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(BPT) - No one needed to tell Houston’s Robert Gandy that he would reap health and wellness benefits from continuing to work after he started dialysis four years ago.
(BPT) - If you or a loved one is suffering from a wound-, ostomy- or incontinence-related issue and receiving treatment, it may feel like the condition will never stabilize.
(BPT) - It’s no secret that technology has changed how we live. From tablets and streaming video, to big data analytics and network security, we live in a digital world that impacts us every minute of every day. However, technology not only improves the way we live and work in the present, but also offers great opportunity for the future.
(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.
Please support small retailers by joining your neighbors on Third Annual National Small Business Saturday, on Nov. 30. Do the same as often as possible during the other 364 days a year.
Skip the national chain stores’ annual Black Friday madness, which now starts early Thursday at most large retail stores. Only PC Richards is closed. They allow their employees to stay home with family. Take a pass on Cyber Monday for those who want to shop on the Internet.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal. Get a good night’s sleep and come out and support small business by shopping local. In these difficult economic times, it is especially important to patronize your neighborhood businesses. There are so many great options. These people are our neighbors. They work long hours, pay taxes and provide local employment without the support of government subsidies at taxpayers expense. If we don’t patronize our local community stores and restaurants to shop and eat, they don’t eat either.
Please join me and your neighbors in continuing to support our Queens Chronicle. Patronize their advertisers; they provide the necessary revenues to help keep them in business. Let them know you saw their ad. This helps keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced last week the guilty plea and sentencing of Wing Khay Lee, owner of Corum Group LLC, for failing to pay wages to workers on several private construction projects in Queens.
Lee admitted to a misdemeanor count of failure to pay wages. The defendant, 42, of College Point, owned and operated Corum Group LLC, a construction company. He failed to pay at least five employees more than $22,000 in wages they were owed between what the AG described as “approximately” August 2011 and September 2012.
(NAPSI)—Many are surprised when they learn of the contributions that people who are blind make to both this country’s economy and armed forces.
(NAPSI)—While paying for college can be a challenge, for many students, thousands of dollars in scholarships are available each year. In fact, according to a national study by Ipsos, more families use grants and scholarships to fund college than any other source of funding.
The Nov. 14 article “Wyckoff Hospital sees improvement” contained several unanswered claims that should not have been published without a response from the person they targeted, former hospital President and CEO Rajiv Garg.
Garg is suing the hospital for alleged breach of his employment agreement and related alleged violations of labor law. He also is suing Wyckoff Board Chairman Gary Goffner and President Ramon Rodriguez for alleged defamation. The lawsuits were not mentioned in the article.
On 49th Avenue in Long Island City there stands a beautiful building of luxury apartments, LHaus, where a two-bedroom is listed for more than $1.4 million.
Despite the luxury living enjoyed by the wealthy tenants, the building service workers do not have health insurance for themselves or their families.
As home to two of the country’s biggest airports, Queens owes much of its economic activity and jobs to JFK and LaGuardia. Airports sell merchandise, employ local residents and need support staff to keep things running around the clock. Those jobs used to pay decent wages that allowed Queens families to live nearby and raise their kids in our city.
But now, there’s a disturbing trend. According to a recent report by researchers from the University of California at Berkeley, wages from airport jobs are falling rapidly as families find themselves struggling just to pay the bills and keep up. That’s because loopholes and outside contracting exempts many of these employees from the wages and benefits that come with being an official employee of a major airline company. As a result, one out of three airport workers lives in poverty and relies on taxpayer assistance to feed and shelter their families.
Forty-seven million Americans, including approximately one million in Queens, are now seeing a reduction in food stamp benefits, after a temporary boost implemented by the 2009 stimulus package expired.
Half of those in Queens who depend on the program are children, according to the social service organization The River Fund, which is based in Richmond Hill.
(BPT) - A college education is a lifelong investment. College graduates are more likely to be employed and earn more throughout the course of their lives, according to a recent report by the College Board. While the benefits of a college education may be clear, figuring out the true cost and how to pay for it isn’t always as obvious.
Congratulations on your 35th Anniversary! How fortunate we are to live in one of the few remaining free societies, with a wealth of information sources available. Sadly, most American cities, suburbs and small towns are down to one local daily or weekly newspaper.
Newspapers and magazines have to deal with increasing costs for newsprint, delivery and distribution along with reduced advertising revenues and declining readership due to competition from the internet and other new information sources.
Queens residents have a number of daily newspapers to select from including the Daily News, Post, Times, Newsday, USA Today and Wall Street Journal, along with freebies such as AM New York and Metro New York. Decades ago we had our own daily Long Island Star Journal and Long Island Press.
