Two days after the Republicans took control of both chambers in the United States Congress and the New York state Senate, York College hosted a post midterm election talk, which highlighted the implications it has on the nation going forward.
Bad messaging, focusing on the wrong issues and lack of communication are some of the reasons why the democrats lost a large number of their seats across the nation, even in deep-blue states, according Errol Louis, host of the NY1 News political program “Inside City Hall.”
(BPT) - One of the best ways to celebrate the holidays is with a family gift – one that brings a couple or a family even closer.
As long as the sun is shining, Kew Gardens Cinemas’ energy bill will be shrinking.
In an effort to go green and save money, the movie theater at 81-05 Lefferts Blvd. in Kew Gardens is in the process of installing nearly 200 solar panels on its roof, following the lead of a neighboring apartment building and a sister theater in Brooklyn.
(BPT) - Prioritizing a home-improvement wish list is never easy. Do you put design and aesthetics ahead of functionality? Or do you choose comfort and convenience over energy efficiency and cost savings?
Harvest the power of the sun.
Mayor de Blasio announced Monday that the city will be funding the installation of solar panels on two dozen city schools, as part of the administration’s “One City, Built to Last,” green buildings plan.
(BPT) - If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This philosophy is fine when applied to home improvement, but it isn’t a good approach for men’s health and wellness. Fortunately, in recent years, male health issues like prostate cancer have received greater attention thanks to more men vocalizing how to live life to the fullest through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
(NewsUSA) - No longer do you have to choose between comfort and design. Once thought of as purely utilitarian, today's ceiling fans offer sophisticated styling, designer finishes and glamorous accents.
(Family Features) Making improvements around the house to curb your energy usage is not only good for the environment, it can make a big impact on your utility bills, too.
(BPT) - Moving up – vacating your current, smallish home for a larger, roomier abode – was the American way before the Great Recession. Now that the economy is humming again, at least some of the people who stayed put during those lean years will be looking to move into larger, nicer homes this summer. High demand and low inventory, however, may leave many with nowhere to go. Some will rediscover a time-honored space-gaining technique: attic conversion.
(BPT) - It can be hard to keep up with the latest changes in decorating styles for the home. But the latest trend might actually make it easy for you to have a stylish house, especially if you’ve kept some family treasures around.
(BPT) - Want to entertain outdoors this summer but your deck and patio aren’t party ready? It’s easy to refresh outdoor spaces with DIY projects that can be done in a weekend or less. Not only will you expand your property’s livable space, but you’ll be adding to its value as well.
(BPT) - Whether it’s a cookout for friends or a quiet conversation with family, the backyard deck is the hot spot for summer living. So what’s trending now when it comes to making that space as stylish and functional as it can be?
Few performers have ever shined as long or as brightly as Barbara Cook, who will be making an all too rare local appearance in concert at Colden Auditorium as the closing show for the Kupferberg Center for the Arts 2013-14 season at Queens College.
Early on, Cook established herself as the original Marian in Broadway’s classic musical, “The Music Man,” as well as a string of other ingenue roles. She eventually turned her talents loose in clubs and concert halls. Now, well into her 80s, she’s still at it and has added a new layer to her voice.
(BPT) - Warm weather means more time to spend outside enjoying gentle breezes and sunshine-filled days. Is your deck or patio ready for months of outdoor fun? If your outdoor space is a bit drab, there’s no need to fret. The year’s top trends in outdoor living will transform any deck in an instant and create a space that is truly an extension of the home.
(BPT) - As summer approaches and your thoughts turn to home improvement and the outdoors, you’re probably considering a variety of ways to make your home more comfortable, more attractive and more environmentally sustainable – while hopefully increasing its value as well. One feature that can achieve all these goals is a healthy lawn.
The environmental group Clean Ocean Action is urging the corporations that seek to build and operate Port Ambrose, a facility planned to import liquified natural gas delivered by ships, to speak openly about their intentions for the port, which would be located about 20 miles from the Rockaways and include a pipe linking to the existing Transco pipeline, 2.2 miles offshore.
LNG is natural gas that has been cooled and condensed to one-six hundreth of its usual volume so that it can be shipped.
The construction of the Howard Beach senior residence that started early last year has been completed, and it is now ready for occupancy.
Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens began interior demolition and reconstruction of the former Bernard Fineson Developmental Center at 155-55 Cross Bay Blvd. in Jan. 2012. Seniors whose applications were accepted by Catholic Charities began to view their new apartments in the facility last week.
Strong libraries = strong communities. Library lovers across Queens spoke up to support library funding and I am so pleased to announce that the proposed budget cut was restored. Your library will remain open five or more days a week.
We thank our elected officials, including the entire New York City Council, led by Speaker Christine C. Quinn, as well as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, for prioritizing public libraries this year. We want to recognize Councilman Domenic M. Recchia Jr., chairman of the Finance Committee; Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, chairman of the Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee; Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie; and Councilman Vincent Gentile, chairman of the Select Committee on Libraries, for their outstanding leadership, as well as the entire Queens delegation to the City Council. We also owe our gratitude to our many stalwart library champions, including Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall.
