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.
(NAPSI)—For parents and child care providers, the stats about accidental injuries of children up to age 19 are daunting—but you can protect your own kids.
(NAPSI)—While the elderly are often targeted by scammers, there are ways you can protect yourself and those you care about.
(Family Features) Whether you’ve bought a new house or are renting an apartment, you know that finding the perfect place to call home is just the beginning. Before you can settle in and begin enjoying your new surroundings, you have to actually get all of your stuff packed and moved.
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.”
Frequent letter writer Ed Konecnik wants to know how much of the money he earns belongs to me in the name of social justice, and why. But that’s not the right question to ask.
The real question to ask is, “Should any of us pay any tax money for government social programs?” The answer is, “Yes, we should.” Why? Because we live in a society. A society is a structured community of people bound together by similar traditions, institutions, or nationality. Societies have social responsibilities; things that contribute to and benefit the group as a whole. Yes, we are individuals, but our societal collective affords us many things that we do and have as members of the group.
Taxes should be looked at like an admission fee to belong to a society. You want to live in our country, and have the benefits of our society, then you have to ante up your fee. You should be happy to pay taxes because our system of government affords us so much that many other countries don’t
have. Yet, on living standards we lag far behind the Scandinavian countries that provide free healthcare, free education and other subsidies to their members by taking more tax money than we pay. Citizens in those countries say they’re very happy with their lives and are glad to pay the higher taxes for the better services.
Ed sees our society divided between those who have enough and the “moochers,” and he resents any of his tax money going to pay for any moocher services. He can’t be a product of public education. He must have never lost his job through no fault of his own and taken unemployment insurance, been injured at work and sought disability, or have suffered any medical emergency that depleted his savings. He must never have been in the military or taken advantage of any veteran’s benefits. He can’t be a guy who is taking his Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid or any other senior services because that would make him a moocher.
If so, lucky him. But he shouldn’t resent those who are not as fortunate as he and need a helping hand from society once in a while. As a good citizen, he shouldn’t want to renege on his social responsibility.
The following is a transcript of Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address, as prepared, sent to the media before the speech was delivered.
February 5, 2014 / New York, NY – In the midst of an unprecedented string of winter storms, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is urgently asking donors to roll up their sleeves to replenish our community blood and platelet supply.
A mother and daughter were killed late Tuesday night or very early Wednesday morning in a vicious attack in East Elmhurst, police said. A spokesman for the department said it appears that a hammer was used to bludgeon them.
The victims were Estrella Castaneda, 56, and her daughter Lina Castaneda, 25, who both lived at 24-10 87 St., a little less than a block away from Astoria Boulevard. They were slain at their home.
A mother and daughter were killed late Tuesday night or very early Wednesday morning in a vicious attack in East Elmhurst, police said. Media reports say their murderer may have used a hammer to kill them.
(BPT) - Read enough about the state of Americans’ finances and you might get the impression that the average consumer is fairly clueless when it comes to making good money decisions. But a new survey indicates that Americans are more credit-savvy than you might think about how and when to use one of the most-maligned types of credit: payday loans.