
Garner died last Thursday in Staten Island while resisting arrest for allegedly selling illegal, single cigarettes. One of the several officers trying to take him into custody apparently used a chokehold, a violation of Police Department policy. An asthmatic, overweight man, Garner told the cops he couldn’t breathe, but they didn’t seem too concerned about that. Neither did the Emergency Medical Service personnel who responded. Garner died where he fell.
Howard Beach residents of all ages attended a free health and wellness fair hosted by Borough President Melinda Katz this past Sunday at St. Helen’s Father Dooley Hall — the first in a series of such events she is planning across Queens.
The fair, held in conjunction with Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and the insurance providers HealthFirst and MetroPlus, aimed to bring free healthy activities, information and screenings to community residents.
(BPT) - When moving houses, you make a checklist of the utility companies you need to contact for stopping and starting services. You also schedule all the volunteer or professional movers to pack, transport and unpack your belongings, and you let all your friends and family members know your new address. Additionally, you need to remember to make plans for your special family members, too – your pets.
Borough President Melinda Katz is sponsoring her first in what she says will be a series of health and wellness fairs this Sunday in Howard Beach.
The event, to be held in conjunction with Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, HealthFirst and MetroPlus, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 83-09 157 Ave.
Known as the “Hospital of Kings and Queens,” Wyckoff Heights Medical Center is like a family to its longtime employees and a central pillar of the Bushwick and Ridgewood communities.
The hospital honored seven people who have worked there since before 1975 and will display photographs of them by Bushwick-based artist Daryl-Ann Saunders on the first floor “Hall of Fame.”
The city’s Office of Emergency Management last month published updated hurricane evacuation zones.
And while adjustments are slight from ones prepared in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, OEM has been spending the last few weeks getting the message out about the new maps, and precautions Queens residents should exercise before a storm hits.
Arriving on a fire engine from the company where he started as a rookie in 1969, Daniel Nigro became the city’s 33rd FDNY commissioner in a ceremony on Monday, promising “a new tone” of fairness for minorities and women.
Nigro, 65, a retired 32-year FDNY veteran, vowed “to do what’s right because it’s right,” at the swearing-in ceremony, held at department headquarters in Brooklyn. He said his theme as commissioner is “It’s time,” and promised to “move forward and make the department even greater.”
Mayor de Blasio didn’t go far in his search to find a new Fire Department commissioner, choosing Daniel Nigro, a 32-year FDNY veteran from Whitestone who can’t wait to get on the job.
Nigro, 65, who retired from New York’s Bravest in 2002 as chief of department, the highest ranking uniformed fire official in the city, is a survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center.
(NAPSI)—In today’s world, many women find themselves facing the consequences of an aging population and for good reason. The profile of the average U.S. caregiver will be familiar to many: a 49-year-old woman who works outside the home and spends nearly 20 hours per week providing unpaid care to her mother for nearly five years.1
(StatePoint) You can’t predict the future, but you can feel more confident in your ability to face unforeseen emergencies if you prepare your home and family ahead of time. Planning for all kinds of scenarios is crucial, say experts.
(BPT) - When open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplaces closed earlier this year, more than 7.1 million Americans had signed up for health insurance coverage. As millions of new patients continue to gain access to insurance under the Affordable Care Act, industry leaders are facing the challenge of providing quality care while meeting the needs of an aging population and patients with more chronic health issues. One emerging solution is the concept of “care teams” that more closely engage health care professionals from all disciplines.