Daily newspapers concentrate on international, Washington, Albany, City Hall, business and sports stories. They have few reporters assigned to cover local neighborhood news. As a result, daily newspapers miss significant news and political stories from local Queens neighborhoods.
Weekly newspapers such as our own Queens Chronicle and others fill the void for coverage of local community news. We are blessed with many weekly papers to select from besides our own Queens Chronicle. These competitors include the Queens Courier, Queens Gazette, Queens Tribune, Queens Examiner, Times, Times Ledger chain, TimesNewsweekly, Ridgewood Times, Forum and The Wave.
I’ve been grateful all this time that the Queens Chronicle has afforded me the opportunity to express my views via letters to the editor, along with others who may have different opinions on the issues. Thanks to you, an ordinary citizen like me has the freedom to comment on the actions and legislation of various elected officials. Public officials use taxpayers dollars on a regular basis to promote their views via mass mailings of newsletters, news releases, letters to the editor and guest columns. In many cases, they are ghost written by campaign or office staffers paid for by taxpayers on public time. Ordinary citizens like me only have the limited ability to write when we can to find the time.
We need to continue supporting all our weekly community newspapers. Patronize their advertisers; they provide the necessary revenues to help keep them in business. Let them know you saw their ad. This helps keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing. In the marketplace of ideas, let us hope there continues to be room for everyone, including the Queens Chronicle and many others.
A Queens Village pastor who has been employed by Home Depot for 22 years has been arrested in Nassau County on charges that he fraudulently received $111,000 from the company’s charitable foundation.
Alfred Williams, 57, was arrested last Thursday by Nassau County police for allegedly taking advantage of Home Depot’s gift-matching program, in which the company matches donations that employees make to charities and other nonprofit organizations.
Councilwoman Diana Reyna (D-Brooklyn, Queens) is leading the charge to reduce waste from overburdened districts in the city.
Reyna has been a long-time advocate for the issue and believes that it is time for the city to seize the day on the issue.
(NAPSI)—Many veterans have found that a sudden physical disability can change the course of their life. However, that change can often be as fulfilling as the path the person was on before the disability.
(NAPSI)—According to the Internal Revenue Service, more than 101 million income tax refunds were issued in 2013, averaging $2,651 each. The average was a couple hundred dollars more for taxpayers who elected to have their refund directly deposited into a bank account.
(NAPSI)—Good news for people concerned about employment in America today: Well-paying jobs in the manufacturing sector—actually, more than 600,000 of them—are waiting for workers who have been properly trained.
Many technical schools and community colleges now teach specific manufacturing disciplines designed to give students added skills to make them more employable.E (NAPS)
(BPT) - The adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure still rings true – especially for businesses preparing for tax season. If you oversee your company’s filing requirements, knowing what is due and when can save you and your employee’s penalties, time and stress.
(NewsUSA) - The recent government shutdown inconvenienced many Americans -- from federal workers, to tourists -- but how did it impact those looking for work? The health care debate was among the main catalysts for the shutdown, with both parties claiming to be the voice of the public, but has the voice of the job seeker been drowned out as a result? A new national poll asked those very questions to find out what was more important to job seekers -- a paycheck or health insurance. The result? The majority of unemployed Americans (77 percent) would apparently take the job, even if it meant no health insurance. Online career network Beyond.com surveyed over 5,000 job seekers from across the country to find out how the government shutdown and the technical frustrations with the health care rollout impacted their employment search. The survey comprised a dozen questions to determine if healthcare was really the main concern for those seeking work, and most respondents, it appears, were just interested in a salary to support their family. * 61 percent of those who participated in the survey said that their top priority when it comes to a job is salary, not health care. * That's despite approximately 32 percent of respondents saying they currently don't have health insurance, with nearly 50 percent of those people citing they haven't had health insurance for more than a year. * 89 percent of respondents said they'd do just about anything to find a job, including working long hours and/or weekends. "With so much speculation about the job market, we decided to go out and ask job seekers exactly what they were thinking," said Joe Weinlick, VP of Marketing at Beyond.com. "A big part of finding a job is confidence, and while health care is certainly an important issue, we've found that those looking for work are more concerned about things like honing interview skills or updating their resume. Health insurance is one of many factors people need to weigh when considering a job offer, but you have to get the job offer first." Survey respondents included job seekers from the Millennial, Gen X and Baby Boomer generations. Surprisingly, the majority of respondents from each generation reported that they'd consider job offers even if they didn't include health insurance at all -- despite numerous reports citing the increased need for health care across the board, especially with Baby Boomers. What do you think people will be most thankful for -- a paycheck or health care?