I also want to thank all the Friends of the Library and library advocates around the borough who signed the petitions, held rallies, wrote postcards and made their voices heard. Without your energy, the future might not look as bright.
And the future does look bright. Queens Library is open to provide all those essential community services you rely on: computers and Wi-Fi, books and movies, homework help, job search assistance, consumer health information, classes, music, intelligent conversation and simply a great place to visit.
Our newest offerings include downloadable e-magazines and downloadable audiobooks. The new library in Glen Oaks is already serving the community. A new library in North Flushing will open this summer. Your Queens Library is working hard to enrich your life.
Last week, Robert La Rosa naively wrote that the answer to our energy needs is solar energy (“The solar solution,” Letters). He asserted that the major oil companies pay billions of dollarsto lobbyists to stop the advancement in alternative energy.La Rosa’s letters are always one sided and provide as much information as a three-minute segment on MSNBC. Both Republicans and Democrats receive millions in campaign donations.
Hereis a list offailed solar energy/green energycompaniesthat received U.S. tax dollars.Most of these companies have already filed for bankruptcy and the rest of them are failing miserably. Evergreen Solar ($25 million), Spectra Watt ($500,000), Solyndra ($535 million), Beacon Power ($43 million), N
evada Geothermal ($98.5 million), SunPower ($1.2 billion), First Solar ($1.46 billion), Babcock and Brown ($178 million), EnirDel’s ($118.5 million), Amonix ($5.9 million), Fisker Automotive ($529 million), Abound Solar ($400 million), A123 Systems ($279 million), W & K Solar Group ($700,981 thousand), Johnson Controls ($299 million), Brightsource ($1.6 billion), Ecotality ($126.2 million), Raser Technologies ($33 million), Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million), Mountain Plaza ($2 million), Olsen’s Mills ($10 million), Range Fuels ($80 million), Thompson River Power ($6.5 million), Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million), Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million), Green Voltz ($500,000), Vestas ($50 million), LG Chem’s ($151 million), Nordic Windpower ($16 million), Navistar ($39 million), Satcon ($3 million), Konarka Tech ($20 million).
All these companies were given U.S. tax dollars the way aventure capitalistfirm would invest in a company. The difference is a venture capitalfirm uses private money and does its “due diligence” to determine whether or not the investment is worth it. These companies didn’t raise money privately. Your government, headed by your president, Barack Obama, took it upon itself to pick winners and losers with your money, and they failed miserably.
La Rosa should consider educating himself. Our government, on both sides of the aisle,is failing us miserably while we preoccupy ourselves with the Kardashians and “American Idol.” The Democratic Party is now the Progressive Party (Socialist/Marxist). The Republican Party of today is like the Democratic Party of 50 years past. If our country has any chance of remaining a republic, the readers of this paper better start paying attention and vote for constitutionally conservative candidates, whether they have a D next to their names or an R. Wake up, people!
Solar energy, once thought to be out of reach for the average homeowner because of the perceived costs, is getting a second look thanks to new leasing options. Businesses and consumers seeking to reduce energy costs and do something good for the planet are choosing the solar lease as a smart way to finance solar photovoltaic systems.
“Many homeowners are surprised to find that the cost of a solar energy system can be upwards of $15,000 to $20,000 even after tax credits, rebates and other incentives,” explains David Schieren, CEO of EmPower Solar, a leading solar engineering and installation company. “With leasing available in New York, solar power has now become very affordable.”
Based on the media hysteria, one would have thought that the season was over for the Giants after they lost to the Dallas Cowboys 24-17 in the NFL season opener. The same doomsday prophets must have been gleefully rubbing their hands when Eli Manning uncharacteristically threw three interceptions in the first half of last Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to put the Giants in a 27-13 hole early in the third quarter.
As per custom, Eli turned into Superman as he shook off what looked to be a terrible day and started hitting his receivers, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, on big plays. When the game ended, Manning had thrown for over 500 yards and the Giants had pulled off a needed 41-34 comeback win.
Dance, shop and find your inner spirit animal at the LIC Block Party.
Artist Ben Weber’s spirit animal is a moose and he will be taking block party revelers on a “Superfun/d Speed Date.”
Solar energy, once thought to be out of reach for the average homeowner because of the perceived costs, is getting a second look thanks to new leasing options. Businesses and consumers seeking to reduce energy costs and do something good for the planet are choosing the solar lease as a smart way to finance solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.
Issues ranging from fuel conversions to enhanced crosswalks were on the agenda as Community Board 6 met on April 11.
The key presentation was made by Bethany Bowyer of the NYC Clean Heat program, which is focusing on three primary goals: to achieve the cleanest air of any big U.S. city, to reduce energy consumption, and to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30 percent.