The rift between the NYPD and many of our elected officials, including Mayor de Blasio, only appears to be growing, and that is not good news for anyone.
The situation took a turn for the worse when the mayor made an unwise comment about an incident in which several protesters injured two police lieutenants who had stopped a rioter from throwing a garbage can from the Brooklyn Bridge walkway onto cops who were on the roadway below. De Blasio called it “an incident ... in which a small group of protesters allegedly assaulted some members of the NYPD” — even though it was all caught on video. Both of the lieutenants were injured, one suffering a broken nose.
State Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) last week dismissed Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Glendale) assertion about gender discrimination in hiring at the Fire Department, instead arguing that most women are simply not interested to become firefighters or aren’t fit for the job.
Savino made those comments in a Facebook post, moments after a City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice hearing, chaired by Crowley, grilled Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro about the lack of female representation in the department. The state senator dismissed Crowley’s claims that the FDNY is using “excessive testing” and rigorous exercises which cause women to drop out of the academy.
The U.S. Post Office in Springfield Gardens soon will bear the name of a trailblazer in Queens politics.
The U.S. Senate in a recent vote passed a House of Representatives measure naming the building at 218-10 Merrick Blvd. for Cynthia Jenkins, who was the first African-American woman from Southeast Queens voted to the state Assembly when she took office in 1981.
Annual holiday fesitval, Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30 Road, Long Island City, Fri., Dec. 19, 5 p.m. Children will perform holiday songs and dances, games, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus and more. Open to the public. Info: (718) 728-0946, vbgcg.org.
Opponents of the Pan American Hotel’s transformation into a homeless shelter six months ago have new ammunition in their fight to get the shelter shut down.
On Friday, members of the civic group Elmhurst United, other area residents and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) rallied outside the shelter to shed light on living conditions they described as “horrendous” inside the Boulevard Family Residence in a press release announcing the event.
An HIV diagnosis is no longer the death sentence it once was, as patients are now able to treat the condition with medication and live well into their 80s, but there are still 16,000 cases in Queens alone, according to health officials, and young gay and bisexual men are most adversely affected.
Now there is a way to proactively reduce the risk of infection, by taking a pill called Truvada every day. The method is called PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, and doctors say it’s 99 percent effective when it’s done right. Increasing access to PrEP is part of Gov. Cuomo’s three-point plan to decrease new HIV infections. Fewer than 2,000 people are taking Truvada nationwide.
For the next six months, every step taken by Fidelis Care’s New York State of Health metal-level members could help feed the hungry in New York State. Fidelis Care is encouraging members to exercise and earn points by recording their activity with EveryMove, a digital fitness rewards program. When a member earns enough points, the firm will donate to the state Food Bank Association.
“There’s no question regular physical activity plays a significant role in overall health. Through this initiative, our members can give back while doing something good for themselves,” said Pamela Hassen, Fidelis Care’s chief marketing officer. “As a statewide health plan, we partner with food pantries all over New York and we know the need is great, especially in the winter months. We hope this campaign makes an impact on the lives of everyone assisted by the Food Bank Association of New York State.”
The Middle Village Adult Center, located at 69-10 75 St., now offers a one-hour men’s fitness class twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. The class is taught by Gerard, a city Parks and Recreation-certified instructor. It has three components: cardio aerobics, upperbody toning (using bands and weights) and muscle stretching.
The class is geared for all levels of experience, from those who have not worked out in years to the experienced exerciser.
The holiday season is certainly a joyous time but it can be stressful when it comes to finding a gift for the special people in your life. Here are some last-minute gift ideas that just might inspire. You may even want to treat yourself!
(BPT) - A good gift keeps on giving long after you’ve recycled the wrapping paper and put away the decorations. A great gift keeps giving in ways that change people’s lives for the better. This holiday season, give the people you love something that will contribute to their lives day after day, month after month. Instead of fruitcake, give the gift of fitness. It lasts even longer, and makes people much happier. Here are three gift ideas that will support health and wellness all year long.
(BPT) - Mobile has certainly come a long way to help connect people with loved ones, improve productivity and simplify daily tasks – with simple swipes or taps, they can instantly locate the best restaurants in town or get directions from point A to point B among other game-changing benefits. But it doesn’t just end there. In 2015, significant developments in the mobile space will empower people to do even more with their devices.
(NewsUSA) - Winter is upon us, but the window hasn't closed for homeowners to keep their heating bills from going through the roof.
(Family Features) Securing a good price on a new car purchase can be a long and confusing experience. Fortunately, the prevalence of smartphones has enabled car buyers to quickly arm themselves with the information they need to get a great deal without wasting a lot of time.
(Family Features) For seniors, keeping in touch with friends, family and caregivers is important to maintain an active social life and remain independent. The number of seniors — and the need to find creative ways to be mindful of their care — is on the rise. With nearly seven million Americans providing support as long-distance caregivers, according to the National Institute on Aging, staying in touch is especially important.
(Family Features) As winter temperatures drop, the potential for higher utility bills goes up. Taking steps ahead of the cold season can help you trim costs and make your home more energy efficient, keeping those utility bills in check even as the winter weather rages.
(BPT) - Henry Ford had three companies fail before he launched the game-changing Model T. Abraham Lincoln failed in business, lost multiple elections and had a mental breakdown before being elected the country’s 16th president. America is a land of second chances made good – which could explain the ongoing trend of more adults returning to college.
(Family Features) The holidays are here, but before you leave the house for work or play, make sure you’re looking your best. The good news – almost everything you need to make your holiday season festive, fresh and fashion forward is already in your closet.
(BPT) - The holidays will be here in the blink of an eye – have you finished shopping for gifts? If your answer is no, you’re not alone. Fortunately, you can save time, money and cut down on stress thanks to a handy gift-guide guaranteed to inspire perfect presents for everyone on your list.
(Family Features) If you’re overwhelmed by shopping for technology items for the gadget lovers on your holiday list, rest assured that you can still find fun, unique high-tech gifts that won't break the bank.
(BPT) - For many homeowners the biggest utility bill is electricity. Heating and cooling the home makes up nearly half of electricity costs, but the next biggest source is the water heater. Water heaters can account for up to 25 percent of total household energy use. Taking steps to improve the energy efficiency of a home with better insulation and more efficient furnaces and air conditioners can reduce energy costs significantly, as can making sure water heaters are operating properly.
(BPT) - Diabetes is a complex disease affecting more than 29 million people in the United States. Although there is no cure, patients with diabetes see better results when the disease is closely managed through lifestyle changes and medication. Along with making good choices about healthy eating and physical activity, patients living with diabetes should discuss blood sugar monitoring, medication, and options for taking their medication with their health care providers.
Comedy Night at Central Queens YM & YWHA, lineup includes Jared Logan, Dennis Rooney, Eric Haft and KC Arora, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, Sat., Dec. 13, 8 p.m. $15 CGY members, $20 nonmembers. Complimentary babysitting available. Info/tickets: (718) 268-5011, ext. 151, cgy.org/tickets.